In a surprising move, Ford and the Volkswagen Group announced today that they are seeking a strategic alliance to increase competitiveness in the segment of commercial vehicles. Representatives of both companies addressed the public explaining that the potential alliance will enable them “to better serve the evolving needs of customers globally.”
The Ford Mach 1 SUV Will Probably be a Jacked up, FWD, Focus Hatchback With a Mustang Front Clip
2020 Ford Mach1
The Mach 1 name has always been associated with performance, but up until now, it was associated with a higher-performance version of the Mustang Coupe. The name first came to be back in 1969 when the Mach 1 Mustang was born. It was used again in the early 2000s as a send-off for the fourth-gen Mustang. All of this happened before the SUV and crossover craze, however, and now – thanks to the overwhelming demand for SUVs and crossovers – Ford is resurrecting the Mach1 name yet again, but this time it will be a high-riding standalone performance model. It will at least be based on the Mustang, though, but will be all-electric. We’ve seen a short teaser of the Mach 1 performance crossover, but details are excessively scant for now. So, we took a little bit of creative freedom, threw it in a blender, and are now showcasing a rendering that depicts what we think the Mach1 crossover will look like. Keep reading to learn more about it.
Will the Return of the "Mach" Name on an SUV be a Wining Move for Ford?
One thing is clear - Ford has been clumsy with its ’Focus’ on electric cars (pun intended). While every other car manufacturer seems to have a plan of action in place for the future, Ford has just been launching facelifts or next generations of their existing products (read: Explorer and Everest). However, at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the Blue Oval teased us with an electric SUV tentatively named Mach 1. This probably restored some faith in the fans and stakeholders. So, what is it all about? Read on.
Ford to Develop a Crossover and a Small EV with Mahindra, the Latter of Which Could Adorn the Pinninfarina Name!
A new SUV is coming out of the Ford-Mahindra partnership after the two sides agreed to co-develop the model alongside an electric vehicle. The agreement is part of a bigger partnership between the two brands that has existed since both formalized the alliance back in September 2017. Specific details about the planned crossover are still unclear but don’t expect the model to have anything to do with Ford’s own future plans in the segment. Instead, look for this co-developed SUV to help Ford re-establish its footprint in the Indian market.
Ford Teases Mach 1 Electric… SUV?
Ford is on a quest to have 40 electrified vehicles by 2022 to meet the demand for fuel efficiency and receded local emissions. One of these vehicles will be a crossover with a fully electric drivetrain. Sounds great, right? Well, not so fast. This crossover will be “Mustang inspired” and be named the Mach 1.
As you should know, the Mach 1 name dates back to 1969 as a performance package on the Mustang. The Mach 1 package added an upgraded suspension, several appearance upgrades, and several V-8 engine options. The package continued through 1978 until Ford resurrected the name in 2003 and 2004 as a send-off for the fourth-generation Mustang. But regardless of year or body style, the Mach 1 name was synonymous with performance.
As for the “Mustang Inspired” thing, Ford hasn’t divulged what this inspiration will look like. The crossover could have a similar face or taillight cues as the Mustang, or maybe even a similar dashboard design.
One thing is for sure; the Mach 1 will be built on a separate platform from the Mustang due to its electric drivetrain and battery pack. That confirmation comes from Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair in a conversation with Jalopnik.
But regardless of how Mustang-inspired this crossover is, it will still be a high-riding wagon with five doors. Why Ford thinks it’s a smart idea to brand an all-new electric crossover with such an iconic name rich with muscle car heritage is beyond me. It would be like Chevrolet making a Camaro-inspired electric crossover and calling it the Z/28 or Dodge building one inspired by the Viper and naming it the SRT-10.
Names mean things; they carry weight and history. More importantly, vehicle names are engrained into customers’ psyche and elicit connotations of worth, performance, capability, and cultural significance. I’m all for Ford building an electric crossover. It would probably sell extremely well. But, Ford should reconsider slapping such an iconic nameplate onto an unrelated vehicle that doesn’t even hail from the same vehicle category.
Ford Defies Donald Trump; Moves Electric Crossover Production From Michigan To Mexico
Ford has made an about-face on its plan to produce an electric crossover in its facility in Flat Rock, Michigan. Instead of building in its home state, the American automaker will now produce the model in its production plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico. The 2020 timetable for the production of the crossover still stands; it’s just going to happen outside of the U.S. now. Somewhere, wherever he is U.S. President Donald Trump is not a happy camper.
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Ford To Launch Its Electric Cars Under Model E Family Name
Ford fought hard to prevent Tesla from using the “Model E” name, and now we know why. According to Automotive News, Ford is planning to use Model E as the name to a family of compact vehicles, all of which will be powered by different forms of electric configurations.
Based on the report, the Blue Oval appears to be developing the Model E as part of the company’s aggressive push towards introducing an armada of EV models into its lineup. The automaker previously said that it would invest $4.5 billion in EV models as part of a long-term plan to develop as many as 13 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery-electric vehicle lines by 2020.
The Model E looks to be the first wave of these models and the Automotive News report suggests that it could come in different body styles with a compact car and compact crossover being the likeliest styles to carry the name. In addition, the vehicles will also feature a multitude of powertrains, each coming with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and a pure electric vehicle that’s expected to carry a range close to 200 miles per charge.
