New Ford Resource and Engagement Center is $5 Million Investment in Detroit

The Ford Motor Company Fund recently announced that it would be creating a Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Detroit, MI, the second of its kind. This center will provide essential needs and services to east-side residents in Detroit, concentrating on education, job training, and business development. Overall, the new community center is a $5 million investment.

According to Ford, the new community center will be located at a middle school named Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, part of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. There are up to 18 nonprofit community groups that will be helping with services, including things like food distribution, legal assistance, workforce development, and more.

“The decision made by Ford Fund to create the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in a traditional public school reflects the reality that there are few, if any, stronger investments to ensure impact, scale and sustainability within a neighborhood or community,” said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools.

The new community center represents Ford’s long-term investment in the future of Detroit, a city that’s suffered financially in recent years. At Friendly Ford, we’re proud to be associated with an automaker that isn’t just interested in pure profit, but that strives to become an integral part of the communities with which it’s involved. This new community center is just one of many exciting new projects on the horizon.

The Fascinating History of Navy Pier

There are so many attractions in the great city of Chicago that it’s practically impossible to see it all in one weekend. But, for those limited on time while in the Windy City, Navy Pier is always a top priority. From its iconic Ferris wheel to its serene Crystal Gardens to its multitude of restaurants, Navy Pier has become a top destination in downtown Chicago.

Navy Pier

But how did Navy Pier become what it is today? Here’s a brief history of Navy Pier.

Navy Pier’s origins began in 1909 when city planner Daniel Burnham had the idea to build several recreational piers in Chicago. Only one was eventually built, costing $4.5 million (a lot of money back then!) and opening in 1916. At that time it was called Municipal Pier. It became a hub of entertainment in the rollicking 1920s and even survived through the Great Depression.

Interestingly, during the World Wars, the US military housed regiments of soldiers, Home Defense personnel, and Red Cross efforts on the pier. That’s why it was renamed Navy Pier in 1927 to honor the Navy veterans.

Over the next decades, it was the site of numerous conventions but after a fire tore through it, the pier fell into disuse by 1971.

Luckily, it was declared a historic landmark by the city in 1977 and the following decades were spent renovating Navy Pier into a $150 million attraction that was re-launched in 1995.

Next time you’re in Chicago, spend an afternoon at Navy Pier. And if you have time for a second place, visit us at Friendly Ford!

Ford Racing Shows Off Consumer-Available Mustang King Cobra Package at SEMA

Mustang King Cobra PackageAt the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, we often see incredible concept vehicles decked out with the coolest accessories consumers are likely to never have. While we are inspired by the creativity of the auto tuners and their custom vehicles, it’s nice to see a vehicle every now and then that we could actually own. Such is the case with Ford’s King Cobra 2015 Mustang GT, built using Ford Racing performance parts.

“At Ford Racing, we like to push cars to their absolute limit,” said Ford Racing director, Jamie Allison. “We wanted Mustang enthusiasts to be able to open up the Ford Racing parts catalog and get one of everything and see what they could get. We think the King Cobra package is it. But none of this great work would be possible if Team Mustang had not built the best production Mustang yet.”

The Mustang King Cobra package includes a “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack.” Together, they offer high-powered performance reserved, not for the auto experts with models on display at the SEMA Show, but for race-loving, Mustang fans everywhere.

Contact us here at Friendly Ford for more information on the Ford Racing catalog and the Mustang King Cobra package.

Surveillance Mode Technology Available to All

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Ford Interceptor

While the men and women of police departments across America are best known for serving and protecting, they themselves are sometimes in need of protection, which is where Ford steps in with the service of its award-winning Surveillance Mode technology.

The technology, which recently won the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive’s Award at the organization’s 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition, is now available for all automakers to purchase in order to help keep police officers and military police officers safe in their day-to-day duties.

Surveillance Mode uses camera and radar to detect when someone is approaching a police vehicle from the rear. In response, it sounds a chime within the vehicle to alert the officer, rolls up the windows, locks the doors, and flashes the exterior lights.

Surveillance Mode, developed with InterMotive Inc., was previously only available on the Ford Police Interceptor. Opening the patent for purchase means that officers in vehicles of all makes will benefit from the invention.

surveillance mode technology“We want to assist with and improve the security of all police officers – whether they are using a Ford Police Interceptor or a competitive vehicle,” said Randy Freiburger, Ford police and ambulance special vehicle engineering supervisor. “Combining existing Ford technologies with the development of a new control module and software has created an innovative system that improves security for police officers while they are in their vehicles.”

