Ford Pinto Remains Popular at Employee Car Show

Ford LogoThe Ford Pinto never had the staying power of, say, the Mustang—but maybe that’s worked to the car’s advantage historically, as the Pinto remains one of the company’s most popular vintage cars. In fact, about 50 Pinto owners drove from all over the country to convene at the Ford employee car show on July 19. They showed off the Pintos there and also at places like the fourth annual Pinto Stampede, proudly displaying their love for the classic Ford car. The Pinto Stampede also acts as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“They’re cute. They’re unique. They’re sexy. They’re a breed all their own. They’re an attention-getter. I get stopped by people, because they have a Pinto story,” Jim Smutek, an owner of an orange 1976 Pinto coupe, said.

The Pinto is just one example of the special connection between Ford owners and their vehicles—it’s more of a love affair than a simple relationship between a driver and a car. Today’s Ford vehicles are just as good and as lovable as the Pinto, so come check vehicles like the Mustang, the F-150, and the Focus at Shults Ford of Harmarville today.

Ford Honor Ex-CEO with Mulally Scholarship

Alan Mulally scholarshipIn Alan Mulally’s eight years with the Ford Motor Company, he led Ford out of recession and back into success before his retirement. As a way to say thank you, Ford has now created a scholarship in his honor.

The Mulally scholarship will be formally named the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship and both Ford and its philanthropic arm will contribute a total of $1 million. The money will be awarded to engineering students, in their sophomore or junior years, who plan on becoming automotive engineers.

“Alan’s engineering background and data-driven decision-making paved the way for the extraordinary leadership he provided at Ford,” Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. “We are honoring his legacy by providing scholarships to students who demonstrate the strong engineering ability that is required to develop into the next generation of leaders for our industry.”

Each year, a one-time $10,000 scholarship will be given out to 10 promising engineering students at universities all over the world. It will be a part of the Ford Blue Oval Scholars program and information on how to apply will be available there in the coming months.

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we want to congratulate Mr. Mulally on this great honor and hope he is enjoying his time in retirement.

More U.S. Military Families Own Ford than Any Other Auto Brand

ford and U.S. military familiesIn a Polk study evaluating which vehicles 19.3 million U.S. military families own, three Ford models stood out among the top 10. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville couldn’t be more proud to have so many Ford models owned by households with an active, veteran, or retired member of the military.

The always-popular Ford F-150 topped the list of best-selling vehicles among military families. The Ford Escape was the highest ranking utility vehicle on the list, sitting at the number three spot. The Ford Focus sedan placed number nine on the list, rounding out the automaker’s diverse list of vehicles driven by American military families.

Seeing Ford models throughout the top 10 list is a humbling reality. It means the men and women who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom are willing to trust us with their lives and the lives of their families. That is a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and we know the folks at Ford Motor Company don’t either. Over 5,900 employees are either actively serving or have previously served in the military.

“Military families, in particular, desire the efficiency, capability and smart technology Ford vehicles offer,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales, Service.

“Ford has a long history of supporting active-duty military personnel and veterans, and it is an honor American military families buy Ford more than any other brand.”

2015 Ford Focus Going Diesel

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The wait is over and the 2015 Ford Focus ST will finally be revealed to the public. Where, you ask? This big reveal will be taking place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend in the UK.  There are many options for hatchbacks in Europe but not so many that run on diesel, which will now be an option for the 2015 Ford Focus ST.

This Ford Focus will be packing a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four generating 182 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with a top speed reaching 135 miles per hour (which is less than the gasoline Focus, but who needs to go that fast anyways!).

The big difference between the diesel Focus and gasoline Focus are the amount of emissions that are put out and the fuel economy. This is a double win for the diesel because it puts out a third of the emissions and gets 50 percent better fuel economy.

The Ford Focus diesel will have all of the new features that the 2015 Ford Focus ST will have including: recalibrated suspension, updated front-end and rear-end styling, and upgraded impressive interior equipment. This is a hatchback that it worth considering!

If you are interested in a new Ford Focus, check out our new inventory at Shults Ford in Harmarville!