Ford Simple Suit to Simulate Drunk Driving

Ford simple suit

We have had it told to us time and time again; never drink and drive.  Whether it’s through a public service announcement, our parents, or we actually know someone that has been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s something that every individual in America has heard multiple times throughout their lifetime.  Ford has recently developed a suit that will simulate exactly what it feels like to be drunk and behind the wheel of a car, to hopefully really drive the message home that it’s in no way shape or form safe to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The suit is part of Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program, a program designed to give a free education to young people on things they wouldn’t normally learn in a traditional driving class.  Each driver gets to put on goggles that impair their vision, headphones to make it harder to hear, and different sets of weights to throw them off balance.  They are then put behind the wheel of a car with an instructor on a closed course and they get to discover what it actually feels like to drive drunk, and since they are completely aware of everything going on around them, the idea is to drive home the message of how unsafe getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated really is.

Check out the video below to learn more about the Ford simple suit and in the meantime, at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we ask that you always drink responsibly.  It is never embarrassing to call for a ride or get a taxi when you have had too much to drink.  It could save a life.

1969 Shelby GT500 Found in a Barn

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are all about great finds when it comes to cool cars, but this most recent find is not only amazing, it’s rare.  This discovery is none other than an unrestored, one-owner 1969 Shelby GT500, but that’s not even the best part.  It only has 8,531 miles on it!

A man named Larry Brown, who recently passed away, owned the Shelby GT500, and since he had no wife or children to pass his things on to, the car will be auctioned off by Ron Gilligan Auctioneers.

The Mustang is still in pristine condition, having never been driven in the rain, as well as having garbage bags covering the seats and double floor mats covering the carpet.  These precautions have helped to keep the car in amazing condition, especially considering it has been sitting in a barn for a number of years.

Mechanics say the 1969 Shelby GT500 is in great shape and with a new battery and a freshly filled gas tank, the 45 year old car started right up.  According to Auto Trader Classics, a 1969 GT500 with over 75,000 miles on it goes for just under $90,000, but since Brown’s car has 8,531 miles, we are sure it will go for much more than that.

Interested in the auction?  It will be held on April 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM EST.  Check back for more details that are to come!

1969 Shelby GT500

William Clay Ford Sr. Passes Away at 88

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were deeply saddened when we heard the news a few days ago that William Clay Ford Sr., the last living grandchild of the company founder, Henry Ford, passed away this past Sunday after fighting off a bout of pneumonia.

William served in many positions at the company over his 57 years as an employee, with his first position being elected to the Board of Directors in 1948, before he even graduated from Yale University in 1949.  Nine years later, he was elected chairman of the Design Committee, which he went on to hold that position for the next 32 years.  His eye for design and influential manner helped play a huge role in shaping the company into what it is today.

William Clay Ford Jr. had nothing but the highest regard for his father.  “My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community.  He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all,” he said.

Ford was a huge inspiration to the company and he will be greatly missed by all.

William Clay Ford Sr.

Ford F-Series Sales Still on the Rise

2015 Ford F-150

Contrary to previous reports of the need to close and retool some plants for the new aluminum 2015 Ford F-150, the Ford F-Series sales are still on the rise.  Ford posted the best sales numbers in February 2014 that it has seen in 8 years.

America’s best-selling truck for the past 37 years has continued to make moves on the market, despite the rumors that the necessity to close some plants to get them ready for the 2015 Ford F-150 would slow the F-Series sales down for awhile.  Not only has that not happened, but sales will continue to increase when the 2015 Ford F-150 will be added to the numbers later this year.

John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service, gave his reasoning for the highest February sales in 8 years.  “Sales surged in the final week, providing us momentum after a slow start to the month.  Ford Fusion continued its strong retail sales performance in the West, outpacing the mid-size sedan segment.  F-Series and Lincoln also continued to perform well.”

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are proud to be the home of the best-selling truck in America, and even though some plants have closed to get ready for the 2015 Ford F-150, the continued increase in Ford F-Series sales goes to show what a truly amazing truck the F-150 really is.

Ford to Debut the 2015 Focus

When we think of Mobile World Congress, we usually think of the newest smartphones and tablets, updated technology for the little things that make our lives easier, and anything else related to this industry.  We don’t normally think of the debut of a vehicle to be at Mobile World Congress, but this year, it is!

Ford is set to debut the new 2015 Focus.  With so many changes to both the exterior and the interior, the premiere is sure to be an exciting one.  The five-door hatchback with more defined headlights and a new grille up front that resembles the 2015 Ford Mustang are just a few of the changes that we can expect to see.

Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be available for the six-speed manual transmission, but Ford hasn’t released the engine lineup yet for the available options, however, we can speculate that the 2.0-liter engine will still be available.

Seeing as how the basis for the Mobile World Congress is technology, what would it be to have a vehicle there without amazing technology to offer?  There will be an 8-inch display for those with MyFord Touch®, which will also include SYNC 2 functionality and updated AppLink for the smartphone.  The technology will also include more natural voice commands, as well as an enhanced Blind Spot Information System® that will warn you when you are changing lanes and can also prevent you from backing into traffic.

We are very excited for the premiere of the 2015 Focus.  In the meantime, come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville and check out the many great Ford Focuses to choose from!

