Tuesday, October 28, 2008


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BRENTWOOD, Essex, 27 October, 2008 - Ford has great deals on offer this autumn across its entire model range, including low-rate finance at 4.9 per cent1 with no deposit required, lower retail prices via generous price reductions and a host of free equipment, all available until 30 November 2008.

A limited stock of run-out 2008 model year Fiesta Zetec Blue and Fiesta Zetec Climate 1.25-litre 3dr versions are still available to buy. The Fiesta Zetec Blue, priced at £8,995 offers additional equipment including a technology pack and Bluetooth connectivity with voice control resulting in a total saving of £1,705.
The Fiesta Zetec Climate is now priced at £8,995 with additional technology and sport packs – a total saving of £2,155.

The already well-equipped Fusion Zetec Climate is now available at the discounted price of £11,195 – saving £1,800 – and with free Bluetooth and voice control adding an extra £300 of value.

The acclaimed sporty new Focus in Zetec trim level is on offer at £13,995 – a saving of £1,550 and also comes with free Bluetooth and voice control worth £150.

Opt for the C-MAX Zetec at £14,595 and customers will save £1,550 off the recommended retail price with free Bluetooth and voice control worth £150.

The new Ford crossover is available with low-rate finance and with a generous £1,000 deposit allowance. Prices now start from £20,900.

Mondeo customers opting for the Titanium series will gain a free 'sports' pack (18in Y-spoke alloys, sports suspension, rear spoiler) with an on-the-road price of £19,4452.

S-MAX Titanium and Galaxy Ghia customers will be offered a free panorama roof (worth £700) adding to the wealth of luxury features standard on these popular MPVs.

All the above models benefit from low rate finance from 4.9 per cent with no deposit required.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008


Shelby GT500KRImage by ripismoney via Flickr
  • The Ford Mustang has inspired a global audience of filmmakers to create short films as part of the “Mustang Stories” contest. Trailers for the films debut each week on NBC’s “Knight Rider” TV series, which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST
  • Full films can be seen exclusively at www.the2010mustang.com after each debut
  • Winner of the film segment of “Mustang Stories” gets the chance to direct a promotional film for the 2010 Mustang launch

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 22, 2008 – A cranky grandfather. A young woman shockingly discovers her boyfriend doesn’t understand her. A man obsessed with his neighbor’s prized possession. A wife struggling to regain her husband’s affection.

The cast of a new reality show? No. Instead, they’re all part of the plotlines of short films featuring the Ford Mustang created through a partnership among Ford, worldwide advertising agency JWT Team Detroit and Filmaka, a celebrated global digital entertainment studio and online creative community.

Each week, a 60-second trailer of one of the short films debuts during NBC’s “Knight Rider” TV series, which stars a Shelby GT500KR as the new KITT and airs at 8 p.m. EST on Wednesdays. The full films then can be viewed exclusively at www.the2010mustang.com.
Twenty-two semifinalists were picked to produce their short films from nearly 400 scripts from filmmakers from 28 countries on six continents. Ford, JWT and Filmaka then selected 10 finalists.

“We’re extremely pleased with the creative ways the filmmakers used the Ford Mustang as inspiration for their stories,” said Caroline Pernot, Ford Car communications manager. “The films are interesting, fun and offer plenty of surprises – just like Mustang.”

Films will debut through Nov. 19. The grand-prize winner receives the chance to direct a promotional film for the 2010 Mustang launch. Among the contenders:

  • “Numskull” – A visit to grandpa’s farm takes several unexpected twists.
  • “The New Girl” – The “other” woman (and man) strains a relationship.
  • “Father’s Day” – Repeated test drives in a vintage Mustang drive a sales representative batty. Filmed in Great Britain.
  • “My Father and I” – A son rewards his father’s love. Filmed in Hong Kong.
  • “Neighborly Love” – Residents go to great lengths to be near the only Mustang in the neighborhood. Filmed in Great Britain.
  • “U Better Say Mustang or Else” – What you see in clouds says a lot about you. Or not enough.

