March 15, 2004

CAA gives safety innovation award to 2004 Ford Freestar

Ottawa, Ontario – The CAA has awarded the new 2004 Ford Freestar minivan with its Safety Innovations CAA Pyramid Award for its “Canadian Driving Package”. The option package includes:

AdvanceTrac – an integrated vehicle dynamics system that senses where the driver wants the vehicle to go, where the vehicle is going and then, by monitoring three other vehicle systems, gets them to work together to return the vehicle to the intended course. AdvanceTrac manages the outputs of:

  • Yaw Control Stability System – Signals when the vehicle is approaching understeer or oversteer.

  • All-Speed Traction Control – Described below
  • Anti-Lock Braking System – Regulates brakes to help prevent wheel lock-up during a stop.

All-Speed traction control – Helps reduce drive wheel slippage during acceleration and while driving in slippery conditions, which can assist with highway access in winter conditions.

Brake Assist – Monitors the speed with which the brake pedal is depressed. When depressed quickly, Brake Assist will automatically develop maximum braking force within a split second, to significantly reduce the stopping distance. Maximum braking force remains applied as long as the pedal is depressed.

Reverse Sensing System – A feature that sends warning beeps to the driver when backing up, if certain objects are in the vehicle’s path. The frequency of the warning beeps increases as the distance to the object decreases.

The Canadian Driving Package is standard on the Limited and an $800 option on SE, Sport and SEL models. It is also available at a discounted price when combined with other options as part of the SE Value Package, Sport Value Package and SEL Value Package.

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