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Within Detroit’s famed Cobo Center - a series of convention halls and golden spotlights - is a stage. There drivers at the North American International Auto Show gather, waiting to see the latest innovations and all-wheel powerhouses. With every hour comes a new vehicle to admire.

None, however, can eclipse the promise of the Ford Ranger.



According to Yahoo News, Ford recently offered Auto Show guests a glimpse of the future - announcing the return of its much-adored Ranger. In 2019 this platform (which was originally discontinued in 2011) will enter production, providing drivers with the compact wheelbase and four-wheel maneuverability they crave. The truck will serve as a counterpoint to the Super Duty.

With the arrival of a new Ranger, Detroit crowds cried out in celebration. This pick-up has proven popular - even after being removed from Ford’s assembly lines. Expectations are now high, with drivers already debating potential specs (Auto Revolution recently joined that debate, hinting at the possibilities of a 3.0L PowerStroke V6 engine and a Duratorq diesel alternative. Both could deliver more than 185 HP and 350 lb.-ft of torque).

While the Sound Ford team is sad to reveal that no official powertrain capabilities have been revealed, we do believe that the Ranger will share considerable similarities to its F-150 cousin - making it a true performer on the road.

To learn more about the 2019 Ranger contact us today.

In 1996 a collective wail rose throughout the automotive world - with critics and drivers sharing distress, saddened by an announcement that offered no compromise. The beloved Bronco would be discontinued. Declining sales had left Ford no choice, with the brand now channeling its SUV energy toward mid-size platforms and crossovers. A tradition of all-terrain performance had come to a pitiable end.

Every ending becomes a new beginning, however - and the Bronco will soon find its way onto the highway once more.



According to Road and Track, the Bronco is returning! During the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Ford greeted guests with a special announcement - declaring that this signature SUV would begin production in late 2019. The crowd, of course, went wild with excitement and soon Detroit’s Cobo Center was filled with speculation about engine capabilities, horsepower, and more.

Road and Track shared these speculations, noting that the Ford Bronco would most likely boast a Ranger underpinnings (with an elongated wheelbase and a wide 4x4 design). Two-door and four-door cabins are possible, and a body-on-frame construction will most likely be utilized to ensure seamless off-roading. Both an enhanced suspension and a low-range all-wheel-drive are also anticipated.

When Ford ceased production on the Bronco, drivers found themselves bereft of power and performance. With the approach of 2020, however, this will finally change.

Are you ready for the new Bronco? Share your excitement with us today!
Feel like taking a quick trip down memory lane? Autoguide.com's recently released list, "Top 10 Most Intriguing and WTF Cars Up For Auction Soon," is a time capsule that whisks car enthusiasts back a few decades. All of the vehicles listed will be on display and auctioned off from January 14-21 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Check out another vintage Ford vehicle in the video below:


In particular, two Ford cars mentioned in the list are both from the year 1971 - the same year Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was released. Although both vehicles are better equipped for highways than stairways, one can argue that they're nothing short of divine. The first vehicle, a 1971 Ford Torino custom display car, is sure to elicit its fair share of double-takes. As stated by Jodi Lai on Autoguide.com, "The listing says the car has a 3D-printed “liquid metal” finish and is based on a 1971 Ford Torino." The Torino made its grand and unconventional entrance at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Following suit, the 1971 Ford Bronco also makes Autoguide.com's list. The vintage SUV is slated to become a coveted collectible, and experts predict its value to go through the roof soon enough. Lai states, "This first-generation Bronco could be a great investment because it’s so clean." Also adding to its value is a V8 engine, custom lift
kit and power steering, and a Grabber Blue paint job.  

Even if you can't make it to the auction in Scottsdale, learn more about Ford's vehicles - vintage and otherwise - at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.


Coming in at nothing less than number one, the 2016 Ford F-150 truck was recently given top billing on Autoblog.com's list of Best-Selling Vehicles of 2016.

Autoblog.com's description of the truck didn't beat around the bush and was quick to give praise where it was due, stating that:
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This won't come as a surprise. The Ford F-Series lineup, which includes the F-150 and its brawnier Super Duty siblings, is still the best-selling vehicle in America, and by a comfortable margin of more than 200,000 units over the second-place finisher."

The second-place contender, Chevy's Silverado, ultimately couldn't hold a candle to the F-150.


