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Microsoft Steve Balmer gets pumped up about SYNC and his new Ford Fusion Hybrid, courtesy of Ford CEO Alan Mullaly, and in celebration of one million SYNC vehicles produced.  (Source: Autoblog)
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is thrilled to be getting his new Ford Fusion

In the realm of automotive sales, exclusive features often provide an important means of differentiating oneself from the competition.  GM has OnStar and Ford has its SYNC functionality, a hot feature which allows for the integration of mobile phones and portable media players with Ford vehicles among other things.  The feature was developed by software giant Microsoft in close collaboration with Ford, and is featured in many new Ford models, including the sleek and fuel efficient Ford Fusion hybrid.

The Ford and Microsoft partnership proved a match made in heaven and 80 percent of Ford's vehicles now feature the system.  An update is on the way as well which is set to add turn-by-turn uploadable directions and more to the SYNC interface. 

The system has been driving sales and has helped Ford likely be the only domestic automaker to avoid bankruptcy and government regulation.  As a special thank you to Microsoft, Ford delivered Microsoft CEO and Detroit native Steve Ballmer a pale blue 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid, the millionth vehicle produce with Sync onboard according to Autoblog.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally personally delivered the new car to Mr. Ballmer.  His purchase may have been largely a symbolic gesture, but the fun thing is Mr. Ballmer seemed genuinely excited.  Of course, this isn't entirely surprising -- the Fusion is a very well-designed vehicle, rated an impressive 41 mpg, with many users report much higher mileages thanks to the car's aggressive fuel-saving strategies.  Mr. Mulally pledged to "continue to innovate and expand the capability of SYNC by integrating even more new technologies that fit our customers' lifestyles."

Currently SYNC offers navigation and entertainment systems, and a feature called 911 Assist, which calls emergency services in the event of an accident (similar to GM's OnStar).



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lol
By yacoub on 5/28/2009 3:03:45 PM , Rating: 5
That image is epic - do you have a link to a higher resolution version?

Steve Ballmer is amazingly animated and I'd love to see a larger version of that image.




RE: lol
By Smartless on 5/28/2009 3:07:54 PM , Rating: 3
So true. The only picture I can think of to compliment it would be the scene from that old movie Gung-Ho where Michael Keaton tries to drive off with the car that's missing some parts.


RE: lol
By SublimeSimplicity on 5/28/2009 3:10:28 PM , Rating: 5
He looks like he just won it on the "Price is Right"


RE: lol
By mondo1234 on 5/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: lol
By 67STANG on 5/28/2009 6:31:59 PM , Rating: 4
I'm sensing just a dusting of down syndrome in your post.

Do you honestly think that Ford, the only automaker not closing dealerships, is going to need bail out funds? Ford has everything working for them right now.

They are finally making high quality, attractive vehicles and are losing their "crappy car" reputation that's been following them since the mid 70's.

I would be quite suprised if Ford doesn't have runaway sales for at least the next 5 years while GM and Chrysler are restructuring.


RE: lol
By mondo1234 on 5/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: lol
By mondo1234 on 5/28/2009 8:08:49 PM , Rating: 5
Thanks again Jason...
Hate to reply to my own post, but it looks like Jason got us again with an inaccurate story.
quote:
As a special thank you to Microsoft, Ford is giving Microsoft CEO and Detroit native Steve Ballmer a pale blue 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid

Ford didn't "give" it to him, Mullaly "delivered" it to him. Balmer coughed up the cash for the car and the Ford CEO was kind enough to drop it off. Had Jason read the whole article he referred to, he would have seen under the "Press Release" the following
quote:
* Purchase by Microsoft CEO underscores positive partnership of two powerhouse brands, Ford and Microsoft, joining forces to deliver affordable products consumers want


RE: lol
By oTAL on 5/29/2009 6:11:01 AM , Rating: 5
I think it would look really good if DT gave this poster a 6.
He did correct an incorrect story. The article should be updated and a thank you note added.

Furthermore, measures should be taken to avoid repeating such mistakes in the future.


RE: lol
By arazok on 5/29/2009 9:09:42 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Furthermore, measures should be taken to avoid repeating such mistakes in the future.


Does that mean you’re getting rid of Jason?


RE: lol
By Samus on 5/29/2009 4:31:10 PM , Rating: 3
Ford has been making pretty good cars since they got rid of Nasser. He destroyed the Taurus in 1995 and pretty much drove the company into the ground. They also lost marketshare superiority to GM during his reign.

