New Colors, Interior Font Among Future Plans for Ford Vehicles
JUN
22

Yeah, yeah, we all hate change, right? Except for good change! And that’s the huge news about future Ford products. Change will be good, because it will include more vehicle colors, improvements and innovations in mobile technology, expanded offerings of safety equipment and improved interior functionality. Here’s a sampling of what’s in store for the Ford family of vehicles.

New Colors: Ford knows vehicle personalization is important to consumers, and one of the quickest ways owners let people know a hint of their personality is by the color of their ride. Research even shows that up to 40 percent of car buyers said they will leave a dealership that doesn’t have a vehicle in the color they want. Therefore, even more options are on the horizon from Ford. The next-generation palette will include Ruby Red (the 2013 Taurus was revealed in that shade at the New York Auto Show earlier this year) and Blue Candy Tinted Clearcoat, a color Susan Swek, Ford Motor Company Chief Designer, Color and Materials, calls a real headturner. Watch for more complex metallics, tinted clearcoats, tri-coats and neutrals to round out the new options.

Easier-to-Read Interior Controls: There are a few things probably not helping our eyesight, like all the time we spend in front of the TV catching up on the DVR, the hours upon hours in front of our computers, the fact that we’re aging and the likely lack of enough carrots in our diet. So to make interior controls easier for people of all ages to read and recognize, Ford is bolding and thickening characters across its lineup, beginning with the Edge and Explorer next year. The letters and numbers that form words and convey other information on the center stack display on the next-generation vehicles will be slightly thicker, with an approximately 40 percent wider stroke width.

SYNC® AppLink™: Available on 10 Ford vehicles for 2012 – F-150, F-150 SVT Raptor, E-Series, Expedition, Fiesta, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Mustang, Shelby GT500 and Super Duty – the factory-installed software allows SYNC users hands-free voice-control of smartphone apps. The future of AppLink and mobile innovation could include more personalized entertainment, information and news; location-based services; scheduling and planning apps; and notifications and alerts leveraging the SYNC ability to mash up vehicle info and GPS locations. Ford is also working with Nuance Communications to research new voice-recognition capabilities to help drivers converse more easily with SYNC, such as new techniques involving flagging common words and phrases drivers might typically use in conversation, yet are not the specific commands or syntax required by today’s SYNC system.

Rear Inflatable Seat Belts: Ford will expand availability of its new, industry-first rear inflatable seat belt – which debuted on the 2011 Explorer – to the Flex and Lincoln vehicles starting next summer. In the event of a frontal or side crash, the inflated belt helps distribute crash force energy across five times more of the occupant’s torso than a traditional belt, expanding its range of protection and helping to reduce the risk of injury by diffusing crash pressure over a larger area, while providing additional support to the head and neck.

