Lincoln and Ford at the Pittsburgh Auto Show

Ford at the Pittsburgh Auto Show

See what to expect from Ford at this Auto Show!

Every year, local car enthusiasts can go to experience some of the latest new models, along with iconic classics, on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. This year, the show will be held February 17-20 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

With Lincoln and Ford at the Pittsburgh Auto Show, the two automotive brands will have some of the latest models on display in an area in the center of the building. Lincoln will showcase the 2016 MKZ, along with the refreshed 2017 MKZ. Additionally, visitors can check out the 2016 MKX, 2016 Navigator, and the all-new 2017 Continental, Lincoln’s show-stopping flagship model.

As for Ford, the exact models they will be brining are not known, but we hope to see some of its latest vehicles and technology on display. Perhaps we’ll get to see the new autonomous technology that Ford had on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.

One of the most anticipated parts of the Pittsburgh Auto Show is the annual Dancing With the Cars charity event. By purchasing a ticket to this evening event, you’ll not only get an exclusive view of the show, but you will also be supporting several local charities. This year’s dinner and dance will be held on February 16th, the night before the show officially opens.

Are you planning to attend this year’s Pittsburgh Auto Show? Let us know by stopping into Shults Ford of Harmarville.

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge

As an automotive manufacturer, Ford is always on the forefront of furthering mobility. Ford employees are stepping up to the plate to do their part. The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge takes submissions for personal assistant devices from Ford employees. The challenge received more than 600 submissions in 2016, which was an annual record. The short list of finalists rounds out to an impressive lineup of mobility inventions.

Carr-E, created by Killian Vas of Germany, can transport up to 260 lbs. and travel up to 14 miles. The four-wheeled device also has a top speed of 11 mph. Place an item on the device and it will follow an electronic transmitter.

TriCiti, created by James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, and Robert Spahl, is a rideable device and carrying assistant. The machine can be modified to carrying groceries, golf bags, and more. It boasts a 19-mile range and a top speed of up to 12 mph.

The EChair, developed by Gunther Cuypers, Robin Celis, and David Longin, is an electric wheelchair with a twist. This particular invention can load itself into a vehicle. That alone offers more independence to those with limited mobility.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are happy to see Ford employees taking the initiative when it comes to furthering mobility!

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge

Ford Complex Honeybees Tended by Volunteer Worker

Ford employee Mary Mason, who works at the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, has taken up the task of tending to tens of thousands of honeybees right outside the complex. Honeybee populations have been steadily declining for decades, and Mason hopes to combat the decline by supporting the more than 80,000 bees installed in two beehives on the grounds of the Rouge plant.

Factors such as Colony Collapse Disorder, pesticides, and parasites have had serious negative effects on US honeybees, one of our vital pollinating species. Ford is working with Mason to further its wildlife habitat strategy, which over the last 15 years has turned the Rouge Complex from a plain gray building to a place where nature thrives.

The Heritage 2000 Program started Ford’s environmental initiatives, where they brought in a sustainability designer to make over the complex. Because the complex already has flowering crabapple trees on their grounds, it seemed like a perfect fit for the honeybees.

The Ford complex honeybees were introduced to the orchard thirteen years ago, and Mason, who brought some of her own bees in as well, has volunteered to take care of them for the last three. Mason shared that the die-off rate of bees in Michigan is 60 to 70%, and she’s glad for the chance to care for the bees in a pesticide-free environment.

Ford complex honeybees

Ford Fund Investment in Detroit Neighborhood to Build Community Center and Further Educational Opportunities

Ford Fund will invest $5 million in a struggling Detroit neighborhood to build a community center and create education opportunities. Ford Fund is Ford Motor Company’s philanthropic arm and has made investments of over $161 million in area communities over the last 10 years.

The Ford Fund investment in Detroit will launch a second Ford Resource and Engagement Center in conjunction with Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The center will be housed at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy on the east side of the city and will give better access to educational materials and other essential services for area children and adults.

In addition to providing information access and services, the Ford Resource and Engagement Center will do its best to meet community needs by providing programs asked for by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, including job training programs, cultural and art services, and food distribution.

The first Detroit Ford Resource and Engagement Center is located on the southwest side in Mexicantown Mercado and has helped more than 80,000 residents. The original center offers services such as preparing tax returns and giving more than 1.2 million pounds of food. Ford says the return on investment for the community is $3 for every $1 spent on the programs by Ford.

The new center is due to open in early 2017 and will be managed by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

Ford Fund investment in Detroit

Coca-Cola’s Cross-Country Trip in a 2017 Ford Escape a Success

What happens when you cross two American icons with one American dream? You get the Coca-Cola Journey. This September, Ford teamed up with Coca-Cola to take an all-American cross-country road trip. A customized 2017 Ford Escape compact SUV was decked out in classic Coke red, a special hashtag and, of course, a custom cooler for bottles of Coke in the rear cargo area.

Coca-Cola’s cross-country trip started at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. Members of the Coca-Cola Journey team loaded into the 2017 Ford Escape and a matching motorhome that housed them along their way. The crew departed on September 13th with plans to arrive in Los Angeles on October 5th. Throughout their trip, they covered roughly 4,000 miles of America,  making over 20 stops along the way in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Santa Fe.

Team members worked to document their trip using the hashtag #JourneyXJourney. This hashtag allowed them to connect with consumers on different social media platforms, while their presence in each city let them reach out to consumers one-on-one in person. Coca-Cola’s cross-country road trip team worked to capture their stories along the way, and to reconnect with the Coca-Cola brand’s deep ties to American culture across the country.

