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!