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Romanian automotive media publication cars.ro earlier said that the new Ford Fiesta will no longer be offered in the United States. Robert Stiller, Ford’s vehicle program manager for the B-segment, said that since the demand for such vehicles is declining in North America especially in the US, the new generation Ford Fiesta is targeted only at markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Aside from the US, the B-segment is also becoming less popular in China and Latin America, which very much explains why the company is responding accordingly. It should be noted that Ford hasn’t made any official announcement yet but is likely to confirm the matter any day now.
It can also be recalled that the B-segment sales in the US have significantly declined in the last few years. To support this, Autoevolution recounted how Ford was only able to sell around 48,807 units in the country from the previous year. A 31% drop, the figure marks a significant decrease in Fiesta’s sales performance compared to the 71,073 examples sold in 2013.
Currently, Ford is busy showing off the 2018 Ford Fiesta to potential clients and European automotive journalists. The company has no difficulty in selling roughly 300,000 units in Europe every year. Motor1UK’s Editor Alex Goy, one of the first to get his hands on the new Fiesta, was nonetheless impressed with the new car.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Fiesta may not be offered in the US due to sluggish B-segment sales
Earlier this year, Ford had already begun deliveries of the Ford GT. However, the company has been experiencing some delays at their facility in Canada. This means that the next few GT supercars may take a little longer to get to their respective owners. The reason for the delay is due to supplier constraints and issues related to homologation testing
But Ford has already sent out letters to customers who will be receiving their Ford GTs later than the original schedule. According to Automotive News, Ford stated in the letter that “the craftsmanship required to build these vehicles for global markets has required that we adjust our original timing projections”. These letters were even signed by Global Marketing Manager Henry Ford III and Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak.
Having said that, the company did not mention when the Ford GTs will be delivered specifically. Instead, they will update the customers within the week providing them with a three-month delivery window. It is said that they have also nearly completed the ramp up process, and when it has been completed, they will be able to build one Ford GT a day. From now to 2020, there will only be 250 examples of the Ford GT to be built.Read the entire article Ford GT customers will have to wait a little longer due to supply constraints
Even cops get excited when they’re assigned to drive the best cars in the market. In Austria, police officers drive around in a Porsche 911 Carrera while in Milan, authorities run after bad guys in a Ferrari 458 Spider.
In the United States, one of the biggest automakers that provide vehicles in the law enforcement would be Ford. Manager of commercial and government fleet sales of Ford, Michele Bartlett, said that in 2016, the company has sold 43,000 police vehicles alone, that is about 60 percent of the market. Now, Ford had just revealed the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, and they are hoping to further expand their presence in the country.
The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the first pursuit-rated pickup truck and is based on the FX4 off-road package. This package gives the Police Responder a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that enables it to put out 375 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. This will enable the truck to reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour in no time. The package is only sold as a SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed.Read the entire article Ford F-150 Police Responder, a tougher pursuit truck, will report for duty in early 2018
What would you do if the car you had just purchased from the dealership came with a huge package of marijuana? Well, if you recently got yourself a Ford Fusion, you might want to check out the truck before you get yourself in trouble. This is because several Fusions have been filled with packages of marijuana. Is this the new definition of a “green” car?
According to CNN, all fifteen cars that were found with packages of weed came from the Ohio dealership, and these cars came from one location - Ford’s manufacturing plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The plant is about three hours away from Ohio and the cars have all been shipped out to the United States via train to a CSX rail yard in Ohio. These cars were then put into trucks before heading to dealerships.
The most unusual thing here is that the marijuana was not found loosely lying on the car’s trunk. Instead, they were neatly packed in half-moon shaped packages, which had been perfectly fitted in the Fusion’s spare tire wells. Now, if you are familiar with this car’s spare tire well, you would know that it contains a lot of space. Believe it or not, each marijuana package weighed 32 pounds. As there were fifteen cars found with the package, that is a lot of weed. In fact, all of it has an estimate price of about a million dollars. So whoever missed the pickup is not only in big trouble, he also owes the unknown recipient a lot of money.Read the entire article Probe begins over $1 million worth of marijuana found in 15 new Ford Fusions
The Blue Oval has been gearing its European light commercial vehicle lineup for an apparent upgrade in the previous months. Finally, the first to be released from the American automaker is the newly facelifted Tourneo Custom van. Having an interior that can accommodate up to nine passengers, the enhanced van has been given a new face, a completely improved interior and a bit of tech enhancements. The new van focuses more on the cabin features with the American automaker targeting the executive shuffle business.
