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

Shults Ford of Harmarville Involved in Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

Recently, the Bierker family was presented a Warrior Quilt by Paul Letso, one of our very own Shults Ford of Harmarville employees.  Rachele Beirker entered to win the quilt for the Mother’s Day Race for the Cure and they are definitely excited to be able to display this Warrior Quilt in their home and know that people are everywhere are fighting for a cure for breast cancer..

So what exactly is a Warrior Quilt?

The Neighborhood Ford Store has partnered with the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure for the Annual Warrior Quilt Project.  Warrior Quilts are made of fabric squares that are decorated at a Neighborhood Ford Store booth at the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure.  The squares are filled with messages of hope and encouragement; they honor breast cancer survivors, as well as remembering loved ones who have passed.  These quilts remind us all how many people breast cancer affects, but they also show us that we are doing everything we can to defeat it.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, there are several quilts donated to across the United States, to hospitals, clinics, and breast cancer treatment centers.

We were so proud to be able to present a Warrior Quilt to Rachele Bierker and her family and if you would like to find out more about how you can help in the fight against breast cancer, visit the Neighborhood Ford Store booth and the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure!

Are Your Tires Safe To Drive On?

tire safetyIt’s National Tire Safety Week! This week is the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) annual tire safety week so what better to talk about than the condition of your tires?

The tires are the only part of your vehicle that makes contact with the road so making sure that they are properly kept up with is an essential tool when it comes to safety.

Tire Safety Tips

  • Inflate- Make sure that you check your tire pressure monthly. It is hard to tell with the naked eye if a tire is low.  There are manufacturer specifications that are located on the tire so that you know the exact amount of air that should be in the tire.
  • Rotate- You need to rotate your tires every 5,000 miles.  Tires in different locations of the car get worn differently so to keep the tires even, we rotate them for balanced ware.
  • Evaluate- Check your tires regularly for signs of wear and damage.  To evaluate if the tread depth to make sure that it is deep enough, insert a quarter upside down into one of the treads. If you are able to see above Washington’s head then it is time to buy new tires.

Under-inflated tires have rack up over 600 deaths and more than 33,000 injuries each year. Stop into the Shults Ford service center today to have your tires checked!

2015 Ford F-150 Went Into Testing Long Ago

It’s no secret that the 2015 Ford F-150 has been in testing for awhile.  We found out that an all-aluminum 2014 Ford F-150 was entered into the Baja 1000 off-road race, so that is no longer a secret.  But are there still secrets Ford has been keeping from us?  The answer is yes!

Ford is quickly becoming the master of disguise when it comes to testing new vehicles and they were able to pull off quite the feat with the all-aluminum F-150.  What are we talking about exactly?  Well, it seems that Ford has been testing the all-aluminum body for much longer than we thought.

Back in 2011, Ford built six F-150’s of the then-current F-150 generation and used aluminum for the cargo box, which is undoubtedly the most used and abused part of the truck.  They sent these six trucks off to three companies across the country to be used.  The catch?  Those three companies had no idea that they were receiving trucks with aluminum cargo boxes.

Denis Kansier, the F-150 prototype lead engineer explained the reasoning for this.  “This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150.  For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”

Do you think secret public testing of the all-aluminum F-150 was a risky move?  Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we would love to hear your opinions!

2015 Ford F-150

Join Us for Our Memorial Day Spectacular Sales Event

Memorial Day Spectacular Sales EventIf you are looking to purchase a new vehicle, there is no better time than this weekend!  We invite you to join us for our huge Shults Ford Lincoln Memorial Day Spectacular Sales Event!

We have a giant selection of both new and used vehicles at all three Shults locations!  Starting today and going through 5:00 pm on Memorial Day, you can expect 0% interest for up to 60 months, discounts up to $10,000 off new vehicles, and over 1,000 new and used vehicles to choose from!

We have brand new Lincoln MKZ’s that you can lease for only $289 a month with just 10% down!  How about a 2012 Ford Fusion?  We have 20 to choose from, starting at just $14,900.  Or maybe a 2010 Ford Escape is what you are looking for?  We have 15 of those, starting at just $10,900!

We have more than just vehicles too!  Come to any of the three Shults locations and enjoy live radio on Monday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, or join us for a cook out on both Saturday and Monday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm!  Contact us to find out what who else will be available for you to meet and what other entertainment you can enjoy!

