2012 Ford lineup

26 Aug 2011 | 7,624 views | One Comment
   By Don Hammonds Ford's been transforming itself for the last few years, and 2012 will bring a continuation of that trend for the blue oval band.     Of course, the big news is the all-new Focus and the powerful 2012  Mustang Boss 302.     2012 Ford Focus  The 2012 Ford Focus  comes in an almost bewildering number of models, variations and colors-- all the more to blanket the market. On sale now, the Focus comes in  S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim series levels.  "Focus  " is packed with more affordable technologies and features than the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla or even larger competitors such as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. In addition, Focus offers high standards of quality and craftsmanship and class-leading fuel economy, while taking driving dynamics to a new level, " a Ford news release says. Focus four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models share a sporty character, and the theme for their styling is Ford's kinetic design form language. Inside,  there's a distinctive design, featuring a modern, cockpit-style interior with stylish center console.   There's also lots  of contemporary graphics, the sculptured shape of the soft-touch instrument panel, and upgraded trim material, all of which comes together to inspire a premium-class experience. Ford says that Focus" brings C-car interior space to a level that rivals larger vehicles. It offers more first-row shoulder room than an Audi A4 and more front headroom than a Toyota Camry. In the spacious second row, Focus provides more hip room than the Audi or Toyota." Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have been reduced and driving dynamics improved by the increased stiffness of the body structure, with 30 percent greater rigidity than the previous Focus model. The Focus features a windshield with a special acoustic layer, which significantly reduces wind and road noise. The windshield is complemented by increased side and rear glass thickness for extra quietness. Focus features a completely new 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that combines high-pressure gasoline direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. It delivers 20 more horsepower than the previous Focus 2.0-liter unit and brings a fuel economy improvement of more than 10 percent. This engine is mated with the latest six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission. A high-efficiency dual dry-clutch design, this advanced transmission is also offered with SelectShift Automatic™ functionality, allowing drivers to manually control gear selection. For drivers preferring a stick shift and clutch pedal, Focus offers a five-speed manual transmission. The 2012 Focus four-door has a drag coefficient as low as 0.295 – lower than Chevrolet Cruze and Volkswagen Jetta. A streamlined shape, a steeply raked windshield and active grille shutter system combine to significantly reduce drag and help reduce Focus wind noise at speed while contributing to improved fuel efficiency.     Safety-wise, Focus has next-generation front and side airbag technologies to tailor deployment to individual occupants, and Focus includes segment-exclusive Safety Canopy® curtain airbags. The driver’s airbag uses a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a “pocket” to help lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver’s chest and ribs in frontal crashes. Innovative side airbags feature unique shoulder vents that stay open and reduce pressure for smaller occupants who typically benefit from reduced forces. High-strength steels comprise 55 percent of the Focus body shell, with ultra-high-strength and boron steels making up more than 31 percent of the skeletal structure. These advanced materials help Focus meet crash regulations across world markets while minimizing the vehicle’s weight and contributing to fuel economy. Focus offers SYNC® with MyFord Touch™, which replaces many of the traditional buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, colorful LCD screens and five-way buttons. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each driver using a simple button click, voice command or touch screen tap. MyFord Touch is powered by a new generation of the company’s award-winning SYNC system, which includes a sophisticated voice control system for vehicle functions, connected Bluetooth® devices, a Wi-Fi® hotspot, MP3 players and a wide variety of external media. Focus offers a comprehensive range of smart technologies and features for North America, including:
  • Active park assist
  • SYNC with Traffic, Directions and Information
  • HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging
  • Ambient lighting
  • Rear view camera
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • Wi-Fi access
  2012 Ford Fusion Ford's popular Fusion family sedan gets three new colors for 2012: – Black, Cinnamon and Red Candy Tinted Clearcoat Metallic.    Fusion is available in four models,  S, SE, SEL and Sport, and three engine choices---- one four-cylinder and two V6s available. A six speed automatic transmission is now standard on Fusion SE, and you can now get Sync on  SE model and above. The  Fusion Sport , by the wayt, offers all-wheel drive-----an exclusive in the mid-sized family sedan market except for Subaru's Legacy.  
