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One could argue with confidence that the new 2017 Ford F-350 is both the best in show and the best in tow

Earlier this year, the Blue Oval announced that the F-350 Super Duty is the Heavyweight Towing Champion of the World, surpassing the previous title holder (the Dodge Ram 3500) by 800 pounds. With a maximum towing capacity of 32,000 pounds, the F-350's newest accolade certainly isn't one to take lightly - both in the literal and figurative senses of the word. See a preview of the F-350 at this year's SEMA in the video below:



Doug Scott, the truck marketing manager for Ford, summed it up with a superlative. "This is the best heavy-duty truck we've ever made," he shared on EquipmentWorld.com.  The website also reports that the Super Duty F-350's maximum payload is 7,630 pounds, and on the F-350 single-rear-wheel, the towing capacity is an impressive (and class-leading) 18,000 pounds.

The F-350's towing superiority is notably attributed to its modern and upgraded features, which help accommodate for challenging terrain and heavy loads. As Jason Cannon reports for Equipment World, "For 2017, Super Duty becomes the first truck to offer adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers, allowing truckers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed—even with a maxed out trailer load."

For truck drivers on the hunt for both muscle and ease, the F-350 offers perks that ensure both. While a centered stop lamp camera allows cargo box visibility - something especially useful when gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers are part of the equation - Ford's Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System utilizes multiple high-definition cameras to give drivers complete 360-degree visibility around the vehicle. In addition, the Trailer Reverse Guidance feature and factory-available trailer camera (a custom option) assist with trailer backup, increasing towing efficiency and safety. Further optimizing the driving experience is the Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow, a feature that's optimized for the Super Duty; it incorporates radar sensors in the tail lamps to detect areas beyond the driver's range of visibility.

With its unbeatable power and all-new features, the 2017 Ford F-350 is a paragon amongst trucks. Learn more and take a test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
Ford MustangFamous singers, activists and more agree that in many ways, women run the world - so any contender for the Women's World Car of the Year is worth noticing. This year, the Ford Mustang added another accolade to its collection, taking home the aforementioned title for 2016 after besting 294 competitors. 

The award was given to the Blue Oval after 17 judges across 14 countries analyzed all of the contenders. The Women's World Car of the Year award is the only vehicle honor globally that is determined by a panel of all-female judges, which makes it a standout trophy. Following the Mustang by a small, one-point margin was yet another Ford vehicle, the critically acclaimed Ford Focus RS.

As stated in a Ford release by Juliet Potter, a Women's World Car of the Year jury member from Australia, 
“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads. Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.” 

Female and male drivers alike are sure to enjoy cruising around in the Ford Mustang - find out for yourself at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.


Ford Climate Team Develops Technology Suite to Combat the Cold

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(Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:00PM )
Frigid temperatures dissuade many drivers from hitting the road during the cold seasons, but Ford's extreme climate team recently engineered new technology to protect drivers from any discomfort caused by inclement weather. Following the notably chilly 2013-14 season that brought teeth-chattering temperatures and high levels of snowfall across North America, engineers at the Blue Oval set out to build features that can efficiently counteract any similar circumstances in the future. Efforts to do so included a customer clinic in Edmonton, Alberta that fielded driving concerns from customers; the responses highlighted the challenges many drivers face during the harsh winters.

According to Nicole Mazur, Ford Canada's product development quality supervisor, 
“What our customers in Canada told us is simple – ‘Heat everything! They wanted better access to some of the cold weather features Ford was already offering on its higher-series vehicles." Learn more by watching the video below:


With that insight in mind, Mazur collaborated with job-share partner Melissa DeLuka to address the responses via cross-functional product development. Working with the extreme climate team, which serves to help Ford better comprehend and analyze customers' input in regard to extreme climate regions, they developed a variety of features such as a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors and more. The efforts to more adeptly understand the climate extend beyond North America - teams have also worked in the Middle East, China, and other areas to address needs specific to those regions.

“Sometimes, it’s about comfort, but other times it’s more than that,” says DeLuka in the same statement. “What much of the United States experienced with the polar vortex is what northern Canada gets every year.”

