Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Ford F-150: Most Advanced F-150 Powertrain Lineup Ever Enables Best-In-Class Payload, Towing and Gas Mileage


  • With more engine choices, the 2018 F-150 is even more fuel-efficient; its second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost has an EPA estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class.
  • New F-150 debuts with new, best-in-class 13,200-pound tow rating – thanks to more powerful, efficient engine offerings featuring standard Auto Start-Stop and expanded availability of segment-first 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission
  • New truck sports a tougher design with bolder Built Ford Tough styling and its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and box
  • Using available class-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, the 2018 F-150 can assist drivers in congested traffic – even applying brakes to help prevent a collision; available Wi-Fi hotspot helps occupants stay connected on the go

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 9, 2017 – Ford’s new F-150 debuts for 2018 even tougher, even smarter, and even more capable than ever – with the most advanced F-150 powertrain lineup ever that delivers best-in-class towing, payload and efficiency for America’s pickup drivers.

The new F-150 has an EPA estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class from the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, plus best-in-class towing (13,200 lbs.) and payload capacity (3,270 lbs.) from the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and enhanced 5.0-liter V8, respectively.

“The Ford F-150 lineup again delivers on its promise to give full-size truck customers even more value, functionality and smart technology innovations, with engines with best-in-class towing, payload and fuel economy,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Our new F-150 highlights Ford’s commitment to its hardworking truck customers and how we listen to their demands for their new F-150 to be even tougher, even smarter and even more capable for work and play.”

Three years after introducing a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy-bodied F-150, a new truck arrives with bold new styling, advanced technologies, a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission and F-150’s most advanced engine lineup yet, which includes the first available diesel ever for F-150. F-150 is part of Ford’s F-Series truck lineup – America’s best-selling truck for 40 consecutive years and its best-selling vehicle for 35 years.

New powertrain lineup for available best-in-class payload, towing and gas mileage

The new F-150 offers the F-150’s most advanced engine offerings ever – all to offer the right engine for every hardworking truck customer.

An second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 with segment-exclusive SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission has an EPA-estimated rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined which is best-in-class. With advanced dual port and direct-injection technology, the second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine delivers a 25 lb.-ft. increase in torque – and at lower engine speeds compared to a traditional V8. Like the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost, this 2.7-liter EcoBoost will be paired with Ford’s segment-exclusive 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

An enhanced 5.0-liter V8 boasts a best-in-class payload capacity of 3,270 pounds. This normally aspirated engine features significant upgrades for 2018 including advanced dual port and direct-injection technology for 10 more horsepower and an additional 13 lb.-ft. of torque. Spray-on bore liner technology also featured in the Shelby GT350® Mustang has been added to squeeze out even more weight from the aluminum block. For the first time, the V8 is paired with the 10-speed SelectShift automatic.

For best-in-class towing, the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers 13,200 pounds of towing capacity, thanks to its 470 lb.-ft. of torque that beats all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice its displacement. With dual port and direct-injection technology, the 375-horsepower twin-turbo engine provides ideal low-end and peak engine performance for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.

Even the all-new 3.3-liter V6 engine is more efficient, more powerful and delivers more torque to get the job done, compared to the previously standard 3.5-liter V6. Plus, the now standard 3.3-liter provides a 5 percent power-to-weight ratio improvement versus the 2014 F-150 featuring steel body and 3.7-liter V6 – with better fuel economy and performance based on EPA-estimated ratings.

Designed, engineered and tested in-house, an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V6 paired with 10-speed SelectShift automatic joins the F-150 engine lineup for 2018. The first diesel engine offered for F-150 will be available next spring.

F-150’s new powertrain lineup

New F-150 offers the most advanced engine offerings ever, including standard Auto Start-Stop.

Raising the bar through segment-exclusive materials and technologies

More than just styling that creates visually bolder and more planted stance, the new F-150 continues to offer a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that have proven durability through extensive real-world performance and inhibit corrosion. A high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body and box that saves weight and adds capability coupled with a high-strength steel fully boxed ladder frame.

The new Ford F-150 further advances the light-duty pickup truck market with segment-first and class-exclusive technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, while keeping occupants connected to the world around them. Technologies include:

  • New segment-first enhanced adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality is available to allow drivers to set a cruising speed. The system then uses radar and camera technology to monitor traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles – even following a vehicle down to a complete stop
  • New segment-first Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is available to help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians
  • An available new embedded 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi hotspot enables customers to connect up to 10 mobile devices at one time, virtually anywhere
  • New B&O PLAY audio system is available, offering high-end speakers, sound and tuning for a richer, more engaging listening experience

Existing segment-exclusive driver-assist and convenience features include:

  • Available Pro Trailer Backup Assist allows F-150 drivers of various skill levels to steer a trailer instinctively using a center console-mounted dial to back-up a boat launch or park in a driveway
  • Available Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage technology is optimized for F-150 to include up to 33 feet of trailer length; BLIS® uses radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor areas that may not be visible to the driver around the truck and trailer
  • Available 360-degree camera technology helps improve driver confidence when parking and can help reduce stress when connecting a trailer – allowing customers to see more so they can focus on specific tasks such as lining up a hitch
  • Available lane-keeping system is designed to help reduce drifting of the truck outside its intended lane

The new 2018 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall. It will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ford Performance to Offer Tribute Livery of Historic 1967 Le Mans Winner with 2018 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition


  • Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition with unique red-and-white-stripe livery celebrates 1967 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark IV race car driven by all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt
  • Ford GT ‘67 Heritage edition honoring historic No. 1 race car introduced for 2018 model year
  • Limited-edition Ford GT features exclusive race-number graphics, plus unique interior colors, materials and appointments

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 15, 2017 – The 2018 Ford GT will be available in a new limited-edition Heritage theme honoring the GT40 Mark IV race car driven to victory by the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at Le Mans in 1967. The car will feature unique interior and exterior color themes, and an exclusive wheel finish.

“In creating a worthy successor to the 2017 Heritage edition, we logically looked at our next historic Le Mans victory with the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt,” said Dave Pericak, global director Ford Performance. “The 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition pays homage to that win, with a modern take on one of the most important vehicles in Ford’s storied history of racing.”

The Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition features a gloss-finish Race Red exterior with white stripes and exposed carbon package. The car sports Frozen White No. 1 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in silver satin clearcoat with black lug nuts. Red calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.

The interior begins with new leather trimming for the carbon fiber seats, with red accent stitching, which carries over to the steering wheel. The seat belt webbing is now red and the paddle shifters are anodized gray. Satin dark stainless appliqués are used on the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace.

Rounding out modifications to the ’67 Heritage edition car are a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.

“The first Heritage edition car was a huge success, honoring our history with a modern interpretation of the Le Mans winner,” said Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car. “Continuing with a 2018 Ford GT based on the winning GT40 Mark IV race car was simply something we needed to do.”

The Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition can be viewed at FordGT.com using the configuration tool. Limited quantities will be available for the 2018 model year.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Compare 2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Ford Edge | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Nissan Murano? Consider the 2017 Ford Edge with 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space, an available hands-free foot activated liftgate, and more. Become a part of America’s best selling brand with the Ford Edge.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Compare 2017 Subaru Outback vs 2017 Ford Edge | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Subaru Outback? Consider the 2017 Ford Edge with available enhanced active park assist, a hands-free foot activated liftgate option, and more. Become a part of America’s best selling brand with the Ford Edge.

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Fusion SE Owner’s Testimonial | Fusion | Ford


Ford owner Lisa Arnesan takes us through her 2017 Ford Fusion SE and shows us what she loves most about her Ford. With impressive gas mileage* and available high tech features, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Fusion SE can be the car for you, too.

