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2011-02-15 13:49:00

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Winner to be chosen at live Hollywood show on Feb. 17 Seven bands will compete out of 2,500 that applied Grand prize includes working with Don Was to produce two original songs Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and Grammy® Award-winning producer Don Was have announced the culmination of their seven-month competition, titled "Gimme the Gig," sponsored by the 2011 Ford Fiesta. The grand prize-winning band will be chosen during a...

2011-02-11 08:00:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just about everyone remembers the car they rode in on their first date. Was it a convertible with a great sound system, or a boat on wheels with lots of space? Whatever it was, both men and women agree that cars can make or break that first and often memorable impression. "A person's car is most definitely an extension of themselves," said Ellen Fein, dating expert and best-selling co-author of The Rules. "You often get one chance to make a...

2011-02-10 08:28:00

COLOGNE, Germany, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally will make a keynote address at the 2011 CeBIT technology show, March 1, on SYNC(TM) with MyFord Touch, Ford's connectivity technology Advanced SYNC(TM) connectivity platform offers voice control, hands-free operation and extensive connectivity options in Ford vehicles Ford's presence at CeBIT highlights its role at the forefront of driver communication solutions and its increasing reputation as a...

2011-01-31 11:14:00

Dearborn, Mich., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rallyist, stunt driver, drift champion and television personality Tanner Foust will help host the Ford Focus Global Test Drive event, Feb. 18-20, 2011 near Madrid, Spain, coaching consumer test drivers in the 2012 Ford Focus The National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) near Madrid will be the location for this first-ever event Participants in Focus Global Test Drive - a unique opportunity for social media mavens - will start more...

2011-01-28 16:18:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Car Journal's annual Green Car Vision Award(TM) was presented to Ford today at the Washington Auto Show. Honoring the Ford Focus Electric vehicle that will come to market late in 2011, the Green Car Vision Award(TM) celebrates an industry-leading, environmentally focused vehicle that is in its early stages of commercialization or in demonstration programs, but not yet on sale. "The groundwork that Ford has laid with such advanced and...

2011-01-27 12:38:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford is donating to Petersen Automotive Museum one of the two Focus Electric prototypes used on "The Jay Leno Show" during a celebrity driving segment called Green Car Challenge Used throughout the 2010 season, the Electric Orange battery electric prototype was outfitted with Recaro racing seats, a full roll cage and a five-point racing harness for use on a racetrack designed specifically for the show The all-new Focus Electric - Ford's...

2011-01-25 23:01:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 2012 Ford Focus, featuring a 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine and PowerShift dry-clutch six-speed automatic transmission, incorporates Ford's patented Torque Hole Filling (THF) technology for smoother, more seamless shift quality THF uses a combination of mathematical modeling and computer-aided engineering tools, along with other enabling transmission technologies to deliver smoother upshifts Originally penned in 1986, the...

2011-01-19 10:15:00

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Focus Electric offers customers environmentally friendly options throughout, which, coupled with advanced engine technology, deliver zero-emissions driving in an all-around green vehicle A material called Lignotock is used behind the cloth on the door. Derived from 85 percent wood fibers, this lighter application results in a weight reduction and provides better sound-deadening benefits compared to conventional glass-reinforced thermal...

2011-01-13 23:01:00

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) debuts its largest display in the world at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; the Ford area is 25 percent larger than last year and will include 75 vehicles, 22 interactive exhibits and 67 product specialists on hand to answer questions The Ford display will feature a level of consumer engagement that tests the limits of experiential marketing with more to see and do than ever before for all...

2011-01-10 09:00:00

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vertrek concept is Ford's vision for a utility vehicle that will appeal to customers around the globe; it signals the direction Ford will take in developing a new global utility vehicle The concept features a stylish design, outstanding cargo space and a 1.6-liter EcoBoost(TM) engine equipped with Ford Auto Start-Stop technology that could deliver best-in-class fuel economy. These are key why-buys for customers around the globe Ford Vertrek...