The Custom SEMA F-150: Which Version Do You Prefer?

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville we didn’t think the new F-150 could get any better – until now. Ford recently revealed their Custom SEMA F-150, which consists of two different versions, both of which will soon premiere at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Trust us; they’re bound to make your jaw drop.

So what’s so special about the Custom SEMA F-150? The fine-tuned Deegan 38 and the Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck prove you can do just about anything with the 2015 F-150. Both versions are competing for the “Hottest Truck” award, envied by designers everywhere.

The Deegan 38 was designed by Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan and features the all-new 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost engine and a redesigned body. New wheels and tires, suspension, and racing-level tuning are just a few of the added features on this custom pickup.

“This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine,” said Deegan.

The Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck, built by the Formula DRIFT superstar of the same name, is less for off-road enthusiasts. Its lowered ride height and Air Lift Performance air ride make it perfect for the street. On top of that, its incredible torque will leave your knuckles white.

Either version of the Custom SEMA F-150 is bound to win the “Hottest Truck” Award, but we’re curious: which is your favorite?

Deegan 38 or the Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck?

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All-New 2015 Ford F-150 Proves It Can Take the Heat

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Well, it appears the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will be taking up residence in the kitchen. Even the Ford badges on the iconic truck have been engineered to handle extensive periods of sun damage, while protecting passengers from the sun’s harmful rays, as well.

Extensive tests were conducted to determine the reaction of the truck’s materials to sunlight. Parts of the F-150’s exterior and interior were subjected to six months of outdoor testing under the sun’s brilliance. Afterward, engineers searched for signs of fading or other damage. The Ford badge was subjected to 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions (think five years) and then temperatures of 40 degrees below Celsius and 100-degree Celsius steam.

In addition, the truck was evaluated in an effort to eliminate sun glare for drivers. Engineers carefully selected materials with the least reflective properties and designed shade-like coverings, making it easier to read the gauges.

“Built Ford Tough means more than surviving dirt, rocks and mud, or towing heavy trailers,” said Cindy McComb, a materials engineer at the Ford Central Lab where testing was conducted . “We like to think our work on this truck has given it the kind of sun protection Built Ford Tough trucks require to look as good after five years of exposure to sun, wind and rain as they do when they leave the showroom floor.”

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, that’s what we would call a beast.

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2015 Ford F-150 Pricing Announced!

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The highly-anticipated 2015 Ford F-150 has just had its pricing announced and will begin going on sale later this year. Despite a new, weight-saving aluminum body, the 2015 F-150 will only add a small amount to the pickup’s total cost.

The XL and XLT entry level models start at $26,615 and $31,890, respectively, which is only a $395 increase over the heavier, current-gen 2014 truck. Even the upgrade to a Lariat model is negligibly more expensive—it starts at $39,880, which is only $895 more than last year.

As expected, however, the top-end models do cost a little extra compared to the 2014 truck. The leather-rich King Ranch will cost $49,460, up $3,515, and the Platinum trim will cost $52,155, up $3,055.

That being said, there’s more than just 700 pounds of weight-saving to justify the cost increases. All standard equipment has been heightened across all models. Given that the entry-level XL and XLT account for about 70 percent of all F-150 sales and have less than a $400 increase, that’s not a bad deal at all.

Learn more at Shults Ford of Harmarville!

Ford Starts ‘Em Young with Power Wheels F-150

There is no doubt that a Ford enthusiast is loyal to the bone and they undoubtedly pass that loyalty onto the generations after them.  High-quality vehicles coupled with Ford’s commitment to consumer satisfaction has built the brand into what it is today, but Ford has started to market to the youngest generation of them all.  With the Power Wheels F-150, Ford is definitely starting the loyalty off at a young age!

While not available to consumers, the Power Wheels F-150 was spotted coming back from a series of tests in Ford’s main base for operations, Dearborn, Michigan.  While the concept is pretty cool, it is not for sure whether or not this is a real thing.  Could it really be a collaboration between Ford and Power Wheels?  Or maybe it’s just a couple of engineers having a good time at the expense of the spy photographers who took the images.  Regardless, we think it’s pretty cool and would love to see something like this hit the market in the future!

Would you like to own something like this Power Wheels F-150 for your child?  At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we want to hear what you think!  Sound off in the comments below!

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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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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!

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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Enter the Built Ford Touch Sweepstakes and Win a Ford F-150!

2013 Ford F-150Okay all you diehard football fans out there, now’s your chance.  Going on now, Ford is offering one lucky winner and three friends the chance to win a VIP trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio.  But that’s not all.  The winner of this particular contest will be able to drive off in their very own Ford F-150 with EcoBoost!

The lucky football fan will win a trip for themselves and three of his or her closest friends.  So what does this include exactly?  Well, besides the chance to be a VIP at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, the winner will also have their airfare, spending money, and accommodations taken care of, VIP access to exclusive enshrinement events, and of course the Ford F-150 with EcoBoost!

So grab your favorite team’s jersey, your ideal refreshing beverage, and three of your best friends and enter the Built Ford Tough Pro Football Hall of Fame contest today!

Need more details on the Ford F-150 with EcoBoost, or just want to shop around for other Ford vehicles?  Check out our new and used inventory at Shults Ford of Harmarville!

Ford F-150 Tops “Forbes” Best-Selling Car List, is Not Actually a Car

Ford F-150 Tops “Forbes” Best-Selling Car List, At the halfway point in November, there are a number of things we can come to expect in the remaining month and a half of 2013: the Steelers resurgence, great food and bad traffic around Thanksgiving, the annual dose of gift-giving anxiety, and year-end best-of lists.  Yet even with a little over a month to go for the year, you can pretty much call the race for best-selling car over, according to Forbes.  The winner, however, is not a car; it’s the Ford F-150.

Ford’s flagship truck topped Forbes’ recent top ten list thanks in large part to an auto industry boom  that has analysts predicting the best year for all things four-wheeled since 2006.  Much of this surge is attributed to the emergent housing market, which means that so many of America’s hardest-working men and women have leaned on the talents of Ford’s F-Series to help them get the job done.

Fending off the advances of redesigned competitor trucks and putting a greater emphasis on tech and fuel efficiency without sacrificing requisite power, Ford’s F-Series has moved 623,309 units through October.  This amounts to a 19.8% year-over-year increase and a comfortable lead over the second-place vehicle.

Ironically enough, only half of Forbes’ ten best-selling cars for 2013 are truly cars: three are trucks and two are compact crossovers.  Rounding out the top ten is the Ford Escape, whose 2014 redesign has made it a hit with drivers across North America and helped it gain substantial ground on the segment-leading CR-V in sales, ensuring a fight to the finish line.  The hot-selling 2014 Ford Fusion, Focus, and Explorer also find themselves among the top 20, reaffirming Ford’s dominance across all segments.

Remember that holiday shopping anxiety we mentioned before?  If you want to allay those fears, consider getting the one you love behind the wheel of the best-selling car/truck/vehicle/super-tough-all-purpose-transportation-monster in America.  It probably won’t fit under the tree too well, but it’d look a sight better than a Snuggie.  Stop in and see us at Shults Ford today and make those spirits bright.

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