If you’re a Ford fan, you now have another reason to love Ford vehicles. This past March, Ford announced its all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety system, which is “the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands.”
In the next couple of years, Ford’s state-of-the-art safety technology will come standard on 91% of Ford vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, allowing you to feel calm, collected, and confident while behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle. Ford Co-Pilot360™ is only the beginning of Ford’s commitment to innovative safety technology, as the automaker will invest $500 million in the next five years to further develop driver-assist technology and safety features.
Ford Co-Pilot360™ offers you innovative and advanced safety features that help elevate your overall driving experience. Among the features included are a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping System, Auto High Beam Lighting, and a convenient rear view camera. This suite of driver-assist technologies offers you comprehensive coverage while on the road.
The Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection monitors the road ahead of you, detecting vehicles and pedestrians in your path and automatically applying the brakes if necessary. At the other end, the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert monitors the road behind you and on either side of your vehicle, alerting you if there is a vehicle in your blind spot by displaying a backlit icon in your side-view mirror as well as using an audio alert.
To learn more about Ford’s innovative technology, the Ford Co-Pilot360™, visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
We’ve all had a long winter, so when spring begins to dawn and flowers begin to bloom, we’re ready to get out, explore the outdoors, and hit the road for some spring trips. Winter is tough on our vehicles, too, so with the arrival of spring, you will want to clean your vehicle, inside and out. Here are some spring cleaning tips for your car that we highly recommend.
- Exterior: After months of snow, ice, and salt hitting your car, your car’s exterior has seen better days. Give it a thorough wash and make sure to remove all residual salt, especially from the undercarriage, as salt is a corrosive material. If you’d like, you can use eco-friendly waterless car cleaners. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious once you clean the exterior, you can polish and wax your vehicle to give it a nice shine for spring.
- Interior: After months of windows rolled up and salt from your boots soaking into the carpets both the upholstery and carpets could use a thorough cleaning. Perhaps the best way to deep clean the interior is to use a carpet cleaning machine on both the floor of your car and the car’s upholstery. In addition, miscellaneous objects and trash tend to accumulate in your car during the winter, so clear it out and wipe down the car’s surfaces to get it feeling like new. You can even add a “new car smell” air freshener if you’d like!
For more cleaning tips and to schedule your spring maintenance check, call Courtesy Ford of Sauk City; our expert technicians will get your car ready for spring in no time.
Ford is moving into the future with a revamped Ford Transit Connect cargo van that promises to be more efficient, more capable and smarter than ever. It will be coming to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City late this fall.
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van will feature new and exclusive driver-assist technologies along with two new powertrain combinations. One of these will be a segment-first diesel — a 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel that is expected to deliver an EPA-estimated rating of at least 30 mpg highway.*
In addition to the diesel engine, there will be a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Available exclusively for fleets is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with six-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to its versatile engine lineup, the 2019 Transit Connect comes standard with a suite of active safety features including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Side Wind Stabilization, a rearview camera and Automatic Emergency Braking. Also available are the following features: Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The Transit Connect can also help you stay connected while on the job site with standard embedded 4G LTE that can provide Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.
See what the Transit can do for you at Courtesy Ford in Sauk City, WI!
*Actual mileage will vary; final EPA 1.5-liter EcoBlue fuel economy estimates are expected in early 2019.
St. Patrick’s Day is always on March 17, but this year it falls on Saturday, making it the perfect time to head out and spend the day feeling a little bit Irish.
Here are some of the best St. Patrick’s Day events near Sauk City. Please remember to line up a designated driver if your plans include drinking alcohol. Here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we want you to make it home safely so you can enjoy another St. Patrick’s Day next year.
- Patrick’s Day Parade. Head down to Madison on St. Patrick’s Day and watch this spectacular parade. It will step off from the Madison Capitol Square at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a raffle drawing for a trip to Ireland and other fun activities throughout the day.
- Culinary Dinner Theater. Enjoy a remarkable Irish dinner with the chef as the star. You and your friends get to watch some of the preparation and then enjoy the five-course feast.
- Whiskey-Paired Dinner. Visit the Madison Club on March 17 to take part in this whiskey-paired dinner presented by Liz Henry from J. Henry & Sons. The event will feature a four-course meal. Get your tickets early before they sell out.
If you want more of our St. Patrick’s Day tips, head over to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today!
Christmas may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to treat yourself to something new that will kick your driving experience up a notch. Here are some of our favorite new car gadgets that driving enthusiasts will love.
Bestek Jump Starter
One down side of traditional jumper cables is that if there are no other cars around, you’re out of luck. The Bestek Jump Starter is a great new device that solves this dilemma. This convenient gadget plugs right into your car’s 12V outlets so you can get back on the road even if there is no one else in sight.
Garmin Dash Cam 55
A dash cam is the best way to record all of your favorite scenic drives, and the Garmin Dash Cam 55 does just this in incredibly clear 1440p video at 30 frames per second. You can even use this dash cam to easily make cinematic time-lapse videos of your adventures.
Handpresso Coffee Maker
Especially if you’re often in a rush in the morning, you should definitely check out the Handpresso Coffee Maker. This little machine plugs into your car’s 12V outlets and fits conveniently in your cup holder so you can always count on your coffee being as fresh as possible for your morning commute.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect car for all of these cool gadgets, stop by Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to browse our lot’s inventory.
