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Ford’s Feisty New Fiesta ST200 Offers Superior Performance

2016 Ford Fiesta

Ford has nudged up the performance numbers of the new Ford Fiesta. This fierce hatchback just became feistier, as the all new Fiesta ST200.

The Fiesta ST200 has a recalibrated version of the engine, which gives more temporary horsepower thanks to the transient overboost. Engineers at Ford have kept the six-speed manual gearbox, but have shorted the final drive ratio. This allows the Fiesta to reach 62 mph in 6.7 seconds. This is 0.2 seconds faster than the regular Fiesta ST. In addition, the top speed of the ST200 reaches 143 mph, which is six mph faster than the ST.

Ford has also enhanced the sport chassis, giving it more Torque Vectoring Control and a 3-mode Electronic Stability Control. There is also a stiffer suspension, which is 15mm lower, bigger rear brake discs, a sharper steering rack, and modified front steering knuckles.

Of course, don’t worry if you don’t know what those specific items are, as it visually stands apart from the ST. You can also identify the new ST200 by the model exclusive Strom Grey paint and 17-inch machined black alloy wheels with red brake calipers. On the inside, the ST200 has unique partial leather Charcoal Recar front seats. There is contrasting silver stitching on the seats and seatbelts, and the scuff plates are illuminated.

The Ford Fiesta ST200 goes on sale this June. Be sure to stop by Highway Ford in DeRidder, La to see the regular Ford Fiesta in stock today!

Parking Lot Safety Tips

Parking Lot Safety

Whether you’re picking up a few groceries or spending the day at the mall, the parking lot can be a dangerous place, especially at night. Thieves keep their eyes open for purchases and unlocked vehicles are easy targets. While locking your car and covering purchases is a start, there’s more you can do to keep your car, and yourself, safe. Remember these parking lot safety tips from Highway Ford.

  • Back In – The easiest way to keep your car from getting any dings, dents, or scratches is to back into the parking spot when you first arrive. Pulling out of the spot is easier than backing out, even with rearview cameras and mirrors.
  • Distance Yourself – Parking close to the store entrance means more people walking by your car. If you have anything of value, it should be kept out of sight. If you forget, one of those passersby could decide to take it for themselves. By parking further away from the store in a well-lit area, you significantly reduce the chances you’ll become a victim of theft.
  • Go Hands-Free – Talking on the phone is a hazard no matter how good of a driver you are. Driving in a parking lot while on the phone is the first step to a fender bender. Many drivers let their awareness go lax once they’re off the main road. Don’t make the same mistake!

Remember these tips to help keep your car and, more importantly, yourself safe.  The most important thing you can remember is to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings!

Ford F-150 Diesel Engine

Ford F-150 Diesel Engine

The Ford F-150 may be the best-selling pickup in the United States but its enormous number of trims is missing something. A Ford F-150 diesel engine hasn’t made an appearance in the modern pickup just yet but that could be about to change. With the competition picking up on the fuel efficient diesel market, it may be time for the Ford F-150 to throw its nameplate into the ring.

Even with the lighter aluminum body and the smallest 2.7-liter V6 engine, the F-150 only earns an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 hwy mpg. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops that, taking the top fuel economy spot for the segment.

If the Ford F-150 were to see a diesel option, it’s likely the pickup could steal the top spot. Those odds only increase if the diesel engine is combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission that’s currently in development.

One possible engine that could make its way under the F-150’s hood comes from Land Rover. A former possession of Ford, the Range Rover lines currently use a 3-liter diesel V6 from Ford’s engine family. That engine produces 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, topping the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

Here at Highway Ford, we are anxiously awaiting news to see what comes next for the constantly adapting and improving Ford F-150 truck!

The Best of Haunted Louisiana

haunted graveyard

There are plenty of unforgettable and spooky Halloween hangouts for you and the family all across Louisiana, but only a few that are undeniable must-sees. Here’s our quick list of the best of haunted Louisiana this year:

Haunted New Orleans

Everyone knows that New Orleans is one of the most haunted places in United States, but did you know that there are tons of renowned and well-respected tour groups ready to tell you every chilling detail of this scary city? These walking tours are great for history lovers and thrill seekers alike. Check out Haunted History Tours or one of the many other groups in New Orleans for your next trip.

Myrtles Plantation

Down in St. Francisville sits the eerie Myrtles Plantation, “one of America’s most haunted homes.” Built around 1796, this house is about as old as a building can be in America. It’s full of horrible history and paranormal occurrences, and it’s ready for you to pay a visit!

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Like the rest of New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery is one of the most haunted places in the country, with a long history of hauntings and the supernatural. From its voodoo connections to its long list of questionable characters, this cemetery is guaranteed to leave you with a chill in your bones.

We think this is the best of haunted Louisiana, but of course there’s more to do and see out there!   Tell us of some of the best Haunted places you’ve been to here at Highway Ford!

Best Hot Dog Recipes

Summer Grilling

Despite the hot dog’s seemingly low position in the food hierarchy, it has long been a summertime favorite. Who doesn’t love a smoky hot dog straight off the grill? But, did you know there is so much more you can do to a hot dog besides simply adding ketchup or mustard?

