The New Ford Escape Becomes ‘The Runner’

New Ford Escape

“The Runner” has an extra special star and it’s the new Ford Escape!

 

Ford loves its collaborations, and that’s what it did for the new Ford Escape. A new collaboration with Verizon’s Go90 mobile app puts the 2017 Ford Escape in the starring role of “The Runner,” a new kind of reality show.

“The Runner” will run on the Go90 app, AOL.com, and Xbox. This reality show pits five teams of contestants against a character called “The Runner.” All teams will chase The Runner, who’s trying to make it across the United States.

It’s innovative because of the way the public can interact with this show. Viewers can choose their favorite chase team and help them out by giving them clues to The Runner’s location.

And of course, the chasing teams all get help from the Ford Escape. Contestants will use SYNC 3 technology, voice-activated features, and a foot-activated liftgate, as well as text message capability in the new Escape to make their journey.

“The Runner” will have three new episodes a day throughout the month, meaning that viewers can keep track of each contestant’s progress. You can pick your favorite players and help them along their way. Plus, you’ll be able to preview the best features of the all-new Ford Escape!

Ford Escape’s Interior Updated for 2017

2017 Ford Escape

The Ford designers have come up with another innovative way to give you more storage space!

 

When you are traveling on the road, you definitely want all of your equipment by your side. The best place for that equipment is around your vehicle’s center console. However, this area is usually limited on space. Always looking to improve the vehicle experience, Ford has found a way to address that issue.

According to a Ford press release, the interior center console of the 2017 Ford Escape will have more room for supplies.

In order to create more room throughout the center console, Ford’s designers created a smaller electronic parking brake.

Once the size of the parking brake was reduced, Ford could increase the remaining cargo room along the center console. The result is a 25% increase in front room storage for Escape passengers.

“That whole center console area is what we call ‘Manhattan real estate’ because it’s valuable,” said Zulf Ali, Ford senior interior designer. “It isn’t a lot of space to work with, but as a designer, those constraints are exciting. It’s a challenge that forces you to be more creative – to ask yourself, ‘OK, how can we get clever with this?’”

For a vehicle that has room for everything that you could ever want or need on the road, the 2017 Ford Escape has you covered!

How to Prepare for a Tornado

How to Prepare for a Tornado

How to Prepare for a Tornado

Tornados are extremely unpredictable so knowing what to do ahead of time is important.

 

Summertime weather is usually famous for sunny days and hot temperatures. However, the summer weather is also famous for being unpredictable. Warm and cold fronts often clash during the summer months. The consequences of this violent change in weather can often come in the form of a tornado! Tornados can cause a ton of damage, so it is important to know how to prepare for a tornado. Fortunately, there are several ways you can ensure you and your family are safe before a tornado touches down!

  • There is often a period of warning before severe summer storms strike! Take this time to ensure that any dead or damaged branches from the trees surrounding your property are removed to minimize damages.
  • Other outside objects that can damage your property during a storm include yard furniture. Move this furniture from the patio to the inside of your home!
  • You should have a certain room in your home selected as a designated safe room in case of a tornado. This room should be below the ground if at all possible and should preferably lack windows.

Tornados can happen at any time. That is why it is so important that you be prepared for them at all times! Make sure that you and your family take the necessary precautions to stay safe this summer.

Reach out to us at Jimmy Michel Motors or comment below for any extra tips on how to prepare for a tornado.

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Long-Range Electric Ford Planned, Few Details Released

long-range electric Ford

Ford has a long-ranged EV in the works. Hopefully to be released in the next few years!

 

Ford announced late last month that it has plans to soon release a long-range electric vehicle that will compete with the Tesla Model S as well as new electric vehicles coming from GM and Nissan.

No development schedule was mentioned for the long-range electric Ford, but the company will probably aim for a release date near the release of the new long-range Chevy Bolt, which Chevy claims will have a range of at least 200 miles, and the similarly ranged next-generation Nissan Leaf. Chevy is aiming for a fall 2016 release of the new Bolt.

Ford CEO Mark Fields said on the matter, “We want to make sure we’re either among the leaders or in a leadership position” in the electric vehicle market and that they are “clearly developing for” the same things their competitors are. With the recent announcement of a more affordable Tesla, the Model 3 priced at the average electric vehicle price of $35,000, the non-luxury EV market will be even more competitive.

Fields also mentioned Ford’s stated plan to invest $4.5 billion over the next several years in developing 13 new hybrid and electric vehicles.

If you have any questions about Ford’s plan for EVs leave a comment below or reach out to us at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.

Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

sharing the road with motorcyclists

Learning to share the road with cars and motorcycles is the best way to prevent accidents.

 

As the weather warms, we’ll be sharing the road with motorcyclists more and more often, and it’s important to know how to drive alongside them safely. More than half of motorcycle fatalities happen in an accident with another driver. Motorcyclists are often harder to see and their movements aren’t as clear from a car, so follow these tips and keep yourself and our two-wheeling friends safe.

First of all, let go of any anger you may feel and learn to accept motorcyclists’ presence on the road. They aren’t going anywhere, and they aren’t there to make you mad. They often change lanes to improve their own visibility to other drivers. Being angry at them makes you drive more recklessly.

Motorcycles often look farther away than they are and don’t appear to be going as fast, so don’t turn unless you’re sure the motorcycle is far from you—or just wait until it passes. Pay attention to a motorcycle’s turn signals—they aren’t self-canceling, so they might still be on when they aren’t supposed to be.

