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  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Bill Ford Jr.

    Increasingly, in production electric vehicles such as the 2012 Ford Focus Electric and 2011 Nissan Leaf, automakers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials. But the rest of a modern car—even an ol' fossil-fuel burner—is no longer just sheetmetal, alloy, and plastics; extruded, cast, welded, and injection-molded. When it comes to the delicate sensors and microprocessors used so frequently in new vehicles, certain rare minerals, like cassiterite and coltan, need to be procured. And in an era of global sourcing, it can be difficult for a company to determine exactly how a...

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    Ed Begley, Jr. Launches Ford’s Electric Car War On Chevrolet, Nissan (VIDEO)

    Choosing a spokesperson for a new brand is pretty tough, especially if someone else has already had a go at selling what you’re trying to. NIssan chose world-champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to be their public face on early Nissan LEAF commercials. It appears Ford has chosen American actor...

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    2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford Focus, C-Max, Vertrek Photo Gallery

    From the moment Ford CEO Alan Mulally drove onstage in a 2012 Ford Focus ST, the first of half a dozen new compact Ford models, it was all about small cars. There were small fast cars (that Focus ST) and small gasoline cars (the four-door Focus sedan and five-door Focus hatchback). There was the...

  • Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford In Love With Electric Cars

    Just a few days after unveiling the 2012 Ford Focus Electric at the 2011 Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas, Ford has expanded its green fleet for 2012/13 with yet another plug in vehicle: The C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid From the specifications and the way Ford is talking about its new vehicles...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - butterflies on dash display
    2012 Ford Focus Electric Uses “The Butterfly Effect”

    Ford stole the show at this years CES with their introduction of the 2012 Ford Focus—okay so it was really the Focus Electric that stole the show. With well over 600 viewers on the Ford Electric Facebook page and a solid line to get into the keynote, according to our sources on Twitter, the...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Nancy Gioia
    2012 Ford Focus Electric NYC Debut: What You Need To Know

    As you may have seen by now, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric was officially launched today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by Ford CEO Alan Mulally. At the very same time, another notable executive--Bill Ford--unveiled it in New York City. He covered the same production details that were...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric

    Until recently, getting Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installed in your home required you to go directly to the manufacturers of the equipment, or buy direct from your electric car dealer. But in a deal announced today at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, Ford and Best Buy announced that they were revolutionising the way electric car owners shopped for their EVSE. Coinciding with the unveiling of Ford’s 2012 Focus Electric, the Level 2 240-volt Ford-branded home charging station will be capable of providing up to 32-amps of current, providing the Ford Focus Electric with...

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    2012 Ford Focus Electric: Full Production Details Unveiled At CES

    As yet another sign of the gap being bridged between consumer electronics and cars, Ford decided to unveil not only the interface inside its upcoming Ford Focus Electric at the sprawling Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but the production version of the car itself. For those who have...

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    2012 Ford Focus Electric Unveiled by CEO at CES

    Earlier this week Ford hinted on the social media network site Facebook that it had plans to unveil an all-electric car at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. From the shots it released, we guessed the announcement would include an all-electric Focus. As suspected, Ford CEO Allan...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric
    BREAKING: Ford Takes On LEAF With All-New Focus Electric and Half the Charging Time

    The all-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric has already been buzzing with the release of pictures on one of the Ford Facebook pages earlier this week (see our report). That is just the prong of the proverbial extension cord. Ford official announced the all-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric today and some...

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    MyFord Mobile App 'A Key Component' In Focus Electric Ownership

    In advance of the official introduction of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the automaker has unveiled a new MyFord Mobile app that, Ford says, will be "a key component" in vehicle ownership. The feature, exclusive to Focus Electric owners in North America, will allow owners of the new EV to monitor...

