The Ford Motor Company offers a wide range of affordable cars and trucks, from subcompacts to full-size trucks. Ford is also technology-driven, having developed hybrid powertrains, fuel-saving turbocharged engines and touch-screen multimedia systems.
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It all started back in 1903 when Henry Ford and a few investors founded the company that would bear his name. The first vehicles produced were the Model C, the Model B, the Model F, the Model R, the Model S, the Model N and the Model K, all powered by 2- and 4-cylinder engines.
However, the game-changer was the famous Model T introduced in 1908. In the following years, Ford had pretty much pioneered mass vehicle production with the elaboration of assembly lines. Offered in several body styles, over 15 million copies of the car, nicknamed Tin Lizzie, were produced up until 1927.
The Model A followed, while Ford introduced their first V8 engine in 1932. Deluxe and Super Deluxe models were offered in the 1940s, while the F-Series pickup was introduced in 1948 and still produced today. Classic models such as the Crestline, the Custom, the Fairlane, the Thunderbird, the Ranchero and the Galaxie were introduced in the ‘50s, alongside the short-lived Edsel and Canadian-exclusive Frontenac.
In the 1960s, the Falcon, LTD, Torino, Bronco and Econoline were added to the line-up, but the arrival of the Mustang pony car in 1964 was the big news back then. The historic GT40 race car was also developed in the ‘60s, and was a four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ford’s vehicles were getting larger and larger right up until the gas crisis of the 1970s. Smaller cars like the Maverick, the Pinto, the Granada, the Courier pickup and the Fiesta hatchback were launched. High-performance editions of the Mustang were offered, the Mach 1 and Boss 302. The downsized Mustang II didn’t last long, replaced by a new model after only 5 years.
In 1981, Ford served up the Escort, a new compact hatchback that sold in big numbers and from which spawned the 2-seat EXP. The Tempo replaced the Fairmont, the LTD became the Crown Victoria, while the mid-size Taurus, the Mazda-designed but Korean-built Festiva subcompact, the Ranger pickup, the Bronco II sport-utility and Aerostar minivan were launched in the mid-‘80s. The Probe sports coupe arrived in 1989.
Later in the ‘90s, the Festiva retired in favour of the Aspire, while the global-market Contour replaced the Tempo. The sporty Escort ZX2 was also available for a few years. The Explorer arrived in 1991 and quickly became one of America’s best-selling trucks. The Windstar minivan also arrived, eventually superseding the Aerostar.
In the 2000s, the fun-to-drive Focus hatchback and wagon arrived, replacing the Escort, and the mid-size Fusion was launched in replacement of the Contour. The Super Duty versions of the F-Series dawned, as well as the Escape compact SUV, the Edge mid-size SUV, the Expedition full-size SUV and the Explorer Sport Trac pickup.
Models that have come and gone during that decade include the Five Hundred sedan, the Freestyle and Taurus X crossovers, the Freestar minivan, the Excursion full-size SUV as well as the mighty GT, inspired by the original and offered in 2005 and 2006. Hybrid powertrains started to appear in Escape and Fusion models.
Today, Ford’s line-up consists of the Fiesta subcompact and the Focus compact, both available as a hatchback and a sedan, The Focus Electric, the Fusion and Fusion Hybrid, the full-size Taurus, the Mustang and Shelby GT500, the Escape and Escape Hybrid, the Edge, the Explorer, the Expedition, the Transit Connect cargo van, the E-Series van as well as the F-Series and Super Duty pickups.
Consumers often think cheap and cheerful when thinking of small cars, but this is certainly not the case with the 2014 Ford Focus -- in fact, far from it. The heavy European influence in its styling and design points to the fact that small is still considered beautiful by our friends across the pond, and that size shouldn't necessarily relate to comfort and prestige.
I do so love me a hot hatch. There's something about lots of power and performance in a teeny-tiny package that gets me going. Perhaps it's my kindred feeling of all things little (being vertically challenged myself), and the fact that I'm always so impressed when something so minute can do so much.
Whether you're renovating, getting into a new adventure sport or planning on numerous yard-related projects in the upcoming year, the used truck marketplace has you covered with affordable models that offer relatively decent fuel consumption and top-notch levels of payload and capability to get the job done.
As promised a few days ago, Ford brought a new 2015 Mustang to the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York to celebrate the muscle car's 50th anniversary.
Paying tribute to a five-decade love
story between drivers and its iconic pony
car, Ford today revealed a Mustang 50
Year Limited Edition that will have a
production run of 1,964 units, a nod to
its birth year.
The iconic Ford Mustang turns 50 this week, more specifically on April 17th. The milestone is obviously a cause for celebration at Ford, but also across the auto industry.