The components that make up a vehicle are composed of a variety of different materials. Trimming on the inside can be wood, while the exterior body can be made up of aluminum. Ford uses a variety of different materials to create their cars, trucks, and crossovers. However, the latest material that Ford has decided to look into is surprising, yet represents the “spirit” of Ford ingenuity.
According to a Ford press release, Ford is investigating the use of Agave-based car parts.
The Agave plant is most known for being the primary ingredient in Tequila. However, the team at Ford has discovered that a plastic alloy can be created from the byproducts of the Agave plant as well. Ford is now teaming up with Jose Cuervo to discover what kinds of car components can be created out of the Agave.
“There are about 400 pounds of plastic on a typical car,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability research department. “Our job is to find the right place for a green composite like this to help our impact on the planet. It is work that I’m really proud of, and it could have broad impact across numerous industries.”
Ford is continually working to find ways to make their vehicles more sustainable. That’s a cause that we can lift a glass to. Just not on the road!
Friends, music, camping–music festivals bring together everything in life that makes it worth living. And the 2016 music festivals in Pennsylvania are diverse enough to ensure that everyone has a great experience.
Camp Bisco – Scranton
Date: July 14-16
Located at Montage Mountain, Camp Bisco is in its 14th year and going strong. This festival features brilliants artists in the electronica realm. Headliners include: The Discobiscuits, Odesza, Zeds Dead and RL Grime.
Catskill Chill – Lakewood
Date: September 23-25
The Catskill Chill features the best jams this side of the Mississippi. Take in the sounds of headliners like Greensky Bluegrass, Mike Gordon (Phish Bassist), Dopapod and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, a band that performs bluegrass versions of all of your favorite Grateful Dead tunes.
Rock Allegiance – Philadelphia
Date: September 17-18
Granted, there’s no camping at the Rock Allegiance festival but the quality of the lineup more than makes up for it. If you are child of the 90s, you should feel right at home rocking out to Slayer, The Offspring and Anthrax.
It may not blow your hair back like an illegal street race but hypermiling also won’t put your life, or your license, at risk. It’s just a fun and challenging game to save money.
The goal of the game is simple: beat the EPA-estimated fuel efficiency numbers for your vehicle. But since many people find this too easy, the goal simply becomes to see how high you can go!
There are distinct hypermiling techniques for accomplishing the goal. The number one technique is slow and easy acceleration. You use considerably more fuel getting up to speed as compared to maintaining speed. That being said, traveling beyond 55 mph will also cause your efficiency to diminish.
Another technique is to eliminate unnecessary braking, which is largely caused by lack of awareness of traffic. A lot of people accelerate madly without realizing that they may need to brake soon. Hypermiling is all about anticipating what’s ahead because braking and then having to accelerate again uses more fuel.
There are other ways you can save fuel. For instance, avoid idling for too long. Underinflated tires may also cost your more fuel. Coasting down hills or coasting to upcoming red lights can be helpful.
Technology is your friend when it comes to hypermiling. Use an app like Fuel Buddy to keep track of your mileage!
As summer draws nearer, people start to get restless for outdoor activity in the great outdoors. There’s nothing quite like enjoying nature in the warm, carefree atmosphere of summertime. If you’re looking for something fun and outdoorsy to do near Pittsburgh, why don’t you take the opportunity to explore the Great Allegheny Passage? With 335 miles of outdoor adventure stretching across Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., there is much to be explored on this massive, famous trail.
The main GAP trail is 150 miles long and joins with the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath in order to form the full length of the entire passage; however, the trails themselves are mostly flat and level, making them ideal for hiking and bicycling. Acclaimed as one of the best and longest trails on the eastern half of the United States, the Great Allegheny Passage provides the experience of a lifetime for anyone who takes the time to take in the entire trail.
The Great Allegheny Passage isn’t just trees and wilderness, either. The trail takes explorers past a variety of trail towns, local restaurants, as well as landmarks that include Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright. Some towns along the trail will even have local events and festivals that occur annually, so be sure to check event calendars before embarking on your journey.
There is no experience in the United States quite like that of the Great Allegheny Passage. With bike rentals for those casual explorers interested in new experiences, or plenty of room for hikers and cyclists to share the road, the GAP trail is a great place for people looking to have fun and spend time in the beautiful wilderness of the East Coast.
2016 is proving to be a successful year so far for auto brands, with Ford enjoying record-breaking profits. Strong truck and SUV sales all across the globe have led to the company’s profits doubling to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016 alone, after taxes. Ford representatives say the brand already plans to surpass 2015’s pretax profit of $10.8 billion.
Ford currently ranks as the number two carmaker in America, but that’s swiftly changing as the brand’s popularity skyrockets in the face of low gas prices and high sales numbers. Over the course of the company’s entire history, which has now spanned over 112 years, Ford has never seen a first quarter quite as profitable as this one. With $3.8 billion before taxes for this quarter, sales are above and beyond what the brand could’ve predicted.
Worldwide sales rose to 1.7 million units for the first quarter — a 10 percent increase. Demand for SUVs drastically increased in North America, China, and Europe, with China’s sales numbers going up by 38 percent. In the United States, F-series trucks, the Explorer, and the Transit enjoyed dramatic increases in sales.
