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!


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.


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.


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


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

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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


Post Icon Why Should I Demand OEM Parts After an Accident?

You have the right to choose not only your body shop but also the type of parts used for collision repairs. There are four categories of replacement Ford braking system

Genuine Ford original equipment manufacturer (OEM) collision replacement parts are designed by Ford and produced to the same specifications as the parts on the vehicle when it’s manufactured. They’re the only parts proven to deliver the intended level of protection as a system.

New aftermarket parts are made by companies other than Ford or our OEM parts suppliers. They may not be made of the same materials or to the same specifications as OEM parts, and generally they may not have passed the same level of testing.

The two other options are salvaged and remanufactured parts. These could be parts removed from salvage-yard vehicles, culled from a car in an accident or found in the scrap behind a body shop before being reconditioned.

Don’t assume that only Genuine Ford OEM collision replacement parts will be used to repair your vehicle. It’s important to ask for OEM parts up front and in writing on the work order.


Post Icon Music Sounds Better in a Mustang

The throaty rumble of a V8 or the refined though aggressive note of an EcoBoost® engine is generally the preferred soundtrack when driving a Ford Mustang. Yet for those times when a favorite road trip tune is called for, the all-new 2015 Mustang has that situation covered as well.

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The stronger body structure of the 2015 Mustang fastback is 28 percent more resistant to twisting than the previous model, resulting in less noise. The acoustic environment is also aided by improved aerodynamics that result from twice as much simulation and wind tunnel development – significantly reducing wind noise, especially at highway speeds.

Three Audio Systems Available

The new Mustang is again available with three audio systems, each of which is better than the system it replaces in the outgoing model. The baseline system features a six-speaker configuration with separate high-frequency tweeters, now mounted in the A-pillars and pointing across the cabin to provide more direct sound to the driver and front passenger.

Both available premium audio systems add a front center speaker mounted in the top of the instrument panel for improved vocal and speech clarity.   The mid-range nine-speaker system adds a second speaker to each door, separating the low and mid-range frequencies for improved fidelity.

Stepping up to the top-end Shaker Pro system that is available on Mustang EcoBoost Premium and Mustang GT Premium brings 12 polymer cone speakers, with a pair of coaxial tweeter/woofers in the rear, plus a trunk-mounted subwoofer for maximum bass response. The subwoofer has been repackaged to fit into the rear corner of the trunk, leaving more space for cargo. Even with the Shaker Pro audio system, the 2015 Mustang convertible can still accommodate two large golf bags, or everything you would need for a weekend getaway.

Easy Connectivity

With mobile technology constantly evolving, Ford SYNC® has always been designed to enable drivers to easily connect devices of their choice. Mustang is the first Ford vehicle to feature a high-power, 2.1-amp USB port in the media bin at the base of the center stack to charge those devices twice as fast as before.

No matter which audio system a Mustang customer selects, supplemental controls on the steering wheel and voice activation for hands-free operation are standard. With standard Bluetooth wireless connectivity, drivers don’t even have to take their phone out of pocket or purse to stream music or take calls.

Each of the three available systems includes a single-disc CD player and auxiliary input. The standard audio system also features next-generation SYNC AppLink, enabling drivers to take advantage of selected smartphone apps while keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Stop by Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk to learn more about the 2015 Mustang.


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Post Icon Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Top Safety Pick

The 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the second consecutive year.C-Max Hybrid

The organization performed multiple crash tests on C-MAX Hybrid, resulting in a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.

“Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” said Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office. “We are proud C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”

Standard C-MAX Hybrid safety equipment includes MyKey®, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available driver-assist features include a rearview camera, active park assist, forward sensing system, reverse sensing system and rain-sensing wipers.

The 2014 C-MAX has best-in-class passenger volume with 99.7 cubic feet. It also has class-exclusive features such as SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, integrated blind spot mirrors, Active Grille Shutters, dual-zone automatic temperature control and Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler. Available class-exclusive features include leather-trimmed seats and a hands-free liftgate.


Post Icon 5 Tips to Improve Your Fuel Economy


You have a large mass sitting there with no momentum. It takes a significant amount of gas to get up to speed if you slam the pedal and don’t allow for a slow momentum buildup. Aim for smooth acceleration.

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Some people carry so much extra stuff in their trunk, it’s the weight equivalent of pulling a small trailer. That takes a lot of extra gas, and it causes unnecessary wear and tear on your brakes.


As you deflate a tire, you have more friction on the road. That causes rolling resistance—requiring more gas. Some people think overinflating their tires will save on gas, but this actually causes the tire to wear prematurely and will reduce the contact your vehicle has with the road. Always follow Ford’s specifications for your car regarding tire pressure.


Unnecessary idling wastes gas. If you’re in the school zone, for instance, don’t let the car idle. And if you’re running the air conditioner or heater while idling, the car is using even more gas.


With the Works™ Fuel Saver Package, you’ll get a synthetic-blend oil and filter change using the correct grade, tires rotated and air pressure checked, brakes inspected and more. All of it helps to maximize your car’s fuel economy potential.


Post Icon The All New 2015 Ford F-150

What is innovation? It’s more than just something new. Innovation is something new that you probably didn’t even realize you needed. It’s anticipating needs. It’s making things better. It’s a tough concept to2015 F150 Interior articulate, but not a tough concept to demonstrate. All you need to do in order to understand what innovation really means is to take a look at the 2015 Ford F-150.

The new F-150 has more than 100 new or pending Ford patents. That’s a record. It’s the most patented truck in Ford history.

But this isn’t about records or numbers. It’s about building a truck that makes the owner’s life easier, safer, and, with improved fuel economy, less expensive. Let’s take a look at some of the new features that make the newest Ford truck such an extraordinary vehicle.

Lights, Cameras, Awesome!

By now you probably know how cool LED lights are. The new F-150 has LED headlamps. They’re super bright, but use about half of the energy of a standard headlamp. They save energy, but they also save hassle because these LED headlamps are expected to last for the life of the truck. One less thing you need to worry about.

Speaking of LED lights, the headlamps aren’t the only place you’ll find them on the 2015 F-150. This truck also has LED spotlights integrated into the side view mirrors.

We know you may be thinking, “Why would I ever need to use those?”

Well, how about adding a little extra illumination when you need it? You can finish up at the job site when the sun goes down, or maybe set up that tent if you get to the campgrounds a little later than expected. You can even play a game of pick-up basketball at night. The possibilities are endless. Oh, and did we mention that the guy who worked on these used to work for NASA?

The 2015 Ford F-150 also has cameras. Big deal, right? Just about every new vehicle has a backup camera. That’s true, but does every new vehicle have a 360-degree camera system that gives you a bird‘s eye view of your truck? Didn’t think so. You see, the engineers at Ford know that everyone can use a view from above when  backing into a tight spot or pulling a heavy load up a winding trail.