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    2011 Detroit Auto Show: Electric Car Preview

    The Holidays are over, the New Year celebrated, which means it’s the time of year when the auto-world descends on Detroit for the North American International Motor Show. Held over the coming two weeks, it will showcase the very latest in automotive design, innovation and technology. Last...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric teaser image

    The automotive industry can be like a good telenovela—lots of teasers and to be continued endings. That is exactly what we have on our hands right now with the latest images released by Ford. What do they depict? The all-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric. What do we know for sure? Only tidbits with more information supposedly coming later in the week when Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally is scheduled to give the keynote address on Friday in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). To be continued… All right, so we won't leave you in that much suspense. The teaser image was...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric teaser image
    Ford Releases Focus Electric Teaser Ahead of CES Launch

    Does the future of electric cars lie in the gadget world? Ford thinks so. So much so, it will launch an electric car at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Friday. How did it announce this? By posting some teaser photos on social networking site Facebook, of course. From the photos...

  • 2012 Ford Focus
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for April 2010

    To close out first quarter of 2010 we turn to April on the calendar. Now April is a busy month for the Rocky Mountain Region, where yours truly is based, because it is the time that the Colorado Auto Dealers Association puts on the Denver Auto Show. In fact, the first part of the month on...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Custom Graphics Program (Vehicle Tattoos)
    2012 Ford Focus To Become Part Of Company Custom Graphics Program

    The 2012 Ford Focus has a lot to offer consumers like the torque vectoring control we wrote about yesterday. However, Ford isn’t just offering functional features for the all-new Focus, they are also going to offer vehicle tattoos. For those who aren’t familiar, vehicle tattoos are the...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Five-Door
    Top Of Its Class: 2012 Ford Focus Offers Class-Leading Cornering Control

    Yesterday Ford announced another feature on the 2012 Ford Focus that is not only exclusive to the Focus in its class, but also positions Ford as a leader in safety. Borrowing from the Ford press release, Ford says the 2012 Focus ‘can carve through turns like a downhill skier” with the...

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    Ford Will Be First Major Carmaker To Offer Start-Stop In U.S.

    Start-stop systems, which shut off car engines when the vehicle comes to a stop, have been offered in Europe for several years. But until now, no automaker other than Porsche has offered them on U.S.-market cars. That's about to change. Ford said yesterday it will offer the systems on some of its...

  • Ford Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant

    It’s well documented that Ford is planning an all-electric version of its new global Focus--heck, we’ve even test driven a very early prototype based on the previous generation car. But what isn’t that well known is that there will be two other electrified versions of the new Focus: a gasoline-electric hybrid and a more advanced plug-in hybrid. In a world first, Ford has now revealed that all three electrified versions will be built at the same Ford assembly plant located in Wayne, Michigan. Not only that but the regular gas-powered model will be built there as well. The...

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    40-MPG Cars Are Better Than Ever; Too Bad They're Not Selling

    Today's small cars are better than they've ever been, even if few of them are among the EPA's all-time gas mileage champs. And spurred by tighter fuel-economy laws, 40 miles per gallon on the highway is becoming the new target for subcompact and even compact cars. There's just one little problem...

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    2012 Ford Focus Wears Some Jeans On the Inside

    How do you like your jeans? Skinny…Straight-leg…Loose Fit? The 2012 Ford Focus likes it’s jeans in a slightly different form—as recycled content for the interior. It may seem strange to take used jeans and use them in the interior of a new car, but Ford has some compelling...

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    Why Texas May Be A Better Electric-Car State Than California

    When power plant heavyweight NRG Energy announced yesterday that it would invest $10 million in the rollout of the nation’s first privately-finance electric vehicle charging network it also revealed that the city it would debut in would be … Houston, Texas. Um, what? Houston (pictured)...

  • 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
    2011 Ford Mustang GT Takes Home Best Resale Value Award for High-Performance

    The Ford Mustang is probably one of the best-known sport/muscle cars in America. It is also one of the longest running with production starting with the 64-½ model year and continuing, uninterrupted, through to the present 2011 model year. Of course, over the long production history the...

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    Ford Announces Markets For First Focus Electric Sales

    This is a busy week for the automotive industry with the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show, one of the most anticipated shows in the automotive industry. It is also a busy week for Ford with their announcement on Monday of the first markets that will see sales of the company’s first...

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