The end of the year is a great time to sit back, relax, and reflect on everything that came to pass during the last 12 months. In 2014, there were plenty of things for us to remember—especially some of the best Ford highlights for 2014. Here at Highway Ford, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites for your reading pleasure, and we hope you’ll let us know if you agree!
Generation Six Mustang
2014 Ford Mustang
If 2013 was the year of the Corvette, 2014 was most definitely the year of the Mustang. Although the sixth-generation pony car was first revealed in December 2013 on Good Morning America, the world really got its first glimpse at the redesigned model at the auto shows early in 2014, starting with Detroit and going onto Chicago, New York, and more. For almost a year, Ford released snippets of information about the Mustang, such as its fuel economy ratings, its available audio systems, and its performance packages. The 2015 Mustang finally went on sale in November 2014, and was an immediate hit with gearheads everywhere.
2014 Ford F-150
2014 was an incredible year for America’s favorite pickup truck. The long-running truck was first produced in 1948, and 2014 marked the release of the brand new 13th generation for the 2015 model year. In order to reduce weight and improve efficiency without sacrificing power, Ford outfitted its Dearborn plant with the correct machinery to build an all-new aluminum-bodied F-150 for the latest generation of drivers. The result is Ford’s most impressive F-150 truck ever made.
2016 Explorer Reveal
2014 Ford Explorer
A mid-generation refresh of the Ford Explorer was revealed at the 2014 LA Auto Show in November. The 2016 Explorer gets a redesigned front end with a new, higher grille; a closed-off roof rack; and a new spoiler. Additional features include new front and rear cameras, smart-charging USB ports, a hands-free liftgate, and a new audio system for the new Platinum trim level. The 2016 Explorer will go on sale sometime in 2015, and we’ll be excited to see it!
2015 Ford F-150
The new Ford F-150 is impressive in many ways—from its aluminum frame to its unprecedented mix of strength and efficiency, even to its loads of exciting new technologies. Even though the F-150 remains just as powerful and productive as ever, some people seem to be worried the new truck won’t have the can-do they need to get their jobs done.
Of course, here at Highway Ford, we don’t agree with that critique, but in any case, Texas-based Hennessy performance group has made that critique completely obsolete. A Hennessy Ford F-150, equipped with a VelociRaptor package, now gets over 600 horsepower and attaches right to the 5.0-liter V8 engine that comes with the F-150.
The package is actually called the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged—and obviously it should put to rest any of those concerns about power that we mentioned earlier. Of course, even if you don’t decide to add the Hennessy package, you’ll still be getting a vehicle with 385 horsepower. Like we said, there’s simply no reason to worry about the new truck’s power.
There’s also no reason for you to postpone visiting Highway Ford to check out the new truck—and the rest of our inventory—today.
2015 Ford F-150
The brand-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 has already decreased its fuel consumption significantly, raising its fuel economy rating to 26 mpg—a terrific number for a big truck. But what if this number increased even more? Ford is looking to do just that with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, which the American carmaker is currently developing as you’re reading this.
While the details concerning the F-150 hybrid pickup are currently nonexistent, Ford’s global product development chief, Raj Nair, was quoted last year saying Ford is planning on introducing the world to hybrid pickups and SUVs by 2020. Diesel powertrains are also still an option for the American carmaker, especially since Ford already has this specific powertrain in the portfolio for its larger trucks.
Do you think that a Ford F-150 hybrid pickup development would be a good choice for the brand’s next step in creating a fuel-efficient truck? Or do you believe the automaker would be better off creating a diesel powertrain for the smaller pickup? Share your thoughts with Highway Ford below!
During the holiday season, we all should remember those who are less fortunate than us. For Thanksgiving, Ford helped feed the hungry with a donation of a new truck to The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club.
This vehicle will travel through the Detroit area and serve a portion of the 5,000 meals a day provided by the Bed & Bread Club. The service visits neighborhoods and provides a sandwich, fruit, a drink, soup, and a snack to needy residents.
“We’re proud to help the Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club travel to those in need, because hunger never takes a holiday,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, in a statement. “By addressing the issue of hunger through other programs such as Ford Mobile Food Pantries, Ford Focus on Child Hunger and Meet Up and Eat Up, we are going further to create stronger communities.”
Ford will continue its hunger relief efforts throughout the holiday season and all year round. The new Bed & Bread truck, an E-350, is part of a $1.3 million investment from Ford to help end hunger.
Will you be participating in any charitable food drives this holiday season?
By now, Ford’s decision to use an aluminum body for its best-selling truck, the F-150, is fairly well-documented. It was also a dramatic move not without controversy, forcing the company to revise its manufacturing process in a big way.
According to USA Today, “Ford says the 2015 trucks will get 5% to 29% in fuel economy improvements over the outgoing versions depending on engine and configuration.” The comparison on the higher end is between Ford’s EcoBoost 2.7-liter turbocharged engine and a 5-liter V-8—a fair comparison as these two engines will actually yield similar performance.
Truth be told, there is a rival truck-maker out there that produces a vehicle rated at 23 combined mpg, one mpg better than the new Ford F-150. But that contender is a diesel truck and not a practical choice for customers. “Ford, however, points out that the higher cost of diesel fuel will more than offset any potential savings.”
It doesn’t all come down to vying for the best truck fuel efficiency rates either. Ford is quick to highlight the fact that the F-150 also saw “maximum payload and towing improvements.”
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