How to Save on Gas

At Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we’re all about efficiency in every way. Today’s automobile market is full of vehicles with technologies like EcoBoost engines that help boost fuel economy. Yet, did you know there’s even more you can do to save on gas? Check out these fuel-friendly tips.

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It’s not hard to start saving on gas!

Clean Out Your Car

Those who use their trunk or back seat as a permanent storage facility are suffering from more than just a bad case of the clutters. Any extra weight in your car has an impact on its efficiency, and every 200 pounds of weight cuts off one mile to the gallon. Clean out and save on gas.

Check Your Tires

Just one under-inflated tire can decrease your car’s efficiency. Make a habit of checking your tire pressure every time you stop for gas so you can be sure they’re always inflated to the recommended PSI.

Use an App

Downloading an app like GasBuddy onto your smartphone makes it easy to find the best gas prices near you. All you have to do is put in your location and the app will tell you where to find the cheapest gas in the area. With handy apps like GasBuddy, there’s no more retracing your steps to find that lower price.

Tips for Off-Roading in Your Raptor

When the spring weather hits, it’s hard for truck fanatics to resist the call of the unpaved wild. There’s no better off-roading vehicle than the Ford F-150 Raptor, built to tackle the roughest terrains like it’s nothing.

The Raptor is the real deal, and if you’re interested in trying your hand at off-roading, we highly recommend stopping in at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about what it has to offer. When you do finally make your way to the trails, follow these tips for off-roading for a safe and successful adventure.

Come Prepared

Even the most experienced off-roaders get stuck sometimes. Push your pride aside and come prepared for the worst. Bring tools like a heavy-duty tow strap and an electric winch if you plan to go alone, plus a first aid kit just in case.

Know Your Path

One of the easiest ways to encounter a problem is through surprise. Make sure you’re well aware of what you’re getting into by studying maps, asking around, and even getting out of your truck and hiking ahead a little to scout the area.

Shift into 4WD Right Away

Don’t wait until the path gets extra tricky—turn on your 4WD as soon as you leave the pavement. This way, you won’t forget to do it later, and you won’t get stuck in the meantime.

Next-Gen Autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid Debuting at CES, NAIAS

The Consumer Electronics Show and North American International Auto Show held this week will see this debut of the next-gen autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The new autonomous Fusion is built on Ford’s previous autonomous platform but features a few upgrades that improve sensing and processing. New computer hardware allows for faster processing speeds, and sensors have been moved and revamped to see around the vehicle more easily.

The Fusion’s new LiDAR sensors were redesigned to have a more targeted field of vision that allows for just two sensors instead of four while taking in the same amount of data. The virtual driver system has also evolved for the new generation.

According to Ford, the autonomous Fusion’s processor will generate a terabyte of data in a single hour, a massive amount that is “more than the average person would use in mobile phone data in 45 years.” The Ford-developed software system then processes the data generated and uses it to tell the car what to do.

Ford’s ultimate goals are to develop a self-driving vehicle that doesn’t require a driver to operate and to make an autonomous vehicle available for sale by 2021. Last August Ford said that unlike most automakers, who believe the auto industry will shift gradually toward autonomous vehicles, Ford believes the entire industry must make the switch in one go.

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Do You Need Winter Tires?

Depending on where you live and the sort of driving you do, you may or may not need winter tires. Snow tires are great for getting better traction on snow and ice, but they also have their disadvantages.

First of all, if you do live in an area that gets heavy snowfall in the winter, you should seriously consider getting winter tires. Because they’re made of softer material and have specially designed tread to grip onto the slickest surfaces, snow tires can prevent accidents by giving you more stopping power and keeping you from sliding off the road.

Very low temperatures are also a good reason to get winter tires. If you live somewhere northern where it gets extremely cold in the winter, your all-season tires will harden, reducing traction even further. The softer rubber of winter tires stays more pliant.

On the downside, you can’t drive on winter tires all year, so you will have to switch them out when the weather starts to warm up, which can be a hassle. Because of their soft materials, they wear down quickly, and their extra grippiness ruins dry roads.

All-season tires are meant to be driven year-round, and while they aren’t as good as winter tires on snow, they aren’t bad. So—do you need winter tires? If you live in a warmer area or a place with little snowfall, winter tires are probably an unnecessary investment. Otherwise, they’re likely worth the cost.

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4 Reasons to Get Excited for the 2017 Ford GT

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We can’t wait for the 2017 Ford GT

One of the most anticipated vehicles set to be released later this year is the 2017 Ford GT. This supercar first debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and we have been excited for it ever since! The following are just 4 reasons to get excited for the 2017 Ford GT!

It’s Incredible Horsepower

When it comes to creating performance vehicles, no one does it better than Ford. That’s why Ford has installed a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine into the 2017 Ford GT. This will help the vehicle produce more than 600 horsepower!

Spoiler Alert

The back spoiler attached to the Ford GT supercar is not just there for looks. The spoiler also helps the Ford GT capture any needed drag with an air-brake function!

A Chassis Designed with Performance in Mind

The body Chassis of the 2017 Ford GT is created using carbon fiber and aluminum frames. This design helps the Ford GT achieve one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any vehicle on the road today!

Suspension for Any Kind of Driving

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Ford GT, and the one that makes it a true supercar, is its active suspension, which lowers the vehicle at higher speeds for more stability and handling.

Here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we are literally counting down the days until the 2017 Ford GT arrives at our dealership, and we are sure that are customers are doing the same!

While we all patiently wait for the debut of the 2017 Ford GT, Check out the new 2017 vehicles we currently have on location!

Ford’s March Sales Prove Brand Is Strong

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.

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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!