In addition to great sales, Ford’s shares have also jumped, due to shareholders more heavily investing in the brand following their announcement to develop a 200-mile electric vehicle to rival the upcoming Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. Because of this, shares rose 50 cents to $14.16.
Ford analysts had predicted to make revenue of $35.59 billion, with actual revenue coming out to $37.7 billion — over a 2 billion dollar surplus. Unprecedented truck and SUV sales considerably contributed to the drastic change for the better, while Ford continues to look forward to a brighter and more successful future the rest of the year.
We at Shults Ford of Harmarville know how important it is to stay connected when on the road. Technology can be used for navigation assistance, hands-free calling, and many other convenient features.
Ford has recently announced the first Ford vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the iPhone-connected CarPlay system. This vehicle will be the 2017 Ford Escape, which goes on sale this May. We have known since January that Ford was working on this connective technology, but now we have a first official release vehicle.
Ford stated that this technology will make the ownership experience easier, through features such as remote door lock and remote start. These vehicle features are available with the new FordPass platform. The Escape will also be the first vehicle to offer SYNC3, which features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The SYNC Connect option will also help with “driver-assist” technology, such as parking, and lane control. With CarPlay, drivers with iPhones can use iOS features through the dashboard display.
If you recently bought a Ford though, do not worry. Several of the 2016 models will be able to update the technology to use CarPlay through an upcoming software update.
If you are interested to see all the great connected options found on Ford vehicles, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville!
Ford is working hard to protect those who serve us. Ford is the leading maker of police vehicles, and has been testing new technologies and materials to make improvements to its vehicles.
Police vehicles need strong protection, especially in the doors. During a high-risk stop, police will often crouch behind their car doors. Therefore, the material in the door needs to be strong enough to protect officers from bullets and even high-powered assault weapons.
Safety has been increased, thanks to engineering work done by Ford. The doors have been upgraded, despite the challenge of finding a light, yet durable material. This project has been in the works for over a year, as Ford was determined to make the vehicles safer.
Now, the doors have two layers of protection. One layer is a Kevlar-type material, and the second layer is ceramic tiles. These two materials combined create a strong door able to stop bullets. The doors were tested by machines, performing over 100,000 slams to make sure the hinges can support the extra weight.
The new doors are successful, and the upgraded police vehicles will be going on sale soon. There are already many orders by police departments for these safer vehicles. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville are appreciative of the commitment made to keeping police squads safe on the job by Ford improving police vehicles.
Ford is adding some kick to the new Focus design, adding the RS trim for those looking for added performance. This model comes with a sporty hatch design with a redesigned exterior, distinct badging, and a powerful new powertrain.
According to Ford, the Ford Focus RS recently came off the line at its manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, and is set to reach the US sometime this spring. The RS has a new 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine with an integrated all-wheel drive system and Dynamic Torque Control.
“The arrival of Focus RS in the United States this spring adds to a potent hot hatch lineup,” said Ford in a press release. “Ford’s Focus ST and Fiesta ST both have enjoyed critical acclaim and success. Sales of the Focus ST increased 9 percent last year while Fiesta ST saw a gain of 4 percent.”
The RS will also feature an innovative driver select mode, letting you choose the performance configurations of your liking. These include Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift mode. Customizing shock tuning, stability control, and engine and steering response, the new select mode features makes the RS incredibly fun to drive. We can’t wait to see this model hit the streets later this year.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to panic when it comes to finding the right gift for the auto lover in your life. There are tons of great presents to consider, from tools to fun road trips.
According to Safelite, one of the best Valentine Day auto gifts is a Bluetooth headset or adapter. Although most new cars come with this system integrated in, if someone doesn’t already have Bluetooth, it is a must-have item. It lets individuals drive and talk on the phone while keeping both hands on the wheel, perfect for someone who travels a lot.
Maintenance items also make great gifts. These include things like premium oil, washer fluids, car wash formula, and even tires or wipers. Providing a car lover with an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get to work is a perfect present.
High-tech presents include things like satellite radio and remote car starters. Many cars come with satellite radio capabilities, but the subscription runs out. You can either renew it, or opt for an entirely new system in general. Remote car starters are great for people that are always in a rush.
Other ideas include a road trip, whether it is for a day or a week, or even racecar driving experience. Many tracks offer ride-alongs, and some brands like Ferrari and BMW even offer driving lessons at certain times of the year if you are lucky enough to make it to one.
Kids visiting the 2016 North American International Auto Show can get a free, limited-edition Ford GT snap kit from the Ford Kiosk. This snap kit is a build-it-yourself model of the real thing, celebrating the high-performance model and its striking looks.
According to Ford, the brand is still partnering with Revell to build the snap kits for the GT. Revell helped Ford build Mustang and Raptor kits in previous years. The Ford GT snap kit will also be available to purchase through online stores and retailers in April.
“Our annual Revell Make ‘n Take model kit program has become a fun-filled auto show tradition,” said Mark Bentley, Ford Licensing manager. “Letting kids build their own Ford GT is a great way to introduce them to the Ford brand and create new enthusiasts.”
This auto show kit includes a 14-piece assembly with a limited-edition badge to certify it is from the auto show. The retail model will be a little more complex, with 28 parts, and it will sell for roughly $15. Kids who are excited about the new Ford GT will love these kits.