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A jury of North American journalists today named the fuel-efficient, fully capable 2011 Ford Explorer North American Truck of the Year

  • Explorer is completely reinvented for 2011, offering class-leading fuel economy, available industry-exclusive second-row inflatable safety belts and Intelligent 4WD with an advanced Terrain Management System™
  • Ford Explorer is America’s most fuel-efficient full-size SUV with an EPA-rated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the standard V6 engine

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 – The 2011 Ford Explorer – America’s most fuel-efficient full-size SUV – was named North American Truck of the Year today by an international panel of journalists.

The all-new Ford Explorer edged out finalists including the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee to win the North American Truck of the Year award, which was presented at the start of the North American International Auto Show.



Ford Motor Company Syncs Cars And Phones

The new application introduced by Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) will permit the new Focus Electric car owners to monitor their car even from distances, using their smart phones.

According to the report from the car maker, ‘MyFord Mobile’, the newly developed application, would help owners monitor the charge of their electric cars, and to control certain other features of the vehicle.

The latest feature would help allay certain fears many drivers have.




DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 22, 2010 – The reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer, which offers a suite of innovative safety technologies, is the latest Ford vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Ford now has eight vehicles on the road in the U.S. that have earned Top Safety Picks, which adds to Ford’s leading number of top U.S. safety ratings ever.
“The Ford Explorer sets a new standard for high-tech safety innovation,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “The Explorer offers several new innovative technologies, including available industry-first production rear inflatable seat belts, and Curve Control, which can help drivers maintain control of a vehicle if they enter a curve too quickly.”
To earn a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must receive a rating of “good” in offset frontal-, side- and rear-impact crash tests and roof strength evaluations, as well as offer electronic stability control.
Initial demand for the driver-aid technologies on the new 2011 Explorer has been strong. Of the first 19,000 orders received:

Ford Launches Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup: 23 mpg Highway With New 3.7-Liter Engine in 2011 F-150

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ —

  • The new 3.7-liter V6 engine in the 2011 Ford F-150 is projected to deliver best-in-class 23 mpg highway, pending final EPA certification


  • The new 5.0-liter V8 in the 2011 F-150 is projected to deliver best-in-class 21 mpg highway, pending final EPA certification


  • No other manufacturer offers better fuel economy in the respective segments


Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is launching the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup of any manufacturer – the all-new 3.7-liter V6 engine in the 2011 F-150. It is projected to deliver best-in-class 23 mpg highway, pending EPA certification.

The new 5.0-liter V8 engine is projected to deliver best-in-class 21 mpg highway, pending EPA certification.

“The all-new engine lineup for the 2011 Ford F-150 is focused on delivering what matters most to truck customers – best-in-class power, capability, durability and fuel economy,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “Each engine offers an unequaled combination of these attributes.”

The new 3.7-liter V6 is projected to deliver 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. The new 5.0-liter V8 is projected to deliver 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway in 4×2 configuration. No manufacturer offers better fuel economy numbers in these respective segments.

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2011 Ford Explorer puts four-cylinder EcoBoost engine above V6 in pecking order

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on Jul 26th 2010 at 11:57AM

For part two of our in-depth look at the 2011 Ford Explorer, we’ll take a look at its new powertrains and improvements in fuel efficiency, as well as how well it can still tow a trailer. But first let’s see what kind of techno-goodies Ford has applied to this new SUV.


This being 2010, technology has to play a big part in any major new vehicle introduction. On the inside, the Explorer joins the new EdgeFocus and Lincoln MKX in adopting the MyFord Touch interface. We first saw this new touch sensitive interface when the MKX and Focus were unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show in January. Much like modern smartphones, the center stack has a smooth surface with capacitive touch buttons to manage the audio and climate controls. Continue reading after the jump or check out part one of our introduction to the 2011 Ford Explorer first.

The MyFord Touch system will be standard on up-level XLT and Limited Explorers. The base Explorer comes equipped with a non-touch version dubbed simply MyFord. The non-touch version has an instrument cluster with a single 4.3-inch LCD display alongside the analog speedometer and a second non-touch 4.3-inch display in the center stack. Buyers can then add Sync along with that popular technology’s newly improved voice recognition capabilities.

