During the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Ford unveiled several new cars and made important announcements regarding the rest of the model range.
For many years, the motor show in Geneva has been the defining event on the motoring industry calendar. It is held in spring each year, and was held from March 3 to 13 in 2016. Many global manufacturers release their biggest news of the year from their stands in Geneva.
Something which was expected, but ultimately did not appear, was the refreshed new Ford Kuga. Ford has given the car a facelift, with changes to the front grille, headlights and fog lights. The innovative Ford SYNC 3 system will debut with the car. The Kuga is first to showcase the updated infotainment, which now offers a more intuitive 'human-style' voice control function, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
It had been rumoured that the Kuga was the next Ford car in line to be remade as an ST model, but reports state that Ford has decided not to take the model in that direction. The move would have been logical following the Fiesta ST, which is so popular it is returning in ST-2 guise.
While the Kuga was absent, many brand new Ford models attracted considerable attention during the motor show.
A 'swansong' to the Fiesta ST is being produced by the Ford Performance division. It is named the ST200 for the 200PS engine (197bhp). That power increase of ten percent increases the car's 0-60mph speed by 0.2 seconds compared to the standard Fiesta ST. At launch, the ST200 will become the fastest full production Fiesta ever offered in the UK.
One more vehicle scheduled to launch in 2016 is the Ford Ka+. It has been waiting in the wings for several years, having first been revealed as a prototype model in 2013. Changes to the Ka+ in development make the UK-specification car even more of an individual.
Given the expected price point of £8,000 for the Ka+ from launch, Ford is moving to rival Dacia for compact car value. Standard equipment includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and climate control. The model is also offered with an optional 4.2-inch infotainment display.
Rounding off the new vehicle announcements, a 2016 launch date for the Edge has finally been revealed. The SUV has been on sale in America for some time, and will make its UK and European debut this year. To reflect the confident, purposeful looks of the Edge, intelligent all-wheel drive will be standard for the vehicle. Single-bar tail lights are a new addition, a reflection of updates to Ford's design language.
On the inside, cooled and heated front seats will create an unrivalled level of comfort. The front of the cabin will also contain a responsive touchscreen system. Passengers should enjoy quiet, relaxed drives in the Edge, thanks to Active Noise Cancellation and privacy glass.
The SUV's premium appeal is exceeded only by the luxury of the Ford Vignale model range. Three new vehicles will be made to Vignale standards: the Edge itself, the Kuga, and the S-MAX. This means that, technically, two Edge models and two Kuga models will debut in the next 12 months.
Visitors to Geneva were given an exclusive preview of the Edge Vignale. It appeared with bright chrome body strips and 20-inch wheels with a unique design. Interior features include 'Tuxedo line' contrast piping and double stitching. This can be seen across the leather-finished dashboard and the hexagon-pattern upholstery.
As the expected launch times for each new Ford get closer, details and specifications will be released. There are as yet no confirmed model release dates.
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