Next Ford Ka unveiled
Here are the first clear pictures of the eagerly-awaited next-generation Ka, which will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Ford Mondeo four-door coupé in 2012
Ford is reported to develop a variant of the Mondeo set to compete with the Passat CC.
Next Europran Focus, C-Max and Kuga in the US
After the Fiesta, Ford has plan to sell other European vehicles in the US. The next-generation Mondeo was previously reported to come to the US. Closer to us, the next Focus will be developed in the US and sold in the US.
Ford considers building a smaller pickup
Ford is seriously considering creating a new pickup truck positioned below the top-selling F-150 in an attempt to maintain its sales in the shrinking heavy SUVs and pickups market segment.
Ford Australia reveals new FPV Falcon range
Ford Australia has revealed a range of new powerful Falcon saloons set to compete with the HSV Clubsport R8.
Ford spices up the Ford Mondeo with the Titanium X Sport trim level
Ford has unveiled a new topping trim level on the Mondeo dubbed Titanium X Sport that combines luxury and sporty look.
Ford unveils the facelifted Focus ST
A few months after the Focus’ facelift, Ford has unveiled the revamped ST version that benefits from the new exterior and interior styling changes introduced across the rest of the Focus line-up.
Tracinda to buy Ford shares
Tracinda Corporation has announced it will acquire 20 million common shares of Ford’s stock.
Ford builds 9 millionth Mustang
Ford announced today it has built its 9 millionth Mustang, a GT Convertible Mustang which will be delivered to a dealership in Iowa.
Ford to hire 1,500 workers in Russia
Ford has announced that it will hire 1,500 people at its Russian factory to increase its production Bentley 75 per cent to reach 125,000 vehicles.
Ford boss gets £10.9 mllion in 2007
Ford Motor Company released its 2007 Annual Report which reveals valuable information at a time when the carmaker is losing money in the US. Ford Mulally earned £10.9/$21,6 million 2007.
Ford to unveil a Ford Capri revival next year
Auto Bild has released a sketch of a concept car which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the famous Capri coupé launched in 1969.
Ford to develop a new RWD platform
Ford is starting to work on a new rear-wheel drive platform due to be featured on the next-generation Mustang and several saloons.
Ford to fund future models with bid's money
Ford CEO Allan Mullally has announced at a conference that Ford will use the Jaguar and Land Rover money to fund new models instead of paying off some debts as initially thought.
Ford invests £250 million in India
Ford will invest £250 million in India over the next two years to boost its production capacity of small cars from 100,000 today to 250,000 by 2010.
Lincoln works on a production version of the MKT Concept
According to company sources, Lincoln is currently working on bringing to production the MKT Concept unveiled at the last Detroit Auto Show.
Unofficial pictures of the Ford Focus RS
Pictures of the long-awaited Ford Focus RS have emerged on the Internet. None have been confirmed by a carmaker’s announcement at the Geneva Motor Show.
Tata to announce Jaguar and Land Rover takeover next week
Tata will announce the takeover of the two British carmakers, Jaguar and Land Rover, next week during the Geneva Motor Show.
British union confident over Jaguar after Tata talks
Last week, Petrol-Head reported that British unions were meeting Tata executives while a rumour about the sale of Jaguar by the Indian group was spreading in the news. It appears that the meeting went rather well as union confirmed their support to Tata.
Ford, Mazda and ChangAn to invest £29 million
Ford has announced it will invest £29 million in China with the help of Mazda and ChangAn to boost sales on the Chinese domestic market.
Tata and British union meet thsi week after rumours about a Jaguar sale emerges
Tata executives will meet with officials of the British union representing Ford to talk on the bid over Jaguar and Land Rover. The discussion might be hot as an insider told InsideLine the Indian carmaker plans to sell off the Jaguar brand as soon as it acquires it from Ford.
Ford annouces pricing in the UK for the new Kuga
Ford has announced the pricing for the new Kuga crossover that will go on sale from next June. The entry level starts at £20,495.
