Ford SYNus Concept

From Ford press: Americans may be restless, but they are not rootless. They always know where they are going. A century ago, population was moving from the farm to the city. Fifty years ago, the shift was to the suburbs. Today, the trend is back to big cities.

The Ford SYNUS concept is aimed at those taking part in this shift. It is compact enough to maneuver through congested streets yet bold enough to run with the big dogs at the same time. The architecture of the SYNUS comes from the critically acclaimed Ford Fiesta. Smaller than the Ford Focus, Fiesta is what is known as a B-car. Popular in other markets because of narrow streets and dense traffic, B-cars are almost unknown in America. However, considering that the majority of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2010, the time may finally be at hand for the B-car market in the United States.

Diesel engines are known for long-range driving economies, but they are also an excellent fit for urban dwellers. The SYNUS is motivated by Ford's 2.0-liter 16-valve Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which drives the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission and is calibrated to run on a 20 percent mixture of bio-mass diesel fuel. Bio-mass diesel is formulated by mixing a blend of diesel derived from renewable, organic sources with traditional, petroleum based diesel.

Bio-mass is a clean-burning alternative to fossil-derived petroleum products. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Bio-mass is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. It is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar. Since it is made in the USA from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases our dependence on fickle oil markets. Ford is a leader in research into alternative powertrains and is the only manufacture actively engages in development of four emerging technologies including gasoline-hybrid, hydrogen internal combustion engines, hydrogen fuel cells, and advanced diesels.

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