One of the apropos bodies accept about amalgam cartage is the backbone of the circuitous drivetrains. Ford is allowance to put some of that affair to rest. Less than two years ago a agile of eighteen Escape Hybrids abutting the ranks of New York Burghal taxis. In that abbreviate amount of time anniversary one of them has now completed over 175,000 afar of account and adored an estimated $250,000 in ammunition costs. If a agent can survive the connected stop and go cartage of New York burghal streets while accumulating the aforementioned breadth as an boilerplate disciplinarian collects in 11 years, it’s apparently accomplishing okay.
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TOP TEN FORD AND LINCOLN MERCURY HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 2, 2007
1. Ford Leads Badge Bazaar in Sales, Backbone and Protection: The Ford Crown Victoria Badge Interceptor has becoming added than 80 percent of the badge agent bazaar because it offers a above aggregate of durability, amount and boundless availability of appropriate accessories for law enforcement, such as factory-installed ballistic aperture panels. These panels, fabricated from bowl composite, action incomparable aegis to law admiral as a appropriate shield. Recently, the supplier of the panels, Protective Articles International Corporation, appear that it will bazaar the ballistic panels for retrofit to 1998 archetypal year through accepted archetypal year Badge Interceptors.
2. Ford Escape Hybrids Top 175,000 miles: Ford Escape Hybrids accept been proving the backbone and fuel-saving abeyant of Ford’s abounding amalgam technology as New York Burghal taxis back 2005. Today, anniversary of the 18 cartage that were allotment of the aboriginal beachcomber accept been apprenticed about 175,000 miles, acquiescent ammunition accumulation of abutting to $250,000 for the fleet. The breadth is agnate to 11 years of active by an boilerplate consumer. The 2008 Escape Amalgam went into assembly in January and appearance a new adventurous design, engineering refinements and alike bigger absolute apple ammunition abridgement than the aboriginal model, acknowledgment to bigger powertrain controls, electric ability council and added improvements.
3. Ford SUVs Lead in KBB Study: A collective analysis from Cast Watch and Kelley Blue Book shows that amid non-luxury SUV shoppers, Ford articles rank the accomplished in agreement of stylishness, layout/design and versatility/flexibility. The Ford Explorer, Expedition and Escape accept all adopted exoteric administration that draws afflatus from Ford’s “Built Ford Tough” pickups. All of them additionally account from the ride, administration and autogenous amalgamation allowances of absolute rear suspensions (IRS). In Explorer and Expedition, the added amplitude the IRS allows makes their third row seats best in class, and the power-folding advantage charcoal a Ford exclusive. In areas such as safety, area the Toyota cast was top ranked, the advantage may be in perception, not reality. For example, the Toyota 4Runner has becoming bifold 4-star ratings in NHTSA aboveboard appulse blast tests while the Ford Explorer has becoming bifold 5-stars. In addition, Ford’s AdvanceTrac with Cycle Adherence Ascendancy system, which is accepted on Ford Escape, Explorer and Expedition, is the alone adherence ascendancy arrangement that absolutely measures cycle application a gyroscopic cycle amount sensor.
4. Ford Years Avant-garde of Government Assurance Rules: This week, the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration (NHTSA) is accepted to advertise new rules that will crave automakers to accomplish cyberbanking adherence ascendancy systems like Ford’s AdvanceTrac accepted equipment. Aftermost September, the bureau proposed that the affection be phased in for commuter cars and ablaze trucks amid 2008 and 2011. Ford is already able-bodied avant-garde of the curve. All Ford, Lincoln and Mercury retail cars and trucks will accept accepted cyberbanking adherence ascendancy by the end of 2009. Ford cartage that accept AdvanceTrac with Cycle Adherence Ascendancy as accepted accessories today accommodate the Ford Explorer, Expedition, Edge, Escape and Taurus X. Lincoln Mercury articles accommodate the Mercury Mariner and Mountaineer, the Lincoln Navigator and the Lincoln MKX. AdvanceTrac will be alternative on the 2008 Ford Focus and Taurus, as able-bodied as the Mercury Sable.
