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2018 Woodward Dream Cruise: Cruising With Ford/SVT’s Hermann Salenbauch

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 19:31

When you cruise Woodward in a brand new Wimbledon White Mustang GT convertible with “10,000,000th Mustang” emblazoned on the doors, everyone leaps from their curbside lawn chairs or swivels in their passenger seats to grab a snap of this milestone-mobile. Not too many vehicles hit eight-digit production figures, and those that do tend to be workhorses or commodity cars, not iconic sporty cars. One driver yelled “who do you have to know to get to drive that?!” The answer: Hermann Salenbauch. He’s at the wheel—literally and figuratively. The German-born BMW engineer was lured to Ford in 2001 by the irresistible prospect of serving as chief engineer of the fifth-gen (S-197) Mustang. The pony car was well known even in Germany, having made a big impression on young Hermann ever since it first appeared in Goldfinger. These days he serves as Director of Ford’s Advanced Product Creation and Global Performance Vehicles—a title sufficiently lofty to get him the keys to the 10M Mustang with 41 miles on the odometer. We’ll add 8.6 more idling up and down the curb lane of Woodward Avenue in an hour-and-a-half-long photo op during which we also snapped some shots of cars that piqued Hermann’s interest.

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1965 Volkswagen Beetle

Hermann’s family actually drove lots of Fords growing up, but they were all German Fords so we had no luck finding a 17M Taunus, Euro Granada, or Consul convertible, but the first car he owned was a 1967 Beetle convertible. It came in that light yellowy beige, which he garage-painted violet. It was a little rusty and he wasn’t a welder, but he was pretty facile with fiberglass, so he managed to thwart the TUV safety agent’s rust-probing pick with a few well-placed and well laid-up layers of plastic to keep it on the road beyond what the safety commission probably would have permitted. His handiwork also managed to net him double his money when it came time to sell a few years later!

1986-1990 BMW E30 Convertible

Hermann’s career started at BMW, where one of his more proud achievements was the slick convertible top mechanism on the E30 3 Series. It was the first to use an over-centering mechanism to press the rear of the top to the rigid tonneau cover, negating the need for a rear latch. The setup also had the effect of keeping the fabric very tight along the top of the roof where others frequently bowed in the wind. During that model run an electric top would be offered, but it was a snap to raise and lower manually as well. Another cool BMW-era story Hermann shared: While developing the E32 7 Series, quite late in the program the decision was made to widen the car 30mm right down the center so as to better accommodate BMW’s first V-12 engine. Indeed the car ended up 45mm wider than its predecessor.

1994-1998 Ford Mustang (SN-95)

This “Fox 4” Mustang is the one that Hermann emigrated to Ford North America in order to replace. By the time he arrived, meeting crash safety standards had stretched the nose enough to give the car an almost front-drive appearance. His primary objective in the redesign was returning that iconic sense of long-hood/short-deck, big dash-to-axle pony proportion to the car. This gave it the proportional look of the ‘60s Mustangs that made an impression on Hermann in Germany, where so many military folks left them behind. It’s only natural then that the designers seized the opportunity to paint a mildly retro design on this better proportioned canvas.

2011-2012 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

As the driver of this GT500 convertible rolled past, snapping shots of our 10M ‘Stang, Hermann complimented him on his choice of a great engine. Salenbauch has fond memories of working with Carroll Shelby while bringing back the Shelby Cobra name. This later model GT500 version of the S-197 Mustang he came here to oversee was powered by a brand new all-aluminum 5.4-liter engine that shared some DNA with the one in the mighty Ford GT. It featured plasma-transferred wire-arc sprayed cylinder liners, which won a design innovation award. The engine was lighter, more powerful (550 hp/510-lb-ft), and efficient enough to drop the gas-guzzler tax levied on its predecessor. Hermann long advocated to officially sell the Mustang in Europe, but it wasn’t until the current model that this wish came true.

1978 Ford Bronco XLT

Broncos are hot on the Avenue this year as the world awaits a highly anticipated new Ford Bronco. Seeing this one all hiked up on big knobby tires got us talking about Raptors. Hermann recounted the genesis of the current Raptor. “Mark Fields told me we could do two high-performance vehicles—one car [the Shelby GT500] and one truck.” The team considered another rear-drive, lowered, high-performance Lightning model, but aimed instead for whitespace with an ultra-high-performance off-roader. “What about that Ranger Raptor?” We asked. “Oh, I’ve got one in Dearborn if you want to come have a look at it.” But basically he explained that the Ranger Raptor was conceived to give markets that don’t get any F-150s (most of the world) a halo performance truck. “Don’t you want to compete with the Colorado ZR2?” Not necessarily. His team is not yet convinced the U.S. market needs two Raptors. He did indicate that, despite Ford’s close relationship with Multimatic, that company’s slick spool-valve shocks used on the ZR2 have yet to win him over. “I wouldn’t trade our Fox shocks for those.”

