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 |  Nov 16 2011, 2:06 AM

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Ford has ditched the Escape’s more traditional SUV styling, overhauling the compact crossover for the 2013 model year. The North American market will now finally be treated to styling more in line with Europe’s Kuga crossover, proving that Ford is focusing on its One Ford plan of ensuring products offered in North America are nearly identical to their European counterparts.

The 2013 Ford Escape clearly takes a page out of the successful Focus design book and while some may or may not love it, we’re greeting the departure from typical SUV styling with open arms. Ford also announced what will be powering the 2013 Escape, offering a 2.5L four-cylinder with 168-hp and 167 lb-ft of torque as standard. An all-new 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder can also be had with 173-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque while the top-of-the-line model will be powered by a 2.0L EcoBoost with 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque.

All three engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while Ford boasted that the 2.0L is capable of towing up to 3,500-lbs. Official EPA numbers or estimates haven’t been released yet, but Ford claims that the new Escape is up to five gallons more efficient than the previous model, dependent on the engine of course. An AWD option is also available for those who just don’t dig a FWD SUV.

New technology on the inside include the newly revamped MyFord Touch system along with active park assist and hands-free liftgate system.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Escape

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Look for live photos here from the car’s reveal today at the LA Auto Show

 |  May 05 2011, 10:35 AM

Put away the Benadryl and tissues – the new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX have been awarded TÜV Allergy Tested Certification.

The C-MAX has been allergy-tested and approved for over 100 materials used in its production. Ford took out materials like latex, chrome and nickel – all of which have been known to cause allergic reactions. Surfaces such as the steering wheel and seat covers have been dermatologically tested, so you can now breathe a big sigh of relief that your hands aren’t going to be touching anything harmful (unless, of course, you don’t clean your car).

“We want to give our customers the best vehicle design, performance and quality, and the best passenger environment,” said Caspar Dirk Hohage, Ford Europe’s engineering director. “That is why we are doing all we can to avoid or reduce to the absolute minimum all materials and substances that may pose an allergic risk.”

And for all you hay fever sufferers, you’ll be happy to learn that all Ford vehicles are fitted with a high-performance pollen filter.

Other cars that have the TÜV Allergy Tested Certification include the Fiesta, outgoing Focus, S-MAX, Galaxy, Mondeo and Kuga. To all of us here in North America with itchy eyes and runny noses, the C-Max will be available to us this year.

[Source: Autoblog UK]