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Initiative Will Expand Kevlar's Presence in Market Leading Police Car

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

RICHMOND, Va., September 25, 2005 -- Ford Motor Company has announced that it will offer factory-installed ballistic door panels featuring DuPont™ Kevlar® as a key component of the protection system on its Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles, offering a level of protection unmatched by any other OEM Police Vehicle. Production will begin in December 2005.

Developed in conjunction with major Police Departments, the ballistic door panels are invisible from the outside, lightweight and do not interfere with interior space or door/window mechanisms according to Ford. The panels have also been certified to meet National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level III-A protection.

"Today, more than 80% of the police cars on the road are Ford Interceptors, and we are proud to continue our leadership position by being the first automotive OEM to offer factory-installed ballistic door panels on a North American police vehicle," said Michael Blackmer, police vehicle specialist at Ford. "The addition of ballistic door panels with DuPont™ Kevlar® to the Interceptor's extra-heavy-duty components and class-leading safety equipment will result in one of the safest vehicles on the road today."

Ford's decision to offer factory-installed ballistic door panels fills a critical void in the marketplace. Up until now, U.S. police departments seeking such protection were required to have their vehicles "up-armored" using aftermarket parts. According to Ford, in addition to increasing the weight of the vehicle by as much as 80 pounds, such work often introduced other safety concerns as the cars were not originally designed to carry this added weight. Through Ford's decision to install ballistic door panels at the factory, police departments now have a safer and more cost effective alternative when seeking additional protection.

"This year marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Kevlar® brand fiber, which has been protecting law enforcement professionals throughout the world for more than 30 years from threats such as bullets, knives and explosives," added Bill Harvey, vice president, general manager, DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems. "We are pleased to be working with Ford on this important initiative which will help provide officers another measure of protection from the dangers they face on a daily basis."

DuPont™ Kevlar® is also a key component in the Police Interceptor's Trunk Pack, a drop-in box that holds police equipment laterally. Kevlar® is used to line the front face of the Trunk Pack to lessen the chance of stowed items penetrating into the back seat and/or fuel tank during a high speed - high energy rear collision.

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I will bet it will be a factory installed option...and cost $4,000-6,000 more.

Man can you imagine the wet dream this is going to be for the "sparkys" out there.
 
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