Ford testing right-hand drive Mustang

right-hand drive Mustang

Ford is building and testing right-hand drive Mustangs for other markets.PHOTO BY FORD

MUSTANGS WILL HIT 25 MARKETS INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. has begun testing the first prototype of the right-hand-drive Mustang pony car.

Ford said today its engineers recently finished building the handmade prototype, which will be used in various developmental tests in coming months.

The redesigned 2015 Mustang was developed to sell more widely in global markets for the first time. Ford plans to market right-hand-drive Mustangs in 25 markets including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

Until now, the Mustang has been a left-hand-drive vehicle only, designed and manufactured primarily to sell in its home North American market.

The first right-hand-drive Mustangs will go on sale sometime in the first half of next year after the home-market launch this fall. All Mustangs will be made in Ford’s Flat Rock, Mich., assembly plant.

2015 Ford Mustang engine suspension and brake tech specs

The right-hand-drive version is part of Ford’s effort to globalize its iconic pony car. Ford now will sell the Mustang in more than 120 countries, including 56 new left-hand-drive markets and 25 right-hand-drive countries.

Mustangs have been sold in small numbers outside the U.S. since the car debuted in 1964 — about 161,000 cars in total. But the only right-hand-drive versions were created by do-it-yourself enthusiasts using often-expensive conversion kits.

Ford says about 4,000 Mustangs were sold in 35 countries outside North America last year including the United Arab Emirates, Chile and the Philippines.

For the 50th anniversary of its launch, Ford redesigned the Mustang with features that would make it more appealing to customers around the world. Among those are an independent rear suspension and a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

What driving a car will be like 25 years from now

In the next 25 years, what it means to build, own, or simply drive a car will have fundamentally changed. This will become a matter of necessity and the result of innovation.

Bill Ford Jr.

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Bill Ford Jr.

When Henry Ford founded the company bearing his name in 1903, he saw the car as a means of providing freedom of mobility to people around the world. But over a hundred years later, a number of emerging trends threaten that promise of freedom.

We already see it happening. Long commutes and traffic jams once associated with older, established cities such as London, New York or Tokyo are spreading throughout the world’s emerging economies. What became known as the “longest traffic jam ever” — a nearly two-week, 60-plus mile gridlock — took place a few years ago, not in a huge Western metropolis, but in the northern China province of Hebei.

As the world’s population grows and prosperity expands, the number of vehicles on the road could double to two billion or more by 2050. At the same time, it is expected that more than 50 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. That means more congestion, longer commutes and a growing thirst for fuel, unless we act now.

With these trends, it is clear that our current approach to transportation is not sustainable. What is required is an approach that sees the car not as an individual vehicle, but as part of a broader transportation network. Cars in the future must become smarter and fully integrated into the transportation ecosystem.

Cars will talk to each other and the world around them to make driving both safer and more efficient. “Vehicle-to-vehicle” and “vehicle-to-infrastructure” connectivity will become commonplace. Manufacturers will collaborate with traffic experts and city planners so that real-time vehicle data can improve the entire transportation network by managing energy consumption and identify and solving issues as they are developing.

Connectivity will become the backbone of transportation system. The most profound changes may come from the development of a truly intelligent car — vehicles with increasing levels of knowledge about the driver and driving conditions, from the road itself to traffic patterns to even the weather. A vehicle equipped with these features will be able to use that information to provide drivers a level of assistance, convenience and safety far beyond current expectations.

As these innovations take hold, the automobile manufacturer will become more of a personal mobility company, constantly innovating how vehicles interact with the world around them. We are seeing the first signs of this transformation right now, in car features such as wireless connectivity, limited autonomous driving and parking assistance.

With more cars on the road, energy consumption and C02 emissions will drive demand for even more efficiencies and change how cars are made. The use of aluminum, high-strength steel and even carbon fiber, currently found in race cars and million dollar exotic vehicles, will find their way into mainstream production. These new materials will complement efforts to develop even cleaner powertrains. Some experts see this one area alone as a $130 billion opportunity for the automotive industry. It is a future of both challenge and opportunity.

