The month of April was especially friendly to the Ford China team. Reports show that approximately 94,000 vehicles were sold, only a stone's throw shy of a six-digit victory; the profits come out to an 11-percent increase year-over-year as well.
Branches of the Blue Oval, Changan Ford Automobile (CAF) and Jiangling Motor Corporation, separately yielded notable gains during the time frame, contributing to the large numbers overall:
Changan Ford Automobile: 62,000 vehicles sold / 6-percent increase
Jiangling Motor Corporation: 25,000+ vehicles sold / 15-percent increase
The brand's sales of sedans also played a role in overall profits, with a tip of the hat to the Escort, all-new Focus and Mondeo, and Taurus. However, SUVs continued to reign supreme amongst buyers, who favored the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge, Everest and Explorer. The Edge, in particular, stood out with a 19-percent boost - watch it in action below:
“...Sales bounced back strongly in April in China with gains across our lineup. The overall market remains strong and we expect to gain momentum as the year continues as we launch new products and new models to our existing lineup,” saidPeter Fleet, Ford’s Vice President of Marketing and Service for Asia Pacific.
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With 214,695 vehicles sold, Ford Motor Company capped off the month of April with strong wins across the board. SUVs stood out with gains across multiple model categories - a testament to consumers' rising demand for vehicles that can handle varying terrain and haul heavy.
“Strong demand for high-series Super Duty trucks and diesel powertrains drove a $1,900 increase in Ford’s transaction pricing versus an industry increase of just $210," Mark LaNeve, Ford's Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, said of the spike.
Sales for the Ford Escape were up 7 percent in April, with 25,637 purchased; the Ford Expedition performed even better, with sales up 13 percentage points and 5,116 driven off the lots. The 2018 Expedition is available starting this fall, so its debut will be on the heels of strong numbers from the earlier months. Learn more about the Escape in the video below:
Meanwhile, the Ford Edge posted a six-percent gain, with lots selling 12,147 vehicles. Overall, Ford brand SUVs totaled 67,309 sales - a new April record.
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Big things are on the horizon for the compact EcoSport SUV, a vehicle that Ford crafted to 'go small while living big.' The SUV is one that will benefit from the Blue Oval's all-new streaming technology.
In the EcoSport, where interior space is limited, the new streaming upgrade will upheave the way that passengers listen to music on the road. Given that Millennials overwhelmingly prefer subscription and streaming services than the alternative - CDs, in particular - the new EcoSport will feature an option for streaming technology, removing the original CD player in the vehicle altogether. The streaming update will provide users with a variety of choices on demand, while increasing the capacity to hold personal items and devices and allowing the touch screen to stay more upright.
Although CDs are not completely obsolete yet, Ford's removal of the CD player is supported by data that advocates for digital music. The 2016 Nielsen Mid-Year U.S. Music Report, for example, shares that overall consumption of downloaded and streamed music is up 15 percent, whereas physical album sales have decreased by 10 percent.
In addition to the streaming technology for a more enhanced music experience, the EcoSport will also include an available Wi-Fi hotspot and SYNC Connect® with FordPass®. Learn more about what's on tap for the EcoSport at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
Adding to the 2018 Ford Expedition's fresh-off-the-assembly-line appeal is the simultaneous introduction of dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system monitors, which will make their debut in the all-new Expedition. The advanced technology will redefine on-the-go entertainment, allowing passengers to stream live movies, videos and shows from a satellite system or home cable.
The innovation is evidently visible through its two eight-inch monitors that are nestled into the back of the front-seat headrests. Passengers will be able to connect to the monitors using their mobile devices, having the option to select from a variety of sources to view content (such as a DVD player, HDM and more).
Interested in games, rather than shows? The new system makes gaming a viable option as well, thanks to the availability of an HDMI port. And in case you feel like stretching your legs, the system's connectivity extends wireless signals to 50 feet when the Expedition's available Wi-Fi hotspot is activated.
The 2018 Ford Expedition isn't the only SUV that will benefit from Ford's new technology. Stay tuned to learn more, and stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to test-drive the Expeditions on our lot today.
Thanks to the Blue Oval's keen attention to the needs and desires of its customers, all-new, advanced technology will soon be available in Ford SUVs to enable live TV and music streaming, broadening the horizons for passengers seeking entertainment in-transit. According to stats listed on a Ford statement, one in three consumers in the U.S. currently utilize streaming services for music.
“Increasingly, our on-the-go customers are streaming music and television to their personal devices,” Michael O’Brien, Ford SUV's Group Marketing manager, said in the same statement. “We’re meeting this demand in our biggest and smallest SUVs.”
The all-new Expedition is one of them. Beginning this fall, a Wi-Fi hotspot will be available for the SUV that can support up to 10 devices simultaneously, allowing passengers in tow to watch live TV via SlingPlayer™ on one of the two video screens built into the vehicle.
Stay tuned to learn more about the SUVs that are benefiting from Ford's new streaming technology, and visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
Replicating the comfort of your living room in a vehicle is a tall order, but Ford's all-new Expedition gets pretty darn close. The new SUV, which rolls out at dealerships this fall, is sure to delight drivers the moment they open its doors. With its spacious interior and ability to seat up to eight passengers, the Expedition is a no-brainer for both families and adventure seekers.
