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Ford Fiesta Comes July

Ford Fiesta Comes July

Last year, PT Ford Motor Indonesia ketiban provision of the order of the Indonesian Police. Despite orders not to continue this year, car manufacturers still rely Ranger as the backbone of national sales.

Ranger pickup truck is still registered the highest sales during the first quarter of 2010, with 739 units in the retail market. This figure is experiencing soaring 75 percent over the same period last year, excluding special sales to the government.

FMI President Will Angove explains, the growth of the automotive market is very positive this year. From January to March, carrying the market soared 72 percent to 173,000 units compared to last year. ATPM, he continued, successfully recorded sales of 1102 units or an increase of 51 percent from a year ago, which also excludes special order the Police.

Commercial vehicle market, he added, also soared 70 percent to 48,357 units bergeliatnya spurred real sector performance. Market pickups (single cabin and double cabin), for example, rose 55 percent to 11,200 units from 7200 units. Total sales of pickups and trucks throughout the January-March 2010 reached 44,091 units registered.

Furthermore, in the second position Everest SUV sales support managed to record 299 units of retail sales, up 24. Meanwhile, a small SUV Escape and Focus sedans together managed to maintain their sales volumes compared to last year.

End of July Fiesta

Meanwhile, FMI announced the launch of the Fiesta will be 99 days from the day yesterday, or rather the upcoming July 23, 2010. This hatchback is positioned as a back-bone in Indonesia next Ford.

In fact, the Fiesta has been well known in the U.S. and European markets are expected to be able to shift the Ranger or at least side by side into the best-selling products in Indonesia. Fiesta is a product of this combined with Mazda’s U.S. brand and manufactured in the Country of the White Elephant of Thailand.


Ford Mustang Diesel 2011

Ford Mustang Diesel 2011
Europe promotes environment-friendly diesel engines, forcing the American car manufacturer Ford to change its global strategy. Especially, for the European market they plan to bring small cars to Europe and this provision applies to the beberaga countries in the world.

More than that, Chevrolet also announced it will market the Camaro to market in the continent of Blue in 2011. Who’s new Ford Mustang to keep up with. As quoted (7/4/2010).

This step, so clearly the problem and challenge for Ford. Despite injecting three new engines for the Mustang in 2011, making the car more power and better fuel efficiency than previous models. But the barriers are, in Europe apply the provisions of fuel consumption. Where to 305 HP V6 engine, with 1 liter of fuel must be a distance of 13 km.

If you want to achieve success in Europe, Ford diesel engine must be buried under the hood of the Mustang. Indeed, since its introduction in Europe, the Mustang does not include best-selling vehicle, but the market is not bored, too.

In discussions with the weekly Autoline After House, Dave Pericak Mustang as the Chief Engineer said that to bring diesel engines for European market through the Mustang as flexibility.

For the Mustang which is marketed in Europe, Ford devised berkapasitasa 3.0 L V6 engine which is equivalent to the Jaguar XF and xj. Power produced 270HP with 443 lb-ft of torque.

Ford Taurus Interceptor

Ford Taurus Interceptor
Las Vegas – Ford released photographs of  the Ford Taurus Interceptor will replace the Crown Victoria, coming September 2011. Ford fully equipped with sophisticated equipment both inside the cabin or any part of exterior, for use by law enforcement officers in the United States (U.S.).

Interceptor Taurus 3.5L V6 engine carried a front-wheel drive systems (FWD) which will be used for highway patrol. This car is also equipped Sho’s Ecoboost that can be used to catch criminals at high speeds.

This car will be manufactured at the Ford factory in the city of Chicago. This car will be introduced to the public for the first time at an event with the Ford fleet customers in Las Vegas, Sunday

Ford Transit Connect Commercial Van

Ford Transit Connect commercial van

Electric version of the Ford Transit Connect commercial van will come at the end of 2010. Followed by Ford Focus Electric in 2011.

This electric Ford Focus will be fully supported by the power of the battery, which means not going to use a drop of gasoline too, and will produce zero emissions.

Electric version of the Ford Focus was able to travel up to 100 miles, making it ideal as a commuter car for daily use while driving around town.

Charging the lithium-ion batteries on the electric Ford Focus will take between six to eight hours using a 220V outlet or more, through a 110V electrical outlet.

Focus Electric will also feature user-friendly interface similar to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which is a screen to provide information to the driver of the vehicle and battery charging.

New Ford Fiesta

New Ford Fiesta, the first time since it was launched in October last year in Germany, according to Ford Motor Company, is expected until the end of this month worldwide sales reach half a million units.

