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!

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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’s New Diesel-Powered F-150

We at Shults Ford Harmarville are thrilled to hear the rumors of Ford’s new diesel-powered F-150.

Why do we believe that there will be a new diesel F-150? Well, there a few reasons, but one is the fact that there is an emissions calibration sticker. This sticker indicates the engine’s displacement. The sticker number is currently listed as JFC1-3.0-966, and the 3.0 identifies a 3.0-liter engine under the hood. While that does not confirm that it is diesel, the Jaguar Land Rover vehicles use a 3.0-liter diesel engine, which could be similar.

Of course the most compelling piece of evidence is the sound of the diesel F-150. Diesel clatter is a distinctive noise, one that is very recognizable. The other good news about this particular noise is that it does sound different than the Ford Transit’s 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine. Although the Transit engine is great, the Ford-150 needs a stronger engine for the heavy-duty hauling ability.

For now, we will just have to wait for confirmation, but we promise to keep you updated as more news appears!

diesel-powered F-150

2016 Music Festivals In Pennsylvania

Friends, music, camping–music festivals bring together everything in life that makes it worth living. And the 2016 music festivals in Pennsylvania are diverse enough to ensure that everyone has a great experience.

Camp BiscoScranton

Date: July 14-16

Price: $155.50

Located at Montage Mountain, Camp Bisco is in its 14th year and going strong. This festival features brilliants artists in the electronica realm. Headliners include: The Discobiscuits, Odesza, Zeds Dead and RL Grime.

Catskill Chill Lakewood

Date: September 23-25

Price: $175.00

The Catskill Chill features the best jams this side of the Mississippi. Take in the sounds of headliners like Greensky Bluegrass, Mike Gordon (Phish Bassist), Dopapod and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, a band that performs bluegrass versions of all of your favorite Grateful Dead tunes.

Rock Allegiance – Philadelphia

Date: September 17-18

Price: $99

Granted, there’s no camping at the Rock Allegiance festival but the quality of the lineup more than makes up for it. If you are child of the 90s, you should feel right at home rocking out to Slayer, The Offspring and Anthrax.

2016 Music Festivals in Pennsylvania

Hypermiling Techniques Help You Save Fuel

It may not blow your hair back like an illegal street race but hypermiling also won’t put your life, or your license, at risk. It’s just a fun and challenging game to save money.

The goal of the game is simple: beat the EPA-estimated fuel efficiency numbers for your vehicle. But since many people find this too easy, the goal simply becomes to see how high you can go!

There are distinct hypermiling techniques for accomplishing the goal. The number one technique is slow and easy acceleration. You use considerably more fuel getting up to speed as compared to maintaining speed. That being said, traveling beyond 55 mph will also cause your efficiency to diminish.

Another technique is to eliminate unnecessary braking, which is largely caused by lack of awareness of traffic. A lot of people accelerate madly without realizing that they may need to brake soon. Hypermiling is all about anticipating what’s ahead because braking and then having to accelerate again uses more fuel.

There are other ways you can save fuel. For instance, avoid idling for too long. Underinflated tires may also cost your more fuel. Coasting down hills or coasting to upcoming red lights can be helpful.

Technology is your friend when it comes to hypermiling. Use an app like Fuel Buddy to keep track of your mileage!

hypermiling techniques

Ford Profits Double Due to Truck and SUV Sales

2016 is proving to be a successful year so far for auto brands, with Ford enjoying record-breaking profits. Strong truck and SUV sales all across the globe have led to the company’s profits doubling to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016 alone, after taxes. Ford representatives say the brand already plans to surpass 2015’s pretax profit of $10.8 billion.

Ford currently ranks as the number two carmaker in America, but that’s swiftly changing as the brand’s popularity skyrockets in the face of low gas prices and high sales numbers. Over the course of the company’s entire history, which has now spanned over 112 years, Ford has never seen a first quarter quite as profitable as this one. With $3.8 billion before taxes for this quarter, sales are above and beyond what the brand could’ve predicted.

Worldwide sales rose to 1.7 million units for the first quarter — a 10 percent increase. Demand for SUVs drastically increased in North America, China, and Europe, with China’s sales numbers going up by 38 percent. In the United States, F-series trucks, the Explorer, and the Transit enjoyed dramatic increases in sales.

In addition to great sales, Ford’s shares have also jumped, due to shareholders more heavily investing in the brand following their announcement to develop a 200-mile electric vehicle to rival the upcoming Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. Because of this, shares rose 50 cents to $14.16.

Ford analysts had predicted to make revenue of $35.59 billion, with actual revenue coming out to $37.7 billion — over a 2 billion dollar surplus. Unprecedented truck and SUV sales considerably contributed to the drastic change for the better, while Ford continues to look forward to a brighter and more successful future the rest of the year.

truck and SUV sales

The 2017 Escape – The First Ford Vehicle with Apple CarPlay

We at Shults Ford of Harmarville know how important it is to stay connected when on the road. Technology can be used for navigation assistance, hands-free calling, and many other convenient features.

Ford has recently announced the first Ford vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the iPhone-connected CarPlay system. This vehicle will be the 2017 Ford Escape, which goes on sale this May. We have known since January that Ford was working on this connective technology, but now we have a first official release vehicle.

Ford stated that this technology will make the ownership experience easier, through features such as remote door lock and remote start. These vehicle features are available with the new FordPass platform. The Escape will also be the first vehicle to offer SYNC3, which features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The SYNC Connect option will also help with “driver-assist” technology, such as parking, and lane control. With CarPlay, drivers with iPhones can use iOS features through the dashboard display.

If you recently bought a Ford though, do not worry. Several of the 2016 models will be able to update the technology to use CarPlay through an upcoming software update.

If you are interested to see all the great connected options found on Ford vehicles, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville!

First Ford Vehicle with Apple Car Play

Ford Improving Police Vehicles and Police Safety

Ford is working hard to protect those who serve us. Ford is the leading maker of police vehicles, and has been testing new technologies and materials to make improvements to its vehicles.

Police vehicles need strong protection, especially in the doors. During a high-risk stop, police will often crouch behind their car doors. Therefore, the material in the door needs to be strong enough to protect officers from bullets and even high-powered assault weapons.

Safety has been increased, thanks to engineering work done by Ford. The doors have been upgraded, despite the challenge of finding a light, yet durable material. This project has been in the works for over a year, as Ford was determined to make the vehicles safer.

Now, the doors have two layers of protection. One layer is a Kevlar-type material, and the second layer is ceramic tiles. These two materials combined create a strong door able to stop bullets. The doors were tested by machines, performing over 100,000 slams to make sure the hinges can support the extra weight.

The new doors are successful, and the upgraded police vehicles will be going on sale soon. There are already many orders by police departments for these safer vehicles. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville are appreciative of the commitment made to keeping police squads safe on the job by Ford improving police vehicles.

Ford Improving Police Vehicles

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