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Month: October 2014

Keep $6,000 in Your Pocket with the 2015 Ford Focus Electric Price Drop

2014 Ford Focus

Ford has cut the price of the 2015 Ford Focus Electric by another $6,000. The 2014 Ford Focus Electric plug-in is shown here.

With yet another $6,000 price drop for the 2015 model, the Ford Focus Electric has gone from being a bargain to being a steal here at Highway Ford.

Last year, Ford had lowered the $39,200 price of the Focus Electric by about $4,000 to try to increase sales. Now, with the new discount, the EV will start at a mere $29,995, giving consumers not just an incentive to take a look at the car but rather something more like a vigorous push.

With these price drops, Ford hopes to take a bigger piece of the EV pie that it has been sharing with the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Fit EV, and Mitsubishi i, all of which have also received discounts at some point in their lifetimes to try to remain competitive.

Thanks to the $6,000 discount, the Focus Electric is now priced almost identically to the Nissan Leaf, despite being offered exclusively in top-spec SEL trim, which features equipment similar to that of the more expensive mid-level LEAF.

Take advantage of the new Ford Focus Electric price drop!

Ford Compact Pickup Truck May Be In the Works

 

2015 Ford F-150

A new Ford compact pickup truck could be based on the aluminum Ford F-150.

In 2012, we said goodbye to the Ford Ranger compact pickup truck. Less-than-stellar sales led Ford to call it quits on the practical little truck. Now, as the fuel efficient (and compact) GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are seeing massive success, Ford just might be re-thinking their strategy. Maybe a compact pickup is what America wants.

Ford recently hinted that it may be working on a pickup that would compete with the Canyon or Colorado – a replacement for the dearly departed Ranger. We all know that the F-150 is America’s best-selling pickup, but with high-end appointments, modern design, and new technology, a compact pickup might be just what the American people ordered.

There is certainly a place for the full-size F-150, but with consumers looking to save money at the pump and the need for a pickup that can maneuver easily on city streets and in parking garages, there is definitely a market for a smaller pickup, too.

Ford marketing manager Doug Scott told USA Today, “We’re looking at it. We think we could sell a compact truck that’s more like the size of the old Ranger, that gets six or eight more miles per gallon, is $5,000 or $6,000 less, and that we could build in the US to avoid the tariff on imported trucks.”

If a Ford Ranger replacement does find its way to the US, we’d expect for it to be a re-engineered 2015 Ford F-150, aluminum construction and all.

Here at Highway Ford, we want to know what you think. Should Ford take the plunge and create a new Ford compact pickup, or are they jumping on the small pickup bandwagon too soon?

Supercharged Hennessey Mustang Out-Powers Competition

Since Dodge announced the birth of the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, which churns out an astounding 707 horsepower, the car world has been vying to be the next major player in the speed game and it looks like the tuners at Hennessey have won. The famous after-market tuners recently announced the creation of the 2015 HPE700 Mustang, which gallops at 717 horsepower and 632 lb-ft of torque.

 

Supercharged Hennessey Mustang

It’s like Hennessey took the 2015 Mustang and supercharged it even more than before.

This supercharged Hennessey Mustang takes the standard Mustang GT and gives its 5.0-liter V8 engine a few tweaks, boosting it with a supercharger that runs at 7.25 psi. Hennessey timed this tuned Mustang and claims that it can run a zero to 60 miles per hour time in about 3.6 seconds, covering the quarter-mile in about 11.2 seconds at 131 mph—numbers that are very similar to the Challenger Hellcat.

 

The pricing for this boosted ‘Stang is set at $59,500, including the price for the base 2015 Mustang GT. But, the production units are limited to 500 for the 2015 model year. So far, Hennessey has received about a dozen orders for them, so make sure you put your order in soon!

Ford Is a Job Creating Machine Adding More Manufacturing Jobs

When it comes to making and selling great cars, Ford knows what it’s doing. In fact, Ford is selling so many cars, it is turning itself into a job creating machine.

Ford recently announced that it will be adding 1,200 more manufacturing jobs to its Kansas City Assembly Plant to support the new Ford Transit. With the addition of these jobs, Ford will have added more than 14,000 total jobs to the United States by 2015. This will more-than-exceed its original commitment to the UAW (United Auto Workers) to add 12,000 hourly jobs by 2015.

“The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness, and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas, in a statement. “Adding a second shift to Kansas City Assembly Plant adds more jobs to this community, and it also helps deliver more Transit vehicles to more customers throughout North America.”

In addition to the jobs in Kansas City, in the past few years, Ford has also added 3,600 jobs at the Louisville Assembly Plant, 1,800 jobs at the Michigan Assembly Plant, 600 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant, and even more elsewhere around the country.

Here at Highway Ford, we are proud to see the Ford Motor Company bring so many jobs to the United States. Come pay us a visit to see what makes Ford vehicles so popular and we’ll help you find the perfect vehicle for you.

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