Ford Prepared to Wow Crowds, Launch New Ranger at Frankfurt Motor Show
- Ford’s largest-ever European stand features four global reveals and an array of vehicle and technology introductions
- Production ready Focus ST global performance model joined by Ford Evos Concept, showing the future of Ford design and technology innovation
- Ford green credentials boosted by new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine and new Fiesta and Focus ECOnetic models
The 64th Frankfurt International Motor Show is the stage for a host of major new vehicle and technology announcements by Ford. The Company’s largest-ever European stand features four global reveals, an array of vehicle and technology introductions and an outdoor technology driving challenge.
The Show marks an important step forward for Ford’s global performance vehicle strategy and ultra-low CO2 ECOnetic technology range, as well as providing an exciting look at the future direction of Ford design and technology.
“Ford is making a strong statement at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with several very exciting global product reveals and our significantly expanded show stand,” says Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “From the all-new Focus ST in five-door and Wagon version to the new Fiesta and Focus ECOnetic, we are excited to be showing our best ever vehicle line-up. We are also giving a glimpse into the future of Ford design with the stunning Evos concept.”
Focus ST ready for the road
The covers are finally off the production version of Ford’s first global performance car, the new Focus ST. Building on the DNA of the Sport Technologies badge, the new model combines strong performance, exceptional handling, eye-catching style and everyday refinement. Focus ST will launch around the world in 2012, being sold in over 40 countries spanning six continents.
Powered by a 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine mated to a specially revised six-speed manual transmission, Focus ST offers an uncompromising mix of performance and efficiency. The lightweight, all-aluminium engine delivers a maximum output of 250PS and peak torque of 360Nm, yet helps cut CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by more than 20 per cent compared to the previous-generation European Focus ST.
Alongside the five-door model, Ford is also revealing a special treat for European customers – the stylish Focus ST Wagon. A unique offering in the segment, the Wagon shows just how far the performance DNA of an ST model can stretch.
“There’s nothing comparable in the market to the Focus ST Wagon,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles. “It builds on the practical element of the Focus ST but doesn’t take away any of the performance, handling abilities or refinement of the five-door model. Wagons are very popular in many of the major European countries so we have high hopes for the ST wagon being a great success.”
Future of Ford design and technology
The jaw-dropping Ford Evos Concept introduces a new global design direction for Ford and signals and explores key future powertrain and vehicle technologies.
Developed in a collaborative process by Ford’s global design team, the new design DNA showcased on the Evos Concept is a key part of the One Ford global product strategy. It provides a framework to guide the creation of new products in Ford’s design studios worldwide and key elements of the concept’s exterior and interior design language will be applied to forthcoming Ford vehicles.
“We wanted the Ford Evos Concept to give a clear message about where Ford design is heading ““ shaping vehicles that are fun to drive, have a strong premium appeal, and above all, are stunningly beautiful,” said J Mays, group vice president, Design and chief creative officer.
Ford’s global Research and Innovation team created a technology experience for the Ford Evos Concept as visionary as the design. The result signals how Ford intends to build on the momentum of innovations like the SYNC in-car connectivity system.
The concept’s technology experience embraces a new generation of driver interaction and awareness currently under development. Seamless connectivity between the vehicle and the driver’s “˜personal cloud’ of information is at the heart of the vision for its capabilities.
Smallest engine is Focus-bound
Ford is expanding its range of EcoBoost engines with the addition of an all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine that will become available in Focus, C-MAX and B-MAX next year.
Ford will introduce two versions of the engine in Focus in early 2012 ““ with 100PS and 120PS and five-speed and six-speed manual transmissions respectively.
With its 1.0-litre capacity, the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be the smallest unit currently produced by Ford. Yet, despite its small proportions, it delivers power and performance to rival a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine while emitting less than 120g/km CO2 in the Focus.
“By offering the Focus with an advanced 1.0-litre petrol engine Ford is not only making a major statement on how serious we are about engine downsizing ““ it also shows the strength of our development and engineering capabilities. To produce a 1.0-litre petrol engine with such impressive performance and fuel economy is a clear example of our commitment to be class-leading in fuel economy,” said Graham Hoare, executive director, Powertrain, Ford of Europe.
