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FORD EXECUTIVE FORECASTS BETTER 1992

 FORD EXECUTIVE FORECASTS BETTER 1992
 DETROIT, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Slow improvement from the present


economic levels should help 1992 end up a somewhat better sales year, Allan D. Gilmour, president of Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F) Automotive Group, forecast at a media preview here for the North American International Auto Show.
 Gilmour indicated this slow improvement will be accompanied by a strong product year from Ford, which is launching cars and trucks for the 1992 model year that represent new-product spending totalling nearly $9 billion.
 Gilmour cited last year's global successes including Ford Explorer, America's newest cult vehicle; the Ford Telstar in the Asia-Pacific region; Escort's record sales in Europe; the share-increasing Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable; the top-selling Ford F-Series truck; the new Ford Econoline Van and Club Wagon; Ford Probe's strong showing in Europe; and the solid performance of the Ford Fiesta on the Continent.
 Being introduced this year are multi-valve engines for Fiesta and Escort, a new version of the Probe for North America, Japan and Europe, and a minivan called the Mercury Villager.
 Gilmour spotlighted Ford technology advancements with a preview of Ford's electric-powered Ecostar, which will begin appearing in European and American commercial fleets early next year.
 "It is likely that the first applications for electric vehicles will be in fleets -- vans for business deliveries, for example -- given Ecostar's real-world range of 100 miles and top speed of 75 miles per hour," he said.
 He referenced the Ford Connecta concept car on display, which was designed to show how the Ecostar platform and its technology could evolve for use as a commuter car or "family taxi."
 Gilmour indicated that Ford's product displays are complemented by the joint exhibit the company has with the United Auto Workers.
 "It demonstrates both the power and the importance of Ford people working together to find new and better ways of doing things and developing new products," he said.
 Gilmour concluded his media briefing by saying, "We think the vehicles here at Detroit, and others yet to be seen, represent another strong product year for Ford all around the world."
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