Ford advances to the next level in providing customers with more fuel-efficient vehicles, as the new 2015 F-150 lineup includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup sold in America.
Up to 700 pounds lighter than current models, the new F-150 4×2 with Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway and 22 mpg Combined. That is 5 percent to 29 percent better than current F-150 models, depending on engine and driveline configuration on the combined cycle.
The improved performance is enabled by saving weight through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys plus smart engineering. The weight savings not only improve fuel efficiency, they improve the new F-150’s capability and performance. Combined with EcoBoost engine technology, the F-150 now tows as much as 1,100 more pounds and hauls as much as 530 pounds more than today’s model with a 5 percent to 16 percent better power-to-weight ratio.
Ford is producing trucks and now has started shipping the all-new pickups to its dealers.
Delivering Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability
The F-150’s fuel economy leadership pays off two key elements of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability – making high volumes of internal combustion engines as efficient as possible through EcoBoost technology and achieving substantial vehicle weight savings.
Introduced in 2007, the Blueprint is a plan of near-, mid- and long-term product and technology actions that incorporate fuel-saving technologies into the company’s vehicles, while continuing development of breakthrough technologies.
Today, Ford has 2 million EcoBoost engines on the road in cars, utilities and trucks.
EcoBoost technology was first offered for F-150 customers in early 2011 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. To date, Ford has sold 600,000 F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines, helping Ford customers save an estimated 68 million gallons of gasoline.
New truck, even more engine choices
Ford offers new F-150 customers four engine choices: the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop, a new standard 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine, a more powerful available 5.0-liter V8 Ti-VCT engine and an available premium 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
These trucks represent a substantial improvement over trucks of the past. Owners of seven- or eight-year-old trucks who are in the market for a new truck may be surprised by the impressive capability of the 2015 F-150. For example, returning owners of 2008 model year F-150s could see EPA-estimated fuel economy rating improvements of up to 43 percent and power-to-weight increases of up to 46 percent, while towing could improve as much as 3,900 pounds and payload could improve as much as 1,390 pounds, depending on engine and configuration.
The chart below compares the 2015 2.7-liter EcoBoost 4×2 F-150 to the 2008 4.6-liter V8 4×2 F-150, and to its current major competitors:
EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
2015 Ford F-150
2.7-liter EcoBoost 4×2
2008 Ford F-150 4.6-liter V8 4×2
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 4×2
2015 Toyota Tundra 4.6-liter V8 4×2
2015 Ram 1500 5.7-liter Hemi V8
The all-new standard 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 offers performance customers expect from a full-size pickup truck, while offering unsurpassed EPA-estimated ratings of 18 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway and 20 mpg Combined for 4×2 models. The 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 can tow an unsurpassed 7,600 pounds among light-duty trucks with standard V6 engines. The chart below provides details compared with the 2008 4.2-liter V6 4×2 F-150 and current major competitors:
EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
2015 Ford F-150
3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT 4×2
2008 Ford F-150 4.2-liter V6 4×2
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-liter V6 4×2
2015 Ram 1500 3.6-liter V6 4×2
The 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 provides customers with robust capability for frequent towing and hauling with a best-in-class maximum payload of 3,300 pounds and maximum tow rating of 11,100 pounds, which is an improvement of up to 3,900 pounds over the 2008 4.6-liter V8 F-150. In the 4×2 configuration, the 5.0-liter has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway and 18 mpg Combined. The chart below provides details compared with the 2008 4.6-liter V8 4×2 F-150 and current major competitors:
EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
2015 Ford F-150
5.0-liter V8 Ti-VCT 4×2
2008 Ford F-150 4.6-liter V8 4×2
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-liter V8 4×2
2015 Toyota Tundra 4.6-liter V8 4×2
2015 Ram 1500 5.7-liter Hemi V8
The available 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine provides customers a strong combination of gas fuel economy and capability, with best-in-class 12,200 pounds of maximum towing and EPA-estimated ratings of 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway and 20 mpg Combined for 4×2 models. The chart below provides details compared with the 2008 5.4-liter 4×2 F-150 and current major competitors:
EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
2015 Ford F-150
3.5-liter EcoBoost 4×2
2008 Ford F-150 5.4-liter 4×2
Improvement from 2008 F-150 to 2015 F-150
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.2-liter V8 4×2
2015 Toyota Tundra 5.7-liter V8 4×2
2015 Ram 3-liter EcoDiesel V6 4×2
Better Value, Too
Equipped with 2.7-liter EcoBoost, the all-new F-150 is a better value than even diesel-powered pickups. For instance, the $495 option on the Ford is significantly less than the $4,470 3.0-liter Ram EcoDiesel option.
In addition, with diesel prices currently 76 cents per gallon more6 at the pump, each 3.0-liter Ram EcoDiesel fill-up costs over $24 more than the new 2.7-liter F-1507. That means at today’s fuel prices Ram EcoDiesel owners are not able to offset the additional cost of their EcoDiesel engines with fuel savings8.
New F-150 Lineup EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy Ratings
EPA Fuel Economy
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L V6 Ti-VCT 4×2
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L V6 Ti-VCT 4×4
2015 Ford F-150
2.7L EcoBoost 4×2
2015 Ford F-150
2.7L EcoBoost 4×4
2015 Ford F-150
5.0L V8 Ti-VCT 4×2
2015 Ford F-150
5.0L V8 Ti-VCT 4×4
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L EcoBoost 4×2
2015 Ford F-150
3.5L EcoBoost 4×4
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1 Highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup truck in America
2 Unsurpassed EPA-estimated City and Highway ratings for light-duty 4×2 V6 pickup trucks
3 Unsurpassed standard V6 engine maximum towing rating
4 Best-in-class light-duty pickup truck maximum payload rating
5 Best-in-class light-duty pickup truck maximum towing rating
6 AAA Fuel Gauge Report fuel economy figures as of Nov. 21, 2014 – $2.84 regular gasoline, $3.60 diesel price
7 32 gallon fuel tank
AAA fuel economy figures
8 Based on EPA estimated combined fuel economy ratings of 2.7 liter EcoBoost 4×2 (22 mpg) vs. Ram EcoDiesel (23 mpg)
The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best cars list for 2015 – the ninth time Mustang has made the list since the award’s inception 33 years ago.
Car and Driver’s 10Best list recognizes the best new cars available in the United States for under $80,000. Mustang has been honored four of the last five years.
“Dive into a series of challenging turns in the Mustang and you’re not driving a car, you’re wearing wheels,” Car and Driver commented. “It reminds us that driving a great car can be play, something that even grownups enjoy.”
