Ford Invests $306 USD in Dagenham Engine Plant

DagenhamFord has announced that it will commit an investment totaling £190m ($306 million USD) into its Dagenham, UK facility in order to manufacture a brand new line of new diesel engines that will be installed in both cars and commercial vehicles. The investment also includes an £8.9m ($14.3 million USD) donation from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, and will ultimately result in the creation of 318 new jobs for engine production.

“We are backing our automotive sector so that it continues to thrive and this investment, supported by £8.9 million from Government’s Regional Growth Fund, will create more jobs that mean financial security and economic peace of mind for more hard-working families,” said Prime Minister David Cameron.

Commercial vehicles will be the first to receive the lighter and cleaner diesel engines in 2016 after production begins at Dagenham at the end of next year. Subsequently, private cars will benefit from the engines by 2018. Ford anticipates production of 500,000 engines on an annual basis.

We can only hope that these more efficient engines are smashing successes in the UK so that Ford considers importing them stateside so that we here at Friendly Ford can bring them to you!

Speed and Efficiency: the Award-Winning Ford Fiesta Engine Has It All

Ford Fiesta Engine

2015 Ford Fiesta

If you’re looking for the best, look no further than 2015 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta was recently named one of the best affordable small cars in America, and we here at Friendly Ford can see why.

US News ranked the new model high in several categories, including affordable small cars, affordable subcompacts, and hatchbacks. So, what makes it so special? Well, the Ford Fiesta engine is one of a kind, among other things.

The award-winning 1.6-liter 16-valve Duratec® I-4 Ford Fiesta engine is a technical marvel, offering both power and efficiency. Paired with a 6-speed automatic PowerShift transmission, the Fiesta dashes by its competitors, all while maintaining 31/43 mpg.

“The 2015 Ford Fiesta offers up great fuel economy, modern build quality and higher-end interior materials, and a slew of modern features, all wrapped up in some of the most stylish subcompact clothes we’ve ever seen. It does this while keeping a competitive price against its peers,” said Kelly Blue Book.

Let’s not forget the incredible driving dynamics and high-quality interior on the new 2015 Fiesta. Your friends won’t want to leave the surprisingly roomy interior, which comes with the optional MyFord Touch infotainment center on a 6.5” touch screen.

With all this, what’s not to like?

Ford Fusion Sales Lead Brand to Good September Numbers

Ford Fusion Sales

2014 Ford Fusion

It’s been quite a year for the Ford Fusion, which just recorded its fifth straight month of record-breaking sales performance in September. The Fusion sold 29,452 vehicles in September alone, a huge percentage of the 137,297 vehicles sold in September for the brand overall. The Fusion wasn’t the only vehicle to perform well, though; the Explorer and Transit Connect also posted great numbers, making up for a lower volume in F-Series trucks while the new F-150 gets prepared.

“Fusion is selling strong, with five straight months of record performance and California driving more than 20 percent of our retail growth this year – more than any other state,” said John Felice, Ford Vice President, US Marketing, Sales and Service. “Lincoln produced its best sales results in seven years with the recent introduction of our all-new Lincoln MKC.”

Come see us at Friendly Ford to check out any of these awesome best-selling vehicles and to keep our streak of great sales going for the rest of 2014!

Ford F-150 Configurator Open for 2015 Model Year

Ever wish you could build your dream truck, but you just haven’t the tools to do it? Good news—now, you do! Ford recently announced that the F-150 configurator is ready to go to work for you, creating the perfect 2015 F-150 for even the pickiest pickup truck lover.

F-150 Configurator

2015 Ford F-150

With this new configurator, you are free to pick and choose features as you please. Are you one who prefers a touch of luxury? The King Ranch might just be the truck for you. As the most expensive option—even more so than the top-end Platinum model—this trim provides you with both premium technology and the versatility of a Ford truck. For those who want to bring the blue jeans with them everywhere they go, the F-150 offers a specific color blue called—you guessed it—Blue Jeans.

As we approach the aluminum F-150’s release, make sure you click here to check out this new configurator. If you are interested in seeing the truck firsthand, keep an eye on the dealership lots at Friendly Ford for its arrival!