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Passing along instructions and standards for excellence to one person is difficult enough; sharing them with multiple companies is another. In alignment with its mission to recognize and spread sustainability practices, Ford is offering a toolkit as part of its Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) program for participating suppliers. The toolkit includes over 350 leading practices contained within categories for energy, water, air emissions and waste. Learn more about Ford's initiatives in the video below:


The aforementioned practices would take too long to list in their entirety, but include initiatives that range in size - like reducing compressed air usage in manufacturing, or swapping LED lightbulbs for incandescent ones. One notable leading practice, dubbed Energy Treasure Hunts, show suppliers how to tap experts in their own facilities as invaluable resources, resulting in a greater number of identified opportunities for sustainability. The Blue Oval encourages suppliers to share their findings and support the program's cycle of sharing.

“We are serious about protecting lives and preserving the planet, and sharing best practices with Ford helps further that mission to sustain the environment globally,” Jim Laney, DENSO's senior manager of Safety, Health and Environment in North America, said of his company's participation in the PACE program.

Of course, since Ford is a pioneer amongst automakers for sustainability practices, PACE is only one cog in the chain. Ford's overall strategy also encompasses human rights initiatives, working conditions and more. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!

With the debut of its Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE), Ford Motor Company is reinforcing its long-lasting commitment to ethical practices and sustainability.

The PACE program serves to share Ford's pioneering sustainability practices with its global chain of suppliers. More specifically, the program's tools include assets to help suppliers increase their efficiency of water and energy consumption, as well as cut down on waste and carbon dioxide emissions. Learn more about Ford's sustainability initiatives in the video below:



Through the program, suppliers are able to better track and achieve their goals for sustainability - as of now, participating suppliers are already slated to conserve 550 million gallons of water over the next five years! On top of that, research collected in 2016 indicates that carbon emissions from participating PACE suppliers may be reduced by approximately 500,000 metric tons globally over the same time span.

“As a company, it’s important that we make quality products and minimize the impact on the environment by doing things the right way,” Mary Wroten, the senior manager of Ford Supply Chain Sustainability, said.

Stay tuned for more information on Ford's PACE program, and visit our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
2017 Ford Motor Company vehicles for sale seattle washingtonFor the eighth year running, Ford Motor Company is taking a well-earned spot on Ethisphere's ranking of World's Most Ethical Companies. The list highlights companies that use their influence to promote positive change; Ford's 2017 accolade marks the longest streak for any automaker. 

The Blue Oval's position on the list is the product of a steady commitment to ethics, one enforced through various initiatives targeted at safe working conditions and human rights, the Partnership for a Cleaner Environment program, the sourcing of conflict-free minerals and more. Additionally, Ford's team also cultivates long-standing relationships with suppliers, going the extra mile to offer training and evaluations to support adherence to protocol.

“Strong ethics and corporate citizenship are the foundation of our business philosophy, which demonstrates to our customers what we stand for as a company,” Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company's Executive Chairman, said in a statement.


Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, echoed Ford's sentiments in the same release. 

“Companies we’ve honored as World’s Most Ethical take a novel response to the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations, and the geo-political climate. We’ve seen how Ford responds to these challenges, while still...embracing ethical strategies across the globe.”

Find out more about Ford's standards of excellence and ethics at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!


2018 Ford Fiesta for sale seattle washingtonTrying to make friends with your wallet? There's no reason to limit your car search to the 'used' section. Depending on which vehicle you invest in, it may save you big bucks year-over-year. Or, on the flip side, you may hold onto more cash initially, but find yourself handing it over for multiple repairs down the line.

But thanks to the good book - Kelley Blue Book, to be precise - prospective buyers don't need to do the heavy lifting to figure out which cars are solid long-term buys. After digging through their records, the team at AutoGuide.com recently compile a list of Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Own Over 5 Years: 2017. A short scroll through the web page rewards readers with a feature on the all-new Ford Fiesta ST, a sporty hatch that packs a lot of power into a compact frame.

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The Ford Fiesta ST is one hot hatch, offering a fun-to-drive experience in a compact package. It’s also the cheapest Sporty Compact Car to own according to Kelley Blue Book, with a 5-Year Cost to Own of $35,433," AutoGuide's article states. Rest assured that the low numbers don't translate to low quality, though - CarandDriver.com currently ranks the ST at a 4.5 out of possible 5 stars.

Learn more about how you can save money on your next car purchase at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
Ford Motor Company's strategic strides to emerge as a leading mobility company are paying off. Recent research by Auto Trader revealed that in the United Kingdom, Ford is ranked as the most desirable brand for motorists who are interested in the future of self-sufficient cars. Although full integration of autonomous cars into dealerships and roads is still on the horizon, the findings are indicative of Ford's current and future success.

As reported on TheSun.com, a UK news company, the results were derived from aggregated desirability ratings across 15 car manufacturers and tech companies. The selection aptly covers the majority of brands that have vocalized intent to deliver cars that are completely autonomous. Although 40 percent of the surveyed drivers suggested a lack of interest in driverless car technology, Ford emerged as the leading brand amongst the remaining 60 percent. 
Ford revealed its driverless Fusion prototype domestically in 2016, so there's sure to be more on tap - watch it in the video below: 


According to Auto Trader's Editor-in-Chief, Jon Quirk, the takeaways from the research are a sign of what's soon to come. 

