The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport was announced today for production late in the year. However, there were no surprises here and there is nothing new at all. And just as the platform-mate SHO is morbidly obese (1000 pounds heavier than the original SHO), the Explorer is as well (and we owned two of the original SHOs, and two original Explorers so we’ve been there and done these to the tune of 300k miles).
The Ford Explorer Sport simply reuses existing parts from the Ford Flex EcoBoost (350 HP, 350 torque EcoBoost 3.5l V-6) and suspension (with 2013 SHO brakes). It’s existence was inevitable.
If you remember the SVT (Explorer) Tremor Concept that was shown at the NAIAS Show in 1998, which had a unique Yamaha-built set of 5-valve heads on a 4.6 Modular (390 HP naturally aspirated), but had zero chance for production (because the platform was just about to change), something unique like that would have been much more interesting today. Or the (Explorer) Sport Trac Adrenalin Concept shown at the Chicago show in 2005 (390 HP supercharged Mustang Mach 1 engine and 4 SVT Cobra seats) built on the last-gen Explorer platform.
Instead, Ford offers nothing new or unique here. At least Ford could have provided a better Getrag transmission with more gears (which they have off-the-shelf). Or at the very least a decent set of sporting seats (one of the best differentiators of the Lincoln Aviator from it’s Explorer platform-mate). But alas, given lack of any development budget and given the inherent constraints of the former Volvo platform, this isn’t possible now. We’ll have to wait several years for an all-new platform (and budget), probably a stretched Mondeo/Fusion platform.
Bottom line: nothing here of interest to a Driving Enthusiast… and not enough towing capacity for even your smallest race car. Ford Press Release and specifications follows.
New Ford Explorer Sport: Fuel-Efficient, High-Performance SUV Features Inspired Design Cues, EcoBoost V6 Engine
- Ford Explorer Sport is a new addition for the 2013 model year, featuring EcoBoost® 3.5-liter V6 engine for greater performance feel and projected top fuel economy among gasoline-powered, high-performance sport utility vehicles
- Explorer Sport gives customers an interior inspired by designer accessory fashions, sporty exterior design cues and specially tuned suspension components
DEARBORN, Mich., March 28, 2012 – The first-ever performance version of the Ford Explorer arrives this year with the highest projected fuel economy among gasoline-engine-powered, high- performance SUVs.
- 4WD with Terrain Management System
- Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
- 10-way power driver’s seat with power recline and lumbar
- Six-way power passenger seat with recline and lumbar
- First-row heated seats
- Compass and exterior temperature display
- Rear view camera
- SYNC® with MyFord Touch® driver connect technology
- Sony® Premium Audio System with HD Radio™ and 12 speakers
- Active park assist
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert
- Inflatable rear seat belts
- 110-volt outlet
- PowerFold mirrors
- Intelligent access with Push-Button Start
- Remote Start
- Adjustable pedals with memory
- Dual-panel moonroof
- Power liftgate
- Class III trailer-towing package
2013 FORD EXPLORER SPORT
Construction Unitized steel body, four-door with rear liftgate
Final assembly location Chicago Assembly Plant
Type 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost ® V6
Manufacturing location Cleveland Engine Plant
Configuration 60-degree V6, aluminum block and heads
Valvetrain Four valves per cylinder, intake variable camshaft timing
Bore x stroke 92.5 x 86.7 mm
Displacement 3,496 cc
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Horsepower 350 @ 5,500 rpm (estimated)
Torque 350 lb.-ft. @ 1,500-5,000 rpm (estimated)
Recommended fuel 87-octane unleaded/premium provides improved performance
Fuel capacity 18.6 gallons
Fuel injection Direct injection
Oil capacity 6.0 quarts with filter
Recommended oil GF5 5W-30
Emission control Closed loop with catalyst
Federal standards Tier II/Bin 5 tailpipe, Cold Bin 4, T2e evaporative
California standards ULEV II tailpipe, L2e evaporative
Layout Four-wheel drive with Terrain Management System™
Standard Six-speed SelectShift Automatic ® 6F55 with paddle activation
Kick the tires and light the fires: it’s springtime and that means it’s time get out and drive! But when a bogey up ahead paints you, smart drivers with the reassurance of a Valentine One won’t have to jink their ride. Even smarter drivers would have ECM that self-deploys.
The game for our “blue team” is all about technology: having it, knowing how to use it, ensuring that you do at any and all times. Getting splashed for 1 over on a downtown hop makes for a Charlie Foxtrot kind of day.
On the side of the “red team”, it’s more about tactics, techniques, and procedures and less about technology. Patrol patterns, places to hide, dirty tricks, and having to follow established procedure including the required training and calibrations. The basic radar technology hasn’t changed in years, not counting unmanned radar (inevitably found unconstitutional when taken to the highest courts).
But prowl car technology has. Given the retirement of ye olde Crown ‘Vic, Ford has a new generation of police vehicles. That, thanks to Ford, saves taxpayers significant funds by using up to 35% less fuel. And they accelerate faster after pulling a bat-turn. Fortunately for the blue team though, the eyeball profiles of both vehicles are even larger than ever – making it even easier to check your six (and your twelve) when the red team is hiding in traffic, behind billboards, or even here.
Introducing the 2013 Ford (Taurus and Explorer) Police Interceptors. Two Ford Press Releases follow:
New Ford Police Interceptors Deliver up to 35 Percent Better Fuel Economy When Idling
- EPA fuel economy ratings confirm new Ford Police Interceptors are the most fuel-efficient police vehicles in Ford’s history
- Fuel economy at idle improves 35 percent on the Police Interceptor sedan and 32 percent on the Police Interceptor utility vehicle
- Law enforcement agencies stand to benefit from significant fuel efficiency
DEARBORN, Mich., March 16, 2012 – With experts predicting fuel prices are headed for record highs this year, the fuel efficiency of the new Ford Police Interceptors has the potential to help America’s cash-strapped cities reduce their fuel bills.
