As part of its effort to revise its lineup into a collection of only crossovers, SUVs, and trucks, Ford has given the Focus a next-generation redesign. The 2019 Focus will come in multiple forms, including the Focus Active, which is a taller, crossover-like version.
Unfortunately, the new import tariff imposed on automakers has compelled Ford to exclude the Focus from its North American lineup. The Focus Active, which is built in China, would cost the automaker and buyers far too much to be worth bringing to America, so the redesigned 2019 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback will only be available in Europe and Asia.
One of the most appealing features of the 2019 Ford Focus is the expanded back seat area. The new Ford Focus will offer class-leading rear knee-room at an additional 1.97 cubic inches over previous model years. Additionally, the new Ford Focus expands rear shoulder room by adding on an additional 2.4 inches. The 2019 Focus features expanded rear windows that stretch further back, making the new Focus feel more spacious for passengers of all sizes.
While we still have plenty of new 2018 Ford Focus models and pre-owned Ford Focus models available at Friendly Ford, we will not be getting the Europe-exclusive 2019 Focus Active here at Friendly Ford. So, get your hands on one of the new 2018 Focus models we have in stock while they’re still available!
If you like to know all the specifications of the latest cars, then a term you’ve seen hundreds of times is torque, usually in the form of pound-feet (lb-ft). But what does torque mean? Essentially, torque is the amount of turning power an engine has.
Let’s take the Ford Fusion as a starting example. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 175 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 RPMs. This means, if you had a one-foot long wrench and applied 175 pounds of pressure, you would get 175 lb-ft of torque. This force is what causes a vehicle to accelerate.
Obviously different types of engines produce different amounts of torque. Diesel engines have some of the best torque ratings, which is essential for pulling power while towing. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 in the Ford Super Duty delivers best-in-class torque with 925 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 RPMs.
2016 Ford Super Duty
Torque is a car’s ability to move at lower speeds. With this amount of available power at a lower engine speed, drivers can achieve ideal towing abilities. Whereas in the Fusion, the engine has to turning a lot faster to reach the maximum available torque rating.
Horsepower works directly with torque to deliver speed at higher engine power.
The Ford Fusion is an affordably-priced midsize sedan that’s seen great reviews among enthusiasts and drivers alike. With plenty of trims to choose from, drivers can get the exact car they want. Boasting plenty of power, a high-class interior, and a sleek design, the 2017 Ford Fusion promises to build on the previous model’s success.
Starting at just $22,120, the 2017 Ford Fusion comes in 12 available trim levels, including a hybrid model. With conventional models earning up to an EPA-estimated 21 city/32 hwy mpg and the hybrid variant earning up to an EPA-estimated 43 city/41 hwy mpg, the Ford Fusion is one of the most efficient models in its segment.
The new Ford Fusion features four available engines, ranging from a 1.5-liter four cylinder to a 2.7-liter V6. With power ratings from 175-325 hp and 175-350 lb-ft of torque, this midsize sedan packs a punch no matter what engine drivers choose.
Featuring an innovative Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection that monitors and alerts you to a potential collision, the latest Fusion is the safest yet. With this car’s standard features designed to inspire peace of mind, drivers can rest easy behind the wheel of the Ford Fusion.
We are starting to see the new Fusions on our lot here in Roselle. Stop on by for a test drive!
If the idea of eyeballing such a build seems impossible to you, you are right. A computer model was used. However, the genius behind this build, an official Lego builder named Pascal, did build the wheels without computer assistance.
The Lego Ford GT is made up of between 30,000 and 40,000 pieces. Pascal placed every single Lego by hand. The model weighs somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds. It was quickly decided that a full-size model was out of the question so everyone decided that a 1:3 replica was best.
While Pascal admits that the real Ford GT is exciting, he’s also quite proud of his creation. The hardest part of the build for Lego-building genius? The logos on the car.
The Ford Fiesta ST200 is the most powerful Fiesta ever built. The number in its name, 200, refers to the fact that it has “10% more power and 20% more torque than the regular ST,” according to Top Gear.
The ST200 will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. That is 0.2 seconds better time than the regular ST. Part of what makes this one a bit faster is the addition of an extra intake pipe, giving the engine more air to burn.
2016 Ford Fiesta ST
The Ford ST200 gets more than just a boost of power and speed. This hot model features machined black wheels highlighted by bright red calipers. Plus, it’s got illuminated scuff plates. Inside, the ST200 features two-tone silver/black seat belts, which you will certainly need when you floor it!
The regular Ford Fiesta ST actually features the chassis modifications from the ST200. So, as Top Gear says, “anyone who buys the ST should certainly be grateful the ST200 exists.”
