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Month: September 2014

5-Millionth Super Duty Being Built at Kentucky Truck Plant

Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant will achieve another landmark moment in its 45 years of operation this October when the five-millionth F-Series Super Duty rolls off the assembly line.

The Kentucky plant, which took over operations for production of the F-250 through F-550, is also responsible for production of the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

“Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “Their continued sales dominance with these demanding customers proves how hard they deliver.”

To give some perspective as to how much has changed over the course of 15 years and five-million models, chew on these comparisons between the first and most recent Super Duty trucks produced at the Kentucky Truck Plant:

The largest gasoline engine produced for the Super Duty in 1999 was the Triton 6.8-liter V10, and the largest Super Duty diesel engine was a 7.3-liter engine. These powerplants generated 275 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque and was a 7.3-liter, respectively.

The largest gasoline engine produced for Super Duty today is a 6.2-liter V8 that delivers a beastly 385 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. The current Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel makes 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are also more fuel efficient than their 1999 counterparts.

Additionally, the 2015 F-450 has a best-in-class tow rating of 31,200 pounds and best-in-class gross combined weight rating of 40,400 lbs.

If you have the need for a big pickup truck that has benefitted from more than 15 years of expertise from the men and women of the Kentucky Truck Plant, then stop to Highway Ford to see our inventory of F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups.

2015 Ford Mustang Boasts Singular Combination of Progressive Technology and Design

We’ve heard all the rumors, read all the reports, and listened to all the experts.  Finally, the wait is over: the 2015 Ford Mustang has been fully revealed…and it’s as beautiful and powerful as you would expect. The new Mustang comes with a fresh twist on the iconic exterior design. Plus, it brings you a plethora of engine options. However, no matter how many cylinders your Mustang’s engine has—4, 6, or 8—you’ll still be getting over 300 horsepower out of your new pony.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound, and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”

The new Mustang even includes updated steering and handling systems, and the final result is a car that’s simply a dream to drive. Plus, with awesome technological features like SYNC, MyKey, and a new Shaker Audio System, you’ll be entertained and ecstatic both inside and outside of this car. Come see us at Highway Ford today to learn more!

Ford August Sales Records Set by Fusion and Explorer

This year, absolutely nothing can get in Ford’s way and slow down its momentum as a brand. That momentum continued in August, too, as both the Fusion and Escape set individual August sales records during the month. They weren’t the only two vehicles to post strong numbers, though—the Explorer had its best August in a decade last month and the brand moved 222,174 vehicles in the month overall.

“Both Fusion and Escape set records in August, each continuing on a strong pace toward 2014 being a best-ever sales year,” John Felice, Ford’s vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Services, said. “It was also another solid month for F-Series, which again topped 60,000 sales and maintained its lead as the best-selling pickup in the U.S.”

In fact, August marked the sixth straight month of the F-Series selling over 60,000 units. The Ford August sales numbers, overall, simply indicate the strength of the current Ford lineup all across the board. Come see us at Highway Ford to figure out which of our excellent vehicles is the perfect one for you.

New 2015 Ford Mustang Begins Production (Finally!)

Finally! No longer will we need to say, “The 2015 Ford Mustang is coming soon.” It’s been around for 50 years and six generations now, but the all-new model is likely to prove the best yet. And it will be available to more people than ever before as well. Production recently began at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which will soon be shipping these new Mustangs to over 120 countries worldwide.

“Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said. “Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience—one unlike any other.”

You can take our word for it here at Highway Ford: those aren’t just words. The 2015 Mustang certainly has the capability to back it up. It comes in both the fastback and convertible models, offering three engines—a 2.3L EcoBoost, 3.7L V6, and, of course, the 5.0L V8 with 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. And we’re just scratching the surface of what’s so awesome about the new pony car, so come see us to learn more today.

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