Ford at KLIMS

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid previews the Fusion for Malaysia

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    One final shout from the Ford stand at KLIMS13, and it’s a wrap of the Blue Oval reports from the show – the Ford Fusion Hybrid on display went about its business in quiet fashion; even on the press day last week, its shinier stable mates were getting all the looks and attention and largely ignoring it.

    The hybrid bit of the Fusion is actually less important than the fact that the car previews the next-gen Mondeo that will eventually make its way here. Interestingly, the Mondeo nameplate will be dropped – the Fusion name is set to take over on the car when it arrives.

    The Fusion Hybrid is powered by a 2.0 litre Atkinson cycle four-pot and an electric motor delivering 191 PS. In the US, Ford claims that its fuel economy will outperform the Camry Hybrid by four mpg (city) and five mpg (highway), and the Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and four mpg, respectively.

  • Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 shown at KLIMS13

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    The star of the Ford display at KLIMS13 has undoubtedly been the LHD fifth-gen Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Great to look at, the highest-spec S197 ‘tang, equipped with a 662 hp and 855 Nm 5.8 litre supercharged V8 and a Tremec six-speed manual, but it might as well be an alien craft to most.

    The next Mustang, however, is set to be a more familiar face to Malaysians. Yes, the word is that the Blue Oval is planning to introduce the RHD version of the S550 here when the upcoming sixth-gen enters the market. The UK is already confirmed as a market for the variant, as is Australia, the latter set to get the car in 2016.

    It’s too early to see how things will shape up here exactly – we’re told that the smallest current engine choice, the 305 hp 3.7 litre Ti-VCT V6, is a strong contender, but there’s a more sensible option to be had in the form of a 2.3 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo that’s being planned for select markets. Certainly, that one sounds like an easier proposition to digest.

    The sixth-generation Mustang will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show next April, coinciding with the Mustang’s 50th anniversary, but chances are, the earliest we’ll see the new pony car in these parts of the woods will be nearly three years from now, when Australia begins bringing it in.

  • Ford Kuga Titanium+ – higher-spec arrives in 2014

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    More from the Ford stand at KLIMS13. The more astute observer will notice that the Ford Kuga Titanium+ on display at the show is a bit different to the Titanium version in the market right now – in essence, the Titanium+ adds on equipment to bring it up to level’s trim as seen on Australian examples, and is set to be introduced in Malaysia next year.

    The Oz Titanium variant wears 19-inch wheels and 235/45 tyres, as well as full leather seats, and these will make their way on to the Titanium+ (the current variant is shod with 17-inch nine double-spoke alloys, wrapped with 235/55 rubbers, and fabric/leather combination seats, following an Australian Trend level specification).

    The Titanium+ will also add an openable Panorama roof and add elements from the Technology Pack like Active Park Assist. It will also feature Adaptive Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiting Device (ASLD) and a Collision Mitigation System.

    Otherwise, the SUV will be that as seen now – the 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbocharged direct-injection engine’s 180 PS at 5,700 rpm and 240 Nm at 1,600 rpm to 5,000 rpm carries on unchanged. No word on pricing for the higher-spec variant as yet. Read our review of the Ford Kuga here.

  • Ford Focus Sport+ Graphite Edition – a loaded one-off

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    The Ford stand at KLIMS isn’t just about cars that are coming our way next year – the Ford Focus Sport+ Graphite Edition dresses up the third-gen C346 in a bold way. The car is a one-off designed for the show, and is likely to be auctioned off once its tour of duty is complete.

    A CLAWS suspension and springs system lowers the Graphite, which sits on 19-inch Dotz Fast Fifteen alloys. The exterior is clad with a stone chip protected matte film job and red striped decals, and further dressed up with a Graphite Edition bodykit, replete with DRLs. Oh, and an unmissable carbon-fibre bonnet as well.

    Inside, the door panels and steering wheel have been wrapped in Alcantara, and the roof lining given a black fabric retrim. Recaro Pole Position Furious Black front seats, complete with adaptors and railings, finishes the interior’s add-on list.

