Post Icon Preview of the 2016 Ford Explorer

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It may be hard to believe, but the first Ford Explorer debuted as a 1991 model. Here we are, more than two decades later with more than 7 million of the SUVs sold in the U.S. to date. And on November 19, 2014, the new 2016 Explorer was shown for the first time at the LA Auto Show!

There are big changes coming with the new Explorer, including a new Platinum series. This new trim level for the SUV will feature real wood, brushed-aluminum accents, Nirvana leather, multicontour seats, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and an all-new 500-watt Audio System from Sony® .

Also new in the Explorer will be a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that will be available in base, XLT and Limited models. The 3.5-liter V6 engine will be standard in the base, XLT and Limited models with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. The Sport and Platinum series will have a standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 which will also be mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Plus, the 2.3-lieter EcoBoost can be paired with an available tow package and Intelligent 4WD System with Terrain Management System.TM

The 4WD System continuously monitors wheel speed, throttle position and steering angle, and it will determine the optimal amount of front and rear torque for the conditions in order to limit slip. Using a dial located on the center console, drivers can select one of four terrain management modes – normal, snow, sand or rutted mud – to set how the engine, transmission, brakes and Four-Wheel Drive System will operate.

The innovative technology theme continues throughout the new Explorer. You can opt for available front and rear cameras, which have wide-angle lenses and even a washer. There’s available enhanced active park assist with perpendicular park assist, park-out assist and semi-automatic parallel parking assist, which will aid in parking and pulling out of a parallel parking space.* The convenient foot-activated, hands-free liftgate is also available: with the key in your pocket or purse, you simply kick your foot under the rear bumper and the power liftgate automatically opens.

The new Explorer will be on sale in 2015.

Disclaimer:

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s judgment and need to control the vehicle.

Sony® is a registered trademark of the Sony Corporation

Source: Ford.com

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Post Icon Recycled Carpet in Your Ford? You’ll Never Guess Where

Clever usage of recycled materials is becoming the norm this century, and the Ford “Reduce, reuse and recycle” commitment is part of the company’s broader global sustainability strategy for reducing its environmental footprint. What happened when the two concepts once again collided at Ford?  Perhaps the oddest-sounding partnership of all: carpet and cylinder head covers.

The efforts by Ford to use renewable materials in its vehicles resulted in the introduction of EcoLon®, a nylon made from 100 percent recycled carpet. The EcoLon material from Wellman Engineering Resins offers an eco-friendly, high-quality alternative to typical cylinder head covers. The cylinder head covers are manufactured by Dana Holding Corporation, and are used on the 3.0-liter Duratec engine in the Ford Fusion and Escape and on the 5.0-liter engine in the Mustang and F-150.

“By working with Wellman and Dana, Ford has found a way to bring green applications to a new, unique location in our vehicles,” said Brett Hinds, Ford Manager, Engine Design. “This single use has made an incredible impact, and we’re continuing to look for ways to expand the use.”

The cover is the first automotive product of its kind manufactured from post-consumer recycled nylon. To repurpose nylon, Wellman grinds used nylon carpeting into fiber and recaptures the material through a patented, proprietary process. The resulting product is a high-quality nylon resin, which Dana then uses to mold into cylinder head covers through its injection-molding process.

Over the past several years Ford has concentrated on increasing the use of nonmetal recycled and bio-based materials, including soy foam seat cushions, recycled resins for underbody systems, recycled yarns on seat covers and natural-fiber plastic for interior components.

And perhaps the one most likely to work as a conversation-starter at the next party you attend, recycled blue jeans for sound-dampening material.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford Sync 3 Delivers Innovative Ways to Stay Connected

sync3Ford recently introduced SYNC® 3, a new communications and entertainment system that is faster, more intuitive and easier to use with enhanced response to driver commands.

SYNC 3’s more conversational voice recognition technology, a more smartphone-like touch screen and easy-to-read graphics will help millions of drivers connect with their lives and control their smartphone while on the road.

The next-generation system builds on the capability of SYNC technology already in more than 10 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road globally. SYNC 3 begins arriving on new vehicles next year.

Ford took a customer-centric approach in developing SYNC 3, drawing on 22,000 customer comments and suggestions, plus insights gleaned from research clinics, market surveys and tech industry benchmarking.

Intuitive interface

Although SYNC 3 is optimized for hands-free use, an all-new touch screen delivers an experience similar to a smartphone or tablet.

Quicker response to touch as well as voice commands and smartphone-like gestures including pinch-to-zoom and swipe are central to SYNC 3, along with crisp, modern graphics.

A bright background and large buttons with high-contrast fonts for daytime use help reduce screen washout in the sun. At night, the display automatically switches to a dark background to help reduce eye fatigue and minimize reflections on the windows.

SYNC 3 reduces on-screen complexity and prioritizes the control options customers use most.

The home screen features three zone choices – Navigation, Audio and Phone. Tile-like icons dominate the screen, with a quick access function tray along the bottom making for a more straight-forward user experience.

Phone contacts are searchable via a simple swipe of the finger to scroll through the alphabet. With “One Box Search,” SYNC 3 users can look up points of interest or enter addresses in much the same way they use an Internet search engine.

Easy-to-use voice recognition

Ford SYNC – the industry’s first system to widely and most affordably offer voice-activated technology to control smartphones – becomes more capable with the next-generation system by minimizing the number of steps needed to carry out a command.

With SYNC 3, simply saying “play <song, artist, album or genre>” prompts the system to play the desired song, artist, playlist or album; there is no need to identify the desired category. To switch back to a radio station, the user just says the name of the SiriusXM station or terrestrial radio station number.

Voice search results are enhanced by a better understanding of how consumers refer to businesses and points of interest. Drivers don’t have to know an exact name. They can search for “Detroit Airport” rather than using the official name “Detroit Metropolitan Airport.” With addresses, they can say, “Eleven Twenty-Five Main Street” instead of “One One Two Five Main Street.”

When connected to an Apple iPhone, SYNC 3 offers seamless integration of Siri Eyes-Free control. Drivers can seek Siri’s help by holding down SYNC’s “Push to Talk” steering wheel button – much as they would hold down the button on an iPhone to initiate a Siri session.

Innovative features

Ford was first to bring voice control to in-vehicle apps with AppLink, and the experience is further improved with SYNC 3.

AppLink allows customers to connect their smartphone to their vehicle and control their compatible apps using voice commands or buttons on the vehicle display screen. AppLink now automatically discovers smartphone apps including Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, NPR One, SiriusXM Radio and iHeartRadio Auto, and displays their unique graphics and branding. Music and news apps are automatically displayed along with other media sources, just like AM/FM or SiriusXM.

SYNC 3, like earlier generations of the technology, provides subscription-free emergency service 911 Assist®.

The customer’s Bluetooth-connected phone is used to dial 911 in the event of a significant accident, alerting first-responders with the vehicle’s location. With SYNC 3, the car relays additional information, including if airbags were deployed, the type of crash (front, side, rear or rollover) and the number of safety belts detected in use, in order to help emergency call takers dispatch the appropriate resources to the scene.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon ‘Tis the Season for a Foot-Activated Trunk Opener

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Heading back to the car lugging arms full of shopping bags, we’ve probably all wished that the rear hatch could just pop open on its own. That hope has become reality for new Ford Escape and C-MAX owners, although the mechanism is more science than sorcery. The available foot-activated liftgate automatically rises when drivers kick below their cars’ rear bumper. My Ford spoke with Ford engineer Vince Mahé about the process of integrating this technology into the automotive world.

MY FORD: LET’S START WITH THE SCIENCE. HOW DOES THE LIFTGATE WORK?

Vince Mahé: It consists of two sensors and a control module. The two sensors measure the existence of a foot and a shin. They activate as soon as you get within a meter of the car. Once the sensor for the foot connects with a foot and a shin, along with the presence of the key fob, it sends a signal to the power liftgate.

MF: NEW TECHNOLOGY OFTEN MEANS EXTENSIVE TESTING. WHAT WAS YOUR TEAM’S STRATEGY?

VM: We tried to come up with what failures we could prevent, such as a trailer being towed or a dog wagging its tail under the car. How can it be inadvertently activated? And what we came up with on paper is turning out to be pretty good in the real world.

MF: YOU’VE WORKED ON MULTIPLE VEHICLE LAUNCHES AND INTEGRATION PROJECTS AT FORD. WHAT STOOD OUT THIS TIME?

VM: There really was no prior art. Usually when you work in this industry, there’s always someone who’s developed the concept before, so you go through this benchmarking exercise. This one, nobody has done before.

MF: DO YOU HAVE ANY REAL-WORLD LIFTGATE SUCCESS STORIES?

VM: I participated in a Facebook LiveChat where a customer came out and said that he was disabled—and that this technology definitely helped him out. Just when you think that you’ve got your customer base nailed down, you get a surprise. There’s someone you didn’t think would benefit from it, and it is now making his or her life better.

Source: Ford.com 

Post Icon Black Ice: What you need to know.

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Picture this: You’re driving along just like you would on any other day. Suddenly you feel yourself veering and gliding. You hit the brakes, but you’re not slowing down. You’re skidding on black ice: a thin, slick coating of transparent ice, practically invisible to drivers.

HOW DOES BLACK ICE FORM?

Black ice can form when a light rain falls on pavement that’s colder than 32 degrees, or when roads are wet and the temperature plummets toward freezing.

CONDITIONS THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO BLACK ICE

    -Look for black ice in the early morning or at night, when roads are colder.
    -Watch for areas that don’t receive much sunlight, though black ice can still form in broad daylight.
    -Beware of bridges and overpasses, which are often cooler because air circulates around them.
    -Be mindful of roadways near bodies of water, where increased moisture in the air can be a contributing factor.

SPOTTING BLACK ICE

Black ice is dangerous by nature, as it can resemble a slight puddle or be hard to see, but you can sometimes spot it.

    -In daylight, look for glossy patches on the road—a glaze-like sheen can be a good indicator.
    -In diminishing light, use headlights to spot particularly reflective areas.
    -And at nighttime, be extra vigilant. Black ice will be incredibly hard to spot.

PRECAUTIONS WHEN BLACK ICE IS LIKELY

In anticipation of black ice:

    -Don’t use cruise control.
    -Monitor outdoor temperatures as they near freezing, especially on wet roadways.
    -Maintain a safe distance from surrounding vehicles. There’s more time to react in an emergency.
    -Ensure that your tires have adequate tread.
    -AdvanceTrac electronic stability control (ESC) will help prevent you from sliding and skidding by using sensor-informed selective braking.

WAYS TO HANDLE BLACK ICE

If you do find yourself sliding on black ice:

-Stay calm and take your foot off the gas pedal.

-Don’t slam the brakes, as that can cause you to skid and lose control.-Keep your steering wheel straight, but if your car is sliding in one direction, gently steer in that same direction.

-Finally, look for areas in the road where you can regain traction, like snowy, salted or sanded areas, or an empty field, or even a snow bank. Wait until you’ve regained traction before gently applying the brakes.

When you’re off the black ice, take a moment to calm down in a safe area. You’ve just encountered one of the road’s cold-weather dangers, and you deserve a break!

Do your best to keep your vehicle prepped by visiting one of our our service departments for a brake, tire and steering alignment checkup.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon All-new 2015 Ford F-150 Named Official Vehicle of 2015 CES in Las Vegas

The all-new Ford F-150 pickup – the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – will be the Official Vehicle of the 2015 International CES.

CES, which will take place Jan. 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association and is the world’s largest hands-on showcase of emerging innovation.F150

The all-new F-150 demonstrates Ford’s product excellence and innovation. The truck is completely redesigned, with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body coupled with a high-strength steel frame, making it nearly 700 pounds lighter and more efficient. Also available are more smart features than the previous model, including class-exclusive driver-assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control, smart towing module, multicontour seats, active park assist, 360-degree camera and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.

As Official Vehicle of 2015 CES, F-150 will be featured in Ford’s main display area in the North Hall of Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as prominently throughout the show floor.

“We are excited to have the new F-150 as the Official Vehicle of the 2015 CES,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association. “With state-of-the-art technologies, driver-assist features and dramatic improvements in weight savings, the F-150 delivers the type of connectivity, efficiency and performance tech-savvy consumers demand in their vehicles. We look forward to seeing Ford once again at our show.”

