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Along with other updates, Ford Motor Company representatives delivered news about the automaker's all-new Ford Commercial Vehicle Center program at The Work Truck Show in March. The program replaces and builds upon the foundation left by the Ford Business Preferred Network that made its 1986 debut as Main Street USA.

The modernized program encompasses over 670 dealers nationwide who are dedicated to providing commercial and fleet customers with proper service support, financing options and vehicles to fit each company's needs. A broad range of in-stock Ford commercial vehicles makes that possible, as does the proprietary diagnostic software referred to as Commercial Vehicle Tools. The program also offers test drives, specialized fleet vehicle financing advantages and more. Watch the fleet vehicles in action in the video below:



On top of that, employees of the Commercial Vehicle Center receive cross-training from the factory to ensure that all customers receive a paragon of service and support. Departments within the Commercial Vehicle Center also keep their doors open for 55 hours per week at a minimum.

Learn more about Ford's Commercial Vehicle Center program at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
2017 Ford trucks for sale seattle washingtonMarch's largest work truck event nationwide, The Work Truck Show, welcomed a bevy of truck enthusiasts and a slew of announcements from the Ford Motor Company team. As part of their public statement, the Blue Oval shared successes from 2016's truck sales. 

Last year, Ford sales for medium-duty trucks exceeded that of any year since 1997 - nearly two decades earlier. Medium-duty trucks are also the most rapidly growing volume medium-duty brand, according to the announcement. Ford F-650 and F-750 truck sales also received recognition for their 54 percent year-over-year sales increase, with 2016 sales capping at 15,486. The increase in sales represents growing market share in tandem.

“Customers are embracing our new medium-duty trucks,” John Scholtes, Ford's chief program engineer of commercial vehicles, said. “They appreciate how flexible the platform is – we offer a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrain, three body styles, a wide GVWR range, and almost limitless customization options to let them spec exactly the right trucks for even the toughest jobs.” The F-650 and F-750 family, in particular, includes Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles, in addition to kick-up frame Pro Loaders and a tractor model solely crafted for heavy towing.

Check back to learn about Ford's other exciting announcements from The Work Truck Show, and visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
2017 Ford trucks for sale seattle washingtonOver 200 companies within Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program share in the automaker's dedication to amending its broad commercial vehicle family for multiple consumer applications - not limited to emergency services, school buses, motorhomes and more. The recent updates to the QVM program, revealed at The Work Truck Show, build upon its established parameters for safety and quality.

The upgraded process (eQVM), which was preceded by the achievements of the Advanced Fuel QVM program from 2010, incorporates on-site assessments at each participant's location to confirm adherence to manufacturing, customer service, assembly and other component standards - vehicles modified by a Ford QVM that comply with the guidelines hold on to their factory warranties.

Developers for the eQVM program are XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids.

• XL Hybrids: Provides a hybrid electric drive system for Ford Transit, E-350 and E-450 chassis, F-250 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis; a plug-in hybrid upfit for the F-150 pickup is also available.
• Motiv Power Systems: Services the Ford E-450 and F-59 chassis with an all-electric powertrain.
• Lightning Hybrids: Available to the Ford E-350 and E-350 chassis, F-350 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-59 chassis is a non-electric hydraulic hybrid energy recovery system.Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.

2017 Ford Transit vans for sale seattle washingtonFord's newly expanded Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program encompasses the development and installation of various hybrid powertrains, according to a recent release. The powertrains will benefit Ford trucks and vans, in particular. The program was revealed at The Work Truck Show recently to the approval of fleet and commercial customers, whose electrified and hydraulic hybrid work trucks often necessitate certain conditions. 

As a leader in electrification, the Blue Oval also recently announced its $4.5 billion investment in 13 electrified vehicles within the next five years - including a high-volume autonomous vehicle, a Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, a hybrid F-150 and more.

“Ford supports electrification for a variety of vehicle types,” Richard Cupka Jr., Ford's sustainability and QVM program manager, said in the same release. “The eQVM program extends that support to the vocational truck industry where customers need relatively small numbers of specialized vehicles – there is no one-size-fits-all work truck.”

With the new eQVM program, three developers are taking the spotlight: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids. All three companies provide electrification or hydraulic solutions for a variety of Ford vehicles that appeal to commercial and fleet customers, such as the F-150, Transit and E-Series vans and chassis, and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis.

Stay tuned to learn more about the eQVM program, and stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
2018 Ford Transit for sale seattle washingtonThe Work Truck Show in March - the largest in the nation - was highlighted by Ford's announcement of updates to its broad commercial vehicle lineup, delighting attendees who are familiar with the high caliber of the Blue Oval's Transit vehicles.

At a press conference on March 14, Ford also informed media of the 2018 Transit van family updates and also debuted the expanded Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program. 

“Ford is deeply committed to the work truck market,” John Ruppert, Ford's general manager of commercial vehicle sales and marketing, said. “We are the only OEM to offer our vocational customers vehicles in every segment from Classes 1-7, and have sold more commercial vehicles every year for three decades than any other manufacturer.”

Only a couple of years ago, Ford Transit climbed to the top of the rankings and became the nation's best-selling commercial van; in 2016, it became the best-selling van overall, surpassing minivans.

One new perk of the Transit relates to its rearview camera, which is standard on the van. Newer models will display it above the rear doors on medium- and high-roof models, although it'll flank the license plate on low-roof models. Locking box gloves, all-new rear door exit handles and rear LED cargo lamp switches will also become standard.

Learn more about what's new for the Transit at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!


