2014 Ford Escape Interior
Ford has introduced several cool, new apps for Ford SYNC AppLink to improve owner convenience and entertainment, including AccuWeather, Life360, and Radio Disney.
The AccuWeather app introduces MinuteCast technology to AppLink customers, which uses an exact address of GPS location to provide minute-by-minute forecasting, information about precipitation type, intensity, and duration to the driver, so the weather will never surprise or hinder you ever again.
Life360 is a free smartphone app that helps family members and close friends stay in touch by showing where they are on a private map and allowing them to send group or one-to-one messages. Being busy is no longer an excuse not to stay in touch!
Most of all, families will enjoy Radio Disney, a 24-hour network devoted to kids and tweens with family-friendly content. It features music, interviews, and live performances by some of today’s most popular artists.
Enjoy these new Ford SYNC apps and all the rest AppLink has to offer with a new Ford car or truck from Highway Ford!
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.
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.
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.
When you’re as important to the American corporate and cultural landscape as the Ford Motor Company, you become much more than an automaker to people. Ford has become especially beloved in the Kansas City area, where they’ve implemented some excellent philanthropic measures like the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, which seeks to better prepare newly licensed teens to be safe behind the wheel.
In fact, Ford has recently and greatly expanded its efforts in the area, pouring more than $600,000 into programs in the Kansas City area. Working with local dealers, Ford has donated a Ford Transit to The Don Bosco Centers to help deliver food to people with disabilities and the elderly, and also poured more money and effort into the Driving Skills program, among other things.
“Ford is committed to making a lasting difference in our communities,” Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Ford and Community Services, said. “This new initiative allows us to adopt a strategic approach to philanthropy that will provide ongoing support to the Kansas City area. By working jointly with our dealers and nonprofits, we are creating a better world for our employees, their families and the communities where we live and work.”
Here at Highway Ford, that’s exactly what we strive to do as well—make the world better for you, our excellent and loyal customers, one Ford vehicle at a time. Come see us today to see our excellent inventory and hear more about Ford, products and philanthropy alike.
Something keeps getting lost in the aluminum shuffle surrounding the all-new 2015 Ford F-150—the fact that the F-150 offers enough innovation and technology to make it an interesting vehicle even if the frame was made out of wood (which, of course, it is not). Here at Highway Ford, the most exciting of these new technologies is the special power rear window, an innovation created, designed, and implemented by Magna International. The new power rear window will have seamless functionality, adding a new level of convenience to America’s best-selling truck.
The special window option comes as a direct response to customer feedback, according to Noah Mass, manager of body exterior mechanisms for Ford. “They said they wanted visibility, that it seals well when it is closed, but still able to open the center window and use the defog when it is open,” Mass said. To meet this need, Ford opened a design competition, and Magna International delivered exactly what both Ford and its customers wanted.
The new window is an efficient one-piece sealing technology, and it even offers a heating grid that can keep the rear window defrosted even when the window is open. That’s the kind of technology you can’t find anywhere but with the Blue Oval. The folks at Ford are already looking for new ways to deploy this technology, so make sure to let them know which Ford vehicle could most benefit from the sliding power rear window option.
The Ford Mustang is one of the Blue Oval’s most famous and influential models—and it’s now stretched that influence over half a century. However, as Ford introduces the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition, the brand wants to make it clear that the Mustang has always been a collaborative effort. Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s vice president for global purchasing, recently highlighted all the awesome supplier-made innovations included on the new Mustang.
Those supplier technologies, on the Mustang alone, include quarter windows made with louvered glass and hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails. “Considering the impact suppliers have on our business, with 70 percent of the value of the vehicle being purchased from our supplier partners, our suppliers are critical to our ability to offer attractive solutions to our customers,” Thai-Tang said in a statement.
Suppliers were also responsible for key additions and innovations on the upcoming 2015 F-150 as well. These two great new vehicles prove that the Ford Motor Company is consistently invested in finding the best people to work on their products and thus create the best possible automobiles in the world. So come in to Highway Ford to check out all of these amazing Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs today.
There have been no summer doldrums for the Ford Motor Company, as the brand moved 212,236 vehicles in just the month of July alone. That number was good enough for a 10% increase in sales over last year’s numbers, which also made this the best July for the Blue Oval in eight years. Ford sales in the month were led by SUVs like the Escape and Explorer as well as a strong performance from the Fusion midsize sedan.
“July proved to be a very good month for Ford and Lincoln with positive gains across the board in all the major segments,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Escape and Fusion were big contributors to our sales increases, with both setting July sales records. F-Series again topped the 60,000-vehicle sales mark and we’re seeing great initial demand for our launch vehicles, such as the Transit Connect, Transit Connect Wagon and the Lincoln MKC as availability builds.”
We’re seeing lots of that same demand here at Highway Ford, too, so make sure to come see us as soon as you can. As you can tell, based on those crazy sales numbers, these cars don’t sit on our lots for long. So come see us today to find the perfect Ford car, truck or SUV for you and your family today!
We love talking about the Ford Mustang here at Highway Ford. Whether it’s a perfectly restored classic muscle version, or a modern model year that races past the dealership with engines roaring! So it should come to no surprise to our constant readers that anytime we get new news about the Ford Mustang we can’t wait to share it. Well today, we have some new information not about the model itself but instead a company that creates some the top of the line aftermarket modifications for the Ford Mustang and their triumphant return to the market.
Saleen, one of the most well known producers of aftermarket tuners for America’s favorite muscle cars has reunited after a split awhile back. Recently, they released the first teaser image of their 2015 Saleen 302 Ford Mustang to prove why so many people consider them the best at what they do. Aside from the teaser image not much is known about the specifics of the vehicle but the image is enough to get Ford Mustang fans drooling over what their beloved Mustangs could look like. Saleen created the Saleen S7 which many consider the “True American Exotic” so we all have high expectations for the 2015 Saleen 302 Ford Mustang!
Ford fans worldwide are not only fans of the current Ford model cars, trucks and SUVs but also of vintage cars. Older cars are more than just the history of the Ford name, they’re the history of our nation and our ingenuity and our drive to do better and be better. It shows that one day long long ago (and in a galaxy far far away….sorry….couldn’t help but add the Star Wars reference in there!) a great man looked at the busy streets and said we can make this better, faster, and more efficient. Old cars are like a scrap book of the auto industry’s growth over the years and many Ford fans love to cherish these moments.
Today, we’d like to bring you a video of Jay Leno riding Henry Ford II’s original ’52 Ferrari 212 Barchetta. Although it may not be a Ford vehicle, the relationship between Ford and Enzo Ferrari is interesting to say the least and begins with an amazing friendship! For those who love classic cars and the history that comes along with them (which we here at Highway Ford are) you’ll have to watch the video below! We have to admit we’re pretty envious of Leno and his great car collection!