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!

 

The Focus is a Great First Car for Teen Drivers

Teen DriversDo you have a teenage son or daughter nearing the age of 16? Yahoo Autos recently released a list of the top vehicles for the teen driver(s) in your family. The top vehicle on the list was the 2009 Ford Focus. Yahoo Autos says that the Ford Focus is great when it comes to safety, reliability and ease of use, which are all things that parents look for in a first car for their teen. Let’s take a deeper look at these three categories.

Safety – The Ford Focus comes standard with an airbag system, engine immobilizer, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners, emergency interior trunk release, a tire pressure monitoring system, and ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes.

Reliability – By shopping in the 2009 year and younger, you are setting your teen up with a car that will get them through college. Yahoo estimates that a car from 2009 will have roughly 66,000 miles on it. This will help you get a good deal while still young enough to remain reliable for years to come.

Ease of Use – The interior of the Focus is packed with techy-features that are easy for teens to use while still being hip and up-to-date. By having easy-to-use features, your teen will spend more time with their eyes on the road than messing with interior technologies.

We have a few used Focus cars on our lot in Roselle. Stop by our dealership or give us a call to schedule a test drive with us!

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!

Redesigned Focus for 2015

Redesigned Focus for 2015

Current Ford Focus

The results are in and the Ford Focus was the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate in 2013! The Focus really boosted sales with a 50% sales growth in China and with registrations in the US up 8.1%.

The Focus’ next stop is the New York International Auto Show where it will debut its four-door sedan and its electric version. The Focus hatchback and wagon both debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in March sporting improved performance and many great upgrades.

The 2015 Ford Focus will feature MyKey®, a heated steering wheel, and 10 different wheel options available for all trim levels. New for 2015 is the SE Sport Package, a performance enhanced Focus featuring paddle shifters, advanced suspension, new body treatments, and 17-inch black wheels. The SE Sport Package is a great option for those who love the Focus, but also value performance and uniqueness.

Ford is thrilled that the Ford Focus was the number-1 selling nameplate in 2013. They hope to keep the momentum running for years to come. At Friendly Ford, we are proud to carry the best-selling nameplate and we look forward to the 2015 making its way to our lot in Roselle!

Restyled Ford for 2015

The 2015 Ford models are slowly coming to light as we brought you a peek at the 2015 Expedition last week. Over the past couple of years, Ford has been restyling and redesigning their models so that they all have a unified style. So far all of the new Ford models we have seen have been sporting a fresher look all with a unified grille design.

This week, Autoblog got a first look at the redesigned 2015 Ford Focus which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Autoblog reports that the Focus will be sporting only some slight changes as the majority of the body lines remain the same. They did note a new rear bumper and taillights on the back of the car and a reshaped hood and new headlights on the front. Head on over to Autoblog to get a glimpse of the restyled Ford for 2015.

Restyled Ford for 2015

The 2014 Ford Focus will be getting a slight makeover for the 2015 model year!

At Friendly Ford we are excited to see the new models and trim levels for 2015. Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for the latest on 2015 releases and updates!

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.

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.

2013 Ford Focus Earns Top Safety Pick+ Distinction

The 2013 Ford Focus recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new Focus is of six small cars to achieve the highest possible rating from the IIHS. This award can go up on the Focus’ mantle right next to its 5-star Overall Vehicle Score award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The rating of Top Safety Pick+ is a new category in the ratings system. In order to achieve this highest of high ratings, a vehicle must achieve a “good” score in four safety evaluations. Those being overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover, and seats/head restraints. The scoring is either “good”, “acceptable”, “marginal” or “poor.” Also, the vehicle must achieve a “good” or “acceptable” in the small overlap frontal crash category.

“Ford is committed to designing vehicles that help keep people safe,” said Steve Kenner, global director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office. “We are constantly seeking innovative ways to help drivers avoid accidents and keep occupants safe when an incident does occur.”

The highly protective body structure of the Focus, along with its advanced safety technologies was designed to make families feel safe and comfortable.

The Top Safety Pick+ winning 2013 Ford Focus is available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

Ford Tops BrandIndex’s 2013 Buzz Rankings

According to BrandIndex’s 2013 Mid Year US Buzz Rankings, the Ford Motor Company is receiving the most positive “buzz” out of any brand in the country, not just in the auto industry.

You Gov BrandIndex polls consumers to determine buzz rankings of all different categories such as industries, markets, and counties around the globe. For the United States side, it couldn’t have been any better for Ford. There were 600,000 people polled to give their perception of over 1,100 companies in the US. Some of the questions asked in the polls might be “Have you heard anything good or bad about Ford in the past 2 weeks?” and questions to help determine how strong of a buzz the company has.

Ford was ranked number 6 in the same Buzz Rankings for 2012 but has jumped all the way up to number 1 in 2013. This could be partially attributed to the recent sales success Ford has seen with two of its more popular models, the Ford Fusion and the Ford Focus. People have nothing but great things to say about these stylish, practical, and incredibly fuel-efficient vehicles.

Friendly Ford is pleased to see that Ford is generating more positive buzz than any other company in America. Both the Ford Fusion and Ford Focus are available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.