Friday, September 30, 2011

Ford Explorer Now 100 Percent Reinvented in LEGO® Bricks Debuts at Chicago Assembly Plant, Becomes Centerpiece of New Ford Driving School at LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park



 A unique Ford Explorer rolling off the line today at Chicago Assembly Plant will feature the model’s trademark eye-catching craftsmanship with one notable distinction. This Ford Explorer is created from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks and marks the beginning of a long-term alliance between Ford and LEGOLAND® Florida theme park.

  • Full-size LEGOLAND® Florida Explorer created from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks makes its debut at Chicago Assembly Plant; model took more than 2,500 hours to create
  • New LEGOLAND Florida theme park is the second in the U.S. and the fifth and largest LEGOLAND park in the world; it’s comprised of more than 50 million LEGO bricks
  • Ford Driving School at LEGOLAND Florida allows children to experience the fun and responsibility of driving in their own vehicles (at a maximum speed of 3 mph)
CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2011 – A unique Ford Explorer rolling off the line today at Chicago Assembly Plant will feature the model’s trademark eye-catching craftsmanship with one notable distinction. This Ford Explorer is created from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks and marks the beginning of a long-term alliance between Ford and LEGOLAND® Florida theme park.
The bright red LEGOLAND Florida edition Explorer, created by 22 designers, weighs 2,654 pounds and is supported by a 768-pound interior aluminum base.
Click here to see time-lapse video of the build of the unique Explorer.
The completely reinvented Ford Explorer is a head-turner on its own, of course, blending style, capability and technology with class-leading fuel efficiency. It delivers an EPA-certified 28 mpg on the highway with an all-new EcoBoost® engine.
After its debut at the historic Chicago plant, which produces the Explorer, the vehicle will be loaded onto a trailer with transparent sides so motorists can see the LEGO Explorer as it makes its way to the new 150-acre LEGOLAND Florida theme park just outside Orlando.
There it will be featured in front of one of the park’s attractions, the Ford Driving School for children.
“Ford is excited to support the alliance between LEGOLAND Florida and the Southeast Ford dealers. The LEGOLAND Florida Explorer and the Ford Driving School attraction are great opportunities to showcase our products and safety messages to families and visitors in a unique way,” said Tracy Magee, Ford Experiential Marketing manager.
LEGOLAND Florida, which opens Oct. 15, will cater to kids ages 2 to 12 with more than 50 family-focused rides, shows and attractions and a historical botanical garden.
The park, which features exhibits using more than 50 million LEGO bricks, is divided into 10 themed entertainment zones for kids. It allows them to experience different adventures, including the empowering thrill of getting behind the wheel and learning to drive their own vehicle.
“We’re less than a month from opening and the anticipation level is incredibly high,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. “This is the only park of its kind in the world built exclusively for kids ages 2 to 12, and it will be a total departure from anything families with young children have seen before. It’s a completely immersive experience, engaging kids’ imaginations and their sense of adventure through interactive play.”
Driving through LEGOLAND Florida
The driving school is divided by age. There’s a Ford Junior Driving School for children ages 3 to 5 years old and a Ford Driving School for those ages 6 to 12. The children watch a video with driving instructions and safety tips – starting with the basics like safety belts and the difference between the accelerator and the brake – and move on to stoplights and stop signs. Children then have the opportunity to drive in their own electric vehicles on curbed roads with maximum speed limits of 3 mph.
With its detailed LEGO theme, the attraction is designed to give children the experience of driving in a real-world neighborhood.
While the children are behind the wheel, park employees known as “model citizens” are nearby to ensure the experience stays positive. After the drive is complete, the children are issued their own Ford Driving School license.
The school was the brainchild of Florida-area Ford dealers that worked with LEGOLAND Florida management, and is designed to introduce the fun and responsibility of driving skills to children.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Go Head to Head with New Ford F-150 Online: Comparison Tool Shows Off Fuel Economy, Capability Leadership



