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!

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Long-Range Electric Ford Planned, Few Details Released

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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.

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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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).

Ford Freedom Unsung Program Launches Nationwide

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The Ford Freedom Unsung program, an annual program honoring outstanding achievements by black people in a different community across the country each year, is launching nationwide this year with the help of the Tom Joyner Foundation.

The Tom Joyner Foundation, founded in 1998, is dedicated to raising scholarship funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Ford officials have expressed excitement at working with the Foundation because of their mutual history of supporting the black community financially and otherwise.

Individuals are asked to nominate a member of the black community whom they consider an “unsung hero.” From these nominations, judges will pick 10 finalists for the public to vote on online. Nominations are due no later than February 14, so if you have someone to enter, do it soon!

The grand prize winner will be chosen March 15 and will receive a trip for two on the 2016 Fantastic Voyage, a cruise organized by the Tom Joyner Foundation for Black men and women with proceeds going to HBCUs.

We’re proud to be a Ford dealership and support the company in this venture!

Corning Gorilla Glass Helps New Ford GT Lose Weight

2015 Ford GT concept

The Ford GT Supercar is getting even lighter due to a partnership with Corning Gorilla Glass on a thinner windshield.

Improving both power-to-weight ratio and weight distribution is a major concern with any performance vehicle. We’ve already seen lots of great innovations that help the new Ford GT stay light on its feet. The use of carbon fiber and aluminum as well as engine placement has already helped the balance and weight of the GT.

The latest innovation to be added to the list has to do with the windshield, of all things. Ford has just announced that the GT will feature a Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield, an industry-first.

A press release from Ford explains how Henry Ford introduced the traditional automotive laminated windshield nearly a century ago. The fact that it is still in use is testament to its genius. This windshield is composed of “two layers of annealed glass sandwiched around a clear, thermoplastic interlayer binding agent.”

The Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid is very different. A hybrid sheet forms the inner layer. The center layer is thermoplastic and designed to absorb noise and annealed glass forms the outer layer. The new windshield is 12 pounds lighter that the traditional windshield.

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2017 F-Series Super Duty Brings 2,000 New Jobs to Kentucky Truck Plant

2015 Ford F-350 - Kentucky truck plant

To produce the 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles, Ford is creating 2,000 new jobs at its Kentucky truck plant.

Ford is investing $1.3 billion into its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the manufacture of the new, aluminum-bodied 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup.

The expansion will include a new body shop, retool machinery to make the truck, and various other upgrades to the facilities—in total, this will bring 2,000 new jobs to the plant.

The plant already builds the company’s F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty models as well as the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Demand has been so high that the factory was only able to take a one-week break this summer, even after an initial $80 million investment in 2014.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty follows in the footsteps of the 2016 F-150 by moving to an aluminum body, allowing it to save 350 lbs. of weight. Ford used this to fortify the frame with 95% high-strength steel and to make it 24 times stiffer.

With these changes, we expect the new Super Duty truck to be even more popular than the outgoing model at Jimmy Michel Motors.

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Wins Coveted Performance Car of the Year Award

Road & Track recently put eight of the greatest new sports cars from all over the world to the test to determine which one was the best. The result? The Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang was named the Performance Car of the Year.

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

The Shelby GT350R, the Performance Car of the Year according to Road & Track!

The eight powerhouse cars were a lineup car enthusiasts could only dream about. It included the 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R, 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S, and 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4.

To be considered for this award, cars had to be street-legal while at the same time pushing their performance to the max with competitive lap times.

Road & Track writes, “GT350R is the Mustang that all Mustangs have been waiting to become.”

It is also worth noting that the Mustang is also the least expensive car on this list. It walked away with the award after a runaway vote.

The Shelby GT350R is powered by a high-revving, flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine. This powerhouse is rated at 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque and is the most track-capable Mustang ever produced.

If you’re interested in a Mustang, take a look at our inventory!

New Ford Super Duty Lineup Adds 16 Segment-First Upgrades

Ford Super Duty lineup

Ford is reinventing the Super Duty. Adding some unique capabilities, the Ford Super Duty lineup is increasing capabilities, safety, and even some entertainment options. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it in a Super Duty pickup.

Some improvements to the 2017 lineup include options like using more military-grade aluminum alloys, cutting weight by more than 350 lbs, according to Ford. The Super Duty is also getting new chassis cab features like a high-strength frame with an open C-channel design to enable easy aftermarket up-fit modifications.

“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”

There are 16 segment-first options on the new lineup models, including advanced camera technologies, fifth-wheel capabilities, LED lighting, adaptive cruise control, and more. In-cab trailer tire pressure is also a first for these trucks, just one of many new options that make the Ford Super Duty pickups among the best in their class.

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