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2015 Ford Focus Unveiled: Maturity Has Arrived

2015 Ford Focus Unveiled

2015 Ford Focus

By Anthony Alaniz

The latest-generation Ford Focus debuted in 2012 as part of Ford’s “One Ford” initiative—selling one car in every market around the world. This means the Focus is due for a refresh, and Ford did just that with the 2015 model year.

The 2012 Ford Focus was a spunky and youthful entrant into the compact car market. For 2015, Ford has taken the Focus and added a level of maturity it desperately needed.

Under the sheet metal, not much has changed. The exterior receives Ford’s corporate front end with the Fusion-like grill and thinly slit headlight assemblies. The updated front end gets rid of the goofy, gaping mouth from the previous Focus, making the Focus appear more elegant.

Inside, the Focus receives an updated center stack and steering wheel. This makes the interior feel more luxurious and inviting. A backup camera is standard.

Under the hood, the Focus will get Ford’s new 1.0-liter EcoBoost (read: turbocharged) three-cylinder engine currently found in the Ford Fiesta. The new engine will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission. No other engine offerings are yet available.

While the Focus has sold well, the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus will help Ford continue to sell the Focus is high numbers.

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2015 Ford F-150 revealed

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150

By Anthony Alaniz

Ford has unveiled the 2015 Ford F-150 at this year’s North American International Auto Show. This is an important vehicle for Ford. While continuously being the brands biggest seller, it has a long history of being the number one selling vehicle in America. So, when Ford set out to design the 2015 model, the pressure was on to create a vehicle that was not only true to the “Built Ford Tough” mentality, but revolutionary as well, especially with ever increasing fuel economy standards.

One of the biggest, and most controversial improvements to the 2015 F-150, is its extensive use of aluminum, which has cut nearly 900 pounds from the previous model’s weight. That’s a huge improvement, letting the vehicle’s weight slip beneath the 5000-pound mark.

Styling is reminiscent of the Atlas Concept from last year’s North American International Auto Show—and that’s a wonderful thing. It looks powerful, yet elegant, and that mentality seeps into the restyled interior. The interior looks rugged, yet luxurious. It will look wonderful in the higher-trimmed models.

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150 interior

The engine lineup gets a reshuffling as well. Only one V-8 engine is available, the 5.0-liter Coyote engine. The base V-6 engine is downsized to 3.5-liters from 3.7, and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is still available. New to the lineup is a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. No power figures for any of the engines are available yet.

Power will be sent through a six-speed automatic transmission, yet the new 10-speed transmission being developed jointly with General Motors should make an appearance in the truck in the next few years.

Another addition to the F-150 is features. Safety features like lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, second-row seatbelt airbags, and its signature Curve Control electronic stability control program are all available. Other neat features include adaptive cruise control, LED spotlights for the bed and side mirrors, a 360-degree parking camera, trailer-hitch assist, and a remote-locking tailgate.

Ford hasn’t released the pricing for the 2015 F-150, but the truck should be on dealership lots later this fall.

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Domino’s Pizza, Ford Unveil Latest In-Car Ordering App

Domino’s Pizza, Ford Unveil Latest In-Car Ordering App

Source: Ford

By Anthony Alaniz

Domino’s Pizza and Ford have teamed up to solve a problem you didn’t know you had. They are bringing a brand-new food-ordering platform to your car. Right now, the process is a bit convoluted and limited to a customer’s saved Domino’s Easy Order, but with a few voice commands, one could have an order placed in short time.

The two companies unveiled their in-car ordering app at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The system works by using the Ford SYNC AppLink in-car connectivity system in conjunction with the Domino’s smartphone application.

The AppLink system allows drivers to control selected apps on connected smartphones using the SYNC steering-wheel-mounted button in equipped Ford vehicles.

“We’re thrilled to add Domino’s to the ever-expanding lineup of mobile apps Ford drivers can use hands-free,” said Julius Marchwicki, global product manager for Ford SYNC AppLink, in a press release. “Americans love pizza, and now they can have one ready for pickup or delivery when they are on their way home or heading to a gathering with friends.”

“This is, no question, one of the coolest in a long list of recent technology innovations for Domino’s,” said Patrick Doyle, Domino’s Pizza president and CEO, in a press release. “To be able to work with a brand like Ford, with its terrific SYNC technology, and offer yet another way to bring our ordering app experience to life makes it all the better.”

A date for the app’s ordering ability has been released, but is expected to be available soon.

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Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept Unveiled at 2014 CES

Source: Ford

Source: Ford

By Anthony Alaniz

Ford is unveiling a new concept car at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept. Based off the C-Max Energi, Ford’s plug-in hybrid, the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept adds a solar-powered charging apparatus as its battery pack. Ford has had a present at CES over the last few years as it tries to publicize itself as both a car company and a technology company, using the event to highlight numerous technologies in the past.

Below the solar array on the roof is a standard Ford C-Max, including the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Ford claims the C-Max Solar Energi can travel a claimed 21 miles on electricity alone.

Ford isn’t the first company to place solar panels on their car roofs. The Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf both offer solar panels as options.

What differentiates the Solar Energi from the standard model is that instead of obtaining electricity through a power cord, it uses the solar array on the roof. Ford says there is a “concentrator,” or large Fresnel lens, that can take in a constant amount of light regardless of sunlight angle and direction, and intensifies the light on the solar panels. This is in the design of a canopy that is placed over the car when it is parked.

People running off with your “concentrator,” wasn’t addressed by Ford.

However, consumers don’t have to worry if the sun isn’t out, Ford kept the charging port in place just in case.

Ford worked with Sunpower Corporation and the Georgia Institute of Technology on the panels and concentrator device. While the concept may seem novel, its feasibility is still unknown. Solar panels are still expensive and are not known for converting sunlight into electricity well.

Ford says the lens intensifies sunlight by eight times helping the car charge up 8 kW of energy.  It’s unknown whether Ford’s claim will transfer into real-world results.

Ford is considering the car for production in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology, but no official decision has been made.

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