New Ford EcoSport compact SUV with all-new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and intelligent all wheel drive

New Ford EcoSport compact SUV with all-new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine and intelligent all wheel drive

The new Ford EcoSport for the first time offers Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive technology combined with an advanced new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, delivering up to 125 PS and optimised CO2 emissions.

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Also available for the first time as a sporty, Ford Performance-inspired EcoSport ST‑Line model, the new Ford EcoSport delivers driver assistance technologies including SYNC 3 connectivity, Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter and Rear View Camera.

The new Ford EcoSport for Europe is built at Ford's manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, following a €200 million ($237 million) investment, and joins the Ford Edge and Kuga SUV models on sale in Europe. A new SUV-inspired Fiesta Active crossover model also goes on sale in Europe next year.

The SUV segment is the fastest growing in Europe. Registrations of SUV models grew by more than 21% year-on-year to account for more than one quarter of all new passenger car registrations in 2016. Last year, Ford's SUV sales in Europe grew by more than 30%.

Powerful and efficient

The new Ford EcoSport will deliver an optimised driving experience equipped with Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive from mid-2018. The technology will be offered in combination with the all-new 1.5-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, delivering 125 PS and 300 Nm of torque.

Intelligent All Wheel Drive measures how the car's wheels are gripping the road surface and can adjust torque delivery up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds – twenty times quicker than it takes to blink. The system seamlessly transitions torque between all four wheels and provides a more secure footing on the road especially in slippery conditions.

Ford's all-new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine is designed to deliver higher power for improved performance, alongside reduced CO2 emissions. The refined four-cylinder engine features innovative technologies, including:

  • Low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation combined with water-air charge cooling for more efficient combustion and reduced emissions
  • An integrated intake manifold for optimised engine breathing
  • Low-inertia turbocharging for faster, more controllable turbo response, featuring rocket engine materials designed for high temperature applications
  • A high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter, and offers more precise fuel delivery
  • A 125 PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel model with front-wheel drive and all-new, low-friction six-speed manual gearbox will offer even lower CO2 and greater fuel efficiency from mid-2018
  • Ford's 100 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine combined with front-wheel drive and all-new six-speed manual gearbox is available from launch, offering 4.1 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 107 g/km CO2 emissions.

Also available are 140 PS and 125 PS versions of Ford's multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivering 5.2 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 119 g/km CO2 emissions. From mid-2018, a 100 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost model will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost is also offered from launch with a six-speed automatic gearbox featuring steering-column mounted paddle-shifters for convenient gear-shifting, and delivering 5.8 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 134 g/km CO2 emissions.

Sophisticated driver assistance technology

Ford's sophisticated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SYNC 3 is supported by EcoSport's floating, 8-inch colour touchscreen, which can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures. Also offered with SYNC 3 is a floating 6.5-inch colour touchscreen. A 4.2-inch colour screen is offered in combination with Bluetooth connectivity and two USB inputs.

EcoSport for the first time delivers Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter that helps drivers keep within speed limits, and a Rear View Camera that makes parking more efficient and safer.

Ford reveals new Transit Connect and Transit Courier light commercial vehicles

Ford reveals new Transit Connect and Transit Courier light commercial vehicles

Ford has revealed the first details of the new Transit Connect and Transit Courier light commercial vehicles – part of a Ford product revolution that will see the company's entire commercial line-up in Europe renewed during the next 18 months.

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Transit Connect and Transit Courier are an important part of the latest four-model Transit family, which has driven Ford to become Europe's No. 1-selling commercial vehicle brand, with sales exceeding 276,000 in year-to-date October, an increase of 8% over 2016.

New Ford Transit Connect

A state-of-the-art new powertrain line-up provides enhanced fuel-efficiency, while achieving Euro 6.2 emissions standards. Ford's all-new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine combines the latest fuel injection, turbocharging and emission-control technologies with a low-friction engine design to deliver improved performance alongside reduced fuel-consumption.

For customers requiring a petrol option, new Transit Connect offers an advanced new version of the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which incorporates significant changes to the cylinder head, fuel injection and emission-control systems to provide further improvements in fuel-efficiency. New technologies also include cylinder deactivation, which enables the engine to run on two cylinders at low loads, to reduce pumping losses and improve fuel-efficiency.

