The 2017 Escape – The First Ford Vehicle with Apple CarPlay

We at Shults Ford of Harmarville know how important it is to stay connected when on the road. Technology can be used for navigation assistance, hands-free calling, and many other convenient features.

Ford has recently announced the first Ford vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the iPhone-connected CarPlay system. This vehicle will be the 2017 Ford Escape, which goes on sale this May. We have known since January that Ford was working on this connective technology, but now we have a first official release vehicle.

Ford stated that this technology will make the ownership experience easier, through features such as remote door lock and remote start. These vehicle features are available with the new FordPass platform. The Escape will also be the first vehicle to offer SYNC3, which features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The SYNC Connect option will also help with “driver-assist” technology, such as parking, and lane control. With CarPlay, drivers with iPhones can use iOS features through the dashboard display.

If you recently bought a Ford though, do not worry. Several of the 2016 models will be able to update the technology to use CarPlay through an upcoming software update.

If you are interested to see all the great connected options found on Ford vehicles, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville!

First Ford Vehicle with Apple Car Play

Ford Improving Police Vehicles and Police Safety

Ford is working hard to protect those who serve us. Ford is the leading maker of police vehicles, and has been testing new technologies and materials to make improvements to its vehicles.

Police vehicles need strong protection, especially in the doors. During a high-risk stop, police will often crouch behind their car doors. Therefore, the material in the door needs to be strong enough to protect officers from bullets and even high-powered assault weapons.

Safety has been increased, thanks to engineering work done by Ford. The doors have been upgraded, despite the challenge of finding a light, yet durable material. This project has been in the works for over a year, as Ford was determined to make the vehicles safer.

Now, the doors have two layers of protection. One layer is a Kevlar-type material, and the second layer is ceramic tiles. These two materials combined create a strong door able to stop bullets. The doors were tested by machines, performing over 100,000 slams to make sure the hinges can support the extra weight.

The new doors are successful, and the upgraded police vehicles will be going on sale soon. There are already many orders by police departments for these safer vehicles. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville are appreciative of the commitment made to keeping police squads safe on the job by Ford improving police vehicles.

Ford Improving Police Vehicles

Ford Teams Up with Texas FFA Association to Promote Teen Driving Safety in Driving Skills for Life Program

Ford Trucks and Ford Motor Company Fund will team up with the Texas FFA Association to sponsor Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program in order to teach Texas teenagers safe driving habits through free courses including driving lessons, classroom materials, and an interactive website.

Over 1,000 students will participate in an online program, and after completing it they’ll be invited to a driving clinic at the 88th Texas FFA State Convention in July.

Ford has partnered with FFA before, awarding over $8M in scholarships to FFA students, and today Ford and FFA are “furthering our commitment by together striving to combat the leading cause of death for young people in the US,” according to James Graham, the global manager of Driving Skills for Life.

Students in the program will learn about handling their vehicle, how to recognize hazards, managing their speed, and maintaining a safe distance from other drivers. Driving Skills for Life was first established in 2003 and has since been implemented around the world, bringing safe driving skills and knowledge to over 800,000 drivers.

Driving Skills for Life program

The Ford Focus RS: A High-Performance Hatchback

Ford is adding some kick to the new Focus design, adding the RS trim for those looking for added performance. This model comes with a sporty hatch design with a redesigned exterior, distinct badging, and a powerful new powertrain.

According to Ford, the Ford Focus RS recently came off the line at its manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, and is set to reach the US sometime this spring. The RS has a new 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine with an integrated all-wheel drive system and Dynamic Torque Control.

“The arrival of Focus RS in the United States this spring adds to a potent hot hatch lineup,” said Ford in a press release. “Ford’s Focus ST and Fiesta ST both have enjoyed critical acclaim and success. Sales of the Focus ST increased 9 percent last year while Fiesta ST saw a gain of 4 percent.”

The RS will also feature an innovative driver select mode, letting you choose the performance configurations of your liking. These include Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift mode. Customizing shock tuning, stability control, and engine and steering response, the new select mode features makes the RS incredibly fun to drive. We can’t wait to see this model hit the streets later this year.

Ford Focus RS

New Ford GT Snap Kit Showcases Model’s Sleek Styling

Kids visiting the 2016 North American International Auto Show can get a free, limited-edition Ford GT snap kit from the Ford Kiosk. This snap kit is a build-it-yourself model of the real thing, celebrating the high-performance model and its striking looks.

According to Ford, the brand is still partnering with Revell to build the snap kits for the GT. Revell helped Ford build Mustang and Raptor kits in previous years. The Ford GT snap kit will also be available to purchase through online stores and retailers in April.

“Our annual Revell Make ‘n Take model kit program has become a fun-filled auto show tradition,” said Mark Bentley, Ford Licensing manager. “Letting kids build their own Ford GT is a great way to introduce them to the Ford brand and create new enthusiasts.”

This auto show kit includes a 14-piece assembly with a limited-edition badge to certify it is from the auto show. The retail model will be a little more complex, with 28 parts, and it will sell for roughly $15. Kids who are excited about the new Ford GT will love these kits.

Ford GT Snap Kit

Line of Ford Trailers and Campers Introduced

A line of licensed Ford trailers and campers have been introduced with the goal of letting Ford customers explore the nation. Ford officials say the new models are “for our adventurous customers” and are built from Ford’s top of the line towing technology.

