A decorated relationship almost twenty years in the making came to a close at the end of November, when Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing announced their plan to part ways. The pair raced Fords together in NASCAR's three national touring series, and it appears that the third time was a charm. Although Biffle's plans for the future are yet to be determined, the 19-time NASCAR Premier Series winner is certain that they won't include racing with RFR in NASCAR. Watch Biffle in action when he won the NASCAR Premier Series season finale for the third year in a row:
With his NASCAR retirement on the horizon, Biffle's achievements behind the wheel of a Ford are worth reminiscing:
- Back in 2000, Biffle won Ford's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.
- Two years later, he took top prize at Ford's first NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.
- On June 16, 2013, Biffle scored the 1,000th Ford victory in NASCAR, which was held at the Michigan International Speedway.
- In a tie with Davey Allison with 19 wins, he ranked 11th on Ford's all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win list.
- Biffle is ranked fourth on NASCAR's list of drivers with the most Ford victories in the top three series combined. His total is 53 (19NSCS, 18 NXS, and 16 NCWTS).
- For three years in a row (2004-2006), he won the season-closing Ford 400 at Ford Championship Weekend.
In acknowledgment of his career, Raj Nair, the executive VP of product development and the chief technical officer for Ford, said, "One of my fondest memories in NASCAR is being able to welcome Greg to Victory Lane at Michigan when he won our 1,000th NASCAR race. We had so many Ford employees at the track that day and it’s a moment that I’ll always cherish. We wish Greg nothing but the best and thank him for all he’s done in representing Ford on and off the track.”
Learn more about Ford's presence on the raceways by visiting us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
After snagging a slew of awards in the recent months, including the KBB.com "Best Buy" of the Year award for trucks and the 2017 Motor Trend "Truck of the Year" title, Ford Motor Company's 2017 F-150 line of pickups was recently named by US News & World Report as the 2017 Best Truck Brand. This year marks the second in a row that the Blue Oval snagged the accolade for the publication.
To calculate the brand ratings that resulted in the F-150's award, US News & World Report relied on its own vehicle scores. From there, judges determined the qualifying automaker candidates to win each of the report's four award categories. Other components such as reliability and safety data played a role in the final decisions, as did consensus opinions of the auto industry. Watch the F-150 in action in the video below:
The notable award is not a surprise, given the high praises that the F-150 has received over the calendar year. They came flooding in on the heels of the multiple updates that the truck line received for its 2017 model year, including an updated 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and a ten-speed automatic transmission. As Jamie Page Deaton, the Managing Editor of US News Best Cars, said on TheNewsWheel.com, “Consumers have an overwhelming number of factors to consider when comparing cars. The Best Vehicle Brand awards simplify the process by giving people guidance on the top brands in the categories that matter to them.”
Want to learn more about Ford's other 2016 achievements in the auto industry and beyond? Swing by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and talk to any of our representatives today.
A lack of activity rarely warrants an award, but Ford Motor Company received honors for just that on October 27. The acclaimed automaker was acknowledged at the 16th annual Zero Injury Safety Awards Gala, which was held at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., for its excellence in maintaining injury-free work hours. The awards ceremony followed a cocktail hour and dinner reception.
Criteria for the awards, according to NMAPC's website, revolved around "contractors, industrial business owners/clients and building trades crafts on projects performed under the terms of the National Maintenance Agreements or National Power Generation Maintenance Agreements program." Award recipients fell under two categories, the Zero Recordable Award (200,000 or more hours) and the Zero Recordable Certificate of Merit (under 200,000 hours). With 312,959 injury-free work hours clocked in, Ford received the Zero Recordable Award. The hours were distributed amongst four of its projects recognized at the event: Aristeo Construction in Louisville, Kentucky; Dearborn Mid-West Company in Louisville, Kentucky; Abel Construction Company, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky; and Midwest Steel, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. The Blue Oval was also acknowledged for its efforts at last year's Zero Injury Safety Awards Gala.
Out of the distribution of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases by category of illness (private industry) in 2015, a staggering 95.2% of reported cases were injuries - 2,905,900 total. In an industry like automotive production, which can present an array of potential hazards, maintaining a no-injury status is particularly exceptional.
