Family Receiving Keys - Morristown Ford

To be clear, this is not Jared Cassedy, the teacher in question. We just wanted a happy shot of someone receiving keys.

Just before the 2015 GRAMMY awards ceremony honored today’s top music artists, Ford took time to honor another group of people who play an important behind-the-scenes role in today’s music industry: music educators. This year, the Ford Motor Company Fund expanded its support of the GRAMMY Foundation by presenting a new 2015 Ford to the winner of the Music Educator of the Year Award and increasing its financial sponsorship of the GRAMMY in the Schools® initiative.

Jared Cassedy, teacher at Windham High School in Windham, New Hampshire, was named this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award. We at Morristown Ford are sure he can’t wait to drive to school in his new 2015 Ford!

In addition, Ford joined in sponsoring the Drive 4 UR School program in which schools are able to raise money for extracurricular activities through a test drive fundraiser at local dealerships.

“Education is the cornerstone of a brighter future, and we are proud to work with the GRAMMY Foundation because of our shared commitment to providing educational opportunities for all,” said Pamela Alexander, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services director of community development.

“Expanding our association to include another innovative Ford community program and a brand new Ford vehicle for the Music Educator of the Year is a great way to award the hard work of teachers and schools throughout our country.”

redesigned 2016 Ford Focus RS

The redesigned 2016 Ford Focus RS.

Any driver who wants rally-car performance, a great price, and a workweek workhorse, is going to be thrilled by the grand reveal of the newly redesigned 2016 Ford Focus RS this February. Here comes the latest “hot-hatch” by Ford, drifting circles around the test track in this teaser.

With the specs soon to be fully enumerated, the early hints indicate that the car will be powered by an EcoBoost turbo-charged engine pumping out more than 300 hp. Coupled with the upgraded engine will be a six-speed manual transmission delivering power to all four wheels. Also, the Focus lineup has been trimming weight from last year’s models to get a better-than-ever thrust-to-weight ratio, equating zippy starts and tighter turns.

The Focus RS will be a “no-compromise driver’s car that can deliver exceptional performance on the track when required while providing excellent every day driving,” according to Ford.

We cannot wait to have the opportunity to offer this styled-up and dialed-in new Focus RS at Bill McRae Ford. Come visit us and check it out for yourself when it’s released later this year.

Edsel B. Ford II shakes the hand of Ford dealer Ronald F. Kody

Edsel B. Ford II shakes the hand of Ford dealer Ronald F. Kody. Edsel B. Ford II is who chairs the Salute to Dealers awards program and is a member of the Ford board of directors.

Giving more time and money than most other companies in the automotive industry, Ford and Lincoln dealers gave nearly $100 million in donations. Not only that, but 95% of these dealerships also volunteered time to local causes. With 2015 already underway, there was certainly a high bar set last year.

According to Ford, the $97 million donated is a reflection of Ford’s promise to go further to deliver more than just great products. Children’s causes topped the list of donations, with 80% going towards education and scholarships.

“These amazing results exemplify the pattern of caring and compassion we have come to recognize among Ford dealers across the globe,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “We know that regardless of the challenges our dealers face, contributing at this level is done not just out of a sense of duty, but out of a passion they share with their employees and customers.”

The Ford Salute to Dealers awards recognized several dealers that went above and beyond in their communities. Six were honored from a community of over 8,500 to be given an additional $10,000 to the charity of their choice. This is just one more example of the ways in which Ford is always working for a better tomorrow.

Ford Donates First Shelby GT350R for $1m in Record Barrett-Jackson Auction

There’s no official pricing yet for the highly-anticipated 2015 Shelby GT350R Mustang, but guesstimates have put it in the $80,000 range. How much more would someone be willing to pay to have the very first model?

As we’ve learned from the latest Barrett-Jackson auction held recently in Scottsdale, Arizona, the answer is $1 million—the entirety of which will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the country’s leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

The winner of the auction will be able to option the Shelby GT350R VIN#001 with any available colors and packages, complete with the signatures of all team members involved in its design and development.

The GT350R is inspired by the GT350 Competition model that Ford and Carroll Shelby designed in 1965 as a more powerful, road-racing version of the Mustang. It delivers never-before-seen track capability from a Mustang thanks to innovations in aerodynamics, chassis engineering, and light-weighting. We can’t wait for it to arrive at Morristown Ford later this year—and don’t worry, you won’t have to pay $1 million for it!

All New F-150 is Named 2015 Truck of the Year

Ford’s innovative, aluminum-based 2015 F-150 has been named the 2015 Truck of the Year, beating out its rivals, including the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup and Lincoln MKC, who were both named finalists.

The F-150 was chosen by a 57-member jury of Canadian and American auto writers and editors. Each juror has 10 votes to award to the three finalists. The F-150 received 297 votes, the Colorado received 205 votes, and the Lincoln MKC received 68 votes.

The much-anticipated Ford F-150 is constructed from aluminum, which is more expensive and difficult to work with, but offers a variety of benefits, including the fact that it’s lightweight and said to be as durable as the steel it replaces. The lightweight aluminum makes a huge impact on the fuel economy of the F-150, offering better mileage than ever before.

The aluminum F-150 is a huge step as Ford strives to meet much higher fuel economy standards, which will be put in place in the coming years.  Besides offering better fuel economy, the new F-150 is also more powerful with an increased towing capacity. Thanks to the pickup’s lighter weight, it can pull a heavier load.

According to usatoday.com, Ford has won the Truck of the Year award eight times over the award’s 22-year history, with four of those going to the F-150.

Here at Morristown Ford, we couldn’t be more proud of the Ford F-150. Stop by today to test drive one for yourself!

2015 Ford Mustang Best Seller for December 2014

Move over Camaro—America’s original muscle car is making a comeback. The 2015 Ford Mustang claimed the monthly muscle car sales title for December, taking it from the Camaro. Over 9,511 Mustangs were sold in the final month of 2014. In comparison, the 2015 Camaro sold just 6,628 vehicles.

With an average price tag set at $33,700, the 2015 model was still speeding off the lot. “…[I]t’s only on a dealer lot for eight days before it’s gone,” Erich Merkle, U.S. sales analyst for Ford, told Edmunds. “Any time you get into single digits, it’s coming right off the truck and going on the road.” On average, a vehicle is on the lot for 55 to 60 days before being sold.

As if the price tag wasn’t enough, the 2015 Ford Mustang is also selling better in cold months, defying all logic in the seasonality of things. “We’re seeing big increases in the Great Lakes and Northeast. Mustangs were moving all over the country. It didn’t matter what the weather was like,” Merkle told Edmunds. As the temperatures are expected to rise, so are sales. While a little early to call, things look good for the American pony to take the title of best-selling muscle car of 2015.

the new Ford F-150 is getting its due, winning its first Truck of the Year award from the Detroit Free Press.

Finally, the new Ford F-150 is getting its due, winning its first Truck of the Year award from the Detroit Free Press. Hopefully, the award is foreshadowing of another Truck of the Year award—the North American Truck of the Year—the most prestigious award possible for any truck in the industry.

That award will be handed out later this month at the North American International Auto Show, and here at Morristown Ford, we feel pretty confident about the F-150’s chances. After all, it’s the only truck to actually push the new truck segment in a whole new direction, with its aluminum frame, lightweight body, and stronger, yet more efficient makeup.

The new F-150 is much more than just an aluminum frame, after all; it boasts many best-in-class features, plus it comes with all kinds of new technologies, features, and of course, great new efficiency numbers that make the full-size truck more manageable and practical for the modern world. So come see us to get your own today!

Ford Fund Helps Spelman College with Community Outreach Program

The Ford Motor Company is more than just an automaker. It’s a major force in both the American economy and American culture itself—and the folks at Ford always turn that influence to very positive causes. For example, Ford annually gives out a monetary award to the winner of the HBCU Community Challenge, a contest that awards the historically black college or university with most exciting and innovative community outreach program.

In 2014, the Ford Fund gave $75,000 to Spelman College, which is creating a program to teach locals in West End Atlanta how to grow gardens in their own homes. Spelman College beat out competition from Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman University to win the award and the money. “The HBCU Community Challenge not only allows us to continue our efforts to give back to the African American community, but to do so in a way that encourages innovation and educational empowerment while directly supporting Historically Black Colleges & Universities,” said Pamela Alexander, director, Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund.

Spelman’s program fits well with Ford’s own company values—kindness and compassion, the importance of self-reliance and renewable resources, and a focus on a better and brighter future. If you want to make your personal future a little better and brighter, just come see us here at Morristown Ford to find the Ford car or truck for you.

Twelve New Ford Performance Vehicles Expected by 2020

Ford is looking to up the power in its performance lineup. The American carmaker recently announced that it is looking to add more than twelve new Ford performance vehicles to its family around the world. Even better, Ford is planning on doing so by 2020.

“Ford remains committed to innovation through performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group vice president of Global Product Development. “Our new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles, and parts. It will allow us to more quickly introduce products and accessories that meet the needs of customers around the world on-road and on the track.”

While the list of new Ford Performance vehicles hasn’t been released yet, Ford announced that it includes an all-new Focus RS, which will help the American carmaker deliver even more power than the previous model. This performance-oriented Focus will be available to the public for the first time when it goes on sale in the future.

To see if the regular Ford Focus is enough power for you, stop in to Morristown Ford today and give this spunky hatchback a test drive!

2015 Ford Mustang Performance A Boon for Sales

If you’re a fan of the new Mustang, you better get down here to Morristown Ford, because they’re selling like crazy. Since the release of the new Mustang, there have been record-breaking sales for Ford. The national average for the model is only 8 days on the lot – that means that over 8,700 cars have sold already.

According to Ford, this was the best November for the company since 2006. Compared to last year, sales are up 62%, and it’s all thanks to the 2015 Ford Mustang performance. People can’t resist the 5.0-liter V8, 3.7-liter V6, and the turbocharged EcoBoost® engines.

The most popular engine so far is the 5.0-liter V8, which is paired with a six-speed SelectShift® transmission, and can generate 435 hp. This model can do 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, and is one of the fastest cars on the market under $40,000.

If you enjoy having a muscle car but still want efficiency, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost has also been popular. With this engine, the Mustang gets 31 mpg highway and still yields 300 hp and can do 0-60 in 5.6 seconds.

No matter which model you choose, the Mustang is loaded with innovative features to ensure it has some of the best performance on the road.