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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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.
Peruse the 2018 Ford vehicles website, and you’ll see a range of relatively affordable, fairly conventional wheels: Fusion sedan (“from $22,120”), C-Max Energi SE hybrid ($27,120), Explorer SUV ($31,990), F-250 Super Duty pickup ($32,820)—you know, normal stuff. But under the “Performance Vehicles” link, you’ll find a low, lean missile labeled Ford GT. Base price: $453,750.No, someone on Ford’s web team did not accidentally tack on a digit. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker really does sell a two-seat supercar that’s more than 10 times the price of almost everything else the company builds.Way back in the fall of 2003, I had the opportunity to track test a prototype of what would become the 2005 Ford GT street car—a stunning, road-legal homage to the GT40 racing machines that conquered Le Mans (and the might of Ferrari) four times in a row starting in 1966. Despite its artful aluminum bodywork and 550-horsepower supercharged … [Read more...] about Blue Oval vs. Ferrari: The Rematch