Ford Plans New Hybrid Truck on the Heels of Aluminum-Bodied F-150

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2015 Ford F-150 Available at Friendly Ford

Ready or not, new truck customers, here Ford comes, pushing the brand farther into the future. The 2015 Ford F-150 is just starting production, and the aluminum-bodied pickup will soon be all over the place, as Ford’s loyal customers line up to buy it. After all, it’s a stronger and more efficient version of the truck that everyone already loves.

However, Ford is not stopping its march towards more efficient trucks there. Recently, the brand announced that a new hybrid truck is in the works, saying that it is “working very hard” on such a model. After the gamble on the aluminum F-150 paid off so well, the folks at Ford are excited to take the next step.

“The key is to convince buyers that … you can still tow that boat out of the water or carry that load of wood,” said Bill Visnic of Edmunds.com. Here at Friendly Ford, we’re not really concerned about that. People said the same thing about the 2015 F-150, and it’s already proven itself better than anyone could have expected. Come see us to today to learn more about the new truck and give us your thoughts on the idea of a hybrid truck as well.

Ford Announces 2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

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The brand-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 is already known as being the toughest, most capable F-150 ever—and now it’s the most fuel-efficient, too. Ford has released the 2015 Ford F-150 fuel economy ratings, showing that just because you have a big truck, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fuel savings.

The 2015 F-150 equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined with the ability to tow 1,110 pounds more than previous models. Each of the F-150 models’ new EPA fuel economy ratings is 5 to 29 percent better than current models.

“We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest, and most capable F150 ever—and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

Ford was able to increase both fuel efficiency and capability through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys. To see the brand-new 2015 Ford F-150 in action, stop in to Friendly Ford today!

New Ford Pickups Boast Best Fuel Economy Numbers in Segment

When a truck has been the best-selling truck series in America for 37 years—think about it; that’s almost four decades—it seems impossible to think that the truck could get even better and more dominant than it already was. But that’s exactly the case with the 2015 F-150, as the new Ford pickup with aluminum-body frame design boasts the best fuel economy numbers in its segment.

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Lighter, stronger, more powerful, and more efficient than ever before, the F-150 is now lightyears ahead of the competition. “We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

The new truck gets 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and a 22 mpg combined rating. Come see us at Friendly Ford to learn more about the new F-150, its powertrain options, and all the great options and features it offers. It will finally be in our inventory soon, so check back on the blog often for updates!

Ford Mustang GT Earns a Spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best List

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The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT has earned itself a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best list. This is the ninth time the Mustang has earned this honor in the list’s 33-year history and has been included on the list for four of the last five years.

The 10Best list names the best new cars in the United States for under $80,000, regardless of class or capabilities.

“It’s a huge honor to have the Mustang GT recognized on Car and Driver’s 10Best list,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, in a statement. “The substantial amount of time and effort our engineering team put into Mustang has paid off; we’re hopeful that the car has a substantial presence on the 10Best list for years to come.”

Car and Driver loved the Mustang’s fun-to-drive nature and commented that when going through a series of turns, the Mustang makes you feel like “you’re wearing wheels.”

Come see for yourself what makes the 2015 Ford Mustang GT one of the best and most fun cars of the year. It is available now at Friendly Ford.

Half a Century and Still Going Strong: The Ford Mustang Turns 50

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As the Ford Mustang turns 50 in 2015, Ford is creating a program called ICON50 to commemorate and celebrate this milestone. Arguably the finest-looking and best-engineered American sports car from then until now, Ford is right to cast the Mustang as an American icon. According to Forbes, the ICON50 program sees “Ford uniting with experts” in various cultural fields “to identify what is happening now and what is coming next.”

For ICON50, Ford hooked up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos. Together, they were able to identify ten musical artists that are “pushing the boundaries of what’s being done in music today.” This list includes such acts as Cathedrals, Young Rising Sons, and Betty Who.

A few of these acts were tapped to perform in the CMJ Music Marathon, a five-day music festival held in New York City. Forbes tells us that “there are set to be follow-up performances over the next few months that will be promoted by the two companies.”

Visit Friendly Ford today to check out the outstanding 2015 Mustang for yourself!

Ford Racing Shows Off Consumer-Available Mustang King Cobra Package at SEMA

Mustang King Cobra PackageAt the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, we often see incredible concept vehicles decked out with the coolest accessories consumers are likely to never have. While we are inspired by the creativity of the auto tuners and their custom vehicles, it’s nice to see a vehicle every now and then that we could actually own. Such is the case with Ford’s King Cobra 2015 Mustang GT, built using Ford Racing performance parts.

“At Ford Racing, we like to push cars to their absolute limit,” said Ford Racing director, Jamie Allison. “We wanted Mustang enthusiasts to be able to open up the Ford Racing parts catalog and get one of everything and see what they could get. We think the King Cobra package is it. But none of this great work would be possible if Team Mustang had not built the best production Mustang yet.”

The Mustang King Cobra package includes a “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack.” Together, they offer high-powered performance reserved, not for the auto experts with models on display at the SEMA Show, but for race-loving, Mustang fans everywhere.

Contact us here at Friendly Ford for more information on the Ford Racing catalog and the Mustang King Cobra package.

Lincoln Vehicles to Excel Following Large Ford Investment in Luxury Segment

Ford plans to put $5 billion or more into Lincoln vehicles and their designs. Within five years, a Ford investment in luxury segment Lincoln vehicles will replace or revitalize every single one to guarantee improvement and future success. The Lincoln overhaul is necessary to give the brand some traction in the luxury segment and the ability to compete with rivals fairly.

USA Today said, “The investment will include developing a big, new vehicle platform unique to Lincoln, meant to give the brand a chance to challenge the top BMW and Mercedes-Benz models.” Having a luxury lineup that is new and exciting will no doubt make the company more profitable, but it cannot be achieved without a large sum of money or a huge time investment. Luckily, Ford is willing to put in both to make a respectable luxury brand.

Lincoln will use the new D6 design, which will be the base for a new line of vehicles in 2019. The D6 will give Lincoln a distinctive look from Ford, making it sophisticated like other luxury brands on the market. Before the D6 launches, the brand will first give its current models updates.

Try out our many Ford models at Friendly Ford now!

Ford Invests $306 USD in Dagenham Engine Plant

DagenhamFord has announced that it will commit an investment totaling £190m ($306 million USD) into its Dagenham, UK facility in order to manufacture a brand new line of new diesel engines that will be installed in both cars and commercial vehicles. The investment also includes an £8.9m ($14.3 million USD) donation from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, and will ultimately result in the creation of 318 new jobs for engine production.

“We are backing our automotive sector so that it continues to thrive and this investment, supported by £8.9 million from Government’s Regional Growth Fund, will create more jobs that mean financial security and economic peace of mind for more hard-working families,” said Prime Minister David Cameron.

Commercial vehicles will be the first to receive the lighter and cleaner diesel engines in 2016 after production begins at Dagenham at the end of next year. Subsequently, private cars will benefit from the engines by 2018. Ford anticipates production of 500,000 engines on an annual basis.

We can only hope that these more efficient engines are smashing successes in the UK so that Ford considers importing them stateside so that we here at Friendly Ford can bring them to you!

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

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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

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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!