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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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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.


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