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2017 Ford Escape Part of World’s Largest ‘Escape the Room’ Experience

If you haven’t had the chance for an ‘Escape the Room’ experience, then maybe it’s about time.  Ford is teaming up with the popular game to create the best experience yet!  The first-ever driveable game will allow participants to navigate through the game using the 2017 Escape’s latest technology, with the goal being to entice more millennial buyers.

“Younger, urban consumers today want to live through experiences and engage with brands that represent their lifestyle.  They are voracious consumers of life – they’re not spectators, they’re participants,” said the Ford experiential marketing manager, Ginger Kasanic.

Some of the technology incorporated into the game?  Remote start, rearview camera, seven-color ambient lighting, voice-to-text capabilities of SYNC 3 driver connect system, and so much more!

The game is open to the public for only 4 days, and within the first 24 hours, saw over 1,000 consumers sign up to play the game.  So what are you waiting for?  Learn the newest technology of the 2017 Ford Escape through a gaming experience like you’ve never seen before!

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2017 Ford Escape Technology Revealed in Hollywood Debut

The Ford Escape is the second-best-seller in the entirety of Ford’s lineup, eclipsed only by the wildly popular F-150 pickup truck. In the midst of the recent Los Angeles Auto Show’s festivities, the company unveiled the 2017 Escape under the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The Escape has met with incredible success despite the ruthless competition of the compact crossover segment, and this trend is predicted to continue, with significant improvements made to Ford Escape technology, as well as various other upgrades to the vehicle.

Even though the underlying platform of the Escape has not changed for the 2017 model year, the crossover is still being advertised by Ford as the next generation of the vehicle because the improvements and redesigns are just that drastic. A new, stylish design, revamped interior, and two new engines are only a small part of the Escape’s updated features.

One of the most striking things about the technology upgrades in the 2017 Escape is part of the new engines themselves. Both are turbocharged EcoBoost engines, which alone deliver outstanding fuel economy and power, but the addition of a new feature skyrockets these engines into more innovative territory – stop-start systems that automatically turn off the engine while the Escape is idling. This, according to engineers, will further improve fuel economy and is a crucial new aspect of Ford Escape technology.

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Ford Escape Named A Top Crossover for Under $30,000

2013 Ford EscapeOver the last few years, crossovers have quickly become a favorite among new car buyers, edging out minivans and SUVs thanks to their combination of sleek style and high fuel economy.  As the fastest growing division of the auto industry, competition among crossover vehicles is fierce; this works out well for consumers looking for a quality vehicle, but can make it tough to make a final decision.  To help with this choice, AOL Autos has named the best crossovers for under $30,000, and has named the 2013 Ford Escape as one of its top choices.

To determine the best crossovers on the market, AOL Autos looked at utility, performance, features, safety, and value.  The vehicle also had to be available (adequately equipped) for under $30,000.

Up until the 2013 model year, the Ford Escape had been considered a small SUV.  This year, the vehicle received a body style change, smoother lines, and improved fuel economy to become a strong competitor in the crossover market.  In its first year, the vehicle has already received ample recognition, including a spot on this list.  AOL Autos liked the Escape for its design, fuel economy, versatility, and drive.

To check out this top crossover, stop by your local Ford Dealer!

How Many Ping-Pong Balls Does the 2013 Ford Escape Hold?

It’s pretty easy for a car shopper to research the interior volume of a new vehicle.  For the automaker, however, determining those measurements isn’t quite as easy. Many areas of a car are cramped and/or irregular shaped, making it difficult to accurately determine their size.  This is why Ford n the all-new 2013 Ford Escape, Ford took a different approach to measuring the interior dimensions using Ping-Pong balls.

On previous Ford models, the automaker has measured the space the traditional way – with measuring tape and calculations.  However, engineers were dissatisfied with the accuracy this method provided, as curves made it difficult to be precise.  During a brainstorming session one day, one Ford engineer suggested using ping-pong balls instead.  According to Ford vehicle architecture supervisor Eric Jackson, “Ping-pong balls are more accurate than using a tape measure to get the volume of odd-shaped spaces like a glove compartment. [We] did some studies using ping-pong balls and found capacities were more consistently measured.”

