Ford Focus RS Promo Video May Prove Dangerous for the Unsuspecting Viewer

Ford recently released a promo video for the upcoming Ford Focus RS. Gearheads shouldn’t have any trouble watching it. They’ve already know they’re getting the new Focus RS. The people that are really in danger are the ones who won’t suspect how enticing and fun the Focus RS looks as it handily negotiates the harsh curves in a mountain road with ease, almost abandon. It appears…irresistible.

It’s not surprising that a winding mountain road was the chosen venue for exhibiting the new Ford Focus RS. The compact sportster was made for them. In the Ford Focus RS promo video, the Focus seems to literally grab the road with the help of the Dynamic Torque Vectoring. Suspension has been updated this time around and the Focus also has a ride height that’s been lowered to reduce drag.

But you aren’t going to appreciate those handling and suspension features without a strong powertrain to get the Focus up to speed. That’s provided by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 316 horsepower. Mountain roads beware.

Ford’s Life-size Toy Takes the Shape of the F-750 TONKA Dump Truck

What happens when the maker of America’s best-selling truck and the maker of our favorite toy truck get together? We get the Ford F-750 TONKA Dump Truck, the big kids’ toy.

The medium-duty truck was revealed earlier this month at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Ford brings the childhood toy to life for construction jobs of all kinds. Based on the redesigned F-650/750 model, the truck ate space on the showroom floor, standing almost 10 feet tall and painted in the easily recognizable TONKA yellow.

The 2016 F-650/750 is available in three models — straight-frame, dock-height, and the new tractor-model — is scheduled to go on sale this summer.

The TONKA truck was created in collaboration with Funrise Toy Corporation, manufacturer of TONKA brand products licensed under Hasbro®.

“From Generation Z to the Greatest Generation, Ford and TONKA continue to set the standards for tough trucks,” said John Ruppert, general manager for Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “People of all ages have been counting on Ford F-Series and TONKA trucks to get the job done — from construction site to sandbox — for more than 60 years.”

Do you have a TONKA truck story to share? We at Cambridge Classic Ford would love to hear it in the comments below.

Ford Ride-Sharing App

Ford Ride-Sharing App and Transit Van Still in Developmental Stages

With the advent of mobility apps; such as Uber and Lyft, there has been a definite shift in the way the public utilizes mobility, and Ford is doing its best to keep up with the trend. “There is a white space for a new product,” John Abernethy, Ford’s project lead for the Advanced Product Group in the UK, told the Washington Post.

“Between a taxi and a bus is a space for something else.”

Ford Ride-Sharing App

2015 Ford Transit Connect XLT – The new transit vehicle might be based on this.

So what is that something else? Ford announced that it is testing the field as a “mobility provider” with its ride-sharing service app. While continuing its auto making production, the company’s focus will not only be limited to the app development, but for a dedicated transit vehicle for the pooling service as well.

Although still in the developmental stage, Ford’s “dynamic social shuttle” may debut in the streets of London as soon as this year.

We at Cambridge Classic Ford appreciate the forward thinking of the Ford ride-sharing app while the company still maintains its devotion to a quality product.

2015 Ford Edge Sport Update Makes it the Most Powerful Yet

Ford has finally revealed the juicy under-the-hood details of the all-new 2015 Edge Sport, and boy it’s looking good.

Thanks to the newest 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine rated at 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, the 2015 Edge Sport is officially the most powerful Edge yet. This is in part thanks to the compacted graphite iron—the same material as Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke—that enables the EcoBoost to be remarkably stiff and compact, improving power and torque while reducing noise and harshness.2015 Ford Edge Sport

Ford didn’t just improve the engine, however. The suspension has also been upgraded with stiffer front and rear antiroll bars, enhanced dampers, and stiffer springs that offer significantly less body roll. Overall, this will make the car more controllable and precise around corners.

Check out the official press release for the rest of the details on the Ford Edge Sport update, and come test drive it at Cambridge Classic Ford to see for yourself just how well it handles!

Top Secret Ford GT Finally Revealed

In a world where new car photos are leaked all the time, Ford managed to keep the all-new 2016 Ford GT a complete secret for more than a year. For 14 months, the design and manufacturing of Ford’s 600 horsepower supercar remained under lock-and-key, in a super-secret, unassuming basement storage room.

Ford GT Front ViewOnly a small number of employees had access to the storage room, using actual old-school metal keys instead of the electronic ID cards usually used to get employees access to the building. In fact, losing this particular key just might get you fired. The employees were aware of the project only on a need-to-know basis, and were sworn to secrecy. Not even friends or family were allowed to know what their loved ones were working on all day (and often at night and on the weekends, too).

On occasion, the team would take the car outside for testing and to assess the project in the light of day. This only happened on weekends or days when no one else was around. The project – code name Phoenix – turned out to be a complete success, since not one photo was leaked until the 2016 Ford GT was officially revealed at last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to autonews.com, keeping rivals like Acura (who revealed their NSX supercar just after the secret Ford GT was revealed) in the dark was certainly a benefit to its super-secret production, but the true reason behind all the secrecy was to speed up the decision-making process. Bureaucracy can bog the entire process down, and on a short timeline, it was beneficial to involve as few people as possible.Ford GT Back View

“Usually, we like to encourage, especially on important programs, wide input from around the world,” Moray Callum, Ford’s global design chief, said. “But on this one, we sort of realized both in terms of time and the element of keeping it quiet that we probably had to change the process here, so we picked a small group of designers.”

