Ford Introduces Bacon-Wrapped Fiesta

Bacon has been around since ancient Rome and has been a breakfast staple ever since. It’s now gotten to the point in recent years where people (Americans especially) are craving it so much it has become beyond just a breakfast food. It’s hard to find things that people won’t eat with bacon. International Bacon Day is August 31st and Ford is celebrating by introducing the first ever bacon-wrapped car. This combines two of America’s favorite things, Ford and bacon.

The special pork-laced car is a green 2014 Ford Fiesta. Ford announced that fans can have this custom design and other bacon graphics installed on their new 2014 Fiesta. In addition to the wrap around design, also available with racing stripes that are on the hood, and a side of bacon with strips that wrap over the rear wheel. The new Fiesta, a car known for being fun and festive, has already made its way to Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

“In the 40 years I’ve been in this business, I’ve never seen so much interest in bacon,” said Allan Benton, CEO of Benton’s Country Hams. “It’s being used in bourbon, chocolate, ground beef, caramel corn and whatever else you can think of. This car just makes so much sense.”

If you’re looking for something that screams fun and personality, head over to Friendly Ford today and check out our selection of the 2014 Ford Fiesta.

New 2014 C-Max Offers More Bang for the Buck

When the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid came on to the stage late last year, it was a huge hit as Ford enjoyed several of their best hybrid sales months ever. Ford recently announced that their new 2014 version of the C-Max will offer even more value and improved fuel-efficiency, which seems a little difficult to achieve.

The new C-Max will feature an upgraded transmission and enhanced aerodynamics to build off its already impressive fuel economy numbers. The gearing changes is said to result in a more efficient transmission drive ratio.

Ford is also changing its approach to the C-Max Hybrid labeling going forward to achieve better customer satisfaction.  The auto company will continue to use EPA’s General Label rules but will also use separate testing. The results may be a lower miles-per-gallon label but will pay less because of the difference in advertised EPA estimates, which is still class-leading.

“Ford is absolutely committed to being a leader in the hybrid market and to top fuel efficiency across our lineup,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, global product development. “We are taking actions with our popular C-MAX Hybrid so that customers are even more satisfied with the vehicle’s on-road fuel efficiency performance.”

Friendly Ford loves everything the 2013 C-Max Hybrid brings to the table and looks forward to the release of the 2014 edition this December.

Ford Expands Availability of Inflatable Safety Belts

Ford is continuing to find new ways to raise the bar in terms of quality, fuel-efficiency, and certainly safety. The 2014 Ford Fusion recently became the only vehicle in its class to offer rear inflatable safety belts. These are essentially seat belts that turns into airbags. The inflatable safety belts were first introduced by Ford in the 2011 Explorer and ever since then they have been become such an appealing option. So much so that Ford is now expanding its availability so it will now be included on the Flex and Taurus as well as the Fusion and Explorer.

These belts provide additional protection for rear-seat passengers. Rear seat passengers are usually children or older adults that need more protection since their head, neck, and chest are more vulnerable and more likely to injure upon impact.

“The inflatable belt is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries,” said Srinivasan Sundararajan, safety technical leader with Ford’s research and advanced engineering group. “This is another unique family technology that builds on our safety leadership.”

When it comes to safety, nothing beats Ford. Come out to Friendly Ford today and check out our great selection of top-safety rated vehicles.

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.