As Ford‘s “game-changer”, the Figo hatchback will be the automaker’s first car to target the small car B-segment, which accounts for 70% of India’s new vehicle market.
The Ford Figo is powered by either a 1.2-liter Duratec engine or the 1.4-liter Duratorq engine used on the Fiesta. The the patrol version is expected to be priced around 3.5-3.75 lakhs, while the Diesel version will retail around 4.20-5.0 lakhs. The Figo will go up against the new Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Ritz, Hyundai i20, Skoda Fabia and Honda Jazz.
It is expected that Ford will launch Ford Figo in Indian market in the the first quarter of 2010. The automaker is spending $500 million on the Chennai plant to double its annual capacity to 200,000 units and to add a lower-emissions paint plant. Aside from the prime Indian market, the Figo will also be sold in other Asian markets and in Africa.
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DELHI, India, Sept. 23, 2009 – India’s role as an important player in the future of Ford Motor Company’s international strategy was underscored today when the company’s President and CEO, Alan Mulally, unveiled an all-new car targeting the heart of the Indian car market – the new Ford Figo.
The Ford Figo, a new nameplate and a fresh face on the Indian market, signals Ford’s intention to compete in India’s largest and most important small car market segment.
Ford Figo is the result of a significant Ford investment commitment to expand its plant near Chennai for volume production as a small-car centre of excellence regionally. Ford’s $500 million investment has doubled the plant’s production capacity to 200,000 units per year and introduces major advances in high-quality automation and innovative, eco-friendly production techniques.
“Our exciting new Ford Figo shows how serious we are about India,” Mulally said. “It reflects our commitment to compete with great products in all segments of this car market. We are confident the Ford Figo will be a product that Indian consumers really want and value.”
Ford Figo is designed and engineered to compete in India’s small car segment, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the new vehicle market. It leverages Ford’s small-car platform architecture, sharing underlying technology with the Ford Fiesta, already familiar to Indian drivers.
New Shape, Solid Foundation
Today’s press conference in Delhi was the first public preview of the exterior design of the new Ford Figo. Ford is reserving further details about the vehicle until closer to its production launch early in 2010.
Design-conscious Italy inspired the new Ford Figo’s name. Figo is colloquial Italian for “cool.”
Sharing key elements of Ford’s kinetic design language with vehicles like the globally renowned Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo and the Ford Fiesta, Ford Figo features a fresh, contemporary shape that will be a distinctive alternative to traditional brands in this segment. The design language conveys a dynamic spirit of energy in motion.
Quality, substance and generous proportions are clearly evident in the design of the new Ford Figo, which features a solid stance, an invitingly large interior and a vibrant, youthful character. Its package is right-sized for the market, which is predominated by congested urban driving conditions.
From its modern headlamps, grille shapes and sculpted bonnet of its distinctive face to the subtle integrated spoiler and chamfered window shape at the rear, Ford Figo is filled with kinetic design touches. These also include sculpted shapes to the body side – chiseled front fenders, a “comet tail” undercut in the doors and additional light-catching sculpting in the lower bodyside – which combine to communicate the solidity, substance and protective safety of its design.
The bold graphic of Ford Figo’s large side window shape is another key kinetic design feature hinting at the comfort and spaciousness awaiting occupants’ front and rear. The side window graphic is executed with a blacked-out B-pillar, an elegant design touch that unifies the side windows into one shape visually.
With its wheels positioned at the four corners of the vehicle with minimal overhang, Ford Figo’s bold wheel arches self-assuredly signal its agility and solidity.
“We’re confident that the new Ford Figo will be extremely attractive to Indian car buyers,” said Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India. “It’s going to be very competitive with the current market leaders and offer a tremendous value story for our consumers. We believe Ford Figo is a big game-changer for Ford that will help transform our brand into a volume player in India.”
New Ford Regional Production Centre
The introduction of the new Ford Figo marks a significant shift for India’s role in Ford’s strategy. Transformed with a production capacity of 200,000 units, the integrated Chennai manufacturing facility is now positioned as a Ford regional centre of excellence for small-car engineering and production. .
