2019 Ford Focus ST
The 2019 Ford Focus ST is the performance-oriented version of the fourth-generation Focus, a hatchback unveiled in 2018. Introduced in February 2019, the new Focus ST brings many changes to the table, including a bigger EcoBoost engine, more power than ever, and state-of-the-art technology. Unlike its predecessors, the new Focus ST won’t come to the U.S., as Ford decided to stop offering most of its passenger cars in North America. The previous-gen Focus ST was already more powerful than its main competitor, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the new hatchback takes things up a notch. Rated at 276 horsepower, it’s also more powerful than the Hyundai i30 N with the Performance Package, which places the Focus ST at the top of its segment. Alongside the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, Ford also unveiled a new EcoBlue mill for diesel enthusiasts that want an alternative to the Golf GTD. Let’s find out how the new Focus ST compares to its rivals in the review below.
Ford Launches Need For Green Paint For 2019 Mustang
If you’re among those disappointed that Ford didn’t offer any green colors for the Mustang in recent years, then I have good news for you. For 2019, you’ll be able to order the pony car in Need For Green. A brand-new color for the nameplate, Need For Green is a rich, deep shade of green that reminds me of the golden era of muscle cars. It’s not as exotic as the Grabber Green of the early 1970s or as in-your-face as the Gotta Have It Green of the 2010s, but it jumps at you and gives the sixth-generation Mustang a vibrant look. And the name is more than appropriate, as Mustang hasn’t offered a green option since 2014. Sure, we had Guard, a dusty grey with a touch of green in 2015 and 2016, but not a high impact color.
Ford Mustang Bullitt Roars into Geneva for European Debut
The latest Ford Mustang Bullitt broke cover with a big bang at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show back in January. Far from surprising given that it’s one of the most iconic versions of the pony car and that the last Bullitt was sold all the way back in 2009. The fact that it had quite a few cool features over the standard Mustang GT made things even better. Somewhat surprisingly, the new Mustang Bullitt is going to Europe, having just made its official debut on the Old Continent at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The "Bullitt" movie was never as big in Europe as in the U.S., but I guess that Steve McQueen gained more notoriety over the years on the other side of the pond too.
Scoop: Fourth-gen, 2019 Ford Focus Spotted Without Camo!!
Nope, this isn’t an iCloud leak, but definitely equally scandalous (to us enthusiasts, at least!) The all-new fourth generation Ford Focus has been caught sans any clothes! Ford had earlier announced it would unveil the car in April, rather than bringing it to the Geneva Motor Show in February; but we’ve already gotten a peak!
2018 Ford Fiesta ST
The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta was launched in the summer of 2016 and arrived in dealerships for the 2017 model year. It’s been less than a year since the new hatchback broke cover, and Ford already launched the performance-oriented ST version. Unveiled ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new hot-hatch sports the same styling language as the standard model, but boasts a more aggressive exterior package and an interior that stands out by means of badge-specific features and extra standard equipment.
The ST was also redesigned under the hood, where the previous four-cylinder engine was replaced by a three-pot unit. The new ST also features three drive modes, a first for the nameplate, and various modification to the chassis. “Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel-efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”
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2016 Ford Kuga Vignale Concept
Ford has seen a marked sales increase for its higher-trimmed model. With the Kuga, for instance, four out of five examples sold in 2015 were fitted in the range-topping Titanium trim. Seeing an opportunity, Ford has debuted a new high-end trim for the Kuga at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Vignale Concept, this Kuga features a unique paint and a more luxurious interior.
“Our Ford Kuga Vignale Concept speaks directly to the growing trend for luxury SUVs and represents the very best of Ford with premium design, materials and craftsmanship,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “We see great potential to extend the top end of our Ford product range and offer a special experience that meets the growing expectations of our customers.”
For those unaware, the Kuga is basically the European version of the Escape. It has slightly different looks and is offered with different powertrain options. Perhaps is Ford may introduce a similarly well-equipped trim level on the U.S.-based Escape, though nothing was mentioned that suggests it. If that does turn into a reality, expect Ford to call it like “Platinum” or “Limited.”