The conclusion was made after ensuring retail sales until the end of September and throughout the world to reach 470,000 units. Composition, 430,000 units sold in Europe and 40,000 units in Asia Pacific. Also described, including high sales during the October.

2010 Ford F-150

2010 Ford F-150

If you’re planning a big tailgate party, you’d better have a big tailgate, and the full-size Ford F-150 offers that and more. The interior of the pickup can be outfitted with limousine-like amenities, while the rear truck bed can accommodate a virtual restaurant worth of tailgating equipment. And don’t forget the tailgate itself — it features a step and a handle to allow you to climb into the bed easily to fetch that massive cooler or gas grill.


Ford Shelby GT500 (Ford)

Ford Shelby GT500 (Ford)
Motor Trend says, “Compared with archrival Camaro, the Shelby offers far and away the better-looking cabin. And by better looking, we mean it’s better for looking out. It’s amazing how visibility from the driver’s seat plays into making a good driver’s car.”

Ford Capri

Ford Capri
The Capri is back – as a hatch! These are the best pictures yet of the compact family car that looks set to be the must-have model of 2010 – it’s a new three- door version of the Ford Focus.

Just as Volkswagen has done with the stunning Scirocco, Ford is seeking to reinvent one of its most famous sports cars. And it’s this dramatic evolution of the next Focus that will do it.

Boasting a stylish but practical body, it will target the Scirocco and the Renault Mégane Coupé, providing a glamorous sister car to the standard five-door hatch – revealed in Issue 1,057. Appealing to young, style-conscious buyers, the new Coupé should be a big hit.

As you can see from our exclusive pictures, it takes some inspiration from the Iosis Max concept, revealed at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

That car debuted the new family ‘face’ of not only the new Focus, but the next-generation C-MAX, too. However, the three-door model evolves this with sleeker, sportier LED headlights and a deeper, more aggressive set of lower air intakes.

The key design cues, though, are the rakish windscreen, low roofline and high waistline, which meet to give a heavily chopped appearance at the back. It’s reminiscent of the Scirocco, but is arguably more daring and head-turning. A neat diffuser-style lower bumper, roof spoiler and gorgeous LED tail-lights complete the rear. Add in short overhangs and large alloy wheels, and the model looks every inch the
chic compact sports car.

And because that roofline doesn’t slope down too steeply, the Coupé will be practical, too, with plenty of headroom for rear passengers and a decent sized boot. Options such as a panoramic glass roof, to further increase the feeling of light and space inside, are anticipated.

In the front, a similar cabin to the five-door is expected, with a new centre console offering an improved version of Ford’s Human Machine Interface system. The finish will have a premium feel, with options including a reversing camera.

To match its storming looks, the car will be fitted with a class-leading chassis. And this promises even more agility and grip than the five-door, without sacrificing ride comfort or refinement.

There’ll be even more reason to smile when buyers see the engine range. New turbocharged EcoBoost powerplants will be available, with most cars getting a 1.6-litre petrol, producing 148bhp or 178bhp.

A new 1.6 TDCi diesel will also debut, giving up to 128bhp, alongside a flagship 2.0-litre with 168bhp or 197bhp. All these units will combine pace with superb fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. And helping the Focus Coupé to be even more efficient will be the option of a Powershift twin-clutch gearbox. This will be offered in addition to a standard-fit manual transmission. Stop-start technology is also expected to be rolled out across the line-up.

Of course, there will be a high-performance range-topper, but it’s unlikely to be powered by the much-loved 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine from the Focus ST and RS. This is deemed too thirsty, and will be replaced by a 2.0-litre, 200bhp EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo.

The new Focus range debuts alongside the C-MAX MPV at a major motor show next year.


New Ford Everest in Bali

New Ford Everest in Bali

Taking on the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 2010 Ford Taurus

If a rugged stretch of Appalachia along the Tennessee/North Carolina border seems an odd place to showcase a two-ton full-size family sedan as opposed to somewhere flat and urban (like Chicago), that’s because it is. But that didn’t stop Ford from officially launching its new 2010 Ford Taurus lineup in the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to the famous Tail of the Dragon as well as countless other twisty, driver-friendly roads. With its third rework of the car in five years — starting with the ill-fated Five Hundred in 2005 — Ford’s location choice is a clear indication that it’s feeling confident its big sedan can dance better than the Chicago Bears in “The Super Bowl Shuffle.”

