Ford E-News - Dec. 22, 2010

Dec 22, 2010, 16:53 ET from Ford Motor Company

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

Attention, young families: Your C-MAX has landed

Ford introduces an affordable new family vehicle that combines outstanding driving dynamics with careful craftsmanship, class-leading fuel economy, meaningful technology and superior occupant safety. The all-new C-MAX – another vehicle from the Ford global product portfolio – defines the crossover space between car and minivan. With clever features like an industry-exclusive hands-free liftgate, which allows customers to use motion technology similar to that found in video games to open the rear hatch, C-MAX is a useful tool for today's busy families.  more...

Jason Teitler | |  313.614.4220

Reinvented Ford Explorer earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2011 Ford Explorer, which offers a suite of innovative safety technologies, is the latest Ford vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Ford now has eight vehicles on the road in the U.S. that have earned Top Safety Picks, which adds to its leading number of top U.S. safety ratings ever. The reinvented Explorer offers a class-leading array of airbags, including industry-exclusive inflatable second-row seat belts, Safety Canopy® side curtains, Trinity front crash architecture and collision warning with brake support.  more...

Wes Sherwood | |  313.390.5660

Road racing legend to help Focus Global Test drivers start something more

Veteran road racer Justin Bell will help to host Focus Global Test Drive participants, as they are among the first to put the all-new 2012 Ford Focus through its paces. The event will take place near Madrid Feb. 18-20, 2011. Bell teamed with his father Derek in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1992 through 1996, was the GT2 class winner in 1998 and was 2001 Trans-Am rookie of the year. Since 2008, Bell has served as an on-air personality on Speed Channel and as celebrity driving instructor on the "Jay Leno Show." Focus Global Test drivers will start something more than a car, by raising funds for the charitable organization of their choice.  more...

Mark Schirmer | |  313.390.8647

SYNC AppLink now available for free download

More than 11,000 owners of SYNC®-equipped Ford Fiestas can start celebrating the holidays now by treating themselves to the gift of AppLink, a free software program that gives SYNC users voice control of apps stored on their smartphone. The industry-first capability puts Ford out front in the race to integrate smartphone apps into the car. The AppLink download for Fiesta owners is live on the SYNC owner website.  more...

Alan Hall | |  313.594.3744

Baja race just a bump in the road for Ford F-150 EcoBoost

The Baja 1000 is known throughout the world as one of the toughest desert endurance races. The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost engine took on the extreme temperatures, rugged terrain and choking sands and didn't miss a beat, finishing the race in 38 hours. A new web documentary highlights this latest demonstration of the new EcoBoost truck engine's durability. more...

Anne Marie Gattari |  |  313.323.7809

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

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