Here at Cambridge Classic Ford, we are drooling over the GT. What do you think? Was the GT worth keeping a secret? Tell us in the comments!

Ford GT Carbon Supercar Revs Up Detroit Auto Show

While the new Ford F-150 has dominated the Blue Oval’s headlines for many months now, Ford still managed to put out another equally impressive performance car at the North American International Auto Show this year—the Ford GT Carbon Fiber Supercar. This Ford GT supercar is one of twelve new performance vehicles the brand promised us by 2020—and if this is the standard, we’re excited to see the rest of those cars, for sure.

The Ford GT gets its power from its EcoBoost engine. Ford has begun implementing EcoBoost technology in basically every one of their vehicles, and this engine, a twin-turbocharged V6, is the most powerful EcoBoost offering yet. In fact, it will get over 600 horsepower. That engine is mid-mounted, and the car also features rear-wheel-drive and a beautiful carbon fiber design.

Ford GT Carbon

What’s more, the GT also received the EyesOn Design Prize for Best Production Vehicle at NAIAS. The award is given to the best production and concept vehicles making their global debuts in Detroit.

“Ford and its employees are honored to receive this recognition,” said Moray Callum, Ford Motor Company vice president, Design. “The great thing about the all-new Ford GT is that we were able to maintain the essence of the original GT40, while making it into a 21st century car. The GT’s cutting-edge technology and engineering demonstrate Ford’s commitment to performance and innovation in every aspect of our business.”

We’re certainly proud of the Ford GT Carbon Supercar here at Cambridge Classic Ford, but we’d be even more proud to see you behind the wheel of one. So come see us today to learn more about the supercar that shocked Detroit—and to get more information on all the Ford performance cars coming this decade.

Ford Concept Hints at Company’s Future

Ford has always been an innovator when it comes to performance vehicles, and it doesn’t look like the American carmaker will be stopping this tradition anytime soon. Known for its top of the line EcoBoost performance, Ford has decided to combine this technology with the new Ford GT Carbon Fiber Concept to create a GT model that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make peoples heart’s pound.”

The all-new GT supercar features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever, featuring a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that churns out more than 600 horsepower. Combined with the car’s lightweight, carbon-fiber body, this high-performance car is Ford’s most extreme offering.

Ford will begin producing the Ford GT Carbon Fiber Concept in 2016. Until then, stop in to Cambridge Classic Ford today and see what other high-performance options we have to offer!

A New System: Ford Sync 3 By QNX

Ford has recently announced that its new infotainment system, Ford Sync 3, will be programmed by Blackberry. That’s right. Ford is ending its partnership with Microsoft, the company that helped Ford built the original Sync.

ford sync 3 by qnxForbes asks, “Blackberry? In a post-iPhone world, could Ford be any more unhip?” The magazine then goes to explain why Ford’s decision may be the hippest of all. We here at Cambridge Classic Ford are excited about the change and look forward to sharing Ford’s new system.

The biggest reason we should like the change is that although we see the Blackberry name, the company who is actually doing the work this time is QNX, a very reputable subsidiary of Blackberry.

QNX is already working with a number of other major manufacturers, so building infotainment systems is very familiar for them.  They are known for their expertise in safety and security.  As Forbes puts it, “QNX’s history with autos makes the company particularly aware of these issues.”  Expect these areas to be tip-top in the new Ford Sync 3 by QNX.

Former Mustang Chief To Head New Ford Performance Division

2015 Mustang interior - ford performance divisionThese are truly exciting times in the Ford camp. Big news! The automaker responsible for the first aluminum full-size truck and America’s finest sports car has just announced that it is creating a performance division. The goal? “Bring better and more products to market quicker,” says Dave Pericak, former Mustang Chief Engineer. He is now head of the nascent Ford Performance Division.

A more specific goal for this division is to bring 12 new models to light by the year 2020. One of these models will definitely be the Ford Focus RS, what Fox News calls “an extreme version of the Focus compact.”

We here at Cambridge Classic Ford are glad to learn that we won’t have to wait long to see the fruits of Ford’s labors. Pericak hinted that Ford may display some projects he and his team have been working on at the New York International Auto Show in January.

Sales Numbers Show Best November for Ford in Years

For the month of November, the Ford Motor Company’s sales totaled 187,000 vehicles. Several of the brand’s models posted monthly sales numbers we haven’t seen in a long time.

The Ford Mustang, redesigned for 2015 and its golden anniversary year, sold 8,728 vehicles. That’s the best November sales the model has experienced since 2006.

“Our all-new Mustang is moving quickly off dealer lots,” said John Felice, Ford’s vice president of US Marketing, Sales, and Service. “Mustang has had its best November sales in eight years and is turning in just eight days on dealer lots, on average.”

Adding to the Mustang’s success, more than 25,500 units of the Ford Escape were sold, setting a new record for the SUV’s best ever November sales. In addition, sales of the Explorer were recorded at 14,949, marking the model’s greatest results in 10 years.

We at Cambridge Classic Ford are excited to continue this trend of record-setting sales as we come to the year’s end and begin to look toward 2015. If you missed out on contributing to the best November for Ford, help give the brand its best December sales by finding your perfect model.