With the van's exterior, the front part will now showcase a more prominent high-mounted radiator grille with a bigger company logo, sweptback headlights with fresh graphics and integrated LED daytime running lights, and a modified bumper with fresh fog lamps. The standard versions will be further fitted with base halogen lights, and the pricier models will be given Xenon illumination.
For the Tourneo Custom's interior, there are familiar features but nevertheless, it will also offer a new vibe. The swanky dashboard will now have a tablet-like screen for the infotainment system with SYNC3 connectivity and soft-touch surfaces and eye-catching detailing paired with chrome and gloss black finishes, wholly inspired by the new Ford Fiesta.Read the entire article Ford announces the upgraded version of Tourneo Custom van
You would expect a lot of news about the 24 Hours Le Mans just after the event finishes. But this time, we are not going to talk about the results. Instead, we are going to talk about how Ken Block took the Ford GT out for a spin just before all the racers hit the track.
Though the Ford GT was not able to repeat its class win at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team still managed to score a second place finish for one of the entries driving a Ford GT. Before the 24-hour long event began, Ken Block took the road-going GT around the Circuit de la Sarthe for some fun.
Block posted on Facebook that “It was a pretty amazing experience to be able to drive this circuit in the GT and have the whole thing to myself”, suggesting that he was on the track by himself, driving the pre-production example of the GT. This was also Block’s first trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.Read the entire article Ken Block drives a pre-production Ford GT at Le Mans
Were you once a fan of those really old Mustangs, the ones from the early 1960s? Because if you were, then Ford has something new that will definitely catch your attention. No, it is not a replica of the old model, but it is a refreshed 2018 Mustang that has been given an optional package they call the Pony Package. Cute name, huh?
Pony Package adds the good old pony back in its chrome corral on the front grille as a throwback from over half a century ago. However, this package can only be applied to the 2.3 liter turbocharged 2018 Mustang, sorry V8 buyers. If you still didn’t know, the naturally aspirated V6 has been discontinued. Before the 2018 EcoBoost model, it was just the 2015MY that had a similar look when Ford offered the anniversary package.
The package is not just about the badge if you are wondering. Ford will be adding a few more upgrades including a set of 19-inch polished alloy wheels and a tri-bar pony logo on the rear decklid. Stripes have been added on the lower side of the car’s profile, and finishing off the new look are the brighter beltline and window trim, which are only available for the coupe.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang’s new Pony Package is a an awesome throwback to the 60s
This year, Ford will put up for auction another one of its special vehicles to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) youth aviation programs.
The auction will take place at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27. This time, the special vehicle that will be put on auction is none other than the F-150 Raptor, which is quite a departure for Ford as they often choose the Mustang to be sold off. Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager, took inspiration from the famous Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet when he designed the high-performance truck. At the same time, he highlighted the F-150 Raptor's unique style, capabilities, and design.
Not only does this F-150 Raptor look aggressively unique, it also has been given several tweaks on the inside. The truck's performance has been maximized, enabling the 3.5 liter twin-turbo, Whipple inter-cooled V6 engine to produce a total of 545 horsepower, that's 95 hp more than the standard model. Credit goes to the Ford Performance Team for all the work they have put into the Raptor from upgrading the suspension and the brakes, adding a roof mounted light bar to changing the wheels.Read the entire article Unique F-22 Raptor-inspired 2017 Ford F-150 will be auctioned off to benefit EAA youth programs
The 2017 Ford Mustang only received a two-star rating (out of five) last January when it went through the European New Car Assessment Program. But now that there is a 2018 model year, the European NCAP had to re-evaluate the new and updated model. Thanks to the additional safety technology, the score had been raised to three stars. Not a huge difference, but it’s definitely better than a two.
