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Fusion, Flex to get Standard SYNC

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer February 2012
  • All 2013 Fusion and Flex models will include SYNC.
  • More than 4 million vehicles already include the system.
  • The 2013 Flex and Fusion will go on sale later this year.

Ford's advanced SYNC infotainment system will soon find its way into more vehicles. The automaker recently announced it will add SYNC as standard equipment to the 2013 Fusion and Flex, both of which were substantially overhauled for the new model year.

According to Ford, the infotainment system will be included on all versions of the Fusion and Flex, from base-level cars with the automaker's standard audio system to upscale Flex Limited and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi models that feature advanced MyFord Touch technology. That means hundreds of thousands of new consumers will get to experience the formerly optional SYNC, which connects to mobile phones and offers a variety of features ranging from real time traffic and weather updates to a system that reads text messages aloud to minimize distraction.

"Ford SYNC technology has led the industry in transforming the way we connect to our cars," said Dave Mondragon, Ford's general marketing manager. "SYNC has enabled Ford drivers to take advantage of the latest communication and entertainment technology with an easily upgradeable architecture that is friendly to use."

Ford says nearly 4 million vehicles have been equipped with SYNC since the system's debut in 2007. According to the automaker, the technology is currently included as standard or optional equipment on every one of its vehicles, and can be especially useful to drivers in the nine states that have banned the use of hand-held phones by drivers.

The 2013 Fusion was unveiled at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Featuring handsome, sleek lines and an upscale interior, the revised Fusion offers four available four-cylinder engines, including plug-in and traditional hybrid powerplants and a turbocharged motor that produces 237 horsepower. A restyled 2013 Flex was unveiled at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show and includes updated exterior styling, a slight power boost and a revised interior. While the 2013 Flex is expected to arrive in dealers early this year, the updated Fusion likely won't go on sale until the fall.

What it means to you: By adding the Flex and Fusion to the list of vehicles featuring standard SYNC, Ford brings in-car connectivity to an even larger audience.

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