Archive for March 2012

Ford’s MyKey Gains Popularity

For the 2010 model year, Ford released an innovative technology designed to help parents encourage safety of their teenage drivers.  This system, known as MyKey has been gaining popularity ever since.

Ford’s MyKey feature is now standard on nearly all Ford and Lincoln models and allows parents to program a key that can limit the vehicle’s top speed and audio volume.  The system can also be programmed to sound chimes at 45, 55 and 65 mph.

“Ford not only offers industry-leading crash protection and crash avoidance systems, we also are committed to developing new technologies such as MyKey that encourage safer driving behavior,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “MyKey can help promote safer driving, particularly among teens, by encouraging safety belt use, limiting speed and reducing distractions.”

To find out more about the MyKey program or other innovative and special technologies Ford provides, contact Sound Ford.

Ford To Offer Diesel Version of New Commercial Van

The new commercial cargo and passenger van for the Ford brand is set to release next year and will replace the current E-series and Econoline.  Though we don’t know any specifics of the new van, we do now that we’ll get to choose between a diesel engine and a regular gasoline-fueled engine.

This new van, called the Transit, will be the only large van available with a diesel engine in North America.  The last one was a diesel E-Series van from Ford, but stopped after the 2008 model year because of emission law changes.

In addition to the diesel engine option, Ford will also be offering a 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine with 6 cylinders.  This smaller direct-injection turbocharged engine will be combined with a lighter van for a 25% fuel efficiency improvement over the E-Series.

Kevin Koswick, Ford director of North American Fleet told media, “With fleet operators facing skyrocketing fuel prices and constant pressure to reduce costs, Ford continues to expand its range.”

To take a look at any Ford vehicle today, contact Sound Ford.