(Posted on Mar 30, 2019 at 02:29PM by Danielle Smyth)
Have you heard the news? Brazil automaker CAOA has signed an agreement with Ford over a plant purchase. According to the report, “Brazil has long been South America's automaking hub and has led many brand name global carmakers to set up shop here. But CAOA is the rare company that is actually domestically owned. It currently produces cars for Hyundai and owns a 50 percent stake in China's Chery operation in Brazil, which led to the rebranding of the cars as CAOA Chery.”
CAOA has a very close relationship with Ford, in that it is the single largest distributor of Ford vehicles in the nation of Brazil.
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It is sure to meet your needs, thanks to a strong engine and plenty of interior space. It boasts a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, all sure to impress you. Your drivers will love the vehicle’s maximum 4,080 payload, too. Hurry in and take it for a drive today!
(Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 09:07PM by Danielle Smyth)
Since joining the company in May 2017, former Steelcase exec Jim Hackett’s mandate has been to push Ford employees to answer the question, “Do we have the score right?” In October 2017 Hackett described it as a “fitness push.”
Details of the Ford workout include:
Getting out of Brazil’s heavy truck segment and closing an underperforming Brazilian factory
A truck and van agreement with VW, although the only news on this venture is that the teams are working well and the VW/Ford $4 billion autonomous auto deal still doesn’t have any numbers attached to it
Closing down two Russian manufacturing facilities
An internal memo fell into the hands of The Detroit News recently. In it, Hackett said 2019 was the year Ford would turn “the corner toward a really bright future.” He also reminded employees that Ford’s been around for 115 years and survived more than one recession. But he also said that by 2021, 75% of Ford’s lineup will be new, including a new Bronco, another smaller off-roader, and an electric performance utility vehicle. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a classic Ford vehicle before the lineup is refreshed. Stop by Sound Ford today and test drive a 2019 Ford Ranger XL in Seattle, Washington.
(Posted on Mar 21, 2019 at 08:58AM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford Authority’s Sam McEachern says the 2020 Ford Taurus, due to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show but leaked in photos on Instagram, will be “sharper and more svelte” than its predecessors. With sedans still popular in China—particularly long sedans with loads of rear passenger space—an updated Taurus will join the Mondeo, Mondeo Plug-In, Fox (Focus), and Fox Classic (previous-gen Focus) in its Chinese sedan line-up.
Ford partners with the Chinese Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. and hopes to see better sales this year after a “tough” 2018. Industry watchers say Chinese auto sales are the slowest in two decades. Economic slowdown, the trade war with the U.S. and a Chinese government crackdown on peer-to-peer lending practices, often used to finance car purchases, were all factors that affected 2018 sales.
Observers say Ford has struggled in China because it hasn’t introduced new products quickly enough. But with plans for 50 new vehicles by 2025, they are targeting the middle class of the country’s second-tier cities, the “fastest growing market in China’s automotive industry.”
The Chinese version of the Ford Taurus incorporates a lengthened version of its CD4 front and all-wheel drive vehicle architecture. The base engine is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 is optional.
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(Posted on Mar 21, 2019 at 07:31AM by Danielle Smyth)
After 19 million torture test miles through varied environmental conditions, occasionally using robot drivers, Ford’s introducing a bigger, better 2020 Super Duty it hopes can go head-to-head with competition from GM and Ram.
“Super Duty customers have demanding and diverse needs – from towing heavy trailers to repairing critical infrastructure,” explained Kumar Galhotra, Ford president, North America. “Productivity is their lifeblood and their truck is their biggest tool. Our new Super Duty has more power, more payload and towing capability and better technology than ever to help these customers build a better world.”
Ford’s redesigned the Super Duty’s turbocharger to improve pumping efficiency and throttle response and equipped the truck with a 36,000-psi fuel injection system for its 6.7-liter Power Stroke. Cylinder head, block, connecting rods, and bearings have all been beefed up to handle higher cylinder pressures and greater outputs and new steel pistons will support higher firing pressures, aiming to increase horsepower and torque outputs.
Power figures, towing, and payload specs haven’t been released yet, but should be an improvement on the current 6.7 Power Stroke with 450 horsepower (2,800 rpm) and 935 lb-ft. of torque (1,800 rpm).
“With the addition of the 7.3-liter V8, upgrades to our 6.7-liter, and the debut of an all-new 10-speed transmission, we are delivering the strongest, most capable Super Duty powertrain offerings yet,” said Mike Pruitt, Ford Super Duty Chief Engineer.
(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 Mar 14, 2019 at 01:05PM by Danielle Smyth)
In case you missed it (ICYMI), Ford’s making a lot of changes in 2020. Around this time last year, Ford announced a whole host of changes to its lineup at an automotive press event in Dearborn, MI. Topics discussed included the future of mobility, challenges facing automakers, and new products.
Here are some of the highlights:
Hybrid powertrains for both the Explorer and the Escape
The return of the Ford Bronco with a square silhouette, pronounced wheel arches, and a rear-hatch mounted spare. Take that, Jeep Wrangler!
