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  • Ford Fiesta ST200 is a ‘classic in the making’

    Hot hatches are interesting specimens, and there's one constant inherent in their DNA: they can always, always get hotter. Although Geneva Motor Show officially kicks off tomorrow for the public, today Ford and company are getting the menial media launches out of the way. And the company's latest car, the Ford Fiesta ST200, is one of the tastiest announcements of the day. It's the most powerful production Fiesta ever made, and features around 10% more power than its previous ST sibling. There's also 20% more torque on tap, which gives drivers some more thrust between those red lights. The engine responsible is...

  • This is the new Ford Kuga [Gallery]

    Ford this week chose the biggest mobile technology conference on the planet -- Mobile World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona -- to launch its new Kuga SUV. While it also announced a series of updates to it SYNC 3 connectivity technology and a commitment to tripling Ford's engineering investment in semi-autonomous vehicle technologies, the Kuga was still the big news of the day. Featuring a 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, the Kuga is packed with technology, including Ford's new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park hands-free...

  • Ford teams up with drone maker for disaster relief concept

    This is pretty cool. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Monday Ford announced a partnership with drone maker DJI aimed at creating vehicle-to-drone technology for the United Nations. Aimed specifically at first responders to disaster zones, the technology is designed to allow those first responders to deploy DJI drones and assess the situation without leaving the vehicle. With a fleet of Ford F150s and drones at its disposal, the first responders would be able to get close to the disaster zone without putting themselves in unnecessary danger. According to Ford the driver could identify a target area and...

  • Ford working on tech to take the stress out of traffic jams, remote control parking

    Traffic is awful. No matter how much you like cars, there's no getting around that. Stressful as it is though, it's just a part of daily life for many around the globe. In a bid to alleviate that stress, Ford is reportedly working on a number of high tech solutions. Ford Traffic Jam Assist assists the driver in keeping the vehicle centred in the lane and brakes and accelerates to keep pace with the vehicle in front of it. According to Ford, if and when Traffic Jam Assist makes its way onto the market, it'll be activated by pushing a...

  • Ford builds suit to show off the dangers of driving on drugs

    What's the best way to ensure that young people don't get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs? Well according to Ford, we should ditch the preachy PSAs and just let them experience what drugs do their driving reactions while sober. The US automaker's European arm this week unveiled its Drug Driving Suit -- the latest in a series of tech-driven demonstrations aimed at improving people's driving behaviours. According to Ford, the suit was developed together with scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany to simulate some of the effects of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin,...

  • Ex-Stig says Ford Mustang is best stunt car of all time

    Ben Collins is probably best known for spending a number of years as The Stig on Top Gear, but he's also one of the world's best stunt drivers, having worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters including Batman, Fast & Furious and the latest James Bond movies. His new film, called Ben Collins: Stunt Driver, combines those two aspects of his career and sees Collins embark on a 48 hour quest to find the world's ultimate stunt car. Narrative isn't terribly important in this kind of film so we have no problem revealing that the Ford Mustang fastback -- powered by a...

  • Ford looks to the gecko for inspiration in its cars

    This is pretty cool. US auto giant Ford has teamed up with Proctor&Gamble to explore potential applications of biomimicry technology. The two companies are particularly interested in ways to copy the mechanics of gecko toe pads. The lizard’s toe pads allow it to stick to most surfaces without liquids or surface tension. The reptile can then easily release itself, leaving no residue. Consider, too, that a typical mature gecko weighing 2.5 ounces is capable of supporting 133kgs. According to Ford senior technical leader for plastics and sustainability research Debbie Mielewski, the gecko could inspire a host of adhesive...

  • Here’s how Ford’s in-car entertainment systems have evolved through the decades

    With all the tech packed into our cars these days, it's difficult to believe that cars have only had radios since around 1930, before which the thrill of driving around in something powered by controlled by a series of controlled explosions was presumably entertainment enough. As the below infographic from Ford shows, things didn't really progress that quickly from there -- especially in South Africa. FM radio was only introduced in the 1960s and drivers were only really given the option of choosing their own music with the introduction of the 8track in 1970. Casette tapes and CDs followed...

  • 2016 Ford Focus RS price leaks, puts a smile on everyone’s faces

    There is a glorious gap between supercars and standard cars, where nimble, devilish, turbo-powered beasts reside. This is exactly where Ford has plopped the new Focus RS. The release price has been accidentally leaked on the Ford website where it was quickly screen-grabbed before taken down. Fortunately for prospective buyers, the 2016 RS seems to be in reach.Car and Driver reports that it will possibly cost somewhere around US$36 605, excluding the add-ons. That's not a bad price tag considering the 320 horsepower underneath the Ford's bonnet. Read more: Why the new Ford Focus RS’ Drift Mode is awesome…and incredibly important The old...

  • You have to see Ford’s Apollo Edition Mustang

    Muscle cars and space travel. There are very few things in existence that are cooler. Rather than accepting that as a statement of fact though, Ford seems to have decided that it's a challenge. The American car giant has released a special Apollo Edition Mustang and there's no getting around the fact that it looks absolutely awesome. The Apollo Mustang has been built in aid of the Experimental Aircraft Association youth education programmes in the US. This is the eighth time Ford has built a Mustang for this cause. Based on a 2015 fastback Ford Mustang GT, the...

  • Watch the new Focus RS in crazy oversteer mode

    Judging by the level of anticipation around its release, the Focus RS is going to be one hell of a hot hatch. Ford provided further proof that this might be the case with a video showing the RS blasting around its Lommel Proving Ground. The video features plenty of oversteer, along with some more oversteer, all set to the tune of an exhaust that sounds like it wouldn't be out of place in the background of an epic metal track. Ford's also confirmed that the Focus RS will be equipped with a special 2.3-litre EcoBoost power unit engineered to...

  • New Ford tech lets drivers ‘see around corners’

    Something pretty interesting is making its way out of Ford's Silicon Valley-based research and innovation. The US carmaker has announced technology which will effectively allow drivers to "see" around corners. More accurately, it's introduced a split-view camera, which it says will help drivers see traffic and obstacles that enter the vehicle’s path from the side by displaying a 180-degree view of the area in front of or behind a vehicle. According to Ford, split view uses real-time video feeds from 1-megapixel wide-angle lens cameras in the grille and tailgate. A tri-panel display in the 8-inch screen helps customers understand quickly...

  • Pickup truck top trumps: new Toyota Hilux vs updated Ford Ranger

    In South Africa – just as in numerous other bakkie-mad countries – you’re either a Hilux man or a Ranger man. It’s really that simple. No two other compact pickup trucks boast as vociferous a following as this bundu-bashing pair. And the monthly sales statistics prove it. Locally, the next compact pickup in line is the Isuzu KB, which struggles to manage even half of the Hilux’s monthly total, while the likes of the Volkswagen Amarok and Mazda BT-50 (which is essentially a Ranger underneath) needn’t even bother turning up. But, despite the fact that the brand new Toyota Hilux has...

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