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(from Ford Press
Release) The Ford Reflex proves that small cars can be
bold, American and innovative. The sporty concept is expected to be
an auto show star, reflecting a growing and important "small is big"
trend in America.
Reflex is a technological showcase with its advanced diesel-electric
hybrid engine – delivering up to 65 miles per gallon – solar panels,
flexible interior made from synthetic and regenerated materials, and
such advanced safety features as inflatable safety belts in the
The concept underscores Ford's intent to offer bold, American
designs regardless of vehicle size.
"From consumer electronics to urban dwellings, small is becoming big
in America," says Peter Horbury, executive director, North American
Design. "The bold and innovative design of Reflex stretches the
traditional boundaries of a subcompact car. Reflex delivers the fuel
economy and flexibility that Americans have come to expect."
Bold, American Design
Reflex underscores the
bold, American design direction for all Ford vehicles going forward.
It also is packed with Ford innovation.
"Ford Reflex is a small car that doesn't feel small," says Freeman
Thomas, director, North American Strategic Design. "It is a gorgeous
sporty car that delivers guilt free performance with a hybrid
engine. And thanks to its innovative approach to the interior, it
has space for growing families."
Reflex is set off with Ford's three-bar grille – made of
high-strength anodized extruded aluminum, which is hand polished to
a matte finish. The concept's shoulder line flows upward to the
B-pillar and back down into the wheel arch. Reverse butterfly doors
aid vehicle ingress and egress.
The vehicle's low-voltage circuitry is exposed beneath the glass
roof and rear hatch, giving a clever nod to accessible technology –
even as a fashion statement. The roof also features self-powered
solar fans that cool the car when parked.
Reflex's aggressive 20-inch wheels are polished alloy. The large
diameter, narrow width and unique Michelin tire design provide
low-roll resistance for improved fuel economy.
space-efficient materials define the interior with its innovative
2+1 backseat configuration. Mesh seat covers are transparent and
sheer, offering maximum airflow for comfort and style. Unexpected
colors – red and robotic white – create a sense of warmth and
The cockpit comes alive with keyless activation. At the touch of a
button, the instrument cluster controls appear in a cool blue hue as
organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) switch on.
Located in the center console, touch-screen technology helps reduce
driver distraction. Shift paddles that control the 6-speed
semiautomatic transmission are tucked behind the steering wheel.
"The interior of Reflex is modern, with no wood and leather," says
Thomas. "The color and materials challenge many of today's dark
plastic interiors by offering a blend of warm and cool colors. It is
a fresh approach that will inspire future trends in many industries,
including fashion and home furnishings."
The back seat offers the ultimate in small-car flexibility. A
second-row "love seat" can accommodate two children or one adult.
With a push of a button, a divider bar raises through the seat
bottom, transforming one seat into two.
Rear-seat passengers also have the luxury of watching their favorite
movie on two small flat-screen monitors mounted to the lower portion
of the front seatbacks. Like the front seats, the rear seats feature
mesh wrapped around a lightweight inner frame.
Advanced Safety in a Small Package
Reflex takes safety
innovation a major step forward. Advanced safety technologies
include inflatable safety belts and BeltMinder™ for backseat
passengers. The inflatable safety belt helps reduce injury risk to
second-row occupants. Ford's patented BeltMinder™ technology alerts
the driver when second-row occupants are not buckled up.
inflatable safety belts provide a broader contact area with the
potential to spread impact forces across the chest, further reducing
the chances of injury. The small, tubular-shaped inflatable bag
deploys inside the shoulder belt in the event of a crash.
Reflex also is equipped with side air curtains. The love seat is
fitted with an integrated rear-facing child safety seat.
Understanding that the responsibilities of a parent don't end once
the car starts, Reflex designers added a strategically placed "baby
cam" in the headliner. From this vantage point, the driver can see
streaming video images of the rear-seat occupants.
Sporty and Green
Reflex features an
advanced diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system that harnesses
diesel, electric and solar power. This combination of power can
deliver maximum fuel economy – up to 65 mpg – without compromising
The concept features an electric motor on the rear axle in addition
to the hybrid propulsion system on the front axle. The rear motor
provides all-wheel-drive capability, improved driving dynamics and
the fuel economy benefits of a full hybrid vehicle.
The Ford Reflex concept features solar panels in the headlamps and
taillamps that recharge the hybrid-electric battery pack, and solar
panels in the roof that power electric fans to cool the interior
while the vehicle is parked.
Reflex's energy is stored in a new-generation lithium-ion battery
pack, using the same technology found in cell phones. Ford was the
first manufacturer to produce an electric vehicle using this type of
battery system when it introduced the electric Ford Ka research
vehicle in 2000. Also contributing to Reflex's power and performance
are unique headlamps and taillamps that integrate solar panels. The
Ford-patented battery-charging lighting system improves fuel economy
by using the sun's power to charge the on-board batteries, while
capturing and reusing the daylight at night.
Reflex also uses ground rubber from scrap athletic shoes, called
Nike Grind, as insulation to reduce noise and vibration in the car's