Up for Auction: The First 2015 Ford Mustang

The first 2015 Ford Mustang will be up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on January 18th in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first retail 2015 Ford Mustang will be a GT featuring a 5.0-liter V8 engine, 420-horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The winner of the auction will have their choice between a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission and will be able to choose the colors of their new Mustang.

The all-new Mustang will have no reserve at the auction and the proceeds will benefit JDRF an organization that researches Type 1 Diabetes. “Ford’s charitable vehicle sales at Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $3 million for JDRF through the years, and these funds are helping us make tremendous progress towards therapies and treatments that will make life better for people with type 1 diabetes today as we work to find a cure for this terrible disease,” Jeffrey Brewer president and CEO of JDRF remarks.

The Mustang will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary for the 2015 model year with a new sleek exterior design and all of the best in technologies. Friendly Ford is proud to be part of a company that gives back to communities and charities.

Ford Drives itself into the Future

Ever thought that we would see a car that drives itself? Technology is getting closer achieving that goal. Ford recently unveiled a self-driving Fusion to compete with other top automakers and Google who are all trying to perfect the self-driving vehicle.

Ford chose to turn the Fusion into a self-driver because the Fusions available on the market currently already feature several driver-assist technologies. The current Fusion has adaptive cruise control and a lane keeping system.

To turn the car into a self-driver, Ford included a forward camera, forward radar, ultrasonic sensors, omnidirectional camera, and added more GPS technologies. It also contains four scanning infrared light sensors (LiDAR) mounted on the roof that allows the self-driving Fusion to track objects surrounding the vehicle.

Currently, researchers are trying to mimic the complex environments that drivers go through on a normal basis. Raj Nair Ford’s group VP explains that “The key is sensor fusion and working through the algorithms.” Nair wants to get the Fusion reacting in real-world situations but in a safe and effective manner.

Although the science and technology of a self-driving vehicle seems very futuristic, we are excited to see where the automobile industry is headed. Could we be able to buy self-driving cars in the next 10 years? 20 years? Let us know what you think about self-driving vehicles in the comment section below!

Just Revealed: The 2015 Ford Mustang!

The much anticipated release of the 2015 Ford Mustang is upon us! Ford recently released an article about the new styling and features for the all-new Mustang. We knew it would be a big year for this classic Ford model as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary. For 2015, the Mustang features a completely redesigned exterior and a technologically advanced interior.

The Mustang offers your choice of 3 distinct engines: a fuel efficient 2.3-liter with Ecoboost, a 3.7-liter V6 or a powerful 5.0-liter V8. The exterior of the 2015 Mustang took into account the styling of the Mustang over the past 50 years. The 2015 is said to be a nice collaboration of all of the Mustangs through the years.

Technological advances for the Mustang include enhanced information, control and connectivity. New features include intelligent access, push button start, MyKey, SYNC, TrackApps, MyColor gauges, and a Shaker Pro Audio System.

Here at Friendly Ford, we are really looking forward to the newly revealed 2015 Ford Mustang! We can’t wait to see all of the new features in action when it arrives at our dealership this summer. What are you looking forward to the most in regards to the all-new 2015 Mustang? Let us know in the comment section below!

Holiday Events in Roselle and Beyond

In our beautiful village of Roselle, tradition truly does meet tomorrow during the holidays. If you’re looking for holiday events in Roselle and the Chicago area, you won’t have to travel far to find the holiday spirit. Here are some of our favorite events here at Friendly Ford:

ZooLights at the Lincoln Zoo

At the top of our list is a must-see for the whole family. The ZooLights at the Lincoln Zoo is a spectacle that you won’t soon forget.  Lit up on November 29th, this twinkling wonderland will continue to shine each night until January 5th (closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). ZooLights is a free event, so bring the kids on to meet Santa and some of his wild zoo friends. For more information, visit http://www.lpzoo.org/.

Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest

The outdoors a bit chilly for you? How about a winter wonderland that takes place entirely indoors? The Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest does just that, featuring carnival rides and ice skating amid the sights and sounds of the season. Marvel at the themed Christmas trees decorated by community groups, meet Santa, and even take part in the Craft Corner and Winter WonderTown. Visit http://www.winterwonderfest.com for more information on this magical event.

Holiday Exhibition Roller Derby Bout

Sure, hot cocoa and glittering lights are nice, but some people need a little more excitement in their holiday season. Here in Roselle, the Derby Dames will be competing in their Christmas best at Coachlite Skate Center. As The Griswolds, The McCallisters, The Red Ryders, and The Leg Lamps, they are going to zip, tackle, and scream holiday spirit this Saturday at 5:30pm. For more information, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/516839.