Ford GT Supercar Revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed

On July 4, a new Ford GT supercar debuted at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Ford GT Mk II is purely for the track — not even road-legal — and comes in an extremely limited run. Only 45 production models will ever be released. The Ford GT Mk II is destined to go down in history as a collector’s item for only the most dedicated enthusiasts.

 

A collaboration between Ford and Multimatic, the GT Mk II was built off of the production version of the GT. The project was a case of automotive experimentation; unrestricted by either racing or legal restrictions, its engineers crafted the race car in a way that produces over 400 percent more downforce than its road-legal sibling. It also features a roof-mounted air scoop, front dive planes, a rear wing, and fender louvers.

 

Both the track-only and production version of the Ford GT supercar utilize a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. Of course, the Mk II’s engine is tuned for much higher output than the factory version.

 

If the Ford GT supercar reveal excited you but you’re disappointed you won’t be able to get your own, you can get another sporty Ford car here at Courtesy Ford: the legendary Ford Mustang.

Pickup Truck Maintenance Tips to Increase Longevity

We at Courtesy Ford want to share these pickup truck maintenance tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your vehicle for years to come.

Routine Oil Changes

Oil lubricates the different parts of your truck’s engine. This prevents friction from wearing the parts down over time. Old oil can become dirty, gumming up engine components and causing damage. Make sure the engine runs smoothly by routinely having the oil drained and replaced.

 

Check Fluid Levels

Other fluids besides engine oil are important, too. For example, coolant helps maintain engine temperature, so make sure it’s always full. Also make sure you aren’t losing any brake fluid and that windshield wiper fluid is topped off.

 

Change Your Air Filter

We recommend that you put a new air filter in your vehicle every 15,000 miles. Keeping clean air moving will help the engine running efficiently and last longer.

 

Tire Rotation

Keep the tire tread wearing evenly by regularly rotating them. Rotation switches tires around in a particular pattern to help tires and wheels last longer. This should be done every time the oil is changed.

 

Check Wheel Alignment

In addition to rotating your truck’s tires, you should have a mechanic align the wheels. Trucks are more likely to suffer from misalignment due to their ability to drive over rough roads at high speeds.

 

Bring your truck to the Courtesy Ford service department for routine maintenance to help extend the life of your Ford truck.

Ford Recycles Plastic Bottles Every Year

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A majority of plastics go un-recycled, leading to tons of waste with a harmful impact on the environment. That’s why Ford is committed to reducing plastic waste by recycling used plastics into its vehicles.

Ford prioritizes protecting the environment in many ways, from fuel-efficient powertrains to green-friendly factory operations. The automaker is taking even more steps to become a cleaner company by recycling 1.2 billion plastic bottles every year for use in vehicle parts.

Not only is recycling used plastics good for the environment, Ford recycles plastic bottles because it’s good for manufacturing as well. Recycled plastic is extremely lightweight yet can be surprisingly durable, making it the perfect material for the use in constructing certain car parts, such as underbody shields that reduce aerodynamic drag without adding too much weight to the vehicle.

“Ford is among the leaders when it comes to using recycled materials,” Ford design engineer Thomas Sweder said, “and we do it because it makes sense technically and economically as much as it makes sense for the environment.”

This is one of many ways Ford cares about the Earth, and that environmental concern goes to its many hybrid and electric vehicles, too, which you can find at Courtesy Ford.

Ford Mustang Lands Status of Best-Selling Sports Coupe In The World

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The title of best-selling sports coupe in the world is a highly coveted honor, and the new Ford Mustang has stolen the spotlight and claimed the title for another year. In fact, it’s the fourth year in a row that the Ford Mustang has earned the prestigious honor.

More than 113,000 were sold around the world in 2018. More than 75,000 left dealership showrooms in the United States alone.

The Ford Mustang was available in 146 countries in 2018, and more than 500,000 sixth-generation units have left dealer lots since it debuted in 2015. In total, the Mustang nabbed 15.4 percent of the segment market share.

