Redesigned Focus for 2015

Redesigned Focus for 2015

Current Ford Focus

The results are in and the Ford Focus was the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate in 2013! The Focus really boosted sales with a 50% sales growth in China and with registrations in the US up 8.1%.

The Focus’ next stop is the New York International Auto Show where it will debut its four-door sedan and its electric version. The Focus hatchback and wagon both debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in March sporting improved performance and many great upgrades.

The 2015 Ford Focus will feature MyKey®, a heated steering wheel, and 10 different wheel options available for all trim levels. New for 2015 is the SE Sport Package, a performance enhanced Focus featuring paddle shifters, advanced suspension, new body treatments, and 17-inch black wheels. The SE Sport Package is a great option for those who love the Focus, but also value performance and uniqueness.

Ford is thrilled that the Ford Focus was the number-1 selling nameplate in 2013. They hope to keep the momentum running for years to come. At Friendly Ford, we are proud to carry the best-selling nameplate and we look forward to the 2015 making its way to our lot in Roselle!

Ford’s March Sales

Ford Motor Company had the best March it has seen in eight years! Vehicle sales were up 3% year-over-year and there were 244,167 units sold last month. Ford attributes much of its success to the Fusion and its excellent lineup of F-Series trucks.

Ford's March Sales

Ford F-Series

Through the month, Ford sold a whopping 70,940 trucks which beat out their 70,000 benchmark and was an increase of 5% from last year. It is important to note that the 70,000 benchmark has only been beaten four times; therefore March was an extremely good month for the F-Series. Along with the ability to do some serious work, the F-Series of trucks pack comfort, technology, and reliability making them excellent family vehicles as well.

Ford's March Sales

2014 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion was sold 32,963 times which was an increase of 9% year-over-year. This car was introduced in 2005, and has since really taken hold of the sedan market. The Fusion offers style, class, and efficiency making it an all-around great vehicle. Many people choose this sedan because of its exceptional interior space and luxurious feel. It’s safe to say that the Fusion was a great addition to the Ford family almost 10 years ago.

If you would like to see why these vehicles lead the way for Ford sales in March, stop by our Chicago area dealership. The team here at Friendly Ford will be happy to assist you in choosing the perfect vehicle to fit your needs!

The Mustang Celebrates 50 Years!

Mustang Celebrates 50 Years

2015 Ford Mustang at the Chicago Auto Show

This month, the Mustang is celebrating its 50th year of continuous production! 50 years ago, the Mustang made its debut at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. On April 16th and 17th Ford plans to make history again by displaying the Ford Mustang Convertible on the observation deck of the Empire State Building for the second time. Ford is hoping to replicate the exciting introduction from 1964.

Currently, the Ford team is working hard to get the all-new Mustang atop this iconic building. Since a helicopter delivery is impossible and a crane cannot reach the height of the building, the Mustang must be taken to the top in pieces. They must disassemble the Mustang into smaller parts that are able to travel up an elevator 86 stories to the observation deck. Once all of the pieces make it to the top, technicians have only 6 hours to get the Mustang reassembled.

Mustang Celebrates 50 Years

2015 Ford Mustang

The Mustang will be on display atop the Empire State Building April 16-17 and is open to visitors from 8AM-2AM.

At Friendly Ford, we cannot wait to see pictures of the Mustang on top of the Empire State Building and we surely cannot wait until the 2015 Mustang arrives on our lot in Roselle! How are you celebrating 50 years of Mustang?

Ford Partners with BlackBerry

Ford Partners with BlackBerryIn 2007, Ford made the decision to partner with Microsoft which brought us the new SYNC technology. This feature lets drivers and passengers make telephone calls, control the in-car audio system, and perform other tasks hands-free. Ford currently has over 10 million vehicles on the road that feature SYNC technology.

At the end of last month, Ford announced that they will be ditching Microsoft and replacing it with BlackBerry. BlackBerry will use QNX technology to bring consumers a new and improved SYNC system. BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen is excited about this new venture and hopes to regain the confidence of investors and consumers.

Ford Partners with BlackBerryQNX already partners with some of the top name brands including Cisco, Acura, Audi, BMW, and other auto manufacturers which gives Ford high hopes for the future of their in-car technologies. “using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next SYNC system,” says Bloomberg, a business and financial news site.

At Friendly Ford in Roselle, Illinois, we are excited to see what the future holds for Ford technology and innovation. What do you think of Ford’s partnership with BlackBerry? Let us know in the comment section below!

A Ford SUV Makes a Perfect Family Vehicle

Ford SUV

2014 Ford Edge

Do you and your family take road trips? Do you use your car to store cargo or to take your children to basketball practice or gymnastics? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, a Ford crossover or SUV may be just the right vehicle for you and your family.

Ford has plenty of crossover or SUVs to choose from. If you are looking for something a little bigger than a sedan, but not too big you may want to check out a 2014 Escape or Edge. These two vehicles are capable of seating five passengers with plenty of room left over for luggage and cargo. Both are rated to tow up to 3,500 lbs.

If you need something bigger than an Edge, the FLEX and Explorer are the next step up! These two vehicles can seat 6-7 passengers. The FLEX can tow up to 4,500 lbs while the Explorer is rated for up to 5,000 lbs.

