Looking for a fleet vehicle that is truly worth its weight in gold (or any currency)? Take your pick from seven of Ford Motor Company's cars, trucks and vans. The spectacular seven recently won Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2017, which acknowledge vehicles that offer fleet customers ownership at the lowest, most optimal costs.
The seven winners that don the Blue Oval logo are veterans to the award, having taken them home in years past. They include:
Ford F-150 XL: full-size half-ton pickup winner (five times)
Ford F-250 Super Duty XL: full-size three-quarter-ton pickup winner (two times)
Ford Transit Connect XLT: small commercial passenger van winner (five times)
Ford Transit 150 XL low-roof van: full-size half-ton passenger van winner (three times)
Watch the F-Series in action below:
The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are handed out based on eight primary criteria: depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Their winning titles mean that the aforementioned Ford vehicles boast the lowest lifecycle expenditures across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
Over 200 companies within Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program share in the automaker's dedication to amending its broad commercial vehicle family for multiple consumer applications - not limited to emergency services, school buses, motorhomes and more. The recent updatesto the QVM program, revealed at The Work Truck Show, build upon its established parameters for safety and quality.
The upgraded process (eQVM), which was preceded by the achievements of the Advanced Fuel QVM program from 2010, incorporates on-site assessments at each participant's location to confirm adherence to manufacturing, customer service, assembly and other component standards - vehicles modified by a Ford QVM that comply with the guidelines hold on to their factory warranties.
Developers for the eQVM program are XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids.
• XL Hybrids: Provides a hybrid electric drive system for Ford Transit, E-350 and E-450 chassis, F-250 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis; a plug-in hybrid upfit for the F-150 pickup is also available. • Motiv Power Systems: Services the Ford E-450 and F-59 chassis with an all-electric powertrain. • Lightning Hybrids: Available to the Ford E-350 and E-350 chassis, F-350 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-59 chassis is a non-electric hydraulic hybrid energy recovery system.Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
Ford's heading across the pond to launch its multimillion-pound project, which aims to improve the quality of London's air over the next 12 months and beyond. The Blue Oval's initiative will work in tandem with its electrification plans, the latter of which serves to roll out 13 global, electrified vehicles over the next five years. Ultimately, the introduction of the new air project will help expedite the electrification plans.
Kicking off the project, which is supported by Transport for London, is a year-long trial of 20 all-new, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Ford Transit Custom vans. The uniquely designed vans are built to decrease local emissions, operating on electric power independently for most city trips. With a launch set for fall 2017, the project is part of Ford's dedication to collaborate with large cities internationally; the partnerships will all tackle local transportation challenges related to goods and people.
“Ford is the No. 1 commercial vehicle brand in Europe and it’s now going electric. Teaming up with our London partners, we will also be able to trial software and telematics with enormous potential to reduce emissions and costs in the city,” Jim Farley, the chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, said.
Ford's overarching electrified vehicle plan plays up its strengths; that is, its commercial vehicles, SUVs, trucks and performance vehicles that are the most popular amongst buyers. The new plan will upgrade the high-volume vehicles' capability, fuel efficiency and productivity.
As Ford continues to promote its EV plans, visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to learn more and test-drive the vehicles on the lot.
Detroit's Cobo Hall was home to the recent 2017 North American International Auto Show, where Ford presented its pioneering augmented reality programs that featured the all-new Ford GT, the 2018 F-150 and the new EcoSport. But Ford's presence at the Hall during the Auto Show was only the beginning. For auto enthusiasts with a penchant for innovative technology, 2017 provides multiple opportunities to experience Ford vehicles on a previously unforeseen level of immersion.
Whether you were one of the lucky attendees at the North American International Auto Show or a vicarious participant, the potential for augmented reality is enticing enough to warrant more than a single grand appearance. Hence, Ford's plans to debut subsequent attractions at Cobo Hall this year, two of which are the automakers' new self-driving Fusion Hybrid and a fitness buff-friendly Transit. The former, an autonomous development vehicle, will show off its new computer hardware and upgraded LiDAR sensors; the latter will wow attendees with its customizability and its muscle - demonstrated both in vehicle durability and by its interior, which is outfitted with enough fitness equipment to fill a gym.
Keep your ears open for more news on Ford's augmented technology. Until Ford's next attraction graces Cobo Hall, visit 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.