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Ford Super Duty trucks
No job is too big for the 2017 Ford Super Duty, a truck capable of handling jobs ranging from forestry to manufacturing and beyond. Drivers in heavy-duty industries can rest assured knowing that the Super Duty is best in class with regard to towing and hauling; muscles aside, it offers a plethora of smart driver-assist features for safety and efficiency on the road as well.

Although the standard Super Duty is more than sufficient for most towing needs, Ford also offers the opportunity for truck enthusiasts to customize pickups and chassis cabs; this special option guarantees that there is a Ford-friendly solution for every hauling or towing demand. In efforts to validate this claim, the Blue Oval recently let a handful of real-world truck drivers put it to the test, designing their idealized pickups and chassis cabs with all the configurations, engines, smart technology features and more.

Stacey Nelson, a senior fleet manager at Black Hills Energy in South Dakota, was one of the lucky drivers. For her driving needs - she oversees a fleet of 3,200 trucks - durability and value were key components she considered when building her dream Ford F-250 Super Duty. She selected the roomy SuperCab model with 4x4 and added extra features to emphasize comfort in challenging terrain and environmental conditions, such as a medium-duty battery and a rear wheel well liner. 

“The weight Ford saved and reinvested into strengthening the Super Duty frame should result in a truck that lasts longer and is more durable,” Nelson said in a statement released by Ford. “A more durable truck translates into lower costs for us – which we can pass on to our customers.” 

For Jack Mills, the owner of Pum Contracting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he wanted a truck with heavy hauling capacity that could still maneuver well. Due to the range of projects he manages, such as building bridges and culverts, moving large loads efficiently is essential.  

“My trucks are always loaded to capacity with the crew, their 
tools and equipment for any situation that might develop at a job site that could be as far as 300 miles from home base,” Mills shared in the same release. “Plus, they always are towing a trailer or piece of equipment.” To make his vision a reality, Mills picked a F-350 XL work truck with 4,340 pounds of payload capacity and a towing capacity of 18,000 pounds. The latter number confirms the Ford Super Duty as the top choice among fleets in the heavy-duty construction industry, given its market share of 48 percent.

And over in Rochester, New York, Tim Pope crafted 
a F-350 Super Duty that is fully equipped to serve the needs of Terry Tree Service, of which he is the CEO. The truck notably features factory-installed amber LED warning strobe lights for the fleet, which serves the residential tree care, commercial land clearing, storm disaster reclamation and wood resource recovery projects that Pope oversees. 

“We need the 11,400-pound GVWR rating to transport tools and equipment for our job sites, and we chose the transfer case and fuel tank skid plates for our off-road, right-of-way work,” Pope says in the same release. Thanks to the variety of features that Ford offers for its Super Duty trucks and beyond, it's no wonder that Ford Super Duty is the top pickup choice among fleets in the forestry industry.

Learn more and see how you can customize your own Super Duty at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. 
Break away from the ordinary with the 2017 Ford Escape. The sleek SUV turns heads on the streets, but it doesn't shy away from heavy lifting, either. Whereas other vehicles have beauty without brawn, representatives of the Blue Oval made it a point to give the Escape some muscle. The result: a sports utility vehicle that can take on large loads without sacrificing design aesthetic.

Catch the Escape on the road in the video below:


 

Drivers and Ford enthusiasts can primarily attribute the Escape's strength to its extra size and power; however, the extent of its power depends on which engine one selects. There are three options available, which provide buyers with a few variations for a more customized driving experience that is tailored to one's needs.

The standard engine, a 2.5L I-4, can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds - a number that many consumers will find suitable for their everyday excursions.

For drivers requiring a bit more heft, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine enables up to 2,000 pounds of towing power, while also providing the best fuel economy available for the 2017 Escape.

Drivers with significant towing needs, though, will gravitate towards the 2.0L EcoBoost engine, which tops out at 3,500 pounds of maximum trailer weight. It's ideal for those with tougher towing jobs on tap, although any of the three engines are powerful in their own right.

Whether you're interested in pulling a small trailer, a BMX bike or two, or more, the Escape can take on a plethora of towing challenges with ease - all while giving drivers increased fuel economy. Drivers can even reach 30 MPG on the highway!

On top of that, the Escape comes with front-wheel drive; turbos have the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive. As CarandDriver.com reports, "With athletic looks and a quiet, stylish interior, the Escape distinguishes itself in a crowd of small crossovers." Coupled with stellar towing capacity, it's a paragon amongst crossover vehicles - see for yourself at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.

