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2010 honda civic for sale kent washingtonDespite a three-month consultation that sought alternatives to closure, Honda has decided to shut down its manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK, and will lay off 3,500 workers. The plant produced 160,000 Honda Civics a year.

Global industry changes and the need to start producing electric vehicles are the reasons Honda’s given for the plant closure, rather than uncertainty over Brexit or proposed new U.S. tariffs on European imports. But Unite union members aren’t convinced. National officer Des Quinn said, “Unite can only conclude that Honda is taking a strategic decision to retreat out of Europe in favour of protecting its North American operations and avoiding president Trump's tariff threat on cars made in Europe.”

But Honda is also closing a plant in Turkey in 2021, which makes it seem more likely the company is choosing to focus not just on getting more electric and hybrid vehicles to market, but also on its larger markets: North America, Japan and China rather than Europe. Honda’s strategy recently has been to produce its specialized design and technology cars in Japan, while manufacturing cars designed for the U.S. market in the U.S.

We have one pre-owned 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid in stock at the moment. Stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, to take it for a test drive!

2019 ford ranger xlt for sale renton washingtonThe soon-to-be revealed Citroen 19_19 concept car, says autoblog writer Joel Stocksdale, “looks like a moon buggy and has impressive electric capabilities.” Let’s hope Citroen, who plan to reveal the 19_19 at VivaTech in Paris, aren’t too crushed by that description. According to the Citroen website, they were shooting for “a true UFO in the automotive sector.”

Inspired by the worlds of aviation and interior design, the 19_19 Concept has 30-inch wheels, LED bar headlights that form a front wing, and a sharply tapering tail. The roof has dual LiDar sensors that look like fins and the body has several transparent openings to let passengers see the landscape, the road beneath—and the car’s suspension.

Seats are customized. The driver’s keeps the occupant upright while the front passenger is optimized for comfort. Both steering wheel and pedals retract when the car’s in autonomous mode.

The 19_19 features a dual-motor electric drive system with 456 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It can go almost 500 miles on its 100-kWh battery pack and supports induction charging both at a standstill and while moving.

But if you can’t wait for a moon buggy, come see us at Sound Ford just outside Seattle, Washington. We’ll be happy to show you our latest and greatest models, like the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT. It’s got a lot of modern amenities, like advanced trail control and total terrain management. You’re sure to love it!

2019 ford mustang for sale seattle tacoma renton washingtonSeattle pony car fans! Rev your engines in celebration – the Ford Mustang recently claimed the number one spot for the top-selling sports coupe in the world for 2018! This is the iconic model’s fourth year in a row to be bestowed such an honor after selling a total of 113,066 cars last year. This milestone moment also happened to take place on National Mustang Day, which marked the coupe’s 55th anniversary on April 17, 2019.

According to Ford, of those total 2018 sales, 75,842 models were purchased in the United States alone, which is rather exceptional considering the Mustang was available for purchase in 146 countries. What’s more, over 500,000 pony cars have been sold worldwide since the sixth generation’s global unveiling only four years ago, allowing the Mustang to capture 15.4 percent of the segment last year. This growth was due to the new Mustang Bullitt, which surpassed worldwide sales forecasts by an astounding 25 percent.

There has never been a better time to get behind the wheel of a Mustang! To learn more about this chart-topper, including available new and 
preowned models, performance specs, features and more, contact Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, to go for a test drive.
new and used ford vehicles best price seattle tacoma renton washingtonPorch pirates and bad weather begone, Renton! Ford has now joined Amazon’s free in-car delivery service, making it even easier to order products from the logistics giant and have them delivered right to your vehicle. Known as Key by Amazon In-Car, the service will be available on eligible Ford vehicles, including select 2017 models and 2018 and newer models that are equipped with FordPass Connect.

For the service to work, Ford owners must download the 
FordPass app, create an account and activate the in-car delivery option. An Amazon Prime account must also be synced up to the FordPass account. When placing an order, customers can select the Key by Amazon In-Car delivery method, which grants one-time access to the vehicle for parcel storage. Owners will receive notifications before and after the delivery, as well as confirmation that the car is locked. Access can be blocked at any time, and packages can be rescheduled for drop-off on a different day. Talk about convenient!

To learn more about Key by Amazon In-Car and how you can utilize this customer-focused service, contact Sound Ford in Renton, Washington. Our team will show you our line-up of 
FordPass-equipped models to help you select the best option to suit your needs and budget. Call us today!
2019 ford transit passenger van for sale renton seattle tacoma washingtonAccording to an article by Automotive News, Ford Motor Company is planning to expand its GoRide Health experimental shuttle service to seven more states by the end of 2020.

This pilot project utilizes Ford Transit vans to take passengers to and from hospitals for non-emergency medical care. Patients can schedule pick-up and drop-off times up to 30 days in advance and most trips are subsidized through health insurance plans, but a small number of customers pay for the trips out of pocket (approximately $45 to $60).

Currently, the service operates in southeastern Michigan and in Toledo and Dayton, Ohio; however, Ford is looking to expand to other markets, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Miami, followed by North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and California. No word yet if the PNW is on the radar.

GoRide couldn’t have chosen a better platform for the job. With the ability to configure the van with seating for five, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen or even fifteen, the Transit is an ideal shuttle service vehicle designed with capability and flexibility in mind. It’s also engineered according to Built Ford Tough standards for enhanced durability with every mile.

To learn more about the 2019 Transit Passenger Van, visit us at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.

2015 ford focus electric for sale kent washingtonDetroit electric vehicle startup Rivian has recently received more than $1 billion in investment from Amazon and Ford. Amazon hopes to use Rivian’s development for its commercial delivery trucks, while Ford, which announced a $500 million investment in early May, will share EV platform resources and architecture with Rivian.