Rendering of the five-door Fiesta
Ford has unveiled the pictures of the new Fiesta under its three-door body, but the five-door is yet to be revealed. MotorAuthority has released a rendering of what the five-door Fiesta would look like.
First video of the Fiesta
Here is the first video of the all-new Fiesta that Ford will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Fiesta offers an appealing design, outside and inside, and will go on sale from next autumn under a three-door and five-door variants.
Ford reveals the Kuga
Rendering of the next Ford Ka
Motor Authority has published a rendering of the eagerly-awaited next-generation Ford Ka which will likely go o sale next year.
Ford unveils the new Ford Fiesta
Ford has unveiled the new Fiesta and it is certain that the new small Ford will send the outgoing model to the forgotten pages in the automotive history books.
World’s first RHD Ford GT
Ford never had plan to build a right-hand drive version of the GT supercar as conversion costs wouldn’t have been covered by the final price tag. But thanks to two Australian companies, Crossover Car Conversions and Mustang Motorsport, Australian GT owners will be able to drive RHD GTs.
Ford to axe 8,000-9,000 jobs
Within the last two years, Ford eliminated 33,600 jobs throughout buyout and retirement packages. This time, the new “incentive” would enable Ford to cut as many as 9,000 union jobs.
Tata to pay £1.25bn for Jaguar and Land Rover
According to Economic Times of India, a deal will be concluded within two weeks and Tata Motors may pay £1.25 billion for the two British brands.
Lincoln wants to expand outside the U.S.
Ford CEO Alan Mulally wants the group’s luxury brand to go offshore in an attempt to increase the company’s global sales. However, one does not expect to see the iconic brand reaching our shores.
Toyota overtook Ford on the US market last year
For the first time in 75 years, Ford lost its second rank on the US market as the company has been supplanted by Toyota last year. With a 2.7% increase to 2.62 million delivered vehicles, Toyota overtook Ford which sold 2.57 million vehicles last year, which is a 12% drop from the previous year over the same period.
Spyshots: Lincoln Flex-based crossover
Ford has already announced that it will focus on developing the Lincoln brand and here is the first spyshots of a future crossover derived from the Ford Flex model. At this stage the final spec of the future model remains unknown although it is rumoured that it will be called MKF.
Tata to lead the Jaguar and Land rover bid
It wasn't a real secret but Ford has confirmed that Tata was leading the bid over the Jaguar and Land Rover sale. Lewis Booth, executive vice president – Ford of Europe and PAG, has declared that “Ford is committed to focused negotiations at a more detailed level with Tata Motors concerning the potential sale of the combined Jaguar Land Rover business.”
Ford Focus RS teaser
Ford has released a teaser picture of the eagerly-awaited Focus RS version which will hit the showrooms in 2009. The teaser reveals a car with an aggressive look and strong ambitions.
Tata to become Jaguar and Land Rover new owner
According to the Sunday Times, Ford will announce in a few days that Tata won the Jaguar and Land Rover bid. This wouldn't come as a surprise. Indeed, Tata was the favourite amongst unions and the company will likely be advised by Fiat on how to manage its new European brands. Tata also said it will keep the three factories.
Ford Mustang Glass Roof
According to a survey conducted by JD Power and Associates, 62% of owners of sports car are interested in a sunroof. So, Ford decided to feature a sunroof on the Mustang, but when you want to stay ahead of the future competition, you have to innovate. Here is the new glass roof option which will be available in next Summer.
Ford to slow down V8 Mustang production
The rising gas prices combined with the debt crisis make another victim. After the pickup models, Ford has announced it will decrease the production of the V8 Mustang.
Ford to get rid of Jaguar and Land Rover in first 2008 trimester
Ford expects to achieve the sale of its two British brands during the first 2008 trimester as it will close the bids today.
Spyshots: 2009 Ford Mustang
Expected to be launched in 2090, a face-lifted Ford Mustang's development mule has been caught under winter testing. One does not expect to see a revolution as the current still meets a big success.
