News – Ford Expanding 2011 Ford Fiesta’s SYNC Capabilities with AppLink Feature

By Automotive Staff | April 13, 2011
Ford is expanding the capabilities of the SYNC technology on the 2011 Fiesta subcompact. Offered with a starting price of $13,995, the Fiesta sedan and four-door hatchback can be optioned with the SYNC connectivity technology that, as some owners are now discovering, can be updated and refined over time. SYNC AppLink is a free software program that allows drivers to access apps on their smartphone through voice control and steering wheel buttons instead of focusing more on the cell phone than the road. The AppLink download is available for Fiesta drivers at While not every smartphone is compatible with AppLink, the iPhone, Android-based phones, and BlackBerry by RIM will work. “SYNC and AppLink work hand-in-hand to answer consumer demand for safer, smarter control of smartphones while in the car,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services. “Ford has worked hard to be a step ahead or at least in step with the speed of the consumer electronics market, and to leverage the technologies, features and services we know our customers want to be connected to while driving.”
Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher news radio, and OpenBeak are among the first SYNC-enabled apps. The Fiesta's SYNC system already enables hands-free calling and can deliver a vehicle health report that includes vehicle diagnostics, scheduled maintenance details, and potential recalls that might affect the vehicle. The Fiesta doesn't offer an integrated navigation system, but through SYNC, the car can provide turn-by-turn directions. The technology can even read incoming text messages and help you respond with one of 15 generic responses. By Zach Gale