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Posted: 10/04/07 11:00 AM

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2007 - The Ford Mustang convertible, the
best-selling convertible ever, is now the first specialty sports car in
history to earn the highest possible safety ratings in all New Car
Assessment Program (NCAP) test modes performed by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).The iconic 2008 Ford Mustang
convertible stands alone as the only convertible of any type that can be
called a five-star safety vehicle, having aced all NCAP crash testing
and rollover resistance evaluations.

To achieve five stars in all categories, vehicles must earn the highest
possible safety ratings in:

* Frontal crash evaluations for both driver and front-seat passenger

* Side impact evaluations for both driver and rear-seat passenger directly behind the driver

* NHTSA's rollover test, a two-tiered evaluation used to gauge a vehicle's resistance to rollover

The new Mustang convertible also earned the highest side-impact
performance rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

"The five-star ratings confirm our own analysis of the safety
performance of this excellent vehicle," said Jim Vondale, director,
Ford's Automotive Safety Office. "The Mustang convertible is another
example of working at all levels to offer a vehicle that is both sporty
and safe. It was developed with a dedicated focus on safety, making it
the highest rated Mustang ever built."

For 2008, Mustang adds standard side air bags to an already
comprehensive safety package. Along with the addition of seat-mounted
thorax side air bags, safety features include the Personal Safety System
- a suite of restraint technologies designed to tailor their response to
the severity of the crash and other factors. The system includes
dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, safety belt
pretensioners, seat weight sensing system for the passenger seat and
crash severity sensing.

A vehicle occupant's best line of defense in crashes remains the safety
belt. Ford Motor Company's industry-leading technology, Beltminder,
reminds the driver and front-seat passenger to buckle up. The technology
has been installed in more than 20 million vehicles. Both NHTSA and IIHS
have noted the effectiveness of Beltminder as a significant life-saving

Mustang convertible features a crash-optimized structure designed to
help absorb and dissipate crash energy and maintain occupant compartment
integrity. Ford designs all of its vehicles with the objective of
reducing the risk and severity of injury in a crash. Ford safety
engineers and experts use the most advanced computer modeling technology
in the industry to ensure its vehicles meet or exceed our stringent
internal crashworthiness standards. Ford incorporates an array of other
stringent safety testing in the development of its vehicles, including
frontal offset, side impact and rear impact.

Mustang remains one of the greatest automotive sales success stories of
all time and is America's best-selling convertible. Nearly one out of
every two sports cars sold in this country is a Mustang. The 2008
Mustang intends to hold on to that sales leadership with new available
features that will add personal appeal, including High Intensity
Discharge (HID) headlamps, 18-inch wheels on the V-6 coupe, and an
interior ambient lighting system.  

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