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Ford Five-Hundred Adds Creature Comforts and Standard Safety Features

July 10, 2006

DEARBORN, MI – The Ford Five-Hundred marries the body of a contemporary sedan with the vehicle architecture of a crossover, resulting in an upscale four-door sedan with upright command seating for five and available all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability. Five-Hundred provides best-in-class interior room and versatility, as well as five-star safety ratings in all four categories of the government crash tests. For 2007, Ford’s flagship sedan offers an all-new lineup consisting of SEL and Limited models. All models offer SIRIUS satellite radio and a navigation system. Heated seats (standard on Limited) are now available on SEL models. Premium features include a standard entry keypad on the door, one-touch up-down front power windows, standard 17-inch wheels on SEL models, and standard 18-inch wheels on Limited. Ford Five-Hundred has earned top, five-star ratings for front- and side-impact performance in government testing, as well as the highest available “Good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for frontal-offset, side-impact, and rear-crash performances. Ford’s Personal Safety System is standard, and the available two-row safety canopy system with rollover sensor and air curtain bags provides protection not only in certain side collisions, but in rollover events as well. Beginning later in the 2007-model year, Five-Hundred will be equipped with standard front-seat-mounted side airbags, as well as Ford’s Safety Canopy side air curtain system. Five-Hundred is powered by a 203 horsepower V-6 that is mated to a standard six-speed transmission on front-wheel-drive models, while AWD models get a continuously variable transmission. Five-Hundred delivers 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway in AWD and 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway in FWD. Several packages are new for 2007 SEL models. The interior convenience package includes fog lamps; an in-dash, six-disc CD player; dual electronic temperature control; an automatic lamp; and an outside-temperature display. The interior power package includes eight-way power driver seat and adjustable pedals. The Limited convenience package includes memory adjustable pedals, a universal garage door opener, reverse sensing, and a trunk cargo net. The new chrome package, available on both SEL and Limited models, includes 18-inch, eight-spoke, chrome-clad wheels, and a chrome mesh grille. Both features are available as stand-alone options.
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