*EPA-estimated. Range calculation based on fueleconomy.gov

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 F-150 STX Owner Testimonial | F-150 | Ford


Ford owner Blake Thompson takes us through the 2017 Ford F-150 STX and shows us what he loves most about his truck, including its sporty look, towing capability, and more.

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 Ford Explorer XLT: Ford Owner’s Perspective On Comfort | Explorer | Ford


Oyuky Reynoso takes us through her 2017 Ford Explorer XLT and shows us what she loves most about her Ford. With features like the hands free liftgate and SYNC 3, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Explorer can be the car for you too.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ford Service Specialists: An Army of Thousands | Ford Service | Ford


With the right parts, tools and training, no one knows your Ford better than Ford and the 35 thousand specialists at Ford Service. Discover why Ford Service is the only team that knows how to keep your Ford running like the day it came home.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

2018 Ford Mustang: Be A Good Neighbor | Mustang | Ford


Be a good neighbor with the 2018 Ford Mustang, with Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start* features that are a part of the available new active valve performance exhaust system. Quiet Start lets drivers schedule the time of day when either the Mustang GT’s V8 engine roars, or when it stays quiet for neighbors.

*Available Fall 2017.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ford Engineers: Propelling Us into the Future | Ford Service | Ford


Ford engineers work hard to help propel us all into the future by ensuring your vehicle runs clean and strong. Discover how Ford Service helps make sure it stays that way.

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Ford Explorer XLT: Ford Owner’s Perspective On Design | Explorer | Ford


Shannon Pink takes us through her 2017 Ford Explorer XLT and shows us what she loves most about her Ford. With features like the rearview camera and climate control, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Explorer can be the car for you too.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dealership Preparation: GAP Insurance | Auto Finance 101 | Ford


Learn how Guaranteed Asset Protection can help bridge the gap between what your insurance will pay and what you owe on a contract in case your car is stolen, totaled or in an accident.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

100 Years Of Ford Trucks | F-150 | Ford


In July 1917 Ford Motor Company introduced a one-ton chassis for commercial trucks, marking its official entry into the dedicated truck business. See the Ford truck story from the very beginning, and the innovations that have made Ford what it is today.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ford Service Professionals: Nobody Knows Your Ford Better | One Ford | Ford


No one knows your Ford better than Ford and Ford Service. With over 47 million Ford vehicles on the road today, there’s only one team that can keep you on the road and help you go further.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Understanding Your Contract: Truth-in-Lending Disclosures – Part 3 | Auto Finance 101 | Ford


Your contract to finance a car includes a Truth In Lending section that has five boxes with really important information. Learn what key details boxes four and five contain.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ford Service Offers: We’re Strong When It Comes to Tires | Ford Service | Ford


When it comes to tires, Ford Service is about as strong as you can get. Discover how Ford Service stacks up against the best in the business.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Understanding Your Contract: Truth-in-Lending Disclosures – Part 2 | Auto Finance 101 | Ford


Your contract to finance a car includes a Truth In Lending section that has five boxes with really important information. Learn what key details the third box contains.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Understanding Your Contract: Truth-in-Lending Disclosures – Part 1 | Auto Finance 101 | Ford


Your contract to finance a car includes a Truth In Lending section that has five boxes with really important information. Learn what key details the first two boxes contain.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ford Reveals Industry's First Police Pursuit-Rated Pickup Truck - The F-150 Police Responder


  • Purpose-built for the demands of law enforcement, the first pursuit-rated pickup – the 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder – joins the industry’s broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles this fall
  • All-new F-150 Police Responder is ready for action with a specially designed interior; performance features include police-calibrated brake system, all-terrain tires and 18-inch alloy rims, plus the largest passenger volume of any pursuit-rated vehicle
  • Performance-rated for speeds up to 100 mph, F-150 Police Responder is engineered for high-performance capability and durability for both on-road and off-road situations – it’s ideal for rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and fish and game authorities

DEARBORN, Mich., July 20, 2017 – Ford is revealing the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, giving law enforcement agencies a more versatile and capable patrol vehicle.

Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and Ford SelectShift® 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance. The truck offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque – more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.

Based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, the Police Responder’s 145-inch wheelbase sits on a high-strength steel frame, and features Ford’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy SuperCrew body – giving it the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. The truck features best-in-class front and rear shoulder and hip room, as well as rear legroom.

“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager. “Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources.”

Additional F-150 Police Responder performance enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.

A high-output 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Underbody skid plates protect the truck from curbs and rough terrain. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds.

F-150 Police Responder joins the broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles in the industry. From its Police Responder Hybrid Sedan – the first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle – and market-leading Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, to the Special Service F-150 and Expedition, Special Service Police Sedan and Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, Ford offers the right vehicles for a variety of law enforcement needs.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Ford Explorer XLT: Ford Owner’s Perspective On Safety | Explorer | Ford


Freddie Sanchez takes us through his 2017 Ford Explorer XLT and shows us what he loves most about his Ford. With lots of space and features like the rearview camera, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Explorer can be the car for you too.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 Fusion V6 Sport Owner Testimonial | Fusion | Ford


Ford owner Travis Parks takes us through his 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport and shows us what he loves most about his Ford. With a sleek design and available high tech features, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport can be the car for you too.

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 F-250 LARIAT Owner Testimonial | Super Duty® | Ford


Ford owner Jarrod Dreher takes us through the 2017 Ford Super Duty® F-250 LARIAT and shows us what he loves most about his truck, including its towing and payload capability, comfort features, and fuel economy.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dealership Preparation: Simple Interest | Auto Finance 101 | Ford


Learn how simple interest, the most common method of calculating automotive finance charges, is calculated and be ready when you head to the dealership.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017 F-150 Platinum: A Ford Owner Testimonial | F-150 | Ford


Ford owner Louis Dickey takes us through the 2017 Ford F-150 Platinum and shows us what he loves most about his truck, including its exterior features like the power deployable running boards and tech like available active park assist.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Appearance Package for 2018 Mustang Puts Pony Logo Back in Chrome Corral


DEARBORN, Mich., July 10, 2017 – The pony is going back into the corral. An available Pony Package for the 2018 Mustang – offered with EcoBoost®-equipped cars – gives a nod to the nameplate heritage with its grille-mounted pony-in-corral badge design.

As it was more than 50 years ago, the iconic Mustang logo will be surrounded in a chrome corral for the 2018 Ford Mustang-equipped Pony Package. The badge design first appeared on Mustang in the mid-1960s when the car was still in concept phase. It has appeared in various forms since, and was last used as part of an anniversary package for 2015.

The pony-in-corral grille badge is one of numerous appearance updates included with the Pony Package. Other features include:

  • 19-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Bright beltline and window trim for fastback model
  • Premium carpeted floor mats with Ebony embroidered pony logo
  • Side stripes on lower body sides
  • Tri-bar pony badge on rear decklid appliqué

The 2018 Mustang is due in showrooms this October.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 F-150 Lariat Owner Testimonial | F-150 | Ford


Ford owner Nathaniel Guthrie takes us through the 2017 Ford F-150 LARIAT and shows us what he loves most about his truck, including the spacious interior, LED box lights, remote release tailgate, and more.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Compare 2017 GMC Yukon vs 2017 Ford Expedition | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 GMC Yukon? Consider the 2017 Ford Expedition with a NHTSA 5-Star crash safety rating, best in class cargo space behind the third row*, and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand** with the Expedition.

*Max cargo space for Expedition EL.
**Based on 2016 CY sales. Class is extended utilities based on Ford segmentation.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Compare 2017 Chevy Tahoe vs 2017 Ford Expedition | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Chevy Tahoe? Consider the 2017 Ford Expedition with best in class maximum towing*, NHTSA 5-Star crash safety rating, Ecoboost® technology, and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand** with the Expedition.