  • Ford has launched a new online tool for pickup truck buyers, the Head to Head Pickup Comparison tool for the F-150. Complete with detailed data and interactive graphics in an easy-to-use format, the tool helps customers select the most efficient powertrain to meet their needs by showing how it stacks up against the competition
  • Located at www.ford.com/f150/experiencef150, the tool lets users select how their truck will be used for work or play and how much payload and trailer tow capacity they need. The tool determines the recommended engine based on their choices, and shows how the engine compares in terms of fuel savings, torque and productivity
  • Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling truck for 34 years running. F-150 offers a  powertrain lineup that delivers a mix of best-in-class horsepower, torque, capability and fuel economy
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 27, 2011 – Ford truck customers now have a new way to confirm they’re making the best possible decision when purchasing an F-150 thanks to the new Head to Head Pickup Comparison tool that in just four simple steps shows the best engine choice for each buyer’s needs.
Located on www.ford.com/f150/experiencef150, the tool is an easy and fun way for customers to find the best F-150 engine to fit their needs and to see how it rates on capability and fuel efficiency, especially compared to the competition. Ford is the first auto manufacturer to feature an interactive tool for competitive comparison.
“We found a way to bring F-150’s key advantages to life in a relevant and engaging manner that tells the customer a story,” said Raj Sarkar, F-150 Marketing manager. “No matter what kind of capability someone is looking for in their truck, they can find a combination that fits their needs and beats the competition.”
Users start off by determining if their truck will be used for work or play, which correlates with a construction site or mountaintop backdrop. They then use a sliding scale of zero to 3,060 pounds to select how much weight they will be hauling. As they do this, items are dropped into the bed of the truck as a depiction of the weight. Depending on if the customer selects work or play, the items include bales of hay, a lawn mower, coolers, barbecue grills, an ATV, a dirt bike or boulders.
The next screen asks the user to select how much weight he or she will be towing, ranging from zero to 11,300 pounds. Similar to payload, items are added to the rear of the truck to represent the weight and include a tractor, boat and race car trailer.
Based on the weights chosen, the customer is shown the recommended engine that is most efficient for his or her needs. It shows a detailed competitive comparison with other engines and even offers a video for a deeper look into each of Ford’s four engine offerings.
The detailed comparison shows the potential fuel savings, with space to enter annual mileage, the current price of gas and how many years the truck will be driven. The tool also features a comparison torque curve chart.
A productivity screen shows off the capability differences over time by calculating how much weight each truck can tow, as well as how much fuel will be consumed. Choosing the amount of days of use for the truck updates the results.
At the end customers can choose to share their findings on Facebook or Twitter, print their results, continue on to build and price their Ford F-150 or check out the Torture Test videos, which show the F-150 EcoBoost® being put through the paces.
The comparison tool also will live on kbb.com in the coming weeks and is verified by Kelley Blue Book, which ensured all information was accurate.
Engine offerings
Ford F-150’s signature class-leading capability and durability is enhanced with class-leading fuel economy and performance. Ford F-150 now offers a powertrain lineup that delivers a mix of best-in-class horsepower, torque, capability and fuel economy.
3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6
  • Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm vs. V6 competitors
  • Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
  • Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors
5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8
  • Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
  • Best-in-class 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
  • 21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors
6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8
  • Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. all competitors
  • Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm vs. all competitors
  • 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost
  • 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
  • Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
  • 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
  • Best-in-class 3,060 pounds payload vs. all competitors

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ford F-250 Land Speed Record


Ford Motor Company and Hajek Motorsports Set Two World Records:
Brent Hajek and his nearly-stock F-250 Super Duty set the new B Production Diesel Truck land speed record with a speed of 167.300 mph. (08/19/2011)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mikko parks the WRC Fiesta - Gets parked by the Ford Focus


Mikko Hirvonen takes his Ford Fiesta rally car for a spin at the Frankfurt IAA 2011 and tests out the Active Park Assist in the new Ford Focus.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

SYNC Matters: New SYNC Website Highlights How and Why Ford Technology Is Making Lives Better