“It’s a huge honor to have the Mustang GT recognized on Car and Driver’s 10Best list,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “The substantial amount of time and effort our engineering team put into Mustang has paid off; we’re hopeful that the car has a substantial presence on the 10Best list for years to come.”
When Mustang made its first appearance on Car and Driver’s 10Best list in 1983, editors praised the pony car’s performance and styling, saying, “[E]verybody we know who’s bought one thinks it’s the greatest thing since draft beer.”
50 years of Ford Mustang
More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car’s 1964 debut.
With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect, with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.
Building on 25 years of innovation and sales leadership, a new Explorer is on its way, with even more smart technology, a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and an all-new Platinum series. The new Ford Explorer goes on sale next summer.
The new Explorer, revealed today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, builds on the strength and leadership of Ford’s new vehicle lineup – the freshest in the industry – and provides SUV customers even more versatility, capability, smart technology and efficiency.
Introduced as a 1991 model, Explorer featured generous interior space customers were looking for, and was engineered specifically for people seeking adventure for their families and a way to express their individuality. For a quarter century, Explorer has been America’s best-selling SUV.
Ford Explorer is built in North America at Chicago Assembly Plant, as well as in Venezuela and now, Russia. It is sold in more than 100 markets across the globe. Ford expects to export 56,000 Explorers from the United States this year alone.
“Customers love Explorer, and expect this SUV to lead the way in innovation, performance and fun,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Explorer. “It’s a tall order, but we’re aiming to build the best SUV in the world.”
One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time is returning, Ford confirmed today with the reveal of the all-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang.
The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal.
The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet.
Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies.
Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang.
The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.
The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than 500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction.
The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT.
Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near-instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver.
Obsession to detail
The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag.
50 years of Ford Mustang
Shelby GT350 Mustang is the latest in an all-new line of Mustang fastback and convertible models, including the specially designed 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang.
More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car’s 1964 debut.
With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.
The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance drivers expect with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.
AS HOST OF THE PBS SERIES Finding Your Roots, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces the family trees of today’s best-known cultural figures. But the man who has become the nation’s foremost genealogist—as well as its conscience, through his work exploring the impact of slavery on America—might not have pursued his passion for the past if it weren’t for a very special royal blue 1969 Ford Mustang.
“I drove that car 424 miles from my home in Piedmont, W. Va. all the way to Yale,” recalls Gates, 63, who majored in history and later became a professor of African and African-American studies at Harvard.
The second season of Finding Your Roots shows Gates and his team of geneticists and genealogists digging deep into the personal histories of a star-studded group of accomplished musicians, athletes, journalists and more. Each journey begins by following birth certificates, tax documents and other written records, which are pasted together with family photos into a personalized scrapbook the show calls “The Book of Life.” “When the paper trail runs out, we analyze DNA to find out about their distant relatives and connections to other people,” Gates explains.
According to Gates, the success of Finding Your Roots, which had 25 million viewers during its first season, can be attributed to how it showcases “the fundamental unity of the human community.”
“No matter how different we appear, we’re all cousins,” he says. “The only question is how far back that relationship goes.”
Every episode will also feature a 30-second spot that looks back at the history of Henry Ford and his visionary, family-owned company. For Gates, one of Ford’s lasting contributions was his willingness to pay a fair wage to the black workers in his factories, which drew Southern sharecroppers to Detroit as part of the early 20th century’s Great Migration.
“I’ve been a Ford fan for a long time,” Gates says. “It’s an honor that Ford is one of our sponsors for the series. Nothing could please me more.”
Ford Motor Company again demonstrates manufacturing leadership and innovation as the first all-new F-150 rolls off the line today at historic Ford Rouge Center – marking production of the toughest, smartest, most capable and most efficient F-150 ever.
Interest in the new Ford F-150 has steadily grown since the truck was revealed in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. More than 225,000 truck enthusiasts have submitted their contact information for updates about the vehicle, and more than 250,000 customers have built and priced their own unique version of the all-new F-150 online – a record through 13 generations of America’s favorite truck. The new model will be in our showrooms in Virginia Beach and Suffolk next month.
Ford Racing is excited to introduce a special 2015 Mustang GT built exclusively with Ford Racing performance parts. Named the “King Cobra,” there is no question this custom machine has some serious bite.
Built to be a high-performance street-and-drag strip car, the King Cobra can be replicated by any Mustang owner with the help of Ford Racing’s extensive parts catalog.
This one-off concept is a showcase for Ford Racing’s first performance packages available for the 2015 Mustang. It is equipped with Ford Racing’s “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack” supercharger kit that helps the King Cobra produce 600+ horsepower.
The Drag Pack includes heavy-duty half shafts, and a rear sub-frame kit with pre-installed high-performance bushings to improve traction and put optimum power to the ground under hard acceleration.
The Handling Pack lowers the car approximately one inch with front and rear lowering springs – the front springs on pre-assembled struts. The Handling Pack also includes rear shocks and a stabilizer bar kit.
The key component of the Super Pack is a 2.3L Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger assembly, co-developed and co-branded by Ford Racing and ROUSH Performance. Accompanying the supercharger is a six-rib belt drive system, intake manifold, electronic throttle body, air inlet system, fuel rail and high-flow fuel injectors, complete air-to-liquid intercooler system and the Ford Racing performance computer calibration.
Ford Racing recently took an early version of King Cobra package on a 2015 Mustang to Michigan’s Milan Dragway, where the car proved its performance capabilities with a stunning quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.97 seconds.
Ford Racing chose the name King Cobra for this parts package because of its long association with high-performance Ford vehicles. The King Cobra moniker was first introduced by Carroll Shelby in 1963 for the high-performance Cooper Monaco sports racing cars he built with mid-mounted, 289-cubic-inch Ford V8 engines.
Ford used the name again in 1970 for an aerodynamic prototype NASCAR stock car, based on the Ford Torino which never raced. The most well-known King Cobra was an option package that could be equipped to a 1978 Mustang II. This model was the first Mustang to sport the “5.0” designation for the metric equivalent of the V8 engine’s 302 cubic-inch displacement.
Now, it seems fitting for the sixth-generation Mustang’s first “5.0” ultra-high-performance concept to carry the King Cobra name.
Building on the history of a long and successful relationship in racing and product development, Ford Racing and Roush Performance are teaming up to offer a supercharger kit for the all-new 2015 Mustang GT with a limited warranty (See your dealer for details). The collaboration will include distribution exclusively through both Ford Racing and Roush Performance channels.
