It takes one of the nation's most renowned automakers to power one of the nation's most renowned parades. For today's Rose Parade, which helps kick off the new year on a high and jubilant note, Ford Motor Company's 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine is doing the heavy work to ensure that the Lucy Pet Products 2017 Rose Parade float - the longest and heaviest in parade history - cruises through the parade route in style.
The V10 gasoline engine is only fitting for a float of this magnitude; it's a highly proven engine that has made a reputation for its towing and hauling power and efficiency. Although the Lucy Pet Products float is making its debut at the parade, its record-breaking numbers have already given it a preceding reputation. The florally decorated float measures over 125 feet long and weighs over 137,000 pounds, featuring eight dogs surfing on actual waves. To create the jaw-dropping effect, a special mobile wave machine within a 5,000-gallon water tank works to generate the motion of the ocean. Given its sheer size and heft, it's only fitting that Ford' 6.8-liter V10 gas engine and heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission does the job. The engine is also found in the Blue Oval's F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks.
According to Kevin Koester, the marketing manager of Ford's medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet, “Ford is proud to power the world’s longest and heaviest parade float. As the U.S. commercial vehicle sales leader for 31 years, we’ve seen a lot of applications for our vehicles – but hauling the world’s longest, heaviest parade float certainly stands out." He continues in a statement released by Ford, “ With the broadest line of commercial vehicles available, Ford has you covered, whether you need a truck to haul soda, sand or surfing dogs.”
The engine that takes the spotlight in today's parade also boasts 320 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, and is a testament to Ford's dedication to making waves in the automotive industry. The Blue Oval is the only automaker to offer a gasoline-powered engine in the medium-duty truck category.
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As a result of increasing demand for passenger cars and SUVs, bolstered by strong commercial vehicle sales, Ford's total vehicle sales in Europe for January through November came in at their highest since 2009. In total, Ford's vehicle sales increased by six percent overall, up to 1,248,800 vehicles in 20 traditional European markets year-to-date for November. In the same market, November sales added up to 104,700 vehicles - a four-percent increase year-over-year.
Year-to-date, Ford's sales volume was up five percent total at 1,414,800 year-to-date across all 50 markets in November. According to Roelant de Waard, the vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford of Europe, “November was another strong month for Ford as we continued making progress towards increasing high-revenue sales, such as commercial vehicles, SUVs, performance cars and higher-spec vehicles. Our strategy helps build a sustainable business, strengthen the Ford brand and improve residual values.”
Ford's sales of passenger cars increased 2.7% to 948,900 year-to-date through November; the achievement marks their most successful first 11 months of the year since 2011. The victory is in part to the 274,300 Fiesta cars sold in Europe this year - an average of one Fiesta sold every two minutes. Representatives of the Blue Oval predict that this upward trend will continue with the next generation of Fiestas going into the new year.
In regard to commercial vehicles, Ford came out on top as Europe's number one brand in November; it also held its status as the market leader year-to-date in its European 20 markets. With 300,000 commercial vehicles sold from January through November, sales rose 17 percent, setting a year-to-date record for Ford CV sales. Paralleling the upward trend was the market share growth, which rose 0.2 percentage points to a record-breaking 13.2 percent total in November.
On the sports utility vehicle front, 173,300 were driven off the lot in the first 11 months of the year. Compared to last year's numbers, that comes in as a 35 percent improvement. Performance car sales also climbed up a notable 67 percent in the same timeframe, with 40,800 vehicles sold; higher-specification Ford models also came in strong with a 1.3-percent increase year-over-year.
Learn more about Ford's numbers in November and the rest of the year - stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and speak to our representatives today.
Ready to get the party started and ring in 2017 with sparklers and balloons? Don't forget about one party in particular - although it's best described as a Fiesta.
Even though the Ford Fiesta isn't Ford's most sought-after vehicle (compared to flagship vehicles like the F-150 trucks), it's certainly not a small passenger car to overlook for the new year. The next-generation Fiesta is slated to become more popular internationally, in large markets like China and Europe. Over its lifetime, sales of the Fiesta have already surpassed 18 million units in Europe and has retained the title of the UK's best-selling car month-over-month for seven years running; both numbers are testaments to the Fiesta's success both domestically and internationally. And as of October 2016, performance lineup sales - of which the Fiesta contributes to - are up 73% in Europe.