  • Ford Motor Company has launched a new, easier-to-use website that is focused on all things SYNC®, the voice-activated, in-vehicle connectivity system
  • Owner experience videos on the new website feature customers talking about the role SYNC plays in staying in touch, driver assistance, entertainment and safety
  • SYNC is installed in more than 3 million Ford cars and trucks
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 22, 2011 – The new Ford SYNC website, www.ford.com/sync, is designed to help visitors understand how and why SYNC® matters by enhancing the instructional approach of the original site with a more experiential feel.
Ford web designers said they built the easy-to-use and understand website for anyone interested in SYNC – from those shopping for a SYNC-equipped Ford car or truck who want to know more about the technology to those who have it already.
Since the introduction of SYNC in the 2008 Ford Focus, Ford has installed the system on more than 3 million vehicles. Ford’s entire North American retail lineup offers this must-have technology, demonstrating its rapid, consumer-driven adoption.
“What we’ve tried to do is deliver a simpler and more intuitive way for consumers to understand the benefits of SYNC,” said Cole Buccafurri, Ford Digital Marketing Communications. “It’s delivering contextually relevant information to them at the right time. If they’re an owner and want educational material, it’s right there. If they’re a shopper and just want to know about SYNC, it’s all right there, too.”
It starts with the SYNC homepage that contains owner experience videos. Customers featured in the videos talk about the benefits of SYNC and address four areas that those familiar with SYNC said are most important to them: staying in touch, driver assistance, entertainment and peace of mind.
The video addressing peace of mind centers on SYNC 911 Assist™, a feature activated in the event of an accident in which an airbag deploys and/or the fuel pump shutoff is activated. SYNC 911 Assist connects occupants of the vehicle with a 911 operator and also can provide exact vehicle location.
The video features a man named Eric S., from Atlanta, who talks about his daughter, Katie, driving a Ford Fiesta equipped with 911 Assist. He describes the intense fear he had when she was involved in an accident driving a car that wasn’t equipped with 911 Assist. He describes an overall feeling of greater assurance knowing his daughter is driving the 911 Assist-equipped car.
Other experiential videos on the www.ford.com/sync homepage include: 
  • “SYNC. Confidence on unfamiliar routes.” William S., of Phoenix, talks about how SYNC helps him in his job. He says he was born in 1942 and doesn’t use technologies such as email or MP3s. However, because of the ease of use of SYNC Services he identifies it as “technology for me”
  • “SYNC. Effortlessly make calls (and plans) hands-free.” Aisha P., of Atlanta, talks about how she planned an entire surprise 30th birthday party for her husband using SYNC’s many features that allow for easy and convenient connection
  • “SYNC. Voice control your soundtrack.” Joseph V., of Phoenix, talks about how the SYNC system allows him to continue his passion for music and dance while in his car. The many entertainment options available to him make driving a much more enjoyable experience due in part to the fast and easy access to his electronically stored music, among other reasons
Additional videos from SYNC owners, describing the great benefits the system affords them, will be added soon.
“We are continually improving the SYNC experience and this new website is reflective of those efforts,” said Michelle Moody, manager, Ford Technology Marketing. “The new site brings all of the information about SYNC together in one nice package.”
Information about SYNC 911 Assist is included under the “Features” tab on the top of the main SYNC homepage. A total of 14 SYNC elements are listed under “Features,” providing site visitors simple and easy-to-navigate information on everything from SYNC AppLink, SYNC Services and Voice-Activated Navigation to audible text messaging, Vehicle Health Report and entertainment. Information about each specific feature is described through a combination of written material and videos.
Clicking on the “Configurations” tab on the homepage leads guests to an explanation of the elements contained within the four available SYNC packages. Basic SYNC, SYNC with Voice-Activated Navigation, SYNC with MyFord® and SYNC with MyFord Touch® are all described. Also available under the “Configurations” tab is a chart detailing SYNC options available for each Ford vehicle.
The “Commands” tab takes guests to an animated page where some of the most popular voice commands that can be used with SYNC are showcased. Site visitors can click on the commands to see descriptions of what happens when specific voice commands are given. For example, clicking on the command, “I’m hungry,” informs guests that if they said that phrase while driving, SYNC would provide a list of nearby restaurants.
“SYNC’s voice recognition capabilities continue to expand and the technology now is able to recognize more than 10,000 words,” said Buccafurri. “The expanded vocabulary of SYNC just makes it that much easier for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.”
And if SYNC website guests need further information, it can be accessed by clicking on “Support.” The “Support” tab features such topics as getting started with SYNC, connecting a mobile phone to SYNC and SYNC software updates.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

CBS and Ford to Run ‘The Amazing Race’