“I’ve been a Mustang fan since I was a kid – my parents had a ’67 Burgundy Hardtop – and to have a chance to create a story around such an American icon is very exciting,” said Jon Hill, who directed “The New Girl.” “And then, to work with a world-renowned agency and client team in JWT Team Detroit and Ford is an enticing opportunity for an indie-filmmaker, coupled with a chance to get your chance in front of millions of people.”

To see all the films, visit www.the2010mustang.com and click on “Mustang Films” after the “Tell Your Story” prompt on the home page.

Enthusiast also can see a glimpse of the 2010 Mustang and vote for the winner of the “Mustang Stories” contest at www.the2010mustang.com. The stories and photos from the top 25 finalists are online, with the winner receiving a brand-new 2010 Mustang and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Los Angeles International Auto show in November for the 2010 Mustang reveal. Voting ends Oct. 28. The winner will be announced Oct. 30.

“As we count down to the launch of the 2010 Mustang, www.the2010mustang.com, with stories, films and exclusive weekly photos of the 2010 Mustang, is a great place for enthusiasts to get information on the new Mustang,” said Mustang Brand Manager Fritz Wilke.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008


The CTS Sport Wagon will be seen in European Cadillac dealerships during 2009, showcasing a dramatic design that brings the wagon body style to new markets. Complementing the styling and ample interior space, a range of fuel and emissions-efficient, six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines are expected to make the CTS Sport Wagon an attractive alternative to larger luxury vehicles.

The CTS Wagon is launched with a 3.6L V6, direct injection powertrain generating 227kW (311 horsepower). Direct gasoline injection technology delivers fuel more precisely to increase the efficiency of combustion and helps the CTS offer more power while less fuel is consumed and less emissions are created. The engine shows a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions in comparison with previous engines of a similar size.

The engine is matched with a fuel-saving, electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission. As with the CTS Sedan, the Sport Wagon includes All Wheel Drive as an option.

An efficient 2.9L turbo-diesel engine is currently being developed for CTS models. Due for launch later in 2009, it is a compact, dual overhead cam, four-valve V6 engine from GM’s family of diesel engines. The engine is rated at 184 kW (250 hp) and delivers optimal fuel economy, low emissions and noise levels. It is expected to significantly boost demand for the model in key European markets.

Like other historic Cadillac designs, the new CTS Sport Wagon has an unmistakable and dynamic presence, striking a sporting stance, with a wide track. Signature exterior cues include horizontal spline lines and dihedral, v-shaped hood. Further exterior highlights include 19-inch wheels and the option of a large, panoramic sunroof.

“The addition of this dramatically-designed Sport Wagon is well synchronized with today’s changing consumer tastes as a compelling alternative to SUVs or other larger vehicles,” says Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager. “This is an important step in Cadillac’s ongoing global expansion, and of course in international markets like Europe, wagons have been and continue to be very significant.”

The CTS Sport Wagon rides on the same 2,880mm wheelbase as the CTS Sedan, but offers a generous cargo area behind the rear seats. Functionality was a guiding factor during development, but so was injecting emotion into the normally sedate wagon category.

One example of this integration of form and function is found in the seamless roof load management system. Rather than brackets and cross bars that protrude above the roof line, the CTS Sport Wagon’s system blends with the roofline, maintaining an uninterrupted appearance.

The center section of the roof panel angles downward inside the roof edges. This allows an unobtrusive placement of the cross bars and creates a subtle fin effect at the trailing edges of the rear panels.

An intricately cut rear profile injects fashion-forward design into a distinctive silhouette that suggests speed and aerodynamic efficiency. The Cadillac “V” motif culminates in a spine at the center of the power-opening liftgate, accented with a subtle spoiler at the top of the backlight.

