Ford Takes Top Honor as Best Overall Truck Brand

When a single vehicle boasts at least 30 awards and accolades within one model year, it makes you sit up and take notice. Such is the story of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. The truck’s 30th award is earned in collaboration with the F-250 and F-350 as Ford was named Best Overall Truck Brand in the Kelley Blue Book® 2015 Brand Image Awards.

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-Series Wins Best Overall Truck Brand in KBB’s 2015 Brand Image Awards

In order to determine the winners of the KBB Brand Image Award, data is taken from KBB’s Brand Watch Study, which is able to calculate opinions of new-car shoppers as they research for a new vehicle. Thirteen vehicles are named winners in seven categories based on their scores in twelve factors like exterior styling, affordability, fuel efficiency, prestige/sophistication, etc. The Best Overall Truck Brand award is the only category in which only one car is chosen as opposed to one mainstream model and one luxury.

This is Ford’s sixth time winning the award out of the seven times KBB has named a winner.

Here’s what the KBB experts had to say about Ford. “The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the country or more than 30 years, so the fact that KBB.com visitors would name it the Best Overall Truck Brand isn’t surprising. But Ford isn’t taking its fortunes for granted. The boldly recast 2015 Ford F-150 boasts aluminum-intensive architecture that saves as much as 700 pounds and delivers a subsequent increase in fuel economy.”

If you want more proof than the general consensus of 12,000-plus new-car shoppers, stop by Friendly Ford today to test drive Ford’s trucks for yourself.

Speed and Efficiency: the Award-Winning Ford Fiesta Engine Has It All

Ford Fiesta Engine

2015 Ford Fiesta

If you’re looking for the best, look no further than 2015 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta was recently named one of the best affordable small cars in America, and we here at Friendly Ford can see why.

US News ranked the new model high in several categories, including affordable small cars, affordable subcompacts, and hatchbacks. So, what makes it so special? Well, the Ford Fiesta engine is one of a kind, among other things.

The award-winning 1.6-liter 16-valve Duratec® I-4 Ford Fiesta engine is a technical marvel, offering both power and efficiency. Paired with a 6-speed automatic PowerShift transmission, the Fiesta dashes by its competitors, all while maintaining 31/43 mpg.

“The 2015 Ford Fiesta offers up great fuel economy, modern build quality and higher-end interior materials, and a slew of modern features, all wrapped up in some of the most stylish subcompact clothes we’ve ever seen. It does this while keeping a competitive price against its peers,” said Kelly Blue Book.

Let’s not forget the incredible driving dynamics and high-quality interior on the new 2015 Fiesta. Your friends won’t want to leave the surprisingly roomy interior, which comes with the optional MyFord Touch infotainment center on a 6.5” touch screen.

With all this, what’s not to like?

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!

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!

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 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.