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Combines the luxury and design elegance of Lincoln with the functionality of a pickup truck

Lincoln Mark LT is part of Lincoln Mercury's plan to introduce 11 new products in six segments within the next four years.

Combining the functionality of a full-size pickup truck, the luxury and refinement of Lincoln and the bravado of the state of Texas, the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT makes its production debut at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

The Lincoln Mark LT is a key part of Lincoln's plan to broaden the showroom and build momentum and profitable growth by introducing 11 new Lincoln Mercury products in six segments within the next four years. On sale in early 2005, the new Mark LT is one of five new Lincolns that will be introduced in that time.

The Lincoln Mark LT is designed for customers who want equal amounts of luxury and capability. It has indisputable truck credentials with outstanding payload and towing capacity and adds an additional level of style and sophistication beyond high-end pickup trucks on the road today. The Mark LT offers four full doors, front captain's chairs and a full rear seat, all providing ample comfort for five adults.

The Lincoln Mark LT is available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations with a 5.5-foot box plus standard bed extender.

"The Mark LT takes luxury to a place it has never really been before - the truck market," said Darryl Hazel, Lincoln Mercury president. "This is a Lincoln designed for two different types of customers. First, it's for people who need a truck, but want all of the trappings of a luxury vehicle. Second, it's for those who don't necessarily need a truck, but need to make a bold statement that can only be made by a few unique vehicles in today's market.

"Lincoln created the full-size luxury SUV segment with the launch of the Navigator six years ago, and we believe there is growing market appeal for a truck with luxury and elegance but with absolutely uncompromised truck capability," Hazel adds.

Creating Lincoln elegance and understated luxury from such a solid foundation was key to crafting the new Mark LT. Mark LT incorporates contemporary yet timeless design, indulgent comfort and the unique use of materials to meet the standards expected of a luxury vehicle.

Hazel is confident the new vehicle provides the opportunity to introduce a new customers to the Lincoln family.

The Customer and the Market

"This Mark LT is for consumers who appreciate recognition and look for new ways to express their personal style," says Hazel. "The Mark LT is their reward and it tells everyone else that this is one self-assured person who has arrived."

During the past decade, buyers flocked to the traditional pickup truck segment, more than doubling annual volume from 1.1 million to 2.3 million units. Lincoln's customer research predicts continued growth in the high end of both the truck and SUV segments.

"Our dealers loved the Mark LT from the minute they saw it," says Hazel. "And we knew intuitively that this was a winner and we expect that to translate to the market when it goes on sale in early 2005."

Lincoln's customer research shows that there is a core group of buyers who don't believe current pickups offer a true luxury choice, and that some vehicles labeled as "luxury trucks" aren't authentic trucks.

While the target customer for the Lincoln Mark LT leans toward men in their mid-40s to mid-50s, great interest is expected among younger buyers who view their vehicle as a status symbol and spend their money on vehicles and vehicle accessories and sound systems.

Capability Meets Elegant Design

Although the Mark LT is an authentic pickup with superior power and driving dynamics, what makes it a true fit for Lincoln is its unique elegance. The exterior design sets the truck apart from other pickups offering refined appearance cues of the Lincoln family of vehicles.

Mark LT's exterior features a theme of chrome accents, asserting the vehicle's status and enhancing its appearance. Its dominant signature waterfall grille, wide taillamps and thick-spoked wheels give it an unmistakable family resemblance to today's Lincoln Aviator and Navigator SUVs.

"The Mark LT's confident use of chrome draws attention to its presence," said Patrick Schiavone, design director, North America Truck and SUV. "With a strong stance and bold lines, the chrome accents incorporate seamlessly into the vehicle's design, completing it without taking over."

The Mark LT's face displays a dominant grille that combines traditional Lincoln lines with a new solid center that features a prominently anchored, Lincoln star as the showpiece.

Unique to the Mark LT is a hefty band of chrome that wraps around of the vehicle, highlighting its toughness. The chrome theme continues with 18-inch chrome-plated wheels that display the Lincoln star at the center, adding an uptown sophistication to the vehicle's stance.

The Lincoln design theme continues at the rear with taillamps that wrap into the tailgate for a broadened appearance, similar to Aviator and Navigator. The tailgate of Mark LT finishes the exterior design with an inset appliqué that features a Lincoln star at the center.

