The Focus is a Great First Car for Teen Drivers

Teen DriversDo you have a teenage son or daughter nearing the age of 16? Yahoo Autos recently released a list of the top vehicles for the teen driver(s) in your family. The top vehicle on the list was the 2009 Ford Focus. Yahoo Autos says that the Ford Focus is great when it comes to safety, reliability and ease of use, which are all things that parents look for in a first car for their teen. Let’s take a deeper look at these three categories.

Safety – The Ford Focus comes standard with an airbag system, engine immobilizer, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners, emergency interior trunk release, a tire pressure monitoring system, and ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes.

Reliability – By shopping in the 2009 year and younger, you are setting your teen up with a car that will get them through college. Yahoo estimates that a car from 2009 will have roughly 66,000 miles on it. This will help you get a good deal while still young enough to remain reliable for years to come.

Ease of Use – The interior of the Focus is packed with techy-features that are easy for teens to use while still being hip and up-to-date. By having easy-to-use features, your teen will spend more time with their eyes on the road than messing with interior technologies.

We have a few used Focus cars on our lot in Roselle. Stop by our dealership or give us a call to schedule a test drive with us!

The Ford Focus Defends its Title of Best-Selling Nameplate in the World

Ford is proud to announce that the Ford Focus has defended its title Floyd Mayweather style by keeping the distinction of the Best-Selling Nameplate Worldwide. It once again owned the first half of 2013 in terms of sales. The information is based on the release of latest Polk global vehicle registration data.

Sales of the Focus were actually up 20% from a year ago during the half of 2013 with 589,709 vehicle registrations.  Demands for the Focus have been increasing especially in China and sales have been up 137% in comparison to 2012.

“The new Focus looks high-tech and meets my aesthetic expectations,” said Xiao Bing, a new Ford customer from Beijing. “It has significantly changed from the previous model. The car’s handling is great. When I test-drove it, the new Focus cornered smoothly. Overall, it’s the best combination of looks, performance, value, and fuel economy.”

The Focus may be the reigning champion but the Fiesta is wearing the championship belt as the “Best-Selling Subcompact Car Globally” with 356,434 units sold in the first half of 2013.

To check out a great selection of the top-selling car in the world, as well as the best selling subcompact, head over to Friendly Ford today.

Ford Tops BrandIndex’s 2013 Buzz Rankings

According to BrandIndex’s 2013 Mid Year US Buzz Rankings, the Ford Motor Company is receiving the most positive “buzz” out of any brand in the country, not just in the auto industry.

You Gov BrandIndex polls consumers to determine buzz rankings of all different categories such as industries, markets, and counties around the globe. For the United States side, it couldn’t have been any better for Ford. There were 600,000 people polled to give their perception of over 1,100 companies in the US. Some of the questions asked in the polls might be “Have you heard anything good or bad about Ford in the past 2 weeks?” and questions to help determine how strong of a buzz the company has.

Ford was ranked number 6 in the same Buzz Rankings for 2012 but has jumped all the way up to number 1 in 2013. This could be partially attributed to the recent sales success Ford has seen with two of its more popular models, the Ford Fusion and the Ford Focus. People have nothing but great things to say about these stylish, practical, and incredibly fuel-efficient vehicles.

Friendly Ford is pleased to see that Ford is generating more positive buzz than any other company in America. Both the Ford Fusion and Ford Focus are available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

KBB Ranks Two Fords on Best Green Car List

Once again Kelley Blue Book is honoring Ford with some pretty high praise. Recently, the trusted automotive website listed the 10 Best Green Cars for 2013. The rankings were determined based on how environmentally friendly the vehicles are, taking into account mileage statistics.

Coming in at number 6 on the list is the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi. KBB.com is calling it the “most affordable plug-in hybrid on the road.” Also saying it “is vying for the hearts and minds of eco-conscious enthusiasts who suffer from severe range anxiety.” It can go 21 miles all-electric and offers an outstanding 100 MPGe combined.

