Jaguar and Land Rover X-Plan Available until December 1

Eco-Driving: Ten Easy Tips for Saving Fuel

Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Earn 5 Stars

All-Wheel Drive Without the SUV

Ford Supports Disabled American Veterans

2008 Jaguar XJ

To accelerate its focus on the core Ford brand, Ford Motor Company has decided to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Tata Motors. However, Ford Partner Recognition employees still have the opportunity to purchase Jaguar and Land Rover products using X-Plan through December 1, 2008.

“Jaguar and Land Rover are terrific brands," said Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company. "We are confident that they are leaving our fold with the products, plan and team to continue to thrive under Tata’s stewardship. Now, it is time for Ford to concentrate on integrating the Ford brand globally, as we implement our plan to create a strong Ford Motor Company that delivers profitable growth for all.

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As fuel costs rise and concerns about the environment increase, many vehicle owners are wondering what they can do to conserve fuel. To help address these concerns, we've assembled a list of the Top 10 Eco-Driving Tips:

  1. Drive at posted speed limits. This is a tip that may save a life as well as fuel. EPA estimates a 10 to 15 percent improvement in fuel economy by driving 55 instead of 65 mph. On the highway, use cruise control whenever possible.
  2. Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually. Jackrabbit starts waste fuel.
  3. Don't be an aggressive driver. Time studies show that fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic and accelerating to and from a stop sign or traffic light don't save much time but do waste fuel and wear out car components such as brakes and tires faster.
  4. Check your tires. Under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance and reduce fuel economy. They also wear more rapidly. Check the vehicle door-post sticker for minimum cold tire inflation pressure. Keep tires properly inflated to the recommended pressure. This alone can reduce the average amount of fuel use by 3 to 4 percent.
  5. Don't idle for more than 30 seconds. Today's engines don't need to be warmed up. Prolonged idling creates excess emissions and wastes fuel. Start the car and immediately drive away.
  6. Avoid piling a lot of luggage on the roof rack. This reduces aerodynamics and can reduce fuel economy by up to 5 percent.
  7. Don't drive at higher speeds with windows wide open. It decreases vehicle aerodynamics on highways and lowers fuel economy.
  8. Maintain your vehicle. A properly tuned-up engine will run more efficiently.
  9. Keep the wheels aligned. Wheels that are fighting each other waste fuel.
  10. Replace air filters as needed. Consult the owner's guide for the recommended schedule.
  11. Use good-quality oils with the viscosity grade recommended in the owner guide. Ford recommends SAE 5W-20 oil for most cars and trucks to provide the best fuel economy. Only oils "Certified for Gasoline Engines" by the American Petroleum Institute (API) with the starburst symbol should be used.
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2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner compact sport utility vehicles earned the government’s top 5-star ratings for front- and side-impact tests – topping Toyota RAV-4. And with improved fuel efficiency, the 2009 Escape* offers better combined safety and fuel efficiency ratings than the Honda CR-V.

“Ford is a leader in safety and fuel economy—not even Toyota or Honda can match the new Escape's safety and fuel efficiency ratings,” said Susan Cischke, Ford's Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “Ford has more five-star-rated vehicles than any other automaker, and we've committed to lead or be at the top of every segment in which we compete in terms of fuel efficiency.”

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As fuel prices continue to rise, some drivers are moving away from SUVs and opting for cars and crossovers. However, these same drivers are reluctant to part with the confidence of all-wheel drive (AWD). Ford Motor Company is answering the call by expanding its lineup of AWD vehicles.

In addition to offering AWD or 4WD on its lineup of SUVs and light trucks, AWD is also offered on the following passenger cars and crossovers:

  • Ford Taurus
  • Ford Taurus X
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Edge
  • Mercury Sable
  • Mercury Milan
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Lincoln MKX
  • Volvo S40
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo S80
  • Volvo V50
  • Volvo V70
  • Volvo XC70

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Ford Motor Company recently announced that it will donate seven Ford Taurus X vehicles – valued at over $200,000 – to support transportation needs of disabled veterans in seven select U.S. cities. The vehicles will be used by Veterans Hospitals to transport disabled veterans to and from medical appointments.

“Ford's relationship with the Disabled American Veterans dates back more than 80 years,” said Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We're proud to be associated with the DAV, which supports men and women who bravely served our country and were wounded in the effort.”

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