Ford’s Pothole Protection System in Development for 2017 Ford Fusion

potholeOne of the more unfortunate parts of living in a big city is the potholes. Potholes seem to show up on the road all the time. What’s worse is that they can often cause some serious damage to your vehicle! If you’ve ever dreamed of a system that could help you avoid these potholes in the road, Ford has made your dream a reality.

According to a Ford press release, the automaker has developed a pothole protection system for the 2017 Ford Fusion.

Ford’s pothole protection system uses computer-controlled shock absorption to minimize the amount of damage potholes can do to your car.

“The new Fusion V6 Sport substantially reduces the harsh impact potholes often deliver,” says Jason Michener, Ford continuously controlled damping engineering expert. “Our new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes and ‘catching’ the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.”

The 2017 Ford Fusion is just the first vehicle in the Ford lineup to make use of this revolutionary technology. Hopefully, it will spread to other vehicles in the near future in order to help drivers everywhere avoid the constant and irritating potholes on city roads!

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 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!

Ford to Launch 17 New Vehicles in Middle East and Africa

Ford has announced a new plan to launch 17 new or refreshed Ford and Lincoln vehicles over the next 24 months in the Middle East and Africa.

Ford is already experiencing explosive success in the North American and Asian markets, and the brand believes that the Middle East and Africa are collectively “poised to become one of the next big automotive growth markets and we want to be there for these customers with great new cars and trucks.”

The new plan was announced at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show, where Ford also took the opportunity to debut the Ford Fusion sedan and the EcoSport for the Middle East.

The Fusion is a midsize sedan that delivers an incredible suite of driver-assistance technologies like Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Sport Information System, and Adaptive Cruise Control, but you don’t have to live in the Middle East to enjoy vehicles like it. We’ve already got the latest model right here at Friendly Ford.

Ford Sales Soar in September

Ford Motor Company delivered another great sales month in September. In fact, it was their best since 2006 after a 6% increase in the U.S. While many other auto companies had sales dip off in September, Ford stayed strong outpacing the industry. This is the 11th straight month Ford has enjoyed year-over-year sales increases.

Sales of the Ford Fusion last month were up 62% from a year ago totaling 19,972. Ford Fiesta sales were up 29% from last year with 5,043 units sold in September.  For the 26th consecutive month there was a sales increase for the F-Series. In September its sales were up 10 percent with 60,456 trucks sold.

“The combination of great styling, fuel economy and value delivered another solid monthly result for Ford in September,” said Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We’re particularly encouraged by the strength of the Fusion and Fiesta, especially in coastal markets. The F-Series also keeps delivering, with our fifth-straight month surpassing the 60,000-vehicle mark and continuing as America’s best-selling vehicle.”

Friendly Ford is happy to contribute to another strong sales month for Ford in September. To check out our full line-up of hot-selling models stop over to Friendly today!

Friendly Ford Contributes to Another Great Sales Month for Ford in August

Ford is celebrating another great sales month as August retail sales grew 20 percent and total sales increased 12 percent, making it the best August sales month for Ford since 2006.

Ford saw increases across the board. Car sales were up 15 percent, utilities were up 16 percent and trucks up 30 percent in August. Fords have especially been a huge hit lately in the coastal regions.

“Producing more Fusions at Flat Rock Assembly with its 1,400 new workers is a welcome opportunity, as Fusion showed great strength in August,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Small cars and hybrids continue to outpace the market in the coastal regions of the U.S., with Ford brand retail small car sales growing at more than three times the rate of the U.S. small car industry.”

This August was the best sales month ever for the Ford Fusion with 24,653 units sold. Small car sales also had a good month with a 30% sales growth. The Fiesta was especially hot with a sales increase of 61%.

The Ford F-Series, meanwhile, just made it 25 consecutive months of sales increases with a 22% gain in August.

Friendly Ford is proud to contribute to another great sales month for Ford. All of these hot-selling Ford cars, trucks, and, SUVs are available now at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

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.

Ford Fusion is One of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013

Kelley Blue Book revealed their annual list of the best vehicles to buy for the whole family based on the opinions of the website editors.  Taking into account important areas such as safety, comfort, value, and roominess, the list is to guide to help people decide which vehicle would best fit their family. One Ford made Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 and it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise which one.

It seems as if the Ford Fusion just keeps racking up award after award and recognition after recognition. It’s been included on many lists this past year and now Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 is just the latest. The Ford Fusion is the traditional family sedan on the inside but it just so happens to have a very exotic look on the outside.

“In addition to its eye-catching exterior, the Fusion stands out with a variety of powertrains that includes two hybrid options and a pair of turbocharged engines, plus available all-wheel-drive and enough tech features to make a geek swoon,” said Kelley Blue Book.

The new Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. It also offers some of the latest and greatest driver-assistance and technology features based on cameras, radars, and sensors. It’s clear why Fusion sales are through the roof in 2013.

The new 2013 Ford Fusion is available at Friendly Ford so swing by today and check it out for yourself!

Ford Wins Best Car Styling Brand Award from KBB

Kelley Blue Book recently gave Ford the award for Best Car Styling Brand among non-luxury shoppers. This award is part of KBB.com’s annual Brand Image Awards and marks the third year in a row that Ford has been recognized for its vehicle design.

The Brand Image Awards are based on Kelley Blue Book’s Brand Watch which studies the perception of new vehicles shoppers and determines which brand’s look resonates the most with buyers.

Along with Ford winning the 2013 Brand Image Award, several Ford models such as the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Escape were mentioned as being the best-looking vehicles in their respective categories. The 2013 Ford Fusion’s mantle is getting pretty crowded after adding another award for Best Redesigned Vehicle of 2013 by Kelley Blue Book.

Come in to Friendly Ford today and check out the freshest lineup of the stylish and Brand Image Award-winning Ford models.

Ford Fusion Sales in February Skyrocket

The 2013 Ford Fusion is celebrating its best February sales in the vehicle’s 7 year history. Sales for the Ford Fusion last month were better than ever, posting a total of 27,875 units sold. That number was a 28% increase from last February, and was also close to the all-time record for any month. March 2012 currently holds that record with 28,562 cars sold.

The Fusion has been a hot seller throughout the entire country but has been growing extraordinarily high in California and Florida. Los Angeles and San Francisco in particular had the highest sales growth in the country while showing sales increases of over 100% year-over-year.

One of the greatest markets for Ford growth is the US, has been Southeast Florida. The Fusion has been catching on quickly down there as well. Sales in Miami were up 114% and Orlando sales up 72% from last year.

Texas, which has always been the leading market for light-duty trucks, also features one of the best midsize sedan markets in the nation with its largest city, Houston. Fusion sales were up a whopping 73% compared to last February.

With highly fuel-efficient Eco Boost engine, top safety ratings, innovative technologies and a stylish look, it’s not surprising that the 2013 Ford Fusion is one of the hottest cars on the market.

Those of you in the greater Chicago area looking to get behind the wheel of the wildly popular Fusion should look no further than Friendly Ford!