Economic considerations are increasingly forcing leading world manufacturers to unify their product lines, to sell the same cars under different names, and sometimes brands, on all continents. "One global car" called "Ford Focus" Corporation President Alan Mulally. However, there are still true American cars that have not submitted to all-consuming globalism. It was interesting to ride on the four-wheeled Aboriginal States.
NOT LIKE THAT
In the US, “Fusion” is called a larger car “Focus” - about the size of a “Mondeo”. Five years it is produced in front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions with engines of 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 liters with a capacity of 177 to 266 hp. Last year, a hybrid modification appeared, the 2.5 liter engine of which was combined with a 108-horsepower electric motor. In terms of economy, the Fusion has surpassed the hybrid Toyota Camry (model for the US market), it was called the best car of the United States in 2010.
I relate to hybrids with trepidation - in them lives the secret of the coexistence of the known and the unknown. Out of respect for human genius, I always click on the hybrid gas reverently. The first 2 km flow meter shows less than 4 liters per 100 km. Then I try to break the idyll - I step on the pedal sharply. Fusion reactions follow immediately: the car accelerates intensely, but the variator installed in the transmission does not allow jerks. Consumption jumps to 10 liters, the battery level decreases. In a matter of seconds, speed exceeds the permissible 60 miles per hour.
America is not bad at all if it has a large, modern, environmentally friendly and dynamic car for 27 thousand dollars.
The Ford series of full-size pickups is one of the most respected in the States. It originated in the distant now 1948, survived more than ten generations and sold over 27 million copies. Taking off my hat! Broad, cowboy.
Before me is the last offspring of the Raptor series (in translation - "predator"), brought by the department of special vehicles of the SVT company. The engineers did a great job - they gave the pickup truck the ability to equally easily drive on roads and off-road. My colleagues and I were asked to drive along an off-road segment.
If I hadn’t jumped on the Raptor twice, like the one depicted in the picture, I would never have believed that the landing could be soft and would go without consequences for the car. Thanks to specially tuned Fox Racing Shox sports shock absorbers and increased suspension moves, the “predator” is ready to chase prey through gullies, ravines, without dismantling the road. To do this, he has everything: a reduction gear, a lock, an assistant on the descent. At the same time, the cabin leaves the rider the measure of comfort that is only possible on potholes. The first time I was taken along the highway as a passenger, I noted this. When he himself got behind the wheel, in the excitement of the race, bumps simply ceased to exist.
A cool off-road vehicle is rarely economical - the 5.4-liter Raptor gasoline engine consumes about 20 liters per 100 km of track. But I do not think that this flaw will push away American drivers, and the price divine for such cars - 39 thousand dollars - will not send the Ford “predator” to the group of endangered species.
AND DO NOT HINT!
Ford Mustang, a legend from the legends of automotive America, continues to live and charge people with its energy. Since 1964, more than 9 million Mustangs have been found. This is an unusually emotional sports car with a powerful engine and a 6-speed "manual" gearbox (produced with automatic devices), with rear-wheel drive. There is a convertible version.
I traveled in two cars - with engines 4.0 and 5.4 liters. Both are great! For the one that is weaker, the drive wheels stop slipping on dry asphalt only when shifting to fourth gear, and for the one that is stronger (performed by Shelby), they continue in fourth. To break into the leadership from the start, you need to restrain yourself - do not put pressure on the gas pedal, in order to prevent slipping, and switch to overdrive by about 3, 500 rpm … Poor tires, well, they suffered that day! After the race a mile from the start, we also drove along the ring road with cornering with a fan. Oh, it was a real celebration under the sign of the blue oval! (Must fall for the prose of life: the price of a car is from 21 thousand dollars.)