  • Ford Fiesta, Mustang, Focus and Explorer to be featured in the 19th installment of “The Amazing Race” this fall
  • Ford is the official auto sponsor of the Emmy Award-winning reality series
  • One lucky team will win two new Ford Mustangs for finishing in first place in an upcoming race leg
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 23, 2011 – CBS and Ford have teamed up again to run “The Amazing Race” this fall as 11 new teams set off on a global adventure starting Sunday, Sept. 25 (8 to 9 p.m., ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Ford’s sponsorship includes on-air components featuring four of its top models – Explorer, Fiesta, Focus and Mustang. During the season premiere, teams start their race in the foothills of Southern California. After receiving their first destination from host Phil Keoghan, all 11 teams will jump into a new Ford Explorer and drive to Los Angeles International Airport before departing on their first leg to Taipei, Taiwan.
Ford Fiesta, Focus and Mustang vehicles will make their way across the globe in additional episodes throughout the season. One lucky team will also win two new Ford Mustangs for finishing in first place in an upcoming leg. The winners will be given the opportunity to customize their Mustangs using Ford’s new Mustang Customizer website. Learn more at www.ford.com/cars/mustang.
“As the exclusive automotive partner, we are proud to be providing vehicles that play a vital role in helping the contestants navigate and accomplish their near-impossible tasks,” said Crystal Worthem, Ford Brand Content and Alliance manager.
This season’s cast, which includes a pair of Olympic snowboarders, twin sisters, an ex-NFL tight end and two winners of “Survivor,” will make first-time visits to such exotic locations as Indonesia, Malawi, Belgium and Denmark. Along the way, teams will travel across four continents and through 20 cities, covering nearly 40,000 miles.
“The Amazing Race” sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. Each team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another. At every destination, each team competes in a series of challenges – some mental and some physical – and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Ford Police Interceptors Validated as Pursuit-Rated in Tests Conducted by the Michigan State Police


Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle: The all-new Ford Police Interceptor utility (left) and Police Interceptor sedan (right) comprise Ford's first-ever police portfolio.

  • The all-new Ford Police Interceptors deliver more performance, handling and fuel economy
  • The only all-wheel-drive vehicles specifically built for law enforcement, the Police Interceptors meet stringent law enforcement standards
  • Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all-new, American-made vehicle with the expected durability and price of the popular Crown Victoria
  • Ford Police Interceptor Utility expands ability for law enforcement to get the job done efficiently and effectively
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 20, 2011 – The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility today passed stringent Michigan State Police tests and have proven they are ready for law enforcement use. Of special note was the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility, which not only outperformed the Chevrolet Tahoe but held its own amongst the sedans.
The Ford Police Interceptor Utility excelled in 0-60 acceleration, braking, and handling over the two day testing.
"We are pleased that the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility was validated because it provides more choice for law enforcement agencies,” said Lisa Teed, Ford’s marketing manager for the Police Interceptors.  "They can be assured that whether in slippery conditions like snow or in pursuit situations the purpose-built Utility will deliver."
Building on more than 15 years of leadership Ford has taken the key product attributes that made Crown Victoria Police Interceptor the leading law enforcement vehicle and increased the next-generation products' capabilities including offering the first and only pursuit-rated all-wheel-drive police vehicles. Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all-new, American-made vehicle with the same durability and price range of the popular Crown Victoria. The new Police Interceptors will be built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.
Working with Ford’s Police Advisory Board, consisting of law enforcement professionals from the United States and Canada who provided feedback on attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.  Ford has ensured that the new Police Interceptors are purpose-built to meet the requirements of this demanding industry.
“Our experience with the Crown Victoria helped us develop the next generation of Police Interceptor vehicles that serve as tools for public safety officials to do their jobs safely, efficiently and effectively,” added Teed.   
Officer protection is the first priority. The Ford Police Interceptors are the only vehicles certified to pass 75 mph rear collisions. Ballistic door panels to protect from gunshots are available on the driver or passenger doors. Safety cell construction helps direct the force of a collision around the occupant compartment. Crumple zones help absorb and dissipate the energy of a crash.
Power and efficiency
The V6 powertrain portfolio of engines on the Police Interceptors provides the fuel efficiency improvement to assist government agencies in reducing their operating costs.  More importantly, the smaller-displacement engines provide increased performance and capability when compared to the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) 4.6-liter V8. The highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers at least 280 horsepower in the Sedan. An all-new EcoBoost® V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine is also available producing 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
“This week’s testing by the Michigan State Police proves our powerful and efficient V6 powertrains exceed CVPI V8 performance and deliver savings back to government agencies," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer of the Ford Police Program.  "Government agencies have been seeking money saving solutions.  Increased performance and improved fuel economy deliver on our commitment.  In addition, engineering common components between the Sedan and Utility, and upfit-friendly solutions will aid the fleet's maintenance.  Our goal was to streamline and reduce complexity for the customer, whose resources are constrained in these economic times.”
Managing increased power, requires more stopping power.  New 18-inch five-spoke steel wheels and tires are designed to work in concert with the new brake system for improved capability. Additional unique components include a larger heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. A honeycomb grille provides increased airflow throughout the vehicle to improve cooling and enhance operation.
Rigorous testing was conducted to ensure the new Police Interceptors could handle the demands of around-the-clock law enforcement duty. In addition to the certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct its vehicle tests in November to further evaluate the durability and capability of police vehicles under the most extreme conditions.
The pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptors come standard with all-wheel-drive.  The Sedan is available with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 engine.  The Utility has 3.7-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 engine producing 300 hp.  Front-wheel-drive configuration is optional.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Hyper Series Mustang - Highlights and Features