Unlike the US based 2018 Mustang, the Euro-spec one now comes standard with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assistance. The ‘Safety Assist Pillar’ increased from 16 percent to 61 percent - that is equivalent to a five-star rating in this category. These features are optional for the US market. The refreshed Mustang is now equipped with front airbags that meet Euro NCAP’s requirements, helping to avoid the worst case scenario during a serious collision.
For the adult occupant testing, the rating remains at 72 percent, while the pedestrian protection increased to 78 percent. In contrast, the child occupant rating goes down to 32 percent.Read the entire article Euro-spec 2018 Ford Mustang improved its rating at the NCAP crash tests to 3 stars
Classic cars are hard to find. One of the few would be the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, which only had 500 units made. A lot of these cars were given a standard all-black finish, though a few of the whale tails were painted in white and moonstone blue; and only one out of the five hundred was painted in a nice shade of grey.
The Sierra RS500 may not be as powerful as its racing counterpart, which produces a whopping 500 horsepower. It can even be pushed to a maximum of 570 horsepower, but we can say that it is still much faster than a lot of cars out there. The model comes with a 2.0 liter engine with a Garrett turbocharger that enables it to carry out 224 horsepower (167 kilowatts) and 204 pound-feet (227 Newton-metres) of torque. This road-legal version, with its RWD setup can hit 0-62 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 153 miles per hour (246 kph). These numbers are still very impressive in today’s standards.
In the span of 30 years, the #387 Sierra Cosworth RS500 has only been driven for under 11,000 miles (17,702 kilometers) by its owner. And earlier this year, Cosworth specialist John Taylor brought the car back to life by giving the car a complete service - from receiving new fluids, belts, battery, a fuel tank, and also by installing new brake discs on both the front and rear axles.Read the entire article A limited run 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is up for grabs
2018 Ford Expedition is on its way to the market, and will be arriving at dealerships this fall. The all-new SUV will come with a new design, new EcoBoost engine, and a new price tag. Though it is normal for successors to cost more than the previous year model, the new Expedition XLT will start at $52,890 including destination - that is $4,570 more than the 2017 model.
With that being said, the $52,890 is the cheapest you could get the Ford Expedition for. The Expedition MAX, formerly known as the 2017 EL, starts at $55,580, and an additional $3,000 can get you an all-wheel drive. For the Limited trim, be ready to shell out $63,780, or $66,465 for the MAX option - making it $6,000 more than the 2017 model.
Moving on to the Expedition Platinum, the 2018 model now costs $73,905, the Platinum MAX starting at $76,595, while the range topping Platinum Max 4x4 starts at $79,740. Compared to last year’s asking price of $71,090, the 2018 range topper costs $8,640 more. All the above figures have been confirmed by Ford, according to CarsDirect.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Expedition comes with a major price hike
Dwayne Johnson, better known as "The Rock", is currently filming for his upcoming movie, Rampage. Alongside the star will be the Ford Bronco who will also star in the movie.
Rampage is based on the iconic video game that was first released in 1986. The plot focuses on giant monsters destroying cities leaving them as a pile of rubble. The movie premiere is scheduled to be in April 2018.
A movie of this genre definitely calls for a rugged vehicle that is suitable for some action-packed scenes, and this is where the Ford Bronco concept from 2005 enters frame. So naturally, it will be The Rock who will be driving the 4x4 two-door SUV, joined by his co-star Naomie Harris.Read the entire article Ford Bronco makes a return in Rampage movie, alongside Dwayne Johnson
The current generation of the Ford Focus will be axed next year as the new-generation 2018 Ford Focus RS will take its place, and this is sort of a good news - bad news situation. The bad news is that CarsDirect disclosed that the next-gen 2018 Focus RS is priced from $41,995- an increase of $5,000 compared to its 2017 model. It costs more than a Mustang GT premium and is priced much higher than the 2017 Honda Civic Type R's expected $35,000 price tag. But on a positive note, the extra $5,000 will give you an extremely well-armed RS.
