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Ford Fusion Named Best Affordable Family Car

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For anyone considering an affordable midsize car, U.S. News & World Report suggests the 2011 Ford Fusion. In a recent comparison of 19 vehicles, the Fusion came out on top for its family-friendly qualities, including its impeccable safety and reliability. Last year, the Fusion received a mid-life refresh to to help it standout from the competition. Although the Fusion is largely unchanged for the 2011 model year, it does feature attractive new features such as Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors and HD Radio. The interior is otherwise well-engineered and well-appointed. Families will especially appreciate two exciting technologies on the Fusion — MyKey and SYNC. MyKey comes standard on the Fusion, and it keeps young people safe by limiting their top speed to 80 mph, limiting radio volume to 45 percent, chiming continuously when seat belts aren’t buckled and providing low-fuel warnings. SYNC is Ford’s award-winning infotainment system that allows drivers to control smart phone apps and mp3 players through voice commands. Interestingly, U.S. News & World Report is just one of many publications to recently sing the Fusion’s praises: ” The Fusion is much improved from bumper to bumper, and it’s better prepared than ever to meet the high expectations of mid-sized sedan buyers.” — Car and Driver “Before you write off the 2010 Fusion as a warmed-over version of the previous model, we suggest you take one for a test-drive. The old Fusion was already a pretty good midsize sedan, and thanks to Ford’s determination to rectify its flaws, the new one’s even better.” — Edmunds “For a reasonable price you can pick up a decently equipped, nicely sized, attractive sedan that can accommodate a family of four in comfort, yet still be fun to drive.” — Autoblog “Regardless of which model suits your fancy, Ford’s midsize sedan offers a depth and breadth of trim levels, powertrains, and features that few rivals can match.” — Consumer Guide “Although much of the basic platform engineering on this front-drive/all-wheel drive four-door remains shared with its former Mazda stable mate, the MAZDA6, both its exterior and interior have be transformed to reflect a more youthful and contemporary flavor.” — Kelley Blue Book Many car reviewers and journalists agree that the Ford Fusion is a great vehicle for small families. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s got good looks, offers safety and strong fuel economy, and won’t break the bank, the Fusion is worth a look.


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For anyone considering an affordable midsize car, U.S. News & World Report suggests the 2011 Ford Fusion. In a recent comparison of 19 vehicles, the Fusion came out on top for its family-friendly qualities, including its impeccable safety and reliability.

Last year, the Fusion received a mid-life refresh to to help it standout from the competition. Although the Fusion is largely unchanged for the 2011 model year, it does feature attractive new features such as Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors and HD Radio. The interior is otherwise well-engineered and well-appointed.

Families will especially appreciate two exciting technologies on the Fusion — MyKey and SYNC. MyKey comes standard on the Fusion, and it keeps young people safe by limiting their top speed to 80 mph, limiting radio volume to 45 percent, chiming continuously when seat belts aren’t buckled and providing low-fuel warnings. SYNC is Ford’s award-winning infotainment system that allows drivers to control smart phone apps and mp3 players through voice commands.

Interestingly, U.S. News & World Report is just one of many publications to recently sing the Fusion’s praises:

  • ” The Fusion is much improved from bumper to bumper, and it’s better prepared than ever to meet the high expectations of mid-sized sedan buyers.” — Car and Driver
  • “Before you write off the 2010 Fusion as a warmed-over version of the previous model, we suggest you take one for a test-drive. The old Fusion was already a pretty good midsize sedan, and thanks to Ford’s determination to rectify its flaws, the new one’s even better.” — Edmunds
  • “For a reasonable price you can pick up a decently equipped, nicely sized, attractive sedan that can accommodate a family of four in comfort, yet still be fun to drive.” — Autoblog
  • “Regardless of which model suits your fancy, Ford’s midsize sedan offers a depth and breadth of trim levels, powertrains, and features that few rivals can match.” — Consumer Guide
  • “Although much of the basic platform engineering on this front-drive/all-wheel drive four-door remains shared with its former Mazda stable mate, the MAZDA6, both its exterior and interior have be transformed to reflect a more youthful and contemporary flavor.” — Kelley Blue Book

Many car reviewers and journalists agree that the Ford Fusion is a great vehicle for small families. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s got good looks, offers safety and strong fuel economy, and won’t break the bank, the Fusion is worth a look.

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Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies

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A focus on real-world math, science and technology skills and workplace experience helps prepare students to succeed in challenging careers.


A focus on real-world math, science and technology skills and workplace experience helps prepare students to succeed in challenging careers.

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Disaster Preparedness

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By providing training, certification programs and skill set registrations, we are educating and empowering volunteers to participate in safe, volunteer-appropriate relief and recovery activities.


By providing training, certification programs and skill set registrations, we are educating and empowering volunteers to participate in safe, volunteer-appropriate relief and recovery activities.