MyFord Touch upgrades the instrument cluster to the same dual 4.3-inch display system that debuted last year in the Fusion Hybrid as SmartGauge. The center stack display is also replaced by an eight-inch touch screen. MyFord Touch also adds several data inputs including two USB ports and an SD flash card slot. With most phones and other portable electronics now able to charge via USB, having two ports will allow charging of a phone and the use of an iPod at the same time.

One of the big complaints about manufacturer integrated satellite navigation systems has been their high cost, typically around $2,000. Because Sync now includes an integrated GPS receiver and MyFord Touch has the display, Explorer (and Edge and MKX) drivers will be able to add map-based navigation for just $795. The map data will actually be supplied on an SD card to be inserted in the supplied slot. Of course, if you are starting from the base Explorer and you add the $1,000 MyFord Touch option plus $795 for the map data on the flash card, you’re back to nearly that originally two grand price tag.

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Warren Brown reviews the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT

By Warren Brown
Sunday, July 25, 2010; F01

CORNWALL, N.Y. The hardest part was northbound on the New York State Thruway, especially near the Sloatsburg Service Area, where state troopers are especially active. I dropped the Mustang’s six-speed manual transmission into fourth gear and prayed the car wouldn’t stray past the posted 65-mph limit, or even give the appearance of intending to do so.

New York’s troopers are a humorless lot when it comes to speeding. And they have a particularly keen eye for potential culprits piloting hot cars.

I was driving the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT coupe with premium options. It is a hot car — 412 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque worth of hot. It is motorized proof that the global automobile industry in general, and Ford Motor in particular, is suffering from a severe personality disorder.

It is an understandable dysfunction.

Consumers worldwide are asking car companies to do two distinctly different things — to give them cars with top fuel economy . . . and road-scorching performance. The 2011 Mustang is an attempt to do both.

But here’s a word to the wise: If it’s better fuel economy you’re after, get the Mustang with the 3.7-liter V-6 (305 horsepower, 280 foot-pounds of torque). It will get 19 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway using regular gasoline.

The 5.0 GT driven for this column will get you nothing but trouble. But you’ll never have so much fun going to hell.

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Ford touts new Explorer’s 30% increase in fuel efficiency

A week before Ford Motor Co. will unveil the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer in major cities across the U.S., the automaker today confirmed the sport-utility vehicle will be 30 percent more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model.

Ford has been building up the crossover’s debut with Facebook teaser pictures of parts of the vehicle and a steady diet of snippets about features and attributes. The new Explorer goes on sale later this year, but the production model has not been shown on the auto circuit.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally will be in New York on Monday to make a splash in Herald Square with special guest Mike Rowe, who is host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” A simultaneous event is being planned in at least eight other cities including Dearborn, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles as part of an innovative marketing campaign.

Today’s news release confirmed the improved fuel economy. It will be achieved because the vehicle is lighter, more aerodynamic and car-based (from the Taurus family), and has an optional 2-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost engine, which means it is turbocharged and has direct-injection. The crossover also has a six-speed automatic transmission.

The current Explorer, with a 4-liter V-6 engine, is rated as getting 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg in highway driving. A 30 percent improvement would mean the new Explorer should get 18/26 mpg. Official figures will be released once the EPA completes its testing.

“The all-new Explorer will give a huge universe of existing and prospective customers the capability they expect and the luxury and convenience they want, all combined with the fuel economy they need,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas, in a statement.

In an effort to get as many miles per gallon as possible, the Explorer will offer electric power-assisted steering, battery management, fast engine warm-up and aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff, and amore efficientair conditioning compressor.

Safety technology includes curve technology that will debut on the Explorer. It is an upgraded electronic stability control system to better hug the road if a driver takes a curve too quickly and will be added to 90 percent of Ford’s light trucks and crossovers by 2015.

The public got its first look at the replacement for the body-on-frame Explorer with the Explorer America concept at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. 222 – 2504

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