Category: Ford

You don’t need to get caught behind this lot!

Summer time drivers may need to attend patiently behind one or two caravans earlier than they will overtake. However 15 in a row – all pulled by a single car? Don’t fear. It’s not a scenario you’re more likely to encounter any time quickly. We created our caravan of caravans for a brand new movie that demonstrates the exceptional pulling energy of our new Ranger pick-up. The movie exhibits the brand new Ranger effortlessly towing its 20-tonne convoy when the motive force notices a automotive behind, anxious to overhaul, and waves the opposite driver previous. It’s only then that the variety of caravans turns into obvious. A month within the making and shot on a closed circuit and beneath the supervision of Ford’s security specialists, the movie required the caravans to be strengthened with metal frames and geared up with tow bars back and front. Measuring virtually 100 metres in....




Tenting followers will strike gold with our new Nugget

It sleeps 4, and has a kitchen, eating space and even a bathe. However it’s not a home… it’s our new Transit Nugget Camper, which provides all of the comforts of residence whereas letting adventure-seekers discover the open street. Primarily based on our top-selling Transit Customized van and transformed by our long-term motorhome specialist accomplice Westfalia, the Nugget comes with both an adjustable-tilting roof or a hard and fast excessive roof that each create extra room to get cozy. Inside, there’s a fold-out desk with seating for 5, a double-burner gasoline cooker and two double beds. The bigger Nugget Plus even has a built-in rest room and washbasin. And on the street you may get to extra scenic spots between gasoline stops with our tremendous fuel-efficient and smooth-running EcoBlue engine. “Increasingly more clients are recognising the liberty and enjoyable that camper vans can provide,” stated Hans Schep, basic supervisor, Business....


‘Robutt’ helps seats survive sweaty exercises

Becoming a member of a health club, taking an train class or breaking out the operating package are excessive on many individuals’s checklist of New Yr’s resolutions. However not everybody will wish to – or be capable to – have a bathe earlier than leaping of their automotive to go house afterwards. We’re ensuring that every one this good work isn’t dangerous information on your automotive seat with the assistance of a robotic backside simulator referred to as “Robutt”. First used to make sure that the supplies utilized in our automotive seats may stand up to a decade’s common dry put on and tear, engineers have now developed “Robutt” to simulate what occurs after we get in our automobiles after we are a bit on the sweaty aspect. “Vehicles are part of our on a regular basis lives, and at the moment of yr specifically, so is train,” stated growth....




Be sure your canine has a cheerful new yr

New Yr’s Eve. Faces lit up with pleasure because the countdown to midnight begins and the skies are illuminated by fireworks. However the soundtrack to that have could be a painful one for pets and worrying for house owners. An estimated 45 per cent of canine within the UK present indicators of worry once they hear fireworks – inflicting misery to house owners and their households too. One attainable reply may very well be a noise-cancelling kennel that makes use of comparable know-how to that present in vehicles and headphones to guard delicate canine ears and guarantee house owners would not have to banish their pets away from the remainder of the household. As soon as microphones contained in the prototype kennel detect the sound of the fireworks, a built-in audio system emits opposing frequencies that in impact cancels out the noise fully – or no less than reduces it....


Restoring Festive Spirit

For the previous six years we’ve had a little bit of enjoyable at Christmas with a cease movement animation video. It’s like our small present to everybody that we hope places a smile on their faces. This yr, we’re at it once more however with a barely extra tender storyline than the standard excessive octane antics of the Snowkhana sequence (or for an interactive expertise, final yr’s will be seen right here). This quick video is an acknowledgement of the function our vehicles can play within the lives of our clients, by the nice occasions and the dangerous. When a younger girl stumbles upon her dad’s previous automotive in a state of disrepair – that she grew up with and even owned after she handed her driving check – how may she not attempt to restore it to its former glory? Some might say vehicles are simply steel, however typically....




Our intelligent new van lights up even the shortest day

In London, the shortest day of the yr delivers virtually 9 fewer daytime than the longest.   And brief winter days are usually when plumbers and heating engineers want each accessible minute to repair pipes and heating techniques that may break in freezing climate.   To assist tradespeople stick with it working even after the solar has gone down, our new Transit van incorporates a highly effective and energy-efficient LED downlighter. Mounted on the rear of the van’s roof, it lights up an space behind the car for working with instruments and tools on a workbench.   “The brand new downlighter is an instance of a easy concept that helps hard-working tradespeople get the job achieved for his or her clients,” mentioned Michael McDonagh, Transit international chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe.  


