Tag Archive: EcoBoost

Dec 01

Road Test – 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible 

cIn 2015 Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an all-new design and a year-long celebration. Last year we spent a lot of time around the Mustang, but there weren’t any available to test drive until early this year. Finally I got the keys to a convertible version – perfect for nice hot summer days. Along with the drop top came a manual transmission – extremely rare in this day and age of automatics… and an incredible audio system. Does it get better than this? Some may say – of course it does – you shoulda got the 5.0 GT!! That’s true, but I wanted the 4-cylinder version because it’s got more HP than the V6 and is supposed to offer better fuel mileage… besides, I’ll test the GT later.

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Mar 27

All-New 2015 Ford Mustang – New Technology Makes It More Capable and Personal Than Ever

All-New 2015 Ford Mustang, Road-Test.org

  • All-new Ford Mustang offers 15 new or segment-exclusive features enabling drivers to personalize and maximize the driving experience
  •  Class-exclusive driver-assist features include available radar-based adaptive cruise control and collision warning and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert

DEARBORN, Mich., March 24, 2014 –The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang offers more advanced technology than any car in its class, enabling drivers to personalize and optimize the feel and functionality of the car to match driving conditions and their driving style. A customer would have to spend thousands more on a premium German sports coupe to get all of the technology features available in Mustang.

“While Mustang unquestionably has always been about the ride, we can now do a lot of cool things with technology to let the true personality of the car come through the driver’s fingers and backside,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “Everything we added to Mustang is designed to let its drivers personalize the car to their tastes and wants to get the most out of it no matter how or where they drive.”

All-New 2015 Ford Mustang, Road-Test.org

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Personalized control
Mustang has the first application of Ford’s new stability control system that provides improved performance on high-traction surfaces. Ford’s unique Curve Control is also included with Mustang for the first time, helping to slow the car if the driver goes into a corner with too much speed. The newly available selectable drive mode system builds on that foundation to give Mustang drivers even more control over how the car feels. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 07

Road Test: 2013Ford Focus SE

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

01 Ford Focus 2013

 

It’s been a number of years since I last drove the Ford Focus. For 2012 we got an all-new model based on the same platform the Europeans have – a first, because we’ve always been at least one step behind them since the initial model came out in 2001. While we got the “completely new” 2001 Focus, the Europeans were already moving on to the 2nd generation of its development in 2002. Now, after much anticipation we’re on par with the Focus development – was it worth the wait? Let’s find out….

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Nov 13

Ford Introduces New Seven-Passenger People Mover with a Difference: Transit Connect Wagon First to Exceed 30 MPG [7.8 L/100 km]

2014 Ford Transit Wagon

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 13, 2012 – Ford, the most fuel-efficient full-line manufacturer, introduces the first seven-passenger people mover expected to break the 30 mpg-plus [7.8 L/100 km] highway barrier with the all-new Transit Connect Wagon, which drives like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a full-size pickup.

 

“Transit Connect Wagon gives young families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they’ve been looking for,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s President of The Americas. “It’s an all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings.”

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Jul 03

Road Test: 2012 Ford Edge Limited AWD

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been a while since I last drove the Ford Edge, so since they’ve re-designed it I thought now would be the perfect time to get behind the wheel again.

I’ve always liked the Edge, but its new duds make it look quite unique and quite attractive from the front. The rear hasn’t changed much unless you view them side by side – that’s the only way to really differentiate the improvements.

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Dec 10

Road Test: 2011 Ford Taurus SHO

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

2011 Ford Taurus SHO

The Taurus SHO has always been about subtlety and stealth – no need to draw undue attention from the long arm of the law (or Revenue Generation Force as I like to call them). To that end the new 2010/2011 Taurus SHO follows the same formula that first made it desirable back in 1989.  After a break of about 10 years or so, it’s back and it ain’t anything like the original once you get under the skin.

Previously the SHO (pronounced “show” by everyone but Ford) came with a unique Super High Output Yamaha engine (3.0 Litre V-6 with 164Kw (220 hp), 5-speed manual), the new version however, is all Ford – Powered by a Super High Output (SHO) 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine (272 Kw (365 hp), 6-speed auto), and it continues to build on the legacy of the original discreet performance-oriented sports sedan … but then it turns up the heat!

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