What society once called vehicle “ownership” will be redefined as vehicle “access.” Programs such as Lyft, Uber and Zipcar already are enabling alternative ways to get from Point A to Point B. Combine software (an app) with hardware (a vehicle) and you quickly expand the transportation options available to customers.

Finally, the act of driving itself will change. “Autonomous driving,” vehicles that drive themselves, will be commonly used in certain situations. As the technology is developed, autonomous driving could provide driving opportunities for the physically challenged or enable the elderly to continue driving longer. This will be vital as many nations experience an aging population.

Across the entire industry, the past 25 years have seen tremendous innovation in areas such as engine performance, fuel economy and safety features. The decades to come, however, will see an even greater transformation of our industry in these areas, as well as in connectivity and transportation management. If we embrace both the need and opportunity to change, we will ensure that my great-grandfather’s vision of opening the highways for all mankind remains alive and well for generations to come.

1.0-Litre EcoBoost Now Powers 1 in 5 New Fords in Europe

COLOGNE, Germany – The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was Europe’s best-selling turbocharged petrol engine for the first six months of the year, according to Ford figures.

So far this year, one in every five vehicles Ford sold in Europe was equipped with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost.
From January through June 2014, Ford sold approximately 120,000 1.0-litre EcoBoost vehicles, compared with 104,000 during the first six months of 2013 – an increase of more than 15 per cent. For the first half of 2014, 1.0-litre EcoBoost models made up 47 per cent of all B-MAX multi-activity vehicles sold, 33 per cent of Focus sales, and 30 per cent of Fiesta sales.
“Customers are clearly enjoying the benefits from a small engine that offers great fuel efficiency with no compromise to refinement or performance,” said Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe. “The range of models offering the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140 PS version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential.”
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost was in June again named the 2014 International Engine of the Year for its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology – fighting off competition from premium brands and supercars.
The engine has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years – including Best New Engine in 2012 – the 1.0-litre EcoBoost also has been awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and in the U.S., the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine. Ford also is the first automaker to win a Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.
Launched in Europe in 2012 in Focus, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is also now available for Fiesta, B-MAX, EcoSport, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Transit Connect and Transit Courier.
More than 200 engineers and designers from Ford’s research and development centres in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dagenham and Dunton, UK, spent more than five million hours developing the three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

Ford, Suppliers Help Develop Industry-First Technologies for Mustang, F-150; Working Together Key to Ford’s Aggressive 2014 Product Launches

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​•Ford announces details on innovative techniques used to develop its all-new 2015 Mustang and F-150 – two of 23 products coming to market globally in 2014 that are the result of the company’s strong supplier relationships
•Ford’s Aligned Business Framework with its Matched Pairs and Executive Business Technology Review initiatives help guide the company’s process to attract the industry’s best technologies
•Ford strives to be suppliers’ customer of choice through the industry’s highest product refresh rates, commitment to product excellence and innovation, and clear brand positioning
​Traverse City, Mich. – Ford Motor Company today announced details on new development techniques used to create its all-new Mustang and F-150, originating with the automaker’s suppliers. As Ford embarks on its most aggressive product launch year to date, with 23 launches globally – 16 in North America – the company is looking to its suppliers to help differentiate its products in the global marketplace, while continuing to meet customer expectations for safety, quality, sustainability and technology.

