Ford’s Plug-In Hybrid
Ford Motor Company is an American international automobile manufacturer based in Dearborn, Michigan, United States of America. It was established by Henry Ford and officially incorporated on May 16, 1903. The company produces automobiles and other commercial vehicles under the Ford name, and also under the Lincoln brand.
Ford’s primary markets are the American domestic market and the Ford Crown Victoria model is the company’s main car line. In addition, the company also produces pickups, utility vehicles, performance vehicles, engineering and design vehicles, and pollution control/ emission prevention vehicles in many countries around the world. In addition, Ford has a manufacturing facility in Mexico. In recent years, however, Ford has been selling cars in the United States under the Ford name in a more localized manner. Although, the company has continued to sell its Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town car models through local dealerships.
As a manufacturer, Ford has always been at the forefront of innovative technology for its vehicles. For the Ford Crown Victoria, the Ford Motor Company has equipped it with standard inboard and outboard engines. Inboards are commonly used by Ford vehicles due to the lower profile that it has compared to other inboards. The Ford Crown Victoria also features Ford’s first turbocharged engines. Turbocharged engines are known for being capable of providing a greater power surge to any Ford vehicle. Although, Ford has continued to support its first two turbocharged engines, the third engine was discontinued in 2007.
As for the Ford Crown Victoria’s extended family, there are a total of eleven types of trims for it. Some of them include; Platinum, Blackwood, Continental, Grand Marquis, Premier, Sunbeam, Xenon, Focus, Taurus, torque-cones, EZ Motion, Mont Blanc, and Vauxhall. The Ford Crown Victoria’s available trim types share some common styling elements though. The Platinum trim represents the modern design approach for the Ford Crown Victoria, while the blackwood and chrome trim represent the traditional styling. The Ford Crown Victoria’s available infotainment features include; navigation system, multimedia control interface, telephone, and voice recognition. The Ford Crown Victoria also offers an electronic stability control with traction control.
In Ford vehicles, the company has designed, developed, and enhanced many different technologies for its vehicles. One of these technologies is the Ford Sync system. The Ford Sync system allows the synchronization of audio functions such as the track, voice, radio stations, and DVD to your vehicle’s music CD. This synchronization is made possible by using factory installed or aftermarket audio units. However, some consumers may have issues with the Ford Sync system and some complaints have been lodged against it regarding poor sound quality.
A new technology developed for Ford vehicles is the Ford Navigation System. The Ford Navigation System is designed to make driving more enjoyable for the driver. Some of the features of the Ford Navigation System include voice recognition so that you don’t have to touch the unit to read the information it displays. The system also provides you with the ability to customize the instrument panel with optional additions that are made to enhance your driving experience. Some of the optional accessories you can add to your Ford Navigator include Ford GPS Navigation, which includes an electronic map reader, a digital dash reader, front side airbags, and an electronic stability control with traction control. Many consumers have complained about the fact that the navigation system on some older Ford vehicles does not work correctly, but the new Ford vehicles should improve this issue.
Many Ford owners complain about how uncomfortable their Ford vehicles are. The Ford seat structure is usually one of the least comfortable in the industry. Some owners have replaced their chairs with something else, such as the foam seat pads created by Foamex. Foam seat pads can improve the Ford’s comfort level. For Ford trucks, some Ford truck owners are opting for a bit of luxury by adding a powertrain system, such as an Edsel. Some truck owners have reported that these powertrain systems offer better performance than the old engines that came with the Ford vehicles.
The Ford Motor Company has recently announced that it will be building about 20 new hybrid models by the end of 2009. Many Ford employees have criticized the decision to build plug-in hybrids instead of electric vehicles, but Ford officials say that the change was necessary in order to keep up with gas prices. One way that Ford is trying to lower gasoline costs is by increasing the price of gasoline. It is unknown if the Ford Motor Company will release any gasoline plug-in hybrid models before the end of 2009.