Ford Announces its All-New Ford F-150 2.7-Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine Delivers V8 Capability and Performance
Jul 22 14
Ford announced its all-new Ford F-150 2.7-Liter ecoboost V6 engine. With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost(R) with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency. The high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance in a strong, smart package. The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque, improving the power-to-weight ratio of the 2015 truck by 15% over the 2014 5.0-liter V8-equipped F-150 with similar torque output. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4x2 has a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds, ideal for meeting mid-range capability needs. Boosting 2.7-liter EcoBoost fuel efficiency is the debut of standard Auto Start-Stop technology for F-150. This technology, specially tuned for truck customers, shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop. When the brake is released, the engine restarts quickly. Auto Start-Stop helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions when the truck is stopped and the engine is off. The technology is off when towing or in four-wheel-drive mode. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine also features Ford's first use of a compacted graphite iron cylinder block in a gasoline engine, the same material used in Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke(R) turbo diesel V8 in Super Duty trucks. The composite CGI/aluminum cylinder block saves weight while providing strength where it's needed most for durability. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has a maximum payload of 1,910 pounds and a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds unsurpassed for standard V6 light-duty pickup trucks. Designed for impressive power and durability, the 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 features a valvetrain with direct-acting polished mechanical buckets with twin independent variable camshaft timing for impressive torque across a wide rpm range. Six-bolt main bearing caps, a fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft and cast exhaust manifolds are designed for heavy-duty operation. Both the upper and lower intake manifolds of the 3.5-liter V6 are tuned for responsive power, and both the intake manifolds and cam covers are composite-formed to reduce weight. The die-cast aluminum cylinder block features bay-to-bay breathing to reduce internal pumping losses, while a deep-sump oil pan contributes to extended oil-change intervals.
Ford Motor Co. Announces Executive Changes
Jul 22 14
Ford Motor Co. announced a series of changes in its senior leadership team to continue delivering the company's One Ford plan while accelerating its drive for product excellence, innovation and Lincoln. Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering, has elected to retire after 32 years at Ford, effective Oct. 1, 2014. He is being succeeded by Dr. Ken Washington, who is named vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering, effective Aug. 18, 2014. Reporting to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Washington most recently was vice president of the Space Technology Advanced Research & Development Laboratories at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Company. In addition, Kumar Galhotra, currently the company's vice president of Engineering, responsible for all Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally, is named vice president and president of Lincoln, effective Sept. 1, 2014. This new dedicated position, reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, is designed to accelerate Lincoln even further as a world-class luxury brand. Galhotra becomes the most senior leader overseeing all Lincoln operations globally, including product development; marketing, sales and service; and all team members supporting the Lincoln brand. Succeeding Galhotra is Jim Holland, who is named vice president, Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2014, also reporting to Nair. Since joining Ford in 1982, Mascarenas has amassed extensive experience in product development and advanced technology, serving in key leadership positions in product planning, program management, body engineering and powertrain in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Mascarenas' accomplishments include establishing Ford's first-ever laboratory in Silicon Valley and playing a key role in the development of Ford's Blueprint for Mobility to create a better world for consumers and society. In succeeding Mascarenas, Washington will oversee the development and implementation of the company's technology strategy and plans -- helping to lead Ford's accelerated drive for innovation throughout all areas of its business. Washington's 28-year career includes serving at Lockheed Martin, Enterprise Business Services and Sandia National Laboratories in nuclear engineering, information systems, super-computing, information privacy and R&D space technologies. In being named the company's new dedicated global Lincoln leader, Galhotra will build on the brand's recent product and sales momentum -- including its recent expansion into China. Galhotra will oversee the development of the next generation of Lincoln vehicles as well as connect them with a new generation of Lincoln clients. His focus is to build on the appeal of Lincoln not only through its distinctive vehicles but also a world-class, luxury ownership experience.
Ford Plans to Introduce 25 New Vehicles in Middle East and Africa by 2016
Jul 17 14
Ford introduce 25 new vehicles by 2016 to countries in the Middle East and Africa, including 17 in sub-Saharan Africa. The planned model rollout includes updated versions of the Focus compact, which goes on sale in the Middle East and Africa in 2015; the Fusion large car, which goes on sale in the Middle East this year and Africa in 2015; and the resurrected Mustang sports car, which is slated to be rolled out across the region in 2015. The new models reportedly provide enhanced fuel economy with EcoBoost engines, touch-screen connectivity, inflatable rear seat belts, MyKey, and other driver-assist technologies aimed at improving Ford's competitiveness against more austere rivals in African markets.