*When properly equipped.
**Based on 2016 CY sales. Class is extended utilities based on Ford segmentation.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ken Block Drives the GT at Le Mans | Le Mans | Ford Performance


Ken Block got to drive the pre-production Ford GT on the Circuit des 24 Heures Du Mans just a few hours before the 2017 Le Mans race kicked off.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Compare 2017 Chevy Suburban vs 2017 Ford Expedition | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Chevy Tahoe? Consider the 2017 Ford Expedition with best in class maximum towing*, NHTSA 5-Star crash safety rating, Ecoboost® technology, and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand** with the Expedition.

*When properly equipped.
**Based on 2016 CY sales. Class is extended utilities based on Ford segmentation.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ford Splash Guards: Rugged Tire and Wheel Protection | Accessories | Ford


Help protect your Ford from the elements with Ford custom-fit splash guards. They’re easy to install and offer tough protection. Splash guards are available across various Ford models.

Ford Original Accessories will be warranted for whichever provides you the greater benefit: 24 months/unlimited mileage of the remainder of your bumper-to-bumper 3-year/36,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty. See dealer for warranty details.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!


"I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true." 
Wendell Willkie

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Ford Splash Guards: Rugged Tire and Wheel Protection | Accessories | Ford


Help protect your Ford from the elements with Ford custom-fit splash guards. They’re easy to install and offer tough protection. Splash guards are available across various Ford models.

Ford Original Accessories will be warranted for whichever provides you the greater benefit: 24 months/unlimited mileage of the remainder of your bumper-to-bumper 3-year/36,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty. See dealer for warranty details.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Creating a Budget: Can I Afford a Car? | Auto Finance 101 | Ford


Figuring out what you can afford to spend each month on a car is as easy as one, two, three. See for yourself.

Friday, June 30, 2017

2018 Ford Mustang: You Could Use A Burnout | Mustang | Ford


Vaughn Gittin Jr. goes behind the wheel of the new 2018 Ford Mustang with EcoBoost*, and surprises unsuspecting people with a burnout.

*Pre-production model shown. Available Fall 2017.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Compare 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Ford Focus | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Hyundai Elantra? Consider the 2017 Ford Focus with available active park assist, a NHTSA 5-star crash safety rating and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand* with the Focus.

*Based on 2016 CY sales.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ford’s Bike Sharing Expansion in San Francisco | Ford GoBikes | Ford


Ford and Motivate are collaborating and working with city officials in San Francisco and the Bay Area to provide more access to sustainable transportation options. Ford GoBikes plans to increase the number of Bay Area bike-share services from 700 to 7,000 by 2018. With easy access to the Bay Area bikes through the FordPass app, Ford is helping to make your commute easier every step of the way.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ford Autonomous Vehicle Testing at Mcity


Ford’s collaboration with the University of Michigan and its Mcity facility play an important and unique role in our autonomous vehicle testing and development efforts. The simulated urban environment allows us to safely test our SAE Level 4-capable autonomous vehicles in scenarios like traffic in intersections, pedestrians in crosswalks, different traffic signals and even bicyclists.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Compare 2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Ford Focus | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Honda Civic? Consider the 2017 Ford Focus with available active park assist, a direct-injected 1.0-liter turbocharged engine and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand* with the Focus.

*Based on 2016 CY sales.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Compare 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 vs 2017 F-250 Super Duty® | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500? Consider the 2017 Super Duty with best-in-class payload, up to 18,6000 lbs. of towing, and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand.

Friday, June 23, 2017

2018 Ford F-150: An Updated Design | F-150 | Ford


See the updated design of the Ford 2018 F-150 with fresh new take on the tailgate and headlamps, all-new grille lineup, and 6 new wheel styles.

*Preproduction vehicle shown. Available Fall 2017.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Compare 2017 Chevy Cruze vs 2017 Ford Focus | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Chevy Cruze? Consider the 2017 Ford Focus with available active park assist, a direct-injected 1.0-liter turbocharged engine and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand* with the Focus.

*Based on 2016 CY sales.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ford Becomes No. 2 Non-Premium Brand in J.D. Power's 2017 Initial Quality Study; Ford's Best Ranking in Report's 31-Year History


  • Ford has earned the No. 2 ranking of all non-premium brands in this year’s J.D. Power Initial Quality Study – the brand’s best ranking in the report’s 31-year history
  • Expedition and Mustang earn segment quality awards, with seven Ford and Lincoln models leading the top three of their segments
  • Ford’s has been improving the capability and quality of new technologies, including SYNC 3 equipped on 70 percent of vehicles

DEARBORN, Mich., June 21, 2017 – Ford has jumped to No. 2 of all non-premium brands in J.D. Power’s 2017 Initial Quality Study – the brand’s best-ever ranking in the annual study now in its 31st year.

The Ford brand improved to 86 problems per 100 vehicles from 102 in 2016. This improvement helped Ford tie for fourth among all brands from 11th in 2016.

“As Ford accelerates the pace of innovation, we believe this best-ever quality ranking demonstrates our new technologies are reliable and easy to use,” said Bennie Fowler, group vice president, Quality. “The rapid improvements rated by third-party quality experts such as J.D. Power motivate us to improve our fitness even more as quality is a race that’s never finished.” Seven Ford and Lincoln vehicles are in the top three in their respective segments. Ford Expedition and Mustang took top quality honors in their segments.

Ford is delivering new innovations with better quality than average as the industry has faced challenges rolling out new advancements such as connectivity and driver-assist features. Specifically, Ford is:

  • Equipping approximately 70 percent of vehicles with advanced SYNC 3 technology with significant quality improvements 
  • Offering more models in the United States with popular driver-assist features such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning than any other full-line manufacturer.
  • Continuing the rapid rollout of advanced EcoBoost engine technology and lightweighting innovations such as aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks – combining to deliver improved performance, capability and efficiency.

“We are moving into an exciting new period of innovation in transportation, so it is very important to keep the human experience at the center of all we do, including delivering any new technology with quality,” said Fowler.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Compare 2017 Ram 2500 vs 2017 Ford Super Duty | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Ram 2500? Consider the 2017 Ford Super Duty with 18,600lbs of towing power, an available trailer reverse guidance system, and more. Become a part of America’s best selling brand with the Ford Super Duty.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Ford F-150 and Expedition's New Advanced Engines Maximize Lightweight Materials for Greater Performance, Efficiency


  • Four years after moving to advanced high-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy bodies for Built Ford Tough trucks, customers are receiving additional benefits – including improved performance, capability and fuel economy
  • All-new 3.3-liter V6 delivers even more power, torque and better EPA-estimated gas mileage than the previous 3.5-liter V6, further reinforcing how Ford F-150’s light-weighting strategy enables customers to get more done with two fewer cylinders
  • All-new Expedition offers its most powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine yet, rated at up to 400 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque; Auto Start-Stop and all-new 10-speed transmission come standard, with available best-in-class towing of 9,300 pounds

DEARBORN, Mich., June 16, 2017 – Lightweight advanced materials, plus new engines and a newly available 10-speed transmission bring new 2018 Ford F-150 and all-new 2018 Ford Expedition customers even better performance, capability and efficiency.

The latest benefits tie back to Ford’s investment years ago in its high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy bodies and high-strength steel frames. This helped save up to 700 pounds of weight on the all-new F-150, allowing customers to tow and haul more than ever with their trucks.

Since then, Ford has expanded high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy bodies and high-strength steel frames to the latest F-Series Super Duty heavy-duty pickup trucks and all-new Expedition full-size SUV. The weight savings from these strong and lightweight materials is further enhanced by new and improved engines.

“Each F-150 and Expedition customer has unique needs, and we can deliver even more of the capability and efficiency they are looking for, thanks to our strategic use of lightweight materials and innovative V6 engines,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “Our dedication to this kind of innovation helps our F-Series and Expedition customers take care of their growing families and businesses, all with fewer stops for fuel along the way.”

