Once upon a time, a kid who’d been handed the keys to the family car only stopped accelerating when a stop sign or red light approached, the vehicle ran out of gas, a speed trap appeared in the distance, or they hit the governor. Today, technology allows parents to pry into their kids’ lives like never before. Moms and dads can harass their offspring remotely with phone calls and text messages, keep tabs on their behavior via social media posts, and even follow their minute-by-minute travels via phone tracker apps. Childhood is dead and parents are the new KGB. With its MyKey system, Ford seized on the modern parent’s growing paranoia and offered these human helicopters the opportunity to lock their crossover into “sedate” mode before tossing junior the keys. Well, fob. But how many people actually use the feature? As it turns out, plenty. But to use it, they first need to know it exists. An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety survey of 1,500 parents of … [Read more...] about Nearly Three-quarters of Tech-savvy Ford Owners Don’t Trust Their Kids
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Following its announced decision to stop sales of future sedan models in North America, Ford could risk losing its customers to some of its rivals when the time comes to trade for a newer vehicle, according to a Cox Automotive study. A survey conducted for the study found that many Ford owners will likely buy their next vehicle from a rival make. “Ford’s got some work to do in terms of clearing up the message to owners of these vehicles if they want any shot of keeping them. They need to do some educating,” said Autotrader (part of Cox Automotive) analyst Michelle Krebs. Models to be phased out over the coming years include the Fiesta, Fusion and Taurus. Of those surveyed, 10% said they would buy a new Ford crossover or SUV, 5% said they would get a Mustang and 3% said they would buy a Ford pick-up truck. The sample size was small, according to Automotive News – just 104 out of 2,697 responders were Ford owners – although it notes that the findings … [Read more...] about Ford risks losing customer base via sedan halt: report
After alerting drivers of nearly 3,000 2006 Ranger pickups last month, Ford Motor Company wants the owners of another 33,428 trucks to stop driving their vehicle, get out, and walk away.The vehicles involved in this latest “stop driving” order are, like the other crop, all presently under recall for a potentially deadly airbag defect, though recent tests show they could be especially dangerous in the event of an airbag deployment. Ford singled out the earlier group of vehicles after discovering a connection between two airbag-related deaths in the United States. The unstable Takata airbag inflators found in both vehicles, which detonated and sprayed both crash victims with metal shards, were assembled on the same day.These 33,428 Rangers could be equally dangerous, the company says.“After Ford took this action,” the automaker stated, referring to the earlier order, “the company continued its investigation and testing. Further inflator and propellant … [Read more...] about Ranger Danger: Ford Issues ‘Stop Driving’ Order for Another 33,000 Trucks
The moving assembly line, the $5 workday, a steadfast belief in mobility for the masses. These were the foundation of Henry Ford's epoch-making success as an automaker.But not the whole story.Ford Motor Co.'s true cornerstone — little-remembered and perhaps lost to history — is made of cut glass.Years before the first Model T rolled out of Ford's Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit, the formation of the nation's second-largest automaker hinged on a turn-of-the-century punch bowl etched in a classic strawberry, diamond and fan pattern.It's been missing since 1951. Buoyed by the good fortune of suddenly finding Steve McQueen's 1968 Mustang Bullitt, on display at the Detroit auto show, the Ford family would like America to check its attics and basements one more time."It really is a very important piece of the family's history," Edsel Ford II, who's holding on to the slim hope someone can still find it, told Automotive News last week.A young — and poor — Henry Ford … [Read more...] about Have you seen this punch bowl? Ford family still searching for this long-lost trophy
While the French do a healthy business in shrugs and even, when equipped, mustache twirls, they are for the most part an undemonstrative people. Yet the Ford GT’s abrupt transition to its Track mode—the car dropping two inches as hydraulic actuators compress its supplemental coil springs, the rear wing rising with an equal suddenness—is impressive enough to coax a collective sigh of appreciation from the group of Le Mans corner workers and other informed spectators watching as the car readies itself to head onto the famous circuit. Although we’ve brought the new GT back to the site of its most celebrated racing win, the 2016 class victory taken in its first entry to the 24-hour race, this is not an exploration of what the car is capable of on a track. Our photographic use of Le Mans’s short Bugatti circuit happens during a lunch break, and even though in France that equates to two hours, access is on the condition that we drive gently enough not to … [Read more...] about Ford GT Full Test: La Ford in La France!