ECOnetic range expands
Ford’s green credentials take another step forward with the reveal of the new Focus and Fiesta ECOnetic, boasting leading CO2 emission levels of just 89 g/km and 87 g/km respectively.
Focus ECOnetic is set to be the most fuel-efficient car in its class when it goes on sale in early 2012. The headline 3.4 l/100km figure is ahead of any current petrol, diesel or hybrid compact car in Europe and furthermore, the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine also promises class-leading CO2 emissions of just 89 g/km.
Powered by the same 1.6-litre Duratorq diesel engine, Fiesta ECOnetic has a certified CO2 emissions level of just 87 g/km, making it the lowest emission car in its class and one of the lowest on Europe’s roads. Coupled to that is a fuel efficiency of 3.3l/100km (86 mpg) which puts it right up there with the best in the small compact car class.
Focus ST-R takes a bow
Ford is giving a European debut to the ultimate performance Focus ““ the race-tweaked, production-based Focus ST-R.
Designed and engineered to race in series all over the globe, this fully-prepared competition car features a powerful 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, FIA regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension. Fast, agile and competitive, Focus ST-R is aimed at professionals, amateurs and track-day enthusiasts.
Also making its Frankfurt Show debut is Ford’s FIA World Rally Championship challenger, Fiesta RS WRC. The 300PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost-powered racer is the first Ford rally car to run direct injection petrol technology and it achieved a historic podium lockout on its competitive debut in Sweden earlier this year.
Ranger pick-up ready for launch
Ford is showcasing a production-ready version of the all-new Ranger pick-up ahead of its launch later this year. Completely new from the ground up, it tops a range of pick-ups delivering increased load capability, stronger performance and improved economy while at the same time raising the bar for comfort, technology and safety.
“This all-new model will reinforce the reputation of the Ranger brand with its bold new appearance, improved depth of capability for hard working businesses, and new levels of comfort, technology and safety,” said Jesus Alonso, Ford of Europe’s director for Commercial Vehicle Marketing, Sales and Service. “With significantly improved fuel economy, this new vehicle offers both low cost of ownership and sustainability benefits. This is the start of a new chapter in the Ranger success story.”
Special edition Fiesta
Two new special edition Fiestas are making their debut on the stand. The Fiesta Sport Special Edition delivers eye-catching sports styling inside and out for a more distinctive and sportier appearance, while a powerful 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine option ensures the special edition delivers on the road as well as on looks.
Special editions keep Ka unique
Ford is adding to the appeal of its iconic Ford Ka with the unveiling of two distinctive new special editions.
Ka Grand Prix II takes its inspiration from the world of motorsport with an aggressive carbon-look grille, a carbon-look racing stripe, black alloy wheels and a sporty red and carbon-look interior.
MetalKa takes on a more extravert, fashionable look, its black exterior offset with chrome finish details. On the inside, high gloss black inserts are paired with chrome- and aluminium-look details.
2.0-litre EcoBoost gets 6-speed
From late this year, the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine in Mondeo and S-MAX will be able available with a 6-speed manual transmission. This sporty powertrain combination will be available in Titanium and Titanium S series models with both 203 PS and 240 PS power ratings. Production will begin in Genk, Belgium in October, with the combination initially available in Germany and Switzerland only.
Kuga Titanium S
The Ford Kuga is set to extend its rugged yet stylish appeal with the introduction of a new flagship model, the Kuga Titanium S. Designed to stand out from the crowd, it offers new LED daytime running lights, 17-inch design alloy wheels, bigger rear spoiler, new projector style headlights and an uprated interior.
Kuga Titanium S boasts the same intelligent all-wheel drive system as the rest of the Kuga range, ensuring that it remains the best driving, as well as best looking, vehicle in its class. The system is designed to react instantly to any change in road conditions, automatically applying power to the wheels that need it most. This helps maintain traction and ensures the driver stays in control, whatever the weather.
Production is scheduled to start at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in mid-September.
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