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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.