To check out what innovations and technologies Ford has to offer you, be sure to stop out to Friendly Ford and see what we have in stock.

Six Fords Named Best Cars for the Money

For the second year in a row, US News & World Report recognizes Ford as the automotive leader, as six Ford vehicles were named as “2013 Best Cars for the Money.” US News & World Report determines the winner in each of 21 categories based on expert opinion, reliability attributes, and vehicle safety.

With its stylish looks, smart driving technology, 285 horsepower, and unsurpassed highway fuel economy, the 2013 Ford Edge was chosen as the best 2-row midsize SUV. Another stylish SUV that delivers the best fuel economy in its class is the 2013 Ford Escape which was named the best compact SUV for the money.

As far as cars, the vehicle that has been generating the most buzz is the innovative Ford Fusion, which boasts a top safety rating from the NHTSA and was named by The Car Connection as the “Best Car to Buy 2013.” So it’s no surprise the Fusion was named as one of the best cars for the money in midsize category. In addition to that, the Fusion Hybrid was named best hybrid car thanks to its best in class fuel economy of 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg.

One of the best selling cars in the world, the Ford Focus was named the best compact car and the always popular Ford Taurus was picked as the best large car for the money.

All six of the 2013 Best Cars for the Money are available at Friendly Ford. Come over today and check them out!

Walking with Henry: Ford at the North American International Auto Show

Ford had quite an impressive display at the North American International Auto Show this year. It was jam packed with over 65 vehicles, as Ford was celebrating the 150th birthday of the legendary Henry Ford. To celebrate, Ford wanted to reveal its entire stellar lineup—everything from the F-Series trucks to the muscle car icon, the Mustang. In fact, it was essentially like stepping into the showroom here at Friendly Ford with every single new Ford innovation on display.

And who better to talk about Ford innovation than the original innovator—Henry Ford! The real Henry Ford wasn’t available, as you can imagine, so instead several actors who very closely resemble the automaker put on their Ford costumes and led tours around the showroom, taking fans around to meet the all-new vehicles and see just what Ford has been up to. During the tour, the actors provided a historical background for Henry, all while introducing the 2014 lineup.

We at Friendly Ford can’t wait to get all those new vehicles in. Now if only we could somehow get a Henry Ford lookalike to come show them off for us…

The Temperatures Are Getting Colder, The C-MAX is Getting Hotter

The 2013 Ford C-MAX, which launched in October, has been quite a hot seller. So much so that it earned itself the title of “fastest-selling hybrid ever.” In its first two months this red hot hybrid has sold 8,030 total units. That trumps the start of the Toyota Camry Hybrid which sold 7,300 units in its first two months when it first hit the road back in 2006.

Another impressive statistic is that Ford’s C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid sold three times faster than both the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight combined when they launched in 2000. Ford’s electric vehicles sales in November actually turned out to be the best they’ve ever done and the great fuel efficiency that these hybrids offer is the reason why.

In addition to the huge sales numbers, the C-MAX hybrids have also been receiving extremely positive reviews from their owners. “Dealers are aware of this and are excited to take on the Prius” Group marketing manager, C.J. O’Donnell, said “Our customers also are excited to have a fresh hybrid option, with leading fuel economy that does not sacrifice driving fun, performance and technology – choices typically not offered with hybrids.”

At the end of the day fuel economy is the number one consideration that new car-buyers look for according to recent study by Moritz. During tough economic times, saving money at the pump is becoming much more a necessity. “C-MAX hybrids highlight Ford’s commitment to offer customers the power to choose leading fuel economy across our lineup”, says O’Donnell.

Come out to Friendly Ford today and ask about our 2013 C-MAX hybrids!

Friendly Ford Shows Customer Appreciation with Car Show

Friendly Ford of Roselle recently hosted their first annual Car Show and Customer Appreciation Day on August 11th, 2012. The folks at Friendly Ford combined vintage and classic cars with free food and Rock & Roll tunes to show their gratitude for their customers and community. The car show had a great turn-out with more than 100 different cars participating.

The car show had no fee, but there were raffles on site with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research.

Classes were designed to accommodate Ford and non-Ford cars by the decade, but there were specific classes for Fords as well. The Ford-specific classes included Model T, Thunderbird, Lincoln, and Mercury, as well as a special class for Mustangs. A class for motorcycles was also available. Awards were given for Best in Show and Dealer’s Choice, with plaques given to the first 50 winners

Everyone at Friendly Ford appreciates the support from their customers and looks forward to seeing everyone back next year!