Power is often unleashed, but there is also value in its packaged form. Case in point: Ford announced that it is offering power packages for drivers with their eyes on the GT Mustangs or current-gen EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo vehicles, neither of which have a negative effect on one's warranty. Even more appealing are the variety of upgrade options available for the GT Mustangs, offering buyers an appealing selection to take their pick from.
For those interested in the EcoBoost four-cylinder, take note of its performance calibration kit. According to Autoweek.com, the kit's peak gains are notable – 25 hp and 70 lb-ft – but the off-peak upgrades are eyebrow-raising as well, clocking in at 100 more hp at 6,000 rpm, "when the 2.3-liter normally drops off, and in the middle ranges you're looking at gains of 40 hp and 60 lb-ft," Autoweek's Jake Lingeman reports.
In contrast, the GT Mustang offers a trifecta of upgrade options to appease any driver. Ranging from $599 to $2,395, all three packages throw in a no-lift shift function and up the redline to 7,500 rpm. While the least expensive option highlights a high-flow air filter, the middle package features a full cold-air intake. For those who want the bells and whistles, the highest tier package boasts an ECU tune, which has a total of 472 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, and includes the aforementioned packages' perks as well. Take a peek at the EcoBoost in the video below:
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Rooted close to the ground with a broad, sweeping frame, the 2016 Ford Flex demands to be noticed amongst its vehicular peers. Compared to its predecessors, the 2016 Flex leans to the dark side – drivers with a penchant for the color black have the option to purchase it with the debut Flex Appearance Package, which features a multitude of features in the same shade: roof, window sills, door handles, and more.
But don't be fooled by its shadowy appearance; drivers are sure to feel enlightened by the Flex's other features, such as the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) to prevent hazardous collisions and all-wheel drive. The latter amenity is available with the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine and is standard on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost®option. Additionally, a six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission mitigates torque; the innovative technology relinquishes special control to the driver. As Ken Chester Jr. States on PostCrescent.com, "This advanced gearbox offers the driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual control." Hear a Flex ower's thoughts on the vehicle in the video below:
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The 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.
Science, technology, engineering, art and math : all are critical aspects of education. But many communities are lacking in means to truly challenge students in these areas. Ford Motor Company recognizes this need.
Over three decades of inspiring youth – an inspiration after the heart of Henry Ford himself for a better world – has cumulated into Ford’s STEAM Experience. Ford Motor Company fosters a commitment toward cultivating interest in American youth to pursue science, technology, engineering, art and math. The company wants to see the legacy of innovation its created continue through generations to come.
Among the STEAM programs are those like Ford High School Science and Technology Program and Ford Next Generation Learning – both of which work to provide hands-on learning experiences through mentorship. Additional programs help to inspire youth where challenges and life-altering educational experiences are limited. Those programs include:
Girls Who Code
Girls’ Fast Track Races
The long-term goal is for these children to discover a passion and drive for one or more of these focus areas, so they will passionately seek a career guided toward creativity and innovation, paving the way of the future. You can find out more on the Ford STEAM Experience website.
Getting behind the wheel, revving a hoss of an engine, taking to the open road and streamlining her curves – it’s the beauty of driving a high quality performance vehicle. The demand for these high-octane experiences continues to grow across the globe, and Ford Motor Company is counting itself among the growing favorite brands among younger, more affluent car buyers.
Thinking of buying a 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 or a 2017 Ford 350R Mustang? You’ll have to think of another plan or hold off until the 2018 models release, because Ford has already sold out of the 2017 model year for both. Good thing Ford Focus RS is now available globally for the first time ever. Oh, wait, no… the 2017 model is also sold out – everywhere.
Don’t fret, though. There are still plenty of stylish, full-caliber Ford performance vehicles available. Previous model years are nothing to sneeze at, undoubtedly. The Ford Mustang was the world’s best selling sports coupe in 2015. And, exciting news, the brand-new Ford F-150 Raptor will arrive in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2017, followed by a first-time-ever release to China. The Ford GT will release late in 2016 and more than 6,500 consumers have already applied to own the first 500 cars.
“Ford’s commitment to performance leadership continues, with Ford on track to deliver 12 new performance vehicles promised by the end of the decade,” says Dave Pericak, global director for Ford Performance.
Moral of the story: Ford Motor Company is making a huge impact on the performance vehicle market and, if you want to be a part of it, you’d better submit your application for the 2018 models now!
The Girl Scouts councils in Florida, Southeast Michigan, Northeast Texas and Northern New Jersey would likely disagree with anyone that asserted such a claim; as would Ford Motor Company.
And to prove it, the two organizations are teaming up to provide Girls’ Fast Track Races to 200 Brownies and 200 Juniors from each of the four Girl Scout councils. As a part of the Ford STEAM Experience program, the Fast Track program will allow these young girls the chance to build their own track race cars and expand their knowledge of engineering and automotive science. Encouraging creativity and motivating the following of dreams, those participating will compete, learn and excel.