One popular feature amongst polled consumers was a windshield wiper de-icer; 82 percent of those surveyed said that would consider purchasing the feature if it was available. From there, Ford developed a suite of cold weather technology that made its debut in the 2017 Ford Escape.

Want to test out the new features for yourself? Come by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and test-drive the Escape today.
MotorcraftIncreasingly competitive pricing and a greater availability of parts are notable takeaways from Motorcraft's more recent upgrade, which came about after an extensive review that focused on improving the parts purchase and repair experience for customers, dealers, distributors and repair shops.

Marc Liskey, the manager of Repair Product Planning Maintenance & Light Repair in North America, said in a Ford statement that the new updates will ultimately improve customer satisfaction.



“We are listening to our customers and taking significant steps to give them what they want,” he said. “Offering competitive pricing and consolidating parts will make it easier to stock and sell Motorcraft parts, helping dealers, distributors and installers to do their job more effectively.”

Although Ford and Motorcraft parts often have distinct advantages over other brands, independent shops don't always opt for those products. Consequently, customers often have to bring vehicles in for repairs, which contributes to lower customer satisfaction overall. Acknowledging this common occurrence, Ford and Motorcraft are working together to expand the usage of Motorcraft parts and, ultimately, propel installer and customer satisfaction. One method to increase the purchase of Motorcraft parts involves broadening parts coverage for vehicles with older model years, which ensures that customers with varying vehicle ages and budgets - such as a used 2004 Ford Ranger, or a 2006 Ford F-150 -  have quality parts.

“Motorcraft has a very strong reputation in the industry as a provider of OE quality parts for Ford and Lincoln vehicles that always fit right, are easy to install, and are backed by a strong limited warranty,” Brett Wheatley, the executive director of Ford's Customer Service Division, said in a release. “We’re building on these advantages by expanding our coverage to older models with attractive parts pricing and simplified product lines to make it easier for our dealers and installers to stock the Motorcraft parts our customers are looking for.”

Learn more about how Motorcraft parts can improve your Ford vehicle by talking to our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
ford mustang hybrid for sale seattle washingtonIt’s a need for change - with drivers scowling at the familiar selection of hybrid platforms,  unimpressed by their stale styles and complacent performances. These cars do not thrill.

They soon will.

Ford has just announced a transformation within its EV fleet - fusing its Go Further philosophy with efficiency. By 2020, the company will release seven new hybrid platforms, redefining all expectations of performance. It’s pushing past the lithium-ion boundaries and enhancing every driver experience.

Innovation will shape the future. In its quest to accommodate consumer needs - recognizing the importance of extended drive-ranges and adaptable platforms, with towing and speed now valued as highly as economy - Ford will release seven unique hybrids:


A Plug-In Transit Connect - serving as both people-carrier and cargo van.

A Hybrid Mustang - blending V8 power with advanced battery performance.

A Hybrid F-150 - delivering best-in-class payload capabilities and diesel precision.

A Fully Autonomous Van - tailored for urban ride share programs.

Two Hybrid Police Cruisers - intended to promote high speeds and strong MPG ratios.

An All-New Electric SUV - pairing crossover styling with an estimated range of 300 miles.

These vehicles will invigorate the hybrid market, connecting drivers to a suite of advanced drivetrains and next-generation power. They’ll embrace the Smart Mobility movement, utilizing EcoBoost technology, advanced regenerative braking, and other systems to improve every journey. Through this, Ford will usher in a new era of possibilities.

To learn more about the company’s upcoming fleet contact us today. 
Ford Super Duty trucks
No job is too big for the 2017 Ford Super Duty, a truck capable of handling jobs ranging from forestry to manufacturing and beyond. Drivers in heavy-duty industries can rest assured knowing that the Super Duty is best in class with regard to towing and hauling; muscles aside, it offers a plethora of smart driver-assist features for safety and efficiency on the road as well.

Although the standard Super Duty is more than sufficient for most towing needs, Ford also offers the opportunity for truck enthusiasts to customize pickups and chassis cabs; this special option guarantees that there is a Ford-friendly solution for every hauling or towing demand. In efforts to validate this claim, the Blue Oval recently let a handful of real-world truck drivers put it to the test, designing their idealized pickups and chassis cabs with all the configurations, engines, smart technology features and more.