Additional chrome exterior elements are found on the front and rear bumpers, side mirrors, door handles, lower cladding, running boards, and the rolled tip of the tail pipe. Optional box rail moldings adorned with chrome round out the appearance enhancements inherent to the Mark LT.

"There's a $28 billion aftermarket out there for automobile customization, parts and service," says Hazel. "A good chunk of that market is people who customize pickups turning them into highly polished luxury vehicles. The Lincoln Mark LT is aimed at those buyers whose discretionary income is spent on their cars and trucks."

Interior Luxury for Those Who Travel Well

The first impressions of a luxury vehicle are made by its appearance, use of fine materials and array of amenities. But the true test of luxury comes when the vehicle is on the road and is measured by decibels. A luxury vehicle must offer an exceptionally quiet, comfortable cabin environment. The Lincoln Mark LT does just that thanks to its solid foundation built upon the Ford F-150 chassis, body design, and sound insulation measures, which translate well into a luxury vehicle.

The Lincoln Mark LT benefits from a fully-boxed frame, liquid-filled engine hydomounts, thick window side glass, inset doors with double-layer seals, and more to help limit unwanted road, tire, wind and engine noise in the cabin.

Lincoln vehicles have a rich heritage of interior environments that combine the height of style, elegance and romance. The Lincoln Mark LT offers a modern design interpretation of the brand's heritage with luxury enhancements such as real Ebony wood accents, soft Nudo leather seating surfaces and an indulgent level of standard equipment. Another ongoing Lincoln trait is attention to detail, depicted in the Mark LT with a special French-styled pleating in the seats. The front and rear seats also incorporate a unique quilted pattern insert, which communicates comfort and high style. Further detail is depicted by applying the unique sew style and contrasting color stitching to the brow of the instrument cluster.

The Lincoln Mark LT uses contemporary finishes and warm colors that result in an environment that is both inviting and stimulating.

"It's important to find the right combination of materials," said Marek Reichman, director, Interior Design. "This vehicle has a harmonious balance of materials, while providing enough contrast to be visually interesting."

Two interior environments are available: Pebble with Light Parchment seats and Black with Dove Gray seats.

Because Lincoln represents elegance without compromising comfort, the Mark LT features lavish use of premium leather. This velvety Nudo leather covers the steering wheel, seating surfaces, and center console, while plush carpet completes the opulence of the interior.

The steering wheel features a Lincoln star and is trimmed in a tone-on-tone contrasting leather to coordinate with either interior environment. The Mark LT instrument cluster continues the luxury theme of the truck's interior, with a unique font and elegant chrome trim with a Lincoln theme.

Luxury and Power

The full-sized luxury vehicle buyer wants to travel well, even when hard at work. The Mark LT delivers on this promise with a standard 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton™ V-8 engine that produces 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 foot-pounds of torque at 3,750 rpm.

The Mark LT's 5.4-liter Triton engine uses a 3-valve head design to enhance power and torque and an advanced electronic throttle control system that improves power response and modulation. The engine is particularly well suited for a luxury truck due to its engineered-in refinements in sound quality. Engine noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is limited by use of a tuned intake resonator and low-restriction exhaust system.

A Solid Frame and State-of-the-Art Suspension

Essential to meeting the driving dynamics expected of a pickup truck worthy of the Lincoln nameplate, the Mark LT is built on a stable hydroformed frame that forms a closed "box" section, as opposed to the traditional "C" frame rail design. The result is increased stiffness and stronger attachment points for the body and suspension for excellent handling and a quiet, composed ride.

A substantial contributor to the new Mark LT's driving feel - plush, yet connected to the road - is a front suspension that reacts to absorb bumps but stands strong against steering forces. Both 4x2 and 4x4 models use a coil-over-shock, long-spindle double wishbone front suspension.

For increased handling and a more aggressive stance, the front track is 67.0 inches wide, which helps increase control while braking, reduce tire wear and enhance handling and steering precision.

Mark LT's Hotchkiss-design rear suspension has been optimized with rear shock absorbers placed outboard of the frame rails - a pickup truck segment trait shared only with Ford's new F-150. The outboard rear shocks are positioned to maximize their effect at reducing body lean, particularly during lane changes. Because of this massive leverage advantage, the shocks can be tuned for a smoother ride.

The new Mark LT combines a comfortable, isolated and well-supported ride with balanced communication between the vehicle and driver. Mark LT's superior frame stiffness, advanced body mounts and carefully tuned suspension work together to deliver a quiet and composed ride.

