Ford Endeavour Manual Transmission Models Discontinued In India

If you were keen on buying a Ford Endeavour with a manual transmission, you might have to look for something else or consider the Ford Endeavour automatic as well. This is because Ford India has silently discontinued to the manual transmission models of the Endeavour in India. If you log on to the Ford India website, it only shows these three variants; 2.2-litre 4×2 Trend AT, 2.2-litre 4×2 Titanium AT and the 3.2-litre 4×4 Titanium AT. The downloadable brochure on the Ford India website too lists only these three models.

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First, the 2.2-litre 4×2 Trend MT was discontinued and then the company followed it up by taking off the 2.2-litre 4×4 Trend MT and the 3.2-litre 4×4 Trend AT variants. We did try reaching out to the company and are waiting for an update. We believe that the lack of demand for manual transmission models did these variants in. The new-generation Ford Endeavour was launched in January 2016 and has its primary rivals in the Toyota Fortuner and the Isuzu MU-X. The Fortuner continues to sell in manual and automatic transmission variants while the MU-X sells only with an automatic gearbox.

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The current prices of the Ford Endeavour models start from ₹ 25.49 lakh for the 2.2-litre 4×4 Trend AT and for the top of the line 3.2-litre 4×4 Titanium AT, the starting price is ₹ 31.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Interestingly, Ford has already started working on a facelift model of the Endeavour, which was spotted in Australia and might get new features and

Ford India recalls 39,315 units of Fiesta Classic, old Figo

Ford Motor India on Friday recalled 39,315 units of Fiesta Classic and the previous-generation Figo models in India to rectify faulty power assisted steering hose.

It said the recall will affect units of the two models made at the company’s Chennai plant between 2004 and 2012.

“Ford India is voluntarily inspecting 39,315 Ford Fiesta Classic and previous-generation Ford Figo vehicles…for a potential concern related to high pressure power assisted steering hose,” it said in a statement.

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The company, through its dealers, will replace the high pressure power assisted steering hose on all affected vehicles, it added.

Ford remains committed to delivering world-class quality vehicles to its customers and this voluntary safety recall is part of that commitment, it said.

Previously, Ford India had recalled 1,66,021 units of Figo and Fiesta Classic models in September 2013 to rectify faulty rear twist beam and the power steering hose.

Last year, the company had recalled around 42,300 units of the new generation of hatchback Figo and compact sedan Figo Aspire to fix a software glitch that could lead to malfunctioning of airbags during a collision.

In November 2015, the automaker had announced recall of 16,444 units of compact SUV EcoSport in India to fix faulty rear twist beam bolt, a part in vehicle’s suspension.

Ford Announces Recall For Over 39,000 Cars In India

Ford India has issued a recall of over 39,315 units of its cars produced from 2004 to 2012. The models affected are the Ford Fiesta Classic and the first generation of the Figo hatchback. The cars in question were made at the Ford India manufacturing facility in Chennai between the years 2004 and 2012. The reason for the recall is the potential concern related to the high pressure power assisted steering (or PAS) hose. Ford South Africa has also issued a similar recall due to the same fault.

The cars affected in that market are the Ikon and Figo, that were also made in the same duration in India, and exported to South Africa. Ford says a power steering fluid leak could result in fumes being emitted from the engine compartment. It is then possible the  power steering fluid to come into contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system components, and then cause either smoke or in very few cases – a possible fire.

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The Ford Fiesta Classic was built at the company’s Chennai plant

Ford India says this is a voluntary inspection it will carry out, and in a statement issued to us, has also said, “Ford India, through its dealers, will replace the high pressure power assisted steering hose on all affected vehicles. Ford remains committed to delivering world-class quality vehicles to its customers and this voluntary safety recall is part of that commitment.”

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The Figo remains the company’s best selling hatchback in India

Like it is the case of all recalls, the move is a preemptive one, and seeks to correct a potentially hazardous scenario. Owners of said affected vehicles will be contacted by Ford dealers/ company officials directly.

