Ask Patty at the Ford Launch: 2012 Explorer & Edge with Eco-Boost, Part One
By Diana Merrill Claussen,
AskPatty.com contributing editor
Last week Ford Motors invited automotive journalists from across the nation to take part in their launch of their new 2012s and EcoBoost engine which will now be available in both the Ford Explorer and Edge. Every detail regarding the launch and the media’s trip was thoughtfully planned and extremely thorough. As the media arrived in droves to Detroit’s Metropolitan airport we were whisked away by chauffeured Ford Explorer’s to the quaint city of Rochester (Detroit suburb) where we were booked to stay at the lovely AAA rated four diamond award winning Royal Park Hotel.
Needless to say this lovely but non-ostentatious retreat was exactly the respite I needed after a full day of traveling. The hotel was situated on a tree-filled property complete with rippling creek, boulders in which to perch on and a charming bridge which crossed the creek and branch overhangs over to downtown Rochester. Downtown was more-so a brick road flashback into the past as compared to the concrete and steel of most cities today.
After some quiet time by the creek and enjoying the 83 degree temperature and light winds there was still plenty of time to cross the bridge into downtown. The square was filled with homemade art galleries with workshops, side road bookstores and a few vintage markets and the atmosphere of downtown reflected the early 1800s (the era in which the town was established). Touring Rochester was more of an exciting expedition than a simple destination. After finding a few needed items it was back to the hotel to ready for an evening of mingling. Cocktails and dinner provided the opportunity to meet other automotive journalists and Ford representatives while the choices of over a dozen of handmade deserts gave me the perfect excuse to break my diet. Throughout the trip the Ford folks kept us extremely well fed while the hotel and (its atrium, conservatory large and luxurious rooms overlooking the creek and complete marble washrooms) made for an extremely restful and indulgent break from the everyday.
That night gave us all an opportunity to meet and gather with those who were all looking forward to morning time where we would awake at 6:00 a.m., check out of the Royal Park, (almost cried while leaving The Park) but was happy to board an awaiting executive bus which transported my new media friends and I to Ford’s infamous Romeo, Michigan Proving Grounds. With almost 4,000 acres of road testing for just about any type of driving condition imaginable, the Proving Grounds is basically where engineering dreams are either fulfilled, sent back to the drawing board or simply scrapped.
After breakfast and presentation by numerous Ford engineers and executives, we were fed a scrumptious breakfast while sitting in the (no cameras or video equipment allowed) housing facility of the 2012 Edge, Explorer along with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines proudly on display on a highly polished engine stand. However, the official unveiling of the SUV and Crossover with 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be during the upcoming and highly esteemed Frankfurt Motor Show.
So thankfully Ford allowed us to bring these two innovative and redesigned models straight to you while giving us the ability to give a peek, and take a test drive with AskPatty.com. Enjoy as we put the Edge and Explorer EcoBoost engine models through extreme tests while providing personal performance reviews from a female perspective.
(Ed. Note: Stay tuned for Part Two!)
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