Technical Leader - Paint Research - Ford Motor Company
Dr. Nichols received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1992 in Materials Science and Engineering and joined Ford Research Laboratory later that same year. His current research is focused on automotive coatings. Topics of particular interest include: coating weatherability, the fracture behavior of coatings and films, advanced paint application techniques, functional coatings, and color science. He is currently a Technical Leader at Ford and heads the Paint Research Group in Ford's Materials Research Department. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Coatings Technology and Research.
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2013 Ford Shelby GT500
For North America, Ford has upgraded the full-size 2013 Taurus, adding increased power and fuel efficiency. The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has also debuted as the most powerful production V8 in the world.
With the freshest car portfolio in the auto industry and ever-improving fuel economy, we are well-positioned at Ford in a marketplace shifting back to cars.
Sparking the F-150’s continued success is the powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which now accounts for more than 40 percent of F-150 retail sales, exceeding 100,000 sales in less than one year on the market. Ford F-Series continues its legacy of leadership in the United States as the best-selling truck for 35 consecutive years, and the best-selling vehicle for 30 years.
2013 Ford SVT Raptor
The all-new global Ford Ranger has come to market, combining the toughness and capability of a pickup with smart technology, excellent fuel economy and high standards of safety, quality and comfort. Ranger will be manufactured on three continents and sold in 180 markets, making it one of the farthest-reaching Ford vehicles in the world.
Also new in the world of Ford trucks is the North American Transit van, which in 2013 will replace the celebrated Econoline wagon and van in North America. The Transit’s forerunner is currently available in Europe. The Transit will soon be available in North America, as well, with the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine as the F-150 and fuel economy 25 percent better than that of comparable Econoline vans.
The new EcoSport is already expanding Ford’s global presence in growth markets such as Brazil and the Asia Pacific region.
The all-new Escape/Kuga arrived globally in 2012. This brand new model of America’s best-selling SUV features 11 new exclusive features, with fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on today’s market.
The reinvented Explorer entered the 2012 model year with an expanded color palette and all-new Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, delivering class-leading fuel economy and responsive performance. The Edge and Flex were refreshed, as well.