Ford Emphasizes New Audio Technology in Europe

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Cologne, Germany - Jul 29, 2011 - Ford Motor is making some substantial changes in its in-dash entertainment systems for vehicles offered throughout Europe. For example: This month, Ford is increasing the availability of DAB-capable receivers to customers across Europe, as it becomes standard in some models, with widespread availability in selected markets.

In 2003, Ford became the first manufacturer to offer DAB digital radio as a dealer-fitted accessory in the UK, one of the most advanced European markets in terms of DAB coverage. Factory-fitted DAB radios debuted on the UK Ford Focus, C-MAX and Kuga models in 2008 and have been standard on the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models since 2010. Since 2003 Ford has provided 150,000 DAB-equipped vehicles throughout Europe.

With the new Ford Focus, Ford has scrapped once-popular multi-disc CD changers, as a USB port becomes standard equipment and most models offer standard Bluetooth connectivity - both of which cater to the increasing popularity of iPods and other digital music players.

In 2012, SYNC will debut in Europe in the Ford Focus. SYNC provides connectivity options including multiple USB inputs, SD card ports, RCA inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. SYNC also will act as a password-protected wireless hotspot for up to five devices, providing connectivity through USB or mobile phone broadband modems.

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