The Ford Tempo was produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1984 to 1994. The Tempo design had actually begun back in the seventies in response to two oil embargos experienced by the United States at that time. The push inside Ford was to develop vehicles that were economical to operate and environmentally friendly. The goal was to come up with vehicles that were ergonomic and had a more aerodynamic design.
Extensive wind tunnel testing was done on the tempo resulting in over 450 hours and 950 design changes.
The 1984 Ford Tempo was the outcome of these tests. It was given a 60 degree windshield and aircraft inspired door frames. The first engine for the Tempo was a 2.3 Liter HSC I4.
Mercury Lynx were nearly identical cars and shared the same engines as well as other features. The Mercury Topaz also shared the engine and the transmission of the first Tempo. The difference in the vehicles were mostly cosmetic, differing mostly in the frond and rear end styling.
The trim levels and a new engine were a few of the changes Ford made to the Tempo for 1992, the Tempo GL Premier Edition was introduced to give some variety to the vehicle and was only available for that one year. Slumping sales and a new car slated for placement in the Tempo’s slot ultimately led to its demise and it was discontinued after 1995.
The Ford Taurus is produced by Ford Motor Company and has been in continuous production for nearly twenty years. The Taurus was a unique concept car introduced by Ford in 1986. It had a revolutionary design when it was introduced to the North American market. The Taurus was the first car to introduce the European body style to American consumers. The new features were a welcome change to consumers in North America who were tiring of the same boxy designs be offered.
The Taurus was the bestselling car in the United States from 1992 through 1996 before it lost its hold on the market to the Toyota Camry. The First Taurus offered a 2.5 Liter four cylinder engine and it was dubbed the Taurus MT5. This was exclusive to the sedan body style and was not offered with the equivalent Mercury Sable. Many remember this particular car from its appearance in the movie RoboCop.
There have been a number of redesigns over the years and in 2000, a redesign replaced the oval design elements that had been the cars unique signature. From 2000 through 2003, the car was known as the Taurus SES Sedan . Because the Taurus was losing sales, Ford cut back on some of the luxury features of the previous years in order to keep the car in a competitive price range.
In keeping with Ford’s decision to change all of the names of it vehicles to word’s beginning with the letter F, the name of the Taurus was changed to the Ford Five Hundred. This proved to be a disasterous move as the car lost all brand recognition with consumers. In 2008, the name was brought back and is was marketed as the Ford Taurus SEL.
The Ford Ranger is a compact truck built by Ford Motor Company since 1976. The Ranger offers the consumer an option when a full size truck is either unnecessary or unwanted. Since many people need the capabilities of a truck for hauling various things but don’t want the expenses that go along with owning a full size truck the Ranger is an excellent option.
Given the difficulties of manuevering a full size truck, the smaller Ranger makes good sense. The Ranger is offered in with a four wheel drive as an option hand has the capacity to haul a four foot wide sheet of plywood. This was not accidental but done specifically as one of the selling points of the truck.
The available engines included in the first Rangers included the 2.3 Liter OHC Four cylinder In 1985, a 2.2 Liter Mazda/Perkins diesel engine was added as an option.
The Ranger GT was added in 1986 and came with a standard cab short bed with a 2.9 Liter Cologne V6. In 1989 the 2.0 Liter engine was discontinued in the Ranger and now had a 2.3 Liter distributorless ignition system.
Although there have been rumors circulating for several years that Ford has plans to reintroduce the F-100 and retire the Ford Ranger, nothing substantial has surfaced. To date, Ford states that it has plans to continue to produce the Ford Ranger
The Ford Probe was produced by Ford Motor company from 1989 through 1997. It was a joint venture undertaken by Ford and Mazda to replace the Ford EXP. The Probe was built completely on Mazda’s G platform and there was some talk of using it to replace the Ford Mustang.
The first models were built with unique sheet metal and given an interior that was borrowed from the FCRX-7, a sports coupe already produced by Mazda. The engine options included in the first generation Probes included a 2.2 L with 120 hp and a 2.2 Liter Turbo enginewith 145 hp. Transmissions for the vehicle included a four speed automatic and a five speed manual transmission.
.By 1992, a slightly redesigned Probe was debuted in December of that year for the 1993 model year. Assembled by AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Michigan, two trim levels were offered. The base model, Probe GL had a starting price at $13,000 and came with a 2.0 I4 engine as the standard motor. It was given a performance instrument cluster with a tachometer and electronic AM/FM stereo, also as standard equipment.
The Probe GT was a intended as the sportier model and had a starting price of $15,504. Standard equipment for this upgraded version included a 2.5 Liter V6 engine Good year Gatorback tires, five spoke aluminum wheels and foglights.
