Archive for October 2010

HIGH-TECH, FUEL-EFFICIENT ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS DEBUTS AT 2010 PARIS MOTOR SHOW

  • New Focus to launch in North America with class-leading technologies, features and craftsmanship; highway fuel economy projected to be 40 mpg, with automatic transmission
  • Production of 2012 Focus to begin in North America in late 2010, with sales of both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback scheduled for early 2011
  • Performance model – Ford Focus ST – debuts at Paris Motor Show, to be available in markets around the world, including North America, beginning in 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 29, 2010 – The new 2012 Ford Focus makes its production debut today at the Paris Motor Show and will launch in North America early in 2011.

Ford’s North American engineering team is targeting fuel economy of 40 mpg highway for the most efficient Focus model, equipped with an automatic transmission. Research shows that 90 percent of buyers in the segment choose automatic transmissions. The new Focus will also offer North American consumers a full complement of Ford technology – including Ford SYNC®, MyFord Touch™, in-car Wi-Fi capability, active park assist and rear view camera.

The new Focus is the result of a global product development program bringing together Ford’s best engineers and technology from around the world. The new Focus will be sold in 122 markets worldwide and manufactured in Ford plants in Asia, Europe and North America.

“The new Ford Focus is a clear demonstration that our One Ford strategy is providing global consumers with great products that harness the best of Ford Motor Company,” said Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO. “The efficiencies generated by our new global C-car platform will enable us to provide Ford Focus customers with an affordable product offering quality, fuel efficiency, safety and technology beyond their expectations.”

Next month, consumers in North America will have online access to package and pricing information for both the sedan and the five-door model. Based on early demand for the Ford Fiesta, five-door hatchback models are growing in popularity. With the launch of the new Focus, joining the popular new Fiesta, Ford will be the only full-line auto manufacturer to offer its B- and C-segment small cars in both sedan and hatch bodystyles in the U.S. market.

All Focus models sold in North America will be powered by Ford’s most advanced naturally aspirated engine ever: a new, 2.0-liter gasoline engine equipped with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing – two important fuel-saving technologies. A six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission will also be offered. This advanced, dual-clutch gearbox helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 9 percent compared to conventional transmissions.

At the Paris Motor Show, Ford will also unveil the highly anticipated Focus ST. The new high-performance five-door Focus model is being developed for all global markets and is on schedule to launch during 2012. This will be the first time Ford has produced one of its highly regarded performance models for a global audience.

Fiesta Nears Top on Back-to-School List

Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com announced its 2010 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars, and near the top of that list was the 2011 Fiesta. Fiesta came in at #2, but was ranked higher than all other new vehicles on the list, which combined both new and used cars.

Fiesta earned high marks for its fuel economy of up to 40 highway mpg*, standard stability control, and push-button start, plus a low starting price of around $14,000. In choosing the cars, the kbb.com editors kept key financial criteria in mind, considering all new cars with a value under $18,000.

Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com executive editorial director and executive market analyst, Jack R. Nerad, said new car entries like the Fiesta “offer advanced technological features and forward-looking designs to engage any student, with price points that won’t disappoint parents.”

Ford also earned a second nod on the list with its 2006 Crown Victoria. The editors cited comfort, interior space and reliability as the key factors for placing the Crown Vic in the Top 10.

To see the complete list of cars, view the Back-to-School Cars gallery on kbb.com.

*EPA-estimated 29 city/40 hwy/33 combined, automatic SFE.

EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION FAMILY GETS AN ALL- NEW 2011 FORD EXPLORER

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 22., 2010 – The 2011 Ford Explorer has been redesigned from bottom to top, with at least 20 percent better highway fuel economy and uncompromised capability. These attributes will come in handy for Trisha Urban, as she travels to raise funds for the American Heart Association and while working as a hospice nurse.

Urban will be the recipient of an all-new Explorer – donated by Ford Motor Company – as a component of her Extreme Makeover: Home Edition segment to be aired on ABC this Sunday, October 24 at 7:00 P.M. EDT. A widow, Urban lost her husband to a heart attack on the very day their daughter Cora was born. She devotes her time to fund-raising on behalf of the American Heart Association and helps families in need through her work as a hospice nurse.

