I recently attended the launch of the Ford Fusion in Cape Town. As you may know, I have a love for cars and enjoy photographing them (see VW Rally post 2013/2014). When I received the invite to this event I was extremely excited, not only to get to know a new car and test drive it but to see the Ford team again – what a stunning group of people they are!
We arrived at the Cape Town International Air Port early on a Tuesday morning and, after driving around and around to find the location, I was finally met with this gorgeous sight… Ford Fusions all lined up and ready to go!
After receiving our name tags, teaming up, and selecting a key, we walked down the row of cars clicking the unlock key to see which car lit up and would be our first car to test!
TammyB and I selected the 2.0 Eco Boost and hit the road – myself in the drivers’ seat and TammyB navigating!
There were a few stops along the way, as well as 2 other car changes so that we could try out the 1.5 Eco Boost and 2.0 TDCI.
We stopped a few times along the way to snap pics and catch up with others. Our main stop was Spice Route in Paarl, where we had a delicious, much needed lunch break.
We caught up with friends who had arrived from other cities and chatted about the Fusions and our experiences along the way.
Then it was time to go to 15 on Orange hotel in our 3rd and final car, rest and prepare for the dinner and the media talk which would answer all of our questions about the Fusion and it’s features.
We checked in to our hotel rooms and prepared for the red carpet arrival which Trevor Stuurman and I were photographing.
We were formally introduced to the Ford Fusion and it’s specs – I took photos of the information I was interested in so that I could share it with all of you!
After our talk we enjoyed a lovely dinner and brandy tasting…
In the morning we drove back to the air port (the perfect time to use the traffic assist feature and test it out) . TammyB and I decided we would pic our favorite colour this time as we had tried all of the cars already so we opted for the Ruby Red Fusion and headed back.
Although it was an amazing event and an experience I will never forget, it was great to test a car with so many user friendly features making driving not only comfortable and easy but safer for all on the road!! TammyB and I felt safe knowing that we had 7 air bags and pre-collision assist. It was easy to park using the park assist in the parallel or the perpendicular option and driving the planned route was a dream as the cars road sign recognition warned us of speed limit changes. Adaptive cruise control kept us at the perfect speed and lane keeping aid kept us within the lines of the road. With all of the technical features that this car has, it is no surprise that Ford has named this their flagship car.
I was able to film a video of the park assist and a little bit of our drive back to the air port… have a look if you are interested. You can view more information about the Fusions here !
For more videos, give TammyB a follow as she took a ton of videos of us driving together and spoke about the car while we were on the road!
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