As if that weren’t cool enough, the front camera features a washer system that’s integrated with the windshield washers. So when you’re mudding or driving through a tough storm, you don’t need to worry about dirt and specks obstructing your view.

More Power…Outlets

The 2015 F-150 is going to be plenty powerful. But, in addition to the power under the hood, it will also offer outlets that can help power your equipment, recharge your tools and keep you plugged in when you’re outside.  SuperCab and SuperCrew® models will offer a high-power, 400-watt capable inverter with two 110-volt outlets in the dash and second-row center console. These outlets are centrally located, so they’re easily accessible from either side of the truck.

Tailgate Technology

Opening your doors or trunk with your key fob is probably second nature by now. But how about your tailgate? The all-new 2015 F-150 has a tailgate that can automatically lower with the push of a button. That will certainly come handy when you have your hands full.  F-150 engineers have also made some refinements to the Ford-exclusive tailgate step. It is fully integrated into the tailgate, and is pretty much invisible when it’s folded up. They’ve also relocated the grab handle inside the tailgate, keeping the surface nice and flat.

The 2015 Ford F-150 combines the power and reliability that you know and love with a number of revolutionary features. This creates a truck that is powerful, smart and filled with helpful technology.

Check out these and more cool features on the 2015 F-150 at Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk.

Source: Ford

Post Icon Ford Transit, the Best Vehicle Mobility Solution for Independent Living

Ford Transit

Ford Transit Connect is now the most popular vehicle for retail customers with limited mobility.  The new Transit Connect Wagon is building off that success as an affordable people mover for those with limited mobility seeking a vehicle ready to be upfitted for independent living.

The 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, which went on sale earlier this year with a suggested retail price of $24,525, can be upfitted with a premium seat that lowers for easy access and a lift to accommodate a motorized scooter or chair for an estimated $12,500, according to Gresham Driving Aids, a Michigan-based company that installs upfit equipment. Ultimately, the cost of upfitting a vehicle depends on what technologies are added. Some buyers opt only for the lift, which is approximately $4,000.

The affordability and functionality of the first-generation Transit Connect helped make it a popular choice for customers with mobility needs. It was the No. 1 vehicle in 2012 and 2013 for retail customers seeking reimbursement through the Ford mobility program. The program offers up to $1,000 to customers who need a modified vehicle for accessibility.

Because of Transit Connect Wagon’s commercial vehicle roots, customers can also take advantage of its maximum payload of 1,270 pounds, when properly equipped.

In addition to being affordable, Transit Connect Wagon offers a spacious interior and ample headroom, especially with the long-wheelbase version. This allows for easy installation of a lift for a power scooter or chair.  Driver and front passenger door openings are wide enough to accommodate the knees and feet of occupants who need accessible seating. The doors swing open wide enough so installation technicians don’t have to alter the vehicle to accommodate an accessible seat.

For more information about the Ford Mobility Motoring Reimbursement Program, visit



Post Icon Keeping Tires in Good Condition

It’s maintenance Friday, where we answer your frequently asked maintenance questions about keeping your Ford running great.

What’s the secret to keeping my tires in top form?

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The first thing to watch out for is weather cracks, which are tiny, shallow breaks in the tire. They’re caused by old age and sun and heat exposure, and they are a huge indicator of tire failure. Check to see that you don’t have any cords from the tire’s metal mesh interior poking out. A tire should be smooth and even. Poor alignment and underinflation will wear your tires out faster than anything. Most modern cars have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that will alert you when pressure is low. It is recommend to have your alignment checked every 30,000 miles—or if you hit a curb or big pothole.

Always keep an eye out for low points on the tire. In the old days you would place a penny in the tread, and if you could see the top of Lincoln’s head, you needed a new tire. Now we have a wear indicator, a piece of rubber on six points in the tread. If you can spot the indicator, it’s time to replace the tire. Rotate your tires every 8,000 to 10,000 miles to ensure even tread wear.

But if you’re looking to avoid any of these problems before they occur, a good rule of thumb for tire care is proper inflation, rotation and inspection. These routine practices keep tires in good form for as long as possible, which can save you gas and, ultimately, money.


Post Icon Hybrid or Electric? What’s the Difference?

Have you considered purchasing an electric car or hybrid?  And what’s the difference?  This infographic from Ford answers lots of common questions about alternative fuel vehicles.  If you’d like to try one out on the road, come by our Virginia Beach or Suffolk locations and test drive a Fusion Energi!


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Post Icon Tips for Transporting Your Bike

Vacation season is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to break out your bicycle. Whether you’re looking for a mountain trail to conquer or just out for a leisurely ride at the local park, we’re here to share some tips, tricks and pointers to help you enjoy your bike time.

Tips for Transporting Your Bike

Sometimes the best places to bike are not the closest to where you live. If you want to take advantage of the best trails and parks, you’ll probably have to transport your bike there. Bicycles are bulky and a little cumbersome to stow. But with the right tools and tips, you can minimize the hassle.

Naturally, a bike rack is the easiest way to get your bike from A to B. There are a number of options available to suit just about every vehicle type and level of usage.Ford with bike rack

Hitch Racks use your vehicle’s trailer hitch to transport bikes behind the vehicle, such as these offered by Ford Accessories. Depending on the size of your vehicle, they can be used to haul one or several bikes simultaneously. Hitch mounts are usually easier to install than their roof-mounted counterparts and can generally transport bikes without your first having to remove the front wheel. However, since they require the use of a trailer hitch, they might not be suitable for some smaller vehicles not rated for towing.

Roof-mounted Racks are the most common. As the name suggests, these racks are built onto the top of your vehicle, transporting your bikes overhead. The good news is that roof-mounted racks can generally fit a large number of bikes and even odd-shaped ones. Most are convertible too, and can be used for extra storage. The bad news is that they can be complicated to install and sometimes limit your parking and driving options given the extra height they add to your vehicle.

Regardless of which rack you use, make sure to avoid direct contact between the bike and your vehicle. Friction can cause damage to both. Also be sure to strip your bike of any accessories before mounting it to your rack. You don’t want any gear falling off en route.


The Best Ford Vehicles to Get Your Bike There

Beach Ford has plenty of vehicle options for serious bikers who need a vehicle that can help transport gear.

The Ford Edge delivers a great combination of performance, space and technology.

If your favorite place to ride is off the beaten path, the Ford Escape and Ford Explorer can help get you there. Ample cargo room and an available hitch can make transporting your bikes easy.

For enthusiasts that spend most weekends hitting the road or trail, the Ford Transit Connect Wagon is the ultimate set up.  It has space for your bike and your gear, along with sliding doors and a large tailgate for easy access.


