Ford152 - March 2015

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Ford of Britain chairman and managing director
Mark Ovenden shares his news and views
Ford of Britain has had a great start to the year, with very strong sales of both
cars and CVs in January and, writing this as we approach the end of February, we
look on track to continue the momentum.
By the time you read this, we will be part-way through March, the most important
sales month for Ford of Britain, when we expect around 80,000 new vehicle
I urge every employee to help us maximise sales by using your Privilege and
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the best possible advantage of our best ever car range.
I was at the Geneva Show in early March, where there was a fantastic array of
Ford performance vehicles; it was the first motor show for the all-new Ford Focus
RS and the European debut of the Ford GT supercar.
The Ford Focus ST, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Mustang and GT acted as magnets for
showgoers. It was a truly breathtaking performance line-up, and reminded me of
one of the reasons I joined Ford in the mid 1980s – I fell in love with the Escort XR3i
and working for Ford seemed the quickest way to get to drive one.
Our CV line-up is also very impressive. Our new, completely revamped CV range
has been in the marketplace since mid-2014 and enjoyed tremendous success, but
there are significantly more opportunities in the CV market, which will be aided by
the launch of Ford of Britain’s network of Transit Centres.
Transit Centres allow us to provide an even better sales and aftermarket experience for our CV customers, in a similar way the first FordStores will on passenger
FordStores represent the essence of the Ford brand, giving our customers a great
dealer experience and, additionally, extending that experience to dedicated Mustang and Vignale sales and service facilities.
We have 55 dealers signed up as FordStores with six already open – in Edgeware
Road, London, Leicester, Warrington, Bootle, Sunderland and York – and there will
be four more fully up and running by the end of March.
By the time our FordStore network is complete, more than 90% of our potential
customers will be within a one hour drive of a FordStore.
Finally, and as always, thank you to everyone in the Ford and Ford Credit teams
and, of course, our dealer partners for the hard work that keeps us at the top.
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BusinessCar Awards for S-MAX and Fiesta
Two Ford cars have been honoured in this year’s BusinessCar Awards: S-MAX was
Best Multi-Purpose Vehicle for the eighth consecutive year and Fiesta took the
Supermini of the Year prize.
The only awards decided by fleet managers themselves, the BusinessCar
honours are prized within the industry and underline Ford’s popularity among fleets.
BusinessCar editor, Paul Barker, said: “Ford’s S-MAX has been a class apart
since launch, bringing people-carrying practicality without boxy people-carrying
looks. Though this generation is soon to be replaced by an even classier new
model, it is going out with a bang and still looks great compared to rivals.”
Fiesta earned its Best Supermini honour because it is “high on quality as well as
quantity”. Paul Barker added: “Driving enjoyment, efficiency, good running costs
and clever technology all combine to make it a popular choice.
“Our readers – the people choosing these models for their business – have
picked the Fiesta as their favourite mainstream supermini, and that’s testament to
the car’s all-round ability.”
EcoBoost team wins award from
Royal Academy of Engineering
A team of engineers behind Ford’s multiaward winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder petrol engine has won an inaugural
award from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).
The Ford team won the Colin Campbell
Mitchell Award from the RAEng, becoming
the first people to receive the accolade,
which is given in recognition of ‘an individual or team of up to six engineers either
working or studying in the UK, awarded for
having made the greatest contribution to the
advancement of any field of engineering’.
The winning team included engineers
from both Dagenham and Dunton: Steve
Johnson, turbocharger technical specialist
(Dagenham); Dominic Evans, engine NVH
technical specialist (Dagenham); Mike
Rowland, calibration technical specialist
(Dunton); Roland Ernst, 1.0 EcoBoost
engine programme manager (Dagenham);
Mark Cary, engine mapping technical
specialist (Dunton); and James Saward,
senior calibration engineer (Dunton).
The team - apart from James, who could
not attend – was presented with the award
at a glittering ceremony at the Institution of
Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) by Professor Dame Ann Dowling, the first-ever female
president of the RAEng.
Each member of the team received a gold
medal and all said they were ‘delighted and
honoured’ for the recognition of their work
and also that the EcoBoost 1.0 is considered a world-class example of automotive
Alongside the medals, the award also
carried a cash prize, with the money won by
the Ford team being held in a special
account that will fund local schools’ teams
Ford News March 2015
Receiving their awards are, from left:
Steve Johnson; Dominic Evans; Mike
Rowland; Roland Ernst; and Mark Cary.
competing in the annual Greenpower events
at Dunton – with the aim of inspiring the next
generation of automotive engineers to
replicate the success of the Ford team.
The Colin Campbell Mitchell Award
commemorates the work of one of Scotland’s leading marine engineers, who during
his career with Brown Brothers Engineering
pioneered the development of the steam
catapult used on aircraft carriers.
Ford is the clear market
leader for cars and vans
Ford was the clear leader in total vehicle,
car and CV sales in January as it commenced its 39th consecutive year of UK car
sales leadership and is on track to complete
50 consecutive years of UK commercial
vehicle (CV) sales leadership.
According to the official sales figures
issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT):
n Ford led UK overall, car and CV sales in
n Fiesta led sales in its seventh successive year as the UK best seller.
n Fiesta sales exceeded the total sales of
all but five rival car makers.
n Ford CV sales and share were up in
n Transit nameplate sales would place it
third in total vehicle sales.
Ford of Britain chairman and managing
director, Mark Ovenden, said: “Ford’s
strong sales start to 2015 builds on the
momentum sustained through 2014 and is a
direct result of the continued investment in
exciting products and industry-leading
“Following the complete re-vamp of our
CV range last year, we will renew around 60
per cent of our passenger cars this year,
including the new Focus ST, C-MAX,
S-MAX, Mustang and Vignale models. The
recently-announced Ford GT and Focus RS
will be our future technological and performance flagships.”
According to the official SMMT figures,
January car sales in the UK were up 6.7 per
cent at 164,856 registrations, compared
with January 2014. Ford sold 21,480 cars,
4,545 registrations ahead of its nearest rival.
Ford Fiesta’s January registrations of
8,674 made it the clear UK best-seller and
this sales total would place it seventh in the
list of top-selling car manufacturers, meaning that Fiesta on its own outsells the car
ranges of all but five of Ford’s rival car
Ford’s broad customer appeal across its
car range is demonstrated by Fiesta,
B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX, Kuga and Galaxy all
occupying top three places in their respective market segments.
UK commercial vehicle sales in January
were up 23.4 per cent at 24,646, compared
with January 2014. Total sales of Ford CVs
were up 27.9 per cent at 6,481, compared
with January 2014.
Ford light commercials sales in January
were up from 604 to 1,740 registrations,
compared with January 2014, and its LCV
market share increased from 12.3 to 25.5
per cent.
Fiesta (top) continues to lead the UK market, as it has done for the seventh year in a
row. Transit Courier (above) helped deliver another strong LCV performance
Ford Transit has led the UK CV sector
from its launch in 1965 and the full availability of Ford’s extended CV family has helped
deliver these significant Ford light commercial sales and share increases. However, to
underline that Ford’s commercial vehicle
models are a success across the whole
range, it should be noted that Fiesta Van,
Transit Courier, Transit Connect, Transit
Custom, Transit and Ranger are all placed
in the top three in their respective market
Ford News March 2015
Engine production
milestones at Bridgend
Milestones are being passed at Bridgend
Engine Plant.
