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.

Ford self-driving car

Ford Climate Chamber Takes Testing to Extremes

When a vehicle is put through the testing gauntlet, one of the most important tests is to see if it can handle extreme weather conditions. For Ford, that means using the company’s state of the art climate chamber to create conditions ranging from the heat of Death Valley to the frigid cold of the Arctic Circle.

The Ford Climate Chamber, which is located at the American carmaker’s Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Michigan, was first introduced to Ford’s testing program in 2010. This chamber has a range of abilities. It is capable of dropping the temperature down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit or raising it up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The chamber can also simulate the conditions at 12,000 feet above sea level or 280 feet below, while hitting the vehicle with winds up to 150 miles per hour. The humidity levels can even be changed, along with the intensity of UV rays, so engineers can see how the vehicle will wear down.

Because of the Ford Climate Chamber, we know that all of our vehicles are Built Ford Tough. Click here to see what happens in the chamber and stop in to Shults Ford of Harmarville today to see just how tough all of our Ford models are!

Ford climate chamber

2015 Ford F-150 Accessories: Introducing Lightweight Campers

2015 Ford F-150 Accessories

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were glad to hear about the new partnership between Thor Livin Lite and Ford. Working together, the two companies will be making Ford-branded recreational products for the new F-150.

Ford said one of the main reasons they were drawn to Thor Livin Lite is the lightweight design of their products, like campers, for example. With the all-new aluminum F-150 design, it makes sense for the teams to work together on 2015 Ford F-150 accessories.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to work with a company as prestigious as Ford and bring their iconic brand name back into the RV industry,” said Scott Tuttle, president of Thor Livin Lite. “Ford believes enough in our unique aluminum construction to allow us to carry the ‘Built Ford Tough’ label, which says a lot.”

Although Ford and Thor Livin Lite have been working together since 2013, this is the first time they will be developing products together. What they have in mind is a lightweight line of campers that are 30% lighter than the competition. The new products will debut before the end of the year at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

How to Shovel Snow Without Popping Your Hip Out

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You probably think there isn’t anything worse than having to strap on your snow boots, pile on a couple of jackets and three pairs of gloves, wrap yourself up like Randy from A Christmas Story, and trek out of the relative comfort of your home for the purposes of shoveling your driveway.

You’d be wrong. There’s something way worse than that: going through all of the hassle, bracing against the cold, and feeling something pop in your hip the first time you lift the shovel.

Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can follow to make your snow-shoveling experience as pleasurable as…well…as pleasurable as shoveling snow can be.

  1. You stretch when you go for a run. You stretch when you go to the gym. You should stretch before you start shoveling.
  2. Pick a spot for your pile. You’ll want somewhere that isn’t too far off the beaten path. Knowing where you’re going can save a lot of wasted effort and a lot of precious warmth.
  3. Don’t lift with your back. Use your legs to lift, and never twist your torso when tossing snow aside. Snow may seem light, but it can sure get heavy fast.
  4. Take a breather. You don’t have to finish it all in one go. Take a second, take a pull or two from your coffee thermos, and get back to it.
  5. Drag somebody with you. Shoveling a good-sized driveway is arguably better left to two people. Convince your spouse/partner/children that shoveling is way more fun than it actually is and get the job done twice as fast.

We’ll be exercising these tips ourselves as we attempt to keep up with the winter weather here at Shults Ford in Harmarville. Make it worth our while and come down to see what we’ve got on the lots.

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