The Probe was never the success that Ford hoped it would be and because of the high price and lack of originality in its design. For the price, most consumers could choose a more prestigous vehicle. The Ford Probe was discontinued after 1997.
The Ford Mustang began its long history on March 9, 1964 in Dearborn, Michigan. A product of Ford Motor Company, the public got its first glimpse of the pony car on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. It is Ford’s longest running model that is currently still in production.
What is it about the Mustang that has made such a popular choice for so long? Nobody really knows for sure but the public has had a love affair with the famous pony car since its inception. It was so popular in fact that it outperformed any Ford’s wildest fantasy’s concerning its success. Original sales predictions called for about 100,000 to be sold in its first year but 18 months out more than 1 million were produced and sold.
By the seventies, it had slipped somewhat because the designers at Ford began to tinker with the size and weight of the automobile. Lee Iacocca stepped in and returned the car to a glimmer of the former style and design. And in 1975 Ford reinstated the the 302 CID V8 engine and included an economy option known as the MPG Stallion.
1978 saw more changes to its appearance and it was at this time that the King Cobra Mustang was introduced.
Although other pony cars has seen tremendous success as well, known have ever reached the level of the Mustang. To date it is Ford’s most popular car since the launch of the Model A.
The Ford LTD was originally a introduced as the luxury trim model for the Ford Galaxie 500. Produced by Ford Motor Company, some consider the LTD to stand for Luxury Trim Decor since that was the original concept idea. There are others that say that the LTD originally was used to mean Lincoln Type Design. What is known is that the letters could not have meant Limited because Chrysler was already using that moniker and had a copyright on it.
Although originally used to denote the trim package for the Galaxie 500, it became its own model name in 1967. In 1977, name was used on two different vehicles. There was a full size LTD as well as a version of the Ford Torino LTD II. Both vehicles were in production until 1979 and were offered in a coupe, a sedan and a station wagon.
The next place the LTD name would be used would be in 1983 when Ford came out with the Crown Victoria LTD. Ford kept the Crown Victoria LTD as a full-size sedan but also introduced a mid-size version with the name LTD. The LTD vehicles had large interiors and sturdily built frames. Because of this the LTD was always a popular choice for cities ordering police fleets. Today’s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is of the LTD line even though the Ford dropped the LTD from the name, the resemblance is easy to see. The Ford Taurus was actually the replacement for the full size LTD and the name was dropped from use completely in 1986.
The Ford Freestyle was first introduced by Ford Motor Company in 2005 as a full size SUV seating up to 7 passengers. The SUV is popular in the United States with families looking for a sportier type vehicle that the typical minivan. The Freestyle fits this category perfectly and is a quite popular with slightly larger families.
Ford had been following a strategy to rename all its vehicles with words beginning with the letter F. This plan proved to not be quite as successful as Ford had hoped so they began returning to previous traditional names in 2008. The Ford Freestyle was affected by this policy change and for the 2008 model year became officially known as the Ford Taurus X.
Before the name change the Freestyle had featured a 3.0 L engine and had a CVT transmission. The Freestyle also offered three rows of seats like other full size SUV’s but also had what it called command seating. The front seating had a higher H-point to increase driver visibility and ease of entry and exit.
The Taurus X is now offered with a 3.5 Liter Duratec engine and a 6 speed automatic transmission. It is built on a Ford D3 platform and has an updated powertrain. The CVT transmission that had been used in the Freestyle was upgraded to a six-speed 6F automatic. The Taurus X was sold for a short period of time in 2009 before being discontinued in February 2009.
The Ford Freestarwas introduced by Ford Motor Company in 2004. Ford was redesigning its family vehicle line up and at the same time had changed its naming strategy to rename all their automobiles to words beginning in F. The Freestar replaced the Ford Windstar for the 2004 model year.
The Freestar minivan can accomodate up to seven passengers.Hoping to appeal to families with five or more members, the Freestar was designed to recapture some of the consumer family market lost to SUV segment. One of the attractions of the Ford Freestar is the fold flat option of the third row seating which allows the minivan to carry cargo for its passengers on a trip such as a family vacation.
The ford Freestar was built on the Ford V platform and featured a 4.2 Liter Essex engine with a four speed automatic transmission. The base model was offered with a smaller 3.9 Liter engine.
The Freestar was offered in Five trim levels including the Se, Sport , SEL and the Freestar Limited.Unfortunately the name change of the vehicle proved to be ill advised and was nicknamed the “Ford Fiasco” by some of its critics. Naseem Javed, president of ABC Namebank International was quoted as saying about the name change, “It will cause confusion and chaos for consumers”. This appears to be what happened as the Freestar, which was really a slight redesign of the very popular Windstar, saw sales dropped dramatically. Ford decided to pull the van from the lineup and the product was dropped in 2006.