Precise Rack-and-Pinion Power Steering, Powerful Brakes

The rack-and-pinion steering system used in the Mark LT is the largest, strongest and most rugged ever used by Lincoln. The predictable, linear steering response comes from careful tuning by engineering experts to help ensure that steering effort builds naturally with steering angle.

In addition to its dynamic performance, the new Mark LT's steering system also makes for a relatively tight 46-foot turning circle.

State-of-the-art standard four-wheel disc brakes are large and powerful. A four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are standard. EBD actively manages the brake force between the front and rear wheels, helping to reduce braking distances and maximize rear-wheel braking, particularly while towing. The system also uses sensor data to compare wheel speed more than 100 times during each rotation.

Overall, the ride is plush, yet controlled, braking is assured, and the cabin is quiet. The result is a fully functional luxury pickup truck that is an unqualified pleasure to drive.

Towing Performance

A key point for many pickup buyers is towing capability and the Lincoln Mark LT delivers trailer hauling as well as it delivers on its luxury attributes. The Mark LT's chassis and powertrain are designed for work. The laterally stiff new rear suspension helps resist side loads and the outboard rear shocks and wide leaf springs help reduce overall axle motion. Precise steering combined with a stiff frame and body contribute to confident, stress-free trailering, while powerful brakes enhanced with standard anti-lock control and electronic brake force distribution maximize stopping power.

The 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton™ V-8 engine has ample low-end torque, and the sophisticated electronic throttle control is designed to provide seamless, instant response and consistent transmission shift quality at various altitudes and vehicle loading. With a towing capacity of 8,900 lbs. and payload capacity of 1,620 lbs., Lincoln's Mark LT can tow anything from a horse trailer to a small yacht and carry all the gear needed to arrive in style.

A Safe Journey

For safety, the Mark LT offers outstanding occupant protection with a structure designed to absorb and dissipate crash energy before it can reach the reinforced passenger compartment. Features such as Ford's Personal Safety System™, occupant classification sensing and BeltMinder™ safety belt reminder system also help provide enhanced protection.

Options

* Electronic Shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive
* Power adjustable pedals
* Limited slip rear axle
* Bed extender
* Chrome box rails
* Class IV Trailer Tow package
* Power moonroof
* DVD electrical prep package
* Rear seat entertainment system
* Power sliding rear window with Privacy Tint
* Reverse sensing system (a parking convenience feature)
* Running boards
* Skid plates (available on 4x4 models)

Chassis

* MUSCULAR LUXURY: Solid frame and state-of-the-art suspension
* OUTBOARD REAR SHOCKS: Less lean, better ride
* GETTING AROUND AND STOPPING IN STYLE: Precise steering, powerful brakes

MUSCULAR LUXURY: Solid frame and state-of-the-art suspension

If a vehicle is to bear the Lincoln name, it is essential that it delivers the quality of driving dynamics for which the brand is known. Mark LT does just that with steering that is crisp and direct. The ride is plush yet controlled. The braking is strong and assured. And the cabin is quiet. Mark LT is responsive and confident while towing, robust and capable off-road.

This is due in large part to a solid and stable, fully-boxed frame – the industry's stiffest. The Lincoln Mark LT is built on a robust hydroformed frame that forms a closed "box" section, as opposed to the traditional "C" frame rail design. Hydroforming was used for the sections of frame rails that bear the load of the front suspension. The result is increased stiffness and stronger attachment points for the brackets that attach the body and suspension to the frame – and minimal shake and shudder on rough roads.

A substantial contributor to the new Mark LT's driving feel – plush and connected to the road – is a front suspension that absorbs bumps yet provides control going over them. Both 4x2 and 4x4 models use a coil-over shock, long-spindle double wishbone front suspension with cast aluminum lower control arms. This suspension reduces unsprung weight for better ride and handling on choppy road surfaces.

Advanced bushings – soft in response to road impacts but stiff to cornering loads – with ride and handling tuning optimized independently, contribute to Mark LT's outstanding ride and handling. Engineers targeted crisp steering response with new features including "gripping" bushings and double ball type joints instead of rubber bushings in the stabilizer system.

For precise handling and an aggressive stance, the front track is 67 inches wide, which helps increase control while braking and reduce tire wear.