Ford, National FFA Organization and Discovery Education Inspire Agriculture Leaders of the Future

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(Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 12:00PM )
FFA students with an F-Series TruckIn joint efforts to cultivate new ideas and promote growth, Ford recently partnered up with the National FFA Organization and Discovery Education to provide more than 54,000 students nationwide the inside scoop on Ford's engineering and design efforts for the future.

Specifically, the occasion demonstrated how the Blue Oval is crafting its F-Series trucks to meet the needs of agriculture customers. Participating students were able to observe how Ford's F-150 and Super Duty trucks are built and tested to increase farmer productivity; a virtual field trip also provided attendees with introductions to Ford truck designers and engineers. A live stream of the event ensured that students nationwide could join in; over 1,000 classrooms tuned into the stream.

The collaboration wasn't Ford's first foray into the realm of agriculture. They have been a sponsor of the National FFA since 1948 and, perhaps most notably, has sponsored Built Ford Tough scholarships for prospective farmers. Ford's investment recognizes what consumers demand - agriculture and livestock industries are representative of markets where the F-Series has the highest level of reputability, compared to other trucks' 40 percent of farmworkers drive F-150 trucks and 36 percent use Super Duty trucks to carry out their daily jobs, as cited by a Ford release that references IHS data.  

Doug Scott, Ford's truck group marketing manager, expressed his enthusiasm for the event in the same release. “We were excited to undertake this new opportunity with FFA and Discovery Education,” he said. "What better way to demonstrate the power and capability of F-Series trucks, and the customer leadership Ford owns, than through the hands and eyes of our future toughest employees and customers.”

Learn more about how Ford's giving back and paving the way for tomorrow's leaders by visiting Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.

After evaluating 40 vehicles in October and November, WardsAuto.com awarded the 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 powering Ford Focus RS with the 2017 10 Best Engines award. This year marks the first time that a specially engineered engine has taken home a prize in the revered competition, and for good reason. With 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane fuel, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is a force not easily reckoned with, and offers even more to customers than meets the eye. 

Thanks to a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that makes its debut, engine output is powerful and swift. A larger compressor wheel also provides a greater amount of airflow throughout the rev range, which enables the Focus RS to accelerate from 0-62 mpg in a mere 4.7 seconds. Four drive mode options are also available for the hot hatch, not to mention the groundbreaking Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring that surpasses competitors in cornering speed.

Watch the Focus RS take it to the streets in the video below:



WardsAuto.com editors analyzed award contenders by "driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend roadtrips," according to Tom Murphy for the website. 

Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington is the perfect place to test-drive a Focus RS. Stop by and take a spin today!

Ford Mustang Convertible, Ford C-Max Energi Place on AutoGuide.com's Most Loved Cars in America 2016 List

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(Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 12:00PM )
There are plenty of reports and indexes available that assign cars various scores in relation to price, fuel efficiency, environmental friendliness and more. But sometimes, a score for something more abstract is necessary. Enter Strategic Vision, which recently released its Customer Love Index for 2016. Picking up on consumers' underlying desire - to purchase or lease a vehicle they simply love, specs and prices aside - Strategic Vision compiled an end-of-year list suited for consumers caught in the throes of their next buying decision. 

Since quantifying love is no easy feat, Strategic Vision analyzes five measurements to determine its rankings: Total Quality Impact, Total Value Index, Vehicle Emotional Delivery, Overall Feelings and Advocacy. As stated by Jason Siu on AutoGuide.com, "It compiles data from over 120 different aspects of the ownership experience on a scale that ranges from 1 (I Hate It) to 7 (I Love It) with 4 (Satisfactory) at the middle of the scale." With total scores of 485 and 517, respectively, the Ford C-Max Energi and the droptop Ford Mustang placed on the list in their respective categories. 

The Ford C-Max Energi took the title for the Small Alternative Powertrain Car. With its 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid Engine and Electronic Continuously Variable (e-CVT), as well as a five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, its accolade was no surprise. Catch the Energi in the video below:



As for the Ford Mustang, its status as a beloved and timeless sports car arguably helped seal its position amongst the other award winners. But Ford's engineers don't sacrifice efficiency for tradition - with upgraded features such as a 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission with paddle shifters - which allow drivers to override automatic operation and experience the feel of a manual, while maintaining control over gear selection - newer models of the stallion are equipped for modern driving in style. 