Considering that the F-Series has been the best-selling brand of trucks for nearly 40 years, as stated on Ford's website, this latest accolade is both well-deserved and, in some ways, nothing new. This year's F-150 underwent 10 million miles of testing to guarantee that it was capable of taking the reputable name to the next level; its high-strength, aluminum-alloy body coupled with a high-strength steel frame made it stand out as dually lightweight and strong. Although it didn't have anything to prove - its name alone provides esteem - the Blue Oval's engineers worked to give the F-150 a 12,220-lb max tow rating and a 3,270-lb payload as well, making the truck shine even brighter.

Check out the F-150's towing superiority in the video below:



The impressive features don't stop there. With the highest gas mileage of any full-size truck in its class - an EPA-estimated rating of 19/city/26 highway/22 combined mpg - and the only NHTSA 5-star safety rating awarded to any pickup truck - the F-150 steals the spotlight with ease.

Check out the F-150 and other members of the F-Series family at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. 
Ford F-150 RaptorWith an astonishing 2,481 miles of sanctioned off-road racing under its belt for the 2016 Best in the Desert season and SCORE Baja 1000 alone, the brand new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor proves to have both brains and brawn. Its smart technology, coupled with its sheer muscle and top-of-the-line capabilities, make it a standout truck going into the new year.

The Raptor also had a standout performance in the Pahrump Nugget 250, snagging 432 points. Working with Greg Foutz Motorsports, Ford Performance crafted a production-intent F-150 Raptor and incorporated all the necessary safety, lighting and navigation equipment to ensure success. The preemptive measures paid off; the team driving the Raptor completed the race in 10 hours, 21 minutes and 59 seconds. Overall, the race truck closed out its season with over 100 hours of off-road, competitive driving.

Greg Foutz, the Raptor's lead 
driver and team owner, expressed how impressed he was in a statement released by Ford. "I know how much we abused that truck, and they were able to capture a lot of data and provide updates as the Raptor readied for production,” he said.

Now that its tour of duty is complete, the Raptor race truck will return to Ford Performance's Dearborn headquarters before going on display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. 

Interested in how the F-150 Raptor race truck was modified? Updates include:

  • Race-optimized three-inch-diameter internal-bypass front and rear Fox Racing shocks
  • Race-optimized front and rear springs
  • Custom-fabricated roll cage
  • MasterCraft seats with five-point harness safety belts and window nets
  • Rigid Industries LED light bars, racing fuel cell, Lowrance GPS, RacePak digital dash and data logger
Find out more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
The North American International Auto Show and CES are just around the corner, which makes Ford's release of its next-generation Fusion Hybrid well-timed. The autonomous development vehicle utilizes the existing autonomous vehicle platform, taking it to the next level with all-new computer hardware that increases the processing power. Considering that the Blue Oval's current generation of the vehicle hit the pavement three years ago, the newest Fusion Hybrid's debut is long-anticipated. See more in the video below:

 

The vehicle's variety of upgraded and new features make it worth the wait. According to a statement released by Ford, "Electrical controls are closer to production-ready, and adjustments to the sensor technology, including placement, allow the car to better see what’s around it." In addition, the car draws on the power of two LiDAR sensors to gather data and provide a more targeted field of vision; the current generation required four sensors for the same effects. The two elements that make the vehicle classified as autonomous - its platform and the virtual driver system - also receive upgrades for the newest Fusion Hybrid.

Want to learn more about the technology behind the Fusion Hybrid? Read the blog post penned by Chris Brewer, the chief program engineer of Ford Autonomous Vehicle Development, and talk to our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.

Joining a select group of vehicles that put the pedal to the medal this year, the Superformance-built GT40 MKII 50th Anniversary Edition recently placed on Autoblog.com's '22 Most Powerful Cars We Drove in 2016' list. The custom sports car was crafted to celebrate Ford's 1966 win at Le Mans with Carroll Shelby.

Watch Ford's homage to Le Mans in the video below:

 

With 550-horsepower and an impressive curb weight of approximately 2,500 pounds, the Shelby GT40 packs a punch. Its ability to propel from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds is notable; its specially crafted aluminum-block 427 FE V8 makes it stand out. For fans of the uniquely built GT40, Superperformance will construct only 20 of the MKII anniversary editions, which will incorporate a right-hand drive layout with a right-hand shift setup - one that emulates those used by Le Mans drivers in the races. According to Autoblog.com, "These cars are about as close as you can get to the real thing because 90 percent of the parts are interchangeable with the original, including the steel monocoque. However, there are a few modern luxuries for added comfort like air conditioning and an adjustable pedal box."