“We believe that all young children have an aptitude for technical subjects,” says Tracy Magee, Ford’s primary brand experiential manager, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “What’s often lacking is the encouragement and additional support to succeed. Ford is deeply committed to education and, through creative programs such as the Girls’ Face Track Races, we hope to spark excitement among the you and inspire them to pursue future careers in high-tech fields.”
As such, the goal overall is to give these girls a brighter future, and spark innovation for the entire community.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the Ford Volunteers Corp, the Bill Ford Better World Challenge was launched last year. As an extension of this challenge, Ford Motor Company designated September Ford Global Caring Month, in which around 20,000 Ford volunteers will conduct community service projects all around the world. These year’s projects include:
Since last year’s launch, members of the Ford Volunteer Corp have represented $29 million of in-kind community investments in 48 countries through more than one million hours of community service. This years’ projects included:
Renovations of a secondary school in Angola
Work on the grounds for a Salvation Army family retreat in Australia
Renovating a nursery, daycare and library in Columbia
Construction work at a high school and the development of urban gardens in Germany
Renovations to a senior citizens home in India
Building water storage, feeding the hungry and renovating an orphanage in Mexico
Renovating homes for children in South Africa
Rebuilding a water system in Thailand
Modernizing a mental health facility in the United Kingdom
160 community activities across 16 states in the United States
Additional work in Cambodia, Malaysia, Guam and Samoa
Additionally, Ford Fund contributed grants totaling $700,000 for the supplies needed to complete each of the projects.
“The positive, powerful impact this work has on people and communities is remarkable,” says Janet Lawson, director of the Ford Volunteers Corps, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “Each year a better world comes into sharper focus through the caring efforts of Ford employees and our nonprofit partners.”
Sound Ford believes in taking initiative to make the world a better place, right here in the Seattle area. We pride ourselves on community involvement as well -- upholding the standard of excellence that comes with being an industry leader.
While Ford Motor Company certainly gets kudos for success in the truck and utility vehicle sectors of the industry, there are areas of its core business that – by Ford’s high standards – are underperforming. So the company is working diligently to change that notion.
One of the company's main focal points is its Ford luxury brand. This means taking the Lincoln series up in caliber to differentiate it as a world-class luxury vehicle, both in product and in client experience.
The last four years of work have already sent the Lincoln series on an upward trajectory, with global sales increasing by 77 percent since 2012. Ford released four new Lincoln series vehicles during that time, showing vast improvement in quality and customer service in the U.S. In fact, Lincoln now outranks the Lexus as the top rated brand on the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
Ford is looking to increase profits in the small vehicle sector too. Ambitions include improving brand resonance, designs tailored to the target market, reducing the manufacturing complexity of the vehicles and decreasing costs.
Improvements have already shown extremely favorable even over the past year with the Ford Focus model. There is a 99.9 percent complexity reduction projected over the next few years– from 200,000 in 2015 to 300 for 2017 models all the way down to an anticipated 30 for the next-generation Ford Focus. Savings is expected to be approximately $300 per car.
And, of course, savings on the manufacturing side means savings for the consumer as well!
Major cities around the globe are crowded. And the roads are teaming with cars – often at a dead stop. A simple 15 mile trek can turn into a near two-hour trek in rush hour traffic.
That’s why Ford Motor Company developed its City Solutions team and is partnering with global cities to work toward transportation initiatives that the company hopes will be a big step toward solving congestion issues and provide more environment-minded options for movement in the future.
“Cities globally are dealing with increased congestion, a growing middle class and environmental issues – all of which can be alleviated by developing mobility solutions fine-tuned to the unique challenges of each location,” says Jim Hackett, chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, according to the The Ford Motor Company Media Center. “At the same time, by expanding our business model to include new forms of transportation – from bikes to dynamic shuttles and more – we are introducing new customers to Ford and creating new revenue and profit opportunities for the future.”
Ford’s first city of interest is San Francisco. On September 9, 2016, Ford announced its intention to acquire Chariot, a crowd-sourced shuttle service in the area. Additionally, Ford is collaborating with Motivate – a San Francisco bike-sharing company – to expand transportation options.
For more than 10 years, Ford Motor Company has been one of the industry leaders in autonomous vehicle innovation. So it comes as no surprise that Ford announced a collaboration with the University of Michigan to further research and development of new autonomy technology.
This first-ever collaboration will eventually lead to a new robotics lab opening in 2020 on the Ann Arbor campus, with state-of-the-art technology available. As the first step toward this goal, Ford is moving 12 researchers into the North Campus Research Complex by the end of 2016 so that they can get started.
Ford Motor Company invests in these technologies because this is the path society is heading toward – a world of autonomous cars and less invasive mobility across the globe. The robotics laboratory that is in the works will have plenty of space for machines to drive, walk fly and swim. In addition to labs, the 140,000 square foot building will contain classrooms and offices for both staff and professors, in order further the education of future researchers and innovators.
“Ford engineers and researchers will be working shoulder-to-shoulder with U-M faculty and students to test and learn about autonomous vehicle technology and innovation,” says Mark Fields, Ford’s president and CEO, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “We are aiming to show the world what we can achieve when leaders in business and academia work together to make people’s lives better.”