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Ford's Plan For Better MPG: More EcoBoost Engines and Lighter Cars

Friday April 16th, 2010 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

EcoBoost engineTurbos and lighter cars could be both efficient and fun

Ford Motor Company has announced that they will sell three new versions of their fuel-saving EcoBoost engines by the end of this year. The company hopes to produce 1.5 million EcoBoost engines by 2013. Ford is placing so much faith in its turbocharged engines that the company plans on using the engine in 90 percent of cars built in the U.S.

If you are not up to date on FoMoCo’s marketing language, an EcoBoost engine is essentially a turbocharged direct-injected engine with variable valve timing. Ford designed the engine with the hope that it will produce the power of a larger displacement engine, but with the fuel efficiency of a smaller one. Ford claims the current 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine produces V-8 horsepower and V-6 fuel economy.

The three new EcoBoost engines are a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6 designed for rear-wheel-drive applications. The 2.0-liter has been confirmed to be in the next-generation Ford Explorer and Edge. The V-6 will be used in the F-150. The new EcoBoost engine could potentially give the F-150 the best fuel efficiency in its class.

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North America Finally Gets the Goods With 2012 Ford Focus

Monday February 1st, 2010 at 3:22 PM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2012 Ford FocusThe Euro-spec Focus comes stateside early 2011

For many years lucky Europeans got the ‘good’ version of the Ford Focus, but starting in 2011, American car buyers will finally get to buy the real thing. The 2012 Ford Focus unveiled at this year’s North American International Auto Show is nothing like the dull econo-box we have had to deal with for years. This new car will likely be serious competition for Honda, Toyota and GM in the compact-car market segment.

Globally Ford will offer the Focus with ten different engine options. In the US, a 2.0 liter direct-injection 155-hp engine will be standard. An Ecoboost option will likely be available as well for people that are looking for a little more horsepower. Unfortunately it’s unlikely we will ever see the 1.6 liter diesel engine stateside.

To improve fuel efficiency, Ford is using its new dual-clutch, fully automatic PowerShift transmission. Ford is claiming the new transmission will improve fuel economy by 9 percent. A transmission this sophisticated is almost unheard of in this market segment and is a real surprise.

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New Cars On the Horizon for 2010

Friday January 15th, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

Lotus EvoraBy Greg Gaillard

If 2009 was a year of uncertainty, manufacturers’ products certainly didn’t show it. Buyers were able to choose from two new class-leading hybrids, a couple of new pony cars and several other creative designs that all pushed the boundaries of their respective segments. Despite the economic downturn with accompanied scrambling for solvency, the trend toward smarter, efficient cars took root and stood firm.

The list below includes exciting new products scheduled for production during calendar year 2010. From the buyer’s perspective many will be worth the wait as they represent new thinking and technology that are expected to carry manufacturers through the industry’s transition to Electric Vehicles (EV) as well as new form factors that suit today’s economy and lifestyle. If 2009′s LA Auto Show is any indication of what to expect in 2010, the trend toward efficiency and driver involvement will continue. And in some cases manufacturers are counting on strong sales to justify new partnerships and changes to old-school business practices. Even more than 2009, 2010 will focus on product first and provide consumers with several choices worth waiting for.

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2010 Ford Taurus SHO Review – SHO nuff! …Finally!

Wednesday December 23rd, 2009 at 10:1212 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2010 Ford Taurus SHO
By Gary Chan

Pros

  • Engine – Smooth as silk
  • Quiet interior (for a performance car)
  • Ride quality rivals a European full-size sedan
  • Microsoft SYNC

Cons

  • Sometimes bigger isn’t always better
  • 10-way power adjustable Multi-Contour front seats didn’t make my backside happy
  • Luxury car price for a (very nice) Ford sedan

I was in college when the first Ford Taurus SHO came out with the Yamaha-built V-6. Back in the day before the Internet became a big funnel of information and porn, I remember reading all the car-buff mags and drooling over its awesome 220-horsepower. It was with great interest that I wanted to drive this new Ford Taurus SHO with the cool redesign that possessed a very sporty and European-look. The fact that it was painted Candy Red Metallic surely didn’t help matters (*grin*) … where are the keys!

