Faster than Fast: New Ford GT Supercar Debuts

Ford GT Supercar DebutThe new Ford GT Supercar debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and fast is indeed the keyword! With a streamlined structure, and sexy, sleek curves, Ford’s new baby is designed for speed! However, it’s hard to say which is more impressive: its function or beauty.

To a casual observer of the GT in motion, the 2015 Supercar is sure to appear as nothing but a blur. Due in part to the aerodynamic design, but also adding to the power is the 3.5-liter twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. A carbon-fiber driver’s cell and aluminum-alloy sub frames decrease the car’s overall bulk, thus enabling an increased pace.

With the newest addition to its performance lineup, Ford continues its tradition of GT panache. Swing-up clamshell doors give two passengers an extravagant entrance into the smooth and simple interior, each line and angle of the body calculated to reduce drag.

Designed as an homage to the original Ford GT built in 1966 (the original being commissioned by Henry Ford II to win the Le Mans 24-hour race in France), the Ford GT is set to be released next year in celebration of the original’s 50th anniversary.

Ford SYNC AppLink System Will Feature New Drive Mode

Ford SYNC AppLink systemDespite all the recent advancements in vehicle connectivity and infotainment systems, few automakers have stopped to consider the risks of distracted driving–until now. Ford recently partnered with Life360 to introduce a modified SYNC AppLink system that keeps the driver safe.

According to Ford, the new system will offer a Drive Mode that will notify people trying to communicate with the driver that they’re busy driving. This new Drive Mode will not only eliminate some driver distraction, but it will also eliminate the need to, for instance, call mom when you get home. Family members can see when a driver arrives safely, just another new feature of the system.

“Responsible driving habits are top priorities at Ford Motor Company, and we are pleased to be working with Life360 to help reduce driver distractions,” said Julius Marchwicki, Ford Connected Services Product manager. “With the integration of Life360 Drive Mode, we are helping to keep drivers’ attention on the road by letting their loved ones know that they are behind the wheel, encouraging family members and friends to hold off on sending texts.”

The new system also has made some improvements to hands-free options, like voice recognition. With the Ford SYNC AppLink system, the automaker is making the world safer one driver at a time. Get connected at Friendly Ford!

Could Ford’s ECOBEAST Patent Signal Something Ferocious on the Way?

Ford's ECOBEAST Patent

Ford’s current V6 EcoBoost Engine

What does Ford have up its sleeve?

That’s the question many are asking, including us at Friendly Ford, upon news that the automaker trademarked the term “ECOBEAST.” If that sounds like a reference to Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology, you’re on the right track. The patent request was filed under “Automobiles and automobile engines.”

What do you think Ford’s ECOBEAST patent could mean? Many believe it’s a high-output EcoBoost engine, even surpassing the highest-capacity 3.5-liter version currently offered. But why would a bigger engine require an entirely new name? Perhaps this will be an entire new line of engines.

Hopefully it’s not a red herring set loose by Ford to distract us all before the Detroit Auto Show, which might have something to do with the next-generation SVT Raptor on the way.

We’d like some answers, but trademark filing doesn’t indicate a projected timeline, so Ford could either be in its final stages before debut or initial development.  Still, it sounds like our favorite automaker has some exciting ideas in mind.

First Production 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang Auction to Benefit JDRF

Shelby GT350 Mustang AuctionFord is no stranger to helping those in need. The automaker frequently donates money to various causes and organizations—the latest of which is JDRF, a national organization dedicated to the funding of type 1 diabetes research. In order to help JDRF continue its mission in the New Year, Ford is holding a 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang auction at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona next month. The winner will become the proud owner of the first production 2015 Shelby GT350 with his or her choice of color and packages.

The auction coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which was offered between 1965 and 1970 and has become one of the most iconic and sought-after classic cars ever made. The Shelby GT350 is coming back to the market for 2015, and this auction is Ford’s way of reintroducing it with a bang.

“The all-new Shelby GT350 is a thrilling, world-class car,” remarked Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “From the all-new independent suspension – a first for a Shelby, to the powerful engine and superb brakes, this car is simply amazing. Just as the Shelby GT350 did in 1965, we expect this new-generation pony car to demonstrate Ford Motor Company continues to lead the world in innovation and performance.”

Competition at the auction is sure to be fierce. We at Friendly Ford will be watching the action closely on Saturday, January 17th—how about you?

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body Reduces Weight and Cost

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body

2015 Ford F-150

If you’re like some of us at Friendly Ford, you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to start eating healthier, save more money, and maybe even recycle a bit more in 2015. If you’ve made a few of these promises to yourself, look no further than the Ford F-150 for inspiration. Recently, the F-150 switched from structure of steel to one of aluminum in the 2015 incarnation, saving weight, money, and even reducing its carbon footprint.

