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Car reviews - Ford - Falcon - Forte sedan

Sat Nav

Ford logo12 Jan 2001

By STEVEN BUTCHER

SATELLITE navigation is available across the Falcon range. The dealer-fit Forte and Fairmont system has a black and white screen and single-speaker audio instructions, while a factory-fitted 12.8cm colour monitor that fits into a dedicated dash panel is now standard on LTD and optional on Fairlane Ghia, Fairmont Ghia and Fairmont. It is a Carin system that uses global positioning to pinpoint the location of the vehicle. Position accuracy is said to be delivered within 30 metres, even during extended periods without GPS reception.

The system is designed to be menu-driven, allowing the driver to operate it without referral to an operating manual. The monitor displays simple images to the driver as well as a map of the current destination from a scale of 100 metres to 100km, and a voice provides simple guidance instructions, making allowances for speed and proximity to turn or lane change.

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The Falcon sat-nav user can select a male or female voice and can choose between English and eight other languages

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