F-150 features several innovative and smart technologies, including:

·         Class-exclusive active park assist: Active park assist uses two ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help drivers parallel park. The sensors measure the gap between two vehicles to determine if there is enough room for the F-150. After confirming the vehicle can fit, the truck automatically steers into the space, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals

·         Class-exclusive adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support: Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar in the front of the truck to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead. Using this information, F-150 can automatically slow to keep a consistent following distance set by the driver. The slower speed will be maintained if adaptive cruise control is activated. Collision warning triggers visual and audio alerts if the system detects the following distance is diminishing too quickly and a collision may occur. It also pre-charges the brakes if the driver needs to stop suddenly

·         Class-exclusive smart trailer tow module with Dynamic Hitch Assist: The smart trailer tow module shows the driver which lights on a trailer connected to the truck aren’t working, so the driver or a passenger doesn’t have to exit the vehicle and walk around the trailer to discover lights are blown. Dynamic Hitch Assist is a new rearview camera feature that adds a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up truck and trailer without requiring a spotter or having to exit the vehicle

·         Class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split-view display: Available 360-degree camera with split-view display uses four exterior cameras to give the driver a bird’s-eye view of up to seven feet surrounding the F-150 to assist in parking, maneuvering in tight spots and navigating narrow roads and trails at low speeds

·         High-wattage outlets: 400-watt, 110-volt outlets in the cab allow drivers to easily charge corded tools, battery chargers or mobile devices on-site or while in transit

·         LED spotlights: LED spotlights on sideview mirrors provide powerful, durable and bright lighting around the truck exterior

·         Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert: Available BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver. The sensors trigger a warning light in the sideview mirrors to indicate another vehicle is in a blind spot if the driver is attempting to change lanes. These same sensors can detect a vehicle coming down an aisle when the driver is slowly backing out of a parking space

·         Lane-keeping system: Available lane-keeping is designed to help prevent a driver from drifting outside of the intended driving lane. The system automatically detects the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror. A vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver. The system can also provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed

·         Lighter yet more capable: Regardless of model configuration or engine choice, every truck customer benefits from up to 700 pounds of weight savings with the 2015 F-150; F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530 more pounds, and brings the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market. When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the new F-150 4×2 has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage may vary

Source:  Ford.com 

Post Icon Tire Shopping Survival Guide

WHY IS NOW A GREAT TIME TO BUY TIRES?

In short: the deals. Now is when seasonal weather changes and impending holiday travel drive online tire queries to annual highs. Consequently, Ford has created some great tire offers this time of year to help meet that demand as drivers prepare for harsh driving conditions. So watch this video to see if your vehicle needs new tires and if it does, now is the perfect opportunity to replace them.

SHOULD I GET THE SAME TYPE OF TIRE MY VEHICLE CAME WITH?

blackfridaytires_590x306Ford original tires are designed to make the most of your vehicle’s performance, so it’s generally a good idea to stick with them. Other replacement tires may not align with your car’s characteristics and could lead to a less comfortable and efficient ride. However, there are times when your driving conditions might require options better suited to your specific needs. This infographic and our service technicians can help you troubleshoot.

DO DIFFERENT TIRES LAST LONGER?

All-season and touring tires generally have longer tread lives than performance tires. Other factors, such as vehicle type and driving tendencies (driving hard often will cause tires to deteriorate faster), also play a role in their lifespan. Either way, always keeping them inflated properly will help. Here’s a how-to on that.

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT A TIRE’S “TREAD WEAR RATING”?

Theoretically, the higher a tire’s wear rating is, the longer it will last. Certain high-rated tires are expected to last 80,000 miles, for example. But some tire characteristics come at the expense of others; while a tire may emphasize longer wear, it may not have dependable winter traction. It all depends on what you’re looking for.

WILL I GET A BETTER RIDE OUT OF SOME TIRES THAN OTHERS?

That also depends on what you’re looking for. Certain types of tires, such as all-season and touring, are designed for comfort and stability while on the road. Conversely, performance tires provide higher speed capability, improved handling and maximum dry road grip. Speak to a Ford Service Advisor about driving habits and conditions for guidance.

 

Post Icon Mustang at SEMA Recap: Hottest Car of 2014

MustThe 2014 SEMA show has come and gone, and thanks to the outstanding hard work by dozens of Mustang customizers, the 2015 Mustang was able to add another award to its extensive trophy cabinet: Hottest Car of the 2014 SEMA Show.

Making its debut at SEMA was Ford Racing’s “King Cobra,” a supercharged Mustang GT decked out in Ford Racing components. Unlike most SEMA project cars, the King Cobra can be replicated by owners of the 2015 Mustang by, as Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing, put it, “opening the Ford Racing catalogue and getting one of everything.”

Also making its debut at the SEMA show was a radically modified 1965 Mustang notchback built by Ken Block’s team of skilled customizers. Starring in “Gymkhana 7,” Ken Block’s Mustang sports a worked-over engine that produces 845 horsepower and a fully custom four-wheel-drive system.

Elsewhere on the SEMA show floor were dozens of Mustangs owned and built by passionate fans of the brand. “Walking through the show floor and talking to all the Mustang builders was a special experience,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “These builders were among the first people to pick up the 2015 Mustang from dealerships about a month ago; since that time they have worked flat-out to fabricate and customize their SEMA show cars. The passion these builders have for the Mustang is what drives my team and me to give the Mustang everything we’ve got.”

On the Ford stand, several Mustangs stood out as fan favorites thanks to their extreme level of modification. Among the most popular cars were Chip Foose’s Mustang convertible, Full Race’s SCCA-eligible EcoBoost® Mustang and Watson Racing’s drag race-inspired Mustang.

Ford Out Front continued to be a fan favorite at SEMA thanks to drifting exhibitions by Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his modified 2015 Mustang, as well as the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School instructors demonstrating the road course capabilities of the new Mustang to eager passengers and several other Ford drivers.

Also making its debut at the SEMA show was a radically modified 1965 Mustang notchback built by Ken Block’s team of skilled customizers. Starring in “Gymkhana 7,” Ken Block’s Mustang sports a worked-over engine that produces 845 horsepower and a fully custom four-wheel-drive system.

Also making a special appearance at Ford Out Front was a display of over 50 Mustangs, at least one from each year of production. In order to capture some spectacular drone video, these Mustangs were parked to form a giant “50,” a tribute to the Mustang’s 50 years of continuous production.

50 years of Ford Mustang

More than 9.4 million Mustangs have been produced since the car’s 1964 debut.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect, with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

In addition to being the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with 8 million likes, the all-new Mustang is turning on U.S. dealer lots in an average of six days.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford Nabs Three of the 10 Spots in Latest KBB.com’s Top 10 List

In addition to receiving considerable positive new-vehicle reviews, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Taurus and Flex have been selected as Top 10 Family Cars for 2010 by the editors of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Vehicles are chosen based on factors such as resale value, fuel efficiency, capability and kid-friendliness.

“While the product landscape in the new-car world seems ever-changing, the vehicle needs of the typical American family remain fairly constant; capable versatility, value, safety and economical factors usually remain top-of-mind,” said Jack R. Nerad, Executive Editorial Director and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com.

Nerad says the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a top pick for families because it saves money at the pump, keeps everyone entertained with the latest Ford SYNC® technology, and scores high in terms of ride and handling.

“The Ford Fusion Hybrid doesn’t scream its hybrid-ness to the multitudes,” he said. “Instead, it provides what many of us at Kelley Blue Book feel is the best hybrid experience on the road. We love the way the Fusion Hybrid rides and handles, and we applaud its innovative dash and environmental credentials.”

Nerad says customers in the market for a family car should also consider the Ford Taurus because it delivers features that American families will appreciate.

“What was once merely a competent full-size sedan has transformed into a visually striking technological tour de force,” he said. “With features uncommon in its segment, a roomy cabin, cavernous trunk, and nimbleness that belies its size, the redesigned Ford Taurus is a family car that pleases everyone, including the driver.”

Nerad says if the editors of Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com had to pick an overall winner from the “Top 10 Family Cars for 2010,” the Ford Flex might get the nod.

“The Ford Flex leaves plain-vanilla crossovers behind with its distinctive styling, and it has all the comfort and convenience features required to be a great transcontinental family tourer while performing equally well in getting the kids to softball practice,” he said. “It drives better than some midsize sedans, offers comfortable seating for seven, and boasts a long list of available interior amenities including an array of infotainment features and even a small refrigerator.”

For more information about the Top 10 Family Cars for 2010 from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com,click here to visit www.kbb.com/Top10FamilyCars.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon New F-150 Has Highest EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy Among Full-Size Gas Pickups

Ford advances to the next level in providing customers with more fuel-efficient vehicles, as the new 2015 F-150 lineup includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup sold in America.

Up to 700 pounds lighter than current models, the new F-150 4×2 with Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway and 22 mpg Combined. That is 5 percent to 29 percent better than current F-150 models, depending on engine and driveline configuration on the combined cycle.

The improved performance is enabled by saving weight through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys plus smart engineering. The weight savings not only improve fuel efficiency, they improve the new F-150’s capability and performance. Combined with EcoBoost engine technology, the F-150 now tows as much as 1,100 more pounds and hauls as much as 530 pounds more than today’s model with a 5 percent to 16 percent better power-to-weight ratio.

Ford is producing trucks and now has started shipping the all-new pickups to its dealers.

Delivering Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability

The F-150’s fuel economy leadership pays off two key elements of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability – making high volumes of internal combustion engines as efficient as possible through EcoBoost technology and achieving substantial vehicle weight savings.

Introduced in 2007, the Blueprint is a plan of near-, mid- and long-term product and technology actions that incorporate fuel-saving technologies into the company’s vehicles, while continuing development of breakthrough technologies.

Today, Ford has 2 million EcoBoost engines on the road in cars, utilities and trucks.

EcoBoost technology was first offered for F-150 customers in early 2011 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. To date, Ford has sold 600,000 F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines, helping Ford customers save an estimated 68 million gallons of gasoline.

New truck, even more engine choices

Ford offers new F-150 customers four engine choices: the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop, a new standard 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine, a more powerful available 5.0-liter V8 Ti-VCT engine and an available premium 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

These trucks represent a substantial improvement over trucks of the past. Owners of seven- or eight-year-old trucks who are in the market for a new truck may be surprised by the impressive capability of the 2015 F-150. For example, returning owners of 2008 model year F-150s could see EPA-estimated fuel economy rating improvements of up to 43 percent and power-to-weight increases of up to 46 percent, while towing could improve as much as 3,900 pounds and payload could improve as much as 1,390 pounds, depending on engine and configuration.

