The Ford Shelby® GT350R Mustang, one of the most iconic performance nameplates of all time, has been named Popular Mechanics Sports Car of the Year. Popular Mechanics says Shelby GT350R was selected from among a host of contenders because it pushes the boundaries of what an American sports car can be. Shelby GT350R’s unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 produces 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever for the most track-capable, street-legal Mustang ever built.
The 2016 Ford F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine has been named winner of PickupTrucks.com’s Texas Truck Showdown Max MPG fuel economy challenge.
Ford F-150 beat out four competitors, including Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 and Ram 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, thanks to its ideal combination of great gas mileage, capability and strong driving performance.
“In the end, we were impressed with the F-150 for its capability, fuel efficiency and composure when pushed hard, said Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com. “For a small V-6 engine, it’s very impressive how well it almost eliminates the typical compromises half-ton customers have become accustomed to.”
A hit with customers, sales of F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost are 30 percent of the nameplate’s retail performance, fulfilling Ford’s great expectations for this revolutionary engine. Combined sales of 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines account for 60 percent of F-150 sales.
When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop, F-150 4×2 has best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (actual mileage will vary).
The engine produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque with a maximum payload rating of 2,250 pounds and maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds – ideal for meeting mid-range capability requirements and the needs of more than 90 percent of light-duty truck customers.
“We designed Ford F-150 to be a game changer,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “We’re proud that customers and third parties recognize the all-new F-150 as the toughest, smartest, most capable and most efficient F-150 ever.”
The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid was named one of the Best Cars for the Money in the hybrid category by U.S News! The publication has also awarded the 2016 Fusion a 3rd place ranking in “affordable midsize cars.”
“With its upscale interior and nimble handling, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is the clear pick for the 2016 Best Hybrid Car for the Money. Smooth transitions between gas and electric power, as well as extremely comfortable seats, make the Fusion Hybrid a great choice if you’re looking to lower your carbon footprint without sacrificing comfort or performance.”
In the review for the Ford Fusion Hybrid, U.S. News goes on to say:
“According to EPA estimates, the Fusion Hybrid gets 44/41 mpg city/highway, which is a decent rating for a midsize hybrid. Reviewers say the switches between electric and gasoline power are barely noticeable and that the ride is smooth. Most agree that the Fusion hybrid handles well, and some think the steering is precise.”
To get into a 206 Ford Fusion Hybrid for a test drive and see the difference yourself, stop by your local Beach Ford location today!
Year-to-date, total sales of EcoBoost®-powered Ford vehicles are up 46 percent. Ford expects 2015 will be the first year in which EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in the United States exceed 1 million sales.
For 2015, EcoBoost is available on every non-hybrid light-duty passenger vehicle in Ford’s U.S. lineup. The technology combines smaller engines with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing – as well as Ford’s proprietary EcoBoost engine management software – to bring customers fuel efficiency along with the performance they expect.
“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance along with the capability of impressive fuel efficiency,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “Ford leadership in clean gasoline turbocharged engine technology is paying dividends as evidenced by EcoBoost sales growth.”
Through October, Ford sold 210,239 EcoBoost-powered F-150 trucks in the United States. Escape is the company’s next best-selling EcoBoost-equipped vehicle, with sales of 203,855 vehicles. Fusion, at 105,999 EcoBoost-equipped cars sold, claims the third spot.
With respect to year-to-date retail sales, EcoBoost accounts for 78 percent of Escape sales, 64 percent of F-150 sales and 43 percent for Fusion.
New models with the technology – Transit and Mustang – have bolstered EcoBoost sales, and helped fuel Ford’s overall sales growth. Ford sold a total of 89,621 Transit vans with EcoBoost through October, while Mustang, with a total of 39,420 EcoBoost-powered cars sold, rounds out the top five.
Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family now includes the 1.0-liter three-cylinder; 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter four-cylinder engines; and the powerful 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines. A Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter V6 debuts in 2016.
To meet demand for the 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost now available on the all-new Edge, Ford recently invested nearly $200 million at its Cleveland engine plant, where production began this year.
In 2013, Ford doubled production capacity at its Cologne, Germany, plant to more than 1,000 EcoBoost engines a day to meet robust demand for the 1.0-liter now powering one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost is available in the United States for Fiesta and Focus.
The technology is driving strong demand for Fiesta ST, which features a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, and Focus ST, with its 2.0-liter EcoBoost.
The Ford Shelby® GT350R Mustang has been named 2016 Road & Track Performance Car of the Year by a runaway vote – beating out seven of the world’s best new sports cars in a competition that evaluated the vehicles on both road and track.
The all-new Shelby GT350R, with its high-revving, flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine, produces 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. It is the most race-ready, track-capable Mustang ever. Road & Track writes, “GT350R is the Mustang that all Mustangs have been waiting to become.”
Shelby GT350R will be featured in the December/January issue of Road & Track, on newsstands Nov. 17, as well as on RoadandTrack.com.
Want to hop into a Mustang of your very own? Come on down to Beach Ford off Rosemont Road in Virginia beach or off North Main Street in Suffolk Virginia for a test drive!