Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide The Toyota Prius became a sales sensation after it was introduced in the U.S. in 2000, provoking media predictions that hybrid cars would soon take over the market. As it turned out, folks didn’t want hybrids — they just wanted Priuses. With its aero shape, split-window grille, eco-console and leafy badge, it was a personal statement. It was the green preener’s car. Nickname: Pious. But what if you didn’t want to shout your moral intentions to the world? What if you didn’t need to show off your green chic at the Academy Awards? What if you simply wanted an affordable, family hybrid with the utility of a best-selling sedan? The Toyota Camry hybrid was your answer. It was affordable, fuel-efficient and as plain as a quart of vanilla ice cream. It sold modestly compared to the Prius, but it was part of Toyota’s strategy … [Read more...] about Hybrid vs. hybrid: Honda Clarity and Toyota Camry
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We've already talked about how Ford is saying Adios to the Fiesta. However, a couple of days ago, we learned FoMoCo is also letting the Focus and Fusion die on the vine in favor of other market segments. What's all this mean? Is this a sign of things to come in North America? With Ford abandoning both the B- and C-segments (as well as the mid-sized sedan segment) in favor of SUVs, CUVs, and trucks, the company will no longer offer an entry-level vehicle or smaller car. Sure, they'll have the EcoSport (assuming the subcompact crossover makes the cut after a couple of years), but even the EcoSport starts at just about $20,000 USD. While, we will be sad to see another couple of small cars leave the market, we understand that Ford would rather focus on more profitable, hot market segments. The timing is somewhat ironic, as fuel prices are climbing (current national average is $2.81; our state of Oregon's average is $3.19). But let's keep something in mind: Bigger cars—even … [Read more...] about Ford Will Abandon Most Cars. What’s This Say About The Current Small Car Climate?
My colleagues, as well as much of the car enthusiast community, are dealing with a collective freakout upon learning Ford will be killing off all its sedans and hatchbacks and keeping one real car, the Mustang, in North America. Ford is doomed, they say. But I don’t share that perspective—no one wanted to buy those cars anyway, and this came down to just being a cold, hard business decision. So let’s get this out of the way: the sky is not falling and Ford is not destined for bankruptcy due to the discontinuation of the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus in the American market. Does it sound weird to axe so many cars at once? Sure. But when was the last time you, a serious car buyer, got excited to plop your hard-earned money down on a Fiesta, Fusion, Focus or Taurus—that did not have an ST or an RS badge? Aside from those fun-filled models for hoonage, the fact remains that the sedan segment is dying. Honda is struggling to sell the Accord. Think about … [Read more...] about Why Ford Killed Its Cars
Should help boost fuel economy Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Ford will offer its new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation technology in the U.S., reports Automotive News, speaking with Ford powertrain chief David Filipe. The 1.5-liter three-cylinder headed stateside is able to turn off one of its cylinders in certain conditions to boost fuel economy. According to Filipe, it will also replace Ford’s current 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The four-cylinder is offered on the Escape and Fusion in the U.S. Although signs seem to point to the Escape and Fusion, Filipe didn’t disclose exactly which vehicles would get the 1.5-liter three-cylinder. But we know this specific engine is coming to the new global Focus that debuted earlier this month. In the Euro-spec Focus, the 1.5-liter makes between 140 hp and 180 hp depending on the … [Read more...] about Ford to Offer 1.5-Liter That Can Run on Two Cylinders in U.S.
Por Enrique Kogan – Puros Autos Ford había dicho en marzo, que estaba desarrollando una nueva arquitectura global, para permitir ahorros y reducir el tiempo de desarrollo de nuevos modelos hasta en un 20 por ciento. Y lo ha logrado, ya que el nuevo Ford Focus que se lanzó en Europa y China la semana pasada, presenta la versión global de Ford de la aclamada arquitectura modular MQB usada por Volkswagen, un elemento central del objetivo de Ford de alcanzar $ 4 mil millones en eficiencias de ingeniería en los próximos cinco años . La arquitectura monobloque de tracción delantera de Ford, que aún no tiene nombre, es la primera de las cinco nuevas plataformas globales de Ford, y podría decirse que es la más importante después de la arquitectura de carrocerías de cuerpo sobre bastidor.Según Auto News, La nueva arquitectura que sustenta el Focus es lo suficientemente flexible como para abarcar subcompactos como el Fiesta, … [Read more...] about El Ford Focus del 2019 llegará con una nueva arquitectura modular global.