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.

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!

2019 Ford Ranger Best-in-Class for Towing, Torque, and Payload

2019 Ford Ranger

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Ford’s legacy for building tough trucks has helped make its F-Series the best-selling pickup in America for 41 years and counting. It will add to that legacy as America’s favorite truck-maker early next year with the return of the Ranger, which benefits from the same know-how that makes the F-150 and Super Duty superlative in their respective segments. It’s that expertise that has enabled the Blue Oval to make its 2019 Ford Ranger best-in-class in towing, payload, and torque.

“Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.”

Not only is that 1,860-pound maximum payload best among midsize pickups, but it’s better than any midsize pickup equipped with a V6 engine. The same can be said for its max towing capacity — 7,500 pounds when equipped with an optional Tow Package and a trailer brake controller — and its output of 350 lb-ft of torque.

It’s still some months away from arriving at Courtesy Ford, but the 2019 Ford Ranger has fast established itself as the top choice in its class. Given Ford’s prowess for building tough trucks, that shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise.

Title of World’s Best-Selling Sports Coupe Goes to Ford Mustang

World’s Best-Selling Sports Coupe

The Ford Mustang has grown to become one of the most recognizable vehicles around the globe, which is why it comes as no surprise that it was recently named the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the third year in a row.

According to Ford analysis, the Mustang saw a total of 125,809 registrations in 2017. This data, which was compiled by the government and captured 95% of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries, shows that the ‘Stang has pulled ahead of its worldwide competition.

“The world loves Ford Mustang,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet. It could be found on TV or the interior, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo.”

These 125,809 Ford Mustangs that were sold last year were sold across 146 countries. Of that number 81,866 were sold in the United States, which means over one-third of all Mustang registrations were in export markets. The iconic pony car saw a particularly strong demand in China, which boasted 7,125 registrations, making it the best-selling sports coupe in that country as well.

It also looks like the most popular configuration around the globe is the Mustang GT that comes equipped with the 5.0-liter V8.

Test drive the iconic Ford Mustang at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.

Ford GoRide Service Helps Patients Get to the Doctor’s Office

Ford GoRide Service

For some people, getting to the doctor’s office isn’t always easy. Ford is looking to make things easier for patients across Southeast Michigan with the new Ford GoRide service for non-emergency medical transportation.

This new service covers 200 health facilities, such as nursing centers and rehabilitation centers. These organizations can easily schedule and book transportation for their patients’ medical appointments, ensuring that each patient arrives at the doctor’s office safely and on time.

The program uses Ford Transit vans that will easily accommodate a variety of patients, including those in wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges. It also services patients who simply aren’t able to access transportation. You can even pre-book transport up to 30 days in advance, helping remove transportation barriers.

During its pilot face, the GoRide service delivered its patients on-time 92% of the time with wait times of only 10 to 30 minutes for on-demand wheelchair transport. Each driver goes through a full training regimen that includes learning how to properly care for and transport those patients who might require assistance. The drivers can assist patients to and from private residences; entering and exiting the vehicle; and to and from the doctor’s office.

To learn more about this incredible service from Ford, call or visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.

Ford Motor Company Fund Gives Back Following Slew of Natural Disasters

Following a string of natural disasters that started with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and continued with Hurricane Maria and two earthquakes in Mexico, the Ford Motor Company Fund has decided to give back in a number of ways.

  • The Ford Fund is matching contributions to the American Red Cross up to $300,000 for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—and now Maria.
  • The Ford Fund is contributing $200,000 to the United Way in Mexico, as well as matching employee donations to the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund up to $50,000.
  • In addition, the Ford Mexico & Dealers Civic Committee is donating $200,000 to United Way Mexico and for rebuilding Ford Schools.
  • Finally, the Ford Fund is donating $100,000 in relief to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The Ford region is adding another $100,000 onto that amount.

In the wake of all these natural disasters, Ford Fund, employee, and dealership donations are quickly reaching $1 million.

There are several ways you can get involved and donate to provide relief as well. Two verified places to donate include the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund and the Red Cross. To get Ford to match your contributions, donate to the Mexico Earthquake Relief fund here and the Red Cross here.

We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City send our thoughts to those rebuilding after these disasters.Ford Motor Company Fund

Ford Autonomous Vehicles Becoming a Reality

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Self-driving technology is at the forefront of Ford’s vision.

Some people live in constant fear that one day their freedom to operate a motor vehicle will be taken from them by those evil autonomous vehicles. While their fears may be more than slightly irrational, these people won’t have to worry if they buy Ford. Among all of Ford’s exciting developments on the autonomous tech front, the automaker knows that lots of people still want to be in control.

At the same time, the automaker is working hard to make Ford autonomous vehicles a reality. One way in which they are envisioning this happening is through the availability of fleets.

The way this works is that a person can book a car through the already available FordPass mobile app. This “fleet approach” makes autonomous vehicles available to anybody for relatively cheap. Ford is also developing fully autonomous vehicles that can be personally owned.

Ford’s fleet service is already available, and numbers 30 Ford Fusion Hybrids. The automaker plans to expand its service into Michigan, California, and Arizona.