Lou Ann Hammond :

Do you have a question about a Ford product? Ford’s Executive Director of North American Products, Frank Davis, is sitting right next to me and he will answer any question you have about current products.

I am at a Ford Fusion event in Southern California. We are driving the Ford Fusion hybrid, 1.6 liter ecoboost and 2 liter turbocharged direct injection that gets 240 horsepower.

Yesterday I drove a 1.6 liter ecoboost with start/stop. As we get closer to CAFE requirements 54.5mpg in 2025 the auto companies are pulling out all the stops (and starts) to make those numbers. Start/stop allows the engine to stop when the car stops, saving idle gasoline usage. We didn’t get the numbers Fors said we should but there was a reason, we had the air conditioning blasting!

Q. Mustang

When will the next-generation Mustang come out? Is Ford planning to try to sell it in Europe and will it finally have an independent rear suspension?

September 21, 2012 11:43 AM

Lou Ann Hammond :

Ford’s Executive Director of North American Products, Frank Davis, here:

We have officially announced that the Mustang is going to Europe. As your question belies, yes, the Europeans are delighted to get Mustangs in Europe.

The Mustang was new for 2013 (as well as the Shelby, which delivers 662 horsepower) and we are continuing toimprove it every year.

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