Ford Fusion Power! Ford Motor Company in the US recently shared its latest online promo for the Ford Fusion, featuring none other than Sailor Moon as its awkwardly dubbed spokesperson.
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Car-makers can be a ruthless bunch when it comes culling some of the most beloved vehicles out of their catalogue. A lot of this has to do with the economics rather than car bosses toying with our unhealthy attachment to inanimate objects. Regardless, this still doesn’t make parting ways with an icon any easier. We’re car lovers and if there was ever a chance to play God for a day and resurrect the dead, we’d bring back these eight icons.
Think back to the modern era of cars and you’ll recall that there’s not been a year without a concept car to wow the crowds. Whether it’s rolled out from a factory in Italy, England, Japan or America, concept cars have long been the testing bed for cutting-edge technology and design. It’s also this very reason that a lot of these insane concept machines never actually make it onto public roads short of spawning one or two examples.
Today is a sad day. One of Australia's big two homegrown car manufacturers, and one of half of the iconic red versus blue battle that has shaped our national consciousness on weekends like this one for decades, is finally shutting up shop. Today, Ford Australia produced the final car — a Falcon, with the company's iconic four-litre inline six — at its Broadmeadows plant.
If — like us — you've been a bit turned off the big, glossy Sony stereos sitting in the centre of the dashboard of some Fords, your salvation is here. Ford has teamed up with esteemed Danish audio design house Bang & Olufsen — specifically the younger, freshier, funkier B&O Play — in a move that promises better sound in every single future Ford car.
There aren't that many cars that you can buy brand new that feel fun. There are even fewer that feel fun for every single second that you're driving them. Even fewer again aren't purpose-built sports cars and can be bought by normal people with normal car-buying budgets. The Ford Focus RS, based on that humble Focus hatch, is the hottest hot hatch that you can spend your money on, and it's a masterpiece.
A few years ago, in a market full of generally mediocre in-car entertainment systems, Ford's Sync2 did a few things differently. It was entirely touch-driven if you wanted it to be, but it also handled voice commands reasonably well. To its credit, it's not terrible even now, but it's definitely long in the tooth. It's good to see, then, that Ford's successor — Sync3 — is already appearing in some new cars that you can buy today.
Let's say you have $10,000 to spend on a new (new for you, not new-new) car. But you want something fun — a car that, while it isn't necessarily built just for all-out circuit racing or the drags, is a little more enjoyable to drive than your average A-to-B city econobox. With that criteria in mind, we've rounded up the 10 most enjoyable cars that you can find in decent condition in Australia for around about $10,000.
It's ride-sharing, without the driver. Ford announced its plans today to have a fleet of fully autonomous cars in commercial operation in 2021. And its serious about it.
Ford is enhancing its autonomous vehicle development by investing in four start-ups, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.
All around the world, we use our cars every day — to pick up the kids from school, to visit the supermarket to buy groceries, and to commute to work. Cars are incredibly convenient, but navigating through traffic and parking presents an unwanted challenge. Here's how Ford, one of the world's longest-running car brands, is using technology to solve problems and revolutionise the future of driving.
We've been driving cars on roads for over a century now, since the Ford Model T opened up travel to the middle class. But as we move well into the 21st century, we've mastered the art of our cars communicating with their drivers. Now, it's more about the cars on our roads talking to each other, and using the internet, big data and software tools to overhaul the efficiency of driving through cities.
The pace of development in the automotive world is fast. New cars are out every few months, and even in affordable vehicles we're seeing new and innovative technologies appearing on a regular basis. Just about the only thing evolving faster is the smartphones that we carry around in our pockets. Soon enough, the communication between your car and your phone will become more unified than ever.
The cars on our roads are getting smarter than ever, and they're evolving quickly. The next car that you buy could be connected to the internet every second that you travel, using that data to make your journey safer and more efficient, and making your life — even when you're not driving — more streamlined and stress-free. Here's what you can imagine from the future of the automobile.
I grew up out bush, where if you drove a four-wheel drive it was because you went four-wheel driving. You, know, where you actually need one. Given my background, I'll admit to having judged those drivers; extra large latte in hand, barely visible behind the bulk of their giant steering wheel squeezing through peak hour traffic, Timmy and five friends in the back beneath a mountain of sports equipment.
Sync 3 is Ford's new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, an intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic user interface.
It aims to combine the best features of the current system with new technologies, and will become standard on Ford's Everest Titanium and Everest Trend SUVs.
The twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 that powers Ferrari's 488 GTB, 488 Spider and the California T grand tourer has won the International Engine of the Year at this year's awards in Stuttgart, held at the Engine Expo 2016 — yep, that's a thing. Ford's tiny 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost continues to get plaudits for its placement in the Fiesta S and EcoSport, too, handily winning the sub-litre category.
Australia's Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is concerned about a growing influx of counterfeit car parts entering the country from Asia, including safety-critical parts like wheels, airbags and brake pads. The peak body's Genuine Is Best website showcases a shocking range of poor quality counterfeits that might be putting your cheaply repaired car at risk.