Ford owner Rhonda Ortega walks us through the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium and shows us what she loves most about her Ford. By showcasing the vehicle’s available Class II Trailer Tow Prep Package, its accessible rearview camera, and its hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, Rhonda demonstrates why the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium stands above the rest.
Kick back with comedian and TV personality Loni Love as she gives her best tips for assembling the perfect road trip group. Nothing ruins a road trip more than a bad car crew, and no one loves cars more than Loni.
Ford owner Marla Sury takes us through her 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid and shows us what she loves most about her Ford. With Ford Brake Coach and efficiency leaves, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid can be the car for you too.
New water saving technologies at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant have contributed to a significant reduction in water usage
Ford Motor Company has recently announced its new long-term aspirational goal to use zero drinkable water in manufacturing
The updated manufacturing water strategy calls for an additional 30 percent reduction in water use per vehicle from 2015 to 2020
DEARBORN, Mich., March 22, 2017 – The Chicago Assembly Plant – home of the Ford Taurus and the award-winning Ford Explorer –implemented efficiency efforts towards the end of 2016 that helped the plant reduce water usage by 13 million gallons last year – expected to be significantly higher in 2017 after a full year of use.
In marking this year’s World Water Day, Ford Motor Company continuously strives to go further in its commitment to water leadership. Ford recently announced its updated manufacturing water strategy, which calls for an additional 30 percent reduction in water use per vehicle from 2015 to 2020, along with a long-term aspirational goal of zero drinkable water use in manufacturing.
Two projects have been implemented to help Chicago Assembly with their efforts to become more efficient – an increase in the re-use of water in the plant’s pre-treatment system and the addition of a cooling tower side-stream electrolysis system to remove calcium and magnesium (softening system).
“It may come as a surprise just how much water automotive plants actually use,” said Rhonda Turner, plant environmental control engineer. “Last month alone, we used 17 million gallons, so it’s really beneficial for us to find innovative ways to save water.”
A large use of water in the plant is the pre-treatment baths – where metal is treated before getting painted. Meters have been added to each bath to continuously monitor overflow when they are refilled as part of the pre-treatment process or weekly cleaning. The system is pre-set to refill at a certain rate, and the meters send an instant e-mail alert to paint process engineers if there’s a change in the process. Previously, this took a couple of days.
Another large use of water in automotive manufacturing comes from cooling towers. The cooling tower water treatment program utilizes expert staff, effective chemical and mechanical technologies, and always-on, automated control equipment to provide effective water treatment and minimize water make-up and chemical use.
Chicago Assembly Plant’s side-stream electrolysis system – installed in early 2016 – is on one of the largest cooling towers at the plant, sifting out contaminants and enabling the plant to use water longer.
The plant is developing additional innovative processes that aim to re-use up to 90 percent of water used in the pre-treatment process, reducing the need to use Chicago city water.
Andy Hobbs, Environmental Quality Office director, says Ford is one of only 24 companies out of 600 to be awarded an “A” grade by CDP for its water management efforts – and the Chicago Assembly plant is a great example of Ford’s innovation in reducing water use.
“Ford set out to reduce water use starting in 2000 with its Global Water Management Initiative, and saved 10 billion gallons of water between 2000 and 2015 – a decrease of 61 percent,” said Hobbs. “Reusing is an important step on the road to our goal of zero drinkable water use in manufacturing.”
Ford owner Kurt Hagel takes us through the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium and shows us what he loves most about his Ford. With the ease of SYNC® 3, hands-free foot-activated liftgate and efficient gas mileage*, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium can be the car for you too.
Ford owner Carlie Dunk takes us through the 2017 Ford Escape SE and shows us what she loves most about her Ford. With the helpfulness of available SYNC® 3 and BLIS®, sleek interior and exterior looks, and convenient rear view camera, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ford Escape SE can be the car for you too.
