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  1. With the combination of further lockdowns and the colder winter months creeping in, the chances are that your car might be feeling a bit under the weather right now Rather than get caught out, here are some straightforward checks and simple DIY fixes brought to you by Halfords that you can do to make sure that your vehicle starts when you need it to (and is mechanically safe and sound when it does). Check your battery Car batteries can fail for several reasons, but two of the most common are lack of use and cold weather. Your car’s probably spent most of the last month on your drive, only leaving for the odd essential trip, and that’s not enough to keep your battery alive. (It can actually take at least 30 minutes of driving to charge a battery, depending on the vehicle and battery age.) Add in the fact that cold weather can make battery charging slower and it’s a good idea to put checking your battery at the top of your list. If your car refuses to start, then you’ve got a couple of options. You could try a car battery charger, which plugs into the mains and should kick-start your battery if there’s any residual charge within it. If your battery has completely run out of charge then you’ll need either a jump starter pack or a set of jump leads and a donor car (preferably from your own household). Before trying either, make sure to have a look at our how to jump start a car guide for some essential safety advice. If none of these options work or you’d prefer to get some expert advice, then one of our technicians can come directly to your home to fix your battery quickly and safely thanks to our contactless mobile garage service. Simply book an appointment online, choose a time slot, and enjoy a safe and convenient service. To find out more, have a look at our article on how our mobile technicians are bringing safe services to you. Our mobile technicians can also dispose of and recycle your old battery (you can’t put batteries into your normal household or recycling bin due to the chemicals inside them). Alternatively, you can drop your old battery into any of our stores and we’ll send it for recycling on your behalf. For more information about this, see our guide to battery disposal and recycling. Even if your car battery is working well, it’s worth giving it a once-over. Check that all connectors are in place securely and are in good condition, and look for any fluid leakages. These are danger signs that could suggest your battery or terminals may need replacing before they let you down. Check your tyres All of your tyres should be in a good condition and undamaged, so start by checking these for any cuts, splits or nicks. Get up close and personal to look for any glass, nails or screws that may have become embedded within your tyres and could cause a puncture in the future. And don’t forget to check your spare tyre as well – the last thing you want is for your spare to be out of commission when you really need it. Next, check the depth of tread on each tyre. Legally your tyres should have 1.6mm of continuous tread, but this can be tricky to check with eyes alone. The simplest solution is the 20p check, where you place the coin in the main tread channel at various points around your tyre. If you can see the outer band of the coin face at any point then your tyre tread is too narrow. However, this only gives you a rough guide to your tread depth and so we’d recommend using a tyre depth gauge instead or taking advantage of our Free Tyre Check at any Halfords autocentre if you want a second opinion. Underinflated and overinflated tyres can affect handling, so you should check they’re pumped up properly. If your tyre pressure is worryingly low, you’ll see the tell-tale bulge in your tyre. To be a little more scientific, a tyre pressure gauge will give you an accurate pressure reading. Inflating your tyres is a job we can all do. If you’re unsure about the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle, then you can find them in the vehicle handbook. If you have a flat tyre, then you could try an inflation kit (just make sure that it’s still in date before you start using it). Our mobile garage service can also help with flat tyres. Check your windscreen Your windscreen is your window to the world, so it’s really important to regularly check the condition of your front and rear windscreen wipers. If they’re failing, you’ll notice smears on your windscreen often accompanied by a painful squeaking noise. If your wipers are on the way out, replace them sooner rather than later. Fitting wiper blades is a simple job that you can do with a handful of standard tools or that