Be certain your canine has a contented new 12 months

New Yr’s Eve. Faces lit up with pleasure because the countdown to midnight begins and the skies are illuminated by fireworks. However the soundtrack to that have is usually a painful one for pets and worrying for homeowners. An estimated 45 per cent of canine within the UK present indicators of concern once they hear fireworks – inflicting misery to homeowners and their households too. One attainable reply may very well be a noise-cancelling kennel that makes use of comparable expertise to that present in vehicles and headphones to guard delicate canine ears and guarantee homeowners would not have to banish their pets away from the remainder of the household. As soon as microphones contained in the prototype kennel detect the sound of the fireworks, a built-in audio system emits opposing frequencies that in impact cancels out the noise utterly – or a minimum of reduces it considerably. Excessive-density cork,....




Winter driving is snow joke

Snow, ice, rain, darkness, wind and the blinding low solar; there’s little marvel that many drivers, regardless of their stage of expertise, dislike driving in winter. In Britain, greater than half of motorway fatalities occur at evening in rain, snow or ice, and it’s the same story for fatalities in built-up areas.  Driving too rapidly for the situations is a key think about all winter accidents, and one thing commonest amongst youthful, extra inexperienced drivers. And do you know?: A European Fee report states typical younger driver is almost certainly to crash between 8pm and 2am on a Friday or Saturday evening, the place darkness is an element A European Street Security Observatory report highlights insufficient planning is why most younger drivers crash. It states a scarcity of all of the required particulars or that the motive force’s/rider’s concepts don’t correspond to actuality, are because of lack of expertise A....


How massive information may assist make cities safer

It’s typically solely after accidents have occurred that specific junctions or stretches of highway are recognized as problematic for drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. We have now provide you with a method by which massive information may probably assist cities determine places which, if nothing is completed, are probably to be the scene of future site visitors incidents. To assist discover the reply, we spent the final yr recording 1 million kilometres of car and driver behaviour in and round London. We tracked automobile journeys within the metropolis and logged extremely detailed driving information from driving occasions corresponding to braking, the severity of that braking, and even the place hazard warning lights have been utilized. This helped to determine “near-misses”. We then cross-referenced this data in opposition to current accident reviews and constructed an algorithm to find out the chance of the place future incidents would possibly happen. “Our insights have....




Are You a Zombie at The Wheel?

See a buddy attain for the automobile keys after a boozy evening out and many people will converse out or persuade them at hand over the keys. However how in the event that they insist on driving drained? Fatigue is a significant factor in as much as 1 in 5 highway crashes and based on consultants, remaining awake for intervals in extra of 18 hours can impair talents to a level that’s akin to exceeding the drink drive restrict in lots of nations. We commissioned the creation of a “Sleep Go well with” that allows wearers to expertise the debilitating impact that tiredness can have. Transport accidents are the main reason for dying amongst younger individuals, and we are going to combine coaching with the go well with into Driving Expertise for Life (DSFL) our free younger driver coaching programme for 17- to 24-year-olds. “Drive if you’re drained and also....


Which is extra slippery – leaves or snow?

They might be a vital ingredient in creating the gorgeous autumnal landscapes so beloved by photographers, however in sure conditions leaves can current a big hazard to drivers. These within the know have lengthy in contrast the impact to driving on snow. However may the common-or-garden leaf actually be as slippery because the white stuff? Our engineers have provide you with a solution – after conducting a singular experiment as a way to discover out. Getting the info for the snow was the straightforward half. This was sourced from car testing in snowy Scandinavian places. However there was no analysis to point out how slippery leaves had been. To repair that, the group gathered luggage of leaves and used them to cowl the take a look at observe at our proving floor in Belgium. They then referred to as within the assist of a friction-testing machine that identifies how slippery....




A dummy’s information to crash checks

Ever puzzled what crash testing regarded like – from a dummy’s perspective?   That’s how we determined to showcase our new £13.75 million “sled take a look at” facility.   Bridging the hole between full-scale crash checks and digital crash checks, sled checks topic autos – and the dummies inside them – to the identical accelerations skilled in real-world street accidents.   Video cameras document as much as 1,000 frames per second that engineers can then scrutinise the consequences for enhancements.   The brand new Ford Focus was the primary automotive to be developed utilizing the brand new facility and has a most 5-star security score from the Euro NCAP impartial crash testing authority.


