(Posted on May 18, 2019 at 01:40PM by Danielle Smyth)
Brad Anderson of Carscoop reports sightings of the next-generation 2021 Ford F-150 prototype during a recent round of testing. A new front grille, different headlights, and bespoke taillights are anticipated, along with more rear space.
Look for an interior update and a new infotainment screen, maybe even new seats. Under the hood, the rumor is the 5.0-liter V8 will be replaced with a 4.8-liter engine and there’ll also be a hybrid option.
The refreshed or redesigned F-150 will probably be on the market before the Bronco. As for the why, “Ford has allegedly decided to do this as a way to make the most of the massive investment it made in the existing F-150 due to its aluminum-intensive construction.”
That construction means the F-150 is 700 pounds lighter than previous versions and can pull heavy loads with a V6 engine. The steep increase in the cost of aluminum, which rose more than 20 percent between 2015 and 2018, is something Ford still views as a positive. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations, told the New York Times a year ago, “Aluminum also allowed us to have a lot more capability in a truck, and that’s what people buy for.”
(Posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:20AM by Danielle Smyth)
Light-duty pickup sales have increased 36 percent since 2013 (compared with an 11 percent increase for the overall industry) and could reach record levels this year. That strong demand needs to continue so automakers—especially Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles—can cover the huge investments they’re making in autonomous and electric vehicles.
More than 3 million pickups were sold annually from 1998 to 2001. In the last four years an average of 2.75 million were sold. In 2018, 2.9 million pickup sales meant they were 17 percent of the market. So far in 2019, sales of light-duty pickups, including mid- and full-size, were up 1 percent to 891,402 trucks compared with a year ago.
With more luxury pickups, fewer car options and automakers designing or redesigning more than a dozen pickup models between 2018 and 2021, automakers are betting big on the light-duty pickup market. That includes the mid-sized Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator. Toyota Tundra and Tacoma redesigns are also in the works, and could be available by 2020, while Fiat plans to introduce a midsize Ram pickup.
Ford is launching improved Super Duty versions of its F-series full-size pickups this year, and will redesign the F-150 in 2020. To see what all the pickup fuss is about, stop by Sound Ford near Seattle, Washington, and test drive one!
(Posted on Apr 30, 2019 at 12:24PM by Danielle Smyth)
Even though Ford doesn’t manufacture cars in the U.K., the prospect of a hard Brexit has meant the company has had to spend tens of millions of euros to shift inventory between countries and on foreign currency exchange funds. European Ford executives have indicated the cost to the company of a hard Brexit could be between half a billion to a billion dollars.
Ford engines are built at two different U.K. plants. With the U.K. leaving the European Union, tariffs could be imposed on the engines when leaving the country for assembly elsewhere and additional tariffs added when the assembled cars are reimported. That would be a non-viable game changer for Ford. While U.K. job cuts have been mentioned, exact numbers haven’t been listed.
Two Russian factories will be turned over to Ford partners, and in mid-March Ford Europe announced it will cut 5,000 jobs and an entire shift at its German Focus-building factory, despite having invested 600 million Euros in the factory in 2017.
Ford Europe plans to focus on commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles, and imports. The vehicle lineup will be simplified and the company will concentrate only on its most profitable vehicles, similar to its U.S. strategy, where Ford focuses on the truck and SUV markets.
Want to test drive a great truck here in the United States? Stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, today. We have an amazing 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty SRW XLT for sale. It’s powerful and filled with amenities. Hurry in!
(Posted on Apr 30, 2019 at 11:10AM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford is bringing the “premium truck lifestyle” to China later this year when it makes its luxury F-150 Limited available to Chinese consumers. One of its most expensive trucks, the 4x2 starts at $62,855 in the U.S. and the 4x4 is priced at $72,055. The F-150 Limited features a high end Bang & Olufson audio system, leather front massage seats, a suede headliner and leather-topped instrument panel and doors. It also includes the same high-output, 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine from the Raptor but provides a more luxurious cabin.
While the overall vehicle Chinese vehicle market declined in 2018, truck sales grew 10 percent. That may be the result of government regulations easing: pickups can now drive in urban areas in 31 mainland provinces, and large stickers that identify trucks as commercial vehicles are no longer required.