2012 Ford Flex
Ford's unique Flex crossover comes in for minor changes in 2012, mainly making the  3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 engine available on Limited and Titanium series, and making the  Vista Roof™  available with roof rack side rails, and the addition of a  center-mounted rear windshield wiper and center armrest with cupholders in second row.
2012 Ford Mustang
The Boss is back---and badder than ever.
This time around it’s being billed as the Limited production 2012 Mustang Boss 302, and proud company officials say that it will be the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford, based on the world-class foundation provided by the 2011 Mustang GT.
      Ford officials toiled to upgrade nearly every system in this car over and above the standard model line.  Their efforts include big improvements to engine output, brakes, suspension, interior and exterior.  The goal all around was to “optimize weight, aerodynamics and track performance,” according to a Ford news release.
“The decision to build a modern Boss was not entered into lightly,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “The entire team at Ford felt the time was right and with the right ingredients, the world-class 2011 Mustang could support a successful, race-bred, worthy successor to the original Boss 302. For us that meant a production Mustang that could top one of the world’s best – the 2010 BMW M3 – in lap times at Laguna Seca. We met our expectations.”  Led by Mike Harrison, the V8 engine team approached Boss from the top down: With 412 horsepower from 5.0 liters, the 2011 GT engine was already an incredible performer. But to achieve the high-rpm horsepower that would make the engine competitive on the track, a new intake was essential. The resulting runners-in-the-box plenum/velocity stack combination the engine team developed was impressive enough that it got the green light after one short drive. Helping the intake build power, revised camshafts using a more aggressive grind are actuated with the same twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) mechanism used on the Mustang GT. More aggressive control calibration yields 440 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, while still offering a smooth idle and low-end torque for comfortable around-town driving.   A race-inspired clutch with upgraded friction materials transmits power, while a short-throw, close-ratio six-speed manual transmission handles gear change duties. Power is delivered to a 3.73 ratio rear axle using carbon fiber plates in the limited-slip differential to improve torque handling and longevity. For those who want even more precise control over power delivery, a torque-sensing (Torsen) limited-slip differential is an available option coupled with Recaro front seats. While the powertrain team defined output targets that would yield an ideal balance with the chassis, another team made sure the car made the kind of sounds owners and enthusiasts would expect from a Mustang Boss. Up front, a Boss-specific intake system is tuned to feed the engine with minimum restrictions. A retuned induction sound tube provides concrete aural evidence of what’s occurring under the hood. And, in the Boss exhaust system engineers really had some fun. “With an exhaust system, we have to consider three constraints: legal noise restrictions; backpressure, which can rob power; and ground clearance,” explains Shawn Carney, Mustang NVH engineer. “Since the 2011 Mustang GT exhaust is already so free-flowing – it came in way under our backpressure targets – we already had excellent performance; we were able to tune the exhaust system for a unique sound. Combined with the rush of the intake, the exhaust system really envelops the driver in V8 sound. Every Boss features a unique quad exhaust system: Two outlets exit in the rear similar to a standard Mustang GT. The other two outlets exit to either side of the exhaust crossover, sending exhaust through a set of metal discs that act as tuning elements before the pipes terminate just ahead of the rear wheel opening. Visually subtle, the side pipes flow very little exhaust but a lot of exhaust sound, providing a sonic experience unlike any other Mustang. Of course, Ford wanted that Boss look inside and out, so big changes were made.   