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.
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.
The Ford Motor Company brought along the new second-generation Ford Edge—in the form of the Ford Edge Concept — to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs from now till December 1. The new Edge comes with much more technology than its predecessor, especially in the form of autonomous driving. The Edge Concept can park itself and avoid obstacles in its path thanks to systems currently under development by Ford Engineers.
“The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe medium utility vehicle,” Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas for Ford, said. “The next-generation Edge—previewed in the Ford Edge Concept—will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.”
The Edge Concept comes with more than just new technology, though. Ford has redesigned the exterior to be sleeker and more aerodynamic, while it also ups the ante in fuel efficiency and capability too.
With such a strong showing just for the concept vehicle, Ford is in line to remain the best-selling utility brand for the third consecutive year. Come see us at Friendly Ford and we’ll show you why Ford has such an Edge over the competition today.
The total number of F-Series trucks sold last year was 645,316 (WOW that’s A LOT of trucks!) and 2013 F-Series Sales have surpassed that. The F-Series has been the best selling truck for 37 years strait and continues to grow the sales gap over rivals – Silverado and Ram.
In October, F-Series sales were up 13% and this was also the 6th straight month of sales over 60,000 units. Currently, Ford is on its way to having the best yearly sales total since 2006! You may be asking just what makes Ford trucks so successful?
Ford has been working hard to be the first with new innovations and technologies. Ford introduced the EcoBoost® fuel-saving engine that really helped with all around truck efficiency. Ford also introduced the MyFord Touch connectivity system which offers the latest and greatest when it comes to interior technology and entertainment.
Over the past 5 years, the F-Series has really taken off in the Midwest and Pains which is mostly due to the expansion of domestic energy and the renewable energy industry. Ford trucks that run on natural gas have really taken off in recent years and that number is going to increase into the future.
We are proud to offer a truck that has been making headlines! Get the best-selling truck at Friendly Ford your Roselle, IL Ford dealership!
While the Ford Ka has already been on the market in Europe and South America since the 1990s, Ford just recently debuted a new-generation concept vehicle of the Ka in Brazil. Although most concept cars simply lead to future production vehicles, the new Ka is basically already a production-ready vehicle. Ford says that the Ka is one of the most important vehicles for the brand’s future; it will be Ford’s centerpiece in the small car market worldwide.
“It is one of the most important product programs we’re working on, and I know the things we’re working on for North America,” John Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said. “It’s a big deal for us.” The Ka, a five-seater hatchback, will go on sale first in Brazil as the 2015 Ford Ka before spreading to other markets across the world.
While the Ka will not actually be crossing over to the American market, Ford already has an incredible lineup of small family cars in the US. Come in to Friendly Ford and check out the Focus, Fiesta, Focus ST, or Fiesta ST today!
Ford has announced a new plan to launch 17 new or refreshed Ford and Lincoln vehicles over the next 24 months in the Middle East and Africa.
Ford is already experiencing explosive success in the North American and Asian markets, and the brand believes that the Middle East and Africa are collectively “poised to become one of the next big automotive growth markets and we want to be there for these customers with great new cars and trucks.”
The new plan was announced at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show, where Ford also took the opportunity to debut the Ford Fusion sedan and the EcoSport for the Middle East.
The Fusion is a midsize sedan that delivers an incredible suite of driver-assistance technologies like Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Sport Information System, and Adaptive Cruise Control, but you don’t have to live in the Middle East to enjoy vehicles like it. We’ve already got the latest model right here at Friendly Ford.