Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) on Wednesday countered the bad news about its trimmed overall financial outlook for 2014 by unveiling at the same time news that it would roll out 23 new vehicle models globally in 2014, the most in any model year in its history.
Below is a breakdown of regional rollouts, as well as Car & Driver magazine's take on some of the most anticipated models coming from Ford.
According to Car & Driver, these are some of Ford's biggest new products for 2014.
C-Max: A 2014 update for the hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid versions of this European-size wagon/people mover will launch later this year. Perhaps Ford will address the criticism that real-world fuel economy is substantially below EPA estimates. Perhaps not. See Ford's electronic updates for addressing real-world fuel efficiency »
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Fiesta/Fiesta ST: All Fiestas adopt the Fusion's Aston Martin–cribbed grille. The new Fiesta ST arrives as a five-door hatch cranking 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque via a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hooked to a six-speed manual. The ST also gains quicker steering, a sport suspension, upgraded brakes, electronic torque vectoring, and summer tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels. See Fiesta
and Fiesta ST first drive »
F-series: While we await the 2015 F-150, there will be a Raptor Special Edition and a new short-wheelbase, short-box Tremor model with the 3.5-liter turbo V-6, a 4.10:1 axle ratio, and suede seats with red piping. See F-150 Tremor photos and info »
Fusion: A 175-hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder, hooked to a six-speed automatic trans, joins the Fusion's extensive powertrain lineup. No EPA numbers have been announced, but expect the 1.5 to better the 25-mpg city/37-mpg highway estimates of the 1.6-liter, which is now mated solely to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Mustang: An all-new 2015 model should arrive next spring with a 270-hp, 2.3-liter turbo four as the base engine, and a 3.7-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8 as upgrades. An independent rear suspension is used across the lineup for the first time. We hear the next SVT model will drop its GT500 designation and supercharger to become the naturally aspirated V-8–powered GT350. See spy photos »
Transit (shown above): The half-century run of Ford's evergreen E-series (née Econoline) is winding down. The Transit follows the European high-roof box-van design signature pioneered here by the Dodge/Freightliner Sprinter. It eschews the big-inch V-8 and V-10 gas engines of the existing E-series for more frugal powerplants: a 3.7-liter V-6, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6, and a 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo-diesel. See official photos and info »
Transit Connect: This all-new replacement for the odd-looking floral-delivery special is again offered as a panel van or a windowed wagon. It can now tote up to seven passengers, has sliding side doors for easy access, and folding second- and third-row seats that, when laid down, create a long, flat cargo hold. An all-four-cylinder powertrain lineup includes a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter and a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost, which could return an EPA highway rating of 30 mpg. Ford will build short- and long-wheelbase versions. See official photos and info »