Post Icon How Often Should You Have Your Brakes Checked?

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Q:  Do I need to check my brakes at every service visit?

A:  Here’s what you need to know about keeping your brakes in great shape.


Brakes wear out at different rates depending on how you drive and your driving environment. Also, brakes get thinner as they get older, and they don’t dissipate heat quite as well, so they may wear a little bit faster.


Having your brakes checked regularly is a good safety measure. It’s smart to have them inspected every time you have your oil changed, around every 5,000 miles. (Check your owner’s manual for the interval for your particular vehicle.)


Consistency is key. If you get your brakes checked at roughly equal intervals, you can keep track of the rate at which they’re wearing down over time. You will be told on your Works Package vehicle report card, how much wear you have left on both your front and back brakes, shown in millimeters.


When you get your brakes checked, it’s important to also have the hoses, master cylinder, wheel cylinders and calipers inspected as well. If you find out your brakes do need to be replaced, visit Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk for a complete brake service.

Source: Ford Magazine

Post Icon 2015 F-150, Capability and Performance

All-New 2015 Ford F-150 Delivers Capability and Performance

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines – the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”2015 Ford F-150 Tows Loaded Trailer in Extreme Heat

Advanced technology, power and efficiency combine to create an engine for F-150 that boasts more than twice the horsepower, torque and towing capability of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck with identical displacement 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

Ford testing shows the 2.7-liter EcoBoost also outperforming Ram 1500 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 while towing a 7,000-pound enclosed trailer up Davis Dam in Arizona.

3.5-liter V6 tuned for responsive power

Designed for impressive power and durability, the 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 features a valvetrain with direct-acting polished mechanical buckets with twin independent variable camshaft timing for impressive torque across a wide rpm range. Six-bolt main bearing caps, a fully counterweighted forged steel crankshaft and cast exhaust manifolds are designed for heavy-duty operation.

Both the upper and lower intake manifolds of the 3.5-liter V6 are tuned for responsive power, and both the intake manifolds and cam covers are composite-formed to reduce weight. The die-cast aluminum cylinder block features bay-to-bay breathing to reduce internal pumping losses, while a deep-sump oil pan contributes to extended oil-change intervals.

Advanced materials save weight

Extensive research by Ford engineers led to the use of more advanced materials on the 2015 F-150 than found in previous trucks. Military-grade aluminum alloys make the new truck’s body lighter, stronger and more resistant to dents.

Overall, F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter – helping the truck tow and haul more, accelerate and stop faster, and operate more efficiently than the previous F-150. High-strength steel in the frame and high-strength aluminum alloy throughout the body produce an inherently stiffer truck with greater dent and ding resistance.

In addition to the new V6 engines, the all-new 2015 F-150 offers the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V8 with Ti-VCT, providing a comprehensive, capable and efficient engine lineup to meet the specific needs of Ford truck customers.


Post Icon A Note from Tom Barton: 2014 Gets Even Better

Dear Beach Ford Family,


Tom Barton IIIb

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! With all the heat and humidity it’s easy to forget that cooler weather and kids back to school are not far away. At Beach Ford, we are very excited about the new cars and trucks being introduced in the coming months. Within the next 60 days, we will be celebrating the 50 anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang with an all-new 2015 version of the original Pony car and as the year comes to a close, we will begin selling the totally re-designed 2015 Ford F-150! An all-new 2015 Ford Edge debuts and it’s going to be a winner, too. The new Ford Edge will be powered by the new 2.7L Ecoboost engine and will available with Adaptive Steering, a front-facing camera that allows the driver to peek around corners at slow speeds, the Lane Keeping System which alerts drivers who’s Edges accidentally move across their lane, and the super cool Perpendicular Parking Assist that automatically seeks and parks your Edge while all you do is brake, shift, or accelerate – no steering or searching on your part! The new Edge’s sleek new exterior will be a knockout, too! Edge customers will love this new vehicle!

The mighty F-150 will be 750 lbs lighter due to it being made of military-grade aluminum alloy that is actually stronger than steel! The all-new exterior exudes a refined toughness that the truck is known for and it is getting the 2.7L Ecoboost engine that is capable of 28 mpg highway! This engine will join the classic 5.0L V8, the 3.5L Ti-VCT, and the awesome 3.5L Ecoboost engines. This truck is a world-beater and we can’t wait!

The Mustang owns one the best positions in the annals of sports car history. It is the most iconic brand in all of Ford. From the baby-boomers to the gen-Y’s, Mustang still stirs the emotions and the 2015 will not disappoint. This totally redesigned Pony car captures the essence of Mustang, while at the same time, providing a modern look that screams American-made, muscle car! Beach Ford already has customers on waiting lists for a chance at the limited production 50th Anniversary Model, which, as it’s name implies, will truly be something to the car collector.

It’s already a great year, but it’s going to get even better! Come by Beach Ford and see how great the Ford line-up truly is! We look forward to sharing the excitement with you.

Thank you for being a part of the Beach Ford Family,


Tom Barton


Post Icon 2015 Ford Mustang Features All-New Suspension

With new fully independent front and rear suspension systems, the all-new sixth-generation Ford Mustang is expected to be the nimblest and most comfortable example of the breed to date. Mustang EcoBoost® and Mustang GT fastback customers can also add an available performance pack for maximum all-around capability, continuing 50 years of Mustang personalization.

mustang“When we began development of the sixth-generation Mustang, we knew we had a challenge ahead of us to beat ever-increasing customer expectations, as well as new competitors in the marketplace,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We added content where it mattered – including an independent rear suspension for better handling and ride, and bigger brakes for better, shorter and more consistent stops. We also doubled the number of airbags.

“Even with all of that extra hardware, smart engineering throughout every component of this car enabled us to achieve a base curb weight of 3,524 pounds for the new Mustang EcoBoost fastback – just six pounds more than the lightest 2014 Mustang V6, and still the best power-to-weight ratio of any car available in the United States for under $50,000.”

Building on a solid foundation
With an all-new platform and fully independent suspension, the 2015 Ford Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, achieving world-class performance in both dynamics and ride quality.

With a stronger yet lighter structure to build on, the hardware was added to meet aggressive performance targets. Every new Mustang features an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The suspension architecture is based on a lower control arm, integral link, upper camber link and a toe link. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings have all been specifically modified and tuned to deliver improved mechanical grip for this high-performance application.

The total system now does a much better job of keeping the four Mustang tires in contact with the road where they can contribute to improved dynamics while making cruising and daily commutes more comfortable.