Sure, traditional car radios are great, but finding great smartphone apps can really take your driving experience to the next level. So, if talk radio isn’t doing it for you any longer, check out these great driving apps that everyone is sure to love.
While Google Assistant isn’t solely for driving, it is an extremely useful app that makes access your smartphone much easier while behind the wheel. With intelligent voice recognition technology, Google Assistant can change the music, respond to texts, search for directions, and a whole lot more. The best part: it’s completely free to use.
There are a lot of great navigation apps out there. HERE WeGo is a little different than the rest, as it allows you to download maps and continue to use them even when you’re phone is offline. This lets you stay on track without burning through your cellular data allotment for the month.
If you’re still popping CDs into your car’s stereo, check out Spotify to discover how easy it is to have unlimited access to almost all the music you could ever want. Spotify is a great music streaming app that can be used for free, though it’s full range of features costs $9.99 per month.
A lot of newer vehicles come with features ready to incorporate these apps into your vehicle’s infotainment system. Check out some of the newest models equipped with this tech at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
If you’re looking for new ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of unusual ideas for Valentine’s Day that will help inspire interesting date nights all year long.
Take a Class
Learning together is a great way to bond with your significant other. Check to see what types of classes are available in your community. You could find anything from swing dancing classes to painting classes to a class on gardening.
Instead of focusing on how you can serve each other, put the focus on helping others. Volunteering together is a meaningful thing to do, and a special way to spend time together.
Rather than going out for dinner amongst the crowds, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day within the comfort of your own home? It can be tons of fun to cook a meal together, and with a bottle of champagne and some candles, you can turn the kitchen into its own romantic setting.
Take a trip with your significant other to a local winery. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but you might just find a new favorite wine.
From all of us at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day!
When you live in a state like Wisconsin, you grow used to dealing with winter weather. You learn to drive in the snow and bundle up on the coldest days. But even if you, like the team at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, are well adapted to navigating in snow and ice, you might still struggle with managing the natural lethargy that comes with the season.
If you’re going through that experience, you can beat winter blues with these effective tools.
Get Light Where You Can
While we’re tempted to stay indoors all winter, our bodies crave the sunlight. If it’s warm enough to take a brief walk outside when it’s sunny, that’s a quick way to boost your mood. If the cold weather just won’t budge, try sitting by a window or using an artificial light from a light box to brighten your spirits.
It’s no mystery that exercise can help improve moods and increase energy. Just getting 30 minutes of movement a few days a week could make a big difference.
Plan a Vacation
Simply planning and thinking about a vacation in the warmer season can help you feel happier during the cold winter days. Get out a map and start planning your next warm, sunny vacation.
Listen to Music
You know what they say—dance like nobody’s watching. Turning on some upbeat music and letting yourself enjoy it in whatever way feels good to you is a great way to warm your heart this winter.
The cold weather doesn’t have to bring you down. Use some of these tips from Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to help brighten your spirits this winter season.
From oxygen sensors to the mass air flow sensor. You can improve your car’s fuel efficiency with these quick fixes!
One of the best ways to improve fuel efficiency is to get a new car. New cars come with the latest technologies, which often means they’re more efficient. But for those who don’t want to buy a new car simply to improve their gas mileage, there are multiple car parts you can replace to improve your engine’s efficiency.
According to Bankrate, improving fuel efficiency is simple as long as you know which parts to improve. One of the simplest parts to replace is your mass air flow sensor. This sensor regulates the flow of fuel, the ignition system, and even shifting. On older cars, the sensor can be inaccurate due to wear and tear; therefore, by replacing it, you can get better gas mileage.
Oxygen sensors (also called “O2 sensors”) are another way to improve fuel economy. These sensors keep track of exhaust before and after it hits your catalytic converter, which adjusts fuel injection levels. Therefore, when the O2 sensor starts to fail, you’ll lose gas mileage.
Spark plugs are important to replace if you’re looking to improve fuel economy. Spark plugs create little sparks to ignite the air-fuel mixture in your engine, therefore causing combustion. Because spark plugs are located near small explosions, carbon builds up on them over time.
These are just some of the things you can do to improve fuel economy. Not sure if you know how to replace the mass air flow sensor, oxygen sensor, or spark plugs? Visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City for a technician to work on your car.
The Performance Pack Level 2 will be offered on the 2018 Mustang GT.
The Ford Mustang is America’s favorite pony car, providing performance and styling at an affordable price for years. Recently, Ford introduced the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 to improve performance and design for drivers everywhere. If you’re looking for optimal power and bold styling, the new Performance Pack may be right for you.
According to Ford, the Performance Pack Level 2 will be offered on the 2018 Mustang GT. This package includes things like a low and aggressive stance, improved aerodynamics, a front splitter, rear spoiler, and a specially designed suspension. The MagneRide® suspension is made to be ultra-responsive, even at high speeds, providing improved performance on the track as well as the road.
“A passion to create something special is what really drove this project,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work.”
The new Performance Pack also has a new manual transmission for a better response, as well as a more thrilling experience behind the wheel. The Performance Pack Level 2 also has the same features as the Level 1, including a tuned chassis, Brembo™ brakes, and a TORSEN® rear differential, among other things. Stop by Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about the 2018 Ford Mustang.