Ford EcoSport

After a series of images revealed last month, Ford released an official statement which gives details of the new EcoSport, the model that the US car manufacturer wants to be the best model in the small SUV segment.

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Ford EcoSport has gone through some changes, especially regarding the suspension and the steering to be well received by European customers. Ford EcoSport is 4.24 meters long, 1.69 meters high and has a trunk with a volume ranging between 322 and 705 liters.

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The Ford EcoSport standard equipment will include ESP, six airbags and a SYNC multimedia system. The EcoSport will be the third model that will use the SYNC technology, along with Fiesta and B-Max.

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The Ford EcoSport SUV will be powered by the 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine, with 125 HP and another 1.5 liter petrol engine with 110 HP. For those who prefer diesel, Ford will offer a 1.5-liter engine and 90 HP, which Ford officials say will offer the best consumer for the small SUV segment.

The Ford EcoSport SUV will be launched later this year, and will join a SUV range that will include the new generation of Ford Kuga.

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Ford B-Max–the first official photo

Ford B-Max – the star model of the Craiova factory in Romania, was unveiled on the Internet. The model will debut at the Geneva Motor Show and the production will begin in April. The B-Max model kept the concept innovative feature: no pillar B. This forces the Ford engineers to make a more rigid body in that area and use the front seats with integrated belt.

Ford BMax

The new small van from Ford has the largest storage space in its class and a high materials. Only one engine for the B-Max will be built at the Romanian factory  -the  1.0 EcoBoost unit that will be offered in three power levels: 100HP, 120HP  and 125 HP. In addition to to the  EcoBoost engines, the B-Max will be available with the Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.

"B-MAX combines exciting and innovative design features that would previously have been found only in the higher classes. It is a completely new car that meets the needs of a increasing number of customers who want more than a  lower class car" said Stephen Odell, the President and CEO of Ford Europe.

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Ford B-Max has rear seats that fold 60/40, and that can be folded to reveal a perfectly flat floor. The front seats will be available in both versions with side airbags and without side airbags. Also, the supplier of seats of the Ford announced that the B-Max model will be offered both with manual adjustable seats and electrically adjustable seats. Some versions will also benefit from leather upholstery, said the Johnson Controls officials.

Ford B-Max interior

The B-Max debut on the western European market will take place in the third quarter of this year.

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Ford C-max Loder1899 tuning

Ford C-Max has received a tuning package from Loder1899. The tuning house has decided to transform the sport family model in a more appealing car. The C-max receives an aesthetic model kit, which includes a front bumper, an integrated diffuser in the rear bumper and a set of alloy wheels that are offered in 18, 19 or 20 inches sizes and a cost between 365 and 688 euros apiece. The customers can opt for a suspension kit which lowers the ride height by 35 millimeters.

Under the hood, the Loder1899 have worked on the 2.0 TDCI engine of the C-Max. The standard engine offers 163 HP and 340 Nm, but the Loder1899 version develops 190 HP and 380 Nm. Thanks to higher levels of power and torque, the Ford C-Max 2.0 TDCI accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 8.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 263 km/h. The engine performance package costs just 849 euros and is represented by a new ECU unit.

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Ford Mustang will have a global design

After the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo, another Ford model with tradition will become a global product, with the launch of the new generation. It is the legendary muscle-car Mustang, which Ford plans to sell worldwide.
To succeed at this level, the American model will have to adopt a completely new design, resulted from the collaboration of three design studios of the of the US car manufacturer: Europe, US and Australia.
Derrick Kuzak, the responsible for the development of the sport model, said that “the upcoming Mustang is a complex endeavor, as with any product marketed in recent years. Currently, the director of the design, J. Mays and his team are drawing the general lines of the body and prepare the most interesting stylistic elements of the project” concluded Kuzak.
A recent example of the collaboration between the design offices is the Ranger Wildtrack edition, a project with Australian origins, but with European design. The new generation of Mustang will debut on the world market only in 2014.

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Ford B-Max Concept ready to debut

Ford will present the new B-Max concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The new concept foreshadows a production model that will be built by Ford in Romania and that will go into production in 12 months. Unlike the other minivans in its segment, the B-Max has a special design that gives the B-pillar and enters sliding doors. Thanks to these features, the access to rear seats is the best of class the and the flexibility and the reach are at high rates.

“By the popular S-MAX and Galaxy, along with the new C-Max and Grand C-Max, Ford has a history of bringing innovation and style to the MPV segment. The new B-Max shows that Ford is ready to bring the same bold mentality to the small car market. Thanks to the dynamic design of the doors and the unique format, the B-Max sends a strong message to customers who want a versatile, compact and stylish model” said Stephen Odell, the CEO of Ford Europe.

Ford officials said the new B-Max will be 11 cm taller than the Fiesta. With both doors open, Ford will have a frontage of over 1.5 meters wide, double what rivals offer (the Ford officials refer to the Opel Meriva). By folding the rear seat, the B-max concept gives a flat floor that can carry objects with a maximum length of 2.35 meters.