our expert colleagues can do for you. It’s also important to regularly check your windscreen for any chips. While they may appear minor, small chips can quickly turn into big cracks, making driving anywhere dangerous. Windscreen chip repairs is something that our mobile garage service will be happy to help with. Check your fluids The oil and coolant in your vehicle play a crucial job in keeping your car running smoothly. Checking and topping up your engine oil is quick and straightforward. Your coolant fluid is stored in a clear overflow plastic container located near the radiator and there’s an indicator on it that will show you if there’s enough in there. If you’d like a helping hand, then our mobile garage service or colleagues at our stores and autocentres can top up your oil for a small fee. They can also support with topping up power steering fluid and brake fluid, which are specialist jobs that we’d recommend leaving to the professionals. One final check that you can easily do yourself is the windscreen washer fluid reserve. It’s located close to the top of the engine bay and is clearly marked in most cars with a windscreen wiper icon. If it’s running low, top it up as soon as you can – particularly because it’s actually illegal to have an empty windscreen washer reservoir! Check your bulbs All of the lights in your car should work and operate correctly. It’s easy to check them; simply switch on all of your lights and walk around your vehicle a couple of times. Any that aren’t working as they will need replacement bulbs. Our Car Bulb Buyer’s Guide includes all the information you need to help you select the best bulbs for your needs. We can also fit the bulbs for you at our stores or autocentres for a small fee. The last several months have been challenging, but if you’ve followed our advice and completed all the checks then you can be confident in the knowledge that your car will be ready and waiting when you need it. For even greater peace of mind, why not take advantage of our 10-Point Winter Car Health Check? Our expert colleagues will check your battery, tyres, oil levels, windscreen, wiper blades, headlights and more. The whole process only takes about 30 minutes and our safety procedures in-store and at our autocentres mean that you and our colleagues will remain safe at all times
  2. We are now offering members a chance to upgrade to Premium Membership with an incredible 30% discount on normal subscription fee for a limited period only. The sooner you sign up the more you can save! USE CODE: SALE30 GET PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP HERE In addition to all the benefits Premium Membership brings you will be sent a Halfords 15% Discount Card before Black Friday so you can benefit from even more discounts in-store* This can represent huge savings if you were planning to buy something for your car, leisure or home. * 10% discount on Bikes. Applies to in-store purchases only
  3. It features a soft padded black leather fob with a hard enamelled Ford Motor Co Heritage badge and nickel plated brass split ring. Club members can get 20% off these keyrings, add to the cart on the Richbrook website and use the discount code (RB20) to get the discount. Link to Richbrook Store: https://richbrook.co.uk/product/ford-motor-co-heritage-keyring/
  4. Discount on Officially Licensed Ford Keyrings and lots of other products in the store They feature a soft padded black leather fob with a hard enamelled Ford Motor Co Heritage or Mustang badge and nickel plated brass split ring. Club members can get 20% off these keyrings, add to the cart on the Richbrook website and use the discount code to get the discount. The code also gives you 20% off orders on the Richbrook website on all products apart from the Car Mats and Branded Car Covers
  5. Making its European debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek in front of a global virtual audience, the Mustang Mach 1 is the best-handling production Mustang ever offered to customers in Europe Performance is boosted to a level worthy of the iconic Mach 1 moniker with enhanced aerodynamics, a specially-calibrated 460PS 5.0-litre V8 1 engine and uprated cooling for improved track capability. The Mach 1 is also the first production Mustang in Europe available with a high-performance TREMEC six-speed manual transmission, featuring rev-matching technology for seamless down-shifts and an upgraded oil-cooler system for high-demand performance driving. Customers can alternatively specify Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, featuring an upgraded oil-cooler and recalibrated software for optimised performance in road and track driving conditions. A