Ford Steps Up in Wake of Tragedy in Oklahoma

After an F-5 tornado with winds of 210 mph ripped through the town of Moore, OK many lives were lost and the damage and destruction as a result of this natural disaster has made recovery efforts overwhelming for the surviving citizens. Thankfully volunteers, neighbors, friends, family, organizations, and companies such as the Ford Motor Company are stepping up to the plate and helping out in any way they can.

Ford announced it is donating a total of $400,000, with $150,000 coming from Oklahoma Ford dealers and going to the United Way, and $250,000 coming from the Ford Motor Company and going to the American Red Cross. In addition to the money, Ford is also donating a new Ford Transit Connect to help with relief and emergency preparedness education.

Ford is also offering residents whose vehicles were damaged by the tornado $500 towards the purchase of their next Ford vehicle.

“We know how much this tragedy is impacting our customers, neighbors and friends,” said Craig Billingsley, chairman of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. “Oklahoma Ford dealers encourage everyone to step up to help those impacted by these devastating tornadoes.”

At Friendly Ford, our thoughts and prayers are with those in the tornado-ravaged areas of Oklahoma as they try to bounce back from this horrific tragedy.

Ford Fusion Energi Receives Top Safety Rating

Everyone knows the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi provides the best in fuel efficiency but did you know it also provides the best in safety? The Fusion Energi just received a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the highest rating by the US Government that a vehicle can receive. The rating is based off a series of tests to determine how the vehicle responds to crashes such as side frontal impact, side impact, and resistance to rollover.

The Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid have both received the same crash-test rating. With the market share for electric vehicles increasing, the NHTSA chose to test the plug-in vehicles separately from the gasoline internal combustion engines. The Fusion Energi also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earlier in the year.

The Fusion Energi features the Personal Safety System with safety belt technologies along with font impact airbags. It also includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, hill state assist, and an electronic parking brake.

“The Fusion Energi combines the highest possible safety ratings from NHTSA and great fuel economy, two things we know customers are looking for in their vehicles,” said Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office. “Our strategy is to provide our customers with a range of powertrain options in our vehicles, while still leading in fuel economy in every segment that we compete.”

The incredibly safe and fuel-efficient 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is available now at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

KBB Tips Hat to Ford Escape with Best SUVs list.

Kelley Blue Book recently unveiled another interesting “10 Best” vehicles list, this time the category is for the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000. Once again, KBB.com tipped their hat to Ford while including a popular Ford SUV in the 3. The editors of KBB.com chose these vehicles based on things such as style, practicality, features, size, and of course, price. Ford is proud to announce that the 2013 Ford Escape came in at number 3 on the list.

The Escape has always been known to have a boxy look to it as part of its exterior design. It was a bold move this year by Ford when they decided to change things up a bit and went for a swoopier look with sleeker curves on the 2013 model. The feedback has been very positive though, as many really enjoy the new look. The new Escape also offers several new features and plenty of room on the inside, all at an affordable price.

“The latest Ford Escape represents a dramatic departure from the flavorless crossover it replaced for 2013 ,” said Kelley Blue Book. “Chock full of class-exclusive technology and luxury-like trimmings, the affordable yet stylish Ford Escape adds an unexpected splash of zest to the compact SUV segment.”

The stylish and affordable 2013 Ford Escape is available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL. We’ve got an enormous selection of Escapes so stop over today and check them out.

Ford Fusion is One of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013

Kelley Blue Book revealed their annual list of the best vehicles to buy for the whole family based on the opinions of the website editors.  Taking into account important areas such as safety, comfort, value, and roominess, the list is to guide to help people decide which vehicle would best fit their family. One Ford made Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 and it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise which one.

It seems as if the Ford Fusion just keeps racking up award after award and recognition after recognition. It’s been included on many lists this past year and now Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 is just the latest. The Ford Fusion is the traditional family sedan on the inside but it just so happens to have a very exotic look on the outside.

“In addition to its eye-catching exterior, the Fusion stands out with a variety of powertrains that includes two hybrid options and a pair of turbocharged engines, plus available all-wheel-drive and enough tech features to make a geek swoon,” said Kelley Blue Book.

The new Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. It also offers some of the latest and greatest driver-assistance and technology features based on cameras, radars, and sensors. It’s clear why Fusion sales are through the roof in 2013.

The new 2013 Ford Fusion is available at Friendly Ford so swing by today and check it out for yourself!