A prosperous day out with Ford
Ford in Malaysia organised a drive with its Fiesta and EcoSport models which saw participants learning a few things about the cars and a bit of culture too.
IN conjunction with the Year of the Monkey, Ford in Malaysia invited the motoring media for a “prosperity” drive in the Klang Valley with the Ford Fiesta hatch and EcoSport compact SUV. This drive however, was not the usual affair of simply driving to various locations and back.
We got into the cars, consisting of the Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost, Fiesta 1.5L Sport, the EcoSport Trend and the high- spec EcoSport Titanium, and drove around, the places we visited made all the difference.
We set off from the new Ford sales and service centre, SDAC Petaling Jaya 2, to the Oriental Art and Cultural Association, off Old Klang Road to learn the art of Chinese calligraphy.
Later, we headed to Xing Zhu Chinese Restaurant at the Cyberview Resort & Spa at Cyberjaya for a sumptuous Dim Sum lunch and finally, we visited an old folks home, My Father’s Home in Damansara Perdana.
We started out with the Ford Fiesta Sport featuring the 1.5- litre twin independent variable camshaft timing ( Ti- VCT) four- cylinder petrol engine which spouts out 112PS at 6,300rpm and 140Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. It is mated to the PowerShift six- speed automatic transmission.
The Fiesta is a great car for city driving; small and compact on the outside yet spacious on the inside.
And it has modern features such as keyless entry and push button start, Ford SYNC communications and entertainment system Bluetooth connection, USB and AUX ports; and the very useful Rear Parking Aid with Park Pilot. It’s a zippy car to get around and easy to manoeuvre especially through some heavy traffic we encountered on the city streets on the way to The Oriental Art and Cultural Association.
As we were strapped for time, we only managed a crash course in Chinese calligraphy and Chinese paper cutting craft.
With the former, we learnt the proper way of holding the brush and how much pressure to apply for thicker or finer strokes.
For the latter, we used a stencil to outline the Chinese character on a folded paper and then cut out the design with a pair of scissors. And voila, we created our very own handmade Chinese New Year decoration!
It was back in the Fiesta Sport as we headed out to lunch at Cyberjaya and for comparison’s sake with the EcoBoost variant, the Sport engine is slightly rougher and noisier.
While the Sport is less powerful compared with the EcoBoost ( the 1.0litre three- cylinder engine outputs 125PS and 170Nm of torque), the handling is still impressive and it is a fun car to drive around.
After lunch, we hopped on the EcoSport Titanium and drove from Cyberjaya to Damansara Perdana in Petaling Jaya. This has a taller ride height with a ground clearance of 200mm compared to the Fiesta and is really spacious inside even though it doesn’t look like it viewing it from the outside.
The EcoSport is equipped with the same engine as the Fiesta Sport: the 1.5- litre Ti- VCT four- banger but it’s been tuned slightly differently than the Sport. In this case, the power is slightly down at 110PS and there is a minimal increase in torque with 142Nm.
Another audible difference between the EcoSport and Fiesta Sport is the exhaust note. It produces a deeper and very satisfying growl when you put the metal to the pedal. This is the bigger car than the Fiesta but in many respects it still feels like you are driving a small car.
It has a good turning radius, adequate power and really comfortable to drive whether on the highway or city roads.
On top of it, the EcoSport can wade through 550mm of water so if you are caught in a flash flood, you can drive your way out of it.
As Ford in Malaysia was donating supplies and groceries to the residents of the old folks home, what better way to haul it than in the EcoSport. With the rear seats tumbled against the front seats, the boot space offers up a whopping 705 litres.
At My Father’s Home, the old folks were excited by our visit and a few of them even noticed the Ford cars and checked them out.
The Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost is priced at RM98,488 and the Fiesta 1.5L Sport at RM88,388.
The EcoSport Trend costs RM92,988 and the Titanium variant at RM103,988.
All prices are on- the- road with GST excluding insurance.
The Ford Fiestas and Ecosports outside the new showroom at SDAC Petaling Jaya 2.
Members of the media learning the art of Chinese calligraphy during the recent Ford Prosperity Drive.
Matt Moran, Communications Manager, Malaysia & amp; Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company distributing goodies to the residents of My Father’s Home.