2016 Escape Equipped with Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Ford Escape Interior

The all-new 2016 Escape will be equipped with the Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System that will provide quicker performance, voice recognition, and a touchscreen that’s easier to use than ever before. The new technology will also debut on the Ford Fiesta.

SYNC 3 will also include AppLink, which provides control over smart phone apps, as well as enhanced 911 Assist, Wi-Fi software updates, and Siri Eyes-Free capability for iPhones.

Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company Vice President of US Marketing, Sales and Service, said, “SYNC always has been about providing a safer way for our customers to connect their smartphones in order to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

Ford introduced SYNC to its lineup first in 2007 and continues to update it with the latest technology to provide the best in-car connectivity available. If you’re interested in learning more about Ford’s all-new SYNC 3 technology, visit us at Friendly Ford.

Summer Travel Tips for a Memorable Vacation

vacationThe time has officially come; summertime is here! For those of you about to head out on the vacation of a lifetime, or for those just making a road trip upstate, we’ve compiled a small list of some summer travel tips that will hopefully make your journey a little easier.

  1. Saving Money – If you’re traveling by car, save money by taking a cooler with drinks and food along with you. You’ll need to stop less and purchased food costs won’t add up. If you’re planning to fly, you can save money by bundling the hotel, car, and airfare.
  1. Think in Body Sections – Unless you’re a professional packer, remembering everything can be difficult. If you think in portions of your body it will help. Write your main body parts down and next to them write what you’ll need to take with you.
  1. Pack Old Clothing – If you’re like most people, souvenirs are a must when traveling. However, if you have a bag that’s already full, making room for new things will prove difficult. If you choose to wear old clothing on the trip that can be tossed at the end, you’ll have much more room for new stuff you buy along the way.
  1. Keeping Kids Occupied – Plan ahead and pack coloring books, paper, crossword puzzles, and other games to keep your kids occupied while on a long journey. Take a Ziploc bag full of crayons and you’re all set.
  1. Pack Change of Clothes – In a separate bag, pack one change of clothes for everyone on the trip just in case they’re needed.

We hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer vacation! For more summer travel tips, click here.

More 2016 Mustang Packages On the Way

Never satisfied with anything less than the best, Ford has updated its 2016 Mustang model for the third quarter of 2015. Though there aren’t many major changes, the 2016 Mustang now has more package options available.

2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang Available now at Friendly Ford!

Specifically, there are two new packages: the California Special Package, and the Pony Package. Each of these choices is a throwback to popular Mustang options of the ‘60s.

The California Special Package has a long list of new features for the vehicle, including 19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminum wheels, a unique grille, door panel inserts and carpet, and more. Meanwhile, the Pony Package comes with the 19-inch polished aluminum wheels and a tri-bar pony logo on the grille.

The pricing hasn’t been released for either package yet, but surely that information will become clear as the time gets closer for these new Mustangs to hit the market. What do you think of the new 2016 Mustang packages?

Ford Sets Record with World’s Largest Hot Wheels Track Loop

Ford LogoFord recently set a new world record for the largest Hot Wheels track loop, a feat accomplished to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day. The Ford Hot Wheel loop, created in the Ford Research and Innovation Center, topped out at over twelve feet tall. The previous record was only nine feet.

If you’re wondering why Ford would take the time to do this, we have two things to say to you. One, you need to be reminded just how much fun playing with Hot Wheels is! Two, Ford hopes the cool new car track loop will interest a new generation of kids in playing around with the fields of science and engineering. After all, in those fields, you get to make real cars that actually go on the world’s roads, not just on tracks.

Matt West, Ford dynamometer, explained how this record-setting plan came into action. “It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot- tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”

If you’re looking for a brand that knows how to have fun, come see us at Friendly Ford.

Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named on KBB.com’s 10 Best Green Cars List

2015 Ford C-MAX

2015 Ford C-MAX

Every year, the editors at Kelley Blue Book’s prestigious KBB.com create a list of the most efficient vehicles available in the industry. The list reflects the ten standouts in the green car segment from a variety of price ranges and powertrains. With Ford’s innovative powertrain technologies, it comes as no surprise that KBB.com’s 10 Best Green Cars list recognized the popular Ford C-MAX hybrid lineup, showcasing the appeal of the eco-friendly hatchback.

The C-MAX hybrid lineup includes both the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi, which are the vehicle’s plug-in hybrid variants. These two models use Ford’s innovative power-split technology to offer an electric mode that is faster than any other hybrid. Ford offers sporty styling, which highlights the C-MAX’s superior driving dynamics. The hatchback vehicle also offers a bigger battery, giving the C-MAX Energi an impressive, all-electric range of 21 miles.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ford C-MAX hybrid lineup, don’t hesitate to contact Friendly Ford today!

2015 Chicago Music Festivals

ChicagoOther than the wind, Chicago is also well-known for being a hotspot for some of the country’s biggest and most relevant music festivals. The following is a few of the bigger 2015 Chicago music festivals going down this year. We at Friendly Ford suggest you check one—or all—of them out!

