The Ford Fiesta ST200 Makes the Regular ST Even Better

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

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.”

How to Find the Best Vehicle for a Young Driver

2016 Ford Focus

2016 Ford Focus

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.

Mild Horsepower

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.

No Minicars

Just as you would imagine, cars that are extremely small simply do not perform as well as their larger counter parts.

Safety Ratings

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!

 

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

Ford Fiesta Engine

2015 Ford Fiesta

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?

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Fiesta!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Fiesta

2014 Ford Fiesta Sedan

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Fiesta… a Ford Fiesta that is! For the 2014 model year, the Fiesta is available as a sedan or hatchback. Either way you choose, you are sure to get excellent fuel economy, plenty of color choices, and a huge amount of interior features! Let’s take a closer look at the 2014 Ford Fiesta!

Would you prefer a sedan or hatchback? Once you decide, you have your choice of three sedans or four hatchbacks. The Sedans are available in the following trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. The hatchbacks are available in four trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. Check out each trim level in detail below.

Ford Fiesta S

  • 1.6-liter Ti-VCT I-4 engine and Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel Filler
  • 6-way manual driver’s seat, cloth front bucket seats, 60/40 split rear seat, power door locks, center dome lamp with map lights, and manual windows
  • Manual air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, SYNC® with SYNC® Applink, and power windows

Ford Fiesta SE

  • 1.6-liter Ti-VCT I-4 engine with 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 engine optional
  • 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, cruise control, front door storage bins, power door locks, day/night rearview mirror, overhead console, sport cloth front bucket seats, and a 60/40 split rear seat
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, SYNC® with SYNC® Applink, 6-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual front-passenger seat, and 12-volt auxiliary powerpoint in both front and rear

Ford Fiesta Titanium

  • 1.6-liter TI-VCT I-4 engine, five speed manual transmission with a PowerShift six-speed automatic with SelectShift® available
  • 16-inch polished aluminum wheels, trip computer, power windows with driver one-touch up-down feature, rear-window defroster, ambient lighting, rear-seat heat ducts, Ford MyKey®, and a rear view camera
  • Sony® audio system, HD Radio™, leather-trimmed and heated front bucket seats, SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, and SiriusXM satellite radio
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Fiesta

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST (Hatchback only)

  • 1.6-liter TI-VCT Turbocharged direct injection EcoBoost I-4 engine and a six-speed manual transmission
  • 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, power door locks, power windows, trip computer, ambient lighting, electronic automatic temperature control, race-inspired aluminum pedals, heated front seats
  • Sony® audio system, HD Radio™, SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, SiriusXM Satellite radio, 60/40 split rear seat, cloth front sport seat with ST logo, optional RECARO® partial leather-trimmed seats

As you can see, the Fiesta gives you plenty of options! Enjoy Cinco de Mayo this year with up to 32 mpg city/45 mpg highway!* Stop by Friendly Ford in Roselle, Illinois to learn more about this great Ford model!

Ford Sends ST Owners to Octane Academy

Octane Academy

2014 Ford Fiesta

Ferrari and Jaguar send buyers of their most exotic racecars to racetrack lessons; what’s the point of owning a Ferrari and not knowing how to tame the beast? These automakers don’t want you making a fool of their cars while you’re out and about, trying to strut your stuff.

Not all of us can afford a Ferrari or a Jaguar, but for driving enthusiasts in the market for a more reasonable sports car, Ford is offering a free day of training at the ST Octane Academy to anyone who buys a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST.

Ford Fiesta ST Specifications

Focus ST Specifications

Located at Miller Motorsports Park near Park City, Utah, the Octane Academy happens to be one of America’s longest, most lavish racetracks, according to Yahoo Autos. The Miller Motorsports Park opened in 2006 and has been ground zero for Ford driver training, including extreme off-roading.

Octane Academy

2014 Ford Focus

The training day begins with a classroom session which outlines safety, the track, and an overview of the program. Everyone then heads to their cars and the real fun begins. Drivers practice rotating the cars around cones at 90 and 180-degrees using steering, clutch and handbrake, and even go so far as to practice reverse 180-degree spins.

Next up: an intense timed autocross course where drivers wind and sprint through orange cones, including slalom and figure 8’s.

After lunch, drivers are hooked up to outriggers that raise the car’s tires slightly off the pavement, creating a simulation of driving on ice. It can’t all be fun and games, can it?

The day wraps up with a visit to the East portion of the Miller circuit. Instructors get in the passenger seats and offer invaluable tips over the course of six laps. After that, drivers get wide-open free time to put their new skills to work and push their cars to their limits.

