Ford Freestyle

All-New Ford Five Hundred and Freestyle Out-Pace Competitors, Yet Priced Thousands Less

Source: Ford Motor Company Press Release

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 10, 2004 - Ford Division, the best-selling brand of cars and trucks in the United States for 17 consecutive years, announced today that the centerpieces of its "Year of the Car" product onslaught - the all-new 2005 Ford Five Hundred and 2005 Ford Freestyle - will cost thousands of dollars less than key competitors while offering more room and versatility, better performance, higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

"Ford's 'Year of the Car' will stand for great new products and great value," said Steve Lyons, president of Ford Division. "The Ford Five Hundred and Freestyle offer so much refinement, versatility and capability that we think their low prices will be a happy surprise to consumers."

The Five Hundred and Freestyle are part of the most aggressive rollout of new cars, trucks and SUVs in Ford history. By this fall, Ford Division dealers will field a showroom where more than 60 percent of the vehicles are all new or significantly freshened. In addition to Freestyle and Five Hundred, new products include the Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty pickups, Focus, Escape, Escape Hybrid, Ford GT and Mustang.

All of these designs are among the more than 65 new products Ford, Lincoln and Mercury are introducing in North America during the next five years. Next year, Ford will add another all-new midsize sedan called the Fusion, which will be unveiled in January at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Ford Five Hundred
The most affordable Ford Five Hundred is the SE model, which has a base manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,795. This includes the destination and delivery charge. Taxes, title and license fees are not included.

Major standard equipment includes:

The mid-series SEL, which adds numerous comfort and convenience features including dual-zone electronic temperature control, six-disc CD changer with MP3 capability, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a fold-flat front passenger seat with two-way power adjustment, begins at $24,795.

The top-of-the line Limited, which adds features including 18-inch wheels and Pirelli P6 tires, an audiophile sound system with subwoofer and leather seating surfaces with heated front seats, begins at $26,795.

Major options available on all series include all-wheel drive ($1,700), Safety Canopy™ side curtain airbag with rollover protection ($595-$795 depending on series).

The Ford Freestyle
The Ford Freestyle, which seats six or seven passengers, will bridge the gap between traditional cars and SUVs. Prices begin at $25,595 MSRP for the Freestyle SE.

Major standard equipment includes:

The mid-series SEL, which adds numerous comfort and convenience features including six-disc CD changer with MP3 capability, message center with compass, fog lamps and steering wheel audio controls, begins at $26,995.

The top-of-the line Limited, which adds features including 18-inch wheels and Pirelli P6 tires, dual zone automatic temperature control, an audiophile sound system with subwoofer and perforated leather seating surfaces (first and second row), begins at $29,195.

Major options available on all series include all-wheel drive ($1,700), Safety Canopy™ side curtain airbag with rollover protection ($695-$795 depending on series) and a DVD entertainment system with two wireless headphones ($995).

EPA Fuel Economy and Emissions

Two-wheel drive (mpg) All-wheel drive (mpg) Emissions
Ford Freestyle 27 hwy/20 city 24 hwy/19 city Tier 2 Bin 5
Buick Rendezvous (3.4-liter) 26 hwy/19 city 24 hwy/18 city Tier 2 Bin 9
Toyota Highlander (3.3-liter) 25 hwy/19 city 24 hwy/18 city Tier 2 Bin 5*
Chrysler Pacifica 23 hwy/17 city 22 hwy/17 city Tier 2 Bin 9

Ford Five Hundred (6-sp.) 29 hwy/21 city Tier 2 Bin 5
Ford Five Hundred (CVT) 27 hwy/20 city 26 hwy/19 city Tier 2 Bin 5
Toyota Camry (3.0-liter) 29 hwy/21 city AWD not available Tier 2 Bin 9*
Chrysler 300 (2.7-liter) 28 hwy/21 city AWD not available Tier 2 Bin 8
Chrysler 300 (3.5-liter) 27 hwy/19 city 24 hwy/18 city (est.) Tier 2 Bin 8

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* 2004 model