The chart below compares the 2015 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4×2 F-150 to the 2008 4.6-liter V8 4×2 F-150, and to its current major competitors:

Engine EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
City/Hwy/Combined
Horsepower Torque Max
Towing
Max
Payload
2015 Ford F-150
2.7-liter EcoBoost 4×2
19/26/22 1 325 375 8,500 2,250
2008 Ford F-150 4.6-liter V8 4×2 14/19/16 248 294 7,200 1,970
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150 +5/+7/+6 +77 +81 +1,300 +280
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 4×2 16/23/19 355 383 11,200 2,260
2015 Toyota Tundra 4.6-liter V8 4×2 15/19/16        310    327    6,800   1,605
2015 Ram 1500 5.7-liter Hemi V8 15/22/17        395    410   10,650   1,820

 

The all-new standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 offers performance customers expect from a full-size pickup truck, while offering unsurpassed EPA-estimated ratings of 18 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway and 20 mpg Combined for 4×2 models. The 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 can tow an unsurpassed 7,600 pounds among light-duty trucks with standard V6 engines. The chart below provides details compared with the 2008 4.2-liter V6 4×2 F-150 and current major competitors:

 Engine EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
City/Hwy/Combined
Horsepower Torque Max
Towing
Max
Payload
2015 Ford F-150
3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT 4×2
18/25/20 2 282 253 7,600 3 1,910
2008 Ford F-150 4.2-liter V6 4×2 14/19/16 202 260 5,700 1,910
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150 +4/+6/+4 +80 -7 +1,900 0
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-liter V6 4×2 18/24/20 285 305 7,600 1,980
2015 Ram 1500 3.6-liter V6 4×2 17/25/20 305 269 7,600 1,900

The 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 provides customers with robust capability for frequent towing and hauling with a best-in-class maximum payload of 3,300 pounds and maximum tow rating of 11,100 pounds, which is an improvement of up to 3,900 pounds over the 2008 4.6-liter V8 F-150. In the 4×2 configuration, the 5.0-liter has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway and 18 mpg Combined. The chart below provides details compared with the 2008 4.6-liter V8 4×2 F-150 and current major competitors:

 

Engine EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
City/Hwy/Combined
Horsepower Torque Max
Towing
Max
Payload
2015 Ford F-150
5.0-liter V8 Ti-VCT 4×2
15/22/18 385 387 11,100 3,300 4
2008 Ford F-150 4.6-liter V8 4×2 14/19/16 248 294 7,200 1,970
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150 +1/+3/+2 +137 +93 +3,900 +1,330
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 4×2 16/23/19 355 383 11,200 2,260
2015 Toyota Tundra 4.6-liter V8 4×2 15/19/16        310    327    6,800 1,605
2015 Ram 1500 5.7-liter Hemi V8 15/22/17        395    410   10,650 1,820

 

The available 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine provides customers a strong combination of gas fuel economy and capability, with best-in-class 12,200 pounds of maximum towing and EPA-estimated ratings of 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway and 20 mpg Combined for 4×2 models. The chart below provides details compared with the 2008 5.4-liter 4×2 F-150 and current major competitors:

Engine EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
City/Hwy/Combined
Horsepower Torque Max
Towing
Max
Payload
2015 Ford F-150
3.5-liter EcoBoost 4×2
17/24/20 365 420 12,200 5 3,270
2008 Ford F-150 5.4-liter 4×2 13/17/14 300 365 10,500 3,020
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150 +4/+7/+6 +65 +55 +1,700 +250
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.2-liter V8 4×2 15/21/17 420 460 12,000 2,130
2015 Toyota Tundra 5.7-liter V8 4×2 13/18/15 381 401 10,500 2,080
2015 Ram 3-liter EcoDiesel V6 4×2 20/28/23 240 420 9,200 1,610

 

Better Value, Too

Equipped with 2.7-liter EcoBoost, the all-new F-150 is a better value than even diesel-powered pickups. For instance, the $495 option on the Ford is significantly less than the $4,470 3.0-liter Ram EcoDiesel option.

In addition, with diesel prices currently 76 cents per gallon more6 at the pump, each 3.0-liter Ram EcoDiesel fill-up costs over $24 more than the new 2.7-liter F-1507. That means at today’s fuel prices Ram EcoDiesel owners are not able to offset the additional cost of their EcoDiesel engines with fuel savings8.

New F-150 Lineup EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy Ratings

EPA Fuel Economy
City/Hwy/Combined
Horsepower Torque Max
Towing
Max
Payload
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L V6 Ti-VCT 4×2
18/25/20 1 282 253 7,600 5 1,910
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L V6 Ti-VCT 4×4
17/23/19 282 253 7,500 1,690
2015 Ford F-150
2.7L EcoBoost 4×2
19/26/22 2 325 375 8,500 2,250
2015 Ford F-150
2.7L EcoBoost 4×4
18/23/20 325 375 8,400 2,160
2015 Ford F-150
5.0L V8 Ti-VCT 4×2
15/22/18 385 387 11,100 3,300 3
2015 Ford F-150
5.0L V8 Ti-VCT 4×4
15/21/17 385 387 11,000 3,060
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L EcoBoost 4×2
17/24/20 365 420 12,200 4 3,270
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L EcoBoost 4×4
17/23/19 365 420 12,000 3,050

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Highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup truck in America

Unsurpassed EPA-estimated City and Highway ratings for light-duty 4×2 V6 pickup trucks

Unsurpassed standard V6 engine maximum towing rating

Best-in-class light-duty pickup truck maximum payload rating

Best-in-class light-duty pickup truck maximum towing rating

AAA Fuel Gauge Report fuel economy figures as of Nov. 21, 2014 – $2.84 regular gasoline, $3.60 diesel price

32 gallon fuel tank

AAA fuel economy figures

8 Based on EPA estimated combined fuel economy ratings of 2.7 liter EcoBoost 4×2 (22 mpg) vs. Ram EcoDiesel (23 mpg)

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon 2015 Mustang Named Car of the Year by Car and Driver

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The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best cars list for 2015 – the ninth time Mustang has made the list since the award’s inception 33 years ago.

Car and Driver’s 10Best list recognizes the best new cars available in the United States for under $80,000. Mustang has been honored four of the last five years.

“Dive into a series of challenging turns in the Mustang and you’re not driving a car, you’re wearing wheels,” Car and Driver commented.  “It reminds us that driving a great car can be play, something that even grownups enjoy.”

“It’s a huge honor to have the Mustang GT recognized on Car and Driver’s 10Best list,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “The substantial amount of time and effort our engineering team put into Mustang has paid off; we’re hopeful that the car has a substantial presence on the 10Best list for years to come.”

When Mustang made its first appearance on Car and Driver’s 10Best list in 1983, editors praised the pony car’s performance and styling, saying, “[E]verybody we know who’s bought one thinks it’s the greatest thing since draft beer.”

50 years of Ford Mustang

More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car’s 1964 debut.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect, with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

Post Icon Ford Explorer Marks 25 Years of Innovation

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Building on 25 years of innovation and sales leadership, a new Explorer is on its way, with even more smart technology, a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and an all-new Platinum series. The new Ford Explorer goes on sale next summer.

The new Explorer, revealed today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, builds on the strength and leadership of Ford’s new vehicle lineup – the freshest in the industry – and provides SUV customers even more versatility, capability, smart technology and efficiency.

Introduced as a 1991 model, Explorer featured generous interior space customers were looking for, and was engineered specifically for people seeking adventure for their families and a way to express their individuality. For a quarter century, Explorer has been America’s best-selling SUV.

Ford Explorer is built in North America at Chicago Assembly Plant, as well as in Venezuela and now, Russia. It is sold in more than 100 markets across the globe. Ford expects to export 56,000 Explorers from the United States this year alone.

“Customers love Explorer, and expect this SUV to lead the way in innovation, performance and fun,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Explorer. “It’s a tall order, but we’re aiming to build the best SUV in the world.”

Source: Ford.com 

Post Icon Shelby GT350 Mustang | The Legend Returns

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One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time is returning, Ford confirmed today with the reveal of the all-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang.

The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal.

The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet.

Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies.

Track-tuned driveline
Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang.

The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.

The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than 500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction.

Balanced dynamics
The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT.

Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near-instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver.

Obsession to detail

The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag.

50 years of Ford Mustang
Shelby GT350 Mustang is the latest in an all-new line of Mustang fastback and convertible models, including the specially designed 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang.

More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car’s 1964 debut.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance drivers expect with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

Post Icon Mustang History with a Respected Historian

Screenshot 2014-11-12 14.15.22AS HOST OF THE PBS SERIES Finding Your Roots, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces the family trees of today’s best-known cultural figures. But the man who has become the nation’s foremost genealogist—as well as its conscience, through his work exploring the impact of slavery on America—might not have pursued his passion for the past if it weren’t for a very special royal blue 1969 Ford Mustang.

“I drove that car 424 miles from my home in Piedmont, W. Va. all the way to Yale,” recalls Gates, 63, who majored in history and later became a professor of African and African-American studies at Harvard.

The second season of Finding Your Roots shows Gates and his team of geneticists and genealogists digging deep into the personal histories of a star-studded group of accomplished musicians, athletes, journalists and more. Each journey begins by following birth certificates, tax documents and other written records, which are pasted together with family photos into a personalized scrapbook the show calls “The Book of Life.” “When the paper trail runs out, we analyze DNA to find out about their distant relatives and connections to other people,” Gates explains.

According to Gates, the success of Finding Your Roots, which had 25 million viewers during its first season, can be attributed to how it showcases “the fundamental unity of the human community.”

“No matter how different we appear, we’re all cousins,” he says. “The only question is how far back that relationship goes.”

Every episode will also feature a 30-second spot that looks back at the history of Henry Ford and his visionary, family-owned company. For Gates, one of Ford’s lasting contributions was his willingness to pay a fair wage to the black workers in his factories, which drew Southern sharecroppers to Detroit as part of the early 20th century’s Great Migration.

“I’ve been a Ford fan for a long time,” Gates says. “It’s an honor that Ford is one of our sponsors for the series. Nothing could please me more.”

Post Icon The all new F-150s are almost here!

Ford Motor Company again demonstrates manufacturing leadership and innovation as the first all-new F-150 rolls off the line today at historic Ford Rouge Center – marking production of the toughest, smartest, most capable and most efficient F-150 ever.

Interest in the new Ford F-150 has steadily grown since the truck was revealed in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. More than 225,000 truck enthusiasts have submitted their contact information for updates about the vehicle, and more than 250,000 customers have built and priced their own unique version of the all-new F-150 online – a record through 13 generations of America’s favorite truck. The new model will be in our showrooms in Virginia Beach and Suffolk next month.

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Post Icon King Cobra Parts Package for 2015 Mustang

kingcobraFord Racing is excited to introduce a special 2015 Mustang GT built exclusively with Ford Racing performance parts.  Named the “King Cobra,” there is no question this custom machine has some serious bite.

Built to be a high-performance street-and-drag strip car, the King Cobra can be replicated by any Mustang owner with the help of Ford Racing’s extensive parts catalog.

This one-off concept is a showcase for Ford Racing’s first performance packages available for the 2015 Mustang. It is equipped with Ford Racing’s “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack” supercharger kit that helps the King Cobra produce 600+ horsepower.

The Drag Pack includes heavy-duty half shafts, and a rear sub-frame kit with pre-installed high-performance bushings to improve traction and put optimum power to the ground under hard acceleration.

The Handling Pack lowers the car approximately one inch with front and rear lowering springs – the front springs on pre-assembled struts. The Handling Pack also includes rear shocks and a stabilizer bar kit.

The key component of the Super Pack is a 2.3L Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger assembly, co-developed and co-branded by Ford Racing and ROUSH Performance. Accompanying the supercharger is a six-rib belt drive system, intake manifold, electronic throttle body, air inlet system, fuel rail and high-flow fuel injectors, complete air-to-liquid intercooler system and the Ford Racing performance computer calibration.

Ford Racing recently took an early version of King Cobra package on a 2015 Mustang to Michigan’s Milan Dragway, where the car proved its performance capabilities with a stunning quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.97 seconds.

Ford Racing chose the name King Cobra for this parts package because of its long association with high-performance Ford vehicles. The King Cobra moniker was first introduced by Carroll Shelby in 1963 for the high-performance Cooper Monaco sports racing cars he built with mid-mounted, 289-cubic-inch Ford V8 engines.

Ford used the name again in 1970 for an aerodynamic prototype NASCAR stock car, based on the Ford Torino which never raced. The most well-known King Cobra was an option package that could be equipped to a 1978 Mustang II.   This model was the first Mustang to sport the “5.0” designation for the metric equivalent of the V8 engine’s 302 cubic-inch displacement.

Now, it seems fitting for the sixth-generation Mustang’s first “5.0” ultra-high-performance concept to carry the King Cobra name.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford Racing & Roush Performance Developed a New Supercharger

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Building on the history of a long and successful relationship in racing and product development, Ford Racing and Roush Performance are teaming up to offer a supercharger kit for the all-new 2015 Mustang GT with a limited warranty (See your dealer for details). The collaboration will include distribution exclusively through both Ford Racing and Roush Performance channels.

“Ford Racing and Roush are known for our winning collaborations in professional and sportsman racing,” said Doug White, Ford Racing Performance Parts manager. “By combining our mutual expertise and high-quality engineering, we are delivering an outstanding supercharger kit for 2015 Mustang GT owners.

“Our software and calibration was developed using Ford Racing calibrators and test facilities,” White added. “The result is a kit that delivers peak performance and exceptional drivability.”

Jay Velthoven, Roush Performance director of marketing, said, “By working together, Ford Racing and Roush can deliver the highest-quality products, in less time, and with a broadened distributor network that gives the customer local sales and support in most areas of the United States.”

The Ford Racing/Roush Performance supercharger will be available through all Ford dealers, Roush Performance dealers and independent Ford Racing distributors. When installed by an authorized dealer, the supercharger kit will be covered by a Ford Racing/Roush Performance parts limited warranty. Technical support will be provided by both Roush Performance and Ford Racing technical hotlines. Sellers will have details.

