Ford Fusion Hybrid is U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for Families

For the fourth year in a row, the Ford Fusion Hybrid has come out on top as the U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for Families, establishing the hybrid sedan as the perfect family car for parents looking to go green. The Fusion Hybrid combines superior fuel efficiency, plenty of space, and sleek, sexy styling to offer a vehicle that is sure to make the other parents in the car pool lane jealous.

The EPA has given the Fusion Hybrid an estimated fuel economy rating of 44 miles per gallon city and 41 mpg highway. Combining this terrific fuel efficiency with the hybrid vehicle’s comfortable ride and agile performance, it’s no surprise that the Fusion Hybrid is a top choice for U.S. News’ editors. Inside the cabin, the sedan offers a variety of high-tech, driver assistance features, including Ford’s Sync system and MyFord Touch infotainment system. It also has lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and parallel park assist, along with many other terrific technologies.

For more information about the Ford Fusion Hybrid, don’t hesitate to contact Shults Ford of Harmarville today!

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Two New Ford EcoBoost Engines Move to Cleveland Plant

Production has officially begun on two new Ford EcoBoost engines at the Cleveland Engine Plant in Ohio. These engines include the all-new twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost and 2.3-liter EcoBoost.

Previously, these engines had been produced in Valencia, Spain; however, now the Cleveland Engine Plant will take over the North American production. The move was part of a $200 million investment in Cleveland and added 450 new jobs to support the production.

“With more than 4 million Eco Boost-powered vehicles on the road today, Cleveland Engine has been at the forefront of our plan to provide our customers with fuel-efficient, affordable engines,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing, in a statement. “The hardworking team at Cleveland Engine is proud to build two of the most technologically advanced engines on the market today.”

The twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is available in the new Ford Edge. And, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is available in the Ford Mustang, Explorer, and Lincoln MKC.

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are proud to see Ford bringing more production to the United States.

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2015 Ford Edge Production Begins, Creating 400 Jobs

The production schedule for the 2015 Ford Edge is on its way, bringing 400 new jobs to the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada along with it. This is a huge venture for Ford, who will be distributed the car all over the world.

The 2015 Edge has more than a few upgrades from its predecessor, including a 180-degree front camera, park-assistance, side park sensors, and even adaptive steering, which adjusts the steering wheel based on speed and other factors.

Each standard model will be powered by Ford’s twin-scroll turbo 2-liter Ecoboost engine, a new product from Ford. Additionally, a Sport version of the Edge will have a 2.7-liter V6 Ecoboost engine.

All three trim levels for the 2015 Edge – SE, SEL, and Titanium – will be available in the next year, after the 2015 Ford Edge production has been in full-swing for some time.

Are you looking forward to the 2015 Ford Edge? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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What’s That Weird Noise Coming From My Car?

Like an old friend, we come to know all of the idiosyncrasies of our automobile. In particular, we know how it sounds when its running good. Consequently, we know when something’s awry because that healthy hum is somehow…different. If find yourself asking, “What’s that weird noise coming from my car?” then keep on reading.

KNOW YOUR SQUEALS

A high-pitched squealing sound usually indicates one thing: brake pads are done. Pads are manufactured with a small piece of metal that rubs against the discs when the pads have worn down. In other words, it may be time for new pads!

There’s another kind of squeal that could indicate another issue. Sometimes a worn-out or damaged belt can make a certain squealing sound. You can visually check your belts to see if they are cracked or chipped or otherwise damaged.

BAD DRUMMER

When your engine is idling and its doing so a rhythmically, this could indicate that your engine is misfiring. Dummies.com suggests that you “remove the spark plugs one at a time and check to see if they’re clean and properly gapped.”

FLAT BUT NOT REALLY FLAT

If you hear a thump-thump-THUMP and it seems to be coming from a tire and that tire is properly inflated, it may mean that a tire is flat-spotted. Tires have cords inside and sometimes overnight, they can flatten out since the tire is sitting on the same spot. The cool thing is that this is no big deal at all. The sound should go away after you’ve driven a little while.

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