(Posted on Mar 30, 2019 at 09:46PM by Danielle Smyth)
It has been announced that Ford will exit the passenger vehicle market in Russia. Over the next few years, Ford expects to take $11 billion of special charges as it retools its global operations, including up to $7 billion of cash costs. They have decided instead to focus on commercial vehicles, like the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect series of vehicles.
Want to check out a commercial vehicle for yourself? How about the 2019 Ford Transit Connect XL? It’s got plenty of high-tech features, including a 6.5-inch infotainment screen with SYNC3 and Ford+Alexa functionality. They make it so easy to stay in touch everywhere you go. Plus, it contains a modem and allows you to connect up to 10 devices to the internet at any given time. That’s a very helpful thing to have when you’re out on the job.
This vehicle is built strong on a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, and it’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This means there’s no need to learn to operate a large truck or having a commercial driver’s license.
Stop by our Sound Ford dealership near Burien, Washington, today and take a test drive! You’re sure to be impressed!
(Posted on Mar 30, 2019 at 09:29PM by Danielle Smyth)
Have you heard the news? Brazil automaker CAOA has signed an agreement with Ford over a plant purchase. According to the report, “Brazil has long been South America's automaking hub and has led many brand name global carmakers to set up shop here. But CAOA is the rare company that is actually domestically owned. It currently produces cars for Hyundai and owns a 50 percent stake in China's Chery operation in Brazil, which led to the rebranding of the cars as CAOA Chery.”
CAOA has a very close relationship with Ford, in that it is the single largest distributor of Ford vehicles in the nation of Brazil.
Interested in learning more about the automaker and what it has to offer? There are many great Ford vehicles to be had at Sound Ford. Why not stop by our Seattle, Washington, showroom and check out the 2018 Transit T-250?
It is sure to meet your needs, thanks to a strong engine and plenty of interior space. It boasts a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, all sure to impress you. Your drivers will love the vehicle’s maximum 4,080 payload, too. Hurry in and take it for a drive today!
(Posted on Jan 24, 2019 at 08:22PM by Kelsey McDonald)
If the numbers could talk, they would say that the Ford Transit is America’s favorite van. The vehicle continues to outsell the competition (by about 30 percent) and made up a whopping 35 percent share of the full-size segment during the quarter; in Q4 of 2018, a total of 31,331 were sold! Why do people love this automobile so much? Let’s look at some of the 2018 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon 350 XLT highlights!
It’s the perfect transport for large families, community programs, or commercial buyers who need to shuttle around goods and the best word you can use to describe it is functional. That's because, aside from being useful in many different aspects, it's also very pleasurable to pilot with handling similar to an SUV and all the perks you deserve. The ergonomic dashboard has an infotainment system which comes equipped with the Sync 3 interface. This savvy technology is as easy as using your smartphone as you can access information just by pressing the screen, pinch-to-zoom and swiping gestures. The driver’s seat is completely adjustable, has a telescopic steering wheel, and big mirrors so you can position yourself comfortably on long hauls.
Do you want to try one out? Give our dealership a call today, and we’ll schedule you an appointment for a test spin!
(Posted on Dec 29, 2018 at 01:03AM by Kelsey McDonald)
Ford has launched a new, free-to-use ridesharing pilot program to help the impoverished residents of Detroit get to and from two local food banks using the brand’s 2018 Transit Connect. It’s similar to the successful GoRide initiative which takes poverty-stricken citizens (predominantly seniors and individuals with disabilities) to their doctor's appointments.
Since the project began in November, the company has assisted over 100 people in just over a month. The goal is to address the underlying issue of the correlation between income inequality and transportation. According to studies, the latter needs to be reliable and affordable to ensure new and better economic opportunities.
The van has a standard seating capacity of two passengers (with optional add-ons available) and a maximum cargo volume of 128.6 cubic feet. This is perfect for commercial use when you have to haul a lot of goods or when you need a vehicle that is wheelchair accessible. What’s more, although it’s a big vehicle with a length of 189.7 inches and a width of 72.2 inches, you won’t need to stop and fill it up frequently because the EPA gave it an impressive estimated MPG of 20 in the city and 27 on the highway.
The less is more phenomenon has ended - with this summer emphasizing big-wheeled platforms and massive sales. The 2018 Transit proves, therefore, to be the ultimate seasonal champion.
According to Yahoo Finance, the new Transit reigns atop the sales charts. Ford earned a staggering 13,300 total units in June - generating a 25% year-to-year increase for its commercial fleet and bolstering its overall quarter by 6%. This van revved past both the competition and its fellow Big Blue Oval platforms, securing higher gains than the EcoSport, Taurus, and Interceptor; and it carved a decisive path across every North American market
We can’t even feign surprise. The value of the 2018 Transit has long since been known on our lot, with our team connecting drivers to class-leading cargo volume (up to 542 cu.-ft). The extended roofline (56.6-inches) and wide frame (54.8-inches) accommodates even the most cumbersome payloads; while customizable storage options (including integrated consoles and mounted shelves) deliver convenience. Hinged rear doors yield a 237-degree opening; while the low bumper valance and available running boards provide drivers with easy entry, letting them quickly step into the massive bay.