American car makers to stop building large pick-up models
Due to a big sales slump in November, Chrysler, Ford and GM have announced they will stop producing temporarily the large pick-ups in order to avoid having a whole stock of them.
Spyshot: Ford Kuga
The picture you see here is the undisguised future Ford Kuga, which will be on sale next spring. The production model will not strongly differ from the concept car , Iosis X, already unveiled at the last Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Bye, bye Ford Ranger
According to Automotive News, Ford will cease the production of the Ranger model. The American car maker will close its Twin Cities factory in 2009 and its Cleveland engine plant later at the end of that year.
Spyshots: Ford F-150
For its 60th birthday, the Ford's cash cow will likely be renewed at the next Detroit Motor Show and spy photographers shot a prototype almost completely undisguised.
Four door Ford Verve Concept unveiled
Ford has unveiled a Verve saloon concept car at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China. The production version is destined for Asian markets and will be introduced there next year. However, Ford might consider importing it in Europe if there is demand for a small saloon.
Lincoln will not move upmarket
With the expected sales (launch?) of Jaguar and Land Rover over the coming months, Ford will lose its tiny premium brand market share. Lincoln appears to be the only brand able to fight the German clique, but Ford has no plan to move the American icon upmarket.
Ford Verve SUV for Detroit
Ford will release a 4x4 version of its Verve concept car at the next Detroit Motor Show in January. Like the original Verve concept car, it will share its platform with the next Fiesta, which shares its underpinnings with the recently launched Mazda 2.
Big Three lose majority market share
It looks like an revolution. For the first time in 102 years, the Big Three American carmakers have lost their majority market share to imported brands. According to Automotive News, American carmakers sold 629,569 vehicles while imported brands delivered 679,523 vehicles in July. This gave the latter a 51.4% market share.
Stretched Mondeo to be launched soon
Ford will soon join China's unique stretched car segment with an extended Mondeo which is currently being worked on. The first picture of the Mondeo was released on a Chinese forum (when?).
Ford records profit for first time in 21 months
After months of bad news, Ford announced an end to 21 months of losses with a recorded profit of £370m/€549m/$750m for the second quarter of 2007. Even the troubled PAG division, which includes Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo, recorded a small profit of £69m/€102m/$140m.
Ford will build the Focus in Australia in 2011
Last week I reported that Ford Australia will replace its inline-6 engine with the Ford Duratec V6 engine. Ford announced yesterday that its Australian division will produce the European Ford Focus in 2011. Production of the Focus will be entrusted to Ford's Campbellfield plant, which already produces the current Falcon saloon and Territory SUV models.
Ford to import the C1 platform to the U.S.
Anyone who has ever compared the vehicle sizes in the U.S. with those in Europe will have quickly noticed that the biggest models here are seen as mid-sized cars across the pond. While we Europeans love the Golf, at 165 inches long, Americans love the Toyota Camry, at 189 inches long. However, troubled times are pushing American carmakers to consider the impossible: importing these small European cars onto American soil!
Ford stops producing the inline-6 engine
It is well known that Ford is in serious trouble and that cutting costs may be the only method of survival for the American carmaker. There are big decisions to be made, such as whether or not to sell Jaguar and even Volvo. Lesser decisions are also being taken, such as the announcement that Ford will stop producing the inline-6 cylinders engine found on the Australian Ford cars.
Ford Fiesta may have a MPV variant
According to the British weekly car magazine Auto Express, Ford is currently working on a small MPV based on the B platform. The B platform already used by the new Mazda Demio will also be used for the next generation Fiesta.
Hello fellow car lovers. So sorry for the delay in new blogs, but I've been swamped at work and I lost the pics from the classic car show a couple of weeks back. Just my luck! Anyway, this Mustang is owned by a couple I met yesterday. He is in the army and has dedicated this car to VA's, POW's and MIA's. He takes it to car shows around the Olympia area. Very nice. I know the pic is a little blurry, but I wanted to put it on here so everyone could take a look. The front hood has a ton of names of VA's on it. I think it's such a great tribute! I'll try to find out a little more about it in the next couple days and post the info. He offered to put my grandfather's name on it too! What a guy! Anyway, take a look and see what you think! Have a great week all!
