Ford Research Team Focuses on AI and Robotics

Ford Research Team

Ford has been re-evaluating its goals and changing positions as the company slowly becomes more focused on technological innovations. Some of the recent changes at the company have resulted in the funding of a new Ford research team, termed the Robotics and AI Research team, which is under the umbrella of the company’s Research and Advanced Engineering department.

The announcement came from Ford Research and Engineering VP Dr. Ken Washington, who unveiled the introduction of the new team in a post on his Medium account. Earlier this year he said, Ford made a major investment in the up-and-coming company Argo AI, and Ford will be working together with the company in order to make significant strides in the field of robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Washington also mentions he expects the field to blossom within the next decade.

Ford intends to collaborate with Argo AI on two fleets of self-driving cars by at least 2021, and one of them is expected to be here in time for Ford’s ride-hailing services.

Who knows? Maybe sometime within the next ten years you’ll be seeing self-driving cars on the lot here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City thanks to the new Ford research team. Until then, stop by and check out our inventory of capable traditional vehicles.

Undiscovered Local Attractions in Southwest Wisconsin

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There are a lot of undiscovered local attractions in Wisconsin. Here’s some in our neck of the woods.

Norske Nook

In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Norske Nook is also known for their delectable pastries – featuring over 50 varieties of home-cooked pies! If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, go here.

Justin Trails B&B Resort

Want a staycation? The B&B resort adds so much more to the experience of a bed and breakfast. It sits on 200 acres of land, has a variety of cabins to stay in, offers hiking and golfing, and, in the wintertime is a hot spot for skiing and tubing.

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

The last few miles of the Wisconsin River are some of the most uninterrupted visions of serenity; how better to enjoy them than to camp out along the embankments in southwest Wisconsin?

Driftless Cafe

This curious, locally-sourced farm-to-table restaurant has an interesting quirkinstead of having seasonal or weekly specials, the staff changes their menu every day, posting their daily menu online for customers to see in advance.

Grandad Bluff

Climb 600 feet in the air to catch the sight of three states and the Mississippi River Valley. What’s more is that this bluff is a halfway point on a local scenic route, so it’s easy to find in your car for a day of cruising.

Check out these undiscovered local attractions near us here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!

Fun Day Trips in Sauk City

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Are you ready to have some summer fun? We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City think Sauk City has a lot to offer. Check out these fun day trips in Sauk City you can take with friends or family.

Wisconsin River

Spend a day on the water of the Wisconsin River. Whether you love canoeing, kayaking, or tubing, you can do it all here. If you want to make it an overnight trip, you can camp out on the river banks.

Bender’s Bluff View Canoe Rentals

If you don’t have you own canoe but still want to enjoy the river, this company will rent out canoes to you as well as give you a specific route to follow along the lower Wisconsin River so that you’re sure to enjoy the scenes.

Wollersheim Winery

If you’re looking for an adults-only getaway, this winery is perfect. It’s both a winery and a distillery, so if you’re not a wine person, problem solved! You can tour the winery and vineyards as well as take part in a wine tasting.

Cameo Antique Mall

If you love antiques, or really if you love shopping, this is the place for you. The Cameo Antique Mall is a large antique store with nearly everything you can imagine, from furniture to old books.

Hop in your Ford today and check out these neat places in Sauk City.

Ford F-150 Raptor Named “Best Pickup”

Ford F-150 Raptor

Fords knows what it takes to craft a remarkable pickup truck. That’s why so many of their trucks are bringing home awards. The Ford F-150 Raptor is no exception.

Every year, there are awards distributed at the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest. This event consists of multiple off-road tests and on-road handling tests to analyze vehicles for their ability and control on the road. The drivers of the vehicles in the tests were all part of the Northwest Automotive Press Association, so they were able to judge from firsthand experience.

“The pickup category was extremely tough this year,” said Tuan Huynh, NWAPA Mudfest Event Chair, Northwest Automotive Press Association. “Ford F-150 Raptor won the hearts of our members for its prowess both on-road and off over two days of rigorous testing.”

Because of this, the Ford F-150 Raptor was named the “Best Pickup” of Mudfest. The Raptor has tons to offer when it comes to off-road capabilities, thanks to tires designed specifically for rough roads and its improved suspension control.

If you need convincing that the Ford F-150 Raptor is a winner, then come down to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today to take it for a spin.

Ford Extends Shelby GT350 and GT350R Production for National Mustang Day

 

2018 Ford Mustang

April 17 is National Mustang Day, a day on which Ford Mustang enthusiasts all over the world celebrate the launch of this iconic, timeless muscle car. Ford took advantage of the festivities in order to announce something that’s sure to be exciting for Mustang lovers everywhere; the brand will be extending production of the current-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R models to the upcoming 2018 model years.

The 2018 models will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque that gives the Shelby GT350 and GT350R the kind of track-ready performance that earned it Road & Track’s “Performance Car of the Year” award for 2016. However, the 2018 model year will have some new add-ons like three news colors–Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray–and the option of an Electronics Package with available features like a premium nine-speaker audio system and Sync 3’s integrated navigation.

We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City were excited to celebrate National Mustang Day especially after hearing the news about the extension of the Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R. And, we are eagerly anticipating the 2018 models, which Ford representatives have said will be arriving at dealerships this fall.

How to Save on Gas

At Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we’re all about efficiency in every way. Today’s automobile market is full of vehicles with technologies like EcoBoost engines that help boost fuel economy. Yet, did you know there’s even more you can do to save on gas? Check out these fuel-friendly tips.

