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

Photo Credits: F. D. Richards

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.

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.

Ford Motor Company Fund Gives Back Following Slew of Natural Disasters

Following a string of natural disasters that started with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and continued with Hurricane Maria and two earthquakes in Mexico, the Ford Motor Company Fund has decided to give back in a number of ways.

  • The Ford Fund is matching contributions to the American Red Cross up to $300,000 for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—and now Maria.
  • The Ford Fund is contributing $200,000 to the United Way in Mexico, as well as matching employee donations to the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund up to $50,000.
  • In addition, the Ford Mexico & Dealers Civic Committee is donating $200,000 to United Way Mexico and for rebuilding Ford Schools.
  • Finally, the Ford Fund is donating $100,000 in relief to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The Ford region is adding another $100,000 onto that amount.

In the wake of all these natural disasters, Ford Fund, employee, and dealership donations are quickly reaching $1 million.

There are several ways you can get involved and donate to provide relief as well. Two verified places to donate include the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund and the Red Cross. To get Ford to match your contributions, donate to the Mexico Earthquake Relief fund here and the Red Cross here.

We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City send our thoughts to those rebuilding after these disasters.Ford Motor Company Fund

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.

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