If the disclosed price is in any way true, it will be $5,000 more expensive than the standard price of the current-gen Focus RS which demands only $36,995 (including $875 for destination cost). This sudden increase in price might seem shocking, but this 2018 Ford Focus will be released as a limited-edition model that will be well-equipped for the new model year. The hot hatch will have the RS2 package, which is set as an option on the current model for an added $2,785.
The package flaunts a heated, leather-bound Recaro seats paired with 8-way power adjustment for the driver, heated exterior mirrors and 3-spoke steering wheel and will also have a voice-activated navigation system. There's more, as there will be a carbon-fiber trim meant for door handles, handbrake lever and the bezel found around the boost gauge.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition has starting price of $41,995
Before the current generation Ford Focus exits in 2018, the American company hopes to satisfy its fans with its latest offering. This time, everyone is eagerly awaiting Ford Performance’s limited edition 2018 Ford Focus RS which will be released next year. The said performance compact hatchback will cater to Blue Oval hot hatch enthusiasts’ most requested limited-slip front differential and a new red exterior paintjob. Aside from this, the 2018 Ford Focus RS will get additional standard equipment as well as a few touch ups that will definitely set it apart from the standard RS. What remains unchanged, however, is its power (still at 350 horsepower) and the most important part of the RS – the drift button which allows its sideways behavior.
Ford made sure that inputs and feedback from customers and fans are used in the creation of this limited-edition RS. Furthermore, Ford invited a group of enthusiasts for a preview of the 2018 Ford Focus RS and even included them in the launch video. Cool, right? They were in for another treat as professional rally driver and master tire slayer Ken Block guided them through the whole reveal. The launch video is already available online.
In a press release, Ford Performance marketing manager Henry Ford expressed his excitement on the release of this limited-edition Ford Focus RS. To satisfy the high demand for these compact hatchbacks, Ford Performance took time to listen to their customers’ wants and needs. They actually spoke to “owners’ club members”, took time to read comments and suggestions in various enthusiast websites, and also visited and studied several Photoshop rendering forums just to get the gist of what people actually want from the RS.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition delivers enhanced driving experience
Ford's prized SUV, the Ford Expedition, is considered as a popular pick in the full-sized SUV category. Now, the American automaker has implemented a timely redesign to its most valued Expedition. The 2018 Ford Expedition will now use an aluminium body composition akin to the one that was utilized in America's favourite pick-up, the F-150. Not only that, the up-and-coming SUV will also boast a maximum tow rating of around 9,300 lbs- a certified SAE spec figure that the American automaker claims will give it a big edge in getting best in class capability.
The full-size Ford Expedition, re-engineered from the base up for the 2018 model year, is now offering a decisive edge over its rivals in the "hitch up the trailer and go on your next family vacation" premise. Not only is the upcoming SUV offering the best in class towing rating of over 9,300 lbs, but it will also highlight a new feature that is called the Pro Trailer Backup Assist in the purpose to aid rookie tow jockeys in looking like experienced pros.
To enable the feature, the driver can simply turn a knob to specify how much the trailer should turn. The 2018 Expedition then turns its front wheels to accurately maneuver the said trailer in its correct position. And to make sure that all will go according to plan, the SUV's speed is also restricted when the system is on the go. Ford indicated that its new feature system can cut down the time it requires to back up the trailer. At the same time, it also aids "driver confidence". The latter part is somewhat identical to what pro racers would encounter when they utilize track mode in a high powered supercar.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Expedition can tow 9,300 lbs, also offers pro trailer backup assist feature
You probably heard about Ford’s CEO Mark Fields’ departure from the company. Fields has spent almost three years with the company, and now, he is going to be replaced by Jim Hackett, chairman of Ford Smart Mobility.
If you didn’t know why he was ousted, the former CEO had a difficult situation to handle - that is “to develop an autonomous car, and to be a worldwide guy”. The company basically gave Fields an impossible task considering the timeframe he was given.