Take a peak at the Limited Edition 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Hyper Series Mustang. ROUSH will only build 25 units of each of the 4 colors. The four colors are:

- Gas It Green
- Mat It Mango
- Launch It Lemon
- Punch It Purple

MUSIC by: Epic Soul Factory

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ford Global Week of Caring, Viet Nam


Ford Vietnam joined Ford Global Week of Caring in Hai Duong Social Patronage Center - 16 September 2011. During the day, the volunteers completed meaningful activities to make better living condition & learning environment for disadvantage children: Delivering Stone Benches, Chute and swing in playing area, decorating FORD Library & putting more books/stories, hanging wall fans & cleaning living room...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Ford Police Interceptors Validated as Pursuit-Rated in Tests Conducted by the Michigan State Police


Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle: The all-new Ford Police Interceptor utility (left) and Police Interceptor sedan (right) comprise Ford's first-ever police portfolio.
  • The all-new Ford Police Interceptors deliver more performance, handling and fuel economy
  • The only all-wheel-drive vehicles specifically built for law enforcement, the Police Interceptors meet stringent law enforcement standards
  • Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all-new, American-made vehicle with the expected durability and price of the popular Crown Victoria
  • Ford Police Interceptor Utility expands ability for law enforcement to get the job done efficiently and effectively
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 20, 2011 – The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility today passed stringent Michigan State Police tests and have proven they are ready for law enforcement use. Of special note was the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility, which not only outperformed the Chevrolet Tahoe but held its own amongst the sedans.

The Ford Police Interceptor Utility excelled in 0-60 acceleration, braking, and handling over the two day testing.

"We are pleased that the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility was validated because it provides more choice for law enforcement agencies,” said Lisa Teed, Ford’s marketing manager for the Police Interceptors.  "They can be assured that whether in slippery conditions like snow or in pursuit situations the purpose-built Utility will deliver."

Building on more than 15 years of leadership Ford has taken the key product attributes that made Crown Victoria Police Interceptor the leading law enforcement vehicle and increased the next-generation products' capabilities including offering the first and only pursuit-rated all-wheel-drive police vehicles. Now police departments and other law enforcement agencies can get an all-new, American-made vehicle with the same durability and price range of the popular Crown Victoria. The new Police Interceptors will be built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

Working with Ford’s Police Advisory Board, consisting of law enforcement professionals from the United States and Canada who provided feedback on attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.  Ford has ensured that the new Police Interceptors are purpose-built to meet the requirements of this demanding industry.

“Our experience with the Crown Victoria helped us develop the next generation of Police Interceptor vehicles that serve as tools for public safety officials to do their jobs safely, efficiently and effectively,” added Teed.  

Officer protection is the first priority. The Ford Police Interceptors are the only vehicles certified to pass 75 mph rear collisions. Ballistic door panels to protect from gunshots are available on the driver or passenger doors. Safety cell construction helps direct the force of a collision around the occupant compartment. Crumple zones help absorb and dissipate the energy of a crash.

Power and efficiency
The V6 powertrain portfolio of engines on the Police Interceptors provides the fuel efficiency improvement to assist government agencies in reducing their operating costs.  More importantly, the smaller-displacement engines provide increased performance and capability when compared to the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) 4.6-liter V8. The highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers at least 280 horsepower in the Sedan. An all-new EcoBoost® V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine is also available producing 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

“This week’s testing by the Michigan State Police proves our powerful and efficient V6 powertrains exceed CVPI V8 performance and deliver savings back to government agencies," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer of the Ford Police Program.  "Government agencies have been seeking money saving solutions.  Increased performance and improved fuel economy deliver on our commitment.  In addition, engineering common components between the Sedan and Utility, and upfit-friendly solutions will aid the fleet's maintenance.  Our goal was to streamline and reduce complexity for the customer, whose resources are constrained in these economic times.”

