October 9, 2002

Ford’s CrossTrainer concept vehicle to be called ‘Freestyle’

Las Vegas, Nevada – Ford’s ‘crossover’ vehicle concept that was previously announced as the ‘CrossTrainer’, will be called the Freestyle when it debuts in 2004.

The Freestyle is a six- or seven-passenger “crossover” vehicle with three rows of seats and available all-wheel-drive. Ford dealers are getting a sneak peek at the new car during their annual meetings in Las Vegas.

“Freestyle is a great name for this vehicle because it doesn’t follow any existing automotive paradigm,” said Ford Division President Steve Lyons. “This car is one of the cornerstones in our product-led transformation. It represents the new face of Ford products of tomorrow with innovation in design, package, functionality and fun.”

The Ford Freestyle shares common architecture and manufacturing resources with the new Ford Five Hundred sedan, also debuting in 2004.

“The Freestyle and its cousin, the Ford Five Hundred are just two of the breakthrough products we’ll be introducing in the coming years,” said Lyons. “In 2002, we focused on our SUV lineup. In 2003, we’ll introduce the next generation of the world’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-Series and a redesigned version of the minivan safety leader, the Ford Windstar. The year 2004 will be the year of the car, with Freestyle, Five Hundred and our production version of the GT40 concept. And that’s only part of the story. There’s much more to come.”

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