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Next-Generation Ford Transit Connect Breaks New Ground in Commercial Van Fuel Efficiency with 30+ MPG


SOURCE Ford Motor Company

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Ford brings an all-new compact Transit Connect commercial van to market, ideally suited to small business owners and fleets placing high value on fuel efficiency
  • Transit Connect Van is expected to deliver at least 5 mpg better fuel economy on the highway than Ram C/V Cargo Van while carrying more payload than a full-size Ram 1500 pickup truck
  • Anticipating up to 30+ mpg on the highway with EcoBoost® power, Transit Connect Van offers customers their choice of two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, two wheelbase lengths, two model series and an available CNG/LPG prep package
  • Transit Connect Van takes versatility to a new level with convenient sliding side doors, side-hinged rear cargo doors, a choice of side and rear window configurations, and an estimated 1,600-pound payload

With global commercial vehicle sales expected to jump significantly during the next several years, Ford’s all-new 2014 Transit Connect cargo van is set to provide cost-conscious commercial fleets and small business owners with unmatched fuel economy and versatility in an expanding commercial vehicle market.

Redesigned from the ground up, Ford Transit Connect cargo van drives and parks like a car, hauls more payload than a full-size Ram 1500 pickup, and delivers fuel efficiency unmatched by any other commercial vehicle in North America today – 30+ mpg on the highway.

“We have completely reengineered Transit Connect with North American business owners top of mind,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. “This all-new cargo hauler offers entrepreneurs and fleet owners a unique combination of leading fuel efficiency, cargo capacity and maneuverability.”

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Ford Motor Company Moves Forward: Introduces New Electric Car

Earnings Released January 27th

With earnings slated to be released by Ford on this upcoming 27th of January it will be interesting to see how investors of the company react, hold or sell in droves.  Ford has posted earnings which have over-performed seven consecutive times in a row, beating out street estimates.  If track record provides any hint at all for the upcoming results, it would be the exception rather than the norm for Ford to post red figures at this point.

More Fuel Efficient Cars

Ford Motor Company announced it will accelerate its plans to produce more fuel-efficient cars, changing both its North American manufacturing plans and its lineup of vehicles available in the United States. In terms of North American manufacturing, the company will convert three existing truck and sport utility vehicle (SUV) plants for small car production, with the first conversion starting in December at its Michigan Truck Plant. In addition, Ford’s assembly plants near Mexico City, Mexico, and in Louisville, Kentucky, will convert from pickups and SUVs to small cars, including the Ford Fiesta, by 2011. Ford will also introduce to North America six of its European small vehicles, including two versions of the Ford Fiesta, by the end of 2012. And last but not least, Ford is stepping up its production of fuel-efficient ”

First Ever All Electric Passenger Car

Ford Motor Company unveiled today its all-new Focus Electric – the company’s first-ever all-electric passenger car. The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford’s popular small car is the flagship of the company’s growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles coming to North America and Europe by 2013. Sharif Marakby, (Mah-rock-bee) Director of Electrification Programs and Engineering says Focus Electric’s biggest advantae over other EV’s is its short charging time.



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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Motor Mouth: New Ford Fusion wins admiring attention

In the parking lot of Salem Cooperative Bank on Saturday morning, as I approached the 2010 Ford Fusion I test-drove last week, a gentleman engagingly asked me what I thought about the car. He assumed I owned it, and he was curious because he liked the new Fusion himself. He drove a Saab, and his wife owned a Toyota. But he had noticed the restyled and updated Fusion sedan that Ford brought out early this year.

He liked the artfully creased, solidly sculpted body. Fusion wears a new nose this year, set off by a big, jutting chin, rakish headlamps and a wide, gleaming grille formed by three fat louvers – a design that’s become a noteworthy Ford signature. Ann Regan, dealer principal at family-owned Regan Ford in Haverhill, tells me that the redesigned nose of the 2010 Fusion has helped attract people to the car. I witnessed that fact in the parking lot on Saturday.

Fusion is a medium-sized, five-passenger, front- and all-wheel-drive sedan that starts at $19,995 and runs to $27,995 for a hybrid-drive version that earns an exemplary fuel-economy rating of 41 mile-per-gallon in city driving, 36 mpg on the highway.

My friendly interrogator at the Salem, N.H., bank wanted to know how quietly and smoothly the Fusion rode. Was it adequately powered, he wondered. He asked if it was comfortable, and if I liked the interior.

I drove a generously equipped Fusion SEL, which is the dressiest of the five variations available, including the hybrid. My test model came with a four-cylinder engine that puts out 175 horsepower and returns a fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway. You can also buy Fusion with all-wheel drive and a choice of V6 engines: a 3.0-liter V6 that gets 18/25 mpg with all-wheel drive, and a more powerful, 3.5-liter V6 in the Fusion Sport that rates 17/24 mpg.

Even with the smallest of Fusion’s three conventionally utilized gasoline engines (the Fusion Hybrid also uses a gas engine, but in combination with electric drive), my evaluation model seemed well powered and smoothly responsive. The news cheered my new friend.

I also gave positive reports about the other attributes on the bank patron’s list. But more than my favorable responses, the best news for Ford is that the gentleman cared enough to accost me and ask about the car. It demonstrated that drivers are noticing the dashing new model. Getting noticed is crucial for mid-size sedans, because the automotive segment is so hotly contested. Getting noticed can also be difficult, because the segment contains some popular and successful models, with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord first among them.

