Nice Vapourware Concept Car
It's a pity real Fords are still crappy rust buckets eh?
Now, we're not sure we entirely approve of a cloud-connected car capable of resetting your alarm clock - also net linked - because a colleague has delayed a meeting, but that's the vision Ford pitched today at IFA. It gave a taster of Evos, a concept car it will be unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a few weeks' time, …
My wife has a 10 year old Fiesta with 140,000 miles on the clock, no rust.
I have a 4 year old Mondeo with 101,000 mile son the clock, no rust. Nice car as well for popping up and down the motorway!
I also believe the Mondeo was best in it's class for a few years ... so maybe not that crappy after all?
Looks like they've copied the grille and some styling from Aston Martin and the seat / interior layout looks similar in concept to an Alfa Romeo / Bertone concept at last year's Geneva motor show. Cloud-sourced gimmicks? No objection if they are just suggesting alternate routes and finding free parking spots, as long as they have zero interaction with the functional controls.
It makes me sad to see a car like this - I just wish that they would actually build that. The hints of Mustangs old and new in the lights, grill and nose are fantastic styling cues, really call on the heritage. The side view is pure Aston Martin though - The wheels even look like the ones on the Rapide. Those quarter panel rear doors are just pure indulgence and absolutely lovely .
I hope future Fords really take the design style and run with it - you can say a lot about Ford but they really can develop a look over a product life - Just look at the new Focus.
Ford concept cars, in common with all manufacturers, are great and really show great design and innovation.
Then they get strangled by the bone-headed MBA-trained "managers". Hence they end up with a set of revolting bland products that all share some pointless worldwide family relationship. Think how there's little difference between the Ka, Fiesta and Focus.
The old Ka was quirky. Marmite yes, but definitely unique. The new one is so bland it's not even worth describing (I can't even picture it in my mind such is its banal design).
They did it years ago with that utterly hideous Merkin-inspired fat-arsed bug-eyed Scorpio that flopped in Europe.
If only designers could give a damn about managing, or at least play the greasy pole game.
It looks nice, except for the front, which looks a little too Aston Martin for my taste, and not sure about the tiny headlight slits.
If they do a coupe version of the real thing and it handles as well as a Puma, I may be interested.
I may just keep the Puma anyway, though. 12 years old and still raises a grin every time I chuck it into a corner (so I do a lot of grins).
Please stop pretending that a piece of software can ever be a solution to traffic jams - even now, when my main route to work is blocked, you can guarantee that the side roads will be jammed too - once all cars have software to do the same you merely guarantee that all roads will be equally jammed, and I might as well stay on the main road.
The doors can't make it in to a production vehicle because they'd be too heavy for those hinges to lift. Modern safety requirements require doors with steel side impact bars.
And, of course, you'd never get in to or out of the car in a multi-storey car park.
It does look pretty. Its profile reminds me of the AMV8.
@Wibble re: Ka - The new one is the same car as the Fiat 500. The old one was extremely popular. The new one - not.
@Lawndart re:Puma - I agree, it's a fantastic car. There are rumours of a new Puma to be built on the Fiesta chassis. Let's hope they find a decent engine to go in it.
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