Don't miss your opportunity to test-drive both the Ford C-Max Energi and the Mustang. Come by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
Ford V10 gas engineIt takes one of the nation's most renowned automakers to power one of the nation's most renowned parades. For today's Rose Parade, which helps kick off the new year on a high and jubilant note, Ford Motor Company's 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine is doing the heavy work to ensure that the Lucy Pet Products 2017 Rose Parade float - the longest and heaviest in parade history - cruises through the parade route in style. 

The V10 gasoline engine is only fitting for a float of this magnitude; it's a highly proven engine that has made a reputation for its towing and hauling power and efficiency. Although the Lucy Pet Products float is making its debut at the parade, its record-breaking numbers have already given it a preceding reputation. The florally decorated float measures over 125 feet long and weighs over 137,000 pounds, featuring eight dogs surfing on actual waves. To create the jaw-dropping effect, a special mobile wave machine within a 5,000-gallon water tank works to generate the motion of the ocean. Given its sheer size and heft, it's only fitting that Ford' 6.8-liter V10 gas engine and heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission does the job. The engine is also found in the Blue Oval's F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks.

According to Kevin Koester, the marketing manager of Ford's medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet, “Ford is proud to power the world’s longest and heaviest parade float. As the U.S. commercial vehicle sales leader for 31 years, we’ve seen a lot of applications for our vehicles – but hauling the world’s longest, heaviest parade float certainly stands out." He continues in a statement released by Ford, “ With the broadest line of commercial vehicles available, Ford has you covered, whether you need a truck to haul soda, sand or surfing dogs.”

The engine that takes the spotlight in today's parade also boasts 320 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of 
torque, and is a testament to Ford's dedication to making waves in the automotive industry. The Blue Oval is the only automaker to offer a gasoline-powered engine in the medium-duty truck category. 

Learn more about Ford's engines by visiting our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
Ford sales increased in November.As a result of increasing demand for passenger cars and SUVs, bolstered by strong commercial vehicle sales, Ford's total vehicle sales in Europe for January through November came in at their highest since 2009.  In total, Ford's vehicle sales increased by six percent overall, up to 1,248,800 vehicles in 20 traditional European markets year-to-date for November. In the same market, November sales added up to 104,700 vehicles - a four-percent increase year-over-year.

Year-to-date, Ford's sales volume was up five percent total at 1,414,800 year-to-date across all 50 markets in November. According to Roelant de Waard, the vice president of Marketing, 
Sales and Service for Ford of Europe, “November was another strong month for Ford as we continued making progress towards increasing high-revenue sales, such as commercial vehicles, SUVs, performance cars and higher-spec vehicles. Our strategy helps build a sustainable business, strengthen the Ford brand and improve residual values.”

Ford's sales of passenger cars increased 2.7% to 948,900 year-to-date through November; the achievement marks their most successful first 11 months of the year since 2011. The victory is in part to the 274,300 Fiesta cars sold in Europe this year - an average of one Fiesta sold every two minutes. Representatives of the Blue Oval predict that this upward trend will continue with the next generation of Fiestas going into the new year.

In regard to commercial vehicles, Ford came out on top as Europe's number one brand in November; it also held its status as the market leader year-to-date in its European 20 markets. With 300,000 commercial vehicles sold from January through November, sales rose 17 percent, setting a year-to-date record for Ford CV sales. Paralleling the upward trend was the market share growth, which rose 0.2 percentage points to a record-breaking 13.2 percent total in November.  

On the sports utility vehicle front, 173,300 were driven off the lot in the first 11 months of the year. Compared to last year's numbers, that comes in as a 35 percent improvement. Performance car sales also climbed up a notable 67 percent in the same timeframe, with 40,800 vehicles sold; higher-specification Ford models also came in strong with a 1.3-percent increase year-over-year.


Learn more about Ford's numbers in November and the rest of the year - stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and speak to our representatives today. 
Ford FiestaReady to get the party started and ring in 2017 with sparklers and balloons? Don't forget about one party in particular - although it's best described as a Fiesta. 

Even though the Ford Fiesta isn't Ford's most sought-after vehicle (compared to flagship vehicles like the F-150 trucks), it's certainly not a small passenger car to overlook for the new year. The next-generation Fiesta is slated to become more popular internationally, in large markets like China and Europe. Over its lifetime, sales of the Fiesta have already surpassed 18 million units in Europe and has retained the title of the UK's best-selling car month-over-month for seven years running; both numbers are testaments to the Fiesta's success both domestically and internationally. And as of October 2016, performance lineup sales - of which the Fiesta contributes to - are up 73% in Europe.

