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On the 45th anniversary of the original Shelby GT350, Carroll Shelby is revealing the latest version of the hopped-up Ford Mustang tonight at the opening gala of the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Shelby added a new rear look to create the GT350 from a 2011 Mustang GTCAPTIONBy Shelby AmericanThe new GT350 is a supercharged 2011 Ford Mustang GT that will go on sale in the spring with a combined pricetag — both for the car then Shelby American’s modifications — at more than $60,000. Shelby American says more than 100 devotees have already placed orders.
Shelby, 87, says the new GT350 has “got some of the old and some of the new:”
The supercharging should push the horsepower of Ford’s new 5-liter engine past 500, up from 412 of stock, and it has the look of the original — white with blue stripes. He says he loves the look of the front and rear ends, as well as the braking and handling.
To his regret, he can’t behind the wheel and put the car through hot paces anymore. “I’m three-quarters blind now and I don’t drive fast anymore,” said the automotive legend. Ford will continue to make its licensed Shelby GT500 with the 5.4-liter V-8, but the Shelby GT350 should be more nimble and plenty fast on the track.
DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2010 – The next-generation Ford Focus makes its worldwide debut providing customers with more affordable technologies and features than ever in this segment, as well as detailed craftsmanship, outstanding fuel economy and a new standard for driving quality.
Sleek, stylish and sporty, both the four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles of the next-generation Focus are previewed prior to their production start for Europe and North America late in 2010 and market launch early in 2011.
The new Focus will be nearly identical in all markets, with 80 percent parts commonality around the world. “The new Ford Focus is a clear demonstration that our ONE Ford strategy is providing global consumers with great products that harness the best of Ford Motor Company,” said Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO.
Simultaneous launch in Europe and North America Production of the next-generation Ford Focus will begin simultaneously in Europe and North America in late 2010, with individual market launches starting early in 2011. Launches in Asia, Africa and South America will follow. Initial production will be concentrated at the Saarlouis (Germany), Michigan (United States) and Chongqing (China) Assembly Plants.
The new Focus will be one of up to 10 unique models to be built from Ford’s new C-car platform, which is expected to generate total sales in all regions of 2 million units annually by 2012. The first of these will be the new Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX – unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show – for launch in Europe in the second half of 2010.
Ford began its MyFord Touch demonstration with a simple pun: “People line up for iPhones – why not cars?” What is it about certain pieces of technology that makes them a “must have”? And since the iPhone is really just a merger of two things we already have (a cell phone and PC), is it possible to blend something into a car that will get ’em lining up around the block? Quite obviously, Ford’s hoping the answer is yes
•New MyFord™ driver connect technology blends Ford signature in-vehicle features into a cohesive experience, featuring intuitive controls, more voice activation and interface personalization •MyFord Touch™ interface includes dual 4.2-inch LCD screens with corresponding five-way button steering wheel controls and an 8-inch touch screen all controlled by simplified SYNC® voice commands •Intuitive driver connect technology provides access to ever-expanding in-vehicle functionality while minimizing driver distraction and improving interior aesthetics •MyFord driver connect technology launches this year on 2011 Ford Edge and goes global with availability on 2012 Ford Focus. MyLincoln Touch will be standard equipment on new Lincolns beginning with 2011 Lincoln MKX