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New (2012) Ford Focus Wagon



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An all-new Ford Focus wagon has just been revealed and, well, it looks like a stretched-out version of the Focus hatchback, which is not necessarily a bad thing. While the new wagon will likely be a popular in Europe, there are currently no plans to bring it to North America, although the idea hasn’t been completely ruled out. Ford has big plans for the C-segment platform that underpins its latest Focus lineup.

“Our next generation of C-cars shows how Ford is using its global resources to develop at least ten new models or derivatives from the same platform globally,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Product development. “The Focus wagon is the next model to be revealed, and is particularly significant for the European market as more than a third of our C-car customers here prefer a wagon bodystyle.”

Click here for more details on the 2011 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback

Aside from its increase in length, the Focus wagon gets the same up-scale interior shown in the sedan and hatchback, offering the first European availability of the new MyFord Touch system. It will also offer a range of updated gas and diesel engines to choose from. Production of the Focus starts simultaneously late this year in Europe and the U.S. More details can be found in Ford’s press release.

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  • Next-generation global Ford Focus 5-door model makes European debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show; Global debut for attractive new wagon derivative
  • European-developed Focus spearheads Ford’s new generation of global C-cars, and will be sold in more than 120 markets globallyv
  • Focus wagon is the latest of at least ten vehicles from Ford’s new global C-car portfolio.
  • A global performance version of new Focus using Ford EcoBoost engine technology is promised.
  • New wagon derivative will account for more than one third of total Focus sales in Europe. Five-door share expected to reach around 60 per cent
  • Stylish next-generation Focus range provides customers with class-leading new technologies and high levels of craftsmanship
  • New Focus targets outstanding fuel economy, low CO2 and further advances in acclaimed levels of driving quality
  • European and North American production starts simultaneously in late 2010 and go on sale from early 2011. Asia, Africa and South America production to follow

Geneva, March 2, 2010 – The stylish next-generation Ford Focus wagon makes its global debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show alongside the sporty Focus 5-door, appearing for the first time in Europe.

The next-generation Focus wagon is the fifth vehicle to be revealed from Ford Motor Company’s new global C-segment platform that will underpin at least ten vehicles around the world and account for two million units of annual production by 2012.

Revealed so far are the new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models at Frankfurt 2009, the next-generation Focus 4-door and 5-door cars at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, and now the wagon at Geneva.

“Our next generation of C-cars shows how Ford is using its global resources to develop at least ten new models or derivatives from the same platform globally,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Product development. “The Focus wagon is the next model to be revealed, and is particularly significant for the European market as more than a third of our C-car customers here prefer a wagon bodystyle.”

At Geneva, Ford is also confirming that a global performance vehicle will be developed as part of the next-generation Focus range, and that it will be powered by a version of the
4-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine family.

“We want to reassure enthusiasts of Focus performance models that we have a plan for them as well,” Kuzak added. “Our commitment is to deliver an exciting performance model of the new Focus on a global basis and using a version of our advanced new Ford EcoBoost petrol direct-injection turbo engine. We’re not ready to reveal more details yet, but we recognise how important this model will be in the Focus line-up, particularly for customers in Europe.”

Further details of the entire portfolio of new models based on Ford’s global C-car platform will be revealed soon, with all of them coming into the company’s line-up around the world by the end of 2012.

Focus Wagon Targets Major Customer Base

The attractive next-generation Ford Focus wagon is a crucial model for the European market in particular, as around one third of all Focus customers choose this bodystyle. In some markets, such as Italy and Germany, the wagon derivative represents more than half of all Ford Focus cars sold.

“A key strength of the Ford Focus range in Europe has always been its wagon, and its popularity is second only to the five-door,” said John Fleming, Ford of Europe Chairman and CEO. “These customers want the extra space and flexibility a traditional wagon provides, yet they still expect all of the technology, great driving dynamics, and superb styling. We believe the new Focus wagon will more than satisfy their requirements in every way.”

With its rakish appearance, the new Focus wagon also makes a design statement and provides the ideal balance of dynamic looks and functional practicality. Full-length integrated roof rails enhance the wagon’s attractive kinetic design, while the tailgate has a self-closing function and neatly incorporates a compact roof spoiler.

Overall, the C-car segment in Europe remains relatively stable and accounts for around a third of total car sales with roughly five million C-cars sold annually. Although many premium manufacturers have also moved into the segment in recent years, it is among the volume makers that the competition is most fierce.

The market has seen significant fragmentation in the last decade thanks to the development of new bodystyle derivatives beyond the traditional four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and wagon models.

By 2012, six bodystyles will cover 85 per cent of customer requirements in the segment in Europe – the four-door sedan, the five-door hatch, the wagon, the five-passenger MAV, seven-passenger MAV and the small SUV.

“As the segment develops around the world, we see clear preferences among customers for the six main bodystyles, with variations by region and even within a region,” Kuzak said. “For example, the preferred bodystyle in China and Russia is the four-door sedan, while in Britain and Spain the five-door is most popular and we believe there is also a customer trend towards five-door small cars in North America.

“This is driving our global C-segment strategy and we are concentrating our efforts around the world on meeting the expectations of buyers for these six key bodystyles,” Kuzak noted.

While the Focus wagon will initially launch only in Europe, it has been designed to share the wide range of technologies, fuel efficient powertrains, great driving quality and high levels of craftsmanship that all of Ford’s new global C-cars will deliver.

The Focus wagon debuts in the same vibrant Candy Red body colour which was first shown to great acclaim on the new Focus five-door model unveiled at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit in January.

The five-door Focus model for Geneva is finished in a warm and modern Hot Mustard – a contemporary, dark metallic yellow colour.

“As with all of the models in our new global C-platform portfolio, there is scope to offer this dynamic wagon additionally in other markets around the world, provided the business case and customer demand exist,” said John Fleming. “We see this as an integral part of our global next-generation Focus line-up, and we’re eager to hear the reaction to what we believe is a very stylish and distinctive car.”


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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs More Than Camaro ZL1



New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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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.

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Officially Makes 760HP



New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, blue look

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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?

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Electric Ford Mustang Classic Comes To Goodwood Festival of Speed



Electric Ford Mustang 1960 Classic

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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.

Electric Ford Mustang 1960 Classic Car

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.

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