Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

The third week of September has officially been named National Drive Electric Week.

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2014 Ford C-MAX Energi

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make the switch to an electric or hybrid car and how it will change your life, there are two Drive Electric events close to Roselle, Illinois. One is in Naperville and the other is in Chicago.

On Sunday, September 21, the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association will host a Ride & Drive event to showcase the benefits of living an electric vehicle (EV) lifestyle. The event will be held at the Naperville Car Test track from 1pm to 4pm. with many EV owners on-hand to answer questions.

For a larger event, head to Daley Plaza in Chicago on Friday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There you can talk to EV experts and owners and even test drive a few EV cars yourself.

Once you have the information you need, check out the 2014 Ford C-MAX Energi that’s available now at Friendly Ford. The C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid car that will give you up to 19 miles of electric-only driving on a fully-charged battery. When the battery is depleted, the car switches over to hybrid mode and uses both gas and electricity. All combined, this gives the C-MAX an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 38 mpg combined.

Will you be attending either Drive Electric Week event?

Number 1,964 Limited Edition Mustang Set for Auction

There are few cars that are more recognizable than the Ford Mustang. As the iconic pony car celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Ford has decided to celebrate its popularity by auctioning off a 50 Years Limited-Edition Ford Mustang. This special ‘Stang, which has the badge number 1,964 (the year the Mustang was brought to life) will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson, with all proceeds going to Get Your Heart Racing, which supports Henry Ford Health System’s Edit and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car, said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound, and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car—it is the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company.”

The number 1,964 Limited Edition Mustang is based on the 2015 Mustang GT. Along with this sexy car, the winner will also receive the VIP package to Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Here, the preproduction unit of the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang will be the official pace car.

While the 2015 Mustang isn’t available at dealerships yet, make sure to keep an eye on Friendly Ford’s dealership lots to ensure you don’t miss its arrival!

2015 Ford F-150 Gets Streamlined

Ford has gone to great lengths to ensure that the new 2015 Ford F-150 is streamlined to be the most aerodynamic and fuel efficient F-150 ever.

Ford F-150 gets streamlined

2015 Ford F-150

The exterior designer of the F-150, Brad Richards, said that Ford wants every model to have better aerodynamics than its predecessor.  However, streamlining was especially important for the 2015 F-150. “The aerodynamics were much more at the forefront on this launch,” says Richards. “It was a huge challenge as a designer to try to make the trucks tougher-looking, but more efficient.”

Richards was surprised while designing to find that the lines he had feared would need sculpting ended up making the truck more efficient. In fact, things customers look for in trucks like the crisp corners and wider tailgate panels would actually help to make a big difference in fuel efficiency.

The aluminum-bodied truck took two years to design, and customers will be happy to see that the tuck still looks tough and the aerodynamic details make the F-150 look more modern.

The 2015 F-150 spent more time in wind tunnels than any other Ford truck, and For expects it to get 30 mph highway. Check out the new F-150 at Friendly Ford now!

Millennial Car Shopping: The Young and Active Are Ditching Cars for Crossovers

Millennials are growing up. Gen Y (people born anytime from the early 80s through the early 2000s) are turning in their compact cars that got them through college and their first jobs, and upgrading to something bigger.

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2015 Ford Explorer

Crossovers and SUVs are taking over this generation’s top car choice, and it makes sense. Sports, active lifestyles, adding pets, and even starting families make a roomier car an ideal choice. Millennials are looking for cars they can see themselves growing into the next phase of their lives in. An SUV is great for throwing their bikes in now, and loading their babies in later.

The older Millennials are about 32, and that means they are more often holding down stable jobs with higher incomes than the generation behind them. Purchasing a new SUV or crossover is not such a far reach for people falling into this category.

A study conducted by Maritz Research surveyed 122,000 participants and found that cars remain top choices for Millennials overall, but the percentage considering a small car has fallen from 13.2 percent in 2008 to 9.7 percent.

According to the data compiled by Maritz Research, Ford has climbed to the top of the list in sales consideration among millennials – meaning that regardless of whether or not Millennials actually have the means to buy a Ford, the automaker is their top choice over any other brand.

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2014 Ford Flex

“The trend of millennials starting families comes at the same time Ford is updating or replacing nearly its entire product lineup,” said Amy Marentic, Ford global car and crossover marketing manager. “These fastest-growing segments – like small utilities – coincide with Ford’s product strengths.”

Friendly Ford has an entire lineup of best-selling crossovers and SUVs. The Escape, Explorer, and Edge are ideal cars for an active lifestyle.

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is a Top Safety Pick

Ford C-MAX Hybrid

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

The 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the second year running.

In the moderate overlap front, side, head restraints and seats, and roof strength tests, the C-MAX Hybrid received the highest possible score of “Good,” highlighting its ability to protect passengers in nearly all conventional crash scenarios.

In the more difficult small overlap front crash test, which the IIHS deems the toughest front-side test performed by either itself or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the C-MAX Hybrid earned the second-highest possible score of “Acceptable.”

It also comes with a plethora of standard equipment, including MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, driver and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, a safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Come test drive the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid at Friendly Ford! And no, before you ask, we won’t let you try to crash it!

