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First Official Look On M-Sport’s Factory-Backed 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, Reports, WRC on 01 11th, 2018


Ford has officially announced its financial and technical support to the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team for the 2018 season.

Following an earlier report on the matter, Ford officially returns to WRC through M-Sport after withdrawing its factory team back in 2012.

Having Ford’s official backing helped M-Sport keep Sébastien Ogier in its ranks, who won the 2017 driver’s championship, with the second driver to be Elfyn Evans.

“Ford’s 20-year relationship with M-Sport has delivered unparalleled success at all levels of rallying, something we’re very proud of, and has also established Fiesta as the standard for rally competitors around the globe,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford’s global director of Motorsport. “Last year we supported M-Sport with the development of the all-new Fiesta that went on to campaign to an FIA championship win. For 2018, we’re excited to be able to provide even greater support.”

“We’ve enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Ford over the years and it’s great to see that support increase as we look to defend our FIA World Rally Championship titles in 2018,” said Malcolm Wilson OBE, M-Sport managing director.

The 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 380hp and 331lb-ft (450Nm) of torque. The six-speed sequential gearbox was developed by M-Sport and Ricardo while the four-wheel drive system utilizes mechanical front and rear differentials, with the central one being an active unit.

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AutoTrader Reveals Its Top 10 Most Searched Cars For 2017 30
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi a3, BMW 1-Series, BMW 3-series, BMW 5-Series, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes E-Class, Opel Astra, Reports, VW Golf on 12 30th, 2017


Britain’s largest online marketplace for new and used cars, AutoTrader, has revealed the 10 most searched cars this year.

Retaining the number 1 position in the United Kingdom is the BMW 3-Series, which was favored by most internet users with a diesel powertrain, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Ford’s Focus comes in 4th place, whereas BMW follows it from the 5th and 6th positions with the 1-Series and 5-Series, respectively. Another Ford, this time the Fiesta, sits on the 7th spot, right in front of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Vauhxall/Opel Astra completes the Top 10 list.

The diesel searches were topped by the BMW 3-Series, Volkswagen Golf, and BMW 5-Series, whereas the most favored petrol powered cars were the Volkswagen Golf, BMW 3-Series, and Ford Focus.

For hybrids, Toyota holds on to the first two positions with the Auris and Prius, followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, while the electric ‘crown’ goes to the Nissan Leaf, which turned out to be more popular than the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

“The results show that British car buyers are very keen on spoiling themselves, with premium manufacturers featuring very heavily in our list of most searched-for cars”, commented AutoTrader’s road test editor, Ivan Aistrop.

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Ford Boosts Fiesta Production In Europe To Meet Increased Demand 23
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Reports on 12 23rd, 2017


Ford has ramped up production of the new Fiesta supermini in order to meet the increased demand in European markets. Specifically, the automaker has extended the existing shifts and added new ones on Saturdays during November and December in order to increase daily production of the new Fiesta to 1,500 cars.

“The previous Fiesta was already a much-loved car, and if you add to that the many improvements offered with the new model, including our unique pedestrian detection system, this success is not altogether a surprise.” said Ford of Europe’s vice president in Marketing, Sales and Service, Roelant de Waard.

Customers in Europe are offered the new Ford Fiesta in Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale trim levels, with the company also set to add the Active pseudo-crossover version early next year.

The base engine is a 1.1-liter with either 70PS or 85PS, followed by the turbocharged 1.0-liter Ecoboost in 100PS, 125PS and 140PS guises, as well as a 1.5-liter TDCi diesel with 85PS and 120PS.

Ford is not going to bring the new Fiesta supermini in the US, leaving the Ecosport to play the role of the entry-level model in its range.

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Ford Performance Parts Launched In Europe For ST, RS And Mustang 1
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ESSEN Show, Ford, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Mustang, Ford Performance, Reports on 12 1st, 2017


Coinciding with the start of the 2017 Essen Motor Show, Ford has presented various parts that enhance the look, sound, and driving attributes of their performance models.