unique suspension setup further enhances road performance and track-readiness. Specially-calibrated MagneRide® 2 dampers and bespoke springs, anti-roll bars and bush specifications deliver improved control and response under high cornering loads. Retuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) software enables the Mach 1 to offer the most precise steering of any Mustang in Europe. The result is the fastest production Mustang around a track ever offered to customers in Europe. In addition to its performance credentials, the Mustang Mach 1 brings exterior design that recalls the iconic Mach 1 Mustangs of the 1960s and 1970s, with bold bonnet and side stripes, performance-derived body-styling and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. The limited-edition model is available in a unique set of eight body colour, stripe and contrast-line combinations, echoing the distinctive design of the original car. Each Mustang Mach 1 is individually numbered with a distinctive plaque according to its build order. “The original Mach 1 delivered the ultimate in production Mustang performance and proved itself with success in motorsport,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang Mach 1 chief programme engineer for Europe. “The new Mach 1 is the most capable Mustang ever to reach Europe, with track-ready ability and a unique style that is more than worthy of wearing such a legendary badge.” To celebrate the launch of the Mustang Mach 1, Ford has created a world-first interactive experience through which users can create their own short video using an online app. Users can choose the colour of their Mach 1 and their preferred camera angles to create a unique, short video that they can share on social media. The app also offers users an augmented reality experience, enabling them to “place” a digital Mustang Mach 1 in a real-world environment. To try the interactive experience, visit https://fordmustangmach1ar.com. Iconic V8 muscle The Mustang Mach 1 features a 460PS version of Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 all-aluminium petrol engine – specially modified for improved performance both on the road and on track. An Open Air Induction System, intake manifold and 87mm throttle bodies are shared with the Mustang Shelby GT350 model available to Ford North America customers, increasing the free flow of air into the engine. The enhanced breathing works alongside recalibrated engine management software and a combination of low-pressure port fuel injection and high-pressure direct fuel injection for a “reward-to-rev” character and 7,500rpm red line. Peak power is delivered at 7,500rpm, with peak torque of 529Nm delivered at 4,600rpm. An auxiliary engine oil-cooler, also shared with the Shelby GT350, works in partnership with a new engine oil filter adaptor to ensure optimum oil flow and consistent performance under high loads. The Mach 1’s uniquely tuned Active Valve Performance Exhaust features quad 4.5-inch tips to further enhance the unmistakable Ford V8 sound. A choice of transmission options is designed to maximise performance, driveability and track capability. The TREMEC 3160 six-speed manual transmission uses a twin-disc clutch to comfortably manage aggressive, high-rpm gear-changes on track, and provides a short-throw shift action for fast, consistent shifts that maximise performance and fun-to-drive. The TREMEC six-speed transmission features rev-matching for smooth, seamless gear-changes that enhance refinement on the road, and performance on the track. The technology uses the engine’s electronic control system to briefly “blip” the throttle as the driver downshifts – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected. Flat shift capability is also delivered – allowing drivers to can engage the next gear without lifting the throttle pedal. The transmission’s enhanced performance is enabled in part using dedicated oil-cooling system to cope with the increased demand. Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission includes an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration for Mustang Mach 1, optimising torque capability, shift character and overall performance. A second air-to-oil cooler increases cooling capacity by 75 per cent to manage high-load driving situations. Manual and automatic models include an additional rear axle cooling system that further supports track driving, and are also fitted with a limited-slip differential as standard, enhancing traction both in a straight line and when exiting corners. Ready to race The Mustang Mach 1 benefits from a series of aerodynamic changes that bring performance gains as well as providing a distinctive look