Ford Green Zone System Aims to Make Efficient Driving More Intelligent

No one can argue that plug in hybrids like the Ford Fusion are incredibly efficient cars. But, what if we told you that these cars aren’t operating at their full potential when it comes to fuel conservation? Plug-in hybrids run on an electric charge until they run out, then operate on its gas engine once the battery is depleted. In reality, it would be ideal if cars could run on electric mode in certain situations (like at lower speeds), and a car that can intelligently switch between modes based on driving conditions would save even more gas.

Vehicle batteries are more efficient when operating at slower speeds, in addition, commuters may choose to save their battery power for certain areas in their commute. In London, for example, motorists driving on battery power are exempted from the costly inner city commuter fee.

In an effort to make this kind of intelligent driving a reality, Ford has introduced its Ford Green Zone system. In its preliminary form, the driver would visit a website (or use the navigation screen), and designate on a map where the vehicle should automatically go into electric mode, if it’s able.

The system would also automatically factor in traffic conditions, the grade of the roadway, and driver behavior to determine when it’s most efficient to use battery power versus gas power.

“We’re looking at ways to make driving more efficient, intelligent and safer,” explains Joel Brush, a global account director with Here, a subsidiary of technology giant Nokia, which is providing the underlying mapping information for the Ford Green Zone system.

This kind of technology would not only benefit plug-in hybrids, but also conventional vehicles. Nokia’s mapping data is so precise that it can know when a car is approaching a hill or entering a turn, which could be used to direct headlights or change gears.

While Ford is still several years away from offering Ford Green Zone in dealerships, the automaker is confident that it will eventually offer the technology in at least some of its cars.

We look forward to Ford Green Zone making its way into our favorite cars, but until then, stop by Cambridge Classic Ford to check out our selection of hybrid cars.

Ford Unveils Seamless Sliding Rear Window for 2015 F-150

The all-new 2015 F-150 will see an array of impressive new features and technology. We’ve already heard about the light-weight aluminum body, and now Ford has revealed its high-tech seamless sliding rear window. The all-new rear window is the result of a design competition among Ford’s suppliers in which Magna International nailed it designing a single piece of glass with a power slider.

From the beginning of the 2015 F-150’s design, Ford was asking and listening to what customers wanted. “They said they wanted visibility, that it seals well when it is closed, but still able to open the center window and use the defog when it is open,” said Noah Mass, Ford manager of body exterior mechanisms.

The new one-piece sealing technology not only looks good, but it also reduces cabin noise and keeps out dirt and water. In addition, the rear glass features a unique heating grid that defrosts the glass, even if the rear window is open.

The window is 4.5 percent lighter than the previous window, and because it is a single piece of glass with a sealant instead of a three-piece window, it’s much easier to install and requires about half of the parts to assemble. While it will debut on the F-150, Ford is discussing where else the window can be used – already planning to incorporate it in its Transit full-size commercial wagon.

According to USAToday.com, the seamless sliding window will be standard on higher trim levels of the F-150, and will be about a $350 option on the XL and XLT packages.

You’ll be able to find the all-new Ford F-150 at Cambridge Classic Fordlater this year!

Ford’s Supplier Relationships Mean New Features for F-150 and Mustang

Ford Motor Company has a long-time reputation of maintaining outstanding relationships with its suppliers. The company’s suppliers vary from year to year, and this year, Ford ranked fourth out of six in the annual Planning Perspectives Inc. survey of how auto suppliers view their customers.

Ford is currently in the middle of a year with 23 product launches, 16 of those in North America. Ford’s current supplier relationships are helping to provide a range of innovative new features for the 2015 F-150 and Mustang.

According to autonews.com, Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president for Ford global purchasing, showcased the following technologies to be seen on 2015 vehicles:

Hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails (2015 Mustang). Schuler Inc. and Midway Products worked with Ford to create a heavy-gauge steel hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails.

High-strength steel frame (2015 F-150). The 2015 F-150 will be the first pickup featuring a lightweight aluminum body, however the lightweight pickup will feature a steel frame. Ford worked with Metalsa S.A. on its steel frame that is 60 pounds lighter with improved rigidity.

LED headlamps (2015 F-150). Ford noted that they worked with suppliers Osram GmbH and Flex-n-Gate Corp. to design a new headlamp design that “saves energy, is designed for longevity, and casts a much brighter and clearer light down the road than halogen or incandescent lamps”.

Quarter windows (2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition). Ford worked with Magna International Inc. to create new quarter windows made of louvered glass.

“Considering the impact suppliers have on our business, with 70 percent of the value of the vehicle being purchased from our supplier partners, our suppliers are critical to our ability to offer attractive solutions to our customers,” Thai-Tang said in a statement.

Ford maintains a massive supply chain, with more than 1,100 suppliers located across more than 4,600 manufacturing sites, and supplying more than 130,000 parts for use in Ford vehicles.

If you’re looking for a well-made car with state-of-the-art technology and features, stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today!

2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost Changes Everything

When it comes to legitimate power, torque is key. With the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine option, Ford has fixed the one major thing that ails the Fiesta: the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that struggles to get moving.

2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoostTorque tends to get swept aside, with the average consumer more interested in horsepower. In reality, torque is what you feel behind the steering wheel. You know, that satisfying sense of thrust that pushes you back into your seat? That engine output is what torbocharged engines deliver, and that extra sense of power comes at no cost to your car’s fuel efficiency, which is why Ford’s lineup of turocharged engines are so very impressive.

According to nydailynews.com, “The Fiesta’s optional turbocharged, 1.0-liter “EcoBoost” 3-cylinder engine is an award-winning power plant that makes more horsepower-per-liter than a Lamborghini Aventador.” While that horsepower thing is important, even more impressive is the torque that gets this car going. ]

Another benefit? The 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine actually improves fuel economy, if you can believe that. The EPA estimates the Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine earns a combined rating of 36 mpg, impressive for any car, but particularly impressive for one that boasts such impressive power.

The bottom line? You can have your cake and eat it too. The 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost manages to be fun-to-drive, fuel efficient, and stylish. It’s the whole package. What are you waiting for? Stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today to put the Fiesta to the test.

2014 Ford Fiesta Introduces the Tiniest Engine Ford Has Ever Made

Its Ford’s smallest car, available with the tiniest engine Ford’s ever made, but don’t let that fool you. The 2014 Ford Fiesta packs a punch. With 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, you’ll be surprised that this little engine that could can fit in your carry on (with room to spare).

2014 Ford FiestaThe SFE (Super Fuel Economy) option is available on Fiesta SE and Titanium trims, which features a 1.0-liter, three-piston motor. A turbo over-boost delivers up to 148 lb-ft in 15-second bursts. Just as the engine’s name suggests though, the engine aims to increase efficiency, and isn’t necessarily built to be fast. Despite an EPA highway rating of 43 mpg, which is higher than any of Ford’s hybrid models, we think it’s still fair to call the Fiesta “fun to drive”.

Besides being fun to drive and incredibly efficient, the Fiesta is also refined. According to foxsports.com, “the engine has a deep, rich sound without any of the harsh buzz subcompact car owners are familiar with. And thanks to some clever engineering, it’s also much smoother than its odd number of cylinders suggests. Ford intentionally imbalanced the flywheel and crank pulley to offset the off-kilter firing pattern, eliminating the need for the separate counter-rotating balance shaft many small motors use, which keeps the overall package as small and light as possible”.

Put the Fiesta SFE to the test for yourself – your wallet will thank you. Stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today to give a Fiesta a spin.