Ford Puma ST (2021): it’s up to you to create the next version of the vitamin SUV!

Ford Puma ST (2021) its up to you to create the next version of the vitamin SUV

Via a polling device on social networks (Twitter and Instagram), Ford invites its European fans to participate in the design of a new special series of the Puma ST.

Ford needs you The American manufacturer is embarking on an at least original approach by offering its European fans to participate in the creation of a new model .

Choose the color, the stickers or the name of the model

The brand is launching a series of online surveys to design a new special edition of the Puma ST . Until June 10, Twitter and Instagram users will have the opportunity to create the sports SUV of their dreams. In particular, they will be able to choose its exterior color, its stickers or the color of its brake calipers and the stitching of the seat belts . They will also be able to choose whether the exterior of the vehicle will be ST badged or whether it will be neutral. Best of all, it will also be up to them to choose the name of the special edition.

The technical characteristics, they will not vary. The model will still be powered by the 1.5l EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine with 200 hp and 320 Nm torque (0 to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds). Custom chassis (inspired by the Fiesta ST), limited slip differential (LSD), specific suspensions and selectable driving modes will also always be there.

On sale during the year!

The final characteristics and name of this new Puma ST will be revealed on June 18th . The model will then be produced at the Ford plant in Craiova, Romania, and available for sale later this year .

Official: Ford stops the Mondeo!

Official Ford stops the Mondeo

End of career for the Ford Mondeo. Launched in 1993 in Europe and since sold nearly 5 million units, the sedan will cease production in March 2022.

The sentence fell. On borrowed time for several years, the Mondeo is about to bow out . Ford has indeed decided to put an end to the production of its sedan. The American manufacturer will lower the curtain in a year, at the end of March 2022 .

Priority to SUVs …

In difficulty in recent years in Europe and launched in a large and heavy reorganization, the Dearborn firm will abandon the sedan segment , which is currently not very buoyant on the Old Continent, to turn to other more profitable sectors, and in particular that of SUV .

“In 2020, 39% of Ford’s passenger car sales were SUVs and crossovers, eight points more than in 2019,” said the manufacturer to explain its decision.

… and electrification

The focus will also be on electrification with an investment of at least $ 22 billion (around € 18.6 billion) globally. Thus, by mid-2026, 100% of the range of passenger vehicles will be available in a 100% electric or plug-in hybrid version, then 100% will be electric by 2030 .

Five million Mondeo sold since 1993

Launched in 1993 in Europe, where it replaced the Sierra, which won the European car of the year trophy in 1994, the Mondeo has survived the ages over four generations. Available as a SW station wagon, sporty ST versions and even a hybrid, the sedan has sold around five million units to date.

The Galaxy and S-Max continue their hybrid route

The large Galaxy and S-Max minivans , which were also in the hot seat , “will continue to be produced, with full hybrid versions recently unveiled ,” Ford concludes.

 

Ford: 6 new models running on E85 superethanol in 2021, including two hybrids

Ford 6 new models running on E85 superethanol in 2021, including two hybrids

Ford announces the launch in 2021 of six new models compatible with E85 Superethanol as standard.

Ford is not lacking in ambition for 2021, particularly in the field of electrification. This year, the American manufacturer will launch no less than 18 hybrid or 100% electric vehicles.

The brand will also ride on the success of E85 superethanol, the consumption of which increased by 4% last year in France despite the drop in traffic linked to the various episodes of confinement. Ford is now promising 6 new vehicles running on Superethanol (but also on Unleaded 95 E5 or E10).

City car, compact, SUV and utility use E85 Superethanol

The Fiesta EcoBoost, the Puma EcoBoost, the Focus EcoBoost mHEV, the Kuga FHEV, the Fiesta Van and the Transit Connect will in the coming months be compatible with biofuel, a mixture of ethanol and unleaded 95 gasoline, whose average price per liter is 0.66 €, two times cheaper than the SP95-E10

“When we returned to the market for vehicles originally compatible with E85 superethanol at the start of 2019, the Kuga was an immediate success in France,” said Louis-Carl Vignon, President of Ford France. “We are convinced that this fuel, cheaper and greener, is more in line with the expectations of the French. And now, 2 of our E85 compatible vehicles are also hybrids!”, He added, referring to the Focus and Kuga.

At the beginning of January 2021, some 2,300 stations, or 1 in 4 stations in France, were offering Superethanol-E85.

Ford Mustang: all-wheel drive on the next generation?

Ford mustang all wheel drive

Like its rival Dodge Challenger, the Ford Mustang musle-car could give way to all-wheel drive.

Will the legendary Ford Mustang switch to all-wheel drive? This is what new information from Ford Authority suggests. Specializing in models at the Blue Oval, the American media interviewed Ford Mustang product manager Jim Owens.

The latter half-confirmed the arrival of a Mustang 4×4 … “As you know, the Challenger is equipped with all-wheel drive. We are always looking for different types of performance, but we have nothing to announce. for the time being”…

Of course, that statement alone doesn’t mean much, but there’s no doubt that Ford is aware of the surge in sales of the Dodge Challenger with the introduction of this four-wheel drive variant. As the best-selling sports car in the world , the Mustang must maintain its leadership, especially in muscle cars. A possible all-wheel drive version of the Ford Mustang would allow the American manufacturer to settle more widely in markets where it would provide increased safety, especially in cold countries with snow-covered or icy roads.

The next Mustang with SUV DNA?

Technically, there are rumors that the next generation Mustang may share some of its DNA with that of the Ford group’s SUV, which will certainly facilitate the all-wheel drive transplant.