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Looking Forward and Back: New Backup Technology Sets the 2016 Ford F-150 Apart

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(Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Ford's designers are constantly looking forward and preempting new trends and innovations – but they know the value of looking back, as well. The 2016 Ford F-150, in particular, takes this sentiment to another level with the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature, pioneering a new form of trailer technology that puts power and finesse into the turn of a knob. Now, drivers can feel in control while making complex maneuvers in reverse.

This high-tech feature redefines the process of driving and backing up for truck drivers across the country, working in tandem with electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), center-stack screens and a rear view camera. Although the multi-part system can reduce vehicle speed – a trade-off for optimizing the levels of control and comfort in the vehicle on different types of roads – it's a small price to pay. The control knob is easily accessible and has the capacity to store up to ten different trailers in its system, expediting the set-up process for more than one conventional trailer. The technology is both user-friendly and trailblazing: Ford earned more than five 
patents through the production of this feature, with an additional 10 pending. Check out Ford's overview of the F-150 in the video below:


By utilizing the new Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology, drivers need not be highly skilled in order to back up a trailer in any scenario. Visit us at Sound Ford Washington to find out for yourself.


2016 Ford Explorer Picks Up Active Lifestyle Vehicle Award at 13th Annual Ceremony

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(Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Six-speed automatic transmission, seven seats, 23 miles per gallon – and now, one Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) award to boot. The award for the 2016 Ford Explorer is a cherry on top of a list of notable numbers that defines this three-row crossover, which picked up the Best Value - Family award at the ALV's 13th annual awards ceremony on October 24 in Chandler, Arizona. The program's panel of judges identified vehicles that best address the needs of buyers on-the-go, distributing honors amongst seven categories that include Best Value On-Road, Luxury Off-Road, and Green. The Best Value – Family accolade encompasses contenders that, according to Carspondent.com, are active lifestyle vehicles with three rows of seating.

"Over the past seven years, our athlete evaluators have included elite runners and triathletes, professional football players, surfers, cyclists, beach volleyball players and adventure racers," Nina Russin stated on Carspondent.com. S
ee it in action by watching the video below:


The 2016 Ford Explorer is also characterized by its 2.3 EcoBoost® engine, front wheel drive, and 290 at 6,400 rpm horsepower, making it an optimal buy for adventurers, families, or both. Take it for a spin at Sound Ford Washington today and see how it can take your weekend getaways and multi-terrain escapes to the next level!

Along with 121 other women, Kristina Schermer is using her role as a breast cancer survivor – and Ford Model of Courage -  to help and encourage women facing similar circumstances. The 28-year-old recently shared with Woman's Day magazine that although she was aware that breast cancer ran in her family, she still wasn't prepared for the moment her doctor called with a crushing diagnosis in September 2014: not only did she have cancer in her left breast, her other breast was essentially "a time bomb waiting to go off." With a wave of love and support from family and friends to carry her through the darker hours, Kristina decided to have a double mastectomy only a month after her doctor's news turned her life upside down. To preserve the opportunity to bear children in the future, she also went through an egg retrieval process before starting chemotherapy. 

Although the two years since her diagnosis have been punctuated with peaks and valleys, Kristina shared that she is grateful for the lessons that she's learned as a result of her cancer. "I've learned to really embrace where I am each day, and what I'm dealing with, and trust that just because things are ugly or hard sometimes, it doesn't mean they're not good. Because of my journey, I've learned to give more—to myself and to others," she said. Now cancer-free, she hopes to inspire and provide consolation for other women through her experience. 
To learn more about Ford initiatives in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit Ford's Warriors in Pink website today and watch the video below, You can also contact us at Sound Ford in Renton, WA and visit our website today!

An epidemic is developing of pedestrians glued to their smartphones and not paying attention to oncoming traffic. Coined “petextrians,” these distracted walkers put themselves in danger by looking at their phones rather than watching as they cross streets, etc. Rather than attempt to change the behavior of the masses, Ford is taking a more adaptive approach and utilizing technology of the future.

The Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection utilizes a radar and camera, scanning the roadway for obstacles that may cause an accident. Upon first detection, the vehicle will visually and audibly warn the driver and automatically mute the stereo. Failure to respond will free the vehicle up to automatically use the brakes to either prevent or reduce the impeding impact, as the Ford Media Center explains in a press release. 