The Ford Focus was introduced in 1999 as the new compact car in Ford’s line up. The Ford Focus was intended as a replacement for two cars leaving the Ford line up: the Ford Escort and the Mercury Tracer. The Ford Focus was a definite success and did just what Ford had intended. By 2007, the Ford Focus was the third best selling domestic car (coming in behind the Chevrolet Impala and the Cobalt).
The Ford Focus was sold in several different body styles and among these were the four door sedan, the three door hatchback, the five door hatch back and the station wagon. The Focus station wagon and hatchback versions were the weakest in sales so Ford dropped these for the 2008 redesign and decided to keep the four door sedan and offer a new two door coupe.
The early versions of the Focus were offered with the 2.0 Liter I4 engineand had a fuel capacity of 13.2 US gal. The Focus did not see an engine upgrade until 2004.
By 2005, the North American version of the Focus was sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. It also received a new engine. The 2005 Focus ZX4 SE would receive a major body redesign and new interior options. Currently the Focus is the smallest of the sedans in Fords line up.
When Ford built the Ford Five Hundred it did so with the intention of invoking nostalgia in the older generation of consumers. Both the name and the bodystyle were intended to engender a feeling of returning to the good old days. Specifically the Five Hundred body style was based on the old classics such as the Fairlane 500 and the Galaxie 500 that had been so popular through the fifties and seventies.
The Five Hundered was a full size vehicle with a front wheel drive. It was created intentionally to be longer than it’s competitors, The Chevrolet Impala and the Toyota Avalon. The reasoning behind this was simple enough. Ford felt that those in the full size car market wanted a larger roomier vehicle so Ford capitalized on this by making the Five hundred slightly bigger.
Three trim lines were offered: the SE, the SEL and the Five Hundred Limited. Only one engine was offered in the first Five hundreds, the 3.0 Liter Duratec 30 V6 engine with a either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Unfortunately, the Ford Five Hundred had only a bland reception when it was introduced and only lasted from 2005 through the 2007 model year. The reception for the vehicle was so cool in fact that many dealers never actually kept the vehicle stocked on the lot but would order one if a purchase was actually made. In 2007, Ford renamed the Five Hundred now calling it the Ford Taurus. A change in name only in fact, so much so that employees at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show simply removed the Five Hundred badge from the car on the rotating stand and replaced it with the Taurus badge.
The Ford Festiva was a subcompact car introduced by Ford Motor Company in 1986 in Japan. Ford introduced the Festiva to the North American market in 1988. It was manufactured from 1986 through 1993. The car was sold by Ford however most don’t realize that it was manufactured in South Korea by Kia Motors. At the time Ford owned a portion of Kia and the Festiva was actually modeled after one of Kia’s vehicles, the Kia Pride.
The Festiva did quite well when first introduced in the United States, however it did face some stiff competition to begin with. The Yugo had just been introduced as well and because of the very low price of the Yugo ($3,990), Festiva had a difficult time. However, reports of poor reliability for the Yugo started coming in and people turned back to Festiva as their choice of subcompact car.
The first generation of the car had just one engine offered, a 1.3 Liter I4 engine and three different transmission choices: a three speed automatic, a four speed manual transmission and a five speed manual transmission.
The Festiva received a slight redesign for the second generation which was released in 1994. It was also renamed the Ford Festiva/Aspire. For the redesign, the changes were mostly cosmetic, including a more rounded design and a new front bumper with an oval grille. While the car continued to produced for overseas markets, the Aspire was dropped from the Ford line up in the United States in 1997.
For those people looking for a work horse of a truck, the Ford F-350 is the truck to have. Intended for commercial and industrial uses, Ford introduced these trucks in 1998 for the 1999 model year. The trucks are assembled at the Kentucky Truck Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Ford F-350 Super Duty is the type of truck you can expect to find on farms and ranches. It is a truck intended to be worked hard and it’s definitely built that way. The F-350 may look a little like the older traditional F-250 Heavy Duty and the F-350 but looks are about the only thing these have in common. The trucks are built to such standards that the F-250 Super Duty is more durable than the traditional F-350.
The new and improved F-Series Super Duty trucks have heavier duty body-on-frame steel ladder frames, axles, springs, brakes, transmissions and have higher towing capacities. Ford built the Super Duty series to be heavier and tougher in the field and the trucks do not disappoint.
The Super Duty trucks are offered with several engine options, including both gasoline and diesel. The 5.4 liter modular V8 with 260 horsepower comes in the base model and the largest offered is the 6.0 L Power Stroke diesel engine. Four transmissions are also available, from a five speed manual transmission for gasoline engines, a six speed manual for diesel engines and the new Torqshift five speed 5R110 automatic transmission.