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2017 ford f-150 seattle washingtonNeed a truck that can tow heavy? Set your sights on one from the Ford F-Series. The award-winning truck brand, available at Sound Ford, features a lineup that's adept for any number of towing scenarios, no matter how unconventional. Class-leading features like Trailer Reverse Guidance and a 360-degree camera system with trailer view - exclusive to the brand - make it a standout option.

Petite Retreats, a company providing unique accommodations, took those features to heart when they selected the F-Series as the truck of choice to tow the latest tiny houses in their selection. The houses will be towed across the nation using a 2017 Ford F-150 and 2017 F-250 Super Duty.

Todd Eckert, Ford's truck group marketing manager, believes that the respective trucks are perfect for the nationwide tour. “With Super Duty’s best-in-class 925 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 32,500 pounds of towing, plus F-150 with its segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission mated to an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that helps deliver best-in-class EPA-estimated gas fuel efficiency, F-Series trucks own towing,” he said. And it's a good thing, since the two Petite Retreats are over 9,000 and 12,000 pounds.

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The Blue Oval's F-Series trucks are on the lot at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and ready to go. Come by and find the perfect new or used truck for you today - from F-150 classics to Super Duty behemoths, you can't go wrong with the Series. For that reason, Kelley Blue Book recently awarded the Ford F-Series its 2017 Brand Image award for the fourth consecutive year.

KBB Brand Image Award recipients are based on annual perception data aggregated from new-car buyers. The Ford F-150 truck, in particular, skewed the Blue Book judges' favor with its best-in-class towing, purpose-built cab, state-of-the-art technology, payload capacity and more. Watch more below!



“Superior product lineups and compelling marketing communications from automakers continue to influence consumer opinion, driving interest in particular brands, and, most importantly, positively affecting vehicle consideration,” Rick Wainschel, the vice president of customer analytics and insights for Kelley Blue Book, said. Ford's truck group marketing manager, Tom Eckert, also added that the recognition is indicative of the brand's dedication to providing what customers truly need and want: strong, capable and smart trucks.

Bring home your next Ford F-Series truck from Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
2018 Ford F-150 for sale seattle washingtonFord 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.”

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They say there's safety in numbers. With the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2, the number five - which represents the truck's crash star rating - holds especially true. Thanks to the Blue Oval's expert engineering, the F-250 recently earned the notable rating; five stars is the government's highest score possible. The accolade reinforces the F-250's reputation within the Super Duty family as the most capable, smart and tough truck yet.

Not feeling starry-eyed about the F-250 just yet? Consider that the 2017 F-Series Super Duty stands alone as the only heavy-duty pickup truck to claim ownership of the highest safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With its sturdy design, innovative materials and top-of-the-line safety features, the 2017 model also picked up five-star overall vehicle scores in the agency's New Car Assessment Program and for frontal driver crash tests. It also maintained its five-star ratings for both the front and rear. Catch a SEMA preview of the F-250 in the video below:



Contrary to assumption, the Super Duty's superiority against potential road threats isn't due to a weight advantage. In fact, Ford improved the Super Duty's performance by enabling up to 350 pounds of weight savings, thanks to high-strength aluminum alloy that's incorporated in the box and body. The material decreases weight without sacrificing effectiveness; if anything, it improves the truck's protective capacity.  

There's no need to 'weight' - come by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and take a spin in the Super Duty trucks currently available.
Ford's U.S. sales hit 120,400 vehicles in January 2017, rounding out the first month of the new year with a six-percent increase.

January sales of the F-Series, in particular, totaled 57,995 trucks, which was an increase of 13 percent overall and 19 percent at retail. Considering its gains across all regions, it's no surprise that last month was the best sales start since 2004 for the F-Series. It was further reinforced by retail sales of the Super Duty and F-150. Watch the F-150 in one of Ford's newest videos below:



“The new year brought strong consumer demand for F-Series, Lincoln and record SUV sales, especially high-end models,” Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, commented. “This drove near-record company average transaction prices for Ford, up $2,500 versus a year ago and far outpacing the overall January industry increase of $550.”

Meanwhile, Ford brand SUV sales weren't far behind, with retail sales that climbed up 11 percent in January. The double-digit percent increase drove overall SUV sales higher by six percent - with 53,224 vehicles driven off the lots - and contributed to the best-ever start for Ford SUVs overall.