Every part of the car that could help aerodynamics or engine/brake performance was examined to make the vehicle more competitive, while chief designer Darrell Behmer refined the styling to evoke the 1969 Boss in a contemporary way. To set Boss apart, each car will have either a black or white roof panel, coordinated to the color of the side C-stripe. Available exterior colors are Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red. Up front, a unique fascia and grille are highlighted by the blocked-off fog lamp openings and aggressive lower splitter, a version of the design used – and proven – on the Boss 302R race car. The front splitter is designed to function at high speeds by efficiently managing the air under and around the car. It helps to reduce underbody drag and front end lift while more effectively forcing air through the Boss-specific cooling system. At the rear of the car, the spoiler was chosen to complement the front aero treatment and minimize overall drag. “What we were after on Boss was reduced overall lift with improved balance,” says Pericak. “We needed to keep the car glued to the street or the track at high speeds without increasing drag or affecting top speed and fuel usage. The end result is an aero package that uses front, rear and underbody treatments not for show, but for effect – the balance and stability of this car all the way to its 155-mph top speed is just outstanding.” Inside, a unique Boss steering wheel covered completely in Alcantara suede complements the standard seats, which are trimmed in cloth with a suede-like center insert to firmly hold occupants in place. Boss customers who want the ultimate seating experience can select a package that includes Recaro buckets, designed by Ford SVT in cooperation with Recaro for high performance Mustang models, and shared between the Boss and GT500. A dark metallic instrument panel finish, gauge cluster and door panel trim also differentiate Boss from the standard Mustang, while a black pool-cue shifter ball and “Powered by Ford” door sill plates further remind customers they’re in a special car.  Now if you really want something special, conside the race ready Boss302 Laguna Seca model.  Its suspension is even more aggressive than the standard Boss 302 model.and it has its own special chassis and aerodynamic tuning. This one is strictly designed for weekend racers, and the car doesn’t have the creature comforts you’ll find on the regular Boss 302. Laguna Seca cars are powered by the same engine, a 5.0 liter, 440 horsepower V-8 which already was specially trained for road racing.          Engine power routes through a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox to a standard 3.73-ratio Torsen limited-slip differential, helping the revised rear suspension deliver maximum torque and traction under the punishing conditions encountered on the track. Higher spring rates and a larger rear stabilizer bar – all upgraded over Boss specifications – help generate unrelenting grip, Ford officials say. And drivers can dial in exactly the level of shock stiffness a particular track requires using the four standard, independently adjustable dampers with Laguna Seca-specific valving. The final touch for a proper race car was to add the proper wheels and tires: Laguna Seca models use lightweight 19-inch alloy racing wheels in staggered widths: 9 inches in front, 10 inches in the rear. R-compound ultra-high-performance tires, 255/40ZR-19 in the front, 285/35ZR-19 in the rear, maintain contact with the pavement. 2012 Ford Fiesta In this fast-moving market, you've got to stay fresh, and Ford knows that. Even though its cool Fiesta is only one model year old, Ford is introducing some equally cool stuff to keep the customers coming. Fiesta enters the 2012 model year in North America with two new interior style packages, an expanded sport appearance package and the across-the-board addition of an integrated blind spot sideview mirror and driver’s seat armrest. The interior style packages include two-tone leather-trimmed seats with harmonizing door trim inserts, color-coordinated steering wheel and instrument panel trim, premium carpet floor mats with the Fiesta logo proudly embroidered in front and a leather-wrapped gearshift knob. These packages are available on the range-topping SEL sedan and SES hatchback models in two distinctive color combinations. The Race Red package combines red and black leather-trimmed seating and door panels with red steering wheel and instrument panel trim. The Oxford White package mixes the  classic tuxedo black and while color scheme with a similar layout. "The result is a strikingly distinctive passenger cabin design with the luxury of leather-trimmed surfaces and high-quality appointments," a Ford news release says. An expanded premium sport appearance option for Fiesta SES hatchback models also makes its debut for 2012. Specifying this option adds 16-inch polished alloy wheels and black headlamp surrounds, auxiliary LED lamp surrounds, lower grille surround, sideview mirrors, window surrounds and rear spoiler. " These blacked-out accents and special sporty wheels contrast with the vibrant colors in the Fiesta palette, enhancing the distinctive kinetic design," Ford says. In addition, the premium sport appearance package adds a 4.25 to 1 final drive ratio on five-speed models, for enhanced off-the-line acceleration. All 2012 Fiesta models now add integrated spotter mirrors into the sideview mirrors. These spotter panes are incorporated into the outboard edges of the side door-mounted mirrors to enhance driver visibility in potential blind spots. We will add more information about Ford's 2012 line as it becomes available.

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