As Ford leaves the car market to focus on SUVs, pickups and electric vehicles, partnering with a company like Rivian that has nearly 10 years’ EV EV architecture developed specifically for SUVs and pickups makes sense.

Rivian can use Ford’s manufacturing expertise to avoid the problems Tesla’s experiencing as it tries and fails to meet production deadlines.

After launching several products at the LA Motor Show in November 2018, Rivian managed to create both an electric pickup and SUV that beat Detroit automakers to the market. Its vehicles focus on capability, with an electric range of 400 miles, 0-60 times of 3 seconds, four-wheel-drive off-road capability and an 11,000-lb towing capacity.

While the deal is still subject to regulatory approval, the plan is for Rivian to continue as an independent company with Ford President of Automotive Joe Hinrichs joining its board. Rivian’s R1T pickup and R1S SUV are premium vehicles, but the company has future plans for lower-cost vehicles.

Visit Sound Ford in Renton to test drive one of their new or pre-owned electric and hybrid vehicles like the 2015 Ford Focus Electric BEV. You’re sure to love it!
2019 ford ranger lariat for sale kirkland washingtonWith a joking Toyota Yaris Adventure slide featuring a subcompact/pickup mashup during a media conference at the New York Auto Show in mid April, automotive analysts and journalists are wondering if we might see a revival of the compact pickup.

According to Autotrader analyst Michelle Krebs, "Full-size buyers are the most loyal in the industry. Smaller truck buyers are the least."

While sales of full- and mid-size trucks are booming, prices are also rising. First-quarter pickup sales are 30 percent higher than they were during the same period of 2014, with a total of 659,105 vehicles sold between January and end of March 2019.

Volkswagen demo’d its pickup concept, the Tarok, at the New York Auto Show. They’re hoping "to gauge market reaction for a truly versatile and compact entry-level pickup." Hyundai introduced the Santa Cruz concept, a small SUV/pickup combo, in 2015 at the Detroit auto show, although the concept doesn’t yet have an official name and won’t be ready till after 2020. The Hyundai Santa Cruz SUV-pickup blend aims to hit the sweet spot. "This is going to appeal to people who don’t necessarily see themselves as pickup truck drivers, but they want the utility of having an open bed," said Hyundai Chief Operating Officer Brian Smith. And Ford plans a compact pickup as well, since the Ranger has become a midsized model.

Want to test drive a Ford Ranger? We have a 2019 Lariat model on the lot that’s begging to be taken for a spin. Stop by our Renton, Washington, Sound Ford dealership today! 
2018 ford focus se for sale kent washingtonThe 2020 Lincoln Corsair, which debuted at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, is Ford’s replacement for the MKC. The smallest of Ford’s small luxury crossover vehicles, the Corsair “looks like a mini Aviator,” says Ford Authority’s Shane McGlaun. “The styling is tasteful, attractive and refined without being ostentatious.”

Little touches of luxury include a very quiet ride due to the Corsair’s dual-wall dashboard in the engine compartment, added to form an additional barrier between engine and occupants. The resulting air gap cuts down on cabin vibration as well.

Driver notifications also have a luxury twist: the Corsair uses six different chimes created and recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to alert drivers about open doors or undone seatbelts.

To be assembled at Ford’s Louisville, KY, plant, the 2020 Corsair will be available at dealerships this fall and will introduce three new interior colors:

  • Beyond Blue (blue and white)
  • Cashew (tan and black)
  • Medium Slate (soft gray and ebony).

In another nod to the Aviator, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair also offers Phone As A Key technology that lets owners lock and unlock doors, open the liftgate, as well as start and drive using a compatible smartphone. Stop by Sound Ford near Seattle, Washington, to see a great selection of new and pre-owned vehicles and test drive one (or more) of them. How about the 2018 Focus SE? It’s packed with great features and is also affordable and beautiful to behold. Hurry in!
used 2018 volkswagen atlas se 4motion for sale in renton washingtonRumored to be the fastest electric vehicle ever created, the Volkswagen I.D. R was recently spotted prepping for the upcoming Nürburgring Nordschleife race. After running several computer simulations, driver Romain Dumas is ready to break the standing record of 6:45.90 minutes currently held by the Nio EP9.

The motorsport complex in Germany has larger bumps; therefore, the I.D. R has been outfitted with better shock absorbers to accommodate the uniqueness of the track. Engineers have designed the model to be more aerodynamic by revising the front spoiler, rear wing, and floor to increase the downforce.

If you are not interested in sporty rides, consider purchasing a used 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE 4Motion. This mid-size crossover is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that generates 276 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The SE trim level includes safety systems like blind-spot monitoring to help prevent accidents on the road. The cabin is draped in leather upholstery and has heated front seats for comfort during the winter months.

Want to take one out for a spin? Get in touch with Sound Ford in Renton, WA to schedule a test drive in a pre-owned Volkswagen Atlas today!
used 2018 toyota avalon xle plus for sale in renton washingtonVoted as one of the best large cars available on today’s market, experts at Dayton Daily News love the new 2019 Toyota Avalon. Noting its power, user-friendly electronics, and massive 16-cubic-foot trunk, it’s no surprise that this sedan is a fan favorite.

If you are looking for something a little more affordable, consider snatching up a used 2018 Toyota Avalon XLE Plus. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, this five-passenger model generates 268 hp and 248 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with FWD and a six-speed automatic transmission, it has a fuel economy set at 25 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway).

The XLE Plus trim level includes 17-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. The cabin boasts heated leather seats and a height-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column. The voice-activated Entune infotainment interface is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen that operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. You can even listen to music through the seven-speaker stereo system on your way to work.

Want to try one out for yourself? Contact Sound Ford in Renton, WA to schedule a test drive in a pre-owned Toyota Avalon!