But you have to consider Fords' success is also due to cross platforming (which they've been doing with Mazda since the 80's) and desegmenting markets (it's taken over 10 years to accomplish, but next year, the World Edition Focus will finally put us on-par with the European arm of Ford)

If you want to say "Big 6" thats fine, but Ford is significantly bigger than everybody else below them.


RE: lol
By 67STANG on 5/28/2009 8:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I do live in the world of the Big 3. You know, companies that fall into the same category and are always compared. Not really sure how the Japanese 3 are the same as the Big 3.... but then again, I guess that's because I don't get distracted by shiny objects.

Again, apples and oranges. I'm talking about the Big 3, not foreign auto manufacturers. Sorry, that the obvious implicatoin wasn't crystal clear for you...

I'm certainly aware of Mullaly going to congress to secure a $9 billion credit line. Let's see, how much of that have they used.... Oh, that's right. $0.00. Care to guess how much they owe on $0.00 to tax payers?

You have to look at the plain facts. Many of the dealerships that are closing are defined as "under performing". That means most of these dealerships are in rural areas-- which lean towards buying American. If Chrysler and GM are even further away from the consumers, but Ford is around, who do you think will get the business?

It's obvious that common sense evades you. If you honestly think that a foreign auto manufacturer is going to pick up more of GM and Chrysler's slack than a domestic manufacturer, you're even more dense than I first suspected.


RE: lol
By mondo1234 on 5/29/09, Rating: -1
RE: lol
By 67STANG on 5/29/2009 12:38:23 AM , Rating: 3
Ahhh, the slip of keystroke makes your argument? I suppose that's a good Plan B for you.

Ford went to Washington to support the other domestic auto makers. They also (wisely) secured a $9 billion loan in an uncertain time when borrowing money is increasingly difficult. If you were in their spot, you would do the same. If they don't have to use it, then all the better. You know what? They likely won't have to.

GM and Chrysler are closing dealerships while Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, etc. are not because of corporate mismanagement, bland/boring vehicle design and UAW contracts that made it nearly impossible to turn a profit while remaining competitive. Ford would be in the same position had they not gotten extremely lucky, deciding to restructure prior the current financial mess we are in.

Clear enough?


RE: lol
By CZroe on 5/29/2009 3:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
Also, wouldn't they likely have few dealerships in the areas where they aren't so popular in the first place?


RE: lol
By rudolphna on 5/28/2009 9:32:27 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, how about this. He is talking about Domestic Auto makers, not foreign brands for one thing. Next, $9b in line of credit is NOT a bailout, its asking for just that, credit in case conditions worsen. And Ford has been building much higher quality cars for the better part of the last decade, I would say at least since 2003, more so since 2006. Ford isn't only selling Trucks and SUVs now, though they do still sell them; as do honda, toyota, and nissan. Oil won't get to nearly the price it was before. I think it is predicted it will settle somewhere between $2.50 and $2.75 which they actually say is a pretty healthy place for it to be.

Its the whole "what goes up must go down" thing. The price of oil dropped phenomenally far, and fast. What we are experiencing now is the "bounce back" effect. Also, I know plenty of people who had previously refused to buy Fords, now seriously considering a Fusion, a mustang, an edge or etc. They are seriously impressed, which is a very good sign. Oh and by the way, this car wasn't given away, he bought it. Alan only delivered it to him in person.


RE: lol
By mondo1234 on 5/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: lol
By 67STANG on 5/29/2009 2:12:07 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Toyota is a domestic auto maker, manufactured in Kentucky.

I'll correct that for you:

Toyota is a foreign auto maker, with a manufacturing plant in Kentucky.

quote:
Ford shouldn't be giving away a vehicle if there is a chance they will come to the government in the future for funds

So Ford shouldn't spend $45k on giving away a vehicle, which obviously was for marketing their Sync technology? They should probably just stop all forms of advertising and close up shop. Yeah, that'll do it.

Back under the bridge with you.


RE: lol
By CZroe on 5/29/2009 3:14:14 AM , Rating: 3
Yup. What a silly argument. Is Ford a foreign automaker just because they have some manufacturing plants in other countries?


RE: lol
By Samus on 5/29/2009 4:34:53 PM , Rating: 5
My Focus was made in Mexico out of German parts. MASA to the moon!


