Ford Cars Bring Relief to Gas Prices

Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

Gas prices have been steadily rising lately, and are said to reach $5/gallon by the summer. The term “stay-cation” will have a whole new meaning if this is true. The impact of fuel costs on family budgets is a big topic of national discussion right now.
The average family paid more than $4,000 for the year for gasoline. But thanks to new auto standards kicking in for 2012, all vehicle classes are getting better fuel economy than they used to.

Compared to the cars of 20 years ago, the careful buyer can find options across all vehicle classes that are 30 percent more efficient--or better.

Ford Taurus vs Ford Fusion

Back in 1992, Ford‘s standard bearer in the mid-size family sedan category was the Ford Taurus, tested with a 21 mpg average that hadn't changed by 2002.

In 2007 the family sedan from Ford became the Fusion, which the EPA rated at 23 mpg overall.

Ford introduced the Fusion Hybrid in 2010, which delivered an overall 39 mpg average--or more than a 60% improvement in gas mileage.

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion will likely deliver far better mileage, as it dispenses altogether with a V-6 option and instead offers three four-cylinder engines: 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost direct-injected and turbocharged options, along with a standard base-level 2.5-liter four.

The new model will include not only a Fusion Hybrid, but Ford's first-ever plug-in hybrid sedan, the 2013 Fusion Energi--using the same technology that will also appear in the five-seat hatchback C-Max Fusion and C-Max Energi.

Ford has said the 2013 Fusion Energi will beat the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid in its overall MPGe fuel-efficiency equivalent rating.

Gas prices are going up, but say hello to much better gas mileage with Ford Cars. Contact Ashley Ford if you want to outsmart those increasing gas prices.

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Recycled Materials Used in New Ford Escape

Posted: February 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

Ford described their car at the Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show as a "hunk of junk."

In an effort to be environmentally friendly, the redesign of the popular Ford Escape includes many recycled materials. There is denim in the seats, wheat straw used to reinforce plastics and soy beans that make the headrest.

"Ford's researchers are also working on coconut fiber enforced plastic," Fernando Cenra with Ford Motor Company said. "There's no material that's off limits for researchers. They have great imaginations and great science and they're always at work."

It's unclear exactly what percentage of the car is made out of recycled material, but Ford said on average about 25 used water bottles are built into the interior. In fact, all of the carpeting inside the car is made from recycled plastic bottles.   

The use of recycled materials is intriguing to many drivers who said they are more likely to buy a Ford Escape that's eco-friendly.

"I think it's definitely interesting," Tyler Brown said. "I think if manufacturers can utilize products that we put to waste, then it will be better for the environment and it will reflect better on the company too, as a whole."

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Teenagers Will Drive Safely Even When Your Are Not in the Car

Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

As parents, the first time you hand over the car keys to your teenagers is a stressful experience. How will they be driving, how fast will they be going, will they be distracted by the volume of the radio? These are all valid questions. And they are stressful enough to keep you pacing until your teenage driver gets home.  But not with the Ford MyKey.

MyKey is the solution. You can’t be in the car every time your teenage driver gets behind the wheel, but you can do the next best thing. Make the car think like you do! 

Contact Ashley Ford for Information and to look at Ford Cars like the Taurus Sho with MyKey technology.

Ford Cars are the Top Two Best Selling Cars in 2011

Posted: February 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

The latest SMMT figures show a stable start to 2012, new car sales saw a slight increase last month. Most importantly there was a 2.7% increase in private registrations over January 2011, hitting 128,853. Private registrations have been lagging recently, with the new car market most significantly boosted by fleet sales.
41.1% of new registrations were to private buyers, with the remainder made up of fleet and business registrations. More than half of all cars sold were powered by diesel (53.7%), and a further 1.6% were alternative fuel vehicles, powere by electricity or hybrid powertrains.

The new car market is expected to remain stable throughout 2012.

Which cars were the best sellers of 2011? The Ford Fiesta, which was the most popular car of 2011, continues as the bestseller for January 2012, with its larger stablemate the Ford Focus taking second place.

"2012 is set to be an exciting year with record numbers of new models coming to market filled with innovative technology that will save the motorist fuel, enhance comfort and further increase levels of safety and security. However, to maintain market stability, government must act decisively and deliver much needed confidence to businesses and consumers."

Original article – This is Money

The 2013 Ford NASCAR Design

Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »

Ford officials unveiled their 2013 NASCAR design, a sleek new Ford Fusion, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during day two of the annual media tour.

The NASCAR design looks a lot like the Fusion that fans will be able to pick up at the showroom. The car goes back to earlier days when one could differentiate brands on the track.

“It is a special day for Ford," said Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison. "It’s a special day for NASCAR. It’s a special day for all the fans. What a blessed company we are at Ford."

Tuesday's unveiling follows an unprecedented effort on the part of the automaker and the sanctioning body.

"I’ve heard about the win on Sunday and buy on Monday, and I think that could come back," said 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. "I’ve been excited to tell my friends about this. I’m 20 years old so this is more of my generation here, but I’m just happy that now I can show them pictures and I think they’ll be excited about it.”

Original article – Hardcore Racefans