Ford Figo models will be produced at the plant for export to international markets. The plant is also being groomed to produce diesel and petrol engines for local vehicle production and export within Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa region.
With more automation and high-tech new facilities, the new site reflects the latest Ford manufacturing processes globally and pioneers new technologies for Ford and India. Created with a “best of the best” approach, it has been benchmarked against other competitive facilities globally, as well as the current volume manufacturers in the Indian market, for quality and production efficiency.
The transformed plant introduces eco-friendly production techniques like its new Three-Wet High-Solids paint process. This approach produces beautifully painted vehicles with three wet coats – primer, base coat and clear coat – of high solids-content paint applied one after the other without oven curing between coats. A first for India, it produces fewer carbon dioxide emissions and reduces volatile organic compounds emissions by about 20 percent compared to current medium-solids solvent-borne paints. Use of high-solids content results in a paint finish with high levels of gloss and depth of colour which is more resistant to scratches and stone chips.
Ford Mustang Gets Grabber Lime Paint In Tribute To St. Paddy’s Day
Saint Patrick approves! Your friends will be green with envy at your.
To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Ford has introduced several new exterior colors for the 2020 Mustang, including Grabber Lime.
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will also be offered with the high-impact green hue, complete with a metallic finish that causes the shade to change depending on sunlight. It draws inspiration from vintage Mustang colors of the 1970s is said to look more potent than kryptonite.
We think it suits the Shelby GT500 just fine, seeing as it’s the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle to date. A supercharged 5.2 liter V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower helps it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.
“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”
Grabber Lime is just one of the new colors added to the 2020 Mustang lineup, with Twister Orange, Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic being the others. Their addition is part of broader set of updates for Ford’s popular sixth generation muscle car.
New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has A 180 MPH (290 KM/H) Top Speed
As much of a king the GT500 is, it won’t be the king of speed.
The is the most powerful road-going car ever made by Ford, but it’s not the fastest. A factory-installed speed limiter restricts its top speed.
Car and Driver was able to learn that the Blue Oval’s ultimate pony car will be quipped with a governor that limits top speed to 180 mph (290 km/h), meaning it won’t go as fast as top versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the low 3 second range and cover the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. Engineers likely chose to improve handling at the expense of top speed, tweaking aerodynamics for maximum downforce and fine-tuning the suspension and steering.
We think driving enthusiasts will have a thrilling experience at reasonable speeds.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you have an issue with its top speed?
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Turns Up The Heat On Camaro, Challenger
The new GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built.
A supercharged, 5.2L V8 breathes under the hood of this monster from Dearborn, producing “more than 700 horsepower” transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. Unfortunately, there is no option for a manual transmission.
By comparison, the most recent Mustang GT350 — formerly the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built — cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque from a naturally-aspirated 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 that’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
It’s not just a supercharger and a more sophisticated gearbox that sets the GT500 apart from the lesser GT350, however. Ford’s engineers also equipped bigger brakes, notably 16.5-inch, two-piece rotors that embarrass the Challenger Hellcat’s massive serving trays; a cooling system that allows for 50 percent more airflow over the engine; revised aerodynamics that improve downforce; and a re-tuned suspension with standard MagneRide.
Buyers can further enhance their car with an available Handling Package and Carbon Fiber Track Pack. The former includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with an integrated Gurney flap, while the latter (as you would expect) adds lots of carbon fiber bits inside and out and a set of Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are more track-ready than the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.
All the standard and optional performance goodies combine to allow this Ford to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the “mid-3-second” range and complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.
Visually, the Mustang Shelby GT 500 gets a wider front grille and a more muscular hood than the GT350, as well as wider front and rear fenders, a new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser. Highlights of the interior include Recaro seats, a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system are available, and unique Shelby badging.
Which would you choose: The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us know in the comments below, stating your reasons why.