To learn more about Ford Motor Company's efforts to stay a zero-injury automaker, stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and speak to any of our representatives. Don't forget to test-drive one of our vehicles while you're there!
Watch any feel-good movie or TV show, and you're bound to catch a glimpse of friends driving down the highway in a red-hot convertible - it's usually depicted as the car necessary for a driving experience filled with fun and adventure. But the team at Ford Motor Company is out to shatter that stereotype with the 2017 C-Max Hybrid SE, which the Blue Oval is promoting as the "fun-to-drive hybrid" going into the new year. And just in time for 2017, Ford is offering C-Max Hybrid SE's for lease at only $63 a month.
Coupled with its eco-friendly features, the five-door C-Max Hybrid SE is sure to appeal to a wide range of drivers. Its power-split hybrid architecture enables its lithium-ion battery and 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 gas-powered engine to work independently or in tandem, utilizing the generator and motor. The C-Max Hybrid, powered by provides 188 combined horsepower and can even top 85 mph speeds when in all-electric mode, a feat not many vehicles can best. For that reason alone, it's no wonder that Ford's coined it as the fun-to-drive hybrid.
To keep numbers in check while on the road, drivers can monitor their performance in real time using SmartGauge® with EcoGuide and Brake Coach. Drivers who want to fast, but fear the repercussions that come withbraking, need not fear: Ford's ensured that even decelerating is efficient, an accomplishment that owes itself to regenerative braking. The innovation recovers over 94 percent of the energy normally lose through friction brakes and engine drag, and actually sends it back to the battery for use at a later time. As an extra-helpful precaution, the Brake Coach feature takes drivers through the steps to brake in a way that best utilizes the Regenerative Braking System. Other features of the SmartGauge include Energy History, Energy Coach and Efficiency Leaves, which all contribute to the greater system that assists drivers with improving performance on the road long-term.
Special to the C-Max Hybrid, the EcoSelect feature also facilitates greater efficiency for operation. Gone are the days of aggressive heating and cooling, which can disrupt one's driving experience. Drivers will also enjoy less jarring acceleration and behavioral changes in the engine as a result of the feature, which is operable with the simple push of a button on the center console.
Sign your lease and drive off into 2017 with the C-Max Hybrid SE, available now at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
Auto enthusiasts know that the SEMA Show is the premier event to recognize the best of the best, and no detail is missed. So when Mickey Thompson was awarded a Project Excellence Award by Ford Motor Company at this year's show, attendees took note.
The honor was bestowed in recognition of Thompson's custom 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty, which was built by Mike Duval of X-Treme Toyz. Its nickname, Tall Boy, was no misnomer; the Super Duty loomed over passersby from its pedestal at the Mickey Thompson SEMA Show booth, highlighting its 40-inch Baja MTZP3 tires and all 20 inches of each Sidebiter II wheels. The Blue Oval referred to Thompson's Super Duty as the "toughest Super Duty ever," according to AfterMarketNews.com, a phrase not to be taken casually. After all, the truck bested a variety of other candidates based on criteria such as new product development, vehicle appearance, marketability and brand fit, vehicle display and use of aftermarket parts. Catch more SEMA action in the video below:
As Ken Warner, the vice president of marketing for Mickey Thompson, said, “Our new 40-inch Baja MTZP3 all-terrain tires and 20-inch Sidebiter II wheels provide the perfect foundation for this sophisticated new Super Duty to deliver great style and performance. We’re honored to have received this special award of recognition from Ford, a company we’ve worked closely with on several custom project vehicles over the years.” Lon Zaback, the manager of global design planning and strategy, reinforced Warner's statement, saying in the official award letter, "Your excellence in building this project provides a benchmark for all other aftermarket companies."
Project Tall Boy features include 40/14.50R20 Baja MTZP3 tires and 20x12 Sidebiter II wheels, as well as products from brands such as AFE, Fabtec, Fab-Fours, and more. Stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to learn more about the Project Excellence Award and more.
Just in time for the upcoming new year, Ford's 2017 Fusion SE Energi is now available for lease. With a sticker price of only $63 per month, it's a great way to start 2017 while keeping your wallet full.