New 2018 Ford F-150

Customers have snapped up 75 percent of new trucks this year with V6 engines. For 2018, the new F-150 arrives with an even more capable powertrain lineup and more V6 choices.

For 2018, F-150 introduces an even smaller, more efficient 3.3-liter V6 that adds dual port and direct-injection technology to deliver more power and torque than the previous 3.5-liter V6, plus improved projected EPA-estimated gas mileage – a win-win for customers.

Aiding in light-weighting, the standard 3.3-liter V6 in the 2018 F-150 is projected to offer a 5 percent power-to-weight ratio improvement versus the steel-bodied 2014 F-150 equipped with 3.7-liter V6 – with better anticipated fuel efficiency and performance.

With advanced dual port and direct-injection technology, the all-new second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine delivers a 25 lb.-ft. increase in torque, and at lower engine speeds compared to a traditional V8. Like the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost that debuted last model year, the 2.7-liter will be paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission for 2018.

The 5.0-liter V8 also is enhanced for 2018. This naturally aspirated engine brings significant upgrades including advanced dual port and direct-injection technology for 10 more horsepower and 13 ft.-lb. of torque. In addition, the engine features spray-on bore liner technology featured in the high-performance Mustang GT350, all to squeeze out even more weight from the aluminum block.

For the first time, the V8 is paired with a Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy will be announced closer to market availability.

F-150 adds an available all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6 diesel – designed, engineered and tested in-house – paired with the 10-speed automatic. The first diesel engine offered for F-150 will be available next spring.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

All-New 2018 Expedition FX4 is the Most Off-Road-Capable Expedition Ever



  • All-new Ford Expedition with new FX4 Off-Road Package adds technology and 4x4 hardware to make this family SUV even more capable on trails and unpaved surfaces
  • Expedition FX4 Off-Road Package standard equipment includes off-road-tuned shocks, all-new electronic limited-slip rear differential, skid plates, side steps and FX4 badging
  • New Terrain Management System™ enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions – from snow to mud, sand and more

DEARBORN, Mich., June 16, 2017 – For the more than 20 percent of Expedition owners that use their SUV for off-road adventure, Ford introduces the all-new 2018 Expedition FX4 Off-Road Package, making this the most off-road-capable Expedition ever.

“The FX4 Off-Road package delivers off-road driving confidence,” said Mike Kipley, Expedition vehicle engineering manager. “The technology we’re using works to adapt to different driving conditions so customers can enjoy the adventure without worry.”

Expedition’s all-new high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and redesigned high-strength steel frame form the foundation for its off-road and towing capabilities. The use of advanced materials enabled engineers to save up to 300 pounds, with much of the savings reinvested to offer customers more technology and features than ever before.

FX4 Off-Road Package includes:

  • Patented electronic limited-slip rear differential to help improve off-road performance in low-traction situations by automatically varying power output side-to-side, depending on which wheels need extra traction. With 3.73:1 gearing, the electronic limited-slip rear differential also improves towing performance and capability
  • Off-road-tuned shocks more stiffly tuned to keep wheels in contact with the road
  • All-terrain tires with thicker sidewalls to maintain a smooth ride while delivering the traction needed over rough terrain
  • Seven different skid plates that serve as underbody armor and protect critical areas. They include a new sand shield to protect the turbocharger intercoolers from getting clogged when driving through tall berms in sand dunes, plus steel plates to protect steering gear, engine, transmission and transfer case and a full-length guard for the fuel tank. To help climb over tall or steep obstacles, the chin spoiler beneath the front bumper has been shortened to improve approach angles
  • Unique 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels
  • Chrome running boards
  • FX4 badging on the liftgate and front fender
  • New rubber floor liners featuring deep side sills that can be removed and cleaned of any mud, sand or water that gets dragged in on family adventures

Expedition’s all-new easy-to-use Terrain Management System™ lets FX4 customers select from seven special drive modes that help Expedition automatically adapt to different road conditions. This includes normal for around town driving, sport for more spirited trips, tow/haul for improved towing and hauling performance, eco for enhanced fuel economy, grass/gravel/snow for loose terrain, sand for low traction situations and mud/rut for uneven surfaces. Expedition FX4 drivers also can manually select either 2WD or 4WD modes in a given drive mode, depending on their preferences and terrain.

The all-new Expedition provides generous space, connectivity and smart new technology. The Expedition FX4 Off-Road Package has a powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, rated at 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, plus standard Auto Start-Stop, an all-new 10-speed transmission and available best-in-class towing of 9,300 pounds.

The all-new Expedition’s roomy, flexible interior offers seating for up to eight people with a wide cargo area to hold their gear, depending on cargo weight and load distribution. Expedition features a second-row seat with tip-and-slide functionality – providing easy access to the third row without the need to first remove a child safety seat. Once in the third row, even adults will appreciate more legroom and reclining seats.

The all-new Expedition lineup, including the FX4 Off-Road Package, goes on sale this fall.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Ford F-150: Tow More Than Ever Before | F-150 | Ford


Towing, a true measure of every truck. See how the Ford F-150 makes towing easier with smart innovations.

With available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™, 8” LCD productivity screen, Dynamic Hitch Assist, and Best-in-Class* towing, the F-150 has smart innovations meant to make sure what you’re hauling goes where it should.

*Class is Full Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation. When properly equipped, including available 3.5L EcoBoost V6, 4x2.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Compare 2017 Toyota Tundra vs 2017 Ford F-150 | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Toyota Tundra? Consider the 2017 Ford F-150 with best-in-class gas mileage*, a 3,270lb. payload**, and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand*** with the Ford F-150.

*EPA-estimated rating of 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg, 2.7L EcoBoost V6, 4x2. Actual mileage will vary. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation.

** When properly configured. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation.

*** Based on 2016 CY sales.

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 F-150 Raptor by the Numbers | F-150 Raptor | Ford Performance


It starts with 2,481 miles of off-road competitive testing and counts down the key stats to why the 2017 Raptor is 1 badass off-road truck.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Compare 2017 Dodge Journey vs 2017 Ford Edge | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Dodge Journey? Consider the 2017 Ford Edge with best-in-class V6 horsepower, an available hands-free foot activated liftgate, and more. Become a part of America’s best selling brand with the Ford Edge.

Friday, June 9, 2017

2017 Ford Focus: Overview | Focus | Ford


The 2017 Ford Focus delivers design, technology and fun! It’s more equipped than before with a variety of available driver-assist features and smart tech. Take an exclusive tour with us and discover why the 2017 Ford Focus could be a great fit for you.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Compare 2017 Kia Sorento vs 2017 Ford Edge | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Kia Sorento? Consider the 2017 Ford Edge with available enhanced active park assist, an inflatable rear outboard safety belt option, and more. Become a part of America’s best selling brand with the Ford Edge.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Compare 2017 Chevy Silverado vs 2017 Ford F-150 | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Chevy Silverado? Consider the 2017 Ford F-150 with best-in-class gas mileage*, a 3,270 lb. payload** and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand with the Ford F-150.

* EPA-estimated rating of 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg, 2.7L EcoBoost V6, 4x2. Actual mileage will vary. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation.

** When properly configured. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation.

*** Based on 2016 CY sales.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Compare 2017 Dodge Challenger vs 2017 Ford Mustang | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Dodge Challenger? Consider the 2017 Ford Mustang with its electrical line lock for traction, and the fact that 92% of Mustangs sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. Become a part of America’s best selling brand with the Mustang.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Compare 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Ford Explorer | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Honda Pilot? Consider the 2017 Ford Explorer with its Enhanced Active Park Assist, available Powerfold® third-row seat and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand* with the Ford Explorer.