RE: lol
By jconan on 5/29/2009 4:39:21 AM , Rating: 2
as of lately the price of oil has risen up to 2.87 for 92... it's only going up and maybe down a little but then up.


RE: lol
By Spuke on 5/29/2009 5:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
as of lately the price of oil has risen up to 2.87 for 92.
You mean the price of gas, right?


RE: lol
By Mitch101 on 5/29/2009 8:03:01 AM , Rating: 1
My Jet has cracking leather seats. I'm so embarrassed by the duck tape on the seats. I need money to buy seat covers for my Jet.


RE: lol
By Mitch101 on 5/29/2009 12:45:52 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe its a bit dated for some but its from the movie THE JERK


RE: lol
By Noya on 5/28/2009 6:50:48 PM , Rating: 2
Especially considering domestics are all they give away on 'The Price is Right'.


RE: lol
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/28/2009 3:13:08 PM , Rating: 5
High rez photo gallery of the event:

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/one-millionth-sync/


RE: lol
By randomposter on 5/28/2009 3:14:09 PM , Rating: 5
I hope the seats are well bolted down


RE: lol
By Bender 123 on 5/28/2009 3:21:04 PM , Rating: 3
Fire up the photoshop and paste the "toungue" picture on his body, move him closer to the car and have the toungue licking it...That would be the stuff of nightmares.


RE: lol
By Doormat on 5/28/2009 3:23:45 PM , Rating: 5
He just found out that the seats are removable for easy throwing.


RE: lol
By Doormat on 5/28/2009 3:24:23 PM , Rating: 2
Damnit, I didn't read all the responses before posting! Someone beat me to that joke. Sorry.


RE: lol
By xphile on 5/30/2009 7:46:16 PM , Rating: 3
I thought Mullaly just told him:

"If she stops at the lights just hit Ctrl Alt & Delete and she'll restart every time!"


RE: lol
By arazok on 5/28/2009 3:26:20 PM , Rating: 5
The expression on his face and his stance make it look like he’s going for a knife kill.

“I’m a billionaire, you think I want this POS?! Baaaahhhh!”


RE: lol
By mingocr83 on 5/28/2009 3:51:53 PM , Rating: 5
Here is the youtube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Xd3laUwJQ

Ballmer is a funny guy!


RE: lol
By nitrous9200 on 5/30/2009 7:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
It says 'video has been removed by user'.


RE: lol
By CZroe on 5/29/2009 3:16:55 AM , Rating: 3
Click it.


RE: lol
By callmeroy on 5/29/2009 9:57:19 AM , Rating: 2
As an aside, the Ford Fusion is a pretty nice car -- one of my brothers got one, his isn't the new hybrid ones though...his is 2 or 3 years old. Still very nice, drives well, comfortable...etc.


so excited
By omnicronx on 5/28/2009 3:32:06 PM , Rating: 3
Haha he's hilarious. He is the only millionaire that actually gets excited to receive a Ford Fusion.

Funny thing is Ballmer is not one to drive a fancy car. I remember reading an article a while back ( within 2 years) that claimed he drives a 1998 Lincoln Continental.




RE: so excited
By Spuke on 5/28/2009 3:34:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think boats are his thing.


RE: so excited
By matt0401 on 5/29/2009 3:14:09 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps the Invisible Boatmobile?


RE: so excited
By fishbits on 5/28/2009 3:51:47 PM , Rating: 5
Well, Jason does make it sound like Ballmer's had trouble being able to afford filling up his gas tank -- until now!

"Mr. Ballmer was pretty excited, and it's no wonder -- the Fusion is rated an impressive 41 mpg and many users report much higher mileages, thanks to the car's aggressive fuel-saving strategies."

No, that's not an inserted advertisment, that's what Ballmer was thinking that had him so excited.


RE: so excited
By deltadeltadelta on 5/28/2009 4:47:38 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, what the heck. I can't imagine he cares. You and I might like a car with 41 mpg, but I don't think Ballmer is "excited" about that. It was a painful line to read.


RE: so excited
By DigitalFreak on 5/28/2009 4:52:41 PM , Rating: 5
It was Mick's usual "enviro-plug"


RE: so excited
By PrezWeezy on 5/28/2009 5:04:13 PM , Rating: 5
From the YouTube video it seems like his wife might be a little on the evironmentalist side.
quote:
"Hybrid! Important to throw the Hybrid in there which is very important to my wife."


