Ford Wins Two Lifestyle Awards

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »
 
For the Lifestyle Awards, not all car buyers choose their car simply by category. We also know many people cross-shop, comparing that hybrid with this sedan with that wagon. This team of reviewers drove dozens of cars, and from those experiences come these awards. Winners were announced Jan. 10, 2012.

Ford has a vehicle to fit just about every consumer’s way of life, and the Lifestyle Awards handed out by Cars.com prove they are spot on.

THE WINNERS: Mustang Boss 302 for Play Car of the Year, because, “We've liked the Mustang’s blend of raw power and handling prowess. The Ford F-150 won Work Car of the Year. Editors applauded F-150 because, “If you need your work truck to do double duty, the F-150 has you covered.”  


Ford is Going Even More Electric This Year

Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »
 

There is a lot of excitement around the latest trend toward electric cars. This year, stay tuned to hear more about electric cars and trucks at Ford.

Hybrid leadership
Ford was an early leader with hybrids, putting the Escape and Mariner compact crossovers to the roads before we had even thought about a new generation of pure electrics.

The midsize Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids impress with their 41/36 mpg city/highway -- as well as in the way you hardly notice anything different. Hybrid or not, they're pretty good cars that drive like reliable family sedans.

Although the 2013 Escape will trade its hybrid system for efficient EcoBoost engines, Ford isn't giving up on electric vehicles.

Focus goes electric
Billed as the first five-passenger, all-electric car to achieve more than 100 mpg-equivalent,the 2012 Ford Focus Electric is more efficient than the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, but won't have extended-range capability like the Volt.

Focus also will challenge competitors' charging times.

With a 240-volt charging system, the Focus can be recharged in just over three hours. Given the Focus Electric gains about 30 miles of range for every hour charged, drivers have more flexibility in their driving with stops between errands. A 200-mile day is completely possible even with a pause for work or shopping.

Unique technology helps drivers get the most out of their dollar. The charging software, lets owners charge their cars when electricity rates are lowest, overnight.

Like all electric cars, Focus Electric promises to deliver smooth, silent power with tons of low-end torque to scoot off the line quickly. A single-speed transmission directs power to the front wheels, accelerating to a top speed of 84 mph.

European handling and modern interior make the car enjoyable whether electric- or gas-powered. It is also full of technology; Bluetooth phone connections, USB input for iPods, voice-activated music selection, navigation and movie times.

Energizing the minivan
Ford also has news about its Focus-based C-MAX mini-minivan.

Two models, the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, will launch this year. They're powered by compact lithium-ion batteries and Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engines. Higher-speed electric motors, efficient cooling system and optimized gearing allow the little vans to operate in electric mode longer, improving mileage.

C-MAX Hybrid competes directly with the Toyota Prius V while the C-MAX Energi will compete with plug-in hybrids like the upcoming Toyota Prius plug-in. Neither C-MAX can run on electricity alone for long distances, but Ford expects a 500-miles range using the battery and engine.

It is great to see Ford building these next-generation cars in the U.S.

Original Article - IndyStar


The Star at the Detroit Auto Show is the Ford Fusion

Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »
 

There is always hype at the Detroit Auto Show, but this year there is something new, optimism. Automakers have plenty to be optimistic about: U.S. sales are the highest since 2008, and they're expected to keep growing.

US automakers prepare to unveil more than 40 new cars and trucks this month at the industry's annual trade show in the Motor City.
 
One of the domestic highlights is the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion. The Fusion will add a plug-in hybrid version and feature technology previously available only on luxury models.

The new Ford Fusion will come with a choice of power plants, each of which will deliver better gas mileage than competing mid-size sedans of similar engine type. The turbocharged, 1.6-liter gasoline "Ecoboost" engine will get expected ratings of 26 MPG in city driving, 37 on the highway.

The revamped Fusion Hybrid ratings should be 47 MPG in city, 44 on the highway, topping the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrids. The new lithium-ion batteries will allow the Fusion to continue under solely electric power to 62 mph before the gas engine kicks in instead of the previous cutoff at 47 mph.