Stacey Nelson, a senior fleet manager at Black Hills Energy in South Dakota, was one of the lucky drivers. For her driving needs - she oversees a fleet of 3,200 trucks - durability and value were key components she considered when building her dream Ford F-250 Super Duty. She selected the roomy SuperCab model with 4x4 and added extra features to emphasize comfort in challenging terrain and environmental conditions, such as a medium-duty battery and a rear wheel well liner. 

“The weight Ford saved and reinvested into strengthening the Super Duty frame should result in a truck that lasts longer and is more durable,” Nelson said in a statement released by Ford. “A more durable truck translates into lower costs for us – which we can pass on to our customers.” 

For Jack Mills, the owner of Pum Contracting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he wanted a truck with heavy hauling capacity that could still maneuver well. Due to the range of projects he manages, such as building bridges and culverts, moving large loads efficiently is essential.  

“My trucks are always loaded to capacity with the crew, their 
tools and equipment for any situation that might develop at a job site that could be as far as 300 miles from home base,” Mills shared in the same release. “Plus, they always are towing a trailer or piece of equipment.” To make his vision a reality, Mills picked a F-350 XL work truck with 4,340 pounds of payload capacity and a towing capacity of 18,000 pounds. The latter number confirms the Ford Super Duty as the top choice among fleets in the heavy-duty construction industry, given its market share of 48 percent.

And over in Rochester, New York, Tim Pope crafted 
a F-350 Super Duty that is fully equipped to serve the needs of Terry Tree Service, of which he is the CEO. The truck notably features factory-installed amber LED warning strobe lights for the fleet, which serves the residential tree care, commercial land clearing, storm disaster reclamation and wood resource recovery projects that Pope oversees. 

“We need the 11,400-pound GVWR rating to transport tools and equipment for our job sites, and we chose the transfer case and fuel tank skid plates for our off-road, right-of-way work,” Pope says in the same release. Thanks to the variety of features that Ford offers for its Super Duty trucks and beyond, it's no wonder that Ford Super Duty is the top pickup choice among fleets in the forestry industry.

Learn more and see how you can customize your own Super Duty at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. 
Break away from the ordinary with the 2017 Ford Escape. The sleek SUV turns heads on the streets, but it doesn't shy away from heavy lifting, either. Whereas other vehicles have beauty without brawn, representatives of the Blue Oval made it a point to give the Escape some muscle. The result: a sports utility vehicle that can take on large loads without sacrificing design aesthetic.

Catch the Escape on the road in the video below:


 

Drivers and Ford enthusiasts can primarily attribute the Escape's strength to its extra size and power; however, the extent of its power depends on which engine one selects. There are three options available, which provide buyers with a few variations for a more customized driving experience that is tailored to one's needs.

The standard engine, a 2.5L I-4, can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds - a number that many consumers will find suitable for their everyday excursions.

For drivers requiring a bit more heft, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine enables up to 2,000 pounds of towing power, while also providing the best fuel economy available for the 2017 Escape.

Drivers with significant towing needs, though, will gravitate towards the 2.0L EcoBoost engine, which tops out at 3,500 pounds of maximum trailer weight. It's ideal for those with tougher towing jobs on tap, although any of the three engines are powerful in their own right.

Whether you're interested in pulling a small trailer, a BMX bike or two, or more, the Escape can take on a plethora of towing challenges with ease - all while giving drivers increased fuel economy. Drivers can even reach 30 MPG on the highway!

On top of that, the Escape comes with front-wheel drive; turbos have the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive. As CarandDriver.com reports, "With athletic looks and a quiet, stylish interior, the Escape distinguishes itself in a crowd of small crossovers." Coupled with stellar towing capacity, it's a paragon amongst crossover vehicles - see for yourself at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.

Ford, National FFA Organization and Discovery Education Inspire Agriculture Leaders of the Future

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(Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 12:00PM )
FFA students with an F-Series TruckIn joint efforts to cultivate new ideas and promote growth, Ford recently partnered up with the National FFA Organization and Discovery Education to provide more than 54,000 students nationwide the inside scoop on Ford's engineering and design efforts for the future.