OUTBOARD REAR SHOCKS: Less lean, better ride

Mark LT's Hotchkiss-design rear suspension has been optimized with the shock absorbers placed on the outside of the frame rails – a trait shared in the pickup segment only with Ford's F-150. The shocks are positioned to maximize their ability to properly manage body lean, particularly during lane changes.

In sum, the new Mark LT combines a comfortable, isolated and well-supported ride with balanced communication between the vehicle and driver. Mark LT's superior frame stiffness, advanced body mounts and carefully tuned suspension work together to deliver a quiet and composed ride.

GETTING AROUND AND STOPPING IN STYLE: Precise steering, powerful brakes

The rack-and-pinion steering system used in the Mark LT is the largest, strongest and most rugged ever used by Lincoln. The predictable, linear steering response comes from careful tuning by engineering experts to help ensure that steering effort builds naturally with steering angle.

In addition to its dynamic performance, the new Mark LT's steering system also makes for a relatively tight 46-foot turning circle.

Standard four-wheel disc brakes are complemented by four-wheel anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are standard. EBD actively manages the brake force between the front and rear wheels, helping to reduce braking distances and maximize rear-wheel braking, particularly while towing. The system also uses sensor data to compare wheel speed more than 100 times during each rotation.

Overall, the ride is plush, yet controlled, braking is assured and the cabin is quiet. The result is a fully functional luxury pickup truck that is pleasing to drive.

Powertrain

* TRAVEL WELL, WORK HARD: You can do both
* BUILT TO TOW: From horses to a pleasure boat

TRAVEL WELL, WORK HARD: You can do both

The full-sized luxury vehicle buyer wants to travel well, even when hard at work. The Mark LT delivers on this premise with a standard 5.4-liter, three-valve Triton™ V-8 engine that produces 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 foot-pounds of torque at 3,750 rpm.

The aluminum cylinder head – with two intake valves and one exhaust valve per cylinder (24 valves in total) – and a cast iron block balance impressive power with fuel efficiency and quiet operation.

Variable cam timing allowed Mark LT engineers to optimize intake and exhaust valve actuation across the engine speed range. Variable camshaft timing allows the valves to be operated at various points in the combustion cycle, providing performance that is precisely tailored to specific engine speed at that instant. The driver does not notice the cams are changing, but recognizes there's more power when it's needed.

The Mark LT's Triton V-8 uses a three-valve head design to enhance power and torque and an advanced electronic throttle control system that improves power response and modulation. The engine is particularly well suited for a luxury truck due to its engineered-in refinements in sound quality. Its tuned intake resonator and low-restriction exhaust system work to reduce engine noise, vibration and harshness.

Matched to the Triton™ V-8 is the 4R75E automatic transmission, which provides enhanced shift controls for smooth performance.

BUILT TO TOW: From horses to a pleasure boat

A key point for many pickup buyers is towing capability, and the Lincoln Mark LT delivers in this area as well as it delivers on its luxury attributes. The Mark LT's chassis and powertrain are designed for work.

Mark LT's 5.4-liter V-8 has more than ample low-end torque. Its sophisticated electronic throttle control is designed to provide seamless, instant response and consistent transmission shift quality at various altitudes and vehicle loads. With a towing capacity of 8,900 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,620 pounds, the Lincoln Mark LT is up to the task. Along with all the gear needed, it can haul a horse trailer to the equestrian center or tow a small pleasure craft to the marina – and arrive in style.

This well-crafted combination of engine, transmission and throttle control result in an exceptional towing package that still can produce surprisingly long trips between fill-ups.

AUTHENTIC LUXURY TRUCK: Capability meets elegant design

Building on the foundation of an authentic pickup with superior power and driving dynamics, what makes the Mark LT a true fit for Lincoln customers is its unique elegance. The exterior design sets the truck apart from other pickups with the refined cues of the Lincoln family of vehicles.

Mark LT features a crew cab design with two rows of seating and four forward-swinging full-size doors.

EXTERIOR DESIGN ELEMENTS: Chrome is a unifying theme

Mark LT's exterior features a theme of chrome accents, asserting the vehicle's status and enhancing its appearance. Its signature dominant waterfall grille, wide taillamps and thick-spoked wheels give it an unmistakable family resemblance to today's Lincoln Aviator and Navigator luxury SUVs.

The Mark LT's face displays a dominant grille that combines traditional Lincoln lines with a new solid center that features a prominently anchored Lincoln star as the showpiece.