Nearly 35 years after the first CVH engine
rolled off the lines, the plant assembled its
19 millionth engine in February and is on
course to top 20 million units this summer.
In January, Ford’s lead petrol engine
plant in Europe signed off its eight millonth
Sigma engine since Job1 in May 1998.
The new 1.5 EcoBoost version of the
Sigma which passed the milestone is the
latest in a series that powers some of the
most popular cars in Europe and other parts
of the world.
In 35 years, the plant has built 17.2 million
four—cylinder engines and over 1.72 million
in-line six, V6 and V8 power units for Ford
and its customers, starting with the first V8
for Jaguar in spring 1996.
Plant manager Ian Pearson said: “This is
a landmark of which Bridgend Engine Plant
can be very proud.
“Sigma is very important to Ford and its
customers and over the years has been at
the forefront of our model range. The latest
EcoBoost provides the very latest technology with low emissions, excellent economy,
refinement and performance.”
Workers on the Sigma line gave the
landmark engine a rousing send-off with
help from Ford sporting ambassador and
Paralympic athlete Aled Davies and Paralympic athlete Nathan Stephens, whose
fathers Hugh and Barrie have worked at the
Bridgend plant for most of the 35 and 23
years respectively.
The sportsmen still compete after winning
a string of gold medals in Olympic, World
and Commonwealth Games in field events
over the last few years. In between competitions they also mentor, coach and support
upcoming young athletes.
CV Show line-up
Fittingly, in its 50th birthday year, the Ford Transit will take
centre stage on Ford’s stand at the CV show at the NEC,
Birmingham, from 14 to 16 April.
A Transit van and Transit 17-seat bus, together with a
Transit dropside, double-cab-in-van and one-way tipper,
will be exhibited at the CV industry’s major event of the
Also on display on the stand, which will be manned by
Ford technical specialists, will be a Tourneo Custom
executive limousine, a Transit Custom SportVan, Courier
vans and a Ranger double cab pick-up.
Alongside them will be the first wheelchair-accessible
Tourneo Connect converted by Allied Vehicles of Glasgow.
The show is also an opportunity for potential customers to have an initial test drive, and Ford will have a range
of vehicles available – Transit All Wheel Drive, Transit Van,
Transit Connect, Transit Courier and Transit Custom.
Ford News March 2015
With the eight millionth Sigma engine off
the line at Bridgend, are, from left: Hugh
Davies, Nathan Stephens, Barrie Stephens
and Aled Davies
NHS department adds more Fords to its fleet
The NHS Blood and Transplant service (NHSBT) has added 56 Ford
Transit Custom vans to its 500-vehicle fleet, which is already two thirds
Ford-badged, Focus estates to specially adapted Transits, each of
which has a key task in keeping blood supplies circulating.
NHSBT’s national fleet service manager, Larry Bannon, said: “We are
sure the Transit Custom will more than meet our expectations. The
Transit is recognised as the perennial best in class, and it is certainly
the best vehicle that fits our purpose, with excellent network support
and a spare parts supply second to none.”
He added: “The Ford vans are used in every stage of the blood
donation process, from collecting, then transporting the donated blood
to our regional processing sites, through to delivering units of blood to
hospitals, whether as part of a routine order or under emergency
blue-light cover to meet a hospital’s urgent needs.”
Ford direct sales manager, Terry Adams, added: “It is reassuring to
know a life-saving service that any of us might need to call upon, has
placed its faith in the safety and reliability of Transit. They also have
some Transit Connects and Focus models on order.”
Ford News March 2015
Ford College bids
a fond farewell to
Following almost 15 years at the heart of its training programmes, the
Ford College team has closed the doors for the final time on the Henry
Ford College in Loughborough.
Since it opened for business in 2001, the Henry Ford College has
hosted countless thousands of delegates from Ford’s UK dealer network
and sales teams for a range of product, brand and sales training.
Flagship programmes such as the True Blue events and Ford Heroes
sales training, and a host of external and internal events, have found the
perfect home within the distinctive blue walls of the facility, which was
located on the edge of the Loughborough University campus.
However, with both sales and technical training about to relocate to
the new centre under construction in Daventry, it is time to bid farewell
to the Loughborough facility.
“Henry Ford College has been an outstanding base for our training,
and we leave with great memories of our work there,” said Ford College
principal, Alan Bates.
“But we’re also excited about moving into our new home, and the
new facility will create tremendous opportunities to raise our training to
a new level.”
As the new Daventry centre is being prepared for its opening later in
2015, Ford College will be using a number of temporary regional venues
to host its regular sales training activities.
Following the closure of the Loughborough facility, it has been possible for the majority of the Ford College team based there to transfer to
the new centre at Daventry.
“We would like to thank the entire Ford College team at Loughborough for their fantastic contribution to our training programme over
many years, and look forward to working together again in the new
Daventry facility,” added Alan Bates.
n Ford College has been shortlisted in a national awards programme for
the innovative communications campaign used to support its True Blue
training in 2014.
Providing a dramatic introduction to the new EcoSport and Tourneo
Connect models, the training course was entitled Direct the Action! and
featured a memorable film and TV theme.
To maximise the interest and involvement of delegates, they were
engaged throughout the training process including a colourful pre-event
mailshot, interactive course content, and post-event conversations via
social media. This imaginative campaign saw Ford College and its
partner agency Havas People nominated in the annual RAD awards which
recognise excellence in recruitment and employee communications.
The initiative was shortlisted among just four others within the
Employee Engagement category.
From left: Alan
Bates, Ford
College principal, with Mark
Sullivan and Paul
Cowpland from
Havas People
Ford extends apprenticeship backing
Ford will be among the first UK employers
to develop and offer a new Governmentbacked degree apprentice programme to
A-level school leavers seeking an alternative
to the traditional university route.
The new programme will provide theoretical and practical education in the digital and
software field. The Company has introduced
its own higher apprenticeship programmes
over the last two years. They are designed
to encourage a new generation of engineers
and professionals into the automotive
industry, offering a degree-level qualification
with high-quality training in a range of
engineering skills.
Ford introduced its own higher apprenticeship in IT in September 2014, which
provides a path towards a Batchelor of
Science degree in IT Management for
Business, delivered with the University of
The new programme will be developed by
Ford, along with other leading technology
employers and top universities in the
country. The Government will subsidise
Ford News March 2015
From left: Ford
IT higher
Holmes, Owen
Niamh Brown,
Jory Day,
Jordan Bate
and Benjamin
some tuition costs and fees for students,
while employers will provide undergraduates with an opportunity to ‘earn and learn’
through a paid apprentice role with practical
Ford apprenticeship manager, Tessa
Hougham, said: “Ford’s advanced and
higher apprenticeship programmes have
produced some of the UK’s best engineers
and innovators. We’re proud to be among
the first to support these new apprenticeships in the digital sector.”
Ford has been listed among the City &
Guilds top 100 apprentice employers for
2014 - the fourth successive year that Ford
has made the list.