The rear quarter panels extend slightly beyond the inward-angled planes of the V, creating a distinctive W shape at the rear of the vehicle. Large, prominent vertical tail lamps – with Cadillac’s signature light pipe technology – are the final, dramatic touches to the rear-end styling.

The interior of the CTS Sport Wagon is common to the much-acclaimed Sedan, including streamlined instrumentation, LED lighting and hand-cut-and-sewn accents with French stitching. Again combining form and function, an integrated cargo management system offers adjustable in-floor containment. The CTS Sport Wagon, like the Sedan, includes available features such as a 40-gigabyte internal hard drive, pop-up navigation screen and a hand-cut-and-sewn interior with Sapele wood accents. Extra safety is offered by a rear-view camera system, integrated with the navigation system.

The Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon will show up at European Cadillac dealerships during 2009. Price information and equipment details will be announced later.


Vehicle type:

four-door, five-passenger rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive wagon

Wheelbase (mm):


Length (mm):


Width (mm):


Height (mm):


Track (mm):

1570 (front); 1575 (rear)


3.6L V-6 VVT DI (227 kW/311 hp)


Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic


four-wheel independent: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear, progressive rate coil springs, monotube shock absorbers


variable-assist rack-and-pinion


four-wheel disc; dual-piston front calipers; single-piston rear calipers


18-inch or 19-inch aluminum

Luggage capacity (L):

349 (behind rear seats), 704 (behind front seats, 2nd row seats folded)

Total volume (L):



The iconic HUMMER H2 is known for going where no other four wheel drive will venture. The model breaks new boundaries for 2009 with standard E85 Flexpower capability on every H2 sold, making it the only model of its kind with can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two fuels.E85, which consists of up to 85 percent ethanol mixed with gasoline, is a cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel that can help offset rising demand for oil.

GM is the global leader in producing flexible-fuel vehicles. In the USA, more than 3 million of the 7 million flexible-fuel vehicles on the road are GM cars and trucks. GM is committed to making half of its vehicles FlexPower capable by 2012.

How It Works:

E85 ethanol vehicles are designed to run on ordinary gasoline, E85 ethanol or any mix of the two. Every flexible fuel vehicle has an engine control module that helps to identify which fuel or mixture is running through the vehicle's system. Based on that information, the fuel system automatically adjusts itself to run on that fuel mixture.

Ethanol is an alcohol which can be distilled from a number of sources, ranging from renewable crops such as sugar cane, to biomass or waste materials. Particular emphasis is being paid to the need to utilize sources that do not affect the price of third-world food commodities.

For example, GM is the leading automotive investor in developing E85 ethanol made from waste wood collected as part of forest wildfire prevention programmes. Undergrowth and dead trees that would otherwise be burned are converted into the ethanol.
In addition to reducing dependence on non-renewable petroleum resources, E85 ethanol helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can reduce smog-forming carbon exhaust emissions.

“Using biofuels, specifically E85, is the most significant thing we can do in the near-term to offset rising future energy demands” says Beth Lowery, GM vice president of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. ““We believe ethanol used as a fuel, not just as a gasoline additive, is the best near-term alternative to the surging global demand for oil because ethanol is renewable and it significantly reduces CO2 emissions compared to gasoline. Best of all, it is available today.”

Over Two Decades of Development

After working alongside ethanol producers to develop fuel formulations to provide optimum performance in vehicle engines, GM began promoting ethanol more than two decades ago. It was the first manufacturer to enable its entire U.S. fleet to operate on E10, a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol.

Globally, GM has about 5 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road in the USA, Canada, Europe and Brazil. About 3.5 million are capable of operating on up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). GM currently produces more than 1 million E85 capable vehicles a year globally.

The latest developments that have enabled the H2 to run on E85 ethanol are being carried on to other vehicles in the HUMMER line. The H3 will become E85 capable later in 2009 and in addition, a four cylinder turbo diesel engine is being developed for the H3.

