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Ford to Sell Inflatable Seat Belt Technology

Inflatable Seat BeltDo you want your friends and family to be in the safest vehicle possible? Of course! Safety is always a concern that tops the priority list for auto manufacturers, dealerships, and consumers alike.

Ford has engineered the technology that will be the next big thing in passenger safety, inflatable seatbelts.  The inflatable seat belts, along with a whole suite of safety technology, is appearing in a select group of 2015 Ford vehicles such as the Explorer, Fusion, and F-150.  The purpose of these new seat belts is to properly distribute the forces that are impacted on a passenger during the event of a car crash.  The inflatable seat belts look and work just like a normal seat belt, unless in the event of a crash in which they will deploy.

Ford will be selling this technology and wants to increase the awareness of passenger safety. Bill Coughlin, the President and CEO of Ford Global Technologies, said, “In this case, the wider adoption of inflatable safety belts has the potential to make travel safer and help mitigate passenger injuries – especially among children and the elderly.”

Sanderson Ford is not only concerned with the safety of their customers, but the safety of all.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Named Connected Car of the Year

Ford Fusion InteriorThe awards continue to roll in for the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion.  The most recent accolade comes from Connected World Magazine, who named the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi as its 2013 Connected Car of the Year.

Ford did not simply give the Fusion a new award-winning exterior design when it redesigned the sedan for 2013.  The Michigan dealer placed a premium on in-car connectivity, and the 2013 Fusion boasts the most complete array of convenience and entertainment features of any sedan in its class.  The 2013 Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid that is equipped with standard features, including SYNC® with MyFord Touch® and the unrivaled connectivity of 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.”

AOL Autos Names 2013 Ford Fusion “Car of the Year”

2013 Ford FusionThe awards and accolades continue to roll in for the 2013 Ford Fusion.  First it was awarded the Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance, then it earned the right be called the most fuel efficient midsize sedan in America and after that it was honored with IIHS Top Safety Pick, with numerous other accommodations coming falling in between.

Most recently, AOL Autos named the 2013 Ford Fusion its 2012 Car of the Year. “…our number-one new car of the year is the 2013 Ford Fusion–boldly redesigned to not only raise the bar from the original Fusion, but to meet the stalwarts of the category… pound for pound and dollar for value for performance, value and quality,” said AOL Autos in its review.

The 2013 Fusion is accomplishing everything and more that Ford hoped it would, and the Michigan automaker believes it will be the first in a long lineup of elite Ford vehicles.

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

The 2013 Ford Fusion Named Best Redesigned Vehicle

2013 Ford FusionThe accolades and accommodations continue to roll in for the 2013 Ford Fusion.  The most recent comes from Kelley Blue Book who named the Ford Fusion the Best Redesigned Vehicle for 2013.

“More than a handful of vehicles made the short list of finalists for this year, but ultimately the 2013 Ford Fusion was named KBB.com’s 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle with impressive gains in design, technology and fuel economy,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Ford completely redesigned the Fusion for the 2013 model year.  The exterior was masterfully remodeled and has since won awards for its sleek, bold styling.  Ford added several versatile powertrain options to accommodate every driver’s needs.  KBB credited every aspect of the redesign for the 2013 Fusion’s award.

 “Outside, the new Fusion is clearly the hottest-looking car in a class with no fewer than 13 other entrants.  The interior is just as striking, and a variety of technological enhancements and choice of five powertrains is just icing on the cake.  Whatever mix of value, power and fuel efficiency you’re looking for in a mid-size sedan, the new Fusion has it,” said Nerad.

Ford’s Random Acts of Fusion

Ford is asking you to give Random Acts of Fusion a try.  The automaker has enlisted Ryan Seacrest, Joel McHale, and Kate Micucci in a social consumer campaign to help fans experience the redesigned 2013 Fusion.  In one of the first Random Acts of Fusion, Ford is giving you the opportunity to drive the sedan for a day while a film crew documents your adventure with the new Fusion.

