Virtual Survey Reveals Ford Fusion 2006 Is What Consumers Want and Ford Performance Parts Compliment Its PrecisionWritten by Jenny Mc Lane
The 2006 Ford Fusion is company's first fully "digital" car. It was completely designed, engineered and tested for manufacture in a digital environment – using most advanced design tools available for precision, quality and efficiency.
Virtual shoppers now can build their own Fusions on Web, They have a say on g pricing options and picking colors. Filling out a survey on what else they'd like to see on cars, Ford is geared to a new tool on meeting customer demand. The company is aimed at aligning consumer demand with actual production. "We're trying to match what our customers want with what we can deliver them," says Dan Geist, head of marketing for Fusion.
Fusion takes several design has a bold three-bar grille and multi-element projector-beam headlamps and optional charcoal-black leather interior with contrasting oatmeal-colored seat stitching. The four-cylinder engine displaces 2.3 liters and makes 160 horsepower, while 3.0-liter V6 generates over 200 horsepower. A six-speed automatic is standard with V6, while four-cylinder Fusion gets a five-speed either manual or five-speed automatic to send power to front wheels.
Fusion offers a choice of Ford's 2.3-liter Duratec 23 I-4 or 3.0-liter Duratec 30 V-6. Both models feature all-aluminum construction, dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, intake Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) and electronic throttle control. It delivers smooth, spirited performance, along with good fuel economy and emissions ratings. The four-cylinder engine delivers 160 horsepower, and can be paired with a five-speed manual or automatic transaxle. Also good news for environment, Duratec 23 I-4 will be rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) in California. It will be Ford brand's third PZEV application, after Escape Hybrid and Focus PZEV. For even more power, there's 210-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6, which is paired with an advanced six-speed automatic transaxle.
Mazda 5 Driving Dynamics with the Most Complete Line up of Performance Parts, Replacement PartsWritten by Jenny Mc Lane
The MAZDA5 is powered by an all-aluminum 2.3-liter, four-cylinder MZR series engine shared with popular MAZDA3 subcompact, producing 157-horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Sequential Valve Timing (S-VT) provides brisk throttle response and plenty of torque both under acceleration and at cruising speeds. Transmission options are a five-speed manual or four-speed Sport AT automatic with manual shift mode. The MAZDA5 will be available in either Sport or Touring trim levels. The Sport trim level includes an AM/FM/CD stereo, power windows and locks as well as cruise control. Touring trim includes all of amenities of Sport level and adds climate control, front fog lamps, attractive rear spoiler, sleek side skirts, an in-dash six-disc AM/FM/CD changer and a power moon roof. Striking 17-inch alloy rims and a comprehensive airbag safety system are standard on both models. To suppress body roll, Mazda 5 has MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link suspension in rear. The high-performance suspension combination limits natural body-lean effects of relatively tall height when cornering, yielding predictable, neutral handling.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) combine with Mazda's own Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system ensures stability and control under braking, regardless of load or weight distribution. EBD with ABS minimize stopping distances. Mechanical brake assistance boosts braking force to ensure a shorter stopping distance in emergencies. Mazda has Advanced Impact-energy Distribution and Absorption System. Other safety features designed to protect vehicle occupants include an airbag-supported supplemental restraint system, front and side airbags for driver and front passenger, and airbag curtains large enough to protect all three rows of seats.