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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The NHTSA Gives the 2014 Ford Focus Top Safety Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently gave the 2014 Ford Focus top safety ratings.  The Ford Focus is no stranger to high safety ratings from the NHTSA, since it was just maintaining its status at the top.  The federal government put together a new car safety rating program, which the Ford Focus, both the sedan and hatchback models, as well as the Ford Focus Electric, continued to earn a 5 star rating for their overall vehicle score.

So what exactly makes the 2014 Ford Focus so safe?

The Ford’s AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control and anit-lock brake system, which is standard in the Focus across the board, is the main reason for such a high safety rating.  It is constantly keeping track of the road conditions and how the driver responds to those conditions, which in turn it will adjust itself to go along with the driver.  Sounds pretty cool to us!

Want to own one of the safest cars on the road?  Visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville and take a look at our expansive inventory!

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The 2015 Ford F-150 Becomes First Light-Weight Pickup to Offer Snow Plow Prep Option

These winter months seem to be stretching on forever and we are sure you have probably wished for a better way to clear your driveway and the roads of snow other than with a shovel or waiting for the city to clear it for you.  Well Ford heard everyone’s cries regarding the winter blues, and they answered with an ingenious option added to the front of the 2015 Ford F-150: the snow plow prep option.

Eric Peterson, the Ford F-150 marketing manager, stated “the new 2015 F-150 is the toughest F-150 ever, and by using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, we’ve made the new truck up to 700 pounds lighter.  This leads to more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you’d want for plowing.  Adding a snow plow prep kit to our lineup helps ensure our customers have even more tools at their disposal to get the job done.”

Whether it’s actually for a business or you just want to help your neighborhood by clearing the streets, the snow plow prep option for the new 2015 Ford F-150 sounds like a great idea.  Do you like the idea but can’t see yourself ever using it?  Not a problem, come on over to Shults Ford of Harmarville and we can help you find the perfect F-150 to fit your needs!

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New 2015 Ford F-150 to Hurt Ford Profits?

Some say Ford is taking a big risk with its introduction of the aluminum alloy body, others think it’s a genius idea to make America’s favorite truck 700 pounds lighter.  Regardless of your opinion, Ford has recently stated that the production of the newest Ford F-150 will probably take a toll on profits for the short term.

To prepare for the newest edition to the F-series family, Ford is shutting down its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan for 11 weeks and the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri for 2 weeks.  In these 13 weeks, no Ford F-150’s will be produced, more than likely causing profits on the #1 truck to dip.

Ford isn’t expecting to have another record-setting year like they did in 2013 due to closing down those plants for over two months, but rest assured, there will be plenty of Ford F-150’s in supply during the retooling process.  With the F-150 being 31% of the 2013 Ford sales in the United States, they will work to make sure those trucks are still available while they prepare for the new 2015 Ford F-150.

We know that the idea of closing a couple of manufacturing plants for a couple of months can be a little nerve wracking when it comes to truck enthusiasts, but at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we will be sure to keep our Ford F-150’s in stock to keep up with the high demand of America’s favorite pickup!

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Win a 2015 Fusion and Designer Clothes with Ford and Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founder/Head of Business Development, Rent the Runway; Anthony Prozzi, Senior Interior Designer, Ford Motor Co.; and Amy Marentic, Group Marketing Manager – Global Cars and Crossovers, Ford Motor Co.

Ford teamed up with fashion guru Rent the Runway to design a new Ford Fusion that no one can resist—not that many people could resist it in the first place, mind you.

Rent the Runway is a fashion group that rents high-end designer apparel and accessories on a 4- or 8- day basis. It was founded by Harvard Business School graduates Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Carter Fleiss and now offers more than 50,000 designer dresses and accessories for fashion-oriented women.

Their partnership with Ford is culminating in a special Test-Drive Style campaign that will not only give customers a chance to win a $1,000 gift card for Rent the Runway’s dream closet but a brand-new Ford Fusion as well.

“With Rent the Runway’s affordable and accessible designer fashion and Fusion’s stunning design and smart technologies, we are joining forces to make great style available and seamless to the woman on the go,” said Amy Marentic, Ford group marketing manager.

But if you just want to get a Fusion the regular way, just come by Shults Ford!

Solar-Powered Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept

C-MAX Solar Energi ConceptSunlight is perhaps one of the most widely-available natural resources we have on Earth. It offers immense amounts of energy, but you have to have the right tools to capture it. Engineers at Ford have designed a new C-MAX Solar Energi Concept that uses solar panels to draw energy from the sun.

What makes the C-MAX Solar Energi different from other solar-powered cars is that it uses an innovative concentrator that works like a magnifying glass. This then directs intense solar rays to the solar panels and these get changed into electricity. This process would give the C-MAX Solar Energi the same performance abilities as the standard plug-in hybrid version.

“Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept shines a new light on electric transportation and renewable energy,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, in a press release. “As an innovation leader, we want to further the public dialog about the art of the possible in moving the world toward a cleaner future.”

While the C-MAX Solar Energi is still in concept form, we hope it makes it to production. Imagine how great it would be to not have to worry about finding someplace to plug-in.

Here at Shults Ford we have the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi available now.

New Year’s Resolutions for Car Safety

New Year’s Resolutions for Car SafetyHappy 2014 everyone! The New Year is finally here, and with new beginnings comes our New Year’s resolutions. While some of us have promised to make it to the gym more, opt for healthier food options, lay off some hard beverages, or strive to accomplish something great, Shults Ford is giving everyone some car safety resolutions that you should make sure to stick to this year!

Put down your cell phone!

We all say that we don’t text or use our phone while we drive, but most of us can admit to using it every now and then. Even if it’s checking the weather or looking to see who messaged you, it’s a driving distraction. One resolution this year should be to during your phone off or put it away when you’re driving. Most things can wait a few minutes while you’re on the road, we promise!

Seatbelts!

If you traveling with your family or friends, it’s important to make sure everyone is buckled up. If you want to increase vehicle safety this year, make sure everyone is buckled up before you put the car in drive. Remember, you are responsible for their lives!

Don’t test the gas tank

We’ve all been in the situation where you need gas, but don’t have time to run to the gas station. Before you know it, your gas light is on and you cross your fingers to make sure you make it to fill up on time. In 2014, make a resolution to fill up when you are getting low, and not wait until that dreaded little light comes on before you get gas. Don’t end up with a dead car on the side of the road this year!

Absolutely no drinking and driving

This one should be a given. Make sure to renew your resolution for 2014 to NEVER drink and drive. Have a buddy that you alternate driving with or make sure you have a contact to call if you need a ride. If you don’t have a taxi’s number saved in your phone already, do that right now! It may be the best resolution you have ever made.

 

Make these simple car safety resolutions this year and you are set to make 2014 a great one! Swing by Shults Ford for some awesome 2014 deals today!

Shults Ford’s Yee Haw Visit to Children’s Hospital

Visit to Children’s HospitalAs you all are probably very aware, one of Shults Ford’s main goals as a business is to try to put a smile on each and every one of our customers, fans, and friends faces. In order to accomplish this goal, we decided to start off by putting a smile on every single kid in the area we could. That is where the Junior Yee Haw contest came about.

To kick off the Junior Yee Haw Contest, members of the Shults Ford team, including Richard Bazzy himself, visited the local Children’s Hospital. Here, we distributed out our signature Cowboy Hat, some coloring books, crayons, and Toys R Us gift cards to children staying in the hospital. While we were there, we recorded some pretty adorable Yee Haws for the Junior Yee Haw Contest as well.

Shults Ford takes pride in serving the local community. That is why we are giving a Toys R Us gift card and cowboy hat to every child who records their Christmas Yee Haw at Shults Ford this December. We hope we bring as much joy into our customer and fans lives that you guys bring to us.

We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remember to smile!

‘Tis the Season to Purchase a Christmas Tree!

Shults Ford Christmas Tree Sale

Looking for that perfectly symmetrical, full, luscious, green Christmas tree to decorate and set in your house for the holiday season?  Look no further!  The DVE Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Junior Achievement is this Saturday, December 7th at Shults Ford of Harmarville, starting at 8:00 a.m.!

The first 102 people to buy a tree will receive a pair of tickets to the Three Rivers Classic Games on Friday, December 27th at the Consol Energy Center.  This year, the Three Rivers Classic Games will feature hockey teams from Robert Morris, Penn State, Boston College, and Bowling Green State University.

But that’s not all!

Also going to the first 102 Christmas tree purchasers will be a $40 gift certificate from ESSpa Kozmetika and a coupon for 3 free pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory!   McDonald’s will also be providing breakfast sandwiches to those looking to purchase a tree, while supplies last.

Remember, all proceeds from the Christmas tree sale will directly support the Junior Achievement Programs in schools all across western Pennsylvania, so not only will you benefit, but you will be helping a worthy organization at the same time!

So grab the family, your favorite Christmas tunes, and your holiday spirit and hurry on down to Shults Ford of Harmarville this Saturday and be one of the lucky people to not only take home a beautiful and affordable tree for the holidays, but also receive a pair of tickets, a spa gift card, and pretzel coupons!

A special thank you to Musser Forest in Indiana, Pennsylvania for providing us with the beautiful trees this year, as well as all of our amazing sponsors that are helping to make this event possible!

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