Ford E-News - Oct. 13, 2010

Oct 13, 2010, 15:15 ET from Ford Motor Company

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ --

Ford's hot-selling Fiesta heads to SEMA

Ford Fiesta will take center stage at this year's SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas. Fiesta provides the perfect platform for customers and aftermarket companies looking to express themselves in a fun, unique way. Owners have already begun customizing their Fiestas with graphics and accessories available through Ford, and SEMA takes that customization to the next level. Ford Racing Performance Parts is outfitting a concept Fiesta in a way that is sure to get the hearts of high-performance enthusiasts pumping. The Fiesta will have a production-based 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ engine, enlarged to 2.3 liters to pump out 350 horsepower.  more...

Patrick Hespen | |  313.206.3902

Ford Focus Electric owners to get an easy handle on recharging

When Ford debuts its all-new Focus Electric in late 2011, customers will learn a new way of "refueling" – plugging in instead of gassing up. While most owners are expected to recharge the zero-emissions, gas-free Focus Electric at home with an optional wall-mounted 240V charging station, they also will have the ability to recharge at remote locations with a standard 120V convenience cord. Ford and supplier partner Yazaki used internal ergonomic studies to design the convenience cord, drawing inspiration from hockey sticks, curling irons and tennis racket handles.  more...

Dan Pierce | |  313.594.0949

Ford software kit helps move toward seamless integration in the car

Ford is starting to release its Software Development Kit (SDK) to a new set of smartphone app developers so they can modify existing apps to work hands-free using voice recognition through Ford SYNC® for safer command and control while driving. The SDK release marks the latest move by Ford to forge a more collaborative bond with the wireless, consumer electronics and app developer communities to create a safer and smarter in-car connectivity experience. Ford is reviewing more than 1,000 submissions made on the SYNC Developer website for future SDK release; first app partners include Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak, with more to be announced soon.  more...

Alan Hall | |  313.594.3744

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 159,000 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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