(Posted on May 11, 2019 at 07:29AM by Danielle Smyth)
While it’s closing a Brazilian factory, shutting down its Russian operations, and struggling with Brexit uncertainty issues at its UK plants, Ford is adding U.S. jobs, both of which are primarily service-oriented initiatives.
A recently announced 55,000 square foot call center in Houston, TX, to open early in July will create more than 500 jobs to handle customer inquiries on Ford trucks such as the F-150. Houston was chosen because it’s in the middle of “truck country” and will be a prototype for future call centers to make sure customers get the service they deserve. The center could also service customers who are considering SUVs like the Explorer and Expedition.
A Ford Mobile Service program has also been announced to provide mobile vehicle maintenance and light service work to customers wherever they are. The pilot’s already begun in California and will expand to Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, and Florida throughout May 2019. Ford has provided this service to UK commercial fleet customers since 2017.
Other Ford customer experience initiatives include a New York and Philadelphia pilot Personal Lease Assist program, Drive New (personalized vehicle offers), and FordPass Rewards that give Ford customers points towards complementary maintenance, parts, service, and new vehicles.
Want to check out a great new SUV like those discussed above? How about the 2019 Ford Explorer XLT? It’s available now for a great price at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.
(Posted on Mar 17, 2019 at 09:12AM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford’s just announced its Explorer Platinum and Limited Hybrid 4WD models will come with standard Michelin Selfseal® tires, also available as options on the Explorer Limited 2WD and 4WD models. “Nothing derails a family vacation like a flat tire,” said Joseph Billman, Ford wheel and tire engineer. “Explorer is the ultimate road trip family hauler – and it’s the perfect fit for these new Michelin Selfseal tires.”
These proprietary Michelin tires can seal 90 percent of tread punctures and slow the rate of air pressure loss to potentially as little as 15 pounds per square inch per week. This will help you avoid loss of vehicle control, dangerous roadside stops in unfamiliar territory, and interruptions that will delay your commute or put a damper on your vacation.
A sealant embedded in the tire surrounds nails or screws and seals the puncture to avoid air loss. It’s also designed to fill tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter if the object doesn’t stay embedded.
The sealant is environmentally friendly and the dramatic reduction in air loss means you won’t end up like “millions of every year on the side of the road, jack in hand and gravel on knees.”
(Posted on Feb 27, 2019 at 08:00PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Are you an adventure-seeker? If so, you need a vehicle that suits your lifestyle which is why you’ll adore the all-new Explorer. It's now extra customizable with almost two-dozen Yakima accessories in Ford's showrooms. Owners can now get convenient in-dealership access to top-notch racks for bikes, kayaks, canoes, skis, paddleboards and much more. The catalog includes things like a single-key system that allows you to unlock various pieces of equipment and easy-to-use heavy-duty hook straps.
Is it time to upgrade your automobile? The 2019 Explorer XLT is the perfect SUV for people who love to have fun in the great outdoors as its luxurious cabin and handling makes the long journeys out of the city comfortable. The wide and flat front seats are cushy and coupled with the padded armrests offer good support. It rides smoothly because the unique suspension settings are firm and flattens out any bumps on the road. Lastly, you’ll be able to fit all your gear and luggage in the cargo with a total of 21 cubic-feet when all rows are in place, or 43.8 ft³ if you tumble down the third bench.
Want to go for a test spin? Give us a shout at our location in Renton, Washington, and we’ll schedule you an appointment!
(Posted on Feb 10, 2019 at 02:54PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard the news? The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid has the quietest cabin ever. The brand has introduced a dual-wall dashboard to pair with the acoustic glass and ‘Active Noise Control’ to help insulate the interior to reduce or eliminate any unwanted sounds. Additionally, the windshield is designed to combat engine, road, and wind racket. Let's look at what else this beauty has to offer!
The SUV has a host of cool technologies such as Ford Co-Pilot360 which has Traffic Sensing to avoid jams and driver-aid innovations. The latter includes automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection which alerts you if there’s potential for a collision and will use the maximum deceleration capacity. It also gives you a rear backup camera to make reversing a cinch and auto high beam lighting that temporarily decreases your headlights when it notes oncoming vehicles. Lastly, under the hood rests a 3.3-liter V-6 that cranks out an impressive 318 hp and 336 lb.-ft. of torque. It's combined with a 10-speed modular hybrid transmission which is composed of 90 percent of the same parts as normal transmissions.
Unfortunately, this model won’t be available until this summer, but if you have more questions regarding this car or another one in our inventory then call us at our dealership in Renton, Washington and our team will assist you!
(Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 01:27PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Fuel prices can put a strain on consumers wallet, and it doesn’t look like it will get any better in the near future. For this reason, people are looking for alternatives and the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid is the best option as it's reported to get an impressive 500 miles of range between hitting gas stations! However, this isn't the only thing that makes it exceptional, let's dive into the details.
The SUV was officially unveiled on January 14th at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The vehicle cut a stunning image and, besides, left bystanders in awe due to the superb 3.3-liter V6 engine with a built-in electric motor under the hood. It comes equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the battery has been described as “a specially designed liquid-cooled lithium-ion.” The capacity of the unit is unknown but it’s positioned in the chassis in order to preserve space for cargo and passengers.
Ford Authority has suggested that, at first, the Explorer Hybrid will only be available in the Limited trim. This model has a myriad of standard features to make the car a luxurious masterpiece. It has Active Noise Cancellation to ensure the cabin is insulated against any unwanted sounds. You also get heated seats that are upholstered in lush, premium leather.
Give our dealership a call or stop by our location in Renton, Washington today!