Unique to the Mark LT is a hefty band of chrome that wraps around the vehicle, highlighting its sophistication. This theme of chrome continues with 18-inch chrome-plated wheels that display the Lincoln star at the center, adding an uptown sophistication to the vehicle's stance.

REAR DESIGN: Looking good, on your way

The Lincoln look continues at the rear with taillamps that wrap into the tailgate for a broadened appearance, similar to Aviator and Navigator. The tailgate of Mark LT finishes the exterior design with an inset appliqué that features a Lincoln star at the center.

Additional chrome exterior elements are found on the front and rear bumpers, side mirrors, door handles, lower cladding and the rolled tip of the tail pipe. Optional box rail moldings adorned with chrome round out the appearance enhancements that help define the Mark LT.

FIRST IMPRESSION: Not just another pickup

Appearance, use of materials and an array of amenities are what create the first impressions of a luxury vehicle. But that is just the beginning. A luxury vehicle also must offer an exceptionally quiet, comfortable cabin environment. The Lincoln Mark LT delivers with the help of a solid foundation from the Ford F-150 chassis as well as its body design and sound insulation measures. Together, these translate easily into a luxury vehicle.

NVH: Quiet from the inside out

The Lincoln Mark LT can provide the quiet befitting a Lincoln because of its fully boxed frame, liquid-filled engine hydromounts, thick window side glass, inset doors with double-layer seals and more. Intense attention to these details helps bar unwanted road, tire, wind and engine noise from entering the cabin.

LUXURY HERITAGE: Even to the pleating in the seats

Lincoln vehicles have a rich heritage of interior environments that exemplify style, elegance and romance. The Lincoln Mark LT offers a modern interpretation of the brand's heritage with luxury enhancements such as natural Ebony wood accents, soft Nudo leather seating surfaces and an indulgent level of standard equipment. Another ongoing Lincoln trait is attention to detail. One of the ways this is expressed in the Mark LT is via a special French-styled pleating in the seats. Both front and rear seats also utilize a unique quilted pattern insert, which communicates comfort and high style. Further detail is depicted by applying a unique sew style and contrasting color stitching to the brow of the instrument cluster.

The Lincoln Mark LT uses contemporary finishes and warm colors to create an environment that is both inviting and stimulating.

INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS: Understated elegance

Two interior environments are available:

* Pebble with Light Parchment seats

* Black with Dove Gray seats

Because Lincoln represents elegance without compromising comfort, the Mark LT features generous amounts of premium Nudo leather. This covering is applied to the steering wheel, seating surfaces and center console, while plush carpet completes the opulence of the interior.

The steering wheel features a Lincoln star and is trimmed in a tone-on-tone contrasting leather to coordinate with either interior environment. The Mark LT instrument cluster continues the luxury theme of the truck's interior with a unique font and elegant chrome trim with a Lincoln theme.

OCCUPANT SAFETY: A primary concern

The Lincoln Mark LT offers outstanding occupant protection through strong hydroformed front frame rails that are built to help manage crash forces. In an impact, these areas of the frame are designed to collapse in an accordion fashion, dissipating energy before it reaches the passenger compartment.

Innovative design added additional space to this crush zone. Rather than being welded or bolted to the back of the fully boxed bumper beam, the front frame rails extend through cutouts in the beam to its front face, where they are welded in place. If the frontal impact is severe enough, lower suspension control arms are designed to fracture, further absorbing crash energy.

SENSITIVE AIR BAGS

The 2006 Lincoln Mark LT includes Ford Motor Company's Personal Safety System™, which provides a combination of safety features such as standard driver and front passenger air bags, front passenger classification sensing and three-point safety belts at all seating positions, with front-seat pretensioners and retractors. The front passenger sensing system measures the weight of objects in the passenger seat – whether it is a pair of work gloves, a bag of groceries, a child or an adult – to determine if the air bag should be on or off.

The frontal air bags offer multiple deployment levels that tailor inflation force to the severity of the crash, the driver's safety belt use and the driver's seat position, as determined by a sensor mounted to the seat track.

The Mark LT also features the BeltMinder™ safety belt reminder system. A vehicle occupant's best line of defense in crashes remains the safety belt. Ford Motor Company's industry-leading technology reminds the driver and front-seat passenger to buckle up by sounding a gentle tone and displaying an icon on the instrument panel.