- The base 3.5-liter V6 in the Police Interceptor sedan delivers 288 horsepower and EPA-certified fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. Compared to the Crown Victoria – America’s top-selling law enforcement vehicle for the past 15 years – the Police Interceptor sedan offers an improvement of 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway, and 38 more horsepower
- The optional EcoBoost® 3.5-liter V6 in the all-wheel-drive Police Interceptor sedan is rated at 365 horsepower and is EPA-certified at 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway. In recent Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department testing, the EcoBoost Police Interceptor beat all competitive police cars from General Motors and Chrysler in 0-60 mph acceleration tests
- The Police Interceptor utility is built with a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 304 horsepower. The EPA rating of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway is best in class, topping the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. The Police Interceptor utility easily out-accelerated the V8-powered Tahoe in the LASD tests, reaching 60 mph in 8.4 seconds compared with 9.5 seconds for the Tahoe
Ford Police Interceptor Vehicles Best Competition in Annual L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Police Vehicle Tests
- Ford’s next-generation Police Interceptor® vehicles eclipsed the competition in acceleration, braking, high-speed pursuit and city pursuit testing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- The all-new Ford Police Interceptor vehicles benchmark the industry standard, Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, while delivering better performance, handling and fuel economy
- Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can purchase an all-new, American-made vehicle with the proven durability and price range of the popular Crown Victoria. Police agencies can currently place orders through dealerships
Ford has issued a large number of press releases and images detailing the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer and even more will be coming later in the day Monday. While this is hardly a “DrivingEnthusiast” type of vehicle, the technical aspects of it are interesting to Ford enthusiasts.
If you’ve haven’t heard by now that Ford has switched the Explorer to a unibody design – effectively a CUV instead of an SUV – then you’ve been off the planet, in prison, or without the Internet.
The new Explorer seems to be a bit larger than the old:
- Wheelbase: 112.6 (2010: 113.7)
- Length: 197.1 (2010: 193.4)
- Height without options: 70.4 FWD, 71.0 AWD (2010: 72.8)
- Track fr/rr 67.0″ (2010: fr/rr 60.9 / 61.8)
More interesting news: the front suspension is a short/long arm independent, instead of the Taurus platform-mate McPherson strut. This is not simply a rehash of the Ford D3 platform. Very encouraging to see that Ford spent the money in this way (and note that the Explorer suspension continues the tradition of being technically more sophisticated than the Mustang).
Ford has not yet provided a weight. Brake sizes were not provided. The V-6 model will tow 5000 pounds and features trailer sway control similar to the F-150.
Unfortunately, Ford has not yet released images of the new EcoBoost engine. Hopefully those will be coming later.
Ford Press Release follows:
2011 Explorer Overview
- Ford reinvents the Explorer SUV with best-in-class fuel economy, improved driving dynamics and terrain management system – all wrapped in a modern, weight-saving design
- Explorer raises the bar on safety with a class-leading array of airbags including industry-first inflatable rear seat belts, Trinity front impact structure, AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) and Curve Control functionality
- Explorer features MyFord Touch™ driver connect technology and SYNC®integrated communications and entertainment system to help keep a driver’s eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Explorer offers more technology than in-class competitors, rivaling content found in premium SUVs
Ford Explorer – the vehicle that defined a segment – has been completely reinvented, raising customers’ expectations of sport utility vehicle (SUV) fuel efficiency, safety, technology, capability and quality.
“The all-new Explorer will deliver today’s SUV buyers the attributes they really want and value, and a few they might not even have dreamed of,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “We’re proud to introduce the new Explorer to customers and fans around the world today and pleased to begin a whole new era that blends strong SUV fuel economy and performance.”
The all-new Explorer launches today to its Facebook friends in a unique social media initiative, followed by reveal events throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Shattering SUV fuel economy and performance expectations
“The new Explorer simply does everything well,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “It raises the bar for ride and handling on the road and transforms the off-road experience. It’s the hands-down winner for towing capability and ease. All this capability – and three rows of seating – with amazing fuel economy will make Explorer the absolute right choice for families with a sense of adventure.”
The 2011 Explorer with V6 power is expected to deliver more than 20 percent better fuel economy than the 2010 model, shattering conventional expectations for SUV fuel efficiency. When equipped with the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ I-4 engine, Explorer fuel economy is expected to improve by more than 30 percent and exceed the 2010 Honda Pilot and 2010 Toyota Highlander V6.
Chief Nameplate Engineer Jim Holland said the team targeted two key objectives when developing the 2011 Ford Explorer.
“It had to look modern and contemporary – inside and out – yet be instantly recognizable as an Explorer,” said Holland. “Next, the new Explorer needed to deliver the fuel economy today’s customers want, combined with the performance, capability and empowerment they expect from an SUV.”
Driven by the commitment to give customers unsurpassed fuel efficiency with each new vehicle, Ford attacked every detail to transform Explorer with significantly improved fuel economy:
- Twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT)
- Latest Ford EcoBoost engine
- Six-speed automatic transmissions
- Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to significantly reduce parasitic power loss
- Intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD)
- Variable-displacement air-conditioning compressor
- Optimized tires for reduced rolling resistance
- Slippery aerodynamics with harmonized front air dam and rear liftgate spoiler
Weight reduction is a key element in improving Explorer fuel efficiency. While adding significant content to the vehicle, engineers were able to reduce total vehicle weight by almost 100 pounds through the use of lighter materials such as an aluminum hood. Explorer weight loss is even more impressive, as the latest versions of Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner have added pounds versus previous models.
Explorer’s available advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 delivers the power of a normally aspirated V6 without compromising four-cylinder fuel economy. Aimed at the SUV buyer whose top priority is fuel economy, this turbocharged and intercooled I-4 engine delivers a projected 237 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,700 through 4,000 rpm. The EcoBoost employs direct injection of gasoline, Ti-VCT, direct-acting mechanical bucket (DAMB) valve lifters and four valves per cylinder.
