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The next five years are on track to be big for Ford and its expansion within Indian markets. Representatives for the Blue Oval recently announced the company's investment of 13 billion rupees ($195 million) through 2021 in a technology and business center that will be housed in Chennai, India. The center will be purposed to provide business services and design solutions for mobility. Back in the States, recruiters at Ford's facility in Dearbon, Michigan plan to hire 3,000 new employees and bring in 9,000 from other centers in Chennai to operate the new facility, which should be up and running by 2019. Take a peek at Ford's work in India in the video below which highlights the Ford Mustang:


Although emerging markets such as India are heavily influenced by brands like Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and Hyundai Motor Co, Ford's move is strategic - small, powerful cars with low ticket prices are favored in the area, and Ford has a wide collection of models to showcase to drivers. Couple that with the data that predicts India to become the third-largest market globally by 2020, and the prospects are even more enticing. The construction of a center in India - Ford's second-largest technology setup beyond its international headquarters - will support the brand's expansion efforts and enable future product testing in the increasingly lucrative area; development plans include space for laboratories and testing facilities for parts and vehicles, as well as dedicated space for teams to dive into financial and data analytics. "India is not only a vibrant market for cars and new mobility ideas, it also is rich with talent, technical expertise and ingenuity," Bill Ford, Ford's executive chairman, said in a statement shared by Reuters.com.

Drivers in the States need not worry nor wait for the expansion, though - a stop at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington is all it takes to find your next vehicle today. 

Feeling rapt with anticipation for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor? Wait no longer. Ford is beginning production on the brand new 2017 Raptor this month, to the delight of Raptor enthusiasts nationwide. Reports reveal that the lists of orders are already long, and dealerships are preparing to sell out quickly. Representatives for the Blue Oval say that the Raptor Build and Price configurator has already received nearly 100,000 hits after its first 10 days, a record for Ford. Data from the configurator shows that the most popular options include the SuperCrew (91 percent), Luxury Group (90 percent), and the Technology Package (77 percent). As Rob Rosenbach, an F-150 brand manager reported to Jason Siu of AutoGuide.com, "Site traffic on the Raptor pages is currently more than five times our other performance vehicle lines and dealer demand is far ahead of expectations." Watch the Raptor in action in the video below:


The high level of interest isn't unwarranted. The 2017 Raptor shines with its high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, which marries durability with agility. Its frame is also high-strength boxed steel. Additionally, the Raptor sports an all-new, twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost with direct fuel injection, as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission with manual-shifting mode. Off-roaders will especially appreciate the new Terrain Management System, which offers six preset modes to easily adapt the truck for any driving environment - street, Baja, mud, sand, and more. Performance on and off the streets is made possible with class-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels.

Don't end up at the bottom of the waiting list. Visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and order your 2017 Raptor today!
Representatives for Ford reported a solid third quarter, bolstered by its notable sales growth of 13.6% in China.

The Blue Oval is moving into the last quarter of 2016 on firm ground, thanks in part to its joint venture with Changan Ford (CAF) and JIangling Motors Corporation (JMC). A range of Ford cars and SUVs are built and sold by CAF, many of which are recognizable models from the international product portfolio that Ford offers. For Ford-brand commercial vehicles like Transit vans and midsize Ranger pickups, in addition to a Ranger-
esque SUV dubbed the Everest, JMC takes the helm. However, although the two joint venture companies take the lion's share of Ford's presence in China, other vehicles are imported into the country for sale as well.

Crossover SUVs and small sedans are notable winners in China coming out of quarter three. Ford records indicate that the Edge, which is offered both in a long-wheelbase seven-passenger version as well as a standard five-passenger version, are doing well - sales were up 93% in October and the larger Explorer gained 30% during the same month. Watch the 2016 Edge in action in the video below:



The Ford Focus sedan was also a favorite amongst buyers, and currently stands as one of China's best-selling vehicles. It takes the spotlight next to the Escort, which is a lower-cost compact sedan that is unique to China's buyers. John Rosevear, from Fool.com, reports that sales for both vehicles rose 15% and 34%, respectively, last month. Not to be outdone, Ford's line of commercial vehicles are also performing well in China, and Mustang sales are also up 60% from the past year. 

The victories of quarter three reflect Ford's greater feat -- October represents the fourth month, consecutively, that Ford is reporting a strong year-over-year sales gain in China. To test-drive any of the aforementioned vehicles and more, visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.


2017 King of the Hammers Race Set to Feature Special Ford Bronco

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(Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:00PM )
If you find yourself at the 2017 King of the Hammers off-road race, keep an eye out for Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. - you'll find him driving a buggy that Ford Performance crafted to reflect the classic Bronco style. The news was revealed after rumors spread about Ford's plans to develop an upgraded Bronco SUV; the unveiling of the buggy reinforces that notion since FoxNews.com reports that Ford has all but confirmed a 2020 debut for a new Bronco model.