According to Jessica Bishop, the brand manager for Ford Focus, "For decades, we heard criticism from customers that Ford sold its best small cars only in Europe, yet in five short years we've built a reputation [in the U.S.] for making very serious but affordable performance cars with our Focus ST and Fiesta ST one-two punch." She added, "Buyers now know Ford is committed to affordable performance."
Given that the Fiesta is making waves across continents, the next generation of the car will provide a refined driving experience for any car enthusiast. "For starters, the new Fiesta will become more refined, with additional safety systems and a more premium interior and infotainment display," Daniel Miller writes for Fool.com. But the real story is that Ford is going to make the Fiesta more profitable by reducing complexity -- probably fewer 'orderable combinations' and trim options."
Drive into the new year with the 2017 Ford Fiesta and join the global party. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
With all of the new innovations that Ford's engineers keep rolling out, it can be hard to track and anticipate which ones will become standout trends. Luckily, the folks at Ford are able to accurately analyze data and confirm which technologies are at the top of customers' lists - and when it comes to trucks, buyers are more aware of and invested in efficiency-boosting features more than ever. Whereas basic driving capability was the primary concern before, now, truck enthusiasts desire more variety in exclusive technologies to heighten the driving experience.
Now available for the first time with the Ford Super Duty truck series - which already ranks high on lists with 925 lb-ft of torque, 7,630 pounds of payload and 32,500 pounds of gooseneck towing capability - here are the top five class-exclusive technologies favored amongst Ford truck drivers:
1. Adaptive Steering - Ford's technology for towing enables trailer backup into a parking area simple; drivers will also enjoy ease with navigating narrow, low-speed maneuvers that normally require a great deal of steering effort.
2. Trailer Reverse Guidance - Drivers who are towing can now view trailers in action, thanks to Ford's SYNC screen that monitors trailer status on-the-go.
3. Adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation - Towing heavy? The usual grievances that come with towing are no longer an issue; the Blue Oval's new system intuitively helps drivers avoid traffic accidents using the smart engine brake.
4. BLS with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow - Drivers can better anticipate upcoming obstacles and traffic with this new technology, particularly in regard to tight spots and parking lots.
5. Lane-keeping alert: A strategically mounted camera placed between the windshield and rearview mirror helps spot accidental truck drifting.
These features and more, arguably, are contributing to the 2017 Super Duty's increase in sales in recent months - sales were up 24 percent and retail sales increased by 33 percent in November, according to a Ford release. Learn more and test-drive trucks from the Super Duty family at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
With approximately 1,500 U.S. patents on record this year, the employees at Ford are kicking up dust with the rate that they're driving industry-wide innovations. Not only is the number of patents the most of any automaker, it's also a 25 percent increase year-over-year. Additionally, employees at the Blue Oval have submitted 8,000 new inventions in 2016, which is the highest number in the automaker's 113-year lifespan domestically and globally. That calculates out to a 40-percent increase from last year and a 90-percent boost from 2014!
The big numbers don't lie. Even more so, they reflect one of Ford's guiding principles, which is to promote innovation vertically and laterally. “We are living the innovation mindset in all parts of our business across the globe,” Raj Nair, the executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer at Ford, said in a released statement. “Our employees are delivering exciting new technologies for our customers at record levels. As an auto and mobility company, this is an exciting time, and our employees are aggressively advancing emerging technologies and increasing our mobility patents at record levels.”
Adding in 1,700 patents in other countries, the total number climbs to 3,200 worldwide in 2016. Notably, one of them lays out a vision to equip autonomous vehicles with drones, allowing vehicles to monitor surrounding areas in real-time and detect what lies ahead of one's vantage point.
