Ford helps put brakes on speed and noise for Fi­esta

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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