1954 Dodge M37

This pristine, vastly-better-than-new example of the type of military trucks that were prevalent in post-war Germany caught Hermann’s eye. Built from ’51-’68 these post-war workhorses were based on the WC series trucks Dodge built during WWII. Power usually came from an inline six-cylinder side-valve engine.

1946-1948 Lincoln Continental

“Now THAT’S a luxury car,” Hermann exclaimed as we passed this very rare (on Woodward) example of a bona fide “Full Classic” car, as recognized by the Classic Car Club of America. It also ranks as the last car produced and sold by a major American automaker with a V-12 engine. The 4.8-liter flathead Lincoln Zephyr V-12 provided whisper-quiet, turbine-smooth power to this elegant, stately design penned by Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie.

1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Police Cruiser

If Andy Griffith had gone bald and lived to cruise Woodward this year in his trusty old squad car from the second season of his eponymous TV show, he’d have surely been pointing at the 10,000,000th Mustang just as enthusiastically as this guy is.

1977-78 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon

What better vehicle for the Woodward Dream Cruise than a Pinto Cruising Wagon!? That is indeed the nomenclature Ford used for this “sedan delivery” panel-wagon-with-portholes. The design was meant to draw a coolness connection between the somewhat unloved Pinto and the custom van craze that was sweeping the market in those days. Period ads showed the Cruising Wagon and an Econoline van in matching striped livery with the porthole windows in back and a tag line “Two Much!” That this would-be shaggin’ wag’n was parked under the Bra-vo intimates sign was icing on the cake…

1968-1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce

Hermann’s eyes lit up when we passed this sleek, spare, Italian beauty nicely enhanced by the removal of its bumpers and fitment of Minilite or Panasport wheels. A friend of his in California has an earlier example of this car.

 

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Spied! Mercedes-AMG GT R Caught Testing as a Convertible

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 18:15

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is an absolute monster. Developed to dominate the Nurburgring, the GT R’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 cranks out 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, with the dual-clutch transmission sending that power exclusively to the rear wheels. It will also hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and lap the infamous Green Hell in a blistering 7:10.92. So clearly, the next step is for Mercedes to remove the roof.

Yes, you read that correctly. As these spy shots show, Mercedes is about to introduce a convertible version of the GT R. Granted, you can already buy the regular Mercedes-AMG GT and GT C with a soft top, but those cars aren’t nearly as hardcore or track-focused as the GT R.

As our spy photographer points out, though, the idea of a GT R Roadster isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Porsche has a long history of selling quite a few convertibles, including the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, a $200,000 drop-top that makes 580 hp and launches to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Heck, Ferrari even offered a convertible version of the 950-hp LaFerrari. If they can do it, why not Mercedes?

Like many of the prototypes we’ve caught testing recently, the GT R Roadster seen here looks close to production-ready. That means there’s a good chance it will be revealed soon, potentially as early as the Paris motor show later this year.

Photo source: CarPix

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2017 Ford Mustang FP350S Race Car Review: Performance (p)Art

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 18:08

I’ve just sampled an ultra-high-performing part from the Ford Performance Parts catalog, and if it weren’t already sold out I’d be urging you to pick up the phone, dial 800-367-3788 and order up part number M-FP500-FP350S. You would first need to have a pretty high credit limit and a trailer, though, because this part costs $114,990 and must be picked up in person (saving you the destination charge!). This “part” is a turnkey race car known as the Mustang FP350S. It’s Ford’s follow-up to the run of 50 Mustang Boss 302S club-racers built in 2011 and sold for $79,000. The price increase of about $27,000 after inflation didn’t seem to bother the 50 buyers who will be campaigning this FIA-certified racer in the Trans Am series (classes TA3 or TA4) or in NASA or SCCA club racing classes. As we noted at the new Mustang FP350S’ 2016 unveiling, it follows the out-of-production Shelby GT350R-C and slots in below the big-dog ($235,000) Mustang GT4 in the parts catalog (the latter is still orderable).

