(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.
(Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 10:33PM by Laurel Steele)
When the neighbor of Steve von Foerster, Ford’s former Head of Engineering, called the cops on him for the early-morning rumbles of his Mustang GT, he knew he had to find a solution for the ongoing disturbance.
The growl of the V8 powertrain is almost as iconic as the pony car itself, so the thought of silencing it completely is blaspheming. But Von Foerster developed a solution that will keep you and everyone on your block happy. The industry-first Quiet Start feature - AKA “Good Neighbor Mode” - enables drivers to set specific times of day for when their Mustang GT should roar and when it should simply meow. See how it works in the video below.
In league with lawn mowers, howling dogs, and garage bands, revving engines rank among the most bothersome neighborhood noises. While Ford can’t silence the yappy chihuahua next door, it can help you be considerate to those living around you.
Using an active performance exhaust system, Quiet Start closes valves to dampen the sound of the 5.0-liter 435 hp engine at your command. Through smart technology, you can manually schedule low-volume time, so that early morning departures and light night arrivals won’t rouse your cul-de-sac mates from their slumber.
Learn more about the Mustang at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington or check out our current inventory online, which includes both new and used models.
Recently, we offered a roundup of the incredible power advantages the new Ford Expedition is set to bring to Seattle consumers. Now, we have more information on the wondrous technological improvements the 2018 model has in store.
Autoweek details how the 2018 Expedition is made for long trips. The Wi-Fi hot spot supports up to ten total devices connected simultaneously, both in the car and within 50 feet of the exterior. The sound has received a huge upgrade—upper trim models come stocked with the performance of a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system. You’re going to have no problem keeping your electronics charged, either, as each row of the SUV provides two USB charging ports and a 12-volt outlet (for a total of 6 and 3, respectively). Dual rear screens also support video playback to keep the kids enthralled.
There’s more on offer, however. While cool tech tricks are nice, your family’s security is of paramount importance. That’s why the 2018 Ford Expedition is loaded with adaptive cruise control that senses cars ahead of you and intelligently adjusts your speed. Also, an audio and wheel vibration-oriented lane departure warning system is featured.
Ford’s F-150 is already at the apex of the truck world, so it’d be understandable if the company were to rest on its laurels heading into the 2018 model year. But not so—instead, their acclaimed pick-up is set to get even better due to substantive powertrain and fuel efficiency improvements.
Left Lane details the changes. Firstly, the new base engine is a spectacular 3.3L direct-injection V6 that replaces 2017’s 3.5L. Despite the shrink in size, it gains 8 HP and 12 lb.-ft. of torque (a total of 290 and 265, respectively). “Pinch at the pump” is further minimized, with 4x4 models hitting 20 MPG highway and 4x2 iterations receiving 22.
While horsepower on the 2.7L EcoBoost remains the same at 325, there’s now an additional 25 lb.-ft. of torque for a total of 400. Thanks in part to the new 10-speed automatic transmission, you’ll receive 24 and 26 MPG highway for 4x4 and 4x2 F-150s, respectively.
Finally, the 5.0L V8 ups the ante by gaining spray-on bore liner tech and direct injection design. This yanks horsepower output up to 395 (a gain of 10) and torque to 400 lb.-ft. (a gain of 13). The 10-speed also makes its mark here, improving efficiency to 22 and 23 MPG highway on the 4X4 and 4x2 trucks, respectively.
With a burst of power the 2018 Mustang gallops from the Ford corral - revving its way toward Seattle and promising class-shattering performance. This pony-platform (anchored by a 5.0L Coyote V8 engine) generates 460 HP and 420 lb.-ft of torque. Its custom Launch Control allows it to blaze down the highway, achieving 0 to 60 in less then four seconds; and its 10-speed automatic transmission nimbly adapts to changing inclines. This is a true track beast.
It’s also fully customizable.
According to Car and Driver, the 2018 Mustang will connect consumers to an exclusive Performance Package - allowing them to increase the convertible’s overall capabilities and enhance accelerations. Among the included features will be:
19-Inch Aluminum Wheels - an upgrade from the standard 18-inch.
A 3.55:1 Torsen Limited Slip Differential - to improve torque and stabilize the rear.
An Enlarged Radiator - to increase air intake and reduce engine strain.
New Brembo Brakes - ensuring precise stoppage through four-caliper technology.
Sport-Tuned Handling - to promote better curve control.
These features transform the 2018 Mustang from fast to ferocious, allowing it to conquer the competition with ease. Seattle drivers seeking track glory will quickly earn a place among the podiums.
To learn more about the Performance Package - as well as other available Mustang options - contact us today.
Middling performance defines the light-duty market - with engineers fusing pick-ups with weak engines and rattling suspensions. Drivers, they assume, need nothing more; and no power is spared for any compact platform.
According to The Drive, Ford isn’t content to embrace current industry standards - instead wishing to bolster its new Ranger with powerhouse performance. A 2.3L EcoBoost engine is, therefore, anticipated, promising up to 310 HP and 320 lb.-ft of torque! This four-cylinder option will pair natural aspiration with a potential turbocharger, generating the same capabilities as the Big Blue Oval’s other beloved platform: the Mustang.