“As part of our One Ford plan, our suppliers are critical to creating profitable growth for all,” said Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president, Ford Global Purchasing. “With the industry’s highest product refresh rates, commitment to product excellence and innovation, and clear brand positioning, Ford is a preferred customer with the supply base.”
At the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminar, Thai-Tang outlined several industry-first, Ford-supplier technologies that are being introduced on new 2015 products including:
Quarter windows for 2015 Mustang 50 Years Limited Edition: Rather than a traditional plastic or metal louver that sits on top of the glass, Ford worked with Magna International to create quarter windows consisting of an industry-first louvered glass. The result is a modern homage to a classic design cue that is unique to the Mustang 50 Years Limited Edition
Hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails, 2015 Mustang: To deliver top performance with the most efficient headroom package and weight, Ford worked with Schuler and Midway to engineer the heaviest-gauge steel hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails. Through the collaboration, torsional stiffness increases 28 percent for the new car while the body-in-white is lighter than the previous model
Stronger, lighter high-strength steel frame, 2015 F-150: As part of Ford’s collaboration with Metalsa, the company used tailor-rolled blanks with variable material thickness, patented structures that reduce material usage without decreasing performance, increased high-strength steel from 22 percent to 77 percent and improved joining to take more than 60 pounds out of the frame while improving rigidity and enabling higher towing and hauling ratings
Segment-first LED headlamps, 2015 F-150: Ford collaborated with OSRAM and Flex-n-Gate to design an innovative full-solid-state 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. A jewel-like optical cube channels light energy from a single LED chip to provide optimal lighting and visibility
“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,” said Thai-Tang. “Ford’s Aligned Business Framework, which we introduced close to ten years ago, fosters an environment of transparency and will continue to guide our close relationships with our suppliers.”
Strong ties with suppliers
Ford has relationships with more than 1,100 production suppliers operating at more than 4,600 manufacturing sites that produce 130,000 parts for inclusion in vehicles the company sells. Because of the integral role its suppliers play in the company’s overall growth and sustainability, Ford works to foster a business environment that is both creative and transparent, leading to new innovations and acceleration in the development of new vehicles.
A core component of Ford’s strong supplier relationship is its Matched Pairs system, an internal alignment initiative between its product development and purchasing departments. Through the system, not only are the technical and commercial strategies aligned, but members from each department are paired so that decisions are made in tandem from the beginning. This approach increases collaboration from product design through procurement, and simplifies communication by reducing the points of contact for each commodity. The alignment of the two departments means they share a common cost objective, and improves interaction with suppliers by allowing them to engage directly at the right level.
The Matched Pairs system is part of Ford’s Aligned Business Framework. It enables supplier innovations to reach customers quicker by providing more robust tracking of new technologies, from idea to implementation. The framework encourages more communication between suppliers and senior Ford leaders, offers greater opportunities to increase scale, and engages suppliers earlier in the product design process. Ford has more than 100 Aligned Business Framework suppliers.
Another framework initiative helping to spur supplier innovation is the Executive Business Technology Review. This allows Ford’s senior leadership team from product development and purchasing to experience suppliers’ latest technologies through a show-and-tell, and for Ford to potentially be the first automaker to introduce these technologies to drivers around the world. Key technologies introduced through the review include Ford’s hands-free liftgate, active park assist and lane-keeping system, which debuted on various 2012 and 2013 Ford vehicles. Ford will continue to leverage its Aligned Business Framework to provide a systematic structure for suppliers to introduce new technologies to Ford customers.
“Many technologies on the road today were developed as a result of our supplier relationships,” said Thai-Tang. “We will continue to strive to be our suppliers’ customer of choice through our continued new product introductions and emphasis on technology excellence.”

50 Year Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang No. 1,964 to be Auctioned for Get Your Heart Racing

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• 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang No. 1,964 of 1,964 will be autographed by top Ford executives and auctioned by Barrett-Jackson, with all proceeds going to Get Your Heart Racing, a fundraising event supporting Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute

• Winning bidder will receive a VIP package to the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Mustang No. 1,964 will serve as official pace car

• This extraordinary Mustang will be unveiled at the Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party – a spectacular fundraiser to be held at Eastern Market in Detroit on Sept. 12

​DEARBORN, Mich. – Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute’s Get Your Heart Racing program will be the beneficiary when a 50 Year Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang, No. 1,964, crosses the block at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction in late September. Ford will build only 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang fastbacks in honor of the year the pony car debuted.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company.”

