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Connected World Selects 2013 Ford Fusion Energi as Connected Car of the Year
by Staff Report


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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 – In an announcement at the 2013 International CES, Connected World Magazine has awarded the all-new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid the midsize Connected World Connected Car of the Year 2013.

Staying connected

The all-new Fusion offers the most complete array of advanced connectivity and driver assist features of any mainstream sedan. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid includes standard SYNC® with MyFord Touch® and compatibility with the MyFord® Mobile smartphone app.
 
“SYNC has helped us evolve as an automaker, to think and act more like a technology company, with a new level of openness and access that has forever changed how we look at our business and respond to our customers,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation. “Ultimately, SYNC embodies one of the many things Ford is all about: going further to transform innovative ideas into products that are affordable, attainable and valuable for millions of people.”
 
The award-winning SYNC connectivity system, available on all Ford Motor Company vehicles enables drivers to connect their phones, tablets and digital media players via Bluetooth® or USB for hands-free calling and media playback using simple voice commands. SYNC with SYNC Services offers a range of services powered by the mobile data connection drivers already have. These services include Traffic, Directions and Information, Vehicle Health Report, 911 Assist and more.
 
All Ford plug-in vehicles, including Fusion Energi, C-MAX Energi and Focus Electric, feature the MyFord Mobile app that helps give owners the ability to use any connected mobile phone with a data plan or computer with Internet access when not operating a vehicle to:
 

    Find current and projected state of charge information including estimated range and the amount of charge time necessary for additional travel distances
    Program vehicle charging with utility input, allowing the car to start charging immediately or when electricity prices are lowest with the value charging feature, powered by Microsoft
    Using features powered by MapQuest®:
        Locate charging stations and get the destination sent to the vehicle
        Know if the vehicle can reach a specific charge station from its current location with the current charge level
        Create a journey with multiple stops, and determine the likelihood the car has adequate charge for the full journey
        Find the car by creating a route from a mobile phone to the vehicle
    Receive alerts if the vehicle isn’t charging when it’s scheduled to, or if charging stops unexpectedly due to a power outage, plug removal or other event
    Receive alerts during recharge when the vehicle has reached a particular preset charge level or has the ability to reach a particular destination
    Engage remote vehicle preconditioning, using grid power to heat or cool the battery and vehicle interior
    Remotely lock/unlock doors
    Use the built-in GPS system to locate the car
    Download performance and system data
    Earn various achievements for driving and ownership milestones that can then be posted to your Facebook or Twitter account
    Fun ways of understanding your driver behavior, with ratings from “Zen” to “zippy”
    Receive information personalized, depending on which key used

The MyFord Mobile app is available for Apple iOS and Google Android.
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