Ford unveiled its new generation of Transit commercial vehicles, developed on all-new global platforms for sale in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets. The Ford Transit brand has established a strong reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global Transit products have been engineered to extend that tradition. Both the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect have been subjected to Ford ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards. The stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect will deliver new load-carrying ability, low cost of ownership and dependability standards for its segment.
The tough, functional and professional, new Ford Transit brings new levels of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market. In North America, customers can choose from several engines, including the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6 or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive and are expected to achieve at least 25-percent better fuel economy than a comparable E-Series. Multiple roof heights and wheelbases will be available.
Drive an all-new Ford Escape, and you can help those fighting hunger. You may at first wonder what the correlation is between a vehicle and a worthy cause, but Ford has a history of melding transportation with hunger relief; it’s just one of the many ways the Blue Oval has supported the community throughout its history. For this effort, Ford is working with the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, for the 2013 Ford Escape Hunger Drive.
Events will take place in many locations across the U.S., and participants will host events where guests can drive, walk around or ride in the Escape. In turn, Ford will provide 40 meals per guest to people at risk of hunger. More than 1.2 million meals total are projected to be provided. These drive-for-charity events could take place anywhere within a supporter’s community. An event could be tied to already-scheduled events at churches, community centers or other civic organizations. Participants in the hunger drive will receive a Ford backpack and automatic entry into a sweepstakes. (Must be 18 years or older. No purchase or test drive necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. Official Sweepstakes Rules — including eligibility, prize details and entry conditions — will be provided with event confirmation.)
Those interested in organizing an event can find information at www.escapehungerdrive.com. Event organizers will be supported by Ford, which will provide an all-new Escape for use in the event, along with an expert to explain the attributes of the new sport utility vehicle.
Ford, working with Newman’s Own, has already provided 103 Ford refrigerated trucks to Feeding America affiliates through an 11-year initiative called Partnership for Hunger Relief. The fleet has delivered more than 176 million meals to families throughout all 50 states.
When you see the ‘ST’ added to the Ford Focus name, you know this means one thing: performance. Ford is giving fans a chance to have a pro instruct you on a closed course in the worldly ways of the ST. Ford is bringing a fleet of 2013 Focus STs for training, 48-foot race trailers, race instruction from professional drivers and timed autocross hot laps across the country! You can preregister at www.drivefocusst.com; participation is limited and is on a first-registered, first-served basis.
This summer, events are taking place across the U.S.:
Ford has been recognized with the Climate Leadership Award. While Ford was presented with this award, they publicly stated a goal of 30 percent per vehicle reduction in manufacturing greenhouse gas emissions from 2010 to 2025. They also have reduced CO2 emissions from its global manufacturing facilities by 4.8 million metric tons from 2000 to 2010, and also have improved the average fuel economy of their vehicle lineup by approximately 20 percent between 2005 and 2010. Ford Motor Company hopes to keep improving their vehicle lineup average fuel economy to 35 percent or more by 2015. Click here to go back to AutoFair Ford.
The Ford MyFord Touch connectivity system is resonating with buyers, ranking as an important part of their vehicle purchase decision. For current U.S. customers, Ford will mail out MyFord Touch upgrade packages that include a USB flash drive with the updated software, a notification letter, detailed instructions for the 60-minute download and an updated user guide. The touch screen interface has been enhanced with simpler graphics and bolder text that is easier to use. The response time of the touch screen is now much faster so drivers can tap controls and focus on driving. Already popular voice controls now provide even better recognition so drivers can tell their cars what to do, keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
In addition to the simplified interface and faster performance, Ford engineers added new features including better phone compatibility, support for tablet computers and Audible audiobooks, improved navigation maps and destination entry.
Do you like to see films that address social issues? Well if you do that is good because you will be seeing more of them in the future. Last year on January 19th, 2011, Ford Foundation announced a five-year, $50 million initiative to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues. Ford wants to help these filmmakers because they exhibit passion of their craft, but often these film makers lack funding. To go back to AutoFair Ford, click here, or to learn more about Ford’s $50 million dollar fund launch, click here.
We bet you thought that the 2013 Ford Escape could not be any more technological. Well if you thought this way, then guess again because Ford has released a statement saying that its 2013 Ford Escape will be equipped with an all new all-wheel-drive system. This new system is supposed to think faster than the old one and it’s also supposed to improve handling, giving the drive more control of the car. Ford says it reassesses road conditions about twenty times faster than it takes to blink an eye, readjusting the power split to give the driver the precise blend of handling and traction at all times. Using advanced software and sensors, the system gathers data from 25 external signals, including wheel speed, accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, to deliver outstanding driving performance in both wet and dry conditions as well as excellent off-road traction. According to Ford News; “Greater confidence when entering and driving through turns is enabled by the technologies Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control, which are available together for the first time in an SUV in the all-new Ford Escape.” To go back to AutoFair Ford, click here, or to read more about the new all-wheel drive system, click here.
The Ford Fusion has been given the Best in Show award at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)!! The highest award from Autoweekcomes just one day after the car received the prestigious Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology’s EyesOn Design award at NAIAS. It is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions – each expected to deliver top fuel economy and an engaging driving experience.
Ford Motor Company is combining its new Focus Electric, social networking and hypermiling trends with its new MyFord® Mobile app that makes it easier than ever to drive green. Users can monitor charging, receive alerts, find charge stations, plan trips, share information and more from their smartphones or computers via MyFord Mobile, for an effortless transition to an electric vehicle lifestyle. Ford will demonstrate the first-ever beta versions of the new technology at the 2012 International CES, taking place Jan. 10-13 in Las Vegas. The MyFord Mobile app and the Focus Electric work together to coach drivers to be more efficient and maximize the benefits of the electric vehicle experience, basically meaning Ford wants each person that is going to buy the Ford Electric to get the maximum fuel efficiency out of each charge. To learn more about the MyFord Mobile app, click here.