2005 Ford Mercury Montego: Best Equipped With Superior Aftermarket Parts at PartstrainWritten by Jenny McLane
The Mercury Montego is first Mercury car in over a decade offering all-wheel drive. Montego comes in Luxury and Premier models with a 203-hp 3.0-liter V6. Both offer front-wheel drive with 6-speed automatic transmission or AWD with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The CVT provides variable drive ratios vs. conventional automatic's fixed-ratio gears. Both transmissions are new to Ford Motor Company.
It has signature waterfall grille, strategic use of contrasting metallic surfaces like satin aluminum and chrome, distinctive taillight bezels. The Montego's Volvo-inspired platform has a stable platform, with fully independent suspension for a quiet ride and responsive handling. With Duratec 30 V-6 engine refined for a smoother, quieter operation, available all-wheel-drive system is packaged with a new continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel-drive vehicles use a premium six-speed automatic transmission
The 3.0-litre, 4-valve-per-cylinder, dual overhead cam, Duratec V-6, adequately powers Montego. This high-tech, dependable power unit generates 203 horsepower and 207 lb.ft. of torque.
All Montegos have antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and traction control, but no antiskid system is available, 17-inch seven-spoke wheels, automatic HID headlamps, LED taillamps, body-color moldings, fog lamps, remote keyless entry with keypad and interval wipers. Other features include folding heated power exterior mirrors, power windows and door locks, driver and front passenger air bags, passive anti-theft system, dual-zone electronic climate control, front and rear floor mats, six-way power driver's seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, seatback map pockets, split-fold rear seat, fold-down rear armrest with cupholders, auto-dimming rearview mirror, two 12-volt powerpoints, AM/FM stereo with single CD player and tilt steering wheel with remote audio controls.
Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle with Ford Automotive Replacement Parts at Parts TrainWritten by Jenny McLane
The Focus FCV is one of industry's first hybridized fuel cell vehicles combining improved range and performance of hybrid technology with overall benefits of a fuel cell.
Using a fuel cell powertrain supplied by Ballard Power Systems, world leader in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology, FCV is hybridized with addition of a nickel metal–hydride battery pack and a brake-by-wire electro-hydraulic series regenerative braking system. The fuel cell engine converts chemical energy into electric energy using hydrogen fuel and oxygen from air. The electric energy then powers vehicle's electric drive motor, producing only water vapor and heat as by-products.
Just like Honda's Insight and Civic hybrids, new battery 'assists' main powerplant by adding extra power when accelerating or climbing hills, and is charged by regenerative braking system when braking or decelerating. Of course, Civic and Insight use a small gasoline internal combustion engine instead of a fuel cell, but principle is same.
“This Focus FCV is most sophisticated environmental vehicle Ford has developed,” said Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford Motor Company vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “As such, is a critical success in our long-term strategy to move toward high volume production of hydrogen powered cars and trucks.”
The Focus FCV has onboard sensors, which constantly monitor fuel cell stack, trunk and passenger compartment. If trace amounts of hydrogen are detected, system will warn driver. If a slightly higher level is detected, system will transition to a limited operating strategy and then begin shutting down vehicle operations.
Its new battery pack, regenerative braking system and improved hydrogen gas storage tank help increase driving range of four-passenger Focus FCV to between 250 km (160 miles) and 320 km (200 miles) - about 30% better than previous version,