Earlier in 2014, the Company was South
East regional winner of the macro employer
of the year category in the 2014 National
Apprenticeship Awards.
Patent awards handed out
The bright ideas of Dunton employees were recognised in January with a
patent award ceremony.
Fifteen of the 29 patent award winners were present, receiving awards for
24 ideas thought up in Dunton. The ceremony was hosted by Joerg Beyer,
executive director of engineering, and Tim Howard, chief engineer for transmission engineering, with Ford’s patent attorney Ivan Rogers and other
engineering management in attendance.
Some of the winners had retired prior to their patent being granted, thus
returning to Dunton to receive their accolade, and the event provided a good
chance for people who had worked together previously patenting ideas to
get together again.
Robert Helle-Lorentzen – five individual patents for:
Vehicle Engine Cooling using a Stirling Engine;
Cooling Internal Combustion Engines; Hybrid Vehicle
Control Apparatus and Method; Hybrid Vehicle With a
Stability Control Module and a Drivetrain that
Includes a Flywheel; and Apparatus and Method for
Controlling a Hybrid Vehicle.
Don Kees and Tim Bowman – Flywheel Driveline and
Control Arrangement for Hybrid Vehicle.
Andy Scarisbrick – three individual patents for: A
Method for Determining Degradation of a Lubricating
Oil (with Keith Barter); and two variations on Laser
Ignition System for an Internal Combustion System.
Peter Brittle, Ian Halleron and Themi Petridis – two
patents for: Method and Apparatus for Confirming
Gear Engagement State; and Automatic Starting and
Stopping of an Engine.
n For anyone working at Dunton who thinks they have a good
idea that could also be patented, the Invention Clinic has returned
to site.
Run by ex-Ford inventor Dr Thomas Ma, the workshops run
every Friday from 11am to 4pm in Dunton room 2A-P07 (opposite
the Pit Stop café).
Dr Ma and Ford patent attorney Ivan Rogers will discuss all
aspects of patenting an idea and the process of application, as
well as helping to refine ideas prior to application.
Chris Connelly, Chris Pedlar and Harry Cho – Method
and Control System for Opening the Drivetrain of a
Motor Vehicle.
Robert Helle-Lorentzen, Don Kees and Tim Bowman
– Mass Measurement of a Flywheel, Hybrid Vehicle.
Khizer Tufail – A Method of Producing a Pair of
Virtual Sensors for an Engine.
Ian Oldknow – Vehicle Launch using a Transmission
Brian Cumming – Piston Oil Spray Cooling System
with Two Nozzles.
Mike Watts – three individual patents for: Reducing
the Contamination of Engine Lubricating oil by Fuel;
Regenerating a Diesel Engine Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment Device; Heating Hybrid Vehicle Engine Oil.
Steve Fleming and Torsten Gerhardt – two patents
for: A Head Restraint for a Convertible Motor Vehicle;
and A Moveable Bulkhead for a Vehicle (with Alan
Tim Scott – Occupant Protection Airbag for a Vehicle.
Barry Grindle and Marcus Ward – patents for two
variations of Curtain Airbag for a Motor Vehicle.
Rob Richardson and Heath Sargeant – Actuation
Mechanism for a Sliding Door of a Motor Vehicle.
Torsten Gerhardt – two individual patents for: A
Cabriolet Motor Vehicle having a Stowable Roof; and
a Collapsible Seat Construction for a Vehicle (with
Alan Condon).
Steve Fleming and James Passemard - A Portable
Control Device.
John Harding and Alan Condon - two individual
patents for two variations of A Motor Vehicle
Stowable Roof Assembly.
Denney Gordon – Temporary Doorstop Relating to
Painting of Vehicles.
Andy Moir – System Integrator and Commodity
John Pilbeam – Oxygenated Fuels in a Diesel Engine.
David Woodhouse – four individual patents for:
Headrest System for an Automotive Vehicle; Modular
Vehicle Interior System; Automotive Vehicle Tow
Hooks; and Table and Seat System for a Vehicle.
Dagenham Panther line nears completion
Machining for the new 2.0-litre advanced
diesel engine line at Dagenham Engine Plant
(DEP) is now 90 per cent complete, with the
first testing runs scheduled to have been
completed in late February.
The first production time trial (PTR) run on
the crank line for the new engine – codenamed ‘Panther’ in plant - was pencilled in
for the third week in February, while block
and head lines will follow on through March
and April.
The launch teams from Dagenham and
Dunton have been working to prove the
machines’ capabilities ahead of the PTR
runs, with the maintenance team focusing
on the design maintainability of the machines. Lessons have been learned from
previous programmes in Cologne, Craiova,
Bridgend and the ‘Tiger’ Line in DEP, with
reviews of access and egress, working at
height, lifting and slinging all addressed as a
result. Safe working systems have been
used by vendors supplying equipment to
Panther, and further sharing of experience
and information from Cologne and Elabuga,
Russia, has ensured all three plants have
benefitted from the arrangement.
Job 1 for the new engine is scheduled for
later this year. The total invested in the
project exceeds £475 million, including £8.9
from the government’s regional growth
fund, and is bringing 318 new jobs to the
Ford News March 2015
Rollout of Transit Cent
A nationwide network of 105
Transit Centres and 76 Transit
Service locations is due to be
completed within months
Ford is on target to complete its new nationwide network of
105 Transit Centres and 76 Transit Service dealer locations
within a few months, providing a one-stop shop for all commercial vehicle customer needs.
The Transit Centres offer new high-tech showrooms with a
line-up of 12 Ford commercial vehicles on display plus six
demonstrators, elevated aftersales and service standards and
extended opening hours.
Having the largest network of dedicated commercial vehicle
dealers in the country means a Transit Centre is never far away
– 95% of the UK is within 45 minutes of a Transit Centre or
Transit Service dealer location. “No-one else can offer the same
levels of support for businesses,” said Transit Centres director
Terry Rayner.
Minimising the time a vehicle is off the road is key to Ford’s
Transit24 commercial vehicle service promise.
With specialised RAC-certified workshops, equipment, tools
and training, Ford Transit Centres and Transit Service dealers
will look after all service, maintenance and warranty work.
Transit24 offers while-you-wait servicing to suit the customer,
with responses to online booking requests within 20 minutes.
Initial diagnosis on urgent repairs using genuine Ford parts is
carried out within two hours of arrival, with the aim to complete
most repairs on an off road vehicle the same day.
Collection and delivery of vehicles is organised and alternative
transport can be arranged.
While vehicle sales departments will typically open from
9am-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12pm on Saturdays, all
sites will open for servicing and repairs at least from 7.30am6.30pm Monday to Friday, 8am-1pm on Saturdays and late night
for routine servicing at least on Thursday, when a vehicle can be
dropped off before 4pm and collected by 10am the next day.
All the work is carried out by Ford-trained technicians, supported by online technical information and a Ford technical
“Our mission is to keep our business customers moving,” said
Ford commercial vehicle aftersales manager, Paul McDermott.
