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November's SEMA Show in Sin City is slated to dazzle, based on what Ford has on tap for attendees. Out of the 50 vehicles Ford will show off at the event, a recent preview revealed that four will be notably modified F-150 models. The exterior upgrades are sure to turn heads, thanks to the aesthetic modifications that leave the models dressed to impress.

The vision of Bojix Design comes to life via the Ford F-150 SuperCrew, where the spotlight will be on its off-roading capabilities. In addition to a large bull bar and skid plate, the ride height on the modified F-150 has been increased by seven inches. Fox Racing coilovers also have made their debut. 

Hulst Customs will also be showing off their take on the F-150 SuperCrew, which is referred to as the EraThr3. Whereas Bojix Design felt compelled to raise the ride height, Hulst moved in the opposite direction and significantly lowered it. They also swapped out the SuperCrew's wheels with 26-inch wheels to up the 'wow' factor.

Another F-150, set apart by its 5.0 V8, is known as the 4x4 Lariat SuperCrew. SEMA attendees won't be able to miss its eye-catching features – Carscoops.com reports that it includes "flared wheel arches, custom wheels, a distinctive paint finish and ample room in the bed for BMX bikes."

The 4x4 XLT SuperCab rounds out the quad, with help from A.R.E Accessories. In addition to its 24-inch wheels and lifted suspension, the SuperCab shines with a luminescent gold paint job and grey accents, as well as a hideaway TV, charging station and storage system that can be uncovered by lifting up a canopy in the truck bed. S
ee the F-150s presented at last year's SEMA event in the video below:


Although SEMA is a trade-only event not available for the general public, you can follow updates during the event by checking the hashtag #SEMA2016 online. See the F-150 series in person at Sound Ford Washington today!

This year's SEMA event in Las Vegas, Nevada features a lineup of 50 customized Ford vehicles. Ford revealed the modified Fusions, F-150s and Mustangs queued up for the event earlier in October, but recently disclosed that a customized Fiesta and five Focus hatchbacks are taking the stage as well. This leaves Ford's crossovers and SUVs as the final vehicles to be announced for the event. 

Joining the elite SEMA club is the Fiesta ST, which was built by Tucci Hot Rods. The SEMA-ready Fiesta sports a custom wide-body kit, as well as an updated clutch with a Spec Stage 4 kit. Although the Fiesta's 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine doesn't have any tweaks, the body is lowered and it shows off a custom exhaust system and a Cobb Accessport V3 ECU upgrade. Check out the Fiesta in action in the video below:



The five Focus models on display are notable more so for their aesthetic upgrades. The customized 2016 Focus ST by Blood & Grease has a dramatic matte paint job, but still shines at the show; the 2016 Focus ST is turning heads with performance upgrades provided by Mountune. While the 2016 Focus RS by H&P Special Springs/Stanceworks sports rally-inspired imagery, the 2016 Focus RS by Full-Race Motorsports has an orange and gray paint job. Rounding out the group is the Focus RS from Roush Performance, which is customized with a new body kit that gives the vehicle an air of malevolence. 

Even though SEMA isn't open to the general public, the models that are in the spotlight are also available to view and test drive at Sound Ford Washington. Stop by and take a look today!



2016 Ford Flex Impresses with Dramatic New Features

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(Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Rooted close to the ground with a broad, sweeping frame, the 2016 Ford Flex demands to be noticed amongst its vehicular peers. Compared to its predecessors, the 2016 Flex leans to the dark side – drivers with a penchant for the color black have the option to purchase it with the debut Flex Appearance Package, which features a multitude of features in the same shade: roof, window sills, door handles, and more. 

But don't be fooled by its shadowy appearance; drivers are sure to feel enlightened by the Flex's other features, such as the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) to prevent hazardous collisions and all-wheel drive. The latter amenity is available with the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine and is standard on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost®option. Additionally, a six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission mitigates torque; the innovative technology relinquishes special control to the driver.  As Ken Chester Jr. States on PostCrescent.com, "This advanced gearbox offers the driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual control." H
ear a Flex ower's thoughts on the vehicle in the video below:


Want to see if the 2016 Flex is the right car for you? Take this vehicle of the night out for a drive at Sound Ford Washington today. 

2016 Ford Edge Allows Interior Features to Shine

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(Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 12:00PM )
For some drivers, the 2016 Ford Edge's name implies a sense of severity, suggesting that it is defined by what is new, sleek and innovative rather than what is welcoming and comfortable. You may not expect any of the Edge's secondary features to rival its most noteworthy elements, which include driver-assist technologies (such as Adaptive Steering) and the impressive SYNC® 3 driver-connectivity system. But beyond its stylish design and eye-catching exterior, one might be pleasantly surprised at the accommodating and cushioned interior that takes the driving experience of its passengers into careful consideration. 