“Ford Racing and Roush are known for our winning collaborations in professional and sportsman racing,” said Doug White, Ford Racing Performance Parts manager. “By combining our mutual expertise and high-quality engineering, we are delivering an outstanding supercharger kit for 2015 Mustang GT owners.
“Our software and calibration was developed using Ford Racing calibrators and test facilities,” White added. “The result is a kit that delivers peak performance and exceptional drivability.”
Jay Velthoven, Roush Performance director of marketing, said, “By working together, Ford Racing and Roush can deliver the highest-quality products, in less time, and with a broadened distributor network that gives the customer local sales and support in most areas of the United States.”
The Ford Racing/Roush Performance supercharger will be available through all Ford dealers, Roush Performance dealers and independent Ford Racing distributors. When installed by an authorized dealer, the supercharger kit will be covered by a Ford Racing/Roush Performance parts limited warranty. Technical support will be provided by both Roush Performance and Ford Racing technical hotlines. Sellers will have details.
Enthusiasts can expect to see availability of the Ford Racing/Roush Performance supercharger kit in the fourth quarter of 2014.
To see the new supercharger kit in action, watch the video.
For’s groundbreaking five lab uses industry-leading technology to design and test your car of the future before it’s even built.
IT MIGHT SOUND LIKE A VIDEO GAME, but Ford’s virtual reality is leading to improved vehicle quality. Thanks to Ford’s Immersive Vehicle Environment (FiVE) Lab, engineers and designers can walk around, look inside and even sit in digital replicas of each vehicle and assess them from the customer’s perspective.
FiVE Lab’s overall mission is to assess craftsmanship and quality. In one case, the team solved a challenge they discovered before the release of Mustang in Australia, where vehicles are driven on the opposite side of the road from North America. “The accessibility to an interface for left-hand drive worked well, but on right-hand drive, it became a problem,” says Elizabeth Baron, Virtual Reality and Advanced Visualization technical specialist. “Looking at it in the virtual world was an efficient way to discover it up front.”
In November, FiVE Lab implemented the Oculus Rift development kit, which is a virtual reality headset that provides a wide stereoscopic view of the virtual world. When members of the design team put on the headset, they are transported into a full-vehicle environment that can be manipulated to exhibit different surroundings at different times of the day. The engineering and design teams can use the headset technology to improve visibility for a vehicle occupant. Also, new software and hardware technology is used, which substantially improves the quality of the virtual world. “To compare it to a video game doesn’t do it justice,” Baron explains.
Ford Motor Company is rolling out a new driver-assist system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions. Pre-Collision Assist may help drivers avoid rear end collisions with other vehicles at all speeds, while Pedestrian Detection can help the driver avoid pedestrians at lower speeds – both may reduce the severity of forward collisions or even prevent certain forward collisions.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection will debut as available technology on the 2015 Ford Mondeo on sale in Europe this year. It will then roll out to other Ford and Lincoln products around the world.
While the new system may be especially helpful in unexpected situations, it does not replace the driver and has limitations including nighttime, low and harsh lighting conditions, vehicles moving in a different direction and certain weather conditions.
In daylight and clear weather conditions, the new technology may detect people in or near the road ahead, or pedestrians crossing the vehicle’s path. If a pedestrian is detected in front of the car and a collision is imminent, the driver first receives an audible and visual warning. Should the driver not respond, the system improves brake responsiveness by reducing the gap between brake pads and discs. If there is still no response from the driver, the brakes are applied automatically and vehicle speed is reduced.
The system processes information collected from a windshield-mounted camera and radar located near the bumper; it then checks the information against a database of pedestrian shapes to help distinguish people from typical roadside scenery and objects.
Ford engineers tested the system on closed test tracks using rigs fitted with manikins to replicate pedestrians. They then spent months refining the technology on roads around the world to test system reliability.
Teen Driving Safety Week is October 18th-24th, 2014
Talking to your teenager may not be the easiest thing you do, but it is one of the most important, no matter what the topic. Experts say parents should talk often with their teens to encourage positive opinions, ideas and behaviors. One thing you may want to discuss is how to be a better driver. Research shows parents who are actively involved in helping their children to drive have safer teen drivers.
No matter how many times you hear them, the statistics on teen driving are shocking:
-During a typical prom weekend, nearly 300 teens die in alcohol-related accidents
-Nearly 7,000 15 to-20 -year-olds die in vehicle crashes each year
-Crash rates are highest among teens in their first few hundred miles on the road, with 60% of those crashes the result of inexperience.
-Two of every three teenagers who die in crashes are passengers in a vehicle driven by another teen
Learning how to be a safe driver goes beyond taking a basic driver education course. Teens need time behind the wheel to gain experience. They also need to learn some fundamental techniques. Ford Motor Company is trying to help by posting safe driving tips on the web where teens and adults can learn from professional drivers. The video tips are being posted over the next few weeks on familiar sites such as YouTube and CarFax as well as on Ford’s Driving Skills for Life Web site. Professional drivers talk about recovering from skids, proper braking while steering, anticipating problems on the road ahead and the dangers of trying to text message and drive at the same time.
The messages “Buckle Up,” and “Don’t drink and drive” are still the strongest advice parents can give their teens. But parents can do much more. Be a good coach, set a good example, be patient and be clear when giving them instructions. Tell them to slow down and take their time, excessive speed is a major factor in crashes involving teens. Remind them that the more distractions, including from other passengers, the greater their need to keep their focus on the road.
National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 19-25, 2014
1. Engage in the driving process – As teens get closer to earning/acquiring their learner’s permit, parents should actively engage with them about driving. Talk about safe driving behaviors, practice with them, seek educational opportunities, and be clear that unsafe actions won’t be tolerated.
2. Buckle up – It’s the law. In a crash, a person not buckled up is much more likely to be injured or killed than someone wearing a safety belt. Always buckle up and require all passengers to buckle up for everyone’s safety.
3. Never speed – Research done for Ford Driving Skills for Life shows that if parents speed, their teens are more likely to do the same. Speed-related factors continue to be reported in about one-third of all traffic deaths nationally.
4. Don’t drive distracted – By setting a tough “no distractions” rule for teens, young drivers will keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
5. Don’t follow too closely – Keep the proper distance from the car in front of you. Remember that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop. Doubling vehicle speed can nearly quadruple the distance required to stop.
6. Limit the number of passengers – Graduated Driver License laws restrict the number passenger for novice drivers to help reduce the potential for distraction and focus on the driving task.
7. Never drink and drive – Under-age use of alcohol and illicit drugs is illegal, and combining alcohol or drugs with driving can be deadly at any age.
