2015 Ford F-150 Went Into Testing Long Ago

It’s no secret that the 2015 Ford F-150 has been in testing for awhile.  We found out that an all-aluminum 2014 Ford F-150 was entered into the Baja 1000 off-road race, so that is no longer a secret.  But are there still secrets Ford has been keeping from us?  The answer is yes!

Ford is quickly becoming the master of disguise when it comes to testing new vehicles and they were able to pull off quite the feat with the all-aluminum F-150.  What are we talking about exactly?  Well, it seems that Ford has been testing the all-aluminum body for much longer than we thought.

Back in 2011, Ford built six F-150’s of the then-current F-150 generation and used aluminum for the cargo box, which is undoubtedly the most used and abused part of the truck.  They sent these six trucks off to three companies across the country to be used.  The catch?  Those three companies had no idea that they were receiving trucks with aluminum cargo boxes.

Denis Kansier, the F-150 prototype lead engineer explained the reasoning for this.  “This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150.  For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”

Do you think secret public testing of the all-aluminum F-150 was a risky move?  Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we would love to hear your opinions!

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Ford Helps with Philanthropic Organization in New York City

Philanthropic organizations throughout the country provide amazing services to many different groups of people.  One particular philanthropic organization, located in New York City, is known as God’s Love We Deliver.  They provide delicious and nutritious meals for those individuals that are too sick to either shop for food or cook for themselves.  With their team of dietitians, they are able to tailor each meal to the medical needs of each client.

Now where does Ford come in?  Well, to get around the city, God’s Love We Deliver uses a fleet of Ford Econoline vans and a Ford Transit Connect Mobile Food Pantry.  With over 5,000 meals to deliver each weekday, the Ford fleet and commercial vehicles come in handy.

“We’re the end of the road, the final safety net for our clients.  Without us they would not have food, and without organizations like Ford, we couldn’t do what we do,” said David Ludwigson, the chief development officer of God’s Love We Deliver.

We think philanthropic organizations such as this one are doing amazing things in the communities around the United States.  If you are looking to set up your own organization such as this, come to Shults Ford of Harmarville to see what fleet and commercial vehicles we have in stock to help you get started!

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Line Lock Burnout Feature New for the Ford Mustang

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If you are an avid fan of drag racing, whether it’s watching or participating, then you probably already know what the Line Lock burnout feature on the new Ford Mustang will entail.  For those of you that don’t, here is a little overview.

Line Lock is a system that can electronically lock the front brakes, so when you step on the gas, you can produce big, smoky burnouts that will give off the smell of burning rubber like no other.  This all happens without the Mustang moving as much as an inch.  The Line Lock burnout feature really isn’t that uncommon and can be seen in drag racing, like stated above, but now Ford is moving towards making it a more common feature on the everyday road.

If you have been saving every extra penny you can for the new Ford Mustang, you should probably start saving more.  All that extra rubber-burning you plan on doing will wear down your tires at a much faster rate than normal.  Luckily, at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we can help you out with all of you tire and other service needs!

Interested in seeing the Line Lock burnout feature in action?  Check out the video below!

Ford, Australia, and a Talking Car

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We have learned throughout time that being able to talk to our technology and have it talk back, like in the case with Apple’s Siri, is not always fool proof and can sometimes end up being more of a hindrance than a help.  But what if technology like that used with Siri could eventually expand to bigger technology, like, let’s just say, a car?  Maybe even have it go as far as the vehicle can not only speak, but it has a personality of its own?  At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we know that you probably already think of your Ford as part of your family, but if it had its own personality, it truly would seem to be like one of your very own.

While something like that might be a few years down the road from turning into reality, we can still toy with the idea.  Ford Australia decided to pull the classic talking car prank and Aussie’s reactions were priceless.

In a new commercial for the Ford EcoSport compact crossover, those from Down Under seem pretty calm about holding a conversation with a randomly parked talking car, even when they are asked to get in the car, call a celebrity, and tell that celebrity a joke.  Check out the video below for some great takes of this “talking” car and those unsuspecting individuals that get the chance to interact with it.

Fallon’s Perfect Truck is the Ford F-150 King Ranch

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The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, has finally made his decision on which truck is the perfect choice for him.  After a few weeks of researching, getting help from each angle, and wading through the many tweets from both fans of Fallon and automotive competitors, Jimmy has finally chosen the Ford F-150 King Ranch as the perfect pickup for him!

True to form, Fallon does not plan on flat out buying the new truck and instead, he plans to make it interesting.  He has launched a dealership contest and has put 10 dealer representatives to the test.  Named “Fingers on a 4×4”, each dealer rep must keep at least one hand on the truck.  The last dealer standing will win the contest and get the sale from Jimmy!  Fallon has made sure we can all enjoy the contest that is currently going on by providing a live stream of the dealers surrounding the truck.

We definitely wish we would have been chosen to play a part in this contest and get Jimmy his new truck, but we are also extremely happy that he has chosen such a great truck.  Want to own a Ford F-150 King Ranch and match Jimmy Fallon?  Visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville because we would love to help you out!

