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2019 Ford Ranger Will Return to the States!

Ford Ranger 2012 20

We’re guessing that the 2019 Ford Ranger will have some similar feature to the 2012 European version, shown here.


If you’re not excited yet, you should be: Ford has announced the Ford Ranger pickup will return to the United States in 2019. So start packing for your next big adventure now, because the 2019 Ford Ranger is sure to deliver all the rugged capability you’ll need to press on when the main road ends and the backcountry begins. This ultra-versatile truck is sure to be a massive hit for the adventurous, the brave, the curious, and those who simply love a good time.

 

Still available in pretty much every market besides North America, details about the new 2019 Ford Ranger are still emerging. It seems quite clear, though, that the new Ranger—set to be built in Ford Michigan assembly plant and sold in the US—won’t be the same as the Ranger currently available elsewhere in the world. For now, all we can do is speculate about what a North American Ranger will look and feel like.

 

All Ford has confirmed is that the American Ranger will get its own “front styling, engines, and features.” And while this might seem like very little to get excited about, the prospect of a newly reengineered Ford Ranger is a lot to look forward to. In the meantime, stop by Highway Ford and stay in the know as more details emerge about the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Best Barbecue Recipes for Summer

 

Summer is the perfect time to fire up your grill and do some barbecuing, and what better way to do it than with the internet’s favorite barbecue recipes? From hearty meat dishes to vegetarian options to food from around the world, there are all kinds of recipes to explore this summer beyond burgers.

For the meat lovers, there’s a whole world of fun, unique recipes to try, like these Sweet Cola Ribs on Food Network’s website and this smoked salmon recipe. Try out Bobby Flay’s pork loin with Belgian Ale marinade or these unique ribs with peach barbecue sauce.

Meat isn’t the only thing you can grill, though. Really you can grill just about anything, even fruit! Grilled peaches and pineapples get a beautiful char that brings out all that sweet flavor, while a grilled banana caramelizes into gooey perfection, and pears and cantaloupe can be grilled and added to decadent desserts.

Of course, everyone likes a good side dish. Potatoes are always a favorite—new potatoes cook up perfectly for potato salads—and eggplant can be grilled and put on sandwiches or blended up for baba ganoush. Asparagus, squash, peppers, and mushrooms—make a grilled veggie salad or pop them on skewers with a few bites of chicken or steak!

Finally, the grill is perfect for putting a tasty char on pita bread or naan to make a fresh, summery Greek salad sandwich or a great dipper for your curry. Whatever you’re looking to throw on the grill this summer, there’s a recipe for you!

For ideas about transporting your grill for tailgating or camping, storing food in your car, and more, give us a call at Highway Ford or check out our website!

Best Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Americans love pickup trucks. In fact, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle, not just truck, in the country. If you need some convincing on why you should join the truck club, here are five reasons to buy a pickup.

  1. Move some stuff. If you ever have to move something while owning a truck, you will wonder how you ever managed before. Throw whatever you can fit into the back of your truck and repeat until you’re finished.
  2. Get some cool accessories. Trucks are some of the best vehicles when it comes to accessories. Buy a tent that connects to your truck bed, get some unique seat covers, or add some roof rails.
  3. Tow heavy things. The 2017 Ford F-150 can tow up to 10,500 pounds; that equals a mighty big boat or trailer. Heavy-duty trucks can handle even more than that.
  4. Drive through rough terrain. When you opt for the four-wheel drive version of a pickup, you will get some rugged capabilities that can help get you through deep snow, thick mud, and uneven gravel.
  5. Get the respect you deserve. People will treat you differently based on the car you drive and when you drive a pickup, people will see you as confident and down-to-Earth.

If you want to get these and many other benefits, come test drive a great Ford truck at Highway Ford today.

Your Guide to Truck Cab Types

Truck Cab Types

If you’re in the market for a new truck, you’ve probably noticed that there are so many different options to choose from. But one of the most important is which cab style you want. Here we’ll outline the truck cab types you’ll come across when shopping for your new truck. Perhaps a Ford F-150?

Regular Cab

The Regular Cab style has two doors and a single row of seating. It’s perfect for carrying or towing large loads with a maximum towing capacity of 12,200 pounds when properly equipped.

SuperCab (Extended Cab)

The SuperCab, or extended cab, comes with 4 doors and two rows of seats, doubling the rider capacity of the Regular cab. The SuperCab is ideal if you want more enclosed storage space than the Regular Cab, but not quite as much legroom for backseat passengers like the SuperCrew.

SuperCrew® (Crew Cab)

The SuperCrew, or Crew Cab, style is ideal for carrying both people and their stuff. Not unlike the SuperCab, it has four doors and can seat six. There is a slightly shorter bed, but a much more comfortable ride for your passengers.

If you’re interested in shopping for your next truck, make sure you stop by Highway Ford in DeRidder, LA today!

Ford Celebrates Eight Years as a World’s Most Ethical Company

World’s Most Ethical Company

More and more, people are becoming concerned not only with the quality of their products, but also where products are coming from, leading to a movement in ethical consumption. Part of this movement has given birth to the list of companies bearing the title “World’s Most Ethical Company.” 2017 marks the eighth year in a row Ford has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company due to the brand’s commitment to corporate responsibility.

This achievement is a big deal, because it’s the longest streak of any manufacturer in the auto industry. However, from monitoring company safety and human rights on the job to founding the Partnership for a Cleaner Environment to fostering long-term relationships with suppliers, Ford has gone the distance through an application of many ethical policies.

Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, expressed his gratitude for the recognition and explained, “Strong ethics and corporate citizenship are the foundation of our business philosophy, which demonstrates to our customers what we stand for as a company.”