That makes it all the more fitting that this rare 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang will be auctioned as part of the annual Get Your Heart Racing program to raise funds for Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital.

Each limited-edition car features a plaque on the instrument panel engraved with a serial number and the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Mustang No. 1,964 will be customized into a one-of-one pace car package that includes the signatures of other Ford executives. The car will be revealed publicly for the first time at the Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party sponsored by Crest Automotive Group, Sept. 12 at Eastern Market in Detroit.

2015 Ford Mustang

Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance package, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable. Complete vehicle specs and images of the base car can be found here.

“We wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car,” said Bill Ford. “With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal.”

One enthusiast has the opportunity to become the owner of one of the rarest of this limited stock, and it’s likely many of the most serious Mustang fans will be involved in the bidding.

Barrett-Jackson auction and NASCAR championship weekend

After headlining the Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party in Detroit, Mustang No. 1,964 heads to Las Vegas for the Barrett-Jackson auction, which takes place Sept. 25-27. In addition to the pride of owning this one-of-a-kind car, the auction winner will receive a VIP package to the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16, where No. 1,964 will pace the championship race.

The auction package includes airfare, hotel accommodations and two VIP tickets to the track. A Ford NASCAR driver will run hot laps in Mustang No. 1,964 ahead of the race.

Get Your Heart Racing auctioned the “movie-star” Mustang that appeared in the Dreamworks box-office smash “Need for Speed” – a film adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. When the Barrett-Jackson auctioneer’s gavel ended the spirited bidding, that Mustang had sold for $300,000, causing the packed house to erupt in cheers.

“The Get Your Heart Racing program has become our biggest annual fundraiser, and everybody who participates seems to love it,” said Sandy Hudson, chief development officer, Henry Ford Hospital. “With the help of our sponsors – especially Ford Motor Company – we’re looking to 2014 to be our biggest and best year yet.”

Get Your Heart Racing is co-produced by Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Company in support of Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital. Honorary chairpersons of this year’s event are Paul and Lynn Ford Alandt and Raj Nair.

Get Your Heart Racing is Henry Ford Health System’s most successful annual fundraiser. For more information or to purchase event tickets, please visit www.GetYourHeartRacing.org or contact Kim Streich at 734.246.9639 or kstreic1@HFHS.org.

2014 Get Your Heart Racing sponsors include Ford Motor Company, Crest Automotive Group, Comerica Bank, Continental Catering and Events, Heidie M. Gorno, Superior Ambulance, Novelis, Lear Corporation, Panasonic Automotive Systems of America, Fritz Enterprises, ISIS Medical, Village Ford, Penske Corporation, Powerlink, Ken and Marilyn Way, Goodyear, Dakkota Integrated Systems, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Team Detroit, Faurecia, W.F. Whelan Company, the Honorable Sandy and Lisa Baruah, and R.H. Bluestein Company.

2014 Transit Connect: Most Popular Ford Retail Vehicle Mobility Solution for Independent Living

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• New Ford Transit Connect Wagon features outstanding value, unique style and capability for people with limited mobility seeking a vehicle to be upfitted for independent living

• 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting under $25,000, is an affordable option for a complete upfit; estimated upfit costs can be $12,500 depending on technology

• Since its introduction to North America in 2009, Transit Connect has quickly become the No. 1 vehicle for retail customers participating in the Ford Mobility Motoring Reimbursement Program

The new Transit Connect Wagon is building off that success as an affordable people mover for those with limited mobility seeking a vehicle ready to be upfitted for independent living.