*Based on 2016 CY sales.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

2017 Ford Escape SE with Technology Package: Ford Owner’s Perspective on Luxury | Escape | Ford


Ford owner Marla Chiapetta takes us through the 2017 Ford Escape SE and shows us what she loves most about her Ford. With available Android Auto compatibility*, SYNC Connect with FordPass™**, and ample cargo space, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Escape SE with Technology package can be the vehicle for you, too.

*Android Auto is available on 2017 models with SYNC 3; owners of 2016 models with SYNC 3 are required to perform a software upgrade. Requires phone with compatible version of Android Auto and active data service. SYNC 3 does not control Android Auto while in use. Google and other third parties are responsible for their respective functionality. Message and data rates may apply. Android Auto, Google, Google Play and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

**FordPass, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Compare 2017 Chevy Traverse vs 2017 Ford Explorer | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Chevy Traverse? Consider the 2017 Ford Explorer with its available adaptive cruise control, available Enhanced Active Park Assist and more. Become a part of America’s best-selling brand* with the Ford Explorer.

*Based on 2016 CY sales.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Road Trip! Family Fun and Adventure Starts with a Ford


  • More motorhomes are built on Ford chassis than any other brand – giving families a wide choice in vehicles for their summer adventures
  • Class B and Class C motorhomes, including those built on a Ford Transit platform, are enjoying the biggest sales gains, with shipments up more than 30 percent year-to-date, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
  • U.S. RV market is on the rise, with total shipments up 15 percent year-over-year at the end of 2016, and 11.7 percent through March, the association reports
  • RV industry provides 290,000 U.S. jobs and has a $49.7 billion annual impact on country’s economy, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

DEARBORN, Mich., June 1, 2017 – Growing numbers of families are answering the call of the road by embarking on adventures in RVs built on Ford chassis. Ford is America’s best-selling motorhome chassis manufacturer.

RV shipments were up 15 percent year-over-year in 2016, hitting their highest level in 40 years, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. The trend continues; through March, total RV shipments were up nearly 12 percent. The association estimates the RV industry provides 290,000 U.S. jobs and has a $49.7 billion annual impact on the country’s economy.

The biggest sales increase is coming from the smallest motorhomes. Shipments of camper vans – standard vans like Ford Transit outfitted with sleeping and living areas – are up more than 36 percent through March. Class C motorhomes – RVs built on cutaway chassis including the Ford E-Series consisting of vehicle frame, suspension, powertrain and cab – are also rolling out at a rapid pace, with shipments up more than 32 percent through March, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

Ford leads the motorhome chassis market in Classes A, B and C, holding 63.8 percent share in 2016, up from 61.2 percent in 2015, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc., a market analysis company specializing in the RV, marine and manufactured housing industries. In 2016, Ford’s share of the Class C market with Transit and E-Series cutaways was 69 percent, up from 65 percent in 2015, while its share of the Class A market, led by the F-53 chassis, was 67.6 percent, up from 66 percent. RV manufacturers just started building Class B motorhomes on Transit last year.

“We’re seeing tremendous growth in Ford Transit and E-Series sales to the RV market,” says Dennis Bearden, Ford RV and pool account manager. “Last year, our Class C motorhome sales were up 28 percent, and as more motorhome manufacturers build on Transit, our Class B sales are also climbing. Combine that with our long-established popularity in the Class A market, and it’s apparent families looking for adventure of any size can find it in a Ford-based motorhome.”

Like most RVs built on them, Ford Transit, E-Series and F-53 chassis are assembled in the United States for the North American market. For 2017, Ford updated its E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis to offer the 6.2-liter V8 engine proven in F-Series Super Duty trucks. This optional engine provides 356 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm and 331 horsepower – representing a significant improvement over the 5.4-liter engine it replaced. Also new this year is an optional rearview camera.

The A, B, Cs of motorhome classes
Class A motorhomes are generally the largest and roomiest. They’re typically built on stripped truck chassis or bus chassis that have the highest gross vehicle weight ratings for motorhome chassis. Often quite luxurious, Class A motorhomes are frequently seen in RV parks, at motorsports events and other outings across the country.

A Class B camper van drives most like a regular family van. The ultimate in maneuverability and compact comfort, these cozy campers are the top choice of couples and small families wanting to venture far away from RV parks and experience the increasingly popular #vanlife. Although RV manufacturers make camper vans, many do-it-yourselfers design and build their own.

For active families, Class C motorhomes offer greater maneuverability and a more compact size than Class A motorhomes, but are roomier than camper vans. They often include a sleeping loft over the cab. These smaller adventure mobiles are popular with outdoor enthusiasts who use them to go motorbiking, snowboarding, kayaking and exploring.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2018 Ford Focus RS: Limited Edition Revealed | Focus RS | Ford Performance


Ford invited a group of Focus RS enthusiasts to be the first to see the limited edition 2018 Focus RS, which will be restricted to 1,000 units in the United States and 500 for Canada.

Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Ford F-150: Hauling Made Easier | F-150 | Ford


See how the Ford F-150 makes hauling easier with smart innovations to the side, tailgate, and bed of the truck.

With Best-in-Class payload* and option features like deployable box side steps, integrated tailgate step, BoxLink™, and stowable loading ramps, the innovations by Ford shows why we own work, the smart way.

*Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation. When properly equipped, including available 5.0L V8, 4x2.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Ford Focus: Advanced Tech | Focus | Ford


The 2017 Ford Focus comes equipped with available smart technology you may not expect. From the convenience of remote start to helpful enhanced active park assist* and revamped SYNC® 3**, join us as we walk you through some of the highlights.

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's attention, judgment and the need to control the vehicle.

**Don't drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don't use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply. Pinch to zoom capability is only available with optional Navigation System.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

All-New Ford Expedition Makes Towing and Backing Up Trailers Easier Than Ever


  • All-new Ford Expedition features class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ that makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back up a trailer like a pro; launching a boat or parking a trailer in the driveway is now as easy as turning a knob
  • Got a big boat for a big family? Expedition has best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds – enabling easy and efficient family adventures from boating to four-wheeling
  • Best-in-class towing and Pro Trailer Backup Assist showcase how Ford is changing the way the world moves – delivering smart solutions that improve the customer experience and provide more time for families to enjoy summer

DEARBORN, Mich., May 25, 2017 – If you’re launching a boat or towing a large load, the all-new Ford Expedition featuring class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ makes it easier than ever to perform such tasks with confidence.

More than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, and 15 percent tow weekly or monthly. That’s why the all-new Expedition offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist to make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.

In addition, Expedition boasts best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard, more than any other full-size SUV, making it the smartest, most capable and adaptable Expedition ever.

Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps take the frustration out of backing up with a trailer. It works by letting the customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the Expedition steers its wheels and limits vehicle speed.

To operate Pro Trailer Backup Assist, the driver rotates a knob to indicate how much the system should turn the trailer, then the technology automatically steers the Expedition to turn the trailer the desired amount. The system can limit vehicle speed to enhance occupant comfort over various road surfaces. The result is less time required to back up a trailer along with added driver confidence; the technology can even help towing experts by reducing time lost to maneuvering mistakes.

“Warmer weather has families longing for outdoor adventures, and the all-new Expedition provides generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for the trip,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “With best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds and available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can spend more time on the water rather than struggling to back up and launch your boat.”