Ford Offers Brake Pads Free for Life

Ford Offers Brake PadsWhen buying a new car, it’s not unreasonable to expect a warranty and certain period of free maintenance to coma along with it. Ford is raising the bar and beginning July 1, customers who purchase Motorcraft brake pads for their Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury will receive free brake pad replacements for as long as they own the vehicle.

The Lifetime guarantee is honored at all Ford and Lincoln dealers and at Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers. To take advantage of the program, your car should have been built in the 90s or later, and you must return to the same dealer each time for the free parts.

“This program reflects our commitment to providing customers with an excellent ownership experience regardless of the age of their vehicle,” said Frederiek Toney, vice president, Ford Motor Company and president, Ford Customer Service.

“When you purchase Motorcraft parts at a Ford or Lincoln dealer, or a Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, you know you’re getting the right parts installed by the right people,” Toney added. “Motorcraft parts are the officially recommended parts for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles, and these technicians are factory-trained and certified to service our products.”

According to autoblog.com, there are a few stipulations to the Lifetime Brake Pad Guarantee. The brake pads must be worn down to less than three millimeters, and the customer will still be held responsible for labor and installation in addition to “other parts needed to return the brake system to original operating condition.”

Stop by Friendly Ford today to learn more.

Ford Introduces 2.7-Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine for New F-150

2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine

2015 Ford F-150

When it comes to finding the perfect pickup truck, it’s important to find the perfect combination of versatility and power without sacrificing fuel economy. The new, lighter 2015 F-150 is the answer to truck lovers’ prayers with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine providing the new aluminum-bodied truck with impressive power and hauling capability, along with great fuel efficiency.

Joining the 2.7-liter EcoBoost as an engine option is a 3.5-liter V6, which churns out 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, while being able to tow up to 7,600 pounds when properly equipped—all with a V6.

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines—the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT—set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

Set to arrive at dealerships this fall, the all-new pickup trucks are a must see, so make sure to keep an eye on Friendly Ford for their arrival!

Ford’s Composer Creates the Soundtrack to Your Mustang

Ford's Composer

Interior Photo of the 2015 Ford Mustang

If we told you Ford has a composer on its payroll would that surprise you? Well, it’s true, but this person isn’t writing concertos for orchestras; Shawn Carney, a Ford engineer, is composing the soundtrack to your Mustang.

Imagine driving something as exciting as a Mustang without the powerful growl and grumble of the engine. Those sounds do not happen by magic—they have to be finely crafted and honed using every aspect of the car, from the engine, to the chassis, to the body panels.

Carney is a powertrain noise, vibration, and harshness engineer for the Ford Mustang. He works with a team of sound engineers to make sure every Mustang, no matter the engine installed, sounds like a Mustang should.

“In addition to the usual suspects you expect to hear inside the car, like the engine and exhaust, the body structure can become an incremental source of unwanted noise,” explained Carney, in a statement. “Body panels can act like speakers, amplifying vibration and sound inputs from the road, powertrain and wind.

Head to Ford’s website to hear a small clip of Carney’s work.

The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang will arrive at Friendly Ford this fall, and we can’t wait to hear its engine growl in person.

All-New Mulally Scholarship Honors Ex-CEO’s Engineering Legacy

Here’s how significant Alan Mulally was to the Ford Motor Company: he retired as CEO only a couple weeks ago, and the Blue Oval has already set up an all-new Mulally scholarship to honor his legacy. Obviously, Ford wants to ensure that Mulally remains just as embedded in Ford’s future story as he was in the past. To that end, they’ve established the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, which will award a total of $1 million to students looking to start careers in automotive engineering.

“Alan’s engineering background and data-driven decision-making paved the way for the extraordinary leadership he provided at Ford,” Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said. “We are honoring his legacy by providing scholarships to students who demonstrate the strong engineering ability that is required to develop into the next generation of leaders for our industry.”

Here’s how Ford will split out that $1 million: each year, they’ll award 10 different $10,000 scholarships to sophomore or junior level engineering students at some of the nation’s best universities. With the Mulally scholarship, Ford hopes to use the ex-CEO’s legacy to inspire the next generation of engineers who will fill his shoes. That generation of engineers will eventually be responsible for the excellent products found in the Ford lineup, which you can also find in our inventory here at Friendly Ford.

Ford is Declared Greenest by Interbrand

This year, Ford beat all other brands on Interbrand’s “Best Global Green Brand” list of 2014. Ford not only beat other automotive brands like Toyota, Nissan, and Chevrolet they also beat out huge hitters such as Nestle, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson along with many more.

Ford scored high when it comes to transparency and disclosure. The company is known for its sustainability efforts and its environmentally-friendly business operations. Last year Ford ranked second to Toyota and back in 2012, Ford came in at number 15 on the list.

To be considered for Interbrand’s list, the brand also had to rank on the annual “Best Global Brands” report. Interbrand does extensive research to investigate how the brand is perceived among the general public.

Robert Brown, VP, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering said, “At Ford we are working to develop the highest-quality products in the market for our customers while manufacturing them in the most environmentally responsible manner and replicating this globally. This award tells us that our stakeholders agree.” Brown, along with the rest of Ford Motor Company are proud to be in the number 1 spot when it comes to sustainability.