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FORD BREAKS NEW GROUND IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

 DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today announced a $120 million, 156,000-square-foot addition to its Dynamometer Laboratory, already the largest dynamometer laboratory under one roof in North America. The plans for the new wing to the laboratory highlight Ford's commitment to ensuring maximum quality and performance of future products.
 Ford officials broke ground for the new wing, which will house 30 test rooms in which Ford engineers will use the latest technology to enhance engine and powertrain performance and durability, and to meet federal testing requirements. The test rooms will provide state-of-the- art capability to simulate real world driving, including acceleration, passing, and general operations. They will provide environments that simulate real world conditions, including regular and extreme seasonal variability. In addition, they will assess city and highway fuel economy.
 "The new test facilities will improve quality, and allow us to shorten product cycle timing," said Ron Bowersock, Engine Laboratories Department Manager. "They also will enable us to do more up-front engine testing and powertrain calibration in the lab."
 The test rooms in the new wing also will support new product programs with tests to meet new regulatory requirements. In addition, environmental simulation capabilities will mean tests no longer need to be scheduled seasonally.
 Expected benefits include:
 -- Earlier, more refined powertrain calibrations that will provide improved performance and economy while meeting emissions requirements;
 -- Reduced product program development timing, achieved through the application of laboratory calibration development in advance of prototype delivery;
 -- Improved engine high mileage durability resulting from design improvements from testing under extreme environmental conditions.
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 /CONTACT: Jessica Hatchigan of Ford, 313-845-5746/


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