Read somewhere in 2016 it, literally, took Board approval to get permission to vary from the standard Blue-Oval.
That's interesting. I'm certain it required high-level approval to use the non-blue Ford logo on the Platinum's steering wheel.
For most of my adult life, I ran an advertising agency. For each client, we had to keep an up-to-date Corporate Identity Manual on hand to ensure we used logos correctly. Often, our art director had to send staff to an identity-training session to learn a client's standards for logo color, size, scale, orientation for use in print, displayed on computer monitors, positioned on various vehicles, presented on signage, used in tradeshow exhibits, etc. Deviation from identity standards was forbidden!
Large companies take the consistency of their identity very seriously, and I'm a bit surprised the Explorer's design team was able to deviate from the standard Ford Blue on the Platinum's steering-wheel logo.
Prior to 2003 (Ford's 100th birthday), the company was a bit more flexible with the use of their logo. I just looked at my wife's 2002 Thunderbird and realized the only Ford logo on the entire vehicle is a tiny silver oval embossed on the sill plates. Otherwise, the word "Thunderbird" appears where you'd expect to see a Ford blue oval.
If you're interested in the history of the Ford logo, there's a good summary here:
History Of The Ford Logo Design -- Ford's Car Brand Emblem Evolution
On by default. Can be turned off via the touchscreen.So the first cold front swept through my little Texas town which brought temps down to the mid 50’s. Remote started the ST and was pleasantly surprised with heated seat engaged, heated steering wheel on and temp set to 70/ ac and recirculating off.
none of those settings were my own. Following day was 62, remote started the vehicle and it didn’t do any of it. I’m guessing there’s an external temp requirement for all that to happen.
Ok, so why not start a thread with things you have learned that wouldn't just normally stand out.
1) windows are soft close and open. They slow down when almost closed or almost opened for a softer movement.
2) the dashes on the rpm and speedo get brighter with the speed you are going and furthest point away darkens. So as you hit 3k, 1k darkens, as you hit 4k, 2k darkens etc.
3) if you hug the white line too much, it tells you to get a coffee (my wife's version to give her an excuse to get one).
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4) The crash warning is on the dash now.. the right side lights up a big red square with the warning.
5) One thing I am not happy about is the lack of auto up/down for the 2nd row windows (drivers control).