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The latest Ford News in the Pacific Northwest.
Ford News For Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue Washington
Uncertainty looms beyond Seattle - with steady straightaways slowly turning treacherous, replaced by back-road inclines and coastal trails. The miles demand much from adventurers and SUVs alike; and this is why the 2017 Ford Escape proves to be the perfect traveling companion, delivering award-winning safety with every push of the pedal.


According to U.S. News, the 2017 Escape promises both protection and prevention on the Washington byways. A comprehensive suite of safety technologies - including electronic stability control, lane departure warnings, and dual side-curtain airbags - anchors this SUV, garnering acclaim from the nation’s leading industry authorities:

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

Overall Rating: 4 Stars - Highest Score.
Moderate Overlap Responses: Good.
Side Impact Responses: Good.
Rear Crash Responses: Good.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Overall Rating: 5 Stars - Highest Score.
Frontal Crash Responses: Superior.
Side Crash Responses: Superior.
Rollover Responses: Good.

The results are undeniable - with the 2017 Escape leaving the critics impressed. This utility platform connects drivers to the collision technologies they crave, helping to both negate and lessen every impact. No longer fear the miles ahead. Embrace them instead.

Want to sample the 2017 Escape’s collection of safety features? Visit our dealership today to learn more about this and other Ford SUVs.

The present and the past will soon collide in Seattle. In 1967 Ford introduced drivers to the Mustang Shelby Super Snake - a GT500 platform that crushed every mile, with its 427 FE powertrain delivering a then-staggering 170 MPH. Fifty years have passed since this fastback ruled the circuit.

Now it’s time for a new era of performance.



According to The Drive, Ford will soon premier its 2017 Shelby Super Snake - a pony-powerhouse that will shake the highway. Prepare for class-shattering capability, with a supercharged V8 engine yielding up to 750 HP. A coil-over suspension will pair spindle controls with fully-adjustable links, creating a fluid chassis; while 16-inch frontal rotors will promise precise stoppage on every terrain.

To the further delight of Seattle speed-fans, the new Super Snake will also boast an elongated frame - with 4-inches added to the rear track. This will create a profile that is both aggressive and aerodynamic, with the arched wheel-wells more efficiently diverting air. This will reduce resistance and allow the platform to sail from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.5 seconds.

Prepare for the next-generation of exhilaration.

To learn more about the 2017 Shelby Super Snake - as well as other Mustang platforms - contact us today.
The brand new F-150's fenders and chamfered nose are only a couple of the enticing features that make their debut in Ford's latest model. The truck is already making waves, although its introduction isn't until later this year.

At its core, reliability
 and capability - two traits that epitomize the F-Series brand in general - are king for the 2018 F-150.

“Form and function 
matters to Ford truck customers,” Gordon Platto, a Ford truck designer, said. “...Ford trucks need to be purpose-built for work and instill confidence among those who use them.” Watch more below:


In our previous article, we touched upon some of the front- and profile-view features that stand out; the rear side, though, is not something to overlook. Mirroring the other end, it sports a billet-milled treatment around the tailgate and fenders for enhanced illumination; however, nameplates to go with given trucks' trim levels replace the F-150 badge. Elements like that serve to upgrade the buying experience. After all, the customers are truly right at the end of the day.

“When we are designing F-150, we really look at the truck through the eyes of our customers,” Sean Tant, Ford truck studio's design manager, said.

Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
Want the insider's scoop on what to expect for the 2018 F-150? Keep reading - and then visit our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to test-drive the current model for yourself.

At a glance, the all-new truck's exterior is impressive in itself. A billet-milled body sets the F-150 apart from previous models, while a horizontal twin-bar grille highlights its width, muscularity and power. The grille is also illuminated by LED C-clamp headlamps, a feature that is only one of many Blue Oval innovations.

“F-150 needs to look solid, confident and capable,” Sean Tant, Ford's truck studio design manager, said. “All design elements need to have individual as well as collective strength. We wanted to continue with the billet-milled style introduced in 2015 while visually making the truck look wide and planted.” Watch more below:



A side view, though, brings to mind visual recognition of other trucks from the F-Series. Front door drop-downs, tire proportions and wheel openings hint at borrowed elements, while traditional frame-mounted bumpers and limited fascias allude to customers' consistent desire for genuine and practical vehicles.

The details don't stop there. Stay tuned to learn more about the F-150!
After two days of harsh off-road conditions and on-road handling, the 2017 F-150 Raptor came out on top, scoring the highest truck honors in the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest.

The awards weren't handed out lightly; nearly thirty members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington, tested the contenders to determine which deserved accolades. In total, 27 crossover and sport utility vehicles participated in the Mudfest in premium compact, family, pickups, premium, compact and extreme capability segments. With its 3.5L V6 engine, 450 horsepower and 8,000-pound towing capacity, it's no surprise that the Raptor performed as well as it did.

“The pickups category was extremely tough this year,” Tuan Huynh, the event chair of the NWAPA Mudfest, Northwest Automotive Press Association, said. “Ford F-150 Raptor won the hearts of our members for its prowess both on-road and off over two days of rigorous testing.” Watch more in the video below!



This win is one of many the Raptor's picked up this year; recently, it was dubbed Pickup Truck of the Year by FOUR WHEELER and Best Pickup for 2017 by Cars.com.

The F-150 Raptor and its more classic sibling are available for you to test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. Stop on by!
The 2018 F-150 takes cues from its predecessors, but make no mistake - this all-new pickup is in a class all its own. The truck elevates the signature F-Series aesthetic without compromising its sheer power and high-quality parts.