Check out this video to see the Pedestrian Detection in action:


 
The camera is mounted to the windshield and uses a unique Ford algorithm to calculate the risk of impact and determine what type of object may be there. Right now the technology is limited to clear driving conditions in daylight at up to 50 mph. Over the span of 473 days, Ford tested the technology on 12 different vehicle models in the U.S., Europe and China. During that time frame, the U.S. tests recorded over three million objects, vehicles and pedestrians that could risk impact.

The technology will make its official appearance in the 2017 Ford Fusion with a North America release. In the meantime, check out the vehicles offered at Sound Ford with a number of upgraded technologies to make you safer on the road. 
ford transit van for sale seattle washingtonFord and Reebok are setting out to get the U.S. fit! With a 2,000 mile, seven week tour across the nation this fall, the FitTruck is taking Reebok’s world-class instructor network to several stops in the customized Ford Transit van.

“FitTruck embodies the idea that the gym is everywhere and fitness can truly take place anywhere – a city, a park or your own home,” says Steve Robaire, Reebok’s director of instructor engagement and global events, according the Ford Media Center press release. “Today, everything can be made mobile, from food trucks to retailing clothing and accessories to basic health care and beyond. It just made sense to take this concept and use it to promote something healthy.”

Fitness instructors on the tour include:
> Emily Skye – founder of F.I.T. fitness workouts
> Jamie Eason – co-creator of Lean Body for Her natural supplements
> Ashley Horner – bodybuilding.com female spokesperson
> Cory Gregory – Squat Every Day program founder
> “Silent Mike” Farr – powerlifting expert and co-host of the Powercast fitness podcast

The FitTruck stops include:
> Boston—October 20st-21st
> New York and Washington, D.C.—October 24th-30th
> Virginia Beach—October 30th-November 6th
> Raleigh, North Carolina—November 8th
> Charlotte, North Carolina—November 12th
> Columbus, Ohio—November 26th-December 2nd

If you’re not near the FitTruck tour, that shouldn’t stop you from working toward your fitness goals. Come by Sound Ford today and check out our line of Ford F-series trucks to get yourself out on the road for great hiking and fitness adventures. 
ford f-150 for sale seattle washingtonFord Motor Company is bringing 50 vehicles to this year's SEMA Show located in Las Vegas in November. Carscoops reports that among them are four F-150 trucks with some killer modifications.

Bojix Design brings on a stellar gray and orange paint scheme for its modified version of the F-150 SuperCrew, but there's more to it than meets the eye. Improving off-roading capabilities, the modified SuperCrew has Fox Racing coilovers, an imposing bull bar and skid plate tacked on to the front, Borg Warner turbocharge added to the 3.5-liter V6 engine, and an elevated ride height that’s seven inches taller.

The 4x4 Lariet SuperCrew boasts a 5.0-liter V8 engine, enhanced further by a Whipple supercharger. If looks could kill, this design would stun, with flared wheel arches, rocking custom wheels, a unique paint job and extended truck bed, providing room for more grown-up toys like BMX bikes or a 4-wheeler.

Hulst Customs also modified one of the Ford F-150 models coming to the SEMA Show. Christened the EraThr3, it has a lowered ride height thanks to a custom air suspension system, 26-inch wheels and a supercharged V8 engine. A.R.E. Accessories modified the fourth F-150 4x4 XLT SuperCab. It comes with not only an awesome paint scheme, and wheels on a lifted suspension, but a television, charging station and storage system tucked into a custom bed canopy.

F-150 fans who can’t attend the SEMA Show are, of course, anxiously awaiting for pictures to hit the Internet next month. In the meantime, check out the Ford F-150 models available here at Sound Ford and dream of your own custom modifications for one of the best trucks on the road.

The 2017 Ford Escape Boasts Several Consumer Driven Upgrades

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(Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 03:48PM )
2017 ford escape for sale seattle washington (photo: Ryan Hildebrand)Ask and you shall receive. Ford Escape customers have expressed desired changes to the newer models, and Ford was happy to oblige. The 2017 Ford Escape S, SE, and Titanium will include a host of upgrades, available even on the base models, in order to expand the consumer base for this popular compact SUV.