Speaking to the patent in the same release, Tony Lockwood, Ford's manager of virtual driver systems and autonomous vehicle development, said, “At Ford we are fully engaged in the current climate where inventions and out-side-the-box thinking are being produced rapidly. Ultimately, customers benefit as we open ourselves to new ideas and advance mobility using emerging technologies.” Along with his colleague Joe Stanek, Lockwood was granted a patent for the idea.
Up until early December of this year, over 5,500 Ford employees have submitted invention disclosures; nearly half of that number were first-time inventors. Overall, more than 4,000 new inventors have submitted applications since the beginning of 2015. Bolstering the flow of creativity and ingenuity is TechShop Detroit, a collaboration Ford started with TechShop; the 33,000-square-foot workshop in Allen Park, Michigan provides a platform for aspiring innovators of all degrees to foster ideas, build prototypes and more.
As Ford's inventors and innovators continue to move their ideas forward, stay in the loop by talking to our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
Just in time for the holiday season, Ford Performance recently revealed an all-new, non-street legal Shelby FP350S race car that's ready for the track. It made its debut at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, but will be available to order at Ford dealerships nationwide in the near future.
The Shelby FP350S is the latest present from Ford Performance to racing enthusiasts everywhere. It follows a lineage of turn-key race cars, including the FR500C, BOSS 302S and 302R, and the Ford Shelby GT350R-C and GT4. The latter two cars were unveiled at this year's SEMA. Check out another car from the Shelby family in the video below:
Designed for road racing sprint events in classes such as Trans Am (TA3 and TA4), NASA and SCCA club racing (T1 and T2), the Shelby FP350S is geared to fly around the track with style. According to Dave Pericak in a statement, the global director for Ford Performance, “Our goal has always been to provide those who want to race with equipment that enables them to compete and win. Shelby FP350S is our latest example.”
Although the new Shelby's highlights could take up the chapter in a book, a few notable standouts are its 5.2-liter, four-valve-per-cylinder V8 engine (prepared by Ford Performance Parts), its Tremec 3160 manual transmission with integral oil pump and 3.73 rear final drive ratio, its Ford Performance splitter and carbon fiber-construction adjustable rear wing, and modified unibody chassis with seam welding. Can't wait to learn more about the Shelby? Visit performanceparts.ford.com or stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
With room for eight adults and even more space available for cargo, the 2017 Ford Expedition makes the most of its large presence on the road. Although it's classified as a crossover vehicle, the Expedition skews towards the end of the spectrum closer to that of a traditional sports utility vehicle; consequently, drivers will enjoy its sheer power, which translates to its towing capabilities as well. Check out the Expedition in the video below:
The 2017 Expedition generates its muscle from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that provides 365 hp. Adding to its dominating design is a six-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive, which comes standard (four-wheel drive is also available for those looking to upgrade to that option).
Although some driving enthusiasts may doubt the capability of the V-6 engine to propel that much heft, any hesitations are in vain. When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds; independent rear suspension also better absorbs shock from bumps, compared to other full-size SUVs that it's often viewed against - i.e. the Chevrolet Suburban, which has a similar body-on-frame, but also has a lower towing capacity and more limited cargo space. The Expedition shines in this area, as the three-row vehicle is aptly designed to handle rugged roads and larger towing loads.
Adding to the Expedition's perks are the variety of trim levels and options packages. The modern elements, such as the Blue Oval's infotainment interface (Sync 3) help ensure that the Expedition stays up-to-date with what's trending and innovative, while maintaining the fundamental features that make it a standout crossover. The combination of brute strength, spacious interior and upgraded technology makes the Expedition perfect for trips of any length.
Interested in learning more? Swing by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and test-drive any Expedition from the selection on our lot.
As the end of the year rapidly approaches, production of the highly anticipated 2017 Ford GT heralds a new beginning. Ford Performance recently commenced production at a low-volume facility in Markham, Ontario, Canada, where the halo car will roll off the assembly line and onto dealership lots in the near future. The GT was originally revealed at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015, so car enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting its production for nearly two years.
In celebration of the Ford GT's debut, Ford's executive vice president of global product development and chief technical officer, Raj Nair, drove a GT off of the assembly line to symbolize the milestone.
