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2011-01-10 09:00:00

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Providing consumers even more choice, Ford is showcasing a family of 10 new C-segment cars at the 2011 North American International Auto Show - delivering on its vision for a new generation of high-quality, fuel-efficient products for customers around the world World debut for three new electrified products that give consumers real fuel-saving choice - all-new Ford Focus Electric, the first Ford full-electric passenger car; Ford C-MAX Energi, its...

2011-01-04 08:00:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The past decade has been revolutionary for several parts of our society, but few sectors have seen as much change since 2000 as the auto industry. Ten short years ago, automakers were touting the number of cupholders in the cabin and the increased off-road capabilities of family haulers. Today, these same companies are racing to offer increasingly hands-free mobile communication, eye-popping fuel economy and technologies aimed at helping...

2011-01-02 23:01:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford SYNC®, the voice-activated in-car connectivity system is now installed in more than 3 million Ford Motor Company vehicles, since first introduced in late 2007 Latest internal research shows that more than 80 percent of SYNC owners are likely to recommend the system to others, a 5 percentage point increase over last year's research More SYNC users also rely on its voice recognition system, with nearly 70 percent usage...

2010-12-27 23:01:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2012 Ford Focus features standard torque vectoring control to increase vehicle stability in turns by applying slight braking force to one side Torque vectoring control is a Focus class-exclusive feature that serves as a confidence-builder for novice drivers, while pleasing enthusiasts with added control when cornering Torque vectoring control provides stabilizing braking force to an individual drive wheel in a similar way that a...

2010-12-26 23:01:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford's Auto Start-Stop system will be available for North American cars and utilities in 2012 Ford's Auto Start-Stop system boosts city fuel economy between 4 and 10 percent Since 2004, Ford has sold more than 170,000 hybrid vehicles in North America with start-stop and is the leading domestic producer of the systems Ford has at least 244 worldwide patents on its Auto Start-Stop technology, proven on hybrids and soon to be added on cars,...

2010-12-22 23:01:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Tattoos are not just body art anymore; customers will soon be able to express themselves with vehicle tattoos for the all-new 2012 Ford Focus Ford Custom Graphics will offer more than 200 unique vinyl wrap tattoos in an array of different colors for the new Focus at www.fordcustomgraphics.com Available in a variety of designs - from geometric patterns and racing stripes to whimsical imagery like splashes and swirls - the Custom Graphics...

2010-12-19 23:01:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- New Ford C-MAX combines a fresh new design, flexible seating configuration for seven, outstanding craftsmanship and occupant safety and advances in driving dynamics Ford C-MAX offers life-enhancing technologies such as SYNC® connectivity, MyFord Touch(TM) driver connect technology, HD Radio(TM) and an industry-exclusive hands-free liftgate A "white space" entry representing the best features of a car and minivan, the Ford...

2010-12-13 12:00:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford engineers expanded safety testing for the new 2012 Ford Focus, including more than 12,000 virtual and real-world crash tests globally, to prove out its new safety technologies The new Focus features advanced restraint systems with innovative next-generation airbags that provide enhanced chest protection Ford Focus also provides enhanced side crash protection through a specialized B-pillar reinforcement Ford safety engineers in the...

2010-12-01 15:00:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Transit Connect Taxis ensure Beantown is green town Ford Transit Connect Taxis are launching in Boston and across New England as taxi fleet operators look for new alternatives to add passenger comfort and cargo capacity, while increasing fuel economy and maneuverability and lowering costs. Boston Cab Dispatch picked up the keys to its first Transit Connect Taxi at the New England International Auto Show. Transit Connect offers a CNG and...

2010-11-30 06:11:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford is using recycled cottons in the interior of the new 2012 Focus as part of carpet backing and sound absorption material Cotton from post-consumer, recycled blue jeans is an example of the material used in the new Focus as part of the drive to find creative eco-friendly materials The use of environmentally friendly materials is part of the company's commitment to "reduce, reuse and recycle" Old clothes turn up in plenty of places -...