The FP350S’ body structure was framed on the Mustang line in Flat Rock, Michigan, and shipped in bare metal 7 miles north to Watson Racing. Then one technician lavished a 40-hour work week light-weighting and seam-welding each body, removing unnecessary parts like the rear package shelf. Then a Multimatic-designed, FIA-compliant roll cage was welded in with high-density foam filling the space inside the doors. All of this makes the bodies vastly more rigid, safer, and easier to repair after accidents (because they don’t crumple as much). Then the bodies were returned to Flat Rock for a full factory paint job, including a dip in the electrocoat tank. Once cured, the bodies went back up to Watson, accompanied by a kit of production parts that carry over to the racer (like the upper dash panel, the suspension hubs and knuckles, the main independent rear suspension module, etc.) for final assembly.

Power for the FP350S comes from a 5.2-liter Voodoo engine with a 90-degree (instead of flat) crankshaft. Certain classes require restrictor plates, so Ford just says it makes “well over 500 hp.” A gigantic oil cooler covers about two-thirds of the main radiator, while what used to be the oil cooler now cools the differential gear oil.

Engine torque routes aft through the Shelby GT350’s Tremec 3160 transmission with an integral pump and a Ford Performance short-throw shift kit to a Torsen rear diff running short 3.73:1 gearing. Customers typically put that power to the ground via 305/680-18 Pirelli P Zero slicks or the slightly longer-lasting, easier-to-get Hoosier A7s in a 315/30R18 size wrapped around the wheels of their choice. Ford offers an optional set of forged 11.0 x 18-inch wheels, but the car is delivered on base 19-inch GT350 wheels and 275-width tires. These tires are for transportation only, because of their limited shelf life. The only other available option on the car is the FP350S graphics package shown here.

Suspension upgrades include replacing nearly all the rubber with metal cross-axis bushings and fitting ZF Sachs coil-over shocks that offer two settings each for jounce and rebound. Caster/camber plates use shims in differing sizes that permit precise changes in geometry without the need for an alignment rack, and using coil-over shocks in the rear moves the pickup point outboard considerably for a higher motion ratio that allows greater effective stiffness with lower-rate springs (spring rates are 650 lb/in in front, 600 in the rear). Electric power steering offers low effort for endurance races and higher effort for sprints.

In place of the usual Brembo brakes are AP Racing Radi-CAL six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers biting down on two-piece vented and slotted rotors measuring 14.6 inches in front and 13.4 inches in the rear. Special calipers for endurance racing permit thicker (1.1-inch versus 0.7-inch), longer-lasting brake pads.

Exterior modifications include a hood vent, exterior hood latches, tow rings, an additional carbon-fiber splitter and fence mounted to the already aggressive Shelby splitter, blades to direct air into a pair of 4-inch brake cooling ducts, and a rear wing that’s highly adjustable. Oh, and there’s no door glass. Inside there’s a Motec data acquisition system and digital instrumentation setup that provides multiple screens and stores or transmits GPS lap data. A fire-suppression system is also standard.

After he clambers into the FP350S’ Sparco racing seat (a task made at least slightly easier by the quick-release steering wheel) and fusses with the five-point Sabelt FIA racing harness, Ben Maher confides that this is perhaps his favorite Ford track car—preferable even to the mighty GT. Ben supervises Ford’s driver safety training program, and he’s riding shotgun to ensure I don’t wad up his new favorite toy. We idle out onto the black lake at Ford’s Dearborn proving ground and wait for the engine oil temp light to switch from flashing blue to solid green. When it does, I start a gentle recon lap around the coned and chalk-lined course. A tight hairpin leads onto a straight long enough to reach third gear before bending into a decreasing-radius right-hander followed by a left onto a short slalom that connects to the hairpin.

As a short-waisted 5-foot-10-incher, an ultra-low seating position has me feeling like a cotton-top little old lady in a Grand Marquis. I struggle to see the tops of some of the cones but quickly master the course. It takes a lap or two to warm the tires, during which time the car feels heavily prone to oversteer, especially when bending into the decreaser or powering onto the slalom. As everything comes up to temperature the chassis feels much more neutral. Ben urges me to stay in the throttle later and later on the straight as the slick Hoosiers and giant brake pads combine forces to deliver five-point-harness-straining retardation. With the engine powering half as many Hoosiers, I must exercise far more restraint with the right pedal at all points on this track. “Off-road use only” means there are no fussy sound regulations to worry about, so the noise trumpeting from the straight pipes is glorious—if a shade less malevolent than that produced by the flat-crank Voodoo. No sound insulation also means no heat insulation, and the cockpit warms up in a big hurry. I’d definitely want a cool suit hooked up to one of the unused dash switches.