The company even criticized him earlier this month during the annual shareholder meeting regarding the Michigan-based company’s sluggish financial results. This issue began when the company’s market capitalization fell behind Tesla’s earlier this year. Some even say that this action by Ford was unfair for Fields, since it is very difficult to compete with Google’s autonomous car space, the Alphabet, and Elon Musk of Tesla.Read the entire article Former Ford CEO Mark Fields rumored to be sent home with $57.5 million
It’s no wonder that the Ford Mustang has been conquering other auto markets aside from the United States. This muscle car boasts of an epic yet modern design as underpinned by a powerful engine and a horde of new technologies. Even in Europe, the Ford Mustang has been raking sales after sales, with over 15,000 units delivered to customers in its first full-year of sales.
With the Mustang’s rising popularity in Europe, tuning companies would surely try their luck to modifying this epic muscle car. One of them is German tuning firm Schropp Tuning owned by Peter Schropp. Their choice of car was the current version of the Ford Mustang GT, and the result was astonishing.
Powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that delivers 421 hp of max output, the Ford Mustang GT is definitely an ideal car to tune. Of course, the amount of power emanating from its V8 mill isn’t a joke, as this allows the Mustang GT to sprint and speed in outstanding levels. But the Schropp Tuning team probably thinks that this level of power isn’t enough, so it centered its tuning scheme – in two stages -- on the already dynamic naturally aspirated V8 engine of the Ford Mustang GT. Some visual tweaks were also implemented to the now more powerful Schropp Mustang.Read the entire article Schropp Tuning transforms Ford Mustang GT into 807 hp monster
Amongst all sports cars on the planet, which one is the world’s best-selling model? Would you have guessed that it is the Ford Mustang? According to IHS Markit’s global automotive registration data, it is. Just last year, 150,000 units of the Ford Mustang were sent out globally from its factory, making it the world’s most popular sports car.
The Mustang was first released in the 1960s for the US market, and it had always been at the top in terms of sales in North America. But the company thought that the model would not sell well in European and Asian countries because it’s a left-hand drive vehicle. Therefore, it took them sometime before deciding to push through with releasing an international edition of the Mustang.
But when the company finally decided to produce a European-focused Mustang, it instantly seemed like the world can’t get enough of it. In the first year of its release, the company already got 15,000 orders of the sports car from Europe. Four thousand five hundred of those units were sent to the United Kingdom alone. The Mustang is also the most popular model in France, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Finland.Read the entire article Ford Mustang marks first full year of sales in Europe by being named best-selling sports car
Ford Motor Co. now has a new man on the top, and he goes by the name of Jim Hackett. Effective May 22, 2017, Hackett is named the new president and chief executive officer of Ford, replacing erstwhile top honcho Mark Fields. In his new role, Hackett is now reporting directly to Executive Chairman Bill Ford.
Along with Bill Ford, Hackett outlined three main objectives for the carmaker: to sharpen Ford’s operational execution; to modernize the company’s present business; and to transform the carmaker to meet future challenges.
Hackett was formerly vice chairman of office furniture giant Steelcase (2014 to 2015). Before that, he was the company’s CEO, until his retirement in February 2014. In total, Hackett spent around 30 years in Steelcase, and is widely credited in guiding the company to becoming a global leader in the office furniture industry. He was instrumental in transforming Steelcase from just a traditional manufacturer to an industry innovator positioned as the #1 in the world.Read the entire article Ford names Jim Hackett as its new CEO
In a game-changing move, Ford has revealed that it will soon produce its first ever all-electric CUV that will be built to be electric from the ground up, and it will be rolled out in 2020.
The American automaker is planning to roll out its first ever autonomous car by the year 2021, a vehicle that will be utilized for car sharing services purposes only. But before releasing the said vehicle, the Blue oval is planning to send off its pioneer all-electric, long range unit, and this will be made available to the public.
During the 2017 Consumer Electric Show in January of this year, Ford CEO Mark Field revealed a bunch of exciting news that includes a whole lot of models that will be fitted with an electric drivetrain option, the Mustang and F-150. Both of these vehicles will hopefully be made with a plug-in hybrid alternative. But the most attention-catching bit is the plan for a fully electric Compact Utility Vehicle that will run at least 300 miles.Read the entire article Ford will release first-ever all-electric CUV with over 300-mile range in 2020
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