No idea on cost or how well it works but here's more info on it
FORD SPEEDS IPOD CONNECTIVITY TO MORE VEHICLES AS AUDIO-PLAYER DEMAND
DOUBLES IN NEXT 5 YEARS
Ford responds to the explosive growth of iPod and MP3 audio players by
offering auxiliary audio input jacks in half of its 2007-model Ford
and Lincoln and Mercury products, beginning this summer.
New Ford TripTunes™ Advanced system will be added early next year –
for even more seamless iPod integration, including full charging and
control through the radio controls.
Ford predicts iPod and other MP3 player sales will more than double in
next five years.
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 3- Drivers can now easily plug their iPod into
the car thanks to new audio features being introduced in new 2007-
model Ford and Lincoln Mercury vehicles.
Ford is responding to the skyrocketing customer demand to bring
electronic devices into cars and trucks by offering the new features.
The company predicts that iPod and other MP3 player sales will reach
132 million units in 2009 – more than double the 57.7 million sold in
“We at Ford have pledged to listen more closely to our customers, and
that includes knowing how they want to use their personal audio
devices while driving,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the
Americas. “We see the booming trend in the audio marketplace, and we
are responding quickly in our vehicles.”
For the 2007-model year, built-in auxiliary audio-input jacks will be
offered on the Ford Edge, Explorer, Expedition, Mustang, Fusion, Sport
Trac, Ranger, F-150, Mercury Milan, Mountaineer, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln
MKZ, Navigator and Lincoln Mark LT. The jacks allow customers to bring
any iPod or other MP3 player with a standard 3.5 millimeter audio
output into their vehicle and play it through the audio system.
In addition, early next year, Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers
throughout the U.S. will begin offering Ford’s TripTunes Advanced
audio system – an iPod integration feature that provides drivers with
top sound quality and recharging at the same time. TripTunes Advanced
allows the driver to store the iPod in the vehicle’s glove box and
select music using the steering wheel or radio controls – including
shuffling songs and skipping between tracks and playlists.
“The iPod has been a huge hit, and we at Ford wanted to develop a way
for people to bring the device into their Ford, Lincoln or Mercury
vehicle without having to fuss with the device while driving,” said
Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s product and business development
for electronics. “What we’ve accomplished with the integration of the
iPod into our vehicles is just one piece of a much broader effort at
Ford Motor Company to respond to customer trends more quickly.”
Satellite Navigation, SIRIUS Radio Also Growing Fast
Responding to another consumer trend, Ford is dramatically increasing
the number of its vehicles with DVD-based navigation systems and
SIRIUS satellite radio.
“In 2005, fewer than half of our vehicles were available with a
navigation system, satellite radio or auxiliary audio inputs. For
2007, we’re doubling the models available with a navigation system and
quadrupling the number with SIRIUS satellite radio,” says Fields.
Ford’s intuitive, DVD-based navigation system is new for 2007 on the
Ford Fusion, F-150, Mustang, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Mark LT.
Also for 2007, Ford is broadening its relationship with SIRIUS
satellite radio, adding the feature on the Ford Edge, Ford Shelby
GT500, Five Hundred, Fusion, Mustang, Expedition, Ranger, Sport Trac,
Mercury Montego, Milan and Lincoln MKX and Navigator.
By the 2008-model year, Ford expects to offer available SIRIUS
satellite radio in 90 percent of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles.
If its anything like my ghia the socket is built inside the front of the
glove box, on the left hand side... very useful... wish the radio had a usb
socket though rather than the 3.5mm jack socket in the glove box.
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