From the days of horse-drawn carts, humans have used square-shaped boxes to move cargo.
Now, Ford is revolutionizing the management and stowage of cargo inside the pickup truck box with its patented BoxLink™ system debuting on the all-new Ford F-150. Along with LED box lights, a power locking and remote tailgate release, and segment-first cargo ramps, the 2015 F-150 is better equipped to help manage loads more efficiently.
BoxLink includes four lockable, die-cast zinc tie-down cleats, and provides a unique interface to the box for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional locations for tie-downs.
Perfecting the box
The BoxLink cargo management system allows for the customization of the pickup truck bed. A customer can attach to the BoxLink cleats in four locations, or hook directly to the BoxLink Interface plate with a bungee cord, S-hook or E-track fitting.
BoxLink adds four additional tie-down locations in the box to complement the four fixed tie-down hooks carried over from the previous model, for a total of eight. Additionally, BoxLink is located on a reinforced area of the box at mid-level – accommodating the majority of cargo loads. Reinforcement of the cleats allows them to accommodate a horizontal (cross-box) load of 275 pounds and a diagonal load of 600 pounds.
Available segment-first cargo ramps can be stowed on the sides of the pickup box via the BoxLink system and mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers. The length of telescoping ramps can be extended or shortened to accommodate multiple loading positions.
An altogether better box
The all-new F-150’s cargo box features many other significant upgrades to make it more versatile and driver-friendly.
LED cargo box interior lighting allows for excellent visibility in the truck bed at night or when a bed cover or cap is used. A bed-mounted button, as well as one inside the cab, turns the lights on or off. Lariat Mid or Luxury, King Ranch and Platinum models feature a remote tailgate release that includes an LED spotlight integrated into the release handle that illuminates the trailer hitch – a much appreciated convenience when hooking up after dark.
An available power locking and remote tailgate can be released with the push of a button on the key fob to help customers when their hands are full – a first for a pickup. The tailgate is damped and drops down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened.
2015 F-150 XLT models and higher benefit from a power locking tailgate for improved security. The feature is available for XL series trucks as well.
Ford’s pioneering tailgate step has been redesigned to be fully integrated into the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use – restoring the open tailgate as a flat work surface. Using the step is simple: Customers drop the tailgate into the down position, grab the bottom step, pull it straight out from the tailgate and drop it down into the step position – all in one easy motion. The grab handle is now housed inside the tailgate, keeping the inner surface of the tailgate uniformly flat.
BoxLink designed for endless customization
Ford is allowing aftermarket manufacturers to leverage its BoxLink system to develop even more customized solutions for the pickup truck bed.
Ford and Tweddle have launched a new full-featured interactive smartphone application for owners and enthusiasts of the all-new Ford Mustang.
The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities. Making use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.
Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.
Exclusive access for owners of 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang
The app celebrates the pony car’s 50th anniversary with a section exclusively for owners of the 50 Years Limited Edition Ford Mustang. Owners will receive access to an exclusive passwordprotected section of the app featuring various milestones in Mustang’s 50 years of continuous production and key design features that make the car unique. They will also be able to watch classic Mustang videos and have access to special ringtones and screen savers.
“Tweddle Group is pleased to be associated with such an iconic vehicle as the 2015 Ford Mustang, and is proud to have helped provide enthusiasts with information designed and delivered using innovative technology to maximize the ownership experience of this storied car,” said Andy Tweddle, CEO of Tweddle Group.
The Mustang Owner app can be found in either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching “2015 Ford Mustang app.”
As a child growing up in the small Scottish town of Dumfries, Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design, was obsessed with cars. He plastered his room with brochures and posters he gathered by writing to car companies near and abroad. Still, Moray had never seen the legendary Ford Mustang, other than a glimpse of it in the Bond movie Goldfinger, until the day he attended some car races outside Edinburgh.
“The Mustangs were racing against Minis, so first of all there was that sense of scale, which seemed so American,” he recalls, sitting in a suburban Detroit photo studio near a Triple Yellow 2015 Mustang, the newly proportioned model he and his Ford team created. “But it was the sound, the roar of the engine, which was really quite amazing. It was nothing I’d ever heard before.”
It’s been 50 years since the first Mustang was unveiled at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and this newest incarnation shares some striking similarities with the first generation: The shark-bite front grille, the aggressively canted front hood, the iconic fastback and, of course, the signature three vertical taillight stripes which are unmistakably Mustang.
The design team gathered around Callum and the gleaming 2015 are veterans of nearly four years of passionate, hard work. There is Joel Piaskowski, Ford design director; Susan Lampinen, group chief designer, color and materials; Doyle Letson, chief designer, global interiors; and Kemal Curic, exterior design manager. Though they’ve presented the car a number of times already at auto shows, this gathering is a more low-key affair where they are moved to admire and critique their collective masterwork. They drift in Callum’s wake as he pauses occasionally to make private observations that rivet their attention, observations sometimes too subtle for the layman’s eye to notice.
One thing the eye doesn’t miss on entering the studio is the extraordinary yellow of the ’15. It isn’t a faint-of-heart canary yellow. It’s a yellow for true aficionados—Lampinen informs me that there is, in fact, a Yellow Mustang Car Club. “Color is a very passionate thing with people,” she says. “We wanted a high-impact yellow. At first we developed a base coat/clear coat but it wasn’t bright enough, so we worked with engineering and suppliers until we came up with this new yellow, a tri-coat yellow.” The deep and intense new shade is reminiscent of the kind of multicoated treatment hot-rodders used on their rides back in the day.
One of the most discussed aspects of the new design is the proportions—a low-slung feel that comes from planing away the angularity of previous models. “We used an editing process in which we asked, ‘What are the design elements that people think are necessary in a Mustang?’” says Callum. “We took away elements that foreshortened the car, which helped accentuate its sleekness. We wanted to highlight that sense of power and emphasize the proportional changes.”
It’s not for nothing that several reviewers have compared the 2015 to the 1968 fastback driven in the movie Bullitt. Similar to the classic movie car, “the front end has a shark-like grille [and] we’ve lowered it and given it a wider stance [to emphasize] the aggressive aspects of the car,” says Piaskowski.
Curic, who grew up and began his career in Germany, fondly remembers Mustangs from television. He is keenly aware of the immense responsibility in taking on this iconic American sports car. “Yes, I felt a little pressure, coming from Europe,” he admits. “I felt it was important to pick those elements that say, without a doubt, this is a Mustang.”