Ford is expecting the SUV market to grow in Europe by seven percent by 2020, so it seems rightfully smart to prepare a wide range of trim levels, including a high-end version like the Vignale Concept.
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2017 Ford Fiesta ST200
Just last month at the launch of the new Ford Focus RS, CarAdvice reported that Ford Performance’s Chief Engineer, Tyrone Johnson, said that a Ford Fiesta RS was definitely not in any of Ford’s plans for the future. It was quite a bummer to hear, but that was before we heard about the vehicle you see here – the Ford Fiesta ST200. That’s right, Ford didn’t make an RS variant of the Fiesta, but it did come out with a high-performance model of the little hot hatch.
The Fiesta ST hit the market in 2013 with a power output of 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from its 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The ST200 that is set to debut in Geneva is said to produce 10 percent more power and 20 percent more torque than the Fiesta ST. However, that isn’t all that comes with the ST200. It also comes with an exciting list of features not available on other Fiesta models.
Raj Nair, Ford’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, said, “Whether it’s the new Fiesta ST200, or our game-changing all-new Focus RS, or the groundbreaking Ford GT supercar, our Ford Performance offering has never been so strong. Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology has enabled a Ford Performance model to suit every budget and lifestyle.” And Joe Bakaj, Ford Europe’s VP of product development, even said he thinks the new Fiesta ST200 is a “classic in the making.”
So will the ST200 live up to the hype that comes with this preview leading up to its debut at the Geneva Auto Show? Well, we won’t know until deliveries start in the summer, but we can take a closer look at it to see what sets it apart from the Fiesta ST.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200.
First introduced in 2003, the EcoSport received a major overhaul for the 2013 model year, when Ford decided to turn the mini SUV into a global vehicle. One of the company’s best-selling models in markets such as Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico, the EcoSport returned with fresh styling and a number of drivetrains for different demographics. It’s most important feature is by far the British-designed, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which returns outstanding fuel economy and enables the crossover to tow up to 700 kg (1,543 pounds).
Already in its third year on the European market, the EcoSport received a new family member at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Named the EcoSport S, the new trim level broadens the EcoSport’s presence in various European markets, where the mini SUV market is expanding at an incredibly fast rate. What makes the EcoSport S special, you ask? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.
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Ford launched its Fiesta R2 program back in 2010 to help young and inexperienced drivers learn the ropes of rally racing and move their way up the ladder in the sport. From the R2, the ladder moves drivers up to the Fiesta R5 and later up to the RS WRC, but they must first master this lower-powered rig, and dominate all the other drivers that Ford is testing. For the 2015 racing season, Ford has launched a new Fiesta R2, and it debuted the model at the Geneva Auto Show.
This new subcompact rally rig features Ford’s award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, but its wick is turned up beyond its standard 123-horsepower mark. This small-displacement, "relatively" low-powered engine is a great jumping-off point for up-and-coming rally drivers, as it helps them focus on controlling the car rather than reining in a super-powerful engine.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Ford Fiesta R2.
Less than a week until the official debut at the Geneva Auto Show, Ford has pulled the covers off its latest version of the Focus. The new styling takes after its big brother the Fusion and black-sheep cousin Mustang with its Aston-Martin grille and lower front fascia. First introduced in 2011, this is the third generation’s first refresh.
Although Ford hasn’t released all the nitty-gritty details on the car, we understand the powertrain lineup is to remain relatively unchanged except for the new 1.0-liter I-3 EcoBoost and its six-speed manual transmission – a combination exclusive to the U.S. The rest of the world makes do with an automatic with their 1.0-liter EcoBoost – a combination that also exclusive to everywhere but here. Yep, Ford is only offering the 1.0-liter with a manual transmission within the States, so rowing your own gears is a must. The remainder of the Human race must look upon with envy.
The interior looks to remain similar to the current Focus with its highly styled dash and bolstered seats. Ford has said the interior will be getting a heavy dose of new in-dash technologies like an enhanced SYNC AppLink system that allows for greater smartphone connectivity.