Mustang is caricature on wheels

When this Mustang suffered irreparable inside harm, it seemed like the tip of the highway. However cartoonist and illustrator Fabrizio De Tommaso had different concepts that – from the surface a minimum of – it might turn out to be a murals. Known as Mustang #FightTheDarkness, the reinvented automobile, created utilizing spray cans, was revealed at worldwide comedian conference Lucca Comics and Video games, in Italy. Having proposed the concept to De Tomasso, our Italian group is now trying into discovering the distinctive automobile a brand new dwelling, the place it may be completely displayed. “I instantly considered a flash of sunshine that enveloped the automobile and exploded from the bonnet, into pure vitality. This automobile has the power to make us all really feel a bit like a superhero,” mentioned De Tommaso, who has loved worldwide success with creations together with paranormal investigator Dylan Canine.




TAKING ON THE WORLD’S MOST ICONIC MOTORCYCLE COURSE – ON FOUR WHEELS

The Isle of Man TT Competition is among the many most well-known motorsport festivals on the planet. Yearly, over two weeks, 30 million followers tune in to see prime motorcyclists check their expertise on the unimaginable “Mountain Course”. However you don’t must be on two wheels to get the perfect out of what’s considered one of Europe’s Biggest Driving Roads. For the most recent in Ford’s sequence of movies that showcase hidden gems for drivers and travellers alike, journalist Steve Sutcliffe received behind the wheel of the Ford Mustang Bullitt, on the island the place many roads usually are not restricted by pace limits. (Though there are nonetheless legal guidelines towards careless and harmful driving.) “Think about German autobahns, then add hills and twists, and shrink it to a single carriageway with unimaginable views, and what you’ve got are these totally implausible, and dramatic, roads,” mentioned Sutcliffe. “The ‘Mountain Highway’....


Knights in armour, robots and lasers

As soon as it was a way that helped shield knights in armour from the crashing blows of their rivals. Now, we’re making use of a cutting-edge model of the identical know-how to assist make our automobiles safer than ever. The primary absolutely automated hot-forming course of shapes and cuts elements of the automobile – that are integral to defending drivers and passengers – utilizing large furnaces, robots and three,000° C lasers. “We’re constructing on strategies used to strengthen metal for 1000’s of years, incorporating trendy supplies and automation to hurry and refine the hot-forming course of,” stated Dale Wishnousky, who heads up manufacturing in Europe. “The ensuing boron metal security cell helps to make the all-new Focus one in every of our most secure autos ever.” The recent-forming line – absolutely built-in throughout the Saarlouis Car Meeting Plant in Germany – was constructed as a part of a latest....




Comply with your headlights! New tech predicts what’s coming

In accordance with a current survey, most individuals are scared driving after darkish, one thing that, with the clocks about to return, will quickly be taking place for an increasing number of folks. We’re the primary producer to introduce know-how that makes use of highway indicators and lane markings because the cue to regulate headlight beams that higher illuminate the highway forward. On the brand new Focus it will, for instance, widen the beam when approaching a roundabout in order that drivers are in a position to see pedestrians and cyclists on the kerbside extra simply. Somewhat than relying on GPS mapping, which doesn’t all the time replicate the most recent highway format adjustments, the brand new system harnesses digicam and lighting applied sciences to presents real-world warning of what lies forward. “The dream is that night time driving want be no tougher than driving within the day. Our newest....


Extra Ford GTs on the way in which!

Should you want a Ford GT in your life then take coronary heart.   After initially asserting 1,000 fashions worldwide again in 2016, we at the moment are going to maintain constructing our high-performance supercar into 2022 – elevating the quantity constructed to 1,350.   Following overwhelming demand, the window for functions for a brand new Ford GT – powered by a twin-turbocharged, three.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine to a prime pace of 216 mph – will re-open at FordGT.com for one month from November eight.




No extra pink lights?

Think about a world the place negotiating busy junctions doesn’t require you to attend at a pink mild and the one purpose to cease your automobile is as a result of you’ve got arrived at your vacation spot. Yearly, the typical driver spends two days ready at site visitors lights. And never solely can junctions be irritating – they’re additionally the reason for as much as 60 per cent of highway site visitors accidents. In addition to saving time, avoiding stopping at junctions might save gas, as drivers keep away from braking and accelerating away from the lights. We are actually trialling a brand new means through which linked automobile know-how might assist – and that takes its lead from how individuals negotiate their means by way of busy crowds, by slowing down or dashing as much as keep away from collisions, with out coming to a standstill. Intersection Precedence....


Watch a Mustang drift for 20.7km

Often called the “Inexperienced Hell”, the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, in Germany, is a must-drive vacation spot for petrolheads world wide. Even for knowledgeable drivers, it may be demanding.   So how about drifting the total 20.7-kilometre circuit?   That’s precisely what champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jnr has finished – behind the wheel of his 900hp Ford Efficiency 5.zero Aluminator XS powered Ford Mustang RTR Drift automotive, the primary time the feat has been achieved. *   For Gittin Jnr is was all about having a “good time, not a lap time”. However he nonetheless hit speeds in extra of 240 km/h, shredded three units of tyres, and maxed out in sixth gear on the sideways entries into the bends.  




