Ford Super Chief is a massive concept pickup based on long-box F-250 crew cab, that will use a supercharged V-10 engine (dubbed Triflex V10) that runs on gasoline, E85 ethanol blend, or hydrogen. The block-nosed front end of the F-250 Super Chief, which makes it a unique monster, is said to be inspired by classic locomotives and for a good reason. With trendy suicide doors, rear-seat powered ottomans, and a walnut and aluminum cargo bed and cab floor we’re certainly not going to miss the HUMMER.
If you want to see the locomotive, check out the picture gallery below and let us know what you think.
Last year in September Ford Kuga was just a concept. It took them 6 months to put the robots at work and start production at the Ford plant in Saarlouis, Germany. 45,000 Ford Kuga are expected to leave their factory to customers in 32 countries of the world. The Germans decided to export around 84 percent of the units produced in Saarlouis. Biggest clients will be from Germany, Italy, UK, France and Spain.
Official debut will be in just a few days at Geneva.
We’re closer and closer to Geneva Motor Show in March and new models keep on coming. Ford just sent a press release in, letting us know that they plan to show off the next generation of Ford Fiesta. Europe is going to get it later this year, while clients in America or Asia will have to wait until 2010.
It has the common features with Ford’s Verve concept, a spacious interior and comes with three and five doors. It’s going to be built at the Cologne plant and in Valencia. Though we don’t have much detail Ford promises “big car features” so I guess we’ll have to settle with some pictures before we know more about performances.
Not that there aren’t enough concepts on the market right now but this one deserves attention, Ford Explorer America Concept, the fuel-efficient SUV with 20-30% improvement. In the United States, Explorer is the top-selling SUV with more than 400,000 units sold each year.
The perception in America has changed for the last few years. A good car is one that can increase the mpg and Jim Farley, Ford’s VP of Marketing and Communications said that “Customers are smart. They value vehicles – the more efficient, the better”. It all depends on the engine you choose and Ford has a few to offer:
There are a few other things that will reduce the fuel consumption like changing from body-on-frame to unibody construction that will reduce weight and better dynamics, 6-speed transmission with auto-control or the fuel saving electric power assisted steering (EPAS).
Here are a few more pictures of the new Ford Explorer America Concept.
Hey guys, we’re in 2008 now and I hope we can start it with the right foot. So does ClassicMuscleCars.com which have for sale the (claimed) first ever built Mustang. It’s a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible which should cost the new owner, $5.5 million which include a letter from William Clay Ford, full ownership history and of course the original registration plates. As you can see the Convertible Mustang looks extremely well, and that is because it was restored in 1983.
185 models were built on March 5, 1964, used mainly for testing and racing, while March 9 is the date when the first production car – the one for sale – came out. It was delivered to its owner on April 16th, one day before the official launch on April 17th, when Ford sold a total of 22,000 pieces. This explains how rare this 1964 1/2 Ford Convertible Mustang is.
A few months ago Ford was testing their new Focus RS on the Nurburgring and today they released a teasing picture and what more can I say that I looks very “racy” with its new wings and spoilers, bonnet air vents or the blistered wheel arches. The same “racy” looks are used on the interior, but should be very comfortable as well.
The 2008 Ford Focus RS superhatch, will use a 2.5L modified Volvo engine with five-cylinders that sports 280hp unlike opposed to those 225hp on the ST model and 400 lb-ft torque.
We don’t have a price for this runner but it should be available on the streets, late 2008 or early 2009.
Ford will be showing the Kuga crossover concept next week in Frankfurt. The Kuga is the offroad version of the Ford Focus, based on the same platform.
The production version of the Kuga should be pretty similar to the concept that was shown in Frankfurt: the Kuga is already an evolution of the Iosis X concept that was shown last year in Paris.
All-New Ford Kuga in Brief
* Stylish Ford Kuga crossover will be previewed at Frankfurt Motor Show in near production form ahead of sales launch in early 2008
* Inspired by the iosis X Concept that was revealed at the 2006 Paris Motor Show
* Kuga is the latest showcase for Ford’s ‘kinetic design’
* Impressive on-road driving dynamics with substantial off-road ability
* Model range features ‘intelligent’ 4WD and FWD systems
* Powered by Ford’s acclaimed 2.0-litre 136 PS (101 kw) Duratorq TDCi diesel engine
* Benefits from strong Ford Focus lineage
* First crossover designed and developed in-house by Ford of Europe
* To be produced at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany
Although there have been spy photos of the proposed new Focus RS Mk II earlier in the year, it has now been reported that Ford has planned to ditch the production of it.
According to reports, the Mk II which was planned for late 2008 was ditched because of concerns over CO2 emissions. On the other hand a spokesman has reported it was canned because any car that is brought to market has to be profitable and there was not enough demand across the globe besides the home of the RS which is Britain where the Focus RS Mk I was well received
The Focus RS Mk II was rumoured to have at least 300bhp (225kW) and four wheel drive. This would have at least made it a serious competitor for the Subarus and Mitsubishi Lancer Evos. (more…)