Ford of Europe represented new versions of its top-selling Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy at the 2010 Brussels Show. With fresh designs and the latest evolution of Ford's kinetic layout cues, they option new dashboard materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of driver focused technologies aimed at security and convenience.
The 2010 Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy models kick off a busy year for new offering introductions from Ford of Europe but, more significantly, herald the arrival of a series of new and high-tech technologies and features that, as they are presented throughout the year, will challenge established perceptions of what Ford vehicles feel like to sit in and drive.
We've given both models a fresh new exterior and more luxury appeal, but it is beneath the skin that the major changes have been made, explained John Fleming, Executive Vice President and Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe. S-MAX and Ford Galaxy are the first European Ford models to benefit from our global Ecoboost family of direct-injection, turbocharged, petrol engines delivering more performance and performance from a lower displacement powerplant, yet with cool fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. And that is just the start of the 2010 S-MAX and Ford Galaxy story.
These are the first vehicles to be available with Ford's all-new, high efficiency, 2. 0-litre Ecoboost petrol motor. Producing 203 PS (149 Kw) it joins a significantly enhanced 2. 0-litre Duratorq Tdci diesel, with 140 PS (103 Kw), plus a new 163 PS (120 Kw) variant. Additionally, the smooth and effortless Ford Powershift double wet-clutch transmission system is available for the first time on Ford's big vehicle range; it will be traditional equipment with the Ecoboost petrol motor and auxillary for both Duratorq diesels.
With over 600000, units sold, Volkswagen Sharan is the favourite car of countless families all over Europe. Coming now, after a world premiere at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show, is a completely new generation of this best seller. Equipped for the first time with sliding doors in the rear, the new Volkswagen Sharan has been improved in each space. There are only two parts that the new and the old Volkswagen Sharan have in common: the sun visors. That's it! Everything else - each screw, each look and dashboard part and all of the technology, including the TDI and TSI engines (103kw / 140PS to 147kw / 200PS) and transmission systems (DSG optional) - is new. Volkswagen Sharan 3. 0, as it were, product world-record performance in fuel economy: at 5. 5 litres per 100km (514, mpg), the 140PS Volkswagen Sharan 2. 0TDI achieves lower fuel consumption than any other MPV in this class.
The hallmark of the new Volkswagen Sharan is a full layout concept that contains the extremely customizable Easyfold seats system (up to seven easily adjustable seats), high-end class, uncompromising security (seven airbags, Light Assist automatic main beam control, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running and position light) and numerous clever details. Also new to this generation of Volkswagen Sharan are adaptive chassis control (DCC) and a level regulating system. This convenient multi-purpose car in the upper B segment of the sphere has been intended to families with two or more children and high-mileage enterprise users with a need for extra room.
The new Volkswagen Sharan's drive and handling matches the levels of convenience and dynamic response offered by the impressive Passat. Added comfort and security is offered by an electronic handbrake and the second-generation parking manoeuvre assistant. This means automatic steering for parking in even smaller spaces, including on pavements, between trees and even on corners, plus now, for the first time on an MPV, for parking at an angle to the traffic. Cutting edge entertainment systems, a tremendous, electrically operated panoramic sliding roof (with a 300% bigger opening than with a traditional sliding roof) and a comprehensive 3-zone conditioning system guarantee great travelling conditions at any time of the year. Available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline versions, even the base model of the Volkswagen Sharan is supplied with features such as semi-automatic air-conditioning ('climatic') and Radio/cd system ('RCD 210'). As the only car of its class to provide this, the third generation of this MPV will again be available with four-wheel drive (volkswagen Sharan 2. 0TDI 4motion with 140PS). In the first markets where it is available orders for the new Volkswagen can be placed from as early as the end of March, with the full release beginning in the summer of 2010.
The Volkswagen Sharan's four direct injection turbo petrol (TSI) and turbo diesel (TDI) engines are up to 21 percent more fuel-efficient! The two TSI engines deliver 110kw / 150PS and 147kw / 200PS, while the Tdis develop 103kw / 140PS and 125kw / 170PS. With performance outputs of up to 170PS the engines use a start-stop system and energy recuperation (recovery of kinetic energy, which gets temporarily stored in the battery). With average consumption of 5. 5 litres per 100km (51. 4 mpg, 145g/km of CO), the 140PS version of the Volkswagen Sharan 2. 0TDI - top speed 194 km/h (119 mph) - sets a new benchmark for fuel economy in this segment of the market! The theoretical driving range is correspondingly impressive: 1273, kilometres (805 miles) from its 70 litre fuel tank. Both Tdis are also fitted with an SCR catalytic converter (SCR = selective catalytic reduction), which specifically eliminates oxides of nitrogen (nox) and makes the Volkswagen Sharan, even as a turbo diesel, one of the cleanest Mpvs in the world.