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 Ford in the Press – Week 36

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​Ford continues to enjoy really strong coverage in both printed and online press this week thanks to the hugely successful Ford Futures media event at Lommel…

Auto Express (UK) writes: “Ford has announced two cutting-edge new assistance systems are set to arrive by 2015. An autonomous self-parking set-up leads the way, taking full control of the car — operating steering, throttle and brakes. It also lets the driver park via remote control from outside the vehicle. The other Ford system is Obstacle Avoidance, which issues warnings lilt detects obstacles in the lane ahead. If the driver fails to steer or brake following the warnings, the system automatically does so to avoid a collision.”

Motor 16 (Spain) adds: “Ford is testing new technologies for automatic parking and collision avoidance. Fully Assisted Parking Aid goes a step further than Ford’s Active Park Assist. It chooses a parking space, and with the car in neutral, manoeuvres the vehicle into the spot as the driver presses a button. Ford’s Obstacle Avoidance system automatically brakes and steers the vehicle to prevent collisions with pedestrians and other cars in the lane ahead.”
 
Futura-sciences.com (France) reports: “Ford is developing a fully automated parking system that can park the vehicle without the driver onboard. It is also working on obstacle avoidance technology that can detect a pedestrian or another vehicle from a 200m distance.  In a few years, you might be able to get out of your car, push a button on a remote control and quietly park in a spot chosen by the vehicle.”
 
Autosieger.de (Germany) also runs the story: “Just press a button and your car manoeuvres into a parking spot all by itself: at an event called “Ford Futures” the automaker Ford revealed a technology that makes this dream come true. If desired, the fully automated system, dubbed “Fully Assisted Parking Aid” can take over complete control of the transmission, steering, brakes and accelerator in order to manoeuvre the car into a parking spot. What’s particularly interesting is that the fully automated parking assistance system also works via remote control, meaning without someone behind the wheel. Ford revealed this innovative technology at an event at its testing facilities in Lommel, Belgium.”
 
Auto (Italy) rates Ford Focus Electric: “At the wheel, the level of driving enjoyment surpasses our expectations, and we are amazed at the vehicle’s quietness at any speed. It is practically silent in the city, which seems almost surreal. On the highway, we hear only a slight bit of aerodynamic rustling. Also, the electric motor is largely free of high frequency humming, which is barely noticeable in full accelerations. The transmission has just one speed, but the Focus Electric remains lively at all times thanks to the ever-present 25.5mkg of torque. The performance figures are close to those of a regular car with accelerations from 0-100km/h in 11.4 seconds. Only the maximum speed is limited at 137km/h.”
 
Virgilio.it (Italy) is one of many publications reporting that Mustang is Europe’s most coveted classic car: “A recent Autoscout24 survey asked 75,000 Europeans to name their most-wanted classic car. The respondents were from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, so one might have expected a traditional European car to prevail. Instead, the majority (37%) selected an extremely American car, the Ford Mustang. And incidentally, the Mustang, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, will be launched in Europe for the first time in history next year. Here’s another interesting fact: the “Mustang customizer” app, which lets you configure the Mustang of your dreams, already has 4.5 million users, including 500,000 from Europe.”

  

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10/18/2013 4:00 AM