Valentine’s Day Auto Gifts for Any Car Lover

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to panic when it comes to finding the right gift for the auto lover in your life. There are tons of great presents to consider, from tools to fun road trips.

According to Safelite, one of the best Valentine Day auto gifts is a Bluetooth headset or adapter. Although most new cars come with this system integrated in, if someone doesn’t already have Bluetooth, it is a must-have item. It lets individuals drive and talk on the phone while keeping both hands on the wheel, perfect for someone who travels a lot.

Maintenance items also make great gifts. These include things like premium oil, washer fluids, car wash formula, and even tires or wipers. Providing a car lover with an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get to work is a perfect present.

High-tech presents include things like satellite radio and remote car starters. Many cars come with satellite radio capabilities, but the subscription runs out. You can either renew it, or opt for an entirely new system in general. Remote car starters are great for people that are always in a rush.

Other ideas include a road trip, whether it is for a day or a week, or even racecar driving experience. Many tracks offer ride-alongs, and some brands like Ferrari and BMW even offer driving lessons at certain times of the year if you are lucky enough to make it to one.

Valentine’s Day auto gifts

A New Year’s Resolution: Making Your Car Lighter

Many New Year’s resolutions are to shed some pounds during 2016, but maybe it is time to apply that attitude towards your vehicle. Making your car lighter is a great way to save some money on gas and to lower your emissions output. It is simple physics: a lighter car tends to have better performance.

According to eHow, there are several ways to make your car lighter. The first thing you can do is to clean it out and remove any unnecessary weight. Get rid of all the trash, and try not to use your vehicle as storage. Keeping your car spotless could make a serious difference.

For those looking to cut more weight, you can remove seats fairly simply by using a socket set and screwdriver. Power seats are especially heavy because they have an added electric motor. Rear seats are usually the first to go, and can help you shed as much as 140 lbs.

Does your car have added bodywork? If you know you don’t need it, take it off. This includes things like fiberglass aero-skirts and front air dams. While these may claim to increase aerodynamics, many added parts like these simply add pounds.

The best thing you can do, though expensive, it to replace steel body panels with carbon fiber and aluminum. This can drastically change the vehicle’s weight and characteristics. If you still have steel wheels, you should consider upgrading to aluminum wheels to shed hundreds of pounds.

For more info on how to safely remove weight from your car, visit the Shults Ford of Harmarville Service Center.

making your car lighter

Ford CarPlay Partnership Offers One of Many OS Options for Consumers

Ford has recently announced a partnership with Apple that will integrate the fruit monikered company’s CarPlay system into Ford’s new Sync 3 interface coming to the US market by the end of 2015.

So what’s so great about CarPlay? Essentially, it takes all of the information on your iPhone – direction apps, the ability to send orreceive messages, and your music – then puts it onto the built-in dash display providing a safer way to utilize your phone while driving.

However, don’t expect to get pigeonholed by the blue oval!

In an ever-diplomatic move, the Ford CarPlay partnership does not negate other OS options available to consumers. “We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone,” said Ford CTO Raj Nair.

So rest assured, if you want to use Google Maps for navigation while listening to Sirius radio via Ford’s SYNC in-car infotainment system – you can!

Whether you are an Apple junkie or devout Android fan, our Sync interface will cater to your preferences! Be sure to come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to see the newest lineup of Fords.

Ford CarPlay Partnership

Ford Hot Wheels Record Set on Take Your Child to Work Day

When Ford employees aren’t hard at work designing and producing some of the best models on the market, they like to relax and have fun. Celebrating Take Your Child to Work Day, Ford employees at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan recently broke the record for the largest Hot Wheels® track loop in the world.

According to Ford, the track loop measured 12-ft in height, initially designed by Ford dynamometer technician Matt West. In order to provide enough room for such a gigantic track, employees had to move to the three-story atrium located at the company’s Research and Innovation Center. The kids who participated in Take Your Child to Work Day couldn’t be more excited to see the track in action.

“It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot-tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”

The Ford Hot Wheels Record beat out the previous record-holder by a whopping three feet. The track isn’t just about size, though; West and other employees had to figure out how to get enough momentum to launch a small toy car around the loop.

Ford Hot Wheels Record

Ford GT Inspires Home Goods at Milan Furniture Show

We all know that Ford’s day-job is designing cars – and really, really awesome ones, at that. But what if we told you that Ford has taken on some other design work, and it involves things like a guitar, a foosball table, and a racing sailboat?

Ford has taken on a new challenge at the world’s leading furniture and design expo in Milan, Italy, designing a number of non-automotive creations based on the one-and-only Ford GT supercar. Besides what was listed above, the creations include a sandwich, a ping pong table, lounge furniture, a suspended light, a Wi-Fi speaker, a magnetic hover board, a suitcase and more.