“The Gates Group have always viewed Ford commercial vehicles as a core part of our
sales and service business plan and have been very successful as a result. However,
with the introduction of the Transit Centre brand and the new focus that is being applied
to it, I can already see opportunities developing and an increase in customer interest. “The new standards have been fully embraced by my team and have enabled us to
take a new look at the proposition. One key change that we have made at Stevenage is
to provide a dedicated showroom with a larger display area to enable our business
customers to fully appreciate the product range available. “The early feedback from both staff and customers is very positive, which I am sure
will translate into positive results for the coming year.” Pictured right: Ford Transit Centres director Terry Rayner, left, with Gates Group
chairman Heath Greenall at the dealership’s new Transit Centre in Stevenage
Ford News March 2015
tre network on course
“The successful implementation of the new Transit Centre customer-facing standards programme has taken our commercial vehicle proposition to a new level. With a
focus on quality sales and aftersales processes, coupled with a new selling environment, we are perfectly poised to deliver a more consistent proposition to our
customers and take advantage of the growing industry. However, you can’t grow your business without a good product and that’s where we excel. From Fiesta Van through to the new two-tonne Transit, we have
class-leading products, with equipment and technology levels that you would previously only expect in a passenger car. In particular, the width of product range
enables our Transit Centre dealer staff to provide customers with a better match to their business requirements and ensure that they have vehicles that are fit for
One of our newest additions to the product line-up is the award-winning Transit Courier. Not only does it look great on the road but it gives our dealers the
opportunity to talk to a whole new category of local high street business customers who need a small, practical, stylish van. Some of these customers will be
experiencing a Ford dealership for the first time, making Transit Centre a very important introductory point.
2015 is set to be an exciting year for Ford commercial vehicles. Great products supported by a new Transit Centre proposition in a buoyant
industry. We intend to grasp this opportunity and make Transit’s 50th a year to remember.”
Ford News March 2015
Left: Graham Hoare,
director of global vehicle
evaluation and verification, cuts the ribbon to
re-open the track, with
Pete Reyes, commercial
vehicle line director, left,
and Brian Wolfe, director
of powertrain engineering
Below: Some of the
vehicles from Ford’s
heritage vehicle collection which were on hand
to help celebrate the
track re-opening
Dunton track re-opens
Dunton’s high speed test track has been
officially re-opened after a major surface
upgrade, the first one in the track's 48-year
The project involved removing almost
3,000 tonnes of material from the straights
and lay-bys of the track.
The upgrade also included the laying of a
geo-textile matting to help stabilise the new
The works also included laying an additional 700 tonnes of material to repair
damage found on the sub-surface after
works had commenced.
The final surface layer specification was
chosen with the input of the powertrain NVH
teams to suit their development require-
ments and is now comparable to that of
Lommel proving ground. This addition will
aid the testing of Ford vehicles and powertrains in Europe by providing a quiet running
With the addition of extra road lining,
markings and signage for added safety the
project is now complete.
There was an opportunity for people
attending the re-opening ceremony to
experience the new surface in a Ford Focus
RS500, a 37-year-old Ford Granada and a
Ford Transit Custom powered by a prototype ‘Panther’ diesel engine, currently being
developed in Dunton and Dagenham. Some
of the classic vehicles from the Ford heritage collection were also on track.
Ford global safety chief tours Dagenham estate
The global safety manager of Ford Motor Company paid a visit to Dagenham in February, as part of his tour of Company facilities across Europe.
Rick Puckett spent two days on the Dagenham estate, visiting Dagenham
Engine Plant (DEP) and Transport Operations (TOps), among other sites.
He was accompanied on the trip by Uwe Gawel, Ford of Europe’s safety
manager, and Trevor Marshall, Ford of Britain’s safety manager. During his
trip to the engine plant, he visited assembly and machining areas, and the
new installations for the forthcoming ‘Panther’ line. He spent the majority of
his time on the shop floor, talking to people and looking at how safety was
implemented in plant.
During his tour of TOps, European manager Graham Edwards and TOps’
UK manager Paul Arrowsmith showed him around the multiple locations at
Dagenham, including the jetty and fleet areas.
Rick said he was “very impressed” with both what he saw and the
people he spoke to during his visit, including the way DEP has managed to
iron out any issues arising from the installation of Panther with regards to other production lines in the plant. Rick has also visited Bridgend, Dunton, Valencia, Saarlouis
and Cologne during his European tour.
Pictured, above: Rick Puckett, Ford’s global safety manager (second from left), in the engine plant during his recent visit to Dagenham, with (from l-r): materials,
planning and logistics manager Martin Batt; Ford of Britain safety manager Trevor Marshall; the plant’s senior safety engineer Shaun Moran; plant manager Martin
Everitt; and Ford of Europe safety manager Uwe Gawel.
Ford News March 2015
Jennings dealer boss given top
Ford honour for community work
Ford dealer Nas Khan, the managing
director of Jennings Motor Group, is one of
just six Ford and Lincoln dealers worldwide
to receive Ford Motor Company’s highest
honour for community involvement in 2014.
He has received the Salute to Dealers
honour along with three dealers from the
US, one from Mexico and one from the
Philippines – six out of 8,500 dealers
“I am extremely humbled, and privileged
to be honoured,” said Nas, whose Middlesborough-based dealer group employs 470
people in the north east of England. He
began his career there 32 years ago as a
sales executive.
In making the awards, Ford Motor Company said: “The Salute to Dealers awards
recognise dealers who go above and
beyond when it comes to giving back to the
communities in which they live and work.
“They are being recognised for exhibiting
unparalleled giving, dedication and leadership in their communities.”
Nas Khan said: “Jennings has always
been involved in local charities and communities; it has always been part of the company’s culture, and I have continued that in my
role as managing director.”
His involvement stepped up several gears
in 2006; his father, himself involved with
charities for many years, visited an area of
northern Pakistan hit by an earthquake and
was so horrified he phoned his son and said
he should see for himself.
Nas arrived in Kashmir a few days after
the earthquake and was shocked by the
devastation and of seeing children – particularly one little girl aged about seven – wandering the streets, probably orphaned.
“It affected me so much, I set up my
charity, the Emaan Foundation, and built an
orphanage,” said Nas, who was born in
Lahore, in the Punjab, and moved to England when he was 14.
The foundation helps to pay the running
costs of the orphanage and has raised
money from events and fund-raisers supported by Jennings to help the people of
The fund-raising became even more
important in 2010 when monsoon rains
caused the Indus river to burst its banks
and decimate an area south of the Punjab,
killing many thousands of people and
destroying an estimated one million homes.
Nas immediately started organising
fund-raising events to buy life-saving water
purifiers called Life Straws, for flood victims.
His foundation bought 3,000 of them and
his personal assistant Bev Stephenson and
his daughter wrote to charities and other
organisations working in the region – who
had not heard of Life Straws – to get one of
A proud Nas Khan
with the portrait
presented by Ford
featuring a montage
of philanthropic and
volunteer activities,
apart from his work
in Pakistan, that led
to his award. A
duplicate has joined
a Salute to Dealers
display in the lobby
of Ford World
Headquarters in
Dearborn, Michigan
them to distribute the purifiers on the
Emaan Foundation’s behalf.