Shelby enthusiasts who were interested in the GT40, but not necessarily ready to reserve one of the 20 for themselves, had the rare opportunity to view one of the replicas at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in early January 2016. Missed the auction, but want to learn more about the GT40? Talk to any of our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.

Ford's 'Trading One Uniform For Another' Program Awards Scholarships to Five US Military Veterans

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(Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:00PM )
Quick Lane BowlFive U.S. military veterans were recently awarded $10,000 scholarships as part of Ford Motor Company's "Trading One Uniform for Another" program, which was developed in partnership with the Disabled American Veterans organization (DAV).

Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center announced the award recipients, as stated in a Ford release, saying that the scholarships will help offset expenditures related to obtaining a certification in automotive maintenance and repair.

Representatives at Quick Lane promoted the awards to demonstrate the importance of supporting service men and women who have retired from active military duty. The awards will put the veterans on the track to become qualified automotive technicians, giving them an opportunity for a bright future beyond their military duties. The scholarships are able to be applied towards tuition, books and other fees at community colleges, universities, trade or vocational schools nationwide that provide accredited programs for automotive mechanics.

As stated in the same release by Frederiek Toney, the president of Global Ford's Customer Service Division, “The ‘Trading One Uniform For Another’ program is another example of Quick Lane’s commitment to the men and women who served our country and helping to provide employment opportunities after their service. We are proud to stand beside the DAV in awarding these scholarships to our U.S. military veterans, thanking them for their service, and congratulating them on the pursuit of a career in automotive maintenance and repair.”

Recipients of the scholarships are listed below:

  • Walter J. Decker, United States Army veteran, King, North Carolina
  • Casey Markvicka, United States Army veteran, Burwell, Nebraska
  • Robert Jarden, United States Army veteran, Nashville, Illinois
  • Jessica Johnson, United States Marine Corps veteran, Kennewick, Washington
  • Marie Sussenbach, United States Air Force veteran, Greenville, Illinois
See how Ford is giving back to veterans and more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
Not every vehicle is equipped to handle rough winter weather, but the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor can count itself as one of the few that can - and in style. In efforts to prove that 'snow' driving condition is too great for the Raptor, professional rally driver Ken Block recently took the pickup to the icy roads and showed off its features. Captured on film - which is viewable in the video below - the Raptor proves that it's truly the high-performance off-road pickup of the new year.  


Truck enthusiasts and Ford engineers alike can attribute the Raptor's success in the snow to a variety of components; one of which is the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that it's built with. The metal harmonizes strength and durability with lightness, making its weight 500 pounds less than before. Coupled with a boxed steel frame, it's both strong and high-performance. The SuperCrew model also offers the Raptor's distinguishing aesthetic features, such has the signature grille and large front skid plates, as well as an upgraded rear departure angle to improve the ease of transitions from flat surfaces to steep inclines.  

Going beyond its visible elements, the all-new Raptor also boasts a hybrid of selective attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive and 
mechanical-locking four-wheel drive, as well as a brand new, twin-turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost® with direct fuel injection. This allows the Raptor to utilize greater power than its predecessor's 6.2L V8 – 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.

The cherry on top of the pie? An all-new Terrain Management System that enables drivers to choose from six preset modes, adapting to various environmental conditions, such as street, Baja, mud and sand. 

Whether or not you live in a snowy climate, check out the Ford Raptor's capabilities at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
Wagner PlaceBuilding upon its Dearborn campus upgrade, Ford Motor Company is investing $60 million to develop an all-new retail and office space in West Dearborn. Dubbed Wagner Place, the expansion marks the ongoing growth of the Blue Oval's footprint in Michigan and beyond. The new spaces join a family of other Dearborn facilities that have been undergoing renovations as of late. 

What was once two blocks of large, mostly uninhabited buildings is now projected to shine as a standout urban development. The new space will include outdoor green space, retail locations on the first floor, and offices occupying up to 600 Ford employees on the top level. Despite the modern updates, the Wagner Building will retain elements tracing back to the beginning of its 120-year legacy.

According to Donna Inch, the chairman and CEO of Ford Land, in a release, “Wagner Place will be beneficial both to the community as well as Ford employees. It is part of the company’s overall Dearborn campus transformation plan as Ford expands to be an auto and mobility company and recruits a new generation of talented workers.”

Slated for completion in mid-2018, Wagner Place is already being anticipated. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.