RE: so excited
By omnicronx on 5/28/2009 5:05:45 PM , Rating: 5
From the pictures he looks pretty excited to me. Only world domination would bring a smile like that to my face. It looks like he was actually skipping to go shake the Ford execs hand.


RE: so excited
By Spuke on 5/28/2009 6:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
He got a free car. I would be excited too.


RE: so excited
By mindless1 on 5/28/2009 7:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
From the pictures it looks like he's thinking PR pics. When Steve gets excited he sweats a heck of a lot and waves his arms around like a monkey.


RE: so excited
By gerf on 5/28/2009 8:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, you may have been thinking about when Warren Buffet sold his Lincoln a few years ago.


Will not buy it
By Shadowself on 5/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: Will not buy it
By FITCamaro on 5/28/2009 3:41:21 PM , Rating: 5
I'll bite.

I guess you're too stupid to realize that the SYNC system isn't tied into the operation of the car. It won't affect the safety of the car any more than you have a chance in hell of ever seeing a woman naked in person.


RE: Will not buy it
By Lord 666 on 5/28/2009 3:45:36 PM , Rating: 5
Don't take you for a Zune guy.

Microsoft should have subsidized with Ford to include a Zune with every Sync vehicle purchased to increase market penetration.


RE: Will not buy it
By lightfoot on 5/28/2009 4:45:03 PM , Rating: 5
That would actually be very clever marketing. But unfortunately any time Microsoft increases value for the customer, they get hammered by the Gov for anti-competitive violations.


RE: Will not buy it
By mindless1 on 5/28/2009 7:35:49 PM , Rating: 1
That would actually be ignorant, there is no substantial increase in sales from sync nor a $200 PMP. A car is too much of an investment with too many other factors related to it being a car, to be distracted by things you can buy off the shelf later.

Remember, the thing American automakers should be striving to do now is LOWER costs, not raise them. Some of the posters here seem confused that GM must be doing bad but Ford isn't. Ford isn't in a good financial position either. Q1 '09 Net loss of $1.4B anyone?


RE: Will not buy it
By rudolphna on 5/28/2009 9:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
They aren't in immediate danger of bankruptcy are they? And by your logic, Honda and toyota are in poor financial shape too, I beleive Toyota lost more than ford did the past quarter, but I may be wrong. I know they lost a good deal of money. Also by your logic, car companies should be building bare bones stripped, cheap cars to make a bigger profit off them? Ok, that is what got chrysler into trouble. They sacrificed quality for price.. Also, people are more likely to buy something novel, and actually useful, like sync, than they would a simple boring car. Wouldn't you agree?


RE: Will not buy it
By mindless1 on 5/29/2009 1:13:27 AM , Rating: 2
Why would it have to be immediate? They're losing money, while it's possible some former GM buyers would switch to Ford, it's also likely they bought GM because they preferred GM, so now given a new choice many will go with the smaller import cars.

Yes, Honda and Toyota only appeared to do as well as they did by having the Japanese government implement a closed system, and devaluation of the yen. They had government subsidy all along but we balked at helping a giant corp from our own country.

Price the GM cars over $1000 less than they were and what do you want to bet they'd have sold more of them?

By my logic companies should not build junk cars, but yes they should look hard at what is really value added for the consumer. Remember that when it comes time to buy a new car, most people balk, some even dread the runaround a dealership will give them trying to sell add-ons.

It isn't so much true that they sacrificed much quality for price in recent years, moreso a little the financial burdon of having an older labor union with more retirees (Honda and Toyota have been around in the US for many years, but GM many many more), and moreso we saw two important factors coincide.

1) Gas prices suddenly shot up to record levels. That they subsided a lot does not restore confidence that it won't happen again.

2) Besides gas costs, the US recession has caused people to rethink whether they need a new car at all, and certainly whether it should be a big gas guzzler.

In these times people are not likely to buy something novel, they want the best value.

No I would not agree that the average car buyer places much value on sync. I would argue that most prospective car buyers wouldn't even know what it was, would have to be *told* that it's worth something as they wouldn't otherwise have any idea beyond something as simple as "maybe my kids can plug their iPod into it".

There are so so so many important factors about chosing and buying a car that anyone who wants a particular gadget will just seek it in the aftermarket unless the person happens to be fairly rich and is buying a high end luxury car where the price difference isn't much as it may come in a add-on package they otherwise wanted.