Focus on the Facts
Today is a day like no other. Among dealing with things like commission-paid work(God help me!)and a massive chocolate addiction, now I must face the fact that my poor little Nissan is finally breaking apart. The starter is making that awful grinding noise, both chrome bumpers are dented, the tranny is slowing, the windshield is dinged in several places and a squeaking noise is coming from the front somewhere. It truly is a sad day for me, not only because I love my dirty,dented, rust-spotted baby, but because today I was offered a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 with low mileage for the price of $6000.
In that light, I'll make 3 points. First of all, my entire life the words,"Ford sucks!" have been drilled into my head by various sources. How many times have I seen the bumper stickers with a picture of Calvin peeing on a Ford logo? Not to dis Ford. Really. It's just what I've been taught. Second, I'm totally turned off by hatchbacks. There is no vehicle less sexy. And I absolutely abhor tiny vehicles. I don't think anything can make me feel more claustrophobic, not even being stuck in an elevator with Carrot Top. How in the hell do I fit all my camping gear in the trunk? Where do I put my kayak? Certainly, not on the roof. It may cave in!I can probably fit more people in the extend-cab of my truck then in a hatchback! Clearly, you can tell I'm bitter. Lastly, six thousand dollars for a car the size of my fist? To me,someone who lives off commissions, that's like paying twenty dollars for a snowcone with no flavoring. I can buy half of a new truck for that price,drive on two wheels, and I'd be happy.
Ok, ok, in all seriousness, I really am in a rut about all of this. I do need a new vehicle and the person who offered it is great and wouldn't screw me around. The hatchback, I'm sure, is very econonmical, especially in these days of totally insane gas prices. Ford most likely isin't as bad as I've been told. It's just that your car is a major part of your life, therefore a major part of you. I know what my father would say right now."Such is life! You'll never get exactly what you want, so suck it up and stop whining!" Ok, Dad, your right. Getting from A to B is more important than looking hot and going 4x4-ing. But, let me ask ya, would you give up your Corvette for a Pinto in the name of economics? Didn't think so.
Production of Ford SAV concept confirmed
Early 2006, Ford will release the name and characteristics of a new minivan deriving from the SAV Concept seen in Geneva last March. Positioned between the Mondeo and the ageing Galaxy, it’ll be made in Ford’s Belgian factory of Genk. Contrary to the C-Max, the yet-to-be-named new minivan will offer accommodation for up to 7 people. But like the C-Max, it’ll appear as a somewhat sporty people carrier, remaining close to the prototype. Hence, one might guess it’ll replace the Galaxy, released some 10 years ago. It’ll hit the showrooms summer 2006.
After the Fiesta ST, the Mondeo ST, here is the Focus ST. It inaugurates the first 5-cylinder engine ever in a Ford, probably inherited from Volvo. This turbocharged 2.5 litre Duratec engine develops 220bhp and is coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
For a better grip, the Focus ST is fitted with low-profile 225/40 tyres on 18x8-inch five-spoke cast aluminium wheels.
This hot hatch displays its strength through new bumpers with aluminium-like inserts outside, and a specific upholstery inside. Besides, the driver will find a set of three dials (oil temperature, turbo pressure, and oil pressure) just over the central aerators.
The Focus ST will hit the showrooms at the end of 2005.
For sale, 1975 Escort GL: £2.5 million
60,000 miles on the clock, light blue, just one careful owner: Pope John Paul II. Jim Rich, the Illinois businessman who bought it directly from the Pope in 1996 for $102,000, has decided to sell it in order to raise cash for his businesses. It is Kruse International that puts it up for auction next June 3-4 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The auction company’s president, Dean Kruse, thinks the bids may reach $5 million (£2.5 million), even if the value of such a car is impossible to determine. Against all odds, sold for $244,000 only, Pope Benedict XVI's 1999 Golf was a mere bargain !