A Mild-Mannered Ford Escort is Expected to Fetch Huge Money at An RM Sotheby’s Auction
A ratty looking 1976 Ford Escort GL sedan is expected to sell for as much as $300,000 at a coming RM Sotheby’s auction, all because it was once owned by St. John Paul the Great, a lot of whom know him more as the late Pope John Paul II. The unassuming Escort isn’t in the best of condition, but its provenance is the biggest reason why it’s predicted to go for that much money.
Shareholders Are Pissed About Ford Killing off Sedans; Silly Ford Thinks It’s Reinventing the American Car
Why Ford CEO Jim Hackett thought that killing off almost all of Ford’s car lineup, after watching stock prices drop 12 percent in five months, was a good idea is outlandishly puzzling. That’s a huge drop in stock price, and his plan is to cut $25.2 billion in costs by 2022. Apparently, the route to take to do that is to force loyal Ford customers into trucks or SUVs. He’s taken a lot of heat from shareholders over this move and actually had the nerve to say that Ford is “reinventing the American car.” So, riding a wave that was created by consumers, while killing off most of your car lineup, is now considered reinventing the American car.
Even worse, Hackett wants to blame the sour reaction to this move on media coverage, saying “I wish the coverage had been a little different. If you got beyond the headline, you’ll see we’re adding to our product lineup, and by 2020 we’ll have the freshest showroom in the industry. The headlines look like Ford’s retreating. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.”
Truth be told, the brand is killing off an entire range of affordable, economical cars in hopes that loyal customers will be willing to step up from a car like the Taurus or Focus to an SUV. According to him, customers say they want Ford SUVs. That’s “what they really want.” I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like reasoning that tries to shift the focus away from him being an idiot in hopes that the next five years will yield a better profit with no cars.
Well, he better be right. I mean, Ford isn’t reinventing the American car – that’s not how this works. But, if things don’t work out, and this proves to be as much of a bonehead move as it appears to be, Hackett will probably find himself out of a job a lot sooner than he expected.
Ford CEO Says the Brand is Cutting Cars Because They Hemorrhage Money
In case you haven’t noticed, the traditional car body style has been relegated to the corners of the market these days, supplanted by large-and-in-charge SUVs and pickups. As such, Ford is trimming the fat in its lineup, and cars are out.
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Is China Heaven for Cars? Well, the Ford Escort Lives On There, So Maybe…
The Escort was once a fun compact car that even had its place in the rally world. But, like all good things, the Escort eventually had to come to an end. It was even discontinued in Europe years ago as well. In 2014, Ford quietly introduced the name to the Chinese market, and it’s apparently been very well received. So much so, in fact, that Ford just ushered in a new-gen model built around the brands new global midsize car platform. Could the Escort come back to the States and Europe someday?
Whoa, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Until gas prices spike and SUVs lose popularity, we’re never going to see the Escort this side of the Asian market again. In fact, Ford just announced it’s downsizing to just two passenger cars in its whole U.S. Lineup. But, if it makes you feel better, the new Escort in China comes with an eight-inch touchscreen display, an attractive instrument cluster, and there’s even a little bit of fastback and Focus DNA in there as well.
It is offered with a 1.0-liter or 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, but power figures have been kept secret for now. I wouldn’t expect to see it deliver over 130 horsepower in its most potent form – after all; it’s for the Chinese market. Either way, if you’re going to be in China and you miss the Escort of the old days (God I miss my hatchback), you could move to China and procure yourself a 1.5-liter model with a manual transmission.
As the SUV Obsession Continues, Ford and Chevy Look to Light Their Sedan Lineup
It looks like sedans are slowly getting extinct. We have seen the Volvo S80 and the Mitsubishi Lancer being discontinued in 2017, and next in line are sedans from Chevrolet and Ford. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Ford and GM will drop a number of sedans as crossovers have become the priority choice of consumers. Which cars are these? Read on to know.