Next year's annual event is slated to run its course at the Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, CA, which many deem one of the most challenging automotive terrains across the globe. It stretches 165 miles long and is merciless, presenting drivers with aggressive rock crawling sections as well as high-speed desert running. Luckily, Gittin is set to succeed - as a rookie this past February, he came out in 10th place at the Hammers and was the first non-regular of this driving style to achieve that feat. As FoxNews.com also states, "He [Gittin] says the car control he's developed drifting his Ford Mustang RTR paid off on the flat sections, but his result suggests he was clearly a quick study on the boulders, too."

Check out the Ford Bronco in a video from last year's King of the Hammers race:



The 2017 Hammers is still a couple of months away, but Brocky (as the truck is aptly nicknamed) is already primed to go. Jimmy 4x4, a Colorado off-road racing specialist, had the honor of building Brocky, and didn't disappoint. The Bronco sports a custom fiberglass body wrapped over a tube frame, as well as an independent front suspension and 37-inch tires. Other notable features include an intimidating 600 hp Ford Performance 427 V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission. 

Until 
Brocky takes on the Dry Lake next February, though, get your kicks by test-driving one of our Ford SUVs at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.

2017 Ford Mustang 5.0 Fastback Surprises, Impresses at U.K. MPG Marathon

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(Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:00PM )
The 2017 Ford Mustang 5.0 Fastback may be a stallion on the streets, but it doesn't horse around. In a surprising turn of events across the pond at this year's MPG Marathon, which took place on October 18 and 19, the Mustang came out on top with the Best Percent Improvement Award. The award, in particular, compares cars' recorded Marathon gas mileage to their officially rated fuel economy.

Not only did the 5.0 Fastback beat out other contenders from other automakers, it outdid a competitor from its own family - the 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder model that many would have guessed to take first prize. Despite the inherently eco-friendly nature that the Ecoboost's name implies,  the Fastback, which sports a 5.0-liter V-8, stole the show with its average of 36.6 mpg Imperial (which translates to 30.5 mpg U.S.) across a course that stretched 430 miles long.

The Fastback's high numbers, especially given that the course winded through public roads, made the unexpected contender a clear winner at the Marathon. As stated by Stephen Edelstein of GreenCarReports.com, "The Mustang's performance was 75 percent higher than its official rating of 20.9 mpg Imperial (17.4 mpg U.S.) on the European testing cycle. That result beats the previous record for fuel-economy improvement on the MPG Marathon, a 39-percent increase achieved by drivers of a Ford Fiesta ST subcompact in 2014." Watch the preview of Ford's featured Mustangs at this year's SEMA show in the video below:



The effects of Ford's victory in the UK are already showing. For the first time, Ford's U.K. division is importing right-hand drive versions of the Mustang in notably large shipments. The increased numbers also reflect U.K. drivers' penchant for V-8 models - although many Americans would balk at the price of gas in the U.S. compared to the States, Ford reported that two-thirds of current-generation Mustangs sold in the U.K. are V-8 models.

Luckily, you don't have to book a flight to the U.K. to take the Mustang to the road. Swing by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington and take one of our models
on a test drive today!

 

Consumer Report Recommends 2017 Ford Escape in Annual Reliability Survey

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(Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 12:00PM )
When it comes to reliability, the trusted team at Consumer Report knows that Ford's vehicles belong on their list. In its latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey, CR recommended the 2017 Ford Escape under its category for improved reliability. As stated on the Consumer Report website, the recommendations are compiled and based on "road-test scores; predicted reliability and owner satisfaction data from our Annual Auto Survey; and independent safety testing." Get more details on the 2017 Ford Escape by watching the video below:


For those new to the survey, the producers behind it do their due diligence to ensure that it is a comprehensive and informative resource for any buyer. The CR team compiles detailed data from both their digital and print subscribers on over 500,000 vehicles, and goes in-depth on the multitude of potential issues that can arise with cars of all types. From there, the problems and quirks are segregated into 17 trouble areas, ranging from minor nuisances to debilitating needs.

After running the gamut that is Consumer Report's survey, the 2017 Ford Escape has emerged in its good graces - and for good reason. The newest model of the Escape features 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with start/stop capability, as well as upgraded safety features for less stressful driving. Drivers will also enjoy the improved handling. Interested in taking a spin? Don't wait - come by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today.

