Con­cept car is Ford’s ‘first truly global de­sign’

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CRIT­ICS have rarely com­plained about the way a modern Ford drives and the body ar­chi­tec­ture has been evolv­ing.

This Evos Con­cept, be­ing shown at Frank­furt, pitches Ford styling into the fu­ture. The flip-up doors may never fea­ture on your Ford but the Evos is said to be Ford’s “first truly global de­sign lan­guage and a new vi­sion for cus­tomer-fo­cused and in­tu­itive tech­nolo­gies.”

The car is a four-door, four-seater with lithium- ion, plug-in charg­ing hy­brid power. Paul Mas­care­nas, chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer and vice pres­i­dent of Ford Re­search and In­no­va­tion, says: “Seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the ve­hi­cle and the driver’s ‘per­sonal cloud’ of in­for­ma­tion is at the heart of the vi­sion for its ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

As well as ad­just­ing to your driv­ing pref­er­ences and habits, it can also mon­i­tor the phys­i­cal state and work­load of the driver and ad­just the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence ac­cord­ingly.

Other Ford re­veals at the show in­cluded a Fi­esta ST Con­cept, with a mouth like a mini As­ton Martin – per­haps linked to chief de­signer Ian Cal­lum’s time at As­ton. Although shown only as a con­cep­tual idea, the ST looks ready for pro­duc­tion and should sell well.

Ford wants to ex­pand its ST port­fo­lio (a pro­duc­tion ready Fo­cus ST was also on its stand) and has been out of the smaller hot hatch seg­ment for some time. This Fi­esta ST will al­most cer­tainly be built in the near fu­ture.

OPEN SESAME: The Evos con­cept from Ford is on show at Frank­furt. Fred­eric Manby

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