Ready, Set, Go: Track Apps on 2013 Ford Mustang Gives Drivers Instant Performance Information

March 17, 2012

The Ford Mustang extends the boundaries of fuel economy and performance and for the new 2013 model, Mustang provides customers what they want technology-wise, as well. A new productivity screen, new audio systems and plenty of standard and optional features highlight the technology available for owners of the newest pony car.

Key to helping customers of the new Mustang take advantage of all the capability is an available 4.2-inch liquid crystal display productivity screen. This LCD screen offers menu options, giving the driver important information related to fuel economy and vehicle performance. The menu is navigated through a five-way control button located on the steering wheel.

“Mustang stays fresh by keeping relevant with everything going on in the tech world,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “So we’re taking all the technology people are used to using and finding ways to put it in Mustang.”

The new LCD is positioned between the tachometer and speedometer and the familiar pony image greets the customer at key-on.

Unique to Mustang’s productivity screen is Track Apps, which delivers performance metrics for drivers who want to put their car to the test at the track. Ford used extensive enthusiast feedback to tailor the system to meet their needs.

An accelerometer shows the g-force the car is pulling from left to right and also shows fore and aft. Drivers who take their car to a track can measure their fastest times with the acceleration timer screen, which lets them choose from 0-30 mph, 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, eighth-mile and quarter-mile. Both an automatic start and a countdown start, complete with drag racing start light, are available.

The brake performance screen indicates stopping time and distance for 60-0 or 100-0. The view/clear results screen lets drivers take a look at their top times, including their all-time best. They can review their last results and saved results from the acceleration timer and brake performance screen.

“We take advantage of sensors that are already on the car to give customers information they would have to pay extra for in the aftermarket,” said Jeff Seaman, Mustang launch leader. “They have more data at their fingertips than ever before.”

A closer look at the base menu options:

Gauge mode: Checking temperature/engine operation

•Air-to-fuel ratio

•Cylinder head temperature

•Inlet air temperature

•Oil temperature

•Transmission temperature

Trip computer: Counting the miles

•Information on two trips available

•Trip time and mileage

•Gallons of fuel used and miles per gallon

Fuel economy: Up-to-the-second information

•Fuel history can be broken down to three time periods

•Five resets are available to track fuel history

•Fuel economy displays miles to empty, as well as average and instantaneous miles per gallon

•View/clear results

Settings: Customers can:

•Set steering feel – sport, standard or comfort

•Update MyColor

•Set MyKey®

•Turn features on or off

•Change duration of lamps

•Change operating condition for maintenance schedules

•Set oil life percentage

Information: Navigate and view warnings

•System check screen displays information such as oil life, engine hours, engine idle hours and open doors

•Warnings, such as “Left rear door ajar,” can be displayed graphically

Technology and connectivity features

The 2013 Mustang offers two new audio systems that deliver incredible clarity and sound crispness for even better sound quality. The optional Shaker system comes with eight speakers. The upgraded Shaker Pro offers nine speakers for a complete acoustic experience that simulates being at a live performance. The move for new audio systems was sparked through customer feedback that showed a desire for a more authentic listening experience.

In addition to the higher powered systems with more decibels and a new external amplifier, the speakers were changed and reconfigured to refine the system. The result is an elevated level of music, essentially enhancing the in-cabin acoustics and improving bass response and image to give an overall better sound stage experience.

“Mustang customers are passionate about their cars and they tell us what they are looking for in their next Mustang,” said Puneet Sahi, Mustang marketing manager. “The 2013 car is a perfect example of how we are delivering. Aside from the more aggressive styling cues, we are offering new optional packages for both the GT and V6 that up the convenience factor. Now, customers can get their base Mustang with SYNC®, a leather steering wheel and shifter, six-way power driver seat, fog lamps and auto-dim mirror.”

The 2013 Ford Mustang also includes a wealth of features to provide more convenience. Standard and available technology features include:

•MyKey

•Auxiliary audio input jack

•HD Radio

•Sirius® Satellite Radio

•SYNC with AppLink™

•Voice-activated Navigation System with touch-screen display

•Rear view camera

•Reverse Sensing System

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New Ford Taurus – Even Smarter

April 26, 2011

Ford’s new flagship sedan is set to debut with an array of safety, infotainment and fuel-saving technologies even more expensive sedans can’t match.

“Taurus already brings an arsenal of class-exclusive technologies that no other competitor can match,” said Chief Program Engineer Bill Gubing. “Our team understands how important it is to continue expanding our technology offerings to keep the next Taurus and its customers at the top of their respective games.”

Just as the new Taurus leverages technology to deliver best-in-class fuel economy and performance, elevate driving dynamics and maintain its safety legacy, Ford’s flagship sedan also raises the technology bar. Adding unique new features like MyFord Touch™ powered by SYNC®, active park assist and HD Radio™ to exclusive offerings like heated and cooled first-row multicontour seats with Active Motion™ and EcoBoost™ engine availabilities keeps Taurus a rolling showcase of technology leadership.

“For full-size sedan buyers in general and customers choosing the completely reinvented Taurus in particular, technology is a key purchase motivator,” said Taurus Marketing Manager Pei-Wen Hsu. “Expanded technologies are central to continuous Taurus improvement.”

 

TAURUS CONVENIENCE

Across model series, Taurus offers a compelling package of standard and available technologies to increase customer convenience by making their lives easier. These technologies include:

•Keyless entry, with an integrated key head transmitter and a SecuriCode™ keyless entry transmitter

•Easy Fuel® (capless fuel filler)

•MyKey® owner control feature. Limits top speed and audio volume, and prevents disengagement of vehicle stability controls and blocked audio content access

•Auto-dimming rearview mirror

•Auto-dimming driver’s sideview mirror

•First-row dome/map lighting and second-row reading lights

•Remote start

•SYNC voice-controlled communications and entertainment system

•Ambient lighting

•One-touch power window controls

•Intelligent Access with push-button start

•Reverse sensing system

•Rear view camera

•Active park assist

•Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support

 

TAURUS COMFORT

Taurus technologies and features make the driver and passengers more comfortable and help to reduce fatigue. Available Taurus comfort technologies include:

•New heated steering wheel

•Heated and cooled leather-trimmed first-row seats

•Class-exclusive multicontour seats with Active Motion with massage action to help reduce driver and passenger fatigue

•10-way power first-row seat controls, with memory

•Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control

•Adjustable pedals with memory

•Folding center armrest in second-row seat

•60/40 fold-flat rear seat

•Power tilt/telescoping steering column

•Particulate air filter

•Power rear sunshade

•Branded floor mats

 

TAURUS CONNECTIVITY

Taurus also offers a variety of connectivity options to access audio entertainment media, stay connected with family, friends and business contacts, and obtain directions and access information. These available connectivity features include:

•Standard MyFord Touch driver connect technology with 4.2-inch center stack screen with two supplemental screens within the instrument cluster

•Available MyFord Touch with 8-inch screen in center stack

•SYNC voice-activated entertainment and communications system, with traffic, turn-by-turn directions and information

•Universal garage door opener

•SIRIUS® Satellite Radio

•Sony® Audio System

•Navigation

The new Ford Taurus will be built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

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