“UK motorists picked Ford due to positive past experiences with the brand, which naturally led them to think positively about its delivery of cars in the future, despite drastic changes to how they will be built and, more importantly, used by motorists in the future,” he said. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
2018 Ford Expedition for sale seattle washingtonThe Chicago Auto Show may not rank among the big-name industry shows, but it certainly has its merit. Geared more towards the everyday consumer versus the driver with a palate for luxury, the show is arguably more indicative of vehicles' success with the general populace.

After attending the show, Autoguide.com's team rolled out their 
Top 5 Debuts from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show list; not surprisingly, the well-known Ford Expedition was among the winning mentions in the windy city.

As aptly summed up by AutoGuide's writer, "This people-hauler has been totally overhauled for 2018. Riding on a high-strength steel frame and featuring an aluminum skin, engineering enhancements that helped it shed around 300 pounds. Beyond this, the third-row seat has been enlarged for greater comfort and the engine improved." In reference to more of the nuts and bolts of the SUV, the Expedition also sports a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Together, expect to top out around 375 horsepower with 470 lb-ft of torque.

The new Expedition hits lots this fall, but don't be shy - stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to test-drive the Expeditions available today!
The recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show was a feast for the eyes, featuring a dazzling array of show-stopping vehicles. Autoguide.com's team was on the scene and, after assessing the new cars out on display, published their Top 10 Best Debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show list. Second on the list was none other than the new Ford Fiesta ST, staking its rightful claim alongside the Audi RS 5, Lamborghini Huracan Performante and other luxury vehicles. 

Thanks to its strong performance numbers and affordable price tag, the ST is the best of both worlds. As AutoGuide's writer noted, "Not everyone can afford an Audi, and for those people, the new Ford Fiesta ST debuted. It features a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder that delivers 200 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. We can’t wait to drive this one." Check out the ST's mention in AutoGuide's video below:


And with good reason: although the turbo motor is actually downsized from its predecessor's, the Blue Oval promises more torque and power with the ST. As stated on AutoExpress.co, there are also rumors that the ST can go from 0-62 mph in a mere 6.7 seconds, comparable to the limited ST200 model.

Learn more about the all-new Ford fiesta ST at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!

At the Chicago Assembly Plant - home of the Ford Taurus and Explorer, which are also available at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington - water sustainability is the name of the game through 2020, thanks to Ford's recently updated manufacturing water strategy. 

In efforts to increase the level of sustainability, a pair of projects were recently set into motion; the first increases the re-use of water in the plant's 
pre-treatment system, and the second integrates a cooling tower side-stream electrolysis system to eliminate magnesium and calcium. Water is typically used in vast amounts for pre-treatment baths, as do the cooling towers that are common at automotive manufacturing plants. In line with the strategy, the plant is currently developing new processes to re-use up to 90 percent of water that's pulled for the pre-treatment process. Learn more about Ford's initiative in the video below:


According to Andy Hobbs, the Environmental Quality Office director, Ford is one of only 24 companies out of 600 to receive an “A” grade by CDP for its water allocation initiatives. The Chicago Assembly Plant example is only one of multiple Ford applications of its sustainability strategy. 

Learn more and test-drive the Ford Taurus and Explorer at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
2017 Ford eco-friendly cars seattle washingtonYou can purchase the Ford Taurus and the Ford Explorer at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington, but their roots are at the Chicago Assembly Plant - a location that recently implemented efficiency efforts to cut down on water usage by 13 million gallons in 2016. Although last year's goal was impressive on its own, the best is yet to come. 

This year's water savings are expected to be even higher, thanks to the updated strategy that calls for an additional 30 percent reduction per vehicle in water use through 2020. Ford's updated strategy also includes a goal for zero drinkable water use in its manufacturing processes. The high standards speak to the Blue Oval's commitment to water leadership.


“It may come as a surprise just how much water automotive plants actually use,” Rhonda Turner, Ford's plant environmental control engineer, said. “Last month alone, we used 17 million gallons, so it’s really beneficial for us to find innovative ways to save water.”

Stay tuned to learn more about Ford's innovative plans for sustainability, and test-drive our selection of eco-friendly vehicles at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
2018 Ford Edge for sale seattle washingtonLooking for a car with an edge at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington? Ford's 2018 Edge SEL Sport Appearance Package provides the sleek style that many customers crave and more. The all-new personalization feature was introduced at the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show in late March. 

The SEL series' addition provides buyers with a sportier aesthetic both indoors and outdoors, with features like a cloth interior and innovative technologies that are raising the bar for modern vehicles. Overall, the package gives drivers more options in the Edge family, which encompasses the SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport series.

“Our SEL Sport Appearance Package on Edge is an opportunity to provide customers with a vehicle that meets their high expectations while giving them more choice,” Angela Canales, Edge's brand marketing manager, said. “Being thoughtful about design and feature combinations means we’re giving them the look and the technology they’re after at an affordable price.”

Although the 2018 Edge SEL Sport Appearance package won't be available until fall 2017, stay tuned to learn more and visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to test-drive the Edges on our lot today!