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Ford Announces New Finance Incentives

October 15, 2014

Ford announced some great new finance incentives for new car buyers just in the last few days.  Buyers of several vehicles lines including the 2014 Fusion, 2014 Mustang, 2014 Explorer, 2014 Edge, 2014 Expedition, and more have the opportunity to qualify for 0% APR for up to 72 months.  This program is set to expire on October 31, 2014.  This is not a very common program for Ford to run as they generally cap the 0% offers to 60 months, but right now they’ve elected to extend all the way to 72 months allowing qualified buyers to get that lower payment all while paying no interest.

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Ford’s Inflatable Seat Belts In Action

November 6, 2009

FORD INTRODUCES INDUSTRY’S FIRST INFLATABLE SEAT BELTS

November 6, 2009

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 5, 2009 – Ford Motor Company is bringing to market the world’s first automotive inflatable seat belts, combining attributes of traditional seat belts and air bags to provide an added level of crash safety protection for rear seat occupants.

The advanced restraint system is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries.

Ford will introduce inflatable rear seat belts on the next-generation Ford Explorer, which goes into production next year for the North American market. Over time, Ford plans to offer the technology in vehicles globally.

“Ford’s rear inflatable seat belt technology will enhance safety for rear-seat passengers of all ages, especially for young children who are more vulnerable in crashes,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environmental and Safety Engineering. “This is another unique family technology that builds on our safety leadership, including the most top safety ratings of any automaker.”

Safer and more comfortable

Advances in air bag inflation and seat belt construction methods have enabled Ford and its suppliers to develop inflatable seat belts that are designed to deploy over a vehicle occupant’s torso and shoulder in 40 milliseconds in the event of a crash.

In everyday use, the inflatable belts operate like conventional seat belts and are safe and compatible with infant and children safety car and booster seats. In Ford’s research, more than 90 percent of those who tested the inflatable seat belts found them to be similar to or more comfortable than a conventional belt because they feel padded and softer. That comfort factor could help improve the 61 percent rear belt usage rate in the U.S., which compares to 82 percent usage by front seat passengers, according National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

“Ford is pioneering inflatable seat belt technology to help enhance crash safety protection, while encouraging more people to buckle up with a more comfortable belt,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford vice president, Engineering, Global Product Development.

In the event of a frontal or side crash, the inflatable belt’s increased diameter more effectively holds the occupant in the appropriate seating position, helping to reduce the risk of injury.

Vehicle safety sensors determine the severity of the collision in the blink of an eye and deploy the inflatable belts’ air bags. Each belt’s tubular air bag inflates with cold compressed gas, which flows through a specially designed buckle from a cylinder housed below the seat.

The inflatable belt’s accordion-folded bag breaks through the belt fabric as it fills with air, expanding sideways across the occupant’s body in about the same amount of time it takes a car traveling at highway speed to cover a yard of distance.

The use of cold compressed gas instead of a heat-generating chemical reaction – which is typical of traditional air bag systems – means the inflated belts feel no warmer on the wearer’s body than the ambient temperature. The inflatable belts also fill at a lower pressure and a slower rate than traditional air bags, because the device does not need to close a gap between the belt and the occupant.

“It’s a very simple and logical system, but it required extensive trial and error and testing over several years to prove out the technology and ensure precise reliable performance in a crash situation,” said Srini Sundararajan, safety technical leader for Ford research and advance engineering.

The inflated belt helps distribute crash force energy across five times more of the occupant’s torso than a traditional belt, which expands its range of protection and reduces risk of injury by diffusing crash pressure over a larger area, while providing additional support to the head and neck. After deployment, the belt remains inflated for several seconds before dispersing its air through the pores of the air bag.

Ford’s safety leadership record continues to grow

The inflatable seat belt debuting on the next-generation Ford Explorer continues Ford’s record of safety innovation. Ford today has more 5-star U.S. government ratings and “Top Safety Picks” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety than any other automaker.

Ford was the first automaker to introduce seat belts in 1955 and led the way in making driver and front-passenger air bags standard in most vehicles by 1993.

This year, Ford introduced radar-enabled Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning with Brake Support and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA). These technologies – introduced on the new 2010 Ford Taurus and Fusion – help drivers avoid potential dangerous crash situations using radar to detect the relative position of other vehicles and warn the driver with a combination of visual and audio alerts.

Ford’s other recent seat belt and air bag innovations include the industry-first BeltMinder system in 2000, which the U.S. government credited with increasing front belt usage by 5 percent in Ford vehicles. On the 2002 Explorer, Ford launched the industry’s first rollover-activated side curtain air bags – called Safety Canopy – as well as Roll Stability Control technology that goes a step beyond traditional stability control systems by helping measure and prevent side-to-side skidding and dangerous situations that could lead to rollovers.

Ford also introduced on the 2009 F-150 and 2010 Taurus some of the industry’s first pressure-based air bag technologies that help deploy side air bags up to 30 percent faster.

Information obtained from Ford Motor Company.

Ford Advantage Plan

March 31, 2009

The Ford Advantage Plan lets you buy or lease a high-quality new Ford vehicle with the unparalleled peace of mind of the Ford payment protection program. 

Payment Protection Program – pays the monthly amount due on your new vehicle purchase/lease up to a maximum monthly benefit of $700, for a maximum of 12 benefit payments.

Ford has stepped up to the plate.  Just days after hearing GM's CEO stepped down, Ford stepped up and is offering amercians peace of mind when buying the highest quality Ford product ever built.  This ground breaking program will make up to 12 payments of up to $700 if you lose your job. 

Watch the announcement with Ford's President of the America's Mark Fields.

Still Ford Tough – No Bailout, No Problem

March 28, 2009

CBS interviews Ford's CEO Alan Mulally on "Early Across America.

The Facts

February 18, 2009

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SYNC Updates

February 17, 2009

Ford is making improvements to SYNC that include 911 assist, Traffic, Directions, and Information.  SYNC is powered by technology giant Microsoft and offers users complete hands-free control over blue-tooth compatible phones and mp3 players when plugged in to the USB port.  To learn more or to check for updates visit Ford's official website for all things SYNC www.syncmyride.com.

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Gas Saving Tips

February 17, 2009

Eco-Driving can improve your fuel economy by an average of 24%.  In the video below one of Ford's Eco-Driving instructors gives you a few tips on how to be a more fuel efficient driver.