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Ford goes digital with audio, USB and bluetooth systems

Ford goes digital

Ford's latest models are tuning in to the digital future by offering a wider choice of the latest in-car entertainment technology.

The Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy are now available with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio and USB ports to plug in a flash drive 'memory stick' or an audio source such as an iPod.

With DAB radio and USB connectivity, Ford's large cars join the Focus, C-MAX and Kuga ranges which introduced the features earlier this year.

Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy are now equipped with DAB as standard on Ghia, Titanium, Titanium X and Titanium X Sport derivatives, while other series offer DAB radio as an option.

Markus Pazina, Ford navigation and connectivity engineer, said: “Our latest DAB systems and connectivity options provide Ford customers with digital sound quality from a broad choice of media. We have paid special attention to making the systems simple to operate, so that drivers can access the music they want safely and with a minimum of fuss."

The Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy – as well as the all-new Ford Fiesta on sale this month – also come with a USB port, so that drivers can listen to their choice of music or other audio files stored on memory sticks, MP3 players or mobile phones.

When this type of digital source is connected to the USB port, drivers can browse audio files via the centre screen and on the display (where Convers+ fitted) between rev counter and speedo using the car's steering wheel-mounted controls. Certain key functions, such as track number selection, can even be operated using the voice control feature.

Apple iPod players can be linked by a special connector (available from Ford dealers), which enables full control of the iPod’s functions using the main audio system controls.

The DAB audio systems provide a wider choice of radio stations with a sound quality free from the type of interference which can affect traditional AM and FM broadcasts. Drivers can check coverage and reception of DAB stations in their area at getdab.com.

DAB AUDIO SYSTEMS

• What is it?

In-car audio capable of receiving digital radio broadcasts, delivering high-quality sound.

• How to get it

Standard for Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models on Ghia, Titanium, Titanium X and Titanium X Sport derivatives.

Available as an option on Ford Mondeo Edge, Zetec and ECOnetic, Ford Galaxy Edge and Zetec, and Ford S-MAX Edge and Zetec.

• What's the cost?

£300 for Sony DAB CD and £500 for Sony DAB 6CD versions.

USB CONNECTIVITY

• What is it?

USB port located in the glove box or centre console of the car allows drivers to play MP3 audio files, and also provides an in-car charging facility. Drivers can access digital audio from a range of devices connected through the USB.

• How to get it

Available as an option on all Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models where Sony DAB CD/6CD or navigation systems are fitted. On all-new Fiesta, USB comes with Bluetooth and voice control package.

• What's the cost?

£50 on three large cars. £200 for USB, Bluetooth and voice control on new Fiesta Zetec, Zetec S and Titanium models.