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2013 Ford Fusion Auto Start Stop system

If you’ve ever driven a hybrid, you’re likely familiar with the idea: You’re sitting at a stoplight, with your foot on the brake pedal, and the engine simply turns off. When you lift off the brake, or when needed, it starts back up, almost seamlessly.

Now that fuel-saving concept, called engine stop-start, is coming to the mainstream; and one of the first models to get it is the mid-size 2013 FordFusion.

The 2013 Ford Fusion will be one of the first cars from a mainstream brand to get engine stop-start (which Ford calls Auto Start-Stop). It will be offered as an option on Fusion models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine—which is projected to achieve 26 mpg city, 37 mpg highway.

So far, the feature is offered in only a few other vehicles. The 2012 Kia Rio remains the only other mainstream 2012 model with start-stop—and it’s a feature due late in the model year, in that case. In the Rio, it’s part of the Eco Package, which also includes a stronger battery.

We’ve experienced start-stop in models from BMW and Porsche, where the system is now widely deployed, and found them to be quite unobtrusive. Even the legendary Porsche 911 sports car is getting the system for 2013.

2013 Ford Fusion @ Circuit Ford

2013 Ford Fusion @ Circuit Ford

Mainstream automakers have had issues bringing the systems not so much because of engineering hurdles or buyer perceptions, but because U.S. EPA tests, which only include a few short stops, don’t necessarily reflect the mileage improvements that commuters are likely to see. In turn, these systems costs a few hundred dollars—even to install in high volume.

But the payback you see at the pump could be significant. In real-world urban stop-and-go, expect to see an improvement of up to three to five percent from stop-start—although you could save as much as ten percent in closely spaced stoplights and the like. On average, Ford says, engine start-stop increases fuel economy by 3.5 percent; the automaker also cites a U.S. Department of Treasury study estimating that 1.9 billion gallons of extra fuel in 2011 were consumed due to traffic congestion.

In an era of four-dollar gasoline, it’s an option choice that’s not just green, but economically sound. So, while the payback for hybrids and their much higher sticker price doesn’t always work out favorably, for anyone who commutes often in stop-and-go traffic, you could see the option cost back in just a few years.

2013 Ford Explorer Sport finally unveiled

Sport appearance packages for sport-utility vehicles are a dime a dozen, but the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is a little unique: it’s the only way to buy an Explorer packing Ford’s twin-turbocharged EcoBoost six-cylinder engine.

As we predicted, the 2013 Explorer Sport receives a number of the same cosmetic touches applied to other Sport-branded Ford models. Black accents dominate the exterior: headlamp and taillamp bezels are now painted black, as are the grille bars (though, as Ford notes, the mesh insert is actually painted Sterling Grey). Explorer Sport models also receive Explorer lettering running across the hood, much like the 2013 Flex.

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Mirror caps, which are usually painted body color, are now given a gloss black finish, as is the lower bodyside trim, which is frequently chrome. A tailgate trim panel, which stretches from taillamp to taillamp, is now black instead of chrome-clad. 20-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels boast “Sport” logos, along with hub and spoke centers painted gloss black. Buyers can choose from four exterior paint colors, including Ruby Red Metallic, White Platinum Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic, and Ingot Silver Metallic.

Inside, the Explorer Sport boasts charcoal black leather seating, which can be ordered with contrasting Sienna inserts. Sport models gain unique steering wheel stitching, new instrument panel appliqués, floor mats with the Sport logo, and illuminated door sill plates.

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Yet the Explorer Sport isn’t just about show. While other Explorer models make do with a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 or a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, the Explorer Sport is only offered with Ford’s twin-turbocharged, EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6. Press materials note the engine makes “at least 350 horsepower,” but fail to give a definite specification. In the 2013 Flex, that engine is good for 355 hp at 5700 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque from 1500 through 5250 rpm; in the 2013 Taurus SHO, the horsepower figure rises to 365 hp @ 5500 rpm.

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Ford Explorer 2013 Sport - Circuit Ford

Like most models boasting the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6, the Explorer Sport is available only with all-wheel-drive. A six-speed automatic is standard, though Ford notes it swapped the transaxle’s 3.39:1 final drive gearing for the 3.16:1 ratio normally used on front-drive models. Explorer Sport models also allegedly receive a faster power steering ratio, larger disc brakes, and body reinforcements to improve handling.

