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Ford Fusion wins 2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year award

November 17, 2009

Ford takes home yet another award and this time it’s the Motor TrendCar of the Year” award.  The all-new 2010 Ford Fusion took the honors as being Motor Trend’s 2010 Car of the year.  Here is a post from autoblog.com.

For the first time ever, Motor Trend announced the winner of its annual Car of the Year award this afternoon live via webcast. Though the field of 23 contenders was highly competitive this year (follow the jump for a complete list), we guessed immediately that the winner was a Ford as soon as the webcast came online. How’d we know? The fact they were broadcasting the announcement from Ford World Headquarters in Detroit was a not-so-subtle clue. The Fusion, Taurus and Mustang were all in the running, but it was Ford’s redesigned mid-size sedan, the Fusion, that took home the coveted Golden Calipers.

In retrospect, the choice is a solid one and not all that surprising. The Fusion was extensively reworked for the 2010 model year and features a new exterior design, new models and new powertrains. Ford offers a four-cylinder model, two strong V6 options and a full-on parallel hybrid variant, which means buyers should have no trouble finding a Fusion that fits their needs. And indeed they have, as the Fusion has already broken its own yearly sales record – with two months left to go.

Like MT, we’re big fans of the Fusion here at Autoblog, and even have high hopes that one day it could be the domestic car that knocks the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord from atop their perches as the best selling cars in the States. That said, this Ford still has a long way to go. Toyota has sold nearly twice as many Camry models as the Fusion so far this year, and the Accord and Nissan Altima are still flashing their taillights at Ford’s CoTY winner. It’s not just demand, as Ford doesn’t even have the production capacity at the moment to match Camry sales, and it doesn’t help that the Mercury Milan siphons off a few potential Fusion customers, as well.

Nevertheless, this is less about what the Fusion could be in the future than what it is today: the 2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Congrats to Ford and the Fusion team.

2010 Ford Fusion - Motor Trend Car of the Year

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Active Park Assist Wins Popular Science Award

November 13, 2009

Ford's Active Park Assist technology wins Popular Science "2009 Best of What's New" award.  This is the third straight year that Ford Motor Company has been recognized with a Best of What’s New Award:Active Park Assist (2009); EcoBoost™ engine technology (2008);  Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel-Filler System (2008); Ford SYNC® (2007)

“We are honored to be recognized by Popular Science with a Best of What’s New award,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “Active Park Assist is just one example of the smart technology features Ford is bringing to market not just for the sake of technology, but to meet the needs and wants of customers.”  

Active Park Assist uses sensors on the front and rear of the vehicle to guide the vehicle into a parking space. The technology is a major leap forward in speed and ease of use compared with camera-reliant systems. The Ford system requires less driver interface and reduces the risk of selecting a parking spot that is too tight. Unlike competing systems, Active Park Assist also works in downhill parking situations, and is available as an optional feature on several 2010 models including Ford Escape, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT and Mercury Mariner.

“For 22 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what’s possible in the future,” said Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New award is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

How Active Park Assist works:

  • The driver activates the system by pressing an instrument panel button, which activates the ultrasonic sensors to measure and identify a feasible parallel parking space.
  • The system then prompts the driver to accept its assistance to park.
  • The steering system then takes over and steers the car into the parking space hands-free. The driver still shifts the transmission and operates the gas and brake pedals.
  • A visual and/or audible driver interface advises the driver about the proximity of other cars, objects and people and provides instructions.
  • While the steering is all done automatically, the driver remains responsible for safe parking and can interrupt the system by grasping the steering wheel.

Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally “2010 Man of the Year”

November 10, 2009

Automobile Magazine has named Ford Motor Company's CEO Alan Mulally "Man of the Year – 2010".  Below is the article from Automobile Magazine.

Ford Raptor XT; $100k Ford Truck

November 4, 2009

Little pop quiz for y'all.

The most expensive Ford Motor Company product is?

Wrong. FoMoCo already unloaded Aston Martin. The most expensive factory-built Ford is the FR (Ford Racing) Raptor XT truck that the company is to unveil today Tuesday at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Well okay, so we exaggerate. The truck doesn't actually cost $100,000. It's only $99,950.

The XT is a turn-key professional pre-runner that Ford says is "nearly" the same truck it raced at the 2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.This means you get a 6.2-liter V8 which at "about 500 hp," makes almost 100 more hp than the production 6.2-liter will make. A 6-speed automatic, electronically selectable 4×4 with 4.56 gear sets and front and rear e-lockers. A revised suspension (compared to even the pretty extreme standard Raptor) brings 15 inches of front wheel travel and 18 inches of rear travel. The XT also comes with a chromoly roll cage, extra skid plates, tubular front and rear bumpers and sweet lighting.

And, although the XT will not be street legal, it comes standard with air conditioning and power windows. Ford Racing will make only 50 XTs. If you want something a little more, you know, less hugely expensive and more useful, try a street legal Raptor with the new 6.2-liter motor.

Ford Raptor XT

Please note that the photo above is the race truck from Baja, not a production XT.  Article  from Edmunds Inside Line by Daniel Pund.

SEMA 2009: 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2 packs 411 HP — Autoblog

November 3, 2009

SEMA 2009: 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 6.2 packs 411 HP — Autoblog.

Cash for Clunkers Blog

July 25, 2009

We officially launched our Cash for Clunkers website yesterday.  We also have a Cash for Clunkers blog on the site as well.  You can go to the Cash for Clunker blog here http://sacash4clunkers.com/blog/.

Ford Tops Toyota in Quality

July 24, 2009

Ford Motor Company's newest vehicles had fewer problems than any other auto company including the almighty Toyota according to a new survey of initial vehicle quality.

The report was conducted by the RDA Group of Bloomfield Hills which also conducted a survey on customer satisfaction, Ford and Toyota tied for first place with both receiving an 80% customer satisfaction score.  The initial quality study showed that Ford had 1,185 issues per 1,000 vehicles.  Toyota had 1,215 issues per 1,000 and Honda had 1,291 issues per 1,000 vehicles.

Well, it's about time.  I've seen this day coming and can't begin to tell you how proud I am to be selling the best made vehicles on the road today!  Congrats to everyone at Ford that has given everything they have to make the best vehicles possible. 

“American Owned, Not Owned by America”

July 24, 2009

The statement on our marquee at the main entrance to our store made the 10PM news on Kens 5 (CBS) recently and Ford has now posted a link to the You Tube page at www.thefordstory.com

You can see the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeBUQ-b72Dc.

New Blog – Ford Focus EV

July 21, 2009

We have just launched a new blog about the upcoming electric Ford Focus.  You can check it out here at www.focusev.com.

1,445.7 Miles on One Tank of Gas

April 30, 2009

2010 Fusion Hybrid Goes 1,445.7 Miles on One Tank of Gas

Ford recently completed the 1,000 mile Fusion Hybrid challenge of driving 1,000 miles on one tank of gas.  The results…Ford smashed its goal driving an astonishing 1,445.7 miles on only one tank of gas.

Lookout Toyota, there's a new player on the field and ready to over the game.