    No mechanical changes otherwise, so it’s very much a base Focus Sport+ all done up. Word is that the entire bag of dress-up tricks is worth about RM30k, so it’ll be interesting to see if any premium is attached to the one-off’s eventual pricing.

  • Ford Fiesta ST shown at KLIMS13 – arrives in 2014

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    The Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost isn’t the only new B299 variant making its way here next year – 2014 will also see the introduction of the Fiesta ST performance hatchback in Malaysia. Ahead of its arrival, an example at KLIMS13 is offering a preview of what to expect.

    The three-door ST (there’s a five-door ST version as well, but only for the US market) is powered by a 1.6 litre EcoBoost petrol unit offering 182 PS at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm at 4,200 rpm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

    Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.9 seconds and a 224 km/h top speed, while the combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 litres per 100 km.

    Tech bits of note include a specially-modified front steering knuckle, adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll-stiffness, unique front and rear spring and damper settings as well as Torque Vectoring Control (eTVC) and three-mode AdvanceTrac ESC, offering a choice of full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention and full ESC off.

    The ST at KLIMS13, finished in the model’s signature Molten Orange shade, features a two-tone grey scheme for its seats (as seen in the Australian-market example), somewhat more sedate than that seen on the global launch car. Pricing hasn’t been fixed, but an estimated price of RM150k to RM155k is being bandied at the moment.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the final selling price can take the ST close to the RM140k Peugeot 208 GTi – the VW Polo GTI would complete an intriguing trinity of options for B-segment pocket rocket shoppers. Check out what the Fiesta ST looks like on the move here, and with a chap named Ken Block behind the wheel.

  • Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost previewed at KLIMS13

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    Like the Ford Ecosport, the Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost is being previewed at the Blue Oval stand at KLIMS13. The car, however, won’t be making its Malaysian market debut until the first quarter of 2014, sometime in March.

    The display example – finished in a shade called Hot Mustard, which won’t be coming here – is a UK market unit that has been brought in for the show, and it’ll be heading back once done. It’s a bit of a mix and match, this one – there’s auto AC, but no front fog lamps, and the original wheels are steel units that dress up the baseline Studio and Style variants in the UK.

    For the event, the steel wheels make way for 12-spoke Mak XLR wheels, and the car’s fabric seats have been temporarily replaced by the ones from the 1.5 Sport. The bodykit – front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser – is a custom job by SDAC, and should find its way on to the Malaysian-spec car when that arrives.

    If you’re able to get up close and personal with the car at the show, you’ll notice a couple of things that gives the particular B299 facelift away as a non-ASEAN car.

    The soft-touch dashboard top is one, and the front door card design is the other – the European Fiesta features a different grab handle layout, with the side mirror adjustment switches placed in a lower position than in the ASEAN version, which retains the pre-facelift door card plan.

    The 1.0 EcoBoost GTDI three-cylinder destined for the region will be the 125 PS version (the UK also has a lower state of tune 100 PS unit). Equipped with a Continental low-inertia turbocharger, the mill offers 170 Nm of twist from 1,400-4,000 rpm (with 200 Nm on overboost), paired with a Getrag 6DCT250 dual-clutch transmission. Performance figures include a 196 km/h top speed and a combined fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 km.

    Standard kit for the Malaysian-spec car will include auto AC, auto headlamps/wipers, keyless entry and push-button start as already seen on the 1.5 Sport that was launched in September, and the model should also have the Safety Pack and its seven airbags in the equation.

    Production of the ASEAN 1.0 EcoBoost Fiesta is slated to begin in Thailand – the car is also due to make its way to Australia, with a December launch date there having being bandied about earlier. As of now, order taking for the 1.0 EcoBoost has begun, with the estimated price for it being listed at RM96,000 to RM99,000, which is RM9k onwards from the facelifted 1.5 Sport.

  • Ford EcoSport 1.5 Titanium previewed at KLIMS13

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    Ford is previewing a number of upcoming vehicles at its stand in KLIMS13, and one of those in the spotlight is the EcoSport – the B-segment SUV isn’t going on sale just yet, but order books have opened for the second-generation model, which sits on a B3 (or if you will, a B2E) platform shared with the sixth-gen B299 Fiesta.

    As it stands, the EcoSport is set to enter the Malaysian market by the middle of 2014, with estimated pricing listed at RM98k to RM108k, putting it very close to the Peugeot 2008 in terms of price. The vehicle will debut here in its 1.5 litre Ti-VCT form, with 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,400 rpm – the Sigma family mill will be paired with a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch auto transmission. Down the road, a 1.0 litre EcoBoost variant should join the lineup.

    The display example at the show is a Titanium version, finished in the signature Mars Red, sitting on 16-inch wheels and 205/60 tyres. The show car is actually an Indian market model, but the final product we’ll be getting will be from Thailand, built at the Ford Thailand Manufacturing plant in Rayong.

    When it arrives, the EcoSport should feature kit such as Ford SYNC, smart keyless entry and push-start ignition, rear parking sensors and dual front/side curtain airbags (the Titanium version has seven airbags). The EcoSport made its global debut in India as a concept back in 2012, and had its ASEAN premiere earlier this year at the Bangkok International Motor Show.

    Read our review of the EcoSport here.

  • Ford Ecosport SUV and Fiesta 1.0L Ecoboost to make debut at KLIMS13, where order books open


    Ford is preparing a big show at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 (KLIMS13), which starts next week (Nov 15) at the Putra World Trade Centre. Themed “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” Ford’s display will feature cars from yesteryear, as well as current models and upcoming ones.

    For the latter, the Ford EcoSport compact SUV and Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost variant will make their Malaysian debuts at the show. The EcoSport is likely to launch with a 1.5 litre Ti-VCT engine, as per the facelifted Fiesta that was launched here in September. The SUV is available with a 1.0L Ecoboost elsewhere, so perhaps that might come in some day as a range-topper.

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    The turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0L Ecoboost engine in the Fiesta is of course the reigning International Engine of the Year, having retained the title it won in 2012. Ford says that the 120 PS/170 Nm mill delivers up to 20% improvement in fuel economy and 15% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to larger displacement engines. The 1.5 Ti-VCT in the Fiesta facelift does 112 PS and 140 Nm.

    Both cars will be open for bookings at KLIMS13. Customers who put their name down for a new Ford along with a deposit of RM500 will receive a special gift, while stocks last. Those interested in the Focus Sport+ and Titanium+ and Kuga SUV have additional Big Deal incentives.

    Also on display, but not for sale, are the 1928 Ford Model A pick-up (original condition with minor restoration), the 662 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The latter is also known as the new Ford Mondeo, so it can be considered a preview of the D-segment sedan that will be coming in the future.


    We hear that the Fiesta ST hot hatch and Everest Concept (SUV based on the Ranger T6) might also turn up at PWTC, so there’s plenty to see at Ford, for sure.

    Ford’s KLIMS guests will also have the chance to win prizes in contests and trivia challenges, as well as enjoy various live performances. In addition, YouTube sensation and Morning Crew DJ Jinny Boy will be signing autographs on Sunday, November 17. On that day, a limited number of Ford-only parking lots will be available at a discounted rate, offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    We have a review of the Ford Ecosport SUV from India, where it was launched earlier this year – click here to read the story and view the gallery.

  • AD: Ford – Going Further to bring quality, green, safe and smart cars to the Malaysian market


    Ford’s tagline is Go Further, and the brand promise is visible in all of its business pursuits. From vehicle development to its worldwide automotive operations, from technology research to corporate citizenship, going further for its customers is at the heart of everything the Detroit-based carmaker does. Quality, Green, Safe and Smart are the four foundations of a Ford vehicle, as explained over the past month.

