We’ve got to start off by saying this: don’t use “Mustang” as a password—for anything. As nice as it is that you would think about the car when trying to protect your privacy, it just isn’t a good password.
Okay. That being said, it is pretty flattering. But why are we bringing this up? Every year, SplashData releases a list of the top 25 most common passwords found on the internet, which—by virtue of having been found—also makes it a list of the top 25 worst passwords.
Some are perfect examples of why you shouldn’t base your passwords on the patterns of your keyboard: “11111,” “abc123,” “123456,” and “qwerty” are classic staples that reappear every year. Popular sports such as “baseball” and “football” are also common reoccurrences.
There were a few new entries this time around, including “batman” and “superman.” But the one that really caught our eye at Shults Ford of Hamarville was “mustang,” which, amazingly, was ranked higher than the two popular superheroes. So while it makes for a terrible password, its appearance on the list is pretty telling of the iconic American car’s mass appeal!
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.
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 is making the holidays significantly warmer—not to mention merrier— for a lot of people this year. The American carmaker recently held its fourth annual Coat & Jacket Drive, delivering more than 1,000 new and gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to the Salvation Army, thanks to Ford employee donations.
“Surviving the cold of a Michigan winter means bundling up in a warm coat with a hat and gloves,” said Janet Lawson, director of Ford Volunteer Corps. “Unfortunately, many of our neighbors struggle each day to stay warm and to find enough food, and we’re hoping to ease that burden.”
One way Ford employees are helping ease this burden is through Ford’s Accelerated Action Day. During this day, more than 700 Ford employees volunteered in 50 community service projects in eight states to help enhance both their communities and the lives of individuals living there.
If you are interested in giving back to your community, but need some help, stop in to Shults Ford of Harmarville today and ask us how we can help! For a glimpse of the Coat & Jacket Drive in action, watch this video!
For those who love going fast, special performance vehicles are often their cars of choice. Ford has announced that it will be releasing at least 12 more Ford Performance vehicles by 2020, so there will be plenty of options for speed enthusiasts to choose from.
One of the first new performance vehicles will be the all-new Focus RS that is headed to major markets around the world soon. It will join the existing performance lineup including the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Mustang, and F-150 Raptor.
“Ford remains committed to innovation through performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement. “Our new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts. It will allow us to more quickly introduce products and accessories that meet the needs of customers around the world on-road and on the track.”
By introducing new ST and other performance products, Ford can draw new buyers to the brand. Ford says that more than 65% of ST customers are first-time Ford buyers and many of those buyers are young Millennials.
If you’ve been considering a new performance vehicle, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville and take a look at our Ford Performance vehicles.
In the North American market, Ford dominates the SUV field with the popular Explorer SUV, a car-based crossover that has been a best seller since its introduction in 1990. Now, the American carmaker is looking to create the same type of reputation in Asia with a new Ranger-based SUV called the Everest. Ford recently used the Asia-Pacific Economy Cooperation (APEC) Summit as a venue for the 2015 Everest SUV debut, showcasing an all-new version that is sure to make an impact on the Asian market.
“The new Ford Everest is an exceptionally versatile vehicle, equally prepared for the everyday commute as it is for the most extreme off-road terrain,” said Dave Schoch, president of Ford Asia Pacific. “The Everest’s unique blend of tough capability and exceptional comfort is going to resonate with drivers across Asia Pacific and around the world.”
The SUV’s toughness is reflected in a rugged exterior design, which is at odds with its sophisticated interior, which combines innovative technologies and style to create a comfortable cabin. The appeal of this SUV is enhanced by its fun-to-drive performance, making it a great choice for any consumer.
While the 2015 Everest isn’t available in the States, Shults Ford of Harmarville offers plenty of SUV and crossover options to choose from. Stop in today to check out Ford’s utility vehicle lineup!
*2015 Ford Explorer
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?
When it launched in 2004, the Ford GT was an exceptional car. By most standards, it remains exceptional to this day, but its age is starting to show when compared to more modern supercars.
Until Galpin Auto Sports got its hand on it. Last year, the shop unveiled the GTR1 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a Ford GT-based supercar that took everything you loved about the original and made it even better—except maybe for the paint.
Under the hood, it had a 5.4-liter V8 hooked to a twin-turbocharger that produced a total 1024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque. But before you say “wow,” check out what Galpin has revealed this year. No more twin turbocharger. Smaller engine. Instead, it’s got a 4.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger to make 1058 hp and 992 lb-ft.
Yes, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds; yes, it goes faster than 225 miles per hour; no, it has no stability control; and no, it has no traction control. Amazing, right? It’s a pure supercar, bred and true. We just wish we could display it at Shults Ford. We doubt the $1,000,000+ price tag will stop customers from stopping by just to look at it!
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!
We all know the automotive manufacturer has been opening new showrooms at a pretty high rate, but when we heard that Ford opened 88 new dealerships in one day, we were astounded! On June 19th, Ford opened the doors on 88 new showrooms in China, bringing up the grand total of Ford dealerships in China to 750 total dealerships. There is no concern of overwhelming the Chinese population with Ford dealerships either. The Blue Oval actually plans to open up another 50 in China by the end of this year. Since the population is so huge, it is actually quite surprising that there are only 750 Ford dealerships in China currently.
Over 75% of these new dealerships are located in so-called Tier 4 cities, also known as smaller towns that millions of people still live in. Ford’s strategy is to avoid the bigger areas that are already saturated with competition, and start to build their own market in the smaller, yet still profitable, areas.
“With the growth momentum we have going right now, we expect to exceed 800 dealer points in China by the end of 2014,” said Marin Burela, the CEO and president of Changan Ford.
Everyone here at Shults Ford of Harmarville is excited to see the growth and progress of this amazing automotive manufacturer and we look forward to a continued great future with Ford!