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 Ford in the Press - Week 31

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This week European media have been announcing that Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom have gone into production in Turkey. There’s also news of Ford’s virtual factory plans, more excellent coverage of Focus ST, plus a lucky journalist’s take on what it’s like to drive Ford’s Fiesta RS World Rally Car...
 
Virtual Cars Help Manufacturing Process...
 
UK website Autoblog.co.uk is one of many running this story. It reports: “In the world of car manufacturing, vehicle makers are constantly trying to cut costs while ensuring quality in their end products.  With that in mind, Ford is developing a virtual factory to simulate its manufacturing process in an attempt to cut costs and improve quality in its real plants by creating and analysing computer simulations of vehicle production. And then there's the 3D vehicle simulations – imagine seeing your average Fiesta or Focus in front of you, except it's not there – with the idea being that these virtual prototypes can help evaluate the way parts are put together.”
 
Seventh Generation Transit Rolls off Production Line
 
Turkish media have gone big on news that Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom are now in production. Posta announces: Tourneo Custom and Transit Custom, members of the seventh generation of Ford's commercial vehicle Transit, have had their line-off ceremony at the Ford Otosan Kocaeli Plant. Planned annual production of the vehicles set to go around the world from Turkey is set at 130,000 units.  Koç Holding Chairman Mustafa Koç, stating that Ford Otosan, the largest in Turkey with 10 billion TL in revenue, will continue to launch new vehicles throughout 2012-2014, said: “With new investments and the completion of the Yeniköy plant in addition to our Kocaeli plant in the coming period, we will increase our capacity to 400,000.”
 
One of a Kind...
 
Is how French publication Trafic-Taxi Mag describes Ford Focus ST Station Wagon. “It is delightful to drive thanks to Torque Steer Compensation, which reduces the torque effects on the steering wheel, and Torque Vectoring Control. Fun at the wheel is guaranteed by the ESP, which can be disconnected, the special Goodyear tires and the vehicle’s amazing grip. Braking performance is reinforced by the 320mm discs. Despite its sublime performance level, this break has fuel consumption of only 7.2l / 100km and CO2 emissions of 169g/km, a 20% decrease. Its rear seats are quite roomy. Another strong point: the array of safety systems that make the Focus one of the safest models in the market. Available for 31,600 euros, Ford’s sporty break is truly one of a kind!”
 
Christmas in July...
 
The French publication Echappement and aspiring driver Quentin Gilbert were invited to England for a test session in the official Fiesta WRC alongside Ford rally driver Jari-Matti Latvala. Describing his reaction to the invitation, Quentin said it was like “Christmas in July.”
The event was held at M-Sport’s test area near Carlisle, an old airport where the tarmac was so deteriorated that the Fiesta WRC was fitted with dirt tires.  “If you told me not long ago that I would take the wheel of the Fiesta WRC with Latvala as my instructor, I never would have believed you,” confessed a thrilled Quentin. Although his English might need some work, he expressed himself very convincingly at the wheel of the Fiesta WRC! In Jari-Matti’s opinion, “Quentin has excellent car control” but could improve his driving by “changing gears earlier to better exploit the torque.”

  

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8/3/2012 3:30 AM