The engineers developed a cubic measurement of one ping-pong ball, which takes the space between each ball when piled together into consideration.  This calculation, along with the number of balls that fit into a space, is used to measure the volume.  In the end, about 56,778 ping-pong balls fit into the Escape, giving the new crossover 68.1 cubic-feet of cargo volume with the seats folded down.

MyFord Touch Upgrade Coming Soon

Ford customers said MyFord Touch could be faster and feature simpler graphics that are easier to use and that’s exactly what Ford plans to deliver with a broad set of performance upgrades to the system – launching first on the new 2013 Ford Escape, Flex and Taurus.

Available early next year – and offered at no charge to existing MyFord Touch owners – the software upgrade enhances the ownership experience as it was developed by listening and responding to customer feedback.

 “SYNC has clearly been a game-changing technology and now we’re changing the game again, showing how quickly we can deliver more of what customers really want,” said Graydon Reitz, director, Ford Global Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Our strategy to create the SYNC software platform and add the customizable screens of MyFord Touch gives us a level of flexibility and speed to respond to customer input like never before seen in the auto industry.”

 The new touch-screen interface features simpler graphics and controls that are easier to use. Customers will also experience significantly faster touch-screen response times, one of the top requests from owners.

 New features include support for tablet devices and Audible.com audiobooks, improved navigation maps and enhanced voice recognition interaction.

 For a video demonstration of the improvements, please visit: http://youtu.be/c3k4iDZyhYE

 Listening to customers

Since MyFord launched last fall, Ford has held four customer clinics in which hundreds of owners talked directly to Ford engineers about their experiences with the new technology. Owner feedback was clear and consistent, revealing that MyFord Touch was a key purchase reason.

 A survey of 2011 Ford Edge owners shows that four of the top seven purchase reasons were elements of the MyFord Touch system: the touch screen, steering wheel controls, voice recognition and dashboard styling.  While owners reported that they love the system, there were distinct areas where they wanted improvements. Earlier this year, Ford started delivering on their requests, beginning with more instructions and information on how to best utilize the capabilities of the system.

Ford launched two programs modeled after what consumers experience when purchasing a new electronic device. First, the company added a new MyFord Touch owner support website featuring how-to videos at www.syncmyride.com. Second, free “SYNC My Ride” personalized training sessions for new owners are now offered through Ford dealers – scheduled at customers’ convenience.

 “The keys to continuous improvement are simple: Listen, learn and respond. That’s how we’re going to keep our customers happy,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, SYNC Platform Development. “Evolving the software with meaningful enhanced features was part of our plan from the very beginning. It’s no different than the experience with our smartphones and laptop computers – except now, it’s your car that gets better.”

 Upgrade your ride

All of the new improvements will be offered to existing owners of MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles, including the 2011 and 2012 models of Ford Explorer and Edge and the 2012 Focus.  

“We’re seizing the opportunity to continuously improve the Ford ownership experience, and revolutionize what it means to own a car,” said Reitz. “Introducing new technology is only one step in our journey to become known as a technology company. Consistently improving it based on what our customers are telling us marks another milestone in that journey.”

 Early next year, owners located in the U.S. will be mailed a USB flash drive with the software upgrade for installation that they can do at their own convenience. If they prefer, owners may also visit their local Ford dealer for the software installation. The upgrade mailing will include instructions informing owners how to simply plug the USB flash drive into the MyFord Touch Media Hub’s USB port in order for installation to automatically begin.

 New look

The visual enhancements to MyFord Touch are based on simplifying the graphics with larger, bolder fonts, removing low-priority visual content, and designing screens based on a consistent pattern. More than 1,000 screens in total have been updated with the improved look.

