Speed and Efficiency: the Award-Winning Ford Fiesta Engine Has It All

Ford Fiesta Engine

2015 Ford Fiesta

If you’re looking for the best, look no further than 2015 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta was recently named one of the best affordable small cars in America, and we here at Friendly Ford can see why.

US News ranked the new model high in several categories, including affordable small cars, affordable subcompacts, and hatchbacks. So, what makes it so special? Well, the Ford Fiesta engine is one of a kind, among other things.

The award-winning 1.6-liter 16-valve Duratec® I-4 Ford Fiesta engine is a technical marvel, offering both power and efficiency. Paired with a 6-speed automatic PowerShift transmission, the Fiesta dashes by its competitors, all while maintaining 31/43 mpg.

“The 2015 Ford Fiesta offers up great fuel economy, modern build quality and higher-end interior materials, and a slew of modern features, all wrapped up in some of the most stylish subcompact clothes we’ve ever seen. It does this while keeping a competitive price against its peers,” said Kelly Blue Book.

Let’s not forget the incredible driving dynamics and high-quality interior on the new 2015 Fiesta. Your friends won’t want to leave the surprisingly roomy interior, which comes with the optional MyFord Touch infotainment center on a 6.5” touch screen.

With all this, what’s not to like?

Ford Fusion Sales Lead Brand to Good September Numbers

Ford Fusion Sales

2014 Ford Fusion

It’s been quite a year for the Ford Fusion, which just recorded its fifth straight month of record-breaking sales performance in September. The Fusion sold 29,452 vehicles in September alone, a huge percentage of the 137,297 vehicles sold in September for the brand overall. The Fusion wasn’t the only vehicle to perform well, though; the Explorer and Transit Connect also posted great numbers, making up for a lower volume in F-Series trucks while the new F-150 gets prepared.

“Fusion is selling strong, with five straight months of record performance and California driving more than 20 percent of our retail growth this year – more than any other state,” said John Felice, Ford Vice President, US Marketing, Sales and Service. “Lincoln produced its best sales results in seven years with the recent introduction of our all-new Lincoln MKC.”

Come see us at Friendly Ford to check out any of these awesome best-selling vehicles and to keep our streak of great sales going for the rest of 2014!

Ford F-150 Configurator Open for 2015 Model Year

Ever wish you could build your dream truck, but you just haven’t the tools to do it? Good news—now, you do! Ford recently announced that the F-150 configurator is ready to go to work for you, creating the perfect 2015 F-150 for even the pickiest pickup truck lover.

F-150 Configurator

2015 Ford F-150

With this new configurator, you are free to pick and choose features as you please. Are you one who prefers a touch of luxury? The King Ranch might just be the truck for you. As the most expensive option—even more so than the top-end Platinum model—this trim provides you with both premium technology and the versatility of a Ford truck. For those who want to bring the blue jeans with them everywhere they go, the F-150 offers a specific color blue called—you guessed it—Blue Jeans.

As we approach the aluminum F-150’s release, make sure you click here to check out this new configurator. If you are interested in seeing the truck firsthand, keep an eye on the dealership lots at Friendly Ford for its arrival!

Ford Is a Job Creator: 1,200 New Jobs at Kansas City Plant Are Added

When it comes to adding jobs to our economy, Ford is totally winning. Back in 2011, Ford told the United Auto Workers union it would add 12,000 hourly jobs by 2015. Well, 2015 is nearly here and that number already exceeds 14,000. Now, Ford has announced that it is adding 1,200 new jobs to the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

“The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness, and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a press release. “Adding a second shift to Kansas City Assembly Plant adds more jobs to this community, and it also helps deliver more Transit vehicles to more customers throughout North America.”

The 1,200 jobs at Kansas City Plant will create a second shift at the facility to support the Ford Transit, which is rapidly gaining in sales.

Since 2011, Ford has added 3,600 jobs at the Louisville Assembly Plant, 1,800 jobs at the Michigan Assembly Plant, 1,700 jobs at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, 600 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant, 230 jobs at the Chicago Stamping Plant, and more elsewhere.

Way to go, Ford, for helping so many people get back on their feet!

Surveillance Mode Technology Available to All

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Ford Interceptor

While the men and women of police departments across America are best known for serving and protecting, they themselves are sometimes in need of protection, which is where Ford steps in with the service of its award-winning Surveillance Mode technology.

The technology, which recently won the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive’s Award at the organization’s 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition, is now available for all automakers to purchase in order to help keep police officers and military police officers safe in their day-to-day duties.

Surveillance Mode uses camera and radar to detect when someone is approaching a police vehicle from the rear. In response, it sounds a chime within the vehicle to alert the officer, rolls up the windows, locks the doors, and flashes the exterior lights.

Surveillance Mode, developed with InterMotive Inc., was previously only available on the Ford Police Interceptor. Opening the patent for purchase means that officers in vehicles of all makes will benefit from the invention.

surveillance mode technology“We want to assist with and improve the security of all police officers – whether they are using a Ford Police Interceptor or a competitive vehicle,” said Randy Freiburger, Ford police and ambulance special vehicle engineering supervisor. “Combining existing Ford technologies with the development of a new control module and software has created an innovative system that improves security for police officers while they are in their vehicles.”

To check out what innovations and technologies Ford has to offer you, be sure to stop out to Friendly Ford and see what we have in stock.

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.

millennial car shopping

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!