Archive for May, 2009

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Ford’s new 5.0L ‘Coyote’ V8 confirmed for 2010…

May 19, 2009

Source: Drive.com.au

Ford Australia has confirmed it is staying in the V8 business beyond the life of the current 5.4-litre Boss engine. And the favourite to take over from the ageing Boss is an aluminium double overhead cam 5.0-litre codenamed ‘Coyote’ that is currently under development in the USA with baseline outputs reported to be around 300kW and 540Nm.

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Ford perfecting side impact airbag sensors…

May 14, 2009

One of the cool things about being an engineer is that in addition to designing innovative new features, you get to develop novel ways to test those features. The 2009 Ford F-150 and 2010 Taurus both feature a new airbag deployment system that incorporates sensors to measure the pressure of a side impact in order manage the inflation rate of the bags. The pressure-based system provides more precise data than typical accelerometers and allows the system to better resist false positives that come from incidents like rolling shopping carts in parking lots and flying basketballs.

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Fiat/Chrysler merger to bring Ford Ka to US. Say Wha???

May 12, 2009

Source: Freep

Fiat and Chryslers’ merge, which is currently in the final stages of the skunkworks, will bring the Fiat 500 stateside. That leaves the 500 in a class of its own. Or does it???

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Ford’s reassuring statement on Chrysler filing for Chapter 11…

May 5, 2009

Today’s (1.5.09 – May 1st) announcement that Chrysler is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy is an important development during this unprecedented period for the auto industry and the global economy.

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Ford (USA) outsells Toyota in April…

May 2, 2009

Ford USA (incl. Lincoln and Mercury) have, for the first time in a year, over-turned market leader, Toyota, and have managed to sell more cars. Ford’s final tally was 129,898 which is a 31% drop over April 2008 sales, whereas Toyota, at 126,540, dropped 42% over the same period.

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Ford donates $20 from every test drive to charity…

May 1, 2009

Ford has unveiled a new plan to donate $20 from every test drive of all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Press release after the jump.

Image credits: Autoblog

Image credits: Autoblog

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