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6 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
shannon b Hey ford how about a little more leg room in the rear. From my driving position there is no room I am only six foot tall so.
5 months(s) ago via
shannon b A taurus with a 5.0 would be great. I think it would get better fuel economy than my sho.
5 months(s) ago via
Tyler B Instead of trying to come up with the next best thing, why not take what you have and perfect it? The car is more than just style it has to be comfortable too. Drivers, passengers, whoever have to be comfortable. We spend so much time in our cars so why try not focus on comfort!!
2 year(s) ago via
Mike Mannetta nice
2 year(s) ago via
Now i can say that ford finally show real nice Taurus.
2 year(s) ago via
Charlie T Craig is right. Ford needs to start making a full-frame, rear-wheel-drive car again, and add back a real, full-sized station wagon. Ford is the only automobile company left that seems to demonstrate any semblance of intelligence in its product offerings, and it's missing a huge piece here. No, such cars will no longer be 300,000-unit sellers, but for those of us who prefer a real, full-size American car, you will have earned our business again. On the subject of colors- yes, colors are nice. How about some interior colors, too? And no ambiguous, weird-looking ones. There should be 5-6 basic colors available- gray, camel, burgundy/red/oxblood, blue and black, with white leather, accented with any of the aforementioned, and all interior colors should be available on any trim level, as should any exterior color.
2 year(s) ago via
T Craig-P71CV Since the Taurus has replaced the Crown Victoria as Ford's flagship car I think it should be made a little bigger. When you look at this car from side on it looks like it has a short stubby rear end. They should lengthen the rear end about 12 inches so it doesn't look so stubby, and maybe widen the car 3 or 4 inches. Since they come standard with front wheel drive and offer optional all wheel drive they should offer an optional rear wheel drive version as well, perhaps even offer an optional 5.0 V8. It would be nice to have this car on a full frame instead of being uni-body as it would make the Taurus more durable. I would also like to see the rear licence plate bracket moved from the bumper to the trunk lid as it's down too low and looks silly as if the plates are about to fall onto the road.
3 year(s) ago via
Brandon Bergs I myself would leave a dealership if it doesn't have the color I want, except if I were rich because its hard to find a Shelby GT500 which I want soooooo bad and think about driving every time I'm riding in the a car or see it on YouTube or online and I would then customize the color to a orangeish yellow
3 year(s) ago via
Pete Anderson I am tired of big and tall men, like myself, being relegated to pickup trucks when we have no need for a pickup. The mileage has improved but who wants to park it? The center console in the current Taurus is ridiculously large. Like the (unfortunately very outdated) Cad DTS, how about "comfort seating option". Let those with 28" waistlines get the center stack, offer us bears a bench seat. C'mon, we're about 10% of the population, at least one model should have a bench.
3 year(s) ago via
Delorean Rogers @ Barbara yes the SYNC app link is currently available for the Edge and will be through 2012 which will be out hopefully end of October early November. As far as colors the Edge is more of a proffesional, grown up; bright or outstanding colors are tradionaly not used.
3 year(s) ago via
Barbara Yes, regarding the current [2011} Ford Edge Sport AWD color selections, they are, in a word, terrible. The Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD has a fantastic green, will Edge be offering more color selctions in 2012? And, will the 2012 models be avaiable in October?
3 year(s) ago via
Barbara Does the Edge Sport AWD have SYNC® AppLink?
3 year(s) ago via
Doyoung Kim It looks great!
3 year(s) ago via
David Moffitt "Watch for more complex metallics, tinted clearcoats, tri-coats..." Yuck!!! You may as well tell me to buy something other than a Ford. In my opinion, any color other than a "pure" color is tacky and detracts from the car's appearance or is used to distract the viewer from an otherwise poor body design. I recently purchased an Audi A5 in "Model T" basic black, a color no longer found on most Fords, which is one reason I chose it over a Ford, I've owned 3 Super Duty trucks-- all in Bright Red. I now notice that you can't even get a simple black truck anymore from Ford. Save the gimmicky, tacky colors to decorate a whorehouse or for lesser cars. Give us some simple, elegant colors like cars used to have.
3 year(s) ago via
Harry Risher The entire Ford Motor Company Vehicle line up needs a greater choice of COLORS!! Too many dull silvers and tans ! Look at the GM color choices for camaro compared to Mustang=== Sales losses???
3 year(s) ago via
John Swanson how about bringing back the ford bronco
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jesus M. Bauzo New colors are good, easier controls are better, sync and security items are good... but a 400 Horsepower Taurus SHO is a good idea too...
3 year(s) ago via
John Rotella Inca Gold, Skymist Blue, Moroccan Ivory, and Aquamarine....
3 year(s) ago via
Bobbie McKinney Why doesn't the 2012 Focus have Sync AppLink? If the Fiesta can have it the 2012 Focus should have it also!!!
3 year(s) ago via
John Ropella We need a small version of the Ford Flex to complete with the Scion XB and Kia Soul.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Elmer Shaw Where's any shade of green for the Explorer? You want my money get me a shade of green, and not real dark green either.
3 year(s) ago via
Othmane Lfasi me too Sarah i like to have ford Fiesta , very sweet car
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
JJ AppLink! Love it!
3 year(s) ago via
Brandon Ridlon I love the way this car looks inside and out. The new colors are welcome. The bolder fonts are a nice touch too.
3 year(s) ago via
Sarah Morgan Givens I love my new Fiesta~ Can you send me another one?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Connor Roesnik not a good choice on fords part!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Connor Roesnik bring back the Crown Vic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Amy Make the Taurus wagon again!!
3 year(s) ago via
Phil Purdy Can't wait for the bolder fonts---smart move Ford!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tim Theodorou Thats new Taurus looks sexy!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Linda lets just make the colors universal for all ford vehicles!
3 year(s) ago via
Humoodi Mohamad Ford Australia offers inerior colors of.. Black, grey, tan. And red leather
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cory Castaldo Didnt see where it said Ford is keeping the rearwheel drive Crown Vic...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Kobernik Bring back the Bronco!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bob Long More moblie tech? Folks are on the phones too much while driving as it is. New colors? Give me more interior colors then black and grey.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Paul Potvin Yeah, new colors. Lemme guess. more shades of tan and gray.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Debbie Ambrose Fabrizio love my Ford Fiesta!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brad Barnett Blue Candy Tinted Clearcoat is already available on Focus. http://www.ford.com/cars/focus/gallery/photos/popup/?showImg=pic_23
3 year(s) ago via
Amit Verma ford's improoved product
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Climer and ALL of it done without ANY "bailout money!" Yaaaaaaaayyyyyy FORD!!!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alex Kp " i am wtng for the new ford mustang gt cobra wth such cool features "
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jacob A. Weinstein I like it better than the current taurus.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stella Holcomb my very first car was a ford galaxy 500, it ran for over 300000 miles i wish i still had it the last ford i had was a mercury cougar had three recalls that nearly killed me my daughter an my unborn grandson , hair raising story. i would never own another,give me back my built like a tank galaxy and i would be a happy woman for the rest of my life..im still waiting for ford to honor there defective cougar.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alex Kp " thx ford for adding such great security features "
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ryan D E Garner the font?? really??
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
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