Ford Simple Suit to Simulate Drunk Driving

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We have had it told to us time and time again; never drink and drive.  Whether it’s through a public service announcement, our parents, or we actually know someone that has been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s something that every individual in America has heard multiple times throughout their lifetime.  Ford has recently developed a suit that will simulate exactly what it feels like to be drunk and behind the wheel of a car, to hopefully really drive the message home that it’s in no way shape or form safe to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The suit is part of Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program, a program designed to give a free education to young people on things they wouldn’t normally learn in a traditional driving class.  Each driver gets to put on goggles that impair their vision, headphones to make it harder to hear, and different sets of weights to throw them off balance.  They are then put behind the wheel of a car with an instructor on a closed course and they get to discover what it actually feels like to drive drunk, and since they are completely aware of everything going on around them, the idea is to drive home the message of how unsafe getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated really is.

Check out the video below to learn more about the Ford simple suit and in the meantime, at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we ask that you always drink responsibly.  It is never embarrassing to call for a ride or get a taxi when you have had too much to drink.  It could save a life.

1969 Shelby GT500 Found in a Barn

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are all about great finds when it comes to cool cars, but this most recent find is not only amazing, it’s rare.  This discovery is none other than an unrestored, one-owner 1969 Shelby GT500, but that’s not even the best part.  It only has 8,531 miles on it!

A man named Larry Brown, who recently passed away, owned the Shelby GT500, and since he had no wife or children to pass his things on to, the car will be auctioned off by Ron Gilligan Auctioneers.

The Mustang is still in pristine condition, having never been driven in the rain, as well as having garbage bags covering the seats and double floor mats covering the carpet.  These precautions have helped to keep the car in amazing condition, especially considering it has been sitting in a barn for a number of years.

Mechanics say the 1969 Shelby GT500 is in great shape and with a new battery and a freshly filled gas tank, the 45 year old car started right up.  According to Auto Trader Classics, a 1969 GT500 with over 75,000 miles on it goes for just under $90,000, but since Brown’s car has 8,531 miles, we are sure it will go for much more than that.

Interested in the auction?  It will be held on April 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM EST.  Check back for more details that are to come!

1969 Shelby GT500

William Clay Ford Sr. Passes Away at 88

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were deeply saddened when we heard the news a few days ago that William Clay Ford Sr., the last living grandchild of the company founder, Henry Ford, passed away this past Sunday after fighting off a bout of pneumonia.

William served in many positions at the company over his 57 years as an employee, with his first position being elected to the Board of Directors in 1948, before he even graduated from Yale University in 1949.  Nine years later, he was elected chairman of the Design Committee, which he went on to hold that position for the next 32 years.  His eye for design and influential manner helped play a huge role in shaping the company into what it is today.

William Clay Ford Jr. had nothing but the highest regard for his father.  “My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community.  He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all,” he said.

Ford was a huge inspiration to the company and he will be greatly missed by all.

William Clay Ford Sr.

Ford F-Series Sales Still on the Rise

2015 Ford F-150

Contrary to previous reports of the need to close and retool some plants for the new aluminum 2015 Ford F-150, the Ford F-Series sales are still on the rise.  Ford posted the best sales numbers in February 2014 that it has seen in 8 years.

America’s best-selling truck for the past 37 years has continued to make moves on the market, despite the rumors that the necessity to close some plants to get them ready for the 2015 Ford F-150 would slow the F-Series sales down for awhile.  Not only has that not happened, but sales will continue to increase when the 2015 Ford F-150 will be added to the numbers later this year.

John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service, gave his reasoning for the highest February sales in 8 years.  “Sales surged in the final week, providing us momentum after a slow start to the month.  Ford Fusion continued its strong retail sales performance in the West, outpacing the mid-size sedan segment.  F-Series and Lincoln also continued to perform well.”

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are proud to be the home of the best-selling truck in America, and even though some plants have closed to get ready for the 2015 Ford F-150, the continued increase in Ford F-Series sales goes to show what a truly amazing truck the F-150 really is.

Ford to Debut the 2015 Focus

When we think of Mobile World Congress, we usually think of the newest smartphones and tablets, updated technology for the little things that make our lives easier, and anything else related to this industry.  We don’t normally think of the debut of a vehicle to be at Mobile World Congress, but this year, it is!

Ford is set to debut the new 2015 Focus.  With so many changes to both the exterior and the interior, the premiere is sure to be an exciting one.  The five-door hatchback with more defined headlights and a new grille up front that resembles the 2015 Ford Mustang are just a few of the changes that we can expect to see.

Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be available for the six-speed manual transmission, but Ford hasn’t released the engine lineup yet for the available options, however, we can speculate that the 2.0-liter engine will still be available.

Seeing as how the basis for the Mobile World Congress is technology, what would it be to have a vehicle there without amazing technology to offer?  There will be an 8-inch display for those with MyFord Touch®, which will also include SYNC 2 functionality and updated AppLink for the smartphone.  The technology will also include more natural voice commands, as well as an enhanced Blind Spot Information System® that will warn you when you are changing lanes and can also prevent you from backing into traffic.

We are very excited for the premiere of the 2015 Focus.  In the meantime, come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville and check out the many great Ford Focuses to choose from!

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