Ford develops high-tech systems that help prevent car thieves from stealing at Christmas

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 12, 2011

To prevent car thieves from getting away with your precious vehicles, Ford Motor Co. has come up with technologies in partnership with the police to make sure that the vehicles are successfully locked even when a signal jammer is used. It’s during the Christmas season that thieves take advantage of a habit of shoppers to carry off their purchases to their cars while in the middle of a shopping spree. The car owner leaves the vehicle to go back inside the store without knowing the thieves’ signal jammer prevented the cars from being locked.

Ford’s Vehicle Security Department team in Dunton, England, came up with a technology that’s applicable on cars that have Keyless Entry remote central locking to detect if a locking command has been successful. If it wasn’t, the command to lock will be resent at a different frequency.

Ford’s models that have this system are the Fiesta, Focus, C-MAX, S-MAX, Mondeo and Galaxy. Ford is partnering with the police to analyze trends and methods in car crime so that these could be prevented.

There’s another thing that car criminals do that is referred to as the “smash and grab.” When equipped with the Thatcham Category 1 volume-sensing alarm, Ford’s vehicles (Focus, C-MAX, S-MAX, Kuga, Mondeo and Galaxy) can detect if a thief is entering through a window. It will then deliver a high-volume warning to prevent thieves from proceeding and to draw attention to the car.

Ford Motor Company’s C-segment has a new global platform. By 2012, this new platform aims to support 10 vehicles worldwide and will start to produce over 2 million units yearly.

The upcoming Ford Focus is an example of this. The car is developed in Europe and is marketed in over 120 areas globally. What’s more, eighty percent of its components are readily available.

Kuzak commented about Ford’s global C-strategy as well as the introduction of 3 key elements of Ford Focus’ body design in Paris. After a few months, he said that the production would take place on different assembly plants in Saarlouis and Michigan. This would help them deliver 10 new products and fulfil their objectives on time.

While in Paris, Ford also confirmed that the next gen Ford Focus will not come out with a new 3-door variant nor possess any similarities with the Coupé Cabriolet model. They don’t think it’s necessary to add a 3-door version at the moment especially after coming up with a sleek, coupé-like 5-door hatchback model. Even when the 3-door Focus is very practical and ideal for everyday use, most clients would now prefer the same sporty, dynamic appearance that offers more space. Thus, the 5-door makes a better choice for overall practicality. This is what the new C-MAX car range has in store for today’s consumers.

Nevertheless, Ford assured that they would add a performance range Ford Focus very soon. At the same event, Ford also showcased the new and exciting Ford Focus ST. The stunning concept bears the new Ford EcoBoost 250 PS power plant, which means there is something really great to look forward to this 2012.

Topics: ford, christmas

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