Ford Ranger Production Kicks Off at Michigan Assembly Plant

2019 Ford Ranger

Truck lovers, rejoice: the 2019 Ford Ranger is on its way. In late October, Ford began production on this all-new vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant, marking the occasion with quite the celebration. The automaker constructed an off-road course in the parking lot and invited the plant’s 3,000 employees to take part in the festivities. As Erik Williams, the Michigan Assembly Plant Manager, stated, “We have been waiting for this day for a long time. The Ranger is back home in the U.S., and our employees at Michigan Assembly Plant are thrilled to be able to build it for our customers.”

The new Ford Ranger is part of a larger rejuvenation project for the Michigan Assembly Plant, which has been a staple of the Ford family since 1957. To pave the way for the Ranger’s production, Ford invested $850 million into the plant. The plant will also produce the all-new Ford Bronco, which is expected to begin production in 2020. Not only are these cars geared towards American drivers, but their production at the Michigan Assembly Plant provides well-paying jobs for Americans.

The Ford Ranger is a midsize pickup that arrives to compete. This tough and sophisticated truck will come equipped with a standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 270 horsepower and boasts best-in-class torque, towing, and payload. Ford has been closely monitoring the wants and needs of American drivers, and the Ranger will surely capture the hearts of many adventurers.

Thanksgiving Day Options in Roselle, IL

Thanksgiving in Roselle, IL

Autumn has arrived in Roselle, Illinois, and that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Prepping for the big holiday can be daunting, but here at Friendly Ford, we have some suggestions for how keep your sanity during this hectic season.

Take the family out

If you lack the space for entertaining but still want to gather with loved ones, Wildfire Restaurant has a solution for you. Stop in from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Thanksgiving Day and enjoy a full family-style spread, including spit-roasted turkey with all the fixings — even gluten-free options.

Gather loved ones at home

If you have the space but lack the time or the cooking know-how, Catering Sensation has options to fit your needs. Turkey, ham, and sides are prepared fresh here every day, including Thanksgiving. You can either stop by to pick up your food or schedule a delivery by or before 1:30 p.m.

Give back

If you’re just looking to give back this Thanksgiving, consider helping out with WACO’s 23rd annual food drive. It runs from Oct. 29 to Nov. 16, with opportunities to volunteer on Nov. 17 to sort out donations. Another way to give back is by participating in Roselle’s fifth annual Turkey Tango Trot 5K. This race will be held Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m., with all proceeds kept in the community. It’s a great way to contribute locally — and to work up an appetite for the big meal.

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!

Enter Our Mother’s Day Photo Contest!

From the team here at Friendly Ford, we sincerely hope you had a great Mother’s Day! Now that you have celebrated, be sure to enter a photo of you and your mom into our Photo Contest via Facebook. The winner of our contest will receive a $50 gift card to the Bulldog Ale House!

Enter Our Mother's Day Photo Contest!

How would you like to take your mom out for a nice dinner… ON US? It’s easy! All you have to do is “Like” us on Facebook and then visit http://friendlyford.pgtb.me/C29Gn0. There you will find all of our entries and the form to submit your own. The person with the most votes by May 16th at 12PM ET will be our winner! Get your friends and family to vote for your photo. We will announce the winner and post all of the photos we received on our Facebook page!

Join the fun and enter our Mother’s Day Photo Contest! You could win a $50 gift card to the Bulldog Ale House here in Roselle!

Winter-Ready Features

Winter-Ready FeaturesIn Roselle, we have had our fair share of cold weather days – in fact, months of it! Below is a list of winter-ready features that make winter driving a little more enjoyable.

  • Heated Seats – These are perfect on mornings where you don’t have enough time to let your car run long enough for it to heat up the entire inside. Heated Seats can take the chill away sooner, making your drive in to work a little more enjoyable.
  • Heated Mirrors – These are great on days when your car is covered in ice! Instead of having to scrape the ice off of your mirrors, your car does it for you!
  • Winter-Ready Features

    2014 Ford Explorer Interior

    Have an all-wheel drive option – AWD and 4×4 vehicles can make you feel a little bit better about hitting the road when there are inches of snow on the ground.

  • Remote Start – This comes in handy in the mornings! You can turn your car on and get the heat running from inside your warm and cozy home. When you’re ready to hit the road, your car is too!
  • Dual Zone Heating – You and your passenger can choose the temperature that is just right for them! This way you will not be too hot or too cold.

Many of these features are available on Ford models found at our dealership! Which winter-ready feature is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!

Holiday Events in Roselle and Beyond

In our beautiful village of Roselle, tradition truly does meet tomorrow during the holidays. If you’re looking for holiday events in Roselle and the Chicago area, you won’t have to travel far to find the holiday spirit. Here are some of our favorite events here at Friendly Ford:

ZooLights at the Lincoln Zoo

At the top of our list is a must-see for the whole family. The ZooLights at the Lincoln Zoo is a spectacle that you won’t soon forget.  Lit up on November 29th, this twinkling wonderland will continue to shine each night until January 5th (closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). ZooLights is a free event, so bring the kids on to meet Santa and some of his wild zoo friends. For more information, visit http://www.lpzoo.org/.

Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest

The outdoors a bit chilly for you? How about a winter wonderland that takes place entirely indoors? The Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest does just that, featuring carnival rides and ice skating amid the sights and sounds of the season. Marvel at the themed Christmas trees decorated by community groups, meet Santa, and even take part in the Craft Corner and Winter WonderTown. Visit http://www.winterwonderfest.com for more information on this magical event.

Holiday Exhibition Roller Derby Bout

Sure, hot cocoa and glittering lights are nice, but some people need a little more excitement in their holiday season. Here in Roselle, the Derby Dames will be competing in their Christmas best at Coachlite Skate Center. As The Griswolds, The McCallisters, The Red Ryders, and The Leg Lamps, they are going to zip, tackle, and scream holiday spirit this Saturday at 5:30pm. For more information, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/516839.

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.