Put more distance between yourself and motorcycles than you would a car, especially in wet road conditions.

If you have anymore tips on sharing the road with motorcyclists please share below or visit us at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.

Three Tips For New Drivers

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Keep the smile on your face and your mind on the road with these tips for new drivers.

If you just happened to get your license, remembering all of the rules and conventions of the road at all times can seem a bit daunting. To help you out, we’ve outlined some of the best tips for new drivers.

Right-of-way may be the most important thing you need to learn to stay safe on the road. Granted, “Yield” signs tell us that others have the right-of-way but many times, there aren’t any signs to tell you who has the right-of-way in a given traffic situation. To expect another to yield when it is your responsibility, and vice versa, can quickly lead to very dangerous situations. Here are a number of situations you should be aware of.

A lot of your education has focused on how to prevent mishaps, as it should. However, you should be fully prepared for a breakdown. You should know that if you cannot get onto the shoulder, or if you manage to get to the shoulder but do not feel safe getting out, do not get out of the your vehicle. Keep your seatbelt on and call for help. The bottom line is that you should make a plan, just in case. Car broken down? Our Service Department can help!

It’s also important to remember, as you begin you driving, that you should never stop learning. Learn from your mistakes! We all get lucky from time to time so use those experiences to be safer in the future.

 

Ford to Launch Interior Visor Light in Police Vehicles

Right now, police vehicles are pretty easy to spot, with distinct light bars on the top of their vehicles. But Ford is making it a little harder to pick out law enforcement from the rest of the crowd, with a subtle interior visor light.

Ford announced that it will offer new, factory-installed front interior visor light bars in their best-selling police vehicles. The interior lights will provide stealth and make them harder to recognize in your rearview mirror.

“Today, agencies typically use aftermarket interior visor light bars that are somewhat bulky and can obstruct the field of vision – especially for taller officers,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager for North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations.

The more low-profile unit is seated at the top of the windshield, so it majorly improves the driver’s visibility compared to aftermarket options.

The dark band at the top of the windshield is also replaced by clear glass when the light is ordered, allowing for full brightness. There are also dimming and auto-dimming options to take the brightness down to 20 percent.

So make sure you’re on your best driving behavior, because you won’t know when a Ford police vehicle is approaching!

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5 Favorite Restaurants in Aurora, MO

 

Family Dinner Aurora MO

Take your family out for a bite to eat at one of these top restaurants in Aurora!

For those days when you don’t feel like cooking in the kitchen, Aurora, MO has some great places to eat. We at Jimmy Michel Motors are proud of our city’s culinary heritage and wholeheartedly recommend these great restaurants in Aurora.

Madison Avenue Bistro

A hidden gem in downtown Aurora, this up-and-coming eatery offers great lunchtime menu options for those working in the city.

Bootleggers Restaurant & Brewery

Set inside an old, renovated bank downtown, this place has refreshing drinks and creative menu items that make for a great dining experience.

Your Pizza Place

Big supporters of our town’s high school teams and some of the nicest people you’ll meet, the folks at Your Pizza Place serve of some of the best pizza you’ll ever taste.

Las Palmas

Often busy but rarely a long wait (signs of a good restaurant), this Mexican café offers huge portions of tasty grub that’s guaranteed to satisfy your hunger.

Aurora Family Restaurant

A warm, welcoming family restaurant with plenty of options to satisfy your whole group, this local favorite is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Rumors of a New Release Date for the New Mustang

2016 Ford Mustang Coupe Chicago Auto Show

Ford fans could experience a sooner-than-expected release date for the new Mustang (2016 model pictured here at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show).

Mustang fans rejoice!  You may not have to wait as long before the next Mustang makeover.

LMC Automotive prepared an industry forecast for the Ford Company, and the report suggests that release date of the next-generation of Mustang may have moved. Originally the date of production for the next model was going to be in January 2022. Now it appears as though the new production date will be May 2020.

The codename for the new car may be the “S-650”. The current Mustang is known as the S-550, and the one before that was the SN-197.

Sports cars tend to have longer life cycles than mainstream vehicles, so the movement of the date is significant. There was nine years between the SN-197 and the S-550, but if the new date is accurate, there will be only six years between the S-550 and the S-650.

Ford has not commented on projected vehicle development, so the reason for the potentially earlier production date is unknown. Maybe the popularity of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has increased the push for a newer Mustang. However, even though the Camaro has been doing well, the Mustang is still ahead in sales.

Although there has not been an official release date for the new Mustang, we at Jimmy Michel Motors are excited to see the next-gen Mustang. For now, we will wait patiently and enjoy the current Mustang (click for our new and used Mustang inventory).

How Power Steering Works – Car Parts 101

The power steering system is a complex but necessary part of any car. It’s possible to drive without power steering, which gives us easy control over the direction we turn the wheel in, but it’s not safe and it’s definitely not fun. If you’ve ever wondered how power steering works, we’ve got a simple guide for you.

Hand Steering Vehicle - How power steering works

How power steering works is a mystery to many people, but it makes driving much, much easier.

There are several components of power steering systems. One is the rotary-vane pump, which encases a set of retractable vanes that spin inside a chamber and provides hydraulic power to the steering. The engine powers the pump using a belt and pulley. The vanes are what move the hydraulic fluid through the system.

The power steering system remains inactive when the driver isn’t turning the wheel, so it uses the rotary valve to tell it when the wheel is being turned. A metal rod called a torsion bar is connected to the steering wheel and the pinion that turns the wheels, so when the driver turns the wheel it applies torque that turns the wheels.