When maximum performance is needed

The 2015 model is already the best-handling, best-braking standard Mustang ever right out of the box. Drivers looking to take their cars to even higher levels of capability can add a performance pack to Mustang EcoBoost fastback or convertible or Mustang GT fastback.


Post Icon Advanced Technology and Ecoboost Equipped 2015 Ford Expedition

Improved on the road2015 Ford Expedition
The 2015 Expedition was engineered to be a technologically advanced utility that is easy to drive and offers refinement for all types of drivers.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will be the only engine offered in Expedition in North America. To maximize performance and control, the vehicle will be equipped with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission featuring a manual mode that allows the driver to use a shift-mounted rocker switch to select the desired gear.

The new Expedition also features Ford’s innovative electric power-assisted steering, which gives drivers improved maneuverability at low speeds and better feel at high speeds, and helps save fuel by operating more efficiently than traditional pump-driven systems. The technology, which has been tuned specifically for the new model, reduces steering effort and makes Expedition more engaging to drive.

Quiet driving experience
With the vehicle’s capability and cargo space comes a cabin customers will find to be even quieter than the current Expedition. A host of changes helps minimize noise.

More sound deadening material has been added to the headliner and door trim panels, while the cabin features new carpeting that is able to better absorb sounds. New sound insulation used in the wheel wells also helps create a quieter experience.

Finally, acoustic glass – which debuted on Expedition in 2007 – is used for the windshield across all trim levels to reduce undesirable interior noise. Limited, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels include acoustic glass for driver and passenger side windows.

More technology customers want
The new Expedition debuts with popular technology upgrade, including available SYNC with MyFord Touch and driver-assist features such as radar-based Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert. Other available new technologies on the 2015 Expedition include a Sony® Audio System; passive entry with push-button start; rear view camera; front and rear parking sensors; seven-color, ambient interior LED lighting; and Ford truck apps to help make trailer towing and off-road driving easier.

Fresh style and design
A Platinum trim series popular with F-Series truck buyers will be available on Expedition for the first time.

With tailored, lush leather that’s soft and smooth to the touch, the Platinum series offers customers a choice: Brunello leather-appointed seats in a new red wine color with tuxedo-stripe accents and French-seamed stitching, or Ebony leather-appointed seats with Agate Gray accents.  The 2015 Expedition lineup also includes XLT, Limited and King Ranch series. The design team incorporated specific themes to define the look for each series and reflect a different consumer lifestyle.



Post Icon Brad Keselowski Gives Ford Fourth Straight NASCAR Win

NascarBrad Keselowski’s win yesterday in New Hampshire was his third of the season and completes a weekend sweep.

The win is Ford’s fourth straight, marking the first time Ford has won four consecutive Cup Series races since 2001 (Dale Jarrett, Darlington on March 18;  Elliott Sadler, Bristol on March 25; Jarrett, Texas on April 1; Jarrett, Martinsville on April 8)

The win is the eighth of the season for Ford Racing, the most for the manufacturer since winning 11 times in 2008.

The win is Ford’s 626th all-time series victory.

Keselowski says the No. 2 Ford Fusion is “every driver’s dream.”


Source: Ford

Post Icon Ford Announces the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Program

Alan MulallyFord Motor Company announced the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, a $1 million program that honors the company’s former CEO by providing financial assistance to outstanding students pursuing degrees in the field of automotive engineering.

“Alan’s engineering background and data-driven decision making paved the way for the extraordinary leadership he provided at Ford,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “We are honoring his legacy by providing scholarships to students who demonstrate the strong engineering ability that is required to develop into the next generation of leaders for our industry.”

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Program

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship program will award 10 one-time $10,000 scholarships each year to outstanding sophomore or junior engineering students at premier partner universities around the world. The program will run for 10 years starting in spring 2015. Funding for the program will consist of $500,000 from Ford Motor Company and $500,000 from Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm.

Ford Fund will manage the program as part of its global Ford Blue Oval Scholars initiative. Scholarship winners will be connected with the company’s corporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) strategic initiative, which is building a new generation of leaders in these key disciplines. Ford will work directly with its partner universities to identify scholarship recipients.

Ford believes education is the cornerstone for a brighter future.

Education has been a primary focus of Ford Fund since it was established in 1949. Last year, Ford Fund contributed $8.5 million – more than 30 percent of its annual giving – to education programs.

Source: Ford

Post Icon The 2014 Ford Fiesta is one of the Coolest Cars to Drive Under $18k

2014 Ford FiestaKelley Blue Book named the 2014 Ford Fiesta one of the “Top Ten Coolest Cars to Drive Under $18k.”

“Combining good steering feel with top-notch suspension tuning, the subcompact Fiesta doesn’t just look like a party on wheels, it drives like one,” say editors.

Stop by Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk to take this cool car for a test drive.



Post Icon Ford is the Best-Selling Brand Among American Military Families

veterans and fordThree Ford products rank in the top 10 new vehicles purchased by military families, according to Polk vehicle registrations analyzed in an IHS Automotive sample of 19.3 million households that include active, retired or veteran military personnel. This sample accounts for 920,000 new and used light vehicle registrations last year. Ford F-150 pickup tops the list, while Escape ranks third overall and No. 1 among all utilities. Fusion rounds out the list, with the midsize sedan in ninth position.

“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.”

Veterans at Ford

The popularity of Ford vehicles among military families is in keeping with the company’s long-standing support of active military and veteran groups. Ford Motor Company’s support for veterans started more than 90 years ago when Henry Ford led a cross-country caravan of 50 Ford Model T’s to transport disabled veterans to their convention. 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 employs more than 5,900 U.S. veterans, along with hundreds of active military personnel and U.S. reservists and guardsmen.


Source: Ford

Post Icon Ford Introduces Industry’s First Five-Row Side-Curtain Airbag

passenger airbagThe all-new Ford Transit 15-passenger wagon makes its debut in the United States and Canada with the industry’s only five-row side-curtain airbag.

Part of Ford Motor Company’s Safety Canopy® System, this jumbo airbag is designed to help provide enhanced head and neck protection in rollover and side-impact crashes.

“The Transit wagon’s five-row side-curtain airbag is a great technological innovation that allows us to provide a high level of protection to multiple passengers in one of Ford’s largest vehicles,” said Sean West, Ford restraints manager. “We are proud to build on our safety leadership.”

The airbag measures close to 15 feet long and 3 feet tall with a volume of 120 liters. By comparison, a side-curtain airbag for a sedan like Ford Fusion is approximately 6.8 feet long and 2 feet tall with a volume of 42 liters.

To learn more about this and other safety features from Ford, visit Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk.

Source: Ford

Post Icon The 2015 Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST 2015The 2015 Ford Focus ST made its global debut yesterday at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom.

“Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving dynamics, performance and style,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Now, with improved dynamics, an updated suspension, new styling and a more sophisticated cabin, we expect the 2015 Focus ST will remain the hottest hatch worldwide.”

Focus ST will benefit from technology and craftsmanship first revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus – the world’s best-selling global nameplate. Ford introduced the first Focus ST in 2002; since then, more than 140,000 examples have been sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Enhanced driving dynamics
Ford Team RS, the award-winning European arm of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle group, made improving the entire driving experience the No. 1 objective for the new Focus ST.

The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier shock absorber tuning front and rear to deliver even sharper dynamic performance. The electric power-assisted steering has also been revised to provide the Focus ST driver with improved steering feel.

Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine uses turbocharging, twin independent variable camshaft timing and high-pressure direct injection to deliver uncompromising performance. Peak output of 252 horsepower is available at 5,500 rpm, while torque peaks at 270 lb.-ft. at 2,500 rpm.

The engine is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission with a performance-oriented, short-throw shifter. The gear ratios – exclusive to ST – deliver rapid acceleration in lower gears and comfortable cruising at speed.

Cockpit-style cabin
Ford has redesigned the Focus interior for a more intuitive layout, with a clearer visual connection between key components and significantly fewer buttons in the cabin.

An additional bank of three gauges – an ST hallmark – is situated in a central instrument pod and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information. A new, flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim, a satin chrome-topped gear lever and ST pedals deliver the interior ST drivers expect.

Advanced technologies
Driver-assist, convenience and connectivity technologies include Ford SYNC®. 2015 Focus ST drivers will have access to powerful capabilities thanks to a host of new functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink.

Android and iOS smartphone owners can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.


Source: Ford

Post Icon Ford’s EcoBoost Engine Wins International Engine of the Year Title for Unprecedented Third Straight Year

EcoBoostFord Motor Company’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, which lowers fuel consumption without sacrificing power, was today named 2014 International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third straight year.

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost – available for Ford Fiesta and slated as a power offering for the 2015 Focus as well – fought off competition from premium brands and supercar contenders to win the award for its driveability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.

A panel of 82 automotive journalists from 35 countries also named the engine Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter for the third year in a row at Engine Expo 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.

“To deliver the complete package of eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance and real refinement, we knew this little 1.0-liter engine would have to be a game changer,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford Powertrain Engineering. “Through our One Ford approach to development, EcoBoost continues to set the benchmark for power combined with fuel efficiency from a gasoline engine.”

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years – including Best New Engine in 2012 – the 1.0-liter EcoBoost also was awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics in the United States. Ford is the first automaker to win a Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.

“This year’s competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-liter EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons – great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman, 16th International Engine of the Year awards and editor, Engine Technology International magazine. “The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering.”


Source: Ford

Post Icon A Note from Tom Barton: How to Handle Recalls

Tom Barton IIIbDear Beach Ford Family,

Recalls!  Not a word car manufacturers like to hear.  They costs millions, sometimes billions and they degrade the manufacturer’s brand reputation.  Handle them carelessly, and it becomes daily negative news.  I feel for the GM workers who have nothing to do with the poor judgment exercised  by top company management that has resulted in the recall crisis that we read about daily.  Hopefully, in the future, all car makers will handle recalls in a timely and safe manner.

Ford is not immune to recalls.  Not by a long shot.  I remember the 2001 Firestone tire recall like it was yesterday.  I was driving back from our Suffolk dealership when my assistant, DiAnn called to let me know that two local TV stations and their reporters were waiting for my return and wanted a comment from me!  I knew almost nothing at that point, but I did my best to assure the reporters that we would make any affected vehicles in our inventory off limits for sale and would replace all of our affected customers’ tires, as soon as we could – not much else to say when you don’t know the extent of the recall, but I would soon find out!

The good news was that Ford spent whatever they had to in order to replace millions of defective tires.  Also, Beach Ford got to see many customers that we had not seen in a while and many people used the recall opportunity to have maintenance work completed, some of it, long overdue.  Ford, even today, has several recalls in play.  The 2008 -2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Electronic Power Steering recall is underway.  So is one for a power steering module in 2011 – 2013 Ford Explorers.  The 2010 – 2014 Ford Taurus has a recall for a license plate lamp assembly.  Sounds bad, right?  Well, in Ford’s case, they declared these recalls in a timely manner and they are going to fix them.  The really important thing is that you get the recall completed.  You would not believe the number of people who don’t bother to have recalls done on their cars and trucks!  The mentioned Ford recalls are scheduled to begin July 25, 2014 and anyone in our Beach Ford Family, who might be wondering if there vehicle is affected, can call 1-800-392-3673.

Like I said earlier, no one likes a recall, but if they are performed correctly and in a timely manner, they allow your vehicle to function well, and hopefully for many years to come.  Plus, when you do bring your vehicle in, it is a great opportunity to get an oil change, have your tires rotated, or have an alignment problem fixed.  All in all, a recall is a chance to keep your vehicle in top running shape!  And we like seeing you, too!


Thank you for being a part of the Beach Ford Family,

Tom Barton

Post Icon Ford Introduces New Airbag Design on New Mustang

A new airbag design debuting on the 2015 Ford Mustang raises the bar for passenger safety by providing inflatable restraint protection in a smaller, lighter package, which allows for a roomier interior for more comfort.

The new airbag is part of the standard comprehensive safety system that will be introduced later this year on the all-new Mustang. It includes more-robust sensors, safety belt anchor pretensioners, improved exterior lighting, and double the number of airbags.

In the initial application of this technology, an inflatable plastic bladder is integrated into the glove box door and provides front passenger knee protection. This will replace the knee airbags that are usually mounted under the instrument panel.

Other applications for this unique and patented technology are being considered.

“We provide a high level of safety, quality and design for our customers and their passengers,” said Sean West, Ford restraints manager. “With this innovative airbag design, we have developed technology that provides protection for vehicle occupants while also reducing weight and enabling greater design flexibility.”

How the New Knee Airbag Works

To make the new knee airbag possible, Ford engineers developed and tested innovative materials and construction techniques. Unlike a traditional fabric airbag, the new system consists of a pliable, injection-molded plastic bladder sandwiched between the inner and outer glove box door panels. After an applicable vehicle impact is detected by the crash sensor system and classified, an inflator fills the bladder, extending the entire glove box outer door panel toward the front passenger’s legs. Once deployed, the outer door helps to provide cushioning in a manner similar to a traditional knee airbag.

Since the glove box-integrated airbag extends straight out from the instrument panel, it doesn’t have to travel as far as a conventional airbag, which deploys toward the floor before curving upward. Since the glovebox door distributes the impact load over a larger area than a traditional airbag, it is able to operate at a lower inflation pressure.

