Roximity; Fords In-car application Competition winner

Fords In-car application Competition winner

Ford has recently held a competition for application developers to come up with new and intriguing in-car applications to be used in conjunction with their Ford SYNC® system. The event was held at the ‘TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon’ inSan Franciscowhere many of the worlds top software developers meet each year to discuss and showcase their skills and work. Continue reading

Fords gives sneak peak of Focus ST Online

Fords gives sneak peak of Focus ST Online

The Ford motor company are continually developing new cars with the most up to date security and are renowned for their advanced accessories for their many vehicles. With such a foothold in the motoring technology sector the company of course uses the internet in many ways to market their products and keep customers up to date on their latest releases.

As I am sure you will know, Ford enthusiasts are waiting with bated breath regarding the companies Focus ST that’s soon to be released. Fans of the Upcoming Ford model will be able to check on the progress of the Focus ST in its final development cycle by using the company’s Face book page.

The car which is scheduled for release next year will be featured periodically on its page as Ford will be adding videos, pictures and articles about the technologies and performance factors regarding the ST. Not only will avid fans be able to catch glimpses of the vehicle in action but also commentary from developers and other key people involved in its evolution.

Already many photos and videos have been posted and uploaded to Ford’s Face book page and more are expected right up until 2012 when it’s released. There are plans to release videos of the car in action on testing grounds including Lommel in Belgium, Nürburgring in Germany and other tracks around the world including the United Kingdom and Spain.

This is just one of the many social media ventures that Ford have used in recent years, others include the base model Focus and the New Ford Fiesta. If you are looking for a new Ford car why not visit your local Ford Dealers and take a look at their New Ford cars. The benefits being that you won’t have to visit Facebook or have to wait another year to get your ideal car!

Ford Speak out on the UK’s car Economy

This month on the 28th of July the annual “International Automotive Summit” took place in Westminster. Members that attended included a varied and influential mix of international heads of some of the largest businesses involved within the car industry, political figures and an array of keynote speakers.

In the recent and somewhat troublesome financial climate, there have been many discussions regarding the way forward when it comes to expanding the United Kingdoms car manufacturing output. The Ford Motor Groups European chief executive Stephen Odell commented on this topic at the summit on his feelings towards the future of UK car making and how to go forward.

Making sure that the government have a firm plan will be essential to expand the countries car manufacturing or else the UK will fail to rebalance the economy. Citing that one of the largest problems within the current climate is that of car production is already riddled with overcapacity. This meaning that many car suppliers are offering unrealistic prices as a means to keep their plants and related departments open.

At present the UK motoring industry employs over 700,000 people and exports over 15 billion pounds per year. The UK counts for 10% of the world’s car exports which shows just how important the country is.

Mr Odell who was speaking not only on behalf of Ford Motors but the coalition of auto traders under the banner of the SMCC made clear that they were not demanding grants or financial assistance as a means of help from the government. He explained that education was very important when it came to expanding the autos market, meaning getting a larger amount of students to take up related subjects such as science, technology and engineering. Something that Ford has began to develop with their recent scholarships schemes that they have introduced within the UK.

The talk of ways forward in expanding the car market within the United Kingdom is of course great news for Ford dealerships and will give people seeking new Ford cars for sale a much better deal.

Ford’s £1 million for students

With universities charging more and more to enrol each year and the slow decline of government funding and assistance it is certainly a harrowing time for people seeking a return to education. Many are finding it so difficult to make ends meet that they are postponing taking up university places at all.

The Ford Motor Group have delighted many and given many people hope, due to a new scheme that they have introduced to help the next generation of prospective engineers and designers take their rightful place. The scheme which is a sponsorship programme has given what many have remarked upon as ‘A light at the end of the tunnel’.

The new scheme, known as ‘The Ford Blue Oval Sponsorship programme’ has been released as part of the 100th birthday celebrations of the motor company and is expected to be a great success. A staggering £1 million pounds is expected to be shared out amongst 100 students in a hope that it will help produce many more technicians and innovators to join the British motor industry.

