When Ford, for the first time in seventy years, went outside its own organization to hire a CFO besides an impressive resume Tim Stone came with something unusual. He brought his furry pal Finely, a 7 year old Australian shepherd that comes to work with Stone nearly every day.
Finely isn’t just a well-behaved office mate whose job description focuses on stress-reduction. He is kind of a mascot for a new program at Ford offering 1,300 office employees the chance to bring their dog to work.
This comes as part of a larger program to grab from the pool of hard to attract tech talent to the Motor City. Other initiatives include a campus redesign that does away with hierarchy and turning an old train station into a modern office space.
In a search for hundreds more tech experts. Places like Seattle and Silicon Valley have long offered similar campus layouts and bring your pet to work programs. Studies show that having access to a dog can not only reduce stress but increase productivity. One Amazon campus has about 7,000 registered dogs.
In the UK, police will trail the new Ford Ranger Raptor and Ford Focus ST estate as law enforcement considers these new Ford vehicles for full-time, UK police service.
The new Ranger Raptor, well a modified version, will be trailed by South wales Police.
While some question the Ranger Raptor’s 105mph top speed—which at a glance would be unlikely to concern a criminal—Ford believes the vehicle has plenty of power to keep up with criminals making an escape across gravel, mud and sand. New features like Fox-brand shock absorbers and their so-called Baja desert race mode are intended to improve law enforcement’s ability to chase bad guys across rugged or rural terrain.
At the moment, South Wales police force is the only one putting the Ranger Raptor through trials. Though Ford claims that several other special police units of made inquiries about the new rugged terrain vehicle. And Ford experts think that law enforcement interest will only increase as the Ranger Raptor is put through paces.
Cumbria police force will test the Ford Focus ST estate. The ST has a top speed of 155mph and Ford thinks these specialized vehicles will help police catch the bad guys on regular roads and highways. The ST is are made by the Special Vehicle Prep team at Ford and come with a full assortment of police style add-ons, both hardware and software.
Information about Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E electric SUV has been “leaked” through their online configurator just a few days before its official release at the LA Motor Show.
The Mustang Mach-E, which Ford conceived as a high-end, performance oriented rival to Tesla’s Model Y. Until now the vehicle had only been described as “Mustang inspired” but no name, specs or other information was available.
The available information indicates the Mach-E will be made available with several options of power output. 0-60mph times, it seems, will vary from mid 3 seconds to mid six seconds. The EPA rating system for range puts the models between 230 and 300 miles. Additionally, the models will feature either rear wheel or all wheel drive.
Some are speculating that this move means that Ford intends to use the Mustang legacy to grow a fuller line of car models. This would allow them to take advantage of their heritage among US consumers and could lend credibility to new Ford models in foreign markets.
After its official reveal, according to Ford, they will begin taking deposits for the Mach-E in the US and Europe. The first wave of buyers will be offered a supped up performance First Edition model. However no additional pricing or spec information was made available.
Ford has announced that the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 will come equipped with 625 foot-pounds of torque and 760 horsepower.
The new Ford offering was revealed in January. At the time Ford announced it would be the most powerful street legal car they had made and that it would be capable of 0-60mph in a 3 second time frame. The GT500 will have 5.2 liter V-8 and will reportedly complete a quarter mile in under 11 seconds. This new model will also offer a carbon fiber track with no rear seating for weight reduction.
This new Mustang will be available this fall.
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat, with over 700 hp, is going to be a competitor for the new Shelby. The 2019 Mustang GT350 only comes in at 526 hp (for comparison).
While Ford has announced it’s North American lineup would be reduced, their classic Mustang will remain in the stable.
Another Fiesta-based little hybrid and a swap for the Kuga smaller hybrid are set to be disclosed in the following a year as a component of Ford’s arrangement to focus more assets on hybrids in Europe.
Ford has said higher-riding vehicles will be vital to its rebuilding designs in Europe as it endeavors to accomplish steady benefit in the area, something it has not overseen in two decades.
The little crossover will be worked at Ford’s plant in Craiova, Romania, and could be called Puma, French examiner firm Inovev said. The model presentation at the Frankfurt car exhibition in September, Inovev anticipates. It would supplant the EcoSport.
Ford’s second-age Kuga, badged as the Escape in the U.S., has been spotted trying close Detroit in front of its disclosing in the not so distant future. The vehicle is required to go deal in the U.S. in the second half.