New Outrageous Green Metallic paint hue for the 2018 Ford Focus Electric is inspired by nature and renewal, fueled by research and trend insights from Ford’s color and design materials team, and validated by Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery
Ford team predicts color trends two to three years into the future, drawing inspiration from everywhere for colors customers want to see
Ford research shows color choice is highly personal; 35 percent to 40 percent of customers will walk away from a vehicle or brand if they cannot get the color they want
DEARBORN, Mich., March 17, 2017 – In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day and in line with Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, Ford introduces its new Outrageous Green Metallic tinted color for the 2018 Focus Electric.
For Ford’s color and materials design team, inspiration is everywhere. Thinking about the visual and tactile elements that will help define future vehicles, Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials design manager, and her team tap into everyday experiences to predict future trends to deliver a vibrant and diverse pallet for customers.
“Designers are encouraged to experience a feeling, bring it to the team, then collectively brainstorm ways to bring it to life through a paint color or material for Ford vehicles,” says Whalen. “Outrageous Green Metallic is a unique shade, symbolizing modern renewal and a reconnection with nature, then finished with a special tinted clear coat to give the color depth and vibrancy.”
Challenged to think about the “why,” the Ford color and materials team works to answer why a particular color is important, why now, and why this color as opposed to another. Many colors seen today were inspired from beautiful places in nature, with trends often predicted two to three years into the future,
These trends can be influenced by everything from changing lifestyles, psychological and societal emotions, to consumer hobbies and passionate interests. Unusual sports gear, ropes, anodized finishes, plastics gear and accent fabrics provide inspiration for Ford vehicle exteriors and interiors. The social and political environment and conversations about material ethics (biomaterials) also influence forecasting trends and help to predict the color and material choices Ford makes for tomorrow.
Ford has a legacy of “going green” with its paint colors, offering Highland Green, Squeeze Green, Ultimate Green, Gotta Have It Green and now Outrageous Green Metallic.
The 2017 Ford Focus Electric has an EPA-estimated driving range of 115 miles, up from 76 miles on the 2016 model. It has an EPA-estimated rating of 118 city/96 hwy/107 combined MPGe. Actual mileage will vary. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.
Ford Focus Electric comes standard with all-new DC fast-charge, capable of delivering 75 miles of range in 30 minutes when using a charger capable of delivering 150 amps. The 2017 Ford Focus Electric charge port is also capable of charging on 120-volt and 240-volt.
The car’s battery has 33.5 kilowatt-hours of installed energy – an increase of more than 40 percent compared to 2016, with no increase in the size of the battery.
When it comes to work, Ford Commercial Vehicles can take it, bring it, and flat out haul it. Ford Trucks and Vans: year after year, America’s best-selling lineup of commercial vehicles* is ready for whatever the job at hand.
*Based on IHS Markit CY1985-2016 US TIP Registrations excluding registrations to individuals. TIP Registrations prior to 2010 do not include all GVW 1 and 2 vehicles.
Ford owner Treger Strasberg founded the Detroit-based nonprofit Humble Design to help families transition out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services. Without the assistance of Humble Design in setting up a clean, welcoming, functional home, 50 percent of families end up back in shelters. With their help, that stat is reduced to a mere 1 percent. Humble Design restores hope and dignity to families who have lost everything.
The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty has smart features all throughout the truck bed. There’s a power locking remote tailgate release and the BoxLink system which makes the hard work needed on King Ranch a little easier.
Tips on how to stay safe on the road during a tornado or microburst, brought to you by Ford Service.
Ford owners want to go everywhere in their vehicles, no matter what type of weather they might run into. This video series provides helpful tips for navigating any type of extreme weather situation on the road.
Drive with confidence—no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
Patrice Banks, engineer, mechanic and owner of Girls Auto Clinic, understands class and power behind the wheel. Come along on a drive in the 2017 Ford Edge Titanium with this girl boss and see what this SUV can offer.
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