Explorer’s standard powertrain combines front-wheel drive with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, delivering an estimated 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. Ti-VCT allows individually optimized camshaft timing of valve opening and closing events to improve mechanical efficiency while delivering increased power and reducing part-throttle emissions. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, this powerful, flexible and efficient V6 is projected to deliver more than 20 percent better fuel economy versus the previous Explorer V6 model.
Explorer’s variable-displacement air-conditioning compressor provides a fuel economy benefit with less drag and smoother transition for improved driveability.
Each Explorer engine is paired with a unique six-speed automatic transmission, combining lowered initial gears for improved off-the-line acceleration and higher gearing for improved efficiency at lower engine rpm when cruising.
Explorer V6 models are available with an intelligent 4WD system that adds terrain management. Situation-selectable, this powertrain advancement takes the guesswork out of 4WD range choice.
A driver need only turn the console-mounted knob to the proper setting among snow, sand, mud and normal modes. This system also includes a hill descent mode.
Simpler and more convenient for SUV veterans, the system will be a confidence-builder for drivers new to the segment.
Contemporary design with segment-leading craftsmanship and quietness
In addition to its clean, modern design inside and out, Explorer aims to please SUV shoppers with a thoughtful, flexible interior package that abounds with clever storage capacity. The new SUV features more head and shoulder room, three rows of flexible seating, and room for everything families want to take along on their adventures.
The Explorer design – inside and out – is executed with world-class craftsmanship. Tight margin gaps are just one indication of the immense attention to detail applied to craftsmanship across the spectrum, from design to engineering to manufacturing.
The Chicago facility where Explorer will be produced raised the bar on initial quality measures with the recent Taurus launch, which is good news for customers.
“Crafting a high-quality vehicle is like preparing a gourmet meal,” said Peter Bejin, craftsmanship supervisor. “You start with high-quality ingredients, execute your recipe with flawless preparation and finally, present it with flair and panache.”
Quietness – another profound advancement in the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer – also will signal quality to customers.
The team enhanced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) control for the all-new Explorer using an advanced technology called NoiseVision. A ball with hundreds of tiny cameras and microphones, NoiseVision allows engineers to pinpoint and address potential noise issues earlier in the development process.
Explorer is expected to be superior to in-segment competitors and rival premium SUVs in quietness and NVH control.
Explorer safety – strength, technology and innovation
The all-new Explorer targets top safety ratings with a stiff unibody structure and a class-leading suite of active and passive safety features and technologies, plus another Ford safety innovation – the world’s first second-row inflatable rear belts.
Rear seat passengers – often children or mature passengers – can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries. Ford’s unique inflatable rear belts spread impact forces across more than five times the area than conventional seat belts, reducing pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion. Belt comfort should also help increase usage rates. Studies show inflatable belts to be more comfortable for passengers due to padding.
From the boron front bumper beam through the hydroformed front frame rails and high-strength steel side-impact tubes, Explorer’s rigid body structure is designed to provide robust protection for occupants. In the instance of a crash, these elements come together to protect Explorer driver and passengers inside a safety cage of strength.
Standard Explorer safety features include:
- AdvanceTracwith RSC features Curve Control functionality to provide braking – optimized by each individual wheel
- Second-generation first-row airbags, side seat airbags
- Belt-Minder® for driver and first-row passenger
- Front passenger sensing system
- Energy-management system pretensioning for height-adjustable first-row seat belts
- LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system for outboard second-row positions, for safely securing child safety seats
- SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
- Safety Canopy® side curtain airbags
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Available Explorer safety features include:
- Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
- BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert
Stretching the breadth of capability
The 2011 Ford Explorer redefines customer expectations for driving dynamics and comfort – on any road, anytime, anywhere – while stretching the breadth of SUV capability. Transforming Explorer’s driving quality was central to creating an SUV for 21st century customers.
“Our objectives for Explorer dynamics were threefold,” said Carl Widmann, vehicle engineering manager. “The first element was to greatly increase on-road comfort, capability and driving dynamics. The second was to maintain the ‘any road, anytime, anywhere’ capability of the previous model. Finally, we aimed to apply technology to the task of safely towing, as V6 Explorer models are rated up to 5,000 pounds. We think customers will be pleased with the next-generation Explorer on all three counts.”
The theme of the all-new Explorer dynamics development was balance. The team sought to provide an engaging driver experience in harmony with the extended breadth of 4WD capability to build driver confidence.
The shift to a unibody construction platform enabled a reduction in road noise and significantly decreased Explorer body roll in dynamic cornering situations. Independent front suspension is of the short- and long-arm configuration with a 32-millimeter front stabilizer bar. Independent rear suspension is the SR1 configuration, so-named for its one-to-one shock absorber ratio, which enables precise ride control.
Explorer’s EPAS system allows for variable rates of assistance based on speed, turn-in and direction. In addition to optimized steering feel, tight on-centering and appropriate resistance, EPAS provides a fuel economy benefit in comparison to traditional hydraulic power assist systems. EPAS also enables a competitive turning radius for optimum maneuverability in parking situations, combined with increased assistance at low speeds for parking ease.
EPAS allows for the addition of Curve Control, a new feature that senses when a driver enters a turn too quickly and applies brake pressure to stabilize the vehicle.
In addition, EPAS enables the optional active park assist technology. When activated, the system scans for a suitable spot, calculates the trajectory, and steers the vehicle. The driver continues to control brake and throttle inputs, but the system steers the vehicle throughout the parking maneuver.
Off-roading standout on a variety of surfaces
The key to Explorer 4WD capability is Ford’s new terrain management system.
Replacing the traditional SUV transfer case configuration, the new system takes the guesswork out of maximizing 4WD and the capabilities it enables. Rather than employment of four-high, four-low and auto settings, Explorer terrain management is selectable by situation. The four settings – available by shift-on-the-fly – include normal, mud, sand and snow.
Each setting provides unique engine behavior, throttle tip-in, transmission shift scheduling and calibrations for traction and stability control systems. Terrain management also includes Hill Descent Control™, which provides engine braking to increase driver confidence and control when descending a steep incline.