that pays homage to the styling of the original models. A unique front-end configuration includes a new two-piece upper grille, new lower grille and splitter, and new side grilles: all contributing to the improved aerodynamic and cooling performance. The Mustang Mach 1 creates 22 per cent more downforce than the Mustang GT, supported by a rear diffuser design shared with the Mustang Shelby GT500 model available to Ford North America customers, and a longer undertray that incorporates dedicated fins that direct cooling air to the brakes. The shape of the front splitter has been designed to deliver increased downforce for improved grip on track, while the bespoke, single-deck rear spoiler has been matched to the front aerodynamics to ensure the perfect lift balance from front to rear. Bespoke suspension tuning is designed to cope with the high demands of track driving. The MagneRide® 2 adjustable suspension system electronically controls the magnetorheological fluid inside the damper to respond in real time to changing road conditions, and has been recalibrated for optimum performance alongside the stiffer front springs and anti-roll bars. In addition to the new EPAS calibration, Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 subframes and toe-link components contribute to the sharpest Mustang steering responses in Europe yet. The Mustang Mach 1 also gains a higher specification brake booster with a faster response time, ensuring quick and consistent braking performance even under high loads. Unique five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels that are 0.5 inches wider front and rear, and fitted with track-ready Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Iconic design reborn Distinctive, race-derived and aero-influenced styling has been a core component of every generation of Mustang Mach 1, enhanced with charismatic colour and decal combinations. Customers of the latest limited-edition model have a choice of eight combinations for body colour and bold bonnet and side stripes, including Fighter Jet Grey with Satin Black/Reflective Orange stripes; Iconic Silver, Shadow Black and Oxford White with Satin Black/Red stripes, or Velocity Blue, Twister Orange, Race Red and Grabber Yellow with Satin Black/White stripes. Mustang Mach 1 upper and lower front grilles are finished in gloss black, and the iconic Mach 1 logo appears on the rear deck-lid and on each front wing. The interior is distinguished by an Ebony colour scheme and Dark Engine turned aluminium detailing, while the leather sports seats feature Metal Grey stitching. Each Mustang Mach 1 features a unique dashboard badge featuring the Mach 1 logo and build number, complemented by unique sill plates and a new start-up display on the 12-inch digital instrument display cluster. Standard comfort and convenience technologies include heated and cooled front seats, Ford’s sophisticated SYNC 3 connectivity system, 3 a premium 12-speaker B&O Sound System, and FordPass Connect 4 modem for enhanced connectivity. “The Mach 1 not only looks the part, but has the hardware to deliver on-track thrills and on-road driving pleasure that Mustang enthusiasts demand,” Tonn said. “It’s the most exciting Mustang in Europe to-date, and we are thrilled to be bringing the iconic Mach 1 name to Europe for the first time.” First introduced in 1969, the Mustang Mach 1 extended the performance of the Mustang GT model with a number of enhancements including more powerful V8 engines, competition suspension and bespoke styling. The first-generation Mach 1 set 295 speed and endurance records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and racing teams using the Mach 1 earned back-to-back SCCA Manufacturer’s Rally Championships in 1969 and 1970. New or updated versions were introduced in 1971, 1974, and 2003. More than 300,000 Mustang Mach 1 vehicles have been produced since 1969.
  6. Premium Members can receive a 10% Discount on all products
  7. Discount Offer Details Your discount code offer will include all our products, repairs & fitting services. 10% OFF RRP We supply and/or fit all airbag-related items such as: Dashboards Passenger airbags Driver steering wheel airbags Knee airbags Curtain / Roof Airbags Front & Rear Seat belts As included above, the discount applies to our in house fitting service at our head office based in Rotherham if you wish to select that option. It also applies to our repair services including seat belts. If your seat belt is; Collision / Accident locked Cut, frayed or torn Slow-release Jamming Don't suffer the main dealer prices and delays of a new belt. We can often have the belt returned to you within 48 hours and at a snip of the price.
