2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Introducing the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility: The New Face of the Law

Think twice criminals: the new Ford Police Interceptor recently debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. This new model features the latest in technology and performance, and it looks incredible too. Some people might even be tempted to break the law just for a chance to ride in the back seat.

2016 Ford Police Interceptor UtilityAccording to Ford, the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility has already captured 55% of the market, meaning it’s quickly becoming the next standard police SUV. The new model was specially designed with our men and women in blue in mind. A board consisting of 25 experts from law enforcement helped critique the design as it was made.

“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles. “By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”

The Police Interceptor Utility comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 that cranks our 304 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque. An EcoBoost V6 is also being made available for departments that want to be as eco-friendly as possible. With a unique Pursuit Mode and off-road capabilities, this is one SUV you don’t want on your tail.

Top Secret Ford GT Finally Revealed

In a world where new car photos are leaked all the time, Ford managed to keep the all-new 2016 Ford GT a complete secret for more than a year. For 14 months, the design and manufacturing of Ford’s 600 horsepower supercar remained under lock-and-key, in a super-secret, unassuming basement storage room.

Ford GT Front ViewOnly a small number of employees had access to the storage room, using actual old-school metal keys instead of the electronic ID cards usually used to get employees access to the building. In fact, losing this particular key just might get you fired. The employees were aware of the project only on a need-to-know basis, and were sworn to secrecy. Not even friends or family were allowed to know what their loved ones were working on all day (and often at night and on the weekends, too).

On occasion, the team would take the car outside for testing and to assess the project in the light of day. This only happened on weekends or days when no one else was around. The project – code name Phoenix – turned out to be a complete success, since not one photo was leaked until the 2016 Ford GT was officially revealed at last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to autonews.com, keeping rivals like Acura (who revealed their NSX supercar just after the secret Ford GT was revealed) in the dark was certainly a benefit to its super-secret production, but the true reason behind all the secrecy was to speed up the decision-making process. Bureaucracy can bog the entire process down, and on a short timeline, it was beneficial to involve as few people as possible.Ford GT Back View

“Usually, we like to encourage, especially on important programs, wide input from around the world,” Moray Callum, Ford’s global design chief, said. “But on this one, we sort of realized both in terms of time and the element of keeping it quiet that we probably had to change the process here, so we picked a small group of designers.”

Here at Cambridge Classic Ford, we are drooling over the GT. What do you think? Was the GT worth keeping a secret? Tell us in the comments!

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Laps Camaro

Nurburgring, ‘the Ring’, is a track in Germany that sees muscle cars going head to head in lap times every year. This year was no different and EVO reported that Ford is raising the bar.

Shortly after its debut in Detroit, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R lapped the Ring faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The difference? Five seconds. It may not sound like much but on the track a split second is the difference between winning and losing.

With a time of 7 minutes 32.19 seconds, the Shelby beats out the Camaro Z28’s 7 minute 37.47 second lap. The Shelby GT350R’s time is comparable to the Ferrari 458 Italia’s.

With this new Mustang starting off the next generation right, Ford has picked up the pace and taken it directly to its competitors. With a 5.2L V8 engine putting out over 500 horses, weight saving modifications, and magnetic ride suspension, the standard has been set.

Is it any wonder the world would rather choose a Ford over a Chevy? Chevrolet’s response later this year with the release of the next generation Camaro still won’t be able to beat this Mustang.

Ford GT Carbon Supercar Revs Up Detroit Auto Show

While the new Ford F-150 has dominated the Blue Oval’s headlines for many months now, Ford still managed to put out another equally impressive performance car at the North American International Auto Show this year—the Ford GT Carbon Fiber Supercar. This Ford GT supercar is one of twelve new performance vehicles the brand promised us by 2020—and if this is the standard, we’re excited to see the rest of those cars, for sure.

The Ford GT gets its power from its EcoBoost engine. Ford has begun implementing EcoBoost technology in basically every one of their vehicles, and this engine, a twin-turbocharged V6, is the most powerful EcoBoost offering yet. In fact, it will get over 600 horsepower. That engine is mid-mounted, and the car also features rear-wheel-drive and a beautiful carbon fiber design.

Ford GT Carbon

What’s more, the GT also received the EyesOn Design Prize for Best Production Vehicle at NAIAS. The award is given to the best production and concept vehicles making their global debuts in Detroit.

“Ford and its employees are honored to receive this recognition,” said Moray Callum, Ford Motor Company vice president, Design. “The great thing about the all-new Ford GT is that we were able to maintain the essence of the original GT40, while making it into a 21st century car. The GT’s cutting-edge technology and engineering demonstrate Ford’s commitment to performance and innovation in every aspect of our business.”

