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?

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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?

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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.

Updated 2018 Ford Explorer Revealed

2017 Ford Explorer shown. 2018 Ford Explorer will recieve minor updates to design and technology.

2017 Ford Explorer shown. 2018 Ford Explorer will receive minor updates to design and technology.

The refreshed 2018 Ford Explorer was revealed last month, with updates to the grille and fog lamps as well as five new wheel choices and four new color options: Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat, Cinnamon Glaze, Platinum Dune Tricoat, and Blue Metallic.

The new Explorer was just refreshed mid-cycle for the 2016 model year, so the updates to the 2018 model are fairly minor, but it does have several technology updates that will have drivers gunning for the new model. The Explorer will have a 4G LTE hotspot with Wi-Fi connectivity that can support up to 10 devices with a range of 50 feet around the vehicle, and drivers can use it to lock and unlock the vehicle remotely as well as start it with the FordPass phone app.

The biggest addition to the Explorer is the Safe and Smart Package, which includes tons of active safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and more. It will keep the same engine options, which include a 3.5-liter V6, a turbocharged inline-four, and a turbocharged V6.

You can look for the 2018 Ford Explorer in dealerships this fall. Get more information about the upcoming Explorer today at Friendly Ford!

Ford Transit Connect Taxi Begins Work in Hong Kong

A lot of people depend on their vehicles for their job, but no one does as much as a taxi driver, so when they select their car, you can bet it’s a good one.  That is why taxi drivers across the globe are opting for the Ford Transit Connect Taxi, whose popularity is growing in cities from Los Angeles to New York, and now, Hong Kong.

“Ford Transit Connect Taxi has proven itself in taxi fleets across the U.S.,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of global product development, in a press release. “Now, we are building on that success, offering the vehicle for sale in even more markets, including global cities like Hong Kong.”

In the U.S., Ford accounts for nearly 60 percent of the taxi market, and the Transit Connect Taxi’s introduction in Hong Kong could open new doors for the Dearborn automaker.

The Transit Connect Taxi that Ford has unveiled in Hong Kong boasts a clean-burning liquefied petroleum gas fuel system, which is able to flourish thanks to Hong Kong’s well-established LPG infrastructure.

Visit us today at Friendly Ford to learn more about the Transit Connect Taxi!

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 Introduces Bacon-Wrapped Fiesta

Bacon has been around since ancient Rome and has been a breakfast staple ever since. It’s now gotten to the point in recent years where people (Americans especially) are craving it so much it has become beyond just a breakfast food. It’s hard to find things that people won’t eat with bacon. International Bacon Day is August 31st and Ford is celebrating by introducing the first ever bacon-wrapped car. This combines two of America’s favorite things, Ford and bacon.

The special pork-laced car is a green 2014 Ford Fiesta. Ford announced that fans can have this custom design and other bacon graphics installed on their new 2014 Fiesta. In addition to the wrap around design, also available with racing stripes that are on the hood, and a side of bacon with strips that wrap over the rear wheel. The new Fiesta, a car known for being fun and festive, has already made its way to Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

“In the 40 years I’ve been in this business, I’ve never seen so much interest in bacon,” said Allan Benton, CEO of Benton’s Country Hams. “It’s being used in bourbon, chocolate, ground beef, caramel corn and whatever else you can think of. This car just makes so much sense.”

If you’re looking for something that screams fun and personality, head over to Friendly Ford today and check out our selection of the 2014 Ford Fiesta.

2013 Ford Focus Earns Top Safety Pick+ Distinction

The 2013 Ford Focus recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new Focus is of six small cars to achieve the highest possible rating from the IIHS. This award can go up on the Focus’ mantle right next to its 5-star Overall Vehicle Score award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The rating of Top Safety Pick+ is a new category in the ratings system. In order to achieve this highest of high ratings, a vehicle must achieve a “good” score in four safety evaluations. Those being overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover, and seats/head restraints. The scoring is either “good”, “acceptable”, “marginal” or “poor.” Also, the vehicle must achieve a “good” or “acceptable” in the small overlap frontal crash category.

