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.

Next-Gen Ford Fusion

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.

Do you need winter tires

Why Get an EcoBoost Engine?

Ford is always striving to be the best. That’s why they developed an amazing new engine to remain at the top. It doesn’t just have efficiency, it has power, too, for the ultimate engine. Here’s why you should consider a vehicle with an EcoBoost engine!

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine - Sauk City, WI

Test drive a new F-150 or any model offering an EcoBoost engine to see the difference for yourself.

So first off, what exactly is the EcoBoost engine? It’s got the ideal combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to bring you fuel efficiency and power, all in one package. So, why would you want it?

Save Fuel Money

Since an EcoBoost engine is high in efficiency, you’ll be saving money when it comes to the gas station! You’ll also have a hand in reducing carbon emissions and improving the environment!

Feel the Power

You’ll still get to have plenty of fun even with top efficiency. The EcoBoost gives you incredible power since it’s constantly charging. That “boost” is what makes you feel like a race car driver!

Save Overall Money!

Since the EcoBoost engine has a combination of both efficiency and power, you’re getting both without paying the higher sticker price that comes with hybrids or sports cars.

Have you decided you want this amazing engine, or maybe just want to try one out? Ask Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today about switching your engine to EcoBoost or choosing a new Ford with an EcoBoost engine today!

6 Perks of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle

2014 Ford Focus - Sauk City, WI

Ford Hybrid

When choosing your next car, keep a hybrid in mind. The benefits of driving a hybrid are many, and go beyond simply saving money.

Here are just a few perks of owning a hybrid:

  • First and foremost, you will save a ton of money that you would have otherwise wasted on gasoline.
  • As if that wasn’t enough, the federal government offers numerous tax incentives, saving you even more money. Additionally, your state may be one of the many states that offer additional tax incentives.
  • Also, hybrid cars are much better for the environment, producing less harmful emissions.
  • Hybrid cars almost never idle their engines, with a battery pack taking over whenever the cars stop, further increasing fuel efficiency and limiting wasteful emissions.
  • Ever wish you could drive in the high-occupancy lane? Well, in many areas, hybrid vehicles are welcome in those lanes, regardless of the number of passengers they are carrying.
  • Lastly, hybrid cars have a high resale value, so your money will not have gone to waste!

If you would like to learn more about hybrid cars or take one out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!

 

New SUVs from Ford Will Meet Customer Needs

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.

2016 Ford Edge - Sauk City, WI

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!

Google-Ford Partnership to Produce Driverless Cars

Google-Ford Partnership

Google-Ford Partnership

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.

New 2017 Super Duty Accessories Are Tough-Tested for Durability

2017 Super Duty accessories

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

Three Mustang GT King Editions Built in Limited Numbers

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.

All-New 2017 Ford Super Duty is Tougher Than Ever

All-New 2017 Ford Super Duty is Tougher Than Ever

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.

2015 Ford Edge Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick

2015 Ford Edge Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick

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!