The Resulting Design

The resulting design is 65 percent lighter with an inflator that is approximately 75 percent smaller than a conventional knee airbag inflator, while providing comparable protection to the passenger. The improved packaging of the system is more discreet, with no visible seams or airbag cover. This has given designers more flexibility to move the dashboard closer to the windshield, enhancing the feeling of roominess in the cabin.

In developing the new Mustang passenger knee airbag, Ford has been granted 15 U.S. patents already, with more patents filed.


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Post Icon Ford Highlights Commitment to Military During 56th Annual Ford Fireworks

fireworksFord Motor Company, which marks its 111th anniversary this week, highlights a long-standing commitment to southeast Michigan with celebrations of the nation’s military at the annual Ford Fireworks on Monday, June 23.

Ford is title sponsor of the Ford Fireworks in Detroit through a multiyear partnership with The Parade Company. Featuring more than 10,000 pyrotechnic effects visible for miles along the Detroit River, the fireworks event is now in its 56th year.

As part of the celebration, Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, is partnering with Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan, to host Focus on Freedom – an exclusive event honoring past and present members of the military. More than 250 active and retired military veterans and their families, including Tuskegee Airmen, the Ford Veterans Network Group, Disabled American Veterans and Yankee Air Museum guests, have been invited to enjoy an up-close view of this year’s fireworks in appreciation of their service and commitment to our nation.

“Ford has shown for more than a century that we build more than great cars and trucks – we build communities,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We are honored to support Detroit’s signature fireworks display and bring people together in celebration of our city, our military and those who provide important social services.”

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Post Icon Ford Transit Connect to be the University of Kansas’ First “WellCar”

WellcarFord Motor Company has donated a Transit Connect to the University of Kansas for one year to be the school’s first WellCar that will bring medical care to the doors of rural patients.

People in rural areas may travel for hours to seek a doctor or health care facility. For those who are not ambulatory and depend on others, travel adds anxiety to their illness.

“We are pleased to work with the University of Kansas,” said Minyang Jiang, Ford brand manager for Transit Connect, Transit and E-Series. “Transit Connect is a proven compact van that offers a unique combination of efficiency, cargo capacity and maneuverability, making it a great fit for the WellCar program.”

The WellCar Transit Connect will serve as a medical office on wheels, allowing a nurse practitioner to travel to as many as six patients a day, carry necessary medical equipment and communicate information wirelessly for treatment.

The WellCar Transit Connect will be equipped with several medical devices. The van will be set up to transfer medical data securely through its own Wi-Fi hotspot to a medical center for immediate evaluation. A nurse practitioner can then administer treatment, including prescribed medications, if needed.

The University of Kansas intends to deploy as many as four WellCar Transit Connect vans to serve western Kansas. The school has received inquiries about extending the program to Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas as well.


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Post Icon Ford Explorer brings new options to SUV customers in 2015.

2015 Ford ExplorerFord Explorer brings new options to SUV customers in 2015.

“Customers asked for more and this is our answer,” said Matt Zuehlk, Ford Explorer brand manager. “We know consumers love the look of Explorer Sport; with this package, you get that for Explorer XLT. It looks bold and rugged, and offers impressive technology at a surprising value.”

Available later this month, the new option brings even greater variety, as customer demand for utility vehicles increases.

“Explorer contributes more to Ford’s millennial sales and share growth than any other passenger car or utility vehicle in the lineup,” said Erich Merkle, U.S. sales analyst for Ford. “This is more proof Explorer attracts all types of customers with great looks and third-row versatility.”

Exterior Upgrades
The new appearance package for Explorer XLT includes striking exterior details, with 20-inch machined aluminum wheels featuring painted pockets, black body-side cladding and roof rack rails. Other features include a Magnetic Metallic painted grille, mirror caps and liftgate appliqué, “EXPLORER” hood badge and body-color door handles.

Interior Upgrades
Interior details include leather-trimmed, heated front seats featuring Miko suede inserts and contrast stitching, floor mats with special badging and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Technology Upgrades
The package also features technology upgrades such as SYNC with MyFord Touch, two 4.2-inch color LCD screens in the instrument cluster, an 8-inch color LCD touch screen in the Meteorite Black center stack, two USB ports and an SD card reader.

Additional Upgrades
Additional updates for 2015 include new 18-inch aluminum wheels now standard on the base model; Class III trailer tow package now standard on Explorer Sport; and three new colors – Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Caribou Metallic and Magnetic Metallic.


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Post Icon 2015 Ford Mustang Makes Pace Car Debut

2015 Mustang Pace CarIn a fitting tribute to the continuing the 50-year celebration of the Ford Mustang, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang is about to make its pace car debut at Michigan International Speedway. A Mustang GT fastback will lead the cars to the starting line of Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race June 15.

“Ford is very proud to have the 2015 Mustang GT pace the Quicken Loans 400 this Sunday,” Chantel Lenard, director, U.S. Marketing, Ford Motor Company. “With its proximity to the Motor City, Michigan International Speedway is a showcase for the auto industry. To have Mustang – a brand born of racing – in this special anniversary year, leading some of the world’s best drivers to the green flag, is special. We know our fans will enjoy seeing it out on the track.”

We here at Beach Ford are very excited to get the 2015 Ford Mustang in our showroom later this year.

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Post Icon Ford and Samsung Research Lithium Ion Battery Technology

lithium ion batteryFord Motor Company and Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, recently announced research on different levels of hybrid technology.

The result of a 10-year research effort, the dual-battery system combines a lithium-ion battery with a 12-volt lead-acid battery that could enable regenerative braking technology in non-hybrid vehicles for greater fuel savings.

Currently available on Ford’s hybrid vehicles, regenerative braking enables the battery to capture up to 95 percent of the electrical energy normally lost during the braking process for reuse. The system works in conjunction with Ford’s Auto Start-Stop, which seamlessly turns off the engine when a vehicle stops to save fuel. An advanced battery then powers vehicle accessories and systems in place of the engine until the driver begins to release the brake pedal, which restarts the engine.

“We are currently expanding our Auto Start-Stop technology across 70 percent of our lineup, and this dual-battery system has the potential to bring even more levels of hybridization to our vehicles for greater energy savings across the board,” said Ted Miller, senior manager, Energy Storage Strategy and Research, Ford Motor Company. “Although still in research, this type of battery could provide a near-term solution for greater reduction of carbon dioxide.”

Light-weighting battery technology
Ford and Samsung SDI also are researching a longer-term ultra-lightweight lithium-ion battery that could one day render traditional lead-acid batteries obsolete. The research advances lithium-ion battery technology currently available on Ford’s electrified vehicles.

