Ford Will Debut its SYNC In-car infotainment System in B-Max Compact Minivan
Ford will debut its SYNC in-car infotainment system in Europe in the new generation Ford B-Max compact minivan . The service will be available in nine languages, including UK English, EU French, EU Spanish, EU Portuguese, German, Italian, Turkish, Dutch, and Russian. U.S. customers have been using SYNC for a few years now and the B-Max will be the first Ford in Europe to benefit from the option. The system allows drivers to connect their mobile phones and music players, and includes Emergency Assistance.
Co-developed with Microsoft the Fiesta-based B-max is aimed at drivers looking for an economical small car that offers practicality. The B-Max will be powered by Ford’s new 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine that produces an output of 120-horsepower and also drastically improves fuel efficiency and cuts emissions. The system alerts emergency services as soon as an accident takes place, in the correct language for the region based on the GPS signal and works even in neighboring countries. Emergency Assistance makes the call if an airbag is fired or the fuel pump cut-off is activated.
SYNC can also read incoming SMS messages to the driver, connect to various different music players, and a USB interface allows it to be updated in the future. Ford expects the European market to take a step towards the company’s target of 13 million SYNC customers by 2015.