Coca-Cola’s Cross-Country Trip

Already Impressive F-150 Super Duty Fuel Tank Gets Sizable Increase

The 2017 Ford F-150 Super Duty is already one of the toughest, most powerful trucks on the road. And now, Ford has upgraded the model’s fuel tank capacity, giving the new Ford F-150 Super Duty the largest fuel tank capacity in its segment.

The new fuel tank can hold up to 48 gallons of gasoline, which is a 22-percent increase over the original 37.5 that was previously standard in the model, an enormous leap in capacity. Between the new fuel tank and the model’s impressive fuel economy, you’ll find yourself rarely at the gas station.

This should make a different not only for people who use their Ford F-150 Super Duty for work but also those who enjoy driving their truck for every tasks, saving you time and money otherwise wasted at the pump.

In addition to the increased F-150 Super Duty fuel tank, the vehicle even comes with seating for six people and all the latest technology, such as SYNC 3, making it an excellent choice for basically any driver.

This improvement really goes to show that when Ford fans make suggestions, Ford truly listens. Want to learn more about the new Ford F-150 Super Duty or perhaps even take one out on a test drive? Visit us anytime at Shults Ford of Harmarville

 

F-150 Super Duty Fuel Tank

Ford Investigates the Use of Agave-Based Car Parts

The components that make up a vehicle are composed of a variety of different materials. Trimming on the inside can be wood, while the exterior body can be made up of aluminum. Ford uses a variety of different materials to create their cars, trucks, and crossovers. However, the latest material that Ford has decided to look into is surprising, yet represents the “spirit” of Ford ingenuity.

According to a Ford press release, Ford is investigating the use of Agave-based car parts.

The Agave plant is most known for being the primary ingredient in Tequila. However, the team at Ford has discovered that a plastic alloy can be created from the byproducts of the Agave plant as well. Ford is now teaming up with Jose Cuervo to discover what kinds of car components can be created out of the Agave.

“There are about 400 pounds of plastic on a typical car,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability research department. “Our job is to find the right place for a green composite like this to help our impact on the planet. It is work that I’m really proud of, and it could have broad impact across numerous industries.”

Ford is continually working to find ways to make their vehicles more sustainable. That’s a cause that we can lift a glass to. Just not on the road!

Agave-based Car Parts

Ford’s New Diesel-Powered F-150

We at Shults Ford Harmarville are thrilled to hear the rumors of Ford’s new diesel-powered F-150.

Why do we believe that there will be a new diesel F-150? Well, there a few reasons, but one is the fact that there is an emissions calibration sticker. This sticker indicates the engine’s displacement. The sticker number is currently listed as JFC1-3.0-966, and the 3.0 identifies a 3.0-liter engine under the hood. While that does not confirm that it is diesel, the Jaguar Land Rover vehicles use a 3.0-liter diesel engine, which could be similar.

Of course the most compelling piece of evidence is the sound of the diesel F-150. Diesel clatter is a distinctive noise, one that is very recognizable. The other good news about this particular noise is that it does sound different than the Ford Transit’s 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine. Although the Transit engine is great, the Ford-150 needs a stronger engine for the heavy-duty hauling ability.

For now, we will just have to wait for confirmation, but we promise to keep you updated as more news appears!

diesel-powered F-150

Hypermiling Techniques Help You Save Fuel

It may not blow your hair back like an illegal street race but hypermiling also won’t put your life, or your license, at risk. It’s just a fun and challenging game to save money.

The goal of the game is simple: beat the EPA-estimated fuel efficiency numbers for your vehicle. But since many people find this too easy, the goal simply becomes to see how high you can go!

There are distinct hypermiling techniques for accomplishing the goal. The number one technique is slow and easy acceleration. You use considerably more fuel getting up to speed as compared to maintaining speed. That being said, traveling beyond 55 mph will also cause your efficiency to diminish.

Another technique is to eliminate unnecessary braking, which is largely caused by lack of awareness of traffic. A lot of people accelerate madly without realizing that they may need to brake soon. Hypermiling is all about anticipating what’s ahead because braking and then having to accelerate again uses more fuel.

There are other ways you can save fuel. For instance, avoid idling for too long. Underinflated tires may also cost your more fuel. Coasting down hills or coasting to upcoming red lights can be helpful.

Technology is your friend when it comes to hypermiling. Use an app like Fuel Buddy to keep track of your mileage!

hypermiling techniques

Ford Profits Double Due to Truck and SUV Sales

2016 is proving to be a successful year so far for auto brands, with Ford enjoying record-breaking profits. Strong truck and SUV sales all across the globe have led to the company’s profits doubling to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016 alone, after taxes. Ford representatives say the brand already plans to surpass 2015’s pretax profit of $10.8 billion.

Ford currently ranks as the number two carmaker in America, but that’s swiftly changing as the brand’s popularity skyrockets in the face of low gas prices and high sales numbers. Over the course of the company’s entire history, which has now spanned over 112 years, Ford has never seen a first quarter quite as profitable as this one. With $3.8 billion before taxes for this quarter, sales are above and beyond what the brand could’ve predicted.

Worldwide sales rose to 1.7 million units for the first quarter — a 10 percent increase. Demand for SUVs drastically increased in North America, China, and Europe, with China’s sales numbers going up by 38 percent. In the United States, F-series trucks, the Explorer, and the Transit enjoyed dramatic increases in sales.

In addition to great sales, Ford’s shares have also jumped, due to shareholders more heavily investing in the brand following their announcement to develop a 200-mile electric vehicle to rival the upcoming Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. Because of this, shares rose 50 cents to $14.16.

Ford analysts had predicted to make revenue of $35.59 billion, with actual revenue coming out to $37.7 billion — over a 2 billion dollar surplus. Unprecedented truck and SUV sales considerably contributed to the drastic change for the better, while Ford continues to look forward to a brighter and more successful future the rest of the year.

truck and SUV sales

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