“Lithium-ion batteries are typically used in consumer electronics because they are lighter and more energy-dense than other types of batteries, which also make them ideal for the vehicle,” said Mike O’Sullivan, vice president, Automotive Battery Systems for Samsung SDI North America. “Battery technology is advancing rapidly and lithium-ion could one day completely replace traditional 12-volt lead-acid batteries, providing better fuel efficiency for drivers.”

The ultra-lightweight battery concept offers a weight reduction of up to 40 percent, or 12 pounds. Combining the battery with other weight reduction solutions, such as the Ford Lightweight Concept vehicle, could lead to additional savings in size and weight of the overall vehicle, as well as increased efficiencies and performance.


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Post Icon 2015 F-150 Received Ford’s First Yankee Cup for Trucks

2015 F-150Last week, the New England Motor Press Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, awarded the Yankee Cup for trucks to the new 2015 F-150, making this the first time Ford Motor Company has ever received the award.

Selected with input from MIT engineering faculty, the New England Motor Press Association’s annual Yankee Cup goes to an automotive feature, system or vehicle that significantly makes driving safer, more cost efficient or more enjoyable.

“It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the team behind the all-new Ford F-150,” said Pete Reyes, F-150 chief engineer. “With the 2015 F-150, Ford is teaching the world how to build a next-generation truck, and the more than 100 patents the F-150 team has filed for technologies prove these Ford engineers and designers are innovative leaders in the automotive industry.”

“When reviewing all the entries for the Yankee Cup, we couldn’t help but notice the F-150 is loaded with innovation,” said Craig Fitzgerald, New England Motor Press Association president. “We all know this vehicle is Built Ford Tough, but now it is both tough and smart – helping to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation.”

Ford has filed more than 100 patents on the all-new Ford F-150, making it the most patented truck in company history.

For more information on the 2015 F-150, visit Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk.


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Post Icon Ford Develops New Steering Technology

new Ford steering systemFord Motor Company developed a new steering technology that will help make vehicles easier to maneuver at low speeds and in tight spaces. At higher speeds, the new technology will help make the vehicle more agile and fun to drive.

“First and foremost, all Ford Motor Company products have to offer a great driving experience,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “This new steering technology can make any vehicle easier to maneuver and more fun to drive.”

How It’s Different

Adaptive Steering changes the ratio between the driver’s actions at the steering wheel – the number of turns – and how much the front wheels turn. In traditional vehicles, this is a fixed steering ratio. With Ford’s new Adaptive Steering, the steering ratio continually changes with vehicle speed, optimizing the steering response in all conditions.

At lower speeds, such as when pulling into a parking space or maneuvering in tight quarters, the new system makes the vehicle more agile and easier to turn, as it dials more steering into the road wheel. Each low-speed maneuver requires less turning of the steering wheel.

At highway speeds, the system further optimizes steering response, enabling the vehicle to react more smoothly and precisely to driver input. Adaptive steering can help the driver feel more comfortable and can make any drive more enjoyable.

How It Works

Ford’s system uses a precision-controlled actuator placed inside the steering wheel, and requires no change to a vehicle’s traditional steering system. The actuator – an electric motor and gearing system – can essentially add to or subtract from a driver’s steering inputs. The result is a better driving experience at all speeds, regardless of vehicle size or class.

Visit Beach Ford!

Adaptive Steering will be available on select vehicles beginning next year. Stop by Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk to learn more.


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Post Icon For the Greater Good: Ford Offers Inflatable Safety Belt Technology to Other Companies

inflatable safety beltFord Motor Company is offering its patented inflatable safety belt technology to other companies and industries, including competitive automotive manufacturers.

The availability of licenses may lead to the wider adoption of inflatable safety belts as other automakers seek to enhance passenger safety. The technology is potentially applicable to other forms of seated-passenger transportation, including military use, and airborne passengers traveling by helicopter or airplane, and even for water travel.

“Ford’s longstanding commitment to democratizing technology goes beyond our customers,” said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO, Ford Global Technologies. “In this case, the wider adoption of inflatable safety belts has the potential to make travel safer and help mitigate passenger injuries – especially among children and the elderly.”

How They Work.

In everyday use, inflatable safety belts operate like conventional safety belts. In a crash, the inflatable safety belt deploys over a vehicle occupant’s torso and shoulder to help distribute crash forces up to five times more area than a traditional safety belt. Spreading the pressure over a larger area helps reduce pressure on the passenger’s chest, and helps control head and neck motion.

The inflatable safety belt is currently available on Ford Explorer, Flex, Fusion and the upcoming 2015 F-150, as well as Lincoln MKT and MKZ for outboard second-row seating positions.

Visit Beach Ford

To learn more about the safety features offered by Ford, visit us at Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk.


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Post Icon New Paint Technology for the Ford Transit Connect

two-wet monocoat paintThe all-new Ford Transit will make its North American debut with more durable paint, thanks to an industry-first paint technology.

The Transit vehicles built in Kansas City are the first to use the new two-wet monocoat paint process developed by Ford and its paint suppliers. The technology results in more durable paint, uses less energy and water, and reduces carbon dioxide and particulate emissions compared with conventional paint processes.

Built Ford Tough

The new paint had to meet or exceed “Built Ford Tough” standards, and was subjected to a battery of tests that simulates typical conditions the vehicle will see during 10 years. The paint was tested for its resistance to chipping and scratching, pollutants and sun exposure. Advanced weathering testing indicates that paint applied with the new two-wet technology will retain 90 percent of its gloss at four years in service compared to 1 percent gloss retention for paint applied using a conventional monocoat process.

“Durability was a critical consideration when we initiated this project,” said Dennis Havlin, Ford global paint engineering development and launch supervisor. “The advancements in paint chemistry enable us to deliver the appearance, performance and durability our customers demand.”

Global Manufacturing Strategies

The new paint process uses less energy and water, and reduces carbon dioxide and particulate emissions compared with conventional paint processes. The reduction in paint and energy consumed is expected to result in 9,500 tons fewer carbon dioxide emissions and a 35-ton savings in particulate emissions on an annual basis. An innovative dry scrubber system will help save more than 10.5 million gallons of water. Overall, the system should save 48,000 megawatt hours of electrical power, enough electricity to power 3,400 homes.


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Post Icon The 2015 Ford F-150 is the Most Patented Truck in Ford History

2015 F150 The next-generation 2015 Ford F-150’s new features and technologies make it the most patented truck in company history.

“The all-new F-150 is loaded with innovation,” said Alana Strager, Ford program analyst charged with tracking new innovations for the 2015 truck. “Ford engineers filed more than 100 new patents for technologies on this truck as they have worked to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation.”

