Connected World Selects 2013 Ford Fusion Energi as Connected Car of the Year

 Connected World Selects 2013 Ford Fusion Energi as Connected Car of the Year

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oAll-new Ford Fusion Energi named Connected World Connected Car of the Year
    2013; Fusion Energi features standard SYNC^® with MyFord Touch^® to help
    drivers stay connected while keeping eyes on the road and hands on the
    wheel
  oMyFord^® Mobile smartphone app allows owners of plug-in hybrid and battery
    electric vehicles – including Fusion Energi, C-MAX Energi and Focus
    Electric – to keep track of battery charging, find nearby charging
    stations and minimize charging costs
  o2013 Fusion Energi offers the most complete advanced driver assist
    technologies of any midsize car

In an announcement at the 2013 International CES, Connected World Magazine has
awarded the all-new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid the midsize Connected
World Connected Car of the Year 2013.

Staying connected
The all-new Fusion offers the most complete array of advanced connectivity and
driver assist features of any mainstream sedan. The Fusion Energi plug-in
hybrid includes standard SYNC^® with MyFord Touch^® and compatibility with the
MyFord^® Mobile smartphone app.

"SYNC has helped us evolve as an automaker, to think and act more like a
technology company, with a new level of openness and access that has forever
changed how we look at our business and respond to our customers," said Paul
Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and
Innovation. "Ultimately, SYNC embodies one of the many things Ford is all
about: going further to transform innovative ideas into products that are
affordable, attainable and valuable for millions of people."

The award-winning SYNC connectivity system, available on all Ford Motor
Company vehicles enables drivers to connect their phones, tablets and digital
media players via Bluetooth^® or USB for hands-free calling and media playback
using simple voice commands. SYNC with SYNC Services offers a range of
services powered by the mobile data connection drivers already have. These
services include Traffic, Directions and Information, Vehicle Health Report,
911 Assist and more.

All Ford plug-in vehicles, including Fusion Energi, C-MAX Energi and Focus
Electric, feature the MyFord Mobile app that helps give owners the ability to
use any connected mobile phone with a data plan or computer with Internet
access when not operating a vehicle to:

  oFind current and projected state of charge information including estimated
    range and the amount of charge time necessary for additional travel
    distances
  oProgram vehicle charging with utility input, allowing the car to start
    charging immediately or when electricity prices are lowest with the value
    charging feature, powered by Microsoft
  oUsing features powered by MapQuest^®:

       oLocate charging stations and get the destination sent to the vehicle
       oKnow if the vehicle can reach a specific charge station from its
         current location with the current charge level
       oCreate a journey with multiple stops, and determine the likelihood
         the car has adequate charge for the full journey
       oFind the car by creating a route from a mobile phone to the vehicle

  oReceive alerts if the vehicle isn't charging when it's scheduled to, or if
    charging stops unexpectedly due to a power outage, plug removal or other
    event
  oReceive alerts during recharge when the vehicle has reached a particular
    preset charge level or has the ability to reach a particular destination
  oEngage remote vehicle preconditioning, using grid power to heat or cool
    the battery and vehicle interior
  oRemotely lock/unlock doors
  oUse the built-in GPS system to locate the car
  oDownload performance and system data
  oEarn various achievements for driving and ownership milestones that can
    then be posted to your Facebook or Twitter account
  oFun ways of understanding your driver behavior, with ratings from "Zen" to
    "zippy"
  oReceive information personalized, depending on which key used

The MyFord Mobile app is available for Apple iOS and Google Android.

Keeping the driver aware
Fusion Energi is available with a full suite of advanced driver assistance
technologies that help the driver be more aware of his or her surroundings by
providing alerts to potential hazards and active assistance to help avoid
accidents.

An array of radar, ultrasonic, optical and motion sensors around the car keep
the driver informed by looking into the spaces he or she can't see.

Available driver assist technologies include Lane-Keeping System, Driver Alert
System, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS ^ ®), active park assist,
cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and a rear
view camera.

"These new sensing technologies help extend the driver's own senses, providing
a level of assistance never before available to the family sedan buyer," said
John Jraiche, Ford Fusion chief engineer. "The all-new Fusion makes these
advanced technologies more affordable and available than ever before."

"We see the driver as always being at the center of control of the vehicle,"
added Mascarenas. "With improvements in sensing and control technologies, we
now provide unprecedented levels of assistance to our Fusion customers."

While understanding it is critical drivers retain full control of their
vehicle at all times, Ford engineers recognize there will always be situations
where they can use some help, so they've developed these driver assistance
technologies to help mitigate the risks. Until now, it's only been possible to
get many of these features in luxury cars costing $100,000 or more.

The story behind the new Fusion
For more on the new Ford Fusion, check out http://FordFusionStory.com, a
special mobile site featuring articles, videos and graphics that are easily
shareable directly from a smartphone, tablet or computer browser to Facebook,
Twitter, Google+ and blogs.

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 172,000 employees and 65 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.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Alan Hall, +1-313-575-1488, ahall32@ford.com; Amanda Zusman,
+1-313-322-3132, azusman@ford.com
 
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