 

Lollapalooza
Date: July 31-August 2
Location: Grant Park
The lineup for Lollapalooza 2015 looks like a who’s who list of the greatest and most influential artists in the world. Headliners this year include Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine, and Metallica.

Pitchfork
Date: July 17-19
Location: Union Park
To say that Pitchfork, the internet publication, is an authority in the indie music world is a grand understatement. So they should be great at putting together the lineup for a festival, right?  Right. Headlining the Pitchfork Festival 2015 are Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance the Rapper.

Chicago Blues Fest
Date: June 12-14
Location: Grant Park
One of the coolest things about the Blues Fest is that you can see contemporary Blues legends as well as local cats. Buddy Guy headlines on Saturday.

Ford Takes Top Honor as Best Overall Truck Brand

When a single vehicle boasts at least 30 awards and accolades within one model year, it makes you sit up and take notice. Such is the story of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. The truck’s 30th award is earned in collaboration with the F-250 and F-350 as Ford was named Best Overall Truck Brand in the Kelley Blue Book® 2015 Brand Image Awards.

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-Series Wins Best Overall Truck Brand in KBB’s 2015 Brand Image Awards

In order to determine the winners of the KBB Brand Image Award, data is taken from KBB’s Brand Watch Study, which is able to calculate opinions of new-car shoppers as they research for a new vehicle. Thirteen vehicles are named winners in seven categories based on their scores in twelve factors like exterior styling, affordability, fuel efficiency, prestige/sophistication, etc. The Best Overall Truck Brand award is the only category in which only one car is chosen as opposed to one mainstream model and one luxury.

This is Ford’s sixth time winning the award out of the seven times KBB has named a winner.

Here’s what the KBB experts had to say about Ford. “The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the country or more than 30 years, so the fact that KBB.com visitors would name it the Best Overall Truck Brand isn’t surprising. But Ford isn’t taking its fortunes for granted. The boldly recast 2015 Ford F-150 boasts aluminum-intensive architecture that saves as much as 700 pounds and delivers a subsequent increase in fuel economy.”

If you want more proof than the general consensus of 12,000-plus new-car shoppers, stop by Friendly Ford today to test drive Ford’s trucks for yourself.

Ford EcoBoost Challenge Is Taking Over Chicago May 9th

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Available at our Chicago Area Dealership

Are you ready to drive? Ford is putting its lineup of cars and trucks toe-to-toe against the competition—and you get to be the judge! In the ultimate test drive experience, Ford is laying down the gauntlet and preparing to show Chicago why Ford is America’s most popular brand.

The exclusive EcoBoost Challenge Course is coming to Arlington Heights May 9th and with it is your chance to steer their cars through courses set up to demonstrate their capabilities in their natural environment: the open road. On hand will be the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, the Expedition, the all-new Mustang, Escape, and more.

Drivers like you can test their mettle on the Fiesta ST Reaction Time Challenge Course or open the throttle on the all-new Mustang in the Mustang Drive Course. There will also be the 2015 F-Series trucks available for test-drives at the event.

Limited numbers of test drivers can be given keys for the Ford Ecoboost Challenge, so sign up before it’s too late. Remember, you can also always swing by Friendly Ford where our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right Ford for your lifestyle.

Ford Automotive Design Gets Overhauled: More Comfort, More Precision

Ford is completely redefining automotive design, launching a new campaign focusing on ergonomics, lightweight materials, and exceeding efficiency. In fact, many of Ford’s recent designs are set to showcase at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy, the world capital of design.

 

2015 Ford GT Concept

The artfully-crafted 2015 Ford GT Concept

Although it sounds like something from a science-fiction movie, some Ford designers have taken to using eye tracking and biometric technologies to figure out the most important aspects of vehicle styling, said Ford. Using systems like this, new Ford models will feature precise detailing and state-of-the art fashion.

“Vehicle interiors have witnessed one of the biggest evolutions across the history of cars in recent years,” said Raj Nair, vice president of Global Product Development for Ford. “Not only have we introduced a great deal of useful new technology into our cars and trucks, we consistently are adding better materials, improved design and increased features across the board, from high-end vehicles to entry-level segments.”

Ford’s focus is on using ergonomic design, more lightweight materials, and on having incredible attention to detail. This means more comfortable interiors, more aluminum alloy and carbon fiber, and laser precision. The next-generation of Ford Automotive Design is bound to redefine the industry, but you can see the current generation at Friendly Ford.

Joey Logano Back to Victory Lane in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang

Checkered FlagJoey Logano was back to Victory Lane in his Mustang at Phoenix International Raceway, where he won his second career XFINITY series race.

We’d been waiting for a while at Friendly Ford to see the automaker score an XFINITY win again, and it was about time. Logano had finished second in his last four starts in the series, despite having started from pole in the last three.

This time, Logano took pole again but managed to make it stick during the race, even as runner-up Matt Kenseth fiercely contested his lead all day long. In the end, the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang led 176 of the 200 laps at the one-mile track. Not bad!

“It felt good,” said Logano, who collected his 22nd career win in Phoenix. “It took a long time to get our next win. We’ve been so close to winning—obviously, a lot of poles and things are going well. We just needed a little more speed, and it was awesome to get it today.”