The “broke college student” stereotype exists for a reason. Between the rising cost of tuition and how much money students spend on textbooks every semester, the prospect of purchasing a new car can seem like a distant post-graduation dream.
However, Ford is here to help. With the Ford Drives U program, eligible college students can apply for a $500 incentive and better finance rates; now that distant dream of owning your own brand-new car can become a not-so-distant reality.
You can sign up for the $500 in bonus cash right on Ford’s website to see if you’re eligible for the program. Once you sign up, you’re pre-registered until Ford approves you for great rates through Ford Credit.
In order to be eligible for this program, you must:
Be a full-time or part-time student at an accredited four-year college or university, junior college, community college, or trade school
Graduate between the dates of May 1, 2014 through January 3rd, 2017 (yes, recent graduates are still eligible!)
Be a student in an accredited Graduate School program
The Ford Drive U program began January 5, 2016 and will end January 3, 2017. Only Ford vehicles in the model years 2016 and 2017 are applicable. In order to become approved for the program, you must bring Proof of Student Eligibility, including a copy of your diploma, a copy of your final transcript, a letter of intent, or proof of enrollment status such as a current class schedule, reported card, or a dated letter from the school itself. Applicants must be enrolled in at least two classes or the equivalent of six credit hours.
The Kansas City Royals are returning to Major League Baseball as the league champions and Ford is celebrating in their own way. Fan Marc Lassalle emailed Ford after the team took the championship with a suggestion for a limited edition vehicle. The Detroit-based automaker eventually invited him to join the company’s executives at the Kansas City Assembly Plant for the unveiling of the Ford F-150 MVP Edition.
The Ford F-150 has been built in Kansas City since 1957. The last time the Royals won the championship in 1985, Ford responded with an MVP edition of the Ranger.
Based on the XLT trim, buyers in Kansas City can choose between white and paint. The truck comes with polished rocker panels and special badging, among other cosmetic additions.
The special edition F-150 comes at the perfect time given the Midwest Ford dealers have just renewed their sponsorship of the Royals for the 2016 season.
Only 300 Ford F-150 MPV Editions will hit the streets. Once those models—60% of which are “flame blue” and 40% are “Oxford white”—are gone, the model will go out of production.
While we here at Friendly Ford are proud to see Ford creating special models to celebrate sporting events close to the company’s heart!
One of the more unfortunate parts of living in a big city is the potholes. Potholes seem to show up on the road all the time. What’s worse is that they can often cause some serious damage to your vehicle! If you’ve ever dreamed of a system that could help you avoid these potholes in the road, Ford has made your dream a reality.
Ford’s pothole protection system uses computer-controlled shock absorption to minimize the amount of damage potholes can do to your car.
“The new Fusion V6 Sport substantially reduces the harsh impact potholes often deliver,” says Jason Michener, Ford continuously controlled damping engineering expert. “Our new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes and ‘catching’ the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.”
The 2017 Ford Fusion is just the first vehicle in the Ford lineup to make use of this revolutionary technology. Hopefully, it will spread to other vehicles in the near future in order to help drivers everywhere avoid the constant and irritating potholes on city roads!
If you are headed to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, be sure to bring your kids along. If they stop by the Ford stand, they could get a free Ford GT snap kit.
This Revell-built model includes 14 pieces and will snap together in just a few minutes. It will also feature a unique auto show stamp on the bottom to mark this special edition model.
“Our annual Revell Make ‘n Take model kit program has become a fun-filled auto show tradition,” said Mark Bentley, Ford Licensing manager, in a statement. “Letting kids build their own Ford GT is a great way to introduce them to the Ford brand and create new enthusiasts.”
Now, in case you don’t have any kids, or just would like a model of your own, a retail version will be available in April, and it will be more detailed. The retail version of the Ford GT model will include 28 pieces and will take about 10 to 15 minutes to build. It will cost $14.99.
At previous shows Ford has offered models of the 2015 Ford Mustang and an F-150 Raptor.
Finally allowing your teen to drive on his or her own can be a nail-biting experience. It’s not that they are incompetent but you can’t control all of the other drivers out there.
One thing that you can do to help is to get them a great car, one that has all of the important features to keep them safe and sound. The best vehicle for a young driver should have the following features.
A lot of horsepower may tempt your teen to test the limits of the vehicle. On the other hand, healthy acceleration is actually essential to safety. In those rare times you need it, it should be there.
Just as you would imagine, cars that are extremely small simply do not perform as well as their larger counter parts.
By far the most important feature is safety. Both the IIHS and NHTSA test all of the vehicles on the market. You should look for top-scoring vehicles. In fact, the IIHS compiles a list of the Best Used Vehicle Choices for Teens every year. Check it out here!