In yet another example of China’s continual economic prominence, Ford has announced that it will import the Ford Focus from China to North America (U.S. Canada) in 2019.
As demand for small cars continues to decline in North America and elsewhere around the world, the American automaker is betting on the decision to save $1 billion in investment costs compared to the original plan to build the US / Canadian-market Focus in Mexico.
The abandonment of the Mexico plan coincided with President Trump’s threats to slap tariffs on imported vehicles, though then-CEO Mark Fields said the decision was solely based sales forecasts and not political pressures.
Ford global operations president Joe Hinrichs stated:
“Finding a more cost-effective way to deliver the next Focus program in North America is a better plan, allowing us to redeploy the money we save into areas of growth for the company – especially sport utilities, commercial vehicles, performance vehicles as well as mobility, autonomous vehicles and electrified vehicles.”
What do you make of Ford’s decision? Will you buy a made-in-China Ford Focus? Will you buy any car made in China? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs More Than Camaro ZL1
The Blue Oval’s high-octane muscle car is priced to matched its performance.
Ford has announced pricing details for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.
With a starting price of $73,995, the latest Mustang Shelby GT500 is priced higher than the Chevy Camaro ZL1 ($64,695) and Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye ($73,440). It is also $12,460 more expensive than the less powerful sibling, the Shelby GT350.
Adding the Carbon Fiber Track package increases the price to $90,000 but adds carbon fiber wheels covered in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, a carbon fiber wing and dive planes. The package eliminates the rear seats to cut weight.
The optional $1,500 handling package gets you adjustable strut top mounts, a Gurney flap and removable splitter end plates, while the $3,000 technology package comes with a better audio system, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitor, and puddle lamps.
Engineers went the extra mile to make the new Mustang Shelby GT500 a capable everyday driver and not just a track-carving monster, but shouldn’t underscore the massive supercharged 5.2L V8 breathing under its hoods. Billed as the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8, the powerplant produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, sent to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
If you could only choose only one, which would it be — 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye? Let us know in the comments below.
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Officially Makes 760HP
This Mustang has the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8.
We already knew the new, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, but we didn’t know precisely how much power drivers would have to play with. Until now, that is…
Ford has announced that the GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8 — paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that spinsthe rear wheels — produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, making it the “most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world.”
The high-octane Mustang is more powerful than the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1, but it falls short of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s 797-hp 6.2L V8. It can complete the quarter-mile run in under 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour (289.6 kilometers per hour).
In addition to the powerful, Ford’s engineers applied a revised front fascia that improves the drivetrain cooling capacity by 50 percent, an optional Carbon Fiber Track Package featuring a much larger rear wing that makes 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of downforce at 180 mph, carbon fiber wheels, and nicely-bolstered Recaro seats.
The 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you want one?
Electric Ford Mustang Classic Comes To Goodwood Festival of Speed
Old hardware gets infused with new tech to deliver what is presumably an exhilarating experience.
Ford brought an electric Ford Mustang to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it’s not the modern electric Mustang you probably expected. This one is on the ‘classic’ end of the spectrum.
Developed by Britain’s Charge Cars, the model in question is a 1960s Mustang with a fully-electric drivetrain. More specifically, engineers swapped out the gas guzzling V8 for four electric motors, one for each wheel to effectively create an all-wheel drive system.
The four electric motors get their energy from a 64 kWh battery pack and generate a combined 536 horsepower and 885 lb-ft. of torque, allowing the electric Mustang to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3.99 seconds, reach a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h), and drive up to 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge.
Charge Cars plans to only build 499 units of the charged up classic Mustang, and you’ll have to pay a lot to get one. Prices start at at £300,000 ($380,620).
That out of the way, watch this classic 1965 Ford Mustang get drunk on autonomous tech.