Back in March when we had the Ford Flex in for review, out major issue with it was it's lack of power, and stated at the time that the EcoBoost motor would probably answer that. Well, yesterday, we had a chance to try it out. Thanks to the Mark and Joe at the Movement Design Bureau we attended Ford's 2010 Model Year Event. There, we had an opportunity to drive the EcoBoost Flex on the high speed track at the Dearborn test track. Here is the video of that.
When we drove the Fusion Hybrid back from DC, we liked the car very much as you can see from out earlier review, the question was how would it be on a day in and day out basis. While five days isn't very long, driving it more surface streets, running errands and such gave us a clear view. Have a look.
Since this car was announced last year, enthusiasts all over the US have been clamoring for The Blue Oval to drop the achient, hideously styled Focus currently on sale in North America, and bring the current and award winning EU model over to replace it. More so when the 305HP RS version was released. You CAN get this car, kind of, the Volvo C30 and the new Mazda 3 are all built on this chassis, but non comes with this beast of a motor. Top Gear got their hands on it for this weeks show!
Every hear in mid July the city of Ann Arbor closes off Main Street and some of the side streets in down town for the Rolling Sculpture Car Show. You see a bit of everything there, from full on hot rods to some fine European classics. Here is just a sample of what was there today. Click the button on the player to enjoy these in full screen mode. Enjoy!
Hertz Italia now rents out Lotus Elise's. We aren't ones to just post press releases and call it content, but this is just too good! Is this the EU version of the Mustang GT350H???
Hire your dream – Lotus cars now available for rental with Hertz Italy
Lotus Cars Limited, the sportscar subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is delighted to announce a marketing co-operation agreement with the car hire company Hertz Italiana and to supply Lotus cars for its rental business in Italy.
Now driving enthusiasts, fans of the Lotus brand and those who want to drive cars from one of the finest sportscar marques in the world will be able to hire a Lotus Elise directly from Hertz Italiana S.p.A.
Lotus Elise SC sportscars will be available to hire from key Hertz centres throughout Italy from middle of July.
Mr. Michael J. Kimberley, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, commented, “I am delighted that Lotus Cars has entered into this agreement with Hertz, giving us the opportunity to make our stunning world class sportscars available to the rental market. The iconic and multi award winning Lotus Elise and the stunning Lotus Exige are the perfect fun rental cars for those who desire exclusive and high performance motoring.“
Mr. Andrea Manni, director of the official Lotus dealer, ‘Lotus Rome’ said, "For many, to drive a Lotus is to fulfill a lifelong dream and now, thanks to Lotus and Hertz Italiana S.p.A. this dream can be realised for a longer period than just a quick test drive at a Lotus dealer. We expect some drivers who hire an Elise or Exige from Hertz Italiana S.p.A to visit a Lotus dealership afterwards, as once you have experienced the exciting and adrenaline fueled capabilities of a Lotus, there is no turning back!”
Ing. Giuseppe Caminiti, Fleet Director for Hertz Italianasaid: “We launched the Hertz Fun Collection last year to give our customers the possibility to drive the cars they have always dreamt of driving. The Lotus Elise SC is one of these dream cars and by including it in the Hertz’s Fun Collection our customers have an opportunity to drive a real sportscar. We are honoured to be able to work with Lotus and are delighted that Lotus has created personalised versions of the Elise SC especially for Hertz.“
To book a Lotus Elise car hire from Hertz, drivers are invited to contact Hertz onwww.hertz.itor by calling the Hertz call center on +39-199-11-22-11.