At the time, Nas told his local paper: “It is
heart-breaking to think that young children
are dying for the want of a £3 Life Straw,
and I just want to do what I can.”
Not content to leave it at that, Nas then
set out to raise £120,000 to build a village of
60 houses, with a school, a deep well to
provide clean drinking water and with two
animals for every family, to help them
support themselves.
With that accomplished, and with an
appeal to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in
the Philippines also successfully behind
him, Nas is on to his next project. “I am
going to build the village a hospital,” he
said. And to help him, he has received
something of which he is very proud: “I have
received an email from Bill Ford, saying he
is sending a cheque for $10,000 to go to my
selected charity.”
n You can find out more about the Emaan
Foundation at
Nas Khan with some of the
villagers who are being
helped by his Emaan
Ford News March 2015
test rig
opens at
A new friction rig facility has been opened
at Dunton, following a £1.5 million investment designed to take the testing of Ford
products to the next level and to make Ford
vehicles even more fuel-efficient.
Key members of the functional team gave
a guided tour of the facility, which previously housed a brake dynamometer, explaining
various aspects of the engine and valvetrain
testing process while discussing how the
results from such equipment will benefit
product development going forward.
Ford of Europe director of powertrain
engineering, Brian Wolfe, said: “I am very
pleased to see the installation of this world
class facility. As we continue to move
forward to more stringent CO2 requirements, every 0.01% becomes more and
more crucial to the environment, customer
and company. Ensuring our teams have the
correct tools and procedures to minimise
frictional losses are a mandatory foundation
for this strive to deliver best fuel economy
possible for our customers.”
Following the tour, Ford’s global director
of vehicle evaluation and verification,
Graham Hoare, said: “Ford’s multi-million
pound investment in this new capability will
enable the precise measurement and
characterisation of engine friction to be
completed here onsite.
“With fuel economy / CO2 optimisation a
key driver in the continued delivery of our
world-class engines, this facility will provide
insight into areas of friction improvement
that ultimately will yield vital fuel efficiency
for our cars and commercial vehicles.”
Top: Liam Carter, second left, shows
senior colleagues Brian Wolfe, Graham
Hoare and Roland Ernst the new facility
Bottom: Visitors were given a guided tour
of the new facility by key members of the
functional team, who explained aspects
of the engine and valvetrain testing
Energy-saving drive launched at Bridgend
There is a new drive underway in Bridgend to improve the environment and
save energy. The plant has set up a working group to look at all aspects of
operations on a regular basis and to make continuous improvements.
The new programme will see all operators become the eyes of the plant
with responsibilities in their sections to cut down on waste, eradicate spillages and suggest possible energy saving measures as well as conserve what is
used in each operation.
More than a dozen champions from all over the plant will meet on a monthly basis to take on board the shop-floor suggestions and feedback and to
look at implementation of ideas and programmes.
The existing plant-wide suggestion scheme will feed into this monthly
review but it will go further than before.
Engineers Brett James and Billie Mears will respectively head up the
environmental and energy sections and they can call in outside specialists as
required to assist or advise on particular requirements.
The working party will make regular tours of the plant with a view to making
savings where they can see opportunities to improve and respond to suggestions from the shop floor.
Brett James said: “It will be good to have a team of people looking at
environmental and energy matters and working with the operators because it
is such a huge plant.”
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Members of the Bridgend working group set up to help
improve the environment and save energy will make
regular tours of the plant
Hair-brained fund-raising
A joking remark from a colleague about
hairstyles has ended up providing a local air
ambulance charity with a valuable boost to
its funds.
Daventry-based Jess Owens bravely
volunteered to have his hair styled into
cornrows, and to take his new look to the
office and into business meetings for a
The result has been donations currently
exceeding £750 to the air ambulance
services in the Daventry area.
“I’m growing my hair long at the moment,
which led a colleague to speculate what my
hair would look like styled into cornrow
braids,” explained Jess, who manages
Ford’s brand protection and strategy
“After some discussion, I agreed to take
on the challenge for a week – but only if a
deserving charity could benefit as a result.
“Close friends and colleagues have both
needed to call out the air ambulance to
rescue loved ones, so that was an obvious
choice for me,” added Jess.
The necessary specialist hairdressing
skills were provided by a work contact –
Wunmi Solaja, who works in the legal team
for Ford’s trademark enforcement lawyers,
Jess Owen with legal specialist Wunmi Solaja
(left) who styled his hair, and Ford colleague
Sarah Midson whose husband was saved by
the air ambulance.
Right: Jess with his cornrows
and who had previous experience of the
Nigerian techniques for braiding hair.
The finished haircut was so striking that
many individuals spontaneously made very
generous donations when they saw it. All
contributions made are being given to the
local air ambulance, which delivers services
through two regional operations in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, and in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, and is
wholly funded by charitable donations.
“This whole thing started as a joke, but
it’s great to see such a worthy cause come
out as a winner,” said Jess.
Ho-Ho-Hospice initiative raises £3,920
The fourth cash in-lieu of Christmas card initiative ‘Ho-Ho-Hospice’ run
throughout Dunton raised £3,920 (£4,659 including Gift Aid), which was
split between St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon and Little Havens Hospice.
The initiative encourages employees not to send Christmas cards, but
instead sign a departmental card and then to make a donation to charity.
Dave Gwilliams, who co-ordinates the initiative centrally for Dunton,
said: “2014 is the most successful collection we have had since we
started back in 2011, and this has taken the total we have collected to
date to an amazing £13,032 (£15,930 including Gift Aid).
“Both hospices have running costs in excess of £2.5 million per year,
of which very little is funded, so they rely heavily on the support that we
offer, not just at Christmas, but also throughout the year with our community involvement days and this is a great way to kick-start their new
If anyone wants to join the team to coordinate a departmental card,
contact Dave Gwilliams on 8738 2999 or [email protected]
Some of the card co-ordinators presenting the hospice
cheques, from left: Fiona Stringer, Dave Gwilliams, Keith
Adams, Kerry Chambers (St Luke’s), Jim Friday, Nicola Gregory, Stephanie Spencer, Selma Begic, Arvinder Marway,
Amanda Stammers.
n Dagenham Engine Plant engineer
Marc Pinnegar has raised £250 for
Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley,
by organising a bake sale. Marc
normally visits Little Havens as part of
his community project days but having
been unable to do so recently, held a
bake sale in the plant instead.
Marc Pinnegar is pictured (third from
right) with colleagues at the bake sale
which raised £250 for Little Havens
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Dagenham to
hold Easter
egg collection
Dagenham engine plant will be
holding another eggs-ellent
campaign this Easter by
collecting chocolate eggs to take
to First Steps, a local children’s
charity which collects donations
for Great Ormond Street
Previous years have seen
kind-hearted employees donate
hundreds of Easter eggs for the
children in hospital, and this
year the team behind the
collection is hoping to set a new
personal best in terms of eggs
collected. Eggs can be dropped
off in the plant welfare office.
The Daventry charity team is
holding its annual fund-raising
evening on Friday, 20 March, at
the Daventry Working Men’s
Club. Heading the bill is singer
Neal Astbury, with other cabaret
acts and charity raffles.