The new trailers and campers are built in partnership with Livin Lite, an Indiana-based subsidiary of Thor Industries, a leader in the industry. Livin Lite will use its exclusive aluminum alloy to make the models stronger and more lightweight. Ford says licensing to Livin Lite was “an easy decision” given their use of advanced materials and bold design.

Ford will offer both slide-in campers and travel trailers and toy haulers, with the campers starting at 6 and 8 feet and the trailers starting at 22 and 24 feet. In the future Ford plans to add shorter campers and longer trailers as well. The models are inspired by the Ford F-Series and have a similar front end design.

Campers will be available in the first few months of 2016 with trailers and toy haulers following in the second quarter of the year.

Ford trailers and campers

Performance Numbers For The New Ford RS Will Blow You Away

Americans screamed for years, imploring Ford: why should Europe get to have all the fun? By fun, we of course mean the Ford Focus RS, that certain version of the Focus that features the benefits of Ford’s performance know-how, all in a lightweight, compact–and extremely good-looking–package.

Until recently, our screams seemed to fall on deaf ears. But soon, the spring of 2016 to be exact, we’ll finally get what we wished for, and it’s everything we hoped for!

The newly redesigned 2016 Ford Focus RS is faster than any of its predecessors. To make that happen, Ford took one its innovative 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines and tweaked specially for the Focus RS. If Ford’s projections are correct, the engine will deliver exactly 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque, producing a top speed of 165 mph.

Knowing this, the performance numbers for the Focus RS may not be that surprising…but they should be just as impressive. The new 2016 Ford Focus RS goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds.

Often, our expectations of an exciting redesigned model can fall short. So it’s very nice to see that the new Focus RS should have no trouble exceeding any reasonable person’s expectations. See you in the spring!

Performance numbers for the new Ford RS

New 2016 Ford Focus RS Speed Stats Make Model to Be Fastest RS Ever

Approaching its big United States release date in the spring, Ford has been slowly revealing more stats for the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS, a vehicle that is promising to be one of the hottest sedans on the market.

Most recently, Ford announced that the 2016 Focus RS will be able to accelerate from zero to highway speeds of 62 mph in a mere 4.7 seconds, an impressive feat for sure.

Additionally, the vehicle will potentially be able to hit speeds of up to 165 mph, though that’s certainly something you will not want to test on your local highway. This makes the 2016 Ford Focus RS the fastest RS model ever.

What do you think of the 2016 Ford Focus RS speed stats? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and while we wait for launch day, consider paying us a visit at Shults Ford of Harmarville to check out our current Focus models.

2016 Ford Focus RS Speed

2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick from IIHS

The 2015 Ford F-150 is a groundbreaking pickup truck in numerous ways—from its use of segment- and industry-exclusive technologies to its aluminum-alloy body panels. Now, the F-150 breaks new ground yet again, becoming the first pickup in America to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

The F-150 SuperCrew earned the distinction after performing well in IIHS’ safety tests, adding to its claim of being the safest truck in America. The 2015 F-150—in SuperCrew, SuperCab, and Regular Cab configurations—also earned a five-star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it the only full-size, light-dusty pickup to do so.

Ford also confirms through statistics from Assured Performance that repair costs on the 2015 F-150 are averaging about $869 less than the average for the 2014 F-150. In about 8 months on the market, there have been 337 repair estimates collected at an average of $1,476, which compares favorably to the $2,345 average across 1,238 estimates in 2014.

The longer it remains on the market, the more it becomes apparent that there is no truck capable of matching the 2015 F-150 in terms of quality, intelligence, performance, and now safety. To see why the new F-150 is the perfect fit for you, test drive one at Shults Ford of Harmarville this weekend.

2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick

2016 Ford Fiesta Named one of KBB’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2015

August is upon us, which means that summer is nearing an end once more. That can only mean one thing: back-to-school. Back when you had a son or daughter in grade school, your primary concerns for stocking up for the first day back were pencils, paper, and folders. Now that you have a budding young man or woman who just got their driver’s license, you have another concern altogether: a car that won’t cost a fortune, will be safe and reliable, and that your kid will actually love.

Look no further than the 2016 Ford Fiesta, which was named among KBB’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2015. Every year, Kelley Blue Book’s experts determine the best new cars for students under $20,000 based on their technology, personality, efficiency, reliability, and fun-to-drive factor.

Says KBB.com: “Ford’s small hatchback and sedan have been on the market for a few years now, proving to be a good mix of sprightly sporty car and sensible smart car. The Fiesta is responsive and handles well, but also nets up to 43 highway mpg. This car may be small, but it’s filled with safety and connectivity tech, including the newest version of SYNC—called SYNC3—with an available swipe and pinch-to-zoom touch screen.”

The Fiesta is powered by a capable 1.6-liter inline-four at the base level, but it’s well worth the additional cost to upgrade to the SE trim and equip the Fiesta with the optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost inline-three, an engine that was named the 2014 International Engine of the Year.

We should mention that the 2016 Fiesta isn’t only a great back-to-school ride for students, but with seating for five, it’s also a great choice for parents. Stop into Shults Ford of Harmarville and test drive one for yourself!

KBB’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

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