According to Jessica Bishop, the brand manager for Ford Focus, "For decades, we heard criticism from customers that Ford sold its best small cars only in Europe, yet in five short years we've built a reputation [in the U.S.] for making very serious but affordable performance cars with our Focus ST and Fiesta ST one-two punch." She added, "Buyers now know Ford is committed to affordable performance."

Given that the Fiesta is making waves across continents, the next generation of the car will provide a refined driving experience for any car enthusiast. "For starters, the new Fiesta will become more refined, with additional safety systems and a more premium interior and infotainment display," Daniel Miller writes for Fool.com. But the real story is that Ford is going to make the Fiesta more profitable by reducing complexity -- probably fewer 'orderable combinations' and trim options."

Drive into the new year with the 2017 Ford Fiesta and join the global party. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!
Ford F-250With all of the new innovations that Ford's engineers keep rolling out, it can be hard to track and anticipate which ones will become standout trends. Luckily, the folks at Ford are able to accurately analyze data and confirm which technologies are at the top of customers' lists - and when it comes to trucks, buyers are more aware of and invested in efficiency-boosting features more than ever. Whereas basic driving capability was the primary concern before, now, truck enthusiasts desire more variety in exclusive technologies to heighten the driving experience. 

Now available for the first time with the Ford Super Duty truck series - which already ranks high on lists with 925 lb-ft of torque, 7,630 pounds of payload and 32,500 pounds of gooseneck towing capability - here are the top five class-exclusive technologies favored amongst Ford truck drivers:

1. Adaptive Steering - Ford's technology for towing enables trailer backup into a parking area simple; drivers will also enjoy ease with navigating narrow, low-speed maneuvers that normally require a great deal of steering effort.

2. Trailer Reverse Guidance - Drivers who are towing can now view trailers in action, thanks to Ford's SYNC screen that monitors trailer status on-the-go.

3. Adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation - Towing heavy? The usual grievances that come with towing are no longer an issue; the Blue Oval's new system intuitively helps drivers avoid traffic accidents using the smart engine brake.

4. BLS with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow - Drivers can better anticipate upcoming obstacles and traffic with this new technology, particularly in regard to tight spots and parking lots.

5. Lane-keeping alert: A strategically mounted camera placed between the windshield and rearview mirror helps spot accidental truck drifting.

These features and more, arguably, are contributing to the 2017 Super Duty's increase in sales in recent months - sales were up 24 percent and retail sales increased by 33 percent in November, according to a Ford release.
 Learn more and test-drive trucks from the Super Duty family at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
One of the many ideas submitted by Ford inventors this year.
With approximately 1,500 U.S. patents on record this year, the employees at Ford are kicking up dust with the rate that they're driving industry-wide innovations. Not only is the number of patents the most of any automaker, it's also a 25 percent increase year-over-year. Additionally, employees at the Blue Oval have submitted 8,000 new inventions in 2016, which is the highest number in the automaker's 113-year lifespan domestically and globally. That calculates out to a 40-percent increase from last year and a 90-percent boost from 2014!

The big numbers don't lie. Even more so, they reflect one of Ford's guiding principles, which is to promote innovation vertically and laterally. “We are living the innovation mindset in all parts of our business across the globe,” Raj Nair, the executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer at Ford, said in a released statement. “Our employees are delivering exciting new technologies for our customers at record levels. As an auto and mobility company, this is an exciting time, and our employees are aggressively advancing emerging technologies and increasing our mobility patents at record levels.”

Adding in 1,700 
patents in other countries, the total number climbs to 3,200 worldwide in 2016. Notably, one of them lays out a vision to equip autonomous vehicles with drones, allowing vehicles to monitor surrounding areas in real-time and detect what lies ahead of one's vantage point. 

Speaking to the patent in the same release, Tony Lockwood, Ford's manager of virtual driver systems and autonomous vehicle development, said, “At 
Ford we are fully engaged in the current climate where inventions and out-side-the-box thinking are being produced rapidly. Ultimately, customers benefit as we open ourselves to new ideas and advance mobility using emerging technologies.” Along with his colleague Joe Stanek, Lockwood was granted a patent for the idea.

Up until early December of this year, over 5,500 Ford employees have submitted invention disclosures; nearly half of that number were first-time inventors. Overall, more than 4,000 new 
inventors have submitted applications since the beginning of 2015. Bolstering the flow of creativity and ingenuity is TechShop Detroit, a collaboration Ford started with TechShop; the 33,000-square-foot workshop in Allen Park, Michigan provides a platform for aspiring innovators of all degrees to foster ideas, build prototypes and more.

As Ford's inventors and innovators continue to move their ideas forward, stay in the loop by talking to our team at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.