 “Our goal when designing the upgrade was to simplify the screens and give customers a fast and easy way to get information at any given moment,” said Jennifer Brace, User Interface Design engineer for Ford. “That meant removing buttons, relocating high-use controls closer to the driver’s reach, simplifying tasks and improving font size.”  The new fonts are as much as 40 percent larger on some redesigned screens. The fonts also are wider and bolder to provide easier legibility, particularly among the rapidly increasing number of drivers age 60 and older.

 New features

Ford also took the opportunity to update the performance of the system and add new features for customers to help them keep pace with the fast-moving consumer electronics market.

Faster touch-screen response time, for example, was a key request from owners. Initial testing shows that touch and voice response is at least two times faster than the current system.

 Also, the software upgrade includes the following enhancements:

  •  Improved voice recognition experience
  • Quicker voice recognition and faster command prompt when the voice button is pushed
  • Voice commands used in conjunction with navigation are simplified through elimination of the need to provide street direction, e.g., “Main Street” instead of “North Main Street”
  • Music requests are simpler by removing the need to include the additional song, album or artist information
  • Customers can find their favorite sports team in action via new Sirius Game Finder simply by saying a command such as “Tune to Detroit Lions game”
  • Tablet device compatibility
  • Music and other media content from most popular tablet computers like the Apple iPad can now be accessed through a simple USB connection
  • Audible.com audiobook support
  • Listen to Audible.com content using voice commands or the easy-to-use touch-screen controls
  • Connected navigation powered by TeleNav features new map data by NAVTEQ
  • Updated map views are richer and feature more 3D landmarks
  • Views of freeway junctions and signs are enhanced through photorealistic screen images
  • Smart routing options are provided based onhistorical traffic patterns
  • Phone compatibility
  • Automatic Bluetooth connection upon vehicle entry has been improved
  • Noise and echo cancellation during phone calls has been improved
  • Gracenote® album cover art database
  • Inclusion of the latest music metadata available enhancing the music playback experience
  • Improved voice recognition for music search allowing drivers to pinpoint artists with hard-to-pronounce names or nicknames

All New 2013 Ford Escape

All-New Ford Escape:

 Smarter, Saves Fuel &

 Money 

Ford’s newest SUV arrives next year, bringing clever technologies and features designed to make life easier, and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market.

Versatile vehicle features new hands-free technology – including liftgate with motion-sensing technology similar to video games’ and upgraded MyFord Touch system that makes connecting with digital devices on the go even easier.

New Escape’s projected fuel economy is up to 5 mpg better than outgoing Escape; 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines save customers fuel and money.

The Ford Escape, America’s best-selling SUV, will raise the bar even higher with the debut of an all-new model that features 11 new exclusive features and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market today.

“We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy.”

“Escape is America’s best-selling utility vehicle, and the Ford team has worked hard to make sure we deliver even more of what small SUV owners really want,” Kuzak said.

In addition to more cargo volume behind the first and second rows than today’s vehicle, the new Escape delivers:

  • Eleven features no other small SUV offers
  • Clever technologies that make Escape even more versatile, including an available hands-free power liftgate that allows quick and easy access to cargo with the kick of a foot
  • Projected best fuel economy of any compact SUV, up to 5 mpg better than previous Escape
  • Driving dynamics that make the drive experience more engaging on-road and a new Ford Intelligent 4WD System that provides even better traction off-road
  • Sleek new design, with better interior materials and more finishing touches

Escape technology makes life better
An array of clever technologies adds to the new Escape’s versatility, helping make life easier for its owners. Key features include:

An available hands-free power liftgate brings new technology to the SUV market and is enabled by motion technology used in today’s video game systems. A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates, unlocks and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob. This allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down packages or dig out keys. The same process closes the hatch.

SYNC with MyFord Touch, offers multiple ways for customers to manage and control information through voice commands, menus accessed through controls on the steering wheel, touch screens, buttons or knobs. Upgraded system includes new look, making phone, navigation, entertainment and climate controls even easier to use.

Parallel parking the Escape is virtually stress-free with active park assist. With the press of a button, the system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals.

Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways becomes even safer and less stressful with Escape’s sensor-based BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS displays an alert in the side mirror when a vehicle is detected entering a blind spot. Cross-traffic alert warns if traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when Escape is leaving a parking space in reverse.