Recently university fees have risen up-to almost £9000 and Fords offer of an individual sponsorship of £10000 could certainly support and help a student immensely and put them on the right track to a fantastic career. The sponsorship is only open to students that are seeking a place on certain technology, engineering and science courses at selected universities around the country.

So if you are interested in becoming the designer of tomorrow’s vehicles then why not contact Ford Motors for more information. Who knows, you could find one of your designs or innovations parked outside a Ford Dealership for sale in the future!

The Ford Fiesta 2012 the Newest Virtual Drive

Have you ever heard of the computer game ‘The Sims’? If not then where have you been! The game has been heralded as the most popular life simulation game of all time and has a huge fan base around the world. Since its creation in 2000 it has sold well over 6.5 million copies and in its year of release held the title of best selling PC game ever.

There are countless downloads and expansion packs that players can download online and now for the second time Ford have released their own digital download. Motor enthusiasts can now have the chance to give their in-game characters the wonderful Ford Focus 2012 to drive around their digital roads in this fabulous automobile.

Already a favourite at your local Ford Dealer the Ford Focus is set to take ‘The Sims’ by storm by causing motoring envy to your virtual and artificial intelligent neighbours! A recent poll by the games publishers has shown that 28% of players already drive a Ford car in real life, so of course why not drive the same in game!

The Ford expansion pack is the companies’ second venture into providing vanity items for ‘The Sims’, in 2010 the Ford Fusion, Edge and mustang were officered as free downloads. The Ford Focus 2012 is available as part of the ‘Neon Nights’ package which also includes a virtual t-shirt, top of the range stereo and even some neon lights.

For those seeking a non virtual Ford car why not head down to your local Ford Dealership and find out what they have to offer. It may well cost a lot more to buy but a dealer such as New Cars Chard can help you find a great deal to suit you.

Robots with lasers set to invade Ford Motors

Ford Robots

The Ford Motor company are well renowned for being motoring pioneers, at the forefront of pushing forward the boundaries of car making. Bearing that in mind it is no surprise that they have just released details that’s they will be investing a whopping $100 million in state of the art robotic technology to help with one of the motor industries greatest quality factors.

‘Wind noise’ may not be what you would consider to be one of the biggest challenges that face motor manufacturers, but Ford have announced they will be employing the latest technology available to ensure they get the closest fit and best finish possible.

The new $100 million equipment will be used in several of the motor companies’ plants around the world including their Michigan plant, their “Saarlouis” plant in Germany and Chicago Assembly Plant.

The robots are designed to inspect and find any possible signs that the cars body may not be as precise as expected in regards to its original specs. They will mechanically move down the manufacturing line and scan each newly assembled car and in particular the joint between the doors and the chassis.

It is said that the robots provide a level of precision not seen before especially within the motoring industry. A pilot trial of the robotic technology is being carried out currently in Fords German manufacturing plant in Saarlouis.

Already Ford have a large amount of technology developed within their manufacturing plants that help with countering and pinpointing causes of wind noise including air leakage tests and vibration and harshness chambers.

To experience just how wonderfully advanced a Ford car is, why not visit your local Ford Dealership and test drive one of their new Ford cars on display.

Ford Cars: Looking after your health

Everyone knows how advanced the new designs coming from the Ford Motor Company are; collaborations with Google to its implementation of wireless media hubs in its new Ford Focus models show just how much they are advancing motoring design.

We are becoming very accustomed to our cars containing many different meters and dials that tell us everything from tyre pressures to outside temperatures, but how much further can car manufacturers go? Well, how about having your car monitor your health?

The Car giant Ford have announced that in the near future it will be working with many medical and health equipment companies in a bid to bring its cars monitoring systems a step up above the rest of its competitors. The company hope to be able to work in conjunction with many different specialists to produce equipment that will be able to keeps checks on existing health problems such as diabetes, hypoglycaemia and asthma. At the heart of this system will be the already successfully Ford SYNC™ wireless interface hub.

Already, one of the first applications the motoring corporation are hoping to build will be an allergy app, this will alert drivers and passengers if pollen levels increase outside in much the same way as weather reports and temperatures are presented.

