Ford Ranger Production Kicks Off at Michigan Assembly Plant

2019 Ford Ranger

Truck lovers, rejoice: the 2019 Ford Ranger is on its way. In late October, Ford began production on this all-new vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant, marking the occasion with quite the celebration. The automaker constructed an off-road course in the parking lot and invited the plant’s 3,000 employees to take part in the festivities. As Erik Williams, the Michigan Assembly Plant Manager, stated, “We have been waiting for this day for a long time. The Ranger is back home in the U.S., and our employees at Michigan Assembly Plant are thrilled to be able to build it for our customers.”

The new Ford Ranger is part of a larger rejuvenation project for the Michigan Assembly Plant, which has been a staple of the Ford family since 1957. To pave the way for the Ranger’s production, Ford invested $850 million into the plant. The plant will also produce the all-new Ford Bronco, which is expected to begin production in 2020. Not only are these cars geared towards American drivers, but their production at the Michigan Assembly Plant provides well-paying jobs for Americans.

The Ford Ranger is a midsize pickup that arrives to compete. This tough and sophisticated truck will come equipped with a standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 270 horsepower and boasts best-in-class torque, towing, and payload. Ford has been closely monitoring the wants and needs of American drivers, and the Ranger will surely capture the hearts of many adventurers.

Ford Celebrates Incredible Achievement of 10 Million Mustangs Built

Ford Mustang

Ford first unveiled the Ford Mustang in 1964, and it was an instant hit with performance enthusiasts who loved the car’s stunning profile and exhilarating drive. Since then, the Ford Mustang has attained legendary status, consistently pushing the envelope when it comes to high-end performance and design. Recently, the car achieved a new milestone when the 10 millionth Mustang rolled off the assembly line.

Ford Mustang No. 10 Million was a 2019 GT convertible in Wimbledon White. This milestone car was built in August at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

To commemorate ate such an incredible achievement, Ford gathered 60 Mustang owners from every Mustang model year to spell out “10,000,000” in the parking lot of the assembly plant. As if that weren’t memorable enough, the event also featured three vintage P-51 Mustang fighter planes performing a flyover.

The 2019 Ford Mustang pays homage to this long legacy of excellence while also looking to the future. With a stunning fastback profile and more power than ever before, the 2019 Mustang is waiting for you here at Friendly Ford. Stop in to learn more from our experienced sales staff or to take one out for a thrilling test drive.

Unveiling Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

It was a great year for Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Another Detroit Auto Show (also known as the North American International Auto Show) has come and gone. It was a big year for Ford, whose luxury arm Lincoln received the North American Truck of the Year Award for its Navigator SUV. But more importantly for Ford fans, Ford unveiled a number of new high-performance models.

Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

  • 2019 Ford Ranger: Ford unveiled the new 2019 Ford Ranger at the auto show in January. The new Ranger mid-size truck is built with high-strength steel, is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine, and boasts a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic gearbox. The Ranger will compete directly with the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby® GT500®: In 2019, Ford will unleash its most powerful street-legal production car ever. The new Mustang Shelby GT500 will be more than twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang.
  • 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: The Shelby GT500 wasn’t the only Mustang on display in Detroit. It shared the stage with the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that will achieve at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 163 miles per hour.

These are just three of the hottest new Fords on the horizon. To see what’s current—including the all-new 2018 Expedition and redesigned F-150 and Mustang—stop into Friendly Ford.

Ford’s Seat Comfort Tested by ‘Robutt’

Ford's Seat Comfort

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 Hurricane Relief Totals $3.5M, Including Donations, Packages for Ford Owners

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.

Ford hurricane reliefExisting 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.

At Friendly Ford, we’re proud to be part of a company that does so much to help its customers and employees, the brave first responders who put themselves in danger to help others, and every American affected by these storms. You can find more information on Ford’s hurricane relief donations here.

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Named Best in Class

2017 Ford F-250

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!

Check Out the All-New Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

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.”

2017 Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

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.

Ford Creates 700 US Jobs with New Ford Plant in Michigan

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Ford has canceled its plans to open a new plant across the southern US border in Mexico and will instead invest in Michigan, creating 700 new jobs for US workers, CNN reported. Ford CEO Mark Fields says the move is a “vote of confidence” in the pro-business environment of the new administration.

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.

If you want to hear more news about Ford, just visit us at Friendly Ford today!

Car and Driver Names Ford F-150 Best Full-Size Pickup

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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 F-150 truly has something for everyone.

Could a New Ford Bronco Hit Dealerships by 2020?

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.

New FordThe 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!