We thought 2014 was a busy year.
Well, this year we are planning what will be one of our busiest years ever.
Around 45 per cent of the cars we sell are expected to be new, or offer big updates compared to last year.
Here are just a few of the cars you’ll be seeing for the first time.
New Galaxy. Watch this space for more news on the family favourite. Speaking of which…
New S-MAX, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models also will be going on sale.
Not in the market for a family car? Well, if you’re looking for something to set the pulse racing you’ll be spoilt for choice.
For the first time in more than 50 years the new Mustang will go on sale across Europe. There’s a new Focus ST hot-hatch too, and for the first time ever, a powerful diesel version.
The first Vignale model – the new Ford Vignale Mondeo – will launch a whole new experience.
There will also be further new Mondeo models to choose from too. This will include the first Mondeo Hybrid, models equipped with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was named International Engine of the Year in 2014 for an unprecedented third time.
Oh, and to make sure you’ve still; got something to look forward to, we are going to start production of the Edge SUV in late 2015, ready to join the Kuga and EcoSport in our SUV line-up.
“In 2014, our new passenger cars, commercial vehicles and remarkable technologies helped us outperform the market and increase our market share in Europe,” said Jim Farley, Ford of Europe’s chairman and CEO. “In 2015, we’re excited to build on this momentum and reach new customers with everything from larger, more upscale cars and utilities to new performance vehicles to vehicles designed for families of every size.”
“These new vehicles reflect a more emotional and upmarket vision for Ford products in Europe,” Farley added.
It’s not just new cars either.
For example, new technologies for Mondeo and S-MAX include:
- Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface every 16 milliseconds
- Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which can detect people in the road ahead – or that could cross the vehicle’s path – and automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not respond to warnings
- Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking technology, which can detect and reverse the car hands-free into spaces alongside other cars as well as parallel to the road
Told you we were going to be busy…