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Ford Previews Evos Concept

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On: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Previews Evos Concept

Ford teased its Frankfurt appearance last week with a short presser about four new designs that it will reveal at the show. One of those was described as a "major new design concept." This week, the Blue Oval revealed what that new design concept is: the radical Evos Concept.

Let's just not set ourselves up for disappointment. Despite looking better than pretty much every Ford in the current line, the Evos won't be making it to production. Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development made that quite clear in the press release: "... you will never see this car on the road..."

That's a damn shame, because we would love to see a sporty Ford sedan with quad gullwing doors on the road. That's right, the Evos features gullwings in front and back, providing a wide, inviting entry. Those gullwings are one of the first signs that this isn't your ordinary four-seater. From there, the Evos doesn't disappoint.

Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president of Ford Research and Innovation, explains how technology and automotives intertwine: "We see technology as more than just an impressive list of microprocessors, sensors and software; it's about the application of that technology to create an experience that enhances the driver's time behind the wheel. We're researching how we can use patterns or preferences set by the driver to make life simpler. The car gets to know you and can act as a personal assistant to handle some of the usual routines of a daily commute."

The Evos brings the power of the web and cloud into the car. It pulls together information from the cloud to deliver an optimal driving experience. For instance, it can automatically tune handling, steering, and engine controls to driver preference, terrain, and weather. It can automatically pick up a song or news program that you were tuning into at your home and start playing it on your commute. It is even able to use air-data information, as well as an advanced air sensor system, to identify the cleanest route to your destination.

The powertrain is equally techy. It pairs an electric motor and gas engine, which can work together or separately to maximize efficiency. The powertrain also uses information from the cloud, analyzing information about the route and weather to increase efficiency.

In terms of styling, Ford sought to "create the impression of a classic GT car, but with a very contemporary feel." Bold elements include the hexagonal grille, slit headlights, center-mounted exhaust, and fastback profile. While the doors will probably be left in concept-land, elements like the grille will make it to production models. Ford said that the concept is designed in part to preview its new design language.

We'll see more of this concept when the Frankfurt Motor Show gets underway in about two weeks.

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RoadKill | 9:58AM (Fri, Sep 2, 2011)

Someone call Aston Martin!


DipStick | 1:34PM (Fri, Sep 2, 2011)

bad ass looking car!

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