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Has it really been two years since Ford introduced the GT? *Looks at calendar* Yep, it has been two years. Since that time, we have been wondering about how much power the twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 would produce. Ford has finally revealed the numbers earlier this morning.

The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will produce 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Ford hasn't revealed the 0-60 mph time, but does say the GT has a top speed of 216 mph - making the fastest production vehicle done by the blue oval. Dry weight (meaning no fluids) comes in at 3,054 lbs.

Ford also published lap times of the GT against a Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT done at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada during development. The times are as followed,

  • Ford GT: 2:09.8
  • McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9

Source: Ford
Press Release is on Page 2


FORD GT DELIVERS HIGHEST TOP SPEED, FASTEST LAP TIMES ON THE TRACK OF ANY PRODUCTION FORD EVER

  • Assisted by fully active dynamic systems, all-new Ford GT achieves top speed of 216 mph – the highest ever for any Ford production vehicle
  • Strong power-to-weight ratio coupled with the most advanced active suspension system in the segment gives Ford GT the edge in lap times versus the competition
  • Fully active dynamic systems provide optimum downforce, drag and balance at any speed – making the car faster for drivers of all skill levels

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 25, 2017 – Delivering the highest output of any EcoBoost® production engine to date, the all-new Ford GT couples its extraordinary power with impressive aerodynamic efficiency and advanced active dynamics to achieve a maximum speed of 216 mph – making it the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever.

Capable of an exceptional top speed, Ford’s all-new supercar is designed and optimized for track performance to honor its racing heritage. In 2016 development testing, with all contenders track-prepped with new fluids, fresh tires and optimal suspension settings, in identical conditions and with the same driver behind the wheel, Ford GT bested both the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • Ford GT: 2:09.8
  • McLaren 675LT: 2:10.8
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale: 2:12.9

SAE-rated at 647 horsepower and with 550 lb.-ft. of torque, Ford’s new high-output 3.5-liter V6 powerplant produces the most horsepower of any EcoBoost production engine ever, making Ford GT the fastest production car ever to wear the Blue Oval badge. The engine’s wide powerband produces 90 percent of its peak torque from 3,500 rpm.

“Our expectation has always been that the EcoBoost V6 would perform exceptionally well in the Ford GT – both in terms of power as well as aerodynamic efficiency,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA for two seasons, last season racing with Ford GT. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”

Ford GT’s dry weight just tops 3,000 pounds, which places the supercar between its two primary competitors, the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488. Ford GT’s power-to-weight ratio is 4.72 pounds/horsepower.

“The Ford GT is all about performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer. “We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon fiber architecture. We then reinvested some of that savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically, the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car.”

The active dynamics systems – for both suspension and aerodynamics – are designed to make the car perform with optimum downforce, drag and balance at any speed, creating a faster setup regardless of driver skill level.

Ford GT, with no excuses to give, has proven itself time and again, racing to class wins at Le Mans and numerous other tracks in both IMSA and WEC last season. The production Ford GT shares a great deal with the high-performance track version, with advanced aero and suspension features added that take it to another level.


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I love this quote, "Blame the GT's anti-lag. "We certainly could have gotten more fuel economy," Nair told R&T, "but we tuned it for horsepower and throttle response." In three of the GT's five drive modes, anti-lag programming kicks in, sending fuel through the engine even when the throttle's closed to keep the turbos spinning. "We completely looked at the performance metrics," Nair told us. "The fuel economy is what it is." "

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In this car, I would expect nothing but Performance, MPG be damned! They better keep those Turbo's spooling so there is no delay. Nice Job Ford!

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Ford also published lap times of the GT against a Ferrari 458 Speciale and McLaren 675LT done at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada during development.

 

TSK TSK TSK...

Im sure Donald Trump will have something to say about that.

Future testing will have to be performed on AMERICAN GROUND! On American road courses!

Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Willow Springs, Lime Rock...what are those there for?

Americans and American jobs...

Im sure he will hit hard with words but will be willing to negotiate...he is a negotiator after all...

