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  Mercury Meta One Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:January 04, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith a focus on accident prevention, Ford Motor Company is developing safety technologies that warn when a vehicle wanders into another lane and even apply the brakes if an accident is imminent. These technologies will be featured on the Mercury Meta One, Ford's most advanced scientific research concept ever displayed at an auto show. Much of the science of automobile safety has focused on passive restraints, or how to protect occupants during a crash. Ford is researching and applying active safety measures in production vehicles and concepts designed with the intention to prevent some accidents from occurring.
One of these technologies, Ford's exclusive Roll Stability Control, will be on more than one-half million Ford Motor Company SUVs by the end of 2005. Unlike any other system in the world, Ford's patented Roll Stability Control features roll-rate sensing and stability enhancing capability - offering assistance to the driver in maintaining vehicle control during extreme maneuvers. Ford also announced that the 2006 15-passenger E-Series wagon will feature the technology. At Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January, Ford Motor Company's Mercury Meta One concept showcases two additional active safety technologies with promise: Lane Departure Warning, and Collision Mitigation by Braking.

Meta One is more than a safety concept alone. Its name is derived from the Greek word "meta," meaning "transcends" or "goes beyond." In the case of the Mercury Meta One concept, the name connotes the personality of the concept, which transcends the ordinary and the expected in a passenger vehicle. Not only does Meta One foretell the design vision for Mercury's future and suggest possibilities for future safety innovation, it also presents a world-first advanced powertrain plus enhanced electronics and personalization features. Meta One stretches the distinct sophistication of Mercury's design DNA. The brand's contemporary look is evident on the new Monterey minivan, Mariner SUV and Montego sedan.

Mercury will build a new crossover vehicle in 2007. Meta One explores adaptation of the Mercury design DNA to a crossover and gives a hint of what such a product could represent for the brand.

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