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It’s not hard to start saving on gas!

Clean Out Your Car

Those who use their trunk or back seat as a permanent storage facility are suffering from more than just a bad case of the clutters. Any extra weight in your car has an impact on its efficiency, and every 200 pounds of weight cuts off one mile to the gallon. Clean out and save on gas.

Check Your Tires

Just one under-inflated tire can decrease your car’s efficiency. Make a habit of checking your tire pressure every time you stop for gas so you can be sure they’re always inflated to the recommended PSI.

Use an App

Downloading an app like GasBuddy onto your smartphone makes it easy to find the best gas prices near you. All you have to do is put in your location and the app will tell you where to find the cheapest gas in the area. With handy apps like GasBuddy, there’s no more retracing your steps to find that lower price.

Tips for Off-Roading in Your Raptor

When the spring weather hits, it’s hard for truck fanatics to resist the call of the unpaved wild. There’s no better off-roading vehicle than the Ford F-150 Raptor, built to tackle the roughest terrains like it’s nothing.

The Raptor is the real deal, and if you’re interested in trying your hand at off-roading, we highly recommend stopping in at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about what it has to offer. When you do finally make your way to the trails, follow these tips for off-roading for a safe and successful adventure.

Come Prepared

Even the most experienced off-roaders get stuck sometimes. Push your pride aside and come prepared for the worst. Bring tools like a heavy-duty tow strap and an electric winch if you plan to go alone, plus a first aid kit just in case.

Know Your Path

One of the easiest ways to encounter a problem is through surprise. Make sure you’re well aware of what you’re getting into by studying maps, asking around, and even getting out of your truck and hiking ahead a little to scout the area.

Shift into 4WD Right Away

Don’t wait until the path gets extra tricky—turn on your 4WD as soon as you leave the pavement. This way, you won’t forget to do it later, and you won’t get stuck in the meantime.

Five Things You Should Do When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great option. There are so many advantages to this route, especially since today’s cars can last a long time. But buying used can be daunting, too. Before you start, you should be prepared for the transaction. Here are five things to do when buying used.

Buying A Used Car

Research Financing

Before you talk to the dealer about financing, do some research. Check with your bank and local credit union to see what type of financing they’re willing to offer so that you can find the best deal.

 

Research the Vehicle’s Value

You don’t have to take a dealer’s word for how much a car is worth. You can check that yourself, using a resource like Kelley Blue Book. KBB.com lets you search vehicles by their year, model, and condition to get a true estimate of a car’s value.

 

Look Up the Vehicle Identification Number

The VIN is used to record a vehicle’s history, which you as a consumer have a right to know. Use the VIN to search a potential vehicle on CarFax or AutoCheck, two services which will let you know whether the vehicle has been in any big accidents or any other incidents that could change its quality.

 

Have the Car Looked at

If possible, ask to have the used vehicle examined by a reliable mechanic. This will give you another opinion on how healthy the car is.

 

Buy a Two to Three-Year-Old Car

New cars depreciate the second they leave the lot. This means that you can get a car very close to new for a much lower price. Look for a young car at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to get the best value out of buying used.

 

 

Source:

http://www.clark.com/how-to-buy-a-used-car

How to Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day PartyAt Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we love any excuse to get together with friends. Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, why not plan a themed St. Patrick’s Day party? Here’s what you’ll need.

 

Food

There are tons of delicious, traditional Irish foods that you can use to build your St. Patrick’s Day menu. Bake Irish soda bread to accompany a hearty Guinness beef stew. Or, choose corned beef and cabbage as your main dish—with a side of potatoes, of course. For dessert, anything green will do. Serve the kids green cupcakes topped with rainbow sprinkles, but offer the adults a spiked Irish coffee topped with fresh whipped cream.

 

Atmosphere

If you want to create a fun party space, you can decorate with shamrocks and white calla lilies. However, if you have to choose just one thing to focus on, make it the music. If you have friends who can play instruments, invite them to bring their instruments along. Irish pubs are often filled with live, buoyant music, and having a play-along can bring that mood to your party. Otherwise settle for a playlist filled with Celtic music.

 

And Remember …

The cupcakes are green. The shamrocks are green. The only thing missing is everyone’s festive clothing! Have your guests dress in green and encourage them to go all out— green shirts, green beads or even green wigs are welcome. Once everyone’s together, start the night with a toast—Sláinte!

 

Source:

http://www.wikihow.com/Plan-a-St.-Patrick’s-Day-Party

New Ford Mustang Convertible Unveiled

If there’s one thing that auto enthusiasts look forward to every year, it’s the unveiling of the new Ford Mustang. They got their wish at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the coupe but the Detroit-based automaker wasn’t quite done. A few days later, the new Ford Mustang convertible made its official debut.

Like the coupe, the convertible will see standard LED lights and a customizable digital instrument display added to the equipment list. A refreshed hood and new fascias are also on the list of changes.

The Mustang convertible features a time of 10 seconds to lower the insulated cloth roof. Both version of the popular sports car go on sale in fall of this year.

The 2018 Ford Mustang will be the first model to drop the V6 engine since 1994. Instead, the popular pony car will see a performance-driven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 310 hp take its place. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will hold its spot on the lineup. All engines will come mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

While the convertible wasn’t around at the Detroit Auto Show, it will hit more than 50 regional auto shows throughout the United States. Keep your eyes open!

We here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City are pumped for the unveiled new Ford Mustang convertible!