GUANGZHOU, China — Ford's imported SUV Edge made a splash in Guangzhou during a recent two-day test drive, as journalists traversed the hub in Southern China as part of the "Discover the Most" programme to explore local landmarks and recall lost memories.
After two successful regional test drives in Beijing and Shanghai, "Discover the Most" shifted to Guangzhou, a city in transformation where even long-time residents change their perceptions of the city everyday.
The event kicked off at the Guangdong Art Museum on Ersha Island, a beautiful island on Pearl River. A group of journalists from 25 media outlets were welcomed by JD Tang, director of marketing sales and service of Ford China, who later introduced them to the Edge and its new technology features. The journalists were soon scattered in different parts of the city.
"Throughout the day, I was able to rediscover the city with Edge, which gave me a chance to visit places I have never been to during my 20 years in Guangzhou. Among all the rediscoveries, I liked the arcade in En’ning Road the most, which is undoubtedly a representative landmark of Guangzhou," said Liu Ziliang, a production supervisor from Guangzhou TV.
Besides tourist attractions and landmarks, journalists also drove to newly-opened creative zones like the 1850 Creativity Zone and Xinyi International Place, which are now home to a large number of start-up firms, art studios and workshops.
Along the journey, participants were eager to take the opportunity to test the innovative features available in the Edge. With a 3.5L Ti-VCT engine mated to a six speed SelectShift automatic transmission, Edge greatly impressed those behind the wheel with its outstanding power and performance.
"I really enjoyed the day with Edge. It performed very well above 100 km/h, and stayed stable when reaching 150km/h," said Cai Zhan, deputy chief editor from Netease Auto who was impressed with Edge's performance during acceleration.
As a smart SUV, technology features on Edge such as SYNC and BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) also attracted a lot of attention.
"You need to be careful to change lanes if the yellow dot in the rearview mirror is lit. The BLIS feature on the Ford Edge is a very considerate reminder for the driver." said Zhou
Weili, an auto journalist from Guangzhou.