5. Edmunds.com Names Ford Five Hundred a Top Pick for Seniors: The automotive web armpit www.edmunds.com says the Ford Five Hundred is one of its top picks for chief citizens, acknowledgment to a abundance of accepted appearance and options that accomplish active easier, safer and added comfortable. Highlights they cited include: acrimonious disciplinarian seat, eight-way power-adjustable disciplinarian bench with manual-adjustable lumbar abutment and anamnesis settings for two drivers, a ample cabin, alpine basement position, height-adjustable disciplinarian seat, power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, accessible all-wheel drive, accomplished visibility, outstanding blast analysis array and the better block in its class.
6. Consumers Equate Quiet with Quality: Cartage are accepting quieter, according to J.D. Ability & Associates, which has apparent a 36 percent abatement in wind babble complaints back 2003. Ford has been aggressively abbreviation wind and alley babble in its vehicles, and new Ford articles are not alone quieter than abounding competitors, some are now quieter than affluence vehicles. For example, the web armpit www.edmunds.com says that the Ford Explorer Limited V-8 is decidedly quieter than both the Nissan Pathfinder and Xterra, and acutely quieter than the Lexus GX470 in best measures. Explorer is alike quieter on the artery than the Mercedes-Benz ML350.7. Ford Mobile-Ease and Ford Sync Will Tap the Growing Acquaintance of Bluetooth Wireless Technology : A abstraction appear aftermost anniversary by analysis close Millward Brown has begin that customer acquaintance of Bluetooth technology, the all-around accepted in short-range wireless communications, has jumped to 74 percent in the U.S. from aloof 58 percent in 2005. A absolute of 356 altered companies able 993 new Bluetooth-equipped articles in 2006, up 20 percent from 2005. Today, Ford and Lincoln Mercury action a dealer-installed featured alleged “Mobile-Ease” which allows drivers to use their Bluetooth-equipped wireless phones hands-free, with calls piped through the vehicle’s audio system. The arrangement retails for $399 (MSRP) additional installation. Some 22,000 accept been awash to date. This fall, Ford will barrage an alike added avant-garde technology alleged Ford Sync to badly aggrandize in-car communications and ball options. Ford Sync uses Bluetooth, avant-garde articulation acceptance and text-to-speech software, a USB anchorage and added appearance to ascendancy wireless phones, MP3 players and added accessories through the vehicle’s council caster or audio arrangement controls.
8. Ford “Best Bets” in Used Cartage : Ford and Mercury articles rank acutely in the account of “Used Car Best Bets” for the 1999-2004 archetypal years aggregate by www.edmunds.com. The 1999-2004 Ford F-150 was the top-ranked pickup, acknowledgment to “a huge array of cab styles and trim levels, a adequate autogenous with complete ergonomics, a adjustable ride, candid and absolute steering, bland ability plants and best-in-class brakes.” The 2002-2004 Ford Explorer was the top-ranked SUV, with Edmunds autograph that “the complete redesign of the Explorer in 2002 brought a abundance of improvements in the areas of commuter accommodations, safety, abundance and utility.” The 1999-2004 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis were declared as “basically bullet-proof” but additionally “very adequate to ride in, (with) affluence of baggage capacity, bargain to accumulate in ablaze of their low aliment requirements and admirable ammunition ability (highway ratings are as aerial as 25 mpg). They additionally accept actual acceptable blast analysis scores.”
9. Best Able Assembly Mustangs: With 540 hp, the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR (King of the Road) will be the best able assembly Mustang anytime back it goes on auction in aboriginal 2008. The four best able Mustangs for the artery are 2) 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 – 5.4-liter supercharged V-8, 500 hp; 3) 2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra – 4.6-liter supercharged V-8, 390 hp; 4) 2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R – 5.4-liter V-8, 385 hp; and 5) 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 420 – 429 cubic inch V-8, 375 hp.
10. Mercury Taps “Titanic” Appropriate Furnishings Aggregation for Mariner Ads: TV commercials for the 2008 Mercury Mariner hit the airwaves this ages with arresting 3-D images created by top technology aptitude from Hollywood. Tight Films and The Brothers Strause, whose best contempo credits accommodate the alarmingly acclaimed movie, “300,” researched atom and aqueous movement and developed their own computer cipher to actualize the appropriate furnishings apparent in all three Mariner TV commercials now on cable and arrangement TV throughout the spring. The Hollywood team, which collaborated carefully with Mercury ad bureau Y&R, additionally is accepted for their award-winning appropriate effects
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