Funds are being raised for
Comic Relief and for charity
work in Borneo. Tickets are
available from the charity
Children in
Need money
The Daventry team raised more
than £570 for Children in Need
through a range of fund-raising
activities across the Northamptonshire site.
The supply chain team got
baking and raised more than
£70 with a cake sale, while over
£500 was collected from
employee donations to a prize
hamper raffle.
cash for GOSH
Great Ormond Street Hospital,
Dagenham’s current chosen
charity, has received more than
£2,400 in donations thanks to
the generosity of employees on
the estate.
The money was raised
through donating the last hour’s
pay of 2014.
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Dawn Edwards and Vimisha Parmar at the stall with Rotarians Tony Watson and Roger Watkins
Warley Rotary sale
raises charity cash
Brentwood Breakfast Rotary Club held its
annual cake and crocus sale at Warley in support of its community work.
Organised by Ford Financial’s Jenny Wells, the
annual sales have raised enough money to
vaccinate many thousands of children against
polio as part of Rotary’s global End Polio Now
The club planted more than 5,000 purple
crocus bulbs in 2010 around Brentwood, including 1,000 at Warley, to act as a permanent
reminder of the commitment of Rotary clubs
around the world to help eradicate polio – a
global initiative since 1979.
Ford at Warley has supported End Polio Now
since 2010.
Home-Start seeks volunteers
The Home-Start charity is looking for Ford people or retirees interested in helping it support families in
south Essex.
Home-Start Brentwood needs a volunteer minibus driver on Monday mornings during term time to
transport families from the Brentwood area to and from family meetings at Shenfield.
The current driver is former Ford of Britain public affairs manager Harry Calton, who is retiring from the
role in May. “It is Monday mornings during school term time only, a maximum of five hours per week,”
said Harry. Anyone interested should call Debbie, Vicky or Kim at Home-Start on 01277 263325.
Home-Start Basildon District, which covers Basildon, Billericay and Wickford, also needs volunteers to
join its management committee as trustees. The charity offers help and support to families with young
children where there are problems which may include post-natal depression, loneliness, illness, disability
or mental health issues.
“We are now actively recruiting new trustees as two of our five current trustees are looking to retire,”
said scheme manager Lorraine Ferguson.
“We would like to recruit at least three trustees with the following management skills: business, personnel, advertising and promotion, fundraising, marketing and financial.”
Call Lorraine on 01268 550300 or email [email protected]
Bridgend tractor is back in action
A piece of Bridgend’s early history has been brought
back to life.
The Ford 333 tractor used for maintenance was
destined for scrapping but in keeping with the policy of
minimising waste and costs, engineers set about
restoring the 36-year-old model.
Originally built in Basildon, the Ford 333 was used
around grounds and roadways but mostly for emptying
line-side fluid tanks in production areas.
Now it will have a second life assisting with plant
upkeep and services after a two-year strip-down and
restoration led by John Jenkins and Clive Williams of
the plant services team, together with tinsmiths and
electrical engineers Ian Jones, James Jenkins and
Steve Jones.
They manufactured some replacement parts in plant
and had to modify other pieces from alternative components as originals are no longer readily available.
John remembers the tractor when it was new as both
have been at the plant for over 35 years.
He said: “When I saw it I knew it was not too far
gone and could be restored because I have worked on
a number of cars and put them back on the road.”
John Jenkins and Clive Williams with the tractor. Inset: during restoration
Ice bucket challenge raises £370
The Dunton-based powertrain controls
management team, including chief engineer
Simon Goodliff, took it in good heart when
members of their team eagerly bought
tickets to win the chance of giving them a
soaking in an ice bucket challenge.
It raised £370 for Kengred, a charity
managed by Dunton’s Adrien Jacob, which
supports a charity in Madagascar which
helps underprivileged children. Adrien also
organised a cake sale in the restaurant,
which raised another £200 for the charity.
Pictured right: Paul Morgan, Laine
Martin, Owen Bailey, Simon Goodliff and
Andy Curtis get a soaking from Kevin
Chapman, Huw Thomas, Roger Walker,
Andy Tuck, Gonzague Laruth, John
Yarnold, Ross Edmonds and Eric
TV roles for Dunton trio
After five years hosting the regional First Lego League event at Dunton,
Darren Bull and Colin Foley along with colleague Nicola Gregory joined the
TV presenting team for the 2015 UK and Ireland final held at Loughborough
“It was a very intense but fulfilling and rewarding day,” said Colin after
eight hours of filming, interviewing and working with more than 30 teams of
youngsters aged nine to 16. Darren commented: “This was a fantastic
experience and opportunity for the students, who could be future engineers
for Ford.”
Pictured left: Colin Foley, BBC TV presenter Fran Scott, Nicola Gregory
and Darren Bull at the event
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Marathon runners get set
A group leader from
Dagenham Diesel
Centre (DDC) will be
running his first full
marathon in London
this year – and is
hoping to raise £1,000
for Cancer Research
UK (CRUK) and Saint
Francis Hospice in the
Peter Wyatt will take
part in the gruelling
26.2-mile event on
Sunday, 26 April. But
it promises to be
tough training for and
then completing the
London Marathon, given his last running experiences were
two half-marathons 30 years ago.
Peter explained: “This is my first full marathon and I am
now 48. I have always been interested in running the London
Marathon and have been applying for the ballot to enter it for
about ten years; I couldn’t believe it this year when I finally
won a place.”
While not a regular runner, Peter has taken part in the
London to Brighton bike ride for the past five years, the
London to Southend bike ride in 2014 and regularly played
football until Christmas, when he stopped to avoid any
injuries while he trains for the marathon, which he hopes to
complete in under five hours.
He will be raising money for both CRUK and St Francis as
ten years ago, his wife Mel lost her mum to cancer. “They are
both causes very close to our hearts,” he said. “My motherin-law was cared for by the hospice only for a short while but
they made that awful time so much easier. Everyone was
amazing there and the thought that whatever money I
manage to raise could make a difference and help others in
the same position gives me lots of encouragement.”
n Peter would like to raise at least £1,000, so if you want to
help him out with his fundraising, please visit his dedicated
donations webpage at
A Dunton employee is hoping to raise money for a charity researching a rare
form of lung cancer – after her step-father and Ford colleague succumbed
to the disease.
Peter Mansfield, who worked in the Dunton machine shop, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May last year. He passed away just four
months later.
Now, his step-daughter Hayley Oliver will run the Colchester half-marathon on 29 March with the aim of raising at least £600 for the Mesothelioma
UK Charitable Trust (MUKCT).
CAD (computer-aided design) engineer Hayley, who ran two half-marathons last year, said: “I am really hoping to do a personal best in the race on
the 29th, I have run 2hrs 21m so far but I’d like to go sub-2hrs 15m. I find
half-marathons a bit difficult, I tend to train for eight to ten miles, so those
extra three miles are going to make all the difference!
“My step-father was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2014 and he
sadly passed away in September, so I am also running this as a fundraiser
for MUKCT. I like to run a fund-raising half-marathon every other year; in
2012, for instance, my father-in-law died from prostate cancer, so I ran a
race for him subsequently.
