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Ford expands Vignale lineup, also launches exclusive customer service

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Ford introduced the new Vignale vehicles and the accompanying exclusive customer service that comes with these high end vehicles. The company introduced the new Ford Edge Vignale, its first entry into the upscale SUV market for Europe.

Another vehicle making its debut in the European market is the new Ford S-MAX Vignale which is available for orders now. Pricing for the Ford Edge Vignale will be revealed later this year. Ford likewise revealed a five-door model, the Ford Mondeo Vignale that’s slated to be available in the market by 2017, as well as a concept version of the Ford Kuga Vignale.

Further customization options for the Ford Mondeo Vignale and Ford S-MAX Vignale will arrive next year. According to the company, order books for the expanded Ford Vignale model range will be open across Europe via FordStores and Ford retailers.

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Ford unveils production version of Ford Vignale Mondeo

This is the production version of the Ford Vignale Mondeo. Ford Motor is introducing this vehicle as the first from its new Vignale brand. Ford’s special Vignale Centre at its manufacturing plant located in Valencia, Spain, hand-finishes each unit. It comes in either the four-door or the estate bodystyle. This model also marks the European debut of the following features: the company’s Active Noise Cancellation technology, exclusive Vignale Nocciola metallic paintcolour, and leather interior that’s quilted and tuxedo-stitched.

If you want to know more about pricing and options, please make use of Ford’s destination and online configurator dedicated for the Vignale. With a starting price of £29,045, the Ford Vignale Mondeo will be available at new flagship FordStores opening throughout the UK.

Ford will begin to take orders in May. Among the advanced technologies that the Ford Vignale Mondeo will have is the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which can help avoid frontal collisions with pedestrians or other vehicles or at least lessen the severity the impacts.

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Ford targets business customers for Mondeo Vignale upscale model

Ford of Europe is aiming its to-be-launched Vignale upscale trim line at business customers as it seeks to boost profit its margins and while warding off rivals in the midsize segment from the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Volkswagen Passat.

Ford will introduce the Vignale in September on the new Mondeo. According to Roelant de Waard, Ford’s European sales and marketing chief, the high-end features of the Vignale Mondeo will help persuade business customers to go for it instead of buying a premium model. He remarked lease rates to companies for the Vignale Mondeo would match those of its German luxury rivals.

He told Automotive News Europe that residual values will be high for the Vignale Mondeo since the carmaker will restrict sales to low-profit customers like rental car firms. Ford will build the Vignale Mondeo alongside standard Mondeos at its Valencia site in Spain.

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Ford starts building all-new 2015 Mondeo Hybrid

Ford has commenced output of new Ford Mondeo Hybrid, which is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine backed by an electric motor and 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. Considered as the first hybrid electric car built and sold by Ford in Europe, the Mondeo Hybrid could return 67.3 mpg (combined), 100.9 mpg for urban driving – emitting just 99 grams of carbon of dioxide per kilometer travelled.

Roelant de Waard, vice president for Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford of Europe, remarked that the Ford Mondeo Hybrid offers “the best of both worlds” – improved efficiency and reduced emissions of electric power, and the range and performance of a conventional powertrain.

He said the addition of the Mondeo Hybrid to its lineup means that customers will have more options to choose from to optimize running costs. The latest variant of the Mondeo, which has been a good-seller since it was launched in 1993, is built at Ford’s state-of-the-art Valencia site in Spain.

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Ford officially announced the all-new 2015 Mondeo, its latest product of the ‘One Ford’ global product strategy. As expected, the design of the car is not so new as the vehicle is based on the American version known as Fusion, which was unveiled back in 2012. Set to go on sale later this year, the 2015 Mondeo will be the first vehicle in its segment to offer a 1.0-liter petrol engine also known as the 2014 International Engine of the Year.

The engine will deliver 125 hp and only 119 g/km of CO2 emissions. In addition, the 2015 Mondeo will arrive with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 160 hp and 134 g/km of CO2 emissions. A more potent 2.0-liter EcoBoost will be available with 203 hp or 240 hp.

Later in 2015, the Mondeo will get the 2.0-liter TDCI diesel engine that generates 210 hp and 450 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm. The 2.0-liter TDCI will emit less CO2 than the outgoing 200 hp 2.2-liter TDCI engine. Still, Ford will offer the 2.0-liter TDCI with 150 hp or 180 hp.

