Cologne, Germany (Feb. 18, 2010) – Ford’s next-generation Focus makes its European debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show on March 2, just weeks after a global unveiling at the North American International Auto Show in January. This will be the first chance for European customers to see the car that spearheads Ford’s next generation of global C-platform models.
Taking their place alongside the next-generation Focus will be production versions of the all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, previewed at the Frankfurt Show last year. Ford is also announcing further technology enhancements for the Ford Kuga and Mondeo, plus revealing additional options for the new S-MAX and Galaxy.
All-new Ford C-MAX range
The all-new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, which go on sale later this year, will provide two of Ford’s star attractions at the Geneva Motor Show, bringing new levels of style and desirability to the compact Multi-Activity Vehicle (MAV) market.
Ford’s C-segment MAV customers now have the choice of a new 5-seat C-MAX or distinctive new 7-seat Grand C-MAX, which features twin sliding doors and innovative seat design to provide outstanding space and flexibility. The interior of the 5-seat C-MAX is revealed for the first time at Geneva.
The C-MAX features a coupe-like, sweeping roofline which falls off to the rear, without compromising the comfort and practicality of the vehicle. The 7-seat model features a higher roofline and thinner pillars which emphasize the generous room and visibility on offer within the cabin.
The all-new C-MAX cockpit will represent the next generation of Ford’s human machine interface (HMI) system. Key elements of this technology are two five-way toggle switches on the steering wheel, which control two main vehicle displays: one in the instrument cluster and the second mounted in a high position in the centre console. This simple, intuitive control system enables the driver to operate the key vehicle features while keeping both hands on the wheel, and with a minimum of distraction.
Fuel-efficient, low- CO2 powertrains for the C-MAX range include the new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine and updated 1.6- and 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.
“The launch of the new C-MAX range is highly significant, and shows customers worldwide that they can expect some truly exciting designs as we roll out our new global range of medium cars,” said John Fleming, Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe. “The new C-MAX is just the start – with the next-generation Focus coming quickly after, we look forward to revealing more of the story in the very near future.”
New powertrains for Ford Kuga strengthen its class-leading position
The stylish Ford Kuga crossover strengthens its reputation as the leading vehicle in its class, with exciting new powertrain and transmission options designed to boost performance and improve fuel economy and CO2 performance.
The updated Kuga offers a powerful new 163 PS version of Ford’s proven 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, achieving a CO2 output of just 159g/km in the All Wheel Drive (AWD) models with manual transmission (a 6 per cent reduction compared to the previous 136 PS engine). Efficiency advantages delivered by the newly-available advanced Ford PowerShift gearbox, generate CO2 emissions for the 140 and 163 PS AWD diesel automatics of a class-leading 179g/km.
With 20 per cent more peak power, the new 163 PS engine improves the performance of the Kuga, increasing the top speed from 112 to 121 mph and cutting the 0-62 mph time from 10.7 to 9.6 seconds, as well as meeting the latest European Stage V emissions standards.
New Ford EcoBoost petrol and improved diesel engines for Mondeo
The benchmark Ford Mondeo now benefits from improved fuel economy and lower emissions combined with stronger performance thanks to new high efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol-injection turbocharged petrol and upgraded Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engines. These same engines are already receiving widespread acclaim in the new S-MAX and Galaxy, also on show in Geneva.
Mondeo receives the all-new, high efficiency, turbocharged, 203 PS 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi petrol engine and significantly improved Stage V, 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesels with 115 PS and 140 PS power outputs, plus an impressive new 163 PS version.
In addition, the smooth and effortless Ford PowerShift six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission system comes to the Mondeo range, fitted as standard with the 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and optionally available for the 140 PS and 163 PS Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.
The newly introduced 2.0-litre 163 PS Ford Duratorq TDCi allows the Mondeo to achieve impressive fuel economy with a combined fuel consumption as low as 5.3 l/100 km (53.2 mpg), as well as complying with stage V emissions regulations. Together with the new Ford PowerShift, the Mondeo delivers a combined fuel economy of just 5.6l/100km (50.4 mpg).
*Note: Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the European Fuel Economy Directive EU 80/1268/EEC and will differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world.