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Ford Adds Over 360,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Expedition, Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, ford ranger, Lincoln, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Navigator, Mercury, Mercury Milan, Recalls, Reports on 01 19th, 2018

Ford is recalling even more models equipped with faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The latest action, which is part of the NHTSA's planned expansion, counts a total of 364,523 vehicles, 327,796 of which are in the United States and federalized territories, and 36,727 in Canada.
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Ford Cancelled The Planned Redesign For The 2020 Fusion 3
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus, Reports on 01 3rd, 2018

The future of the Ford Fusion is in doubt as The Detroit News has obtained a letter to suppliers which informed them the planned redesigned for the 2020 model has been canceled.

The cancellation comes as a bit of a surprise but an insider told the publication the Fusion and Mondeo will remain part of the company’s lineup for at least three or four more years. This seems to suggest the cars are living on borrowed time but that might not be the case.

Another source told the paper Ford might have cancelled the redesign because management determined they “didn’t have the right product or product design to meet demand.”

Ford spokesman Mike Levine declined to discuss the letter but he told the publication the “Fusion remains an important part of the Ford lineup for years to come with even more new fresh features on the way.”

That’s not much to go on but speculation has suggested the Fusion could become larger if it makes it to the third-generation. This could mean the Fusion will enter Taurus territory but reports have indicated the latter model could be dropped by the end of the year.

Carsalesbase data shows the Fusion remains a relatively strong seller as the company sold 265,840 units in the United States in 2016. That’s approximately 120,000 units less than the Toyota Camry but it is still a pretty significant number.

Ford is staying mum on specifics but CEO Jim Hackett unveiled his strategic update to investors last fall and it called for the company to reallocate $7 billion of capital from cars to trucks and SUVs. This will result in the company will offering fewer cars while adding a handful of new trucks and SUVs such as the Bronco and Ranger.

That same presentation also mentioned the next-generation Fusion and revealed it will be offered with less build combinations. Ford offers approximately 35,000 different combinations on the current model but the company wanted to cut that number to just 96 combinations on the next-generation Fusion.

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Ford Fusion’s Future Is Up In The Air After Production Halt 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in china, Ford, Ford Fusion, Reports on 12 18th, 2017

Recently, Ford has announced plans of halting North American production for the current-generation Fusion, shifting manufacturing to China starting in 2020.

At this point in time, it’s unclear whether or not Ford will actually stop selling the Fusion altogether in the U.S., replace it with a new model or just build it elsewhere, reports Autonews.

All this comes at a time in which automakers are focusing more and more on utility vehicles and Ford is going about their business in a similar fashion. In fact, the American automaker plans on adding five new crossover nameplates by 2020.

This shift could spell doom for smaller models such as the Fiesta, currently built in Mexico. Furthermore, Focus production will be moving from Michigan to China, C-Max output will end in 2018 and the U.S. version of the Taurus is expected to go quietly into the night at some point.

As for the Fusion, it would be the highest-volume nameplate to go out of production in North America because of the crossover boom – Ford has sold more than 2.7 million Fusions in the U.S. since the model was first introduced back in 2005. Right now, sales are down 22% through November for the Fusion, compared to the general 16% slide registered for the mid-size segment.

With no plans to export the next-gen Fusion/Mondeo from China to North America and Europe, their future remains unknown on a global scale.


Ford May Shift Fusion And Mondeo Production To China In 2020 14
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Ford, Ford Europe, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Mexico, Reports on 12 14th, 2017

Ford will reportedly move production of the Fusion and Mondeo sedans to China in 2020.

Three unnamed sources told Reuters of the plan, suggesting that the Fusion will no longer be built in Hermosillo, Mexico and that construction of the Mondeo will shift from Valencia, Spain.

Initially, it was reported that the American automaker would export the Chinese-built Fusion to North America and the Mondeo to Europe. However, Ford has since released a statement to the press indicating that there are no such plans.

“We have no plans to export the next-generation Fusion / Mondeo from China to North America and Europe. Fusion / Mondeo are an important part of the Ford car lineup. We will have more information to share about the next Fusion / Mondeo at a later date,” a Ford spokesperson said.

This year, U.S. sales of the Fusion have dropped by 22 per cent and Mondeo sales are down 21 per cent in Europe over 2016.

