Ford eNews & ndash; Aug. 10, 2011

Here comes the sun; Mustang makes Sexy Car Buyer's Guide; Two Ford vehicles earn spot on Back-to-School list; Two new V6 engines dominate F-150 sales; 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 offers ultimate in performance, style

Ford eNews – Aug. 10, 2011

Here comes the sun

Ford and SunPower Corp. have teamed up to offer an industry-first solar panel system that will allow Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi owners to "Drive Green for Life" by providing customers with enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the car. The 2.5-kilowatt rooftop system is comprised of the SunPower® E18 Series solar panels that produce an average of 3,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. These high-efficiency solar panels generate approximately 50 percent more electricity than conventional panels. It's an eco-friendly solution that perfectly complements Ford's plug-in products and other green initiatives.

Dan Pierce  |  |  313.594.0949

Mustang makes Sexy Car Buyer's Guide

Road & Travel Magazine has named the 2011 Ford Mustang Convertible – "pure muscle with peak performance" – to its 15th Annual Sexy Car Buyer's Guide, and can even envision George Clooney mesmerizing Malibu in the most iconic muscle car of all. Unlike competitors, say Road & Travel editors, the "fresh and defiant as ever" Mustang has never been out of the spotlight, and the car "balances its impressive power with refined handling, road-hugging finesse and the coolest profile around."

Octavio Navarro  |  |  313.845.2387

Two Ford vehicles earn spot on Back-to-School list

Kelley Blue Book's has announced its picks for the 2011 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars, a mix of both new and used cars and trucks. Ford has two vehicles on the list, the 2012 Focus and 2007 F-150. Young drivers love the Focus, kbb says, because "it looks cool on the outside, modern on the inside, handles with more than a hint of sportiness and offers advanced audio and information technology." For those who subscribe to "bigger is better," kbb says the 2007 F-150 is their back-to-school ride. It "boasts five-star NHTSA front crash ratings, beefy good looks and all the practical hauling and towing abilities afforded by a proper pickup truck."

Octavio Navarro  |  |  313.845.2387

Two new V6 engines dominate F-150 sales

With its powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, the 365-horsepower Ford F-150 EcoBoost® is outselling all other competitive six-cylinder trucks combined. The new EcoBoost V6 is one of four new fuel-efficient engines Ford introduced in the F-150 for 2011. Another of those new engines – a 3.7-liter, 302-horsepower V6 – also outsells all other competitive V6 engines in full-sized trucks from Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge and Toyota. According to sales data from J.D. Power and Associates, both new Ford truck engines accounted for 79.5 percent market share of V6 full-sized trucks sold in July.

Richard Truett  |  |  313.323.7045

2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 offers ultimate in performance, style

The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 delivers on the custom cool design the lineup is known for, with new snakeskin leather interior accents and a stylized bodyside graphic. Also new are the wheel design and a White Platinum Tri-Coat premium paint color. Combine that with a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine and plenty of technology, and it delivers power, capability and style like no other. The successful collaboration between Ford and Harley-Davidson has produced 10 F-150 models, as well as six Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models, and in 2009 the first Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck. Ford has sold more than 70,000 Ford Harley-Davidson F-Series trucks since the brands teamed up in 1999.

Richard Truett  |  |  313.323.7045