  8. We've teamed up with Wizzle - A fast, free and easy way to sell your car. Compare multiple offers with no obligation The Ford Owners Club has teamed up with Wizzle to offer our members an option to sell their Ford in a quick and efficient manner. The Wizzle platform is ideal for anyone who doesn't want the headache of a private sale, or the hassle of negotiating on a knocked down part exchange price. To sell your car, simply enter some information in the system about your car and in around 30 seconds you will be sent a valuation for your car. If you add some photos of your car and within a minute your car could be advertised with their extensive network of buyers and then just wait for an offer. Once you receive an agreeable offer, you can then choose to accept it and proceed with the sale. Unlike other online car buying companies, the buyers' offer is firm and you won't be knocked down on the price as long as the information and photos of the condition are accurate and honest. Best of all, Wizzle do not charge you any fees whatsoever! To proceed to sell your car via Wizzle, you will need to provide the following information: The Registration Number Current Mileage Service History (full or part, main dealer or independent) Information on Condition Photos of Condition Phone Number and Email Just click the link below and then enter your information to get started with your free car valuation! https://www.fordownersclub.com/wizzle/
  9. Premium Members can receive a 10% discount on labour rates for maintenance and general repairs
  10. Ford has expanded its fast-growing Active range with the new Tourneo Connect Active people mover and Transit Connect Active van variants, priced from £21,285 and £21,675, respectively, with deliveries from the end of this year Active varients of Tourneo and Transit Connect feature rugged, SUV-inspired exterior styling, an optional mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) for improved traction and raised ride height, offering versatile, capable packages for customers whose adventurous business or lifestyle activities require rough-road capability. The new Active variants also deliver signature interior finishes and advanced driver assistance and comfort technologies – while retaining the practicality and flexibility that is a hallmark of the Connect range. Offering five- and seven-seat versions, the Tourneo Connect Active can carry passengers and all their leisure equipment in style and comfort. For business or dual-use customers, Transit Connect Active delivers a smartly-styled and distinctive van combined with the versatility to double up as a lifestyle vehicle at the weekend. “Our Active models are a hit with drivers who need to venture off the beaten track, and want to look good while they do it,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s for business or pleasure – the new Tourneo and Transit Connect Active models have the flexibility and capability to support customers with a sense of adventure.” The Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active join the larger eight-seat Tourneo Custom Active people mover and Transit Custom Active van launched last month – also featuring SUV-inspired styling, versatile interiors and optional mLSD. Driveline enhancements increase capability Both the Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active can be specified with the same mLSD technology already introduced for the larger Active models – developed in partnership with driveline specialists Quaife to provide optimised traction. The mLSD automatically transfers engine torque in low-grip conditions to the wheel with the most traction, allowing drivers to more comfortably tackle wet, slippery and challenging surfaces including unpaved roads, gravel tracks, grassy campsites or snow and ice. Ford engineers also developed a bespoke Traction Control configuration to harmonise the system more effectively with the characteristics of the mLSD – optimising performance in challenging driving conditions for a more sure-footed drive. Similar advanced differential technology has previously been used to enhance the traction and handling characteristics of Ford Performance models including the Focus RS, Fiesta ST and Focus ST, and has no impact on CO2 emissions or fuel efficiency. Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active both also benefit from a ride height increase of 24mm at the front and 9mm at the rear, giving better clearance over bumps, ruts and unsealed road surfaces. The increased height also results in a higher driving position for more confident progress in urban, highway and rough-road scenarios. Rugged and distinctive styling The new Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active feature roof rails as standard to facilitate carrying oversized equipment - from bike racks and canoes to work tools. Front and rear skid plates also contribute to the vehicles’ tougher appearance. Exclusive Active five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels contrast polished metal with dark detailing to help further enhance the Active series’ bold and distinctive appearance. A signature Active mesh grille further distinguishes the two models. Practicality is enhanced with additional cladding on the body sides, mirror caps, wheel arches and rear bumper, helping prevent paintwork scuffs when negotiating brush trails or when loading tools or equipment. A full-width Active decal and complementary Active badges feature on the front wings, and two new eye-catching colours – Sedona Orange and Solar Silver – are available to complete the distinctive Active look. Enhanced comfort and interior versatility Select interior upgrades enhance the comfort and practicality of the Active range, including exclusive seat trim patterns and stitching, blue contrast detailing and Active branding. Metallic scuff plates on both front door sills are embossed with the Active logo and help prevent paint scratches from boots and equipment when getting in and out of the vehicle. Tourneo Connect Active’s