One of the designers clearly influenced by the first generation of Mustangs is interior guru Doyle Letson. “Look at the instrument panel of the ’67. We looked at images of those panels and we studied the proportions. We were able to leverage some new technologies that allowed us to slim up the interiors considerably.”
Opening the Mustang’s driver’s door and kneeling beside it, Letson waves a hand at his team’s creation. “There are four inviolables that have to be in every Mustang. It has to have the double brow theme, it has to have large analog gauges in front of the driver, the instrument panel has to be symmetrical, and it has to have honest, premium materials. We sketched around those and created a really modern version of the Mustang.”
The general consensus as the group continues to circle their brainchild is that the four-year process has been “a once in a lifetime experience.” Despite the late nights and heated discussions, the designers agree that what made the process especially rewarding was the sense of shared purpose, the absolutely unalterable belief that for all drivers, the 2015 Mustang should be the most amazing driving experience of their lives.
As the photo session ends, the designers don overcoats and reluctantly leave the Mustang to brave Detroit’s arctic chill. Callum is one of the last to leave, admitting bashfully that he hasn’t yet had a chance to drive his creation. “I’m looking forward to taking the car to Europe and driving some of the roads in Scotland,” he says, though he admits he hasn’t hammered out the details. “I’m working on it.”
>POWER PERFORMANCE Both the 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 engines have received enhancements to improve running performance. The introduction of the all-new high-output 2.3-liter EcoBoost® completes the engine lineup.
>QUICK TRANSITION The 2015 Mustang convertible goes from covered to topless in a snap.
>ADVANCED TECH Newly available tools, like an advanced sensor system that can detect cars in blind spots and an advanced communications system, help enhance the driver experience.
>PILOT PROGRAM The dash of the 2015 Mustang incorporates both analog gauges and digital screens, making for an interior that gives you highly intuitive control of key vehicle features.
PLUS 5 OTHER UNLIKELY CULPRITS THAT COULD BE HURTING YOUR VEHICLE
It’s no secret that vehicle service and maintenance seldom make the list of top driving pleasures. So the last thing you want to happen is to get dragged into the garage over things you can avoid. Here are simple preventive care tips in dealing with six stealthy troublemakers so you can save time, money and grief.
1. BIRD DROPPINGS
Bird droppings will corrode your paint finish. As the heat of the day warms your car, the exterior metal expands and becomes porous, allowing acid from bird droppings to penetrate your car’s clear coat. As the exterior metal cools at night, the clear coat hardens around the droppings, which now can penetrate the base coat.
To avoid this acidic etching, clean any bird droppings off of your vehicle as quickly as possible. A handy way to always be prepared is to keep a spray bottle of Motorcraft® Detail Wash (available for purchase at fordparts.com) and a soft cloth on board your vehicle to wipe away your troubles before damage occurs.
2. SEA AIR
If you live by the coast, be warned: Sea salt spray and excess moisture will accelerate the corrosion process for metal. Be sure to clean off your car’s undercarriage and other metallic parts consistently. For good measure, use a rust inhibitor and cover your vehicle with a waterproof tarp. Consult these vehicle cleaning tips to help further protect your car and give it that showroom shine.
3. ROAD SALT
Road salt will help prevent you from careening on slick ice in the winter, but it also can cause serious exterior corrosion if you don’t take preventive measures. Stop salt from eating away at your car’s undercarriage and body by cleaning your vehicle consistently and having it waxed and sealed by a professional. Want to be even more prepared for winter driving? Follow this simple checklist.
The cold can stop you in your tracks in three ways: slowing your battery, thickening your car fluids and deflating your tires.
Battery: Your battery works when chemical reactions generate electrons to supply the current. These chemical reactions slow down in colder temperatures, sometimes causing the battery to stop functioning. To help prevent this from happening, have your battery checked for corrosion, aging and other damage (even if it seems to be working fine) at your local Ford Dealer Service Center where you can get it inspected as part of The WorksTM Package. Your battery could be near the end of its useful life and could leave you stranded soon. Always carry battery jumper cables to assist yourself and others. Be sure to check out this article on how to jump-start your battery.
Car Fluids: Check and maintain your vehicle’s coolant level to make sure your engine is running at the right operating temperature. Coolant serves the dual purpose of making sure your radiator fluid doesn’t freeze in cold and boil in heat. Make sure you use Motorcraft® coolant for the best results (available for purchase at fordparts.com). Read this article on how to add coolant for more detailed instructions.
Tire pressure: Every time the temperature drops by 10 degrees, tire pressure drops by 1 psi, so check and maintain your pressure more often in colder weather. Your dashboard may be equipped with Ford’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System that will let you know if any of your tires are significantly underinflated. Learn more about proper tire inflation and how to spot tire damage by reading this article.
Tire Grip: Tire performance suffers as temperatures dip below 45° F. While most all-season tires can handle light snow, they aren’t built for winter performance, especially if you’re located near the Snow Belt. Get some winter tires to keep safe and avoid the risk of losing traction. Created with more aggressive tread design, deeper sipes and cold-temperature compounds, they will help you grip an icy or snowy road with confidence.
Sap, tannic acid and pollen from leaves can stain and damage your paint finish, especially if the leaves get wet. So make sure you brush off those maple leaves, fern fronds, and pine needles the next time you decide to park in the shade. Stains aren’t your only leaf worry. That beautiful fallen foliage can disguise road hazards such as potholes, soft verges and deep patches of water. Be sure to avoid parking over piles of leaves, as the hot muffler or catalytic converter could even cause these piles to ignite.
Additionally, accumulating leaves under the hood on the vents will restrict airflow but also, if ignored, possibly rot and rust your car, negatively impacting your cabin air supply. You can learn when to replace your cabin filter by reading this article and how to do so by checking out this infographic.
6. DELAYED MAINTENANCE
According to polling research, more than one in two car owners delay servicing. Postponing these critical checkups and repairs compromises vehicle safety and reliability, likely causing more serious and more expensive problems down the line. Regular maintenance will do wonders in extending your vehicle life and helping keep you and your loved ones safe. Make sure you service your battery, get your oil changed and have your brakes checked and replaced periodically or as use necessitates. Schedule an appointment at Beach Ford here.
Secret #1: Ford engineered its own powertrain for the 2015 Super Duty®
Secret #2: The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 makes more horsepower and torque than the previous model
Secret #3: First rule of the Power Stroke? There are no secrets
The design of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8™ is something you would think would be cloaked in darkness, even within the walls of the Blue Oval. ™ Not so – Ford is proud of what it accomplished with the second-generation diesel model optional in the 2015 Super Duty, and admitted building an efficient engine* required a lot of openness. “Keeping everything in-house gives a competitive advantage because there are no go-betweens,” explained David Ives, Ford Power Stroke Technical Specialist. “The engine guy can just walk over to the transmission guy and they can work together to find the best solutions, breaking down barriers.”
