Ford have announced that the EcoSport SUV is going to break Europe, and the Ford Fiesta based SUV has been unveiled this week at a mobile tech show in Spain.
The engines on offer with the Ford EcoSport consist of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost and a 1.5-litre. It is based on the Ford Fiesta and has so far cracked developing markets such as India and Brazil. The EcoSport doesn’t feature typical styling and is a bulky looking model and kind of bulbous so we are interested to see how it is received in the European market. If it is popular, regular servicing should help retain the value of the model.
It is set to arrive in Europe next year, harbouring some interesting new technology known as ‘SYNC AppLink’ which allows the driver to control their smartphone through voice commands and it is expected to cost around £14,000.
Random checks across Hull and East Yorkshire have revealed that defective cars are all too common on British roads.
It is no secret that many people are having their pockets stung by the current economic climate, and now it seems many are neglecting necessary maintenance on their cars in order to save a few quid. PC Keith Ward said: “We are finding, due to austerity, people are scrimping on things and we are seeing more vehicles with defects”. This is a result of people cutting back on regular maintenance work to avoid servicing costs, with people often holding out till there MoT to get things done.
Apparently the biggest offenders are car tyres and lights, which isn’t exactly surprising, I must admit my used Punto probably could have done with a few more trips to the garage. Drivers who are caught with defected cars are given vehicle defect form allowing them 2 weeks to get the car repaired or else they will face a fine.