Also on the list at number 3 is the 2013 Ford Focus Electric. The new Focus can get up to 110 mpge city, 99 highway and 105 combined, with a range of 76 miles. Kelley Blue Book points out its cool features as well as its advanced powertrain that pairs a 107 kW electric motor with a liquid cooled Lithium-Ion battery. KBB.com calls it a “fun, practical runabout for green-leaners.”

Both vehicles feature the SmartGauge with EcoGuide to help provide owners information to help them optimize hybrid performance and get a more connected, fuel-efficient drive.

Ford’s incredible fuel efficient vehicles are available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

Ford Focus: The Best-Selling Car in the World

According to the latest Polk data that was recently released, the Ford Focus is officially the best-selling vehicle in the entire world. It actually topped the one million mark in 2012 as 1,020,410 cars were sold world-wide.

The Ford Fiesta also turned out to be the best-selling sub-compact car in the world and sixth overall in sales for 2012.

“Focus and Fiesta represent the culmination of our One Ford global product strategy,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “Our global products are resonating with consumers – especially in the best-selling, most competitive segments – with their unique combination of fuel efficiency, high quality, rich content and fun-to-drive personalities. Through One Ford, we’re able to bring economies of scale and fantastic value to customers all around the world.”

Ford Focus sales really picked up in Europe last year as it was the first Ford to be offered with the new innovative 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine, which actually won an award for engine of the year.

Sales for the Ford Focus continued to grow in China over the past year. It is now ranked as the best-selling passenger car for 2012 in China for the first time ever.

Friendly Ford is proud to say they offer “the best-selling car in the world.” Come in to Friendly Ford today and see for yourself why so many around the world are picking the Focus.

Six Fords Named Best Cars for the Money

For the second year in a row, US News & World Report recognizes Ford as the automotive leader, as six Ford vehicles were named as “2013 Best Cars for the Money.” US News & World Report determines the winner in each of 21 categories based on expert opinion, reliability attributes, and vehicle safety.

With its stylish looks, smart driving technology, 285 horsepower, and unsurpassed highway fuel economy, the 2013 Ford Edge was chosen as the best 2-row midsize SUV. Another stylish SUV that delivers the best fuel economy in its class is the 2013 Ford Escape which was named the best compact SUV for the money.

As far as cars, the vehicle that has been generating the most buzz is the innovative Ford Fusion, which boasts a top safety rating from the NHTSA and was named by The Car Connection as the “Best Car to Buy 2013.” So it’s no surprise the Fusion was named as one of the best cars for the money in midsize category. In addition to that, the Fusion Hybrid was named best hybrid car thanks to its best in class fuel economy of 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg.

One of the best selling cars in the world, the Ford Focus was named the best compact car and the always popular Ford Taurus was picked as the best large car for the money.

All six of the 2013 Best Cars for the Money are available at Friendly Ford. Come over today and check them out!

Ford Focus Electric Earns Top Safety Rating

The new 2013 Ford Focus Electric recently received a top vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Ford’s first ever all-electric passenger vehicle received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing. This safety performance test is based on the vehicle’s resistance to rollover in combination with its frontal and side-impact crash tests.

The Focus Electric has airbag technologies on the front and side which is designed to protect each individual passenger. The driver’s airbag features a curved tether system that pulls down in the lower section to create a pocket to help protect the driver’s chest and ribs from the impact of the airbag.

In addition to the dual-stage front and the side curtain airbags, security features include AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children), Anti-theft engine immobilizer, and Four-wheel anti-lock braking system.

“As more people shop for electrified vehicles, the Focus Electric now offers both a top vehicle safety rating from NHTSA and a faster-charging technology that allows it to fully recharge in three to four hours,” said Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office.

Friendly Ford isn’t surprised to see surprised to see another Ford added to the list of top-safety rated vehicles.