2019 Ford F-150 Is One of the Safest Pickups on the Road

2019 Ford F-150 | Courtesy Ford | Sauk City, WI

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!

3 Winter-Friendly Ford Models for Your Next Road Trip

Winter Friendly Ford Models | Courtesy Ford | Sauk City, WI

Winter is a brutal time to be on the road, especially when the snow hits hard in Sauk City. Luckily, there are several winter-friendly Ford models that will help you navigate through the cold weather safely.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is America’s best-selling vehicle for a reason. This pickup’s strong frame and aggressive 4×4 drivetrain make trekking through the snow and ice easier. The interior is dressed for the cold with available heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control. You can also opt for heated exterior mirrors to prevent ice and snow buildup that impedes your vision.

Ford Fusion

Agile and ready for the winter weather, the Ford Fusion is one of the only midsize sedans available with all-wheel drive. Having all-wheel drive makes all the difference when you hit a patch of ice, an all-too-common occurrence in Sauk City. The SE trim was named one of U.S. News & World Report’s 10 Best Cars for Winter Driving thanks to its AWD drivetrain, heated front seats, and heated steering wheel.

Ford Escape

As a strong SUV in the Ford lineup, the Escape makes a great winter vehicle. Its available 19-inch wheels give you added ground clearance to maneuver through accumulated snow. The Ford Escape also comes with AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ to help give you added control and slow the vehicle down in icy road conditions.

Take any of these winter-friendly Ford vehicles on a test drive when you stop by Courtesy Ford in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

New Ford Vehicles Will Feature 5G Technology by 2022

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New Ford vehicles bring more innovative technologies to the road than any other competitor. Ford Motor Company recently announced an ambitious plan: bring 5G technology to every new Ford vehicle by 2022. The cellular technology will allow the vehicle to communicate with infrastructure, businesses, other vehicles, and more.

Ford’s cellular vehicle-to-everything connection, called C-V2X, will play a major role in how self-driving vehicles operate. With autonomous vehicles expected to take the roads by storm within the next decade, Ford is looking to remain on the cutting edge of technology.

5G connectivity could help drivers with day-to-day activities, such as navigating four-way stops. Traffic lights could be equipped with technology that warns vehicles when the signal is about to change. Road signs could inform vehicles and drivers of upcoming construction zones. If everything goes wrong and a properly equipped vehicle is involved in an accident, it could alert oncoming vehicles.

“C-V2X could complement these systems in ways similar to how our sense of hearing complements our vision to improve our ability to operate in a complex world,” wrote Don Butler, executive director of Ford’s connected vehicle platform.

Ford won’t be alone in bringing the future of the road to light. The automaker will work with governments and industry experts to create an environment that can support new Ford vehicles equipped with 5G technology. We look forward to having these advanced trucks and SUVs at Courtesy Ford.

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.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor to Feature More Technology

2019 F-150 Raptor

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor arrives with more off-road capability than any previous model. A new round of technology makes its way to this impressive feat of engineering prowess. Tackling rough terrain is exactly what the Ford F-150 Raptor was built for.

The 2019 model year brings plenty of new off-road technologies to the capable Ford F-150 Raptor. The internal by-pass shock absorbers see the addition of a Live Valve system, which allows the shock absorbers to change how firm they are depending on the terrain.

Traveling on uneven terrain is what Live Valve was designed for. In the Ford F-150 Raptor, the system is capable of adjusting up to 13 inches in the front and 13.9 inches in the rear.

On top of its quick adjustments, Live Valve works in part with the existing Terrain Management system. Thanks to this system, the F-150 Raptor can shift from traveling trails to cruising on pavement in no time at all.

Trail Control is another new technology feature arriving in the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor. This new system acts as a form of low-speed, off-road cruise control. It keeps the truck moving along at speeds between one and 20 mph.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale starting later this year, but if you don’t want to wait for it to arrive, you can always come and see the 2018 model today at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.

New Mustang GT Performance Pack Improves Your Ride

Mustang GT Performance Pack

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.

Ford’s Hurricane Relief Efforts Includes “Texas Is Family” Offer

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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 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.

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.