Ford’s Model E strategy has drawn similarities to the Hyundai Ioniq, a lineup of mid-sized EV hatchbacks that will also carry hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric versions. The big difference between the Ioniq and Ford’s planned Model E lineup is that the American automaker isn’t limiting the model to just one body type like Hyundai did with its model.
Ford is expected to start production for the Model E in the spring of 2019 at its production facility in Mexico. The goal, at least as far as the Blue Oval is concerned, is to have the Model E serve as a direct rival to the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3, the same model that Tesla planned to use the Model E name before it was shut down by Ford.
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Ford Gives Hints On Plan To Build 200-Mile EV
For all of the advancements that automakers have made in the field of electric vehicles, one company has, somewhat surprisingly, remained in the sidelines. When it comes to electric vehicles, Ford doesn’t exactly call itself a pioneer and no more is that evident than its lineup of all-electric models, which includes plug-in versions of the Fusion and the C-Max and an all-electric version of the Focus. Solid options, sure, but none of them have really set the electric car market on fire.
All that though could change now that Ford appears to be ready to dive into the long-range EV pool. The report comes by way of Automotive News, which quoted Ford CEO Mark Fields saying that a long-range, battery-powered car is something that’s high on the list of priorities for the Blue Oval. Fields didn’t go into the specifics of the automaker’s plans, only adding that the company’s goal is to be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” in the long-range EV market.
Vague as that disclaimer is, there is some evidence that Ford has made preparations for this ideological shift, none more important than its recent announcement that it would be investing $4.5 billion into electrification. That’s a significant amount of money that could be put to good use if Ford decides to develop the technologies required to be in that sought-after “leadership position” on its own and not rely on third-party vendors as it has done in the past.
Clearly, the decision-makers in Dearborn have come around on the potential of long-range electric vehicles. It’s still got a lot of work to do to get to where it needs to be, but if the automaker is as committed as Fields says it is, it should only be a matter of time before the company’s lineup of hybrid, plug-in, and EV models get the jolt it needs to become a major player in the segment.
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Ford is going full blast in its pursuit of adding an entire fleet of electric vehicles, after announcing that it would be investing an additional $4.5 billion in its electrified vehicle program. The amount represents the biggest investment the company has made in anything related to electric cars in a five-year period.
The Detroit-based automaker has made it a personal mission to expand its electric car lineup by the year 2020. If the company gets its way, it would have a total of 13 new electrified vehicles by the turn of the decade, accounting for more than 40 percent of its total lineup.
The model that will kick start this upheaval is the new Focus Electric, which is scheduled to start production in late 2016. The Focus Electric will come with a variety of new features, highlighted by an all-new DC fast-charge capability that cuts the charging time of the batteries by more than two hours compared to the current version. This is made possibly by the tech’s capacity to deliver an 80-percent charge in just a little over 30 minutes with its projected 100-mile range. The new Focus Electric will also feature a SmartGauge with EcoGuide LCD instrument cluster and a Brake Coach, a new feature that essentially “coaches” the driver on how to properly utilize smooth braking to help maximize the energy captured through the car’s Regenerative Braking System.
In addition to the increased attention in electric cars, Ford also plans to invest $2.1 million in a battery lab at the University of Michigan to boost research and development. The company also plans to expand battery development, presumably with the goal of opening factories in Europe and Asia that’s dedicated to the development of the technology.
As electric vehicles become more and more popular, there’s no doubt that this new round of investment in EV technology is Ford’s way of saying that it’s embracing the increasing demand for cleaner and more efficient vehicles.
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The battery-powered Ford Focus has been something of a dark horse in the burgeoning electric-vehicle market. It arrived on the scene in 2012 ahead of the Volkswagen eGolf and Kia Soul EV, but its low-key styling seems to have ensured that it’s stayed out of the alt-fuel spotlight. Even Ford’s hybrids and plug-in hybrids have maintained a higher profile. It’s like Ford just isn’t interested in the car.
The Focus Electric is a solid performer, though, and Ford seems intent on keeping up with the competition. Like the eGolf, it’s notable for maintaining the same entertaining performance and handling as the gasoline-powered version. This and other mainstream electric vehicles are notable because they’re the leading edge of a wave of evolution that’s normalizing electric cars. In the next few years, battery-powered cars are likely to be as casually owned and driven as hybrids are today. Cars like the relatively mundane Focus Electric, which receives a wider range of standard features and new colors for 2016, are making gasoline-free motoring more accessible.
The electric Focus received a price cut in 2014, and gets another for 2016, making it one of the most affordable mainstream electric cars. Whether it’s well-loved by its manufacturer or not, it is a player in the electric-car game.
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At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the Bolt EV Concept as a "vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle" that could offer more than 200 miles of range. Chevy claimed that the compact, which showcased a number of high-tech features, could cost from around $30,000 if put into production. Now, Ford is reportedly working on a similar product, with a concept car rumored to break cover at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
That’s the word from AutoGuide, which claims Ford’s answer to the Bolt would be a brand-new, dedicated model and not just an electric vehicle based on a product that already exists in the brand’s current lineup. The source goes on to add that it will offer a similar range to the Bolt, but, other than that, there are no details. With the Chevrolet Bolt likely to arrive in dealerships in 2017, AutoGuide’s report doesn’t seem far-fetched, but, until there is some sort of official confirmation from the Blue Oval, I’m taking this information with a grain of salt.
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