By investing in both its employees and the communities surrounding factories and dealerships, Ford has certainly earned its place on the list as a World’s Most Ethical Company, striving for an image as a more responsible and involved force in the auto industry.  We work hard to represent Ford Motor Company, and its ethical standards well here at Highway Ford!

Be a Courteous Driver and Practice Cell Phone Courtesy

Driving and Cell phones have become two very important things in our lives.  With all the latest technology in vehicles, talking on your cell phone has become commonplace while you are driving.  Many of us like to think that we can safely talk on our phones while driving because we use a hands-free device.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), it doesn’t matter if you’re holding or phone or not, holding a cell phone conversation while driving is just plain dangerous and rude.

When you’re driving and see someone holding their phone and talking don’t you try to avoid driving near them? When a driver is using their cell phone, it can actually cause them to miss seeing up to 50% of the environment around them. This is because the brain quickly switches between paying attention to the road and paying attention to the conversation.

While you might think talking on your phone is the same as talking to a passenger, it isn’t. When you are talking to an adult passenger, they can act as another set of eyes, can easily stop talking when traffic conditions become difficult, and can even help point out potential driving hazards.

To be an attentive and courteous driver, there are three important factors: eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.

So, be a courteous driver and wait until you reach your destination or pull over if you need to talk on your phone. For more safe driving tips, stop by Highway Ford today!  We would be more than happy to help!

Where Is the Funding for Ford’s New Technology Coming From?

Ford's New Technology | DeRidder, LAAutomakers across the board are working to develop new, more sophisticated technologies to further advance the automotive industry. Ford announced that it will seek to fund its latest batch of technology through a long-term debt plan. The move will mark the first time in four years that Ford has added to its debt—and it couldn’t be for a better reason.

Ford’s new technology will cover a range of areas, including electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and alternative mobility, like ride-sharing services.

“It’s a supportive marketplace for long-term debt given where rates are, and we want to make sure that throughout the cycle of the industry we have the flexibility to do what we need to do and want to do, especially in the emerging part of the business,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford Americas President.

Ford is targeting the large SUV segment specifically when it comes to new technologies. General Motors has dominated the market past few years, but recent updates to the Ford Explorer have put it back on track as a true competitor.

The Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator will undergo their first full redesign in nearly 15 years, effectively giving General Motors a run for the market. Amid extra funding, Ford’s technology will likely come at an accelerated rate as well.

Here at Highway Ford, we’re pumped to see such a dedicated automaker working tirelessly to develop new technologies!

Fun Outdoor Winter Activities for the Whole Family

Winter Activities | DeRidder, LAIt can be difficult to get outside during winter, especially if you live in a particularly cold environment. That can lead to a buildup of energy and restlessness in both kids and adults. Fortunately, not all hope is lost once the first snow hits the ground. We here at Highway Ford have a few fun outdoor winter activities we’d like to recommend so you don’t have to stay inside all season long!

  • Sledding – A classic winter pastime, sledding is still incredibly popular in most communities. All you need is a sled and a hill with snow on it. For this, check out local area businesses that generally don’t operate during winter, like golf courses. If all else fails, head to a local hill and start sledding!
  • Paint – In order to create snow paint, all you need is food coloring and a spray bottle. Hand the bottles off to the kids and let them paint your yard a variety of colors. You’re bound to have the most interesting snow-covered yard in town!
  • Photography – When all else fails, grab your camera (or smartphone) and take pictures. You never know what gorgeous landscape you might capture. Don’t forget to take a few pictures of the kids as well so you have something to look back on in the future!

Holiday Travel Tips

Family Christmas at Beach

Thanksgiving is over and many travelers are already back at home, but Christmas is in just a few weeks—that means many will be hitting the road once again. Whether you plan on driving or flying, there are number of useful tips to make your holiday travels easier. We here at Highway Ford have some helpful holiday travel tips to help you arrive at your destination with minimal stress.

  • Planning – If you will be traveling for the holidays, now is the perfect time to start planning. Get your plane tickets and do whatever necessary tasks have to be completed before leaving. Make sure to pack a few days in advance so you don’t forget anything, put a hold on the mail, and stop the local newspaper if you receive one. Drivers would do well to plan out their route ahead of time to avoid any snags.
  • Earplugs – Airports and car rides with the family can be loud and, by extension, irritating. Make sure to pack earplugs to avoid any loud children or chatty adults. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring an eye mask as well if you intend on sleeping along the way.
  • Eat – Foregoing meals is a very fast way to a short temper and bad attitude. Make sure to eat something every few hours, especially if you’re hungry, to keep your temper in check and avoid blowing up at a helpless flight attendant.

Ford Unveils Its Next Generation of Crash Avoidance Technologies

Crash Avoidance Technologies

When it comes to advanced vehicle technology, there is no name in the industry more qualified than Ford. Ford is constantly developing new technologies to not only make driving more responsive, but also safer. Ford is currently creating initiatives to advance their vehicle’s driving and safety capabilities to a whole new level.

According to a Ford press release, Ford unveiled its next generation of crash avoidance technologies.

Ford vehicles already come equipped with some of the most advanced safety systems in the automotive industry, such as adaptive cruise control. However, the latest batch of Ford technologies is set to make Ford vehicles even safer.

Among those new safety systems is Ford’s cross-traffic alert with braking technology, a systems that not only makes driving safer for the drivers, but also for the pedestrians around them.

“Driver-assist technologies help us all be better drivers because they enhance our ability to see and sense the road around us,” said Scott Lindstrom, manager for driver-assist and active safety at Ford. “Ford’s investment in research and development is paying off by accelerating innovation to expand our portfolio of driver-assist technologies that deliver functionality and performance that customers will value.”

When it comes to making sure that vehicles are safe, Ford is ready to explore new technologies in order to go the extra mile for safety! Check out the latest Ford has to offer at Highway Ford today!

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