Redesigned 2019 Ford Focus Coming to Europe but Not USA

2018 Ford Focus

As part of its effort to revise its lineup into a collection of only crossovers, SUVs, and trucks, Ford has given the Focus a next-generation redesign. The 2019 Focus will come in multiple forms, including the Focus Active, which is a taller, crossover-like version.

Unfortunately, the new import tariff imposed on automakers has compelled Ford to exclude the Focus from its North American lineup. The Focus Active, which is built in China, would cost the automaker and buyers far too much to be worth bringing to America, so the redesigned 2019 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback will only be available in Europe and Asia.

One of the most appealing features of the 2019 Ford Focus is the expanded back seat area. The new Ford Focus will offer class-leading rear knee-room at an additional 1.97 cubic inches over previous model years. Additionally, the new Ford Focus expands rear shoulder room by adding on an additional 2.4 inches. The 2019 Focus features expanded rear windows that stretch further back, making the new Focus feel more spacious for passengers of all sizes.

While we still have plenty of new 2018 Ford Focus models and pre-owned Ford Focus models available at Friendly Ford, we will not be getting the Europe-exclusive 2019 Focus Active here at Friendly Ford. So, get your hands on one of the new 2018 Focus models we have in stock while they’re still available!

Ford Celebrates Incredible Achievement of 10 Million Mustangs Built

Ford Mustang

Ford first unveiled the Ford Mustang in 1964, and it was an instant hit with performance enthusiasts who loved the car’s stunning profile and exhilarating drive. Since then, the Ford Mustang has attained legendary status, consistently pushing the envelope when it comes to high-end performance and design. Recently, the car achieved a new milestone when the 10 millionth Mustang rolled off the assembly line.

Ford Mustang No. 10 Million was a 2019 GT convertible in Wimbledon White. This milestone car was built in August at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

To commemorate ate such an incredible achievement, Ford gathered 60 Mustang owners from every Mustang model year to spell out “10,000,000” in the parking lot of the assembly plant. As if that weren’t memorable enough, the event also featured three vintage P-51 Mustang fighter planes performing a flyover.

The 2019 Ford Mustang pays homage to this long legacy of excellence while also looking to the future. With a stunning fastback profile and more power than ever before, the 2019 Mustang is waiting for you here at Friendly Ford. Stop in to learn more from our experienced sales staff or to take one out for a thrilling test drive.

Unveiling Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

It was a great year for Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Another Detroit Auto Show (also known as the North American International Auto Show) has come and gone. It was a big year for Ford, whose luxury arm Lincoln received the North American Truck of the Year Award for its Navigator SUV. But more importantly for Ford fans, Ford unveiled a number of new high-performance models.

Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

  • 2019 Ford Ranger: Ford unveiled the new 2019 Ford Ranger at the auto show in January. The new Ranger mid-size truck is built with high-strength steel, is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine, and boasts a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic gearbox. The Ranger will compete directly with the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby® GT500®: In 2019, Ford will unleash its most powerful street-legal production car ever. The new Mustang Shelby GT500 will be more than twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang.
  • 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: The Shelby GT500 wasn’t the only Mustang on display in Detroit. It shared the stage with the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that will achieve at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 163 miles per hour.

These are just three of the hottest new Fords on the horizon. To see what’s current—including the all-new 2018 Expedition and redesigned F-150 and Mustang—stop into Friendly Ford.

March Employee Spotlight – Kiara Marsico

Kiara Marsico, the Friendly Ford Employee Spotlight for March 20181. Please tell us a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current Cashier position at Friendly Ford?

I played soccer with a previous employee who referred me here.

2. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

Yes! I grew up in Bloomingdale, which is the next town over!

3. What are your current job responsibilities as Cashier? What is a typical day like for you?

I assist customers with any questions they have. I also collect money from all different departments. If you call in at night you will probably talk to me!

4. What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

I hope to earn a bachelors degree in Human Resources with a minor in marketing and apply that to my career at Friendly Ford.

5. What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

I like helping people with any problems that they have.Kiara Marsico, the Friendly Ford Employee Spotlight for March 2018

6. What would you consider to be your dream car?

Jeep Wrangler!

7. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Baking, photography and doing puzzles

8. What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I have never traveled outside of the U.S. I am 100% Italian with green eyes and blonde hair which is rare! I played soccer for 10 years. All of my grandparents are from the same region of Italy.

9. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Jennifer Aniston! Because she is family oriented and has a good sense of humor!

New Ford Resource and Engagement Center is $5 Million Investment in Detroit

The Ford Motor Company Fund recently announced that it would be creating a Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Detroit, MI, the second of its kind. This center will provide essential needs and services to east-side residents in Detroit, concentrating on education, job training, and business development. Overall, the new community center is a $5 million investment.