“In this instance, I want to
raise awareness of mesothelioma – an asbestos-related
lung cancer – as it’s not as
well-known as other forms of
the disease, like breast or
bowel cancer. Anything I can
do to raise money for this
cause would be fantastic.
“I’ve had great support from
colleagues and I always get a
great response to fundraisers;
people are just so generous. I
am hoping to raise £600 in
total but anything more than
that would be wonderful.”
n If you want to donate to
Hayley’s cause, you can go to
her Just Giving page at www.,
email her at [email protected]
com or call her on 01268
407016 (internal dial 8738
Date set for Warley Vehicle Enthusiasts’ Day
Warley Vehicle Enthusiasts’ Day will be on Friday, 26 July, so if
you have a vehicle of historic interest or significance, or drive
or ride something classic, unique or simply unusual, why not
display it? Register your interest by emailing [email protected]
and we will send you joining instructions.
Ford News March 2015
Free book
and DVD
Event to mark Racing
Puma’s 15th birthday
An event is being scheduled in May to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Ford
Racing Puma
Matt Smith, who works at Dunton as a calibration engineer, is organising the programme of events on Saturday, 16 May, with the aim of getting as many of the 500 built
to attend on the day.
“We will be having a talk from the project manager of the Racing Puma programme,
Peter Beattie, and he has said this will be the last talk he does on the car, so it is a very
special event,” Matt explained.
The Racing Puma was developed from the Puma RS 1999 Geneva Motor Show
concept by the Ford rally team at Boreham. Originally, 1,000 cars were destined to be
built, half for the UK and half for Germany, but in the end only the 500 UK cars were ever
converted for sale, by Tickford in Daventry.
The Racing Puma was based on the biggest engine you could get in a Ford Puma, the
1.7-litre four-cylinder VCT, and it developed 30bhp more at 153bhp. The Racing Puma
could do the 0-62mph sprint in 7.9 seconds and go on to 126mph.
“The real aim of the day is to get as many of the 500 cars built to Dunton on the day,
so I’m interested in hearing from anyone who can assist on that score,” Matt added. “If
you’re interested in the car, or even the Ford racing or rally programmes, or Boreham,
we’d be delighted if you came along.”
n If you are interested in the Ford Racing Puma’s 15th anniversary gathering, contact
Matt on [email protected]
Wooden Spoon challenge
It’s giveaway time, and we have five DVDs and two
books for lucky Ford News readers.
The heavily illustrated Ford GT40 Owners’
Workshop Manual is rather more than the title
suggests, with many unique interviews with those
involved in the car’s extraordinary history, including
Eric Broadley, on whose Lola Mk6 the GT40 was
partially based, and John Etheridge who worked on
the first prototype.
More than 300 images and first-hand accounts
from some of those who drove the GT40 into the
record books, including 1969 Le Mans winner Jackie
Oliver, make this Haynes Publishing book by Gordon
Bruce, a desirable addition to any enthusiast’s
Barking and Dagenham from Old Photographs by
Sylvia Kent, published by Amberley Publishing,
includes a chapter on Ford Motor Company, with
pictures of milestones in the Dagenham estate’s
history, from the moment Edsel Ford cut the first turf
on the site in 1929, through the first vehicle off the
line in 1931 and on to more recent times.
The book’s 12 chapters and 182 photographs,
including a number from Ford’s archives, look at the
days when Dagenham was part of Essex and at its
amalgamation with Barking in 1965 to become a
London borough.
Ford D Series Trucks shows how Ford developed
and built the D Series, which rolled off the production line for the first time in 1965 and went on to
launch a quiet revolution in haulage design. The DVD
comprises four films from Ford’s archives: ‘Project D’
charts the full story of the truck’s development;
‘Trucks in Europe’ is a short film made for the
American market which demonstrates the huge
range of Ford CVs available in Europe at the time;
‘Dateline Russia’ is the story of three D Series trucks
on a gruelling 10,000-mile round trip from London to
the Black Sea; ‘Desert Drive’ sees one of the trucks
from the Soviet Union trip put back to work on a
10,000-mile trip to the Sahara.
To win one of the books or one of the five DVDs
we are giving away, simply send your name and
contact details to either ‘GT40’, ‘Dagenham’ or ‘D
Series’, Ford News Giveaway, 1/466, Eagle Way,
Warley, Essex CM13 3BW, or email [email protected],
heading your email ‘GT40’, ‘Dagenham’ or ‘D Series’.
Wooden Spoon, the charity of British and
Irish rugby that raises large sums every
year for disadvantaged children and
young people, is challenging Ford people
to sign up for its new event – the High
Five Challenge.
Teams of three (and a support driver) will set out to climb five of the highest peaks in
the four home rugby nations in 55 hours, conquering Snowdon in Wales, Helvellyn in
England, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland and Carrauntoohil in
the Republic of Ireland – over 17,000 feet of climbing and 1,000 miles of driving.
Teams wanting to take part in the event on 25-27 June, have to pledge £5,000 – a
£400 entry fee and £4,600 of fundraising. For more information contact Kerry on 01283
841600 or visit
Teams unable to commit to the Five Peaks can sign up for a Three Peaks Challenge
on mainland Britain or a Two Peaks Challenge in Ireland, taking place at the same time.
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Robert Frazer died peacefully in his sleep at Read House, Frintonon-Sea on 22 December. He began his career at Ford at the
River Plant in 1957, followed by working as general manager in
the prototype shop in Aveley and Dunton, before retiring in 1983.
Alec Victor Swann died peacefully aged 93 on 25 December following the sad loss of his beloved wife Ruby Ellen in November
also aged 93. Both lived in Ponders End all their lives where
Alec went to work at the Autolite (later Visteon) electrical plant
as a line supervisor from the early 1970s until retirement in
1984. They celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary in
2013. They leave behind a daughter Theresa and sons David,
Ian and Michael, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Theresa from Visteon and Michael who works at Dunton,
along with their family would like to thank everyone who sent
condolences and to Ford Motor Company for the floral tribute.
To place a personal notice in Ford News please email [email protected] or write to us at the address on page 3.
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BADMINTON club for Ford players. Brentwood area. Friendly
atmosphere. Intermediate
club standard. Tuesdays 7.30
-10.30 pm. Four courts. Please
call Peter, 01708 473997.
FORD Basildon Rendezvous
Basildon, is now able to
accommodate new members. Ford retirees can
apply. Meetings take place
on Tuesdays from 1.30pm.
Information from 01268
289763 or 01268 420822.
FORD Sports (Basildon) Bowls
Club would welcome new
members. We have an allweather green. Novice and
experienced bowlers welcome. Coaching available.
Contact Christine, 01268
CARAVAN accessories for
sale, mains cables, water
containers, awnings (full
and porch), plus many more
items. John, 01245 352087.
SIERRA XR4i 2.8V6, A reg,
diamond white, MOT, 98000
miles, service and mileage
record, one owner from new,
bodywork requires some
attention. £1995. Webb,
01708 457229. (Essex)
VW Sharan Sport TDI in Brit
Racing met green, 44,000
miles, electric windows, built
in baby/toddler seat, green
priv. glass, FSH, alloys, radio/
cass/6 CD changer, sat-nav,
trip comp, heated seats,
leather s/wheel, MOT til Nov,
replaced cam belt, f/discs,
all pads (VW parts). £3000.
