Ford has pulled the wraps off four new models, including three SUVs, at the Beijing motor show
Jim Holder
23 April 2012

Ford has pulled the wraps off four new models, including three SUVs, at the Beijing motor show. The move is part of the brand’s commitment to introduce 15 new vehicles to China by 2015.

Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa said: “We are ready to demonstrate aggressive growth this year in China, the most exciting car market in the world."

Centre stage in Beijing is the Ford Ecosport. The Fiesta-based SUV is built in China at Ford’s Chongquin plant and will include the marque’s new turbocharged three-cylinder engine. In the Ecosport, it will produce 118bhp and 125lb ft of torque.

The Ford Kuga has also received its Chinese debut today, alongside the larger Ford Explorer. The debut of the Ford Focus ST marks the first time Ford has marketed a performance car in China. It will be offered only as a five-door hatchback.

Hinrichs said: "We are working hard to secure the avid interest of Chinese car enthusiasts with these new and exciting Ford vehicles loaded with green and smart technologies,"

"With the opening of our latest state-of-the-art brand new manufacturing facilities in Chongqing and the continued, rapid expansion of a family of vehicles in every class that Chinese consumers want and value, Ford is committed to China."

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22 April 2012

Just no, that is all.

22 April 2012

I wouldn't mind it so much if it wasn't pulling that face.

22 April 2012

[quote Fidji]

I wouldn't mind it so much if it wasn't pulling that face.

[/quote] I was thinking the same, its such a disappointment compared to the very good looking Kuga, I am not Ford fan as I find the majority of their products just plain dull and like white goods, but I have always loved the Kuga.

22 April 2012

[quote steven211][quote Fidji]

I wouldn't mind it so much if it wasn't pulling that face.

[/quote] I was thinking the same, its such a disappointment compared to the very good looking Kuga, I am not Ford fan as I find the majority of their products just plain dull and like white goods, but I have always loved the Kuga.[/quote]

I liked the Kuga when it came out, but it's become very boring to my eyes! Anyway, this Ecosport (stupid name) is sure to sell, so I'd rather a different face was grafted onto the production version, as I'll see them every bloody day. Otherwise, it's a restrained but OK looking car.

22 April 2012

three-cylinder engine. In the Ecosport, it will produce 118bhp and 125lb ft of torque - that is some serious performance figures. Hope it wont sound like a Trabant. As for the design, it the mini SUV market which is basically the middle lower class school run car - and as such I think it will sell rather well. If they did it in 4wd then it could take on the Yeti which to my mind is the market benchmark for this size and a very hard act to follow. But with that engine - yes it would/should sell better

23 April 2012

The folks at Ford seem to be linguistically challenged. Don't know how "ECO" this thing is, but it really has nothing to do with sport. "Tall-boy" might be a more suitable name.

K_A

23 April 2012

[quote petrolheadinrussia] If they did it in 4wd then it could take on the Yeti which to my mind is the market benchmark for this size [/quote]

I'm pretty sure a four-wheel-drive derivative is on the way. The new EcoSport (a name that was used on the previous model, again based on the Fiesta, in Latin America) rivals other B-segment SUVs in Europe like the Toyota Urban Cruiser (based on the previous-generation Yaris), Jeep/Fiat's upcoming sub-compact SUV, Vauxhall/Opel Mokka (based on the Corsa/Fiat [Grande] Punto), and the forthcoming Peugeot 2008 etc.

23 April 2012

2 words i hate in car names or badges. Eco, and Sport.

well done Ford

23 April 2012

Wind change?

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