There are a lot of things that go into creating the perfect car, from engine performance to interior materials. What many people never think about, however, is seat comfort. Creating a comfortable seat isn’t as easy as it sounds, but one manufacturer is looking to change that. As it turns out, Ford’s seat comfort is no laughing matter and to prove it, the American automaker recently added a new robot to its arsenal.
Well, maybe there is a little laughter, as the seat-testing robot has been dubbed ‘Robutt.’ Robutt plays a crucial role in developing a seat that’s both comfortable and durable.
German automation firm Kuka created the robot to determine how comfortable a seat would be years down the road, as while the average driver will sit down in the driver’s seat around 25,000 times in a decade, Robutt can match that in just three weeks.
In doing so, Robutt effectively tests the seat’s structure and material after the equivalent of 10 years of use. It isn’t the only robot helping out—another piece of hardware measures the seat’s softness and deflection, two factors that help engineers improve the design, although it doesn’t come with an entertaining name.
We here at Friendly Ford are happy to see Ford continuing to improve the quality of its vehicles by any means necessary, including bionic butts!
Ford is making massive donations to Hurricane Harvey Relief and to individuals affected by the storm. The brand’s hurricane relief donations total $3.5 million, with various donations going to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Team Rubicon, and many more organizations that are assisting with hurricane relief.
Ford has also started the “Texas Is Family” assistance package for Ford owners whose vehicles were damaged or lost during the flooding. The package will give buyers the same deals offered to Ford employees, with payments deferred until 2018. The bundle will also include Low Ford Credit interest rates or lease rates.
Existing Ford customers whose vehicles weren’t lost or destroyed can also apply to have their monthly payments deferred for up to two months by contacting Ford Credit or Lincoln Automotive Financial Services. Additionally, first responders are eligible for a $1,000 discount toward the purchase of any Ford or Lincoln vehicle.
The three-quarter-ton pickup segment sees some of the fiercest competition in the industry, but the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty has prevailed once again. The Super Duty model already boasts numerous best-in-class awards and accolades, but both PickupTrucks.com and Cars.com added to the shelf by naming the F-250 Super Duty King Ranch the “Best Premium Three-quarter Ton Pickup Truck of 2017.”
The Ford F-250 Super Duty pulled off the prestigious victory by effectively defeating competitors like GMC, Chevrolet, and Ram. The trucks were put through a number of tests to determine their towing capacity, acceleration, comfort, and overall performance.
“Like a great all-around athlete, the new Ford F-250 King Ranch has the powertrain of a bulldozer and the interior features and technology of a luxury hotel room,” said Mark Williams, pickup truck expert at Cars.com.
Ford’s dedication to creating quality, power-driven trucks with a capacity for work continue to make the F-Series the best-selling line in the industry. With a best-in-class 925 lb-ft of torque and maximum towing capacity of 21,000 pounds when properly equipped, the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty is a truck designed to make the toughest jobs easy.
We here at Friendly Ford are pumped to see the 2017 F-250 Super Duty take home another prestigious award!
Serious work calls for a serious truck, and the all-new 2017 Ford F-250 is the best of the best. It follows in the footsteps of the F-150 by using high-strength, military-grade aluminum body panels. However, it is stronger and smarter than ever.
The new truck starts with a high-strength steel frame and adds stronger axles, springs, and suspension to be the toughest and strongest Ford Super Duty truck yet.
“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”
Along with its superior strength, the Ford F-250, including 16 class-exclusive available features, including adaptive cruise control, LED lighting, an in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system, and more.
Buyers can choose from two, more powerful engines this year. The familiar 6.2-liter V8 delivers more power with 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. And, the available 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 has also been updated and is rated at a phenomenal 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque.
Experience the all-new Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford today. We think once you take it out for a test drive, no other truck will do.
The new Ford plant will cost $700 million to build and will be located in Flat Rock, Michigan. It will primarily produce electric and self-driving cars. Ford believes these will outnumber gas-powered cars within 15 years. Ford has a number of new electric and self-driving vehicles in the works to be released in the next five years, including a hybrid version of the Mustang.
Canceling the Mexico plant is a big change for Ford, as they were ready to invest $1.6 billion in Mexico and move production of the Ford Focus there. Now, they will move production of the Focus to a plant in Mexico that already exists and instead invest the money in expanding on US soil. Ford is still moving the Focus to Mexico in order to cut costs, since the Focus and other small cars are losing popularity in favor of larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks.
The pickup truck segment has a ton of popular contenders, especially in the American market, so it can be difficult to pin down the best of the best. That’s why Car and Driver made your job easier by naming the Ford F-150 the best full-size pickup. Offering consumers an affordable blend of sophistication and capability, the F-150 is a great truck for drivers who want a bit of everything without sacrificing the toughness associated with the full-size segment.
Car and Driver cites the Ford F-150’s incredible power and smooth ride as a major reason for its selection – the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood cranks out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful in its segment. Plus, the inclusion of an exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission puts it at the forefront of innovation. However, even without the extra bells and whistles, the $27,735 base model can’t be ignored thanks to its combo of upscale refinement and capable performance.
There’s a reason the Ford F-150 is the best full-size pickup, and that’s because it offers all kinds of standard and available features. With all the additional equipment, the F-150 easily swerves into luxury territory. Don’t forget about the all-new F-150 Raptor either, with its cutting-edge off-road capability.
The rumors are true: the Ford Bronco will make its triumphant return, sometime very soon. In fact, we have reason to believe that a brand new edition of the Ford Bronco could be on the road as early as 2020.
Talk of the upcoming Ford Ranger pickup has been accompanied by details of the new Ford Bronco, with both vehicles likely fitting into two release slots previously confirmed by Ford: 2018 and 2020.
The last edition of the Ford Bronco ended production in 1996, so this return has been a long time in the making. This previous model was based on the Ford F-150, but we think it’s likely that both the new Ford Ranger and new Ford Bronco will be built on the same base.
No official specs or details have been revealed about the new Ford Bronco yet, and it’s hard to speculate exactly what its price would be. We think it’s safe to say that – at the rate Ford models escalate each year – a 2020 Ford Bronco would be incredible.
Would you be interested in an all-new Ford Bronco? Come visit us anytime at Friendly Ford to learn more or to check out our currently available models!
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 F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades. With the 13th generation that made its debut in 2015, Ford created the smartest, lightest, and most fuel-efficient F-150 ever. With the 2017 F-150, it is getting even better. Here’s a 2017 F-150 preview to give you a glimpse of what’s coming.
One of the biggest additions is an all-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It will produce 375 horsepower and deliver a segment-best 470 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft over the previous 3.5-liter EcoBoost.
This engine will be mated to a new ten-speed automatic transmission for better acceleration and overall performance. This will be the first volume-produced ten-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker.
“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”
With the new transmission gearing, the F-150 will have better low-end performance, making it ideal of hauling heavy trailers and payloads.
The 2017 Ford F-150 will be coming to Friendly Ford this fall. We can’t wait to take this new powertrain combination out for a test drive.
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!