Explorer models with V6 power are rated to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds. To aid with hookup – especially when alone – a reverse camera with zoom-in functionality is available, allowing a driver to back up to the trailer on-center. The Explorer towing package includes trailer sway control – a stability package shared with the Ford F-150 pickup – to help minimize trailer sway. Trailer brake controller wiring is also included, as is a tow/haul mode. Engaging tow/haul mode increases engine braking to help slow the vehicle and trailer when descending steep grades.
Loaded with features, convenience and connectivity
The all-new Explorer is available in three trim series levels – base, XLT and Limited. Each offering presents a robust array of standard features, with a class-leading selection of additional convenience and connectivity options so a buyer can tailor a new Explorer to his or her individual needs and desires.
Standard convenience features include:
- MyForddriver connect technology including 4.2-inch LCD screen
- MyKey™ owner control feature
- Air filtration system
- Media hub
- Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler system
- Cruise control
- Power windows, with one-touch down for driver
- Power door locks with child safety rear door locks
- Tilt/telescoping steering column
- Four 12-volt power points
- Cargo hooks
Explorer XLT includes standard content and adds:
- Automatic headlamps
- Six-speed SelectShift Automatic™
- Heated sideview mirrors with LED signal indicators and security approach lamps
- SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad
- Reverse sensing system
- Perimeter alarm
Explorer Limited includes all base and XLT content, plus:
- PowerFold® sideview mirrors with driver’s side memory
- Ambient lighting
- Adjustable pedals with memory functionality
- Cargo net
- Dual-zone electronic temperature control
- 10-way power driver’s seat, with power recline and lumbar
- Electrochromic interior mirror
- Rear view camera
- Remote start system
- 110-volt outlet
- MyFord Touchdriver connect technology
- Intelligent Access with push-button start
- Universal garage door opener
“We spent our time listening to customers and addressing their needs to launch an SUV that reinvigorates the Explorer nameplate and delivers on Ford’s promise of high-quality, fuel-efficient and technologically advanced vehicles with industry-leading safety,” said Holland. “The all-new Explorer will change market perceptions about SUV style, fuel efficiency, technology and user-friendliness.”
The 2011 Explorer will be assembled at Ford’s Chicago manufacturing facility. Production begins late this year, and Explorer will be available in dealerships this winter.
The details are just coming out now, and there are two surprises in the engines:
1st, the EcoBoost 2 cylinder, makes 237 HP and 250 torque. This is not the 274 HP the Explorer American show car demonstrated, but it’s clearly a good blend of performance and economy. Speaking of which, the front wheel drive Explorer does 30% better than last years base Explorer with ye olde 4 liter V-6.
2nd: the 3.5 liter V-6 takes a jump up to 290 HP with 255 torque. This is the improved version of the 3.5, which started life with 263 HP and 249 torque. When the Taurus version of this engine will get a bump to this spec remains to be seen. 290 is also competitive with Chrysler’s new V-6. The Explorer with this engine improves fuel economy over the old Explorer by 20%.
And, finally, no surprise, but there is no EcoBoost V-6 announcement - at least yet.
Most driving enthusiasts know a little bit about some of the designers and engineers behind their cars. If you are a Ford enthusiast, you know who J Mays is, and who Derrick Kuzak is. You certainly know about Alan Mulally, and unfortunately we all know who little Billy Ford is.
But what do you know of everyone else involved with designing, engineering, building and selling the product? How many people work to create a single product inside Ford? How many people inside Ford work to build it? How many people in suppliers support the production with parts or pre-built assemblies? And how many people outside of the North American market will be involved with selling it?
For the upcoming all-new Explorer, Ford provides some of the answers today.
Note that there are also jobs lost in Louisville, Kentucky as a result of the end of production of the old Explorer/Mountaineer. Some of those jobs are probably switching over to the new vehicle. And because the new Explorer is projected to sell at a much higher rates than the old one, many of the numbers below are an overall net gain.
Stay tuned to this channel on Monday when Ford (finally) releases the full specs and imagery of the new Explorer.
Ford Press Release follows.
REINVENTED FORD EXPLORER TO HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPACT ON U.S. ECONOMY THROUGH JOBS AND EXPORTS
- Ford and suppliers adding 1,800 jobs to support production of new Explorer SUV
- Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant adding 1,200 new jobs as a result of $400 million investment
- Suppliers building parts from seats to chassis modules are adding more than 600 additional jobs in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois
- More than 100 companies in 23 states will produce parts and components for the new Explorer, and those companies will buy parts from hundreds more indirect suppliers
- New Explorer will be exported to more than 90 countries, assisting with Ford’s overall efforts to increase exports from North America
- Explorer goes on sale this winter with class-leading fuel economy, industry-first safety features, cutting-edge technology and world-class craftsmanship
DEARBORN, Mich., July 22, 2010 – The reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer – designed and built in the United States – will do more than redefine how Americans think of SUVs. The all-new vehicle will bring more than 600 new supplier jobs in addition to the 1,200 Ford positions being added. The 2011 Explorer also will be exported to more than 90 countries after it goes into production later this year.
“The economic impact of the new Explorer will benefit hundreds of American communities,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Not only does the new Explorer change the game for SUVs, it will help boost the American economy by fueling jobs and new investments.”
The new Explorer will be produced at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant later this year as a result of a $400 million investment that is adding 1,200 new jobs at the plant.
Key suppliers to the Explorer are investing in new facilities, adding shifts and hiring for more than 600 jobs in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.
Each automotive job is estimated to generate an additional 10 indirect jobs, according to the Center for Automotive Research data. That means Explorer could help create up to 12,000 new jobs overall.
“Suppliers across the country are stepping up to the challenge of building the next Explorer,” said Tony Brown, group vice president, Ford Global Purchasing. “There are more than 100 companies in 23 states that will produce parts and components for the 2011 Explorer and hundreds more indirect suppliers beyond that.”