In addition, Expedition brings available new connectivity technologies and convenience features, including:

  • Wireless charging Expedition is Ford’s first vehicle to feature wireless charging, which allows customers to place compatible mobile devices on an integrated charging pad conveniently located in the front center console
  • Wi-Fi hotspot supports as many as 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet away from the vehicle
  • Dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system provides a next-generation video experience with Sling Media that allows passengers to view their home cable programming on either of two video screens or hand-held devices
  • SYNC® 3, with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability, allows drivers to stay connected on the move
  • SYNC Connect lets owners connect with the vehicle remotely using FordPass®; owners can start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from anywhere, while also accessing important vehicle diagnostic information
  • Power for passengers in every row, with four 12-volt power points, six USB chargers and a 110-volt power outlet that lets all occupants stay charged and connected Available 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system perfected by acoustic engineers for a sound experience even audiophiles will appreciate
  • Advanced cargo manager with an adjustable shelf behind the third row lets owners create a storage space customized to whatever they’re hauling; even when parked on a hill, cargo manager ensures cargo won’t roll out the back of Expedition when the liftgate is opened
  • Available Panoramic Vista Roof spans two rows, a feature not offered by any competitor

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Ford Focus: Driver Assist | Focus | Ford


The 2017 Ford Focus is here with a wide variety of customizable available driver-assist features*, including available Lane Keeping System and available BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System), to keep you confident on the road.

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's attention, judgment and the need to control the vehicle.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Ford Focus: Smart Performance | Focus | Ford


2017 Ford Focus - it has a model for everyone. From the all-electric Focus Electric to the high-performance Focus RS with a turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost® engine, there’s an array of powertrain options to suit your needs.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ford Transit, Winnebago Help Revive Van-Based Motorhome Segment and Build Loyal Followers


  • After double-digit growth in 2016, van-based motorhomes are projected to become the fastest-growing segment in the motorhome industry for 2017; Ford Transit-based Winnebago 
  • Paseo is a newcomer in the Class B segment Paseo and Fuse motorhomes are the latest Winnebago products built on a Ford platform – a collaborative history that dates back nearly half a century and includes the iconic Ford E-Series chassis and gas-powered F-53 Class A motorhome chassis 
  • Ford Transit-based Fuse owners like the ride, driveability and power of the available 3.2-liter Power Stroke® I-5 diesel engine and performance; already drawing loyal followers, at a recent get-together in Cosby, Tennessee, Fuse campers shared their enthusiasm and pride of ownership

DEARBORN, Mich., May 17, 2017 – As Don and Sonya Pace backed their Ford Transit-based motorhome into a spot at Smoky Mountain Premier RV Resort in Cosby, Tennessee, the spring Winnebago Fuse owners’ get-together was officially under way. Setting up camp and meeting friends is a source of pride for these new Fuse owners and founders of the annual gathering.

The get-together is one of a handful of enthusiast events held around the country each year where owners of Winnebago motorhomes gather to enjoy the outdoors and talk about their travels aboard their Transit-based RVs. The Fuse, and its cousin, Winnebago Paseo, are among a fast-growing legion of motorhomes being built on the Ford Transit van platform.

Based on the company’s global van platform, Transit was introduced in the United States for 2015. Since then, the domestic RV industry has been quick to embrace the platform, which offers gas, diesel and CNG/propane gaseous prep options, as well as three available roof heights, three overall lengths and two wheelbases. Transit has been a boon for companies like Winnebago, which are creating a burgeoning Class B motorhome segment in addition to new products from the Transit cutaway chassis for the larger Class C segment.

“We looked at a lot of competitors, but once we saw how open the Fuse felt inside and how it still drives like a go-anywhere car, we were hooked,” said Don Pace. “We like that it’s built on a Ford platform – not just because it has great performance, but because there are more Ford dealers around the country, so there’s that peace of mind. We just love our Fuse.”

The Fuse uses a dual-rear-wheel Transit van cutaway chassis for a full-feature, 24-foot Class C motorhome with kitchen, bath and a slideout – for comfortable sleeping for four adults. The Paseo is a high-roof, extended-length Class B motorhome featuring a full bath, kitchen with refrigerator, and sleeping for two adults.

Industry-wide Class B sales grew 36 percent in the first three months of 2017. As a leader in the commercial van/cutaway and chassis segment for nearly 40 years, Ford has a long history with Winnebago and other leading motorhome manufacturers. The E-Series cutaway is still a top RV platform in the Class C segment, while Ford F-53 remains among the most popular gas-powered chassis for larger Class A motorhomes.

“Our customers have responded incredibly well to the new Transit platform,” said Russ Garfin, Winnebago product manager. “They love the driveability and the smooth ride, and the feedback on both of the engines we use – the EcoBoost® gas and five-cylinder diesel – has been great.”

Winnebago has more than 130 dealers offering Transit-based motorhomes across the United States and Canada. With gas prices the lowest they have been in years, Garfin expects he’ll be designing more versions off the Transit platform.

“With low fuel costs and people’s desire to disconnect and get away from it all, we expect sales of Transit-based motorhomes will continue to grow,” said Garfin. “With easy-to-use RVs like the Fuse and Paseo, there are more products for a wide range of customers.”

As for the Winnebago Fuse owners’ spring get-together, Sonya Pace said they had a great time in the Smoky Mountains and got to meet some of the greatest people on earth. “We got to talk about our Fuses and where we’ve been,” she said. “The new owners get help from the experienced owners.”

And they’re already planning next year’s event, posting pictures to Facebook and Instagram, making new friends and sharing travel stories. “We’re expecting more at our next event, which we hope to do in the western U.S. because we have a lot of members out there too,” said Sonya Pace.

Follow the Fuse owners’ club on Facebook at Winnebago Fuse Owners.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 Ford F-150: Improved Visibility | F-150 | Ford


See how the smart innovations on the Ford F-150 improve visibility in and around the truck, even at night. 

With the 360° camera display you can see the full picture around the truck. Plus, when the sun gets low, the available LED box lighting and LED side-mirror spotlights can light up the job or campsite in the dark for hours without draining the battery.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Compare 2017 Hyundai Sonata vs 2017 Ford Fusion | Head to Head | Ford


Looking at the 2017 Hyundai Sonata? Take a look at the 2017 Ford Fusion instead. With available intelligent all-wheel drive, available enhanced active park assist, and your choice of three EcoBoost engines, it’s easy to see why the Ford Fusion is the obvious choice for you.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Ford F-150: Walkaround | F-150 | Ford


The Ford F-150, built with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bolted to a fully-boxed steel frame, has smart innovations from the grille to the tailgate. See all the features and benefits of the F-150.

The F-150 offers Best-in-Class gas mileage*, Best-in-Class payload**, and Best-in-Class towing*** along with innovations like available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ and LED lighting. As the only pickup to earn a NHTSA 5-Star**** safety rating on all sides for every cab configuration as well as an IIHS Top Safety Pick on SuperCab and SuperCrew (when equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning), this is the safest F-150 ever.

* Class is Full Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation. Actual mileage will vary.
**When properly equipped with available 5.0L V8, 4X2
***When properly equipped with available 3.5L EcoBoost® V6, 4X2

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Ford F-150: Tow More Than Ever Before | F-150 | Ford


Towing, a true measure of every truck. See how the Ford F-150 makes towing easier with smart innovations.

With available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™, 8” LCD productivity screen, Dynamic Hitch Assist, and Best-in-Class* towing, the F-150 has smart innovations meant to make sure what you’re hauling goes where it should.

*Class is Full Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation. When properly equipped, including available 3.5L EcoBoost V6, 4x2.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ford's Sporty Cars Winning Over Younger, More Affluent Buyers, Even as Consumers Shift to SUVs


  • Buyers of Ford’s sporty Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS and Fusion Sport models are three to 10 years younger than buyers of non-performance variants of these vehicles; younger customers give automakers a better chance of winning over repeat buyers
  • These younger, performance-hungry customers are also more affluent; the annual income of Fiesta ST and Focus ST customers is approximately 70 percent higher than that of regular Focus and Fiesta variants
  • Ford’s sporty car sales jumped 45 percent for the first quarter of 2017, bucking the trend of the overall U.S. industry that is seeing consumers shift from cars to SUVs

DEARBORN, Mich., May 9, 2017 – Customers of Ford’s sporty cars are not just young at heart; they’re actually younger on average, and more affluent, according to New Vehicle Customer Study data from MaritzCX.

