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Ford unveils new FG Falcon MkII

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15 September, 2011 - Ford today unveiled the new FG Falcon MkII range in Melbourne, featuring the latest smart technologies, an enhanced safety package, new exterior design appointments, improved vehicle refinement and the first global application of EcoBoost engine technology in a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

FG Falcon MkII showcases the best of Ford Australia's design, engineering and technological expertise, from the new 8.0-inch colour touch screen and integrated audio, phone and navigation functions to the comprehensive occupant protection package and smart EcoBoost engine technology.

"The improvements made to the award-winning Falcon range with the introduction of FG Falcon MkII have made a great car even better," Ford New Zealand Marketing Manager, Chris Masterson said.

"FG Falcon MkII builds on the success of the FG Falcon program, as well as the recently released new Territory range, by offering New Zealanders more equipment and the latest technology innovations, while continuing to deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety."

Latest smart technologies

Class-leading accommodation, user-friendly technology, a spacious, driver-oriented cockpit and stylish interior environment are all hallmarks of the FG Falcon.

FG Falcon MkII builds on these acclaimed qualities while taking vehicle interaction, system control and integration to the next level with the addition of new technologies and features.

A new Interior Command Centre (ICC) with an advanced 8.0-inch colour touch screen headlines the list of smart technology features that will be introduced on FG Falcon MkII.

While maintaining the overall appearance, form and functionality of the current ICC and Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, the addition of the new, larger and interactive ICC screen will give customers an advanced, yet user-friendly, interface to control all the main in-car functions such as audio, phone and satellite navigation systems.

The 8.0-inch colour touch screen will be fitted as standard equipment on all Falcon sedan models except for the entry-level Falcon XT.

On XR6 Turbo, G6E and G6E Turbo models, the 8.0-inch colour touch screen will also feature a new integrated satellite navigation system.

The new navigation system includes the following features:

"Green routing" - calculates the most economical route, as well as the fastest and shortest routes available

Choice of 2D or 3D map modes

Overspeed and speed camera warnings

"Where Am I" feature to show nearby points of interest

Street house numbers left and right displayed

Advanced lane guidance and signpost information indicating which lane to use

"Junction view" showing graphical representation of road

The new touch screen interface replaces the remote control-based operation of previous-generation Falcon navigation systems, providing customers with a fully integrated and user-friendly driver assistance system.

All FG Falcon MkII models will also be equipped with a new instrument cluster featuring a new design and new graphics, as well as improved functionality.

All audio systems - base, prestige and premium - have been upgraded with the inclusion of a new USB input facility to play MP3 audio files. In USB mode, the user can play and browse all MP3 files through the audio system.

Compatible USB devices include memory sticks, flash drives and external powered hard drives, while memory support is to a maximum of one terabyte. Once a USB device is connected, a pop up message will display "USB Connected" in conjunction with the flash indicator on the USB device, if one is fitted.

The new USB input is located inside the centre console storage bin, adjacent to a new iPod holder for the iPod integration system and a re-located auxiliary input socket.

Enhanced safety package

Since its introduction in 2008, FG Falcon has been at the forefront of vehicle safety, continuing Ford's long-standing reputation for engineering excellence and safety leadership.

FG Falcon set the benchmark as the first Australian-built car to receive the maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The new FG Falcon MkII range improves upon Falcon's first-class safety package even further, with the addition of side curtain airbags as standard equipment across the entire sedan range and head/thorax-protecting side airbags as standard equipment across the full Falcon Ute line-up.

Rear parking sensors will also be fitted to all Falcon sedan models as part of the FG Falcon MkII program. Already standard equipment on the luxury G Series range, the reverse sensing system will bolster the extensive list of standard features on Falcon XT, XR6 and XR6 Turbo models.

Using four ultrasonic sensors mounted in the rear bumper, the reverse sensing system assists the driver when reversing into or out of a parking space with an audible warning of obstacles at or near the rear of the vehicle. A graphic is also displayed on the Interior Command Centre (ICC) screen, to supplement the audible warnings.