2009 Corvette line-up

Corvette C6 Coupe and Convertible

The introduction of the larger, more powerful, 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine at the start of 2008 has boosted both the performance and the popularity of the Corvette C6. The small-block V8 is rated at 325 kW (437 hp) and 586 Nm of torque, giving a top speed of 306 km/h and is available in both the Corvette Coupe and Convertible with the choice of six-speed manual and six-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.

It has ensured that the sixth-generation Corvette is the most successful ever sold in Europe.
Since the C6 model made its European debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, around 6000 have been sold by Corvette Europe distributors. A series of detail enhancements are set to ensure that the success story continues.

The Corvette principles of a performance car that is agile, ‘placeable’ and responsive in spirited driving, while at the same time luxurious and comfortable in daily driving are further enhanced for 2009 model Corvettes with speed-sensitive, variable ratio power steering, which reduces sensitivity around the straight ahead position, enhancing high-speed stability while at the same time aiding steering response at higher cornering angles. Additional refinements include changes to the ABS and traction control software, and active handling hardware.

The Corvette Coupe also features as an option an one-piece transparent removable roof panel, complementing the body shape which ensures that the Coupe, at 0.28 coefficient of drag, remains the most aerodynamic Corvette built. The body shape features racing-developed anti-lift characteristics that improve high-speed stability.

The Corvette Convertible features a power-operated soft top, utilising a single-button control to complete the opening or closing cycle in just 18 seconds. The Corvette’s structure, including an aluminum windshield frame, was designed using extensive computer airflow models to improve top-down quietness – especially for noise frequencies in the range of passenger conversations.

The Luxury package, optional on the C6 Coupe and standard on the Convertible includes a memory package for the heated seats and power telescoping steering column, a head-up display including G-force meter, a Bose® 7-speaker audio system and light-sensitive, auto dimming rear view mirrors. New colours include Cyber Gray and the option of Competition Gray alloy wheels to further enhance the Corvette’s exterior appearance.

Corvette Z06

The Corvette Z06, developed alongside the Corvette C6.R race car, combines the attributes that have made the sixth-generation Corvette a sales success across Europe with raw power, endurance and race-winning know-how.

At the heart of the Z06 is a 7.0 litre V8, LS7 engine that delivers 377 kW (512 hp) at 6,300 rpm and 637 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. In a car weighing 1,418 kg, that adds up to a 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.9 seconds in first gear and a top speed of 320 km/h. For 2009, the dry sump oil tank is increased from 9.1 to 11.9 litres.

Among the defining exterior features of the Corvette Z06 for 2009 are new Blade Silver and Cyber Gray exterior colors and a new 10-spoke Spider design for the 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels. Available as standard in Silver, Competition Gray or polished finish wheels are optionally available.

The interior of the Corvette Z06 receives detail enhancements including unique Z06 sill plates and more color in the interior and seats. A power hatch pull down adds to ease of use.

Derived from the Corvette racing program, the Z06 is a totally unique vehicle that has its own powertrain, body structure and chassis system, and a different body structure compared to Corvette Coupe and Convertible.

Fine tuning of the Corvette Z06 chassis for 2009 includes changes to the Bosch braking, ABS, traction control and to the active handling softwear and hardware. Speed-sensitive, variable ratio power steering has now been incorporated to reduce sensitivity around the straight ahead position, while aiding response at higher steering angles.

Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1, which made its European debut at the Salon d’Automobile in Geneva in March is quite simply the ultimate. The most powerful road-going Corvette ever built, the ZR1 car will come to the European market this year in a limited number.

ZR1 brings together the track technology and engineering refinement of carbon-fiber, ceramics and electronics in a distinctive design, powered by the LS9 supercharged 7.0L V8 engine developing 476 kW (647 hp), and 807 Nm of torque. It gives a maximum speed of 330km/h, yet also offers surprisingly smooth drivability when required at low speeds.