Enthusiasts can expect to see availability of the Ford Racing/Roush Performance supercharger kit in the fourth quarter of 2014.

To see the new supercharger kit in action, watch the video.

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For news on Ford Racing, visit fordracingparts.com. For news on Roush Performance, visitroushperformance.com. For information on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, visit ford.com/cars/mustang/.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford’s Greenest Plant

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Ford is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its ground- breaking Dearborn Truck Plant, a flagship for sustainable manufacturing.

2.6 MILLION F-150’S

have been produced since the facility opened in May 2004. In late 2014, production of the 2015 F-150 gets under way.

20 MILLION POUNDS

of cardboard, paper, plastic and wood have been recycled since the facility opened.

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reduce energy use for the plant and remove carbon dioxide from the air. It was once noted as the world’s largest living roof by Guinness World Records.

1 MILLION VISITORS

from around the world have visited the facility, including racing legends, U.S. senators and international politicians.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Virtual Reality

For’s groundbreaking five lab uses industry-leading technology to design and test your car of the future before it’s even built.

IT MIGHT SOUND LIKE A VIDEO GAME, but Ford’s virtual reality is leading to improved vehicle quality. Thanks to Ford’s Immersive Vehicle Environment (FiVE) Lab, engineers and designers can walk around, look inside and even sit in digital replicas of each vehicle and assess them from the customer’s perspective.

FiVE Lab’s overall mission is to assess craftsmanship and quality. In one case, the team solved a challenge they discovered before the release of Mustang in Australia, where vehicles are driven on the opposite side of the road from North America. “The accessibility to an interface for left-hand drive worked well, but on right-hand drive, it became a problem,” says Elizabeth Baron, Virtual Reality and Advanced Visualization technical specialist. “Looking at it in the virtual world was an efficient way to discover it up front.”

In November, FiVE Lab implemented the Oculus Rift development kit, which is a virtual reality headset that provides a wide stereoscopic view of the virtual world. When members of the design team put on the headset, they are transported into a full-vehicle environment that can be manipulated to exhibit different surroundings at different times of the day. The engineering and design teams can use the headset technology to improve visibility for a vehicle occupant. Also, new software and hardware technology is used, which substantially improves the quality of the virtual world. “To compare it to a video game doesn’t do it justice,” Baron explains.

Source:  Ford.com  

Post Icon Pre-Collision Assist May Help Drivers Avoid Frontal Crashes

Ford Motor Company is rolling out a new driver-assist system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, pedestrian collision preventionprovides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions. Pre-Collision Assist may help drivers avoid rear end collisions with other vehicles at all speeds, while Pedestrian Detection can help the driver avoid pedestrians at lower speeds – both may reduce the severity of forward collisions or even prevent certain forward collisions.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection will debut as available technology on the 2015 Ford Mondeo on sale in Europe this year. It will then roll out to other Ford and Lincoln products around the world.

While the new system may be especially helpful in unexpected situations, it does not replace the driver and has limitations including nighttime, low and harsh lighting conditions, vehicles moving in a different direction and certain weather conditions.

Detecting pedestrians
In daylight and clear weather conditions, the new technology may detect people in or near the road ahead, or pedestrians crossing the vehicle’s path. If a pedestrian is detected in front of the car and a collision is imminent, the driver first receives an audible and visual warning. Should the driver not respond, the system improves brake responsiveness by reducing the gap between brake pads and discs. If there is still no response from the driver, the brakes are applied automatically and vehicle speed is reduced.

The system processes information collected from a windshield-mounted camera and radar located near the bumper; it then checks the information against a database of pedestrian shapes to help distinguish people from typical roadside scenery and objects.

Ford engineers tested the system on closed test tracks using rigs fitted with manikins to replicate pedestrians. They then spent months refining the technology on roads around the world to test system reliability.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon How to Talk to Your Teen About…Safer Driving

Teen Driving Safety Week is October 18th-24th, 2014

Talking to your teenager may not be the easiest thing you do, but it is one of the most important, no matter what the topic. Experts say parents should talk often with their teens to encourage positive opinions, ideas and behaviors. One thing you may want to discuss is how to be a better driver. Research shows parents who are actively involved in helping their children to drive have safer teen drivers.

No matter how many times you hear them, the statistics on teen driving are shocking:

-During a typical prom weekend, nearly 300 teens die in alcohol-related accidents

-Nearly 7,000 15 to-20 -year-olds die in vehicle crashes each year

-Crash rates are highest among teens in their first few hundred miles on the road, with 60% of those crashes the result of inexperience.

-Two of every three teenagers who die in crashes are passengers in a vehicle driven by another teen

Learning how to be a safe driver goes beyond taking a basic driver education course. Teens need time behind the wheel to gain experience. They also need to learn some fundamental techniques. Ford Motor Company is trying to help by posting safe driving tips on the web where teens and adults can learn from professional drivers. The video tips are being posted over the next few weeks on familiar sites such as YouTube and CarFax as well as on Ford’s Driving Skills for Life Web site. Professional drivers talk about recovering from skids, proper braking while steering, anticipating problems on the road ahead and the dangers of trying to text message and drive at the same time.

The messages “Buckle Up,” and “Don’t drink and drive” are still the strongest advice parents can give their teens. But parents can do much more. Be a good coach, set a good example, be patient and be clear when giving them instructions. Tell them to slow down and take their time, excessive speed is a major factor in crashes involving teens. Remind them that the more distractions, including from other passengers, the greater their need to keep their focus on the road.

Source:  Ford/Driving Skills for Life

Post Icon Top Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 19-25, 2014

1. Engage in the driving process – As teens get closer  to earning/acquiring their learner’s permit, parents should actively engage with them about driving. Talk about safe driving behaviors, practice with them, seek educational opportunities, and be clear that unsafe actions won’t be tolerated.teen drivers

2. Buckle up – It’s the law. In a crash, a person not buckled up is much more likely to be injured or killed than someone wearing a safety belt. Always buckle up and require all passengers to buckle up for everyone’s safety.

3. Never speed – Research done for Ford Driving Skills for Life shows that if parents speed, their teens are more likely to do the same. Speed-related factors continue to be reported in about one-third of all traffic deaths nationally.

4. Don’t drive distracted – By setting a tough “no distractions” rule for teens, young drivers will keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

5. Don’t follow too closely – Keep the proper distance from the car in front of you. Remember that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop. Doubling vehicle speed can nearly quadruple the distance required to stop.

6. Limit the number of passengers – Graduated Driver License laws restrict the number passenger for novice drivers to help reduce the potential for distraction and focus on the driving task.

7. Never drink and drive – Under-age use of alcohol and illicit drugs is illegal, and combining alcohol or drugs with driving can be deadly at any age.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Boxlink, LED Box Lights, & Remote Tailgate, All New on the F-150

From the days of horse-drawn carts, humans have used square-shaped boxes to move cargo.ford box

Now, Ford is revolutionizing the management and stowage of cargo inside the pickup truck box with its patented BoxLink system debuting on the all-new Ford F-150. Along with LED box lights, a power locking and remote tailgate release, and segment-first cargo ramps, the 2015 F-150 is better equipped to help manage loads more efficiently.

BoxLink includes four lockable, die-cast zinc tie-down cleats, and provides a unique interface to the box for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional locations for tie-downs.

Perfecting the box

The BoxLink cargo management system allows for the customization of the pickup truck bed. A customer can attach to the BoxLink cleats in four locations, or hook directly to the BoxLink Interface plate with a bungee cord, S-hook or E-track fitting.

BoxLink adds four additional tie-down locations in the box to complement the four fixed tie-down hooks carried over from the previous model, for a total of eight. Additionally, BoxLink is located on a reinforced area of the box at mid-level – accommodating the majority of cargo loads. Reinforcement of the cleats allows them to accommodate a horizontal (cross-box) load of 275 pounds and a diagonal load of 600 pounds.

Available segment-first cargo ramps can be stowed on the sides of the pickup box via the BoxLink system and mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers. The length of telescoping ramps can be extended or shortened to accommodate multiple loading positions.

An altogether better box

The all-new F-150’s cargo box features many other significant upgrades to make it more versatile and driver-friendly.

LED cargo box interior lighting allows for excellent visibility in the truck bed at night or when a bed cover or cap is used. A bed-mounted button, as well as one inside the cab, turns the lights on or off. Lariat Mid or Luxury, King Ranch and Platinum models feature a remote tailgate release that includes an LED spotlight integrated into the release handle that illuminates the trailer hitch – a much appreciated convenience when hooking up after dark.

An available power locking and remote tailgate can be released with the push of a button on the key fob to help customers when their hands are full – a first for a pickup. The tailgate is damped and drops down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened.

2015 F-150 XLT models and higher benefit from a power locking tailgate for improved security. The feature is available for XL series trucks as well.

Ford’s pioneering tailgate step has been redesigned to be fully integrated into the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use – restoring the open tailgate as a flat work surface. Using the step is simple: Customers drop the tailgate into the down position, grab the bottom step, pull it straight out from the tailgate and drop it down into the step position – all in one easy motion. The grab handle is now housed inside the tailgate, keeping the inner surface of the tailgate uniformly flat.

BoxLink designed for endless customization

Ford is allowing aftermarket manufacturers to leverage its BoxLink system to develop even more customized solutions for the pickup truck bed.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford and Tweddle Launch an Interactive New Mustang App

Ford and Tweddle have launched a new full-featured interactive smartphone application for owners and enthusiasts of the all-new Ford Mustang.

The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities. ringtonesMaking use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.

Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.

Exclusive access for owners of 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang

The app celebrates the pony car’s 50th anniversary with a section exclusively for owners of the 50 Years Limited Edition Ford Mustang. Owners will receive access to an exclusive passwordprotected section of the app featuring various milestones in Mustang’s 50 years of continuous production and key design features that make the car unique. They will also be able to watch classic Mustang videos and have access to special ringtones and screen savers.

“Tweddle Group is pleased to be associated with such an iconic vehicle as the 2015 Ford Mustang, and is proud to have helped provide enthusiasts with information designed and delivered using innovative technology to maximize the ownership experience of this storied car,” said Andy Tweddle, CEO of Tweddle Group.

The Mustang Owner app can be found in either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching “2015 Ford Mustang app.”

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Post Icon How Ford Designed the New Mustang

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As a child growing up in the small Scottish town of Dumfries, Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design, was obsessed with cars. He plastered his room with brochures and posters he gathered by writing to car companies near and abroad. Still, Moray had never seen the legendary Ford Mustang, other than a glimpse of it in the Bond movie Goldfinger, until the day he attended some car races outside Edinburgh.

“The Mustangs were racing against Minis, so first of all there was that sense of scale, which seemed so American,” he recalls, sitting in a suburban Detroit photo studio near a Triple Yellow 2015 Mustang, the newly proportioned model he and his Ford team created. “But it was the sound, the roar of the engine, which was really quite amazing. It was nothing I’d ever heard before.”

It’s been 50 years since the first Mustang was unveiled at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and this newest incarnation shares some striking similarities with the first generation: The shark-bite front grille, the aggressively canted front hood, the iconic fastback and, of course, the signature three vertical taillight stripes which are unmistakably Mustang.

The design team gathered around Callum and the gleaming 2015 are veterans of nearly four years of passionate, hard work. There is Joel Piaskowski, Ford design director; Susan Lampinen, group chief designer, color and materials; Doyle Letson, chief designer, global interiors; and Kemal Curic, exterior design manager. Though they’ve presented the car a number of times already at auto shows, this gathering is a more low-key affair where they are moved to admire and critique their collective masterwork. They drift in Callum’s wake as he pauses occasionally to make private observations that rivet their attention, observations sometimes too subtle for the layman’s eye to notice.

One thing the eye doesn’t miss on entering the studio is the extraordinary yellow of the ’15. It isn’t a faint-of-heart canary yellow. It’s a yellow for true aficionados—Lampinen informs me that there is, in fact, a Yellow Mustang Car Club. “Color is a very passionate thing with people,” she says. “We wanted a high-impact yellow. At first we developed a base coat/clear coat but it wasn’t bright enough, so we worked with engineering and suppliers until we came up with this new yellow, a tri-coat yellow.” The deep and intense new shade is reminiscent of the kind of multicoated treatment hot-rodders used on their rides back in the day.

