Ford’s 2020 Lineup Will Be Most Advanced Ever

The year 2020 may sound like the future, but it will be here in less than two years. Many automotive brands have big plans for that year. In fact, Ford’s 2020 lineup promises to bring new models, more technology, and improved capabilities.

Ford has announced that it is in the process of revamping its lineup to focus on its three core strengths: its SUV, truck, and commercial products. By 2020, Ford is promising to deliver four new trucks and SUVs. In addition, it is working on engineering new propulsion methods and creating new technology for future mobility systems.

“Our passion for great vehicles is stronger than ever,” said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. “This showroom transformation will thrill customers, drive profitable growth and further build toward our future of smart vehicles in a smart world.”

By the end of 2019, all Ford vehicles will offer 4G LTE connectivity. Ford is also introducing its Co-Pilot360 system, which will be feature new driver-assist technologies including standard automatic emergency braking.

Ford’s hybrid models will also get a boost by offering better performance and capabilities. This will enable owners to potentially save money as gas prices fluctuate. In the next few years, we can also expect to see hybrid version of popular trucks and SUVs like the F-150 and Escape.

As we wait for the 2010 lineup to come into being, stop by Jimmy Michel Motors to test drive the latest Ford models we have on our lot.

How to Save for a Down Payment on a Car

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A car might be one of the most expensive items you will ever buy. When you save up money for a down payment, you will have to finance less of the car, which will save you more money in the long run. Here are five steps on how to save for a down payment.

  1. Set a goal. If you have a specific kind of car in mind and a good idea of how much it will cost, you can set a goal for a down payment. If you are buying new, aim for 20% of the cost. For used, 10% of the cost will suffice.
  2. Track your spending. Go through your checking account and track where every dollar goes. Do this for a couple of months to get an idea of how much you are spending on certain items and services.
  3. Cut back. After tracking your expenses, you might realize you spend $100 a month on buying coffee. Cut back on items like this and put the money you save towards your down payment.
  4. Open a savings account. Make your savings easy by having a portion of your paycheck automatically deposited into a specific account.
  5. Trade in your old car. Many people forget that a trade-in counts towards a down payment. Use online tools like KBB.com to get an idea of what you can get for your old car.

 

For more information about down payments and to answer any vehicle financing questions, contact us at Jimmy Michel Motors. Our Finance Department will be glad to share their expert knowledge.

Self-Driving Ford Fusion Hybrids Hit Miami Streets

Ford and Domino’s® began testing self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrids dressed as pizza delivery vehicles in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last summer. Now, the partnership is moving to a larger city in order to gather more data. The second round of testing will take place in Miami, Florida, and will track how customers interact with the self-driving Ford sedan.

The second round of testing in Miami will focus on the customer experience. Those who choose to participate in the test run can track their order via GPS. They’ll also receive text messages as the delivery sedan approaches its destination. The text will include a four-digit code that the consumer must enter in order to retrieve his pizza.

“Our testing is focused on the last 50 feet of the customer experience, between the front door and the car. While we work to refine that interaction, we also need to understand how operating this type of delivery in a more densely populated city will impact the customer experience and the specific delivery challenges it might present.” said Kevin Vasconi, Domino’s® executive vice president.

Notably, the self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrids won’t actually be driving themselves. The cars will be manually driven but dressed to look like an autonomous vehicle. The driver will not interact with the consumer at all, instead leaving the autonomous technology to respond to customer needs.

As the two-month test continues, Ford will continue to develop its self-driving technology in partnership with Argo AI. Should everything go according to plan, self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrids could enter mass production by 2021, something we here at Jimmy Michel Motors can’t wait to see.

Reasons to Buy a Car During Tax Season

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Most taxpayers don’t take a federal tax return into account when creating their yearly budget. So, when your tax return arrives, it’s like receiving a bonus, a bonus that can be applied to the purchase of a new car. Here’s why you should buy a car during tax season,

Poor Credit? No problem!

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the average federal tax refund rings in at around $3,000. That’s a hefty chunk of change, and it could make for a sizeable down payment on a car. If you have poor credit, most financial institutions will require a hefty down payment in order for you to secure financing.

Lower Your Monthly Payment

Since you have the money to make a sizeable down payment, you could very well work your way into a more affordable long-term financial situation as well. Making a larger down payment on a car means you’ll enjoy lower monthly payments over the course of the loan. That could leave you with more financial security over the next few years.

Upgrade to a Higher Trim

Saving for a new car is no easy task, but once you’ve done so, it’s easy to focus on the most affordable car you can find. Thanks to your tax refund, however, you could upgrade to a higher trim. Higher trims cost a little more, but they include more technologies and comfort features that will allow you to enjoy your time on the road for years to come.

If your car is on its last tire and you’re ready for an upgrade, tax season could present the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the game with a new car from Jimmy Michel Motors.

Ford Truck Fans, Rejoice: First-Ever F-150 Diesel Is Here

Ford truck fans, it’s time to celebrate. For the first time ever, Ford will be offering a diesel engine on America’s favorite and best-selling pickup: the F-150. With the all-new diesel engine, the Ford F-150 achieves numerous best-in-class offerings and remarkable fuel efficiency at 30 mpg on the highway. At Jimmy Michel Motors, we couldn’t be more excited to offer such a perfect blend of power, capability, and efficiency to truck drivers.

The new F-150 Diesel is ferociously strong and efficient. The advanced 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine earns the F-150 the titles of best-in-class towing at 11,400 pounds and payload at 2,020 pounds; best-in-class diesel horsepower at 250; and best-in-class torque at 440 lb-ft.

The Ford F-150 Diesel was designed by the same team that designed the F-Series Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine, which is America’s most powerful and capable pickup truck ever. In order to add efficiency and increased capabilities to the mix, the team turned to creating a diesel engine, and their efforts do not disappoint. The new diesel engine is constructed with compacted-graphite iron block material and a forged-steel crank to maximize strength and minimize weight. It also features a mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters for increased performance in tough driving conditions and smart Auto Start-Stop technology to help reduce fuel consumption while driving in the city. The engine is paired with a standard SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission that smoothly shifts gears to provide the power you need to complete the toughest of jobs.

The diesel-engine equipped F-150 is set to arrive at Ford dealers in spring; we at Jimmy Michel Motors can’t wait to see this incredible truck in action.

 

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

50th Anniversary of 1968 Film Means All-New Mustang Bullitt

Mustang fans rejoiced everywhere when they saw the 1968 film “Bullitt,” as it features a famous and thrilling San Francisco car chase scene with America’s favorite sports car. The effortlessly cool Steve McQueen drives the Ford Mustang GT in the film, and we at Jimmy Michel Motors are excited to hear that Ford will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film with an all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt.

The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is cool and collected but formidably powerful. It was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. The Mustang Bullitt features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that achieves a whopping 475 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque, and can hit 163 mph. It also comes with a standard white cue ball shift knob in honor of the original, Black NitroPlate™ exhaust tips, a heated leather steering wheel, and a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster.

In another nod to the movie, the Mustang Bullitt comes in Dark Highland Green with chrome accents on the grille and windows. If you’d like something different, you can choose the Shadow Black exterior color.  The interior features cool leather trims and green accent stitching, along with advanced entertainment and safety technologies. We can’t think of a better way for Ford to pay tribute to the film and advance the Mustang brand than with the all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt, which is both classic and distinctly modern.

New Ford Ranger Pickup Coming to Detroit

Midsize pickup trucks vanished from the market for a few years, but lately, demand for them is climbing again due to their ease of driveability and great fuel economy without losing the capability of a pickup truck. Rumors have been swirling for some time that Ford has plans to bring back a new Ford Ranger, and those rumors have solidified lately, especially with the unveiling of the upcoming model at the Detroit Auto Show.

The new Ford Ranger will be competing in the same segment as the much-loved Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma. While Ford takes the rest of its lineup in the direction of city-smart connectivity, the upcoming Ranger is a departure from those plans, keeping solid roots in the truck segment where Ford’s F-series family of trucks have reigned supreme for decades.

The Ford Ranger also has not completely disappeared from the brand’s lineup. The Ranger continued being sold overseas despite not being available in the U.S., and experts speculate the newer model will bear a resemblance to current models of the pickup elsewhere.

The new Ford Ranger launches in the U.S. following Ford’s recognition of the midsize pickup segment as meeting the demands of customers who want a vehicle that is capable, yet fun to drive. We at Jimmy Michel Motors are eager for the new Ford Ranger to be revealed sometime during the course of 2018.

Things to Do Near Aurora, Missouri

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Jimmy Michel Motors is proud to call Aurora, Missouri, our home and to serve the surrounding community. There’s plenty to do around Lawrence County year-round, with outdoor recreation and a rich history behind it all.

Powhatan Historic State Park and Other Historical Landmarks

At Powhatan, visitors can tour a one-room schoolhouse once called Powhatan Male and Female Academy, as well as a renovated courthouse from 1888. Other historical attractions include the Clover Bend Historic Town Site, which features traditional homestead life, and the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School.

Wildlife Reserves and Parks

Mount Vernon is home to Talbot’s Wildlife Reserve, Williams Creek Lake, and the Adamson Cabin, and residents of Lawrence County can also head to Lake Charles State Park, featuring fishing, hiking, swimming, and camping. In addition, many parks in the area are prime destinations for hunters and bird-watchers.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 and Music Events

Highway 67 is known as a common route for many of the various performers from Elvis to the Beatles who traveled on it on their way through Missouri, There’s even a Beatles sculpture and the Guitar Walk. Plus, Lawrence County is home to various music festivals, concerts, and events.

There are lots of things to do near Aurora, Missouri, which is why we at Jimmy Michel Motors love serving this community.

2018 Ford Explorer Reviews

2018 Ford Explorer

The 2018 Ford Explorer is a tough, yet gentle, family SUV that’s capable of taking on the modern road in style. Featuring seating for seven and a plethora of safety technologies, the latest model is truly designed for family drivers. Don’t take our word for it though! Check out what top industry critics had to say about the Ford Explorer.

The Car Connection is tough on family SUVs, but the Ford Explorer came through with glowing ratings. When it comes to features, critics found that the Explorer carried a generous amount of standard and available features. Performance and comfort garnered above average scores as well. Having earned the five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it’s easy to see why the Ford Explorer is a fan favorite.

U.S. News & World Report gave the 2018 Ford Explorer a slightly higher rating than The Car Connection. The family SUV earned a near-top rating when it comes to safety. The interior was above average and the engine delivers ample power as well. A large cargo hold and the availability of EcoBoost® engines were two contributing factors to the Explorer’s great rating.

We here at Jimmy Michel Motors are happy to see the 2018 Ford Explorer earning great ratings from reviewers!

Tips for Saving for a Car in the New Year

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Saving money sounds so simple in theory, but it can be much harder to do in practice. When it comes to saving up for a down payment on a new car, things can get tricky, especially if you have some unforeseen expenses. Here are some tips on saving for a car in the New Year.

Determine What You Can Afford

Setting a reasonable budget is the first step to determining how much you need to save for a vehicle. Planning to buy an expensive luxury vehicle that you can’t afford isn’t going to end well for anyone. Instead, determine how much you can afford in terms of a monthly payment. Make sure to leave room for maintenance and insurance as well.

Calculate a Down Payment

The next step in saving for a car in the New Year is determining how much of a down payment you need. At most dealerships, this can run from 10 to 20 percent, depending on your credit score and the financial intuition. The internet is full of tools that can help you figure out how much you’ll need to get behind the wheel of a new car.

Stick to the Plan

Once you have those numbers in mind, it’s time to start saving. Stick to the plan and aim to save a certain amount, or percentage, each month. Spending a little money on trinkets can be enticing, but the thought of driving home in a new car is much more enticing.

Jimmy Michel Motors can help you determine your vehicle budget and financing options.