12 More Ford Performance Vehicles Coming by 2020

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.

Ford Performance vehicles

The Custom SEMA F-150: Which Version Do You Prefer?

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?

custom SEMA F-150

New App Makes Owning A 2015 Ford Mustang Even Cooler

All of us likely have apps on our smartphones that are, well, useless. Maybe we used them once, momentarily mesmerized by the gleam of something new, and then promptly forgot about them. Ford has recently released an app for 2015 Ford Mustang owners that will really enhance the experience of owning the classic American sports car. Unlike a lot of apps, it should prove to be very useful.

There quite a few really cool features in the app. One simply directs you to the nearest drag strip. Another will enlighten you on the ins and outs of 50 years of Mustang history. You can test your Mustang knowledge with a trivia game, or select Mustang-themed wallpaper for your phone. And of course, there are custom Mustang ringtones.

There is also a section that will act like a digital owner’s manual. In this section, you can find information on maintenance and engine specs. It’ll help you make sense of the instrument panel and answer frequently asked questions that new Mustang owners often have.

Of course, the app is no good without the accompanying Mustang. So first things first – come to Shults Ford of Harmarville and check out our sweet Mustangs today!

2015 Ford Mustang

 

All-New 2015 Ford F-150 Proves It Can Take the Heat

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Well, it appears the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will be taking up residence in the kitchen. Even the Ford badges on the iconic truck have been engineered to handle extensive periods of sun damage, while protecting passengers from the sun’s harmful rays, as well.

Extensive tests were conducted to determine the reaction of the truck’s materials to sunlight. Parts of the F-150’s exterior and interior were subjected to six months of outdoor testing under the sun’s brilliance. Afterward, engineers searched for signs of fading or other damage. The Ford badge was subjected to 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions (think five years) and then temperatures of 40 degrees below Celsius and 100-degree Celsius steam.

In addition, the truck was evaluated in an effort to eliminate sun glare for drivers. Engineers carefully selected materials with the least reflective properties and designed shade-like coverings, making it easier to read the gauges.

“Built Ford Tough means more than surviving dirt, rocks and mud, or towing heavy trailers,” said Cindy McComb, a materials engineer at the Ford Central Lab where testing was conducted . “We like to think our work on this truck has given it the kind of sun protection Built Ford Tough trucks require to look as good after five years of exposure to sun, wind and rain as they do when they leave the showroom floor.”

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, that’s what we would call a beast.

All-new 2015 Ford F-150

Rowan Atkinson Crashes Ford Falcon Sprint at Goodwood Revival

Rowan Atkinson is known for his automotive enthusiasm almost as well as he is for his portrayal of Mr. Bean and other goofy characters. He regularly drives his McLaren F1, occasionally writes for UK car magazines, temporarily topped the Top Gear test track leaderboard, and even convinced Rolls-Royce to lend him a V16 prototype for us on screen in Johnny English Reborn.

Atkinson, however, isn’t perfect. He’s crashed his McLaren F1 multiple times, and has now just gotten himself into yet another unfortunate mess in none other than a classic Ford Falcon Sprint at the Goodwood Revival.

He’d been participating in the Shelby Cup event when two cars ahead of him spun out. Unable to steer clear, Atkinson hit one of the vehicles, damaging the car enough to retire from the race. Fortunately, Atkinson walked away unscathed, but the same can’t be same of the classic Ford.

It’s not every day we get to see a Ford Falcon Sprint, and it’s even less common to get to drive one. So on behalf of Shults Ford of Harmarville, mind the machinery, won’t you Mr. Atkinson?

Ford Falcon Sprint

2014 Ford Fiesta: Tiny and Affordable

The 2014 Ford Fiesta is a tiny and affordable hatchback that is also fun to drive. Its design allows the extra small car to have exceptional handling, space and mileage. New midsized cars on the market now have hefty price tags, but the dainty Fiesta rings in at a refreshing $14,100. This makes it the perfect first car for a new driver, a student, or a frugal couple just starting out.

Combined with a five-speed manual transmission and a superb EPA fuel economy of 32 city mpg and 45 highway mpg, the Fiesta is desirable from all angles. “The dashboard and center stack are thoroughly Ford, with many buttons for electronic functions” says newstimes.com in a rave review. The inside is nice and cozy while still allowing for 25 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats down. For a subcompact, that is a lot of extra space, especially for ounce-sized price. Because of its small size the Fiesta is a breeze to park in tight spaces and zip around town.

Think that the tiny and affordable 2014 Ford Fiesta could be the perfect fit for you? Visit Shults Ford of Harmarville and drive one today!

tiny and affordable 2014 Ford Fiesta

2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best-in-Class Towing

When it comes to maximum towing capacity, no truck even comes close to the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup. The F-450 boasts best-in-class towing capabilities of 31,200 pounds, using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standards.

Over the past couple of years, most automakers have adopted SAE J2807 standards, meaning it is easier to compare truck capabilities side-by-side. And, with this standard in place, the F-450’s towing capability is still 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds—whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement.

In addition to its rugged capabilities, the 2015 F-450 has a more capable suspension and new 19.5-inch wheels.

Giving the F-450 its strength is a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel that provides the ideal combination of power, torque, and efficiency. It delivers best-in-class 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque.

If you need the ultimate towing truck, look no further than the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty. Give us a call today at Shults Ford of Harmarville and we’ll help you find the perfect truck.

best-in-class towing

Ford GT-based GTR1 Cranks Out More Than 1,000 Horsepower

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!

Ford GT

Ford Opens 88 New Dealerships in One Day

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!

88 new dealerships in one day

Ford Starts ‘Em Young with Power Wheels F-150

There is no doubt that a Ford enthusiast is loyal to the bone and they undoubtedly pass that loyalty onto the generations after them.  High-quality vehicles coupled with Ford’s commitment to consumer satisfaction has built the brand into what it is today, but Ford has started to market to the youngest generation of them all.  With the Power Wheels F-150, Ford is definitely starting the loyalty off at a young age!

While not available to consumers, the Power Wheels F-150 was spotted coming back from a series of tests in Ford’s main base for operations, Dearborn, Michigan.  While the concept is pretty cool, it is not for sure whether or not this is a real thing.  Could it really be a collaboration between Ford and Power Wheels?  Or maybe it’s just a couple of engineers having a good time at the expense of the spy photographers who took the images.  Regardless, we think it’s pretty cool and would love to see something like this hit the market in the future!

Would you like to own something like this Power Wheels F-150 for your child?  At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we want to hear what you think!  Sound off in the comments below!

Power Wheels F-150

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