spacious and flexible interior is designed to be easily reconfigurable to accommodate passengers and equipment. The five-seat Tourneo Connect Active features a 60/40 split second row bench that folds flat for easy equipment loading and optimised luggage space. The longer Tourneo Grand Connect Active adds two more seats in a third row that folds into the floor when not in use. The Active series enhancements have no negative effect on Transit Connect’s load space. Load volume remains at 2.9m³ or 3.6m³ depending on the wheelbase specified, with payloads reaching 982kg. Advanced driver assistance and powertrains All new Tourneo Connect Active and Transit Connect Active models are powered by Ford’s 1.5‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine featuring advance fuel injection, turbocharging and emission-control technologies with a low-friction design to deliver responsive performance alongside reduced fuel consumption.1 Available with 100PS or 120PS power outputs, the engine is offered alongside a choice of smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions. The mLSD is available on both Tourneo and Transit Connect models as an option with the 120PS manual powertrain. The Active series models benefit from the same comprehensive suite of Ford’s advanced safety and driver assistance systems as the rest of the Connect range, designed to help reduce driver fatigue and avoid or mitigate the effects of accidents. Features include Intelligent Speed Limiter2 technology that can help drivers avoid speeding fines by automatically adjusting maximum vehicle speed to remain within legal limits, Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking,2 Side Wind Stabilisation,2 and Active Park Assist2 that helps to steer the vehicle into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. 1Homologated fuel efficiency and CO2 data will be published closer to on-sale date. The declared fuel/energy consumptions, CO2-emissions and electric range are determined according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended. Light Duty Vehicle type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) will have fuel/energy consumption and CO2-emission information for New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) and WLTP. WLTP will fully replace the NEDC latest by the end of the year 2020. The applied standard test procedures enable comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. During NEDC phase-out, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are being correlated back to NEDC. There will be some variance to the previous fuel economy and emissions as some elements of the tests have altered, so the same car might have different fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 2Driver-assist features are supplemental to and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgement and need to control the vehicle.
  11. Premium Members can benefit from the following Trade Discount Structure Minimum order quantity 5 pieces, payment with order, delivery within 5-10 days. 1. On orders between 1-25 pieces, 10.0%. 2. On orders over the first 25 up to 50 pieces, 12.5% 3. On orders over the first 50 up to 75 pieces, 15.0% 4. On orders over the first 75 up to 100 pieces, 17.5% 5. As soon as your orders are over 100 pieces in any one year, 20.0%, this will remain in force as long as your average annual orders from then on remain at 100 pieces or more. If the average drops to say 85 pieces then the percentage at item 4 will apply i.e. 17.5%
  12. The popular Ford Fiesta compact hatchback – the automaker’s best-selling model in Europe – is now available to order with an electrified powertrain for the first time, Ford today announced Ford EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains, available from £19,860 with Fiesta Titanium, will deliver enhanced fuel efficiency for Fiesta drivers while complementing Ford’s “fun to drive” experience with more powerful and responsive performance. The 48-volt mild hybrid technology is introduced alongside sophisticated new driver assistance technologies including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Speed Sign Recognition, designed to deliver less stressful driving experiences on highways and around town.1 “Adding EcoBoost Hybrid technology to Fiesta’s best-in-class driving dynamics means customers can have even more power and still go further on a tank of fuel,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “The Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid will help Ford bring the benefits of electrification to more drivers than ever before.” Ford is committed to offering an electrified version of every passenger vehicle it brings to market in Europe and will grow its range of electrified vehicles in Europe to 18 on sale before the end of 2021. Fiesta’s non-hybrid powertrains are also further enhanced with the latest generation 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine and a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, for optimised fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.2 In addition, Fiesta is now better connected than ever following the introduction of a standard FordPass Connect modem enabling a range of functions to make the ownership experience easier and more rewarding using the FordPass mobile app.3 The diverse Ford Fiesta range includes the stylish Fiesta Trend and Fiesta Titanium and Titanium X, SUV-inspired Fiesta Active Edition and Active X Edition crossover, sporty Fiesta ST-Line Edition and ST-Line X Edition and upscale Fiesta Vignale Edition in three- and five-door body styles depending on variant. Ford sold nearly 78,000 Fiestas in UK in 2019, a third of the 227,000 sold across Europe. EcoBoost Hybrid efficiency Fiesta drivers can now benefit from Ford’s sophisticated EcoBoost Hybrid technology, first introduced for passenger vehicle customers in the new Ford Puma crossover in late 2019. Available in 125 PS and 155 PS power outputs, Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid models feature