To enter the contest, visit http://randomactsoffusion.com.  Next, describe the adventure, including your destination, you would take with the 2013 Fusion in 300 characters or less.  A judging panel will consider the sentimental value, humor, thoughtfulness, and creativity of each adventure and select five winners.  If you win, you get to select one guest to fly with you to your destination for three days and four nights.  On one of those days, you will get to drive the 2013 around while being filmed.  Ford will then edit the footage from each of the five winners into one documentary. The contest ends September 17, 2012.

Another Random Act of Fusion includes placing 100 Fusions at various locations in the U.S. throughout the summer.  The cars will be hidden, and finding one will result in a prize, such as free coffee and food.  More events and activities can be found on the Random Acts of Fusion website.


2013 Ford Fusion makes Techno Music

Ford recently provided three Detroit-area techno artists full access to the 2013 Ford Fusion so they could create unique techno tracks by using only the sounds of the vehicle. Ford’s partnership with the techno artists comes from its sponsorship of the Movement of Electronic Music Festival in Detroit.  The three-day music event is a celebration of all forms of electronic music.

Joshua Harrison, Keith Kemp and Tom Newman recorded almost every noise the 2013 Ford Fusion made to use in their respective tracks.  Everything from the windows going up and doors closing, to the different emergency chimes were utilized in creating the techno tracks.  To listen to the tracks, visit http://soundcloud.com/fordfusion or view the “making of” video below.

Music isn’t the only art form the 2013 Fusion is mastering.  The 2013 Ford Fusion was recently won the 2012 Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance.  The award, commonly known as the Ritvo, honors the best in design in the automotive world, and the 2013 Ford Fusion stood out for its innovative style and elegance.


New Ford Fusion Named Best in Show at NAIAS

The North American International Auto Show is always a place where automakers go to show off their most impressive new designs, far-out concepts, and advancements in technology.  With so much competition, it can be hard to impress.  However, Ford didn’t seem to have this problem at the 2012 show last week, thanks to the debut of the redesigned 2013 Fusion.  In fact, the new sedan was named “Best in Show” by AutoWeek.

Even AutoWeek was taken aback by their decision to choose an everyday sedan.  According to Editor Wes Raynal, “It’s very rare for a midsize sedan to win Best in Show. I think it’s the first of a lot of awards the Fusion is going to win this year.” And so far, he’s right.  The new Fusion also received EyesOn Design recognition from the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology during the show.

Aside from its sleek new design, other features that had onlookers craving more include impressive fuel economy predictions, thanks to EcoBoost technology and a hybrid model, Ford’s new Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and Ford’s BLIS with cross-traffic alert.  Even long-time Chief Creative Officer J Mays is excited, stating that “I’ve been with the company for 13 years and I can truly say this is the best car ever to come out of the design and engineering center in Dearborn. We are delighted for the entire global design team, because this really was a global effort.”

Ford Reveals 2013 Fusion and Makes Big Announcement in Detroit

Ford made a big splash at the North American International Auto Show this week with the official debut of the 2013 Ford Fusion. The automaker also announced plans for a plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi a few months after the Fusion arrives in showrooms.

2013 Ford Fusion

The 2013 Fusion joins many other sedans in offering a 4-cylinder engine only. Other updates to the sedan include new styling that resembles a four door coupe more than a standard sedan and a multitude of standard and optional features. These features include the latest version of SYNC with MyFord Touch, BLIS, SOS post-crash alert, and an optional lane-keeping aid.  A hybrid model of the Fusion will also be available, with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, based on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

While news of a redesigned Fusion has been floating around for months, the announcement of the Fusion Energi took everyone by surprise.  According to Ford, this PHEV will receive an EPA fuel mileage estimate over 100 MPGe. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will go on sale about five months after the Fusion’s release in late summer or early fall of this year.

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