No, Ford has no plans for flying cars or passenger planes. However, the Detroit-based company does believe that airlines have specific insight that is relevant to their future plans for self-driving vehicles. The Big Blue Oval brand is developing businesses in Washington and Miami that are supported by autonomous tech, and they’ve invested more than $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI.
All the above said, what’s the connection between autonomous automobiles and airlines? Well, Ford believes that the aviation industry’s knowledge of how to maximize the time their craft stay in the sky—and how to optimize seat-selling—is critical for the upcoming ride-hailing and delivery services the self-driving revolution will bring.
"We've learned a lot of things we've already incorporated into our model about utilization, and that's what drives the business," he said. "We are designing our first car to go hundreds of thousands of miles in a shorter period of time, and it's the same as airlines using expensive planes and refurbishing them every few years."
CNBC is calling it the “most capable, fun 4X4 pickup truck” and goes on to say that it’s "the ultimate version of Ford’s perennial bestseller.” So, why haven’t you deeply considered adding the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor truck to your stable yet? It’s incredibly fast and powerful and an absolute joy to own and drive!
It’s readily apparent just by looking at it that this Raptor is the “meanest, baddest looking truck on sale,” as CNBC calls it in their review. Its ferocious, tall stance, huge wheels, and blacked-out front grille ensure that aesthetic. However, its performance backs up its looks—it’s packed with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that kicks out an amazing 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Also, the fact that it features 13.9 inches of rear suspension travel allows it to easily soak up the bumps and jolts associated with off-road travel.
As a result of the 2019 F-150 Raptor’s overall excellence, CNBC awards it an overall score of 4.4 out of 5.
Seattle residents, Ford’s new Police Interceptor Utility vehicle now has a claim to the “fastest police car in America” mantle. The SUV, which is built on the Explorer, comes with a 400 HP twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that offers the best performance among any vehicle tested by the Michigan State Police in their benchmark tests, easily outstripping the competition’s sedan-based police cars as well as Ford’s own Taurus-based cruiser, which has since been discontinued. In fact, the Big Blue Oval’s new invention outpaced the AWD, V8-Hemi-equipped Dodge Charger with a lap time of 1:36:47 versus 1:37:10 on the Grattan Raceway.
The Ford Police Interceptor Utility is also available as a hybrid that combines a 3.3L V6 and an electric motor for maximum results. While it’s not a plug-in, its battery pack can run the radar gun, AC, lights, and computers for long periods without having to consistently idle the engine. All told, the hybrid has a 24 mpg combined fuel economy rating. Power is still in full effect, too, as it delivers 318 horses and 322 lb-ft of torque.
(Posted on Jun 15, 2019 at 08:26AM by Michelle Bogle)
Two years ago, Ford announced the return of its Bronco – a highly anticipated off-roader that consumers and automotive journalists can’t wait to get their hands on. It’s not slated to hit production for another year or two, so for now, Bronco fans have to feed their excitement with spy images.
Recently, a prototype Bronco was spotted in the wild in full camo. According to CarBuzz, it appears that the SUV was sporting a Ford Ranger cab, but with a shorter wheelbase and unusual body proportions. The rear axle was also concealed with fabric mesh to hide the shock, brake, linkage and axle configurations, making industry watchers think that the Bronco won’t use a solid rear axle like the current Ford Ranger.
Sweet, sweet sounds pumped from under the Bronco’s hood, carrying a similar note to that of the Ranger’s 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. The rear of the SUV also appears to be equipped with a single exhaust outlet with taillights that are reminiscent of the Ranger. No matter how hard they tried, the journalists who spotted the Bronco were unable to make out the suspension configuration or see inside the interior of the vehicle. We are eager to learn more about its full specs once Ford officially launches the revived SUV.
Curious about the Bronco and what it will offer? Contact Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, to learn more.
(Posted on Jun 15, 2019 at 08:01AM by Michelle Bogle)
Full-sized SUV capability and sporty on-road performance will come together on the 2020 Explorer ST! According to an article by Autoblog, Ford has decided to fit “Mercedes Original” summer tires as a stand-alone option on the performance-oriented SUV for the next model year.
The tire in question is the Michelin Latitude Sport 3. On the sidewall, there is an “MO” inscribed into the rubber, which designates that the tires were originally developed specifically for a Benz vehicle – in this case, the AMG GLE43 Coupe.
It seems like a very unlikely set-up, but according to Ed Krenz, Ford Performance Chief Engineer at the Blue Oval, there wasn’t much choice in the summer tire market to fit the Explorer ST’s 21-inch wheel requirement. The Michelin Latitude Sport 3 was the only tire to perfectly accommodate the 275/45R-21 size. Having this option on the 2020 Explorer ST’s order sheet will allow drivers to enjoy better grip and steering when hitting the road or track in their big performance SUV.
Excited about this offering? We certainly are! To learn more about the 2020 Explorer ST and its expected features, contact Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, for a preliminary spec review.
(Posted on Jun 15, 2019 at 07:25AM by Michelle Bogle)
Earlier this spring, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released their light-duty crew cab pickup small overlap front crash test results for both driver and passenger sides – and the outcome was excellent for the 2019 Ford F-150! Of all of the trucks evaluated, the F-150 was the only one to earn a good rating across all categories (the highest score possible) and it was also recognized as the best platform in the passenger-side small overlap front crash tests.