    Ford’s business strategy – greater cooperation across its global operations, clearer focus and less complexity – make up what it calls the “One Ford” plan. Ford’s vehicle portfolio and market presence is wide, but the company is working steadily to reduce the number of region-specific vehicles, making clear to customers what makes a Ford a Ford, regardless of geography. This has strengthened brand identity and accelerated development of new products that appeal to drivers worldwide.

    It’s working, and two prime examples of One Ford are the Fiesta and Focus, models that are not only fun to drive, but fuel efficient and packed with class-leading features and tech. The Focus was the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world in 2012 and has retained that title for the first half of 2013. The Fiesta ranks as the fourth best-selling vehicle worldwide and is the world’s best-selling subcompact car through June 2013, demonstrating impressive growth in Ford’s key markets worldwide, including ASEAN.


    Ford was founded on the belief that in order to be a serious contender in the automotive industry, a company must deliver products with a strong emphasis on quality. In every Ford product, Ford goes further to ensure vehicles are built strong, run well and look great.

    This starts with thorough research and testing: robotic high-impact testing and quality inspection, dirt-detecting technology to improve paint surfacing, 3D mapping for more precise construction and more. A more exciting side of quality – providing customers with pride of ownership, the thrill of owning a beautiful product – is not forgotten. Ford’s Kinetic Design and ergonomically-designed interiors see to this.

    At Ford, going further as a strong corporate citizen means designing and implementing business practices that hold up to the test of business-savvy sustainability. Going further means approaching sustainability as a strategic business goal – not just as a corporate social responsibility tactic. No seperation here.

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    Ford’s sustainability strategy focuses on reducing carbon emissions, reducing water usage and waste, supporting and creating responsible supply chain management, advocating human rights.

    Besides coming out with fuel efficient tech such as EcoBoost engines, Ford is constantly searching for alternative, lower-quality water sources for manufacturing needs and is developing a new global waste reduction strategy, with the goal of reducing waste sent to landfills by 40% per vehicle by 2016. Sustainability, human rights and working conditions throughout the supply chain is also an area of focus.

    Ford founder Henry Ford wanted to “put the world on wheels,” and he did – as safely as possible. Ford has long been an automotive safety pioneer – the first to feature standard safety glass, the first to offer safety belts, the first automaker to begin airbag research, the first to offer anti-lock brakes, and the list goes on.

    These days, Ford is prioritising cutting-edge safety tech and high-quality construction materials across its line-up. From next-gen airbags to the first-ever inflatable seat belts, to employing ultra-high-strength steel in the vehicle frame, Ford is going further to provide peace-of-mind and security to customers and their families.

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    Ford is also going further by leading the industry in preventing and countering the effects of distracted driving. With hands-free in-car communications and entertainment systems, to Ford’s exclusive Blind Spot Information System alert and Active City Stop, Ford is a frontrunner in keeping drivers’ hands, eyes and minds on the road ahead. BLIS, Active City Stop and Ford SYNC are available in models like the Kuga and Focus in Malaysia.

    Developed with Microsoft, Ford’s exclusive SYNC system demonstrates the company’s leadership in developing car connectivity technologies, merging consumers’ love of mobile phones (obsession for some of us) and their vehicles. Seamless communications transitions, hands-free responsiveness, in-car phone call management – all without sacrificing connectivity or taking the driver’s hands and eyes away from the road. More concentration, less chance of an accident.

    Other smart tech include Active Park Assist and Curve Control. APA uses an ultrasonic-based sensing system and electric power-assisted steering to position the vehicle for parallel parking, calculating the optimal steering angle to quickly and easily steer the vehicle into the parking spot. No sweat.


    Curve Control, available in the Kuga, is designed to help drivers maintain control of their vehicle when entering a curve too quickly. The system can apply four-wheel smart braking to reduce vehicle speed by up to 16 km/h in approximately one second, keeping the vehicle on the intended path.

    Ford has long been an automotive pioneer, known for its revolutionary manufacturing and assembly innovations in the early days of mass-produced automobiles. The carmaker continues that heritage to this day, pushing itself beyond what’s available to give what customers want today and discovering what customers will want in the days and years to come.


