At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast, especially in the Houston area. Then, it hung around for days, dumping an unbelievable amount of additional rain and causing severe flooding. In the aftermath of this disaster, the country is coming together to help.
Ford’s hurricane relief is coming in multiple ways. Ford and its dealers are committed to raising more than $3.5 million to help rebuild the affected communities and help families get their lives back. Here are some of the ways Ford is giving back:
- The Ford Motor Company Fund is contributing $500,000 to various support groups in the area including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Team Rubicon, Catholic Charities, Toolbank, and by purchasing four Chariot Transit Vans to aid relief efforts.
- Ford dealers in the Texas area have already donated $200,000 through the Cowboys-Texas telethon and are committed to raising even more to help dealership employees and other groups.
- Ford has announced a unique “Texas Is Family” package that allows families who lost a vehicle to get the transportation they need. This package includes below-invoice Ford employee pricing with no payments until 2018. Low Ford Credit APR and lease rates, and a simple application process online.
Here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we hope to see everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey get their lives back to normal as soon as possible. If you want to help, consider making a donation to the Red Cross, or other charity organization.
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.
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.
The automotive market has been recovering ever since the recession smashed sales and hindered profits back in 2008. Ford has been at the forefront of recovery, and with the March sales numbers in, the automaker is still going strong. With some segments trending and others faulting, it’s more important to look at profitability than the plain number of sales.
Ford’s March sales presented an 8% increase. Although it failed to meet the 9% expectation set by analysts, the automaker still had a high profit margin. Ford’s vehicles each have a different profit margin, resulting in somewhat surprising results.
With vehicles this beautiful, it’s not difficult to see why Ford is so popular!
In all, Ford sold nearly 255,000 vehicles in March. The Focus saw nearly a 10% decrease in sales compared to March 2015. The F-Series trucks, though, saw a 10% increase. That not only makes up for the Focus’s loss in sales but brings in a good amount of profit as the F-Series is a much more profitable line.
Meanwhile, the Explorer and Escape saw growth as well, 4% and 8%, respectively. The Fusion midsize sedan saw a 2% increase as well.
We are happy to see Ford going so strong!
Ford has recently stated that it will be launching four all-new sport utility vehicles. These productions will take place over the next four years and are a response to the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers.
Ford says that the SUV models are all new, and will provide vehicle options in a market where Ford does not currently have any. There has not been any announcement yet about where or when the new nameplates will be added, but they are going to be part of Ford’s global plan.
Ford is looking to expand on its already great lineup of vehicles.
The new SUVs could be under the Ford name or the Lincoln brand and could be launched in any or all of the North America, Europe, Asia, or South America regions. Ford states that they are not eliminating any of their current vehicles and are only enhancing the lineup.
Last year in the United States, Ford sold 740,000 Ford Escape, Explorer, Edge, and Lincoln SUVs. Ford recognizes that many U.S. consumers prefer SUVs and crossovers due to having more space and the increased fuel efficiency of SUVs.
We are excited to see the new SUVs from Ford. Ford makes great vehicles, and we are sure that the all-new SUVs will be no different!
The new year is upon us, and seemingly full of upcoming technology innovations. One of the innovations that many companies are striving for is driverless cars. Although 2016 does seem promising for technology growth, driverless cars probably won’t be part of everyday life – yet.
Ford and Google have reportedly decided to collaborate on creating driverless cars, also referred to as autonomous vehicles. Many companies such as Apple, Tesla, and Nissan have already started test-driving prototypes. However, the partnership of Google and Ford may be the best push for autonomous vehicles.
Google and Ford both possess things that the other one needs. Google has the technology, particularly how it relates to autonomous controls. Ford has been creating vehicles for over 100 years, so they have a lot of knowledge on the structure and needs of cars.
Despite the power team, there will still be challenges in engineering, such as developing a network of sensors to act as the car’s eyes and ears. In addition to the designing/building challenges, there are also the legal and social issues of incorporating driverless cars in society.
