Ford


Ford Motor Company was founded by Henry Ford on June 16, 1903. The company is still controlled by the Ford family who have a minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.

On December 1, 1913, Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to one hour and 33 minutes. In February 1914, Ford added a mechanised belt that chugged along at a speed of six feet per minute. As the pace accelerated, Ford produced more and more cars, and on June 4, 1924, the 10-millionth Model T rolled off the assembly line. Ford has suffered over the years, in 2005 shares were all but worthless, a rescue package, closing 14 factories and cutting 30,000 jobs, secured their future but Ford are not the company they once were, market share in the USA has halved from 1997 from 25% to 12.5% in 2021.

 

 

Fiesta

The seventh incarnation of the fiesta is now a five door only vehicle, the facelift in 2022 has kept it looking fresh and it remains the best driving small car on the Scheme. Two variants of the 1.0 litre three cylinder engines are available, a 99bhp manual only and a mild hybrid version offering 123bhp that is avaialble as a Manual or Automatic. Trim lines this quarter are Trend, ST- Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X and the Active and Active X which ditches the sporty looks and offers a more SUV look with an 18mm increase in ride height. Prices for Quarter 2 2023 start at Nil Advance Payment in entry level Trend and rise to £595 Advance Payment for the Active X with the 123bhp as a manual. Automatic cars start at Nil AP for the 123bhp in Active trim and rise to £895 fr the same engine in ST-Line x and Active X trim. *Stock cars only as the Fiesta production has ceased

 

 

 

Puma

The Ford Puma is a small SUV, similar in size to the Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc. The Puma is the best looking of the bunch however with a more rounded look and really cuts a dash on the street. The Puma is built on the Fiesta chassis (platform), long regarded as the best driving and handling car in its class. The Puma looks larger than it is, don’t be fooled this is a small car, space is tight for rear passengers of grown up dimensions and the 401 litre boot is enhanced with a ‘mega box’ which sits where the spare wheel would have been before the invention of the inflation kit, the mega box is a drainable 80 litre hole that allows golf clubs to stand upright, it is a little bit of ingenuity that separates the Puma from the competition. The Puma comes in four trim lines, Titanium, ST Line, ST Line X and ST Line Vignale. Until the Puma becomes electrified in 2024, we have a single petrol 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol engine paired to a 48v mild hybrid system. The power output is either 123 or 153 brake horse power. Prices for the Manual car start at £495 Advance Payment for the 153bhp Titanium trim and rise to £945 for the same engine in ST-Line Vignale.  Automatic Pumas start at £1095 AP and rise to £1495 for the ST-Line Vignale.

 

 

Focus

The Ford Focus, now in its fourth incarnation, has received a mid life refresh enhancing the exterior look with new lights , front and rear, and new alloy wheel design. Inside there is a new 13.2 inch infotainment system running Sync-4 software, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and even the on-screen heating and ventilation controls are among the best around.  The Focus is available as a hatchback with 375 litres of boot space or an estate that offers 608 litres. The previous range-topping Vignale is now a more luxurious add-on pack for the core trims (not available on the Scheme): Titanium, sporty ST-Line and off-road inspired Active. The 1.0 three cylinder petrol is the only engine choice avaialble with 123 or 153 bhp as a six speed manual or a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. The 123bhp version as a manual is the only one that does not have mild hybrid assistance, while 153bhp sounds impressive, it lacks in the torque department, meaning you have to work the engine hard to get the extra power.  Prices for Q2 start at £995 Advance Payment for a manual car and £1395 as an Automatic (Estate and Hatchback cars are the same price) and top out at £1695 Advance Payment.

 

 

Tourneo Connect

The Ford Tourneo Connect is a five or seven seat van derived people carrier with the advantage of sliding rear doors for ease of access. There is a choice of two body lengths, Tourneo Connect and Grand Tourneo Connect, both sizes are available with five or seven seats, the extra 40cm of length and larger rear doors of the Grand variant make the job a lot more enjoyable for the five rear passengers. This new for 2022 Tourneo Connect is a collaboration with Volkswagen and as a result a sister car to the VW Caddy and Cadddy Life, Volkswagen are the dominant partner here and Ford have simply added their own grille and badge on the outside and their own software to the infotainment system, everything else seems to be VW including the engines. Pricing for Q2 2023, where only manual diesel cars are avaialble, for the Tourneo Connect is £2645 in Titanium trim and £3145 in Active (add £500 for 7 seats) The Grant Tourneo Connect is the same price as a 5 or 7 seater and prices at £3395 in Titanium, £3895 Active and £3995 in Sport.

 

 

Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga is longer, wider and has a bigger wheelbase than the car it replaces, this time around the Kuga leans heavily on the Ford Focus, both in looks and interior build, the same 8 inch touchscreen sits atop the dash and the boot is near class leading at 612 litres. Trim Lines available are  Titanium Edition, ST Line Edition, ST Line X Edition and the ultra plush Vignale.  The 2.5 litre full hybrid (automatic only) is the pick of engines offering 187bhp and claimed economy of 51.4 miles per gallon, also on offer are a manual gearbox only 1.5 litre petrol Ecoboost offering 148bhp and a claimed economy of 42.8 miles per gallon and the excellent but expensive Plugin Hybrid (PHEV) which offers a 14.4 kWh battery tagged on to the 2.5 litre petrol which offers 222bhp and the ability to travel up to 37 miles on a full electric charge using only battery power.  The 1.5 litre petrol is manual only and the Advance Payment is £1495 Advance Payment in Titanium Edition trim rising to £2545 in Vignale. The Full Hybrid starts at £2495 Advance Payment in ST Line Edition and rises to £2695 in ST Line X Edition or Vignale. The PHEV Kuga for is £4195 Advance Payment in ST Line Edition and £5045 AP in ST Line X Edition and Vignale trims.

 

 


Mustang Mach-e

The Electric Mustang is a direct competitor for the Audi Q4, Skoda Enyaq iv and Hyundai Ioniq 5. The 70kWh battery paired to the 198kW motor offers a claimed range of 273 miles and comparable power of 273 bhp.  The Mach-e is rear wheel drive only to Scheme customers and can hit 62 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds, top speed is limited to 111 miles per hour. The Mustang Mach-E Standard Range can charge at rates of up to 115kW. A 10-80% charge takes 38 minutes at a 100 kW rapid charger; a 10 minute charge can give 73 miles of range and to charge from a home 7kW outlet from empty to full takes 13 hours. Priced at £7995 Advance Payment means it is out of reach financially to all but a few Scheme members.