Come to think of it, is this how Ford bundled it too, were people really paying more for sync or did it comes with an upgraded electronics package that was likely more desirable in and of itself?

You're going in opposite directions with your argument, saying automakers were sacrificing quality for price and that's why people weren't buying, but then turning around and trying to suggest sync is fundamental to an automobile's quality enough that people won't care about the lower quality you suggested.

It may be true that Ford was managed a little better than GM but in the long run they are having problems that aren't so easily solved as throwing in a sync feature. People buy new cars when they want or need a car, if they just want more interconnectivity they'd just buy only what they need to achive that, especially in a recession.


RE: Will not buy it
By Lord 666 on 5/29/2009 9:20:21 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Microsoft should have subsidized with Ford


Guess you didn't read what I actually wrote. It was public knowledge Microsoft sold Xbox360 consoles at a loss to gain market share. In my suggestion, Microsoft would work a deal with Ford to include a Zune with every Sync enabled car for a trivial cost... something like $25 or $50 per unit.

For the new Zunes coming out, it would actually lower Ford's cost since there will be a HD radio built into the Zune. Technology capabilities change much faster at the PMP level versus automotive. I've since cancelled my Sirius subscription with the radio sitting ununsed built-into in my VW. Sync just needs to have backwards and forwards compatibility for Zune and/or other USB enabled devices.


RE: Will not buy it
By ExarKun333 on 5/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: Will not buy it
By seamonkey79 on 5/28/2009 6:33:03 PM , Rating: 5
You're a tool.


RE: Will not buy it
By icanhascpu on 6/3/2009 7:06:23 AM , Rating: 2
You're cool


Frat Bros.
By CalWorthing on 5/28/2009 4:33:05 PM , Rating: 5
They must buy their clothes at the same CEO boutique.




RE: Frat Bros.
By Morphine06 on 5/28/2009 7:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
I thought Alan Mulally was actually an Avis employee at first.


RE: Frat Bros.
By Belard on 5/29/2009 3:11:53 PM , Rating: 3
BALLMER: Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I GOT ME A NEW CAR and I TOUCHED A HAND of a HUMAN! Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!


Awesome
By Spivonious on 5/28/2009 3:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
I am really liking the new styling of the 2010 Fusion.

Does anyone on here have one? What do you like/dislike about it?




RE: Awesome
By Murst on 5/28/2009 4:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
We were very close to buying a Fusion, but decided on the Escape instead. Its basically the same as a Camry, but cheaper. During the whole test ride, I was expecting to find some problem with it that justified the higher price of the Camry, but it did not happen.

I will be very surprised if the Fusion doesn't hurt Camry sales.


RE: Awesome
By knutjb on 5/28/2009 4:57:46 PM , Rating: 3
Go drive one you'll be surprised, I know a few who bought them and have been surprised in the long term quality of the car. I looked and was impressed on how well the car drove, the steering was unexpectedly precise. Unfortunately I want a sun roof but I'm 6'3" and it's a little closed in for my taste, the non sun roof car was fine. Now is a great time to test drive, the dealers are desperate so drive ALL the cars in your price range.


RE: Awesome
By gregpet on 5/29/2009 4:05:52 PM , Rating: 2
We were given a new Chevy Malibu the last time we rented a car. We put about 500 miles on it and were very impressed. Very solid feel, very comfortable, no complaints at all.


By lemonadesoda on 5/28/2009 7:28:51 PM , Rating: 1
So, let me get this, under most US corporate compliance policies, (in fact, most European too), the giving and receiving of gifts over a $20 value is considered breach of compliance. Policies associated with anti-kickback legislation, internal supplier/puchasing policies etc.

So if a regular employee accepted free holidays, free car rental for a month, or whatever, from a supplier, that would be breach, and the employee would be fired.

But if the CEO-millionaire receives huge kick-backs worth tens of thousands, then that's OK. In fact, it's newsworthy and a method of cheap advertising copy, irregardless.

Would Leona Helmsley say that "Compliance is only for the little people?"




By LukFilm on 5/28/2009 7:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Stated RIGHT ABOVE YOU is the fact that he bought it.


By lemonadesoda on 5/29/2009 8:19:16 AM , Rating: 2
That might be the case NOW, but it wasnt when I posted. Often posts get "mixed up" on this forum. Have you ever posted and your post doesnt appear at the bottom but somewhere in the middle of the thread? I think it has to do with inconsistent "local time" around the world.

