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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.New Ford F-150 4x4 XLT Supercab available for lease

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 XLT
model, 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.
Kangaroo-mor has it that the new Ford Bronco, which is projected to hit the streets by 2020, will be Australian-made.

Although Ford Motor Company put manufacturing at its Australian operations on halt this year, shifting its focus to vehicle development, reports from UAW sources recently suggested that the Australian division will come back on board to produce both the new Bronco and an all-new, small Ranger pickup.

As of now, a version of the Ranger that was produced in Ford's Australian division is sold in markets outside of the United States. Since there is a high likelihood that the new trucks will be constructed on a revamped and improved version of that platform, it makes sense for the updated Bronco to live under that umbrella as well. Knowledge about the details surrounding the new Bronco is minimal at this point, but sources predict that the new SUV will emulate traits of the compact original instead of the larger versions that showed up afterward - more Ranger, less F-150. See the Bronco on the roads in Autoblog's video below:



Even more exciting for off-road enthusiasts, there is also talk that a
roughstock version of the Bronco is in the works. According to FoxNews.com, Ford's chief performance engineer, Jamal Hameedi, took a trip down under last year to discuss the potential for a high-performance Ranger Raptor pickup. Since the Bronco was the Blue Oval's original off-road vehicle, and an established contender in desert races, it's only a matter of time before a roughstock version of the Bronco pulls into the lineup. Further support for that claim is manifested in the form of Vaugh Gittin, Jr.'s classic Bronco-styled racing buggy that was recently unveiled as well; the custom vehicle will make its debut when Gittin, Jr. goes for top prize in 2017's King of the Hammers off-road race. 

For any Bronco fan, Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington offers a variety of SUVs for any palate. Drop by today and take a spin!
Plans for the Motown Museum's $50 million expansion recently received a hefty boost, thanks to a $6 million investment that Ford and UAW-Ford committed on November 18.

Residents and visitors to Detroit, Michigan need not worry that the Museum is moving from its current home on West Grand Boulevard. The original $50 million price tag for growth was slated to fund a 50,000-square-foot complex, which will be erected around the current Motown Museum. Now, with an extra $6 million available, there are even more opportunities for expansion and refinement. In particular, the contribution will go towards the Ford Motor Company Theater, a component of the new complex.

It's been a swift acceleration in progress and anticipated growth since the Motown Museum revealed its expansion plans; the news was publicly announced only one month prior. Building on its appeal to tourists, the museum's new complex will serve as a world-class tourist destination.
Its established history as the site of Motown Records' original studio and headquarters makes the site a prime place to build upon, in anticipation of the future.

The notable donation from Ford and Ford-UAW qualifies them as leads donors on the Museum's project; their joint contribution will also provide necessary resources for music and educational programming that the Museum hopes to provide. In addition, part of the donation will facilitate a CARaoke Experience at the Museum that incorporates music with Ford-specific vehicles, for a more immersive experience.

Six million dollars are nothing to toss around lightly, but in the case of Ford and Ford-UAW's contribution, their donation of such an amount is only part of their overall investment in Detroit spending. The Motown Musem project is one of multiple community initiatives that Ford is supporting in 
2016, and part of $10 million that will go towards the city's spending in the next five years. Even more impressive, that $10 million is an addition to the $20 million dedicated to 2016 community initiatives alone. See how Ford's been making a difference in Detroit in the video below:


As Joe Hinrichs, Ford Americas president, said, “The enhanced museum will not only upgrade the visitor experience. It also fits with our commitment to investing in the cultural heritage of Detroit and southeast Michigan.”

Interested in Ford's community investments? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and see what's in store.

 

Ford is exploring the potential for a larger Explorer, according to sources who recently snapped shots of the next-generation vehicle testing on public roads.

Based on the captured shots, the new Explorer is tapping into the 'bigger is better' mentality, although that doesn't necessarily mean heavier. The Blue Oval has been striving to up the fuel economy and shave off weight from its selection of SUVs and crossovers, in order to adhere to the federally mandated 54.5 mpg fleet average fuel economy standard in the next nine years. 

As covertly captured photos of the Explorer's flat body panels show, the new crossover may maximize the use of aluminum across multiple components of the car's exterior, including the tailgate,
doors and hood. It's no secret that Alcoa and Novelis, who supply Ford with the aluminum for its vehicles, have been undertaking the challenge to create new aluminum blends that resist cracking - even if the metal is worked into shapes with deep curves or draws. AutomotiveNews.com reports that at this point, it's not confirmed whether or not this innovative blend is ready for mass production, but its development suggests that we'll be seeing it in use not too long from now. See the current Explorer model on-the-go in the video below:


Despite the likely changes, sources predict that the next-gen Explorer will keep its front-wheel drive (with an option for all-wheel drive); however, its probable design makes it a shoo-in for a new nine-speed automatic transmission that Ford developed in conjunction with General Motors, which gets points for its fuel-saving feature. The last time the Explorer underwent notable changes was during the 2011 modelyear, when it bore a likeness to the Ford Taurus sedan and Flex crossover with its front-wheel drive, unibody platform. 

Suspicions will be confirmed once the new Explorer makes its debut, which is predicted as early as summer 2018. To fill the gap in between now and that point, current models of the acclaimed crossover are available now at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to satiate any driver's appetite for a little bit of Exploring. 
When it comes to designing the cars of the future, Ford Motor Company's engineers need a little 'breathing room.' Enter Spatial, a Cincinnati-based startup that sprouted from Ohio soil less than one year ago. The company, still in its nascent stages of growth, certainly provides reason to believe that a 'Spatial' perspective is an effective one. Since relocating to Detroit, it's driven forward Ford's social intelligence technology innovations since joining forces with the Blue Oval, and notably embedded the technology into Ford's vehicle GPS and navigation systems. Fortune also named it one of the top 10 automotive startups of 2016.