An upgraded six-speed manual transmission is now fitted to all engines as standard. The 1.5‑litre EcoBlue engine can also be specified with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been engineered to deliver optimised fuel-efficiency alongside responsive performance and smooth, swift gearshifts.

To minimise overall cost of ownership, service intervals have been extended on both diesel and petrol variants, with manual diesel vehicles now offering best-in-class variable intervals of up to 2 years/40,000 km (25,000 miles). The longer service intervals contribute to scheduled maintenance and non-scheduled repair costs that are significantly lower than the primary competition, according to Ford analysis.

The new Transit Connect introduces a comprehensive range of segment-first driver assistance features including Intelligent Speed Limiter – that enables automatic adjustment of maximum vehicle speed to remain within legal limits, the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection emergency braking system, Side Wind Stabilisation, and Active Park Assist that helps to steer the vehicle into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

Like the outgoing model, new Transit Connect offers short and long wheelbase options providing load volumes up to 3.6 m3 (VDA), payload capacity ranging from 520-890 kg, and bodystyles including van, kombi and double-cab-in-van.

New Ford Transit Courier

The Transit Courier is the smallest member of Ford's Transit family, and the new model brings a refreshed front-end appearance that incorporates a reshaped grille opening and revised design for the lower fascia.

The cabin features a redesigned centre console design for enhanced ergonomics, including a new, larger 6-inch colour touchscreen with Ford's SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system that is available on higher series models, and positioned closer to the driver for improved visibility and ease-of-use.

Meeting the latest Euro 6.2 emissions standards, the updated powertrain line-up offers customers the choice of fuel-efficient 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines. All vehicles feature Ford's all-new six-speed manual transmission in place of the outgoing model's five-speed gearbox, offering improved shift quality, refinement and contributing to better real-world fuel-efficiency.

For the ultimate in low running costs, a new fuel-efficiency package is offered as standard on diesel models, which integrates optimised aerodynamics with an Active Grille Shutter that improves warm-up times and reduces aero-drag.

New Transit Courier offers urban van operators a payload capacity ranging from 500-590 kg, load volumes up to 2.4 m3 (VDA), and a choice of van and kombi bodystyles. The series line-up now also includes a new Limited variant, providing customers with an alternative to the dynamic Sport model at the top of the range.

Mercedes-Benz Citaro fully electric city bus: Rhein Neckar Verkehr GmbH is the first customer

Mercedes-Benz Citaro fully electric city bus: Rhein Neckar Verkehr GmbH is the first customer

Rhein‑Neckar‑Verkehr GmbH will be the first customer for the fully-electric city bus from Mercedes-Benz.

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Representatives of the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH and Rhein‑Neckar‑Verkehr GmbH have signed a corresponding memorandum of understanding. The first vehicles will be delivered at the end of 2018, and then go into practical operation in the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan region as part of customer trials. This means that the first examples of the fully‑ electric Mercedes-Benz city bus will remain close to home – as they are produced in Mannheim. Apart from the delivery of vehicles, the two partners have agreed to closely exchange their findings during day‑to‑day regular service operations.

About the Mercedes‑Benz Citaro with fully‑electric drive

The fully‑electric Mercedes‑Benz Citaro receives its drive energy from lithium‑ion batteries. The modular design of the battery pack means that individually customised solutions can be devised to match a wide range of applications and requirements in city traffic. As well as the possibility of charging from a power socket at the depot, Mercedes‑Benz can also optionally supply the Citaro with intermediate recharging solutions. The vehicle is powered by electric wheel hub motors at the rear axle.

One of the particular features of the Citaro with all‑electric drive will be the precise refined thermal management of the bus's drive and climate control systems. This thermal management reduces energy consumption significantly. As a result the range without changing the size of battery will be extended.

"We are convinced that the Citaro with battery‑electric drive and intelligent onboard energy and thermal management is a milestone for the urban public transport of the future. We are developing our electric bus very carefully for dependable operation in a hard operating routine," said Hartmut Schick.

Successful testing in bitter cold as well as extreme heat

The Citaro with all‑electric drive is currently being put through the same comprehensive cycle of trials and testing to which every other bus built by Mercedes‑Benz is subjected. Prototypes have, for example, already successfully run through initial winter testing in icy temperatures at the Arctic circle as well as summer testing in the heat of Spain's Sierra Nevada. Endurance testing and detailed refinements will now follow, ensuring that Mercedes‑Benz will be able to offer maximum availability on a par with that of a conventionally powered city bus.

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