Suppliers adding jobs come from across Ford’s supply base and include members of the company’s minority- and women-owned business groups. They include:
- Dakkota Integrated Systems (fascia and headliners), adding jobs in Illinois and Michigan
- Johnson Controls (door trim panels and fascia components), adding jobs in Michigan
- Key Safety Systems (restraints), adding jobs in Michigan
- Lear Corporation (seats), adding jobs in Indiana
- NYX (interior hard-trim), adding jobs in Michigan
- Piston Automotive (cooling modules), adding jobs in Illinois
- Tower Automotive (body stampings), adding jobs in Illinois
- ZF Lemforder (chassis modules), adding jobs in Illinois
American workers also will benefit from Explorer’s popularity overseas. The iconic SUV is Ford’s most exported North American product and has helped secure U.S. jobs in a time of economic turmoil.
The new Explorer is expected to maintain that leading export role as the company raises expectations for U.S. sales based on the vehicle’s outstanding combination of fuel efficiency, capability, safety and technology. The new Explorer will be exported to up to 90 countries, assisting with Ford’s overall efforts to increase exports from North America.
Ford is revealing the all-new Explorer on Monday in a variety of ways to introduce as many audiences as possible to the reinvented SUV, including extensive use of social media.
The new Explorer goes on sale this winter. It will feature class-leading fuel economy – with an improvement of more than 30 percent versus the current Explorer – plus industry-first safety features, such as inflatable rear seat belts and Curve Control, as well as cutting-edge technology innovations like MyFord Touch™ and world-class craftsmanship.
Follow this link: http://www.facebook.com/FordExplorer
While a Ford Explorer isn’t of much interest to a Driving Enthusiast (unless it’s a V-8 with towing package and you plan to haul your race car to the track!), it is significant for auto industry watchers.
First, it’s as nail in the coffin of the “old school” SUVs: the Explorer is body-on-frame and is technically a crossover. That means it’s considerably lighter, 25% more fuel efficient, and has better driving dynamics.
Second, instead of the traditional introduction at an auto show type event, it’s being introduced solely thru social marketing. This is another big step forward for Ford, once which they’ve already experimented with in the launch of the new Fiesta.
Taken together, this is representative of the big step forward taking place in the auto industry as a whole.
Here’s another pic of the Explorer. If you’ve been following the spy pics (one of our addictions), you’ve already seen the entire outside of the car, the rear suspension, the dashboard, the back seats with “airbag” type seatbelts, and even the DOHC Ti-VCT V-6 under the hood.
What we don’t know yet is which V-6 the Explorer will use: the 3.5 liter (in newly updated 280 HP form) or the 3.7 (with 305 HP). We know that an EcoBoost 2 liter will be the base engine, but we don’t know it’s HP and torque rating yet (the Explorer America concept had 275 from 2 liters). We also don’t know if the mighty 3.5 EcoBoost will be offered, but since a Police package Explorer will be joining the new Police package Taurus, it’s a sure bet. It also looks like the EcoBoost 3.5 is up for a HP increase, since the Police package Taurus with optional EcoBoost refers to it’s engine spec as “at least” 355 HP.
Imagine that – 10 years after Ford teased us with the Explorer Tremor concept (380 HP), they may be ready to offer an Explorer with that much power. And probably around 25 MPG.
Driven Car Reviews http://drivencarreviews.com/?p=2388 has come up up with the first actual pictures of the 2011 Ford Explorer… from the middle seat back only. Yes, oddly, Ford brought the back half of the upcoming new Explorer to a public safety demonstration.
Interesting video, worthwhile safety feature. Any further view of the Explorer will have to await further spy shots…
More clues about the all-new Ford Explorer can be found in a Ford Press Release issued early last week.
What do we know so far?
- Built on a Ford Taurus chassis
- Three engines: EcoBoost 4 cylinder, 3.7 liter Ti-VCT V-6, and the now-familiar EcoBoost 3.5.
- 25% increase in fuel economy over the current generation 4 liter base model
- Production in 4th quarter 2010
The naturally aspirated V-6 engine has been confirmed in spy photos of the engine in the engine bay – a fact that other web sites seems to continually miss amidst claims of an “all-EcoBoost engine lineup”. Very odd that this continues to be missed.
What can we extrapolate (speculate)?
- The 4 cylinder engine seems to be settling down at about 230-240 HP if web discussion can be believed. That’s a lot better than the 200 initially reported – if true.
- Reasonable outlook: 240 HP base, front wheel drive; 305 with optional V-6, FWD or AWD, and 355 with optional EcoBoost V-6, AWD only. 6-speed automatics across the board.
- This engine lineup would also suggest that a 4 cylinder EcoBoost engine will be the base engine in the Taurus, and that the 3.7 would replace the 3.5 V-6 (gaining fuel economy at the same time).
And the Explorer is clearly going to be large – perhaps a bit too large for this day and age?
And do we really need to be dragging around a third row of seats? Isn’t that what the Flex is for?
Ford Press Release follows:
FORD TO BRING NEXT-GENERATION FORD EXPLORER, 1,200 JOBS TO CHICAGO MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
- Ford will produce the next-generation Explorer SUV at its Chicago Assembly Plant beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, bringing approximately 1,200 new jobs to the Chicago region
- Ford will invest nearly $400 million in its Chicago Assembly and Chicago Stamping plants to launch production of the Explorer
- The next-generation Explorer will feature significant fuel economy gains of at least 25 percent over the current-model Explorer thanks to EcoBoost engine technology, six-speed transmissions and a unibody construction
- Ford has sold more than 6 million Explorers since the vehicle was originally launched in 1990; Explorer has been America’s best-selling midsize SUV for 15 of the past 19 years
CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2010 – Ford Motor Company today announced it will produce the next-generation Ford Explorer SUV at the company’s Chicago Assembly Plant beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.
Ford is investing nearly $400 million in its Chicago manufacturing facilities to launch production of the new, fuel-efficient Ford Explorer. The company also will add 1,200 new jobs to staff a second production shift at Chicago Assembly Plant and increase production at the nearby Chicago Stamping Plant.