Here are some great hot dog recipes to spice up your favorite summertime food.

  • Nacho Dog. Add chunky guacamole, a grilled tomato-chipotle sauce, cheese, jalapenos, salsa, and tortilla chips to take your hot dog to the next level.
  • Pretzel buns. Try swapping out the bread for a new hot dog taste. Use a soft pretzel bun for your grilled dogs and add your favorite toppings to excite your taste buds.
  • Texas Dog. With crunchy coleslaw, a sliced pickle, and a touch of barbecue sauce you might feel like you’re at the Texas State Fair.
  • Brooklyn’s Corniest Hot Dogs. These hot dogs redefine what a corn dog is. Pile caramelized onions, bacon, corn, and cheese on top of these dogs for a tasty New York-inspired treat.
  • Pescabrat. For something completely different, try whipping up these handmade fish-filled brats.

What is your favorite way to enjoy hot dogs? Share your favorite hot dog recipes in the comments below.  If you have your own recipe for hot dogs, share it as well!

Most Satisfying Truck is the 2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

Everyone wants to feel satisfied after they purchase a new truck, but that doesn’t always happen. However, if you buy a 2015 Ford F-150, you’re probably going to love your new truck. The F-150 just came away with the highest truck score ever in the AutoPacific 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. This means 2015 Ford F-150 owners are the most satisfied truck owners around.  So the 2015 Ford F-150 has been declared the most satisfying truck around!  In addition to the F-150, the Ford F-Series Super Duty truck also scored the top position in its segment.

For the 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, AutoPacific surveyed tens of thousands of new car owners and asked them to rate their satisfaction with the new vehicle in 50 categories that include performance, fuel efficiency, styling, and interior comfort.

“The Vehicle Satisfaction Awards look at the big picture, including owners’ experiences with overall quality and safety,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, “but it goes deeper than that. We also take into account the heart of the ownership experience to determine those vehicles that are extremely satisfying to their owners.”

The 2015 Ford F-150 satisfies with its best-in-class towing, payload, and EPA-estimated fuel efficiency. You’ll also love the fact that it received the top 5-star Overall safety rating for all cab configurations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With these attributes and more, it’s easy to see why the 2015 F-150 received the second-highest score ever recorded by AutoPacific, and the highest score ever for a truck.

Get in Line with Student Safety Month by Learning about School Buses

 

Yellow School Bus

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see any school buses until September. Some schools have a year-round schedule and many schools continue to have summer activities that use buses as transportation. That is why June is recognized as Student Safety Month, and why we want to focus on keeping students safe on the bright yellow school bus.

Here are some facts about school buses that illustrate why taking the bus is the safest way for your child to get to school:

  • Students are eight times safer riding in a school bus than in a passenger car.
  • Only 1% of students killed while travelling to school are killed while riding on a school bus; 58% are killed by a teen driver and 23% are killed by an adult driver.
  • School buses keep students safe with their large size, flashing red lights, well-trained drivers, cross-view mirrors, reinforced sides, bright color, and stop sign arms.
  • School buses save about 2.3 billion gallons of fuel each year by keeping an estimated 17.3 million cars of the road each school day.

This research comes from the US Department of Transportation and the American School Bus Council.

Do you send your kids to school on the school bus? Why or why not?  Tell us your thoughts here at Highway Ford!

Ford Is Returning to Le Mans with New Ford GT

Ford GT

Ford GT

Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 1966, It has been announces that Ford is returning to le Mans in 2016. The American carmaker will enter Le Mans with a new race car based on the all-new Ford GT, which goes on sale next year.

After Ford’s win in 1966, it went on to claim victory in 1967, 1968, and 1969. Now, Ford wants to return to those glory days of racing.

“When the GT40 competed at Le Mans in the 1960s, Henry Ford II sought to prove Ford could beat endurance racing’s most legendary manufacturers,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company in a statement. He goes on to say that, “we are still extremely proud of having won this iconic race four times in a row, and that same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us today.”

And, in case you weren’t already excited, check out this heart-pounding video that shows the racecar morphing from its 1966 form into the new GT shape. Then it speeds through the Paris and the French countryside on its way to Le Mans. Keep watching to the end to catch a subtle jab at Ferrari.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVa4mlFZEmM

Are you excited for Ford’s return to Le Mans now? Share your reactions with us at Highway Ford below!

Spotted: The 2017 Ford Fiesta RS

2017 Ford FiestaA recent run-in with what looks to be the new 2017 Ford Fiesta RS has us very excited! Car and Driver recently spied the new Fiesta out and about and there were a few notable changes. The upgrades are mostly likely taking right after the Fiesta’s “big brother,” Ford Focus.

With the hotly anticipated performance based 2017 Ford Focus RS being introduced to the market, a few of its new features seemed to have made their way to the Fiesta. First, the RS badge is new to the Fiesta and will symbolize it as part of Ford’s new performance based lineup.

A few other major feature upgrades on the Fiesta are the large air inlets, fender flares, and noticeable intercooler. With its new performance getup, the Fiesta should also see an upgraded engine, transmission, and suspension.

Whatever the changes may be, we’re excited for the new Ford performance lineup and can’t wait to see what else is in store! To experience the new Ford lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs, visit us Highway Ford!

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