Let's test it: I am making this post at exactly 14:19 PM local time here in Europe. Let's see what time is shown on this post... anything different and that explains why separate posts CANNOT be assumed to be sequential unless within the reply heirarchy.


By lemonadesoda on 5/29/2009 8:21:54 AM , Rating: 2
OK, the post just appeared as 8:19 AM, so there is a 6hr time difference.

Interestingly, the post right above my comment is now:

"Frat Bros.
By CalWorthing on 5/28/09, Rating: 5
By CalWorthing on 5/28/2009 4:33:05 PM , Rating: 5

They must buy their clothes at the same CEO boutique. "

It seems the thread is moving around. Careful with assumptions.


I really have to say this
By V3ctorPT on 5/29/2009 3:37:30 AM , Rating: 2
That's one ugly car IMO, that front grill spoils the car, and the rear... damn... Couldn't they come up with a more beautiful car?




RE: I really have to say this
By jconan on 5/29/2009 4:42:57 AM , Rating: 2
they did but the GTO was way out of the typical consumer price range...


RE: I really have to say this
By Yawgm0th on 5/29/2009 11:39:25 AM , Rating: 2
I like the grille, but the back is a problem. I think I might have bought it already if it looked different. Maybe the 2011 model will be different.


Article is misleading
By Bryf50 on 5/28/2009 5:51:48 PM , Rating: 5
According to the Ford press release the car was purchased by Ballmer not given to him.

quote:
Purchase by Microsoft CEO underscores positive partnership of two powerhouse brands, Ford and Microsoft, joining forces to deliver affordable products consumers want




geez
By RandallMoore on 5/28/2009 8:26:41 PM , Rating: 1
Heaven forbid that they give it away to some lucky randomly selected family. Guess that wouldn't bring as much publicity...




RE: geez
By Regs on 5/28/2009 11:31:05 PM , Rating: 3
I understand that knee jerk reaction, but you know, or should know, that corporations are here to make money so that there is less need for lucky families to be given a new car. I'm sure ford is a socioeconomic oriented company, but you won't see much of that PR stuff on daily tech.

And he bought it.


SYNC is sweet
By Murst on 5/28/2009 4:05:32 PM , Rating: 3
I love the SYNC stuff in my Escape. Just bought it last month, and the primary reason I was looking at a Ford was b/c of SYNC.

I expected the car to be crap, but both the Escape and Fusion were the best cars we've driven over a couple weeks, and that includes cars from Toyota, Honda, and Mazda ( in the 20-30k price range ).

Ford's incentives were also much better than what the others listed above offered. But if it wasn't for SYNC, I wouldn't have looked at a Ford.




Interior
By btc909 on 5/28/2009 8:04:41 PM , Rating: 1
2009 Fusion, the interior falls apart. Did they fix that in the 2010 model? That might be something Ford wants to look at.




RE: Interior
By rudolphna on 5/28/2009 9:34:19 PM , Rating: 2
Uh... What? Stop spreading FUD, it doesn't fall apart.


Is it just me?
By Tegrat on 5/29/2009 8:58:04 AM , Rating: 2
Or, does it look like Steve is thanking Alan, the valet, for not scratching his car....?




more lulz
By Etern205 on 5/30/2009 6:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
and that's why I wouldn't buy a Ford...
By Saist on 5/28/09, Rating: -1
By rudolphna on 5/28/2009 9:21:34 PM , Rating: 3
Well, you must be an idiot, because sync has absolutely nothing to do with the car itself. It in no way controls the engine, transmission, or powertrain in any way. It is simply the radio, to simplify it.


By sbtech on 5/29/2009 8:00:05 AM , Rating: 2
They did not GIVE the car to him. He BOUGHT it.


By Manch on 5/31/2009 4:06:46 AM , Rating: 1
let me get this straight. You disparage Ford because you think they're insulting the workers by giving Ballmer a car(which we all know now he bought). Yet, in the very next sentence you're calling the coding sloppier than an undercooked BBQ sandwich. Who in the hell are you to be handing out insults?

*sigh* since you asked:

You're an idiot and the sadistic side of me says since your daddy didn't wear a rubber I wouldn't mind if Ballmer's new car ran over the result of that error. Troll.


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