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Detroit 2009: Fords bid for survival…

January 12, 2009

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is done and dusted. There were some crucial unveiling’s at the show. Mainly from the Detroit Three – to cement their survival for the long term. Here are all the Ford related products that appeared this year… (Keep checking back for updates!)

NAIAS logo

Cue the 2010 Taurus. Here we have the latest incarnation of Fords (ex-) best selling Taurus. This is the new medium sedan to take on the likes of Honda’s new Accord, Toyota’s Camry and Chevy’s Malibu.

Autoblog

Image credits: Autoblog

This is the (arguably) last chance for (not just) Ford in the sedan market in the U.S. If the Taurus flops – so does Ford… But it still has other markets open too. For the full rundown on this great sounding car, have a squiz at the AUTOBLOG VEHICLE  PREVIEW.

Autoblog

Image credits: Autoblog

Autoblog

Image credits: Autoblog

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Next off the line we have the new EcoBoost V6 engine which is debuting in the MY2010 Ford Flex. This new V6 offers turbocharged 6 cylinder performance (with 265kW / 355hp & 475Nm / 350lb-ft on tap) albeit with the fuel consumption of a run-of-the-mill family-car V6 engine – which in the EcoBoost’s case isn’t very much (~22mpg city!)! For all the info, follow the LINK.

Ford Flex EcoBoost

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Also at the 2009 NAIAS was the official unveiling of the 2010 Shelby Mustang GT500… which we had a sneek peak at EARLIER

2010 Shelby GT500 Mustang unveiled

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Last but not least is Ford’s update on their future plans – most with EV’s (Electric Vehicles). For the indepth report, follow the LINK to Autoblog…

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Moving on from Ford, we now branch out to Lincoln. First out of the box is the new Flex-based ‘CUV’ (crossover) MKT. Yes, another technology, luxury & sport clad Lincoln is here – for all the info, click HERE.

Lincoln MKT 2009

Lincoln MKT 2009

Lincoln MKT 2009

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Next we have news that the new EcoBoost 3.5 litre V6 is set to appear in the new Lincoln MKS some time this year…

Lincoln MKS EcoBoost 2009

Lincoln MKS EcoBoost

Lincoln MKS EcoBoost

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Here is an interesting concept from Lincoln called “Concept-C”. For all the details, head over to AUTOBLOG

Lincoln Concept-C

Lincoln Concept-C

Lincoln Concept-C

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