This represents a sea change compared with a few years ago, when many provinces banned trucks, including pickups, from daytime city driving. But beginning in 2006, Chinese government officials started trying to lighten the restrictions on trucks to encourage economic consumption. Consumers no longer see pickups as “polluting rural rattletraps suitable only for bringing in produce from the farm.” But the truck classification means pickups are exempt from a Chinese consumption tax of up to 40 percent on passenger vehicles.
(Posted on Apr 21, 2019 at 02:12PM by Danielle Smyth)
If you are currently an owner of an F-Series vehicle, you should be aware of a recall of a part on F-Series and Super Duty trucks due to minor issues with engine block heater cables. In December 2018, a total of 874,000 F-150s and Super Duty vehicles were recalled. The NHTSA recall number is 19V278. Don’t worry, though, because it affects only the following vehicles:
2015-19 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn Truck Plant (March 18, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018)
2015-2019 Ford F-150 vehicles assembled at the Kansas City Assembly Plant (Aug. 21, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018)
2017-19 Ford F-Series built at the Ohio Assembly Plant (Feb. 5, 2016, to Nov. 17, 2018)
F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty vehicles built at the Kentucky Truck Plant (Oct. 8, 2015, to Nov. 17, 2018).
The inspection involves checking to make sure engine block heater cable splice connectors aren’t damaged, since damaged cables can trip household breakers or cause shorts in ground fault circuit interrupters, increasing the risk of overheated or melted wiring and fire if the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in.
Ford has advised customers not to use the engine block heater cable, although no injuries or accidents related to the issue have been reported. Right now the plan is for dealers to disable the vehicle’s engine block heater cable and notify customers when an engine block replacement cable is available.
Not sure if your truck falls into this category? Contact Ford to find out. Want to test drive a new F-Series? We have many on the lot that are outside of these recalls, so you need not worry. Stop by our Sound Ford dealership near Renton, Washington, today and let us help find you the truck of your dreams! For instance, this 2019 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW XL is powerful and filled with amenities, like a 10-way power driver seat with auto-recline. That’s sure to make every drive a comfortable one!
(Posted on Apr 12, 2019 at 06:54AM by Danielle Smyth)
The success of the Ford F-150 Limited with its Ecoboost V6 power has automotive journalists wondering “whether the days are numbered for V8 engines in anything but heavy-duty trucks and muscle cars.” At least that what’s Bob Golfen, classicars.com’s editor, says in his rave review of the 2019 model.
The switch to a lighter aluminum body to create a more fuel-efficient truck is one of two major “bold moves.” The other is the switch to the Ecoboost. “[T]he proof is in the numbers, and it’s hard to dispute 520 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm, which is considerably more than that of the 5.0-liter V8 or the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel, engines that are available in lesser models of the F-150.”
With decent fuel economy and “brisk” acceleration, the F-150 Limited is “an exceptionally well-equipped vehicle, a luxury craft with all the trimmings, as suitable for a family trip or night on the town as it is for the worksite” and its crewcab interior “boasts a wealth of comfort, convenience and technological features, as well as a suite of safety systems to keep you out of harm’s way.” A pickup truck with all the features you’d find in “a top luxury sedan,” Golfen said, “I quickly felt right at home in this luxury mansion on wheels.”
Test drive a Ford-150 Limited at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, sooner rather than later so you can see what all the fuss is about!
(Posted on Apr 12, 2019 at 06:02AM by Danielle Smyth)
For the second month in a row, Ford is offering nationwide discounts on most of its F-150 series. The incentives run till July 1, 2019, and range from $750 to $3,500.
Here are the details:
2019 F-150 XLT: total discount of $3,500 in the form of $2,250 customer cash + $500 retail bonus customer cash + $750 bonus customer cash
2019 F-150 XL: total discount of $2,250 with a $750 bonus customer cash + $500 retail bonus customer cash + $1,000 retail customer cash
2019 F-150 Lariat, Platinum, Limited: total discount of $1,500 with a $500 retail bonus customer cash + $1,000 retail customer cash
2019 F-150 King Ranch: $750 total discount, $500 of which is a retail bonus customer cash + $250 retail customer cash
Customers must take delivery from authorized Ford dealer stock by July 1, 2019, and the incentives are for U.S. customers only. They may not be available with special finance or lease arrangements. But it’s worth checking in with Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, to see what we can do to get you into a new Ford F-150 while saving you some money. Stop by for a test drive soon! We have plenty of trucks on the lot, including the 2019 F-150 Raptor. Hurry in!