“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair and the joy of driving like Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.”

The Ford Mustang Bullitt helped fuel the sport car’s fire by surpassing global sales forecasts by 25 percent. Now in its 55th year, the Ford Mustang continues to stand out with a nod towards the muscle car’s heritage.

Test-drive the 2019 Ford Mustang at Courtesy Ford.

2019 Ford F-150 Is One of the Safest Pickups on the Road

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While a pickup’s capabilities might be your primary reason for choosing a truck, you should also consider its safety technology and ratings. Modern trucks can be equipped with advanced safety features just like other types of vehicles. And, the 2019 Ford F-150 is one of the safest pickups on the road thanks to its excellent crash test results and standard safety features.

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its crash test results for the F-150 and announced that it was the only truck to earn the top grade — a “Good” rating — in all crash tests. Among the 11 pickups tested, the F-150 performed the best in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test.

“F-150’s smart engineering, plus the innovative combination of its high-strength steel frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body continues to demonstrate enduring customer benefits – from repeated class-leading crash test performance to best-in-class towing and payload,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing.

In addition to the IIHS test results, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the F-150 a five-star overall vehicle score.

The 2019 Ford F-150 comes standard with Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, Trailer Sway Control, and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™.

Test-drive the 2019 Ford F-150 at Courtesy Ford.

Ford Uses Self-Driving Technology to Help Small Businesses

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Self-driving technology is new, exciting, and has a lot of promising applications. Ford recognizes the limitless possibilities of self-driving technology and is working with a group of small-business owners who operate flower shops, dry cleaners, and a pet car shop in Miami, to see how self-driving tech can work to improve their business flow.

Delivery is an often-requested service of a florist, but many smaller shops cannot afford the cost of a dedicated driver. A clever solution may be on the way in the form of a fleet of self-driving cars that serve multiple businesses in the area at once.

The service works via a mobile application. When the florist has a delivery request they need only request one via the app, receive a notification when the self-driving vehicle has arrived, and then load the cargo into the storage area. The recipient then receives a call or other notification to go out and retrieve her beautiful arrangement from the vehicle when it arrives. The vehicle then continues on its way to another delivery, perhaps for a completely different business, like a dry cleaner.

The technology is still in the trial phase, and no driverless vehicles are currently in service, but the trials that are currently collecting data have been promising and the potential for this service to help owners of small businesses in a variety of fields is very exciting.

We’re eager to see how Ford will use self-driving tech to help business owners. Contact Courtesy Ford today for more information!

3 Winter-Friendly Ford Models for Your Next Road Trip

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Winter is a brutal time to be on the road, especially when the snow hits hard in Sauk City. Luckily, there are several winter-friendly Ford models that will help you navigate through the cold weather safely.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is America’s best-selling vehicle for a reason. This pickup’s strong frame and aggressive 4×4 drivetrain make trekking through the snow and ice easier. The interior is dressed for the cold with available heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control. You can also opt for heated exterior mirrors to prevent ice and snow buildup that impedes your vision.

Ford Fusion

Agile and ready for the winter weather, the Ford Fusion is one of the only midsize sedans available with all-wheel drive. Having all-wheel drive makes all the difference when you hit a patch of ice, an all-too-common occurrence in Sauk City. The SE trim was named one of U.S. News & World Report’s 10 Best Cars for Winter Driving thanks to its AWD drivetrain, heated front seats, and heated steering wheel.

Ford Escape

As a strong SUV in the Ford lineup, the Escape makes a great winter vehicle. Its available 19-inch wheels give you added ground clearance to maneuver through accumulated snow. The Ford Escape also comes with AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ to help give you added control and slow the vehicle down in icy road conditions.

