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HOW WE KNOW WHICH CAR COLORS WILL BE TRENDING YEARS BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY ARE

When creating a new car color, our designers have to look at a diverse range of societies and predict how changing moods will affect color preferences. The designers then combine that with knowledge of how trends in design disciplines are changing to create colors that look on-trend, nearly half a decade after they were developed. Once the design team has a feel for where design trends are heading, they put on their social scientist hats.

DRONEKHANA ONE

What happens when you bring together one of the world’s most exciting new sports – and some of its most thrilling cars? The answer is our new video – “Dronekhana” Two of the planet’s best drone pilots tackle a unique obstacle course that includes a drifting Focus RS performance hatchback, a smoking Ford Mustang, and a robot. Pilots Luke Bannister and Brett Collis navigate their drones remotely with the help of special goggles, which provide a first-person view as they fly under a Ranger pickup and through a B-MAX car. A rig of 36 GoPro cameras captured the drones mid-action in a style made famous by the 1999 film The Matrix. “It’s basically like stepping into the cockpit. It was a tough course and we had some mishaps – but at least the Mustang’s all right, that’s all that matters,” said 16-year-old World Drone Prix champion Luke Bannister who took on the course with Tornado XBlades team mate and fellow Brit, Brett Collis, 22. * Named in tribute to the YouTube phenomenon Gymkhana, starring Focus RS consultant Ken Block, “Dronekhana” was filmed at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the city which this week hosts Gamescom Europe’s biggest interactive games trade fair. It follows previous “Snowkhana” videos that have become a festive Ford tradition.

Pothole pain points

Potholes are a pain. Check out the six potential problem spots on your vehicle and how to deal with them. 1. Tires and Wheels: Check for low pressure as well as for cuts or gashes in the tire. Inspect rims for cracks in the finish, which may indicate a bent wheel. 2. Wheel and Tire Balance: Wheels that have been knocked off-balance can cause vibrations or shaking while driving. This can affect handling, stress your car’s suspension, and increase fuel consumption and wear on tires. 3. Steering Alignment: Signs of misalignment include having to hold the steering wheel at an angle in order for your vehicle to go straight, pulling to one side, and uneven or accelerated tire wear and tear. 4. Suspension Components: Suspension damage can cause losseners or clunking in the steering, poor alignment and difficulty straightening out after a turn. Your vehicle may also begin to sway or rock, bounce or bottom out, and may require more effort when steering. 5. Exhaust System: New, strange or loud noises emanating from your exhaust system can indicate a leak or other signs of impact. 6. Under Carriage: Oil or coolant leaks under the vehicle can also be telltale signs of pothole damage. Now, what can you do? Inspect your car for any of the above indicators, and visit a…

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Freebies: Mustang Wallpapers

The iconic pony car is set to dominate world streets in 2015 and lift the bar up, higher than ever before, in performance, looks and style. In that spirit, here’s a little something for you Mustang fans! Download the wallpapers below & set yourself up for compliments, look backs and appreciation from your mates. Download the wallpaper above for your laptop/desktop. Download the wallpaper above for your laptop/desktop. Download the wallpaper above for your laptop/desktop. Download the wallpaper above for your laptop/desktop. Download the wallpaper above for your iPhone/Android.  

How Your Ford Can Enable the Perfect Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day can be stressful – there’s a lot to prepare to set the right tone and get through the day’s celebrations without a hitch. Ford cars can help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day, from setting the mood with colorful Ambient Lighting to finding the nearest flower shop on the way home from work. Don’t be late for your date! Start your date off on the right foot with a prompt arrival. Don’t keep your loved one waiting or hungry on this special day! Set the tone There’s nothing like a love song to set the right tone for your Valentine’s Day plans, and SYNC’s Bluetooth streaming capabilities makes it easy. Prepare your favorite tunes ahead of time, then pick up your valentine and sweep them off their feet with the perfect romantic playlist. Light up the night Surround yourself with light to match your mood – with Ford Ambient Lighting, you can choose from seven different colors to light up your cup holders, front and rear foot-wells, console, storage bins, map pockets and front door handles. We recommend red for your Valentine festivities. Park like a pro No one wants to look silly while parallel parking – with Ford’s Active Park Assist, you’ll be able to back into that space effortlessly, while impressing your date with your smooth…

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