Archive for May 2012

Ford Calls for Greener and Smarter Technologies

During today’s Mackinac Policy Conference, a representative from the Ford Motor Company requested policy reform in order to better foster innovation which he believes is critical in ensuring the company’s competitiveness and creating more high-tech jobs.  Ford told delegates that the trends emerging in manufacturing, green technology and mobility demonstrate a great opportunity to create a dynamic, diverse and growing economy.

“While Michigan is the home of the auto industry, the trends affecting our industry offer a great opportunity to make it the home of a variety of other industries as well,” said Bill Ford. “We are heading in the right direction to grow Michigan by putting the right policies in place and investing in Michigan’s future. We want this technology to become a core competency for us in the 21st century. And we are building the expertise to do that right here in our home state.”

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The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The highly anticipated 2013 Ford Fusion is ready to please a large array of consumers with its multiple engines: regular gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Unfortunately, the plug-in hybrid, or Energi, won’t be available at this year’s launch as the hybrid model will.

Ford is expecting 2013 Fusion Hybrid to become a class-leader in the fuel efficiency department. Predictions for MPG are 47 in the city and 44 MPG on the highway.  the new Fusion’s fuel economy stands to outperform those of both the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by anywhere from 4-12 MPG.

The combined output from the new Fusion Hybrid’s 2-liter 4-cylinder engine and the electric motor will be around 180 horsepower, which isn’t shabby for such a large amount of MPG.  Even more desirable is the voice-activated SYNC with MyFord connectivity with two customizable LCD screens in the dash.  Prices for they new Fusion Hybrid have not been officially released yet, but experts expect it to start around $25K.

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Driver-Assist Tehcnologies in the 2013 Ford Fusion

The new Ford Fusions have pleasantly surprised automotive media with their sleeker and attractive exterior stylings, but that’s not all the Fusion has going for it.  One area the car truly excels in is Driver Assist technology as the Fusion comes with an array of systems to make driving a breeze.

Drive Assist features include Lane-Keeping System with Driver Alert, adaptive cruise control and collision warning, and active park assist.  The Lane-Keeping System uses a forward-facing camera that can scan the road surface for lane markings so that if you cross ta line, it vibrates the steering wheel to grab your attention.

The adaptive cruse control uses a radar sensor that measures the distance and speed to the vehicle ahead and adjusts yours accordingly.  Park Assist utilizes electric power-assisted steering and ultrasonic sensors to help you parallel park.

Then there’s Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert which uses radar senses to monitor the spaces beside and behind the vehicle.

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Ford Employees Begin Inventions

Ford‘s newes TechShop opened in Detroit last week on it’s mission to open more throughout the US. TechShop is a workshop meant to spark creativity and grow Detroit’s creative community. Ford’s Employee Patent Incentive Award program provides free TechShop memberships to its employees submitting inventions. It is also open to non-Ford employees for a membership fee.  It’s estimated that about 2,000 incentive memberships will be provided to Ford employees this year and that invention submissions are up over 30 percent versus last year.

Ford employees are using TechShop as an outlet for creativity and experimentation, enabling them to easily and quickly build prototypes and bring their ideas to life. Some projects are for solving needs outside of the office, such as a creating a log debarking attachment for a chainsaw and others can help improve the work they do for Ford like designing more comfortable car seats.” Bill Coughlin, CEO of Ford Global Technologies, told media.

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SAE Says Ford Shelby Has the Most Powerful V8 Engine

According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, the vehicle powered by most powerful V8 in production is the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. The 5.8 liter supercharged engine in the high-performance Mustang is not easily missed with its 662HP and 631 lb ft of torque.

Ford doesn’t want consumers thinking the car is a gas guzzler.  They say the revised front fascia and splitter help manage airflow and make the car more aerodynamic, also helping gas mileage.  This is important when you consider the bigger and badder engine from its predecessor’s 550Hp engine.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its segment and is “the most fuel-efficient car with over 550 horsepower in any segment available in America,” Ford said in a statement. Competitors include the 580-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 470-hp Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 will be built at Ford’s Flat Rock, Mich., facility and goes on sale later this year.  For more information or to be the first to get your hands on one, contact Sound Ford.