Ergonomics are key, as illustrated in the seating alone – they boast 10-way adjusting capabilities and are crafted with perforated suede, which doesn't inhibit the built-in heating and cooling system that elevates an individual's level of comfort for both short and long drives. As Felicia Campbell reports, "This is not a bulky crossover, making it ideal for the challenges of city parking and maneuvering, but it is also far from diminutive, with plenty of space for passengers with reclining back seats and a generous cargo area." Additional features like the Cold Weather package, which is highlighted by a heated steering wheel and all-weather mats, warrant acknowledgment as well. Learn more 
by watching the video below:


Ultimately, thoughtful design and attention to both the fundamental parts and the bells and whistles help guarantee that every foot of space in the Edge is utilized and optimized in varying situations, whether you're hauling groceries or getting away for a few days. Check it out at Sound Ford Washington today!

Ford and BlackBerry Join Forces for the Future of Driving

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(Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 10:01PM )
In anticipation of its autonomous fleet, which is expected to roll out in the next five years, Ford recently announced a 'berry' sweet partnership that is sure to appeal to drivers. In conjunction with BlackBerry, Ford intends to develop a highly intelligent and secure system to propel the new generation of cars, one that is poised to accommodate the needs of the future. Leaders of both companies are aligned on the belief that connected car technology is the way of the future - watch Ford's CEO, Mark Fields, speak to the company's plans in the video below:


The partnership stemmed from the realization that developing equipment and technology in-house requires skill and manual labor, both of which can be more efficiently procured from external sources. By working together, the development process is streamlined and built upon an existing relationship -- as Reese Counts reports for Autoblog.com,  "This isn't the first partnership between the two companies. BlackBerry's QNX operating system currently powers Ford's latest infotainment system, Sync 3, among many others in the industry."  For this revolutionary collaboration, BlackBerry has stated its dedication of a team of engineers, which will work to broaden the reach of QNX and BlackBerry's Certicom security technology.

In addition to its fleet of the future, Ford also aims to have a consumer product ready to present by 2025. Given BlackBerry's publicly stated shift from the handset business to the software business moving forward, as well as its status in the autonomous tech world, the move to partner with Ford is a clear step in the right direction. After all, autonomous cars are slated to redefine the meaning of the term 'mobile device.'

Interested in what the future holds for Ford drivers? Stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington and speak to a member of our team today. 



Looking Forward and Back: New Backup Technology Sets the 2016 Ford F-150 Apart

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(Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Ford's designers are constantly looking forward and preempting new trends and innovations – but they know the value of looking back, as well. The 2016 Ford F-150, in particular, takes this sentiment to another level with the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature, pioneering a new form of trailer technology that puts power and finesse into the turn of a knob. Now, drivers can feel in control while making complex maneuvers in reverse.

This high-tech feature redefines the process of driving and backing up for truck drivers across the country, working in tandem with electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), center-stack screens and a rear view camera. Although the multi-part system can reduce vehicle speed – a trade-off for optimizing the levels of control and comfort in the vehicle on different types of roads – it's a small price to pay. The control knob is easily accessible and has the capacity to store up to ten different trailers in its system, expediting the set-up process for more than one conventional trailer. The technology is both user-friendly and trailblazing: Ford earned more than five 
patents through the production of this feature, with an additional 10 pending. Check out Ford's overview of the F-150 in the video below:


By utilizing the new Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology, drivers need not be highly skilled in order to back up a trailer in any scenario. Visit us at Sound Ford Washington to find out for yourself.


2016 Ford Explorer Picks Up Active Lifestyle Vehicle Award at 13th Annual Ceremony

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(Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Six-speed automatic transmission, seven seats, 23 miles per gallon – and now, one Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) award to boot. The award for the 2016 Ford Explorer is a cherry on top of a list of notable numbers that defines this three-row crossover, which picked up the Best Value - Family award at the ALV's 13th annual awards ceremony on October 24 in Chandler, Arizona. The program's panel of judges identified vehicles that best address the needs of buyers on-the-go, distributing honors amongst seven categories that include Best Value On-Road, Luxury Off-Road, and Green. The Best Value – Family accolade encompasses contenders that, according to Carspondent.com, are active lifestyle vehicles with three rows of seating.