Clearing approach for emergency autos may very well be a lifesaver

Along with Vodafone, we’re testing know-how that would alert drivers to an accident forward moments after it has occurred.   The system may present early warning that emergency autos are approaching – and which aspect of the street drivers ought to transfer in direction of to keep away from being an obstruction.   The implications of blocking emergency autos – and delaying their arrival on the scene of an accident – may show deadly. In truth, consultants imagine that survival charges for street accident victims will be improved by as a lot as 40 per cent in the event that they obtain remedy simply 4 minutes extra shortly.   The system is designed to create an “emergency hall” alongside which hearth engines, ambulances and police autos can attain their locations extra shortly; and is being trialled as a part of KoMoD (Kooperative Mobilität im digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf) – a €15....


New Transit is the enterprise

We’re heading to Hanover in Germany this week to indicate off our newest Transit van. Our largest Transit, with a 2-tonne capability, can be exhibiting off its capacious measurement, environment friendly engine choices and even a decrease emission gentle hybrid model. It has some welcome additions for drivers too, the massive van now extra car-like to drive and with tech like wide-angle entrance and rear cameras, hands-free parking and even hands-free exiting from parallel parking areas. Our new Transit Customized plug-in hybrid can be making its production-ready debut alongside it too. For these wanting sporty, the Ranger Raptor can be on present, together with a brand new Transit Join Sport Van. Plus we’re revealing some sensible new linked companies that allow fleet house owners use knowledge uploaded to the cloud from their autos to test their drivers are driving safely whereas maximising fleet effectivity, which is all the time factor....




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Ford auf der IAA Nutzfahrzeuge Hannover Am 20. September öffnen (die Tore der IAA Nutzfahrzeuge in Hannover. Als einer der führenden Hersteller von leichten Nutzfahrzeugen präsentiert sich Ford mit einem Querschnitt seiner Modellfamilie – bestehend aus den vier Baureihen Courier, Join, Customized und Transit. Einer der Schwerpunkte wird dabei die Konnektivität/Vernetzung im Nutzfahrzeugbereich sein. So werden wir unter dem Motto „Born Linked“ Fahrzeuge präsentieren, die serienmäßig mit On Board-Modems ausgerüstet sind. Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt ist das Thema elektrifizierte Antriebe. Ins Scheinwerferlicht rücken somit zum einen der serienreife Transit Customized PHEV mit Plug-in-Hybrid-Technologie und zum anderen der modernisierte Ford Transit, der im Zwei-Tonnen-Nutzlastbereich angesiedelt ist und in Hannover Weltpremiere feiert. Der Ford Transit wird als erstes Fahrzeug seines Segments mit einem 48 Volt-Gentle-Hybrid-Antrieb (mHEV) zu euch rollen. Darüber hinaus wird am Ford Messestand modern Telematik- und Datendienste vorgestellt, mit denen Flottenbetreiber ihre Fuhrparks noch effizienter managen können. Unser Stand ist in....


Focus is prime of the category for area

Do you know the common school-child grows at a price of 6 centimetres a 12 months?   Children may even shoot upwards a whopping 16 centimetres in a single 12 months… with spurts of as much as half a centimetre in a single evening.   That implies that some college students can be hopping into the household automobile to return to high school 2 centimetres taller than after they began their summer time break.   One scientific research even confirmed college students get taller even sooner than regular throughout their summer time holidays, as a result of they’re much less confused.   Our new Ford Focus presents extra room than ever for rising children as they head again to high school this autumn. There’s 5 centimetres more room for lengthier legs than the outdated model – that means extra room than some other automobile of its kind.   The ground....




Meet the Canadian Ford Fanatic Who Bleeds Blue

Angelo Paletta is self-diagnosed with OCD… “obsessive automobile dysfunction”.   Loopy about our automobiles his complete life, he’s amassed a shocking assortment of quick Fords together with Mustangs and GT supercars in his particular “automobile cathedral”, close to Ontario, Canada.   And fairly than preserving his prized possessions behind closed doorways, Angelo is comfortable to share his ardour by internet hosting charity occasions, get-togethers and barbecues.   Take a look at Angelo’s wonderful assortment of Ford automobiles and memorabilia on this video:


Orange (and blue) is the brand new black

Petrol-heads will recognise it as one of the vital well-known paint schemes in motorsport – the orange and blue of the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 racing automobile.   The Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 1968 Ford GT40 that first sported this iconic paint job was one among only a few particular person vehicles to attain repeat victories within the gruelling race, when it took the fourth GT40 win in a row in in 1969.   Fifty years on from the 1968 victory, we’ve revealed our new Ford GT Heritage Version full with Gulf paint-scheme.   Along with the outside colors, cool retro particulars embrace one-off 20-inch aluminium wheels, silver rear-view mirror caps, and blue and orange stitching for the seats and steering wheel.   Not like earlier Ford GT Heritage Editions, this particular mannequin might be on sale for 2 years as a substitute of only one, with the....




