Speculation Over Refreshed Ford F-150

Refreshed Ford F-150 Raptor

The Ford F-150 Raptor brought a new exterior design that pickup owners were happy about

The Ford F-150 was just dramatically redesigned for the 2015 model year. However, it seems a refreshed Ford F-150 is not too far off down the road. In fact, spy photographers in the automotive industry may have taken a few photographs of what seems to be a refreshed 2018 F-150.

With the latest round of spy shots, which you can see on Autoblog, it seems the updated truck model will have a smoother hood, along with the possibility of fender vents like on the all-new Ford Super Duty lineup. The black-and-white polka dots in the picture are an attempt to disguise the finer details of the design.

However, compared to spy shots captured even earlier, the latest images don’t have as many changes. This either means that Ford is keeping the true design under wraps or it has changed its mind about some design updates.

One thing most automotive experts are sure about is that the 2018 Ford F-150 will likely come with a new light-duty diesel engine. This powerful engine could be a 3.0-liter V6 with 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, a welcome addition to the much-loved truck.

What changed or updates are you hoping to see in the brand-new 2018 F-150? Let us know by commenting below.

Introducing the ‘Return to Park’ Feature on the 2017 Ford Fusion

Return to Park

Return To Park Is As Easy As A Turn Of A Knob

For those in the market for a sedan, the Ford Fusion has always been a great choice. It’s full of features and designs that make every ride comfortable, convenient, and safe. With every new model, the designers and engineers work to find more opportunities to protect and aid their drivers.

For the 2017 Ford Fusion, one of these opportunities became clear with the design of the rotary gear shift, a standard feature on every new Ford Fusion. While this innovative gear shift is a modern and advanced feature on its own, the Ford designers looked for ways to bring more benefits to the table.

Enter the “Return to Park” feature, which uses data collected from sensors to automatically place the Ford Fusion in park if a driver forgets to do so. “Return to Park” is engaged every time you turn off your vehicle. The feature is also activated each time the driver’s seat belt is removed while the door is open when the car is stopped.

One study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 360 people were killed by accidents with unattended vehicles between 2012 and 2014. “Return to Park” not only protects the driver of a Ford Fusion, but the pedestrians around the vehicle as well. That extra peace of mind is something any driver or passenger can appreciate.

All of us at Shults Ford in Pittsburgh, PA love this Ford technology!

Pittsburgh’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

New Beginnings

The Lunar New Year is an important tradition in Chinese culture. It celebrates the turn of the lunisolar Chinese calendar, which acknowledges both the sun and the moon phase. Celebrations traditionally include beautiful dances, fireworks, and huge feasts with family and friends.

We’re entering the Year of the Rooster, and in the Greater Pittsburgh area we’re entering it with a bang. Thanks to Squirrel Hill and the local Chinese community, the Greater Pittsburgh Area will see its own Lunar New Year celebration this year, as it has many years before. Plenty of free, inspiring, and family friendly events will take place to celebrate this Chinese tradition.

Celebrations begin on January 21st with the OCA Lunar New Year Banquet, held at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall. The banquet will consist of a traditional Chinese dinner, plus entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are limited, so get yours now! After the feast, guests can head to the auditorium to watch the OCA Pittsburgh Celebrates Asia! Lunar New Year Show which will present more cultural performances.

But if you miss the banquet, don’t fret. From January 28th to February 12th, more traditional entertainment, including lion dances, Chinese folk dance, music, and martial arts will take place in the Pittsburgh area. The festivities culminate in the Lunar New Year Parade in Squirrel Hill. Make sure you catch some of the many opportunities to celebrate these enchanting traditions!

Let all of us at Shults Ford of Harmarville in Pittsburgh, PA know how you liked this!

10 Holiday Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Shopping for car lovers can be difficult, especially if you aren’t familiar with the industry. Fortunately, there are many great gifts that will please any driver. Here are a few gifts for car enthusiasts as suggested by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville. Happy holidays!

  • Apps – Smartphone apps are relatively inexpensive, if not free, and are the best way to allow a driver to keep a close eye on their vehicle. Some apps even allow drivers to monitor fuel consumption and real-time stats.
  • Racetrack Coasters – Nothing is simpler than a set of racetrack coasters. Let your loved one bring their passion in from the garage.
  • Video Games – There’s a rather large number of car-based video games on the market. Stop by your local gaming store and peruse the shelves or ask for help!
  • Solar Charger – Electric cars are becoming more and more popular. As a result, some companies, like BMW, are creating solar chargers.
  • Mirror Speaker – What’s better than listening to music from a portable mirror speaker?
  • GoPro – Off-road drivers love to hit the trails. Let them share their experience by investing in a GoPro.
  • Leather Wallets – Wallet makers tend to pander to specific audiences. That’s true for car enthusiasts, as indicated by the GTO leather wallet.
  • Power Wheels – Got a kid that found their passion for cars early? What makes a better gift than a drivable power toy-vehicle?
  • Anki Drive Kit – Ever wanted to test your skills on a miniature racetrack? Now you can with the Anki DRIVE Kit. This gift features an AI-controlled opponent that adapts and gets better at racing the longer you play.
  • A New Car – Let’s be real. What better gift is there than your car enthusiast’s dream ride? While most can’t afford a new car for Christmas, those who can could blow their car enthusiast’s mind this holiday season!

Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

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

Winter Car Tips: Preparing for the Cold Season

Getting your car ready for winter is important when it comes to safety and maintenance. Wintertime brings colder temperatures, harsh weather, and more traffic around the holidays. Follow some of these basic winter car tips to keep you and your car protected during the upcoming months.

According to Kiplinger, one of the first things you should consider are winter tires. All-season tires are practical, but winter tires are specially designed for the season—as the name implies. These tires come with special rubber compounds that stand up in cold weather, as well as deep treads for added grip. Many winter tires also have special trenches to divert water, which prevents hydroplaning.

Next, get new wipers. You should replace wipers at least once a year. Wiper blades are especially important in the winter, when melting ice and snow can blur your windshield. Also, top off your wiper fluid with deicer to help improve visibility in bad weather.

Have your battery professionally checked. Cold temperatures wreak havoc on electrical systems, which is the major reason batteries tend to die in the winter. If your battery is more than three years old or if the juice is running low, consider getting a replacement as soon as possible. No one wants to get stranded in the winter.

Finally, wax your lights. This might sound strange, but winter is often accompanied by short days and less sunlight. Waxing the lights can prevent ice and snow from building up, and it also removes dirt and grime. Better visibility leads to better safety.

winter car tips

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

Assemble a Fall Emergency Kit For Your Car This Year

Throughout the year, there are some items that are important to keep in your vehicle at all times – such as a first-aid kit, jumper cables, and a spare tire, as well as the appropriate tools to install it.

But as the weather slowly turns from summer to winter, there are unique fall hazards that may require to have a bit more. That’s why we suggest that you prepare a fall emergency kit to store in your vehicle, just in case.

Here are some items to consider:

  • A warm blanket or two, as well as an extra pair of gloves, an extra hat, an extra scarf, and maybe even an extra coat
  • A tire gauge and a travel kit to add air pressure to your tires, as tires quickly deflate in cooler weather
  • A spare cell phone and charger, perhaps with a hand-written list of emergency phone numbers
  • An ice scraper, so that you will be ready when that unexpected first snowfall covers your vehicle
  • Similarly, a small shovel might save the day if your car gets snowed in
  • Lastly, consider some non-perishable snacks, such as nuts and dried fruit, to give you energy if you find yourself stuck somewhere

For more safety tips or to start your season in a new vehicle entirely, visit us anytime at Shults Ford of Harmarville.

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