If holiday shopping has you reaching for another cup of java, cruising around in the 2017 Energi is bound to give you the boost you need to power through the rest of the year and beyond. Although the Blue Oval kept many of the Energi's existing features the same for this new model, the upgrades warrant attention as well.
Drivers who have navigated the streets with prior versions of the Energi will appreciate its front-wheel-drive powertrain, which Ford kept for the 2017 model. The powertrain boasts a 118-hp electric motor that works in tandem with a 141-hp 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, which pumps out 188 horsepower. Thanks to the Energi's EV mode, drivers also have the refreshing option to restrict the gas engine's participation only to extreme power demands, such as driving up a steep hill.
Also the same for the new model is the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which provides juice necessary for electric propulsion. It obtains its charge on-the-move with a two-pronged help approach: from a second motor/generator that is driven by the engine, and from regenerative braking. Once stationary in park mode, drivers can plug it into a charger, which draws power from electrical grids. Overall, the 2017 Energi has 95 MPGecity, MPGe highway, and 88 MPGe combined EPA ratings when using gasoline and electric power together; drivers who 'plug in' frequently and only drive short distances can clock in even more impressive numbers. Ultimately, compared to the standard Fusion hybrid, the Energi stands out with its larger battery pack and affiliated capabilities, which may seal the deal for some buyers.
It wouldn't be a notably new model without some big changes, though, and Ford delivers in that department. Namely, LED headlights and taillights make their debut with the new Energi, as well as a new front and rear fascia, chrome accents, and updated 17-inch wheels. For more eco-minded drivers, there's also a Platinum model available that adapts the model for an even more environmentally friendly driving experience. Open the doors, and you'll notice interior upgrades such as a new center console with a gear selector that's built rotary-style, as well as the improved Sync 3 infotainment system. Willing to splurge a little for a grand level of plush comfort? Go with the Platinum upgrade, and you'll be able to enjoy leather - both in a quilted form on the seats, and in a padded form on the steering wheel and dashtop.
Don't wait to take advantage of this limited time opportunity - stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and lease your all-new Energi today.
Still searching for the perfect gift to give someone special this holiday season? Give them a gift that keeps on giving, without blowing your budget. Available now, you can lease a brand new 2016 Ford F-150 4x4 XLT Supercab for only $117 per month. It's the perfect opportunity to deck the halls and give a present that hauls - both Christmas trees and larger loads - with ease and efficiency.
Unique to the full-size class, the F-150 4x4 XLT Supercab sports an aluminum body and turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, which is enough to pique the interest of any truck enthusiast. The frame is ultra-strong, hydroformed and fully boxed steel, which significantly increases its strength compared to previous F-150 models, and the EcoBoost V6 engine is strong enough to compete with even the best V8 engines on the market. Thanks to the aluminum body, the XLT enjoys an extra dose of muscle while providing weight savings, which results in greater payload and improved fuel economy. For additional bells and whistles, Ford created a Special Edition Appearance package, which is available solely for the XLTmodel, and offers luxurious King Ranch and Platinum trims.
Drivers who value aesthetics both outside and inside will also enjoy the XLT's interior, which offers wide seats and a quiet cabin for its occupants. The XLT wouldn't be a Supercab without ample room, and it lives up to its name - even the rear seats have a spacious amount of legroom, while the middle rear seat has a flat floor that ups the comfort level while allowing more storage room. Ford takes the XLT up one more notch on the comfort scale by providing sculpted, ergonomically minded cab seats as well.
On top of that, the XLT comes with hill-start assist and handy safety features for towing like Trailer Sway Control and Curve Control. The latter feature enables the truck to maintain control if its driver takes a turn too fast. And of course, the acclaimed Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature deserves a mention; its user-friendly nature makes backing up trailers a breeze even for novice drivers.
Visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today, to set up your lease and drive off with a 4x4 XLT Supercab of your own today!
Trends for Ford Motor Company's hot hatch have been on fire as of late, according to representatives from the automotive company. Contrary to the recent market shift in favor of SUVs and crossovers, reports show that Ford's hot hatch range isn't losing momentum.
According to Erich Merkle, a sales analyst for Ford, "Non-luxury, turbocharged small hatchbacks are down 21 percent year-over-year, but our turbocharged Ford Focus is up 37 percent. With the shift into SUVs and crossovers, our hot hatches are bucking the trend."