Watch the GT shine in the video below:
“When we kicked off 2016, we had two primary objectives for our Ford GT supercar – to excel at Le Mans, and to start deliveries before year-end,” Nair said in a Ford release. “We’ve achieved both.” He added, “For everyone involved in designing and developing this car, including all of our employees and suppliers, this is a moment to celebrate. The all-new Ford GT is a showcase of our strength in innovation and our commitment to delivering more for our customers – especially related to lightweight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technologies.”
As one of the middle siblings in the Ford F-Series family, the 2017 F-250 may not immediately come to mind when considering which truck to purchase. But that doesn't negate its capabilities on - and off - the road. Sporting both a lightweight body and some notable muscle for heavy lifting, it's a viable option for drivers with a variety of hauling needs.
Offering a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 430 lb-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic as its standards, the F-250 may prove to be a happy compromise between the F-150 and the F-450. It also comes with an all-new TorqShift-G transmission, which allows for upgraded capability.
Buyers looking for more than the base engine option can also satiate their wishes with a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 with 925 lb-feet of torque and a max tow rating of 32,500 pounds; configurations include regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab in addition to 6.75-foot and 8-foot truck beds. As stated on CarandDriver.com, "Brutish power and payload capacity remain key traits of the F-250, while aluminum construction brings it into the 21st century." But while any selection provides more than enough heft to appease drivers with varying needs, comfort is not sacrificed - the interior is notably quiet, despite the engine power.
Interested in seeing the F-250 in action? Catch it in the video below:
The F-250 also shines when it comes to towing. With a maximum payload of 4,200, it surpasses towing capabilities of its competitors with ease. More precisely, it can tow over 600 pounds in comparison! Add on the Trailer Tow Package, and you'll be set to tow 18,000 pounds at the receiver hitch.
There's no need to wait to bring the 2017 Ford F-250 home. Stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and drive away from the dealership in your all-new towing machine today.
Utilizing data from its extensive sensory network, the 2017 Ford Fusion's Return to Park technology is able to preempt when someone's trying to exit the vehicle. This innovative technology, which made its debut in the Fusion, gives drivers assurance that even in a moment's lapse, there's no need to worry about the vehicle accidentally rolling. Regardless of if the dial is set to park or another gear the Return to Park feature eliminates the stress that plagues even experienced drivers, setting a new standard for vehicle safety.
The all-new precautionary feature was brought about by engineers at the Blue Oval, who specifically wanted to acknowledge vehicle rollaway through smart software. The idea, which came to fruition via the Fusion, offers assistance to drivers and ultimately lowers the probability of accidents under certain conditions. Drivers in-the-know will catch on to its presence with a glimpse of the new rotary gear shift dial, which accompanies the new software.
As stated in a release by Ford, the Return to Park technology instantly shifts the car into park under three circumstances: the vehicle's turned off, the driver's door is opened with your safety belt unlatched and the vehicle stationary, and/or your safety belt is unlatched with the driver's door open and the vehicle in a stationary position.
Mark Zyskowski, Ford's global e-shift systems technical expert, stated in the same release that “When we decided to go with the new rotary shifter for the 2017 Ford Fusion, the team sat together in a room to see what additional customer benefit we could bring to the table. We thought about what we could add without getting in the way of normal day-to-day scenarios, and all agreed a feature to help confirm park is selected when exiting the vehicle seemed really worthwhile.” Learn more in the video below:
Rather than immediately halt - an arguably jarring experience - the Return to Park technology initiates with a shift into neutral, until it slows below five miles per hour. From there, it shifts into park automatically. However, it's also designed not to engage if it detects a belted driver opening the door with the car in motion - to release a piece of clothing stuck, for instance - or when the car's in Neutral Tow or Stay in Neutral mode. The new dial is equipped with three electronic modules that monitor transmission and shifter; all elements must be in alignment for the gear selection to work. This helps ensure safety and prevent accidents, something Ford has always prioritized.
Learn more about Ford's innovative new feature by speaking to our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.