FG Falcon MkII also includes a new 'Generation 9.0' Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system - incorporating Traction Control (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) functions - which is coupled with the addition of DSC as standard equipment on the entry-level workhorse Falcon Ute models.

Premium design appointments

The sophisticated, contemporary exterior design of FG Falcon is recognised for combining excellent proportions with modern surfacing to present a vehicle that is more refined, composed and confident on the road.

FG Falcon MkII evolves the current kinetic design influences, while continuing to offer customers a choice of sleek, luxury style with the G Series range and the unique, distinctive sporty characteristics of the legendary XR brand.

All FG Falcon MkII models feature new tri-plane front end architecture with signature trapezoidal main grille. The new front fascia designs incorporate new bumpers, new slimline upper air intake with wing-form grille blades that cradle the Blue Oval badge, new lower trapezoidal main grille, new supplementary lower cooling slot and new grille finishes. On high series and sports models, the new front design also includes a new lighting package with precision design projector headlamps.

New Zealand line up and specifications

New Zealand will carry over the Falcon XT, G6E, G6E Turbo, XR6 and XR6 Turbo models. Specification and feature fitment are subject to a future announcement.

Refined quality

FG Falcon introduced a host of new features, systems and technologies that set a new benchmark for vehicle refinement in an Australian-designed and built vehicle. It delivered major advances in key areas of vehicle refinement, from enhancing desired engine and exhaust sounds, to reducing driveline, wind and road noises.

The result was exceptional levels of comfort and quietness that made Falcon a more comfortable and pleasant vehicle for journeys of all kinds.

FG Falcon MkII takes vehicle refinement a step further, using development learnings and engineering improvements from the new SZ Territory program to enhance Falcon's comprehensive sound deadening package.

The dash, floor and body sound package has been optimized, while the inner dash insulator minimum thickness and the front floor sound barrier have both been increased. Customers will instantly notice and appreciate the exceptionally low levels of noise in the cabin.

Smart engine technology - EcoBoost

FG Falcon MkII also heralds the arrival of EcoBoost engine technology to the Falcon range, marking another major milestone in Ford's plan to bring a range of sustainability initiatives to market.

Falcon EcoBoost is the first global application of an EcoBoost engine in a rear-wheel drive and introduces the latest smart engine technology from Ford to large car buyers in New Zealand and Australia. EcoBoost uses direct injection and turbocharging to deliver more power and performance from a lower displacement powerplant, yet with impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

"EcoBoost technology gives what customers have said they want: a combination of the performance they expect and the fuel economy improvements they demand," said Masterson.

EcoBoost petrol engines use much of the same technology that is found in today's state-of-the-art turbo-diesels, such as:

� A high-pressure direct injection fuel system fed by a common rail that delivers a precise amount of fuel in the exact spot for fast and complete burn

� Turbocharging to create a more dense mix of air and fuel in each cylinder

� Special pistons with optimised bowls in the centre to improve combustion efficiency - these pistons are also oil-cooled, which reduces in-cylinder temperatures

� Reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy

Just like diesels, Ford's EcoBoost engines deliver outstanding performance and driving enjoyment at all speeds, however, EcoBoost accomplishes this at less cost than a similar-displacement diesel engine.

EcoBoost engines are already on sale in a number of Ford vehicles around the world and by 2013 will be available in 80 per cent of the company's global nameplates.

"Ford customers around the world have embraced EcoBoost technology because of its ability to deliver power and performance with uncompromised fuel economy," Masterson said.

"With its introduction to Falcon in New Zealand, we're expanding its reach to more customers so they can enjoy and appreciate its unique blend of power, performance and fuel economy."

Ford's global EcoBoost engine family is the cornerstone of its near-term sustainability plan to deliver high-volume, affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles that customers both want and value.

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