Ford Fusion Energi Receives Top Safety Rating

Everyone knows the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi provides the best in fuel efficiency but did you know it also provides the best in safety? The Fusion Energi just received a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the highest rating by the US Government that a vehicle can receive. The rating is based off a series of tests to determine how the vehicle responds to crashes such as side frontal impact, side impact, and resistance to rollover.

The Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid have both received the same crash-test rating. With the market share for electric vehicles increasing, the NHTSA chose to test the plug-in vehicles separately from the gasoline internal combustion engines. The Fusion Energi also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earlier in the year.

The Fusion Energi features the Personal Safety System with safety belt technologies along with font impact airbags. It also includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, hill state assist, and an electronic parking brake.

“The Fusion Energi combines the highest possible safety ratings from NHTSA and great fuel economy, two things we know customers are looking for in their vehicles,” said Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office. “Our strategy is to provide our customers with a range of powertrain options in our vehicles, while still leading in fuel economy in every segment that we compete.”

The incredibly safe and fuel-efficient 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is available now at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL.

KBB Tips Hat to Ford Escape with Best SUVs list.

Kelley Blue Book recently unveiled another interesting “10 Best” vehicles list, this time the category is for the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000. Once again, KBB.com tipped their hat to Ford while including a popular Ford SUV in the 3. The editors of KBB.com chose these vehicles based on things such as style, practicality, features, size, and of course, price. Ford is proud to announce that the 2013 Ford Escape came in at number 3 on the list.

The Escape has always been known to have a boxy look to it as part of its exterior design. It was a bold move this year by Ford when they decided to change things up a bit and went for a swoopier look with sleeker curves on the 2013 model. The feedback has been very positive though, as many really enjoy the new look. The new Escape also offers several new features and plenty of room on the inside, all at an affordable price.

“The latest Ford Escape represents a dramatic departure from the flavorless crossover it replaced for 2013 ,” said Kelley Blue Book. “Chock full of class-exclusive technology and luxury-like trimmings, the affordable yet stylish Ford Escape adds an unexpected splash of zest to the compact SUV segment.”

The stylish and affordable 2013 Ford Escape is available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL. We’ve got an enormous selection of Escapes so stop over today and check them out.

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!

8 Simple Car Care Tips

April came and went with the blink of eye, and with it, so did National Car Care Month.  This month just serves as a reminder of how important it is to keep your car in good health so that you not only extend the life of your vehicle but save yourself money in repair costs. Here are 8 simple and inexpensive ways to keep your car looking and running as good as new.

  1. Check and change your oil. This one is a biggie, nothing hurts an engine more than having old, dirty oil.
  2. Make sure to keep all your moving parts nice and greasy so that they run together smooth and efficiently.
  3. Get a coolant flush at least one time a year. To prevent corrosion, the mix between coolant and distilled water should be 50/50.
  4. Replace your break fluids at least once a year to also prevent corrosion, due to the build-up of moisture.
  5. Change out transmission and different oils. These should be changed according to service intervals.
  6. Wash your car frequently so the winter salt and other grime from the roads don’t eat away at the exterior.
  7. Use a protective wax coating to keep your paint shiny and protected.
  8. When possible, try parking in the shade instead of the sun. Also, apply protective coating to the vinyl and plastic of the interior to keep it looking shiny and new.

If you keep your car happy and healthy in the early years, it will return the favor in the later years by living a long life. Friendly Ford offers great service specials so stop in today and give us a try. You and your car will both be glad you did.

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 Looks to Social Media for New Fiesta Campaign

Once again, Ford will be looking to their social media friends, fans, and followers for help with an experiment that turns out to be quite a fiesta for the participants. A select group made up 100 bloggers, tweeters, and some big name celebrities will be given keys to a new Ford Fiesta for a 6-month test drive. These individuals will then be asked to document their entire driving experience on social media as they go.

Pictures and videos from this experience will be posted online on the social media sites and will be used to help Ford build their next ad campaign for the new Fiesta. This campaign, which is being called the “social remix,” isn’t the first time Ford has tapped into social media for an experiment like this. Four years ago Ford also handed over Fiesta keys to a group of fans, which again included celebrities.

The first campaign in 2009 was very successful as thousands of applicants were willing to take part in the experiment. The number of applicants is expected to be even higher this time around. If you’re 21 or over, online applications are being accepted right now at http://www.fiestamovement.com/apply.

Along with filling out the application, Ford wants you to pitch why you’d be a perfect candidate to take part in the experiment. They’re going to be looking for strong creativity and a wow factor. The lucky participants that are chosen for the “social remix” will be receiving the new Fiestas around April or May.

Friendly Ford encourages everyone to consider giving it a shot! Or if you just want to test drive a Fiesta on your own, come out and see us today!