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New Ford Edge Concept Shows off Remote Automatic Parking

by Ford in the News on November 20, 2013



A concept vehicle that previews the next-generation Ford Edge made its debut recently at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sleek and athletic crossover also previewed two new technologies for the company.

The first is an enhancement to the active park-assist feature found on Blue Oval products like the current Ford Edge, designed to make things even easier for owners. That’s because the new system not only offers fully autonomous parking capabilities, it can also “un-park” the vehicle, and do so before the driver even gets behind the wheel. As a result, owners who find themselves in a tight (parking) spot don’t have to struggle to get into the vehicle; they can just wait for the Ford Edge Concept to pull out of the space by itself.

Also being shown on the Ford Edge concept is adaptive steering, which takes the company’s electric power-assisted steering system to the next level with dramatically easier low-speed steering and improved feel at all speeds. But those two technologies are just the tip of the ol’ iceberg for Ford.

“The rate of change in vehicle technology right now is unprecedented,” noted Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of global product development. “Our engineers around the world are advancing the systems that will ultimately help make drivers smarter, safer and more efficient. From advanced engine systems to collision avoidance and automated driving systems, Ford will continue to lead in delivering the technologies consumers want and need.”

Further, if the new Ford Edge Concept is any indication, those technologies will be wrapped in striking designs created with significant attention to detail.

“The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe medium utility vehicle,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “The next-generation Edge—previewed in the Ford Edge Concept—will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.”


Written by Charles Krome.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Tagged as: Ford Edge Concept, Los Angeles Auto Show, Remote Automatic Parking


2014 Ford F-150 Expands Capability with Compressed Natural Gas

2014 Ford F-150 Expands Capability with Compressed Natural Gas


Even though the 2014 Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America, Blue Oval engineers remain committed to offering truck buyers more benefits on a regular basis. The latest example comes to market from the Show-me State, which has now begun building 2014 Ford F-150 models that are capable of running on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. It’s another first for Ford, which is now the only manufacturer with an available gaseous-fuel prep package for its half-ton pickups.

The system is a $315 option on the 2014 Ford F-150 with its 3.7-liter V-6 engine, with upfitting from a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier, running approximately $6,000 to $9,000. But that price of admission delivers a range of up to 750 miles, the ability to run on an affordable and clean-burning fuel, and in a growing number of states, access to a range of tax incentives and rebates. At the same time, Ford is providing a growing number of CNG-capable vehicles.

By the end of next summer, customers will be able to choose a CNG package for:

  • Transit Connect (van and wagon)
  • Transit (van, wagon, cutaway and chassis cab)
  • E-Series (van, wagon, cutaway and stripped chassis)
  • F-series Super Duty (F-350 pickup and chassis cab, F-450 chassis cab and F-550 chassis cab)
  • F-650 medium-duty truck
  • F53 and F59 stripped chassis
  • F-150 light-duty pickup

This is good news for folks like Jerome Webber, vice president of global fleet operations for AT&T. According to Webber: “We’re almost halfway to our company-wide goal of deploying 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles by the end of 2018. Vehicles such as CNG F-350s from Ford have helped us avoid purchasing 7.7 million gallons of gasoline over the past five years while reducing our fleet’s emissions.”


Written by Charles Krome.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Tagged as: 2014 Ford F-150cngCompressed Natural GasFord Qualified Vehicle Modifier