Among the 2017 upgrades, Ford is improving upon the SYNC 3 infotainment system that came on the 2016 models. The new models will also include Apple CarPlay and Android auto integration with the optional SYNC 3 system. Additionally, 2017 Ford Escape owners will have the option for a vehicle integration app that allows them to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle through their smartphone.

If you're looking for more driver assist technology, then the 2017 Ford Escape answers the call. According to Farm Forum, enhancements like the Titanium technology package include lane departure warning an intervention, a self-parking system, rain sensing wipers, a heated steering well, auto driving control, and xenon headlights. And certainly no one will guffaw at the latest EcoBoost engine.

Technology is great, but what about comfort? The new 2017 Ford Escape offers articulating headrests and a telescoping steering column. Owners will also have lots more cargo space in the new model, with an increased number of inboard stowage spots.

Contact Sound Ford today to inquire about the Ford Escape models available for you to test drive.
ford smart mobility solutions seattle washingtonDo you ever leave your home with just the right amount of time to drive to your destination across town, only to hit every red light along the way and end up late? Clearly it’s a concern to some degree because there’s a new technology that addresses this nuisance, and Ford Motor Company plans to get involved, according to Carscoops.

Utilizing cars connected via smartphone for real-time traffic updates, and installed roadside units, Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory is a system that learns the timing of traffic lights where the user is driving and provides an optimal driving speed to “ride the green wave.” Not only would this cut down on drive time for commuters – and possibly even traffic violations – but could reduce traffic congestion, fuel usage and exhaust emissions from idling.

Ford prides itself on keeping with the latest advances in technology, so it’s desire to test and possibility utilize this innovation isn’t much of a surprise. While it’s yet to be determined what Ford vehicles will include the GLOSA once it becomes available, drivers can be assured that, if it shows itself viable, Ford will see it through.

In the meantime, you can find a variety of upgraded technologies available on the vehicles offered here at Sound Ford, including our latest offering of Ford hybrid cars.
ford fiesta sport for sale seattle washingtonOne of the best things about the SEMA Show (a trade-only event, not open to the general public, that will run at November 1st through November 4th in Las Vegas), is all of the modified vehicles on display. Among them, Carscoops reports that Ford will be unveiling two custom modified 2017 Fusion Sports.

One will have an eye-catching blue paint job and body modifications completed by Legacy Innovations. Other customizations include a carbon fiber hood scoop, an aerodynamically improved body kit, Katzkin leather seats, Kicker speakers and 20-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood, customizations include a K&N air filter, MagnaFlow exhaust and upgraded brakes.

The second piece of Ford Fusion Sport eye candy will have a Ballistic White metallic custom paint job by MRT Performance with kickin' alloy wheels and a Kevlar body kit. The interior has matching Ballistic White metallic trim, leather and suede fabric, and a Webasto sunroof.

Observers will also be introduced to the aluminum brake kit, impressive exhaust system, engine preheater and several other modifications. Too bad the general public can't get in the SEMA Show doors. Most of us will just have to wait for images to hit the Internet before we can see these blinged-out works of mechanical art with our own eyes.

In the meantime, check out the Ford Fusion models that Sound Ford has to offer. They may not be custom modifications, but they're still eye-catching indeed.
ford vehicles seattle washingtonThe fact that the honeybee population – which is vital to the planet’s ecosystem – has been on steep decline in the United States for the last three decades, is not at all lost on Ford, who works hard to stay involved in environmental restoration projects.

So, it really comes as no surprise that the Ford Rouge Complex in Detroit is home to over 80,000 honeybees as part of the company’s wildlife habitat strategy – the Heritage 2000 program – which began in the early 2000s. Fifteen years ago, efforts were made to green-up the Rouge facility, which employed an architect and sustainability designer to give the complex a total makeover. Among the renovations made was the planting of crabapple trees, which, incidentally, are great for honeybee pollination.

According to Ford Media Center, Mary Mason, a Ford safety investigation engineer, brought some of her own bees to join the colony and has cared for all of the honeybees voluntarily for the past three years. “I think it’s wonderful Ford is so environmentally connected, and that officials are interested in how the company affects its community,” she says. “I just love that they’re letting me keep the bees here. It’s important they’re protected.”

We are Sound Ford are also proud to be a part of a company that puts its community first, and adhere to the same priorities right here in the Seattle area.