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 Ford in the Press - Week 15

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Ford’s versatile Transit range, new Fiesta ST, Mondeo and Kuga all feature strongly in the press this week…
 
Irresistible Auto (France) on new Kuga: “It is better than its predecessor. It has an expanded engine series, and excellent fuel economy is the common denominator in every version. The equipment package has been perfected. The Kuga borrows driver assists from the Focus, and its highlights include a hands-free tailgate, BLIS and the SYNC system. After gaining a little bit of length, the Kuga is slightly roomier than its predecessor. It is also more comfortable, and the soundproofing has noticeably improved. Verdict: Bigger, more economical, better-equipped and more affordable, Ford’s new opus has all of the right assets to stake out a territory in the booming SUV category.”
 
Auto Moto (France) rates Fiesta ST: “At Ford, the correct term is ST, not GTi. And when applied to the Fiesta, it means exhilarating performance. Some people are luckier than others. Just consider the future owners of this Fiesta on steroids, which transforms the everyday driving experience into pure pleasure. Like the Focus ST, it is equipped with the Sound Symposer, which pipes the sound from the intake into the cabin during accelerations. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is lively at low rpm and makes its maximum torque available right away. Verdict: We adore the Fiesta ST because of its effervescent engine and safe, joyful handling.”
 
Večer (Slovenia) assesses Transit/Tourneo Custom: “The new Tourneo Custom and Transit Custom belong to the same family but are no longer closely tied - the former is designed for more demanding passengers, while the latter, with its advanced, streamlined design, embodies the same dynamic character as Ford's kinetic design passenger cars, but without compromising its exceptional load-carrying ability that is a trademark of the Transit brand.  The Tourneo's front looks very much like the modern Ford sedan models and has a similar steering wheel and central console. The driver-focused cockpit is all about enhanced comfort and practicality. Although designed for up to eight passengers and the driver, the car can transport 886 kg and tow a 1.6-ton trailer.”
 
Leblogauto.com (France) reports on Mondeo: “Ford has updated the current Mondeo series with better trims and lower prices. The overhaul was fairly complete. The four-door version has disappeared, along with a few of the engines (the 2.2 TDCi 220PS with the manual transmission and the 1.6 120PS, 2.0 145PS and 2.0 EcoBoost 203PS gasoline units). The Mondeo’s 2.0 TDCi 140PS and 163PS versions have lower fuel consumption and emissions. The prices have been reduced by 1,500 euros on average. As for trims, the Titanium has been replaced by the Business option, which has the same equipment but costs 1,950 euros less. The Elance is now the range-topping trim. With these changes, Ford has streamlined its Mondeo offering and made it more competitive.”

  

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4/22/2013 7:00 AM