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January 28, 2014


Ford to unveil Next Gen Figo at 2014 Auto Expo

Detroit based manufacturer - Ford is going to unveil its new global product during 2014 Auto Expo. According to the invite, the company plans to unveil a new compact car that will be based on their global design philosophy. However, the specifics haven’t been mentioned, but we presume that this would be the next gen Figo, going by the teaser image revealed by the company. The teaser image resembles their recently unveiled KA concept (Brazil).

January 22, 2014


Ford Classic now at Rs. 4.99 Lakh

Ford India has slashed the price of its sedan, Ford Classic and now the new prices of its entire lineup are in a price bracket of Rs. 4.99 - 7.59 Lakh. Indeed, its a rejoicing time for Ford Classic lovers and Ford is also trying to entice as many people possible by placing it at quite an attractive price tag.

January 15, 2014


Ford to double hybrid offerings by 2020: Development chief

The top development executive at Ford Motor Co said on Monday that the US automaker plans to double its hybrid offerings by 2020.

Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Raj Nair said a growing appetite in China and Europe for clean vehicles would drive the trend.


Ford Classic sedan to get cheaper

After witnessing an increase in demand for sub-4 metre and entry level sedans, Ford India launched the Classic entry-level model in the country. However, the company is still selling both the Fiesta and Classic, which has opened a space to bring in the new Fiesta facelift in the market. According to some media reports, Ford Classic will soon get a significant price reduction to counter the increasing competition in the popular entry-level sedan segment. The prices are expected to be reduced by around Rs. 70,000 to 1 lakh, which make its starting price about Rs. 5 lakh.

January 13, 2014


Ford unveils C-MAX Solar Energi concept car at CES gadget show

While autonomous driving is a major theme at the International CES gadget show, cars that use futuristic sources of energy are potentially much closer on the horizon.

Ford Motor Co. showed off a prototype solar hybrid car called the C-MAX Solar Energi, which has a gas engine along with rooftop solar panels that also power the engine. The car is designed to park under a 15-foot-tall carport made of a thin magnifying glass called a Fresnel lens that concentrates the sun's rays onto the panel to efficiently generate electricity. The carport isn't portable. So the car has to stop and recharge.


Ford's bet on aluminum F-150 reflects Mulally's imprint

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co.'s next F-150 pickup will mark one of the biggest gambles in the automaker's history: Converting the hugely popular truck to be made largely out of aluminum while trying to retain the brawniness of steel.

The 2015 F-150 will be unveiled at the Detroit auto show today and is expected to go on sale late this year. How Ford executes the launch of the most-profitable vehicle in its lineup will be closely watched by rivals.


Ford Ecosport gets pricier again

Since the launch of the Ford Ecosport last year, the company has been increasing its prices consistently. It had launched the SUV at the starting price of Rs. 5.59 lakh for the base petrol, while the feature rich Diesel Titanium (O) was priced at Rs. 8.99 lakh.

December 29, 2012


Ford EcoSport Wins SUV of the Year Award in Brazil

Ford EcoSport has already brought so much appreciation and awards to the American auto major, now when the car is about to launch in India bags yet another award in Brazil. The car which is on sale in Brazil for quite a long now gets the SUV of the year award there.Expected to launch by March 2013, the EcoSport compact SUV will be introduced with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. What makes the 1.0-litre EcoBoos so special is the fact that even being smaller in size with only three-cylinders, it is as powerful as a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. It churns out the maximum of 118bhp at 6,000rpm along with the peak torque of 170Nm, proving it to be more powerful than its competitors.

The another engine option which is expected to house the upcoming EcoSport will be a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that currently does its duty to the company's flagship sedan, the Fiesta. Except the impressive design, the upcoming Ford EcoSport impresses with its safety and comfort features like side curtain airbags along with the driver and front passenger airbags, push button start and keyless entry, Traction control, ABS, EBD, 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, Hill Launch Assist, 560-litre storage area with rear seats folded, under seat storage at the front, cooled glove box and various others. As far as the pricing is concerned, we are expecting the EcoSport to be priced even lesser than its closest competitor Duster, as the EcoSport contains about 80 per cent local content.

July 16, 2012


Ford Classic Titanium Launched, Diesel Version in Rs 6.80 lakh

Ford Motors after re-branding the Ford Fiesta Classic as 'Ford Classic' on July 12th for the Indian market has now launched their first product after getting re-badged, the Ford Classic Titanium in both petrol and diesel engine options. Price of both the petrol and diesel version are Rs 6,86,400 lakh and 7.82 lakh respectively. (Prices are ex-showroom, Delhi) Ford has been successful maintaining its image of offering the most fuel efficient cars, the Ford Classic Titanium's diesel version offers a whooping mileage of 32.38 kmpl (as tested by Autocar Cross Country Drive), while the petrol version too gives an impressive 21.27 kmpl of mileage.The all new Classic Titanium being the top end variant of the line up, will have the features like Bluetooth, Speed Sensing volume, new boot spoiler, all new alloys, front and rear fog lights, Drive away locks, body coloured ORVMs and many other. The interior now gets the beige complexion, the grille goes black and the car has been offered in 16 'classic' colours.However, the engines have been kept the same as earlier, 1.6-litre Duratec for petrol and 1.4-litre Duratorq for diesel version. The other available variants too gets a few changes on the design and features, while the prices are to go down across all its variant to make them more competitive.Currently the price of the petrol variants starts at Rs 5.53 lakh, while the entry level diesel comes at a price of Rs 6.80 lakh (Prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)


June 29, 2012


Ford working on automatic "do not disturb" function to combat driver distraction

Ford has been ahead of the curve when it comes to driver distraction – in both inviting potential sources of distraction into the car and then offering technological solutions to help keep drivers focused on the road. Ford's Sync and MyFord Touch systems are happy to make phone calls, play music from your phone, run smartphone apps, read text messages aloud, and allows you to manage almost all of it via voice activation.

However, as industry-leading as Sync's functionality may be, it's come under scrutiny from some safety researchers who insist that all such technology, even when it's voice-activated, is distracting. Ford certainly doesn't want its competitive advantage undermined, and with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicking around recommendations to combat distracted driving, proposed rules that could render navigation systems useless, the topic is certainly a hot one.

So that brings us to today's press release, in which Ford touts its research into what it's calling a "driver workload estimator." That five-dollar phrase is a convoluted way of saying the automaker is trying to figure out how to make its cars automatically block some of the functionality of Sync and MyFord Touch, especially incoming phone calls or text messages. Of course, Ford does not want this automatic activation of the do-not-disturb feature that's already part of MyFord Touch to make customers any more frustrated with the system than they already are. Thus the desire to incorporate biometric feedback into the system.

Ford says it can gather temperature, heart rate, and respiration through a special experimental steering wheel and seat belt. The car's computer could then use this information to augment data already coming from the rest of the vehicle to determine if it's not a good time to notify the driver that, say, her sister just accidentally butt-called her from the bar. While you could make the case that it's really never a good time for such a call, Ford is more concerned with keeping the phone from ringing when you're trying to merge into heavy freeway traffic.

And when might you be able to purchase such electronic wizardry? No time soon. We talked to Jeff Greenberg, Senior Technical Leader at Ford Research, and he told us that the company has no current production plans for the technology, as it's concerned about how customers will react to it. "We do have a lot to learn about what customers will accept," he said. Scroll down to read the full press release.

Source : Autoblog

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