Ford has revealed the next step in its Blueprint for Mobility project: a Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle, which will be used to make progress on future automated driving and other advanced technologies for 2025.
The new vehicle is built upon a decade of Ford automated driving research and will play an important role in testing current and future sensing systems and driver-assist technologies. Ford aims to push development of these technologies forward with its supplier partners in the hopes of applying the features to its next generation of vehicles.
“In the future, automated driving may well help us improve driver safety and manage issues such as traffic congestion and global gridlock, yet there are still many questions that need to be answered and explored to make it a long-term reality,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of Ford Global Product Development.
With the unique Fusion Hybrid, Ford will be able to test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- to mid-term deployment.
But for those of us who want to just enjoy a great car in the present, there’s always the regular Ford Fusion. Come find it at Cambridge Classic Ford.
Anyone who’s ever watched an episode of Top Gear can tell you that Jeremy Clarkson and the guys are big fans of performance cars—after all, what kind of a car enthusiast isn’t?
But when it came time to decide what car would win the show’s 2013 Car of the Year, they have to consider not just the performance cars but every car, and this year they picked one that you might not have expected: the Ford Fiesta ST.
Well, if you’ve driven one before, maybe you did expect it. It beat the innovative Volkswagen XL1 and the crazy Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, not to mention all of the attention-grabbing cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche that Top Gear considered. If you’ve driven one before, there’s no doubt you would have immediately experienced why.
But for those of us who haven’t, Top Gear’s magazine editor put it well: “It’s a car that invigorates, excites and rekindles some of the love you thought you’d lost for the simple stuff. A car that puts a smile on your face each and every day. It’s the most enjoyable car of 2013.”
And we can’t agree more. Come find it at Cambridge Classic Ford.
Ford is piloting new software from Siemens that uses Google Earth technology to improve its communication, efficiency, globalization, and standardization across its assembly plants.
The software, called IntoSite, is a cloud-based web application that lets users explore and share information within 3D versions of assembly plants. Users can navigate virtually through the plants, even down to the workstations, to get a better understanding of global processes.
Just like in Google Maps, engineers and other team members can add pins at any virtual location within the plant, tagging content like videos, documents, and images that they can upload. This offers a totally new virtual space where users can easily save and share materials and communicate with fellow plants all around the globe. As a result, Ford expects to be able to greatly improve its efficiency, globalization, and standardization throughout its plants with the help of IntoSite.
But if you’d prefer to walk through a room full of brand-new Ford vehicles in real life, just stop by Cambridge Classic Ford.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary muscle car is the all-new Mustang for the next generation.
Despite the new look, the long sculpted hood and short rear deck make it impossible to mistake for another car—it has the unmistakable flair and heritage of the Mustang. But it also introduces its fair share of new design features, such as a lower, wider stance, a more steeply sloped windshield and lower roof, and three-dimensional, tri-bar lamps with sequential turn signals.
Under the hood, drivers will be delighted to find an upgraded V6 or V8 as well as an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, delivering between 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque or 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque depending your selection, and improved efficiency.
It also features new front and rear suspension systems that improves the Mustang’s handling, steering, and ride experience, as well as dozens of new and enhanced technologies in the cabin available at the driver’s fingertips.
Come find the all-new Ford Mustang at Cambridge Classic Ford when it goes into production.