Ford is targeting industry-leading product freshness in Europe with a major acceleration of new cars and CVs, including several new models - Mondeo, Fiesta, EcoSport and Tourneo Connect.
Ford said by 2017 it will have refreshed its European line-up nearly twice over by volume, delivering what it expects will be Europe’s freshest and most up-to-date passenger car lineup. For commercial vehicles in the same period, Ford will offer an all-new or significantly refreshed lineup 1.3 times, that again is significantly greater than any competitor.
Ford said the total European car and CV market, including Russia, is expected to grow 20% in the next five years to 23 million vehicles.
The first model built on Ford’s new global CD-segment platform, all-new Mondeo, will deliver superior refinement through the European debut of integral link rear suspension and raise the quality bar with the introduction of massage function-equipped multi-contour seats and heated steering wheel.
Ford will offer all-new Mondeo in five-door, wagon and four-door versions; equipped with a raft of innovative technologies, including Advanced Active Park Assist – Ford’s first automated parking system to support parallel and perpendicular reverse parking manoeuvres.
Ford will offer all-new Mondeo with 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – the 2012 “International Engine of the Year”; a 1.6-litre diesel ECOnetic Technology variant; and also introduce a first-in-class four-door petrol hybrid electric vehicle.
Stylish new Fiesta will offer seven powertrains delivering sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions, all of which target best-in-class fuel efficiency of 4.3l/100 km or better.
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine makes its debut in Fiesta with 100 PS and 125 PS power levels, while a non-turbocharged 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine will be offered for the first time in a Ford vehicle, with 65 PS and 80 PS variants available. A special ECOnetic Technology model features additional fuel-saving technologies to deliver 87 g/km CO2 emissions and 3.3 l/100km.
All-new EcoSport is based on Ford’s global B-segment platform and will go on sale for European customers within 18 months. It will be equipped with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and line up alongside all-new Kuga and later Ford Edge, a larger and more premium vehicle already popular in North America.
All-new EcoSport is the first global Ford to be developed entirely in South America. Introduced in 2003, the ground-breaking first model established a new segment and sold more than 700,000 units in the region.
All-new Tourneo Connect
Stylish new Tourneo Connect offers active families an attractive and affordable new package with dynamic looks, outstanding space and versatility, along with the latest Ford passenger car technologies – including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, Active City Stop and Ford SNYC.
The new family vehicle provides the choice of spacious five- and seven-seat models, an all-new interior with flexible seating and stowage, and a range of highly efficient diesel and petrol engines targeting best-in-class fuel economy. Tourneo Connect is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2013.
Formula Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost
Ford is displaying a unique Formula Ford race car, fitted with Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. The one-off road-legal racer boasts an unofficial top speed of 255.5 km/h (158.8 mph) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of less than four seconds.
It recently recorded the 11th fastest lap ever at the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife circuit - 7 minutes, 22 seconds – higher on the list than such 600+ horsepower supercars as the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Enzo and the Pagani Zonda. Fuel economy is equally eye-popping: unofficially 2.4 l/100 km (118 mpg) at 56 km/h (35 mph), and 5 l/100 km (57 mpg) at 120 km/h (75 mph).