We’re certainly proud of the Ford GT Carbon Supercar here at Cambridge Classic Ford, but we’d be even more proud to see you behind the wheel of one. So come see us today to learn more about the supercar that shocked Detroit—and to get more information on all the Ford performance cars coming this decade.

Ford Green Zone System Aims to Make Efficient Driving More Intelligent

No one can argue that plug in hybrids like the Ford Fusion are incredibly efficient cars. But, what if we told you that these cars aren’t operating at their full potential when it comes to fuel conservation? Plug-in hybrids run on an electric charge until they run out, then operate on its gas engine once the battery is depleted. In reality, it would be ideal if cars could run on electric mode in certain situations (like at lower speeds), and a car that can intelligently switch between modes based on driving conditions would save even more gas.

Vehicle batteries are more efficient when operating at slower speeds, in addition, commuters may choose to save their battery power for certain areas in their commute. In London, for example, motorists driving on battery power are exempted from the costly inner city commuter fee.

In an effort to make this kind of intelligent driving a reality, Ford has introduced its Ford Green Zone system. In its preliminary form, the driver would visit a website (or use the navigation screen), and designate on a map where the vehicle should automatically go into electric mode, if it’s able.

The system would also automatically factor in traffic conditions, the grade of the roadway, and driver behavior to determine when it’s most efficient to use battery power versus gas power.

“We’re looking at ways to make driving more efficient, intelligent and safer,” explains Joel Brush, a global account director with Here, a subsidiary of technology giant Nokia, which is providing the underlying mapping information for the Ford Green Zone system.

This kind of technology would not only benefit plug-in hybrids, but also conventional vehicles. Nokia’s mapping data is so precise that it can know when a car is approaching a hill or entering a turn, which could be used to direct headlights or change gears.

While Ford is still several years away from offering Ford Green Zone in dealerships, the automaker is confident that it will eventually offer the technology in at least some of its cars.

We look forward to Ford Green Zone making its way into our favorite cars, but until then, stop by Cambridge Classic Ford to check out our selection of hybrid cars.

Ford’s Supplier Relationships Mean New Features for F-150 and Mustang

Ford Motor Company has a long-time reputation of maintaining outstanding relationships with its suppliers. The company’s suppliers vary from year to year, and this year, Ford ranked fourth out of six in the annual Planning Perspectives Inc. survey of how auto suppliers view their customers.

Ford is currently in the middle of a year with 23 product launches, 16 of those in North America. Ford’s current supplier relationships are helping to provide a range of innovative new features for the 2015 F-150 and Mustang.

According to autonews.com, Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president for Ford global purchasing, showcased the following technologies to be seen on 2015 vehicles:

Hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails (2015 Mustang). Schuler Inc. and Midway Products worked with Ford to create a heavy-gauge steel hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails.

High-strength steel frame (2015 F-150). The 2015 F-150 will be the first pickup featuring a lightweight aluminum body, however the lightweight pickup will feature a steel frame. Ford worked with Metalsa S.A. on its steel frame that is 60 pounds lighter with improved rigidity.

LED headlamps (2015 F-150). Ford noted that they worked with suppliers Osram GmbH and Flex-n-Gate Corp. to design a new headlamp design that “saves energy, is designed for longevity, and casts a much brighter and clearer light down the road than halogen or incandescent lamps”.

Quarter windows (2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition). Ford worked with Magna International Inc. to create new quarter windows made of louvered glass.

“Considering the impact suppliers have on our business, with 70 percent of the value of the vehicle being purchased from our supplier partners, our suppliers are critical to our ability to offer attractive solutions to our customers,” Thai-Tang said in a statement.

Ford maintains a massive supply chain, with more than 1,100 suppliers located across more than 4,600 manufacturing sites, and supplying more than 130,000 parts for use in Ford vehicles.

If you’re looking for a well-made car with state-of-the-art technology and features, stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today!

Ford Adds Platinum Trim to 2015 Expedition Lineup

 

2015 Expedition at Cambridge Classic Ford

The Ford Motor Company makes great vehicles all across the board, but there’s always been something special about the brand’s full-size SUVs and trucks. Take the Ford Expedition, for example. On the market since 1996, the Expedition has put together two strong decades of sales while establishing itself as premiere vehicle in the full-size SUV class. As a reward both to the Expedition and to the vehicle’s loyal customers, therefore, Ford has added an all-new Platinum trim to the 2015 Expedition lineup.