2014 Ford Focus

The NHTSA Gives the 2014 Ford Focus Top Safety Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently gave the 2014 Ford Focus top safety ratings.  The Ford Focus is no stranger to high safety ratings from the NHTSA, since it was just maintaining its status at the top.  The federal government put together a new car safety rating program, which the Ford Focus, both the sedan and hatchback models, as well as the Ford Focus Electric, continued to earn a 5 star rating for their overall vehicle score.

So what exactly makes the 2014 Ford Focus so safe?

The Ford’s AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control and anit-lock brake system, which is standard in the Focus across the board, is the main reason for such a high safety rating.  It is constantly keeping track of the road conditions and how the driver responds to those conditions, which in turn it will adjust itself to go along with the driver.  Sounds pretty cool to us!

Want to own one of the safest cars on the road?  Visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville and take a look at our expansive inventory!

2014 Ford Focus

The 2015 Ford F-150 Becomes First Light-Weight Pickup to Offer Snow Plow Prep Option

These winter months seem to be stretching on forever and we are sure you have probably wished for a better way to clear your driveway and the roads of snow other than with a shovel or waiting for the city to clear it for you.  Well Ford heard everyone’s cries regarding the winter blues, and they answered with an ingenious option added to the front of the 2015 Ford F-150: the snow plow prep option.

Eric Peterson, the Ford F-150 marketing manager, stated “the new 2015 F-150 is the toughest F-150 ever, and by using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, we’ve made the new truck up to 700 pounds lighter.  This leads to more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you’d want for plowing.  Adding a snow plow prep kit to our lineup helps ensure our customers have even more tools at their disposal to get the job done.”

Whether it’s actually for a business or you just want to help your neighborhood by clearing the streets, the snow plow prep option for the new 2015 Ford F-150 sounds like a great idea.  Do you like the idea but can’t see yourself ever using it?  Not a problem, come on over to Shults Ford of Harmarville and we can help you find the perfect F-150 to fit your needs!

snow plow prep option

New 2015 Ford F-150 to Hurt Ford Profits?

Some say Ford is taking a big risk with its introduction of the aluminum alloy body, others think it’s a genius idea to make America’s favorite truck 700 pounds lighter.  Regardless of your opinion, Ford has recently stated that the production of the newest Ford F-150 will probably take a toll on profits for the short term.

To prepare for the newest edition to the F-series family, Ford is shutting down its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan for 11 weeks and the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri for 2 weeks.  In these 13 weeks, no Ford F-150’s will be produced, more than likely causing profits on the #1 truck to dip.

Ford isn’t expecting to have another record-setting year like they did in 2013 due to closing down those plants for over two months, but rest assured, there will be plenty of Ford F-150’s in supply during the retooling process.  With the F-150 being 31% of the 2013 Ford sales in the United States, they will work to make sure those trucks are still available while they prepare for the new 2015 Ford F-150.

We know that the idea of closing a couple of manufacturing plants for a couple of months can be a little nerve wracking when it comes to truck enthusiasts, but at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we will be sure to keep our Ford F-150’s in stock to keep up with the high demand of America’s favorite pickup!

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‘Tis the Season to Purchase a Christmas Tree!

Shults Ford Christmas Tree Sale

Looking for that perfectly symmetrical, full, luscious, green Christmas tree to decorate and set in your house for the holiday season?  Look no further!  The DVE Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Junior Achievement is this Saturday, December 7th at Shults Ford of Harmarville, starting at 8:00 a.m.!

The first 102 people to buy a tree will receive a pair of tickets to the Three Rivers Classic Games on Friday, December 27th at the Consol Energy Center.  This year, the Three Rivers Classic Games will feature hockey teams from Robert Morris, Penn State, Boston College, and Bowling Green State University.

But that’s not all!

Also going to the first 102 Christmas tree purchasers will be a $40 gift certificate from ESSpa Kozmetika and a coupon for 3 free pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory!   McDonald’s will also be providing breakfast sandwiches to those looking to purchase a tree, while supplies last.

Remember, all proceeds from the Christmas tree sale will directly support the Junior Achievement Programs in schools all across western Pennsylvania, so not only will you benefit, but you will be helping a worthy organization at the same time!

So grab the family, your favorite Christmas tunes, and your holiday spirit and hurry on down to Shults Ford of Harmarville this Saturday and be one of the lucky people to not only take home a beautiful and affordable tree for the holidays, but also receive a pair of tickets, a spa gift card, and pretzel coupons!

A special thank you to Musser Forest in Indiana, Pennsylvania for providing us with the beautiful trees this year, as well as all of our amazing sponsors that are helping to make this event possible!

Enter the Built Ford Touch Sweepstakes and Win a Ford F-150!

2013 Ford F-150Okay all you diehard football fans out there, now’s your chance.  Going on now, Ford is offering one lucky winner and three friends the chance to win a VIP trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio.  But that’s not all.  The winner of this particular contest will be able to drive off in their very own Ford F-150 with EcoBoost!

The lucky football fan will win a trip for themselves and three of his or her closest friends.  So what does this include exactly?  Well, besides the chance to be a VIP at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, the winner will also have their airfare, spending money, and accommodations taken care of, VIP access to exclusive enshrinement events, and of course the Ford F-150 with EcoBoost!

So grab your favorite team’s jersey, your ideal refreshing beverage, and three of your best friends and enter the Built Ford Tough Pro Football Hall of Fame contest today!

Need more details on the Ford F-150 with EcoBoost, or just want to shop around for other Ford vehicles?  Check out our new and used inventory at Shults Ford of Harmarville!

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