Archive | 2011

Flying Car Given All Clear for Road Use. Have you seen this thing? Carries about 300 pounds.

Ironically, the hardest part of building a flying car might be proving it’s capable of being piloted safely on land. The Terrafugia Transition flying car has been granted special exemptions by the Department of Transportation that allow the four-wheeled aircraft to driven on public roads. The tiny company, based just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, is the first to be granted these special dispensations.

40 MPG Focus Joins Ford’s Lineup of Efficiency Leaders. Nice to be a leader, right?

Blue Oval has become the only full-line automaker in the U.S. with four vehicles capable of reaching the mark. And notably, all four can do so with an automatic transmission, unlike key members of the competition.

The Focus joins the new Fiesta, with EPA ratings of 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, both capable of 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway, among the company’s 40-mpg foursome. But Ford’s commitment to fuel-efficiency leadership doesn’t end there. In fact, Ford and Lincoln combine to boast a clean dozen vehicles that top their segments for fuel economy.

All-New Ford Ranger Becomes Amphibious. You gotta see this video!

The all-new Ford Ranger boasts impressive capabilities, even the ability to pull a locomotive. But one of its more impressive features is its ability to go deeper than any other pickup in its segment, with a best-in-class water-wading capability of up to 800 mm.

 Both 4×4 and 4×2 Hi-Rider models can wade through deep water even while carrying a full load. Even fully laden with cargo, the Ranger can ford rivers or floods, giving owners greater peace of mind.

Ford Police Interceptors Showcased On YouTube. Who doesn’t love a good car chase, right?

As law-enforcement agencies across the country prepare for the introduction of the all-new Ford Police Interceptor sedan and SUV, the automaker has rolled out a new series of action-packed YouTube webisodes that show the competition—and potential criminals—just what they’ll be up against.

New App Helps F-150 Owners Pick Up More Functionality. Funny, right? Pick Up more!

More than half of all F-Series drivers regularly use their trucks for towing, which is part of the reason Ford made sure its 2011 pickup roster debuted with best-in-segment maximum tow ratings across the board. And now the company is launching an exclusive new technology that will help those drivers take advantage of that maximum power with minimum hassle: The Truck App.

Ford Focus and C-MAX Drive European Sales In March. Coming here soon?

You may not see the all-new Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX on the road until later this year, but they’re already hot sellers in Europe. Ford was Europe’s No. 2 best-selling brand last month, and much of that momentum was attributed to the popularity of the all-new Focus and C-MAX models.

Ford Earns Two Patents for Fuel-Efficiency Technologies. Save us more gas Ford!

While their advanced hybrid powertrains are key enablers of their best-in-class fuel economy, cars like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also pack a wide range of other efficiency enhancers, all working together to deliver optimum performance for environmentally conscious drivers. Among them: Ford’s unique SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a breakthrough so innovative it just received two patents from the U.S. government.

Ford Pushes For Electric Vehicle-Readiness. Getting your city ready for EV!!

Ford is preparing to launch the all-new Focus Electric later this year and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012. In an effort to ensure the success of these highly-anticipated models, Ford is working with cities and utility partners around the U.S. to identify key infrastructure building blocks that will enable metropolitan areas to be EV-ready.

Ford Explorer Guides Park Visitors. App to guide you in the park! Fun stuff!

The American Park Network, the Student Conservation Association and Ford Motor Company have come together to create the free Oh, Ranger! Park Finder iPhone app. The app is sponsored by the 2011 Ford Explorer and helps users locate more than 6,000 parks and public lands across the U.S. including national forests, wildlife refuges, Bureau of Land Management sites and US Army Corps of Engineer recreation areas. The published Oh, Ranger! Guides are read by more than 20 million park enthusiasts each year, the app version is available for the iPhone, iPad and soon the Android, making public park information easily accessible to more park visitors.

Ford Vehicles Are Nothing To Sneeze At, because they study allergens. Good thinking Ford!

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing — allergies. Millions of people suffer from allergies which is why Ford has gone to great lengths to ensure its new vehicles are as “allergy friendly” as possible. Ford’s new C-MAX MPV has been granted the “Allergy Tested Interior” Seal of Approval by Germany’s world renowned TÜV Rheinland testing authority. The vehicle was also awarded the Quality Certificate by the Berlin-based European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation.