This past January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford put up quite a display with a wide range of features, including what it called the Innovation Park. Ford’s Innovation Park included water and plant elements to show how Ford is working to reduce its waste and emissions and work harder to use organic materials.
Now, Ford is donating parts of the “park” to both Belle Isle Park and North Star Reach. Belle Isle Park will receive plants, trees, and flowers while Ford is giving forty sections of concrete to North Star Reach, a nonprofit that provides a year-round camp for children with serious illnesses. The concrete slabs will form a central gathering place overlooking Patterson Lake.
“We are thrilled to bring the Park home to North Star Reach for our campers and families to enjoy for generations to come,” said North Star Reach founder and CEO Doug Armstrong, in a statement. “Our construction team is ensuring the Park will be installed to be universally accessible for all campers.”
Here at Morristown Ford, we think it is great that Ford is donating parts of its Innovation Park to both of these organizations. If you’ve been inspired to reduce your own emissions, maybe it’s time for a new Ford car! Check out our website to view our entire inventory of Ford vehicles.
Take the regular 2015 Ford Edge, then add about 35 hp and an EcoBoost engine. Then you have the Ford Edge Sport.
Ford recently announced the full technical details for its upcoming 2015 Edge Sport, backing up the automaker’s claim that the newest Edge is the most powerful and highest-performing version of the vehicle yet.
The 2015 Ford Edge hosts a 2.7-liter V6 engine, that gets an astonishing 315 horsepower—all the more impressive considering the Edge’s fuel efficiency rates. The model gets 27 mpg on the highway, and the four-wheel-drive version gets 24 mpg.
Plus, even though the revved up 2015 Edge is incredibly strong and buzzing with energy, it’s actually pretty quiet on the inside, thanks to strategically placed speakers and Active Noise Cancellation technology.
The latest Edge will hit dealerships this spring, with a suggested retail value of $38,100, which is only a $500 increase from its predecessor, despite the numerous expensive upgrades.
What do you think about these 2015 Ford Edge Sport details? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
In a behind the scenes making-of film, a Ford designer mentions that over the years, people have always asked, “When are you going to do the next Ford GT?” Finally, the people’s appetite for such a vehicle has been satiated.
Ford revealed its new supercar last month at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Looking at it, there’s no doubt it’s a Ford GT—a move that was very deliberate. As one designer says in the film, Ford’s goal with the new 600-plus-horsepower GT was to “honor the history of the car.”
Move over, Mario. There’s a new video game star.
The new Ford GT is what a supercar should be—a divine marriage between art and engineering. The Ford team is not shy about admitting its ambition behind the GT’s design and conception.
The car is also unique in that its virtual counterpart was designed right along with it, to be featured in the video game Forza Motorsport 6. Believe it or not, Ford thought that this was a very important part of the GT’s development. Kip Wing, Ford’s Assistant Chief Engineer, said, “With the way video games are evolved and how driving simulators have evolved, you get a much more true sense about what the true ownership experience is about.”
Outside of a video game, we’re going to be waiting awhile for the new Ford GT. So if you need a car right now, get more information on new Fords with our 2015 model summaries. You’ll be armed with everything you need to make a smart decision. Then you can give us a call and we’ll find the right vehicle together!
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.”
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 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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!