One of the most discussed aspects of the new design is the proportions­—a low-slung feel that comes from planing away the angularity of previous models. “We used an editing process in which we asked, ‘What are the design elements that people think are necessary in a Mustang?’” says Callum. “We took away elements that foreshortened the car, which helped accentuate its sleekness. We wanted to highlight that sense of power and emphasize the proportional changes.”

It’s not for nothing that several reviewers have compared the 2015 to the 1968 fastback driven in the movie Bullitt. Similar to the classic movie car, “the front end has a shark-like grille [and] we’ve lowered it and given it a wider stance [to emphasize] the aggressive aspects of the car,” says Piaskowski.

Curic, who grew up and began his career in Germany, fondly remembers Mustangs from television. He is keenly aware of the immense responsibility in taking on this iconic American sports car. “Yes, I felt a little pressure, coming from Europe,” he admits. “I felt it was important to pick those elements that say, without a doubt, this is a Mustang.”

One of the designers clearly influenced by the first generation of Mustangs is interior guru Doyle Letson. “Look at the instrument panel of the ’67. We looked at images of those panels and we studied the proportions. We were able to leverage some new technologies that allowed us to slim up the interiors considerably.”

Opening the Mustang’s driver’s door and kneeling beside it, Letson waves a hand at his team’s creation. “There are four inviolables that have to be in every Mustang. It has to have the double brow theme, it has to have large analog gauges in front of the driver, the instrument panel has to be symmetrical, and it has to have honest, premium materials. We sketched around those and created a really modern version of the Mustang.”

The general consensus as the group continues to circle their brainchild is that the four-year process has been “a once in a lifetime experience.” Despite the late nights and heated discussions, the designers agree that what made the process especially rewarding was the sense of shared purpose, the absolutely unalterable belief that for all drivers, the 2015 Mustang should be the most amazing driving experience of their lives.

As the photo session ends, the designers don overcoats and reluctantly leave the Mustang to brave Detroit’s arctic chill. Callum is one of the last to leave, admitting bashfully that he hasn’t yet had a chance to drive his creation. “I’m looking forward to taking the car to Europe and driving some of the roads in Scotland,” he says, though he admits he hasn’t hammered out the details. “I’m working on it.”

FAST FACTS

2015 MUSTANG
>POWER PERFORMANCE Both the 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 engines have received enhancements to improve running performance. The introduction of the all-new high-output 2.3-liter EcoBoost® completes the engine lineup.
>QUICK TRANSITION The 2015 Mustang convertible goes from covered to topless in a snap.
>ADVANCED TECH Newly available tools, like an advanced sensor system that can detect cars in blind spots and an advanced communications system, help enhance the driver experience.
>PILOT PROGRAM The dash of the 2015 Mustang incorporates both analog gauges and digital screens, making for an interior that gives you highly intuitive control of key vehicle features.

Post Icon Leaves, Your Car’s Worst Enemy?

PLUS 5 OTHER UNLIKELY CULPRITS THAT COULD BE HURTING YOUR VEHICLE

It’s no secret that vehicle service and maintenance seldom make the list of top driving pleasures. So the last thing you want to happen is to get dragged into the garage over things you can avoid. Here are simple preventive care tips in dealing with six stealthy troublemakers so you can save time, money and grief.

1. BIRD DROPPINGS

Bird droppings will corrode your paint finish. As the heat of the day warms your car, the exterior metal expands and becomes porous, allowing acid from bird droppings to penetrate your car’s clear coat. As the exterior metal cools at night, the clear coat hardens around the droppings, which now can penetrate the base coat.

To avoid this acidic etching, clean any bird droppings off of your vehicle as quickly as possible. A handy way to always be prepared is to keep a spray bottle of Motorcraft® Detail Wash (available for purchase at fordparts.com) and a soft cloth on board your vehicle to wipe away your troubles before damage occurs.

 

2. SEA AIR

If you live by the coast, be warned: Sea salt spray and excess moisture will accelerate the corrosion process for metal. Be sure to clean off your car’s undercarriage and other metallic parts consistently. For good measure, use a rust inhibitor and cover your vehicle with a waterproof tarp. Consult these vehicle cleaning tips to help further protect your car and give it that showroom shine.

3. ROAD SALT

Road salt will help prevent you from careening on slick ice in the winter, but it also can cause serious exterior corrosion if you don’t take preventive measures. Stop salt from eating away at your car’s undercarriage and body by cleaning your vehicle consistently and having it waxed and sealed by a professional. Want to be even more prepared for winter driving? Follow this simple checklist.

4. COLD

The cold can stop you in your tracks in three ways: slowing your battery, thickening your car fluids and deflating your tires.

Battery: Your battery works when chemical reactions generate electrons to supply the current. These chemical reactions slow down in colder temperatures, sometimes causing the battery to stop functioning. To help prevent this from happening, have your battery checked for corrosion, aging and other damage (even if it seems to be working fine) at your local Ford Dealer Service Center where you can get it inspected as part of The WorksTM Package. Your battery could be near the end of its useful life and could leave you stranded soon. Always carry battery jumper cables to assist yourself and others. Be sure to check out this article on how to jump-start your battery.

Car Fluids: Check and maintain your vehicle’s coolant level to make sure your engine is running at the right operating temperature. Coolant serves the dual purpose of making sure your radiator fluid doesn’t freeze in cold and boil in heat. Make sure you use Motorcraft® coolant for the best results (available for purchase at fordparts.com). Read this article on how to add coolant for more detailed instructions.

Tire pressure: Every time the temperature drops by 10 degrees, tire pressure drops by 1 psi, so check and maintain your pressure more often in colder weather. Your dashboard may be equipped with Ford’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System that will let you know if any of your tires are significantly underinflated. Learn more about proper tire inflation and how to spot tire damage by reading this article.

Tire Grip: Tire performance suffers as temperatures dip below 45° F. While most all-season tires can handle light snow, they aren’t built for winter performance, especially if you’re located near the Snow Belt. Get some winter tires to keep safe and avoid the risk of losing traction. Created with more aggressive tread design, deeper sipes and cold-temperature compounds, they will help you grip an icy or snowy road with confidence.

 

5. LEAVES

Sap, tannic acid and pollen from leaves can stain and damage your paint finish, especially if the leaves get wet. So make sure you brush off those maple leaves, fern fronds, and pine needles the next time you decide to park in the shade. Stains aren’t your only leaf worry. That beautiful fallen foliage can disguise road hazards such as potholes, soft verges and deep patches of water. Be sure to avoid parking over piles of leaves, as the hot muffler or catalytic converter could even cause these piles to ignite.

Additionally, accumulating leaves under the hood on the vents will restrict airflow but also, if ignored, possibly rot and rust your car, negatively impacting your cabin air supply. You can learn when to replace your cabin filter by reading this article and how to do so by checking out this infographic.

 

6. DELAYED MAINTENANCE

According to polling research, more than one in two car owners delay servicing. Postponing these critical checkups and repairs compromises vehicle safety and reliability, likely causing more serious and more expensive problems down the line. Regular maintenance will do wonders in extending your vehicle life and helping keep you and your loved ones safe. Make sure you service your battery, get your oil changed and have your brakes checked and replaced periodically or as use necessitates. Schedule an appointment at Beach Ford here.

Post Icon Secrets Behind the new Ford Power Stroke Diesel

Secret #1: Ford engineered its own powertrain for the 2015 Super Duty®Powertrain

Secret #2: The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 makes more horsepower and torque than the previous model

Secret #3: First rule of the Power Stroke? There are no secrets

The design of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8™ is something you would think would be cloaked in darkness, even within the walls of the Blue Oval. ™ Not so – Ford is proud of what it accomplished with the second-generation diesel model optional in the 2015 Super Duty, and admitted building an efficient engine* required a lot of openness. “Keeping everything in-house gives a competitive advantage because there are no go-betweens,” explained David Ives, Ford Power Stroke Technical Specialist. “The engine guy can just walk over to the transmission guy and they can work together to find the best solutions, breaking down barriers.”

The upgrades to the Power Stroke resulted in 440 horsepower – the previous 6.7-liter Power Stroke made 400 – and 860 lb.-ft. of torque – up from 800. This pertains to all Super Duty models, from F-250 to F-450. That’s what happens when you engineer a work truck to be a work truck, and as a team. Ford is the only manufacturer that develops and builds its own powertrains in this class. And there are innovations galore: a compacted graphite iron engine block and reverse-flow layout. About that no-secret rule? “Strong communication built a better diesel truck,” David added.

“The designers of the original 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel predicted that it would eventually need to be upgraded for higher output,” said David. “They designed it in a way that made it easier to add a larger turbocharger, increasing airflow and creating more power for dramatically improved performance, yet we haven’t lost any efficiency.”

So, looks like the cat is out of the bag: This purpose-built truck has been improved from (cylinder) head to tow.

*Based on Ford simulated city-suburban drive-cycle tests of comparably equipped 2015 Ford and 2011-2013 competitive models, consistent with SAE Standard J1321.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ten Future Apps That Could Upgrade Your Driving Experience

Can you imagine a world without apps? Today, smartphone apps entertain and inform us, they help us navigate, they keep us connected with friends and family. The smartphone revolution has forever changed the way that we use our phones.Future of Aps

Ford is taking that relationship a step further, by promoting the development of smartphone apps that can be seamlessly used in some vehicles. SYNC® AppLink™ is available on select models and compatible with select smartphone platforms. SYNC AppLink is not compatible with MyFord Touch. Commands may vary by phone and SYNC AppLink software. The system integrates specific apps into the vehicle, and the Ford Developer Program lets developers create apps that enhance the driving experience.

Currently, there are more than 60 apps available for use in almost 1.5 million SYNC AppLink-enabled vehicles in North America. And that number is growing.

Ford recently announced the top 10 finalists of a developer challenge known as the Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit. The announcement took place at the recent Ford Developer Conference at the Connected Car Expo during CTIA Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas. Over 170 developers from around the world took part in the challenge to create SYNC AppLink-enabled apps that could revolutionize the way we connect with our vehicles.

Armed with over 200 different sets of data, these intrepid developers worked closely with AppLink engineers during an overnight hackathon to develop ingenious new ways to connect smartphones with Ford vehicles designed to make driving easier, more entertaining or more efficient.

Here are the finalists:

Live Drive – Developed by a team from Kelley Blue Book, Live Drive encourages safe driving by using a fun, social game with real-time traffic data collected from the vehicle. Features include live feedback on aggressive driving with tips on how to improve, parent feedback mode and fun mode that allows you to compete against your friends on a leaderboard.

Joyride – Exploration meets social networking with this app that notifies drivers when they are near an interesting location. Developed by Rockfish, Joyride allows users to find places to play, eat and learn about whatever city they are in, and will tell drivers what is interesting based on user input and preferences or places that their friends have visited and liked.

Pure Focus – Developed by a team from IBM, Pure Focus builds better drivers through reward-based programs. Drivers can track their safety and share or challenge friends to be safer drivers through an online community of user-driven content. Features include “car-to-car,” which allows users to connect with other drivers and provide feedback on their driving, as well as notifications when drivers enter dangerous neighborhoods.

MapRadio – Developed by a team from Slovenia, MapRadio offers a personalized driving experience based on user input and interests. Features include weather, traffic, calendar integration, personalized news, accidents, local music, contextual offers, car diagnostic data and routing.

Trace – Swipe expenses away with this app developed by a team at Concur. Employees no longer have to estimate mileage for expense reports when traveling for business. Trace pre-populates fields when the driver gets into the car and enables the user to log and reconcile expenses at the end of the day.

FuelSignal – Developed by FuelSignal, this app is a GPS application that alerts drivers when their fuel level is low and finds the nearest gas station. Users may receive a discount on gas and can also pay by mobile wallet at the pump.

myLifeSync – This app is an intelligent companion inside and outside the car, bringing information together to reduce driver workload and increase safety. Developed by Lochbridge, the app processes information from the cloud and aggregates data that is relevant to daily life, including preferences, needs and work schedules for easy access in the car.

