Ford Motor Co.'s future-product focus is on improved fuel economy by making its vehicles smaller and engines lighter without sacrificing performance, safety or luxury.
Ford has said 90 percent of its North American nameplates will be available with direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost engines as standard equipment or as an option by 2013. That engine puts out as much power as heavier V8s or conventional six-cylinder engines.
By the end of this year, the EcoBoost will be offered as an option on five of Ford's 15 North American nameplates: the Flex crossover, Taurus sedan, F-150 pickup, Edge crossover, and Explorer crossover. Ford also is developing a 1-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine for subcompact and compact cars that is likely to arrive in 2013.
Here are highlights for Ford's 2012-14 model years.
Fiesta: The subcompact went on sale in May 2010 as a 2011 model. The car likely will get the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine Ford is developing as an option in the 2013 or 2014 model year. A restyling is due in the 2014 model year.
Spy photos have caught a sporty variant of the Fiesta in Europe. It is likely to land here in the 2013 model year.
Focus: Ford launched the redesigned Focus this year on Ford's global compact platform.
An electric version is planned for the 2012 model year. A performance version called the Focus ST, with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, will go on sale in 2012.
There is talk that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost Ford announced it is developing could find a home in the Focus as a fuel economy option in the 2013 or 2014 model year.
There is another high-performance all-wheel-drive RS model that is engineered and sold in Europe, which could be sold here if the car can meet cost targets. The current generation of the Focus RS is priced in the mid-$30,000s.
Mustang: The pony car will be redesigned for the 2015 model year. The nameplate turns 50 years old in 2014; its production start was March 9, 1964. Those inside Ford say the Mustang's 50th anniversary is "hugely important" and Ford will not miss the marketing opportunity.
The redesigned Mustang is expected to move to an independent rear suspension, from the current solid rear axle, as part of a move to a new platform.
Fusion: A redesign of the Ford Fusion and its Lincoln MKZ sibling is scheduled for the 2013 model year. At that time, the two models switch to Ford's global mid-sized platform.
The 2012 Fusion could get the four-cylinder EcoBoost engine also scheduled for the Focus ST and the 2013 Taurus. Ford is likely to drop the V6 engine option except for the sporty variant.
Ford is developing 2.5- and 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engines for 2014 or 2015. The Fusion would get the 2.5-liter variant, and the Lincoln MKZ would get the 2.7 liter.
Taurus: Ford will launch a restyled 2013 Taurus sedan, shown at the 2011 New York auto show, less than four years after the current Taurus went on sale in the summer of 2009. It will be the first vehicle in Ford's lineup to offer two EcoBoost engine choices.
The car will offer a re-engineered version of the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine currently available in the Taurus SHO. It also will offer the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine used in the Ford Mondeo sedan in Europe.
Ford will continue to offer a 3.5-liter V6 naturally aspirated engine in the 2013 Taurus, but it will be re-engineered for better performance to generate 290 hp — a 29 hp boost over the current powerplant.
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Thanks to Obama car companies are getting on the right track.
You're kidding, right? Obama didn't do ANYTHING to help Ford. Ford didn't participate in the "bribe unions to get votes" bailout program. Ford took care of themselves in spite of everything the Democrats have done over the years to croak the U.S. auto industry and U.S. corporations in general.
Is anyone really surprised that under Obama's failed policies that there were ZERO new jobs added in this country in August and the unemployment rate is still over 9%? Obama has done everything he can to make sure corporations are afraid to add jobs in the U.S. by creating so much uncertainty and burying them in new financial, environmental, and health care regulations that are sucking all of the oxygen out of a recovery.
I think we have to face it, gas is never going to be 30 cents a gallon again and if the engineers can make a car that gets one to and from anywhere efficiently their doing good. Hopefully someone is working on alternate fuels that are also environmentally friendly and easy to produce without destroying any area they are produced in or polluting the environment. The proposed gov't regulations are pushing them along. With the sad state of and the rising cost to maintain the nations highways and byways and now many states making some major use highways toll roads something needs to happen. I think eventually the country will need to develop a serious high speed public transportation system. I note now many cities are bringing what today is called light rail on line, think that used to be referred to as "street cars" so I'd ask are we as a world running in cycles. Something has to happen in this area whether people like it or not. Personal vehicles may eventually be relegated to local travel because of costs to operate and maintain the highways..
It's really too bad that our Government has to intervene and influence the way manufacturers design their cars. Although this has been going on for years I wonder what the cars would look like if they had free reign on design and powerplants. Look at how the return of the muscle cars have been so succesful for the Big Three. If it wern't for the mandated gas mileage requirements, we would soon have naturally aspirated V8s that make 600 hp and get 28 mpg.
In regards to other fuel sources, we already have an almost limitless supply of natural gas but the government won't support the infrastructure, therefore the car manufactures have no incentives to go that route. But if you look at Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) they already have contracts for a lot of our public transportations vehicles (look for the CNG sticker). We can do it but the government won't be helping out unless they change their views.