After my hot laps on the lake, we swap seats and Ben takes me for a drive on the Dearborn PG’s loopy handling circuit, which is filled with jumpable hills that curve at the landing and every conceivable combination of increasing- and decreasing-radius turns. The FP350S sticks like crazy, rewarding Ben’s smooth driving style with small, controllable slip angles. I have difficulty squaring the DNA connection between this car and the Mustang GT Perf Pack 2 I recently sampled. This one operates in a different realm. I have less difficulty understanding Ben’s affinity for the FP350S.

The last of the 50 examples of the FP350 are being delivered at about the time you’re reading this. However, few have been sufficiently prepped, tested, tuned, and raced in earnest, so the car has yet to establish a track record. Tune in to Motor Trend Premium’s coverage of Trans Am racing next year to learn how formidable Ford’s latest hot “part” will be in competition.

2017 Ford Mustang FP350S BASE PRICE $114,990 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door race car ENGINE 5.2L/580-hp (est)/445-lb-ft (est) DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT 3,450 lb (mfr) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 196.0 x 77.0 x 52.0 in 0-60 MPH 3.5 sec (MT est) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON Not rated ON SALE IN U.S. Sold out

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Two new senior directors for Buro Four

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:24
Consultancy Buro Four has begun an expansion strategy with the appointment of two new senior directors from Faithful+Gould.
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2019 Subaru Forester, Elon Musk, Swiss diesel emissions: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:30
2019 Subaru Forester compact SUV costs $25,270 to start, about $500 more than outgoing model The 2019 Subaru Forester crossover SUV will cost $25,270 when it goes on sale later this year, the automaker announced Thursday. Top-of-the-line Touring versions will cost $35,270. All prices include a mandatory $975 destination fee. 2019 Nissan Sentra...
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Paparelli to take over as head of Europe at Deutsche Bank

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:13
Dino Paparelli is set to take over from Roman Kogan as head of European commercial real estate at Deutsche Bank.
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2019 Shelby GT is a Tuned Ford Mustang That Packs up to 700+ HP

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:00

Among Mustang owners, few names carry more weight than Carroll Shelby‘s. The legendary racer’s name is synonymous with high-performance Mustangs, and even after his death in 2012, Shelby American continues to sell tuned Mustang GTs. For 2019, that will include a revised Shelby GT and a new GT-H (pictured here).

Officially revealed at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the 2019 Shelby GT gets an upgraded suspension, custom bodywork, a Borla exhaust, unique wheels, and a handful of Shelby accents. Customers have their choice of a coupe or convertible with either a 10-speed automatic or six-speed manual. Thanks to the sports exhaust, the Shelby GT also makes a Bullitt-matching 480 hp. If you want more power, Shelby can add a Ford Performance supercharger that bumps engine output to more than 700 hp.

“We designed a gorgeous car to make any drive an adventure with thrilling performance and dynamic handling,” said Gary Patterson, head of Shelby American, in a release. “The Shelby GT can gobble up miles on a road trip or rip up the corners on the track. It is equally fun cruising to the beach or to the office. Plus, this is the only naturally aspirated V-8 Shelby car that can be optioned in convertible and with an automatic transmission. Enthusiasts will love to drive it all day, every day.”

Shelby will also introduce a Heritage version called the GT-H that’s inspired by the Hertz rental cars Shelby built back in the mid-2000s. The GT-H can be ordered in either black or white and gets gold racing strips. Optional gold wheels are also available. To help separate the GT-H from the regular Shelby GT, it gets a restyled front end, as well as additional suspension upgrades.

The price of the GT-H has yet to be released, but Shelby says the GT starts at $61,345. Adding any of the other custom upgrades or options packages will increase the price from there, but the good news is, the cost of the Mustang GT is already included.

Source: Shelby American

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CBRE rethinks company structure and senior roles

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:54
CBRE has announced a shake-up of its organisational structure and a number of senior executive promotions.
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Alexander Tower gets approval in Berlin

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:53
Developer MonArch has received the green light to create Berlin’s tallest residential tower located on Alexanderplatz.
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Kroger supermarkets jump into self-driving car grocery delivery in Arizona

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:44
With Waymo, Uber, and more testing all over the state, Arizona is a hotbed (pun intended) of self-driving car activity, and Kroger supermarkets said Thursday that it would be starting self-driving grocery delivery with partner Nuro at a single store in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Reuters. The announcement comes shortly...
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Cole Waterhouse forward-sells Wembley campus

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:05
Property Developer Cole Waterhouse and investment company Topland Group have forward-sold their 680 bed student campus in Wembley to Unite Students for £98m.
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1,400 new homes proposed in Birmingham Commonwealth Games plans

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:03
Birmingham City Council has unveiled its masterplan for the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes village including plans to convert the site into a scheme comprising social housing, for sale and private rental homes and a retirement village after the games.
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CityBlock secures new head of ops ahead of expansion plans

