Ford eNews & ndash; Aug. 24, 2011

Ford, Toyota to work together on new hybrid system for trucks, SUVs; U.S. News & World Report: Ford cars make family life easier; New Ford Focus to hit the streets for LG Electronics; Ford F-250 Super Duty breaks two land speed records; Consumers drive development of in-dash display...

Ford eNews – Aug. 24, 2011

Ford, Toyota to work together on new hybrid system for trucks, SUVs

Ford and Toyota – the two leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles – announced they will equally collaborate on the development of an advanced new hybrid system for light truck and SUV customers. Ford and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding on the product development collaboration, with the formal agreement expected by next year. The new hybrid powertrain will bring the full hybrid experience of greater fuel economy to a new group of customers without compromising the capability they require in their trucks and SUVs.

Said Deep  |  sdeep@ford.com  |  313.594.0942

U.S. News & World Report: Ford cars make family life easier

Three Ford vehicles are among U.S. News' 2011 Best Cars for Families. Safety, reliability, comfort and affordability are paramount when shopping for cars, and the Best Cars for Families award winners are the vehicles that do best in their class on those attributes. Ford winners include the 2011 Ford Fusion as the midsize car, the 2011 Ford Taurus in the large car group and the 2011 Ford Explorer as the best off-road SUV. Click here for the full release.

New Ford Focus to hit the streets for LG Electronics

LG Electronics USA has selected the 2012 Ford Focus as the vehicle of choice for its "LG Brand Ambassador" team of in-store merchandising experts. A fleet of 200 Focus hatchbacks will take to the roads creatively wrapped in LG's famous logo and "Life's Good" slogan. The Ford Focus was selected for its fuel-efficient and innovative attributes that resonate with LG's own brand attributes of stylish design and smart technology.

Octavio Navarro  |  onavarr1@ford.com  |  313.845.2387

Ford F-250 Super Duty breaks two land speed records

Ford F-Series is known for its unparalleled capability and power, but now it's found a place in the history books: Hajek Motorsports broke two land speed records using both a diesel and biodiesel-powered 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Using a mostly stock truck with the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8, the team achieved a speed of 171.123 mph on regular diesel and 182 mph on B20 biodiesel. Ford engineers teamed up with Hajek Motorsports to make modifications to the production-level truck.

Henry Platts  |  hplatts@ford.com  |  313.248.8812

Consumers drive development of in-dash display for Ford Focus Electric

Potential customers are getting a chance to help develop the final in-dash display for the Ford Focus Electric through the use of a specially designed driving simulator. The feedback helps Ford engineers make sure the unique extension of the MyFord Touch® interactive display is easy to use and meets the needs of future Focus Electric owners. In the simulator, a user sees exactly the same information that would appear in the real Focus Electric, including two 4.2-inch full-color LCD screens that provide details on battery state of charge, distance to charge point, corresponding budget and expected range surplus.

Dan Pierce  |  dpierc41@ford.com  |  313.594.0949

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