Living on the edge: Ford reveals new SUV
Ford unveiled its smart new Edge fiveseater sports utility vehicle this week. The Edge will go on sale here next year from around £30,000.
It’s the big brother of the popular Kuga and aims to help drive Ford more upmarket. Ford says sales of the new Kuga in Europe increased by 38 per cent and it wants to build on that by introducing ‘a larger, more upmarket SUV’.
Take five: Ford’s all-new Edge fiveseater sports utility vehicle
It is back to the Eighties for Peugeot, which at Goodwood unveiled the 208 GTi 30th anniversary Limited Edition — three decades after the 205 GTi was a favourite among the original yuppies of the period and helped make the French marque seriously fashionable.
Ford is using Goodwood to give its new Focus ST performance car its global debut on the hill climb.
And for the first time the ST will be offered with the choice of two powerful engines — one petrol and one diesel.
The first diesel Focus ST is powered by a 185bhp 2-litre TDCi which pushes it from rest to 62mph in just 8.1 seconds while still managing 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.
Customers who prefer petrol can go for the 250 bhp 2-litre Eco-Boost which sprints from 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds with fuel efficiency of 41.5 mpg and C02 emissions of 158g/km.
Both models offer auto-startstop for the first time.
Vauxhall has the president of its General Motors parent company Dan Ammann tackling the Goodwood hill climb in one of the firm’s powerful new VXR8 cars. Though a finance chief and former merchant banker, New Zealand-born, Detroit-based Mr Ammann, 42, is one of the car giant’s top drivers and a certified industry pool driver at the fabled Nurburgring track in Germany.
Menwhile Vauxhall bosses say the nextgeneration Corsa — on sale in the autumn — will revive the brand by focusing on value for money and consistent quality. Mr Ammann said: ‘Consistency is crucial and it’s been missing.’ And fears that the Vauxhall name might be dumped in favour of German sister brand Opel appear unfounded. Vauxhall UK boss Tim Tozer said: ‘The Vauxhall brand has a resonance in this country. We’d be bonkers to throw it away.’