Read the entire article 2015 Ford Mondeo arrives with Pedestrian Detection tech and superior refinement

The new Ford Mondeo will compete better in the European mid-sized segment since it is underpinned by its new global CD4 platform that was also designed to underpin Lincoln vehicles. Ford's outgoing assistant global line director for CD platform cars, Darren Palmer, told Automotive News Europe that the Mondeo’s suspension and platform were state of the art, since they were also developed for Lincoln.

Ford will start rolling out the Mondeo in Europe at the end of 2014, charging against Volkswagen Passat and the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. Ford's global CD4 platform will also underpin the new S-Max and Galaxy minivans, and the Edge large SUV.

It will also underpin Lincoln MKX, Palmer said. Sales of mid-sized cars in the region have been on a slump as customers choose those from German luxury brands and crossovers. IHS Automotive expects overall volumes in the mid-sized segment to drop to under 500,000 units in western Europe in 2014, from over 800,000 in 2011.

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Ford of Europe is excited about the launch of an exclusive product named Vignale (pronounced: Vin-ya-lay). The initial vision of Ford for the Mondeo Vignale Concept comes with unique design elements, high quality craftsmanship, exclusive specification and state-of-the-art technologies. Stephen Odell, Ford president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that Vignale stands for the “highest expression of the Ford brand in Europe from both a product and from an ownership experience perspective.”

Odell also revealed that this concept is based on what customers tell them they want when it comes to styling and quality, advanced technology and exclusivity.” Ford introduced the new Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept in four-door saloon and estate body styles.

Both are equipped with 20in Vignale alloy wheels with in-depth detailing and high-quality finish, “Vignale” badging, chrome door handles and mirror caps, mesh grille, unique front bumper and fog lamp design, and exclusive “Nocciola” dark brown coachwork.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept presents its unique design elements

Ford of Europe is introducing a new badge that includes larger models with upscale features – the Vignale. Ford will launch the Vignale badge at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show through a concept derived from the new-generation Mondeo. The Vignale line represents the carmaker’s latest try to entice richer customers who are more concerned about their lifestyle than getting a bargain.

It also represents that latest attempt by a volume carmaker to create specially badged vehicles aimed at enticing customers away from German premium brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Vignale – a name that suggests an expensive Italian marquee – will also allow Ford to counter actions by premium brands to lure away customers from volume carmakers.

According to Roelant De Waard, Ford of Europe's sales and marketing chief, the carmaker expects half of Vignale customers to be current Ford customers seeking to upgrade while the other half are owners of cars with premium brands.

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Ford Motor Co. updated its Mondeo mid-sized sedan to entice consumers in China where it targets to more than double market share by 2015. According to Trevor Worthington, vice president of product development in the Asia Pacific region, Ford is bringing in the revamped Mondeo to China, at prices ranging from CHY179,800 ($29,400) to CHY265,800.

He said that Ford expects to post sales of between 70,000 to 110,000 Mondeos annually in China. Ford is targeting to post a 6-percent market share in China by 2015, and only controlled around 3 percent of the market in 2012, according to researcher LMC Automotive.

General Motors controlled 16 percent of the China market in 2012, while Volkswagen had 15 percent. Ford posted a 50-percent surge in sales in China in the first seven months of 2013, thanks to its efforts to expand its lineup as well as double its production capacity in the country.

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Ford’s new Mondeo has been recently launched in Europe. The Mondeo is the twin of the 2013 Fusion under the One Ford strategy. The European Mondeo and American Fusion share nearly all the mechanical features. However, the Fusion is available only with a sedan variant while the Mondeo is offered to European consumers as a hatchback or a wagon too.

These bodystyles are actually not new to the Mondeo. A six-speed manual transmission is also offered to the European market. The Ford Mondeo hatchback can be distinguished by its rear wiper. This means that when the cargo is quite bulky, the entire rear windshield will have to be lifted. Predictably, the wagon extends the Mondeo’s roofline past the C-pillar, resulting in an almost square liftgate.

It appears to have broader rear fenders because the character line that runs through its door handles kinks up above the rear wheel. The Mondeo is available with the hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid powertrains that the 2013 Ford Fusion offers.

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After yesterday it revealed the new Fiesta, Ford unveiled today the next generation Mondeo for Europe. The design is not new for us as the vehicle is in fact the Ford Fusion with a new name, but the changes will be see under the hood, where the Mondeo will be equipped with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

This will make the 2013 Mondeo the largest vehicle from Ford to carry that small displacement engine. Ford expects the new Mondeo to deliver best-in-class fuel economy and CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km.