Eleven pickups were evaluated during this testing by the IIHS and the F-150 faired the best. During the crashes, the truck’s structure held up extremely well and the seatbelts and airbags worked to control the movement of the passenger and driver dummies, resulting in no potential injuries.
This tremendous performance is no surprise when you consider the engineering that has gone into the 2019 F-150. According to Ford, a cross-functional group of truck veterans worked thousands of hours to help improve the durability, capability, fuel economy and safety for the F-150. They created 31 safety-related innovations, including structures that help manage crash forces for the best possible outcome for the driver and passengers. The pickup’s body made from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and a high-strength steel frame also adds to its resilience.
If you are in the market for a safe and reliable truck, stop into Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, to learn more about the 2019 F-150’s engineering and design.
(Posted on Jun 7, 2019 at 07:51AM by Michelle Bogle)
According to an article by Automotive News, Ford will commit to building its Fusion sedan for at least another 18 months, confirming that the popular nameplate will remain in production until at least 2021. The 2020 Fusion line-up has also been established and will include the SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels, although the Sport variant will not return.
The move to eliminate the Sport trim from the line-up is so that the automaker can streamline its consumer offering. "Our goal in the final production year is to further simplify [...] and focus on maximizing the more popular SE, SEL, and Titanium models," a Ford spokesman said in a statement.
In April 2018, the Blue Oval announced that they would cease production on passenger cars to concentrate on SUVs and trucks. The Fiesta, Focus and Taurus have all been retired from the line-up, leaving the Mustang and Fusion as the last remaining models. Ford does not have any known future plans to discontinue the iconic Mustang sports car.
For Fusion fans, knowing that the sedan will remain in production until at least 2021 is very good news. Models of the 2020 Fusion are expected to arrive in the fall of this year. In the meantime, our inventory is stocked with new and preowned options. To schedule a test drive, contact Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.
(Posted on Jun 7, 2019 at 07:46AM by Michelle Bogle)
According to an article by CNET, Ford is launching a new small electric SUV in China. The automaker has offered a full electric Focus in other markets, but this is Ford China's first battery electric vehicle (BEV), which claims to output a full 224 miles on a single charge.
The Blue Oval is calling this new China-exclusive the Territory EV and it is a collaboration between Ford and its joint-venture partner Jiangling Motors Corporation. It is set to be released by the end of 2019 and will be supported by unlimited charging in major Chinese cities. It’s also the opening deluge of more planned car launches under the China 2.0 restructuring plan, which will see 30 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles during the next three years, including more than 10 new energy vehicles.
As for its looks, the Territory EV is equipped with a black honeycomb grille and copper-colored stripes with C-shaped daytime running lights that are mounted in between the two air intakes on the front bumper. Carbon fiber blades accent the wheels for an athletic appearance, but they are also designed to reduce air resistance. Full LED taillights are standard on the Territory EV, as well, while the two-tone grey interior boasts a sleek look with high-gloss black paint, carbon fiber texture, perforated surfaces, polished metal and other materials.
For now, Ford has no official plan to bring the Territory EV overseas to North America. To learn more about other electric platforms, contact Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.
(Posted on Jun 7, 2019 at 07:41AM by Michelle Bogle)
When it comes to making environmentally-friendly vehicles, it’s more than just reducing emissions. Nowadays, automakers are creating plug-in electric cars and more efficient powertrains, but Ford is taking its eco-consciousness one step further by using recycled plastics to make its parts. In fact, the Blue Oval claims to use about 1.2 billion recycled bottles per year, which averages about 250 bottles per vehicle.
The recycled plastics are commonly used in the wheel liners of F-Series trucks, as well as in the underbody shields for all cars and SUVs, which improves the aerodynamics of the vehicles for better efficiency. The underbody shield is a large part – and since recycled plastics are light in weight, they are an ideal and durable material to use, while also creating many environmental benefits.
But, how does a plastic bottle become an automotive part? The journey from the recycling bin to the assembly line starts with the shredding of the bottles. The material is then sold to suppliers that turn it into a fiber by melting it down and extruding the plastic. The fiber is then used to make sheets of recycled plastic, which Ford then molds into car parts. Not only is this economical, but it also diverts an incredible amount of plastics from polluting the earth and our water supplies.
To learn more about Ford’s environmental innovations, contact Sound Ford in Renton, Washington.
(Posted on May 30, 2019 at 07:02AM by Michelle Bogle)
Earlier this month, the Blue Oval announced an update to FordPass – the automaker’s connected car-app – which will be a more robust loyalty program to Ford customers. With the revised program, owners can now accumulate points that can be used towards complimentary maintenance, parts, service or a new vehicle at participating dealerships.
Officially launched on May 2, 2019, the program already has one million active members. According to CNET, anyone who bought a new Ford vehicle since April 2 automatically received 42,000 points in their FordPass Rewards account. Those initial points are usually enough to pay for a vehicle’s first three service appointments.
Loyalty program members can also earn five percent back, in the form of points, on the purchase of Ford-branded parts, such as Motorcraft, as well as on the parts and labor cost of any services performed at Ford dealers. Those accumulated points can be banked to save for major services or used at any time. As time goes on, the Blue Oval may expand its earning and redemption offerings, which is more good news for consumers.
To learn more about FordPass Rewards and how you can join this exclusive loyalty program, contact our team at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, to acquire additional details.