Immediately following the show’s airing, a live Facebook chat will be hosted by the pink-helmeted designer, Paige Hemmis and Ford’s Crossover Group Marketing Manager Amy Marentic. This pair will answer Explorer questions from viewers, Facebook friends and fans. Follow along at http://www.facebook.com/FordExplorer.

The Facebook chat with Hemmis and Marentic is part of Ford’s on-going commitment to creating a dialog that resonates with existing customers while building connections with new prospects. Since the Explorer was revealed on Facebook this past summer, consumers have had their questions answered via text, photos and videos, providing quick and personal responses to their specific questions.
This dynamic social media forum is all about engaging prospective consumers in an on-going conversation that will continue to evolve through the Explorer launch. Find out more at: http://www.facebook/fordexplorer

The Explorer integration into the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition storyline offers viewers a demonstration of MyFord Touch™ driver connection technology, and how it can be life-enhancing for a driver on-the-go such as Urban.

Ford is delighted to participate in this kind of initiative, showcasing both a great product and people like Urban and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew to make a better world.

Ford reveals its all-new, purpose-built Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle

Ford Motor Company, the police vehicle market leader for 15 years, has done it again. The company unveiled the all-new Police Interceptor Utility vehicle in Chicago.
To develop the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.

“Their feedback mattered to us,” said Scott Tobin, Ford vehicle line director for cars and crossovers. “Safety and durability were at the top of their list. So safety and durability were at the top of ours.”

Since law enforcement officials have specific needs, Ford’s engineers designed several features to address the special requirements of the job. Including:

Ballistic Door Panels: These are certified by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to stop all Type III and all lesser NIJ rounds.

75 MPH Crash Test Rated: Ford Police Interceptors are purpose-built to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing. (Ford is the only manufacturer to publish results.)

Personal Safety System: Designed to protect, the Personal Safety System™ is a holistic, networked safety approach. The always-on-alert Safety Canopy® System includes a rollover sensor, along with roll-fold, side-curtain airbags. Meanwhile, the Interceptors are structurally tough. A reinforced, heavy-duty unibody architecture creates multiple crush zones.

Interior Comfort: The driver seat is six-way power adjustable with lumbar support. Plus, both front seats feature sculpted foam at the bottom of the seat back to accommodate an officer’s utility belt. And inserted into the seatback, are anti-stab plates, designed to protect front-seat occupants.

The Police Interceptor utility crossover complements the Taurus-based sedan in Ford’s police lineup. The utility vehicle will come in front- and all-wheel-drive models, and will be powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 making at least 280 hp working with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The utility vehicle and sedan are part of Ford’s dual approach to replacing the aging Crown Victoria, which remains the most popular car for police around the country. Ford is breaking away from that car’s tried-and-true mold of V8 power channeled to the rear wheels, though the company is quick to say the all-wheel setup will be just as effective for officers.

“This is a very diverse industry with multifaceted requirements,” said Jim Holland, chief engineer of the police utility vehicle. The utility vehicle is also said to get 20 percent better fuel economy than the current Crown Vic.

Both vehicles were tested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police.

Ford’s new Police Interceptor utility will be manufactured at Ford’s Chicago (Ill.) Assembly Plant and will be offered without interruption when production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends in late 2011.