Despite the drive route designed to highlight the Taurus’ newfound athletic stance, the car’s biggest asset is its interior styling. Even on the base model, the plastics are surprisingly soft and comfortable to the touch and seem to be put together quite well. Ford accomplishes this through the use of spray polyurethane to finish the panels, which allows for tighter fits and extra details such as stitching and decorative patterns without adding too much extra cost. The Taurus also features highly comfortable “multi-contour” seats, though the jury is still out on the “Active Motion” system, which is said to help reduce fatigue through the use of inflatable bladders in the seat pad and back rest. Aside from odd sensations in the lower back and gluteus maximus, it’s not certain how well these work. A pad extender for taller folk probably would have been more beneficial.

With the interior poke-and-prod over, it’s time to get behind the wheel. First up: An extended 100-mile-plus jaunt in a front-drive SEL equipped identically to the one driven earlier by MT Detroit editor Todd Lassa. The aforementioned Tail of the Dragon was not on the itinerary, however. Because of its fame, the road has become heavily traveled (and heavily policed), so Ford opted for an alternate route via the area’s numerous state and US routes. The transportation departments in both states are apparently not too fond of great road signage — at one point, the northbound side of one highway and the southbound of another were on the same side of road. Thanks to this and a navigational error or two (441 and 411 look deceptively similar) we took an impromptu detour through the town of Pigeon Forge, a tourist trap to end all tourist traps. The town is home to the Dolly Parton-owned Dollywood amusement park, various theaters, and horrific traffic down the US-441 main drag. After several not-suitable-for-TV words, a pit stop, and a couple of wrong turns, we finally found our way back to US-411. The whole episode probably could have been avoided if our car had been a Limited equipped with the available nav system.

The going got increasingly twisty as the road turned to US-70/US-25, yet the big Taurus was relatively unfazed. The base car’s 263-hp, 249-lb-ft 3.5L V-6 provides ample power and doesn’t feel labored hauling around 4060 lbs — even eliciting a fair amount of torque steer under hard acceleration. Despite its somewhat disconnected steering feel (it’s not any better in the SHO either, from what we could tell), the car turned in compliantly with less understeer than one would expect, although there was just a tad too much body roll for our tastes. Ford even threw in driver-friendly features like standard paddle-shifters (albeit with push/pull operation instead of left-down, right-up) on all but the base SE trim. The gearbox is programmed to hold the selected gear and not upshift until redline (which is curiously missing from the tach) when in manual mode, adding an extra degree of control. Overall, a pleasantly surprising drive that set the bar fairly high for the next day’s drive of the SHO.

Our time behind the wheel of the SHO started out with a torrential downpour accompanied by claps of thunder and flashes of lightning. A wet-weather test looked like it was in the cards, but the rain cleared out fairly quickly. The SHO performed admirably, its 365 hp, 350 lb-ft EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 delivering certifiably quick acceleration. EcoBoost has been the subject of much hype, and after our time behind the wheel, we can say that it’s been justified. In the SHO, it delivers roughly the same fuel economy as the all-wheel drive version of the naturally aspirated V-6 in the rest of the Taurus lineup, but with an extra 100 horsepower. Ford thoroughly torture-tested the unit before production, putting it through the equivalent of a million miles of use, subjecting it to 360 hours of continuous operation on an engine dyno, turning 1000 hot and cold starts and running it for 1000 hours at sustained peak horsepower and torque for good measure. Even better, Ford says there’s extra power left on tap for tuners to (Eco) boost it further. After some prodding, Advanced Engine Design and Development Manager Brett Hinds said that the engine could be safely coaxed to about 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque without major modifications and that there’s some room to increase peak boost past the stock 12 psi.

And yet, the SHO was almost a letdown because, beyond acceleration, it didn’t feel that much better than the regular car. Part of the problem was no doubt due to the fact that the particular example we tested wasn’t equipped with the optional Performance Package (the one MT Technical Director Frank Markus tested was). Instead, it was loaded to the hilt with every option BUT the performance pack and checked in at a considerable $45,175. Without the performance pack’s summer rubber, uprated brakes, suspension, and steering adjustments, the SHO feels just slightly better than the SEL on the road, almost as if it should be positioned as the top-of-the-line ultra-luxury offering of the Taurus rather than the performance variant. The Chrysler 300C AWD Ford had on hand for a roughly 13-mile comparison drive provided a more tactile driving experience, with its V-8 making for more visceral-feeling acceleration as opposed to the SHO’s almost CVT-like behavior due to its plank-flat torque curve. The Taurus is easily the better car overall, though, featuring a much higher-quality interior and modern design. (To be fair, the Chrysler is a five-year old offering and is due to be replaced for the 2011 model year.)

It took some time and a few swings and misses, but for the most part Ford has finally done this car right, creating a flagship sedan the Blue Oval boys can be proud of — the best, most competitive Taurus since the original one all the way back in 1986.

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