This may be a Sport model, but as is the case with anything EcoBoost related, Ford is quick to talk fuel economy figures. The automaker expects the 2013 Explorer Sport to attain an EPA rating of 16/22 mpg (city/highway). If so, that’s a 1-mpg drop compared to an all-wheel-drive Explorer fitted with the normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, but it is better than the comparable Dodge Durango R/T AWD, which is rated at 13/20 mpg.

Ford notes the 2013 Explorer Sport will serve as the “top of the Explorer line,” but isn’t ready to disclose pricing until the model goes on sale later this year. Regardless, expect it to carry a decent premium over a comparable 2013 Explorer Limited AWD, which stickers for $43,280 (including $825 in destination fees).

Source: Motortrend.

Ford GT sets standing mile record at 257 MPH

Imagine hitting 257 miles per hour…in one mile.

That’s the new event record for a standing mile set over the weekend by Sean Kennedy of Katy, Texas, at the Texas Mile event in Beeville, behind the wheel of a modified 2006 Ford GT. The current Guinness Book-recognized mark is 223 mph, also set by an ’06 GT.

ford gt660 presented by circuit ford

ford gt660 presented by circuit ford

Sporting a twin-turbocharged setup by Texas tuning house Hennessey Performance, the 5.4-liter V8 runs at an astonishing 34 psi of boost and is controlled by a high performance MoTeC engine management system.

The exact power output of the motor is unknown, but John Hennessey tells “2000 hp is a pretty safe bet.”

For comparison, the stock Ford GT with its supercharged version of the engine put out 550 hp and had a top speed of 205 mph. Kennedy’s car was going 204 mph at the half mile mark.

Is Ford working on a new supercar?

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Kennedy’s car is that it competes in the street legal class, although it was burning 117 octane racing fuel for the record run.

Owned by Mark Heidaker, the GT has been competing for several years, increasing its performance at each outing. And his team isn’t done with it yet.

Kennedy says they’ll be back for the next Texas Mile competition in October and has their sights on 260 mph.

Source:Fox News.

Ford’s Mustang Adds Track Apps

If you’re looking to have virtual fun, we recommend the Angry Birds application. If you’re looking to have fun in real life, we recommend grabbing a 2013 Ford Mustang that features the new Track Apps telemetry suite. Today’s Feature Flick, from Ford, shows you how it works.

Ford Mustang 2013 Track Apps

Ford Mustang 2013 Track Apps

We’ve known for some time that Ford was working to bring some new telemetry to the 2013 Mustang, and it’s here in the form of Track Apps. Mustangs equipped with the feature gather data from the IP and an on-board accelerometer to determine things like 0-60 and ¼ mile times, braking performance, and lateral acceleration. The apps are controlled through the multi-function indicator mounted between the tachometer and the speedometer.

Track Apps are optional extras on base 2013 Ford Mustang V6 and GT models, but are standard on Premium Package V6 and GT models, as well as the Boss 302 and Shelby GT500. Ford does insist that track apps are only for use on the track, although unlike JDM-spec Nissan GT-Rs, the car doesn’t know when you’re on or off the track. What you do with that information is up to you.

Check out the video for the full low-down on the 2013 Mustang’s Track Apps.

Source: Ben Timmins.

Ford US unveil the configurator and prices of the all-new 2013 Shelby GT500 and other Mustang models

650 horsepower. Six hundred and fifty horsepower in a factory Ford Mustang. Ever since Ford pulled the wraps off the 2013 Shelby GT500 we’ve been having trouble getting that number down. The only question left was how much does that much power and a 202-mph top speed cost? With the launch of the 2013 Ford Mustang configurator we have an answer: $54,995, or the same price as a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1coupe.

That’s $84.60 for each of the 650 hp the 2013 Shelby GT500′s supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 produces.

Mustang 2013 configurator and prices finally unveiled by Ford US

The six-speed manual, 600 lb-ft of torque and 202-mph top speed is just icing on the cake. To be fair though, the Shelby GT500′s $84.60 per horsepower is calculated from the base price. Load the GT500 up with options and all of a sudden you’re paying $101.70 for each one of those supercharged ponies, or a total of $66,110. That $66,110 does include some unnecessary options though, like a glass roof and the $395 Red Candy Tintcoat paint. We’d stick with the Recaro seats and the $3495 SVT Performance package, though, with its Torsen limited-slip differential, two-mode adjustable Bilstein suspension, and forged aluminum wheels.

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at Chicago Autoshow 2012

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at Chicago Autoshow 2012

So how exactly does the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 stack up with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1? Pretty well actually; both pony cars start at $54,995, but with the Camaro ZL1 producing ‘only’ 580-hp it costs $95.81 per horsepower. Fully loaded at just over $60,000 is the only place where the Camaro ZL1 pulls the value card on its crosstown rival.

