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#407 of 486 Re: Wow! [dieselone]
Sep 18, 2012 (9:36 am)
It can, though I'm not sure it would be all that peppy given it is a 3500# car. It guess its overall feel would be determined more by its driving dynamics than its acceleration. I think that, in this case, we were discussing the hybrid version specifically. But, if they can pull off something like mid 30s EPA rating on the car, it should be quite a hit given that it knocks the pants off the other class offerings in terms of looks.
#408 of 486 Re: Wow! [xwesx]
Sep 18, 2012 (12:45 pm)
It can, though I'm not sure it would be all that peppy given it is a 3500# car.
I'm optimistic considering the 1.6 ecoboost has a decent amount of torque across a wide rpm range. So while it certainly won't be fast, with a manual, it could be entertaining to drive at least.
#409 of 486 Re: Wow! [dieselone]
Sep 18, 2012 (1:27 pm)
I agree, depending on driving dynamics. It certainly looks like it could be entertaining!
I'm still nursing my annoyance with Ford being non-committal about putting the 1.6L ecoboost in the Fiesta. That would be fun. Heck, it's fun without the ecoboost; having it would be a downright BLAST!
#410 of 486 Re: big changes coming? [steve_]
Sep 18, 2012 (6:27 pm)
The unions always seem to pick Ford when times are difficult. I guess they're an easy mark for caving in.
#411 of 486 Re: big changes coming? [berri]
Sep 19, 2012 (6:12 am)
Actually, Ford was the last to cave into the UAW. Henry Ford had his own private army of thugs led by Harry Bennett, who was nothing more than a gangster, to attack striking workers.
#412 of 486 Re: big changes coming? [lemko]
Sep 19, 2012 (8:03 am)
But that was 80 years ago.
Right now Ford is targeted because they are the healthiest of the big 3.
#413 of 486 A vote against Mytouch and screens in gen'l;
Sep 30, 2012 (4:28 pm)
An ad for the new Ford Focus states "...Your music. Phone contacts. The perfect temperature. Even directions to just about anywhere you need to go. Using touch controls and voice commands, SYNC with MyFord Touch provides an easy-to-use way to access your vehicle's systems with your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road." How myTouch keeps your eyes on the road is mystifying. I think all screens (whether navigation, information, or whatever) should be banned from automobiles. They all take your eyes off the road. Voice activated systems are fine. Anything you have to read is an accident waiting to happen. Sync is good. Mytouch is just the wrong way to go. Cadillac advertises that it has a screen just like your computer on its mid dash. Terrific. I don't understand why the Highway Traffic and Safety Board has not banned all displays in cars that are intended for the driver. If you have to read it, it doesn't belong. The speedometer and tach are front and center and high and actually are not useful information most of the time. You don't read them; you glance at the analog display. The introduction of elctronic displays is a major step backward in automobile safety. I also think that cell phone signals should be shorted out by the metallic shell of the car (ban the antennae) so no one can use a cell phone in a car. Ever. Stop and get out if you have some chatting to do or schedules to check up on. Cars have lethal momentum and are not a place for convenience or daydreaming. I know I am in a minority and this will never happen but there is no logical need for these displays. Cars are full of unnecessary dodads like foglights which cannot help unless your speed in less than 15 mph or you outdrive them. Spoilers are decoration in most cars. And so on. I fear that fashion has made cars less safe even as the construction and airbags, etc make the cars safer. I would like to hear an argument in favor of screens you have to read. Anyone. Bueller?
#414 of 486 Re: A vote against Mytouch and screens in gen'l; [pod]
Oct 01, 2012 (4:58 pm)
I agree that having to take your eyes off the road is too dangerous. When we were looking at a new Crossover back in April and May we liked the Edge and the MY Ford Touch seemed like a neat idea. You were able to look to the right of the speedometer to select what you wanted to control by voice only. So actually with this setup you could do most things like change the Temperature, Radio Station or make a call without moving your eyes more than you would to check your speed. We decided on a Toyota Highlander because for my wife the Ford setup was too complicated because she is Technologically challenged and it was going to be her car. For me I would have loved it. Actually the Toyota had a better ride and the interior cabin was much more quiet.
#415 of 486 Re: A vote against Mytouch and screens in gen'l; [mtnman1]
Oct 01, 2012 (5:56 pm)
Personally, I don't really want to talk to my car, but then I think walking around talking into Bluetooth can sometimes look like someone is retarded or something. I've rented a few new Explorer's and thought that the dash was kind of an ergonomic mess. The speedometer is buried in the corner and too small with weird increments. the touch controls don't always work when you touch them - sometimes you have to punch them. Didn't try to synch them, but the blogs aren't very pretty about that function either. It did get decent mileage for its size.
#416 of 486 Ford and GM report record sales in China
by steve_ HOST
Oct 10, 2012 (6:17 am)
"Ford Motor Co. said September was its best month ever in China thanks to strong passenger car sales, particularly sales of the Focus compact car.
Ford China and its partners registered 59,570 sales in September, up 35 percent compared to last September."
Ford posts record September sales in China (Detroit News)