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Watch out Bill, you arent American by blood...

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THERE....THAT IS MORE LIKE IT!

He dont like Saturday Night Live I heard....

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This bastard is taking away from American jobs..I mean, an American could have invented SNL and those sketches could be satirizing Canadian Prime Ministers instead!

Oh...back to the Ford GT....

Yeah...awesome!

 

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12 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

This beauty dry weight is at least 55lbs too heavy :(

Agreed, buuuuut... It sounds worth it.

" "But as we did the simulations and some of the testing with the mules, we thought it was worth reinvesting some of that [weight savings] into the active aero and the active suspension. We were faster by putting the systems in. So we felt it was worth reinvesting it into getting the lap times. We would have been right there on dry weight without that." "

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3 hours ago, dfelt said:

In this car, I would expect nothing but Performance, MPG be damned! They better keep those Turbo's spooling so there is no delay. Nice Job Ford!

Exactly! It's not like people buy these for a trip to the local Wal Mart or something...

Still love the looks of this car....

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Not enough power.

Too expensive.

Too heavy.

I'm sorry, but I don't see this car being the mega hit with the press. Within the next year, there are going to be cars six-figures cheaper that will deliver the same or better performance. 

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Here is the deal with this car. 

It is not a mega exotic like the Veyron or La Ferrari. 

It also is not a lower priced super car like the 458 and Mclaren. It is in  no mans land where it is too expensive to be classed where it should be and not powerful enough and expensive enough to play with the big names. 

Next we have a Corvette coming that will sell for about 1/3 of the price and will be fitted with a V8 with more power. heck the present car as similar power now. 

Hmm this is why they are only making a few hundred a year. The exclusivity is about all it really has going for it to expect that price. 

I still think they should have used a V8 and priced this car to where the last GT was. Sell about 2000 a year and really have a lasting car that you could continue and build on. Also one someone may be more likely to see than a Veyron. 

In the end it is still a Ford not a Ferrari or a Mclaren. 

To be fair the media will swoon over it. Kits will put up free car show posters and odds are the BOP will be worked so they win the GTLM class this year for them. But most people with the mean will opt for the bigger exotic name.

Lets face it. Is it more fun to be known as the guy with the Ferrari or Mclaren or the guy with the Ford?

This is why Chevy will not go this route as while the Corvette name has a lot of equity it also is know to be a car that can deliver exotic performance, A car that can win Le Mans and a car that is still in the realm of ownership of a large number of people new and used.

I like the GT but I just see a lot of limitations of benefit for Ford. I just think they got the package right on the last car. I saw one in the JW Gulf colors the other say and that is what it is all about. Heritage but yet in a modern car.  

 

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Love the car design, I wonder how long before someone builds a knock off fiberglass kit car for about $50,000. Buy a trashed Corvette, dump the body, spruce up the power-train and drop the fiber glass kit on and boom, Sleeper GT! :P

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3 hours ago, dfelt said:

Love the car design, I wonder how long before someone builds a knock off fiberglass kit car for about $50,000. Buy a trashed Corvette, dump the body, spruce up the power-train and drop the fiber glass kit on and boom, Sleeper GT! :P

It will be a old Fiero with a bad kit and a LT4.

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14 hours ago, hyperv6 said:

Lets face it. Is it more fun to be known as the guy with the Ferrari or Mclaren or the guy with the Ford?

 

WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE ABOUT TO READ, THE RANT DOWN BELOW, WAS STARTED YESTERDAY.

I NEVER FINISHED IT TO POST IT, BECAUSE I SAID...."PHOQUE IT! NOT WORTH MY TIME!"

BUT BECAUSE SAUVE DONE HIS RANT, AND I APPLAUD HIM FOR IT, AND THROUGH THE MAGIC OF THIS SITE SAVING POSTS...HERE IS MINE!!!

 

Well...in this picture

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Id rather the Blue Oval ..

Mclarens are too stiff to have fun with. They take the speed business waaaay too serious. No passion. No sexiness. Blah! Dry like toast they are.

The price tag is what makes people go oooooo and aaaaaa over it. Like Bentley cars....