a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) in place of the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The BISG also acts as a motor, integrating with the engine and using the stored energy to provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries. The intelligent, self-regulating mild-hybrid system continuously monitors how the vehicle is being used to determine when and how intensively to charge the battery for optimal benefit, and when to utilise the stored battery charge using one of two strategies: Torque substitution, which deploys the electric motor functionality of the BISG to provide up to 24 Nm of torque – reducing the amount of work required from the petrol engine and contributing to CO2 emissions 109 g/km WLTP and fuel efficiency from 52.3 mpg WLTP. Using torque substitution, the 125 PS EcoBoost Hybrid delivers a fuel efficiency improvement of almost 5 per cent compared to the traditional petrol 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine (NEDC) Torque supplementation, which deploys the electric motor functionality of the BISG to increase the peak torque available from the powertrain by up to 20 Nm above the level available from the petrol engine alone – delivering 240 Nm for the 155 PS powertrain and up to 50 per cent more torque at lower rpm The BISG also has enabled Ford engineers to lower the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine’s compression ratio and add a larger turbocharger for more power, by mitigating turbo-lag using torque supplementation that also rotates the engine faster for maintained turbocharger boost response. The more powerful BISG also enables the Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid’s Auto Start-Stop technology to operate in a wider range of scenarios for even greater fuel savings, including when coasting to a stop below 15 mph and even when the vehicle is in gear with the clutch pedal depressed. Both Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and traditional petrol powertrains – available with 95 PS and 125 PS power outputs – now utilise the latest generation of the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine featuring cylinder deactivation. The technology further enhances fuel efficiency by automatically switching off one of the cylinders when full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine and can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds with no compromise in performance or refinement. Fiesta’s 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine can now also be specified with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that offers seamless gear changes for optimised refinement and fuel efficiency improvements of up to 15 per cent compared to the out-going 100 PS 1.0‑litre EcoBoost six-speed automatic configuration (NEDC) – despite offering 25 per cent more power. An 85 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine is also offered for high-mileage drivers. Advanced and connected Fiesta Technologies introduced to Fiesta for the first time deliver a more refined, relaxing and connected driving experience – help drivers negotiate stop-start and highway traffic with greater confidence than ever before. Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go and Speed Sign Recognition helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead. The system also helps reduce stress during long road trips and can adjust the vehicle speed to within legal limits by monitoring the roadside and overhead gantries for speed signs. Stop & Go – available with the seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission – enables the ACC system to bring the vehicle to a complete halt in stop-start traffic and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than 3 seconds. For stopping durations greater than 3 seconds, the driver can push a steering wheel button or gently apply the accelerator to pull away. Standard FordPass Connect modem technology allows customers to remotely control a selection of vehicle features from any location with a mobile data signal. In addition to helping drivers plan faster, less stressful journeys with Live Traffic updates for the available navigation system, customers can use the FordPass mobile app to operate Door Lock Unlock, Remote Start4 for Fiesta models with seven-speed automatic transmission, Vehicle Locator, and Vehicle Status for checking fuel level, alarm status, tyre pressures, oil life and more Fiesta’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system5 is also updated to be more intuitive and easier to use, with a new user interface that features larger buttons displayed on the 8-inch colour touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility remain included free-of-charge. A new wireless charging pad also is offered, helping occupants effortlessly charge smartphones on the move. Further updates for the Fiesta range include: Perpendicular Park Assist functionality now added to Active Park Assist for Fiesta Active and ST‑Line variants, helping drivers park hands-free side-by-side with other cars Cross Traffic Alert enhanced with Active Braking, to provide drivers with a warning when reversing of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them, and now able to apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions if drivers do not respond to warnings New Sport and Trail Selectable Drive Modes added to the existing Normal, Eco and Slippery modes for the Fiesta Active, helping drivers fully exploit Fiesta’s fun to drive character and more easily tackle soft and deformable surfaces Fiesta’s available premium B&O Sound System sub-woofer is relocated to the wheel arch to maximise luggage space and make a spare wheel available in combination with the B&O Sound System “Fiesta is now easier to enjoy than ever. With FordPass Connect you can lock and unlock, find where you parked, check your last trip and make sure you have enough fuel for your next journey all from the palm of your hand, so you’re always ready to go,” de Waard said.
