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Ford F-150 Named Top Safety Pick

May 26th, 2011

The 2011 Ford F-150 SuperCrew has been crowned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Do you realize how stoked we are about that? It means Ford now has 11 vehicles on the road in the U.S. with an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating: 2011 models of the Explorer, Edge, Fusion, Fiesta (for those built after July 2010), Flex and Taurus as well as the Lincoln MKS, MKT, MKX (built after February 2011) and MKZ. Pardon us while we gloat for a moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Could Your Vehicle Seat Predict a Heart Attack?

May 25th, 2011

When it comes to dangers on the road, we’re going to guess you immediately think of people who aren’t paying attention because they are texting while driving, distracted by who knows what or the like. What probably doesn’t come to mind at first is that the driver next to you could suddenly suffer a heart attack. You’re welcome for that ray of sunshine today.

But there is indeed a bright spot: Engineers at Ford have developed a prototype car seat that uses electrocardiograph (ECG) technology to monitor the heart’s electrical impulses and detect signs of irregularity, resulting in an early warning that a driver should seek medical assistance, such as for a heart attack, high blood pressure, electrolyte imbalances or other cardiovascular issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Weeds are the Champions: From Dandelion to Rubber

May 17th, 2011

Don’t be grossed out when you first read this; rather, find it fascinating and forward-thinking, because it truly is. Here goes: It turns out there’s a milky-white substance that seeps from dandelion roots (there’s the ick thing) that can be utilized as a natural alternative to synthetic rubber in products (there’s the cool thing).

And so, Ford and The Ohio State University are all over this weed, much in the way the weed is all over your yard. The two are researching the potential of the dandelions’ said milky substance as a plastics modifier to help improve the impact strength of plastics, with the material possibly then capable of being used in places such as cupholders, floor mats and interior trim. Read the rest of this entry »

Mustang Fan Names New V6 Performance Package

May 17th, 2011

They used to say, if you want something done, give it to a busy person. Now? Give it to Facebook! That’s just what Ford did, handing over the important duty of naming the 2012 Ford Mustang V6 Performance Package to nearly 1.4 million Mustang fans, because undoubtedly they would have an opinion or two. And that they did – more than 3,000 submissions were made to the Mustang Facebook page and almost 6,700 users installed the “You Name It” app. Read the rest of this entry »


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