It aint the speed....because 1990 Japanese sports cars with Twin Turbo V6s could reach 1000 HP with ease and reliability and offer just as much handling prowess....and those Japanese tuned up sports cars have got that passion in spades...

Sure the latest and greatest Mclaren has a few curves here and there, but they do nothing for me...

So its the price tag that denotes that "I gotta have it"  feeling.

 

Ferraris have forgotten how to be sexy. And they have just about sold out and whored out their branding to actually mean anything to me. To fake latte swilling imbeciles who only buy badges...Ferraris work....to connoisseurs like myself....Id rather a vintage Ferrari...

 

This is where a Ford GT comes in....

You did mention that a decade ago....those GTs were selling MSRP $150 000.

In the auctions now...upward $500 000...in a decade...they rose up in value.

Yes I know...

Ecoboost V6 with only 640 some odd ponies where Ferraris and Mclarens make 750 or so and there is a Mclaren with Hybrid electric power...

I understand that.

But the Ford GT is a car with deep rooted history that embarrassed Ferrari, spanked Ferraris ass!

At a time when American cars were huge land yachts with gobs of chrome...

Muscle cars were laughed at because they couldnt turn...well...the Ford GT40 held a big middle finger to that and told Ferrari...and the rest of the world to PHOQUE OFF!!!

The Corvette was not the one to do that, nor was it the Cobra Daytona, despite both the Vette and Daytona having racing success before the GT40 was even a sperm...

And the races were not fixed then!

OK.....so the race was rigged in Ford's favor last year!

The Vettes a decade ago, when they were winning, laws were put into place to neuter them, the complete opposite...which to me says that at Lemans, and the peeps running Lemans, do like a Ford better than Chevy, telling me Ford has more weight than Chevy...and FERRARI!

To boot, Duntov wanted a mid-engined Vette from the early 60s.

GM/Chevy has had cold feet with that since the early 60s....

Ford has had RUNAWAY success with that mid-engine GT40 brand since the 1960s...

ALL OVER THE WORLD, PEEPS RESPECT the GT and the GT40...

THAT IS WHY the previous generation just in a decades time is a sought after collector's car...and the peeps, they keep modifying it to stay relevant...

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A Ford GT is not just a "Ford"

A Ford GT is just as COVETED AS ANY SPORTS MACHINE AS ANY OTHER!

This new one is an ecoboosted V6...

People will find ways to mod it just like they did with the other one...

Outside the United States of America of all things!

 

I dont get this negativity at all!

I was once one of those that HATED the idea of an ecoboost V6 under the hood, actually, I still wished it had the Voodoo under the hood with ONLY 500 some odd horses...

This new Ford GT, hey....

it looks a TON better than ANY McLaren, or MODERN Ferrari!

LaFerrari is sex on wheels, it ought to be, its a Ferrari!

The Ford GT has passion: the secrecy surrounding its existence is proof of that!

Its sexy in a retro but very different approach and take to the original!

Unlike the 2005 model which was a copy and paste and enlarge by 25% type deal! Which was AWESOME for 2005! This new GT exterior is EXCELLENT for 2017!

There are some exotic technologies in this new one. Yeah, even the engine!

The 2005 one was just a F-150 lightning truck engine! 

Debbie Downers . Stop with the depressing shyte!

 

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16 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:

Not enough power.

Too expensive.

Too heavy.

I'm sorry, but I don't see this car being the mega hit with the press. Within the next year, there are going to be cars six-figures cheaper that will deliver the same or better performance. 

Money isn't an issue on something like this as it's basically an investment. You won't lose money on it whereas one of its direct competitors is known to depreciate like a son of a bitch in McLarens.

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@oldshurst442 I get the underlying premise of your post, and largely agree with it. That however doesn't justify this car's position in my mind. 

Is the Ford GT a collectible car that enthusiasts the world over respect and put in the same league as Ferrari, Lambo, etc?? Absolutely. Is this car any more special and deserving of a higher price tag than a 458 Speciale, a 675 LT, or Huracan Performante? I find it hard to make a case for it.