  13. The new Ford Ranger Thunder brings style and enhanced specification to Europe’s best-selling pick-up, now available to order from £32,965 (RRP, excluding VAT) for late summer delivery Limited to 1,400 examples for the UK and 30 for Ireland, Ranger Thunder adds exclusive interior and exterior design to the 2020 International Pick-up Award-winner, with plenty of popular practical options as standard. Powered by Ford’s bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, providing 213PS and 500Nm of torque, Ranger Thunder also features Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard for smooth shifting and effortless performance on- and off-road. Derived from the highly popular Ranger Wildtrak series, Thunder combines high specification with optimised load hauling and tough four-wheel drive capability. “With an edgier look for customers who aren’t afraid to be noticed, the new Ranger Thunder will be an unmistakeable presence” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “This capable, comfortable and stylish addition to Europe’s best-selling pick-up range is as tough and versatile as it is charismatic.” Tough and distinctive design Ranger Thunder is offered in a single specification, finished in Sea Grey with bold red highlights on the grille and sports hoop, complemented by three-dimensional-effect “Thunder” badges for the driver and front passenger doors and tailgate, while the “Ranger” logo is finished in matte black. Thunder also gains exclusive 18-inch black alloy wheels and Ebony Black executions for the front grille, rear bumper, skid plates, fog light surrounds, load bay sports hoop and door handles. LED headlights with darkened bezels are also standard, with darkened taillight bezels at the rear. A black Mountain Top powder-coated roller shutter with bedliner divider is available as an optional extra on Thunder, enhancing load bay practicality with style. Inside, Thunder is equipped with full Ebony leather seats with distinctive “Thunder” red embroidery and matching stitching across the steering wheel, seats, instrument panel and key touch points throughout the cabin. Black floor mats are also standard and contrast with bespoke red-illuminated sill plates. Proven powertrain The Ranger Thunder’s powerful bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine offers outstanding pulling power, using twin turbochargers in series at lower engine speeds for enhanced torque and responsiveness, and bypassing the smaller turbocharger at higher engine speeds to provide maximum boost from the larger turbocharger for peak power. Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission offers performance and durability proven in applications as diverse as the Ford F-150 pick-up and Ford Mustang. The transmission features a wide spread of ratios and real-time adaptive shift-scheduling that adapts to changing conditions – enabling the optimal gear to be selected for performance, fuel efficiency or refinement in any driving scenario. Thunder features Ranger’s proven four-wheel drive system for highly competent off-road capability and will deliver fuel efficiency up to 36.2mpg and CO2 emissions from 205g/km (NEDC), or 31.0mpg and 239g/km (WLTP). Ranger had its best-ever year in 2019, with 52,500 vehicles sold across Europe and more than 16,000 of those in the UK alone. Total UK Ranger sales are expected to pass 150,000 later this year, since it was launched in 1998. This is third generation Ranger Thunder, with the first making its debut in 2003 and the second in 2009.