The 2018 Transit promises segment-shattering storage - allowing consumers to adapt to both commercial and off-road needs alike. To learn more about this top-selling van contact our team today!
(Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 10:49PM by Laurel Steele)
If you’re a Seattle commuter who lives in a public transportation desert or is tired of sitting behind the wheel in gridlock traffic, we have good news for you. Chariot, the on-demand shuttle startup owned by Ford, is bringing its app-based crowdsourced transit service to the congested streets of Seattle.
Crowd-sourced information is gathered through the Chariot app. As people share their desired pickup points, an algorithm will create routes for where the service is most needed.
The shuttle is none other than North America’s best selling van the Ford Transit. This full-size passenger wagon can comfortably fit 14 people. Assuming each of these commuters would alternatively be driving their own car, this vehicle now brings the carbon footprint of over a dozen exhaust pipes down to one.
John Kwant, the vice president of Ford’s city project, calls Chariot a “fast, reliable, and affordable transportation alternative”. At only $4 per ride, this system is significantly cheaper than options like Lyft and Uber. At the moment, Chariot is only available for employees of participating Seattle businesses, but Ford plans to make the service city-wide soon.
Want to learn more about this efficient people-hauler? Check out our complete inventory of full-size Ford Transit passenger vans on our website or at our dealership.
Looking for a fleet vehicle that is truly worth its weight in gold (or any currency)? Take your pick from seven of Ford Motor Company's cars, trucks and vans. The spectacular seven recently won Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2017, which acknowledge vehicles that offer fleet customers ownership at the lowest, most optimal costs.
The seven winners that don the Blue Oval logo are veterans to the award, having taken them home in years past. They include:
Ford F-150 XL: full-size half-ton pickup winner (five times)
Ford F-250 Super Duty XL: full-size three-quarter-ton pickup winner (two times)
Ford Transit Connect XLT: small commercial passenger van winner (five times)
Ford Transit 150 XL low-roof van: full-size half-ton passenger van winner (three times)
Watch the F-Series in action below:
The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are handed out based on eight primary criteria: depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Their winning titles mean that the aforementioned Ford vehicles boast the lowest lifecycle expenditures across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
Along with other updates, Ford Motor Company representatives delivered news about the automaker's all-new Ford Commercial Vehicle Center program at The Work Truck Show in March. The program replaces and builds upon the foundation left by the Ford Business Preferred Network that made its 1986 debut as Main Street USA.
The modernized program encompasses over 670 dealers nationwide who are dedicated to providing commercial and fleet customers with proper service support, financing options and vehicles to fit each company's needs. A broad range of in-stock Ford commercial vehicles makes that possible, as does the proprietary diagnostic software referred to as Commercial Vehicle Tools. The program also offers test drives, specialized fleet vehicle financing advantages and more. Watch the fleet vehicles in action in the video below:
On top of that, employees of the Commercial Vehicle Center receive cross-training from the factory to ensure that all customers receive a paragon of service and support. Departments within the Commercial Vehicle Center also keep their doors open for 55 hours per week at a minimum.
Learn more about Ford's Commercial Vehicle Center program at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
Over 200 companies within Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program share in the automaker's dedication to amending its broad commercial vehicle family for multiple consumer applications - not limited to emergency services, school buses, motorhomes and more. The recent updatesto the QVM program, revealed at The Work Truck Show, build upon its established parameters for safety and quality.
The upgraded process (eQVM), which was preceded by the achievements of the Advanced Fuel QVM program from 2010, incorporates on-site assessments at each participant's location to confirm adherence to manufacturing, customer service, assembly and other component standards - vehicles modified by a Ford QVM that comply with the guidelines hold on to their factory warranties.
Developers for the eQVM program are XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids.
• XL Hybrids: Provides a hybrid electric drive system for Ford Transit, E-350 and E-450 chassis, F-250 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis; a plug-in hybrid upfit for the F-150 pickup is also available. • Motiv Power Systems: Services the Ford E-450 and F-59 chassis with an all-electric powertrain. • Lightning Hybrids: Available to the Ford E-350 and E-350 chassis, F-350 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-59 chassis is a non-electric hydraulic hybrid energy recovery system.Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
Ford's newly expanded Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program encompasses the development and installation of various hybrid powertrains, according to a recent release. The powertrains will benefit Ford trucks and vans, in particular. The program was revealed at The Work Truck Show recently to the approval of fleet and commercial customers, whose electrified and hydraulic hybrid work trucks often necessitate certain conditions.
As a leader in electrification, the Blue Oval also recently announced its $4.5 billion investment in 13 electrified vehicles within the next five years - including a high-volume autonomous vehicle, a Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, a hybrid F-150 and more.
“Ford supports electrification for a variety of vehicle types,” Richard Cupka Jr., Ford's sustainability and QVM program manager, said in the same release. “The eQVM program extends that support to the vocational truck industry where customers need relatively small numbers of specialized vehicles – there is no one-size-fits-all work truck.”
With the new eQVM program, three developers are taking the spotlight: XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids. All three companies provide electrification or hydraulic solutions for a variety of Ford vehicles that appeal to commercial and fleet customers, such as the F-150, Transit and E-Series vans and chassis, and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis.
Stay tuned to learn more about the eQVM program, and stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.