Developed together with specialists such as Borla, KW, Remus, and Roush, they’re available to order across Europe from December 1 for the Focus ST, RS, and Mustang models.

Adjustable coilover strut and shock absorbers, with up to 40mm (1.57in) reduction in ride height are part of the offerings, along with light alloy wheels that offer up to 15 percent in weight reduction, and high-grade stainless steel exhaust systems in road-legal and track-only versions.

The entire Ford Performance range can also be equipped with a special gearshift knob selection, with carbon fiber and unique short-shift gear linkage for the Mustang six-speed manual, which is said to reduce gearshift travel by 20 percent.

Offered in three stages for the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 engine are the Performance Calibration Power Packs, capable of boosting the unit’s rev limit to up to 7,500rpm. The powertrain can also be fitted with a supercharger kit, from Roush Performance, which is compatible with both six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes, and boosts power to over 600PS (592hp).

Presented for the first time in Europe is the Ford Performance Drift Stick Concept. Developed and designed for the Focus RS, and approved by Ken Block, this is a rally-inspired electronic handbrake, which uses the car’s Drift Mode to deliver clutch-free drift turns, similar to those of a real rally car.

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Ford Creates Robotic Bum To Test Car Seats, Baptizes It RoButt 31
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Ford Videos, Tech, video on 10 31st, 2017


Testing new car seats is a hard job, but someone's gotta do it, or something in this case, a special robotic bottom developed at Ford's European headquarters in Cologne, Germany.
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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Ford Fiesta To Ditch EcoBoost Three-Cylinder In U.S. 29
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Reports on 09 29th, 2017


Not only will the United States not receive the latest-generation Ford Fiesta but it’s been confirmed that the automaker will also drop the EcoBoost three-cylinder of the existing Fiesta.
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U.S. Won’t Even Get The Sporty Ford Fiesta ST 18
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Reports on 09 18th, 2017


We know that the latest-generation Ford Fiesta won’t be sold in the United States and now we’ve learnεδ that the automaker won’t even bring the hotted-up Fiesta ST stateside.
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U.S. Won’t Even Get The Sporty Ford Fiesta ST 18
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Reports on 09 18th, 2017


We know that the latest-generation Ford Fiesta won’t be sold in the United States and now we’ve learnεδ that the automaker won’t even bring the hotted-up Fiesta ST stateside.
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Ford’s Frankfurt Show Offerings To Include All-New Fiesta, 2018 Mustang Plus Others 7
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford EcoSport, Ford Fiesta, Ford GT, Ford Mustang, ford ranger, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Reports on 09 7th, 2017


Ford's new Mustang, EcoSport SUV, Ranger Black Edition pickup and Tourneo Custom will all be making their European motor show debut next week in Frankfurt.
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Ford Hoping To Attract New And Existing Buyers With Latest Fiesta 3
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Reports on 09 3rd, 2017


Ford believes its latest-generation Fiesta will attract both new and existing customers.
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Ken Block Defies Gravity In Terrakhana: The Ultimate Dirt Playground 22
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford Fiesta, Ford Videos, Ken Block, video on 08 22nd, 2017


Ken Block and Pennzoil have teamed up to release a new video called "Terrakhana: The Ultimate Dirt Playground."
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Ford Launches Scrappage Scheme For Pre-2010 Vehicles, But Only In The UK 22
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in diesel, Ford, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Kuga, Ford Transit, Reports, UK on 08 22nd, 2017


Ford is launching a new scrappage scheme for pre-2010 cars and vans in order to encourage prospective customers to trade-in their older vehicles for a new Euro 6-compliant Ford model.
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India To Get A Bespoke Hyundai i20 Rival From Ford 4
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20, India, Reports on 08 4th, 2017


Ford is preparing to launch a new vehicle platform for India and other emerging markets that will spawn a host of new models, including a local rival to the Hyundai i20.
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