The next-generation Explorer will be built at the Chicago Assembly Plant on a flexible assembly line alongside the new Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans. Ford’s $400 million investment includes approximately $180 million in manufacturing investment at the Chicago sites and about $220 million for launch and engineering costs. In addition, Ford will be making significant investment in supplier tooling to support next-generation Explorer production.
“The new Explorer will redefine the SUV for the modern era – retaining the capability customers want while delivering superb fuel efficiency, comfort and convenience,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “This investment underscores Ford’s commitment to building world-class, fuel-efficient vehicles in America and creating new jobs that will contribute to our nation’s economic recovery.”
The new Explorer will deliver at least 25 percent better fuel economy than the current model. The vehicle will feature unibody construction, Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology, a six-speed transmission and lightweight materials. Ford will provide full details about the new Explorer later this year.
In addition, the next-generation Explorer will debut the auto industry’s first-ever production inflatable seat belts, designed to provide additional protection for rear-seat occupants – often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries. The inflatable rear seat belts spread crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belts, which helps to reduce pressure on the chest and to control head and neck motion for rear-seat passengers. Ford eventually plans to offer inflatable seat belt technology on other vehicles globally.
“Our Chicago Assembly Plant – with its excellent work force, lean and flexible manufacturing processes, and proud history of making great Ford vehicles – is the ideal choice for building the new Explorer,” said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president, North America Manufacturing. “The plant successfully has launched two new vehicles in the past two years and our Chicago employees consistently deliver with an eye on quality, efficiency and safety.”
In planning for the company’s future manufacturing presence in the state, Ford worked closely with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who led an effort in passing legislation that allows Ford to participate in Illinois’ Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program, which provides tax incentives to businesses that commit to new investments and create or retain jobs in the state. This legislation allows Ford to participate in the EDGE program through payroll tax credits rather than corporate income taxes.
“Governor Quinn immediately understood the importance of helping Ford by proposing and passing legislation that provides us with an alternative way to claim and secure these important tax credits,” Fields said. “We are grateful for his support of Ford and auto manufacturing in Illinois, and want to thank him for his leadership.”
“The production of the new Ford Explorer will create 1,200 new jobs here in Illinois,” said Gov. Quinn. “The Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credit, which I put the full weight of my administration behind and signed into law in December, has provided much needed relief to our state’s ailing automotive industry and the necessary incentives for one of our nation’s leading car companies to stay in the Land of Lincoln.”
Ford’s investment of $400 million in Chicago-area manufacturing facilities and Explorer’s fuel economy improvement of at least 25 percent is also supported by Ford’s green partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. Chicago Assembly Plant is one of 11 Ford facilities in the U.S. participating in the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentives Programinitiated by Congress and implemented by the Obama administration. The program is helping to develop advanced technology vehicles and strengthen American manufacturing across the country. Ford, Nissan, Tesla, Fisker and Tenneco are all participants in this initiative.
“Ford has been a major presence in our city since 1924 when it opened this plant to make the Model T,” said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “The company has demonstrated its commitment to Chicago by spending millions of dollars to modernize the facility in recent years, and I want to thank the company for that commitment and for its faith in Chicago and its residents.”
The current Explorer and Explorer Sport Trac models are built at the company’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. Shifting production of the next-generation Explorer to Chicago Assembly paves the way for Louisville Assembly to undergo transformation to a flexible, fuel-efficient small car plant from a truck-based SUV plant. Ford will begin producing new vehicles at Louisville Assembly based on its global C-car platform in 2011. The specific models will be named at a later date.
The Chicago Assembly Plant, opened in 1924, currently has approximately 1,200 employees working on one shift. Ford’s Chicago Stamping Plant, which opened in 1956, has approximately 700 employees on two shifts. Opened in 1955, Louisville Assembly Plant has approximately 1,000 employees operating on one shift.
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The second Ford EcoBoost engine has made it’s appearance – this time in Europe. The 2 liter DOHC 4 with gasoline Direct Injection and twin independently-variable camshaft timing makes 203 HP PS at 5,500rpm, and maximum torque of 300Nm, which is delivered across a broad 1,750-4,500 rpm range.
But we’re confused… two years ago at the Detroit show, the Ford Explorer America concept was introduced with 275 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque from a 2 liter EcoBoost. Since then there has been talk of 230 HP. How did this get all the way down to 203 HP PS (about 200 on our scale)? Does this mean that there will there be a different EcoBoost 2 liter for Europe and North America? What does this mean for “One Ford”?
Nothing has been officially released about the 2011 Explorer, other than it’s being built on a unibody platform (the corporate platform also used for the Flex and Taurus – a platform that originally came to Ford from Volvo). Spy pictures (Leftlane engine pic) have revealed the 305 HP 3.7 Ti-VCT DOHC V-6 under the hood and the platform family already offers the EcoBoost 3.5 V-6. The idea presented by the Ford Explorer America concept was to offer an EcoBoost 4 as the base engine.
We’ll have to wait until the 2011 Explorer is introduced. Judging from the completeness of the vehicles we’ve seen in the spy pictures, this will probably occur at the Chicago or New York shows in the next few months.
And don’t forget the third EcoBoost engine: a 1.6 liter 4. In it’s own concept debut, the Lincoln C, it made 180 HP. It features Central Direct Injection – the next step in the evolution of Direct Injection technology - where the injector is located directly above the piston rather than to the side.
Ford of Europe Press Release follows:
THE NEW 2010 FORD S-MAX AND GALAXY DEBUT AT BRUSSELS SHOW
- Ford S-MAX and Galaxy get a fresh new look for 2010
- New designs and features enhance the distinctive character of each model
- S-MAX and Galaxy debut Ford’s new high-efficiency EcoBoost four cylinder advanced turbocharged petrol direct injection engines
- New 115PS and 163PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines with Stage V emission rating – updated 140PS version arriving later
- Latest Ford PowerShift transmission enters range: standard with 2.0-litre EcoBoost, optional with 140 and 163PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi
- Enhanced technologies include new Blind Spot Information System to boost driver and occupant safety and comfort
BRENTWOOD, Essex – Wednesday, 13 January 2010 – The new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models, unveiled at the Brussels Motorshow, herald the arrival of a series of new and innovative technologies and features that will challenge established perceptions of what Ford cars feel like to sit in and to drive.