Click past the jump for the newly released pictures and details of the 2015 Focus
Austrian tuner, MS Design, has prepared a nice surprise for the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show: a new styling package for theFord Focus ST. Unfortunately, the new kit brings no engine upgrades, but the exterior upgrades transform it into a very cool hatchback.
The new competition kit starts with an aerodynamic package that includes a new front spoiler, new side skirts, a rear diffuser and a roof spoiler. The car sits on a set of 20-inch wheels painted in the same color as the exterior. The example Focus ST that MS Design has shown us is painted white with black racing stripes.
The final improvement is the addition of a new sport chassis that significantly improves the Focus ST’s response for the right cornering during full speed.
Full details on this tuner kit will be unveiled during its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned for more details.
After first introducing the concept version at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford has now brought out the full production version of the new Ford Fiesta ST to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, almost a year before European sales will actually begin.
Ford last offered a Fiesta ST back in 2008, but the new model will take the Fiesta ST performance to a new level. Compared to a standard Fiesta model, the ST’s ride is lowered by about 15 mm and the company has opted for a new, more aggressive exterior. The model will also be offered with standard Recaro sports - a first for the Fiesta ST.
Under the hood, Ford has placed a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 180 HP and a peak torque of 177 lb-ft. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under seven seconds, and will hit a top speed of more than 136mph.
"We’re delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to our European enthusiasts in 2013 and we’ll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future," said Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles. "With the Fiesta ST joining the new Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars that are designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use."
The Geneva Motor Show isn’t all about fancy exotics and out-of-this-world concepts. Every so often, there are also automakers that look on the practical side of life and present vehicles that cater to a more conservative clientele.
That’s why nobody should be surprised to see Ford debut the Tourneo Custom Concept. For the record, this van, or at least the production iteration of it, won’t be headed Stateside. We have the Ford Transit for that job. But even if were not getting a sniff of the Tourneo, our friends over in Europe and Asia surely will.
To that, they get a pretty cool van that offers some serious specs, including an eight-seat configuration that offers plenty of room and space. It also has a driver-centric cockpit, improved "car-like" aerodynamics (which is a pretty big deal when you’re dealing with vans), Ford’s SYNC system, a rear-view camera integrated into the mirror, and a 2.2-liter Duratorq turbo diesel engine that produces a stout 153 horsepower.
Having said all that, the concept version of the Tourneo will be on full display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, something that should be a welcome respite for the concept car-infused auto show.
The new generation Fiesta turned out to be a very successful model all over the world, proving that Ford understands that small cars are the future of the automotive industry. After seeing the B-Max concept at the Geneva Motor Show, our spy photographers have now caught the production version testing in Germany.
The future Ford B-Max will be placed below the C-MAX from which it will borrow numerous design elements. Compared to the Fiesta, the B-Max will be longer and taller, but it will come with rear sliding doors that make it really practical at narrow parking places. This will no doubt be a feature all parents will appreciate.
Under the hood, Ford will place a 1.0 liter three cylinder EcoBoost engine with both direct injection and turbo. Next to this, however, Ford will be offering more conventional petrol and diesel engines from the Fiesta range.
The new B-Max will be unveiled in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show and will go into production at Ford’s Craiova plant in Romania. Sales will begin in the next 12 months.
UPDATE 09/26/2011: The future Ford B-Max has been caught testing yet again, and the new images give a clear view of the vehicle’s rear lights. We were also able to get a good picture of the interior! Check out the gallery to see all of the new images!
It seems that Ford will be bringing forth another ST version to accompany the new Focus ST. This time, Ford is focusing on the smallest hatchback in their line-up. And while everyone is waiting for its official debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Fiesta ST has once again been caught testing at Nurburgring.
The future Fiesta ST will feature a wide body kit with aFocus RS-style nose and an angry diffuser. It will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine with 200 HP. This will help the car sprint from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds and hit a top speed of 140mph. The ST package will also add lowered suspension, widened front and rear tracks, and two huge exhaust pipes. The interior will get a pair of sporty Recaro seats. Sales will begin in early 2011.
The Ford Fiesta ST will take on models like the RenaultSport Clio 200 and the Volkswagen Polo GTI.
