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Old 11-08-2007, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default Advanced NEW Ford Mondeo (Europe) Makes Hill Starts Automatically Safer

Advanced NEW Ford Mondeo (Europe) Makes Hill Starts Automatically Safer



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ADVANCED NEW FORD MONDEO MAKES HILL STARTS AUTOMATICALLY SAFER

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 8 November, 2007 – Ford's high-tech new Mondeo helps drivers make the perfect hill start no matter how steep the gradient or how heavy the load.

The car's sophisticated software detects the attitude of the Mondeo every time it becomes stationary – for example at traffic lights. If the Mondeo is on either an uphill or a downhill slope it automatically engages Hill Launch Assist (HLA).

A smooth hill start normally requires significant co-ordination skills from a driver. Initially the car is held on the handbrake while the clutch is progressively disengaged and the accelerator applied. As inertia is overcome, the handbrake is gradually released to avoid rollback.

HLA eliminates the need for the driver to apply the handbrake and instead automatically holds the Mondeo for up to 2.5 seconds while the driver's foot travels from the brake to the accelerator pedal. As soon as sufficient engine torque is available, HLA releases the brakes without the risk of either stalling or rolling backwards.

Lucian Lippok, Ford development engineer said: “The aim of HLA is to ensure a smooth and simple start when pulling away on a hill. As soon as the driver releases the brake pedal the system holds the car to avoid the awkward sequence of engaging the handbrake to hold the car momentarily.”

Lucian also highlighted HLA's other benefits: “The system makes it especially easy to control a fully laden vehicle or when towing. With no chance of stalling or rolling backwards, it means that the driver can keep both hands on the steering wheel and concentrate fully on driving safely.”

HLA complements new Mondeo's other advantages as a tow car – recognised by the Caravan Club awarding Ford Mondeo its prestigious 2008 Towcar of the Year title.

HLA has three settings – off, manual or automatic – controlled via buttons on the Mondeo's steering wheel. A message in the cluster menu indicates when HLA is active. The system detects an incline via sensors that operate within half a second of the car stopping.

HLA can be specified either by either selecting new Mondeo's Interactive Vehicle Dynamics Control active suspension, or it is included with new Mondeo's adaptive cruise control option.

LUCIAN LIPPOK, FORD DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

First job at Ford
Chassis engineer in 1995

Favourite Ford project
New Ford Mondeo's Hill Launch Assist and active suspension. Advanced engineering technology is what makes this car remarkable.

Favourite Ford vehicle
Ford Ka – stylish, unconventional and immensely practical for its size.


HILL LAUNCH ASSIST

What is it?
Option to help drivers make the perfect hill start

How to get it
Comes as part of new Ford Mondeo's active suspension and adaptive cruise control options

What's the cost?
£650 for active suspension (IVDC), £1,000 for adaptive cruise
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:15 PM   #2
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whoever wrote this is properly slow, i think they had this last year? fifth gear did a preview of it..

fantastic stuff, if only we had this kind of technology in the U.S. ford automobiles.. sigh..
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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ya but most lazy americans drive autos.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:13 PM   #4
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:20 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure if I had this, I would never use it. How hard is it to start on a hill for craps sake?
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:18 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure if I had this, I would never use it. How hard is it to start on a hill for craps sake?
well in europe where roads are narrow and steep as hell and bumper to bumper. THis is a great option besides the handbrake method.
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:35 AM   #7
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this isnt that much more high tech then Subaru's hill hold assist.... or at least it doesnt seem to do that much more...
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:49 AM   #8
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Good job, Ford. You have just developed the same technology that Subaru has had since before I learned to drive 20 years ago.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:35 AM   #9
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My parents hate the hill holder in their Forester. And to think you can get a Ford in Europe with an active suspension...
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:47 PM   #10
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Why would you hate something that only engages when you need it, and is easily disengaged. I freaking LOVE the fact that subaru has one of the most unobtrusive and easy to use hill-holders that most dont even realize is in there.
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:57 PM   #11
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Hill holder is a mechanical system...
The Incline Assist in the new Impreza is electronic. This appears to be the same thing.

The Impreza senses the attitude... and if it's on an incline it will use the VDC to engage the brakes for about 3 secs... Subaru should do a WTLW on Ford... LOL!
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well in europe where roads are narrow and steep as hell and bumper to bumper. THis is a great option besides the handbrake method.
I still don't think it's necessary...maybe others do, in which case this is great. But I work in downtown Seattle, which rivals San Fran for its steep hills, and the standard way of releasing the clutch and going seems to work fine.

In any case, congrats to Ford. Now we just need them to bring nice cars like the Mondeo and Euro-spec Focus over here, and ditch the Taurus crap we get.
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:10 PM   #13
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Why would you hate something that only engages when you need it, and is easily disengaged.
How do you selectively engage (and disengage) it on an 06 Forester? My folks would be very happy to know, since they can't get an answer from anyone at the dealership.
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