Tips for Your Next Holiday Road Trip

2018 Ford Expedition

The holidays can be hectic, especially when it comes to travelling. That’s why we at Jimmy Michel Motors have compiled a post on tips for your next holiday road trip. From staying safe to reducing stress on the road, there are a few things you can do to make any drive more enjoyable.

According to the Travel Insurance Review, you should break up your driving and rotate drivers if possible. AAA notes that over 48 million people will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving, which means the roads are bound to be busy. Avoid driving more than three hours straight, and switch out drivers if possible. Although most of us prefer to make any trip a straight shot, it’s not worth it to sacrifice safety. Stretch your legs, hydrate, and use the restroom.

Next, take 10 minutes to prepare the cabin of your car for the trip. Adjust the seat and mirrors, set your GPS and mount it using a hands-free system, and put the snacks and water bottles where you can reach them. You should also have a pair of sunglasses readily available, and be sure to prepare entertainment items (like DVDs, audio books, games, and art supplies) for kids beforehand.

Finally, stay prepared with a travel medical kit. You should always have an emergency roadside kit that’s well-stocked with antiseptic, Band Aids, gauze, pain killers (preferably aspirin), tweezers, and cotton balls. Also, check your spare tire to make sure it’s well inflated. Naturally, you should also stop by your local dealership for regular service before any long trip to be sure that your car is in proper working order.

Future Ford Pickup Design: Redefining Truck Styling

2018 Ford F-150

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.

What’s New for the 2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

When you’re named America’s best-selling vehicle, you don’t want to let that title go to waste. The Ford F-150 has earned its accolades for always reaching for new and exciting improvements. Ford’s innovations in design and performance never fail to anticipate the driver’s needs, and the same can be said for the changes in the 2018 Ford F-150, outlined by Detroit Free Press writer Mark Phelan.

Most of what’s new in this full-size pickup is under the hood. The base trim of the 2018 Ford F-150 has the same six-speed automatic transmission from the previous model year. That model is powered by a 3.3-liter V6. For the rest of the trims, however, there’s a new standard in town—Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. Now, every truck but the base trim gets the smooth and powerful acceleration that this transmission provides.

Some of the engines in the Ford F-150 lineup also get an extra jolt of power. Both the 5-liter V8 and 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 have been tweaked to provide even more strength. For drivers, this translates to slightly better fuel economy and remarkably higher payload and towing capacities. The 2018 Ford F-150 can now carry up to 3,270 pounds in its bed and haul up to 13,200 pounds.

If you want a pickup that has the technology and safety you’d expect in a family hauler and the power and capability to handle most jobs, the 2018 Ford F-150 should be your pick. Visit Jimmy Michel to take the new Ford F-150 for a test drive and get your first impression of the new powertrain.

Autonomous Ford Fusion to Deliver Domino’s Pizzas in Michigan

2018 Ford Fusion

You know that the Ford Fusion is stylish. You know that it’s smart, convenient, and efficient. You know that it comes in multiple trims to suit your lifestyle, including a hybrid option. But, did you know that the Ford Fusion is the model being used to test autonomous pizza delivery?

That’s right. Popular pizza chain Domino’s has been dying to explore the realm of self-driving pizza delivery cars. According to EndGadget.com writer, Mariella Moon, the company has started with experiments in delivery via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and drones on wheels. Now, the company is pairing with Ford to give a go at the first-ever self-driving pizza delivery service.

Domino’s and Ford have equipped a Ford Fusion with all of the autonomous equipment that Ford has to offer, like the cameras and sensors used for Ford’s suite of autonomous safety features. The Ford Fusion will head out in Ann Arbor over the period of a month.

Despite these features, the car will also be manned by a human driver as well. However, the driver won’t make a peep. The goal for Domino’s is to test the customer’s reaction to a totally driver-free delivery service, and to see how they interact with the system. On Ford’s end, the test is about learning more about developing a fully autonomous vehicle.

We may not have self-driving delivery vehicles at Jimmy Michel, but we do have the regular Ford Fusion—which is still a high above average vehicle choice. Stop in to check it out today, or get into a speculative conversation about the possible future of pizza delivery.

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!

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Named Popular Mechanic’s Pickup Truck of the Year

Popular Mechanic's Pickup Truck

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has been named Popular Mechanic’s 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.

Come into Jimmy Michel Ford today to check out all of our award-winning inventory!

the new Ford GoBike

New Ford Transportation in Global Cities

the new Ford GoBike

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.

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What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

car won’t start

Knowing what to do when your car won’t start can save you a lot of time and money!

 

If your car won’t start, there are a few things you can do to test what the problem is and see if it’s something you can fix. If it is, you’ll save money on a tow truck.

If you can’t turn the key and the engine seems to be stuck, you may just have a problem with your wheels being turned too far from when you parked. Turn the wheel back to a straighter position and try again. If it still doesn’t work, try a spare key if you have one.

If you turn the key but nothing happens at all, this is usually a sign of a bad battery. Your battery life may be running out or your connection may be weak. Try to turn on the lights. If they seem dim, this is a sign of a dead battery. Call your roadside assistance or a good friend with jumper cables and ask them to come out and help you jump your battery. Then take it right to a parts store to get tested.

If the car cranks but doesn’t turn over when you try to start it, this is a harder problem to figure out on your own and it’s time to call for a tow or roadside assistance. Often the problem is a frozen fuel line, and it’s something you need to take in and have looked at.

Official Ford Mountune Power Upgrade Kit Makes Focus RS Crazy Powerful

Ford Mountune Power Upgrade

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.

Back to School Car Maintenance

Back to School Car Maintenance to Complete Before the Semester Starts

Back to School Car Maintenance

Get your car in tip-top shape before you go back to school!

 

It’s that time of year again: back to school season. And as you know, with back to school season comes back to school car maintenance. So, before you start the school year, you will want your car to be in top shape.

Here is a list of some routine maintenance to keep in mind:

  • If your car is due for an oil change, now is the time to make an appointment.
  • Consult your owner’s manual to discover the optimal tire pressure, and see to it that your tires match that amount.
  • Make sure that both your air conditioning and heating are working properly, especially if you haven’t used one in a while.
  • Fill up your windshield wiper fluid reservoir with fresh fluid.
  • And lastly, consider stocking your vehicle with a first-aid kit if you haven’t already, as well as some fresh water.

To meet with someone in our service department or, of course, to take a new vehicle out for a spin, contact us anytime at Jimmy Michel Motors.