Another type of application would be suited for sufferers of diabetes, analysing blood sugar levels within passengers, the device would simply once initiated receive data from a monitoring device wirelessly to alert of any sudden changes.

Ford certainly are ensuring that they are at the forefront of motoring technology and with that in mind why not visit your local Ford dealership to view their great range of new Ford cars.

The Continental ISR

Bentley ISR

For those who follow these things you may have heard that back in February the one of the worlds best rally drivers Juha Kankkunen broke the world speed record on ice, also know as the ice speed record (ICR). The record was set in a specially modified Bentley Continental Super-sports convertible, which managed an average ‘two-pass’ speed of 205.48mph.

And now for the big news, Bentley is marking this fantastic achievement by releasing a limited edition of the car of which 100 will be made. The Continental ISR is a divergence from the usual Bentley style with a more radical design. It’ll be available in three different colours Quartzite, Beluga and the most striking of the three Artica White and will be fitted out with the usual interior comfort with beautifully done leatherwork. All the models feature a striking red carbon fibre trim to mark them out as ISR models and dark grey soft tops.

Engine wise you’re looking at 630bhp from its W12 twin turbo engine leading to acceleration to 60mph of 3.8 second. This extra power over the normal versions comes with the latest improvements in the exhaust, air intakes and the intercooler. Fuel wise it’ll run on either your regular unleaded petrol or the reduced emission E85 bio-ethanol.

So if this sounds like it could take for fancy then why not pop down to your local Bentley Dealer or Bentley Specialist to find out more, as it’s a great chance to pick up a fantastic limited edition.

The 2012 Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin have unveiled their latest model the 2012 Aston Martin Virage which is the third  model in Aston Martin’s two-door GT series. The Virage finds itself neatly placed between the DB9 and the DBS in Aston’s range of cars.

The all-aluminium 2012 Virage has a four-cam 6.0-litre V12 sports, which produces 490 bhp which is half way between the DB9’s 470 bhp and the DBS 510 bhp and does 0 – 60 in just 4.6 seconds.

The Virage is of course like all other Aston Martin’s in that it is completely captivating with a style and sex appeal unmatched by nearly any other car on the road.

The 2012 Virage drives superbly, as you would expect from Aston Martin, though its power and speed flows rather than coming in fast bursts. This means on a grand tour down to the south of France the Virage is perfect and gives you the time and space to test the car to its limits, yet if you use it to simply drive through London your unlikely to find out what this car is really capable of. But a grand tour is just what an Aston Martin is all about. What better way is there to drive through country or through the continent than in an Aston Martin. There are certainly very few cars that will turn as many heads as you drive by.

The 2012 Aston Martin Virage is set to go on sale this summer so head down to your Aston Martin dealer to enquire about this stunning addition to the Aston martin line up.

Mercedes Goes Green with Fuel Cell Production

Mercedes are to pushing forward with their desire to be a green car maker with the announcement of a new fuel cell production plant in Vancouver, Canada. The factory will be producing new fuel cells which will go on to power a range of Mercedes hybrid cars. Mercedes has collaborated with German firm Accumotive Gmbh to come up with the battery technology.

The new Canadian plant will be a one stop shop for fuel cell production by offering everything from research and development to mass production of the cells. These brand new fuel cells will be suitable for Mercedes range of sedans including the C-Class and E-Class.

Mercedes already has a hybrid car in the works, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell, with the fuel cell being provided by the AFCC (The Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation) which was created back in 2008 by For, Daimler and Ballard.

The work at the Vancouver facility is to begin straightaway with construction of the 20,000 square foot factory due to be completed in 2012. It is expected that the first usable fuel cells will roll off the production line in 2013.

Fuel cells will provide motorists with an increased efficiency providing a greater power output and also will take up much less space in the car than current systems.

Hydrogen fuel cells are believed by many to be the power source of the future as they are much more efficient than electric cars, and will prove to be far greener and cheaper to run then petrol. Even the pro petrol heads Top Gear have admitted that fuel cells are the future of motoring and are looking forward to the day when these futuristic cars roll off the production lines.

If in the mean time you want to stick to your regular petrol car then visit a Mercedes dealer to see their range of amazing machines.