August 4, 2006

Ford speeds iPod connectivity to more vehicles in face of demand

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford is responding to the skyrocketing customer demand for auxiliary audio players by offering input jacks in more of its 2007 Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The company predicts that iPod and other MP3 player sales will reach 132 million units in 2009, or more than double the 57.7 million sold in 2005.

For model year 2007, built-in auxiliary audio-input jacks will be offered on the Ford Edge, Explorer, Expedition, Mustang, Fusion, Sport Trac, Ranger, F-150, and Lincoln MKX, MKZ, Navigator and Mark LT. In the U.S., the jacks will also be added to the Mercury Milan and Mountaineer. The jacks allow customers to play any iPod or other MP3 player with a standard 3.5 mm audio output through the audio system.

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