In June, Ford confirmed that it will shift some Fiesta production from Mexico to China. Additionally, the brand recently announced that it will build a future EV in Cuatitlan, Mexico, rather than in Michigan as originally planned.


Ford’s First Plug-in Hybrid Police Car Will Help Clean Up Our Streets 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Ford Videos, new cars, PHEV, Police Cars, video on 11 20th, 2017

Ford’s new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan has arrived, though it won’t be taking part in any high-speed pursuits, as it’s aimed mostly at police and fire chiefs, detectives, and non-pursuit law enforcement personnel.

Based on the production-spec Fusion Energi, it shares its plug-in hybrid powertrain, and comes with a 7.6 kWh battery that can be charged in 2.5 hours using the onboard 3.3kW charger.

Ford says that it can be driven on electricity alone for up to 21 miles (34km), and up to a top speed of 85mph (km/h). Once the battery is depleted, its internal combustion gasoline unit will take it at least 500 miles (805km) farther.

“This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever. Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation”, the company’s police brand marketing manager, Stephen Tyler, commented.

Outside, the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan features red and blue emergency lights, and unique alloy wheels, while in the cabin it gets heavy-duty front seats with reduced bolsters for additional comfort, anti-stab plates, and vinyl rear seats and floors. Other equipment includes the reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, engine-idle feature, and auxiliary power box in the trunk.

Law enforcement agencies can spec their special Ford Fusion Energi with several options such as the driver spot lamp, emergency lighting packages, dark-car feature that turns off all interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance, rear door control-disabling, trunk storage vault, and trunk ventilation system.

Ford will open the order books for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan in December, with deliveries starting in mid-2018.



America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017

If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.

These Six Rich Celebrities Drive Surprisingly Affordable Cars 7
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Acura TSX, Cadillac XTS, celebrities, Ford F-150, Ford Fusion, GMC Savana, Reports, VOLVO on 10 7th, 2017

While people with large amounts of money in their names usually tend to trade up every chance they get when it comes to cars, others, regardless of how successful they are, simply live well enough alone.
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Michigan State Police Trying Out F-150 Truck And Fusion Hybrid As Interceptors 5
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Fusion, Hybrids, Police, Police Cars, Reports, Trucks on 10 5th, 2017

Ford's Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and F-150 Police Responders are the first pursuit-rated hybrid sedans and pickup trucks to get the thumbs up for law enforcement use.
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What’s Ford Doing Testing A Fusion (Mondeo) Station Wagon On U.S. Soil? 20
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Ford Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 09 20th, 2017

An intriguing Ford Mondeo Estate has been spied testing in the U.S. by Carscoops reader Brett Borgard.
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Check Out Ford’s Iconic U.S. Police Cars Throughout History 20
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Ford, Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus, Ford Videos, Hybrids, Police, Police Cars, video on 09 20th, 2017

With Ford's high popularity among Police Departments in the U.S, it's no wonder that some of their Interceptors have become so well-known.
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Ford And Domino’s Working On Autonomous Tech For Pizza Delivery 31
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Ford, Ford Fusion, Hybrids, Reports, Tech on 08 31st, 2017

Ford, together with pizza giant Domino's Pizza are teaming up to better understand what role self-driving vehicles might have in pizza delivery.
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Ford Owners Sue Automaker Over Defective Lug Nuts 28
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford F-Series, Ford Flex, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, Reports on 08 28th, 2017

Ford is being sued by hundreds of owners over reportedly defective lug nuts, Automotive News reports.
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Can You Really Beat A BMW 340i With A Ford Fusion Sport? 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Videos, Ford, Ford Fusion, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 08 17th, 2017

What we have here is a classic case of a high-powered non-premium midsize saloon taking on a premium sports sedan.
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Ford Mondeo Diesel Investigated By German Authorities For Possible Use Of Cheating Devices 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in diesel, Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Reports on 08 11th, 2017

Germany's Transport Ministry has ordered the country's authorities to investigate the Ford Mondeo for alleged use of illegal emissions cheating software.
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Be As Petty As You Want In Your Own Ford Fusion Stock Car 30
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ford, Ford Fusion, Nascar on 07 30th, 2017

Were you intrigued by the notion of owning your own NASCAR Sprint Cup racer when we brought that 2008 Toyota Camry stock car listing to your attention? Then this may prove even more tempting.
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