According to Ford, the new community center will be located at a middle school named Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, part of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. There are up to 18 nonprofit community groups that will be helping with services, including things like food distribution, legal assistance, workforce development, and more.

“The decision made by Ford Fund to create the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in a traditional public school reflects the reality that there are few, if any, stronger investments to ensure impact, scale and sustainability within a neighborhood or community,” said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools.

The new community center represents Ford’s long-term investment in the future of Detroit, a city that’s suffered financially in recent years. At Friendly Ford, we’re proud to be associated with an automaker that isn’t just interested in pure profit, but that strives to become an integral part of the communities with which it’s involved. This new community center is just one of many exciting new projects on the horizon.

Meet Laura Gersch – October Employee Spotlight

Friendly Ford is happy to recognize our very own, Laura Gersch, for October’s employee spotlight! Laura is the Comptroller/Office Manager at our dealership and has been in the car industry for many years. Her hard work does not go unnoticed as she is an integral part of our Friendly Ford staff. We sat down with Laura to learn a little bit more about her background, interests, and goals for the dealership.

Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current position at Friendly Ford (Comptroller/Office Manager).

I started working in the automobile business during high school.  My dad was the service manager at a Lincoln Mercury dealership and he got me my first job.  I worked there through H.S. and college.  After graduation they offered me a full time job and I was there for 28 years.  After they were sold I worked at a couple other dealerships until a former coworker told me about the position here at Friendly Ford.  The rest is history!

Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

No, I have always lived in La Grange Park.

What are your current job responsibilities as Comptroller/Office Manager. What is a typical day like for you?

My main duty is to manage the finances on a daily basis and to ensure the accuracy of the accounting throughout all departments.

What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

I want to work with my coworkers to ensure Friendly Ford is a successful and viable business for many years to come.

What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

I enjoy the people I work with.  They make it fun to come to work.   It truly is like a family.

What would you consider to be your dream car?

I don’t think I have one.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Gardening and quilting

What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I played the clarinet through grade school, high school and college.

If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why ?

Carol Burnette because people tell me we look similar.  ( I guess you have to be of a certain age to know who she is)

Now that you’ve gotten to know a little more about Laura, stop by Friendly Ford today to say hello! She makes sure our dealership is running properly but always makes time for others around.

 

Meet Paul Licitra, CARSTAR Friendly of Roselle

Friendly Ford is thrilled to have Paul Licitra as a Body Shop Estimator for our CARSTAR Friendly of Roselle at the dealership. Paul has been with the company for some time and has really grown to be a passionate part of Friendly Ford’s family. We sat down with Paul to learn a little bit about his background, interests, and goals for the dealership.

 

Paul Licitra

Body Shop Estimator – Paul Lucitra

 

Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current position at Friendly Ford which is Body Shop Estimator?

I was an electrician before I got into this industry. Always having a passion for cars, I am beyond lucky to have been granted an opportunity to get into this industry and I love it!

Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

I am actually not from this area. I grew up in River Grove Illinois and moved out to St. Charles, where I currently still am.

What are your current job responsibilities as Estimator? What is a typical day like for you?

I oversee the whole process of a customer’s vehicle. Starting when you call/come in after an accident. I go over your vehicle and put together an estimate of what it will cost to repair. I deal with insurance companies on a daily basis.  I make sure that when your vehicle is done that you not only leave happy, but that you leave with safe/quality repair.

What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

I hope to build the Body Shop big enough and strong enough to be able to expand to a second location.

What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

I love the challenge of estimating a variety of vehicles, because each and every vehicle is so different. We work on all makes and models and it is exciting because I never know what’s going to come in! What makes me so passionate is the end result and our customers leaving satisfied.

What would you consider to be your dream car?

Oh with out a doubt… Ford Raptor!

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Paul Licitra Snowboarding

Paul snowboarding

I love being outside.. R/C Cars & Boats, Biking, Boating, Snowboarding, taking my wife and 3 daughters on a walk to the park! I just love anything outdoors!

What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I can always put a smile on someone’s face!

If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Robert DeNiro! His on screen charisma of being serious and funny at the same time. Plus I respect him as an actor

Now that you’ve gotten to know a little of Paul Lucitra, come by Friendly Ford today and give him a friendly hello! He’s always looking to brighten everyone’s day.

Meet Matt Yockey, Our Friendly Ford General Manager

Friendly Ford is thrilled that Matt Yockey has been promoted to the role of General Manager here at the dealership. Matt has been with the company for quite a while and all his hard work has definitely paid off. We sat down with Matt to learn a little bit about his background, interests, and goals for the dealership.

