More Ford GTs, Hyundai in talks with Google, and Autonomous Vehicles – This week in Automotive News
Ford GT Production Extended for Two Years
Back in April, we reported on the first 500 new Ford GT Supercars and the application required to get your hands on one. Well, you’re out of luck as that batch is officially spoken for, but there’s still hope. Ford announced it will offer the all-new GT for two additional production years creating an expected grand total of 1000 supercars.
The next window for applications will open in early 2018 for year four production as waitlisted applicants will get first dibs on year three production models.
Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance, says, “While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors. We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”
For more information check out the Ford press release.
Hyundai Looks to Stay Relevant with Google Partnership
It was reported this week that Hyundai Motor Co. is in talks with Google about potential partnerships as the South Korean automaker looks to stay competitive in a market surging toward autonomous cars. The potential collaboration is said to be aided by John Krafcik, a former Hyundai executive who joined Google in 2015 as their autonomous car chief.
Want to learn more? Check out the Bloomberg Markets article.
Ford Targets Autonomous Vehicle Ride Sharing by 2021
In more Ford and autonomous vehicle news, the automaker has announced its plans to have a high volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 as a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service according to the company’s press release.
According to the release, “Autonomous vehicles in 2021 are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in autonomous vehicles, as well as in connectivity, mobility, the customer experience, and data and analytics.” Ford will triple its test fleets this year, making it the largest of any automaker.
To accomplish these goals, Ford has announced investments and collaborations with four different startups and is doubling its Silicon Valley team.
To read more, visit the Ford press release.