The all-new Ford Escape is the first Ford SUV to combine class-exclusive technology to  automatically slow the vehicle when it’s cornering too fast (Curve Control) or help accelerate through a turn (Torque Vectoring Control); a new Intelligent 4WD System helps deliver outstanding handling on pristine pavement and in adverse conditions as well, along with  excellent traction off-road.

Spirited performance with outstanding fuel economy
Escape offers Ford’s broadest nameplate range of EcoBoost engine choices yet. Strong fuel economy comes from either the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes its American debut in the new Escape.

Both new engines combine EcoBoost’s core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver even better miles per gallon and save customers money on fuel.

In Escape, EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmissions, which are standard and allow drivers who want more hands-on experiences to manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter.

The gearbox features a new torque converter for improved driving feel, silky smooth shifts and even better fuel economy. Engineers also installed revised gear ratios for a balanced driving feel in all situations.

The standard engine in North America is an updated 2.5-liter, giving the new Escape a comprehensive lineup of four-cylinder offerings. It also is matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed.

Also aiding fuel economy is Escape’s sleeker design. The new model is nearly 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model.

Plus, the new Escape’s active grille shutter system, which is on all models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, reduces wind resistance. Grille slats stay open when extra engine cooling air is required, such as low-speed stop-and-go driving. When cruising on the highway at steady speeds, the grille slats automatically close to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

Versatility and capability come standard
Stowing and towing are even easier in the new five-passenger Escape, thanks to a low liftover height of 27 inches, more innovations and cargo volume that surpasses the outgoing Escape – with 68.1 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row.

The new Escape’s rear seats have been designed to fold flat easily. With the touch of a button, the head restraint folds down and with the lift of a handle on the seat, the seatback folds and dives as the seat folds flat and clicks into position.

Escape also features an available two-position load floor, which can be configured to allow the customer to choose among maximum luggage volume or flat load floor.

When properly equipped, the all-new Escape maintains a trailer tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

Engaging driving performance through seamless system
Using new advanced software and sensors, the new Intelligent 4WD System analyzes data from 25 external signals, including wheel speed, accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, assessing road conditions and driver input 20 times faster than the blink of an eye.

The system uses all the sensor inputs to turn the vehicle in the direction the driver wants it to go. Intelligent 4WD builds on the pre-emptive actions by adding and subtracting torque as needed through an electromagnetic clutch.

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Ford Finds New Use for Plastic Bottles

Ford is saving millions of plastic bottles from landfills for the next Ford Escape. The automaker has announced plans to recycle bottles to be used in the carpeting for the all-new SUV, which will make its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th.

These bottles will undergo extensive testing to ensure their durability. Ford engineers will look for “chalking – when the fibers degrade and mash themselves to form a white residue – when conducting these tests. Chalking, or dusting, is a precursor to a hole forming in the carpet.

Another way Ford will help diminish wear is by backing the carpeting with cast foam, which creates smoother backing and helps to reduce road noise.

Each Escape will use 25 20-ounce plastic bottles that were destined for landfills.  This means that more than 4 million bottles can be diverted from landfills, based on current sales data.

Ford and Zipcar Bring the Focus and Escape to College Students Nationwide

Ford has joined Zipcar to bring 1,000 Ford Focuses and Escapes to college campuses around the country over the next 2 years. These Ford vehicles will be used in Zipcar’s car-sharing service to help college students get around and to introduce Ford cars to a new generation of drivers.

The Focus and Escape will be available to students at over 250 colleges. 650 Focus SEL Hatchbacks and Escape Limiteds will be purchased this year, with 1,000 going out over the course of the next two years.

Ford has made the deal a little sweeter for Zipcar’s college consumers as well.  The automaker will knock $10 off of the $35 annual membership fee for the first 100,000 new University program members, and lower the hourly rate by $1 for the first one million hours of use on any of the new Fords.

This deal makes Ford Zipcar’s largest OEM partner in the university program.

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