SMARTER BRAKES AS WELL

State-of-the-art standard four-wheel disc brakes are large and powerful. A four-wheel anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are standard. EBD actively manages the brake force between the front and rear wheels, helping to reduce braking distances and maximize rear-wheel braking, particularly while towing. The system also uses sensor data to compare wheel speed more than 100 times during each rotation.

Environment

The new Lincoln Mark LT is the first Lincoln to be built at Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Truck Plant, the award-winning home of "sustainable manufacturing." With its "living roof" and its ability to turn "fumes to fuel," the Dearborn Truck Plant is a model of 21st century manufacturing – and symbolizes the Ford and Lincoln approach to maintaining environmental quality.

LIVING ROOF: At the newest home for Lincoln

The sedum-planted roof of Dearborn Truck Plant's final assembly building is essentially a 10.4-acre garden that's been designated as The World's Largest Living Roof by Guinness World Records™.

The roof is composed of a drought-resistant perennial groundcover, called sedum, which is planted into a specially layered bed. Virtually maintenance-free, it is part of a broader storm-water management system and can absorb up to four million gallons of rainwater annually that otherwise would drain through the manufacturing campus and into the nearby River Rouge.

In addition to absorbing rainwater and carbon dioxide, the sedum roof produces oxygen and provides natural overhead insulation for the final assembly building, thereby reducing energy costs. It also is expected to last twice as long as a traditionally constructed roof.

"The living roof at the Rouge is living proof of Ford's ongoing commitment to being an environmentally conscientious corporate citizen," said Tim O'Brien, vice president, Corporate Relations. "Ford has taken a progressive stance on environmental issues, and with our redevelopment of the Rouge Center, we are putting our words into action. In addition, the roof and other environmental initiatives we're implementing are cost effective. Year after year, they will save us money, as well as conserve resources."

"The living roof and the restoration of natural areas and habitats within this 600-acre complex are part of an intricate storm-water management system," added Jay Richardson, Rouge Center redevelopment manager. "This system provides an added benefit to the southeast Michigan community by improving the quality of ground water and storm-water runoff flowing into the Rouge River."

LIVING ROOF: Maintenance free

Other than the watering required during its early growth stage, the living roof is maintenance free, requiring no mowing or trimming. On average, the succulent sedum plants grow only 6 inches tall and spread horizontally, crowding out weeds and other undesirable plants. When fully developed, the roof will resemble a meadow with varying lengths of growth and small red, white, yellow and purple flowers.

Rather than being planted in loose soil, sedum on the living roof grows on a four-layer, mat-like system that is only 3 inches thick. The bottom layer is a root-resistant membrane, followed by a drainage layer, a fleece mat, a vegetation blanket of semi-organic material and, finally, sedum plants.

When rain falls on the living roof, it is absorbed or filtered through the plant roots and soil bed. Excess runoff then is directed into an intricate storm-water management system composed of filtering rock beds and ground-level plantings; ditches filled with greenery, called swales; porous pavement installations; retention ponds; and underground storage basins.

FUMES TO FUEL: Turning paint fumes into electricity

The paint shop of the Dearborn Truck Plant can use better quality, better adhering paint because of its revolutionary fumes to fuel process. Instead of using non-renewable natural gas to burn paint fumes, the paint shop captures the volatile organic compounds found in paint fumes and concentrates them into a rich mixture of hydrocarbons, which are a source of fuel. The mixture then is fed into a reformer that turns it into a hydrogen-rich gas. From there, the gas is fed into a stack of solid oxide fuel cells, where a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen creates electricity, water vapor and a trace amount of carbon dioxide.

At full capacity, the process will be able to generate more than 100,000 watts, enough to operate 200 average homes.

"The Fumes to Fuel project is a sustainable business solution that improves the environment by substantially improving emissions. At the same time, it improves business by reducing fuel costs incurred by traditional incineration methods and actually generates usable energy from a waste product," said Tim O'Brien, Ford vice president, Corporate Relations.

"When fully developed, this system has the potential to save Ford millions of dollars by reducing the cost of incinerating paint fumes in natural gas-fired furnaces, as we do now," explained Mark Wherrett, Fumes to Fuel project leader and principal environmental engineer, Ford Environmental Quality Office. "It also costs much less to install and maintain, virtually eliminates carbon dioxide emissions and enables us to continue using solvent-based paints which produce a better quality finish than powder- or water-based paints."

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