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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

‘Robutt’ helps seats survive sweaty exercisesBecoming 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?

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

A dummy’s information to crash checksEver 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

Mustang is caricature on wheelsWhen 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

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


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