Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
The demand for more fuel efficient cars has been on the rise as pump prices becomes more and more expensive. One brand that is addressing this concern is Ford, who has poured out all their efforts to develop a little engine that could known simply as the 1.0L EcoBoost. Ford's new mil has already won accolades such as the 2012 International Engine of the Year and Popular Mechanics' Breakthrough Award just to name a few. And if we're lucky, we could be driving one on Philippine roads as early as this year.
At the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show, Ford introduced the much-awaited refreshed 2014 Fiesta that's bundled with the three-cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost engine. If three-cylinders and 1.0L sounds puny or underpowered to you, think again.
At the recent 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards, Ford’s 1.0-liter three cylinder EcoBoost engine carried the day and took home the coveted title of this year’s International Engine of the Year. The prestigious competition's panel of juries, made up of over 70 of the world’s most-respected motoring journalists, voted for Ford’s punchy yet fuel-frugal engine, which will have plenty of action under the hood of the all-new 2013 Focus. And on top of that, Ford's compact EcoBoost engine also took home the accolades for the “Best New Engine of 2012” and “Sub-1.0-liter” categories.
With the new Explorer, Ford threw out the rule-book on traditional American SUVs, converting its best-selling truck into a unibody crossover. In this way, they managed to trim the fat while making the new car more spacious and more luxurious than ever before. This revolutionary approach resulted in unprecedented sales and a waiting list that stretches a mile long. And with the arrival of the new Explorer GTDi EcoBoost at the 8th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), Ford develops the concept even further, downsizing the engine itself to save even more weight and perhaps some fuel, too.
The 8th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) is all set to go this March 29, 2012 at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City. With 26,000 sq. meters of exhibit space, it promises to be the Philippines' biggest motoring event of the year yet again. And in line with year's theme “Life in the Fast Lane,” we're giving you a quick preview of the 10 new cars scheduled to make their official Philippine debut at the show.
Four months after the floods in Thailand forced Ford's AutoAlliance production facility to grind to a halt, the blue oval brand is still working hard to fully restore their supplier network and catch up on original production schedules. Consequently, Ford Philippines has not been getting enough cars to sell since January, restricting retail sales to only 415 units last February 2012 - or about half of what they used to in 2011 in a month. On the flip side, we'll all have something to look forward to at the 8th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) when they launch the all-new Ranger and all-new Explorer 2.0L EcoBoost.
Ford might have an exceptional line-up, but the mid-size car market has always been its Achilles’ heel. Despite their best efforts, the Fusion never quite lived up to its potential and match the caliber of the mighty Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the blue oval brand is taking the fight to new territories as they unveiled the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion.
With its gaping signature Ford grill, chiseled bumpers, and elongated headlights, its resemblance to the Ford Evos Concept from last year's Frankfurt Motor Show is uncanny. Hoping that they'd carry over the Evos Concept's four gull wing doors is a bit far fetched, though. There are, however, hints of Jaguar and Aston Martin's styling embedded in its DNA that adds to its muscular appeal. And with the addition of dual tail pipes, the Fusion looks good at just about every angle.
2012 might spell the end of the world according to the Mayans, but Ford Philippines is just building on their momentum as they prepare for the onslaught of three all-new nameplates this year. Under the One Ford platform, make way for the arrival of the all-new Ranger, Focus, and Explorer 2.0L GTDi EcoBoost.
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The all-new Ranger will make its grand arrival at the upcoming 2012 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) and should - with its 21st Century Tough character - blow the competition right out of the water. After spending some time in the gym, it has grown bigger and more muscular than ever before. It can now fit three full-sized adults at the back in absolute comfort, keep six soda cans cool in the center console, hold a full 16-inch laptop in the glove box, plus the rest of your living room furniture on its full sized pick-up bed. With its Hill Launch Assist, Hill Decent Control, and Limited Slip Differential, prepare to get down and dirty with Ford's new tough truck.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company
In its entire 44-year history, Formula Ford finally received its most radical revolution yet as the 2012-spec machine rolls out into daylight for the very first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. You see, the single-seaters used in competition today have been largely unchanged in the last 20 odd years and are in dire need of an upgrade - both in shape and safety. Thus, to bring the latest Formula Ford racer up to par with Formula 1 and Formula 3, its bodywork is injected with the blue oval brand's kinetic design philosophy and fitted on an updated chassis that meets stringent FIA safety standards. Looks like the new generation of Formula Ford's are ready to race into the future.