Didn't make it to the lot in January? Our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington are here and ready to assist you. Come by today!
2017 Ford SUVsFord hit high sales numbers in 2016 - which were punctuated by overwhelming success of the F-Series trucks and Ford's SUVs - but its philanthropic achievements were worthy of merit as well. Combined, Ford and Lincoln dealers nationwide contributed over $100 million and 800,000 hours last year in support of local nonprofits and causes; the final numbers were reported in Ford Motor Company's survey on Dealer Giving, which is distributed annually.

The survey's timing couldn't have been better. Its release aligns perfectly with the 17th-annual Salute to Dealers Awards, which is being delivered in New Orleans at the 
2017 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo. 

According to the survey, almost 80 percent of dealers reported that their teams gave money and time to local causes; the majority of dealers also reported that giving back to their communities is ingrained in their dealership tradition and company culture. The dealerships' support ranges from environmental issues to children's charities, to disaster relief and more.

Stay tuned to learn more about this year's Salute to Dealers Award recipients, and visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to find out how Ford makes giving back a priority.

Drive Down Memory Lane and See Why the Ford F-Series Has Maintained Its Best-Selling Trucks Status

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(Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 08:00PM )
This month marks the 40th consecutive year that the Ford F-Series has captured the title of America's best-selling trucks, and for good reason. Year over year, the automaker has put out upgraded versions of the trucks that continue to surpass expectations, pioneer innovations and set the bar high.

A short trip through memory lane is evidence enough. It didn't take long for Ford to identify that truck customers' consumer preferences were shifting; whereas the primary purpose of the F-Series trucks was originally to haul equipment and livestock, people began using them to address lifestyle and family needs as well over the years. Wasting no time, Ford released the King Ranch in 2001 and kicked off the release of trucks that fulfilled a diverse range of needs - all while maintaining comfort and aesthetic.

Delving into more niche segments, Ford also paved the way for specialty and performance trucks with 1993's special-edition Harley-Davidson F-150 and SVT F-150 Lightning. Only a couple of years after the new millennium began, Ford hit the 25-year mark as America's best-selling truck, and 20 years as the best-selling vehicle overall. Watch the F-Series in action in the video below:



The year 2004 ushered in the 11th-generation F-150, which received a top-down redesign; five years after, the 12th-generation F-Series elevated the game with some of the strongest visual cues to date. Not to be outdone, the 2011 model year introduced the brand-new, fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine for the F-150, symbolizing Ford's commitment to an environmentally friendly future.

Although the Ford F-Series has clearly made its mark on history, there's no sign that it'll decelerate anytime soon. Stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and test-drive any of the F-Series trucks on our lot today.
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. 

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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.

One could argue with confidence that the new 2017 Ford F-350 is both the best in show and the best in tow

Earlier this year, the Blue Oval announced that the F-350 Super Duty is the Heavyweight Towing Champion of the World, surpassing the previous title holder (the Dodge Ram 3500) by 800 pounds. With a maximum towing capacity of 32,000 pounds, the F-350's newest accolade certainly isn't one to take lightly - both in the literal and figurative senses of the word. See a preview of the F-350 at this year's SEMA in the video below:



Doug Scott, the truck marketing manager for Ford, summed it up with a superlative. "This is the best heavy-duty truck we've ever made," he shared on EquipmentWorld.com.  The website also reports that the Super Duty F-350's maximum payload is 7,630 pounds, and on the F-350 single-rear-wheel, the towing capacity is an impressive (and class-leading) 18,000 pounds.

The F-350's towing superiority is notably attributed to its modern and upgraded features, which help accommodate for challenging terrain and heavy loads. As Jason Cannon reports for Equipment World, "For 2017, Super Duty becomes the first truck to offer adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers, allowing truckers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed—even with a maxed out trailer load."

For truck drivers on the hunt for both muscle and ease, the F-350 offers perks that ensure both. While a centered stop lamp camera allows cargo box visibility - something especially useful when gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers are part of the equation - Ford's Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System utilizes multiple high-definition cameras to give drivers complete 360-degree visibility around the vehicle. In addition, the Trailer Reverse Guidance feature and factory-available trailer camera (a custom option) assist with trailer backup, increasing towing efficiency and safety. Further optimizing the driving experience is the Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow, a feature that's optimized for the Super Duty; it incorporates radar sensors in the tail lamps to detect areas beyond the driver's range of visibility.

With its unbeatable power and all-new features, the 2017 Ford F-350 is a paragon amongst trucks. Learn more and take a test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
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. 
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