3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Money isn't an issue on something like this as it's basically an investment. You won't lose money on it whereas one of its direct competitors is known to depreciate like a son of a bitch in McLarens.

Hahahahaha. :lol:

I think you need to check Speciale and 675 LT values.... :AH-HA:

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3 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

@oldshurst442 I get the underlying premise of your post, and largely agree with it. That however doesn't justify this car's position in my mind. 

Is the Ford GT a collectible car that enthusiasts the world over respect and put in the same league as Ferrari, Lambo, etc?? Absolutely. Is this car any more special and deserving of a higher price tag than a 458 Speciale, a 675 LT, or Huracan Performante? I find it hard to make a case for it.

Well.

No regular civilian has driven it yet. No journalist.

Like Suave said though...

500 units more were added to the final tally because the MYSTIQUE of a Ford GT is DEFINITELY worth the price of admission.

Now...I will find middle ground with you:

IT BETTER HAVE SUBSTANCE or the mystique of a Ford GT will die with this model never to command another generation 10-20-30 years down the road. It will die like the Viper died!

Something that Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Corvette and even McLaren for a shorter amount of time than the others mentioned have done over the decades to  continue to have people flock to their cars decade after decade. Unlike the aforementioned Dodge Viper!

 

 

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8 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

Well.

No regular civilian has driven it yet. No journalist.

Like Suave said though...

500 units more were added to the final tally because the MYSTIQUE of a Ford GT is DEFINITELY worth the price of admission.

Now...I will find middle ground with you:

IT BETTER HAVE SUBSTANCE or the mystique of a Ford GT will die with this model never to command another generation 10-20-30 years down the road. It will die like the Viper died!

Something that Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Corvette and even McLaren for a shorter amount of time than the others mentioned have done over the decades to  continue to have people flock to their cars decade after decade. Unlike the aforementioned Dodge Viper!

 

 

This is true.

And to clarify, for me it's not a matter of a potential cross-shopper not seeing the value relative to other supercars. Someone who wants one of these is going to buy it regardless.

It's simply more an issue of "If others can do it, why can't you?" To me, this car needs to be objectively perfect, and subjectively stellar. A 400K car can't be just 'pretty good'. It needs to be likened to the other great modern supercars and be declared to be in the same league as other special models. It can't just be an Americanized 488 or 650S.

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1 hour ago, Frisky Dingo said:

@oldshurst442 I get the underlying premise of your post, and largely agree with it. That however doesn't justify this car's position in my mind. 

Is the Ford GT a collectible car that enthusiasts the world over respect and put in the same league as Ferrari, Lambo, etc?? Absolutely. Is this car any more special and deserving of a higher price tag than a 458 Speciale, a 675 LT, or Huracan Performante? I find it hard to make a case for it.

Hahahahaha. :lol:

I think you need to check Speciale and 675 LT values.... :AH-HA:

McLaren's resale is dog$h!.. I know Ferrari's all tend to hold their value. 

It doesn't take much shopping around to see the depreciation of Mclarens compared to any Ferrari or GTs.

Also, because the 675LT is a stripped down/track-ier version of the 650S wouldn't the 650S be more a long the lines of a GT/488 competitor? Or are we comparing to the 675LT because of price?

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22 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

McLaren's resale is dog$h!.. I know Ferrari's all tend to hold their value. 

It doesn't take much shopping around to see the depreciation of Mclarens compared to any Ferrari or GTs.

Also, because the 675LT is a stripped down/track-ier version of the 650S wouldn't the 650S be more a long the lines of a GT/488 competitor? Or are we comparing to the 675LT because of price?

Why on earth would you compare the GT to a standard 650S? :confused0071:

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"standard" just means it has a full interior and doesn't have tacked on larger carbon fiber pieces extending off the front and rear of the car. Oh, and 25hp. The 675LT doesn't come with A/C standard either.

Why does the GT have to be compared to the 675LT? It's an honest question.

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FYI has anyone noted the word going around GM bought back the Cerv 1 at Barrett Jackson last week for $1.3m. 