With fresh designs, they feature new interior materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of driver-focused technologies aimed at improving safety and comfort.
The 2010 S-MAX and Galaxy are the first cars to be available with Ford’s all-new, high efficiency, 2.0-litre 203PS EcoBoost petrol engine. This joins new 115PS and 163PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, with an updated 140PS version arriving in the UK later. Additionally, the latest Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system is available for the first time on Ford’s large car range; it will be standard equipment with the EcoBoost petrol engine and optional with the 2.0 140PS and 2.0 163PS Duratorq diesels.
A range of innovative new safety and convenience features debut on versions of the new S-MAX and Galaxy, including a Blind Spot Information System.
More Distinctive Outside
With the new S-MAX and Galaxy, Ford’s design team has achieved significant changes to enhance each vehicle’s individual and expressive kinetic design styling.
From launch in 2006 the S-MAX quickly established itself as a sporty, high quality and well-equipped crossover that provided the benefits of a people mover, but without sacrificing style or driving enjoyment. The new model includes a strongly sculptured bonnet and all-new front facia, emphasised by the bolder graphic of the gloss black, lower front trapezoidal grille. A new lower front bumper includes distinctive LED daytime running lights on high series models.
From the side, S-MAX is instantly recognisable with a new chrome strip which surrounds the whole glass area to enhance the car’s sleek and sporty lines. The new S-MAX has also been re-designed with a more dynamically profiled tailgate, lower facia and new LED tail lights. Further distinguishing the new SMAX is a horizontal satin chrome bar, which runs between the LED tail lights and is embossed with the distinctive S-MAX logo.
The new Galaxy also features a re-designed frontal section. A new, more sculptured bonnet combines with a new front fascia design incorporating a bolder lower trapezoidal grille with inserts featuring subtle chrome bars – and new-look fog lights. Titanium and Titanium X models are differentiated further with chrome bars in the upper grille.
The roof incorporates new bolder integrated silver rails for cross bars, while at the rear, distinctive new LED lights and body-coloured lower fascia are standard equipment.
Carefully balanced new colour and material choices deliver a luxurious and dynamic feel.
For both vehicles, the Ford Fold Flat System comes as standard for the second and third row of seats.
S-MAX high series models get a new multifunctional overhead console with sunglasses holder and child-watch mirror, and a new one-piece panorama roof equipped with power sun blinds. For the first time high series S-MAX models, and all models fitted with the panorama roof, get a new LED interior lighting system.
New interior colours, graphics and materials are offered across all series.
Power and Economy: EcoBoost SCTi, Duratorq TDCi and PowerShift
Ford’s new S-MAX and Galaxy are the first vehicles to offer an all-new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi engine, which heralds a new era in Ford’s petrol engine development.
Featuring lightweight all-aluminium construction, the latest-generation high-pressure direct injection system, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing, the 2.0-litre EcoBoost has an advanced combustion system which brings new levels of performance and fuel efficiency to petrol engines in this power range.
“EcoBoost is Ford’s new global family of efficient petrol engines. New Galaxy and S-MAX are the first models in Europe to adopt this technology. The 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi combines petrol direct- injection, turbocharging and twin variable camshaft timing to deliver a great blend of efficiency, low emissions and performance feel.”
Graham Hoare, Executive Director Powertrain, Ford of Europe
The 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine has a maximum output of 203PS at 5,500rpm, combined with maximum torque of 300Nm, which is delivered across a broad 1,750-4,500 rpm range. With this new powertrain, the S-MAX achieves 0-62mph in 8.5sec (8.8sec for the Galaxy) and a top speed of 137mph (135mph for the Galaxy.)
Yet even with this responsive performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are significantly improved. Compared with the previous 161PS 2.3-litre automatic powertrain, CO2 is reduced by 19 per cent to 189g/km, even though the new 2.0-litre SCTi engine has over 25 per cent more power. This translates into a combined fuel economy of just 34.8mpg* and an extra urban figure of 44.1 mpg*.
At the same time Ford’s diesel offering for the new S-MAX and Galaxy has been significantly improved. The latest 2.0-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine family is now available in three power levels – 115, 140 and 163PS – for the first time. The new 115PS and 163PS Duratorq TDCi engines, with Stage V emission rating, also deliver impressive fuel economy and CO2 performance.
With a combined consumption of 49.5mpg* and an average CO2 emission of 152g/km the new S-MAX and Galaxy, with six-speed manual transmission, prove that it is possible to combine driving fun and compelling performance with high efficiency. The upgraded 140PS version with Stage V emission rating arrives in the UK later.
The efficient and smooth-changing Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission is a perfect match for both the new petrol direct injection and common rail diesel engines. It is standard with the new EcoBoost SCTi and available as an option with the 140 and 163PS versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi.
New Features Further Enhance Safety and Comfort
From the outset the new S-MAX and Galaxy were designed and developed to offer customers a first-class travelling experience with updated features for even greater safety and comfort.
The new S-MAX and Galaxy are Ford of Europe’s first vehicles to feature the new Blind Spot Information System. This radar-based technology warns drivers of vehicles in their blind spot area. Also, the Adjustable Speed Limiter Device (ASLD) is designed to help drivers set, and then not exceed, specific speed limits unintentionally.
High series versions of the new S-MAX feature LED daytime running lights as standard and LED illumination inside. All versions come with LED tail lights as standard.
The climate control system, which now features a new ventilated temperature and humidity sensor mounted in the steering column shroud, adds to the improved comfort of passengers.
Additional trademark technologies are also now being made available on S-MAX and Galaxy for the first time. These include the Ford Keyless System and the award-winning Ford EasyFuel capless refuelling system.
Jörg Beyer, Vehicle Line Director for Large and Luxury Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said: “The sheer number of milestones we have delivered with the new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy in terms of vehicle design, powertrain technology and features is big enough to make you think they are all-new vehicles. Our European Ford flagships deserve this treatment – and we are convinced that our customers will appreciate it.”