The upgrades to the Power Stroke resulted in 440 horsepower – the previous 6.7-liter Power Stroke made 400 – and 860 lb.-ft. of torque – up from 800. This pertains to all Super Duty models, from F-250 to F-450. That’s what happens when you engineer a work truck to be a work truck, and as a team. Ford is the only manufacturer that develops and builds its own powertrains in this class. And there are innovations galore: a compacted graphite iron engine block and reverse-flow layout. About that no-secret rule? “Strong communication built a better diesel truck,” David added.
“The designers of the original 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel predicted that it would eventually need to be upgraded for higher output,” said David. “They designed it in a way that made it easier to add a larger turbocharger, increasing airflow and creating more power for dramatically improved performance, yet we haven’t lost any efficiency.”
So, looks like the cat is out of the bag: This purpose-built truck has been improved from (cylinder) head to tow.
*Based on Ford simulated city-suburban drive-cycle tests of comparably equipped 2015 Ford and 2011-2013 competitive models, consistent with SAE Standard J1321.
Can you imagine a world without apps? Today, smartphone apps entertain and inform us, they help us navigate, they keep us connected with friends and family. The smartphone revolution has forever changed the way that we use our phones.
Ford is taking that relationship a step further, by promoting the development of smartphone apps that can be seamlessly used in some vehicles. SYNC® AppLink™ is available on select models and compatible with select smartphone platforms. SYNC AppLink is not compatible with MyFord Touch. Commands may vary by phone and SYNC AppLink software. The system integrates specific apps into the vehicle, and the Ford Developer Program lets developers create apps that enhance the driving experience.
Currently, there are more than 60 apps available for use in almost 1.5 million SYNC AppLink-enabled vehicles in North America. And that number is growing.
Ford recently announced the top 10 finalists of a developer challenge known as the Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit. The announcement took place at the recent Ford Developer Conference at the Connected Car Expo during CTIA Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas. Over 170 developers from around the world took part in the challenge to create SYNC AppLink-enabled apps that could revolutionize the way we connect with our vehicles.
Armed with over 200 different sets of data, these intrepid developers worked closely with AppLink engineers during an overnight hackathon to develop ingenious new ways to connect smartphones with Ford vehicles designed to make driving easier, more entertaining or more efficient.
Here are the finalists:
Live Drive – Developed by a team from Kelley Blue Book, Live Drive encourages safe driving by using a fun, social game with real-time traffic data collected from the vehicle. Features include live feedback on aggressive driving with tips on how to improve, parent feedback mode and fun mode that allows you to compete against your friends on a leaderboard.
Joyride – Exploration meets social networking with this app that notifies drivers when they are near an interesting location. Developed by Rockfish, Joyride allows users to find places to play, eat and learn about whatever city they are in, and will tell drivers what is interesting based on user input and preferences or places that their friends have visited and liked.
Pure Focus – Developed by a team from IBM, Pure Focus builds better drivers through reward-based programs. Drivers can track their safety and share or challenge friends to be safer drivers through an online community of user-driven content. Features include “car-to-car,” which allows users to connect with other drivers and provide feedback on their driving, as well as notifications when drivers enter dangerous neighborhoods.
MapRadio – Developed by a team from Slovenia, MapRadio offers a personalized driving experience based on user input and interests. Features include weather, traffic, calendar integration, personalized news, accidents, local music, contextual offers, car diagnostic data and routing.
Trace – Swipe expenses away with this app developed by a team at Concur. Employees no longer have to estimate mileage for expense reports when traveling for business. Trace pre-populates fields when the driver gets into the car and enables the user to log and reconcile expenses at the end of the day.
FuelSignal – Developed by FuelSignal, this app is a GPS application that alerts drivers when their fuel level is low and finds the nearest gas station. Users may receive a discount on gas and can also pay by mobile wallet at the pump.
myLifeSync – This app is an intelligent companion inside and outside the car, bringing information together to reduce driver workload and increase safety. Developed by Lochbridge, the app processes information from the cloud and aggregates data that is relevant to daily life, including preferences, needs and work schedules for easy access in the car.
Notify – Developed by independent developer Igor Barinov, this app reads notifications from any smartphone app through SYNC. Notifications from apps including calendar reminders, weather notifications and even text messages are read aloud through SYNC so the driver doesn’t have to look at his/her phone.
iAlert – This app is designed to help drivers save time and relieve stress by automatically checking vehicle diagnostic data such as tire pressure, then generating alerts and identifying and scheduling an appointment at the driver’s preferred dealer or service location. iAlert was developed by a team from Progressive Insurance and Traction Labs.
3sACrowd – Developed by Alcatel-Lucent, 3sACrowd offers callers a more private experience by using Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® to detect if there are other passengers in the car. The caller then has the option of declining to place the call if privacy is preferred, and the driver receives a notification about the private call.
Finalists will work with Ford technology engineers for the next two months to polish their apps before presenting them at the Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 18-20, 2014. One grand prize winner will receive a prize package and a feature announcement with Ford on stage at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.
Which one of the 10 finalists gets your vote?
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After a collision in which airbags have deployed, make sure your body shop installs genuine Ford replacement airbags. Here are some key points to keep in mind.
TYPES OF REPLACEMENTS
You should always make sure to use genuine Ford airbags, which are produced to the same specifications as the airbags installed when the vehicle is manufactured. They’re built for the model and year of your vehicle and are the only airbags proven to deliver the intended level of protection. Salvaged airbags are removed from salvage-yard vehicles. Their source, condition and durability are unknown. Counterfeit airbags may look nearly identical to new original equipment Ford parts (including bearing Ford trademarks), but National Highway Transportation Administration testing showed consistent malfunctioning, ranging from nondeployment of the airbag to the expulsion of shrapnel during deployment. Never use salvaged or counterfeit airbags, which are not safe and do not meet the quality standards of Ford parts.
DEALING WITH YOUR BODY SHOP
You have the right to select the body shop and to select the type of parts used for repairs. You can specify that you want only genuine Ford Collision replacement parts. It’s important to make it clear up front, in writing on the work order, that you want only Ford Collision replacement parts to be used.
Check with your insurance company now, before you are in an accident. Ask your agent what type of parts will be used if you need a collision repair. That way you can purchase a policy (or make a change to your current policy) to cover the use of OEM parts.