Nowhere is this trend more evident than with Ford Fiesta ST. While the average age of a new Fiesta buyer is 45 years old, the average age of a Fiesta ST customer is a good 10 years younger. Buyers of Ford Focus follow the same pattern; the average age of a regular Focus buyer is 46, while the Focus RS customer is 41 on average and the Focus ST buyer is 36. Fusion customers are 48 on average, while Fusion Sport buyers are an average 45 years old.

These millennial buyers are important to Ford. Not only are they contributing to a significant increase in sporty car sales – a 45 percent increase for the first three months of the year – younger customers give the automaker a greater chance of winning over repeat buyers.

“With repeat customers making up around half of industry sales, capturing younger buyers while they still have many vehicle purchases remaining in their lives is good for business,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager.

Millennial customers arrive at dealerships with money to spend. While household income for the average Fiesta buyer is $59,000, for Fiesta ST, that figure jumps to $102,000. The average Focus buyer has a household income of $63,000, while Focus ST and Focus RS customers show markedly higher household incomes – on average, $108,000 and $169,000, respectively (data for Focus RS is limited and not statistically significant).

And with car segments on the wane industrywide as buyers shift toward SUVs and crossovers, sales of Ford’s hot hatchbacks – Fiesta ST, Focus ST and Focus RS – are continuing to buck the trend, as the company reported late last year.

An interesting side note to this is that all of the performance models are EcoBoost®. In the case of the Fusion, many buyers opt for EcoBoost engines in non-performance vehicles, but even the EcoBoost Mustang has a younger buyer on average (41 years old) compared to non-EcoBoost Mustangs (44 years old).

Monday, May 15, 2017

Compare 2017 Subaru Forester vs 2017 Ford Escape | Head to Head | Ford


Looking at the 2017 Subaru Forester? Take a look at the 2017 Ford Escape instead. With an available hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, enhanced active park assist, and a 1.5L EcoBoost® engine, it’s easy to see why the Ford Escape is your better choice.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ford F-150 Raptor Named "Best Pickup" in the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest


DEARBORN, Mich., May 10, 2017 – The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor drove away with top truck honors in the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest. The “Best Pickup” award is based on two days of grueling on-road handling and off-road testing courses driven by 28 members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington.

The competition featured 27 crossover and sport utility vehicles vying in six categories, including compact, premium compact, family, premium, pickups and extreme capability.

“The pickups category was extremely tough this year,” said Tuan Huynh, NWAPA Mudfest Event Chair., Northwest Automotive Press Association. “Ford F-150 Raptor won the hearts of our members for its prowess both on-road and off over two days of rigorous testing.”

The win is the latest in a long line of awards the all-new F-150 Raptor has taken home. It was named Pickup Truck of the Year by FOUR WHEELER and Best Pickup for 2017 by Cars.com, and was honored with the Autotrader Must Test Drive award. Raptor was also named Truck of the Year by Popular Mechanics and AutoGuide.com.

The recognition highlights Ford’s yearlong celebration of F-Series as best-selling truck in America for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle in America for 35 consecutive years. Join the #40YearsTough celebration at www.40YearsTough.com.

Ford F-150 Raptor stands alone in the high-performance off-road truck segment

The purpose-built, off-road F-150 Raptor builds on the success of its predecessor with performance gains and new technology. The all-new Raptor stands alone among high-performance off-road trucks, featuring a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine generating 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, plus a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission and six-mode Terrain Management System™. Its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body saves 500 pounds over the previous model.

The 2017 F-150 Raptor’s competition-proven chassis also sets the performance bar with its second-generation BF Goodrich KO2 tires designed exclusively for the truck’s extended off-road capabilities. In addition, upgraded FOX Shocks (jointly engineered by Ford Performance and FOX) are 44 percent larger with 3-inch diameter shock canisters (2.5-inch previously) and nine-stage bypass damping delivering improved suspension control. The new shock design enables an increase in suspension travel to 13-inches at the front and 13.9-inches at the rear (a 0.8-inch front and 1.9-inch rear increase in wheel travel compared to its predecessor).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Compare 2017 Toyota Camry vs 2017 Ford Fusion | Head to Head | Ford


Looking at the 2017 Toyota Camry? Take a look at the 2017 Ford Fusion instead. With available intelligent all-wheel drive, available enhanced active park assist, and your choice of three EcoBoost engines, it’s easy to see why the Ford Fusion is the obvious choice for you.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Even Tougher Styling Underscores New 2018 F-150's Built Ford Tough Brand Promise



  • 2018 F-150 redesign further expands on the Built Ford Tough design language, while the truck’s solid billet-milled cues and broad stance – a nod to F-Series design heritage – convey strength and durability
  • Ford truck designers share their insights on what makes the new F-150 look more capable than the competition, explaining how the truck walks a fine line between exuding confidence, strength and innovation without appearing overly aggressive
  • Beyond the high-tech industrial tools modern designers have at their fingertips, Ford truck designers rely heavily on customer insight and feedback, as well as design craftsmanship to know what gives their trucks that Built Ford Tough look


DEARBORN, Mich., May 10, 2017 – Along with the new 2018 F-150’s more powerful engine lineup, high-strength materials and class-exclusive technologies, its new exterior design conveys a relentless focus on innovation while paying homage to nearly 70 years of the purpose-built, work-tested Built Ford Tough brand promise.

For 2018, F-150 takes signature F-Series design language to new levels by building on its solid billet-milled visual cues and broad stance, while harmonizing with the all-new Super Duty lineup.

According to Ford truck designers, creating the next chapter in Built Ford Tough design comes down to three main concepts – understanding F-Series design heritage, knowing the wants and needs of Ford truck customers, and applying a dose of craftsmanship where pen meets paper.

“We call our F-Series customers ‘bold guardians of the brand,’” says Ford truck design chief Gordon Platto. “These customers know our Built Ford Tough DNA, and they want their trucks to convey strength, capability, boldness and power – without being ‘in your face’ aggressive.”

The team meets multiple times with truck owners throughout the design process in an effort to understand how they use their trucks and what they want in terms of features and style. Recent immersions involved designers, engineers and product marketers embedding with owners to gain a deep understanding of customer routines and develop owner personas to refine Built Ford Tough design DNA.

“Our success starts and ends with our customers,” says Sean Tant, Ford design manager, truck studio. “We always go back to our customers to test our designs. They want their truck to embody the F-Series brand identity and purpose-built appearance, so we continually rework our designs and retest them until we get it right.”

Showroom harmony strengthens F-Series brand

Like the all-new F-Series Super Duty, the 2018 F-150 gets a billet-milled body for a new look.

A horizontal twin-bar grille conveys strength, precision and muscularity while accentuating the width of the new F-150. All-new C-clamp headlamps wrap tightly to the grille, offering LED lighting and signature daytime running lamps to emphasize F-150’s segment-leading innovations. The chamfered nose and fenders underscore the power and toughness of the available new powertrains.

“F-150 needs to look solid, confident and capable,” says Tant. “All design elements need to have individual as well as collective strength. We wanted to continue with the billet-milled style introduced in 2015 while visually making the truck look wide and planted.”

From a profile view, the truck carries forward signature F-Series cues like the drop-down in the front doors. Wheel openings, as well as wheel and tire proportions are another area in which strength – as opposed to an over-bodied appearance – is emphasized. With large-diameter tires wrapping six all-new wheel designs ranging from 17 inches to a whopping 22 inches, every F-150 model is sure-footed on-road or off.

Customers want functional, authentic trucks, which is why Ford uses traditional frame-mounted bumpers and minimizes plastic covers or fascias.

“Form and function matters to Ford truck customers,” says Platto. “Chrome conveys durability and functionality in our customers’ eyes. Ford trucks need to be purpose-built for work and instill confidence among those who use them.”

