Ford’s Summer Shutdown Cut Short Thanks to SUV Demand

Americans are loving Ford crossover and SUVs so much that the automaker is cutting its annual summer shutdown short. The Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC have seen higher sales in the first half of the year than ever before. That increasing sales trend resulting in Ford’s Summer Shutdown getting cut one week short in order to meet demand.

The Louisville Assembly plant will shut down for one week instead of two. Production workers will have the week of July 4th off. They’ll return to work the following week in order to make an additional 8,500 vehicles in order to meet customer demand.

Sales of the Ford Escape from January through May rose three percent with nearly 130,000 units sold. The Lincoln MKC, a luxury crossover, saw a 10 percent sales increase with 11,161 units sold.

While sales for the Ford Expedition and F-Series Super Duty trucks are up as well, the Kentucky Truck Plant will go ahead with its two-week summer shutdown. Machine retooling and general maintenance will take place during that time.

Other assembly plants, like metal stamping plant in Chicago, will see a one-week shutdown as well in order to keep up with demand for parts.

We here at Jimmy Michel Motors are happy to see SUV sales continuing to rise!

Fun Activities to Do in the Park

Family Activities in the Park - Aurora, MO

Visiting a park with your family is great for getting some fresh air, but coming up with some fun activities can be a little difficult. No matter your age, there’s always something fun to do in a park. Here are a few recommended activities to do in a park from us here at Jimmy Michel Motors of Aurora!

Hit the Playground

Younger kids are bound to enjoy some time on the playground! Most parks in the area have a full set of playground equipment, ranging from monkey bars to slides. Kids can make new friends and spend time with old ones while you catch up on your reading or simply enjoy the sunshine!

Hike

Many parks offer a variety of trails, both paved and natural, that present a great way to get some exercise. Take in a fresh of breath air while you trek through tall trees and take in some scenic sights you won’t see in the big city.

Have a Scavenger Hunt

It never hurts to hold a birthday bash or family reunion at the park. One of the best ways to set up a fun event for all ages is to have a scavenger hunt. Divide people into teams then hand them a list and bag to collect items in. The list could also include tasks to accomplish, such as traversing a hill or walking a trail!

The Ford Focus Is the Most Exciting Thing on Four Wheels at the Tour de France

People tend to focus on those ridiculous, motor-less, two-wheeled things called “bicycles” when they talk about the goings-on at the Tour de France, but, gosh darn-it, Jimmy Michel Motors is a car dealership, not a bicycle dealership, and this is our blog, so we’re going to talk about those beautiful, motor-ful, four-wheeled things called “cars” right now.

This year, the Ford Focus stole the spotlight as the chase car for Team Sky, a British professional cycling team that always has a big presence at the Tour de France. A chase car needs to be fast, agile, and unobtrusive, able to keep up with its racers without interfering with the race itself. It carries alternate bicycles and maintenance supplies for immediate service over the course of the race. As the Tour de France has grown in prestige, chase cars have become ever more selective.

Team Sky chose the Ford Focus hatchback because of its powerful and steady 350 horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine as well as its exceptional responsiveness and nimble drivability. Maybe the Ford Focus isn’t quite as light on its feet as the bicycles themselves, but we applaud Team Sky for their excellent decision-making—we’ve sampled the ride of the Ford Focus, and it’s by far one of the most fun sedans on the market!

2017 Ford EcoSport Featured in ‘Be The Guardian of Your Galaxy’ Ads for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

 

Guardian of Your Galaxy                Tell us you can’t see Rocket driving this with Groot on his shoulder.          

The 2017 Ford EcoSport will be featured in an ad spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the upcoming sequel to Marvel’s blockbuster, which will be released in theaters on May 5th. The ad will feature both the EcoSport and Groot and will urge viewers to “Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy.”

The EcoSport is the official vehicle of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and will also be seen in a 500-print limited comic that explores the features of the EcoSport and will show the vehicle as well as Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, and Rocket. The comic will also be online for a brief time.

