Mich. -- The
2013 model of the Ford Escape small sport utility vehicle was
introduced on Tuesday inside the Ford Conference & Event Center
in Dearborn, Mich. The new model offers 67.8 cubic
of space in the first row and 34.3 cubic
in the second row. Brian Sangeorzan, 2012 Chair of the SAE Detroit
Section, discussed the organization's upcoming events. He also
announced the winners of the SAE Detroit Section Awards for dedicated
service, outstanding member, outstanding younger member, outstanding
student member and outstanding service to AWIM (A World in Motion).
Ford's Vice President of Engineering, was the first speaker. He
talked about the One Ford plan, which focuses on all global assets
of the Ford brand.
the global economy is finally showing signs of recovery, we knew
we had to continue to renew our products," he said. "From
its initial launch in 2001, the 2013 Ford Escape has greater fuel
efficiency and styling and is the best compact SUV on the market
today As of today, we sold over two million Ford Escapes and this
year is the best year for the brand. From 2007 to 2010, the number
of customers moving from the large SUV to the compact is 50 percent."
fuel prices has brought customers to search for better fuel economy,
Thai-Tang added. One in six customers buy a small SUV. These consumer
trends are not in the U.S. only, its in all global markets.
Ford's Global Chief Engineer, says the new 2013 Escape is a global
vehicle and is a new entry vehicle in China. The platform is engineered
in Europe. There are two Eco-boost engines, which has select shift
transmission, four-wheel drive, improved braking, driving quality
and quietness, towing capacity, safety technology and green technology.
2013 model offers 67.8 cubic feet of space in the first row and
34.3 cubic feet in the second row," he said. "With its
modern eye-catching design, aggressive lower grille and wraparound
headlights, it is sure to please. The interior has an 8-inch display
in the cockpit, ice blue lighting and trim, umbrella holders on
each side of the seat. With new and improved seating, the vehicle
has the lightest seat structure in the industry."
is also a hands-free liftgate, Loeffler added. All you have to
do is kick under the center of the bumper, and the liftgate opens.
The Escape offers driver-assist technologies such as active park
assist, blind spot system and rain sensing wipers. This vehicle
is 85 percent recyclable.
Russ, Ford's Combustion Technical Leader of the Global Engine
Program, says over 40 percent of Eco-boost customers select this
vehicle for better fuel efficiency.
2013 Escape has better gas engine technology," he said. "The
direct injector provides precisely controlled fuel delivery, which
improves engine response. The 1.6-liter engine produces 178 horsepower
with 184 foot-pounds of torque giving it 33 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter
engine creates 240 horsepower with 270 foot-pounds of torque giving
it 30 mpg highway."
have a 70 percent favorable opinion of the eco-boost engine, Russ
added. Ninety percent of Ford's eco-boost lineup is on the 2013
models. There is a 12 percent improvement over the 2012 Escape
and also a five mpg improvement over the last year's model.
announced the winners of the SAE Detroit Section Awards at the
start of the meeting. Barbara Fronczak won the Dedicated Service
Award while Charon Morgan, last year's chair, took home the Outstanding
Section Member Award. The Outstanding Younger Member Award went
to Laura Wontrop while Ron Deeds picked up the Outstanding Student
Member Award. Finally, Mark Klavon won the Outstanding Service
to AWIM (A World In Motion) Award. Fifty year members of the SAE
Detroit Section were also recognized.
next SAE Detroit Section meeting will feature the Cadillac XTS.
It will take place inside the San Marino Club in Troy, Mich. on
Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Click
here for more information or to purchase your tickets online.
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