Recycling is one of the most important things we can do to help keep our planet thriving for as long as possible. But where do things like bottles go when they’re taken away in the recycling bin? You may not know that materials gathered from plastic bottles are a big part of today’s Ford vehicles. In fact, Ford uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles every year for key vehicle components, helping keep our planet cleaner in the process.
According to Ford, it uses an average of 250 plastic bottles
per vehicle to create parts like underbody shields and wheel liners. To get
from point A to point B, plastic bottles are shredded, turned into fiber by
suppliers, and mixed in with other fibers to create a sheet of lightweight yet
“The underbody shield is a large part, and for a part that
big, if we used solid plastic, it would likely weigh three times as much,” said
Thomas Sweder, design engineer, Ford Motor Company. “We look for the most
durable and highest performing materials to work with to make our parts, and in
this case, we are also creating many environmental benefits.”
That’s what you call a win-win.
Ford also uses around 470 plastic bottles for carpeting in
the EcoSport; to achieve this, the fiber is spun into a yarn and woven into the
carpeting. Sweder says it’s all part of Ford’s mission to use more and more
recycled and renewable material in its vehicles.
To learn more about Ford’s efforts to keep the Earth cleaner, including new and upcoming electrified vehicles like the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid and the Ford F-150 Hybrid, stop into Tropical Ford.
Recently, car enthusiasts of all varieties have been increasingly excited over the return of the legendary Ford Bronco in the form of the all-new 2020 Ford Bronco. For 30 years, the Bronco was one of the world’s leading 4×4 SUVs, boasting now-classic styling and incredible capability. And now Bronco fans have even more to get revved up about, as a new trademark request filed by Ford might suggest the coming of a new “Baby Bronco” called the Ford Bronco Scout.
Ford recently filed to trademark the “Scout” and “Bronco
Scout” nameplates. And while it’s not unheard of for auto brands to apply for
trademarks simply to have rights to them, it makes a lot of sense to speculate
that a reveal might be close at hand for the Bronco Scout.
With reports that Ford will soon release a smaller crossover styled after the all-new Bronco being dubbed the “Baby Bronco,” it seems likely that the “Bronco Scout” nameplate could be used to designate just such a vehicle. After all, the Scout name is unmistakably reminiscent of the International Harvester Scout, another 4×4 smiler to the original Ford Bronco. For now, though, we’ll have to content ourselves with the coming release of the all-new 2020 Ford Bronco while keeping an ear to the ground for what’s to come next.
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The Ford Transit has long been a staple of the commercial vehicle market thanks to its awesome cargo and passenger capacity. Now, Ford is surprising its European market with new additions to the Transit lineup — three models under the Ford Transit Sport van name. The Custom Sport, Courier Sport, and Connect Sport offer changes like racing stripes, bolder wheel arches, and different powertrains for a more spirited driving experience.
Under the hood, all three variants of the Ford
Transit Sport van offer diesel and gasoline engines, though their power output
differs depending on the model itself. High-tech connectivity features like
Ford Connect and Ford SYNC® 3 are available on the vans, with the
Custom Sport capable of connecting up to 10 devices. Also, partial leather
seats, a variety of body sizes, and updated semi-autonomous driver assist and
alert safety systems allow for even more customization, comfort, and
There’s a reason the new Ford Transit Sport
van is coming to the European lineup rather than the U.S. market. Ford sells
well over twice as many Transit vans in Europe as it does in the United States,
with 2018 yielding over 380,000 units sold. With sales continuing on the rise,
the introduction of new, sportier models may give those numbers even more of a