A new, still nameless off-roading utility model that looks like a 4x4 and might use the Escape’s platform.
A growing SUV lineup, with at least one new Lincoln luxury model
Simplification with fewer platforms—five in total: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, commercial vans, a scaled chassis platform for trucks, and a specific electric vehicle platform. What this means: more models, less mechanical redesign.
Beat Toyota at its hybrid and all-electric game by 2021 with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric versions of the Ford Mustang and the Ford F-150.
Standardization of the Ford Co-Pilot360. Introduced in fall 2018 for the Ford Edge and at the beginning of 2019 for the Ford Ranger, the Ford Co-Pilot360’s five safety features, including automatic braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, lane keep assist, backup camera and automatic headlights, will be standard on all Ford vehicles by 2020.
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(Posted on Mar 14, 2019 at 12:18PM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford has just published a patent filed in 2017 to create a “portable entertainment support system” for a pickup truck box. When you’re not using all that flatbed space for hauling tools or furniture, you’ll be able to set up your own private movie theater and take tailgating—or Netflix and chilling—to a whole new level.
Here’s how Ford describes it: “An entertainment support system is attached to a pickup truck having a plurality of receptacles in sidewalls of a truck box spaced above a truck bed. The entertainment support system includes a first mount having a first horizontal arm extending between opposing sidewalls of the truck box, and a vertical arm extending orthogonal to the first horizontal arm. The entertainment support system further includes a second mount including a second horizontal arm extending between the opposing side walls parallel to and spaced from the first horizontal arm.”
As Rob Stumpf translates, that means removable mounts fixed on the truck bed sides and cross members that horizontally span the bed to support a T-shaped structure. The frame will be higher than the cab to hold a large screen edge to edge. And there’s a horizontal bar to hold your projector and two audio speakers.
Intrigued? Get your pickup today so you’re ready for the drive-in experience. Check out the 2013 Ford F-150. It’s preowned but has so much to love, and fewer than 100,000 miles to its name. Hurry in to Sound Ford today! We are located near Renton, Washington.
(Posted on Mar 6, 2019 at 06:00PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard the news? Ford has been working with Argo AI to test how autonomous vehicles can benefit small businesses. Last summer, the innovative companies approached local enterprises - such as florists, dry cleaning services, and a boutique pet care shop - to find out if a program to transport goods utilizing self-driving automobiles would be useful to them and the answer was yes! They then simulated a trial using an application where the participants could request or schedule deliveries. It wasn't AV but had graphics and sensor attachments throughout it to gain insight on how people would use the technology.
Are you in the market for a new car? Unfortunately, you can’t buy an AV yet, but you can get a 2018 Ford EcoSport SE which makes running errands easy and convenient. The compact crossover (161.3” L and 69.5” W) is perfect for squeezing into tiny parking spots, yet it still has a mighty motor to help you jet around town in a hurry. Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that generates 123 hp and 125 lb.-ft. of torque and can haul up to 2,000 lbs. Additionally, it gets an impressive EPA estimated fuel economy of 27 in the city and 29 on the highway (28 combined).
Want to take an Ecosport for a spin? Give us a call at our dealership in Renton Washington today, and we’ll make you an appointment!
(Posted on Mar 5, 2019 at 05:59PM by Danielle Smyth)
The Ford F1-150 diesel-powered turbo’s just won 2019 Best Pickup Truck in Canada. Chosen by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) the F-150 beat the Ram, Silverado, and Sierra 1500s. The winning score was 771 earned in 20 categories. The F1-150 won hands down in eight:
Driver Position and Ergonomics
Seventy AJAC members filled out 1500 surveys after driving the nominated trucks within a six month period.
“Our journalist members are among the most discerning and objective automotive reviewers anywhere,” said AJAC President Mark Richardson. As the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle since 1986, we shouldn’t be surprised. It’s the Ford F-Series’ 53rd year as Canada’s best-selling truck and its ninth as best-selling vehicle. Our neighbors to the north know a good thing when they see it.
(Posted on Mar 4, 2019 at 01:07PM by Danielle Smyth)
Have you heard the news? The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is a beautiful truck with big improvements. This powerhouse was already great on trails, but the new model shines even more, including an off-road cruise control and dramatically improved shocks. It’s made headlines for its impressive refresh.
The pickup’s new “Trail Control” system is a low-speed cruise control for 1-20 mph, designed to deliver regardless of the terrain, adjusting throttle and braking when needed. Driver seats are also improved; they’re made to keep drivers secure whether at low speeds for challenging ground or out on regular roads.
The engine hasn’t changed, with a 3.5-liter twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 delivering a powerful 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The auto 10-speed handles shifting easily, but the Fox shocks are much more responsive with the new “Live Valve” system. This continuously evaluates input from a variety of sensors to adjust moment-by-moment with compression damping on all four corners. It responds to both driver input and road conditions, combining both for superior handling and response. When you let up on the gas, the vehicle understands it may need to brace for a bigger impact without bottoming out. This offers considerable improvement on very rocky and uneven terrain.
Hurry in to Sound Ford near Seattle, Washington, today and take a test drive!