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
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.
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
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™.
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
We’re eager to see how Ford will use self-driving tech to help business owners. Contact Courtesy Ford today for more information!
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.
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.
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.
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.
of these winter-friendly Ford vehicles on a test drive when you stop by
Courtesy Ford in Sauk City, Wisconsin.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.