Ford’s New Hot Hatch is the Rally Car Inspired Ford Focus RS

In 2016, Ford Performance will be adding another Ford model to the ranks of the GT super car, Mustang Shelby GT350R, and F-150 Raptor. It’s the rally car inspired Ford Focus RS, sporting all-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual. The hot hatch roars with a Mustang 2.3-liter turbocharged-engine throwing 315 angry ponies down to its 19-inch wheels.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” Raj Nair, group vice president of global product development, said in a statement.

For Ford, it’s a homecoming of sorts. The car company has long sold RS (Rally-Sport) models in Europe and Asia, where the brand has been associated with winning World Rally Championships. This Focus is the 30th Ford to wear the RS badge and one of a growing number of high-octane cars being built under the Ford Performance umbrella.

While pricing is not yet set, the coming of the RS will hail a new era of hatchback performance at Shults Ford of Harmarville. Stop by for more details on this exciting car.

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More U.S. Military Families Own Ford than Any Other Auto Brand

ford and U.S. military familiesIn a Polk study evaluating which vehicles 19.3 million U.S. military families own, three Ford models stood out among the top 10. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville couldn’t be more proud to have so many Ford models owned by households with an active, veteran, or retired member of the military.

The always-popular Ford F-150 topped the list of best-selling vehicles among military families. The Ford Escape was the highest ranking utility vehicle on the list, sitting at the number three spot. The Ford Focus sedan placed number nine on the list, rounding out the automaker’s diverse list of vehicles driven by American military families.

Seeing Ford models throughout the top 10 list is a humbling reality. It means the men and women who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom are willing to trust us with their lives and the lives of their families. That is a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and we know the folks at Ford Motor Company don’t either. Over 5,900 employees are either actively serving or have previously served in the military.

“Military families, in particular, desire the efficiency, capability and smart technology Ford vehicles offer,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales, Service.

“Ford has a long history of supporting active-duty military personnel and veterans, and it is an honor American military families buy Ford more than any other brand.”

2015 Ford Focus Going Diesel

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The wait is over and the 2015 Ford Focus ST will finally be revealed to the public. Where, you ask? This big reveal will be taking place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend in the UK.  There are many options for hatchbacks in Europe but not so many that run on diesel, which will now be an option for the 2015 Ford Focus ST.

This Ford Focus will be packing a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four generating 182 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with a top speed reaching 135 miles per hour (which is less than the gasoline Focus, but who needs to go that fast anyways!).

The big difference between the diesel Focus and gasoline Focus are the amount of emissions that are put out and the fuel economy. This is a double win for the diesel because it puts out a third of the emissions and gets 50 percent better fuel economy.

The Ford Focus diesel will have all of the new features that the 2015 Ford Focus ST will have including: recalibrated suspension, updated front-end and rear-end styling, and upgraded impressive interior equipment. This is a hatchback that it worth considering!

If you are interested in a new Ford Focus, check out our new inventory at Shults Ford in Harmarville!

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!

2014 Ford Focus

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.