“Ford is committed to designing vehicles that help keep people safe,” said Steve Kenner, global director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office. “We are constantly seeking innovative ways to help drivers avoid accidents and keep occupants safe when an incident does occur.”

The highly protective body structure of the Focus, along with its advanced safety technologies was designed to make families feel safe and comfortable.

The Top Safety Pick+ winning 2013 Ford Focus is available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

Car Show, Customer Appreciation Day, and Blood Drive at Friendly Ford

Summer is now in full swing and August it right around the corner. It’s an exciting month for those in the Roselle area. Bears preseason will be kicking that month, AND there are some big events going on at Friendly Ford as well.

On Saturday August 10th, Friendly Ford will be hosting our Car Show & Customer Appreciation Day. The show is designed to accommodate Ford, Lincoln, Mercury & all other makes and models too. Rods Customs vintage classic bikes will be there too. There is no fee, compliments of Friendly Ford. This is just our way of showing our customers our appreciation. There will be food service on site and 50 awards will be given out. The registration is from 9:00 AM to 12 PM with the awards given out at 3:30 PM.

Also going on at the same time same place is the Friendly Ford Blood Drive on Saturday August 10th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM right here at our dealership. To schedule your appointment go to www.heardlandbc.org and click in the box “Warm Hearts Clube” or contact Jenny Yockey at 630-924-8686. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are still welcome. Please eat a healthy meal prior to donating and remember to bring your photo ID.

Mark your calendar and be sure to come out to Friendly Ford on August 10th! We hope to see you there!

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.

F-Series Led Ford to Strong June Sales Numbers

Ford is celebrating another successful sales month is the US after another strong showing in June. Sales rose 13% this month, making it the best June sales numbers since 2006. Trucks led the way with a 20 percent increase in sales, while cars were up 12 percent, and utilities up 8 percent.

Small cars continued their hot start to the year totaling 35,851 units sold which was 39 percent better than last June thanks to the popularity of the Fiesta, Focus, and C-Max. The Ford Escape led the way for SUVs as it posted its best monthly sales totals ever with 28,694 units sold.

The Ford F-Series were the big winners this month as sales increased 24 percent in the month of June with 68,009 units sold. This marks the best June sales month for the F-Series since 2005 and the 23rd consecutive month of sales increases.

“In June, we continued to see strong demand across the entire lineup,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We’re particularly encouraged by strong retail share gains, especially in coastal markets, where the combination of great design and fuel economy is resonating with customers – including many buying a Ford for the first time.”

Friendly Ford is proud to contribute to Ford’s strong June sales. All of the top-selling Ford vehicles are available at Friendly Ford so stop in today and see us!

The 2014 Ford Fiesta Reigns as Subcompact Fuel Efficiency King

According to recent EPA testing, the new king of fuel efficiency for subcompact cars is the all-new 2014 Ford Fiesta. The new Fiesta achieves a best-in-class highway fuel economy of 41 mpg. It is the only subcompact car on the road today that can return more than 40 mp highway.

This fuel economy achievement is possible for the Fiesta SE with the Super Fuel Economy package that includes Ford’s 1.6-liter engine and PowerShift automatic transmission.  In addition to the amazing 41 mpg highway, the Fiesta also gets an impressive 30 mpg city and 34 mpg combined.

The new and improved aerodynamics also helps achieve a better fuel rating. The SFE package includes a rear spoiler, side air deflectors, lower grille blockers, underbody shields, low-rolling resistance tires and cruise control. These all help decrease the amount of fuel consumption needed to cruise down the interstate.

“The 2014 model is shaping up to be a game changer for Fiesta,” said Liz Elser, Ford Fiesta marketing manager. “With the addition of Fiesta ST and the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost®, we have fantastic performance and fuel efficiency. But with today’s news, buyers will have a fuel-efficient Fiesta no matter which they choose.”

The new 2014 Ford Fiesta will soon be arriving in dealerships such as Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL. To learn more about the new Fiesta, stop in to Friendly Ford today!