The new S-MAX and Galaxy will be on sale in the UK from April this year and prices will be announced closer to launch.
*Note: Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the European Fuel Economy Directive EU 80/1268/EEC and will differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world
Ford announced it’s roadmap for upcoming new engines today, in preparation for NAIAS in Detroit. It’s an amazing roadmap, one their engineers can be proud of, and it shows the benefit of Mulally’s leadership.
Several applications are not announced at this time – for example the 3.7 liter DOHC Ti-VCT engine that will be available (and has already been photographed) in the all-new Explorer. This would suggest that the Explorer would to be announced in February in Chicago or April in New York. A thought: will the new Ti-VCT 3.7 liter engine be available in the MKX (being announced on Tuesday) and the Fusion Sport (making it a true SHO at last)?
A pleasant surprise is the Direct Injection on the new Focus. Direct Injection is one of those technologies which does it all: better drivability, reduced emissions, increased performance. It is more expensive, but it is without a doubt a major benefit for the future for all Ford gasoline engines. And note the dual-clutch transmissions for the Fiesta and Focus.
Our highlights in dark red.
Ford Press Release follows:
FORD LAUNCHES UNPRECEDENTED NINE NEW ENGINES, SIX NEW TRANSMISSIONS IN NORTH AMERICA IN 2010
- Ford will introduce nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America this year as part of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio, which totals 60 new powertrains
- Ford’s all-new normally aspirated 2.0-liter direct injection engine will power the 2012 Focus in North America
- Ford will bring state-of-the-art fuel-saving technology, including twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), direct injection, six-speed and dual clutch transmissions to its smallest and most affordable cars
- Ford improved fleet-wide fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions more than any
other automaker in the last five years
DETROIT, Jan. 8, 2010 – Ford Motor Company will introduce nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America in 2010 as part of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio.
The push began in 2008 and continues through 2013 and includes 60 new or significantly upgraded engines, transmissions and transaxles globally over the five year period.
One of the advanced and fuel-efficient North American powertrains is the 2012 Ford Focus’ all-new normally aspirated 2.0-liter direct fuel injection engine, the first of its kind in a Ford vehicle in North America.
“Ford is delivering on our commitment to lower emissions, improve fuel economy and deliver the highest quality powertrains in the industry,” said Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “We are making this happen with one of the most ambitious powertrain upgrades ever undertaken by Ford. By the end of 2010, nearly all of Ford’s North American engines will have been upgraded or replaced since 2008.”
North American launches
In 2010, Ford will launch new engines and transmissions in Fiesta, Mustang, Super Duty and F-150. These new powertrains are expected to propel each vehicle to best-in-segment in fuel economy.
Fiesta’s Ti-VCT 1.6-liter engine and PowerShift dual clutch transmissionwill deliver an estimated 40 mpg on the highway, topping both Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
Mustang’s new Ti-VCT 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 delivers the class-leading performance and fuel economy Mustang buyers expect. The 2011 Mustang V-6 with six-speed automatic will deliver at least 30 mpg on the highway. No other V-6 powered sports coupe in the world delivers this level of performance and fuel economy, regardless of price.
Mustang GT gets a new 5.0-liter V-8 that cranks out a 412 total horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque yet delivers at least 25 mpg on the highway – better than any competitor.
Both versions of the Mustang get all new fuel-saving manual and automatic six-speed transmissions.
Spring also marks the arrival of an all-new Ford-designed-and-built Super Duty diesel truck engine. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 turbocharged diesel powerhouse is expected to lead the class in fuel economy towing, hauling, horsepower and torque.
With its advanced emissions systems, the new 6.7-liter diesel engine also will run cleaner than the outgoing model. The 2011 Super Duty also gets a new 6.2-liter gasoline engine.
Even as they concentrate on improving powertrain performance, Ford engineers continue to reduce engine and transmission weight. For example, the new Super Duty diesel and transmission together are185 pounds lighter than the outgoing powertrain.
With its novel features such as a “live drive” Power Take Off (PTO) and rugged TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission, Super Duty will remain the most capable workhorse in the segment.
Ford: Driving powertrain innovations into the market
Other new Ford powertrains coming in 2010 include an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 for the F-150. The EcoBoost 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engine delivers the thrust and performance feel of a V-8, with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. Current EcoBoost-equipped models are delivering up to a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy and a 15 percent reduction in CO2 emissions versus larger-displacement engines.
By 2013, Ford plans to offer EcoBoost engines on 90 percent of its product lineup with annual volume of vehicles with EcoBoost at 1.3 million globally.
Toward the end of the year, a new 2.0-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder for the next-generation Focus will mark the first introduction of a normally aspirated direct injection engine to the powertrain lineup. The all new engine will launch on the 2012 Focus in North America.
Ford: America’s fuel economy leader
No automaker has posted a larger fleet-wide gain in fuel economy in the past five years. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Ford’s combined car and truck fuel economy has improved nearly 20 percent since 2004 – almost double the next closest competitor.
Additionally, Ford’s tailpipe CO2 emissions are declining. Ford’s 2009 fleet-wide average is down approximately 9 percent from 2008.
“We are focused on sustainable technology solutions that can be used not for hundreds or thousands of cars, but for millions of cars, because that’s how Ford will truly make a difference,” said Samardzich.
Scheduled for 2010 are:
|1.6-liter Fiesta I-4||6-speed automatic FWD|
|2.0-liter Focus DI I-4||6-speed PowerShift Fiesta|
|2.0-liter Ecoboost I-4||6-speed PowerShift Focus|
|3.5-liter F-150 EcoBoost V-6||6-speed manual Mustang|
|3.7-liter Mustang V-6||6-speed automatic Mustang|
|5.0-liter Mustang V-8||6-speed automatic TorqShift Super Duty|
|5.4-liter Shelby GT 500 V-8|
|6.2-liter Super Duty (gas)|
|6.7-liter Super Duty Power Stroke|