The 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, which went on sale earlier this year with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $24,525, can be upfitted with a premium seat that lowers for easy access and a lift to accommodate a motorized scooter or chair for an estimated $12,500, according to Gresham Driving Aids, a Michigan-based company that installs upfit equipment. Ultimately, the cost of upfitting a vehicle depends on what technologies are added. Some buyers opt only for the lift, which is approximately $4,000.

The affordability and functionality of the first-generation Transit Connect helped make it a popular choice for customers with mobility needs. It was the No. 1 vehicle in 2012 and 2013 for retail customers seeking reimbursement through the Ford mobility program. The program offers up to $1,000 to customers who need a modified vehicle for accessibility.

Ford Mobility Motoring Reimbursement was developed by Ford Motor Company in 1991 following passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It has processed reimbursement requests since 1992, fulfilling more than 230,000 claims.

It took less than five years for Transit Connect to get to the No. 1 spot, becoming the most popular retail vehicle with customers in the mobility program and surpassing E-Series in 2012.

“Transit Connect Wagon is a great vehicle for our program’s customers, and this is reflected in the sales momentum,” said Faye Shanor, project manager for Ford Mobility Motoring Reimbursement. “The spacious interior, capability, efficiency and affordability make it a no-brainer.”

Installing the equipment into a Transit Connect Wagon can take less than a day, depending on features. Wisconsin-based Bruno Independent Living Aids is a global manufacturer of accessibility products, with Gresham Driving Aids providing installation for local markets.

“The equipment being installed depends upon the needs of the customers,” said William Dillon, president of Gresham Driving Aids. “Some clients only need a lift for a power chair or scooter, while others may need an actual chair for the vehicle that assists them in entering and exiting the vehicle.”

The total cost of modifying a vehicle can be $12,500, given the range of chairs and lifts manufactured by Bruno Independent Living Aids, Dillon said.

Because of Transit Connect Wagon’s commercial vehicle roots, customers can also take advantage of its maximum payload of 1,270 pounds, when properly equipped.

“Transit Connect Wagon offers the right mixture of affordability, interior spaciousness and capability that is appealing to all people,” said Andrew Bayer, automotive products manager, Bruno Independent Living Aids. “Bruno is proud to work with Ford to ensure people with limited mobility are able to equip Transit Connect Wagon with the upfit options they need to help lead an independent lifestyle.”

In addition to being affordable, Transit Connect Wagon offers a spacious interior and ample headroom, especially with the long-wheelbase version. This allows for easy installation of a lift for a power scooter or chair. The vehicle has 45.1 inches of headroom in the second row; the long-wheelbase version has 41.3 inches in the third row.

Driver and front passenger door openings are wide enough to accommodate the knees and feet of occupants who need accessible seating. The doors swing open wide enough so installation technicians don’t have to alter the vehicle to accommodate an accessible seat.

Transit Connect Wagon, known as the #unminivan, is also fun and easy to drive, sharing its Ford global small car architecture with the sporty Focus model. Electric power-assisted steering is standard, making it easier for drivers to maneuver in parking lots at low speeds, or on curvy roads at higher speeds.

Customers can choose one of two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines – the standard 2.5-liter or an optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost®. The 2.5-liter has an EPA-estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost has an EPA-estimated rating of 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. Actual mileage may vary. Both engines are paired to a six-speed SelectShift® transmission.

Behind the Numbers with Erich Merkle (July, 2014)