Specifically, the occasion demonstrated how the Blue Oval is crafting its F-Series trucks to meet the needs of agriculture customers. Participating students were able to observe how Ford's F-150 and Super Duty trucks are built and tested to increase farmer productivity; a virtual field trip also provided attendees with introductions to Ford truck designers and engineers. A live stream of the event ensured that students nationwide could join in; over 1,000 classrooms tuned into the stream.

The collaboration wasn't Ford's first foray into the realm of agriculture. They have been a sponsor of the National FFA since 1948 and, perhaps most notably, has sponsored Built Ford Tough scholarships for prospective farmers. Ford's investment recognizes what consumers demand - agriculture and livestock industries are representative of markets where the F-Series has the highest level of reputability, compared to other trucks' 40 percent of farmworkers drive F-150 trucks and 36 percent use Super Duty trucks to carry out their daily jobs, as cited by a Ford release that references IHS data.  

Doug Scott, Ford's truck group marketing manager, expressed his enthusiasm for the event in the same release. “We were excited to undertake this new opportunity with FFA and Discovery Education,” he said. "What better way to demonstrate the power and capability of F-Series trucks, and the customer leadership Ford owns, than through the hands and eyes of our future toughest employees and customers.”

Learn more about how Ford's giving back and paving the way for tomorrow's leaders by visiting Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.

After evaluating 40 vehicles in October and November, WardsAuto.com awarded the 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 powering Ford Focus RS with the 2017 10 Best Engines award. This year marks the first time that a specially engineered engine has taken home a prize in the revered competition, and for good reason. With 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane fuel, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is a force not easily reckoned with, and offers even more to customers than meets the eye. 

Thanks to a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that makes its debut, engine output is powerful and swift. A larger compressor wheel also provides a greater amount of airflow throughout the rev range, which enables the Focus RS to accelerate from 0-62 mpg in a mere 4.7 seconds. Four drive mode options are also available for the hot hatch, not to mention the groundbreaking Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring that surpasses competitors in cornering speed.

Watch the Focus RS take it to the streets in the video below:



WardsAuto.com editors analyzed award contenders by "driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend roadtrips," according to Tom Murphy for the website. 

Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington is the perfect place to test-drive a Focus RS. Stop by and take a spin today!

Ford Mustang Convertible, Ford C-Max Energi Place on AutoGuide.com's Most Loved Cars in America 2016 List

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(Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 12:00PM )
There are plenty of reports and indexes available that assign cars various scores in relation to price, fuel efficiency, environmental friendliness and more. But sometimes, a score for something more abstract is necessary. Enter Strategic Vision, which recently released its Customer Love Index for 2016. Picking up on consumers' underlying desire - to purchase or lease a vehicle they simply love, specs and prices aside - Strategic Vision compiled an end-of-year list suited for consumers caught in the throes of their next buying decision. 

Since quantifying love is no easy feat, Strategic Vision analyzes five measurements to determine its rankings: Total Quality Impact, Total Value Index, Vehicle Emotional Delivery, Overall Feelings and Advocacy. As stated by Jason Siu on AutoGuide.com, "It compiles data from over 120 different aspects of the ownership experience on a scale that ranges from 1 (I Hate It) to 7 (I Love It) with 4 (Satisfactory) at the middle of the scale." With total scores of 485 and 517, respectively, the Ford C-Max Energi and the droptop Ford Mustang placed on the list in their respective categories. 

The Ford C-Max Energi took the title for the Small Alternative Powertrain Car. With its 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid Engine and Electronic Continuously Variable (e-CVT), as well as a five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, its accolade was no surprise. Catch the Energi in the video below:



As for the Ford Mustang, its status as a beloved and timeless sports car arguably helped seal its position amongst the other award winners. But Ford's engineers don't sacrifice efficiency for tradition - with upgraded features such as a 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission with paddle shifters - which allow drivers to override automatic operation and experience the feel of a manual, while maintaining control over gear selection - newer models of the stallion are equipped for modern driving in style. 

Don't miss your opportunity to test-drive both the Ford C-Max Energi and the Mustang. Come by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!