As the new Fiesta debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford is pointing towards more near-future small car technologies, with the unveiling of the Ford Fusion concept.
Martin Leach, vice president, product development, Ford of Europe said: Ford Fusion Concept is our vision for an urban adventure vehicle of the near future. It showcases the potential for merging innovative, practical forthcoming technologies and an exciting new shape, all designed specifically for the style-conscious urban motorist.
Uniquely, it combines small car agility and manoeuvrability with an SUV-style driving position and styling cues. We believe it succeeds on three levels tough, urban, and cool, he added.
Ford Fusion Concept displays a host of intelligent and practical new technologies designed to enhance the experience of driving, living and working in a tough, urban environment.
A highly advanced and integrated navigation system was developed for Ford Fusion Concept in cooperation with Visteon. In addition to navigation assistance and modern Internet functions, the system offers the transfer of real-time traffic and parking information into the moving vehicle.
For friends and family, the rear seats of Ford Fusion Concept are the best in the house thanks to an advanced, integrated multi-media system.
While the driver concentrates on the hustle and bustle of city driving, rear seat passengers can be entertained with movies, games or access to the World Wide Web. With an Internet connection, a break from driving can also be turned into a productive work stop for communication with business partners, an online shopping foray, or even a videoconference opportunity.
Each rear seat occupant can select a preferred entertainment, from DVD/video, console games or Internet browsing. Two high-resolution 17.8cm monitors are integrated into the rear of the front seat head restraints and can be operated independently, via remote control or through a central control module, while headphones prevent driver distraction.
Ford Fusion concept also showcases a new Hella bi-xenon headlamp system which provides exceptional levels of light for seeing and being seen at night
Xenon headlamps are brighter and project a wider angle of light on the road than conventional systems. In this bi-xenon system, the main and the dipped beams are generated by a single source of light, providing benefits in lower energy consumption, new design possibilities, and the same colour of light for both the main and the dipped beams, which relieves the drivers eyes of the stress of continual readjustment.