July was a solid sales month for Ford, with overall sales up 10 percent over last year.  The results are positive and we did well in a number of key areas, but before we get too far ahead of ourselves it’s important to keep things in perspective as we manage the business through the remainder of this year.
As I indicated last month, we are still seeing a drag on sales due to the decrease in our daily rental volume, which was down 11 percent in July.  This is by design and will continue to be the case as we move through this year.   It has become more expensive to compete in this segment, so we have been reducing our exposure to manage the business to profitable growth.
Ford F-Series had a solid month, as sales again topped the 60,000-vehicle mark in July and were up 5 percent over last year. F-Series is so powerful that one could almost feel sorry for some of our competitors, but I won’t dwell on that. We again outsold Ram and GM full-size pickups in July with the oldest product and lowest incentive spend. It really speaks volumes about our truck leadership and it going to get even better with the 2015 Ford F-150.
Going forward, F-Series is still going to continue to weigh on our sales performance for some months to come as we manage the changeover to the all-new model.  We will optimize our production and manage our incentives spend to keep our inventories elevated going into the scheduled plant changeovers.
There are a few highlights from July that I’d like to pull out for you.  The first is our performance in fleet sales, which was up 17 percent over last year.  We had a solid month with our commercial sales – up 9 percent – and our government vehicles were up 69 percent.  Our Police Interceptor utility vehicle posted record sales, the best ever since its launch, with an increase of 64 percent over last year.
The Ford Transit Connect and the Ford Transit Connect Wagon also set a record in July with sales up 42 percent.  It was a little difficult getting the inventory to where we needed it to be in the spring, but as we’ve started to roll we’ve seen   continued increases in sales. June was a best-ever sales month for Transit Connect.
Sales of the Ford Fusion were up 17 percent, posting a record July sales month.  Fusion is providing us with a lot of competitive conquest sales on the West Coast, and that’s really important to the company as we look to diversify our customer mix and pull in more coastal buyers in Japanese-dominated markets.
Some of our other Ford vehicles posted double-digit sales increases, such as the Ford Escape, up 19 percent, and the Ford Explorer, up 32 percent. This was a record July sales month for Escape, a nameplate that is now in its 14th year of sale.  As the best-selling mid-size utility in America, Explorer had its best July sales results since 2005. It was a really strong performance from a couple of the best-selling utilities in our lineup.
The team should be really excited about the all-new 2015 Ford Edge. The design execution of the upcoming Edge is some of the best you will see from any automaker, mainstream or luxury. Personally, I can’t wait to rack up Edge numbers next year.
July was a good month and we have much to look forward to.  Ford was slightly ahead of growth in the overall industry.  We still have a lot of work to do this year with all of our transitions and the profitable management of our business. Let’s keep our eye on the prize, as we have some great opportunities coming.

Interesting Infographic Breaks 2015 Ford F-150 Down To The Atomic Level

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You’ve probably heard by now that weight savings was a priority in the the 2015 Ford F-150. But if there’s any confusion left over what exactly the truck is made of, this neat chart should sort it out for you.

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Here’s another interesting illustration of the 2015 Ford F-150′s body construction, highlighting how much aluminum is used on the body. From here, it looks like “a lot.” Of course the frame, not pictured, is still made of steel.

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Ford’s marketing department sure is good at cranking these things out. Who doesn’t love a good infographic?

2015 Ford Mustang under the skin

2015 Ford Mustang engine suspension and brake tech specs

Under the 2015 Mustang sheet metal there’s a wealth of high-tech engineering.PHOTO BY FORD

WE LOOK AT THE NEW MUSTANG’S ENGINES, TRANSMISSIONS, BRAKES AND SUSPENSION

The all-new 2015 Mustang  features a refreshed engine lineup, revised drivetrain, a clean-slate platform and a fully independent suspension. Let’s take a closer look at the key technical developments.

 

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3-liter

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 features everything from direct injection to a twin-scroll turbocharger.PHOTO BY FORD

The Mustang EcoBoost engine:

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 available in the 2015 Mustang punches out an impressive 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. “This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car’s speed,” said Scott Makowski, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager. “It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to — with a broad, flat torque curve and great drivability under any conditions.”

To get those characteristics then engine features twin-independent variable camshaft timing and a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger. This twin-scroll design helps by reducing traditional turbo lag while mimicking a twin-turbocharger. The boosted-four also features a forged steel crankshaft, connecting rods, and a die-cast aluminum deep-sump oil pan.