For those who don’t know, Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost, received the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” award and delivers 125 PS and 170Nm of torque (and up to 200Nm in “overboost” mode).

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At the “Go Further” brand event, Ford unveiled the next-generation Mondeo but that wasn’t the only addition to its lineup as the manufacturer also unveiled the Mondeo HEV, brand’s first hybrid passenger car for Europe. This model is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine teamed with a 35kW lithium-ion battery, in order to deliver a better fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.

In terms of design, the new Modeo features company’s new design language, seen also on the new Fiesta, and as a premiere, the Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting. According to the official press release, these headlamps are quicker to illuminate, more durable and more energy-efficient than traditional filament bulb headlamps.

Moreover, the headlamps turn with the steering and adapt beam projection to vehicle speed. Inside, the car promises to deliver unprecedented levels of ergonomics and comfort as it features soft-touch materials and premium finishes.

Read the entire article This is the Ford Mondeo HEV, firm’s first hybrid passenger car for Europe

Ford Motor Co. has postponed the production start of its new Mondeo midsized car at its Genk factory in Belgium for three months already from its supposed start date of April 6, 2013, local media reports citing union sources. Arnaud Henckaerts, Ford Belgium spokesman, confirmed the postponement to Automotive News Europe, saying that it was caused by issues related to homologation and specification levels.

Henckaerts refused to disclose details, saying it was an internal problem. He also said the Ford has yet to set a new date for a new production start. Henckaerts noted that the problem is not an unusual one, quipping that the April 6, 2013 date was just an internal date for the production start. Vehicle output at Ford’s Genk plant is currently 16 percent below its usual capacity as the Mondeo as well as the S-Max and Galaxy minivans reach the end of their life cycles.

According to Henckaerts, Ford is presently making a decision whether to build its new S-Max and Galaxy models in Genk. Henckaerts said that as of now, the only certain thing is that the current S-Max and Galaxy will continue throughout 2013. The new Mondeo, a sister model to the U.S. market Ford Fusion, is set to be rolled out in Europe between May and June 2013 following its launch at the Paris auto show this September.

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Powertrain enhancements will be offered in the refreshed Ford Mondeo range, which is the company’s flagship large car in the UK. These enhancements cover the 1.6, 2.0 and 2.2-litre displacements, and they have emissions ratings that are lower by as much as 20% compared to previous models.

Kevin Griffin, Ford of Britain fleet director, said that to meet the customers' demand for performance, comfort and refinement as well as outstanding fuel economy, Ford will introduce its new small displacement diesel engine and Auto-Start-Stop system to Mondeo.

The Ford Mondeo's powertrain lineup shows off the 1.6 engines' all-round capability, while its 2.0 range provides unparalleled performance. Auto-Start-Stop is offered in the 1.6 TDCi and 1.6 EcoBoost as standard.

Read the entire article 2011 Ford Mondeo receives new engines

Ford has given the Mondeo a boost by revamping its powertrain, adding an Ecoboost turbocharged petrol motor to its lineup, improving the diesel lineup and offering its dual-clutch Powershift transmission on the model for the first time.

The new 2.0-litre Ecoboost unit has an output of 200bhp at 5500rpm, and produces 221lb ft of torque between 1750rpm and 4500rpm.

The Mondeo can go from zero to 62mph in 7.9 sec and can reach a speed of 144mph (141mph for the estate). The unit, which is equipped with Ford's dual-clutch transmission as standard equipment, also returns up to 36.6mpg and has CO2 emissions of only 179g/km.

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Two months before Ford debuts the facelifted version of the Mondeo at the 2010 Moscow Auto Show, it takes the covers off the sedan. And Ford unveiled it only a day after spyshots were shown to the public. Ford made changes to its interior and exterior appearance and gave it upgraded powertrains and safety features.

The first images confirm the presence of new grilles that have a bolder lower trapezoid and a slim opening above, plus an enhanced bonnet profile.

Changes to its exterior consist of new front bumpers with LED daytime running lights, and redesigned rear lights that also employ LED technology. In addition, a new rear deck lid treatment matches the revised rear light profile.

Read the entire article 2011 Ford Mondeo Facelift: official details, photos and specs

A new high efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol-injection turbo and upgraded Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engines has given the Ford Mondeo new benefits such as improved fuel economy and lower emissions combined with stronger performance.

The versatile Mondeo is equipped with the all-new, high efficiency, turbocharged, 203PS 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi petrol engine.

The model also boasts of having the improved Stage V, 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesels that have 115PS and 140PS power outputs, as well as the new 163PS version.

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