With the launch of the 2013 Ford Mustang configurator, we also find out the base price for the GT500′s topless sibling. As expected, the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible costs a bit more than the hardtop version at $59,995, or $68,720 fully loaded. You can configure your own 2013 Ford Mustang here. Seeing how the Shelby GT500 and Camaro ZL1 stack up dollar for dollar and horsepower for horsepower, which one would you pick? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Chevrolet, Ford

Discover the all-new 2013 Ford Focus ST

Feel the thrill of the ride as the 2013 Ford Focus ST enters the fray. Where performance and style meet, this car is equally comfortable on the road or racing down the track. See the video below to learn how the ST has brought a new spin into the Focus.

2013 Ford Focus ST - Circuit Ford Montreal

2013 Ford Focus ST - Circuit Ford Montreal

Ford finally reveals is all-new 2013 F-Series Super Duty Platinum

2013 Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum.
Ford Motor2013 Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum.

On Friday, Ford introduced the 2013 F-Series Super Duty Platinum pickup truck. As its name would suggest, the Platinum commands a premium price. In fact, the truck will be the most expensive model in the F-Series portfolio, surpassing even the $68,000 King Ranch Super Duty.

Like Ford’s other Super Duty trucks, the Platinum F-Series will be offered at three-quarter-ton, one-ton and one-and-a-half-ton load ratings, although the true load capacities of the trucks far exceed those numbers. Each model is stouter of heart than the meek-mannered half-ton pickups that typically patrol the ranch perimeter or survey the construction site.

Indeed, the Platinum is designed for the J.R. Ewings of America, who take their dual rear wheels and stump-pulling diesel V-8s with a massive helping of wood trim, chrome and leather.

Mike Levine, a Ford spokesman, said final pricing would be announced closer to the Platinum’s sale date this year. At over $68,000, though, the Platinum would handily reassert Ford’s premium pricing position among American truck makers. A 2012 Ram Mega Cab Laramie Longhorn can be optioned up to around $62,000 on the brand’s Web site. Devil-may-care configuring of a2012 GMC 3500HD Denali produces a sticker of roughly $58,000, hardly Platinum territory.

Ford Motor

Exterior dress-up items on the Ford include running boards, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and a Platinum logo (in chrome, not the precious metal) on both sides of the pickup box. Inside, there’s a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat and floor mats embroidered with the Platinum logo. The MyFord Touch telematics system, power-adjustable pedals, a rear-view camera, remote-start system, garage-door opener and power-telescoping mirrors are all standard.

Certain features of MyFord Touch, which recently underwent a revision after being deemed unintuitive and overly complex by J.D. Power & Associatesand subscribers of Consumer Reports, among others, are said to be accessible by drivers wearing work gloves.

Buyers of the 250 and 350 models can choose a 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine or a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8. The 450 model is available with only the diesel. In current super-duty models, the gasoline engine generates 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, and the diesel pounds out 400 horsepower and a comically high 800 pound-feet of torque.

International Women Day at Ford

We Want Sex Equality

We Want Sex Equality

The film tells the true story of an uprising of 183 workers of Ford plants, which occurred at Dagenham, in the eastern suburbs of London. One day in 1968, they decided to defytheir American patrons by announcing three-week strike. They require an update equal pay between men and women.

Awarded the « Golden Hitchcock », Best Screenplay and Audience Award, he also was nominated for Bafta equivalent of the Caesars in the UK for costumes and makeupcategories.

Source: The Diablogues.

It’s official. The Ford F-150 has been named the 2012 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

f-150  2012 truck of the year

f-150 2012 truck of the year

Since its inception back in 1949, Motor Trend has been one of the most trusted sources for automotive news, reviews and its comprehensive road tests. Its annual awards are coveted by automotive manufacturers as they are considered by the mainstream press and many consumers to be the most important distinction awarded in the North American auto industry.

So when the 2012 Motor Trend Truck of the Year was announced, it’s understandable that we were more than a little excited!

Here’s just a few of the results from the Motor Trend road test of the new 2012 F-150:
* Team extensively tested all four engines stating that the EcoBoost engine was « Engineering Excellence » and better than any of the eight-piston offerings in maybe any company’s lineup
* In terms of towing and hauling the team consensus was that each tested F-150 only got better the harder they were working. Even in the handling tests, the F-150 feels more planted and better balanced with payload in the bed.

And that is just a few snippets on engine performance. The F-150’s comfort, convenience and design features all win high praise as well.

Source: Wheel.