Although Spatial's a young company, it's already left its footprint in the sand. Earlier in 2016, it was one of a dozen startups selected as part of Techstars Mobility class, a mentorship-driven accelerator program that hones in on next-gen mobility solutions. The three-month program included $120,000 in funding, detailed business development guidance, lessons on customer acquisition and auto industry relationship nurturing, and more. Through the program, Spatial and Ford connected; the collaboration was one of three that Ford representatives struck with startups represented in the program, and all are related to tech product projects focused on autonomous and connected cars. In particular, Spatial is working on what Ford has designated as key areas of interest, including multimodal trip integration and autonomous and safety technologies. Find out more about Ford's plans for autonomous driving in the video below:



“We have multiple projects running with Ford currently, and each of them aligns with our mission: helping people navigate like a local, anywhere on Earth,” Lyden Foust, the CEO of Spatial, said, according to SoapBoxMedia.com. “We’re starting to get a lot of inbound requests from customers working with autonomous cars and AI assistants, all the way to real estate websites that want to help their users understand an area and sort through home options quickly." See what's on the horizon for the future of autonomous driving by stopping at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
For nearly a decade running, Ford Motor Company has made Thanksgiving a little brighter for Detroit residents in need. Working in tandem with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, the automaker participates in the DAAA's Holiday Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving program to ensure that over 6,000 area homebound seniors can gobble up turkey, potatoes and more. November 24 wasn't any different, in the best ways possible. 

As a sign of its support, Ford made a $50,000 donation to DAAA to cover the expenses for the community-wide Thanksgiving meal. The donation also provides funding for the daily meal service that the DAAA provides throughout the year. However, the Blue Oval's support went beyond monetary means - employees and families of Ford also joined together the day before Thanksgiving to put together fresh meals at Detroit's Valley Services.Ford employees help prepare Thanksgiving day meals

Pamela Alexander, the director of Community Development at Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, expressed her support for the joint effort. “At
Ford we don’t just build great cars and trucks, we also build communities,” she said. “By providing thousands of meals to seniors in our region on Thanksgiving we help to ensure that no one is hungry on this holiday.”

To ensure that its impact goes beyond one holiday, the Ford Fund also assists hunger relief agencies to bolster communities year-round. This year, it joins The Parade Company and Gleaners Community Food Bank to address a notable 715,000 local residents in need in the southeast Michigan area. 

“While we celebrate this holiday season with friends, family, and a nice meal, homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in our community are often neglected. That’s why we are sharing the love and feeding our homebound and disabled adults this Thanksgiving,” Paul Bridgewater, the president and CEO of DAAA, said in a released statement.  “That’s why we are thankful for the Ford Motor Company Fund. They are driving away hunger on Thanksgiving with their generous donation that enables us to deliver fresh, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to 6,000 seniors. To us, the donation and the volunteers they’re supplying to DAAA are a much-needed gift to our entire community.”

Ford makes giving back a priority, which is why it's investing $20 million in local, educational and community programs this year. Learn more about how the Blue Oval gives back by visiting our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.  
As an expression of gratitude for our heroes in red, the Blue Oval's F-Series joined forces with Fox Sports, the Dallas Cowboys and actor Denis Leary to give Dallas Fire Station 43 a surprise makeover on Thanksgiving Day. The guerrilla-style renovation was an effort to show appreciation and address the firehouse's needs in a fun and unexpected way. The Ford F-Series is the Official Truck of the National Football League and is the best-selling truck in America for over 39 consecutive years, so it was only fitting for the truck to be the driving force behind the project.

After years of wear and tear, the northwest Dallas fire station was in need of repair. Ford reached out to local renovation experts and starting offensive linemen from the Dallas Cowboys - who were just named Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Week for the second time this football season - to turn the spontaneous rehab idea into a reality. 
WIth all hands on deck, the demolition and final touches were ready in time for the firefighters to use their new kitchen and dining area for the holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

The cherry on top of the sundae - or rather, the whipped cream on top of the pumpkin pie? As a bonus, Denis Leary, on behalf of Leary Firefighters Foundation, pledged a $50,000 donation to the Dallas Fire Department to fund additional equipment as well, and will personally pass along the keys to a brand-new F-Series Super Duty to the Dallas firefighters donated by Ford. Leary's foundation was started in 2000 and provides funding and resources for fire departments, helping them obtain resources, technology, equipment and training imperative for the safety and health of firefighters. As of today, the foundation has raised over $10 million for fire departments nationwide. Watch the action in the video below:



“Today and every day, we’re grateful to the firefighters of Fire Station 43, and to firefighters across the country for their courage and bravery,” Leary said. “The Leary Firefighters Foundation is proud to team up with Ford to provide Dallas with much-needed equipment, and to support the men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe.”

Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of sales,
marketing and service, echoed Leary's sentiments. 

“Ford truck team members live to serve our customers, and firefighters are especially valued for their important role in our communities,” he said in a released statement. “With the toughest, smartest, most capable truck in America, it’s only fitting Ford is presenting a brand-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty to the men and women of the Dallas Fire Department.”

Learn more about how Ford is giving back by visiting Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.