(Posted on Apr 7, 2019 at 03:00PM by Danielle Smyth)
Year after year, Ford F-Series pickups are the domestic vehicles most likely to be stolen in the U.S. While they come in third overall, behind the Honda Accord and Civic, a whopping 32,721 model year 2006 Ford pickups were stolen in 2016. The statistics are provided by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Older F-Series models tend to be stolen more often than newer ones not only because anti-theft technology is better on newer vehicles, but also because older models have high value for parts resale—especially catalytic converters and airbags.
In Canada, those statistics are even more striking. Nine out of the 10 most frequently stolen vehicles are Ford F-Series models. Here’s the list of most-stolen vehicles in Canada in 2018 according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada:
2007 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU 2006 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU 2005 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU 2004 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU 2003 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU 2006 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU 2001 FORD F350 SD 4WD PU 2000 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU 2015 LEXUS GX460 4DR AWD SUV 2001 FORD F250 SD 4WD PU
What does this mean? Well, there is some serious lasting power in these trucks, long after you drive them off our lot. They’re worth having because they will drive for many years to come. Unfortunately, thieves know it, too.
We sincerely hope your car or truck is never stolen. But if you’re in the market for a new or new-to-you vehicle, or just one that will be in it for the long haul, come see us at Sound Ford just outside Seattle, Washington. We’ll have you in a new ride in no time. How about the 2019 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW XLT? It’s powerful and stylish. You’re sure to love it!
(Posted on Mar 31, 2019 at 01:41PM by Danielle Smyth)
The Ford F-150 has aced the passenger side small overlap crash test in a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "We commend Ford, Nissan and Ram for providing state-of-the-art crash protection for both drivers and front passengers of their large pickup models," David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer said in a prepared statement.
This is high praise, because pickups have traditionally received less-than-stellar marks in crash tests. It’s no surprise that Ford has risen above the rest, though. It is, after all, the best-selling truck in North America.
You’re sure to love it, too. According to Cars.com, the 2017 Ford F-150 XL offers refined ride quality and great agility with city driving. Vehicle owners rated it a 4.9 out of 5, in part because of its excellent towing capabilities.
There's even more to love, including a a 70-amp-per-hour maintenance-free battery, airbag occupancy sensor, and capless fuel filler system. Brake assist and child safety locks will keep you safe, too. Plus, a restraint system for car and booster seats helps even the littlest passengers to remain protected.
Hurry in to Sound Ford, near Kent, Washington, today and take it for a test drive!
(Posted on Mar 30, 2019 at 03:19PM by Danielle Smyth)
Have you heard the news? The Providence Journal has selected the Ford F-Series as one of its favorite lines of pickup trucks of all time. They were particularly nostalgic about the 1953 model. They said “The very first F Series truck built by Ford arrived in 1948 to much fanfare. Now in its 13th generation, the F-Series is the world’s most popular and best selling pickup. How popular? In 2017, 1,052,054 F-Series were sold in the U.S. and Canada and analysts expect a 4.2-percent bump up when 2018 sales are released.”
That’s pretty impressive to hear! It’s no wonder, though, that this is the case. The 2017 Ford F-150 XL is a great example of what makes this model lineup so loved. Thanks to its 3.5 L EcoBoost turbo engines with 470 lb.-ft. of torque, this powerhouse truck can haul up to 10,500 pounds and gets the job done right every time. The F-150’s interior amenities, like its Sync3 interface, voice-activated technology, and 8-inch touch screen are just as powerful as what’s under the hood. This beast’s new aluminum body is sleek, but make no mistake - it offers staggering performance and efficiency for all your needs.
Hurry in to Sound Ford and take a test drive today. We are conveniently located near Seattle, Washington.