Ford to Kill off the Fiesta and Taurus in the U.S. for Good; GM Killing off the Chevy Sonic
Ford and General Motors are doing a little house cleaning, and a few models from each brand are expected to get discarded in the near future. On the chopping block on Ford’s end are the Taurus and the Fiesta. They’re expected to be joined by the Chevrolet Sonic after a Wall Street Journal report revealed that all three models are now on borrowed time in the U.S.
2019 Ford Fusion
With the current generation of the Ford Fusion being on sale since 2012, it’s long overdue for a facelift, and that’s what we’re going to get at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Like most facelifts, few changes can be seen on the inside or outside, but what Ford has done is include its new Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology on all trim levels as standard equipment. Hybrid models get a new, larger battery with improved all-electric range, while some higher trim levels now get a standard 4G LTE internet connection and the Fusion SEL returns to the lineup to replace the SE Luxury package.
Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future
Just a week ago Ford Announced that it would be cutting a number of its products in order to recover from its falling profit Margins. What products will be cut remains to be seen, however, we’ll get full disclosure about the product cuts later this year. While nothing is certain, models like the Ford Taurus, C-Max, and even the Lincoln MKZ are all suspect with low sales numbers and falling interest. Of course, Ford is on a mission to cut out $14 billion in costs, and the SUV craze is going strong, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There’s a lot more to it, though, so keep reading to find out more.
The Ford Fusion Hangs in Limbo as Mid-Cycle Refresh is Cancelled
The future of the Ford Fusion in the U.S. just got murkier. Barely a month after word got out of the Fusion’s unsteady future in the U.S., a new report from The Detroit News paints a cloudier future for Ford’s best-selling U.S. sedan. According to the report, Ford is canceling the redesign program for the mid-size sedan. More importantly, the automaker is said to be reevaluating the future of the model in our shores, effectively throwing the status of the Fusion in a state of limbo.
2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan
As the rest of the world looks to hybrid powertrains to help eke out extra mpg at the pump, even law enforcement agencies are getting in on the trend. Adding an extra large battery to a police responder sedan comes with several benefits, all while keeping all the important gear needed to get the job done. Ford’s been providing vehicles to law enforcement since 1950, so it makes sense that the Blue Oval is getting ahead of the game with this electrically assisted four-door. We saw it on the show floor at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a nice selection of exclusive photos, so read on for more details on this latest workhorse for the five-o.
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Is The Ford Fusion Getting Axed In The US?
The Ford Fusion has been around for 11 years, having first been introduced in 2006. It’s done well to represent Ford’s foray in the mid-size sedan segment, but with sales of midsize sedans down across the board in 2017, Ford may be thinking of cutting the Fusion completely from its lineup. There’s been no word on the status of the Fusion moving forward, but recent reports have cast serious doubts on the future of the model in the U.S.
Ken Block And The Hoonigans Play With An Escort Cosworth Rally Racer: Video
Ken Block and his fellow Hoonigans certainly have no shortage of lust-worthy vehicles at their disposal. But the question is, with monsters like the Hoonicorn (both versions) lurking in the shadows, what’s a spin master like Block got for daily fun? Well, how about a badass 1991 Escort Cosworth, prepped for duty in Group A rally racing? Oh, and by the way, it’s also street legal. In this 12-minute, 47-second video, we get a walk around on the car, an in-depth look under the hood, and some interesting specs along the way, all delivered via the Hoonigans’ characteristic off-the-cuff banter. However, that isn’t all. Long story short, the Hoonigans feel like there aren’t enough AWD turbo cars ripping fat donuts and killing tires. You can see where this is going.
To fill that need, it’s time to let loose with around 400 horses at the Hoonigan HQ back lot. Just hearing this thing fire up is a treat, with the usual pops and bangs of a healthy race car shooting out the large side exhaust. Things get real serious when the head-hoonigan-in-charge slides into the hot seat and does what he does best. Adios rubber. Foot down, smoke up.