Ford Wants to Take on Subaru With a Sport Wagon Named Fusion
The Ford Fusion sedan is not long for this world, but just as the sedan is set to be axed in the coming years, the “Fusion” nameplate will live on in another form. Word has it that Ford is looking to use the name on a high-roofed sport wagon that the company is developing to compete against the Subaru Outback. There’s no timetable on when the Fusion Sport Wagon is going to arrive but look for its debut to happen shortly after the Fusion sedan gets the heave-ho from Ford early next decade.
1962 Ford Falcon Squire Wagon
Mostly known as Australia’s longest-running nameplate (set to be discontinued at the end of 2016), the Ford Falcon also had a North American sibling for a full decade. It was introduced in 1960, alongside the Australian model, but while its cousin from Down Under soldiered on for more than five decades, the U.S.-spec version was discontinued in 1970.
Although short-lived, the Falcon was an influential car and marked the beginning of a new era not just for Ford, but for the entire North American industry too. The compact was conceived in the late 1950s, when Ford realized that larger cars were becoming increasingly expensive and many American families were looking at smaller vehicles, usually imports, for a second car.
Penned under Ford’s then general manager Robert S. McNamara, the Falcon was developed with parts sourced from the company’s existing bin in order to keep costs as low as possible. FoMoCo also focused on reducing ownership costs. Furthermore, it developed several body styles in order to cover as many niches and customer requirements as possible. The lineup included two- and four-door sedans, three- and five-door wagons, and two-door coupe and convertible models.
The first-generation Falcon Squire Wagon, which we’ll be discussing below, arrived in 1962, two years after the Falcon’s initial launch. By that time, the compact had already become a hit, setting record sales with over 500,000 units sold in 1960 and over 1,000,000 examples sold by the end of 1961. The Falcon was redesigned for 1964, getting a more squared-off, more modern look.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Falcon Squire Wagon.
Just before we rang in the new year, our spy photographers caught the updated version of the current-generation Ford Focus testing in the cold. Now, it looks like new year began with yet another testing session for the model, but this time the testing took place in hot weather.
Besides the temperature difference and lack of snow, what’s different this time is that our spy photographers managed to catch both the hatchback and the station wagon versions, and that both don the real taillights. Everything else remains identical to the previous prototype we caught, including the selective camouflaging.
Rumors suggest that the revised Focus will get a fully revised front end, an updated rear end, a bigger screen for the infotainment and satellite navigation system, and a revised button layout. Ford will likely add a new lineup of colors and materials, and some new wheels design.
Under its hood, we expect a revised engine lineup that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy.
We are all for wild concepts and crazy customs, but this one is a little much for us. As crazy as this title might sound, it is true; we (reportedly) will indeed see a Shelby GT500 sporting a shooting brake tail in the near future. Don’t go checking your calendars, folks, it’s not April 1st...
The idea belongs to Strand Craft — a U.S. based company that build super yachts and is still working out the kinks in its own supercar lineup.The company claims to be working on a Shelby GT500 that is will transform into sport wagon. Depending on the final product, this could be the ultimate muscle car or a car so ugly that even the Pontiac Aztek would turn away in disgust.
Strand Craft promises to release the final product in April 2014, and the yacht builder claims that this is more than just some fancy body work. Under its hood, the GT500 Wagon will keep the supercharged 5.8-liter, V-8 engine from its donor car, but Strand Craft will tune it to 850 horsepower — an increase of 188 horsepower over the base model. This power will reportedly sprint the muscle wagon to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
The interior will come fitted with Recaro seats, tons of leather and an eardrum-punishing, 1,000-Watt, seven-channel audio system by McIntosh.
Note: the car you see in the above photo is an artists rendering, not the actual GT500 Wagon.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Shelby GT500.
After a very long wait, Ford has finally unveiled the production version of the dramatic new Focus ST at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and they’ve also announced that, next to the standard five-door model, Europeans will also be getting a station wagon version. The Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car and Ford promises it will combine power with fuel efficiency and an impressive handling characteristic.
For the new model, Ford has tuned the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine with a redesigned intake and a new exhaust system with a unique engine calibration for a total output of 250 HP. The engine was combined with a 6-speed manual transmission which has also been specially revised for the ST.
Ford has also announced that many of the design elements seen in the Focus ST will also be used in all the future ST models. These elements include the aggressively enhanced front and rear bumpers and the addition of a rear spoiler and sideskirts, plus a unique signature color.
UPDATE 05/01/2012: All hatchback performance enthusiasts are monitoring the upcoming release of the new Ford Focus ST salivating like a pack of dogs surrounding a meaty T-bone steak. There is good reason for this excitement, as this 2.0-liter turbocharged Focus pumps out a stout 247 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which is an astonishing 45 percent more horsepower and 83 percent more torque than the final model year of the Focus SVT (2004).
