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Redesigned Ford F-150 Enhances Safety Features

January 24, 2008

DETROIT --- The redesigned 2009 Ford F-150 includes a range of safety features and improvements, including standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control. Rearview Camera Assist is available, as well as Integrated Trailer Brake Controller.A new high-strength, lighter-weight chassis is the backbone that allows the truck to deliver more horsepower, better fuel economy and safety, and additional towing and payload capacity, Ford said.In all, more than 1,000 Ford engineers, designers, researchers and others worked together to develop the new 2009 F-150. The team drew inspiration by listening to Ford's large customer base.The improvement starts with the 2009 F-150's fully boxed frame constructed with hydro-formed and high strength steel side rails. The lightweight frame delivers 10 percent more torsional rigidity, which delivers increased durability and safety. The sturdy chassis also paved the way for the new 2009 F-150 to improve upon the current model's towing and hauling capability across all cab configurations.Thanks to the strength of the frame and comprehensive package of standard safety equipment, including side-curtain air bags, the new F-150 is engineered to earn top safety ratings from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Ford said.Moreover, Ford has been working with Microsoft, Sony and SIRIUS to offer these leading technologies:* Ford SYNC, a voice-activated, hands-free, in-vehicle communications and entertainment system that offers 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report.* SIRIUS Travel Link, which when combined with voice activated navigation will provide users with a suite of data services including real-time traffic, coast-to-coast weather conditions and fuel price information for over 120,000 gas stations.* Voice-activated navigation, which integrates several functions including voice recognition destination entry, climate control and SIRIUS satellite radio into one easy-to-use system that displays them on an 8-inch touch screen.
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