After seeing the next-generation Ford Focus unveiled last January at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford isn’t wasting any time by unveiling a wagon variant of the Focus at the Geneva Motor Show. Incidentally, the Ford Focus Wagon is the fifth vehicle to be unveiled from Ford’s new global C-segment platform that will create at least ten vehicles around the world where Ford hopes it would account to two million units produced by 2012.
In addition to the Ford Focus Wagon, Ford will also unveil a three-door hatchback and coupe-convertible versions, but also a small SUV sharing the same platform.
According to John Fleming, Ford of Europe’s chairman and CEO, the Ford Focus Wagon is a popular choice among European customers, with the Wagon trailing only the five-door in terms of popularity across the Atlantic. "These customers want the extra space and flexibility a traditional wagon provides, yet they still expect all of the technology, great driving dynamics, and superb styling," he says. "We believe the new Focus wagon will more than satisfy their requirements in every way."
Press release after the jump.
Ford revealed at the Geneva Motor Show the iosis MAX concept a concept study for the next generation of Ford’s compact multi-activity vehicle (MAV) as well as a glimpse for the company’s next generation global C-car family.
The iosisMAX concept features striking exterior and interior designs based on a fresh interpretation of Ford’s kinetic design form language, new door opening concepts, lightweight materials, advanced aerodynamics, and a preview of the European development of Ford’s global EcoBoost petrol engine technology coming in 2010.
The iosisMAX is powered by a 1.6-litre 180 PS 4-cylinder petrol engine from Ford’s new EcoBoost engine family. Ford EcoBoost engines feature turbocharging and direct injection technology to deliver fuel economy up to 20% better than conventional petrol engines with a similar power output. The 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit in the iosis MAX is further optimized through the use of a new Ford Auto-Start-Stop system, intelligent alternator and six-speed Ford PowerShift double-clutch automated manual gearbox with ratios tailored to deliver maximum fuel efficiency. Simulations predict that the concept vehicle could achieve CO2 emissions of 125 g/km.
Press release after the jump.
Ford Europe will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the 2009 Kuga, the first ever crossover designed and built by Ford in Europe. Kuga was first presented as the Iosis X Concept in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show and then as a prototype version at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Ford Kuga is based unashamedly on Ford’s acclaimed C-car architecture – well proven in both the Ford Focus and the Ford C-MAX. Available with a proven powertrain and two series levels the full-time Haldex intelligent AWD system is complemented by a front-wheel-drive (FWD) version that is perfect for those drivers that are attracted by the style and presence of Kuga but do not require AWD capability.
The Ford Kuga is available in a choice of two distinct series levels with further options available that enable the driver to personalise the car exactly to their needs. The standard Electronic Stability Programme ( ESP) with combined Anti Rollover Mitigation (ARM), and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are just two of the significant driver assistance technologies of the new Kuga.
The Kuga will be made available with a 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136 PS 100kW engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Applicable to both FWD and intelligent AWD derivatives the torque, performance and pulling power under all engine and vehicle load conditions have been perfectly calibrated to the new Ford Kuga. This engine provides high levels of torque – 320 Nm at 2,000rpm and 340 Nm in transient overboost. FWD and intelligent AWD variants return favourable fuel economy figures of 6.3 and 6.4 litres of fuel per 100 km respectively, using the combined fuel consumption figures. The intelligent AWD figure of 169 g/km of CO 2 is class-leading.
Press release after the jump.
Ford will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the facelift version of its Ranger pick-up. This helps the design come in line with the Kuga SUV. NOTE: Ford makes two trucks called Ranger one for North America and one for Europe; this is the latter.
The new Ranger comes with a large horizontal three-bar grille, two black vertical nostrils either side of the grille plus the extended opening below the bumperline and large headlamps that wrap around each front corner create an instantly recognizable design statement. The lower bumper fascia also includes integrated foglamps.
Under the hood Ford placed two engines: either 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre. The 2,5 liters one delivers 140 hp and has CO2 emission figures of 227 g/km and 244 g/km respectively in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations and regular cab bodystyle. The 3.0 liters one delivers 154 hp.
Press release after the jump.