Are you from the Roselle, IL area?

I live in St. Charles, IL, which is about 25 minutes away. I was born and raised there.

How did you come to work at Friendly Ford?

Friendly Ford

Friendly Ford GM – Matt Yockey

In High School I got into a program where I could work for half of the day, and so, I went to Friendly Ford and I asked for a job. They started me off washing cars and sweeping floors. Soon after that I worked my way up to becoming a Lube Tech/ Mechanic. I liked it so much I decided to attend UTI (Universal Technical Institute) and graduate Ford FACT, which is basically becoming an authorized Ford Motor Company Technician. From there I became a Master Diesel Mechanic, Service Manager, and then finally became the GM of this great dealership and team.

What are your future goals for Friendly Ford?

I would really like to see Friendly Ford grow into a larger business. Right now, we are a “small fish in a big sea”, and I want to become the standard for building great relationships with customers and customer service itself in Roselle. We really care about our customers, and I want to show each one that we appreciate them stopping by to see us.

What are you most passionate about when it comes to your job?

I love the variety this job offers. Each day is different from the customers I help and employees I work with to the cars that come to our lot and service team. I cannot guess what my day will be like. There is never a dull moment, and I am excited for what the day will bring.

If you could have your dream car, what would it be?

That is a tough question! I have more than one. Can I just have them all? Half of me wants to go towards the supercar, the Ford GT. Everyone likes that. I also have a little part of me that wants an old Ford Mustang retrofitted to the new body style and engine, but the hillbilly part of me wants a monster, jacked diesel engine truck. In the end, I guess I don’t just have one. I have like six.

Outside of work, what do you do for fun?

Matt Yockey - Friendly Ford

Matt with his wife and daughter.

I love to boat and go boating, and wake surfing is a lot of fun. Other than that, snowmobiles and ATVs take up most of my time. I have a little girl now, so I end up hanging out with her and my wife a lot as well, which is amazing.

If they made a movie about your life, what famous actor would you like to play you?

The Rock! I love The Rock. He makes everything better and he’s a Ford guy!

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about Matt Yockey, stop by Friendly Ford today and say hello! Whether you’re looking to buy a vehicle or get it serviced, Matt will make sure you’re in good hands.

Top Gifts for Mustang Owners

Closeup of Mustang steering wheel with Mustang logo

Mustang logo

 

Looking for a gift for that special someone? Have no fear. We’ve developed a list of the top gifts for Mustang owners. You’ll find everything you need to make this a memorable holiday seasons, whether you’re getting a big or small gift.

According to Car Covers Direct, one of the top gifts for Mustang owners is a Ford thermos set. You can get durable alloy thermos and cups with the branding right on the front. You can also find a Ford thermos with camo or special decals as well, something that’s both practical and thoughtful.

If money is no obstacle, consider buying a Ford Mustang golf cart. You heard right. You can buy specially designed golf carts that resemble your favorite car, down to the decals. In fact, some of these golf carts are crafted so well, it can be difficult to tell them apart from the real thing.

Naturally, a car care kit is ideal for any car enthusiast, especially Mustang lovers. Be sure to get carnauba wax, interior detailer, Windex, tire shiner, a microfiber cloth, and tire gel. Each of these will make your vehicle shine like never before. Plus, Mustang owners tend to love taking care of their cars, so this is a gift nearly anyone can enjoy.

These three gifts are just the tip of the iceberg. You should also consider a car cover, radar detector, sunshade, and more. Each of these will provide you with great gifts for any Mustang lover.

Could a New Ford Bronco Hit Dealerships by 2020?

The rumors are true: the Ford Bronco will make its triumphant return, sometime very soon. In fact, we have reason to believe that a brand new edition of the Ford Bronco could be on the road as early as 2020.

Talk of the upcoming Ford Ranger pickup has been accompanied by details of the new Ford Bronco, with both vehicles likely fitting into two release slots previously confirmed by Ford: 2018 and 2020.

New FordThe last edition of the Ford Bronco ended production in 1996, so this return has been a long time in the making. This previous model was based on the Ford F-150, but we think it’s likely that both the new Ford Ranger and new Ford Bronco will be built on the same base.

No official specs or details have been revealed about the new Ford Bronco yet, and it’s hard to speculate exactly what its price would be. We think it’s safe to say that – at the rate Ford models escalate each year – a 2020 Ford Bronco would be incredible.

Would you be interested in an all-new Ford Bronco? Come visit us anytime at Friendly Ford to learn more or to check out our currently available models!