For over three years, US car buyers have soldiered on with variations on the aged first-generation Ford Focus architecture while Europeans have moved on to enjoy the much better-looking and more refined gen-two model. Ford CEO Allan Mulally has officially confirmed that the upcoming 2010 Focus will be global, meaning that our interest in the Ford compact should grow considerably. The web scribes at FoMoCo News have popped up a possible sketch of the next Focus (source unknown, so take with a gra
Episode 85 of the Autoblog Podcast finds us reminiscing about the North American International Auto Show that recently invaded Detroit. It was perhaps not as thrilling as past shows, but the new F-150 and Ram hauled and herded some excitement into Cobo. Both pickups are newly spiffed and bristling with new features and engineering. While the trucks are no doubt big news, the CTS Coupe stokes our fires far more. We hope to see it visited by the V-series gnomes, too.
Spy shooters abroad have snagged a handful of pics proving once again that Ford's next generation Fiesta will be influenced by the Verve concept shown in Frankfurt. The automaker's Kinetic design language will influence every aspect of the five-door's exterior, with a cleanly stylized front clip, tautly drawn headlamps and a steeply raked windshield. The boxy persona of the outgoing model will be dispatched in favor of more curves and sculpted lines, and while the rear spoiler may be a bit of a
Our friends over at World Car Fans procured a series of shots showing the next generation Fiesta undergoing testing, but this time it's sporting an extra set of doors. The five-door model, like its two-door sibling, will take cues from the Verve Concept that debuted last week in Frankfurt and gets an Iosis-inspired front end, complete with drawn-back headlamps and a steeply raked windscreen. The beltline moves northward in Florida-retiree style, terminating in an upswept D-pillar, while the roof
Although we've been seeing heavily camouflaged versions of Ford's Fiesta replacement for several months, It was only a couple of weeks ago that we got our first official look at the Ford Verve concept. Now, an attentive photographer has managed to snag a shot of what appears to be the production version in a workshop somewhere through a chain-link fence and a reflective window.
The first decent spy photos of the production version of Ford's new B-Car have turned up on the interwebs. The 2009 replacement for the Ford Fiesta which may well be renamed the Verve after the concept car that will appear on stage in Frankfurt this week has turned up in camo. Unlike the test model, the prototype is a four door hatchback but elements of the Verve can be seen.
As we've previewed the past two days now, Ford is unleashing the Verve concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. They just released a lengthy press release (available after the jump), and I thought I'd pass it along. I'm most interested in what you think about the comments of Niko Vidakovic, chief interior designer at Ford of Europe, on the overall aesthetic of the Verve: "A new generation of buyers raised with mobile electronic devices would feel right at home in this new automotive interior, one
As the leaked pictures from yesterday show, Ford's Verve Concept is a strikingly good looking small car, at least when seen from the side and rear like in the picture above. The too-big grill is unappealing, but I like the extended window line and, in particular, the color of this concept. With an official announcement planned for tomorrow, Ford's press Verve pictures are now in the wild, including the one above and a bunch more in our gallery (which is coming momentarily; I'm currently having t