Ford has not said when the new Kuga will go marked down. The crossover was propelled in 2008. Passage fabricates the Kuga in Valencia, Spain.
There is another sight humming around a Ford motor manufacturing plant in London: rambles.
The second-biggest U.S. automaker is presently utilizing drones to perform enter investigations in hard to-achieve puts around the Dagenham Engine Plant. The offbeat move spares Ford significant time and cash and brings a few different focal points, administrators say.
Before, plant administrators used to need to close down the processing plant at any rate once a year to perform hazardous and tedious investigations on high-up structures, parts of the production line’s rooftop and other difficult to-achieve places. The automatons permit the Michigan-based automaker to direct wellbeing assessments without closing down production.
The automatons additionally give Ford a more target plant support record, forestalling contentions over the finding and conceivable answers for issues, said Pat Manning, a machine generation chief for the EcoBlue diesel motor at the plant, where it’s code named Panther.
Ford has announced the 475bhp Mustang Bullitt will be available in the UK this September.
The special edition muscle car will come in at £47,145. This is only about 6K more than a standard 5.0 liter GT. The Bullitt will add 8-ball gear knob, green stitching, and Recaro seats. Also included with the Bullitt will be driver memory seats and mirrors, cross-traffic alerts, blind spot monitor, premium sound system and sat-navigation.
This is the third Mustang Bullitt to pay homage to the car that appeared in the famous Bullitt film. This Bullitt features 458bhp and 388lb ft. It also has an upgraded induction system and intake manifold.
It will come with Dark Highland Green paint, though black will also be available. It will feature gunmetal finished 19inc torque thrust aluminum wheels. Also, red brake calipers and a black front grill.
This new edition is a fitting tribute to the Steve McQueen classic.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups will be the first in a fleet of new full-sized pickup trucks from automaker GMC that will feature a four-cylinder engine option. This will represent a major sea change for some loyal customers. Ford’s success with its v-6 EcoBoost engines may have already proven that a V-8 engine doesn’t have to be the standard. And modern advances in engineering have made smaller engines in larger vehicles a very real option.
The new 2.7 liter, inline four-cylinder will feature what GM is calling Active Fuel Management. This technology will allow the engine to switch over to a two-cylinder mode for “light load conditions.”
The new engine represents a keystone moment for General Motors as it is the first time they will put a four-cylinder engine in a full-size pickup and it is the first engine in a pickup to use the AFM two-cylinder technology.
The new inline four turbo engine is rated at 348 pound-feet of torque and 310hp with an 8-speed automatic transmission. GM hopes to compete in fuel efficiency against Ford’s F-150 that features an aluminum body and V-6 EcoBoost engine.
Ford recently announced it will partner with Lyft to provide self-driving cars, in large numbers, to the ride-services fleet by 2021. Ford and Lyft teams will begin working together to design software to allow Ford vehicles to communicate with Lyft’s smartphone apps.
The company has said it will invest $700 million in a factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, to make it capable of building electric and self-driving vehicles.
Ford self-driving test vehicles will be connected to Lyft’s network, but at first, customers will not be able to use them. Ford will put human-driven vehicles on Lyft’s network.
Ford also is testing delivery services using self-driving vehicles and a van shuttle service. The self-driving vehicles Ford will deploy through Lyft will use software developed by Argo AI, a company in which Ford is investing $1 billion over the next five years.
As many people are aware, Ford Motor Company is prepping to restart production of an American icon: the Ford Ranger, the ever popular mid-sized truck. And many people are thinking it is about time, as Ford hasn’t made a mid-sized truck for about seven years. Small truck sales have seen an uptick with models like the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma both admired in the pick-up community. And both offering off-road packages.
Ford Motor Company has already projected that Ford Ranger will be released sometime in late 2018. Car & Driver, however, have captured some spy photos of something that looks like a possible off-road version of the beloved Ranger: See image here.
Max Goldberg from MSN Auto News writes:
“Ford is very familiar with the off-road truck segment, as its Ford Raptor is the talk of the town and for good reason. In the spy shots, you can see a more tucked-away front and rear bumper, fender flares, thicker control arms, and other all-terrain goodies.
The direction in which Ford would take this potential off-roader is unclear, thus the engine options are also up for grabs. If Ford intends to follow the Ford F-150 Raptor model, we can expect to see more of a high-horsepower EcoBoost engine, but if they intend to focus on rock crawling we would most likely see a four-cylinder diesel or naturally aspirated V-6.”