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

Ford Web Series Features Strength, F-150, and Boxers

What does the Ford F-150 have in common with Mexican boxers Edgar Juárez Calzada, Giselle Leal, and Michel de la Vega Esparza Oteo? Well, they have “fuerza” – which translates to strength – and they will also be featured in the new ‘Fuerza Ford’ webisodes.

Since 2010 Ford has been the official automotive sponsor for the Box Azteca series and recently, the Detroit-based company announced a partnership with Azteca America that will launch the 10-episode Spanish-language web series – which features the strongest parts of the F-150 as well as boxing tips.

“Ford is a leader in content marketing for U.S. Latinos, which is why we’re so honored to work together on the ‘Fuerza Ford’ boxing video campaign,” said Court Stroud, executive vice president, network sales and digital, Azteca America.

If you are interested in the Hispanic boxing culture and/or the F-150, be sure to not miss the Fuerza Ford web series, which can be seen on the Fuerza Ford Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to also come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to see our newest lineup of tough, dependable, and fuerza Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs, today!

Ford Web Series

A Home Fit for Automotive Royalty – The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

If you ever find yourself in the Detroit area, you owe it to yourself to see the Esdel and Eleanor Ford House – a local gem and historical landmark endowed with architectural beauty, art, antiques, and Ford paraphernalia.

The lakefront home located on 87-acres of property was once the private residence to Edsel Ford – the only child of famed Ford founder, Henry Ford – and his wife and four children. Built in 1929, the 30,000 square foot, 60-room, English Cotswold-style home was opened “for the benefit of the public” in 1976 upon Eleanor’s request. The property is managed by a non-profit board and is utilized for classes, lectures, events, and tours.

Currently, the nearly-century-old home is undergoing a $2 million-plus restoration to help maintain and preserve the building and grounds. The renovations include the implementation of a new bioswale (a wetlands system to help with drainage), the manufacture of a bridge connecting the property to Bird Island, moisture monitors, and updated electrical lines.

So if you ever find yourself in the Gross Pointe Shore area and want to see a part of Ford history, be sure to check out the Edsel and Eleanor Ford house – but until then, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville for the best deals on Ford trucks, cars, vans, and SUVs, today!

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

New Ford Edge Earns Five-Stars in Safety

The new Ford Edge was recently awarded with the government’s top safety award! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Edge with five-stars in their New Car Assessment Program. The rating is the highest possible score a vehicle can achieve in the testing.

When asked about the Edge’s recent honor, JD Shanahan, Chief Program Engineer for the Edge, said, “The new Edge delivers on the quality and handling customers have come to expect from a Ford vehicle, while infusing more innovation and advanced technology to create a vehicle that we think will maintain its leadership position in its segment.”

The Ford Edge is equipped with numerous outstanding safety features including advanced airbag design, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, available inflatable rear safety belts, brake assist, rearview camera and an available 180 degree front camera.

The Ford Edge is perfect for customers seeking a sleek, stylish vehicle that’s also as safe as possible. Come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to checkout the 2015 Edge today.

new Ford Edge

2016 Ford Explorer Review

Whether you’re traveling across America, to your kids’ school, or to grandma’s house, the 2016 Ford Explorer will get you there faster, safer, and in style. There’s a lot to love about the dynamic SUV, so for more check out our 2016 Ford Explorer review below.

Engine Options: 2.3-liter EcoBoost four cylinder, 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost, turbocharged 3.5-liter V6

Power: 270 horsepower & 300 lb-ft of torque, 290 horsepower & 255 lb-ft of torque, 365 horsepower & 350 lb-ft of torque

Fuel Efficiency: 19 city/28 highway, 16 city/22 highway, 17 city/24 highway

Seating: 7

Starting Price: $43,400

Features: Three rows, PowerFold third row seat, 4WD, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision warning, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, Terrain Management System, Hill Descent Control

The all-new Explorer provides everything you love about a traditional SUV and adds luxury features you’ll only get from Ford. With an abundance of high-tech features, engine options, seating for 7 and tons of cargo space, the 2016 Explorer has it all. Come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to get your Exploration on.

2016 Ford Explorer Review

Ford CarPlay Partnership Offers One of Many OS Options for Consumers

Ford has recently announced a partnership with Apple that will integrate the fruit monikered company’s CarPlay system into Ford’s new Sync 3 interface coming to the US market by the end of 2015.

So what’s so great about CarPlay? Essentially, it takes all of the information on your iPhone – direction apps, the ability to send orreceive messages, and your music – then puts it onto the built-in dash display providing a safer way to utilize your phone while driving.

However, don’t expect to get pigeonholed by the blue oval!

In an ever-diplomatic move, the Ford CarPlay partnership does not negate other OS options available to consumers. “We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone,” said Ford CTO Raj Nair.

So rest assured, if you want to use Google Maps for navigation while listening to Sirius radio via Ford’s SYNC in-car infotainment system – you can!

Whether you are an Apple junkie or devout Android fan, our Sync interface will cater to your preferences! Be sure to come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to see the newest lineup of Fords.

Ford CarPlay Partnership

Ford Hot Wheels Record Set on Take Your Child to Work Day

When Ford employees aren’t hard at work designing and producing some of the best models on the market, they like to relax and have fun. Celebrating Take Your Child to Work Day, Ford employees at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan recently broke the record for the largest Hot Wheels® track loop in the world.

According to Ford, the track loop measured 12-ft in height, initially designed by Ford dynamometer technician Matt West. In order to provide enough room for such a gigantic track, employees had to move to the three-story atrium located at the company’s Research and Innovation Center. The kids who participated in Take Your Child to Work Day couldn’t be more excited to see the track in action.

“It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot-tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”

The Ford Hot Wheels Record beat out the previous record-holder by a whopping three feet. The track isn’t just about size, though; West and other employees had to figure out how to get enough momentum to launch a small toy car around the loop.

Ford Hot Wheels Record

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