One of the secrets of the ZR1’s performance is the large, positive-displacement supercharger with a new, four-lobe rotor design, plus an integrated charge cooling system that reduces inlet air temperature. The engine is backed by a new six-speed manual transmission and a twin-disc clutch.

The ZR1 is built on the same aluminum-intensive chassis as the Corvette Z06 and features similar independent SLA front and rear suspension units, with aluminum upper and lower control arms. Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard and tuned specifically for the ZR1. The system’s ability to deliver a compliant ride with nearly instantaneous damping adjustments allowing a surprisingly supple ride that still delivers cornering grip of more than 1g.

The ZR1 braking system features brake rotors made of a carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide ceramic material, with low mass and high resistance to wear and heat. Six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers, are each painted a ZR1-exclusive blue, visible through the ZR1’s exclusive wheels: 20-spoke alloy rims, 19 inches in diameter in the front and 20 inches in the rear. They come standard with a Sterling Silver paint finish. Chrome versions are optional.

The exterior styling of the ZR1 is instantly recognizable. It has a raised, carbon-fiber hood that incorporates a clear, polycarbonate window providing a view of the top of the engine. Widened, carbon-fiber front fenders with dual lower vent and a full-width, body-color rear spoiler incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp, are also unique to the ZR1. The interior builds on the Corvette’s dual-cockpit heritage, with specific cabin features including ZR1-logo sill plates, headrest embroidery, boost gauge, Head-Up Display and lightweight seats.

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Chevrolet Volt

Making its European debut at Paris, the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet Volt delivers up to 60 kilometers of gasoline and emissions-free electric driving, with the extended-range capability of hundreds of additional kilometers.

"The Volt is symbolic of GM's strong commitment to the future," says Rick Wagoner, GM Chairman and CEO. "It features just the kind of technology innovation that our industry needs to respond to today's and tomorrow's energy and environmental challenges."

On the road, the Volt offers spirited driving performance in a remarkably quiet interior. More than 220 lithium-ion cells contained within the Volt's battery pack provide ample power. The Volt's electric drive unit delivers the equivalent of 150 hp/110 kW, 370 Nm of instant torque, and a top speed of 161 km/h. The lack of engine noise, combined with special sound-deadening materials, makes the Volt an extremely quiet vehicle to drive.

GM estimates that the Volt will cost about two euro cents per km to drive while under battery power, compared to 12 euro cents per km using gasoline priced at €1.50 per liter. For an average driver who drives 60 km per day (or 22,000 km per year), this amounts to cost savings of €2,200 annually. Using night-time electricity rates, GM estimates that an electrically driven kilometer in a Volt will be about one-sixth of the cost of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

The Volt is expected to be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing facility, subject to GM successfully negotiating satisfactory government incentives. Production is scheduled to begin late 2010 for models in the United States. Pricing has not been announced. Visit media.gm.com/volt for more information.

How Volt works:

Energy is stored on board in a 16-kWh, “T”-shaped lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack powers the electric drive unit, which is capable of meeting full vehicle speed and acceleration performance while driving the car electrically for up to 60 kilometers (based on MVEG city cycle) without using a drop of gas. For longer trips, the Volt's on-board range-extending engine is used to drive an electric generator when the battery's energy has been depleted. The range extender, which can be powered by gas/E85 Ethanol, is able to generate additional electricity to power the car for hundreds of miles.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Jamie McMurray was the top Ford driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Charlotte, N.C., finishing fifth in the No. 26 Fusion. McMurray moved up one spot in the standing to 19th place.

  • Carl Edwards was the top Ford driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Charlotte, N.C., finishing fifth in the No. 60 Fusion. Edwards remains second in the standings, 196 points behind leader Clint Bowyer.

