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Ford Cuts Noise with Windshields

Ford Motor Co. introduced five more cars fitted with noise-blocking SoundScreen windshields from Carlite at the 2008 L.A. auto show. These include the 2010 Ford Fusion and Fusion hybrid, 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid, and 2010 Lincoln MKZ cars.

Soundscreen is an acoustic windshield made of a layer of sound-absorbent vinyl sandwiched between two sheets of glass. The vinyl reduces noise levels by as much as 6dB between 1500Hz and 5000Hz, and 2 to 3 dB overall, allowing for conversation and audio to be heard more clearly. Soundscreen also helps improve fuel economy because acoustic vinyl’s sound dampening properties offset the need for thicker, heavier glass.

Ford already uses the noise-blocking windshields on the Ford Expedition and Ford F-150 Platinum edition pickup, Lincoln Navigator SUVs, Lincoln MKS and Ford Focus cars; and Ford Flex and Escape.

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