(Posted on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:27PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard the news? Ford has released photos and information of the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility and it's spectacular! It comes standard with a stellar 3.3-liter hybrid equipped with a 10-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive. It’s speculated that the motor can save between $3,500 and $5,700 annually in fuel costs due to its EPA rating of 24 mpg (a 41-percent improvement over the 3.7 L engine figure). It’s also going to be faster, according to the car manufacturer, with a top velocity of 137 mph. What’s more, the lithium-ion battery allows for extra available loading or passenger compartment space!
Essentially, this is the non-commercial cruiser version of the new Explorer coming out this year but, in the meantime, you can get your hands on the 2019 Limited model. The SUV boasts a superb suite of advanced lighting options that’ll keep you safe in every weather condition. Halogen reflector lamps ensure illumination on the darkest of nights while automatic LED low-beams are able to sense ambient levels and engage wide-beam support when necessary. If it’s a particularly foggy evening, you'll maintain the utmost visibility with the rear-mounted diodes.
Want to try one out for yourself? Stop by our dealership in Renton, Washington today, and we’ll schedule you an appointment and answer any questions you might have.
(Posted on Dec 23, 2018 at 11:32PM by Kelsey McDonald)
We’ve got some excellent news for you: Ford Motor Co. has confirmed Thursday that the cutting-edge 2020 Ford Explorer will be unveiled on January 9th at the brand's domed stadium in downtown Detroit (unfortunately, it’s invitation-only). The reveal will take place before the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center where approximately 30 automobiles are going to be debuted. The famous vehicle manufacturer said, “[it’s] our most advanced and adventure-ready version ever.” Their newest addition is expected to be available on the market next year and share mechanical systems with the upcoming Lincoln Aviator.
If you’re looking for something awesome now then why not check out the 2019 Ford Explorer Base? This beauty has got it all - performance prowess and state-of-the-art technology! Under the hood rests a 3.5 L V6 engine that cranks out a substantial 288 horsepower at 6,500 revolutions per minute and 254 lb.-ft. Of torque at 4,000 rpm. It also has a 6-Speed SelectShift transmission which allows you to choose between two drive modes: conventional automatic shifting or semi-automatic shifting sport.
Does this SUV sound like your dream car? If the answer is yes, then give our dealership a call today, and we’ll schedule you a test spin!
(Posted on Dec 16, 2018 at 09:45PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard about the Ford Police Interceptor Utility? it's a vehicle specifically built to protect officers on duty. It has a set of unique features that differentiate it from normal cars, such as livery, lights, steel wheels, and a divider between the two seating rows. However, its greatest asset is the high-tech ballistic panels (bulletproof doors) that are used to shield the occupants from gunfire. What's more, they can easily make a clean getaway because this crossover is a sprinter: it can go from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds and up to 100 in just 16 seconds.
The SUV isn’t available for civilians but you can get your hands on a 2018 Ford Explorer XLT, which is the unmodified version. Its 3.5L V6 engine cranks out 290 horsepower at 6,500 revs per minute and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. As for top-notch safety features, it’s got Advancetrac with Roll Stability and ESC. This improves handling to maintain control and reduces the chance of skidding on all dangerous driving surfaces (especially snow, ice, gravel, and rain-covered roads).
The year is slowly winding toward an end - and across Tacoma critics are already marking their calendars for 2019, circling the third quarter with gleeful intent. The 2020 Explorer is coming, and they can’t wait to experience its custom-tuned capabilities.
According to Motor One, Ford has just unveiled its 2020 Explorer. The platform - which should arrive to Tacoma by late next fall - will deliver robust performance, with a 3.0L V6 engine anticipated. This will allow it generate 400 HP and 400 lb.-ft of torque, and towing ratios are expected to exceed 5,000 pounds. Anchoring the chassis will be an Intelligent AWD, which will smoothly transfer traction between the wheels to ensure stable responses; and a 10-speed automatic transmission will bring electronic precision to every mile. The inclusion of a supplemental turbocharger will further impress, enabling drivers to take full advantage of each rev.
To ensure drivers have the variety they crave, Ford also intends to pair this platform with an optional RWD. This will prove ideal for those craving stable highway experiences, with all power distributed to the rear tires and handling enhanced. This feature will allow for custom rides in Tacoma.
Want to learn more about the 2020 Explorer? Contact our dealership today to request further specs about this Ford model - and don’t hesitate to ask about our available financing opportunities as well.
Value proves timeless. This is the truth embraced by the 2013 Explorer. Despite boasting more than a few years beneath its hood, this SUV remains a viable all-terrain option - with noted industry leader, Kelley Blue Book, recently celebrating it.
According to KBB, the 2013 Explorer is a worthy addition to any used vehicle search. Effortlessly surpassing the competition (including the Nissan Pathfinder), this platform connects drivers to both dynamic handling and superior power. Anchored by a standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, it generates 290 HP (at 6,500 RPMs) and 255 lb.-ft of torque (at 4,000 RPMs). A six-speed automatic transmission provides nimble responses, utilizing SelectShift technology to identify the optimum gear ratios for changing roadways; while power-assisted steering promises seamless electric control. An independent suspension allows this seven-passenger ride to smoothly maneuver over any terrain; and the inclusion of an optional AWD further impresses, offering maximum traction with every mile.
This, KBB argues, brands the 2013 Explorer an ideal option for families and adventurers alike. Its rugged architecture can accommodate all roadways - revving through summer sun and winter snow on 17-inch steel wheels. No other used SUV delivers such strong performance.
Want to learn more? Visit our dealership today for further information about this Ford platform!