2015 Ford Mustang ride impressions

2015 Ford Mustang first drive ride

Recently we had the opportunity to ride shotgun in a few pre-production examples of the 2015 Mustang around Ford’s Dearborn Development handling course. While there’s no substitute for actually …

2015 Mustang GT 5.0--liter V8

Ford’s latest rendition of the Coyote V8 receives a bump in power from all of the Boss 302 components crammed inside.PHOTO BY FORD

Boss 302-inspired V8:

What would a Mustang be without a V8? The latest 5-liter has a more practical version of the Boss 302 powerplant designed with mass-production in mind.

Cylinder head changes top the list of performance goodies that go into the beefed up V8. Using the Boss 302 heads as a template, the new heads receive larger valves, a set of revised cams and a new cylinder head casting that offers room for everything. Internals are made up of forged connecting rods, a forged crankshaft and redesigned pistons.

2015 Ford Mustang: By the numbers

2015 Ford Mustang: By the numbers

We’re just getting over our Detroit auto show hangover, reveling in the more-than-1000 pictures we took at the event. Among the reveals was the new 2015 Ford Mustang, which up until now, we’ve only …

Six gears across the board:

With every inch of the Mustang under a microscope, the driveline receives upgrades in rigidity while shedding weight. The6R80 six-speed automatic gets refinements for smoother shifts and updated programming to work with the 2015 Mustang’s steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The six-speed manual receives revised bearings and internal components for smoother shifting and weight reduction.

Say goodbye to the 8.8 differential: The 2015 moves to a lighter 9.75-inch diff for durability and longevity reasons.

 

2015 Ford Mustang Independent Suspension

The 2015 Mustang leaves the live axle in the dust.PHOTO BY FORD

Independent suspension: 

Changing platforms to an independent rear suspension involves a large leap of faith, and is either the most controversial or most overdue (depending upon your perspective) element of the 2015 Mustang. “It was time, and it deserved a dedicated new rear-wheel drive platform optimized for performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. The Boss 302 was the best handling Mustang to-date and, “we needed to raise the bar higher than that,” he said.

The purpose built IRS system features aluminum in the rear knuckles, axle housing, and rear control arms.

In order to take advantage of the new rear suspension the Mustang team opted for a redesign of the front suspension. Key features include a non-isolated perimeter subframe, and double-ball-joint MacPherson strut assemblies.

Stopping power:

 On top the radical suspension upgrades, the Mustang gets a new spectrum in brakes. The base level setup on the new V6 and EcoBoost are equivalent to the outgoing base GT, while the EcoBoost performance pack and base GT will feature a set of fixed front four-piston calipers and single pistons in the rear. But the performance pack GT will feature a set of six-piston Brembo brake calipers on the front with a 15-inch rotor. In the rear there’s a standard single piston caliper with an upgraded 13-inch rotor.

2015 Mustang GT rear end

Ford engineers scoured every inch of the 2015 Mustang to reduce unnecessary weight.PHOTO BY FORD

2016 Ford Focus RS Mule Looks Clean, Stable and Very Composed on the Nordschleife

Renault went to great lengths to lighten their Megane RS in order to win back the title of fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the Nurburgring Norschleife, but it may all have been in vain, because another RS, the Ford Focus, was recently spotted testing and looked really fast and composed.

TouriClips was on the track sidelines and managed to record a few passes of what appears to be a mule of the upcoming extreme hot hatch. Believed to pack as much as 350hp and over 400 Nm (~300 lb-ft) of torque, the Focus RS will be kept front-wheel drive and have its traction aided by clever front suspension, a clever diff and (probably) wider/bigger tires.

The car seen in the video below is the very same one our spies sent us photos of earlier in the week.

The only thing that’s missing from it is a five-cylinder warble; the mule sounds like just another force-fed four-pot.

There’s also a slight probability that this isn’t an RS model, but if it is, it’ coming in 2016, according to this older report.