From all of us at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, Shults Ford of Harmarville, and our newest location, Shults Certified.com, we can’t wait to see you this weekend!

Ford Helps with Philanthropic Organization in New York City

Philanthropic organizations throughout the country provide amazing services to many different groups of people.  One particular philanthropic organization, located in New York City, is known as God’s Love We Deliver.  They provide delicious and nutritious meals for those individuals that are too sick to either shop for food or cook for themselves.  With their team of dietitians, they are able to tailor each meal to the medical needs of each client.

Now where does Ford come in?  Well, to get around the city, God’s Love We Deliver uses a fleet of Ford Econoline vans and a Ford Transit Connect Mobile Food Pantry.  With over 5,000 meals to deliver each weekday, the Ford fleet and commercial vehicles come in handy.

“We’re the end of the road, the final safety net for our clients.  Without us they would not have food, and without organizations like Ford, we couldn’t do what we do,” said David Ludwigson, the chief development officer of God’s Love We Deliver.

We think philanthropic organizations such as this one are doing amazing things in the communities around the United States.  If you are looking to set up your own organization such as this, come to Shults Ford of Harmarville to see what fleet and commercial vehicles we have in stock to help you get started!

philanthropic organization

Mark Fields to Replace Alan Mulally as Ford CEO

After 8 years at the head of Ford, Alan Mulally announced his retirement and the official date is set for July 1st of this year.  At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were saddened by this news because Mulally has been a great CEO for the company over his 8 years at the helm and has even been called a “hall-of-fame CEO” by Bill Ford, Henry Ford’s great-grandson.  Our spirits were lifted however, when the new CEO was announced.  Mark Fields, Ford’s current Chief Operating Officer will be stepping up and filling Mulally’s shoes come July!

 

Fields has been with The Blue Oval for the past 25 years and has been training for this position for several of those 25.  Mulally could not be more confident in handing the reigns over to Fields and claims that he has “nothing left to teach or talk to Mark about.”

 

While we are still not sure who will be replacing Fields as the Chief Operating Officer, we can say with confidence that we know Ford will appoint someone with the same dedication to the company as both Fields and Mulally have exhibited throughout the years.

 

We wish all the best to Alan Mulally and we thank him for everything he has done for Ford.  We also want to wish the best of luck to Mark Fields and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future of Ford!

Alan Mulally

Line Lock Burnout Feature New for the Ford Mustang

line lock burnout feature

If you are an avid fan of drag racing, whether it’s watching or participating, then you probably already know what the Line Lock burnout feature on the new Ford Mustang will entail.  For those of you that don’t, here is a little overview.

Line Lock is a system that can electronically lock the front brakes, so when you step on the gas, you can produce big, smoky burnouts that will give off the smell of burning rubber like no other.  This all happens without the Mustang moving as much as an inch.  The Line Lock burnout feature really isn’t that uncommon and can be seen in drag racing, like stated above, but now Ford is moving towards making it a more common feature on the everyday road.

If you have been saving every extra penny you can for the new Ford Mustang, you should probably start saving more.  All that extra rubber-burning you plan on doing will wear down your tires at a much faster rate than normal.  Luckily, at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we can help you out with all of you tire and other service needs!

Interested in seeing the Line Lock burnout feature in action?  Check out the video below!

The 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible Takes to the Big Apple

2015 Ford Mustang convertible

As many of you know, the Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary recently and to commemorate the last 50 years, Ford celebrated in the same way it did with the very first Ford Mustang convertible: the put the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible on top of the Empire State Building.  It’s sitting on the 86th floor observation deck to be exact.

As a country, we may be more technologically advanced than what we were 50 years ago, but the Mustang had to make its way to the top just like it did 50 years ago; on the only freight elevator.  In order to do this, it had to be cut in precise measurements to make sure it would fit on the elevator and then be rebuilt when it reached the top.

From the videos below, those of us at Shults Ford of Harmarville can see what a time consuming and difficult project this was.  This Michigan-based company built a mockup of the freight elevator, and then practiced the cuts on a second pre-production Ford Mustang convertible.  They were ready when it came time to make the cuts on the Mustang being taken to the top.

The result certainly is astounding!  What better way to celebrate the past 50 years of greatness?

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