Although the SUVs and crossovers are primarily large and in charge, the demand for hatchbacks isn't predicted to wane anytime soon. Out of Ford's compact performance range vehicles, the Ford Focus ST is far and away the best-selling model - sales are up 5 percent to 8,249 units this year to date. Not to be outdone, the Fiesta ST (which currently goes for $20,970) is also putting out high numbers, boasting an increase of 7 percent to 3,215 units this year. Ford representatives also reported that with 1,674 deliveries documented through September so far, the relatively new 350 horsepower Focus RS ($36,120) is also on track to leave its mark. Check out both vehicles at this year's SEMA in the video below:
The high hatchback numbers come as a surprise to enthusiasts who expect only European buyers to favor smaller cars. However, Ford Focus' brand manager, Jessica Bishop, begs to differ. "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 here for making very serious but affordable performance cars with our Focus ST and Fiesta ST one-two punch," she said. Buyers now know Ford is committed to affordable performance."
Whether you're interested in the Fiesta, the Focus, or any other hatchbacks offered at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington, don't hesitate to stop by for a test-drive today!
The 2017 Ford Raptor recently went below the border and ended up a cut above the rest at this year's Baja 1000 off-road race on November 20th. The notorious race, which starts and finishes in Ensenada, was an 854.8-mile loop that challenged even the most experienced off-road racers. But the tough terrain and the other competitors weren't enough to hold back the Raptor - not only did it complete the course map with less than 52 seconds to spare, it immediately began the long haul back to its home base in Arizona without a beat.
One may argue that the 2017 Raptor was made for the Baja route; after all, the new, second-generation Raptor has a "Baja Mode" that kicks it into its highest configuration for high-speed sand driving. Such a designation warrants tangible proof, though, which put added pressure on Greg Foutz, the driver and builder of the Raptor that crossed the finish line with such grandeur. Watch the 2017 Raptor hit the dusty road in the video below:
Foutz's outfit, Foutz Motorsports, currently runs Ford's factory off-road racing program, and a no-show at the Baja 1000 would have piqued both curiosity and doubt. But any hints of doubt were promptly quelled when the Raptor clocked in a 35:59:08.151, just shy of the 36-hour official finish mark. And in a defiant, final demonstration of its capabilities, the Raptor wasted no time hitting the road again; only a brief interlude for gas was required before it started the 399.87-mile journey back up to its Arizona headquarters.
With 450 horsepower, a 3.5L V-6 engine and 510 lb-ft torque - not to mention the 66" truck bed length - the 2017 Ford Raptor is not a truck to underestimate. Don't hesitate to stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and learn more about the 2017 Raptor's upcoming debut, and take a test-drive in any truck from our available selection.
Ford Motor Company released big news about one of their smaller SUVs to the public recently, sharing that a new EcoSport crossover will make its U.S. debut in the near future. This will mark the first time in the vehicle's history that it hits American streets, reflecting the upward trajectory of U.S. consumer buying habits that skews toward crossovers and SUVs.
The decision is a long time coming. Although the EcoSport was created 13 years ago, it's made its mark outside of the American markets. However, as fuel economy standards continued to get stricter and the interest in small crossovers increased over recent years, the idea of bringing the EcoSport to the U.S. became less of a 'what if' and more of a 'when?' To the delight of SUV enthusiasts, the Blue Oval also announced that four all-new SUVs will also roll out on a global scale over the next four years, paralleling the U.S. launch of the EcoSport. As of press time, the new EcoSport's manufacturing location is not yet determined. Check out some of Ford's current SUV models in the video below:
Ford's announcement also tapped into the younger buyer demographic by utilizing its Twitter account to break the news and recruiting popular hip-hop producer DJ Khaled to act as an ambassador for the new EcoSport. As stated on Freep.com, "Khaled will headline a three-day event called “Go Small. Live Big" that will include special appearances by a number of other music artists. Ford's event is the night before media events officially begin at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday."
Once the EcoSport makes its grand entrance, it'll be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which is slated to feature more than 50 new cars and trucks over the three-day show. Ford SUV drivers interested in taking a test drive may have to wait for the new EcoSport, but can take a spin in any of the SUVs currently in stock at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington at any time.