MERCEDES B200 Sport Blue
Efficiency, CDI, auto,6400
miles, gold metallic, black
leather, climate, cruise
control, electric windows,
alloys 18”, satnav, rear colour camera, Bluetooth, plus
much more. £17,000. Brown,
01245 474151. (Chelmsford)
PERSONAL number plates,
PSL 301, K155 KLL, both on
retention. POA. Paul, 07771
KA Studio+ 1.2, 2220 miles,
purchased 1/12/13, warranty until 30/11/16, low tax
and insurance, 1 lady owner,
vgc, PAS, good runner, lots
of safety features. £5495ono.
Leaney, 01702 472711.
Aldborough Road South,
Newbury Park, IG3 8HG
Gardiners Close,
Basildon, SS14 3AN
Hall and sporting
facilities for hire
Open 7 days a week
Newbury Park:
0208 590 3797
01268 281080
[email protected]
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GOLF clubs - Ping G5 (RH),
full set - 3 iron to sand
wedge, graphite shafts plus
driver, fairway woods (3 & 5).
£150. SUN Mountain trolley
golf bag and Hillbilly electric trolley (no battery) £35.
LADIES trolley golf bag,
£20. PING G15 driver £40.
Presland, 07768960353 or
01708 224154. (Upminster)
CYPRUS, Paphos. Villas, private pools. 2 person lower
rates. 02084406219 www.
CYPRUS villa available for rent,
pool all mod cons and flexible
payment and duration, www.
com or phone: 07824334200
Devon/Cornwall border. 8 miles
inland from Bude beaches &
coastal path. Three cottages
sleeping 2,4 & 5. Situated in
a courtyard with 11 acres of
gardens, fields & river meadows, fishing allowed from our
river banks. Children’s play
area and farm animals. Tel :
01409 271298.
DISNEY, Florida. Executive villa. 5 beds, 4 baths, pool /
spa. Disney 10 mins. www.
02380 490841.
SIX-Year-Old south-facing
detached bungalow in village
just outside General Toshevo,
Bulgaria. Open plan kitchen with white goods, dining room, large open plan
lounge, two large bedrooms,
bathroom, two sun lounges, utility room, boiler room
and garage. Centrally heated,
double glazed, alarmed, TV,
some furniture and all main
services. 600 sq m plot with
trees. Offers c.45,000 euros.
Call 01646 641920, email
[email protected]
GRANADA, Spain, 4 bed, 2
bath beautiful villa, prime
location, near golf course,
city, airport, ski resort,
beaches, photos available.
365,000 Euros. [email protected] or 07899037806
Extensions and
loft conversions,
including calculations.
LARGE collection of various
china ornaments, (birds,
dogs, dolls, kings etc.), sold
in aid of Dementia sufferers.
£1 each. Balkwill, 0208 595
9343. (Dagenham)
CHAMPION hammer drill, cordless, 18v, plus charger. £15.
BLACK & DECKER sander/grinder, 600 watt, case
and instructions. £15. Howe,
01708 340274. (Romford)
EXERCISE bike, 8 tensions.
£30. Camp, 01277 658805.
DIVAN bed, 4ft, metal framed
headboard, vgc, can deliver
locally. £50. Wheatley, 07850
483433. (Essex)
MCINTOSH mahogany extending table and 6 chairs, (2
carvers), Dralon upholstery.
STORAGE and display cabinet with lights. CORNER
storage and display cabinet
with mirrors and light, excellent condition. £500. Perring,
0208 599 7951. (Ilford)
GENTS black shoes (Loakes),
hardly worn, size 10. £30.
Shipton, 01277 625713.
INVACARE Mirage power chair,
used only once, cost over
£2000, new condition. £500.
Fisher, 01277 821692.
MOBILITY pusher, as new,
blue, folding with basket. £25. Carpenter, 01375
01268 412431
07913 541382
FOUR bedroom, three bathroom luxury villa with large
pool for sale in Indian Point in
Kissimmee, Florida. Fully furnished, close to shops, restaurants and theme parks.
Bookings already in place if
you are thinking of renting it
out. US $225,000 (approximately £150,000).
details at www.simply-florida.
com or Phil on 07981088977
ELECTRIC potters wheel in
good working condition for
charity art centre in Billericay.
Can collect if not too large.
Peter, 01277 2101641
SCC Plumbing
& Heating
Special rates for all
staff and pensioners.
All work guaranteed.
No job too small.
Free quotes.
07979 145329
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Geneva stars
Ford’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show was a centre of
attention, with new sporty, dynamic and high specification
vehicles for Europe.
The all-new sporty Ford Edge S made its European
motor show debut and Ford showed the all-new S-MAX
S, and all-new Mondeo Titanium X for the first time. Also
revealed were the EcoSport S, and new two-tone Focus
Red and Black Editions, alongside the high-specification
Kuga Titanium S.
These models lined up alongside the all-new Focus RS,
which made its worldwide motor show debut, and the allnew Ford GT supercar, which Ford premiered in Europe.
The Focus RS and the Ford GT have been developed
by the new Ford Performance team, which is committed
to delivering 12 new performance vehicles through to the
end of 2020.
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More engine options for new Mondeo
Ford has expanded the number of powertrain combinations available to order for the
all-new Mondeo to provide the widest ever
choice to customers in Britain.
Production has now started of models
equipped with Ford’s multi-award-winning
1.0-litre EcoBoost – the first 1.0-litre petrol
engine in the segment.
The line-up is further extended with a new
210PS bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine;
a fuel-efficient new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel
engine; and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
technology for optimised traction and
performance. All-new Mondeo now offers
14 powertrain combinations as part of a
comprehensive four-door saloon, five-door
hatchback and estate bodystyle range,
n 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol manual
n 160PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol manual
and automatic
n 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol
n 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel manual
n 150PS and 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel
manual and automatic
n 150PS and 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
n 210PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel automatic
n 187PS petrol-electric hybrid.
Mondeo also offers ultra-low CO2
ECOnetic models, and Ford’s new upscale
Vignale product and ownership experience
will debut with the Ford Vignale Mondeo
later this year.
European sales of the all-new Mondeo
were up 29 per cent year-over-year in
January and order take was up 60 per cent
as the model is rolling out to Ford dealerships across Europe.
Advanced technologies have proved
popular, with 53 per cent of customers
specifying Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking, and 44 per cent choosing
Dynamic LED headlights.
Performance Fords to star at Goodwood
Ford performance cars will be setting pulses
racing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - described as the largest motoring garden party in
the world - which begins this year with the
Moving Motor Show on Thursday 25 June and
continues through the weekend to Sunday 28
Tickets for the world’s most popular motorsport and car culture event, held in the Grounds
of Goodwood House in West Sussex, are on sale
now. Ford people can buy up to four single day
adult tickets at a 25 per cent discount by calling
01243 755055 and quoting ‘RS2015’. Under-12s
get in free if accompanied by a paying adult.
n For more information on this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood
Revival event in September, go to www.
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