Ford Announces Development of Cross-Traffic Alerts for Safer Driving

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(Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Every driver's nightmare will soon be a fear of the past. As part of its revolutionary autonomous driving technology, the team at Ford recently announced a new wave of technologies that is slated to define the future of driving. Notably, the rollout of cross-traffic alerts will provide drivers with the confidence and assurance to drive in reverse, knowing that there is nobody at risk of injury behind the vehicle. Take a closer look at Ford's plans for the future by watching the video below:


Ford's value of safety and affinity for innovation resulted in the creation of the cross-traffic alerts. Although the technology is still in development, the plans are already generating excitement. According to Engadget.com, "cross-traffic alerts will detect objects that are about to pass behind the vehicle while reversing and alert the driver with a warning sound and a wide-angle view on the backup camera. If the driver still doesn't respond, the car will automatically brake to avoid a fender bender." Additionally, the automaker stated that an upgraded pushbutton parking system will allow vehicles to parallel park and back into a perpendicular space - without driver assistance.

With this new technology, drivers of all skill levels can rest - and drive - assured that the inherent risks associated with operating a vehicle will be significantly less threatening. Until the innovations are implemented into newer models, come visit us at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington and test-drive our current Ford models today. 


The votes are tallied and the results are in, and Ford is sweeping up awards at this year's SEMA. After adding up thousands of votes cast by the exhibiting manufacturers present at the show, the Specialty Equipment Market Association presented Ford with top prizes for the hottest coupe (Ford Mustang), the hottest hatch (Ford Focus), and the hottest truck (Ford F-Series). They joined the Jeep Wrangler (hottest SUV) and Dodge Charger (hottest sedan) on the podium at an exclusive celebratory breakfast the second day of the show. According to a report by Carscoops.com, the range of awards are "designed to 'guide consumers toward the hottest-trending and most accessory friendly vehicles on the market.'" Learn more about the winning Mustang in the Ford's SEMA preview video below:


An air of deja vu accompanied the award ceremony, given that last year's event also crowned the Mustang, F-Series and Focus with the hottest car, hottest truck and hottest sport compact awards, respectively. The back-to-back prizes are impressive, but not surprising: the Mustang's scooped up awards for the past five years, and the F-Series has stolen the show in six out of the past seven years. Additionally, 2016 marks the second year in a row that one automaker reported three out of the five top awards. 

Get behind the wheel of any of these SEMA award-winning vehicles at your leisure - simply stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today!

Spotted in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado: The Ford F-150, caught in the midst of high-altitude testing. Sources report that versions of the F-150 captured in the mountainous terrain were, as Carscoops.com notes, "in various states of undress: some in the production forms we've already seen, some with one manner or another of visible modifications, and one with rather heavy camouflage enveloping the entire front end."

For Ford enthusiasts, it's not entirely clear what the objective - or objectives - of the testing aims to achieve. But given the F-150's track record, it promises to deliver. 
After all, it nearly goes without saying that the F-150 is a powerhouse in the truck realm. The F-150 boasts sales results that trump the combined sales of all of the full-size trucks produced by Ford's competitors in Japan, in addition to sales that surpass Ram trucks, Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras. Watch the F-150 in action in the video below:



The success of the F-150 is certainly warranted. Although Ford established the F-150's reputability over recent years, its team has avoided getting too comfortable. Ford's ongoing pursuit for improvement and innovation - as illustrated in its recent powertrain upgrades - is a testament to its esteemed position in the automotive world. It's a suspenseful guessing game as to what these latest improvements mean for F-150 drivers, but one's bated breath is sure to be worth the wait. Until the news is officially released, bide your time by test-driving our selection of F-150s at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today. 

Ford Performance Gets On Track with New App

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(Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 12:00PM )
It's time to track your time on the track. Ford Performance recently revealed its all-new data-logging app, which is tailored for drivers who prefer the track to the streets. The app, which was announced to attendees at this year's SEMA, enables users to analyze and share their on-track performance with the push of a button, harnessing the mobility and ease of smartphone technology.

The app is 
new, but draws upon established technology already utilized by Ford to enhance the driving (and tracking) experience. Ford's most up-to-date version of Sync 3, a common feature in many Ford models, lends its program to display notable track information, such as RPM, g-forces, gear, and speed. From there, the app delivers the information to the driver's phone for later review. Additionally, the app can work with one's smartphone to record video of their track day. As Joel Patel notes for Autoblog.com, "The phone, besides being used as a camera, is also in charge of recording the vehicle's location around the track, which is also displayed on the infotainment screen. Both the phone and the Sync 3 project the same bits of information and can be used interchangeably." Take note of the new features by watching the video below:


Now that its grand reveal is known to the public, Ford enthusiasts can begin testing its functionality in relation to their own track ventures. Have questions about it? Visit Sound Ford Washington today and speak to our team to learn more.