New V6 Engine Makes 2011 Ford F-150 Most Fuel Efficient Full-Size Pickup


You asked, and Ford Motor Company answered: 70 percent of F-150 customers said better fuel economy is what they’d like improved most in their truck. And that they got – the 2011 Ford F-150 is projected to be the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup of any manufacturer, thanks to a projected 23 mpg highway (pending final EPA certification) with the new 3.7-liter engine. The new 5.0-liter V8 engine is projected to deliver 21 mpg highway, pending EPA certification.
“The all-new engine lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150 is focused on delivering what matters most to truck customers – best-in-class power, capability, durability and fuel economy,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “Each engine offers an unequaled combination of these attributes.”
The new 3.7-liter V6 is projected to deliver 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. Projections for the new 5.0-liter V8 are 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. No manufacturer offers better fuel economy numbers in these respective segments.
Also new for 2011 are the 6.2-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost™. The EcoBoost will be available in early 2011; trucks with the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 will arrive in dealer showrooms later this year. The new V6 and V8 make up half of an all-new powertrain lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150, part of the most extensive engine makeover in the 62-year history of F-Series. This versatile new powertrain lineup enables F-150 customers to choose the engine that best suits their needs.
Each engine is mated to a fuel-saving 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission, which has SelectShift capability with progressive range select and manual mode for the first time. Ford is the only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup lineup with six-speed gearboxes as standard. A one-way clutch, which allows for smoother 1-2 and 2-1 shifts, faster downshifts and improved fuel economy, also has been added. The gear ratios, span and shift schedule have been optimized for better off-the-line performance and improved fuel economy. The double-overdrive gear also provides better fuel economy.
Another fuel saver is the addition of class-exclusive electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost powertrains. The EPAS system replaces a conventional hydraulic system, which runs continuously off the engine, with a system that draws power only when needed. Ford is the first manufacturer to widely offer EPAS on full-size pickup trucks. EPAS contributes about a 4 percent fuel-economy benefit compared with conventional hydraulic systems.
“Our new engine lineup allows greater flexibility for customers to select the powertrain choice that best suits their needs,” said Samardzich. “And each engine delivers outstanding power, capability and fuel economy.”
Here are highlights of each new engine:
3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6
• Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
• Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm
• Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow
• Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) creates precise, variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize power, performance and fuel economy
• E85 flex fuel capability
• Piston-cooling jets, which squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions
• Forged-steel crankshaft for improved durability
• Built at Cleveland Engine Plant
5.0-liter four-valve DOHC Ti-VCT V8
• Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm
• Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm
• Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow
• New strengthened block and new cylinder head optimized for performance and enhanced cooling
• Unique intake camshafts, combined with Ti-VCT, composite intake manifold and optimized compression ratio for improved low-speed torque and towing capability
• Forged-steel crank and all-new oil cooler enhance durability
• Piston-cooling jets, which squirt oil on the underside of the pistons to keep the piston crowns cool under extreme operating conditions
• E85 flex fuel capability
• Built at Essex Engine Plant; Windsor, Ontario
6.2-liter two-valve SOHC V8
The 6.2-liter V8 is a premium engine offering on the 2011 F-150. It is now standard on F-150 SVT Raptor, with expanded offering on other specialty applications.
• Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
• Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
• Projected 12 mpg city, 17 mpg highway (4×2 configuration), pending final EPA certification
• Durability of race-proven components and technology showcased in November 2008 when a 6.2-liter Raptor R not only survived the grueling Baja 1000, it earned a podium finish. The same engine then completed every mile of the 2009 Best in the Desert series
• Utilizes a large bore and shorter stroke. This approach to creating power has its roots in storied Ford racing engines. The large bore allows for larger intake and exhaust valves for improved engine airflow, and the short stroke allows higher engine speed for increased horsepower
• Because of the large bore size, two spark plugs per cylinder are used to more efficiently burn the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber, enabling better fuel economy and increased engine torque. The twin plugs also help maintain a smooth, stable idle
• Built at Romeo (Mich.) Engine Plant
3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost
A premium powertrain offering available after launch, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost has more torque than any competitors’ V8 with the fuel economy of a smaller-displacement engine. This EcoBoost engine will establish a new benchmark for its combination of performance capability and fuel efficiency.
• 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
• Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular fuel
• Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
• Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors
• Up to 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
• New benchmark for combination of performance capability and fuel efficiency
• Ti-VCT creates precise, variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize power, performance and fuel economy
• Intake and exhaust camshafts optimized for improved fuel economy and performance
• Cast exhaust manifolds for heavy-duty operation and durability
• Improved manifold and cylinder heads for improved performance
• Direct-acting mechanical bucket (DAMB) valvetrain with polished buckets to reduce friction and improve fuel economy

A Glimpse Inside The 2012 Ford Grand C-Max

The upcoming 2012 Grand C-Max will soon get Ford back into the minivan segment. While the C-Max is more of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) than traditional minivan, it could offer buyers a more car-like option for their cargo- and passenger-hauling needs.
Another factor that may help the C-Max stand apart from other minivans is its innovative second row of seating, where the middle seat can fold out of sight into a compartment under the adjacent seat cushion. This system allows passengers to easily reach the third row seating, and it could also be useful for larger cargo as well.

