Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 18, 2018 The future of performance vehicles holds hot SUVs and electric vehicles, the chief of Ford’s global performance team said Friday from a seat within yards of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest collection of muscle cars, sporty vehicles and classics. Ford must focus on performance and sustainability, Hermann Salenbauch, global director of Ford performance vehicle programs, said. “We’ve got to look at how to make vehicles smarter,” with reduced weight, aerodynamics, regenerative energy from braking and hybridization, he said. “We’ve got to get faster and better.” The hybrid Mustang and F-150 the company is developing for 2020 are examples. The team is also looking at all-electric performance vehicles, perhaps with an electric motor at each wheel. The handling possibilities when each wheel has its own power source are beyond anything possible today. … [Read more...] about Ranger Raptor and SUVs loom large in Ford’s global performance strategy
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One of my high school friends drove an Exploding Pinto, so called because the Ford Motor Company thought it a good idea to place the gas tank just in front of the back bumper, which in a rear-end collision was not optimal.My first car was a ’66 Chevy Impala, whose gas mileage almost, but never quite, made it into double-digit territory, and whose trunk was large enough to hold a small housing development.But before that, I drove my parents’ Ford Maverick, which was an interesting vehicle in that the power steering was so powerful that you never quite knew whether the front tires had any sort of connection to the steering wheel. Coupled with legendary understeer, it often seemed as if the car’s body and chassis had two entirely different agendas.So it was quite a shock when the news came down last week that, with the exception of the Mustang, Ford was getting out of the car business. It will focus on money-making trucks and SUVs and scrap the Taurus, the Fusion and the … [Read more...] about Ford keeps on truckin’ to put the brakes on an era
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Ford to kill Fusion, Taurus and Fiesta cars to make way for more SUVs It's making a way for a bevy of new SUV and truck models. All that will remain: Mustang and a new hatchback Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. J.C. Reindl, Detroit Free Press Published 4:30 p.m. MT April 25, 2018 | Updated 8:56 a.m. MT April 26, 2018 CLOSE The company plans to save $25 billion. Time CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN EMAIL MORE DETROIT — Ford, backing up its promise to double-down on trucks and SUVs, is killing the Fiesta subcompact, Fusion midsize sedan, Taurus large sedan and C-Max van in the U.S., it announced Wednesday. It will go forward with only two cars in its lineup: the Mustang and a new hatchback called the Focus Active … [Read more...] about Ford to kill Fusion, Taurus and Fiesta cars to make way for more SUVs
The new Ford Bronco will be based on the Ranger pickup and go on sale in 2020. (Ford) Ford is planning an SUV-driven product blitz over the next two years that includes a redesigned Explorer, a hybrid-powered Bronco and an all-electric high performance utility currently codenamed Mach 1. Safety and telematics technologies are also high on the rebooted agenda, which comes as sedan and hatchback sales continue to slump across the industry and Ford’s stock price remains stuck in first gear. The product onslaught will result in a lineup of eight Ford SUVs by 2020, all offering at least one hybrid powertrain option. Along with the previously-announced all-electric model and Bronco -- shown on Thursday wearing a dirt-colored sheet that revealed its boxy, possibly two-door profile, but little more – it’s also adding a smaller, curvaceous SUV that it says will be true off-roader. Ford's yet to be named small SUV will be a true off-roader and fit under the Bronco … [Read more...] about First new Ford Bronco image revealed along with plans for SUV blitz
Last Updated Dec 23, 2010 9:04 AM EST Safety tests are getting tougher, but more cars are passing them nonetheless. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this week released its full list of "Top Safety Picks." The number of vehicles that passed its safety tests was more than twice as many as last year. Following this trend, the federal government has also toughened its crash tests, reducing star ratings for some cars. To get on the IIHS list, a vehicle must get top marks for front, side, rear, and rollover crashes. It also must have available electronic stability control -- a technology that helps prevent rollover when a car begins to slide. Last year, the IIHS, a private research organization funded by the insurance industry, added a tough requirement for roof strength. (Test pictured at left).That hurdle cut the 2010 list to 27 vehicles, but manufacturers have made changes to expand the list of qualifiers. "This list gives consumers plenty of choices in shopping for a a … [Read more...] about Safest Cars on the Road: Is Yours on the List?