New Fiesta in four forms
Ford Motor Company has given us a goo at the next generation Ford Fiesta unveiling four new production versions of it, the Fiesta Titanium, the Ford Performance-inspired Fiesta ST-Line, the Fiesta Vignale and the Fiesta Active crossover.
Featuring an eye-pleasing exterior, and a user-friendly interior that includes an 8inch floating high-definition touchscreen, Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, the Fiesta also offers a premium Bang & Olufsen PLAY Sound System.
Ford expanding its testing of autonomous cars
Ford also announced the company will begin expanding testing of autonomous cars to European roads next year, in addition to extensive testing in the U.S.
Ford is currently expanding into both an auto and a mobility company; as such the company is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility – its plan is to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. The company is committed to making self-driving cars available for millions of people and earlier this year announced plans to triple its autonomous vehicle development fleet making it the largest of all automakers.
Special-edition Ford Mustangs for Europe
Ford revealed two new special edition Ford Mustang models for customers in Europe. The new Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition offers black body details, including 19-inch alloys wheels and Pony emblem.
The Ford Mustang Blue Edition model offers a Grabber Blue body with sporty body stripes, channelling the spirit of classic Ford Mustang models that featured eye-catching “Grabber” colours.
Both models include Ford’s 421 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine, SYNC 3 communication and entertainment system, heated and cooled front seats, a premium audio system, and a premium black leather interior. Almost 23,000 Ford Mustangs have been sold and ordered in Europe since the iconic sports car’s launch in summer of 2015.
New Transit Custom Black Edition and expanded Sport series
The new Transit Custom Black Edition van offers four colour schemes with contrasting roof, mirror caps, skid plate and side stripes, and unique black 17inch alloy wheels.
The Transit Custom Sport series van with signature twin bonnet stripes can also now be ordered in a much wider choice of body styles, including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van models in both short and long-wheelbase versions. The Tourneo Custom people mover can be specified with the same Sport package.
These new Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom models are powered by the 170 PS Ford EcoBlue diesel engine, and Tourneo Custom is also now offered with new features and technologies including a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, rear air suspension system, and attractive new 17-inch alloy wheels.
Ford also revealed the new Ford Edge ST-Line SUV – which joins the Ford Fiesta ST-Line, Focus ST-Line, Mondeo ST-Line and Kuga ST-Line models – delivering Ford Performance-inspired styling, high specification and powerful engines.
Cylinder deactivation technology for the 1.0litre EcoBoost
Ford powertrain engineers have delivered cylinder deactivation technology that will improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the 1.0?litre EcoBoost engine, without sacrificing refinement. Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be the first three-cylinder engine in the world to feature cylinder deactivation. The technology can disengage or re-engage the cylinder in 14 milliseconds – 20 times faster than the blink of an eye – and combined with advanced solutions to counteract vibrations, will be imperceptible to drivers in terms of operation and engine performance.
Ford GT racers join exclusive LEGO range
Ford and The LEGO Group have joined forces to offer the 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 racecars as part of the exclusive LEGO Speed Champions range of models.
The two new buildable models follow in the tyre tracks of the popular Ford Mustang and Ford F?150 Raptor pickup sets already on sale, and celebrate Ford’s motor racing achievements in the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
Ford made an historic return to Le Mans this year, taking victory with the new Ford GT racecar exactly 50 years after recording a 1-2-3 clean sweep at the 1966 race.
Tony Toner - Motoring Correspondent for BeepBeep.ie