Before you get too excited, you should know that these creations were designed only for the Milan Furniture show, and Ford plans to stick with what it knows best: cars. “We’re taking the concepts and philosophy behind the Ford GT’s interior design and applying it to other products,” Ford design chief Moray Callum said of the unique goods.

These projects allow Ford designers to showcase their creative talents while exploring design opportunities for future Ford vehicles.

“We have an incredible amount of talent in our global design studios,” said Ford’s chief designer, Moray Callum, in a statement. “Salone del Mobile is the perfect forum to share some of that creativity, while also offering our designers an opportunity to get exposure to new ideas that will inspire future Ford design.”

Stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville today to learn more about the exciting all-new Ford GT!

Milan Furniture Show

Ford March Sales Post Best Performance in Nine Years

Ford March sales numbers are in and positive increases were noted almost across the board! In fact, Ford retail sales were their best in 9 years. Leading the way for Ford was none other than the F-Series, as well as the American automaker’s Mustang and van sales.

The new F-Series posted a 10 percent sales increase in March. In addition, Ford Mustang sales increased 36 percent, marking the pony car’s best performance since 2007. The Ford Transit, Transit Connect, and E-Series had total sales of 20,821 units, accounting for a 42 percent increase in total van sales.

In a recent press release, Mark LaNeve, Ford Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, said, “Our retail performance was driven by gains across our utility van and truck lineups with strong consumer acceptance of the all-new F-150. We are especially pleased to post our best retail March sales performance in nice years, despite tight supply across our F-series lineup.”

Ford is off to a hot start, and hopes to continue with that positive momentum going forward. Keeping customers happy by providing fun, quality vehicles is what Ford is all about. If you want to experience the best-selling Ford vehicles for yourself, come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville today!

Ford March sales

Ford Aiming to Triple Indian Auto Production

Ford is investing heavily in growing Asian markets, and China and India are at the forefront. In China, Lincoln vehicles are flying off lots, and Ford plans to open 20 new dealerships in the country in 2015 alone. In India, Ford is expanding its manufacturing industry with a $1 billion investment.

The investment will go towards a plant that will be almost entirely automated. Slower sales of the larger models have hurt Ford’s market share in India. As a result, the automaker has a plan for Indian auto production to triple, offsetting slow sales with increased exports. The new factory will focus on making engines and compact cars.

Endgame, Ford plans to triple the current number of exports in coming years, although there’s no exact timeline publicly available. In all, the plant will build 610,000 engines and 440,000 vehicles a year. Included in the compact segment are the EcoSport, a small SUV, and the Figo Aspire, a compact sedan.

“India is very cost competitive, which is important particularly for small vehicles,” Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields told reporters. By building locally, Ford hopes that local sales will pick up as well.

Indian Auto Production

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.

rally car inspired Ford Focus RS

Ford Targets Generation Z

Get out of the driver’s seat, Generation Y—it’s time for the next generation to take the wheel. With post-millennials, known as Generation Z, coming of age, Ford is staking its claim on the next generation of customers.

Models like the Ford Fiesta are geared towards the younger generation who are just entering the workforce. With more and more jobs making their way to the market each month and the economy growing, things are looking up for the generation whose eldest is around 25 years old.

Ford aims to debut more than a dozen models in the next five years. All the models will be high-performance and directed towards younger buyers. As Ford loads up with high-performance cars, they also load up on future buyers as well. According to the company, more than half of the customers who buy a high-performance Ford model will buy another Ford product as well. Most of these buyers are, or will be, members of Generation Z. As the company attempts to reach out to high-performance enthusiasts, they may just make their claim in the next generation of drivers.

Generation Z

New Ford Self-Driving Car Already Undergoing On-Road Testing

Many automakers have been hoping to bring fully autonomous vehicles to market by the end of the decade—and suddenly, Ford is right in the thick of that race. The brand just announced that a new Ford self-driving car, a version of the Fusion Hybrid, is already undergoing on-road testing—which gives it a pretty big head start on some other autonomous vehicles. Perhaps Ford will bring its self-driving car to market before anyone else, although that of course remains to be seen.

What doesn’t remain to be seen is Ford’s commitment to the future—a future that will inevitably include autonomous technology. “We’re already manufacturing and selling semi-autonomous vehicles that use software and sensors to steer into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, adjust speed based on traffic flow or apply the brakes in an emergency,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said in a statement. “There will be a Ford autonomous vehicle in the future, and we take putting one on the road very seriously.”

To learn more about the possibilities of autonomous Ford vehicles—and maybe to think about which ones would look best as autonomous vehicles—come see us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville to check out the current Ford lineup. You might have to keep your hands on the wheel for now, but with vehicles that handle this good, you won’t mind.

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