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Ford making FordPass remote features complementary

FordPass mobile app that allows Ford vehicle owners to remotely access their vehicle.

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FordPass, Ford Motor Company's mobile platform, will now be free for customers to use. The change makes Ford the first automaker to offer its remote vehicle features and connected service complimentary to customers.

FordPass, powered by FordPass Connect, is a mobile app that allows Ford vehicle owners to remotely start/stop/unlock their vehicles, schedule maintenance at participating dealers, schedule start times, and chat with Ford Guides. The app is compatible with Apple and Android smartphones.

Previously, FordPass was only available to customers via one, two, or five-year subscription trials. General Motors customers pay as much as $14.99 per month for similar OnStar remote vehicle services and Toyota charges $8 per month. Both of those plans come with a free three-month trial subscription.

FordPass Rewards As part of the FordPass service, the automaker will offer complementary enrollment in FordPass Rewards.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Along with those functions, cuomsters will have access to FordPass Rewards, a customer loyalty program that allows them to earn points that can be redeemed for complimentary maintenance with the purchase or lease of a new Ford vehicle. Customers can also earn points by getting their vehicle serviced at their local dealership.

"When customer experience is consistently done correctly it increases loyalty," said Kari Novatney, FordPass. "We think it's important for our customers to have the ability to conveniently and safely access their vehicle from the FordPass app anyplace and anytime."

FordPass was introduced in 2016 and currently has more than 1.5 million active members.

This change in FordPass terms and conditions only applies to select model year vehicles equipped with FordPass Connect. Visit www.FordPass.com for more information.

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The new Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection models feature a cipher.

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It's a touch mysterious, but that's the whole point. The newest member of the Rolls-Royce Collection Cars lineup is the Wraith Kryptos Collection, which was born from a designer's passion for cryptography.

The art of writing in codes has prevalence throughout the design of the model, a vehicle Rolls-Royce calls "a willing canvas for an intricate and clandestine design." The collection will be limited to just 50 vehicles.

"The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even," said Rolls-Katrin Lehmann, Royce Bespoke Designer. "Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world's most brilliant minds."

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection

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"As a designer," continued Lehmann, "I've always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art."

The Wraith Kryptos Collection features an encrypted cipher that evolves throughout the car, in a move purely for the clients' pleasure and amusement. Though the ciphers appear to the untrained eye to just be a design, those who are willing to look closer will find themselves involved in a mystery.

"The brilliant and creative minds of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have excelled once again, creating an extraordinarily contemporary and compelling iteration of Wraith," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "The Wraith Kryptos Collection, on first glance, is a statement of dynamism. On closer examination, a series of messages are hidden behind a unique Rolls-Royce cipher. I look forward to seeing whether any of our clients will crack the code!"

The code really is a secret. Only two people at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood know the full resolution of the sequence -Lehmann and Müller-Ötvös. A sealed envelope in the Chief Executive's safe holds the key to the code. Rolls-Royce clients will be able to submit their efforts at cracking the code via the members-only Rolls-Royce app, Whispers.

To begin your cryptographic journey, once you've received your Wraith, you'll start at the Spirit of Ecstasy where an engraving at the base starts the cipher. Below, there are redrafted bumper inserts, which change the posture of Wraith. The exterior of the car is Delphic Grey, a bespoke hue that is made from a solid Anthracite base color. In sunlight, blue and green mica flakes appear. A hand-painted double coachline in Kryptos Green is painted. Orbit Grey polished wheels feature a color pinstripe.

Step over the illuminated tread-lates and you'll be greeted by Kryptos Green leather that has been developed to incorporate a metallic effect, set against either Selby Grey or Anthracite. Elements of the cipher are embroidered into the Wraith's headrests in place of the customary double-R emblem. A screen print spans the width fo the interior in front of the driver.

Looking up, passengers will see a bi-colored headliner depicting an in-motion data-stream inspired motif. Illuminated door pockets are made woven leather with Kryptos Green threads.

Buyers interested in purchasing a model from the Wraith Kryptos Collection should contact their local Rolls-Royce retailer.

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Ford has revealed the silhouettes of the three models in the Bronco family.

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Ford has made it official. Not only will we see the Ford Bronco for the first time next Monday night, we'll see three Ford Broncos. That's right, the automaker is making two- and four-door versions of the heralded 4x4 SUV as well as the more lifestyle-focused Bronco Sport.

From the images Ford released, it's apparent that the two-door Bronco delivers a different flavor than the four-door, rather than just being a shortened model. The two-door 2021 Ford Bronco is shown without its two front doors and what appears to be a soft top style roof. Its blunt front end and silhouette are reminiscent of the original Bronco.

2021 Ford Bronco family Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The four-door model shown is what most Americans likely think of as the traditional Bronco. It is squared off and upright with flared fenders, a spare wheel out back, hard top, and a blunt front smiler to the two-door version.

We've already seen the headlights and sides of the Bronco as part of Instagram teasers the company released last week.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport sits on the same platform as the 2020 Ford Escape. Its interior is designed with a rugged yet comfortable lifestyle in mind. Because of its production mate, the Bronco Sport is likely to not be as capable as the two- or four-door Bronco.

With these images, Ford makes it clear that Bronco has the Jeep Wrangler firmly in its sights. While the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Sahara match up size-wise with the Bronco, the Bronco Sport is more the size of the Jeep Cherokee. Whether or not there is enough room in America's hearts for all the models remains to be seen.

The debut of the Bronco is slated for July 13 at 8 p.m. Click here to see all the ways to watch it alongside AutomotiveMap. Then, plan on coming back to AutomotiveMap for full model coverage, just like we did with redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 two weeks ago.

Bronco fans can reserve their Bronco model for $100 each, starting Monday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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