This year marks 20 years of Ford Motor Company fighting against breast cancer. The company’s journey began when it became one of the first corporate sponsors of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Ford branded its initiative Warriors in Pink® and developed a full line of clothing and gear that donates 100 percent of the net proceeds to four breast cancer charities. Thus far, Ford has dedicated more than $125 million to the cause.
Involvement for Ford extends far beyond just financial support for research. Warriors in Pink encourages women to have continuing and honest conversations that keep them proactive about breast health and early detection.
“Through Warriors in Pink, Ford continues to be a unifying force in driving awareness for breast cancer. This year is especially meaningful to us as we mark our 20th anniversary and honor the strength and courage of all the survivors who have shared their stories with us throughout their journey,” said Joe Hinrichs, President of The Americas, Ford Motor Company.
Other ways Ford has been able to shine a spotlight on survivors is through its Models of Courage program, which highlights individuals who openly share their experiences with breast cancer.
Since 2006, Warriors in Pink has offered a line of apparel and accessories, and 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of these items benefit Warriors in Pink’s four charity partners: The Pink Fund, Susan G. Komen, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and Young Survival Coalition. Join the fight and support a breast cancer charity of your choice at check out when you shop fordcares.com.
Football season is here! And with football games come tailgating parties. While the ritual of tailgating derives its name from lowering the tailgate on a pickup in the parking lot before a game, you don’t have to have an F-150 or a Super Duty® to participate. You can tailgate just as easily in a Ford Explorer or Escape. You just need a bit of space in the rear of the vehicle to carry game-time props, chairs, a cooler and maybe a small grill to cook some pregame food. Want to get the most from your athletic fanhood? Make sure your vehicle is properly prepped!
Tailgate parties happen in parking lots, which are not the safest places for social gatherings. Get there early and find a parking location near a grass field or some place away from where people are driving. Back your vehicle into the parking spot so the rear opens to the grass field, not to the active parking lot. If you have a grill, make sure you cook safely and avoid fire hazards.
Know the Rules
Rules at parties aren’t fun, but breaking some rules and getting kicked out is less fun. Check with the facility to see what’s allowed and what’s not before you arrive. Some will have designated places for tailgating; others may restrict the type of grills that are allowed.
Keep Your Vehicle Organized
If the ultimate goal is to keep your vehicle clean, then being well organized will go a long way toward preventing messes in the first place. Clutter happens when there’s no designated spot to put your stuff in. Cut the clutter with these space-saving hacks:
-Keep junk from taking over the cargo area with a few makeshift storage boxes. Depending on how much space you have available, you can use plastic totes or even a recycled laundry basket. Put your vehicle supplies (jumper cables, first-aid kit, etc.) in one box and your athletic equipment in the others.
-Tailgating parties are all about hanging out and sharing some food and drinks. But you don’t want lawn chairs and a cooler bouncing around in the bed of your truck or the cargo area of your car. Use the tie-down points to secure your gear.
-You probably don’t want to carry all of this gear with you all time. Reserve space on a shelf in garage where you have your chairs, cooler and plastic tote of tailgating goodies packed and ready to load.
Keep it Clean
Even if you have the most well-organized vehicle imaginable, messes will happen. Here are a few ways to keep your interior clean:
-There aren’t a lot of great places to put garbage in your car. You don’t want it on the floor, and those storage areas on the doors can get overfilled quickly. If you’re looking for a convenient and portable place to store your trash, look no further than a plastic cereal container. They’re small, easily storable and big enough to handle just about anything you’ll have to throw away.
-When grass, mud and gunk find their way onto your vehicle’s upholstery, there are a couple of everyday household items that can help you get the stains out. One part dish soap and two parts vinegar combine to make a stain removal duo that can help get tough stains out of carpet and fabric. Mix it up, rub it in, let it set and watch the magic happen.
And once the party is over, clean up your area. Pick up all of the trash and dispose of it properly.
Leaves are turning, pumpkin spice lattes are brewing and the air is crisp. Now’s the perfect time for an autumn drive. But first, make sure your car is prepared for inclement weather, diminished daylight and increased road grime by following this vehicle check guide to seasonal automotive fitness.
Always make sure bulbs are working and headlights are adjusted to proper height and angle before taking the vehicle out on the road.
1. A tire must be replaced when it is worn down to 3/32 of an inch. You can measure your remaining tread depth by inserting a penny in the grooves of the tire. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, then you have more than 3/32 of an inch of tread remaining.
2. For a more in-depth check, look for your tire’s built-in treadwear indicators, which will appear level with the tread when it’s time to replace them. If you are not comfortable performing this check, come in to the Beach Ford Service Center to get your treadwear indicators examined by a service technician.
3. If you need to replace your tires, use the Ford Service Tire Finder to get the right match.
1. Remove the cap from the valve and firmly press the tire gauge onto the valve to measure the pressure. It should match the number on the tire label located on the edge of the driver’s door. Tire pressure should be checked when the tires are cold, not after driving.
2. Add air if the pressure is low.
3. Visually inspect the tire treads and sidewalls for gouges, cuts or bulges. Check that there are no nails or other objects embedded in the tire that could cause an air leak. For more detailed instructions on checking tires and tire pressure, read this article.
You should have your brakes inspected regularly to avoid costly rotor damage. Regular inspection can help you identify when the brake pads require replacement before the rotors get damaged. You can identify rotor damage if you hear high-pitched squeals or scratching, if your car pulls or vibrates when braking or if your pedal is mushy or overactive when pressed. If you experience these tell-tale signs, then you should definitely have your brakes checked at the Beach Ford Service Center.
CHECK WIPER BLADES
Do this quick check every six months or more depending on use.
1. Lift the wiper arm to check for damage, and make sure the blades are clean.
2. Spray your windshield, switch the wipers on, and check to see if they remove the moisture evenly, without smearing. If they don’t, you’ll need to replace them.
REPLACE WIPER BLADES
1. Lift the wiper arm away from the windshield, depress the tab that holds the blade in place, and slide off the blade. Wiper blades vary greatly, so make sure the replacement matches the type, size and brand. We recommend Motorcraft® brand wiper blades.
2. Slide on the new wiper blade, and make sure it clicks into place by pulling tightly on the arm.
3. For more in-depth instructions on how to change your wiper blades, read this article.
CHECK AND ADD WASHER FLUID
1. Pop the hood and locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir. It’s usually a white, translucent container with a windshield/water symbol on the cap.
