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Five Stars for Ford F-150 Supercrew: Pickup Earns Top Safety Rating

2015 Ford F-150

When it came to redesigning the Ford F-150, the designers and engineers not only crafted the next generation of the ever-popular pickup, but they also built a truck that continues to keep its passengers safe. The 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew earned a five-star rating for Overall Vehicle Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition to using aluminum to construct much of the truck’s body and shedding 700 pounds off the weight of the previous model, the F-150 SuperCrew incorporates 31 new innovations for improved safety. No wonder the pickup passed safety tests with flying colors to earn the highest safety rating the government gives.

“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. He further states:

“Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”

For more information on the features that helped the F-150 earn a top safety rating, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Highway Ford.  We will be more than happy to assist you!

Mustang Wins Vincentric Best Value in America Award for 6th Straight Year

2015 Ford MustangThe Ford Mustang has done it again: for the sixth straight year, America’s favorite pony car has won the Vincentric Best Value in America Award for Sports Cars.

This award is based on statistical analysis that combines total cost of ownership of 2015 model year vehicles with their current market price, taking in account insurance, financing, maintenance, and depreciation. After weighing all these categories, the winner is chosen from the one that does the best overall!

In other words, if you are buying a sports car, the 2015 Mustang will give you the best bang for your buck. At Highway Ford, we’d wager that a big part of that is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which uses direct injection and variable cam timing to deliver huge power at little cost of fuel—making the car more economical in the long run.

The Vincentric Best Value in America Award joins the many other honors the Mustang has already racked up, including “Hottest Car” of the 2014 SEMA Show, 2015 Automobile All-Star, Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Entry Sport Car, Cars.com’s Shoppers’ Choice Award, and lots more!  For more information about everyone’s favorite sports car, contact us here at Highway Ford today!

Examining the Difference Between Synthetic and Conventional Oil

Check oil

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It is absolutely essential to the proper functioning of your engine. In the last few years, synthetic oil has gained popularity. Most people are familiar with conventional oil and like with anything, it takes time for a new model to catch on. But, is synthetic oil worth it? What’s the difference between synthetic and conventional oil?

Synthetic oil is made in a lab, as opposed to being derived from petroleum. HowStuffWorks.com reports that synthetic oil can “produce less resistance in the engine.” That means that the oil isn’t fighting the movement of the engine parts. Thus, you get more horsepower and improved efficiency. Using synthetic oil, your vehicle can go anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 miles between oil changes.

While at first it might seem like using synthetic oil is a no-brainer, it is more expensive. You’d have to do a little math to ensure that it was indeed the cheaper way to go.

And for those that contend that synthetic oil is more environmentally-friendly, that is arguable. HowStuffWorks says that “synthetics are unfortunately formed by chemicals that are no less harmful to the environment.” However, it’s highly likely that they are the greener choice.

Speaking of oil, are you due for an oil change? Pay us a visit at Highway Ford and we’ll take care of it quickly!

Ford Motor Company Gives Back Almost $100 Million to Charities

People Working together

When it comes to impacting our world, Ford Motor Company is serious about making a difference. The automaker is limitless in its efforts to shaping the way we move, but the company also ventures to get involved in local communities, serving in those places where it provides vehicles. During 2014, Ford and Lincoln dealers provided almost $100 million to charities and local causes.

Each year, Ford asks its dealers around the world to report their charitable giving in the Survey on Dealer Giving. The survey results tell of dealers’ involvement in the local community, not only in giving financially, but in giving of their time as well. Dealership employees gave close to 1 million volunteer hours as they supported the local community by involving their hands and feet.

“These amazing results exemplify the pattern of caring and compassion we have come to recognize among Ford dealers across the globe,” said Edsel B. Ford II, chair of the Salute to Dealers awards program, which recognizes the philanthropy of Ford dealers.

“We know that regardless of the challenges our dealers face, contributing at this level is done not just out of a sense of duty, but out of a passion they share with their employees and customers.”

Based on the survey, 82% of both Ford and Lincoln dealers gave to various organizations to positively impact the community.

Here at Highway Ford, we are proud to be able to pitch in and make our community a little better and a little brighter. Together with other Ford Motor Company dealers, we truly are changing the world.

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang – The ‘Stang Loses Weight but Gained Tons of Power!

The latest Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang, revealed at the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, is the newest bad boy on the track.

“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Raj Nair, the Ford Group’s vice president of global product development. It is clear that the Shelby GT350R Mustang has made some major improvements.

In an effort to conserve weight, the GT350R shed its back seats, stereo system, air conditioning, and backup camera. With the loss of those items and the incorporation of carbon fiber wheels, the GT350R weighs an astonishing 130 lbs less than its GT350 counterpart resulting in quicker acceleration, better braking, and better control around corners.

Under the hood, the GT350R includes a 5.2-liter 500 horsepower V8 engine, which may leave some racers unimpressed compared to the 650 hp of the Corvette Z06 and the 707 hp of the Hellcat.  However, Ford assures us that with the tuned up suspension, aerodynamic exterior, and impressive thrust-to-weight ratio, the Mustang is sure to be the fastest on the track!

Come visit us at Highway Ford this spring and feel the power of the Mustang GT350R.

The F-150 is Named Truck Trend Pickup of the Year

Awards for the new F-150 just keep coming in, including the Truck Trend Pickup of the Year. Not only is the new model tougher and more capable than ever, but it’s also one of the smartest pickups Ford has developed to date.

So what does “smart” mean? According to Ford, the 2015 F-150 features a new 360-degree camera, integrated loading rams, BoxLink™ brackets and cleats, LED headlamps, and a remote tailgate among other things. To top it off, the lightweight aluminum design and all-new engine options make it more efficient and powerful than ever.

“Ford has found a sweet spot in the half-ton pickup segment, delivering a compelling mix of efficiency and capability, while still delivering an enhanced driving experience that American consumers demand,” said Sean P. Holman, Truck Trend content director. “What we put these trucks through was nothing short of grueling, and it was the F-150 that consistently impressed our experts.”

So far the 2015 F-150 has won 16 awards – not too bad considering it’s been on the market for less than a year. Truck Trend isn’t just following suit by giving the new model the prestigious title; they recognize the incredible new design and capability of the 2015 F-150. Test drive the latest Ford pickup here at Highway Ford soon!

A Look Back at Some of the Best Ford Highlights for 2014

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

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.

Aluminum-Bodied F-150

2014 Ford F-150

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

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!

Ford F-150 Hybrid Pickup Development Is Underway

 

2015 Ford F-150

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!

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.

5-Millionth Super Duty Being Built at Kentucky Truck Plant

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.

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