Ford SUV

2014 Ford FLEX

Finally the largest Ford SUV is the Expedition. This full-size vehicle can seat up to 8 passengers and is able to tow an astounding 9200 lbs. The Expedition is available in six trim levels so you can choose just the right amount of features for you and your family.

A Ford SUV will make your life easier by being able to haul large objects or passengers from here to there. To learn more about a new Ford SUV, stop by Friendly Ford in Roselle, Illinois. Our experienced staff will help you choose just the right vehicle!

Remembering William Clay Ford Sr.

Remembering William Clay Ford Sr.

William Clay Ford Sr. 1961

On March 9th,2014, William Clay Ford Sr. passed away from pneumonia at the age of 88. Ford was the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford and a longtime board member of Ford Motor Co. He was on the board for 57 years and was the chair of Ford’s design committee for 32 years. Ford was also known as the owner of the Detroit Lions for the past 50 years.

Remembering William Clay Ford Sr., Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said, “Like his grandfather, he was passionate about automobiles and the auto industry, the city of Detroit and his family. He embodied the resilience, ingenuity and leadership that brought Ford Motor Co. and Detroit great success, and sustained both through tough times.”

To commemorate his achievements and accomplishments, the Ford Fund has announced automotive design scholarships in William Clay Ford Sr.’s name. The scholarships will be awarded to five college sophomores or juniors to help them pursue a degree in automotive design. The scholarship winners will receive $10,000 per year to help with school expenses.

William Clay Ford Sr. will be remembered for his extensive contributions to Ford, the Detroit Lions, and to the community.

F-450 Can Tow 31,200 Pounds!

F-450 Can Tow 31,200 pounds!

Ford F-Series Available at Friendly Ford

Recently Ford announced the capabilities of their 2015 Super Duty lineup. The 2015 Ford F-450 will be a class leader with its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine. Ford claims that the F-450 will be able to make an astounding 440-horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque. Ford is also claiming that the F-450 can tow 31,200 pounds!

Ford has been able to up the power on F-450 models by introducing a larger turbocharger for its powerful Power Stroke engine. The model also includes a re-tuned computer and fuel injector tips.

Power isn’t the only advancement on the 2015 Ford F-450, the model is said to have a slightly upgraded look with redesigned 19.5-inch wheels and new tires. The Super Duty pickup will also feature upgraded shocks, stabilizer bars, leaf springs, and U-joints which will really increase ride quality.

If you are looking for the best in power and work capabilities, be sure to check out the lineup of Super Duty trucks here at Friendly Ford your Roselle area Ford dealership.

Restyled Ford for 2015

The 2015 Ford models are slowly coming to light as we brought you a peek at the 2015 Expedition last week. Over the past couple of years, Ford has been restyling and redesigning their models so that they all have a unified style. So far all of the new Ford models we have seen have been sporting a fresher look all with a unified grille design.

This week, Autoblog got a first look at the redesigned 2015 Ford Focus which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Autoblog reports that the Focus will be sporting only some slight changes as the majority of the body lines remain the same. They did note a new rear bumper and taillights on the back of the car and a reshaped hood and new headlights on the front. Head on over to Autoblog to get a glimpse of the restyled Ford for 2015.

Restyled Ford for 2015

The 2014 Ford Focus will be getting a slight makeover for the 2015 model year!

At Friendly Ford we are excited to see the new models and trim levels for 2015. Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for the latest on 2015 releases and updates!

A Peek at the 2015 Ford Expedition

A Peek at the 2015 Ford Expedition

2014 Ford Expedition

2015 may be almost a whole year away, but the 2015 models are starting to appear among automakers. One of the highly anticipated Ford models for 2015 is the Ford Expedition. If you happened to be at the Auto Show in Dallas on February 19th, you got a peek at the 2015 Ford Expedition.

New for the 2015 model year, the Expedition will be available with only one engine option. The 2015 fullsize SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine replacing the 2014’s 5.4-liter V8. Ford wants to help drivers get better fuel economy and better low-end torque with the V6 swap.

The 2015 looks very similar to its 2014 counterpart. Ford has put a new three-bar grille on the front and has restyled the headlamps. The rear of the Expedition gets slightly revamped with a chrome tip exhaust and more accents on the hatch.

At Friendly Ford, we are excited to see what the new 2015 Expedition has in store! Be sure to swing by Autoblog to view pictures of the recently unveiled Expedition and be sure to stop by our dealership in Roselle, Illinois to check out the 2014 model.

Ford at the Chicago Auto Show!

The Chicago Auto Show is still going on through February 17th and at Friendly Ford, we wanted to be one of the first to bring you photos from the show!

The Chicago Auto Show started in 1901 and is the largest auto show in North America. 2014 marks the 106th Chicago Auto Show making it held more times than any other auto expo worldwide. The auto show includes both domestic and foreign cars, trucks, SUVs and concepts. During the 2014 show, over 1,000 vehicles will be on display. You can check out the event schedule for a full list of events and special appearances.

The Show takes place at the McCormick Place Complex which is located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, and $6 for seniors.

Below are some pictures of our favorite Ford cars seen at the show.

Will you be heading to the Chicago Auto Show this week or weekend? Let us know which cars were your favorite in the comment section below! Be sure to stop by Friendly Ford to test drive some of the cars seen at the show!