Take any of these winter-friendly Ford vehicles on a test drive when you stop by Courtesy Ford in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

Local Things To Do In Sauk City

If you’re a resident of Wisconsin, chances are you aren’t afraid of a little snow and ice; in fact, Sauk City is one of the biggest destinations in the state for snowmobilers, and nearby Indian Lake County Park is popular even in winter. Still, it helps to have some local things to do in mind when you want to ward off the winter blues.

Go On a Mini Cheese Tour

Sauk City, Prairie du Sac, and other nearby cities are part of the “Wisconsin Cheese Tour.” In Sauk City, head to Carr Valley Cheese for awesome artisan cheeses. Cedar Grove Cheese over in Plain also features an excellent selection, and you can round it out with some wine from Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac.

Ride a Snowmobile to Green Acres

Green Acres is a popular “supper club,” a dining establishment that doubles as a social club. With a bar and a broad selection of different menu items at different price points, it’s appealing for a variety of moods and events. Try the specialties, like prime rib or fish fry.

Indian Lake County Park

Snow can make a beautiful backdrop to nature’s scenery, so why not bundle up and head to Indian Lake County Park? There’s even a segment of the popular “Ice Age trail” here, which extends 1,100 miles across the entire state.

If you need a vehicle to keep up with your winter adventures, contact the team at Courtesy Ford.

New Ford Vehicles Will Feature 5G Technology by 2022

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New Ford vehicles bring more innovative technologies to the road than any other competitor. Ford Motor Company recently announced an ambitious plan: bring 5G technology to every new Ford vehicle by 2022. The cellular technology will allow the vehicle to communicate with infrastructure, businesses, other vehicles, and more.

Ford’s cellular vehicle-to-everything connection, called C-V2X, will play a major role in how self-driving vehicles operate. With autonomous vehicles expected to take the roads by storm within the next decade, Ford is looking to remain on the cutting edge of technology.

5G connectivity could help drivers with day-to-day activities, such as navigating four-way stops. Traffic lights could be equipped with technology that warns vehicles when the signal is about to change. Road signs could inform vehicles and drivers of upcoming construction zones. If everything goes wrong and a properly equipped vehicle is involved in an accident, it could alert oncoming vehicles.

“C-V2X could complement these systems in ways similar to how our sense of hearing complements our vision to improve our ability to operate in a complex world,” wrote Don Butler, executive director of Ford’s connected vehicle platform.

Ford won’t be alone in bringing the future of the road to light. The automaker will work with governments and industry experts to create an environment that can support new Ford vehicles equipped with 5G technology. We look forward to having these advanced trucks and SUVs at Courtesy Ford.

Ford Fund Christmas Charity Work Already Underway in Michigan

Ford Funds Christmas

The Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford’s philanthropy arm, has already started to gear up for the holiday season through partnerships with hunger relief organizations and other local charities, bringing meals, gifts, and more to the 650,000 Southeast Michigan residents without adequate food.

Ford Fund Christmas charity work with underprivileged Michiganders has been a major part of Ford’s humanitarian work over the last several years. Ford donates large sums of money every year to hunger relief agencies, totaling $1.5 million this year, but that’s just the beginning.

Ford also organizes the Ford Volunteer Corps, which this year is made up of over 300 Ford employees who will work with Gleaners, Fish & Loaves Food Pantry, and other agencies to prepare meals, deliver food, wrap gifts, put up holiday decorations, and more.

In addition, Ford works with the United Way for Southeast Michigan to launch 20 Ford Mobile Food Pantries that distribute meals to Detroit residents every day, racking up over 7 million meals served since 2010. Ford even has Resource and Engagement Centers in Detroit with their own food pantries, which will host Winter Wonderland events and other services to local families.

Ford’s philanthropy goes back decades. Operation Good Cheer, which was started by Ford employees in 1971, donates Christmas gifts to thousands of Michigan foster children; in 2017, 6,400 kids received gifts thanks to the project.

We’re so proud to be part of the Ford family here at Courtesy Ford.