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NASHVILLE VISITORS SEE FUTURISTIC VEHICLES AT FORD GLASS PLANT

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Two futuristic Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) concept cars in Nashville today are being viewed by several hundred persons during a special tour of the company's Nashville Glass Plant.
 During the tours, participants also will see float glass, windshield, backlite and sidelite glass being produced.
 The Ford Contour and Mark X concept cars were transported here from Ford's Design Center in Dearborn, Mich. -- to display for participants in the National Glass Association's (NGA) convention. The NGA is the nation's largest trade association representing North American companies in the flat glass industry.
 "We are delighted to host NGA members so they can personally see the manufacturing processes and the employees which make Ford's glass products among the best in the world," said John Underwood, Employee Relations manager for the Nashville Glass Plant. "The concept car display is an added delight that we trust they will also enjoy."
 Ford's Nashville Glass Plant, a nearly 2-million-square-foot facility located in West Nashville, employs more than 1,500 persons and is the world's largest automotive glass plant under one roof. In 1992, the facility manufactured more than 11 million pieces of automotive glass and more than 279 million square feet of "flat" glass.
 The Lincoln Marque X is a contemporary, luxury convertible concept car which demonstrates Ford's dedication to "cab-forward" design. The four-passenger vehicle, finished in Samoan orange pearl paint, has a long list of features including a credit card ignition system, an exterior rear view mirror which functions as an external signaling device, a navigation system, a "fax" system, voice-activated phone, hot or cold food storage and a pop-up TV and video player for rear-seat passengers. Powered by a 32-valve DOHC V-8 engine, its electronically controlled, speed-sensitive aerodynamic spoiler deploys at 45 mph and an electronically activated air spring suspension system lowers the car at highway speeds.
 The Contour concept car demonstrates that the interrelationship between design and technology can be creative as well as functional. Ford designers set out to create a "new wave" global sedan with contemporary proportions. By using an experimental compact "T-Drive" engine and transmission configuration, designers were able to reduce the size of the engine compartment and overall vehicle length and still increase passenger space. Contour includes many "new wave" features, including a swing away front end, sculptured door panels, ergonomical interior, an extruded aluminum space frame and a lightweight plastic/composite body.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Boyle or Anne Booker of Ford Motor Company, 404-577-2277/
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