Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday where we all get to be a little bit Irish, even if we’re not. St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh is a big deal. Not only do we have a parade, but there are other fun events taking place throughout the month of March.

This year’s parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Saturday, March 17th at 10am. The parade route starts at Grant St. and 11th, turns right on Boulevard of the Allies, and ends at Commonwealth Place. If you want to get a good viewing spot along the route, be sure to head out early. Drive your Ford Explorer or Expedition so you can fit the whole crew. With the addition of Ford’s Safe & Smart Package, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and Sync® 3 technology, you’ll have zero stress about getting there safely and finding a parking spot. Pick up a new one at Shults Ford of Harmarville before the 17th to get one in time!

For even more fun, try the St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner held at Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant on March 3rd and 17th. Tickets cost $37.50 and include a dinner buffet, dessert, and the fun of a murder mystery.

If you’re looking for some Irish-themed fun after St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Celtic Dinner Theater from 6-8pm on Sunday, March 18th. Tickets are $49.99 each and include a traditional Irish meal and entertainment from Eric Michael and Julie Powell as well as others.

Be sure to enjoy your Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

The Military’s Favorite Vehicle Is the Ford F-150

For 41 years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup truck in America and the best-selling vehicle overall for 36 years. Which makes it no surprise that the military’s favorite vehicle is also the Ford F-150.

According to an analysis of veterans and active-duty military personnel who use the United Services Automobile Association’s (USAA) car buying service, the Ford F-150 is the No. 1 vehicle purchased across all branches of the military last year.

“We are proud and humbled that those who protect and defend our country choose Ford F-Series,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body is designed to serve customers who are used to performing in the harshest of environments and who rely on the capability, durability, and functionality delivered consistently by Built Ford Tough.”

The 2018 Ford F-150, which is available now at Shults Ford of Harmarville, is the most impressive and most capable F-150 ever. This year, it adds a new lineup of engines, including the first-ever diesel option along with updated exterior styling. Furthermore, every engine will come standard with stop-start technology. Buyers can also opt for an improved forward collision mitigation system for even better protection.

For the best-selling vehicle in the nation, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville to check out the Ford F-150 and ask about the Military and First Responder Bonus Cash incentive!

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5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Pittsburgh

The new year is in full swing, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for some new and exciting Valentine’s Day date ideas in Pittsburgh to surprise your loved one with? Consider a few of Shults Ford Harmarville’s best staff picks this year:

  • Relax at a spa: You both work hard. Treat yourself to a day at the spa, like Peace Love and Zen in East Liberty. Your body (and mind) will thank you.
  • Get on the water: Sign up for an evening ride on the Gateway Clipper for a night of romance with live music and a buffet dinner.
  • Go to a museum: Pittsburgh offers a wealth of museums, but a staff favorite is the Andy Warhol Museum.
  • Keep it classic: Dinner and a movie have proven themselves to be the perfect recipe for a successful date. Grab dinner at a restaurant such as Legume in Oakland or The Commoner tavern downtown. Then catch a movie at Row House Cinema, which includes over 140 soda varieties to enjoy.

Valentine’s Day date ideas in Pittsburgh

Ford F-150 Is the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

Shults Ford Harmarville is proud to announce that the Ford F-150 has earned the title of 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

The victory has been years in the making. A few years back, Ford made the humongous announcement that it would be switching to an aluminum body for the 2015 Ford F-150. The move was a bold one that wasn’t always popular, though Ford did manage to increase fuel economy, offer more rust resistance, and increase towing capacity.

Even so, Ford had to fight Chevy’s erroneous claims that the aluminum made the F-150 less durable than the Silverado while Ford also had to do battle with Ram’s ultra-efficient diesel models. But the aluminum body transition was just phase one in a number of steps meant to better the F-150.

Over the last few years, Ford has continued to push boundaries, improving engines and adding new ones—as well as a new transmission. Ford also worked on improving the interior and making the infotainment system more intuitive. Those years of hard work have ultimately paid off, as the F-150 has finally taken the coveted title home.

Want to experience the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year for yourself? Test drive the F-150 at Shults Ford Harmarville.

2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

Holiday Events in Pittsburgh: Have Fun this Winter

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The holiday season is upon us, which means there are several holiday events in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re looking for a romantic event for a date or for a simply something fun to do with the whole family, there’s an event for nearly everyone. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we’ve put together a list of just a few of the many upcoming holiday events and activities in the area.

According to Visit Pittsburgh, there are a number of holiday performances in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. For example, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has an annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The Pittsburgh CLO also puts on a performance of A Christmas Carol every year, and the Symphony Orchestra will have Highmark Holiday Pops.

Next, check out the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Held from November 17 to December 23, this market is designed like a quaint European village, yet it’s held in the heart of the Downtown’s Market Square. You can find holiday gifts from a long list of local vendors. There’s also hot apple cider and a range of local restaurants nearby for dinner.

Finally, visit the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh on December 31. This New Year’s Eve celebration is an arts-centered event held in the Cultural District. There will be live music, performances, ice sculptures, and more. An extravaganza that’s great for families, you can be a part of the 50,000 participants that will gather to see the ball drop in Pittsburgh. This is just one of the many fun things to do this winter in the area.

New 2018 F-150 Awards Include Motor Trend Truck of the Year

There are numerous 2018 F-150 awards, and they only seem to increase with every year. The F-150 recently beat out the competition to earn the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, which is the fifth time this truck has won the title. Demonstrating incredible performance and intelligent design, it’s easy to see why the F-150 took home first place.