Well, the Ford Focus ST ordering books are now open and prices have been revealed. Let’s start with the base model Focus ST, which it is set at $23,700. The Ford Focus ST2 (group 201A) has a base MSRP of $26,205 minus a $120 discount and the ST3 (group 202A) has a base MSRP of $28,540 minus a $405 discount. Granted, this is all barring dealerships doing the ultimate screw-the-customer move and slapping a “Market-Based Markup” on the sticker price. Hit the jump for more pricing details!
UPDATE 07/17/12: Ford has released a new video of their highly amazing Focus ST doing what it does best: running roughshod over the race track and calling out some of its competitors. Heck, Ken Block and Tanner Foust are also in the video. Good times all around! Check it out by clicking on the photo above!
UPDATE 01/22/13: The Ford Focus ST is now available in the UK with a base price £16,995. Depending on the trim and options you avail, expect that price to go up significantly.
Hit the jump to read more about the Ford Focus ST.
The next generation Ford Mondeo - sold as the Fusion on the US market - was first caught testing as a sedan, but our spy photographers have recently spotted the wagon version testing in the snowy Alps in Europe. It’s still not clear if the wagon version will be offered in the U.S., but in Europe it’s the most sold variant of the Mondeo.
Despite the camouflage covering the wagon, you can easily notice that the next Mondeo will be borrowing design elements from the Evos Concept launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new model is set for an official release in 2013-2014, so there’s still no word on what will be hiding under the hood. That being said, it will probably carry the usual array of 4- and 6-cylinder engines, with a hybrid version popping up shortly after the release as well.
Will this generation be the one to convince Americans that wagons are the way to go? Probably not, but the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon may open the doors enough for other wagons to benefit.
This week’s episode of Top Gear is probably the most disgusting episode we have ever seen. The guys were faced with the challenge of finding the best car for $500 and driving them 500 miles from Santa Monica to Twin Peaks in San Francisco. At first, we could only imagine just how crappy these cars were, then the Top Gear crew let us know.
In addition to the foul $500 car challenge, Ruttledge Wood was given the chance to review the scintillating Cadillac CTS-V in all three body styles: coupe, sedan, and wagon. The wagon was by far Rutt’s favorite and he was absolutely clear on that.
We were also treated to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine as he cruised around the Top gear test track in the show’s Suzuki SX4. His driving may not have been top notch, but he was extremely successful at cursing up a storm.
Hit the jump for details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 6.
Ford will unveil a facelift version for their Mondeo sedan and station wagon on August 25, 2010 at the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS). The new model will go on sale in September featuring a new exterior and upgraded interior, new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol, and TDCi diesel powertrains.
On the exterior the facelift Mondeo gets new grilles featuring a bolder lower trapezoid and a slim, stylish opening above. It will also receive an enhanced bonnet profile, LED daytime running lights, re-designed rear lights with LED technology, and a new rear deck lid treatment. The interior gets a new flow-through center console design, revised door treatment featuring flush and integrated door release handles, and a new central overhead console featuring ambient lighting.
Under the hood Ford will place a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine delivering 240 HP and a new 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi engine with 200 HP. Next to these two options, the facelift Mondeo will be offered with its standard engine lineup with output ranging from 115 HP to 163 HP.
Press release after the jump.
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.
The Ford Mondeo is one of those ultra-sleek sedans that we all hope will be part of the cars that Ford will bring over from Europe. The Ford Mondeo Combi is a family car that doesn’t need a tuning kit or any improvement. Still, this didn’t stop Rieger Tuning, in cooperation with SG-Design, created a new look for the vehicle. The new kit consists in a front lip spoiler, new side sills, a roof spoiler and a new rear spoiler featuring a 4-pipe exhaust system with integrated carbon fiber air diffuser.
For better stability a new KW suspension kit was installed as well as a new set of 19 inch alloy wheels. Price of the kit: €2860.
When Ford of Australia began developing the Territory SUV for the Australian market, an early inspiration was the Swiss army knife.
"A Swiss army knife has every gadget under the sun and can literally do anything in any situation," said Interior Design manager Marcus Hotblack. "We wanted the interior of Territory to be like that. The Swiss army knife embodies the whole multi-function nature of Territory."
The all-new 2007 Ford Focus is designed to raise the standard of what a small car should be with new levels of roominess, comfort, driving dynamics and safety. Combined with a bold new exterior design and an all-new chassis, the Focus is designed to give customers much more car while still providing affordability and value.
The all-new Ford Mondeo makes its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show between September 30 and October 15. Ford of Europe’s stylish new flagship model is being previewed in its wagon bodystyle in near production specification, with launch scheduled across Europe from the second quarter of 2007.
All 2007 Ford Focus models sold in California with the 2.0-liter Duratec 20E engine will now bear a new Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) badge on the rear of each car to help educate the public about Ford’s clean air choices. The 2.0-liter Duratec 20E engine accounts for approximately 97 percent of Focus sales in the state.