From what I experienced in a seven-day evaluation, the Fusion deserves a line on the shopping lists of people looking at the best in mid-size sedans.

So I’m happy that Ford succeeded in catching people’s eye with a handsome design that coaxes them to look more closely at the car.

“If customers don’t get excited about the exterior, they’ll never come look at all the great features we have, or even come into the showroom,” Ford design manager Solomon Song summarized in a press release.

But in Haverhill, Ann Regan pointed out that the hybrid version has become another good conversation starter for the car.

“Someone came in just this morning and said, I can’t believe that Ford has a vehicle that gets 41 miles per gallon,” Regan noted last week. “It’s been an eye-opener, and it’s been very rewarding.”

Regan explained that hybrid-drive cars don’t suit every driver. But the high-mileage version helps sell other Fusion versions, she said.

“Waking people up and letting them know that there’s a 41 mile-per-gallon vehicle sold by Ford opens the door,” Regan said. “When they see the car, it opens the door a little bit more.” Experiencing the Fusion in test drives, evaluating features and characteristics of the new model, often cinches a sale, said the dealer.

“Then they just have to decide on the engine they want,” whether four- or six-cylinder, or hybrid, Regan said.

Another boost comes from technical features available in the car, she noted.

In addition to Ford’s Sync network that connects the vehicle with external information and entertainment sources like MP3 music players and cellular communicators, the model I drove featured the company’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS). It flashes clearly discernible alerts when surrounding vehicles pass into the obscured areas around the rear quarters. I’m not usually wowed by new technical wonders, but I found Fusion’s Blis reassuring and legitimately helpful during an after-dark commute on Interstate 93.

Regan stated that the Ford Motor Co. overall — beyond just the Fusion — is acquiring a reputation as a technology leader. The company is also winning high scores in vehicle dependability and reliability ratings. Such developments are helping to drive more people to hers and other Ford dealerships, she said.

I’ll add patriotism as another strong motive. In the last year, Ford has shown itself to be a tough, well principled American company willing to struggle to uphold our national values. As a result, of the three global car makers with corporate headquarters in America, only Ford remains independent from government ownership. For the many Americans who value liberty, independence and self-reliance, I’ll repeat an encouragement I’ve written before: bravo, Ford. And bravo to people like the citizen I met on Saturday, who pay attention.

Jeffrey Zygmont has written about automobiles since 1982. Based in Salem, N.H., he writes books and articles about innovation, technology and culture. He can be contacted through the Web site

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Ford Hopes ’09 Models Sustain Co While New Strategy Pursued

DETROIT -(Dow Jones)- Ford Motor Co. (F) is hoping that a smattering of fuel- efficient, green and cool technologies in its 2009 lineup will be enough to sustain its U.S. customer base while it implements a strategy shift aimed at introducing more cars in 2010.

Wednesday, on a steamy test track near its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters, the auto maker provided journalists a taste of how it will sell itself to customers as it rolls out its new models in the coming months.

For example, it touted how the fuel economy on the Flex crossover vehicle beat out the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Veracruz. It also showed off a new mirror designed to eliminate blind spots and talked of a new technology that will allow drivers to call 911 from their vehicles.

Ford is in a tough spot. The company, stung by the effects of $4-a-gallon gasoline and weak consumer confidence, is shifting its focus away from pickups and sport-utility vehicles with plans to build six new cars and introduce a new subcompact in North America. The problem is most of these vehicles won’t hit showrooms until 2010, and cash-strapped consumers are clamoring for more fuel- efficient cars now.

Ford has had success with some of if its small-car offerings, most notably the Focus, which is getting a refresh for 2009. But, given its heavy reliance on trucks and SUVs, something that doesn’t change for 2009, sales were down 14% in the first seven months of the year versus a year ago. The difficult U.S. operating environment led to an $8.7 billion loss in the second quarter and pushed the company to deepen its three-year restructuring drive.

Ford executives are optimistic that the company has the right products in place to deal with the shifting consumer trends.

This is without question the best Ford lineup we’ve ever produced, and it comes at a critically important time in the company,” Ford’s president of the Americas, Mark Fields, said in a statement passed out to reporters Wednesday.

Throughout the day, Ford bounced around the buzzwords of “building its brand DNA,” “driving green” and “quality.”

With brand DNA, Ford is attempting to implement a feel across all its vehicles. For example, the Flex debuts the door chime that will be in all Ford products globally.

In the area of quality, Fields said Ford has decreased its repair rate in the U.S. by 60% since 2004, saving the company $1.2 billion.

Fields said that Ford remains on track to introduce the redesigned F-150 pickup truck in November. The company was forced to delay the originally scheduled launch of the vehicle, which has long been the top-selling model in the U.S., by two months to give dealers time to clear inventory.

The F-Series is still far and away Ford’s top-selling model, but in recent months it has lost its crown as top seller overall to cars made by Honda Motor Co. (HMC) and Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC). F-Series sales were down 22% in the first seven months of the year.

Ford says that, by the start of 2009, 70% of its product lineup will be new or significantly refreshed. The 2009 Flex has already hit dealer showrooms.

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