First Production 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang Auction to Benefit JDRF

Shelby GT350 Mustang AuctionFord is no stranger to helping those in need. The automaker frequently donates money to various causes and organizations—the latest of which is JDRF, a national organization dedicated to the funding of type 1 diabetes research. In order to help JDRF continue its mission in the New Year, Ford is holding a 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang auction at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona next month. The winner will become the proud owner of the first production 2015 Shelby GT350 with his or her choice of color and packages.

The auction coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 Mustang, which was offered between 1965 and 1970 and has become one of the most iconic and sought-after classic cars ever made. The Shelby GT350 is coming back to the market for 2015, and this auction is Ford’s way of reintroducing it with a bang.

“The all-new Shelby GT350 is a thrilling, world-class car,” remarked Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “From the all-new independent suspension – a first for a Shelby, to the powerful engine and superb brakes, this car is simply amazing. Just as the Shelby GT350 did in 1965, we expect this new-generation pony car to demonstrate Ford Motor Company continues to lead the world in innovation and performance.”

Competition at the auction is sure to be fierce. We at Friendly Ford will be watching the action closely on Saturday, January 17th—how about you?

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body Reduces Weight and Cost

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body

2015 Ford F-150

If you’re like some of us at Friendly Ford, you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to start eating healthier, save more money, and maybe even recycle a bit more in 2015. If you’ve made a few of these promises to yourself, look no further than the Ford F-150 for inspiration. Recently, the F-150 switched from structure of steel to one of aluminum in the 2015 incarnation, saving weight, money, and even reducing its carbon footprint.

This change saves the company about $124 per pickup, as the Ford factory waste aluminum is returned to the aluminum manufacturer for recycling. Aluminum is more expensive than steel, but the savings in recycling leftover aluminum are making the difference. At its Dearborn and Kansas City plants, Ford has created a new recycling system that sends $300 worth of scrap metal back to its suppliers. Since aluminum is 95% recyclable, it is easier and cheaper to recycle scrap pieces instead of mining more aluminum ore.

In addition to saving money, the new 2015 F-150 aluminum body is much lighter than its steel predecessor. In all, the F-150 dropped about 700 pounds by making the switch. It takes a lot of energy to haul around that big steel frame, so going lighter with an aluminum body is going to save a lot of gas money for F-150 enthusiasts.

If the F-150 can do it, so can you. Good luck in keeping your New Year’s resolutions for 2015, and if you’d like to see how the F-150 drives with that light new body, come into Friendly Ford for a test drive.

Ford Plans New Hybrid Truck on the Heels of Aluminum-Bodied F-150

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2015 Ford F-150 Available at Friendly Ford

Ready or not, new truck customers, here Ford comes, pushing the brand farther into the future. The 2015 Ford F-150 is just starting production, and the aluminum-bodied pickup will soon be all over the place, as Ford’s loyal customers line up to buy it. After all, it’s a stronger and more efficient version of the truck that everyone already loves.

However, Ford is not stopping its march towards more efficient trucks there. Recently, the brand announced that a new hybrid truck is in the works, saying that it is “working very hard” on such a model. After the gamble on the aluminum F-150 paid off so well, the folks at Ford are excited to take the next step.

“The key is to convince buyers that … you can still tow that boat out of the water or carry that load of wood,” said Bill Visnic of Edmunds.com. Here at Friendly Ford, we’re not really concerned about that. People said the same thing about the 2015 F-150, and it’s already proven itself better than anyone could have expected. Come see us to today to learn more about the new truck and give us your thoughts on the idea of a hybrid truck as well.

Ford Announces 2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150

The brand-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 is already known as being the toughest, most capable F-150 ever—and now it’s the most fuel-efficient, too. Ford has released the 2015 Ford F-150 fuel economy ratings, showing that just because you have a big truck, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fuel savings.

The 2015 F-150 equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined with the ability to tow 1,110 pounds more than previous models. Each of the F-150 models’ new EPA fuel economy ratings is 5 to 29 percent better than current models.

“We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest, and most capable F150 ever—and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

Ford was able to increase both fuel efficiency and capability through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys. To see the brand-new 2015 Ford F-150 in action, stop in to Friendly Ford today!

New Ford Pickups Boast Best Fuel Economy Numbers in Segment

When a truck has been the best-selling truck series in America for 37 years—think about it; that’s almost four decades—it seems impossible to think that the truck could get even better and more dominant than it already was. But that’s exactly the case with the 2015 F-150, as the new Ford pickup with aluminum-body frame design boasts the best fuel economy numbers in its segment.

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2015 Ford F-150

Lighter, stronger, more powerful, and more efficient than ever before, the F-150 is now lightyears ahead of the competition. “We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

The new truck gets 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and a 22 mpg combined rating. Come see us at Friendly Ford to learn more about the new F-150, its powertrain options, and all the great options and features it offers. It will finally be in our inventory soon, so check back on the blog often for updates!