Managing increased power, requires more stopping power.  New 18-inch five-spoke steel wheels and tires are designed to work in concert with the new brake system for improved capability. Additional unique components include a larger heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. A honeycomb grille provides increased airflow throughout the vehicle to improve cooling and enhance operation.

Rigorous testing was conducted to ensure the new Police Interceptors could handle the demands of around-the-clock law enforcement duty. In addition to the certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct its vehicle tests in November to further evaluate the durability and capability of police vehicles under the most extreme conditions.

The pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptors come standard with all-wheel-drive.  The Sedan is available with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 engine.  The Utility has 3.7-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 engine producing 300 hp.  Front-wheel-drive configuration is optional

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ford Fiesta St Concept


How a future Fiesta ST performance model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global Ford small-car line up

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ford @ TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2011


K. Venkatesh Prasad, Senior Technical Leader for Vehicle Design and Infotronics at the Ford Research and Innovation lab and TJ Giuli, Technical Expert at Ford, discuss how Ford plans on working with developers as the car becomes the next open platform at TechCrunch Disrupt.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ford 40 MPG: Drive Forever


Ricky Stenhouse Jr. walks you through the new safe and lightweight material the 2012 All New Ford Focus is made of.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ford at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show


From the hot Ford EVOS Concept to the Ford Focus ST and ST-R, there are plenty of hot cars in the Ford display at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Thursday, September 15, 2011

FORD VOLUNTEERS IN THE U.S. WORK FROM COAST TO COAST TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD


  • The Ford Volunteer Corps in the U.S. is helping to create a better world with a Ford Accelerated Action Day focused on community building.
  • Ford has invested $70,000 in tools and supplies to help volunteers complete today's community projects, which are part of Ford Global Week of Caring.
  • The Ford Volunteer Corps in Michigan has linked today's effort with OneSight to collect used eyeglasses for distribution to eye clinics around the world.
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 14 – The Ford Volunteer Corps is on the job in more than two dozen communities across southeast Michigan and seventeen other states, during a Ford Accelerated Action Day dedicated to community building.
The Ford volunteers in the United States join thousands of their Ford colleagues on six continents in making a world of difference for people in need during the 6th annual Ford Global Week of Caring, September 10-18.
Thousands of Ford employee and retiree volunteers are registered for community service projects in dozens of countries from Europe and Asia to Africa and the Americas. Ford volunteers are working to create a better world by feeding the hungry, repairing shelters, renovating schools and assisting medical relief efforts in their local areas.
"As Americans remember 9/11, Ford and its employees are energized to make a positive difference in their local communities," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "Creating a better world is an important part of Ford's legacy and an important part of its vision for the future. Ford volunteers are actively engaged in making that vision a reality."
Today's volunteer projects were selected by Ford's nonprofit agency partners, and Ford is contributing $70,000 to purchase the tools and materials needed to complete much of the work.
Among the organizations receiving grants are:
Advanced Technology Academy, Dearborn – install playground equipment
Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit – renovate food storage and clothing distribution areas
Community Housing Network, Madison Heights & Waterford – landscaping grounds
First Step, Plymouth – build shed for outdoor equipment
Friends of Highland Recreation Services, White Lake – build wood fencing for property
Friends of the Rouge, Novi – restore shoreline with 1,000 plants
Grandmont Rosedale Development Corp., Detroit – restore historic buildings
The Guidance Center, Flat Rock – install new play yard fencing and mulch
Habitat for Humanity, Detroit, Huron Valley, Macomb, Monroe – building projects
Lutheran Social Services – Danish Village, Rochester Hills – build bocce ball court
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor – create entry garden
Mosaic Youth Theater, Detroit – make interior and exterior improvements
Northville Community Foundation, Northville – build wooden tractor & trailer in farm yard
Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Taylor – build privacy fence
Ruth Ellis Center, Highland Park – repair shelter porch and fire escape
Salvation Army – Glendale Corps, Detroit – renovate kitchen and dining hall
Starfish Family Services, Inkster – construct pantry 
Vista Maria, Dearborn Heights – build patios in two courtyards
The Ford Volunteer Corps also has joined forces with OneSight on an eyeglass drive in the Metro Detroit area. Employees and local residents are being asked to bring in their old eyeglasses for free distribution to eye care clinics around the world.
"Ford is known for its legendary vehicles and horsepower, but it also is leading the way in people power with innovative community programs, such as Global Week of Caring," said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. "Ford volunteers are the face of Ford in the community, building on the company's history of caring and community service, and getting involved in creating a better world."