Another Rendering – Ford’s Fiesta based SUV

Ford Fiesta SUV

First BMW, then Volvo and now Ford is trying to bring in a SUV based on a hatchback platform, the Fiesta platform to be precise. The spy pics released earlier reveal a European Fiesta with a jacked up suspension for higher ground clearance.

The car also has chunky alloy wheels with flared wheel arches to give it a full SUV look. The overall design is not that far from a bog standard Fiesta apart from a few changes to the front and rear bumper to give it a bit masculine look.

It is expected to be powered by a turbocharged Eco boost engine mated to a 6 speed automatic gearbox and will be available in 2 and 4 wheeled drive. The list of cars that it will be competing against includes the Volkswagen CrossPolo and the Nissan Juke.

2010Ford F-150

The durable and reliable trucks of today provide for excellent support system along with greater versatility factors, the new 2010 Ford F-150 is an all round truck that gives you excellent ride, with quieter cabin and good interior features of the machine. The functional cabin of the new Ford truck provides for extra luxurious experience along with different available tools and equipments that makes it a pleasurable drive. The only drawback of this machine is that the steering wheel of the machine does not consist of a telescope and the machine lacks in the performance quotient. The machine was full re-designed last year and the new version comes with a big bang with the return of Harley Davidson trim level version, the machine also introduces high output yielding SVT Raptor trim machine. The F- series Ford trucks have been the most famous and popular amongst Americans for the last 30 years now. The F-150 comes with appealing looks; it’s a full sized truck that carries its core design and stature to the typical big sized trucks. The Fords provides good hauling and towing capabilities with increased power and utility with each of its new trucks unveiled.

 

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

EnginEee Specifications
Engine type 4.6L 2-valve V8 4.6L 3-valve V8 5.4L 3-valve V8
Engine electronics PCM PCM PCM
Displacement (cu. in.) 281 CID 281 CID 330 CID
Horsepower (SAE [email protected]) [email protected],750 [email protected],700 [email protected],000
Torque (lb.-ft. @rpm) [email protected] [email protected] [email protected],500
Compression ratio 9.4:1 9.8:1 9.8:1
Bore x stroke (in.) 3.55×3.54 3.55×3.55 3.55×4.17
Main bearings 5 5 5
Valve lifters Hydraulic, roller finger Hydraulic, roller finger Hydraulic, roller finger
Fuel delivery Sequential multi-port electronic injection Sequential multi-port electronic injection Sequential multi-port electronic injection
Recommended fuel Unleaded regular Unleaded regular Unleaded regular/E85
Fuel Economy 4×2 15 City/19 HWY 4×4 14 City/19 HWY 4×2 15 City/21 HWY 4×4 14 City/20 HWY 4×2 14 City/20 HWY 4×4 14 City/18 HWY
Exhaust Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Transmission type Electronic 4-speed automatic overdrive Electronic 6-speed automatic with overdrive Electronic 6-speed automatic with overdrive
Engine block material Cast iron Cast iron Cast iron
Cylinder head material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

 

 

 

INTERIOR SPECIFICATIONS

Interior Dimensions
Cab style Regular Cab SuperCab SuperCrew
Head room front/rear (in.) 41 41.0/39.7 41.0/40.3
Shoulder room front/rear (in.) 66.6 66.6/66.8 65.9/65.6
Hip room front/rear (in.) 60.5 60.5/66.6 60.5/64.6
Leg room front/rear (in.) 41.4 41.4/33.4 41.4/43.5