"Over the past seven years, our athlete evaluators have included elite runners and triathletes, professional football players, surfers, cyclists, beach volleyball players and adventure racers," Nina Russin stated on Carspondent.com. S
ee it in action by watching the video below:


The 2016 Ford Explorer is also characterized by its 2.3 EcoBoost® engine, front wheel drive, and 290 at 6,400 rpm horsepower, making it an optimal buy for adventurers, families, or both. Take it for a spin at Sound Ford Washington today and see how it can take your weekend getaways and multi-terrain escapes to the next level!

Along with 121 other women, Kristina Schermer is using her role as a breast cancer survivor – and Ford Model of Courage -  to help and encourage women facing similar circumstances. The 28-year-old recently shared with Woman's Day magazine that although she was aware that breast cancer ran in her family, she still wasn't prepared for the moment her doctor called with a crushing diagnosis in September 2014: not only did she have cancer in her left breast, her other breast was essentially "a time bomb waiting to go off." With a wave of love and support from family and friends to carry her through the darker hours, Kristina decided to have a double mastectomy only a month after her doctor's news turned her life upside down. To preserve the opportunity to bear children in the future, she also went through an egg retrieval process before starting chemotherapy. 

Although the two years since her diagnosis have been punctuated with peaks and valleys, Kristina shared that she is grateful for the lessons that she's learned as a result of her cancer. "I've learned to really embrace where I am each day, and what I'm dealing with, and trust that just because things are ugly or hard sometimes, it doesn't mean they're not good. Because of my journey, I've learned to give more—to myself and to others," she said. Now cancer-free, she hopes to inspire and provide consolation for other women through her experience. 
To learn more about Ford initiatives in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit Ford's Warriors in Pink website today and watch the video below, You can also contact us at Sound Ford in Renton, WA and visit our website today!

An epidemic is developing of pedestrians glued to their smartphones and not paying attention to oncoming traffic. Coined “petextrians,” these distracted walkers put themselves in danger by looking at their phones rather than watching as they cross streets, etc. Rather than attempt to change the behavior of the masses, Ford is taking a more adaptive approach and utilizing technology of the future.

The Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection utilizes a radar and camera, scanning the roadway for obstacles that may cause an accident. Upon first detection, the vehicle will visually and audibly warn the driver and automatically mute the stereo. Failure to respond will free the vehicle up to automatically use the brakes to either prevent or reduce the impeding impact, as the Ford Media Center explains in a press release. 

Check out this video to see the Pedestrian Detection in action:


 
The camera is mounted to the windshield and uses a unique Ford algorithm to calculate the risk of impact and determine what type of object may be there. Right now the technology is limited to clear driving conditions in daylight at up to 50 mph. Over the span of 473 days, Ford tested the technology on 12 different vehicle models in the U.S., Europe and China. During that time frame, the U.S. tests recorded over three million objects, vehicles and pedestrians that could risk impact.

The technology will make its official appearance in the 2017 Ford Fusion with a North America release. In the meantime, check out the vehicles offered at Sound Ford with a number of upgraded technologies to make you safer on the road. 
ford transit van for sale seattle washingtonFord and Reebok are setting out to get the U.S. fit! With a 2,000 mile, seven week tour across the nation this fall, the FitTruck is taking Reebok’s world-class instructor network to several stops in the customized Ford Transit van.

“FitTruck embodies the idea that the gym is everywhere and fitness can truly take place anywhere – a city, a park or your own home,” says Steve Robaire, Reebok’s director of instructor engagement and global events, according the Ford Media Center press release. “Today, everything can be made mobile, from food trucks to retailing clothing and accessories to basic health care and beyond. It just made sense to take this concept and use it to promote something healthy.”

Fitness instructors on the tour include:
> Emily Skye – founder of F.I.T. fitness workouts
> Jamie Eason – co-creator of Lean Body for Her natural supplements
> Ashley Horner – bodybuilding.com female spokesperson
> Cory Gregory – Squat Every Day program founder
> “Silent Mike” Farr – powerlifting expert and co-host of the Powercast fitness podcast

The FitTruck stops include:
> Boston—October 20st-21st
> New York and Washington, D.C.—October 24th-30th
> Virginia Beach—October 30th-November 6th
> Raleigh, North Carolina—November 8th
> Charlotte, North Carolina—November 12th
> Columbus, Ohio—November 26th-December 2nd

If you’re not near the FitTruck tour, that shouldn’t stop you from working toward your fitness goals. Come by Sound Ford today and check out our line of Ford F-series trucks to get yourself out on the road for great hiking and fitness adventures.