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Ford eNews – Aug. 17, 2011

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AutoPacific: Ford delivers tops in what customers want; F-150 EcoBoost Challenge puts consumers to the test; Ford performance on display at Woodward Dream Cruise; Boss Track Attack program goes live; Ford electrifies DTE Energy with Transit Connect Electric vans


AutoPacific: Ford delivers tops in what customers want; F-150 EcoBoost Challenge puts consumers to the test; Ford performance on display at Woodward Dream Cruise; Boss Track Attack program goes live; Ford electrifies DTE Energy with Transit Connect Electric vans

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Ford eNews – Aug. 24, 2011

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Ford, Toyota to work together on new hybrid system for trucks, SUVs; U.S. News & World Report: Ford cars make family life easier; New Ford Focus to hit the streets for LG Electronics; Ford F-250 Super Duty breaks two land speed records; Consumers drive development of in-dash display for Ford Focus Electric


Ford, Toyota to work together on new hybrid system for trucks, SUVs; U.S. News & World Report: Ford cars make family life easier; New Ford Focus to hit the streets for LG Electronics; Ford F-250 Super Duty breaks two land speed records; Consumers drive development of in-dash display for Ford Focus Electric

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Ford, Zipcar Bring Future of Transportation to Newest Generation of Drivers at U.S. Universities

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP) – the world’s leading car-sharing network – today announced a new strategic alliance establishing Ford as Zipcar’s largest university vehicle partner, reaching students at more than 250 U.S. campuses.


Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP) – the world’s leading car-sharing network – today announced a new strategic alliance establishing Ford as Zipcar’s largest university vehicle partner, reaching students at more than 250 U.S. campuses.

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Head’s Up: Ford Increases Soy Content in Foam, Adds Head Restraint as Newest Component for Sustainable Material

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Ford and Lear Corporation are taking another leap forward in sustainable technology with the introduction of new head restraint foam that has 25 percent of the polyol replaced with soy.


Ford and Lear Corporation are taking another leap forward in sustainable technology with the introduction of new head restraint foam that has 25 percent of the polyol replaced with soy.

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Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta Gets SYNC

Ken Block and the Monster World Rally Team’s multidiscipline rally H.F.H.V. (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle) Ford Fiesta is already a high-tech marvel, but it’s now on the cutting edge of automotive tech because it has been fitted with Ford SYNC . With SYNC, Block’s Fiesta will allow him to enjoy a multitude of award-winning in-car connectivity and communications features including hands-free, voice-activated calling, and the ability to play his favorite music via Pandora. “I love my new Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. race car because it’s one of the most unique competition race cars on the planet and is capable of doing many different styles of driving. One unique feature of this car is that it still has SYNC hooked up inside. So whenever I’m transitioning between rally stages or just driving around town, I’m able to make phone calls, have my texts read to me, look up businesses and listen to my favorite driving songs – it’s awesome!” Since being introduced in 2007, SYNC has been installed in more than 3 million Ford vehicles. Over the years, it has become a must-have technology for many new car buyers, and, according to Ford, more than 76 percent of current SYNC users say they would recommend the system to other customers. “We are excited to partner with Ken to be able to showcase how intuitive and powerful SYNC technology is, even while he has to be laser-focused on his driving,” said Cole Buccafurri, Digital Marketing Communications, Ford Motor Company. “Ken is an artist of his craft and we thought this would be an amazing opportunity to leverage his skills to connect this great technology with his great fans.” One thing SYNC won’t do for Block is provide turn-by-turn directions, which isn’t legal in rally racing competitions. So, Block’s longtime co-driver Alex Gelsomino isn’t out of a job just yet.

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U.S. News & World Report: Ford cars make family life easier

Three Ford vehicles are among U.S. News’ 2011 Best Cars for Families. Safety, reliability, comfort and affordability are paramount when shopping for cars, and the Best Cars for Families award winners are the vehicles that do best in their class on those attributes. Ford winners include the 2011 Ford Fusion as the midsize car, the 2011 Ford Taurus in the large car group and the 2011 Ford Explorer as the best off-road SUV. Click here for the full release.

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New Ford Focus Becomes “LG Brand Ambassador”

Consumer electronics giant LG has selected the 2012 Ford Focus for its “LG Brand Ambassador” team of in-store merchandising experts. The company’s fleet of 200 Focus hatchbacks will be wrapped in LG’s famous logo and “Life’s Good” slogan, and they will help educate consumers about LG products. LG selected the Focus for its fleet due to its fuel-efficient and innovative attributes. According to James Fishler, senior vice president, Go-to-Market Operations, LG Electronics USA, the Focus’ qualities resonate with LG’s own brand attributes of stylish design and smart technology. “We selected the Focus based on its striking design, fuel economy and functional flexibility,” Fishler said. “Its SYNC hands-free technology also enables us to communicate with our team in a safe way. In all, the Ford Focus attributes resonate with our brand attributes of stylish design and smart technology, making it an easy choice.” LG Brand Ambassadors will be working with consumers and appliance retailers alike. They’ll be on the road constantly as they traverse the country, which is where the Focus’ 40 mpg highway fuel economy rating will be essential. “Focus has been a game changer for the segment,” said Paul Russell, Focus brand manager. “Traditionally, small cars meant econoboxes. Ford Focus, with its sporty design and content-rich options, gives customers more choice since they no longer have to sacrifice creature comforts for fuel economy.” Not only are commercial customers, like LG, attracted to the new Focus due to its fuel economy, but they’re also eager to take advantage of the car’s safety rating and high residual value. And, with innovative features such as voice-activated SYNC, active park assist to help with parallel parking, rear view camera, and the Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system, the Focus stands apart from others in the compact car segment.

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