This will allow the Ranger to easily best the competition - including the Chevrolet Colorado (181 HP) and the Toyota Tacoma (159 HP) - and should secure the interest of every Seattle driver. No longer will the compact market deliver pitiable responses. Instead Ford is shattering the segment, and critics expect a towing capacity of more than 7,000 pounds.
The Washington highways will never be the same.
To learn more about the 2019 Ranger - as well as other light-duty pick-ups - contact our dealership today.
Could all-terrain performance pair with hybrid efficiency? This is the question posed by critics as they examine the recent surge of Ford Bronco specs - with all eyes flitting across the tentative inclusion of an EcoBoost engine. Will the EV market be forever redefined?
The ROAD/SHOW team isn’t certain. As they stare at the collection of Bronco details - which range from a 2.7L turbocharged V6 to a sport-tuned suspension - they find themselves wondering how Ford could combine its classic SUV with enhanced economy. The necessary upgrades would be extensive, requiring a full chassis tweak and the implementation of:
Automatic Start-Stop Technology.
Smart Gauge Monitoring.
.... and more.
Each of these features would have to be fused to the Bronco’s uni-body frame - and this could force Ford to replace its anticipated high-grade (heavy) steel with more economical aluminum. The entire drivetrain would have to be lightened and improved.
ROAD/SHOW admits that this is possible - but they remain unconvinced that the Big Blue Oval will trade its coveted AWD power for lithium-ion savings. This rumor, they say, is unlikely to become a reality.
Do you agree with them? Share your thoughts about the potential hybrid Bronco with us!
Don't forget to contact our team for further information about the new Bronco - including specs, pricing, and more.
The forecast proved hazy - with market analysts and media specialists dismissing the Ford brand. This year, they reported, would offer no value for the Big Blue Oval. Its shares would fall; its performance would stumble; and its line-up would deliver none of the much-needed sales. Prepare, they warned, for failure.
With the end of the year’s second-quarter, it seems those preparation were premature.
CNBC declares Ford the winner of 2017. According to its financial team, the company has secured a revenue of $39.9 billion - compared to the original estimate of $37.1 billion. Overall net earnings have soared (with post-tax profits reaching $619 million) and the market share has jumped from $1.65 to $1.85. This showcases a remarkable rise in an otherwise unsteady vertical.
What has caused Ford to defy expectations? CNBC notes that the 2017 F-Series - anchored by the popular F-150, F-250, and F-350 - has achieved a 7% year-to-year increase. This truck has kept the Big Blue Oval at the forefront of the American consciousness, delivering class-shattering performance (up to 12,000 pounds of towing) and economy (up to 20 MPGs on the highway). Drivers have made it the preferred platform for work and play.
This has led to a record-breaking year for Ford... with six months still to go!
To learn more about the F-Series contact us today.
There’s something chic in the distance - a blitz of chrome and sophistication, a purr of V6 power. Seattle drivers squint toward the horizon, trying to catch a glimpse of this lean little performer; and, when it finally rushes by, they go slack-jawed with surprise.
The 2019 Ford Focus has arrived... and it’s nothing like its predecessors.
According to Car and Driver, Ford has transformed its beloved Focus, delivering a sleek new style to the sedan market. Since 2012 this model has remained virtually unchanged, relying on EcoBoost power and best-in-class economy (30 MPGs in the city, 40 MPGs on the highway) to earn consumer goodwill. The need for a fresh fascia, though, proves undeniable - with the boxy lines and all-too-familiar colors no longer impressing.
This is why Ford has reinvigorated its design, fusing the 2019 Focus with:
Revised Lighting - slimmer LED and HID lamps will adorn the front and rear.
Raised Roofline - a higher arch will mimic the luxury market.
Sculpted Architecture - the four-door design will feature more defined moldings and side panels.
These elements will pair with an anticipated six-speed clutch automatic transmission to rev the 2019 Focus to the top of the charts.
Are you as excited as we are?
To learn more about the new Focus contact us today!
It’s a constant evolution - with every year revealing a new engine, a redefined chassis. Each automotive brand tries to inspire interest through a series of upgrades, options, and aftermarket add-ons. Change is deemed essential.
The 2019 Ford F-450, however, seems to follow a different path.
According to Four Wheeler, the new F-450 will remain almost entirely unchanged - maintaining both its 2017 fascia and powertrain. While consumers may find this surprising, critics are quick to note that the current version of this pick-up delivers segment-leading performance, easily besting its competitors (the Dodge Ram and the Toyota Tundra). Why, therefore, would Ford try to improve perfection?
We agree. The 2019 F-450 will continue a tradition of PowerStroke capability, boasting a 6.7L diesel V8 (performance ratios should exceed 440 HP and 925 lb.-ft of torque). A six-speed automatic transmission will also pair with available all-wheel-drive, providing class-shattering towing: