With 214,695 vehicles sold, Ford Motor Company capped off the month of April with strong wins across the board. SUVs stood out with gains across multiple model categories - a testament to consumers' rising demand for vehicles that can handle varying terrain and haul heavy.
“Strong demand for high-series Super Duty trucks and diesel powertrains drove a $1,900 increase in Ford’s transaction pricing versus an industry increase of just $210," Mark LaNeve, Ford's Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, said of the spike.
Sales for the Ford Escape were up 7 percent in April, with 25,637 purchased; the Ford Expedition performed even better, with sales up 13 percentage points and 5,116 driven off the lots. The 2018 Expedition is available starting this fall, so its debut will be on the heels of strong numbers from the earlier months. Learn more about the Escape in the video below:
Meanwhile, the Ford Edge posted a six-percent gain, with lots selling 12,147 vehicles. Overall, Ford brand SUVs totaled 67,309 sales - a new April record.
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Not sure which Ford vehicle from Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington should be the next one in your garage? You can't go wrong with the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty or the 2017 Ford Escape, both of which were launched last year. The two vehicles were listed amongst 11 total new Ford vehicles that made their debut last year, as detailed in the Blue Oval's recently released 2016 annual report. The global launch of nearly a dozen new vehicles in one calendar year supports the company's progress towards becoming an auto and mobility leader.
The new Super Duty loses up to 350 pounds of weight without compromising its durability, thanks to a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and an upgraded, fully boxed frame. A 6.7L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V8 is also available for drivers who need the paragon of pulling power and torque. The 2017 Escape also offers engine power, with three engine options (2.5L, 1.5L EcoBoost iVCT, and 2.0L EcoBoost) that provide Auto Start-Stop Technology to preserve fuel. The Escape also has the capacity to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
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Ford Motor Company closed out February 2017 with a total of 208,440 domestic sales, led by a strong performance from Ford brand SUVs.
SUV sales climbed up six percent compared to 2016 sales, with 68,820 vehicles driven off the lots total. In particular, sales of the Escape reached 27,637 and Expedition sales also achieved a 48 percent increase.
The Ford F-Series also went up by nine percent, with 65,956 trucks sold overall; the numbers reflect the F-Series' most successful sales numbers since 2004, with reported Super Duty retail gains nationwide. Meanwhile, retail and fleet sales topped out at 134,576 and 73,864, respectively.
“We continue seeing strong consumer demand for the highest-series Super Duty pickups and the all-new F-150 Raptor, plus greater availability of 2017 model year F-150s,” Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, said. “This drove a $3,600 increase in average transaction prices for F-Series last month alone, Lincoln had a $2,100 increase, ultimately delivering an overall company transaction price increase of $1,900 per vehicle.”
Drivers across the nation have been crossing over to crossovers en masse over recent years, and 2017 is no exception. Recognizing this increase in popularity, Kelley Blue Book's latest list details the Most Popular Crossovers of 2017. Both the 2017 Ford Flex and 2017 Ford Escape grace the rankings, indicating their respective successes going into the new year. Watch the Escape in the video below!
With a 9.2/10 rating, the 2017 Ford Flex takes the #9 spot on Kelley Blue Book's list. The vehicle's status is well-earned, considering that it was derived from over 200 consumer reviews on the website. The 2017 Ford Escape makes #8 on KBB's list, earning a 7.4/10 rating based on 265 reviews.
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To the delight of Ford dealers, they'll now be able to sell and service every vehicle make using a complete family of parts, compared to the limited selections of yesterday. The newly robust variety is the product of Ford Customer Service Division's launch of its new Omnicraft brand.
Even drivers who aren't cruising around in an all-new Ford Escape or Fiesta will be able to benefit from Ford parts, thanks to the new brand. Overall, the greater accessibility to non-Ford consumers is slated to holistically increase customer experience, upgrading convenience, quality and more.
“Omnicraft is a significant benefit to any vehicle owner who needs parts or to have their vehicle serviced,” Frederiek Toney, the president of Global Ford Customer Service Division, said. “Now, owners of non-Ford vehicles have access to quality parts at a competitive price, backed by Ford and installed by Ford’s world-class certified technicians.”
Before reaching the new brand's final stage, Ford's team concentrated on the most popular parts - that is, those ordered the most frequently. Narrowing down the selection provided them with the opportunity to develop the smaller range of oil filters, loaded struts, brake pads and more at the highest caliber.
“Today, 1,500 parts numbers are available with plans to eventually reach approximately 30 parts categories and 10,000 parts,” Toney added. “We targeted the most requested parts first to provide our dealers with a solid foundation of inventory.”
Keep an eye out for Omnicraft parts as the brand rolls out to dealerships nationwide throughout this year. Speak to our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to learn more!
Now that Ford's sales numbers have been tallied and finalized, it's clear that the year 2016 was one for the books. With a total of 2,614,698 vehicles driven off the lots, the automaker recorded its greatest sales results in a decade; Ford brand sales of 2,502,973 vehicles also lock in the Blue Oval's status as the best-selling brand nationwide for seven years consecutively.
Contributing to the record-breaking numbers were sales of Ford's F-Series trucks, with a total of 820,799 sales that make it both the best-selling pickup in America for 40 years in a row and the best-selling vehicle for 35. Overall U.S. truck sales for Ford - including pickups, heavy trucks and vans - came out at 1,077,006 vehicles. This marks a year-over-year increase of seven percent.
For vans in particular, Ford sold 240,721 in 2016, a nine percent sales increase that also cements Ford as the best-selling commercial brand van for 38 years in a row. With sales of 143,244, Transit vehicles also increased by an astonishing 22 percent - see one in action in the video below:
Additionally, sales of 772,667 SUVs gave Ford its best annual performance since the record-breaking year of 2001. The Ford Escape and Edge also posted recognition-worthy sales for the year - 307,069 and 134,588, respectively.
Given the sky-high sales recorded for 2016, Ford vehicles probably won't stay on the lot very long this year. Don't miss the chance to take one home; take a test-drive 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.
When it comes to reliability, the trusted team at Consumer Report knows that Ford's vehicles belong on their list. In its latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey, CR recommended the 2017 Ford Escape under its category for improved reliability. As stated on the Consumer Report website, the recommendations are compiled and based on "road-test scores; predicted reliability and owner satisfaction data from our Annual Auto Survey; and independent safety testing." Get more details on the 2017 Ford Escape by watching the video below:
For those new to the survey, the producers behind it do their due diligence to ensure that it is a comprehensive and informative resource for any buyer. The CR team compiles detailed data from both their digital and print subscribers on over 500,000 vehicles, and goes in-depth on the multitude of potential issues that can arise with cars of all types. From there, the problems and quirks are segregated into 17 trouble areas, ranging from minor nuisances to debilitating needs.
After running the gamut that is Consumer Report's survey, the 2017 Ford Escape has emerged in its good graces - and for good reason. The newest model of the Escape features 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with start/stop capability, as well as upgraded safety features for less stressful driving. Drivers will also enjoy the improved handling. Interested in taking a spin? Don't wait - come by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today.
What’s summer without an epic road trip to close it out?
And the most epic of road trip excursions in our American ideal is cross-country, of course. What makes it even better? Well, Coca-Cola Journey (the global digital magazine for the company) sending two millennials on an exploration of America in a 2017 Ford Escape.
On September 13th, the Coca-Cola Ford Escape departed from Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. Aptly named “JourneyxJourney,” the purpose of the trip is to capture how Coca-Cola is deeply rooted into the fabric of local communities and American culture.
Customized by Motor City Solutions out of suburban Detroit, the new Ford Escape has EcoBoost engines that shut off when the Escape is at a common stop, burning no gas and eliminated tailpipe emissions during that time. When the driver releases the brake pedal, then the engine restarts automatically. It also features enhanced safety through driver-assist technologies and even a custom-fitted cooler housed in the rear cargo area.
This 21-day trek will be making stops in restaurants, national parks and visiting historical landmarks, with the end destination designated as Los Angeles on October 5th. The Ford Escape will transverse over 4,000 miles and make approximately 24 documented stops. Content from the trip will be published live via Coca-Cola’s social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.