The all-new model will be the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. With a power plant similar to the regular hybrid, its batteries can additionally be recharged by plugging in the vehicle. Ford expects to get a rating of 100 MPGe -the mileage per gallon equivalent used by the Environmental Protection Agency for plug-in cars. That will better the Chevrolet Volt and the forthcoming Toyota Prius plug-in model, Ford says.
 
The new Fusion has a sleeker profile than the previous version. Ford also has loaded the 2013 Fusion with new technology features. Here's a look at some of that new technology:

  • Drowsy-driver warning. Called Lane Keeping by Ford, this system sends the driver a warning by vibrating the steering wheel if the car is drifting out of its proper lane.
  • Crash-avoiding cruise control. So-called adaptive cruise control uses a camera to detect when the Fusion is moving too swiftly toward slower traffic ahead, possibly leading to a crash. The system starts applying the brakes to slow the car down.
  • Stop-go system. To boost mileage, the gasoline engines will shut off entirely at stop lights or other full stops. Previously this technology has been seen mostly on hybrid models.


Original article - CBS News


Top Selling US Made Truck in 2011 was the Ford F-Series

Posted: January 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »
 

2011 was the year of the pickup truck for the Detroit Three.

The No. 1 selling models for General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC were all pickups.

Through November 2011, Ford sold more than 516,000 F-Series trucks, GM sold about 367,500 Chevrolet Silverados and Chrysler sold nearly 220,000  Ram pickups.

Overall, the Detroit Three sold more than 1 million pickup trucks in 2011, with their top three models taking three of the top five positions for best-selling vehicles of the year.

Here are the Detroit Three’s top-selling vehicles of 2011 based on overall sales through November:

1. Ford F-Series: 516,639
2. Chevrolet Silverado: 367,343
3. Ford Escape: 228,719
4. Ford Fusion: 226,445
5. Ram pickups: 218,750
6. Chevrolet Cruze: 215,057
7. Ford Explorer: 121,832
8. Chevrolet Malibu: 191,774
9. Chevrolet Equinox: 175,079
10. Ford Focus: 161,436

Original article - MLive.com


Used Car Buying Tips

Posted: December 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: truck, vehicle | No Comments »
 

Buying a new-used car can be a nerve-racking experience. Knowing what questions to ask can be difficult.

Not very many people enjoy the process of buying a car. Everyone likes having a new car, but buying the actual car is not often on the favorite list of things to do.

More than one poll has ranked a car dealership in the top three of least favorite places to go.

But there are some things you can do to get the best car for your needs as possible:

Check models for common problems and benefits
Certain automobiles are known to have traits common to that particular make and model. This is where a trusted mechanic can be invaluable.

Buyers can get information best by talking with a mechanic. What are the benefits to a Ford Focus and mechanics can tell you the things to look for.

Compare prices online
With so many websites selling used cars, it is much easier now than in the past for a buyer to get a good idea of what the market value is for a car with a certain amount of miles on it.

There is the Kelly Blue Book website plus AutoTrader.com, Carsoup.com, and many other websites that can help you get a good idea of what a certain automobile should sell for.

Investigate the vehicle's history
Websites like Carfax.com can help a buyer find out the vehicle's history of accidents by entering the vehicle's identification number.

If there is no history available, look at it, and always look at the car in the daylight. Look for chrome parts that don't match. If the chrome on the front is new, but rusted in the back, that can be a sign of repair from an accident.

Buy a Certified Pre-owned Car
Buying a certified pre-owned cars and trucks guarantees that used vehicle. You know the car is in good working order and the vehicles history is guaranteed. Likewise, certified cars also have more extensive warranties.

Ask a mechanic
Before you buy a used car, be sure to first have a mechanic check out the vehicle and give his or her opinion on its reliability. Also, take an extended test drive.  

Original article - News4Jax.com