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:22
Student accommodation developer CityBlock has hired Sanctuary Group’s Samantha Davies as its new head of operations to lead on a planned expansion.
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Regional REIT buys M7 portfolio

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 08:09
Regional REIT has paid M7 Real Estate £31.4m for a mixed-use UK regional portfolio.
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Camaros, Mustangs, Mopar, and More: 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise PHOTOS

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 02:21

Despite its humble beginnings in 1995 as a fundraiser to build a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan, the Woodward Dream Cruise is now the world’s largest one-day automotive event, according to its organizers. But these days, the classic car celebration on and around Woodward Avenue encompasses more than just the Saturday main event. Woodward has become a week-long affair, with every Detroit automaker organizing cruises and festivities of their own on the days leading up to the actual Dream Cruise. Throughout the week, you’ll see meticulously restored original muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Charger. But you’ll also see plenty of their modern counterparts, along with classic trucks, obscure vintage rides, unique custom creations, and a few builds that will leave you scratching your head.

Check out all the photos from Woodward in the gallery below. Keep checking back through the weekend as we add more photos!

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

1965-1967 Mk III AC Shelby Cobra 427

1970 Plymouth Cuda

1967 Ford Eleanoresque Mustang

1948 1951 Studebaker Starlight Coupe

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

1987-1993 Fox Mustang

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Ex-CBRE duo sets up London development consultancy

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 01:00
Jamie Gunning and Guy Passey along with former Kier man Charlie Philip will specialise in mixed-use in the capital.
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VR leisure firm seeks real London presence

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A new virtual reality leisure operator is hunting for its first sites in London.
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FCPT lets two restaurants at London estate

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F&C Commercial Property Trust has agreed two new restaurant lettings at its St Christopher’s Place central London estate.
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Regus owner taps third-party capital to grow fund

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 00:00
IWG has been quietly building up a fund to acquire flexible offices for its Regus and Spaces brands.
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Baby Bronco to Benefit From New Product Development Plan at Ford

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 22:28

Bronco. The name gets people excited. And while we await the return of the body-on-frame SUV in 2020, we have learned a few details about another vehicle in the works, the one that has been dubbed the baby Bronco.

The unnamed small off-roader that Ford will add to the lineup by 2020 may have some styling cues to tie it to big brother Bronco (shown in the teaser below) but its bones are very different. It will be a small, car-based crossover, not a truck-based SUV. While Bronco shares underpinnings with the Ford Ranger, the small off-roader will use the same front-wheel-drive unibody architecture as the next-generation Ford Focus, EcoSport, Escape, and even midsize vehicles as Ford changes up its platform strategy.

But it will definitely not just be a capable Focus, said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president in charge of product development and purchasing. As an off-roader it must have the right approach, departure, and breakover angles which will determine the proportions. It also must meet durability criteria and have the appropriate tech. That includes the All-Terrain management system from the Explorer, Trail Control from the Ranger, and of course all-wheel drive. “This is not just a dressed-up Focus,” said Thai-Tang. “It is an authentic and capable off-road vehicle.”

Making this possible is Ford’s new approach to product development. The automaker is going from nine global platforms to five flexible architectures with shared modules for chunks of vehicles like a suspension, AWD system, or heating and ventilation unit.

In a product update at an event in conjunction with the Woodward Dream Cruise, Thai-Tang tried to clarify the automaker’s new approach to product development. By having fewer and more flexible architectures that can change their wheelbase as well as track width, they can accommodate a wider range of vehicles without large investment in tearing up a plant to do so.

The other big change is more modules will follow the example of powertrains that are developed with their own budget and a plan of which vehicles they will go into. Ford wants to do the same with its AWD systems, for example, and HVAC, sun roofs, and some suspensions. Making them their own little business entities as opposed to being part of the overall vehicle program also allows a suspension to have a 10-year lifespan before it needs to be updated while an infotainment system might need to be updated after 18 months. Their individual capital and product plans can take these factors into account. The idea is to be able to share 70 percent of the value of the vehicle with other vehicles.

Under CEO Jim Hackett, Ford will have nine all-new nameplates in the next five years; seven are trucks and SUVs including the Ranger, Bronco, and small off-roader. While many cars are disappearing from the lineup, the number of nameplates will expand to 23 from 20 today. Ford has lost some competitive edge with one of the older lineups in the industry but the average age of the portfolio will go from 5.7 years old now to 3.3 years in 2020, Thai-Tang said.

One other change: Ford will be quicker to pull the trigger on vehicles that are not performing in the future. So buy your Ford Flex now…

 

 

 

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