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New Micro Ford Car

11 August 2010 - 09:48 PM

Looks like ford are going ahead with the new low price entry car to compete with the c1/aygo/i10 type cars.



PRESS RELEASE FROM FORD TODAY:

Leading US automaker Ford will start to produce a new small car next year at its Romanian plant and it stands by its investment in the country, the company said Wednesday.


"The vehicle that we will launch next year will be a small car. It will be ... approximately 150,000 (units) a year. It will be a unique vehicle. It will not be a vehicle that we have in the portfolio at the moment," Ford's executive vice-president for Global Manufacturing, John Fleming, told reporters.

"The production of the new model will start more towards the end of next year, probably from September," he added.

He refused to give more details about the vehicle for "competitive reasons."

Fleming acknowledged that Ford was behind with its plans for the plant in Craiova, 250 kilometres (155 miles) west of Bucharest.

Ford bought the former Daewoo plant in 2008 and promised to invest 675 million euros (880 million dollars) to increase annual capacity to 300,000 cars and 300,000 engines from 2011.

The company was supposed to produce up to 250,000 cars by the end of 2011, according to an agreement with the Romanian government.

"We are late but we will get all of the capacity installed. We will be able to produce 300,000 vehicles by 2013," Fleming said, stressing that the 675-million-euro investment target remained unchanged.

Actual production could be lower, at 225,000 units in 2013, depending on market conditions, Fleming said, adding that the company also plans to produce here a high-tech engine offering 20 percent better fuel economy.



About 80 percent of the vehicles produced in Romania will be exported to other European countries.


Dave

Inside The Valencia Factory

10 August 2010 - 09:30 PM

OK its the brand new Focus/Cmax line at Valencia ,not the fiesta but this will give you an idea how they assemble a modern car if you havent seen this before.

For the really sad people you can even watch it in 3d if you have the glasses,

dave

2d








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3D





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSbK_QK858M&feature=related

American Fiesta 2011 Brochure

10 August 2010 - 07:50 PM

For the full brochure
http://www.fordvehic...011&postalCode=
Interesting to read the warrenty you get on the USA compared to the UK and Europe.


Dave


New Vehicle Limited Warranty. We want your Ford Fiesta ownership experience to be the best it can be. So under this warranty,
your new vehicle comes with 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage, 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Warranty coverage,
5-year/50,000-mile safety restraint coverage, and 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion (perforation) coverage – all with no deductible. Please
ask your Ford Dealer for a copy of this limited warranty.
Roadside Assistance. Covers your vehicle for 5 years or 60,000 miles, so you have the security of knowing that help may be only a
phone call away should you run out of fuel, lock yourself out of the vehicle, or need towing. Your Ford Dealer can provide complete details
on all of these advantages.

O/t Mg5

05 August 2010 - 04:37 PM

Apologies this is totally off topic but was the highlight of my boring day.
At lunchtime one of the test prototype chineese built MG5 saloons drove past me on the A6 between Lancaster and Preston.

I was very tempted to do a u turn and try to get some "spy shots" and send them the Autoexpress.

It was filthy grey with random sticky tape where the badges would have been and other places,it looked totally bland and obviously wasnt hoping to get any attention.
It was left hand drive and it seemed to have rally seats and rally seat belts,presumably for high speed track testing.

Dave

Vauxhall

05 August 2010 - 04:23 PM

Vauxhall have started to give 100k mile warrantys with their cars from today,following toyota.
How long before Ford catch up.

Dave