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2009 LA Auto Show Focuses on the Future of Small Cars

Wednesday December 16th, 2009 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

LA Auto Show logoLos Angeles’ Best in Show

By Greg Gaillard

Small, sporty and efficient are back. Overall, the American market continues to drift in the doldrums, but there are signs of life in segments that embrace these values. It’s no accident that during the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program many of the trades were from large SUVs to much smaller vehicles such as Toyota’s Corolla, Ford’s Focus and Honda’s Civic. People are ready for right size cars and the 2009 LA Auto Show proved that manufacturers are ready to respond with a brace of efficient and exciting choices. If the industry can market these new cars properly, we won’t need another government subsidy to keep people in small and efficient vehicles.

As a show, LA feels like a return to reality from the preceding, concept-heavy Tokyo spectacle. While there were certainly a fair number of concepts at LA, the big news was how manufacturers were positioning themselves to take advantage of trends in the US market. CarReview is happy to report that it’s all good. There will be plenty of green tech to go around and a fair dose of sport to go along with it. Below are some of the highlights:

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Video – 2010 Mustang Sessions With Pat Duffy

Monday November 30th, 2009 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

2010 Mustang GT Unleashed

Jeff Richter, the video director, came up with idea of the 2010 Mustang GT sessioning with skateboard legends Pat Duffy and X-Games gold medalist Jake Brown on the streets of Los Angeles. Not only does the GT perform its usual dance of burnouts and drifting, but it also shows off its street cred with a few ollies, kickflips, and 360s in a chase scene with Duffy.

This is the ninth installment of Ford’s 10 Unleashed campaign. Follow the link to view all the installments of Ford’s Mustang marketing campaign.

http://www.fordvehicles.com/the2010mustang/

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First Impressions: 2010 Ford Transit Connect – Compact van delivers in a big way

Friday November 27th, 2009 at 5:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

2010 Ford Transit Connect
By Derek Mau

Pros

  • Nimble in the city
  • A fuel-efficient 2.0-liter engine
  • Cavernous space given its exterior size
  • Innovative high-tech options and available Ford Work Solutions™
  • Low operating and ownership costs

Cons

  • Turtles are quicker
  • Modest payload capacity of 1600 pounds
  • Funky Fusion-meets-Sprinter van styling

Small businesses or someone looking for a blank canvas to do a custom conversion will take delight that the Ford Transit Connect may just be the ticket. The fullsize van has been lost in obscurity from many carmaker’s product line up and the Transit Connect is a keen replacement. Boasting a roomy interior that is ripe for customizing towards professional services that need to be mobile, the Transit Connect is a versatile work mule that is compact and economical.

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First Impressions: 2011 Ford Fiesta – Betting the future on a stylish, spunky subcompact

Tuesday November 24th, 2009 at 1:1111 PM
Posted by: AKramer

Euro-Spec Ford Fiesta Coupe

By Alexander Kramer

Pros:

  • Stylish exterior design
  • Impeccable road manners
  • Silky smooth clutch
  • Modern, well-appointed interior

Cons:

  • A bit pricey for a subcompact
  • Could use a few more ponies under the hood
  • Final US version could be watered down

Small is the new black
For Americans, bigger is often better, especially when it comes to automobiles. It’s no surprise, then, that American car manufacturers have generally avoided producing the kind of practical and efficient small cars that are so popular in the rest of the world. That is, until now. The folks at Ford believe there is a significant shift occurring that will make small cars as successful in the next decade as SUV’s were in the 90’s. Don’t believe it? Here are several factors that could lead to our parking lots looking a lot more like those in Europe.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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2010 Ford Focus Review – The compact car that can!

Friday November 13th, 2009 at 8:1111 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2010 Ford Focus
By Holly Roberts

Pros:

  • Shocking (and decent) acceleration when already at speed (from 0 to 60, not so good)
  • Mileage, mileage, mileage!!!!
  • Microsoft SYNC
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Built-in Bluetooth

Cons:

  • The interior is a bit noisy on the freeway (which hampers the SYNC a bit)
  • While still a value car, the interior did feel a “bit” cheap

Fuel Economy:
EPA Estimates: 24 in the city, and 33 highway (or 27 combined)
Actual: 31.2 mpg

I was pretty luke-warm on driving the Ford Focus.  But I decided to clear all my preconceptions out and just review it for what it is:  an American-made compact car.  Honestly, it really surprised me.  Our model was the top-end car, and was packed with thoughtful features.  Most impressive of all (to me):  the voice-activated Ford SYNC System, and the fuel economy numbers!

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