With the new Expedition, a trip of any length doesn't have to result in cramped legs and imposed personal space. The vehicle is the first full-size utility to incorporate a sliding seat in the second row, one that also has tip-and-slide functionality. The new feature may go unnoticed at first sight, but it makes a difference in the long run. Passengers trying to reach the third row won't have to deal with removing a child safety seat first, and every row will be able to enjoy greater legroom and reclining seats.
Don't have a lot of passengers, but have a lot of gear? The Expedition accounts for that as well. It only takes a push of a button to quickly fold down both the second- and third-row seats, creating a wider cargo berth that can accommodate 4x8-foot sheets of plywood, large equipment and more - without having to open the liftgate.
The Expedition’s all-new Terrain Management System™ also ups its adaptability factor, giving buyers greater versatility of drive modes - such as sport, tow/haul, mud/rut and more - to make any terrain or environmental condition a breeze to drive through.
Our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington can provide additional information on the all-new Expedition. Cruise through and test-drive our SUVs available today!
The Lone Star state isn't so lonely anymore, thanks to the debut of the all-new Ford Expedition. The SUV is being unveiled at Ford Center at The Star in Texas with the help of the Dallas Cowboys' chief operating officer and executive vice president, Stephen Jones, who is introducing the stellar vehicle to the public.
Jones and the Cowboys aren't strangers to the Blue Oval; the two entities came together last fall to revamp Station 43 for a crew of unexpected firefighters in Dallas. On the horizon is another surprise orchestrated by the Cowboys and Ford, which involves gifting the new Expedition to a local first responder. With that in mind, it makes sense for the Cowboys to bear the honor of debuting the brand-new SUV. Watch more in the vehicle below:
Ford enthusiasts, adventurers and big families are sure to take a liking to the new Expedition, which is offered in XLT, Limited and Platinum series. For fleet customers ranging from emergency services to law enforcement, an XL version will also be available. Regardless of which series catches your eye, all have plenty of interior room and can be amended to the extended-length Expedition MAX.
As Ford expands on its plans to broaden its SUV leadership within the next four years, the new Expedition fits perfectly into the trajectory. It's one of five new vehicles slated to come out in North America over the time frame and will be available for buyers this fall. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
Ford's all-new Expedition is equipped to stand up to the toughest terrain and fulfill any situation's towing and hauling needs, making it the most capable SUV to date. To celebrate the Blue Oval's newest family member, Stephen Jones, the chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys, unveiled the Expedition early in February at The Star's Ford Center. The event recognized both the Expedition and Ford's long-standing relationship with the Dallas Cowboys - last fall, the two entities teamed up to refurbish Dallas firefighters' Station 43, and will join forces once again to gift a new Expedition to a local first responder.
In regard to the SUV's nuts and bolts, the Expedition boasts a new high-strength, aluminum-alloybody and steel frame, both of which contribute to its enhanced off-roading and towing capacities while cutting over 300 pounds of weight. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine with standard Auto Start-Stop, coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, gives the SUV power - an attribute that won't go unnoticed, considering that over half of Expedition customers reportedly value towing and 15 percent of the surveyed group tow on a weekly or monthly basis. Watch the Expedition's power in action in the video below:
The new Expedition's upped 'tough' factor and innovative features make it a showstopper. While you're waiting for its official release this fall, keep an eye out for more details on the Expedition and its enhanced adaptability features. And don't forget to stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to drive the Expeditions available on our lot today!
Characterized by its variety of smart technology, the all-new Ford Expedition made its recent debut to the delight of SUV drivers. Integration of smart technology ensures that every passenger is able to stay connected on-the-go, while drivers will notice an upgrade in engine power and towing capacity.
“When Expedition was introduced 20 years ago, it set the standard for active families who simply needed a big and strong SUV to take them places,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas, said. “Today’s families want even more smart technology to help them cover more ground safely, more efficiently and more comfortably – all while staying connected to friends and family.”
Compared to any other full-size SUV on the market, the new Expedition provides over 40 features and a considerably greater number of driver-assist technology options, such as 360-degree camera capabilities and an updated active park assist exclusive to its class.
Safety is the name of the game with the new Expedition, which is why it also offers lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and a Blind Spot Information System. The complementary features, which integrate radar and camera technology, help keep drivers from drifting and getting too close for comfort to other vehicles or people on the road.
Stay tuned to learn more about the all-new Expedition, and visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to test-drive our selection on the lot!
The new year's off to a good start, if January's domestic retail sales are any indication. According to numbers provided by Ford Sales Analyst Erich Merkle, sales were up across the board, paving the way for success during the first quarter.
Although total sales decreased slightly by 1 percent, U.S. retail sales of 120,400 vehicles represent a 6-percent increase. The latter number, Merkle asserts, is the one worth honing in on.
"We were up 6 percent, and growing by 6 percent, while also driving near-record average transaction prices for Ford, which were up $2,500 versus [one] year ago and far outpacing the overall industry in January of $550," he stated in a clip provided by Ford. "That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment.”
Sales of F-Series trucks, in particular, topped out just shy of 58,000 sales - a 13-percent increase that was primarily supported by F-150 and Super Duty retail sales. The respective trucks increased by 15 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Watch one of Ford's newest F-150 clips in the video below:
SUV sales also peaked with a 6 percent overall increase and an 11 percent retail increase, resulting in a record start for Ford brand SUVs. SUV sales also had a record start for the New Year.