All in a day’s work, right?

Stop by Friendly Ford to learn more and check out a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST for yourself!

Ford Ka Debuts in Brazil

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!

The Ford Focus Defends its Title of Best-Selling Nameplate in the World

Ford is proud to announce that the Ford Focus has defended its title Floyd Mayweather style by keeping the distinction of the Best-Selling Nameplate Worldwide. It once again owned the first half of 2013 in terms of sales. The information is based on the release of latest Polk global vehicle registration data.

Sales of the Focus were actually up 20% from a year ago during the half of 2013 with 589,709 vehicle registrations.  Demands for the Focus have been increasing especially in China and sales have been up 137% in comparison to 2012.

“The new Focus looks high-tech and meets my aesthetic expectations,” said Xiao Bing, a new Ford customer from Beijing. “It has significantly changed from the previous model. The car’s handling is great. When I test-drove it, the new Focus cornered smoothly. Overall, it’s the best combination of looks, performance, value, and fuel economy.”

The Focus may be the reigning champion but the Fiesta is wearing the championship belt as the “Best-Selling Subcompact Car Globally” with 356,434 units sold in the first half of 2013.

To check out a great selection of the top-selling car in the world, as well as the best selling subcompact, head over to Friendly Ford today.

Ford Sales Soar in September

Ford Motor Company delivered another great sales month in September. In fact, it was their best since 2006 after a 6% increase in the U.S. While many other auto companies had sales dip off in September, Ford stayed strong outpacing the industry. This is the 11th straight month Ford has enjoyed year-over-year sales increases.

Sales of the Ford Fusion last month were up 62% from a year ago totaling 19,972. Ford Fiesta sales were up 29% from last year with 5,043 units sold in September.  For the 26th consecutive month there was a sales increase for the F-Series. In September its sales were up 10 percent with 60,456 trucks sold.

“The combination of great styling, fuel economy and value delivered another solid monthly result for Ford in September,” said Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We’re particularly encouraged by the strength of the Fusion and Fiesta, especially in coastal markets. The F-Series also keeps delivering, with our fifth-straight month surpassing the 60,000-vehicle mark and continuing as America’s best-selling vehicle.”

Friendly Ford is happy to contribute to another strong sales month for Ford in September. To check out our full line-up of hot-selling models stop over to Friendly today!

Friendly Ford Contributes to Another Great Sales Month for Ford in August

Ford is celebrating another great sales month as August retail sales grew 20 percent and total sales increased 12 percent, making it the best August sales month for Ford since 2006.

Ford saw increases across the board. Car sales were up 15 percent, utilities were up 16 percent and trucks up 30 percent in August. Fords have especially been a huge hit lately in the coastal regions.

“Producing more Fusions at Flat Rock Assembly with its 1,400 new workers is a welcome opportunity, as Fusion showed great strength in August,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Small cars and hybrids continue to outpace the market in the coastal regions of the U.S., with Ford brand retail small car sales growing at more than three times the rate of the U.S. small car industry.”

This August was the best sales month ever for the Ford Fusion with 24,653 units sold. Small car sales also had a good month with a 30% sales growth. The Fiesta was especially hot with a sales increase of 61%.

The Ford F-Series, meanwhile, just made it 25 consecutive months of sales increases with a 22% gain in August.

Friendly Ford is proud to contribute to another great sales month for Ford. All of these hot-selling Ford cars, trucks, and, SUVs are available now at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

Ford Introduces Bacon-Wrapped Fiesta

Bacon has been around since ancient Rome and has been a breakfast staple ever since. It’s now gotten to the point in recent years where people (Americans especially) are craving it so much it has become beyond just a breakfast food. It’s hard to find things that people won’t eat with bacon. International Bacon Day is August 31st and Ford is celebrating by introducing the first ever bacon-wrapped car. This combines two of America’s favorite things, Ford and bacon.

The special pork-laced car is a green 2014 Ford Fiesta. Ford announced that fans can have this custom design and other bacon graphics installed on their new 2014 Fiesta. In addition to the wrap around design, also available with racing stripes that are on the hood, and a side of bacon with strips that wrap over the rear wheel. The new Fiesta, a car known for being fun and festive, has already made its way to Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

“In the 40 years I’ve been in this business, I’ve never seen so much interest in bacon,” said Allan Benton, CEO of Benton’s Country Hams. “It’s being used in bourbon, chocolate, ground beef, caramel corn and whatever else you can think of. This car just makes so much sense.”

If you’re looking for something that screams fun and personality, head over to Friendly Ford today and check out our selection of the 2014 Ford Fiesta.