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Ford wows at Frankfurt; Ford and Bug Labs develop open source R&D platform; First CNG-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis hit the streets of California; Select 'smart' vehicle systems selling at double, triple anticipated rates; 12,000-plus Ford volunteers tackle hundreds of community projects

Ford wows at Frankfurt; Ford and Bug Labs develop…

Ford wows at Frankfurt

Ford introduced a host of major vehicle and technology offerings at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show, including the first production applications for its smallest-ever EcoBoost® engine – a 1.0-liter three-cylinder. Initially, the EcoBoost will provide fuel-efficient power for three models in Europe, then ultimately be available in North America, China and other regions. And finally, the covers are off the production version of Ford's first global performance car, the Focus ST, boasting exceptional handling and eye-catching style. Focus ST will launch in 2012 and be sold in more than 40 countries. The most exciting Fiesta yet, the dynamic, high-performance Fiesta ST Concept was also revealed at Frankfurt, along with Ford's ultra-low-CO2 ECOnetic technology range.

Mark Schirmer  |  mschirme@ford.com  |  313.390.8647

Ford and Bug Labs develop open source R&D platform

Ford and Bug Labs are exploring the next frontier in how to make SYNC® connectivity more available, affordable and personalized for the hundreds of millions of people around the world expected to buy a vehicle by 2020. Ford and Bug Labs, an open-source hardware and software provider, together will research, develop and distribute open-source developer tools to advance in-car connectivity. Known as "OpenXC," the research platform will enable the developer community to quickly prototype ideas and test out affordable new connectivity concepts that could enhance future Ford products.

Alan Hall  |  ahall32@ford.com  |  313.594.3744

First CNG-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis hit the streets of California

California's first compressed natural gas (CNG) Ford Transit Connect Taxis are now in service in the greater Los Angeles area, giving taxi owners, drivers and passengers a chance to help the environment one small trip at a time. California Yellow Cab of Orange County now has 10 Transit Connect Taxis in service, which are part of an order of 50 units. In addition, Yellow Cab of Anaheim ordered 69 units, bringing the total number of CNG Transit Connect Taxis that will soon be servicing Southern California to more than 100.

Dan Pierce  |  dpierc41@ford.com  |  313.594.0949

Select 'smart' vehicle systems selling at double, triple anticipated rates

Ford customers are buying vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems at rates sometimes double or triple what was originally forecast. Increasing interest in these "smart" features goes hand-in-hand with the focus by Ford on delivering technologies that can help drivers avoid a crash, and is allowing for customers to embrace state-of-the-art systems like BLIS® and adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support.

Wes Sherwood  |  wsherwoo@ford.com  |  313.390.5660

12,000-plus Ford volunteers tackle hundreds of community projects

Thousands of members of the Ford Volunteer Corps with hammers, hoes and helping hands are tackling more than 200 community projects on six continents as part of the 2011 Ford Global Week of Caring. For the sixth straight year, Ford employees and retirees are joining together with employees of Ford dealerships to make a world of difference. In six years, the number of volunteers has grown from 1,200 to more than 12,000.

Della DiPietro  |  ddipietr@ford.com  |  313.720.8095

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