This change saves the company about $124 per pickup, as the Ford factory waste aluminum is returned to the aluminum manufacturer for recycling. Aluminum is more expensive than steel, but the savings in recycling leftover aluminum are making the difference. At its Dearborn and Kansas City plants, Ford has created a new recycling system that sends $300 worth of scrap metal back to its suppliers. Since aluminum is 95% recyclable, it is easier and cheaper to recycle scrap pieces instead of mining more aluminum ore.

In addition to saving money, the new 2015 F-150 aluminum body is much lighter than its steel predecessor. In all, the F-150 dropped about 700 pounds by making the switch. It takes a lot of energy to haul around that big steel frame, so going lighter with an aluminum body is going to save a lot of gas money for F-150 enthusiasts.

If the F-150 can do it, so can you. Good luck in keeping your New Year’s resolutions for 2015, and if you’d like to see how the F-150 drives with that light new body, come into Friendly Ford for a test drive.

Ford Plans New Hybrid Truck on the Heels of Aluminum-Bodied F-150

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2015 Ford F-150 Available at Friendly Ford

Ready or not, new truck customers, here Ford comes, pushing the brand farther into the future. The 2015 Ford F-150 is just starting production, and the aluminum-bodied pickup will soon be all over the place, as Ford’s loyal customers line up to buy it. After all, it’s a stronger and more efficient version of the truck that everyone already loves.

However, Ford is not stopping its march towards more efficient trucks there. Recently, the brand announced that a new hybrid truck is in the works, saying that it is “working very hard” on such a model. After the gamble on the aluminum F-150 paid off so well, the folks at Ford are excited to take the next step.

“The key is to convince buyers that … you can still tow that boat out of the water or carry that load of wood,” said Bill Visnic of Edmunds.com. Here at Friendly Ford, we’re not really concerned about that. People said the same thing about the 2015 F-150, and it’s already proven itself better than anyone could have expected. Come see us to today to learn more about the new truck and give us your thoughts on the idea of a hybrid truck as well.

Ford Announces 2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150

The brand-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 is already known as being the toughest, most capable F-150 ever—and now it’s the most fuel-efficient, too. Ford has released the 2015 Ford F-150 fuel economy ratings, showing that just because you have a big truck, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fuel savings.

The 2015 F-150 equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined with the ability to tow 1,110 pounds more than previous models. Each of the F-150 models’ new EPA fuel economy ratings is 5 to 29 percent better than current models.

“We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest, and most capable F150 ever—and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

Ford was able to increase both fuel efficiency and capability through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys. To see the brand-new 2015 Ford F-150 in action, stop in to Friendly Ford today!

New Ford Pickups Boast Best Fuel Economy Numbers in Segment

When a truck has been the best-selling truck series in America for 37 years—think about it; that’s almost four decades—it seems impossible to think that the truck could get even better and more dominant than it already was. But that’s exactly the case with the 2015 F-150, as the new Ford pickup with aluminum-body frame design boasts the best fuel economy numbers in its segment.

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2015 Ford F-150

Lighter, stronger, more powerful, and more efficient than ever before, the F-150 is now lightyears ahead of the competition. “We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

The new truck gets 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and a 22 mpg combined rating. Come see us at Friendly Ford to learn more about the new F-150, its powertrain options, and all the great options and features it offers. It will finally be in our inventory soon, so check back on the blog often for updates!

Ford Mustang GT Earns a Spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best List

Car and Driver's 10Best List

2015 Ford Mustang

The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT has earned itself a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best list. This is the ninth time the Mustang has earned this honor in the list’s 33-year history and has been included on the list for four of the last five years.

The 10Best list names the best new cars in the United States for under $80,000, regardless of class or capabilities.

“It’s a huge honor to have the Mustang GT recognized on Car and Driver’s 10Best list,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, in a statement. “The substantial amount of time and effort our engineering team put into Mustang has paid off; we’re hopeful that the car has a substantial presence on the 10Best list for years to come.”

Car and Driver loved the Mustang’s fun-to-drive nature and commented that when going through a series of turns, the Mustang makes you feel like “you’re wearing wheels.”

Come see for yourself what makes the 2015 Ford Mustang GT one of the best and most fun cars of the year. It is available now at Friendly Ford.

Half a Century and Still Going Strong: The Ford Mustang Turns 50

Ford Mustang turns 50

2015 Ford Mustang

As the Ford Mustang turns 50 in 2015, Ford is creating a program called ICON50 to commemorate and celebrate this milestone. Arguably the finest-looking and best-engineered American sports car from then until now, Ford is right to cast the Mustang as an American icon. According to Forbes, the ICON50 program sees “Ford uniting with experts” in various cultural fields “to identify what is happening now and what is coming next.”

For ICON50, Ford hooked up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos. Together, they were able to identify ten musical artists that are “pushing the boundaries of what’s being done in music today.” This list includes such acts as Cathedrals, Young Rising Sons, and Betty Who.

A few of these acts were tapped to perform in the CMJ Music Marathon, a five-day music festival held in New York City. Forbes tells us that “there are set to be follow-up performances over the next few months that will be promoted by the two companies.”

Visit Friendly Ford today to check out the outstanding 2015 Mustang for yourself!