Official word of the Google-Ford partnership is expected sometime in the near future. Only time will tell what this partnership will achieve, but we at Courtesy Ford are excited to see what the future holds.
2017 Super Duty accessories
Ford engineers recently put the new high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box of the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty through the gamut. Testing the aftermarket parts on the new Super Duty, Ford ran every sort of experiment they could contrive to ensure these parts work well under pressure.
According to Ford, the Super Duty cargo box is made from the same high-strength, military-grad aluminum alloy that is used on the chassis and body of the truck. This material is dent-resistant, quality-built, and it can’t develop rust.
“Ford Super Duty customers depend on their trucks to work hard every day across a variety of jobs,” said Kirk Leonard, vehicle integration engineer for Ford. “We drove prototype vehicles over the durability roads of the Ford Proving Grounds fitted with common aftermarket accessories to test the fitment and capability of our toughest pickup box ever.“
The 2017 Super Duty accessories also include heavy-duty four-wheel drive components, driveline, axles, towing, and hardware. Not only do these parts add utility and increase performance, but they’re also lightweight, so you don’t lose fuel economy by adding them.
Three Mustang GT King Editions Built in Limited Numbers
While everybody loves a good Ford Mustang, having one that is unique with more power is even better. That is why Ford joined up with Petty’s Garage to produce three 2016 Ford Mustang GT King Editions.
These special models start with the factory 5.0-liter V8 engine and add a Ford Performance supercharger to add 235 horsepower, for a total of 670 horsepower. But, you can opt for an available level two upgrade that uses a smaller supercharger pulley, to take the total output to 727 horsepower.
In addition to the output upgrades, the Mustangs will feature a cold-air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust, extreme-duty TrakPak Ford Performance halfshafts, a rear axle upgrade, three-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, custom wheels, and some unique Petty’s Garage appearance parts.
“I’ve always liked the look of the Mustang, and the 2016 model gives us a great base car to work with,” said Richard Petty, in a statement. “These new King edition Mustangs are pretty much the way I’d build my own. They are great fun to drive, and have a signature single exhaust. With the new paint on the Premier edition,” he added, “that’s how you know we built it. They look pretty sharp.”
Petty’s Garage, owned by NASCAR legend Richard “The King” Petty, will produce 243 King models, 43 King Premier models, and 14 King Premier convertibles. All models can be ordered through your local Ford dealership.
Ford has unveiled its highly-anticipated 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks, which are all-new and tougher than ever.
Borrowing from what it learned when injecting aluminum into the F-150, Ford built a new high-strength military-grade aluminum-body alloy for the Super Duty, which helps it lose weight while gaining strength. The frame, of course, is still high-strength steel.
Using a lighter material for the body allowed Ford to use stronger parts in other areas, such as larger brakes, hitches, and axles and stronger driveline and transfer cases. In spite of this, overall weight was still down 350 lbs., allowing the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty to use more of its mighty power to haul something else rather than itself.
Speaking of which, we still don’t have exact figures as to what the Super Duty will be able to haul and trail, but we imagine they’ll be staggering. The truck will offer a range of engines, including a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 equipped with a new TorqShift-G transmission. And that’s the “weakest” one of the lot.
The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty will go on sale late next year at Courtesy Ford. Check out the official press release for all the details.
The 2015 Ford Edge has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), supplementing the 5-star Overall Safety Score it already earned in testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint categories, the 2015 Ford Edge earned a score of “Good,” the highest possible. Though it earned the second-highest “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap front crash test, its overall performance was still good enough to qualify it for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award.
The IIHS noted that drivers involved in a crash while at the wheel of an Edge would be at less risk of serious injuries and enjoy better airbag protection than in most other vehicles.
We’ve always known the 2015 Ford Edge was safe at Courtesy Ford, but it’s nice to have even more numbers to back it up!