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.

Ford Sync Featuring 911 Assist

Ford Sync Featuring 911 Assist

2014 Ford Mustang

We are all looking forward to the 2015 Ford Mustang hitting lots across the country. We have already fallen in-love with its unique styling and beautiful body lines. Did you know that the 2015 Mustang will also offer some added safety features? That’s right! The sports coupe that you have come to know and love will not only be exciting to look at, it will have a few upgraded features to make you feel safe and secure.

Among its new features is a more advanced Ford Sync featuring 911 Assist. The 911 Assist feature currently makes phone calls via Bluetooth and will send an automatic message to emergency services in the unfortunate event of an accident. With the newest set-up, the Mustang will not only alert emergency services, but will be able to tell what kind of impact occurred. It will also be able to tell the maximum change in velocity and if there were safety belts in-use. This can help emergency services prepare and better assist you if you were involved in an accident.

What do you think of Ford’s advanced system? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to stop by Friendly Ford when the Mustang arrives on our lot in the coming months!

2015 F-150 Power Wheels is Coming Soon!

Do you have a son or daughter who loves trucks? Soon, you will be able to purchase them their very own 2015 F-150 to match yours. The F-150 Power Wheels is about 4 feet long and can seat 2 children under 130 lbs. The toy truck is powered by a 12-volt battery and production on the mini truck started back in 2013. It can travel at speeds up to 5 MPH forward and 2.5 MPH in reverse. You will have the ability to slow the truck down and set it at a max speed of 2.5 MPH if that makes you more comfortable.

Kids will also enjoy the ability to take the truck off-road as it has wheels that feature “monster traction.” What this means is that your son or daughter will be able to drive on grass with ease. The F-150 Power Wheels will be available at the end of the year (just in time for Christmas) at Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us and is set to sell for $359.99. The F-150 Power Wheels will replace the Raptor SVT version out now.

Will you be purchasing an F-150 Power Wheels Truck for your kid(s)? Check out the video from Ford below to learn more!

Business Insider Likes Used Mustang and Fusion for First-Time Drivers

first-time drivers

2013 Ford Fusion

Do you have a newly sixteen-year-old who has been itching for their first car? We understand, as a parent, you are a little nervous (okay, extremely nervous) for your teen to be behind the wheel. According to Business Insider, there are a couple of Ford models that make great cars for first-time drivers!

The 2007-Present Ford Fusion makes a great car because of its reliability, good reputation, and great safety features according to Business Insider. The Fusion offers excellent technologies which will satisfy your new driver. It also offers plenty of space and comfort for when they move for college in a few years. The 2005-Present Ford Mustang is another great choice for first-time drivers according to Business Insider. They like the fact that you can get a sports car with a V6 engine for your teen. The Mustang also received a Good Safety Rating from IIHS showing that it is indeed a safe choice.

Why buy a used car for your teen? First, you can save money by purchasing used which means more money for gas and insurance starting out. Many used vehicles come with great warranties and have a good track record for repairs and maintenance. Some certified used vehicles were previously leases, meaning most (if not all) of the maintenance has been done at a certified dealership. Leased vehicles have a good reputation for being extremely clean and offering low miles.

If you have any questions about purchasing a used vehicle or have a teen at home that just can’t wait to have their new car, stop by Friendly Ford!

Order your 2015 Ford Mustang from Friendly Ford!

Order your 2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang – Available for order at Friendly Ford!

It’s that time… the time we have all been waiting for! That’s right; you can now order your very own 2015 Ford Mustang! Pony up in the American classic! Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the 2015 offers more power, performance, comfort, and technology than ever before.

New for the 2015 model year, the Mustang is available with a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that offers efficiency and plenty of power for your drive. Take your choice of the new 4 cylinder, a 3.7-liter V6 or a 5.0-liver V8.

Inside the 2015 Mustang, you will find only the best in up-to-date features. Some of our favorites include MyFord Touch infotainment system, Intelligent Key passive entry system, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and powertrain driving modes.

If you have a need for power and a knack for design, check out the completely redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang! Right now, you can order your new 2015 from our dealership in Roselle! If you would like to wait to see the Mustang in-person before you buy, it should arrive at our dealership sometime this fall! Give us a call at (866) 928-7905 if you have any questions or would like to order your 2015 Ford Mustang!