 
Passing along instructions and standards for excellence to one person is difficult enough; sharing them with multiple companies is another. In alignment with its mission to recognize and spread sustainability practices, Ford is offering a toolkit as part of its Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) program for participating suppliers. The toolkit includes over 350 leading practices contained within categories for energy, water, air emissions and waste. Learn more about Ford's initiatives in the video below:


The aforementioned practices would take too long to list in their entirety, but include initiatives that range in size - like reducing compressed air usage in manufacturing, or swapping LED lightbulbs for incandescent ones. One notable leading practice, dubbed Energy Treasure Hunts, show suppliers how to tap experts in their own facilities as invaluable resources, resulting in a greater number of identified opportunities for sustainability. The Blue Oval encourages suppliers to share their findings and support the program's cycle of sharing.

“We are serious about protecting lives and preserving the planet, and sharing best practices with Ford helps further that mission to sustain the environment globally,” Jim Laney, DENSO's senior manager of Safety, Health and Environment in North America, said of his company's participation in the PACE program.

Of course, since Ford is a pioneer amongst automakers for sustainability practices, PACE is only one cog in the chain. Ford's overall strategy also encompasses human rights initiatives, working conditions and more. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!

With the debut of its Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE), Ford Motor Company is reinforcing its long-lasting commitment to ethical practices and sustainability.

The PACE program serves to share Ford's pioneering sustainability practices with its global chain of suppliers. More specifically, the program's tools include assets to help suppliers increase their efficiency of water and energy consumption, as well as cut down on waste and carbon dioxide emissions. Learn more about Ford's sustainability initiatives in the video below:



Through the program, suppliers are able to better track and achieve their goals for sustainability - as of now, participating suppliers are already slated to conserve 550 million gallons of water over the next five years! On top of that, research collected in 2016 indicates that carbon emissions from participating PACE suppliers may be reduced by approximately 500,000 metric tons globally over the same time span.

“As a company, it’s important that we make quality products and minimize the impact on the environment by doing things the right way,” Mary Wroten, the senior manager of Ford Supply Chain Sustainability, said.

Stay tuned for more information on Ford's PACE program, and visit our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
2017 Ford Motor Company vehicles for sale seattle washingtonFor the eighth year running, Ford Motor Company is taking a well-earned spot on Ethisphere's ranking of World's Most Ethical Companies. The list highlights companies that use their influence to promote positive change; Ford's 2017 accolade marks the longest streak for any automaker. 

The Blue Oval's position on the list is the product of a steady commitment to ethics, one enforced through various initiatives targeted at safe working conditions and human rights, the Partnership for a Cleaner Environment program, the sourcing of conflict-free minerals and more. Additionally, Ford's team also cultivates long-standing relationships with suppliers, going the extra mile to offer training and evaluations to support adherence to protocol.

“Strong ethics and corporate citizenship are the foundation of our business philosophy, which demonstrates to our customers what we stand for as a company,” Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company's Executive Chairman, said in a statement.


Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, echoed Ford's sentiments in the same release. 

“Companies we’ve honored as World’s Most Ethical take a novel response to the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations, and the geo-political climate. We’ve seen how Ford responds to these challenges, while still...embracing ethical strategies across the globe.”

Find out more about Ford's standards of excellence and ethics at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!


2018 Ford Fiesta for sale seattle washingtonTrying to make friends with your wallet? There's no reason to limit your car search to the 'used' section. Depending on which vehicle you invest in, it may save you big bucks year-over-year. Or, on the flip side, you may hold onto more cash initially, but find yourself handing it over for multiple repairs down the line.

But thanks to the good book - Kelley Blue Book, to be precise - prospective buyers don't need to do the heavy lifting to figure out which cars are solid long-term buys. After digging through their records, the team at AutoGuide.com recently compile a list of Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Own Over 5 Years: 2017. A short scroll through the web page rewards readers with a feature on the all-new Ford Fiesta ST, a sporty hatch that packs a lot of power into a compact frame.

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The Ford Fiesta ST is one hot hatch, offering a fun-to-drive experience in a compact package. It’s also the cheapest Sporty Compact Car to own according to Kelley Blue Book, with a 5-Year Cost to Own of $35,433," AutoGuide's article states. Rest assured that the low numbers don't translate to low quality, though - CarandDriver.com currently ranks the ST at a 4.5 out of possible 5 stars.

Learn more about how you can save money on your next car purchase at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
Ford Motor Company's strategic strides to emerge as a leading mobility company are paying off. Recent research by Auto Trader revealed that in the United Kingdom, Ford is ranked as the most desirable brand for motorists who are interested in the future of self-sufficient cars. Although full integration of autonomous cars into dealerships and roads is still on the horizon, the findings are indicative of Ford's current and future success.

As reported on TheSun.com, a UK news company, the results were derived from aggregated desirability ratings across 15 car manufacturers and tech companies. The selection aptly covers the majority of brands that have vocalized intent to deliver cars that are completely autonomous. Although 40 percent of the surveyed drivers suggested a lack of interest in driverless car technology, Ford emerged as the leading brand amongst the remaining 60 percent. 
Ford revealed its driverless Fusion prototype domestically in 2016, so there's sure to be more on tap - watch it in the video below: 


According to Auto Trader's Editor-in-Chief, Jon Quirk, the takeaways from the research are a sign of what's soon to come. 

“UK motorists picked Ford due to positive past experiences with the brand, which naturally led them to think positively about its delivery of cars in the future, despite drastic changes to how they will be built and, more importantly, used by motorists in the future,” he said. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!