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Ford Fiesta Sport+ ready to be launched

Ford announced the launch of a more sportive versions of Fiesta, that will enter into its showrooms across Europe.
Expected to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Fiesta Sport +, as he was called by its creators, has a 1.6 liter engine, which was modified to become an exciting product, for the young fans. The unit has increased from 120 to 134 HP and from 152 to 160 Nm, which means that performance has improved: the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h decreases from 9.9 to 8.7 seconds and the maximum speed increase from 193 to 195 km/h.
To better highlight the changes made under the hood, Ford introduced on the Fiesta Sport + a new body color: the Performance Blue and a set of longitudinal Frozen White vinyl. The front spoiler and the discharge are redesigned, and 17-inch white wheels complete the sport look of the new Fiesta.
The new Ford Fiesta Sport + will appear in showrooms across Europe later this spring.

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Ford prepares the return of the GT

In the middle of last month, a Ford official suggested that the management of the American car manufacturer is thinking to relaunch the one of the most iconic models of Ford. It is the Ford GT supercar, which will returned again in the spotlight.

According to unofficial sources, the successor of the Ford GT will have a four-wheel drive configuration, capable of supporting the presence of a hybrid assembly consisting of a petrol engine and two electric ones.

More voices argue that it could the supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine, capable of delivering approximately 600 HP. For the front, Ford could use two electrical units of of 100 HP, inspired by the hybrid architecture used by Porsche on the 918 Spyder and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

Develop their own propulsion system, a transmission capable of managing large resources and a chassis that will impress will be a long and costly process for Ford, which means that if  it will enter the production, the successor of the GT will have a price worth the investment made by the U.S. manufacturer.

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Ford Figo could debut in Europe

Very popular on the Indian market, the Ford Figo could be launched also in Europe. Several sources inside Ford say that the US manufacturer intends to bring in Europe the low-cost model, created and developed specifically for the Indian public.
Figo would become a global model, ready to be sold on 50 markets in the world, divided between Europe, Mexico and North Africa. The model, which costs around 5,200 euros in India, was developed based on the old Fiesta generation and is available in two versions, both petrol, with manual gearbox and a 1.2-liter engine and 71 HP or a 1.4-liter Duratorq and 69 HP.

However, to be sold on the European market, Ford Figo will require some substantial changes. The materials used inside on the Indian model are with a lower quality than the European one, which is already used  with good products like the current Fiesta and Focus. To launch the new Figo in Europe, Ford would have to introduce a low-cost brand.

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Ford Vertrek Concept – the future Kuga

Ford has used its stand at the Detroit auto show to expose the whole concept about the future of its range. Thus, if until now we have seen the electric version of the Focus, we move to a concept that underlines the vision of Ford in the design of future models of the American car manufacturer.

The prototype is officially called Vertrek , and is the development of the Kinetic design line, present in the range  of the American manufacturer all over the world. On the aesthetic level, the Vertrek concept is a model that combines the design lines of the European Kuga with the Escape model from US, so the result is one that goes beyond the borders of continents.

The novelty is represented by the new trapezoidal grille with an evolved design, the front  and back elongated and narrowed lamp units, and a glass ceiling that will most probably remain in concept stage. The interior of the Vertrek is the one that shows the  belonging to a evolved Kinetic concept and the vents and sharp angles clearly showing that we are talking about a  new Ford concept. Obviously, thin stools, very interesting from an aesthetic point of view, but not very practical, will disappear from the landscape when the Vertrek version will enter the production line.

Ford Vertrek Concept is based on the C platform, the one on which the new Focus is built, which means that it is very likely that its realistic lines are present on the next generation of Kuga.

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This is the future Ford Focus electric

The electric version of the new Ford Focus was officially presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011), an event that takes place these days in Las Vegas. The model will be introduced in the U.S. market this year and will be imported to Europe from 2013.

Compared with the classical model, the new Focus electric has a new grill which improves the aerodynamic coefficient of the car. The first electric model produced by Ford has an engine  with 125 HP and 245 Nm and is powered by a lithium-ion battery of 23 kWh. The  maximum speed of the Ford Focus electric is 136 km/h, and the owners will be able to travel 160 kilometers without charging the  battery.

The time to recharge the batteries is 3-4 hours in a 240-volt outlet. Unlike the other electric models the batteries of the American vehicle are cooled with liquid, which means that their temperature remains at an optimum level to provide the maximum performance and battery life.

“More than any other electric vehicle on the market, the new Focus EV doesn’t lose anything in the dynamics and the roadholding of a traditional car” said Sheriff Marakby an official of Ford. In the basic version, the new model has six airbags and an electronic traction control. Also, the customers will enjoy the MyFord Touch technology with a Sony audio system.

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