 

Ford GT will be the first production car with a Gorilla Glass windshield

If you’ve ever breathed a sigh of relief after dropping your phone and not shattering the screen, you might have Corning’s Gorilla Glass to thank for that. Gorilla Glass is one of the most durable toughened glass products on the market, and it’s heading to a production car for the first time.

The upcoming Ford GT supercar would be the first car available to the public with a Gorilla Glass windshield, the two companies revealed Wednesday. It will be the innermost layer in a three-layer windshield sandwich, resting behind a plastic adhesive layer and one made from more traditional soda lime glass.
Not only is Gorilla Glass strong, it’s also quite light. Corning believes that using its glass will save 12 pounds (5.4kg) over more established applications. Light doesn’t always mean flimsy — take a look at the video below, where the windshield is pounded from point-blank range with a golf-ball-sized chunk of ice, and you’ll see that Gorilla Glass is quite good at what it does.

Gorilla Glass gets its formidable might from immersion in a molten potassium salt bath. It strengthens the surface, helps contain any flaws and ups the crack resistance. Corning’s been working on strengthened glass since the 1960s, but it took until the 21st century to realize its efficacy in consumer electronics.

This isn’t Ford’s first time using Corning’s wares. It used Gorilla Glass in its Fusion MMLV (Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle) concept, but that was never offered to the public.

Ford plans to go big, go driverless in California

The race is on, even if there aren’t any drivers present. Ford has joined a number of other automakers in receiving permission to operate autonomous cars on public roads, and the brand is showing its commitment to removing the human variable from the equation in a number of other ways, as well.

Ford’s self-driving permit is but one part of what the company calls Ford Smart Mobility. That’s an umbrella term, describing Ford’s plans to advance beyond traditional methods of transportation, utilizing connectivity, data analytics and naturally, autonomous vehicles.

Of course, it would be mighty hard to run a serious self-driving operation in California from way the hell over in Dearborn, Michigan. Therefore, Ford is also expanding its Silicon Valley research facility. What used to be a 15-person office now includes more than 100 employees dedicated to developing new technology.

“Having a strong presence in Silicon Valley allows us to further accelerate our research on a wide range of technologies, and apply our insights to create real-world mobility solutions,” said Ken Washington, Ford’s VP of research and advanced engineering.

Ford is also expanding the number of businesses it’s working with. The automaker just announced that it would team up with software-development company Pivotal to further flesh out its connected-vehicle strategy. Most importantly, however, this collab will help speed up Ford’s own software development.

“Typically, it took Ford months to develop software,” said Bill Cook, Pivotal’s president. “At the outset of working with Pivotal, Ford engineers started producing compelling software in a matter of weeks. Ford now is operating at start-up speeds — able to create software in mere days.”

Hybrid pickups are on the way back, thanks to Ford

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America hasn’t had a hybrid pickup truck since Chevrolet nixed the Silverado Hybrid back in 2011. That should change by 2020, though, as a Ford spokesman just confirmed the automaker’s plan to introduce a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system destined for both trucks and SUVs.

The mention of a hybridized F-150 (or something similar) came by way of an interview between National Public Radio’s Ari Shapiro and Ford CEO Mark Fields. Today, Ford spokesman Mike Levine confirmed that fact to CNET.

“Ford is moving forward with the development of a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system,” Levine said in an email. “We are on track to have the hybrid system ready later this decade on rear-wheel-drive Ford pickups and SUVs.” There are only vehicles that fit the bill in Ford’s lineup right now, the F-150 and the Expedition. Of course, automakers don’t tread too far into conversation regarding future product, so there are no additional details beyond the confirmation of the system’s existence.

It bears mentioning that the Mustang is also rear-wheel drive, but there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of the hybrid heading to the automaker’s venerable pony car. The packaging would be wildly different, and Mustang purists would likely set fire to the whole of Dearborn.