Ford helps put brakes on speed and noise for Fiesta
FORD is introducing performance limits on its new Fiesta which will allow car owners to limit the top speed and radio volume as a way of controlling young drivers.
Ford’s MyKey can also stop drivers deactivating safety features such as skid control. However, the lowest speed limit which can be set is 80mph (10mph above the UK legal maximum) and so does nothing to curb excessive speed in built-up areas.
It will be standard fit on December’s new Fiesta (except the Studio model) and will spread to other Fords by 2015.
It is already fitted to most Fords in the US. Already, worried parents can have fitted a “black box” which analyses driving behaviour.
FIAT has now made a million of the perky 500 since its launch in 2007. The Polishbuilt mini Fiat is now made in Mexico and sold in more than 100 countries. Models include a cabrio and feisty Abarth versions.
AT the Los Angeles car show next week – the debut of an ultra quick Jaguar XFR-S, the marque’s fastest saloon to date. Land Rover also shows its new Range Rover to the US – days after its design chief, Gerry McGovern, was given the British Luxury Design Talent gong at the Walpole Awards for Excellence 2012. Ferrari took the foreign category.
KIA wants to build its image with sports and performance models, maybe even a rear-drive coupe akin to the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ twins. The first hot Kia will be a 200bhp 1.6 version of the new pro_cee’d ( sic) threedoor after its launch next spring. So far, Kia is known for hatchbacks and roadgoing 4x4s.