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  • AD: Ford’s smart tech for safer, more efficient driving


    Performance and fuel efficiency used to be at opposite ends of the scale – it was either or, and you couldn’t have your cake and eat it. That was then, Ford’s Ecoboost is now.

    Part of the engine downsizing trend, Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology combines turbocharging and direct gasoline injection to deliver up to 20% improvement in fuel economy and 15% less CO2 emissions without sacrificing the power drivers want, with driving performance compared to larger displacement engines. As Malaysia’s road tax is based on engine capacity, there’s added savings there, too.

    Recently, Ford’s ultra-fuel efficient and spirited 1.0L EcoBoost engine was named the 2013 International Engine of the Year, one of the most prestigious global awards in the auto industry. This win marks the second straight year that Ford’s acclaimed three-cylinder engine has captured the coveted crown.


    In fact, not only did the 1.0L EcoBoost engine achieve the highest score in the awards’ 15-year history, the 2013 win also represents only the third time that a manufacturer has been given the title back-to-back. Additionally, the 1.0L EcoBoost retained its “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” title, a pre-requisite to being shortlisted for the overall award.

    The Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost has also won the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation at German magazine Auto Motor und Sport’s Best Cars Awards, the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain, and a Breakthrough Award from American magazine Popular Mechanics.

    The good news for Malaysians is that this award-winning powerplant will be coming to our shores next year, powering the facelifted Ford Fiesta that was launched last month with a 1.5L engine. Ecoboost engines also power the Ford Mondeo, S-Max MPV, Kuga SUV and Focus ST hot hatch in Malaysia.


    Many feel the need to stay connected in today’s fast-paced urban lifestyle, even when driving, but fiddling with your smartphone while on the wheel is a dangerous thing to do.

    Ford’s in-vehicle connectivity solution to this scenario is called Ford SYNC. Developed with Microsoft, SYNC is an advanced software platform that allows consumers to operate digital media players and Bluetooth-enabled phones in the car via voice command. In Malaysia, SYNC is available in the new Ford Fiesta, Kuga and third-gen Focus.

    SYNC includes many of the same features offered on mobile phones – caller ID, call waiting, conference calling, caller log, contact list and more – all conveniently located on the radio’s display screen. When paired with a Bluetooth-capable phone, SYNC can convert text messages and read them aloud. Drivers can choose to reply from any of 20 predefined responses.


    In addition, SYNC offers voice-activated, hands-free calling – keeping the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Simply by pressing the “Push to Talk” button on the steering wheel and saying the name of the contact, SYNC will automatically connect with the names in the paired phone’s contact list. The voice recognition tech also allows users to browse their music collection on a connected digital music player, mobile phone or USB drive by genre, album, artist or song title, all via voice commands.

    Ford estimates that by 2015, there will be more than 14 million vehicles worldwide equipped with SYNC, but the journey doesn’t stop there. Last month, Ford announced plans to acquire Livio, a Michigan-based software development startup that builds products and software tools to support smartphone and car connectivity.

    In August, the carmaker announced the beginning of a three-year research project with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to analyse space-based robotic communications systems to aid in mobility solutions for vehicles, with the aim of reducing traffic accidents and ease congestion by enabling vehicles to communicate with each other, as well as with infrastructure such as traffic lights and buildings.


    Another smart and safe feature is the Ford-exclusive Curve Control technology. Launched in 2011, this pioneering tech is designed to help drivers maintain control of their vehicle when taking a curve too quickly. When Curve Control senses such a situation, it applies four-wheel braking to reduce vehicle speed by up to 16 km/h in approximately one second, giving the drive a better chance to stay on track and in control. Curve Control comes standard with the Ford Kuga in Malaysia.

    From connectivity solutions and safety tech to powerful yet fuel-efficient engines, Ford is continuously reaching for new ideas and new ways to go further with game-changing technologies.


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