2. Add Motorcraft® windshield washer fluid until it hits the line.
While your battery may look in good physical condition externally, it’s useful life may be drawing to an end. So have your battery checked at the Beach Ford Service Center. Testing your battery in conjunction with an oil change only takes a couple minutes, and will identify the battery’s condition even if it seems to be working well. The technicians have the diagnostic equipment that can tell whether your battery is “in the red” or on its last legs. If your battery tests poorly, you can get it conveniently replaced in the service bay with a new Motorcraft® battery and great warranty protection that includes free towing.
If you turn on the heat, but no hot air comes out, try the following:
1. With the engine off, lift the hood and locate the coolant reservoir, which is usually a translucent white tank marked with a low-to-high range.
2. If the coolant level is low, loosen the cap on the tank (making sure the engine and coolant are cool to touch), wait for pressure to be released, and fill.
3. Refer to the owner’s manual to find the vehicle’s correct Motorcraft® engine coolant. Check out this article for information about adding coolant.
4. If you are experiencing problems with your defrosters, replacing your cabin air filter could solve them (follow the next step to learn how). If you are experiencing any other heating system problems, come in to the Beach Ford Service Center for assistance.
1. In most cars, the cabin filter is located behind the glove compartment, which should pop out easily by the depressing the inner plastic tabs.
2. If the cabin filter is dirty, replace it with the appropriate Motorcraft® cabin filter. It should be replaced every 15,000 miles or once a year; if you suffer from allergies or respiratory problems, or if you drive on dirt roads or in dusty, polluted conditions, you may need to do this more often.
3. If you are not comfortable doing this, we can do it for you.
Chemical reactions in your battery work more slowly when the battery is cold, meaning the starter motor has less energy to work. That causes the engine to crank more slowly. Have jumper cables ready in case your battery dies.
Don’t rely on the defroster to clear frost from the windshield. Use an ice scraper to make sure your view is unobstructed.
If your engine stops working, then your heater will too. Make sure you can keep warm by stocking your car with a few emergency blankets.
Glare is often cited as the cause of traffic accidents. The right pair of polarized or variable tint sunglasses can help you block glare from snow or puddles and the colder months’ low sun.
Protect your car’s exterior from snow and finish-staining leaves.
10 Amazing Driver-Assist Features that Help 2015 Ford F-150 Customers Drive Smarter
The all-new Ford F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 yet, goes on sale later this year packed with available driver-assist features aimed at giving the customer improved utility, comfort and convenience.
Here are 10 examples of awesome driver-assist features the all-new F-150 offers, including one breakthrough class-exclusive feature to make parallel parking a full-size pickup a breeze:
1. Class-exclusive active park assist Active park assist uses two ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help drivers parallel park. The sensors measure the gap between two vehicles to determine if there is enough room for the F-150. After confirming the F-150 can fit, the truck automatically steers into the space, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.
2. Class-exclusive adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar in the front of the truck to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead. Using this information, the F-150 can automatically slow to keep a consistent following distance set by the driver. The slower speed will be maintained if adaptive cruise control is activated. Collision warning triggers visual and audio alerts if the system detects the following distance is diminishing too quickly and a collision may occur. It also pre-charges the brakes if the driver needs to stop suddenly.
3. Curve Control The all-new F-150 has an innovative system that was developed exclusively by Ford engineers to help in those cases where you may enter a turn too quickly. Curve Control helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles if they take a curve too quickly by automatically reducing torque and applying four-wheel braking. This can reduce vehicle speed by up to 10 mph in approximately one second, assisting drivers to stay on their intended path.
4. Class-exclusive smart trailer tow module The smart trailer tow module shows the driver which lights on a trailer connected to the truck aren’t working, so the driver or a passenger doesn’t have to get out of the truck and walk around the trailer to personally find blown lights.
5. Class-exclusive multi-contour seats Multi-contour massaging seats are the antidote to a hard day on the job site.
6. Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert Available BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver. The sensors trigger a warning light in the sideview mirrors to indicate another vehicle is in a blind spot if the driver is attempting to change lanes. These same sensors can also detect a vehicle coming down an aisle when the driver is slowly backing out of a parking space.
7. Lane-keeping system Available lane-keeping is designed to help prevent a driver from drifting outside of the intended driving lane. The system automatically detects the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rear-view mirror. A vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver. The system can also provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed.
8. Class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split-view display Available360-degree camera with split-view display uses four exterior cameras to give the driver a bird’s-eye view of up to seven feet surrounding the F-150 to assist in parking, maneuvering in tight spots and navigating narrow roads and trails at low speeds.
9. Hill Descent Control Available Hill Descent Control™ uses the anti-lock brakes to give the driver control while descending a hill. With the push of a button, the truck’s speed is set automatically, allowing for the driver to concentrate more on driving and less on braking.
10. Individual tire pressure monitoring system Individual monitors show air pressure amounts for each tire and alert the driver when an individual tire is low.
Did you know that reducing waste is part of the Ford strategy for building global-leading manufacturing operations? And they took a huge step toward that goal by sending no operational waste to landfill in the Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. This gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada, and it makes Oakville Assembly the first Ford assembly plant in North America to achieve this environmental designation.
Instead of sending waste products to a landfill, the facility has stepped up its recycling through the united efforts of every team. In 2013, Oakville Assembly recycled close to 2,000 metric tons of wood, cardboard, paper and plastic, saving more than 5,000 cubic meters of landfill space and more than 32 million liters of water. The plant even sends its wastewater treatment plant sludge to a power generation company, where it is converted into energy for use back in the community.
“Ford is very proud that all its Canadian manufacturing facilities are sending zero waste to landfill,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas. “We are expanding our manufacturing footprint in Oakville while decreasing our environmental footprint.”
The Essex Engine Plant achieved landfill-free status in 2012 and Windsor Engine Plant in 2013. A total of 21 Ford facilities around the globe maintain zero waste-to-landfill status. By the stringent definition Ford uses, this means that those facilities do not send any operational waste to a landfill.
Oakville Assembly plant’s success will help Ford move toward its target of reducing global waste to landfill by 40 percent per vehicle produced from 2011 to 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 includes 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
September 5 •
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 they 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.
This year’s King Neptune, Tom Barton, III, reminds you to have a great time at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Now thru September 28th, see all events and schedules for the 41st Annual Neptune Festival at neptunefestival.com.
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.
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 numerals.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 parts.
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.
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.
Stronger Body Structure Results in Less Noise
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. DUMP THE EXTRA WEIGHT.
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.
3. CHECK YOUR TIRES.
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.
4. TURN IT OFF.
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.
5. SEE YOUR DEALER.
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.
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 to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
EVERY SET IS DIFFERENT
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.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
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.
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