The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has been named the Popular Mechanics 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.
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!
Ford is branching out in transportation options with the new Ford GoBike!
Ford Smart Mobility LLC recently acquired Chariot, a crowd-sourced shuttle service based in San Francisco that Ford plans to use to help grow its shuttle services around the world. Ford hopes to extend its shuttle services to five more markets within a year and a half.
Also in the Bay Area and around San Francisco, Ford is rolling out the new Ford GoBike, a bike sharing service where bikes are provided and riders borrow them for a few hours and then drop them off at another GoBike stop.
Ford hopes to get this project underway by next year and wants to increase the number of cyclists using GoBikes to 7,000 in that area by the end of 2018. GoBikes will be able to be accessed using FordPass. Eventually, Ford wants to develop an interconnected mobility network connected through data collection from the GoBikes to include real-time data on weather and traffic, among others.
Ford is putting together a team called City Solutions that will help continue its efforts to expand mobility services around the world. These are just some of the initiatives to increase new Ford transportation in global cities. Ford will continue to expand in its role as a leader in the global mobility market.
For more information on Ford news and vehicles feel free to contact our experts at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.
The Ford Focus RS is about to get a huge power upgrade!
The 2016 Ford Focus RS was already a powerful, popular model, but now, thanks to British tuning company Mountune, your Focus RS can be even stronger, with the Ford Mountune Power Upgrade kit.
In fact, the kit improves the horsepower output of the Focus RS by 25 horsepower, bringing the total from 350 to 375 horsepower. This much of a jump is a huge difference, especially for a vehicle already known for its performance abilities.
Plus, with the Mountune upgrade in effect, the 2016 Ford Focus RS can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It’s essentially a racecar!
Mountune worked with Ford Performance on the kit, so if you are interested in upgrading your vehicle, it will not affect your warranty. For more information on the Ford Focus RS Mountune upgrade or to take the Focus RS out on a test drive, visit us anytime at Jimmy Michel Motors.
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.