This a great indication they may be preparing the launch of the C8 Zora. What better car to use to introduce the new car than the first mid engine Chevy Zora himself built and drove. I can see a intro and marketing program using the two cars together. Too bad the Cerv 2 is not for sale. 

GM should have never let them get away in the first place. 

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The thing is Mclaren and Ferrari need to sell their supercars to earn a living, Ford doesn't need the GT, they built it around the legacy of the historic win in 1966, and this car truly will be limited.

 

Mclaren has a whole family of vehicles so does Ferrari. But there is only one GT. 

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4 minutes ago, Suaviloquent said:

The thing is Mclaren and Ferrari need to sell their supercars to earn a living, Ford doesn't need the GT, they built it around the legacy of the historic win in 1966, and this car truly will be limited.

 

Mclaren has a whole family of vehicles so does Ferrari. But there is only one GT. 

So much for Ferrari heritage...

http://ls1tech.com/articles/ferrari-308-ls-swap/

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http://www.lsxmag.com/news/swap-insanity-ferrari-360-gt-powered-by-1000-horsepower-ls-engine/

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This is about the Ford GT...

However, this also goes to show you how whoring out your brand does to the respect aspect...

Like you said Suave, there is only 1 Ford GT...

And with that being said, I change my mind about the Corvette being its own brand.

It dont need to be its own brand...people respect it the way it is now...

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So much so, that newer Porsches and Ferraris prefer the Vette's heart!

 

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11 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

So much for Ferrari heritage...

http://ls1tech.com/articles/ferrari-308-ls-swap/

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http://www.lsxmag.com/news/swap-insanity-ferrari-360-gt-powered-by-1000-horsepower-ls-engine/

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This is about the Ford GT...

However, this also goes to show you how whoring out your brand does to the respect aspect...

Like you said Suave, there is only 1 Ford GT...

And with that being said, I change my mind about the Corvette being its own brand.

It dont need to be its own brand...people respect it the way it is now...

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So much so, that newer Porsches and Ferraris prefer the Vette's heart!

 

LS engine swaps in these auto's are very common in Washington. You have the RIch people buy these auto's till the engines blow and they get rid of them cheap and then others who love the body style but want an easy to work on and cheap to repair engine swap out for an LS. Jeep Wrangler owners do this all the time as do many others due to the ease of fitting a small block V8 into so many various cars, trucks, SUV's.

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      The redesigned Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator have been moving quite rapidly off dealer lots. In January, sales of the Expedition rose 59 percent while the Navigator saw a jaw-dropping 132 percent increase. But this is proving to be a problem for Ford as their dealers can't get enough of either model to satisfy consumer demand. A source told Automotive News that CEO Jim Hackett has banned Ford employees from ordering Expeditions and Navigators to help get more out into the world. The source said restricting employees from ordering a mainstream vehicle is very rare. 
      "We could have sold a lot more in January if we had them," said Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president for U.S. marketing, sales and service during Ford's monthly sales call earlier this month.
      Ford will be addressing this issue with a $25 million investment into their Kentucky Truck Plant today. The investment will allow the plant to produce 25 percent more Expedition and Navigator models.
      "It's important for this plant to produce more vehicles. In this segment, people will pay for a great product. The dealer feedback has been even stronger than we've hoped for," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global markets.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Ford
      Press Release is on Page 2