From the outside, the F-150 pays tribute to the Built Ford Tough brand promise while paving the way for a modernized look and feel. Designers for the Blue Oval narrowed down the exterior to a trifecta of primary concepts: comprehending F-Series design heritage, keeping customers' needs and desires top-of-mind, and craftsmanship. Learn more about the 2017 model below to prepare for the next generation!



“We call our F-Series customers ‘bold guardians of the brand,’” Ford truck design chief Gordon Platto said. “These customers know our Built Ford Tough DNA, and they want their trucks to convey strength, capability, boldness and power – without being ‘in your face’ aggressive.”

Along with the new 2018 F-150’s stronger engine lineup, high-strength materials and class-exclusive technologies, its new exterior is sure to please drivers. The Blue Oval can claim that with certainty: in efforts to ensure that the new truck truly exceeds expectations, Ford's team tapped actual owners during the design process to get a greater grasp on how the vehicle is used nationwide. By fielding buyers' unfiltered feedback, they were able to hit the drawing board with more refined and validated design concepts, such as a light-duty turboiesel engine, fuel economy improvements and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.

Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
Graduation season is underway, which means that parents across the nation are flocking to dealerships for the quintessential celebratory gift: a brand new car. If you're looking for the perfect one for your minted graduate, consider one of the sporty coupes from Ford's lineup; according to New Vehicle Customer Study data from MaritzCX, the Blue Oval's niche attracts younger customers overall.

The Fiesta ST, in particular, is popular with the millennial bunch. Although the average age of new buyers hovers around 45 years, the hatchback entices a crowd roughly ten years its junior. Similar patterns emerge with the Focus/Focus RS and Fusion/Fusion Sport, respectively. Watch more below!



As a result, sales of sports cars have climbed by 45 percent in the first three months of 2017 alone. Given the nationwide surge of SUV and crossover purchases, this skew towards hot hatchbacks is out of the ordinary - but the Blue Oval has no complaints.

“...Capturing younger buyers while they still have many vehicle purchases remaining in their lives is good for business,” Corey Holter, Ford's car group marketing manager, said of the growing trend.

Also worth noting? Millennial drivers aren't strapped for cash. For example, the average household income for a Fiesta buyer is $59,000, but for the ST model, the HHI leaps to $102,000.

Find out more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
The month of April was especially friendly to the Ford China team. Reports show that approximately 94,000 vehicles were sold, only a stone's throw shy of a six-digit victory; the profits come out to an 11-percent increase year-over-year as well.

Branches of the Blue Oval, Changan Ford Automobile (CAF) and Jiangling Motor Corporation, separately yielded notable gains during the time frame, contributing to the large numbers overall:

  • Changan Ford Automobile: 62,000 vehicles sold / 6-percent increase
  • Jiangling Motor Corporation: 25,000+ vehicles sold / 15-percent increase
The brand's sales of sedans also played a role in overall profits, with a tip of the hat to the Escort, all-new Focus and Mondeo, and Taurus. However, SUVs continued to reign supreme amongst buyers, who favored the EcoSport, Kuga, EdgeEverest and Explorer. The Edge, in particular, stood out with a 19-percent boost - watch it in action below:

 

“...Sales bounced back strongly in April in China with gains across our lineup. The overall market remains strong and we expect to gain momentum as the year continues as we launch new products and new models to our existing lineup,” said Peter Fleet, Ford’s Vice President of Marketing and Service for Asia Pacific.

Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
2017 ford f-650 seattle washingtonFord trucks are not only built tough, but built for purpose as well. At Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington, our selection is perfect for buyers of all types, whether you're looking for new or used vehicles.

If you're on the prowl for 
a F-650 or F-750 medium-duty truck, in particular, their purpose-built powertrains are standalone temptations. The Blue Oval is the sole manufacturer to develop its own transmission and diesel engine combination, which guarantees that they work perfectly with vehicle calibrations and every chassis component.

More specifically, the engine options are as follows:

  • Engine highlight: 6.7-liter V8 turbo diesel
  • Horsepower: 270
  • Torque: 675 lb.-ft
  • Engine highlight: Equipped with TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission
  • Horsepower: 300
  • Torque: 700 lb.-ft.
  • Engine highlight: Equipped with TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission
  • Horsepower: 330
  • Torque: 725 lb.-ft.

Interested in learning more? You can put in an order for the 2018 medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks starting this summer, and vehicles will be available beginning this fall. Find out more at Sound Ford today!
The all-new F-150 Raptor isn't for the faint of heart, but that shouldn't deter you from test-driving one on our lot at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. You may be surprised how much you enjoy its agility and power gains, off-road options and exceptional 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, among a multitude of other features.

As truck enthusiasts will be delighted to discover, the brand new F-150 Raptor sports highlights that transcend the basics. For one thing, it comes with a best-in-class drive mode system, which is enabled by a dual-mode transfer case. As a result, the Raptor cruises through and across any terrain to provide passengers with the epitome of multi-terrain experiences. Watch more below!



The Blue Oval's engineering team also threw in clutch-based, on-demand AWD capability for the everyday driver, ensuring that the Raptor can prowl through streets with ease.

“Raptor’s transfer case provides the best of both worlds, with the natural benefits from all-wheel drive, such as increased traction in rain and snow, as well as extreme off-road functionality that comes with a mechanically locked system,” Tony Greco, Ford F-150 Raptor's program manager, said of the truck's features.

Stay tuned to learn more and stop by Sound Ford today!