Ford Recycles Plastic Bottles Every Year

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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 environment.”

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.

Ford Mustang Lands Status of Best-Selling Sports Coupe In The World

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The title of best-selling sports coupe in the world is a highly coveted honor, and the new Ford Mustang has stolen the spotlight and claimed the title for another year. In fact, it’s the fourth year in a row that the Ford Mustang has earned the prestigious honor.

More than 113,000 were sold around the world in 2018. More than 75,000 left dealership showrooms in the United States alone.

The Ford Mustang was available in 146 countries in 2018, and more than 500,000 sixth-generation units have left dealer lots since it debuted in 2015. In total, the Mustang nabbed 15.4 percent of the segment market share.

“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford president of global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair and the joy of driving like Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.”

The Ford Mustang Bullitt helped fuel the sport car’s fire by surpassing global sales forecasts by 25 percent. Now in its 55th year, the Ford Mustang continues to stand out with a nod towards the muscle car’s heritage.

Test-drive the 2019 Ford Mustang 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.

Ford Fund Christmas Charity Work Already Underway in Michigan

Ford Funds Christmas

The Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford’s philanthropy arm, has already started to gear up for the holiday season through partnerships with hunger relief organizations and other local charities, bringing meals, gifts, and more to the 650,000 Southeast Michigan residents without adequate food.

Ford Fund Christmas charity work with underprivileged Michiganders has been a major part of Ford’s humanitarian work over the last several years. Ford donates large sums of money every year to hunger relief agencies, totaling $1.5 million this year, but that’s just the beginning.

Ford also organizes the Ford Volunteer Corps, which this year is made up of over 300 Ford employees who will work with Gleaners, Fish & Loaves Food Pantry, and other agencies to prepare meals, deliver food, wrap gifts, put up holiday decorations, and more.

In addition, Ford works with the United Way for Southeast Michigan to launch 20 Ford Mobile Food Pantries that distribute meals to Detroit residents every day, racking up over 7 million meals served since 2010. Ford even has Resource and Engagement Centers in Detroit with their own food pantries, which will host Winter Wonderland events and other services to local families.

Ford’s philanthropy goes back decades. Operation Good Cheer, which was started by Ford employees in 1971, donates Christmas gifts to thousands of Michigan foster children; in 2017, 6,400 kids received gifts thanks to the project.

We’re so proud to be part of the Ford family here at Courtesy Ford.

How To Increase Fuel Efficiency

Increase Fuel Efficiency

No matter what fuel efficiency rating your vehicle has, there may be something you can do to make it better. These tips to increase fuel efficiency will help you get the most out of each gallon of gas.

 Proper Maintenance

 Good car maintenance helps your vehicle to run as efficiently and as safely as possible. Check your owner’s manual to see how frequently your vehicle needs things like oil changes and new air filters. These things will keep your engine running efficiently.

Inflated Tires

In between scheduled car maintenance, you can check your vehicle’s tires to ensure they have the correct air pressure. Tires with low air pressure will not perform as efficiently as possible and have a negative impact on fuel economy.

Drive Efficiently

If you’re used to riding the brake or putting the pedal to the metal, you’re probably using much more fuel than you need to. Instead, learn to brake only when absolutely needed. Coast to stops at lights and stop signs, and learn to gradually slow down in traffic rather than braking last minute. Slow acceleration takes much less fuel than quick acceleration, making it a must for saving money and boosting efficiency

These are just some of the many ways you can improve the efficiency of your vehicle. If you’re due for an upgrade, why not consider an efficient new Ford like the stylish Fusion Energi or even the Ford F-150 and its best-in-class 3.0-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel? Whatever you need, you can get it right here 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.

Ford Has Made Its 10 Millionth Mustang

Ford Has Made Its 10 Millionth Mustang

This August, Ford celebrated an important milestone: the production of its 10 millionth Mustang. For the past 54 years, the Mustang has been America’s most beloved sports car, establishing a distinctive legacy in the annals of American automotive history. By building the 10 millionth example, Ford further cements that legacy while simultaneously looking ahead to its next chapter.

The 10 millionth Mustang to roll off the assembly line was a 2019 Ford Mustang GT convertible in Wimbledon White, paying homage to the first Mustang pony car. The 2019 Mustang GT features a ferocious V8 engine that delivers 460 horsepower; a precise six-speed manual transmission; and all the modern connectivity, safety, and driver assist technology that drivers desire.

To celebrate this milestone, Ford gathered more than 60 Ford Mustang owners from all model years and assembled them in the parking lot of its Flat Rock Assembly Plant to spell out the number 10,000,000.

Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car — a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”

If your dream has always been to own a Ford Mustang, why not treat yourself? The new 2019 Ford Mustang is arguably the best that’s ever been built, and it’s available at Courtesy Ford.

Eagle Squadron Mustang GT Celebrates Royal Air Force

Mustang GT

Every year in Wisconsin, aeronautics fans gather together for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s The Gathering fundraiser and auction. While you might not think about Ford having a place in the aircraft industry, it builds a custom vehicle for this celebration each year. This year’s vehicle is an Eagle Squadron Mustang GT that celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

The Eagle Squadron was a group of U.S. volunteer pilots who flew alongside Royal Air Force pilots before the United States officially entered World War II. The Eagle Squadron Mustang is designed to mimic the appearance of the original Eagle Squadron Spitfire planes. It features a camouflaged design along with a wide-body kit, an upper grille with integrated lighting, and a Performance Pack rear spoiler.

Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief, said, “The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots.”

This will be the 20th year Ford has participated in the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture event, and it will be the 10th one-off Mustang it has built for auction. To date, these vehicles have raised more than $3 million toward supporting future generations of pilots.

We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City are proud of Ford’s dedication to this incredible event.