  • Robert Hight, driver of the AAA of So. Cal. Mustang, beat teammate John Force in the first round and lost to Ron Capps in the second round of the NHRA race in Richmond, Va. Hight dropped two spots in the standings to fifth place.

  • Vaughn Gittin Jr., won the Formula Drift race, Final Fight, in Irwindale, Calif., for his first Formula Drift victory. He finished the season eighth in the standings.

Three Ford Fusions finished in the top 10 of both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series races in Charlotte, N.C., while Vaughn Gittin Jr. won the Formula Drift event in Irwindale, Calif., on a busy weekend for Ford Racing.

Jamie McMurray had a solid weekend, gathering two top-10 finishes. McMurray started the weekend strong when he began the Nationwide Series race from the pole position before finishing in ninth place in the No. 17 Fusion.

The next day, he was the top Ford driver in the Sprint Cup race, grabbing a fifth-place finish in the No. 26 Fusion, which moved him up one spot to 19th place in the standings.

"For the last three months, we've had great race cars," said McMurray. "Everyone at Roush Fenway runs well. I mean all of my teammates run well every single week, and we haven't been able to put our finishes together. But we've had a lot of speed in our car, so I think to sit on the pole in the Nationwide race and then have a top-five in the Cup race, it's gonna make for a wonderful Sunday off."

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Fusion, was the next Ford driver to cross the line in the Sprint Cup race with a seventh-place finish. Biffle has now compiled four top-10 finishes through the five Chase races, including two victories, and remains third in the Chase standings, 86 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

"I feel really good," said Biffle. "I would have felt better if we would have won tonight and been about 30 or 40 points back, but we're not gonna give up."

David Ragan rounded out the top 10 and remains 13th in the standings, the top spot outside of the Chase.

Carl Edwards entered the race second in the standings, but electrical issues with his car caused him to lose 15 laps early on before eventually finishing 33rd. Edwards dropped two spots to fourth place in the standings and is 168 points behind Johnson for the lead.

Edwards didn't have such issues one night earlier in the Nationwide Series race, where he took fifth place and remains in strong contention to repeat as the Nationwide Series champion after his fifth straight top-five finish. He remains second in the standings, 196 points behind leader Clint Bowyer.

"I appreciate everybody sticking around so late tonight for the race and waiting out the rain," said Edwards after the Nationwide event. "That's real cool for the fans to be here. I just wish we could have had more for them."

In the NHRA race in Richmond, Va., Robert Hight was the only Ford driver to make it out of the first round. Unfortunately, Hight defeated his teammate John Force in the first round before losing to Ron Capps in the second round. Hight dropped two spots in the standings to fifth place, 92 points behind leader Tim Wilkerson with only two races to go.

"It's not over," said Hight of his chances to win the championship. "We can't give up, and we can't hang our heads; we have to keep working hard. It is not over. We have a good running car. This race track was a little odd. If you don't have it just fast enough leaving the starting line, it wants to shake and that is what happened to us."

Ashley Force dropped one spot in the standings to sixth; John Force dropped one spot in the standings to eighth place, and Mike Neff remains ninth in the standings.

Earlier in the week, Neff set an NHRA record in qualifying after running an ET of 4.041 seconds in a 1,000 foot run with his new BOSS 500 Ford engine. Brothers Tony and Cruz Pedregon tied the mark later on in qualifying.

In Formula Drift, it may have taken Vaughn Gittin Jr. the entire season, but he earned his first Formula Drift victory in the series season finale at Irwindale, Calif. Gittin Jr. clinched the win after defeating series champion Tanner Foust in the final head-to-head battle of the season.

"It has been a season of ups and downs for me, and there isn't a better way to put it behind," said Gittin Jr. "Thanks to all my fans and sponsors for supporting me. We are coming out swinging with a 2010 Falken Tire / Ford Mustang for the 2009 season."

Gittin Jr. finished the season eighth in the standings.

Next weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will head to Martinsville, Va.

source Ford press release

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

2010 Mustang

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