Notify – Developed by independent developer Igor Barinov, this app reads notifications from any smartphone app through SYNC. Notifications from apps including calendar reminders, weather notifications and even text messages are read aloud through SYNC so the driver doesn’t have to look at his/her phone.

iAlert – This app is designed to help drivers save time and relieve stress by automatically checking vehicle diagnostic data such as tire pressure, then generating alerts and identifying and scheduling an appointment at the driver’s preferred dealer or service location. iAlert was developed by a team from Progressive Insurance and Traction Labs.

3sACrowd – Developed by Alcatel-Lucent, 3sACrowd offers callers a more private experience by using Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® to detect if there are other passengers in the car. The caller then has the option of declining to place the call if privacy is preferred, and the driver receives a notification about the private call.

Finalists will work with Ford technology engineers for the next two months to polish their apps before presenting them at the Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 18-20, 2014. One grand prize winner will receive a prize package and a feature announcement with Ford on stage at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Which one of the 10 finalists gets your vote?

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Source: Ford.com

 

Post Icon What should I know about replacing airbags?

After a collision in which airbags have deployed, make sure your body shop installs genuine Ford replacement airbags. Here are some key points to keep in mind.

TYPES OF REPLACEMENTS
You should always make sure to use genuine Ford airbags, which are produced to the same specifications as the airbags installed when the vehicle is manufactured. They’re built for the model and year of your vehicle and are the only airbags proven to deliver the intended level of protection. Salvaged airbags are removed from salvage-yard vehicles. Their source, condition and durability are unknown. Counterfeit airbags may look nearly identical to new original equipment Ford parts (including bearing Ford trademarks), but National Highway Transportation Administration testing showed consistent malfunctioning, ranging from nondeployment of the airbag to the expulsion of shrapnel during deployment. Never use salvaged or counterfeit airbags, which are not safe and do not meet the quality standards of Ford parts.

DEALING WITH YOUR BODY SHOP
You have the right to select the body shop and to select the type of parts used for repairs. You can specify that you want only genuine Ford Collision replacement parts. It’s important to make it clear up front, in writing on the work order, that you want only Ford Collision replacement parts to be used.

INSURANCE COVERAGE
Check with your insurance company now, before you are in an accident. Ask your agent what type of parts will be used if you need a collision repair. That way you can purchase a policy (or make a change to your current policy) to cover the use of OEM parts.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford Marks 20 Years of Fighting Breast Cancer with Warriors in Pink

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This year marks 20 years of Ford Motor Company fighting against breast cancer. The company’s journey began when it became one of the first corporate sponsors of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Ford branded its initiative Warriors in Pink® and developed a full line of clothing and gear that donates 100 percent of the net proceeds to four breast cancer charities. Thus far, Ford has dedicated more than $125 million to the cause.

Involvement for Ford extends far beyond just financial support for research. Warriors in Pink encourages women to have continuing and honest conversations that keep them proactive about breast health and early detection.

“Through Warriors in Pink, Ford continues to be a unifying force in driving awareness for breast cancer. This year is especially meaningful to us as we mark our 20th anniversary and honor the strength and courage of all the survivors who have shared their stories with us throughout their journey,” said Joe Hinrichs, President of The Americas, Ford Motor Company.

Other ways Ford has been able to shine a spotlight on survivors is through its Models of Courage program, which highlights individuals who openly share their experiences with breast cancer.

Since 2006, Warriors in Pink has offered a line of apparel and accessories, and 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of these items benefit Warriors in Pink’s four charity partners: The Pink Fund, Susan G. Komen, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and Young Survival Coalition. Join the fight and support a breast cancer charity of your choice at check out when you shop fordcares.com.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Get Ready for Fall Tailgating Season

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Football season is here! And with football games come tailgating parties. While the ritual of tailgating derives its name from lowering the tailgate on a pickup in the parking lot before a game, you don’t have to have an F-150 or a Super Duty® to participate. You can tailgate just as easily in a Ford Explorer or Escape. You just need a bit of space in the rear of the vehicle to carry game-time props, chairs, a cooler and maybe a small grill to cook some pregame food. Want to get the most from your athletic fanhood? Make sure your vehicle is properly prepped!

Safety First

Tailgate parties happen in parking lots, which are not the safest places for social gatherings. Get there early and find a parking location near a grass field or some place away from where people are driving. Back your vehicle into the parking spot so the rear opens to the grass field, not to the active parking lot. If you have a grill, make sure you cook safely and avoid fire hazards.

Know the Rules

Rules at parties aren’t fun, but breaking some rules and getting kicked out is less fun. Check with the facility to see what’s allowed and what’s not before you arrive. Some will have designated places for tailgating; others may restrict the type of grills that are allowed.

Keep Your Vehicle Organized

If the ultimate goal is to keep your vehicle clean, then being well organized will go a long way toward preventing messes in the first place. Clutter happens when there’s no designated spot to put your stuff in. Cut the clutter with these space-saving hacks:

-Keep junk from taking over the cargo area with a few makeshift storage boxes. Depending on how much space you have available, you can use plastic totes or even a recycled laundry basket. Put your vehicle supplies (jumper cables, first-aid kit, etc.) in one box and your athletic equipment in the others.

-Tailgating parties are all about hanging out and sharing some food and drinks. But you don’t want lawn chairs and a cooler bouncing around in the bed of your truck or the cargo area of your car. Use the tie-down points to secure your gear.

-You probably don’t want to carry all of this gear with you all time. Reserve space on a shelf in garage where you have your chairs, cooler and plastic tote of tailgating goodies packed and ready to load.

Keep it Clean

Even if you have the most well-organized vehicle imaginable, messes will happen. Here are a few ways to keep your interior clean:

-There aren’t a lot of great places to put garbage in your car. You don’t want it on the floor, and those storage areas on the doors can get overfilled quickly. If you’re looking for a convenient and portable place to store your trash, look no further than a plastic cereal container. They’re small, easily storable and big enough to handle just about anything you’ll have to throw away.

-When grass, mud and gunk find their way onto your vehicle’s upholstery, there are a couple of everyday household items that can help you get the stains out. One part dish soap and two parts vinegar combine to make a stain removal duo that can help get tough stains out of carpet and fabric. Mix it up, rub it in, let it set and watch the magic happen.

And once the party is over, clean up your area. Pick up all of the trash and dispose of it properly.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Get Ready for Fall and Winter Driving

GEAR UP FOR FALL DRIVING

Leaves are turning, pumpkin spice lattes are brewing and the air is crisp. Now’s the perfect time for an autumn drive. But first, make sure your car is prepared for inclement weather, diminished daylight and increased road grime by following this vehicle check guide to seasonal automotive fitness.

 

Always make sure bulbs are working and headlights are adjusted to proper height and angle before taking the vehicle out on the road.

 

TREADS

1. A tire must be replaced when it is worn down to 3/32 of an inch. You can measure your remaining tread depth by inserting a penny in the grooves of the tire. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, then you have more than 3/32 of an inch of tread remaining.
2. For a more in-depth check, look for your tire’s built-in treadwear indicators, which will appear level with the tread when it’s time to replace them. If you are not comfortable performing this check, come in to the Beach Ford Service Center to get your treadwear indicators examined by a service technician.
3. If you need to replace your tires, use the Ford Service Tire Finder to get the right match.

TIRE PRESSURE

1. Remove the cap from the valve and firmly press the tire gauge onto the valve to measure the pressure. It should match the number on the tire label located on the edge of the driver’s door. Tire pressure should be checked when the tires are cold, not after driving.
2. Add air if the pressure is low.
3. Visually inspect the tire treads and sidewalls for gouges, cuts or bulges. Check that there are no nails or other objects embedded in the tire that could cause an air leak. For more detailed instructions on checking tires and tire pressure, read this article.

You should have your brakes inspected regularly to avoid costly rotor damage. Regular inspection can help you identify when the brake pads require replacement before the rotors get damaged. You can identify rotor damage if you hear high-pitched squeals or scratching, if your car pulls or vibrates when braking or if your pedal is mushy or overactive when pressed. If you experience these tell-tale signs, then you should definitely have your brakes checked at the Beach Ford Service Center.

CHECK WIPER BLADES

Do this quick check every six months or more depending on use.
1. Lift the wiper arm to check for damage, and make sure the blades are clean.
2. Spray your windshield, switch the wipers on, and check to see if they remove the moisture evenly, without smearing. If they don’t, you’ll need to replace them.

REPLACE WIPER BLADES

1. Lift the wiper arm away from the windshield, depress the tab that holds the blade in place, and slide off the blade. Wiper blades vary greatly, so make sure the replacement matches the type, size and brand. We recommend Motorcraft® brand wiper blades.
2. Slide on the new wiper blade, and make sure it clicks into place by pulling tightly on the arm.
3. For more in-depth instructions on how to change your wiper blades, read this article.

CHECK AND ADD WASHER FLUID

1. Pop the hood and locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir. It’s usually a white, translucent container with a windshield/water symbol on the cap.
2. Add Motorcraft® windshield washer fluid until it hits the line.

While your battery may look in good physical condition externally, it’s useful life may be drawing to an end. So have your battery checked at the Beach Ford Service Center. Testing your battery in conjunction with an oil change only takes a couple minutes, and will identify the battery’s condition even if it seems to be working well. The technicians have the diagnostic equipment that can tell whether your battery is “in the red” or on its last legs. If your battery tests poorly, you can get it conveniently replaced in the service bay with a new Motorcraft® battery and great warranty protection that includes free towing.
If you turn on the heat, but no hot air comes out, try the following:
1. With the engine off, lift the hood and locate the coolant reservoir, which is usually a translucent white tank marked with a low-to-high range.
2. If the coolant level is low, loosen the cap on the tank (making sure the engine and coolant are cool to touch), wait for pressure to be released, and fill.
3. Refer to the owner’s manual to find the vehicle’s correct Motorcraft® engine coolant. Check out this article for information about adding coolant.
4. If you are experiencing problems with your defrosters, replacing your cabin air filter could solve them (follow the next step to learn how). If you are experiencing any other heating system problems, come in to the Beach Ford Service Center for assistance.
1. In most cars, the cabin filter is located behind the glove compartment, which should pop out easily by the depressing the inner plastic tabs.
2. If the cabin filter is dirty, replace it with the appropriate Motorcraft® cabin filter. It should be replaced every 15,000 miles or once a year; if you suffer from allergies or respiratory problems, or if you drive on dirt roads or in dusty, polluted conditions, you may need to do this more often.
3. If you are not comfortable doing this, we can do it for you.

JUMPER CABLES

Chemical reactions in your battery work more slowly when the battery is cold, meaning the starter motor has less energy to work. That causes the engine to crank more slowly. Have jumper cables ready in case your battery dies.

ICE SCRAPER

Don’t rely on the defroster to clear frost from the windshield. Use an ice scraper to make sure your view is unobstructed.

EMERGENCY BLANKETS

If your engine stops working, then your heater will too. Make sure you can keep warm by stocking your car with a few emergency blankets.

SUNGLASSES

Glare is often cited as the cause of traffic accidents. The right pair of polarized or variable tint sunglasses can help you block glare from snow or puddles and the colder months’ low sun.

CAR COVER

Protect your car’s exterior from snow and finish-staining leaves.

 

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon 10 Amazing Driver Assist Features in the New F-150

10 Amazing Driver-Assist Features that Help 2015 Ford F-150 Customers Drive Smarter

The all-new Ford F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 yet, goes on sale later this year packed with available driver-assist features aimed at giving the customer improved utility, comfort and convenience.

Here are 10 examples of awesome driver-assist features the all-new F-150 offers, including one breakthrough class-exclusive feature to make parallel parking a full-size pickup a breeze:

2015 F-150 Active Park Assist

1.  Class-exclusive active park assist Active park assist uses two ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help drivers parallel park. The sensors measure the gap between two vehicles to determine if there is enough room for the F-150. After confirming the F-150 can fit, the truck automatically steers into the space, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.

Collision Mitigation

2.  Class-exclusive adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar in the front of the truck to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead. Using this information, the F-150 can automatically slow to keep a consistent following distance set by the driver. The slower speed will be maintained if adaptive cruise control is activated. Collision warning triggers visual and audio alerts if the system detects the following distance is diminishing too quickly and a collision may occur. It also pre-charges the brakes if the driver needs to stop suddenly.

