FORD OR OTHER CAR
We’re committed to improving the vehicle manufacturing process in ways that provide real benefits, including reducing injuries, improving quality and bringing vehicles to market more quickly.
SoundScreen Reduces Cabin Noise
During a road test measuring noise inside a 2008 Focus fitted with the SoundScreen windshield and sound-absorbent material, decibel levels were cut to 67 dB from 70 dB in the previous model (by comparison, 65 dB is the level that people typically speak at when seated around a conference table). With this reduction in road noise, drivers can easily talk to the passenger next to them or on the phone and they won’t have to turn up the stereo all the way.
With the new windshield and other sound-absorbing materials, the 2008 Mercury Mariner is 12 percent quieter on the highway and 20 percent quieter in high-velocity crosswinds than the 2007 model.
All-Wheel Drive Without the SUV
As fuel prices continue to rise, many drivers are moving away from SUVs and opting for cars and crossovers, but they're reluctant to part with the confidence of all-wheel drive (AWD). We're answering the call by expanding our lineup of AWD vehicles.
Reducing Wheel Slippage
All-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) help reduce wheel slippage and provide greater driver control by using the available traction at both the front and rear wheels to help keep the vehicle moving during slippery or wintry conditions.