      FORD INCREASING PRODUCTION OF ALL-NEW LINCOLN NAVIGATOR, FORD EXPEDITION TO MEET GREATER-THAN-ANTICIPATED CUSTOMER DEMAND
      Ford is increasing production of two entirely new SUVs – the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition – to meet surging customer demand A new $25 million investment brings Ford’s total investment at Kentucky Truck Plant to $925 million and allows the company to increase manufacturing line speed; company has boosted production targets for full-size SUVs approximately 25 percent since fall This additional investment and advanced manufacturing upgrades all help the company improve its operational fitness. Upgrades include 400 new robots, enhanced data analytics to help the plant operate more efficiently and a new 3D printer that enables workers to make parts and tools more quickly and cheaper LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12, 2018 – Ford is increasing production of two popular full-size SUVs to meet surging demand for both all-new models.
      The company is using advanced manufacturing technologies and an upskilled workforce to increase line speed at its Kentucky Truck Plant to build even more Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs, boosting production targets approximately 25 percent since last fall when the SUVs hit the market.
      “The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Global Operations. “Using a combination of Ford’s advanced manufacturing and American hard work and ingenuity, we’ll deliver more high-quality Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions to customers than originally planned.”
      A new $25 million investment for additional manufacturing enhancements brings Ford’s total investment at Kentucky Truck Plant to $925 million and allows the company to increase manufacturing line speed.
      This investment and advanced manufacturing upgrades are examples of the company’s quest to improve its operational fitness. Upgrades include 400 new robots, a new 3D printer that enables workers to make parts and tools more quickly and cheaper as well as enhanced data analytics to keep the assembly line moving as efficiently as possible.
      Surging customer demand
      Lincoln dealers simply can’t keep the entirely new Navigator on dealer lots; the luxury SUVs are spending an average of just seven days at the dealership before they are sold.
      Customers are trading in Land Rover and Mercedes vehicles in exchange for a Navigator, and nearly 85 percent of all Navigator buyers are choosing high-end Black Label and Reserve models.
      Customer demand for the highly-equipped Black Label and Reserve series contributed to an average transaction price increase of more than $21,000 in January versus a year ago. Navigator retail sales were up triple digits in every region of the country last month. Navigator sales more than doubled last month, thanks to growth in key markets including Florida, Texas and California, a competitive conquest rate of 40 percent and new interest from younger consumers.
      Expedition also is off to a strong start, with the top-of-the-line Platinum trim models representing 29 percent of sales – pushing transaction price increases up $7,800 in January. Expedition retail sales were up nearly 57 percent last month and vehicles are spending just seven days on dealer lots.
      To ensure customers can get vehicles as quickly as possible, Kentucky Truck Plant assembly line workers are working overtime and voluntary weekend shifts.
    • By William Maley
      It has been almost a decade since the Transit Connect made its way to North America and started a wave of small commercial vans arriving to the marketplace. For 2019, Ford is introducing a number of new updates to keep the Connect one step ahead of the competition.
      At the Chicago Auto Show, Ford will be showing the passenger van variant, known for 2019 as the Transit Connect Wagon. Ford is positioning this an alternative to minivans and as an option for active baby boomers.
      “Baby Boomers have always embraced life’s adventures and to them age is just another experience to master. From being easy to get in and out of, plus flexible seating and cargo space, Transit Connect Wagon makes it convenient for Boomers to keep enjoying family time or explore new hobbies and careers,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service in a statement.
      The changes begin outside where the Connect features new sheetmetal and grille design for the front. The interior comes with a revised instrument cluster, redesigned center stack that moves the infotainment system to the top, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi connectivity, and more padding for the seats. Ford will offer the Wagon in a standard-wheelbase that offers seating for five or a long-wheelbase that provides seating for seven.
      Under the hood, Ford is offering two new engines for the Connect. The most interesting of the two is a new 1.5L turbodiesel called EcoBlue. This engine recently made its debut in the European-spec EcoSport crossover. Power figures stand at 120 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque - peak torque arrives at 1,700 rpm. The other engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder featuring direct-injection and auto stop-start. No power figures were given for this engine. Both will come paired with an eight-speed automatic.
      For safety, the Transit Connect Wagon comes with automatic emergency braking as standard equipment. Optional safety features include blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, HID headlights, and lane keep assist.
      The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon arrives at dealers this fall.
      Source: Ford
      Press Release is on Page 2


