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New Ford Expedition Features Borg-Warner Automotive Torque-On-Demand(TM) 4WD Transfer Case

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, /PRNewswire/ -- Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc. (NYSE: BWA) today announced that production of its Torque-On-Demand(TM) (TOD) four-wheel drive (4WD) system is underway for the new Ford Expedition sport-utility vehicle (SUV). In this new full-sized vehicle, Ford (NYSE: F) has combined many of the features of its top selling compact Explorer SUV with its innovative 1997 F-150 pickup. This vehicle, which replaces the Bronco, is positioned to compete against the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

The Expedition will feature Borg-Warner Automotive's 4WD TOD(TM) transfer case. This system, called "Control Trac" by Ford, has been heralded as an integral feature in the Ford Explorer since that vehicle was launched in January 1995.

The Borg-Warner Automotive TOD transfer case for the Expedition represents the latest in 4WD technology. This new transfer case has been modified from the Explorer's TOD system and includes an increased torque capacity rating and an additional new on demand 4WD auto lock feature. "Control-Trac" incorporates improvements in safety, convenience and efficiency over other 3WD systems.

The Expedition's transfer case offers four driver selection operating modes: 2WD for normal road operation; electronically controlled automatic 4WD with auto lock for all-condition, full-time traction; 4WD-high for conventional part-time 4WD off-road operation; and 4WD-low for extreme off- road conditions. One of the key features that sets this 4WD system apart from others is its ability to deliver optimal torque automatically using electronic sensors and micro-computer controls. In the automatic 4WD mode, when the system senses slippage between the two axles, it automatically delivers the needed 4WD power and reduces the power when it is no longer needed.

"In 1995, Borg-Warner Automotive and Ford teamed up to offer the most revolutionary four-wheel drive system available in the market today. Our company's TOD transfer case design has been extremely well received and we're excited to extend this advanced technology to other new Ford vehicles," said Fred M. Kovalik, president and general manager of Borg-Warner Automotive Powertrain Systems Corporation operating subsidiary.

Ford estimates that it will produce between 150,000 and 175,000 Expedition vehicles annually, with approximately 75 percent equipped with the Borg-Warner Automotive TOD transfer case. Transfer cases for the Expedition are being produced at the company's Muncie, Indiana manufacturing plant.

Chicago-based Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc. is a leading supplier of highly engineered components and systems, primarily for automotive drivetrain applications. The company operates manufacturing facilities in 12 countries serving the North American, European and Asian automotive markets.

SOURCE Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Leslie Cleveland Hague of Borg-Warner Automotive, 312-322-8683, fax, 312-461-0507, or e-mail, lhague@aol.com/

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