Escape (Ford)

Aug 10, 2021

On August 5, the State of Michigan announced it is teaming up with Ford, Bedrock and Bosch to launch the nation’s first-of-its-kind, real-world test site for emerging parking technology – called the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL).
The lab opens in September 2021, allowing mobility and smart infrastructure pioneers and real-estate innovators and startups to test parking-related mobility, logistics and electric vehicle charging technologies.
Day-to-day operations of the parking lab will be managed by the American Center for Mobility (ACM).
Led by Enterprise car rental company, the collaboration also aims to test more seamless and efficient rental car returns.
DSPL builds upon the automated valet parking demonstration led by Ford, Bedrock and Bosch in August 2020 when they showcased Bosch automated valet parking technology that allowed Ford Escape vehicles to drive and park themselves at a Bedrock apartment complex garage.
To spur other innovators exploring advanced parking technologies, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. in partnership with the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification has established the Michigan Mobility Funding Program where organizations can secure funding to develop and test parking-inspired mobility solutions within and around the garage.

(Ford press release on August 5, 2021)

Jul 28, 2021

On July 22, Ford announced it will roll out all-new standard certified cabin air filters called Ford Refresh95 beginning this year, with plans to cover a majority of its lineup by the end of 2023.
Assembled in the U.S., Ford Refresh95 is Ford’s new standard advanced cabin air filter.
As air moves through a vehicle’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation system, Ford Refresh95 aims to help reduce microscopic particles that can originate both inside and outside a vehicle’s interior.
Ford Refresh95 availability is expected in fourth-quarter 2021 for select vehicles, including the Bronco Sport, Escape, Explorer, Mustang Mach-E, Police Interceptor Utility and Maverick (available fall 2021).

(Ford press release on July 22, 2021)

Jul 14, 2021

On July 9, 2021, Ford Motor (China) Ltd. (Ford China) announced that it sold a total of 306,707 units in China in the first half of 2021, reflecting a year-over-year (y/y) increase of 24.0%.
The Ford brand sold 116,015 passenger vehicles, up by 6.0% y/y. The SUV segment witnessed a 35.7% y/y increase in sales. Sales of the Edge PLUS and Escape increased by 27.3% and 10.0% y/y respectively. In terms of premium sedans, sales of the Mondeo increased by 14.1% y/y, while sales of the Taurus were up by 41.2% y/y. In the first half of 2021, the Ford brand released the EVOS SUV, Escape PHEV SUV, Equator SUV, Escort sedan and 2021 Mustang sports car. 
The Lincoln brand sold 42,259 units, up by 111.4% y/y. Cumulative sales of the China-made SUV portfolio, which comprises the Corsair, Nautilus and Aviator, reached 36,318 units. Specifically, sales of the Corsair were 23,697 units, up by 200.3% y/y, while sales of the Aviator increased by 281.7% y/y. As the first China-made plug-in hybrid model, the Corsair PHEV will be launched in the third quarter of 2021. 
The Ford and JMC brands sold a total of 147,884 commercial vehicles, up by 26.3% y/y and accounting for 48.3% of Ford China’s total sales in the first half of 2021. Half-year sales of JMC brand commercial vehicles were up by 27.9% y/y.  
In addition, Ford China sold 152,885 units in China in the second quarter, reflecting a 3.6% y/y decline, which is attributed to the ongoing influence of a chip shortage crisis and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With regard to second-quarter sales by brand, Lincoln sold 22,934 units, up by 65.0% y/y. Sales of commercial vehicles declined by 3.2% y/y. Passenger vehicle sales of the Ford brand were down by 18.5% y/y.
From Ford China press releases 1/2

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