The Ford EcoSport is Ford’s smallest SUV and comes with two engine options, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, allowing for the EcoSport’s excellent fuel economy ratings and maintaining a fun, capable performance.

Guardian of Your Galaxy                               Now picture them driving the Ford Ecosport.

(Photo taken by Chris FaveroNo changes.)

The EcoSport is also packed with technologies like SYNC 3 with an available Wi-Fi hotspot and a floating 8-inch touchscreen display, plus available SYNC Connect and access to the FordPass app. Customers will be able to choose these technologies as well as show off their love for Marvel with more than 200 visual character elements in the Guardian Builder tool on marvel.com/ecosport.

Come to Jimmy Michel Motors and learn more about how you can use the latest Ford technology to make your life easier!

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Named Popular Mechanic’s Pickup Truck of the Year

Popular Mechanic's Pickup Truck

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has been named Popular Mechanic’s Pickup Truck of the Year in the magazine’s annual Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards, saying the Raptor “transcends the competition” in the pickup segment.

The Raptor has been improved for the 2017 model year over the previous year with better performance and new technology, with a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission and class-leading 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Popular Mechanics automotive editor Ezra Dyer said the Raptor is “to a standard F-150 what the Bruce Banner is to the Incredible Hulk” and highlighted the truck’s superiority over other trucks on off-road terrain.

The Raptor also comes with a six-mode Terrain Management System, which lets the driver specify the kind of terrain they’re on, so the Raptor can adjust to perfectly handle that terrain. It’s 500 lbs lighter than previous model years as well, with a new aluminum-alloy body that improves performance and fuel economy.

The F-150 has also been named FOUR WHEELER’s Pickup Truck of the Year and the AutoTrader Must Test Drive award, The Fast Lane Truck Gold Hitch award, and the Cars.com Best Pickup of 2017 award. This is the F-150’s 40th straight year as America’s best-selling pickup truck.

Come into Jimmy Michel Ford today to check out all of our award-winning inventory!

Redesigned F-150 Coming in 2018

F-150 Legacy

This year marks the 40th consecutive year that the Ford F-Series have been the best selling trucks in America. This is all thanks to Ford’s commitment towards continuous innovation and anticipation of user needs. With all of that in mind, it’s no wonder that the manufacturer will release a redesigned F-150 for 2018. It’s only been a couple of years since the truck’s last all-new appearance, but that short turnover is consistent with Ford’s dedication towards keeping things fresh.

 Changes

One of the biggest things that the redesigned F-150 will bring in the 2018 model years is an all-new diesel engine option. This will add a new appeal to those with regular towing needs. The diesel options is also expected to have a good impact on the F-150’s fuel economy. The new Ford F-150 is also set to offer updated seat colors, a bold front-end grille, new wheel options, and new must-have in-cabin technologies.

It may seem like the current model of the Ford F-150 can’t get any better. Ford, however, will always be out to exceed those expectations. As far as we’re concerned, this is a good thing. We can’t wait to test drive the new 2018 Ford F-150 at Jimmy Michel Motors when the time comes!

Ford OEM Using 3D Printing

Technology is an amazing thing, so it seems like it was only a matter of time before car manufacturers began experimenting with 3D printing.

About 3D Printing

Ford OEM has recently honed in on a process in which it tries out making various vehicle parts on a 3D printer. These parts are being compared to their metal versions, which are heavier and more expensive to make. If the parts become successful, they could change the way Ford designs. According to Ford, they are the first manufacturer to play with making production parts with a 3D printer.

 Process

The 3D printer that Ford OEM has been using is about the size of a small room. The printer works by printing one layer of plastic at a time. Depending on how large a given piece is, the printing can take anywhere from hours to days. 3D printers have been around for a while, and Ford has even experimented with them in the past. However, only now are they intelligent enough to perhaps be used for OEM parts.

As always, the parts would have to meet a high standard to be approved of by Ford OEM and if we ever carry these parts at Jimmy Michel Motors, we’ll stand behind them as we do all Ford products.

