2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick from IIHS

The 2015 Ford F-150 is a groundbreaking pickup truck in numerous ways—from its use of segment- and industry-exclusive technologies to its aluminum-alloy body panels. Now, the F-150 breaks new ground yet again, becoming the first pickup in America to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

The F-150 SuperCrew earned the distinction after performing well in IIHS’ safety tests, adding to its claim of being the safest truck in America. The 2015 F-150—in SuperCrew, SuperCab, and Regular Cab configurations—also earned a five-star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it the only full-size, light-dusty pickup to do so.

Ford also confirms through statistics from Assured Performance that repair costs on the 2015 F-150 are averaging about $869 less than the average for the 2014 F-150. In about 8 months on the market, there have been 337 repair estimates collected at an average of $1,476, which compares favorably to the $2,345 average across 1,238 estimates in 2014.

The longer it remains on the market, the more it becomes apparent that there is no truck capable of matching the 2015 F-150 in terms of quality, intelligence, performance, and now safety. To see why the new F-150 is the perfect fit for you, test drive one at Shults Ford of Harmarville this weekend.

2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick

Ford Web Series Features Strength, F-150, and Boxers

What does the Ford F-150 have in common with Mexican boxers Edgar Juárez Calzada, Giselle Leal, and Michel de la Vega Esparza Oteo? Well, they have “fuerza” – which translates to strength – and they will also be featured in the new ‘Fuerza Ford’ webisodes.

Since 2010 Ford has been the official automotive sponsor for the Box Azteca series and recently, the Detroit-based company announced a partnership with Azteca America that will launch the 10-episode Spanish-language web series – which features the strongest parts of the F-150 as well as boxing tips.

“Ford is a leader in content marketing for U.S. Latinos, which is why we’re so honored to work together on the ‘Fuerza Ford’ boxing video campaign,” said Court Stroud, executive vice president, network sales and digital, Azteca America.

If you are interested in the Hispanic boxing culture and/or the F-150, be sure to not miss the Fuerza Ford web series, which can be seen on the Fuerza Ford Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to also come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to see our newest lineup of tough, dependable, and fuerza Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs, today!

Ford Web Series

A Home Fit for Automotive Royalty – The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

If you ever find yourself in the Detroit area, you owe it to yourself to see the Esdel and Eleanor Ford House – a local gem and historical landmark endowed with architectural beauty, art, antiques, and Ford paraphernalia.

The lakefront home located on 87-acres of property was once the private residence to Edsel Ford – the only child of famed Ford founder, Henry Ford – and his wife and four children. Built in 1929, the 30,000 square foot, 60-room, English Cotswold-style home was opened “for the benefit of the public” in 1976 upon Eleanor’s request. The property is managed by a non-profit board and is utilized for classes, lectures, events, and tours.

Currently, the nearly-century-old home is undergoing a $2 million-plus restoration to help maintain and preserve the building and grounds. The renovations include the implementation of a new bioswale (a wetlands system to help with drainage), the manufacture of a bridge connecting the property to Bird Island, moisture monitors, and updated electrical lines.

So if you ever find yourself in the Gross Pointe Shore area and want to see a part of Ford history, be sure to check out the Edsel and Eleanor Ford house – but until then, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville for the best deals on Ford trucks, cars, vans, and SUVs, today!

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Ford March Sales Post Best Performance in Nine Years

Ford March sales numbers are in and positive increases were noted almost across the board! In fact, Ford retail sales were their best in 9 years. Leading the way for Ford was none other than the F-Series, as well as the American automaker’s Mustang and van sales.

The new F-Series posted a 10 percent sales increase in March. In addition, Ford Mustang sales increased 36 percent, marking the pony car’s best performance since 2007. The Ford Transit, Transit Connect, and E-Series had total sales of 20,821 units, accounting for a 42 percent increase in total van sales.

In a recent press release, Mark LaNeve, Ford Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, said, “Our retail performance was driven by gains across our utility van and truck lineups with strong consumer acceptance of the all-new F-150. We are especially pleased to post our best retail March sales performance in nice years, despite tight supply across our F-series lineup.”

Ford is off to a hot start, and hopes to continue with that positive momentum going forward. Keeping customers happy by providing fun, quality vehicles is what Ford is all about. If you want to experience the best-selling Ford vehicles for yourself, come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville today!

Ford March sales

Ford Aiming to Triple Indian Auto Production

Ford is investing heavily in growing Asian markets, and China and India are at the forefront. In China, Lincoln vehicles are flying off lots, and Ford plans to open 20 new dealerships in the country in 2015 alone. In India, Ford is expanding its manufacturing industry with a $1 billion investment.

The investment will go towards a plant that will be almost entirely automated. Slower sales of the larger models have hurt Ford’s market share in India. As a result, the automaker has a plan for Indian auto production to triple, offsetting slow sales with increased exports. The new factory will focus on making engines and compact cars.

Endgame, Ford plans to triple the current number of exports in coming years, although there’s no exact timeline publicly available. In all, the plant will build 610,000 engines and 440,000 vehicles a year. Included in the compact segment are the EcoSport, a small SUV, and the Figo Aspire, a compact sedan.

“India is very cost competitive, which is important particularly for small vehicles,” Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields told reporters. By building locally, Ford hopes that local sales will pick up as well.

Indian Auto Production

Ford Employee Donations Help Keep Those in Need Warm

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!

Ford Employee Donations

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

2015 Ford F-150 Pricing Announced!

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The highly-anticipated 2015 Ford F-150 has just had its pricing announced and will begin going on sale later this year. Despite a new, weight-saving aluminum body, the 2015 F-150 will only add a small amount to the pickup’s total cost.

The XL and XLT entry level models start at $26,615 and $31,890, respectively, which is only a $395 increase over the heavier, current-gen 2014 truck. Even the upgrade to a Lariat model is negligibly more expensive—it starts at $39,880, which is only $895 more than last year.

As expected, however, the top-end models do cost a little extra compared to the 2014 truck. The leather-rich King Ranch will cost $49,460, up $3,515, and the Platinum trim will cost $52,155, up $3,055.

That being said, there’s more than just 700 pounds of weight-saving to justify the cost increases. All standard equipment has been heightened across all models. Given that the entry-level XL and XLT account for about 70 percent of all F-150 sales and have less than a $400 increase, that’s not a bad deal at all.

Learn more at Shults Ford of Harmarville!

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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