DEARBORN, Mich., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The new 2013 Ford Taurus SHO will hit movie screens across the country as part of its integration into Screen Gems' highly anticipated film "Think Like a Man," based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book, which opens in theaters April 20.
The new 2013 Taurus, arriving in dealers now, will be part of a scene that features Meagan Good's character Mya and Romany Malco's character Zeke as they get ready to head out for an evening on the town. Moviegoers will be able to watch Zeke use the upgraded MyFord Touch® entertainment system to set the mood for the date in addition to showing off the Taurus SHO's powerful 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine.
"This marks not only the first time the new Taurus SHO will appear in a major motion picture, but also a first when it comes to the MyFord Touch entertainment system being spotlighted in a film," said Crystal Worthem, Ford manager, Brand Content & Alliances. "This movie integration is a great opportunity for us to showcase the new 2013 Ford Taurus SHO to an audience that has traditionally been a purchaser and enthusiast of the Ford Taurus brand."
The film, based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book "Think Like a Man," follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Harvey's book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realizes they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book's insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own.
"The Taurus SHO was an ideal match for us because our film showcases progressive and professional guys showing their smarts and savvy while attempting to navigate the dating world," said Will Packer, producer of "Think Like a Man." "The 2013 Taurus and its features were an organic fit for these characters."
The film is directed by Tim Story and executive-produced by Steve Harvey, Rushion McDonald, Rob Hardy and Glenn S. Gainor. For more information, visit www.thinklikeaman-movie.com.
As part of promotional efforts tied to the film, Ford launched a co-branded 30-second promotional spot that will air on TNT and TBS in addition to co-branded radio spots that will run on the "Michael Baisden Show." In addition to the TV and radio efforts, Ford kicked off its social media activities tied to the film, which will include the chance for Facebook fans to check out exclusive video clips and images from the film online.
"The Ford brand has been integrated into a wide number of films in the past, and this happened to be an amazing opportunity for us to partner with Screen Gems on a movie that made perfect sense for the Taurus brand," said Worthem. "Of course, the opportunity to be associated with a film that involves one of our Ford partners, comedian Steve Harvey, made this integration an even more natural fit for us as we look to generate awareness around the new 2013 Taurus in the market."
New 2013 Ford Taurus SHO
The new Ford Taurus and Taurus SHO deliver more of what large sedan customers really want for the 2013 model year – more power, even better fuel economy, more technology, design refinement, improved craftsmanship and enhanced driving dynamics. Additionally, Taurus is the first car in Ford's North American lineup to offer the advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, combining a turbocharger with gasoline direct injection to deliver projected best-in-class fuel economy.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
About Screen Gems
Screen Gems is the specialty production division at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was created to finance and produce moderately budgeted films that are marketed to targeted audiences. Upcoming Screen Gems releases include Paul W.S. Anderson's RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez; and Benson Lee's BATTLE OF THE YEAR: THE DREAM TEAM starring Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, and Chris Brown.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
SOURCE Ford Motor Company