Ford Escape Driving Through Snow

Winter Safety Tips: Safe Driving in Snow and Ice

Ford Escape Driving Through Snow

Having good tires, driving slow, and checking your antifreeze are all ways to ensure you drive safely this winter.

 

Pretty much anyone who’s lived in Missouri has had his or her fair share of winter weather driving. After all, the area gets around 13 inches of snow each year. Missourians know the precipitation well. But, it doesn’t hurt to get a refresher each winter on a few of the best tips for safe driving in snow and ice.

 

Prioritize the Tires

One of the best things you can do for safe winter driving is to give your tires a little attention. Make sure all four of your tires are in good shape and have plenty of tread. Check the tread by placing a penny in it to see how deep it goes. If Lincoln’s head sticks up, you need new tires.

Keeping your tires properly inflated is important, too. As many Missourians have figured out the hard way, cold weather lowers a tire’s air pressure. Yet, good air pressure is key to a tire’s ability to grip the road in poor conditions. Keep an eye on your tire pressure all winter long.

 

Take it Slow

Veteran drivers are sure to have learned this lesson long ago, but newer drivers might need the reminder. As a general rule when handling your car in snow or ice, do everything more slowly. Accelerate slowly, turn slowly and brake slowly. In fact, don’t brake at all if you can help it. Using regular brakes on ice often leads to sliding out of control. It’s better to gently let off the accelerator to come to a gradual stop.

Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall.

How to Have a Successful Black Friday

Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall.

While there’s a lot of craziness going on during Black Friday sales, it’s often the first time to see the season’s holiday decorations.

 

It’s the biggest shopping day of the year and it’s right around the corner. How can you avoid too much bustle and traffic and cash in on the deals? Follow this advice for a successful Black Friday.

 

Plan Ahead

For the best Black Friday results, you’ll want to do your research ahead of time. Learn what sales are where and during what time. Then, prioritize. Much to many a shopper’s dismay, no one can be two places at once, so you may have to choose. Unless, of course, you can rely on teamwork and follow the next bit of advice.

 

Split Up

Half of the fun of Black Friday shopping can be going with a group. However, desperate times call for desperate measures, and if there are two bargains you don’t want to miss, split up to make both sales. Afterwards, you can rejoin over a relaxing coffee break and celebrate your successfully efficient plan.

 

Make the Bad Parts Fun

No one is particularly fond of waiting in long lines or driving in chaotic traffic. Keep the spirits high by coming prepared for these conditions. Bring a fun playlist to listen to in the car and some magazines or game books to look at while waiting in line. Pack a few snacks, as well. No one likes a “hangry” shopper!

Girl holding candy in a pumpkin with the words - trick or treat

Halloween Car Decorations: Inspiration & Ideas

Girl holding candy in a pumpkin with the words - trick or treat

Make the most of Halloween by not only dressing yourself in costume, but also dressing up your car.

 

Decorating your car is a fun way to celebrate Halloween and show off your creative side. Whatever kind of car you drive, we’ve got Halloween car decorations’ ideas for you.

Decorating Trucks and SUVs

SUVs and trucks offer a lot of versatility when it comes to car decorations, because these are the cars you can make whole scenes within the trunk or bed. You can turn your truck bed into a graveyard with headstones and skeletons, for instance, or go a little more cheerful and create a seascape or pumpkin patch. There are all kinds of options, so check out some of these cool ideas!

Decorating a Car

If you drive a sedan or something smaller, you can still set up something in your trunk, or you could decorate the outside of the car. Some people get car-safe paint to spill over their hood in imitation of blood, with fake arms and chunks of flesh to really set the scene.

And since Pokemon is so hot right now, think about attaching ears or tails to your car to represent your favorite, like many do with reindeer horns during the holidays! A flaming tale on your red car for Charmander or a shell strapped to your blue car’s roof for Squirtle would definitely impress the neighborhood kids when they come by for trick or treat.