Ford debuted the Ford Ranger Raptor at Gamescom in Germany, at the end of August. The automaker designed the mysterious Ford performance vehicle to appeal to both gamers and drivers.
When the cover came off, it was clear from a simple glimpse what the mysterious performance vehicle was. Ford also announced that the truck would be available in Europe.
The launch of the Ford Ranger Raptor is a first for Gamescom. The American automaker added that it will be introducing the performance truck to an upcoming racing game. The Ford GT was previously on the cover of Forza 6, so there’s little doubt which game franchise the Ranger Raptor will be added to.
The Ranger Raptor wouldn’t be the first Raptor model added to a Forza game. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was added to Forza Motorsport 7 for the Xbox One X edition. The truck that debuted at Gamescom bore a similar design to the game’s F-150 Raptor. That’s led gamers and drivers alike to believe that a similarly-styled Ranger Raptor will make its way to Forza’s Horizon 4.
For more news on the Ford Ranger Raptor, contact us at Jimmy Michel Motors. We can also set you up with a test drive of your favorite Ford model.
The new Ford Focus Head-Up Display — available on the 2019 Focus which will arrive later this year — is unique for its use of fighter jet technology to decrease glare and improve visibility.
Head-up displays have gained popularity in recent years for their advanced protection. They allow drivers to see important information like speed and fuel levels without taking their eyes off the road, which adds safety. However, this feature’s drawbacks include low visibility in some environments.
While sunlight reflecting on water, snow, and dry roads can make other head-up displays useless, the Focus model’s HUD is an exception. The advanced technology uses perpendicular light waves, rather than parallel ones like most displays, to keep the glare from impeding the driver’s view.
The Focus model’s HUD is also unique in that drivers can still see it when wearing polarized sunglasses. For most head-up displays, if a driver wears polarized sunglasses, they can’t view the display. The HUD, on the other hand, uses technology that bounces polarized light back to the driver, so the driver can still view it.
The fighter jet technology isn’t the only great thing about the Focus’ head-up display, though. It also offers one of the brightest displays on the market, and has one of the widest fields of vision. So even without the fighter jet tech, the Focus has one of the most visible HUD systems around.
The Ford Mustang is the original pony car, a classic muscle car that’s built with performance, quality, and affordability in mind. This model has become an American standard, a powerful car that’s all about performance. To celebrate the classic pony car, we’re hosting the Sixth Annual Mustang Mania and Ford Show.
The event will be held on June 21 at our dealership, and it includes seven distinct classes. The first five classes are for Mustangs from a specific year, while the final two classes are for other Ford models and Ford trucks. The show and shine will start by 9am, and the registration deadline for the judging is noon. Awards will be given out at 1pm.
Here’s how the classes are broken down and trophies are awarded:
Mustang Class 1 – 1964 to 1973
Mustang Class 2 – 1974 to 1983
Mustang Class 3 – 1984 to 1993
Mustang Class 4 – 1994 to 2004
Mustang Class 5 – 2005 to present
Class 6 – other Ford models
Class 7 – Ford trucks
Stop by with your Ford for a chance to win one of the trophies. All the proceeds from this benefit go to the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and our welcoming group will be happy to talk shop with you during the show.
For more information about the event, contact us at Jimmy Michel Motors, or check out our Facebook page.
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.
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 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.
Many aspiring vehicle designers of past decades hung posters of exotic sports cars on their walls as children, including outrageous and at-times bizarre designs. However, the next generation of car designers isn’t dreaming about Lamborghinis or Ferraris anymore; instead, truck design is the name of the game. Considering Ford’s reputation as one of the foremost truck brands—especially for its award-winning F-Series pickups—the brand is recruiting top-name designers to go to work on the future Ford pickup design.
According to Wired Writer Jack Stewart, Ford is looking to stay ahead of the curve with truck design, particularly when it comes to the F-150. The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981 (that’s best-selling vehicle, not just best-selling truck), and it’s remained at the top, in part, because of its innovative styling. In fact, the 2014 model year shocked car and truck enthusiasts everywhere with an aluminum construction that saved on gas and weight without sacrificing power or affordability.
Teaming up with the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, a group of 16 students has been challenged to make the next great breakthrough in Ford truck design.
“The project we’re giving them is ‘Future Truck,’” says Craig Metros, Ford’s exterior design director. “We just rolled out a brief, with history of F-150, how it’s developed as a product, where it is today, and glimpses of it going into the future.”
What are designers creating? For starters, some have proposed integrating electrification and eco-friendly design practices, optimizing carbon-fiber materials design, and even introducing technologies borrowed from magnetic-levitation (maglev) public transport systems. We at Jimmy Michel Motors can’t wait to see the future Ford pickup design that’s developed by the College for Creative Studies and Ford.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 is donating 10,000 books to the Detroit Public Schools to help promote literacy.
Ford Motor Company is teaming up with the nonprofit organization First Book to donate 10,000 books to Detroit Public Schools in order to promote literacy from an early age. Organized by the Ford Driving Dreams initiative, the Ford book donations will go to classrooms for kindergarten through elementary school.
Ford celebrated the donation with 65 third graders from Amelia Earhart Elementary School earlier this month with a reading party at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center. Oscar De La Hoya, a former pro boxer, and several Ford representatives read to the children.
De La Hoya has been an active voice in promoting education for underprivileged youth and said that he was:
“excited to be part of an initiative that educates and inspires the kids of Detroit to get excited about reading books every day.”
Ford Driving Dreams has similar goals. As part of Ford’s overall mission to improve education in Detroit, Driving Dreams is focused on keeping students in school. Together with First Book, Ford hopes to improve the poor access to reading materials and low rates of literacy in low-income communities like Detroit.
Ford Driving Dreams was launched in 2012 and has since helped 75,000 students around the country and will have delivered 50,000 new books to students in Michigan, Texas, and Florida by the end of 2016. To learn more about Ford’s charitable giving and to stay up to date on the latest Ford models, check back in with our blog soon!