Ian Callum honoured with London Classic Car show Icon Award

PRETORIA. Gauteng – One of the international greats of automotive design, Ian Callum, (64) has been awarded the 2019 London Classic Car Show‘s Icon Award. The design director with Jaguar is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents and has, it was said at the presentation ”also had an enormous effect on…

Ford US focuses on teen drivers… lesson for SA’s road moguls?

Driving Skills for Life moves on to year 16 14-city US tour will give 6000 teens hands-on lessons Sleep suit will highlight drowsy driving, sharpen focus DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford America’s ‘Driving Skills for Life’ programme for teenagers has just started its 16th year of operation and, as it happens, Sixteeners can drive legally in…

Ford Gravity Sketch – an inside look at coming car-design

First automaker to work with Gravity Sketch 3D VR puts customers at the centre of design Help to fine-tune and build the best vehicles DEARBORN, Michigan – From a desk here at Ford’s Design Studio a designer pretending to be a buyer enters a virtual room to begin a 3D sketch to create a virtual…

Ford, VW to work together on ‘next mobility”

DETROIT, Michigan -Volkswagen and Ford have announced formal agreements towards a broad alliance to boost competitiveness and better serve customers ”in an era of rapid change in the industry”. VW CEO Dr Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed at the 2019 Detroit auto show that the companies would develop commercial vans and medium-sized…

Most powerful, fastest, dang Mustang to sally forth

2019 Mustang Shelby GT500 – most powerful street Ford yet Mid-threes to 100, sub-11 to cover quarter-mile Biggest brakes of any American sports coupe yet DETROIT, Michigan – This is the all-new Shelby GT500 – what Ford describes as ”the pinnacle of Pony Cars” (so far) from Ford Performance” capable of 522kW and said to…

US cops get supercars to hunt the robbers (etc)

New power trains and tech for US patrol cars Hybrid all-wheel-drive to save millions on fuel Better, safer, ‘officers’ offices’ for American police DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford believes it’s found the key to continue to supply nearly two-thirds of law enforcement agencies across the United States. More accurately, 65% of US police vehicles. And the key?…

2019 Ford Tourneo: Eight seats, choice of turbodiesel power

Custom people-mover ‘with bold exterior style’ Two front, six rear, fold ‘n tumble, seats Two specs of 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA has introduced a new version of its Tourneo Custom with, it says, ”an extensively revised and more premium interior” and a re-designed nose with a five-bar chromed grille….

It’s a Ford Transit panel van – but not as you know them…

  ‘Bold new design’  for Ford’s Transit Custom Updated cabin can double as mobile office Five models, long/short wheelbase, 3 trims PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford’s new Transit Custom, already claiming to be Europe’s top seller, has reached South Africa and will be used by Santa Claus for deliveries this Christmas. OK, maybe a bit…

Ford Titanium models (Figoratively speaking) joined by new star

Upmarket, high-tech, version of Ford Figo Titanium Dual side and curtain crash bags and MyKey Sync3 with 16.5cm colour control screen PRETORIA, Gauteng – The current Ford Figo range, launched in June 2018, been stretched with the arrival of another new top model. It’s the series-topping Titanium hatchback that brings with it, Ford says, ”a…

Ford year-end boost focuses on more EcoSport sales

New entry-level addition to EcoSport line-up ‘Impressive’ new-generation 1.5-litre three-cylinder Six crash bags, electronic stability contro PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford’s EcoSport SUV, launched in June 2018, has made a close-to-Christmas bid to boost sales. The Pretoria automaker says its making the model ”available to a wider range of price-conscious buyers” with the introduction of an replacement…

Ford’s compact Kuga SUV goes ST-Line, adds 1.5 turbodiesel

‘Bold styling, sporty driving dynamics Exclusive design elements, trim, suspension 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine on two models PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA has, it says, bolstered its presence in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) category by revising its Kuga range with respect to comfort and luxury, technology and safety, and ”engaging” and efficient driving dynamics….

Ford hops on for SanFran’s ‘last km’ mobility solution – scooters

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Ford Smart Mobility has acquired Spin, an electric scooter-sharing company that provides customers with a way to ”cover the last (or first) kilometre”. ”The acquisition,” Ford  says, ”is our latest strategic move to build a mobility portfolio to help customers to get to (or return from)  places more easily and quickly…