Drone tech takes our security inspections to new heights

Think about if you happen to may instantly perform an arduous – however important – activity across the house or at work in a fraction of the time it will usually take, thanks to 1 easy innovation. That’s the case for workers at our Dagenham Engine Plant within the UK, who at the moment are utilizing drones to examine high-up and hard-to-reach elements of the manufacturing facility, whereas conserving their ft firmly on the bottom. Upkeep groups use radio-controlled drones fitted with superior digital cameras to view areas of the plant they’ll’t see from floor degree. This fashion they’ll test that buildings – together with these supporting the plant’s heavy equipment – are well-maintained and adjust to rigorous security requirements. Whereas the job used to take hours to finish utilizing scaffolding, the workforce can now examine a 40-metre lengthy space of the plant in simply 12 minutes. With the time....


It’s #Raptormania at Gamescom

Players anticipating to see solely digital variations of their favorite vehicles at this yr’s Gamescom exhibition are in for a shock. We’ve develop into the primary carmaker to launch an actual automobile at Europe’s largest video gaming occasion.   Our “bad-ass” new Ranger Raptor pick-up is a thoroughbred desert racer and excessive life-style off-roader, and makes its European debut on the present in Cologne, Germany, earlier than happening sale to thrill-seekers in 2019.   The hardest and most high-performing model ever of our fashionable pick-up – which beforehand tore up the monitor at Goodwood Pageant of Pace – may also be added to the upcoming Xbox open-world racing sport Forza Horizon four, providing players hours of dirt-churning pleasure on digital racetracks.   Take a look at our explosive video of the Ranger Raptor – full with “don’t do that at house” stunts.     We’ve additionally introduced our particular 4D....




Tree frogs, ft and mermaids? Big letters reveal your passions

You spoke, and we listened (or at the very least our big Focus letters, powered by synthetic intelligence, did). And now we all know what you’re actually into. In Italy, there’s a ardour for mermaids, in Germany its tree frogs, in Spain its ft and right here within the U.Okay. its Vikings – or at the very least it’s for some individuals. Throughout the board the preferred mentions – that have been then displayed throughout the enormous letters in landmark places – have been journey, music and naturally, on lots of people’s minds earlier this summer season, soccer. The large first-of-its-kind set up consisted of 540 LED video tiles embedded on a six-metres excessive, 30-metres lengthy construction to spells the phrase FOCUS. Coaching the Synthetic intelligence alone took 200 hours. Throughout Europe, over 2,500 individuals interacted with our Focus letters, with 84 per cent of them downloading their personalised content....


10 million Mustangs and counting

We celebrated the manufacturing of our 10 millionth Mustang with a nod to the very first. Constructed 54 years aside, each automobiles have been GT fashions in good-looking Wimbledon White with large V8 engines, albeit with a slight distinction in energy – 460 horsepower for the brand new automotive in comparison with 164 for the 1964 mannequin. America’s best-selling sports activities automotive of the final 50 years, greater than 38,000 Mustangs have discovered properties with clients in Europe for the reason that iconic automotive first went on sale throughout the area in 2015. And the world’s best-selling sports activities automotive three years straight has featured in additional motion pictures and has extra Fb followers than some other automotive on the earth. To mark the special day, greater than 60 Ford Mustang house owners of all mannequin years assembled within the U.S. to spell out 10,000,000 with their automobiles. There was....




Ford S-MAX Vignale Concept Unveiled In Milan

The European market is one of the most demanding ones in the entire of the world and manufacturers consider the same very seriously. Ford is one of the major global players and in the recent times, it has started focusing more on the European continent. Last year, Ford unveiled the Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept and taking the Vignale lineup ahead, the US major has unveiled the Ford S‑MAX Vignale Concept yesterday in Milan, Italy. The Vignale model range is all about exclusive specification, premium design and craftsmanship, and Ford is all set to put the two to the production lines. As far as the availability of the Vignale range is concerned, the Mondeo Vignale will be available next year while the S‑MAX Vignale is expected to follow shortly. Ford will also start a ‘Vignale Lounge’ retail program in select retail stores in Europe, along with a Vignale lifestyle collection. Talking....