3.  Curve Control The all-new F-150 has an innovative system that was developed exclusively by Ford engineers to help in those cases where you may enter a turn too quickly. Curve Control helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles if they take a curve too quickly by automatically reducing torque and applying four-wheel braking. This can reduce vehicle speed by up to 10 mph in approximately one second, assisting drivers to stay on their intended path.

2015 F-150 Smart Trailer Tow Module

4.  Class-exclusive smart trailer tow module The smart trailer tow module shows the driver which lights on a trailer connected to the truck aren’t working, so the driver or a passenger doesn’t have to get out of the truck and walk around the trailer to personally find blown lights.

 

2015 Ford F-150 Multi-Contour Seats

5.  Class-exclusive multi-contour seats Multi-contour massaging seats are the antidote to a hard day on the job site.

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)

6.  Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert Available BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver. The sensors trigger a warning light in the sideview mirrors to indicate another vehicle is in a blind spot if the driver is attempting to change lanes. These same sensors can also detect a vehicle coming down an aisle when the driver is slowly backing out of a parking space.

Lane-Keeping Assist

7.  Lane-keeping system Available lane-keeping is designed to help prevent a driver from drifting outside of the intended driving lane. The system automatically detects the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rear-view mirror. A vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver. The system can also provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed.

2015 Ford F-150 360-Degree Camera View

8.  Class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split-view display Available 360-degree camera with split-view display uses four exterior cameras to give the driver a bird’s-eye view of up to seven feet surrounding the F-150 to assist in parking, maneuvering in tight spots and navigating narrow roads and trails at low speeds.

 

2015 F-150 Hill Descent Control

9.  Hill Descent Control Available Hill Descent Control uses the anti-lock brakes to give the driver control while descending a hill. With the push of a button, the truck’s speed is set automatically, allowing for the driver to concentrate more on driving and less on braking.

10.  Individual tire pressure monitoring system Individual monitors show air pressure amounts for each tire and alert the driver when an individual tire is low.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford Assembly Plant Goes Landfill-free

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Did you know that reducing waste is part of the Ford strategy for building global-leading manufacturing operations? And they took a huge step toward that goal by sending no operational waste to landfill in the Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. This gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada, and it makes Oakville Assembly the first Ford assembly plant in North America to achieve this environmental designation.

Instead of sending waste products to a landfill, the facility has stepped up its recycling through the united efforts of every team. In 2013, Oakville Assembly recycled close to 2,000 metric tons of wood, cardboard, paper and plastic, saving more than 5,000 cubic meters of landfill space and more than 32 million liters of water. The plant even sends its wastewater treatment plant sludge to a power generation company, where it is converted into energy for use back in the community.

“Ford is very proud that all its Canadian manufacturing facilities are sending zero waste to landfill,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas. “We are expanding our manufacturing footprint in Oakville while decreasing our environmental footprint.”

The Essex Engine Plant achieved landfill-free status in 2012 and Windsor Engine Plant in 2013. A total of 21 Ford facilities around the globe maintain zero waste-to-landfill status. By the stringent definition Ford uses, this means that those facilities do not send any operational waste to a landfill.

Oakville Assembly plant’s success will help Ford move toward its target of reducing global waste to landfill by 40 percent per vehicle produced from 2011 to 2016.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Pothole Survival Guide

Suddenly, there’s that jolt, and your vehicle is feeling the hard knocks of a pothole…and you never even saw it coming.

Potholes are often a stealth hazard, popping up without warning and where you least expect them. Along with a change in weather comes an increase in potholes, which develop as roads freeze and thaw, eroding the dirt underneath and weakening the blacktop.

Fortunately, there are five steps you can take to help minimize their impact:

Road signs: Watch out for puddles—they could be hiding potholes, especially ones that are deceptively deep and can cause the most damage.

Slow your roll: Reducing speed on rough roads helps lessen wear on your vehicle and may protect it from damage if you do encounter a pothole.

Space is the place: The more distance you leave between your car and the one in front, the better your chance of spotting potholes up ahead.

Braking bad: If you do hit a pothole, don’t slam on the brake—it puts extra stress on the front suspension and can cause tire damage.

Sometimes hitting a pothole is simply unavoidable. Most likely, only your nerves are rattled, but you should always inspect your vehicle as soon as possible for any damage.

Rubber meets the road: Always check the tire pressure after driving over a pothole, and make sure tires are inflated to the recommended pressure (posted on the inside of the driver’s side door, and in the owner’s manual). A properly inflated tire can help reduce damage to wheel rims. If you notice cuts or gashes in the tire or cracked finish on your wheels—which may indicate bent rims—bring your car into the Beach Ford Service Center where certified technicians will perform a Multi-Point Inspection of your vehicle. Bent wheels are often difficult to see without putting the tire and wheel assembly on a tire balance machine.

Straight talk: If you have to hold the steering wheel at an angle in order for your vehicle to go straight, or if it consistently pulls to one side, bring your car into the Beach Ford Service Center , where certified technicians can check your alignment with state-of-the-art equipment. Correcting the alignment can help prevent damage to your tires and help ensure that the vehicle handles smoothly and safely.

The hard facts: Potholes can harm your vehicle. And inspecting for damage early can sometimes help you avoid more costly repairs later. But remember, if you’re ever unsure about the way your car is functioning, bring your car into the Beach Ford Service Center  to get it checked out. That way you can help ensure the safe handling of your vehicle in a future emergency.

Now drive carefully, and good luck!

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon New F-150 Offers Protection from Glare and Sun


When the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has its day in the sun, it will be better prepared than ever for damaging rays both inside and out.

Much of the glare and fade testing was performed in the company’s Central Lab – where Ford engineers focus on making individual parts stronger and more durable. A device known as a Thermatron simulates damaging UV sunrays, and can be used over long periods of time on prototype parts to help identify the best design for production.

Antiglare testing took place in the Visual Performance Evaluation Lab, also known as the Ford lighting lab. The facility can replicate almost any sunlight conditions from dawn to dusk, as well as changes to natural light caused by weather conditions.

Even the F-150 badge is tough-tested for exposure. Both the iconic Blue Oval and F-150 badges endured 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions – the equivalent of five years. The three-piece badge was exposed to temperatures as cold as 40 degrees below Celsius followed by blasts of 100-degree Celsius steam to help ensure chrome plating adheres so individual pieces of the badge won’t warp or crack.

In Ford Central Lab facilities in Florida – also home to NASA test facilities – engineers place individual exterior and interior parts on outside racks for six months at a time to look for fading and other signs of degradation. The parts are examined under a special xenon light to reveal damage invisible to the human eye. Parts are approved for production only when they meet rigorous fade-resistance standards.

Direct sunlight does more than fade vehicle parts over time – it can also make it hard to see information displayed on gauges and screens used for navigation and entertainment systems. Ford engineers used advanced computer-aided design software to identify the least reflective materials to use, and incorporated shaded gauges on the instrument panel of the all-new truck designed to minimize glare.

In some cases, gauges and instruments shaded from glare are enhanced with supplemental lighting throughout the Ford F-150 interior to make them readable in their recessed positions.

Indirect glare from general daylight brightness can wash out navigation and entertainment screen displays, too. Engineers tested various colors for the new F-150, ultimately choosing those that are easy to see under bright conditions. Because many F-150 customers use their trucks for work at job sites, they don’t have the time or the patience to deal with hard-to-read gauges or controls inside the truck.

To learn more about the Ford F-150, visit Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas

We are having a great time at the Ford Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas this week!  Here are a few of our pictures from the event:

Post Icon How Can I Keep My Car Looking Great?

Your vehicle’s paint job should be your top priority. Though it’s durable, “be kind to it by using Motorcraft® Detail Wash or a mild soap solution with a neutral pH, which helps remove the dirt without stripping,” says Laurie Hunt, a product engineer at Ford. Use a clean, soft cloth so you don’t scratch the paint.34_vehicle_upkeep_01

If you’re running your vehicle through a car wash, choose one that uses strips of soft cloth during the wash cycle, not rolling brushes. When waxing your vehicle, apply a name-brand, high-quality wax and “use it on the paint only,” Hunt says. “Low-gloss panels on your vehicle shouldn’t be waxed. All they need is washing.”

For wheel and tire care, apply Motorcraft® Wheel & Tire Cleaner.“It has been proven safe,” Hunt says. “Some products used on tires at commercial car washes aren’t appropriate for these materials,” she adds, so you may want to clean your tires at home. Finally, don’t let spills or droppings linger on your car’s exterior. Clean them off right away so they don’t damage the paint.

Source:  Ford.com

Post Icon Military Families Prefer Ford

Ford Motor Company has supported military families and veterans dating all the way back to the days of Henry Ford himself. Likewise, more than 5,900 American veterans are currently employed with the company. It is no surprise that these military families prefer to buy Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles and cars over any other brand.

According to Polk vehicle registrations analyzed in an IHS Automotive sample of 19.3 households that include active, retired or veteran military personnel, three Ford products rank in the top 10 new vehicles purchased by military families, making Ford the best-selling brand.

“Military families, in particular, desire the efficiency, capability and smart technology Ford vehicles offer,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales, Service and Lincoln. “Ford has a long history of supporting active-duty military personnel and veterans, and it is an honor American military families buy Ford more than any other brand.”

The F-150 topped the list in which the sample accounts for 920,000 new and used light vehicle registrations last year. The truck’s market share among American military families is higher than its portion of the overall retail vehicle market, which is significant because the F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the United States. Ranking third on the list was the Escape, the best-selling SUV among these military families and the top-selling overall for military families in Philadelphia, Detroit and Cleveland military. While the Escape was No. 1 among all utilities, the Fusion midsize sedan rounds out the list for Ford in the ninth position.

This popularity is parallel with Ford Motor Company’s long-standing tradition of supporting military families and veterans through charitable engagement, training and employment for over 90 years. Since 1974, Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund have provided more than $8 million to veterans’ organizations, including support for the National World War II Memorial. Ford Veterans Network Group, one of 11 company-supported Employee Resource Groups, sponsors activities for its veterans, military personnel and their families.

 

Source: IMakeNews, Inc.

Post Icon 2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best in Class

It’s the ultimate towing machine.  The 2015 Ford F-450 is rated best-in-class for towing.

Ford reaffirms the undisputed heavy-duty towing leadership of the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup at 31,200 pounds after testing using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard.

SAE J2807 establishes tow vehicle performance requirements against certain performance criteria to determine a truck’s maximum trailer tow rating. Ford is a founding member of the J2807 committee, which 2015 F-450includes other truck and trailer manufacturers.

2015 Ford F-450 upgrades
Ford improved the 2015 F-450 pickup by giving it a more capable version of the F-350 frame, plus a more capable suspension and 19.5-inch wheels and tires to enable its best-in-class towing.

The F-450 pickup is available exclusively as a crew cab 4×4. The truck’s J2807-certified maximum tow rating is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4×4 pickup.

Best-in-class towing performance is achieved with Ford’s second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine that has been developed to provide the segment’s top combination of power, torque and efficiency. The Power Stroke boasts best-in-class 440 horsepower across all Super Duty pickup models – from F-250 to F-450. Super Duty also offers 860 lb.-ft. of torque for the same models.

Ford is the only heavy-duty pickup truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – from concept to execution – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize the vehicle’s performance across the entire lineup.

Ford previously determined F-450 pickup towing capacity using rigorous internal testing standards exclusively. Now it has added SAE J2807 test procedures, reaffirming the F-450 pickup rating. F-450 passed the additional tests with 31,200 pounds in tow, just as it passed Ford internal tests.

SAE J2807 requires the vehicle to be loaded with about 400 pounds more weight than Ford’s internal test (two passengers instead of one, and base curb weight instead of minimum curb weight), but the weight addition has no effect on F-450 towing capacity. Using either standard, F-450 has best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds.

As a result of the J2807 test results, Ford is also increasing the F-450 pickup’s already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – topping the nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Bikes and Automobiles: How to Get Along

Bikes and Automobiles: How to Get Along

The relationship between automobiles and bicycles can be a tricky one. On the one hand, vehicles are sometimes necessary to get bikes and their owners to where kids on bikesthey can enjoy a ride. But when bikes and autos need to share the same road, things can get dicey.  Here are a few pointers for drivers and bikers that can help make sure everyone gets along. Rules can vary from state to state and even city to city. Always be sure to check your local government’s rules to ensure you’re up to date on the latest.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), while on the road, bikes have just as much right to be on the road as cars do. Like cars, trucks and SUVs, bikes need to follow traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles. So treat bicyclists with the same respect that you would any slow-moving vehicle.

