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!

How to Prepare for a Tornado

How to Prepare for a Tornado

How to Prepare for a Tornado

Tornados are extremely unpredictable so knowing what to do ahead of time is important.


Summertime weather is usually famous for sunny days and hot temperatures. However, the summer weather is also famous for being unpredictable. Warm and cold fronts often clash during the summer months. The consequences of this violent change in weather can often come in the form of a tornado! Tornados can cause a ton of damage, so it is important to know how to prepare for a tornado. Fortunately, there are several ways you can ensure you and your family are safe before a tornado touches down!

  • There is often a period of warning before severe summer storms strike! Take this time to ensure that any dead or damaged branches from the trees surrounding your property are removed to minimize damages.
  • Other outside objects that can damage your property during a storm include yard furniture. Move this furniture from the patio to the inside of your home!
  • You should have a certain room in your home selected as a designated safe room in case of a tornado. This room should be below the ground if at all possible and should preferably lack windows.

Tornados can happen at any time. That is why it is so important that you be prepared for them at all times! Make sure that you and your family take the necessary precautions to stay safe this summer.

Reach out to us at Jimmy Michel Motors or comment below for any extra tips on how to prepare for a tornado.

long-range electric Ford

Long-Range Electric Ford Planned, Few Details Released

long-range electric Ford

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.

Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

sharing the road with motorcyclists

Learning to share the road with cars and motorcycles is the best way to prevent accidents.


As the weather warms, we’ll be sharing the road with motorcyclists more and more often, and it’s important to know how to drive alongside them safely. More than half of motorcycle fatalities happen in an accident with another driver. Motorcyclists are often harder to see and their movements aren’t as clear from a car, so follow these tips and keep yourself and our two-wheeling friends safe.

First of all, let go of any anger you may feel and learn to accept motorcyclists’ presence on the road. They aren’t going anywhere, and they aren’t there to make you mad. They often change lanes to improve their own visibility to other drivers. Being angry at them makes you drive more recklessly.

Motorcycles often look farther away than they are and don’t appear to be going as fast, so don’t turn unless you’re sure the motorcycle is far from you—or just wait until it passes. Pay attention to a motorcycle’s turn signals—they aren’t self-canceling, so they might still be on when they aren’t supposed to be.

Put more distance between yourself and motorcycles than you would a car, especially in wet road conditions.

If you have anymore tips on sharing the road with motorcyclists please share below or visit us at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.