      LIFE’S STILL A TRIP: NEW TRANSIT CONNECT WAGON IS TODAY’S MAGIC BUS FOR ACTIVE BABY BOOMERS AND ENTREPRENEURS
      For Baby Boomers who need space, versatility and technology without the expensive minivan price tag, Ford introduces the new Transit Connect Wagon – affordable, flexible and smart With space for up to seven, 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon easily switches from work to play to accommodate entrepreneurial small business needs, hobbies and grandkids Transit Connect Wagon offers segment-exclusive diesel engine and new driver-assist technologies, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2018 – Ford has reinvented the van for Baby Boomers whose idea of rocking doesn’t involve a chair.
      Today, Ford unveils the redesigned Transit Connect Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show.  The last Transit Connect Wagon won over Boomers-born from 1946 to 1964 that grew up driving vans-with its unique combination of affordable, fun and easy-to-use people mover attributes and cargo hauling capabilities. 
      At 111 million strong and holding 63 percent of American financial assets, the 50+ demographic is the number one consumer demographic in the United States - far exceeding Gen X’s 61 million and Millennials’ 75 million.  And one in three Boomers plans to purchase a car in the next three years, according to AARP.
      Surfer grandpa gets his van
      Kevin Brown, age 63, of Nassau Bay, Texas, is the kind of “active Boomer” who loves the Transit Connect Wagon.  Brown grew up driving vans in the 1970s and now, this Gulf Coast surfer and grandfather of nine drives a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his work as an illustrator and custom T-shirt printer.  “If I’m not shuttling family to the beach, I’m working,” he said. “My Transit Connect lets me pull double duty.”
      With room for five to seven passengers and offering easy conversion to cargo duty, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon takes care of business with a versatility and maneuverability that make everyday adventures easy.
      The wagon features all-new gas and diesel engines and a suite of driver-assist technologies, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking. The feature is included with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – a segment-exclusive.
      “Baby Boomers have always embraced life’s adventures and to them age is just another experience to master,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “From being easy to get in and out of, plus flexible seating and cargo space, Transit Connect Wagon makes it convenient for Boomers to keep enjoying family time or explore new hobbies and careers.”
      Packed with technology
      The new Transit Connect Wagon features new driver-assist features, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking. The feature is included with segment-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to help avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians who might accidentally cross in front of the vehicle’s path. Adaptive Cruise Control is also available. The system makes highway driving easier by automatically slowing the vehicle when radar detects traffic slowing ahead.  Available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert also uses radar to detect surrounding vehicles – providing alerts if vehicles approach unseen from either side.
      To help avoid lane drift while driving, available Lane Keeping System vibrates the steering wheel and can apply extra steering wheel torque to help you keep the vehicle centered on the road.
      Designed for life on the go
      Available in two wheelbases to accommodate five or seven passengers and in three trim levels, XL, XLT and Titanium, Transit Connect Wagon can be built to meet the needs of any customer. A spacious, flexible interior makes loading cargo a cinch. Dual sliding side doors provide added convenience, and available roof rails extend its versatility with any number of accessories that can be fitted to the roof to haul bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards or luggage.
      Transit Connect Wagon’s new instrument panel is centered on features that are both useful and straightforward – an available 6.5-inch floating touch screen, a digital driver information center in the cluster, and available wireless charging for your mobile device. Coming soon, Waze compatibility will help drivers steer clear of troublesome traffic spots. Staying connected is easy thanks to the standard embedded 4G LTE modem providing Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices and available SYNC® 3 with Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality.
      All-new under the hood
      A new powertrain lineup provides greater customer choice with a class-exclusive diesel engine offering. The new 2019 Transit Connect with all-new 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel engine is targeted to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating* of at least 30 mpg highway. The diesel engine is paired with an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission.
      A new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection comes with Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment. It too comes mated to the all-new 8-speed automatic.
      Affordable, flexible, smart
      The Transit Connect Wagon is expected to be one of the most affordable seven-passenger vehicles in the United States. The long-wheelbase model has more interior cargo volume behind the first row than the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, making the task of getting oversized items home a snap. And with a turning radius of just 38.3 feet for the short-wheelbase van, getting around busy streets is easy.
      For those who need to tow a trailer, Transit Connect Wagon is expected to offer unsurpassed towing capability of 2,000 pounds when paired with the available trailer tow package. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon goes on sale this fall.

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