From the rear, style cues follow the same design philosophy, with a billet-milled treatment around the fenders, taillamps and tailgate. The taillamps provide good illumination, and the F-150 badge on the tailgate is replaced with the stamped-in nameplate of popular XL, XLT or Lariat trim levels, while premium King Ranch, Platinum and Limited series feature a unique satin chrome appliqué.

Tying it all together is where the craftsmanship comes in, according to Platto and Tant.

“When we are designing F-150, we really look at the truck through the eyes of our customers,” says Tant. “We pay attention to detail, and always strive to ensure the truck demonstrates quality – in how its lines meet, accelerate and move through space. We always work to ensure a proper crown is added to the surfaces.”

At the end of the day, members of Ford’s truck team ask themselves whether a truck redesign is Built Ford Tough. If not, it’s back to the drawing board to make it right, so that every Ford F-Series truck continues to live up to the legacy of best-selling truck in America.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Ford Focus SEL: Walkaround | Focus | Ford


The 2017 Ford Focus SEL is a brand-new trim added to the Focus lineup. With Active Grille Shutters, Reverse Sensing System, available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and more, the Focus SEL is the perfect vehicle for you.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Compare 2017 Hyundai Tucson vs 2017 Ford Escape | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Hyundai Tucson? Consider the 2017 Ford Escape instead. With 68 cubic feet of cargo space, an available hands-free foot-activated liftgate and more, it’s easy to see why the Ford Escape is a Consumers Digest Best Buy Award Winner. Become part of America’s best selling brand with the 2017 Ford Escape.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 F-150 Raptor by the Numbers | F-150 Raptor | Ford Performance


It starts with 2,481 miles of off-road competitive testing and counts down the key stats to why the 2017 Raptor is 1 badass off-road truck.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Compare 2017 Chevy Malibu vs 2017 Ford Fusion | Head to Head | Ford


Looking at the 2017 Chevy Malibu? Take a look at the 2017 Ford Fusion instead. With available intelligent all-wheel drive, enhanced active park assist, and a 1.5L EcoBoost engine, it’s easy to see why the Ford Fusion is the obvious choice for you.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Compare 2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Ford Escape | Head to Head | Ford


Thinking about buying a 2017 Toyota RAV4? Consider the 2017 Ford Escape with available enhanced active park assist, up to 3,500 lbs. of towing capacity,* and a Consumers Digest Best Buy Award.** Become a part of America’s best-selling*** brand with the Ford Escape.

*When properly equipped.

**The Best Buy Seal and other licensed materials are registered certification marks and trademarks of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. For award information, visit ConsumersDigest.com.

***Based on 2016 CY sales.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy With the Ford EcoSport | EcoSport | Ford


Just like Marvel Studios’ "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", the all-new 2018 Ford EcoSport is going on an adventurous ride this summer. Don’t miss the 2018 Ford EcoSport and Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in theaters May 5!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Empowering Kids in Camden Through Dance | Go Further | Ford


Ford owner Tawanda Jones is the founder of an inner-city youth program called

Camden Sophisticated Sisters. Camden Sophisticated Sisters (CSS) is a dance and drill team, yet it is so much more. Tawanda Jones provides a safe place for kids to gather to do homework, experience community, receive love, recognition and emotional support in this country’s most impoverished and violent city. The kids learn to dance – oh, they dance – to the beats of the drummers in the group. It is no exaggeration that CSS saves lives. In a place where gang activity and dropping out of high school is a way of life, the 4,000 kids who have passed through CSS have all graduated high school, and most have gone on to college.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ford's Biggest Work Trucks Receive Performance and Service Improvements to Help Do Even More Work


  • Electronic stability control and traction control brakes now standard on tractor models (optional on F-750 diesel straight frame model*)
  • New diesel engine soot trap regeneration inhibitor allows driver to postpone incinerating trapped soot until regeneration can be performed in a preferred location, plus new easy-to-access oil dipstick location to check oil levels
  • New high-output 240-amp alternator now available for 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine models
  • Available three-inch bumper extension limits potential hood wear and collision damage

DEARBORN, Mich., May 3, 2017 – Ford, America’s truck leader, is updating its biggest trucks to improve performance and serviceability. Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks are the fastest growing volume Class 6-7 brand**. Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks were completely redesigned for 2016, enjoying their best sales since 1997 last year. Ford’s largest trucks are available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor models, with Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles. Ford is the only manufacturer to offer a choice of gasoline or diesel powertrain in the medium-duty conventional truck market. All F-650 and F-750 trucks are built at Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland using domestic and foreign parts.

“Customers are moving from other brands to Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks because they’re affordable and Built Ford Tough in America,” says Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager. “Our segment-exclusive gasoline engine is appealing to fleet managers who recognize not every duty cycle requires the torque of a diesel engine, and who prefer the cost and maintenance advantages of gasoline power.

“The success of our new truck design is apparent from our growing sales and the fact it was named Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine in 2016 and 2017,” adds Koester. “For 2018, we’re enhancing this successful platform based on customer feedback.”

Electronic stability control and traction control brakes are now standard on all 2018 F-650 and F-750 tractor models. The system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

For applications with high electrical demands – such as tow trucks, road service vehicles and other well-lit work trucks – a high-output 240-amp alternator is now available with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain. Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator.

Ford offers an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on 2018 diesel trucks to give the operator more control over when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter.

To limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, an available bumper extension moves the full-width front bumper from flush with the grille to three inches in front of it. This provides additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision, potentially reducing repair expenses.

It’s easier to check the oil and transmission fluid levels on 2018 F-650 and F-750 diesel trucks thanks to relocated dipsticks that can be accessed from ground level. The transmission fluid dipstick has also been moved to provide ground-level access on gasoline models. The gasoline engine’s oil dipstick was already accessible from the ground.

Powertrains purpose-built for Ford trucks

Ford is the only manufacturer to design and build its own medium-duty diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations, and providing customers with streamlined service.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine delivers best-in-class standard 270 horsepower and 675 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as available engine outputs of 300 horsepower with 700 lb.-ft. of torque and 330 horsepower with 725 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel has a B10 engine design life of more than 500,000 miles***, and is backed by an unsurpassed standard five-year/250,000-mile limited warranty. For additional braking assistance, an exhaust brake comes standard with every diesel engine.

Ford’s segment-exclusive 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine provides 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque for less than the cost of a diesel engine. It can be factory-prepped for conversion to compressed natural gas or liquid propane.

Both engines come with the Ford-built TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. An available live-drive power takeoff provision features an output gear linked directly to the diesel engine crankshaft for 300 lb.-ft. of stationary torque and 200 lb.-ft. of mobile torque. For the gasoline powertrain, the optional power takeoff’s stationary and mobile mode deliver 250 lb.-ft. and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively.

The transmission’s SelectShift® feature has two driver-initiated modes – progressive range select, which limits the range of gears to lock out overdrive for consistent speed over hills, and full manual mode, which provides control up and down the gearbox. Selectable tow/haul mode compensates for grade and load to reduce gear hunting and improve power delivery. Engine braking and selective gearing improve control on downhill grades and help minimize brake wear.

Like all Ford trucks, Ford’s medium-duty F-650 and F-750 vehicles are supported by the company’s Commercial Vehicle Center program. Program dealers nationwide are committed to providing fleet and commercial customers the vehicles, financing options and service support their businesses need to maximize productivity and uptime.

Ordering for 2018 Ford medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks begins this summer, with vehicles available at dealers this fall.

*Electronic stability control and traction control brakes will initially be optional on certain F-750 air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.

**Based on IHS Markit TIP registrations for gross vehicle weight Class 6-7 vehicles with sales over 1,000 units for calendar year-to-date December 2016 versus calendar year-to-date December 2015.

***B10 design life based on 330-horsepower output version and Ford engine dynamometer testing.