The Expedition’s new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, with direct-injection and twin-turbocharging technology, actually chugs out even more power than the previous 5.4L offering, while of course being more fuel-efficient as well. Ford has paired this engine with a six-speed SelectShift transmission to pump the SUVs performance and efficiency up to the maximum.2015 Ford Expedition

The Platinum Expedition specifically gets some interior upgrades, like the all-new power-assisted steering feature as well as a redesigned center stack. The redesigned stack provides room for new technological features, like the dual 4.2 inch LCD screens and the rearview camera. These are just a few of the features that make the new 2015 Expedition special; for a full list, come see us at Cambridge Classic Ford.

Bill Ford Promises Self-Driving Cars in the Near Future

Bill Ford, Ford executive chairman as well as the great-grandson of the pioneering Henry Ford, recently spoke at the Forbes Reinventing American Summit, detailing the bright—and surprising future—of the Blue Oval. He talked specifically about the technological age—how technology has already revolutionized the industry and how it will continue to do so in the future.

Take the newest F-150, for example. The aluminum-infused frame is a major technological achievement, finding ways to use lighter materials but still strengthen the truck’s frame. But Bill Ford’s real surprise bomb came in a direction vein: “Self-driving cars are coming,” said Ford. “But the technology will arrive before society figures out how to make it work. There’s a whole element that needs to be worked out.”

Here at Cambridge Classic Ford, we’re pretty excited—and confident—about Ford working through that “whole element.” And, if Bill Ford’s quotes are any indication, that element might be even more revolutionary than we can anticipate. “I said to our company – we’re a personal mobility company. Whatever form that takes, we need to pursue.” Therefore, whatever pursuit Ford takes, here at Cambridge, we’re ready to follow.

Ford’s 2014 Lineup Riding High on Hybrid Technology

The Ford Motor Company has always been endlessly resourceful and creative, finding ways to put together excellent lineups that are relevant to their time. So it’s no surprise that now, in the age of the hybrid vehicle, Ford’s lineup is littered with great green vehicles, including three earth-shattering hybrids designed to combine efficiency and style for the sophisticated modern driver. Ok, it occurs to me that “earth-shattering” might not be the best descriptor for a hybrid vehicle, but trust me: the C-MAX Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, and Fusion Energi will shatter your expectations of what an electric vehicle can do.

Let’s start with the C-MAX Hybrid, a car that destroys the notion that the bigger the car, the less efficient it must be. In fact, the C-MAX Hybrid has been named 2014’s Most Efficient Large Car by the U.S. Department of Energy, and that’s no surprise to us here at Cambridge Classic Ford. The car’s 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine, complete with electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT), combined with a lithium-ion battery and a Regenerative Braking System, all add up to amazing fuel efficiency—which you can track using EcoGuide on the car’s LCD screen.With EPA-estimates of 45 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, as well as room to seat a total of five passengers, the C-MAX Hybrid is the perfect car for families looking for a fuel efficient alternative.

Then there are the two Fusions, the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi. The former allows drivers to feel sporty, revving up to 85 mph without even turning on the gas. Overall, the Fusion Hybrid grabs 188 horsepower, tempting you to forget you’re driving a hybrid at all. The Fusion Energi, however, takes owners into the realm of plug-in hybrids. It can chug out 21 miles on electric power only before switching into hybrid mode. Plus, Ford will throw in a 120V convenience charge cord with your Fusion Energi; the cord will fully charge your vehicle in just 7 hours.

We’re all living in the age of the electric vehicle—and if you want to live well, you’ll be needing a new Ford. Check out one of Ford’s excellent hybrid offerings today!

Ford Shifts its Attention to Making the F-150 Greener

When Ford showed off its new Atlas Concept at the NAIAS in Detroit, it became apparent that Ford envisioned the future of the heavy-duty pickup truck as strong, but efficient. Some of these technologies include things like active grille shutters, active wheel shutters, a drop-down air dam, and power running boards – which, combined, can save a lot more fuel than conventional vehicles.

What would you think about having a hybrid F-150? An F-150 running on both gas and electricity definitely would be something new and interesting to try out. That’s not the only possibility though, as Ford could also change the materials with which they build their trucks. Possibilities include such advanced, weight-saving materials as high-strength steel, boron steel, aluminum, and even magnesium. We could also likely see carbon fiber become more common.

No matter what path Ford decides to set out on with its popular F-150 series, it’s sure to be an innovative and exciting one. Until they release solid details, our job is to cling onto any rumors that come our way.