According to Ford, the new F-150 was tested in multiple categories. These included advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, value, efficiency, and performance of intended function. The F-150 excelled in several categories, but the judges noted in particular its great towing capabilities, high-tech features, and powertrain performance.

“This year’s competition was fierce, but the vote was unanimous,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor in chief. “The newly redesigned 2018 F-150 exceeded our expectations in every category – powertrain, performance, technology and overall execution.”

Four types of F-150 models were tested as well. These include the F-150 XL, Lariat, Platinum, and the off-road Raptor. Each of these trims is designed to cater to a range of different needs. For example, the Lariat comes with an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine that saves you money at the pump without sacrificing power. The Platinum is truly refined, while the Raptor is for off-road enthusiasts. To learn more about the award-winning Ford F-150 lineup, visit Shults Ford of Harmarville.

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Five Things We Love About the 2018 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge crossover is a classic for a reason. This vehicle has consistently offered versatility, comfort, capability, and safety to all sorts of driver lifestyles. It’s no surprise that the 2018 Ford Edge manages to take all of its best traits and make them even better. It’s too hard to pick favorites, but we’ll share with you five things that we really love about the new 2018 Ford Edge.

SEL Sport Appearance Package

There are plenty of ways to customize the Ford Edge. When you want a particularly stylish SUV, you can opt for this appearance package, which adds a sleek front grille, a rear spoiler, darkened headlamps, and 19-inch wheels.

EcoBoost® Engines

Both the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® offer the perfect balance of power and efficiency in this SUV.


The 2018 Ford Edge offers the latest Ford infotainment system for effortless connectivity. SYNC® 3 features natural voice commands, smartphone connectivity, navigation, and more.

FordPass™ App

You can take advantage of the technology in the 2018 Ford Edge to the fullest when you use the FordPass™ smartphone app. Find parking, compare fuel prices, and more from your smartphone.

Safety Features

The 2018 Ford Edge features a long list of advanced safety features, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and a Lane-Keeping System, that make for confident driving anywhere you go.

These are just five things from a seemingly endless list of admirable traits in the 2018 Ford Edge. Interested in learning more? Stop in at Shults Ford Harmarville and we’ll show you all the reasons why we love this SUV.

2018 Ford Edge

Black Friday Shopping Strategies

Some people look forward to Black Friday shopping just as much as Thanksgiving dinner itself. If you’re planning to head out into the Black Friday craze this year, use these tips from Shults Ford Harmarville to make the most of it.

Do Your Research

Sometimes the best deals are offered to the early bird, but that’s not always the case. You should never assume anything with Black Friday—always do your research first. Make a list of the things you’re looking for, and then check store ads to find out when they’re offering the best deals.

Bring a Friend

Face it—shopping is always better with a friend there to keep you company. But don’t be afraid to ask your friend for help. They can stay in your Ford to keep it warm while you run into the store, or even help you collect all of your items to help save time.

Have a Strict Budget

You might be heading out on Black Friday to snag a good deal, but the stores where you’re shopping are planning to try to sell you more than you’d bargained for in the process. Don’t be tempted by colorful displays and good deals on things that aren’t on your list. Plan your items—and your budget—beforehand and don’t stray from it. Your wallet will thank you later.

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New Fall Recipes You Should Try this Year

Fall is a wonderful time of year, full of beautiful colors and pleasant aromas. Make your house smell even better by trying out some of these new fall recipes.

  • Chili Colorado. This is a traditional Mexican dish made from beef or pork and stewed in a red chili sauce. The “colorado” part refers to the color, not the state.
  • Apple Cider Doughnuts. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, these delicious doughnuts will keep you coming back from more. They get their flavor from apple butter.
  • Salt and Vinegar Potatoes. Cook sliced baby potatoes in vinegar to give them a rich flavor throughout.
  • Potato Leak Soup. Warm up this fall with this rich, creamy soup. Top it with toasted nuts for a truly autumn taste.
  • Chocolate Bread Pudding. Use day-old chocolate bread to create this rich, warm, decadent dessert.
  • Cast Iron Roast Chicken. Heat your cast iron skillet in the oven before you put the chicken in it to ensure a crisp, golden skin all the way around.
  • Pumpkin Cake. Top this moist cake with a creamy maple-flavored cream cheese frosting for a dessert that everyone will love.

Which of these fall recipes would you love to try? Don’t forget, you can always come visit us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville to share your delicious treats.

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Ford and Virginia Tech Team Up for Driverless Technology

The future of autonomous and driverless vehicles is just around the corner. Automakers around the world are working on this technology. Ford and Virginia Tech have teamed up to study a unique aspect of self-driving cars—how people react to them.

When you reach an intersection with people waiting on the corner, you likely communicate with them through hand waves, head nods, or other gestures to show them your intentions. With a driverless vehicle, that communication is lost.

With the research Ford and Virginia Tech are doing, they have developed a series of light signals that can be used to show pedestrians what an autonomous vehicle is going to do next. To put these lights to the test, they equipped a Ford Transit with a light bar on the windshield and then created a “seat suit” to conceal the driver and make it look like a driverless vehicle.

You can watch this video to see how it works.

John Shutko, Ford’s human factors technical specialist, said, “We need to solve for the challenges presented by not having a human driver, so designing a way to replace the head nod or hand wave is fundamental to ensuring safe and efficient operation of self-driving vehicles in our communities.”

What would you think if you saw a driverless vehicle? Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are excited to see where this incredible technology goes next.

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