The scope of these innovations includes every part of the truck – body, exterior, interior, chassis, design, electrical and engine – as well as its manufacturing processes.

Patenting a smarter truck
Examples of Ford’s state-of-the-art technologies on the new 2015 F-150 include segment-exclusive LED spotlights found on the side mirrors, innovative remote tailgate release and smart trailer tow features that make towing easier. Other smart features never offered before on a Ford pickup include 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps stowed in the pickup bed, 400-watt power outlets inside the cab and LED headlights.

Patenting toughness
Mounted on an exceptionally strong and well-proven high-strength steel frame, the all-new Ford F-150 incorporates the latest high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys to form the body and cargo box.

The aluminum is heat-treated using a proprietary method developed by Ford engineers that nearly doubles the strength of the metal. Ford is first in the auto industry to use this methodology.

“Ford is teaching the world how to build a next-generation truck, and the more than 100 patents filed by the F-150 team for technologies on the 2015 truck further proves these Ford engineers and designers lead the automotive industry in innovation,” said Strager.

Learn More
To learn more about F-150s and Ford’s history of revolutionizing the truck industry, visit Beach Ford in Virginia Beach or Suffolk.

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Post Icon Ford Motor Company Sends 50 Ohio-Based World War II Veterans to Washington, D.C.

World War II VeteranNext week, Ford Motor Company will send 50 World War II veterans from the Cleveland area on an Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Honor Flight veterans will be greeted at the national memorial by members of Congress and Ford employees.

The trip was organized by Honor Flight Cleveland (, the northeast Ohio hub of the Honor Flight Network.

Volunteer Guardians

All veterans will be accompanied by a volunteer guardian who will be paying for their own trip. Frankie Lannaggi, former U.S. Marine and Process Coach at Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant, is volunteering to be a guardian for Wednesday’s flight.

“As a U.S. Marine, I am honored to participate in this great program and give back to the men and women who have given so much to our country and paved the way for the freedoms we have today,” said Lannaggi, “I am proud to be part of the Ford family who are recognizing these local veterans for their sacrifice and dedication.”

In addition to the WWII Memorial, the veterans and their guardians are also visiting memorials dedicated to veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War, Iwo Jima and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery.

History of Support

Ford Motor Company’s support for veterans started more than 90 years ago when Henry Ford led a cross-country caravan of 50 Ford Model T’s to transport disabled veterans to their convention.

Since 1974, Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund have provided more than $8 million to veteran organizations, including support for the National World War II Memorial. Ford Fund is sponsoring three Honor Flights this year, which will bring the total Ford-sponsored Honor Flights since 2011 to nine.

Ford proudly employs more than 7,000 U.S. veterans along with hundreds of active military personnel and U.S. reservists and guardsmen.

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Post Icon A Note from Tom Barton on Alan Mulally

Dear Beach Ford Family,

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

By 2006, the fortunes at the Ford Motor Company had turned for the worst.  A gallant effort by Bill Ford, the great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, to rescue the family company back from the excesses of Jac Nassir was not going well. Nassir was a Ford CEO who had forgotten what the Ford brand stood for in the early 2000’s by spending billions to acquire several foreign luxury auto makers.  Decades of success and at times 30+% of the automobile market had made Ford a bloated, inefficient behemoth with territorial upper management and no clear direction – and this, all before Mr. Nassir went on his spending spree!  From 2006 to 2008, Ford lost $30 billion.  Bill Ford needed some help. No, he needed more than just help, he needed a lifeline.

Allan Mulally came to Ford in late 2006 and no one gave him much of a chance.  You had to come up in the macho, testosterone driven, car business to even make an honest go of it, or so the narrative went in those days.  Allan had been making airplanes for Boeing.  He couldn’t possibly handle the complexity and sheer volume of one of the largest car companies on earth.

But Allan Mulally was different.  He realized right away that the culture at Ford was not right and when senior managers would back-stab and sometimes even heckle each other in meetings, he would politely remind them that that was not part of his “One Ford” vision, not part of the new culture and not how things were going to get done, going forward.

He realized that Ford was a car company that, early in the previous century, had made cars and trucks that were as good as any in the world, but at a price that the average consumer could afford.  He also realized that styling and content were important – people had to want to drive it!  Smaller cars were not going to be “econo-boxes,” they were instead going to be nice cars for people who just wanted to drive a smaller car!  He knew, most importantly and perhaps better than anyone else, that the name Ford still stood for something!  It did not have to change its stripes or its identity to succeed.  People in the late 2000’s, like people of any age, wanted safe, high-quality, smart, and affordable transportation.  Allan Mulally, inspired the Ford Motor Company to give it to the world, again.

I could go on about a man who the MBA students will study for years to come.  Under Allan Mulally, Ford has made $42.3 billion in net income, since 2009.  His story has inspired several books about the comeback.  He, single handedly, changed the street-hardened, uncooperative and inefficient culture at one of the largest industrial companies in history.  I, myself, in the mid-2000’s had begun to think that no single CEO or Chairman of the Board or any charismatic person at Ford, could ever turn the problems around at the original American car company for the masses.  I no longer believe that.  I no longer believe that any one person can’t make all the difference in the world, in anything.  Allan Mulally will step down as Ford’s CEO on July 1st 2014.  He will hand over a company that he saved, mostly by himself.

Thank you for being a part of the Beach Ford Family,

Bob Barton

Post Icon Dogs Ride Inside

dogs ride inside

We know there are few things dogs love more than holding their faces in the wind and letting their ears dance in the breeze while you drive. You’re their favorite person in the world. You’re their hero.

Just remember to also be their protector.

Ford and the American Humane Association remind pickup truck drivers that dogs should never ride in the bed of a pickup truck.

In a campaign called “Dogs Ride Inside,” Ford and AHA stress that simple, basic actions can prevent serious injury or death while transporting a beloved family pet.

“It is estimated that 100,000 dogs die each year riding in truck beds” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization. “Unfortunately, we have all seen dogs riding in the bed of a pickup truck, which is an extremely dangerous way to transport your pet.”

“As America’s truck leader, this is an issue that’s close to the heart for us,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. “We’re not asking that people go to onerous lengths while driving with pets, but even the smallest steps can make a difference in keeping all passengers in our vehicles safe.”

The American Humane Association and Ford recommend:

–All animals should ride inside a pickup truck cab – never in the bed of a truck.

–At the very minimum, your pet should always ride in the back seat if your truck has one. An animal in the front seat can quickly become a driver distraction and cause an accident, jeopardizing the pet and everyone else in the vehicle.

–Just in case you and your pet become separated, be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar.

–Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Remember that cars heat up fast – even with the windows cracked.

At Beach Ford, we want to keep the whole family happy and safe.

Here’s to a fun summer!


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