Give bike riders as much space as possible. Try not to crowd or tailgate bicyclists as it is unsafe and can cause injury. In fact, a new “3-foot” law went into effect in Virginia recently.  This rule means you should give at least three feet of space (side-to-side) between you and a bicycle when you pass them. This is the law in Virginia and more than 20 states.

Be on the lookout for hand gestures that can signal a bike rider’s intentions. A left arm extended straight out means a left turn is coming. A left arm extended and bent upwards at a 90 degree angle means the bicyclist is planning on making a right turn. Check out these handy diagrams courtesy of the NHTSA.

Image from NHTSA

 

Post Icon The 41st Annual Neptune Festival

This year’s King Neptune, Tom Barton, III, reminds you to have a great time at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Now thru September 28th, see all events and schedules for the 41st Annual Neptune Festival at neptunefestival.com.

Post Icon 5 Tips to De-Stress Your Drive

 

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It’s no secret that driving can be stressful, especially if you have a long commute on crowded roadways. Between gridlocked traffic (especially at the HRBT and Monitor Merrimac), unpredictable weather and the less-than-polite driving habits of some motorists, even the smallest trips can leave you with frayed nerves.

Don’t let road frustrations turn your stomach in knots. Instead, decompress and find your inner Zen by following these tips for a less-stressful drive.

1) Find the Right Music

One of the best things about music is the fact that it can invoke an emotional response. But you have to be careful about how your commuting mix makes you feel. Aggressive music can exacerbate your stress and make a potentially bad situation worse.

That doesn’t mean you have to listen to whale song or kids music to de-stress while driving. Find a genre that relaxes you, especially during particularly challenging drives like rush hour. Not sure where to start? Experts suggest music with slow tempos and subtle sounds. Think classical, jazz or easy listening to start and find a playlist that’s right for you.

2) Driving Aromatherapy

It’s also well-established that your sense of smell can have a direct effect on your state of mind. Help rid yourself of driving stress by arming your car with selected aromatherapy scents.

The next time you’re feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by your commute, try an air freshener with scents of lavender, bergamot, chamomile or lemon. These smells can help calm your nerves and keep you focused.

3) Regulate Your Breathing

“Relax and take a deep breath” is about the most common advice anyone gives or receives during a stressful situation. There’s a reason for that. Doctors recommend deep, regulated breaths as a way to naturally tell your body to slow down. These breathing exercises can slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, giving your body a chance to relax.

The next time you find yourself late for work and stuck in traffic, don’t yell or honk your horn. Take a few deep, focused breaths and let the calm wash over you.

4) Avoid Stressful Situations

One of the most effective ways of dealing with stressful situations is to avoid them all together. If your commute involves a morning or evening rush hour, chances are you’ll find yourself frustrated at some point.

The good news about rush hour is that it’s pretty predictable. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, try to adjust your working hours to avoid the predictable gridlock. If you can’t, try leaving early for work and/or staying later to avoid the traffic.

Even a small change could pay dividends in the form of a shorter commute and less stress behind the wheel.

5) Ford Technology

Ford has some really cool vehicle technology that can help turn frustration into feat. Available SYNC® allows you to connect your mobile phone and queue up a low-stress playlist to listen to through the vehicle’s sound system. You can also use available SYNC services to find congested traffic areas to avoid. And may Ford vehicles come with cabin air filters that can remove some of the stressful odors, and help enhance the air quality inside your vehicle, creating a healthier, more comfortable environment for you and your passengers.

Also consider the available active park assist feature that allows selected Ford vehicles to practically park themselves. Finding a spot, much less cajoling your car into one amidst a busy street can be a nightmare for some. But active park assist takes the guesswork and white knuckles out of the equation by helping you maneuver into available spots.

By employing a few of these techniques, hopefully you can create a stress-free zone while you’re behind the wheel.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon 10 Driver Friendly Features in the New F-150

10 things F-150 engineers thought of:

1. Hard buttons on keypad: Designers wanted smooth capacitive touch keypad buttons on the outside of the driver-side door, but pickup truck drivers prefer tactile feedback, allowing easier usability for when they’re wearing gloves. For customers who wear bifocals, hard buttons also enable input by feel, instead of having to tilt their head back to read F-150 Stepnumerals.

 

2. Beltline armrest on front doors: The beltline on the front doors is wide enough to accommodate most arms with the window up. The feature could be considered an armrest, and is at the same height as the center armrest.

 

3. Sculpted, finger relief inside door handle for easy hold: When grabbing the inside handle, the hand is already holding the door – a helpful feature to avoid losing control of the door on a windy day.

 

4. Buttons clustered for ease of use: Customer surveys showed a strong preference for controls clustered together. All lighting controls – headlamps, side spotlights, bed light – are grouped together on the left-hand side of the instrument panel, while all radio controls are to the right and below with the climate controls. Towing and other controls are to the right of the steering wheel as well.

 

5. Steering wheel feel: Finger indents remain on the back side of the steering wheel, a feature that on some competitor trucks is now smooth. These indents allow a lighter feel on the wheel for ease of maneuverability, especially when backing up a trailer or off-roading.

 

6. MyView productivity screen customization: Because each customer uses the truck differently, the importance of specific features can vary. The truck is the “multi-tool” of vehicles. Some truck owners haul produce to farmers markets, while others tow horse trailers or go off-roading, making it tricky sometimes for engineers to determine the most essential information to include in the instrument cluster. Ford’s solution is MyView, which allows truck customers to sort and organize their top seven favorite gauges in the cluster on the 2015 F-150’s 8-inch screen. One button click can shift between individual tire pressure, trailer information, off-road mode or trip fuel – whichever their favorites are.

 

7. Entertainment information exclusively in center stack: Ford made a data-driven decision to not include any radio or entertainment features in the instrument panel cluster behind the steering wheel.  The only entertainment information that appears in the instrument cluster of the F-150 are incoming calls and turn-by-turn directions.

 

8. Four-spoke steering wheel: F-150’s traditional, four-spoke design allows for a comfortable grip on the lower portion of the steering wheel. Other pickup truck manufacturers have closed off the bottom portion of the steering wheel.

 

9. Grooves in tailgate handle: For ease of grip and use, grooves in the tailgate handle allow a customer to open and close the tailgate with one hand.

 

10. Large box step: Ford made sure there was enough surface area on the box step of F-150 for a customer to place a full-size work boot – both to stand on the step and to push it back under the bed when not in use.

 

Always Built Ford Tough
From nose to tailgate, the 2015 F-150 is an entirely new vehicle, right down to its signature feature – an all-new, fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever to make the truck stronger yet lighter. For the first time, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys are used throughout the F-150 body. These alloys, already used in aerospace, commercial transportation and other industries, make the new truck’s body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents. Overall, F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter, helping it tow and haul more, accelerate and stop faster, and operate more efficiently.

Source: Ford.com

Post Icon Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Celebration at Beach Ford

We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang last night at Beach Ford in Virginia Beach. Members of the local Mustang Club, family and friends gathered together in our parking lot to watch the classic Mustang movie “Bullet.” It was a beautiful night and great time had by all!

Post Icon When is it time to replace my car’s filters?

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Don’t think about changing these filters on a seasonal basis; change them on a usage basis. The more you use your car, the more the filters have to sift out the particulates in the air.

There are actually three kinds of filters that require regular attention and maintenance: engine, cabin and fuel. The first keeps dirt and other particles out of the intake system and the combustion chamber. It keeps your engine breathing, and when it gets plugged up, airborne matter enters, causing damage to sensors and doing things like turning on the “Check Engine” light.

The cabin air filter makes sure air coming into your car is clear of particulates. It used to be a luxury item, but now it’s mainstream and even essential. You should pull it out and inspect it on a regular basis.

The final filter that needs monitoring is the fuel filter. It needs to go when you hit a mileage milestone, which varies by vehicle. Some will be at 30,000, others at 50,000.

You can find out what your vehicle needs, and when to make replacements, in your owner’s manual or by visiting our service department. The Works Package, which gets you a complete inspection of your vehicle’s belts, hoses, steering, tires and more, is the best way to stay covered.

Post Icon Carpool Tips for Back to School

Don’t look now, but summer vacation is winding to a close.  If your kids are in school, it won’t be long until mornings revert to a whirlwind of activity. Getting your kids up and ready for school is hard enough, but then you actually have to get them there.

Some of you may be lucky, with a school bus picking them up and dropping them off right down the street. But for others, the weekdays may include taxiing the kids to and from school.Carpool

With just 12 days before the bell starts ringing on another school year (in the Virginia Beach School district at least), now is the perfect time to organize a local carpool. Carpools are a great way to save you time, money and hassle this year. Plus, by cutting down on the number of duplicate trips to and from school, you’re also helping the environment. Here are a few pointers for getting one started.

Pick the Right Participants

If you’re looking to organize a carpool, chances are there are probably lots of other parents from your school that would want in. The goal of any carpool is to get the kids to school on time and safely. You wouldn’t trust the welfare of your kids to just anyone with a car. And some parents, although well intentioned, always seem to be running a few minutes behind schedule.

Start with your children’s circle of friends. Spread the word to their parents that you’re putting together a carpool. Keep the list of participants small and trustworthy. If you have a few candidates in mind, organize a meeting and get to know the other parents to make sure they’re a good fit.

Get Organized

First, you’ll need to draft a schedule that works for everyone. There are a lot of different ways to create a driving rotation. You could have one parent be responsible for pickup and drop-off on a designated day of the week. Or, maybe parents would prefer to work on a week-to-week basis where one individual is responsible for all of the driving on a given week. Regardless of how the responsibilities are distributed, make sure everyone is pitching in equally and on board with the plan.

Next, you’ll need a way to organize your efforts. Depending on the level of technological savvy of your carpool group, this can be accomplished a couple of different ways. You can meet in person on a regular basis to update schedules, contact info and responsibilities as time goes on. At the very least, make sure every parent understands the pickup and drop-off locations and has contact information for everyone else in the group.

You can also take advantage of technology by creating an online meeting space using the internet and social media. Facebook groups are a great way to keep everyone in the know. You might also consider using smartphone apps like Carpool School Edition or Looptivity. Both were developed to help busy parents with carpool organization, and have a number of helpful tools for setting up and maintaining your carpool.

Be Safe and Be Fun

When it comes to carpooling, you’ll need to be ready for everything. Make sure each parent’s vehicle is stocked with an emergency roadside kit, first-aid supplies and snacks for all of the little travelers (be aware of and sensitive to food allergies too). You never know what’s going to happen on the road, so you should plan for contingencies.

Today, it seems like just about every kid has some kind of electronic device that their eyes are glued to. But it’s a good idea to have good conversation starters or road-trip games in your back pocket in case you need to break the ice, or keep everyone focused and ready for school.

Source:  Ford.com

Post Icon Solar Powered Cars, Cutting Edge Technology from Ford

Reliance on the electric grid is one of the biggest challenges to the mass adoption of electric vehicles. That’s why Ford is exploring the potential of solar power as the next frontier for alternative forms of vehicle energy—and it is making progress.Solar Ford

Ford, which teamed up with the Georgia Institute of Technology and SunPower, has developed a revolutionary vehicle called the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept. It’s essentially a sun-powered hybrid; the concept uses solar panels on the roof and is projected to have the same 21 miles of all-electric* commuting the base plug-in offers, all while saving an estimated four metric tons of yearly emissions.

Part of the reason the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept has succeeded where others have failed is its use of a Fresnel lens, which tracks the sun’s rays from dawn until dusk and focuses them on the car parked below. “It’s basically a magnifying glass,” says Bert Bras, professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. “Every square meter of sunlight is about one kilowatt of power. If you take 20 square meters of sunlight and concentrate it on the same area, you can get more power.”

This wouldn’t be possible without technology from SunPower, whose high-efficiency cells feature a metal backing for structural support, allowing a thin layer of silicon to bend to the roof, unlike conventional solar cells. “This really is an innovative step Ford has taken,” explains Zach Campeau, a product manager for SunPower. “Ford isn’t solving for the present; they’re solving for the future.”

*EPA estimated. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance and lithium-ion battery age.

Source:  Ford.com

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