It seems that adults aren’t the only ones impressed by the Ford F-150 Raptor. Ford’s high-performance off-road F-150 model is quickly gaining traction as a major hit for toymakers and video games. Scale-models of the Raptor have proven to be extremely popular with children of all ages, hitting an all-time high for Ford Motor Company’s licensing demands.
There seems to be a connection between this surge in toy popularity and the actual Ford F-150 Raptor’s top spot in the performance truck sales market. Sales records this year shattered last year’s, increasing by nearly 40%. The popularity of the truck is spreading to nearly every medium and even other countries such as Canada, Germany, Japan, China, and Brazil have seen high demand for the Raptor.
The Ford F-150 Raptor can be seen in toys and video games including:
- Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars
- Power Wheels ride-on vehicles for children
- “Need for Speed Most Wanted” racing video game
- “Forza 4” racing video game
Look for F-150 Raptor toys and video games, but also don’t forget to take a look at the real thing on the lot!
The Ford C-MAX has taken the title of “Fastest-Selling Hybrid” by clearing 8,030 vehicle sales in October and November, its first two months on the market. The C-MAX is doing remarkably well with customers, who are purchasing the hybrid three times faster than the Prius and Insight launches combined. The consumer opinions of the vehicle are overwhelmingly positive.
The C-MAX is a fresh competitor in the hybrid market, not only bringing leading fuel economy to the table, but also serving up a winning combination of performance, fun, and new technology that makes everyone happy. Popular opinion of hybrid vehicles has slowly grown over the past few years, but now about 60% of new car buyers are considering hybrids when shopping. They’re definitely worth checking out – head over to the dealer and give one a spin! Check them out online at http://www.ford.com/cars/cmax/.
The accolades continue to roll in for the 2013 Ford Fusion. The redesigned Fusion has taken home awards for everything from design to safety, and the most recent award is for the Fusion’s environmental-friendly efficiency.
The Green Car Journal recently named the 2013 Ford Fusion its “Green Car of the Year”. The 2013 Fusion offers a versatile lineup of powertrains that couple efficiency and performance in a way that the Green Car Journal could not overlook.
“The 2013 Ford Fusion approaches the market with a ‘game-on’ attitude,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal. “There’s no overstating the importance of what Ford has done. Many have long envisioned new car showrooms where a desired model could be purchased with one of many distinctly different and efficient powertrains, selected to satisfy a buyer’s particular needs and desires.”
Ford has loaded the 2013 Fusion with innovative technological features to increase and is happy see their efforts did not go unnoticed.
“We are very honored that the all-new Ford Fusion has been recognized as the Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal,” said David Mondragon, Ford general marketing manager. “From EcoBoost to hybrid and plug-in hybrid offerings, the new Fusion is delivering best-in-class fuel economy all wrapped in a dynamic package.”
As the temperature drops, it becomes crucial to make sure your car is prepared for the treacherous driving conditions it creates. But in many cases, drivers are unsure of the steps they should take to make sure their car is ready for their winter commutes.
- Check your tire pressure. As winter approaches, make sure your tires are properly inflated and that they are not balding or have excessive wear. Under inflated, as well as over inflated, tires make it more difficult for your tires to get proper traction on the road and can increase the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle.
- Check windshield wipers and washer fluid. In winter, poor visibility can be just as dangerous as poor roads. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order, and that your washer fluid is full. This ensures you can remove any buildup from your windshield while driving.
- Check heaters and defrosters. Make sure your heaters and defrosters are in proper working order. Not only will you stay warm during your commute, but you can keep your windshields clear as well, improving visibility and leading to a safer driving experience.
- Keep an emergency kit stocked. In the event that you do lose control of your vehicle, you should make sure you are prepared for the harsh conditions or winter. Keep a supply kit in your car, containing items such as a blanket, extra food and water, a set of warm clothes, flares, and various materials to prepare your car for the weather, such as jumper cables, an ice scraper, and a small shovel. Materials to help you stay warm and potentially get you out of the situation are a must.
Follow these tips and keep a clear head, and you should have no problem standing up to the cold weather and ensuring all of your travels can be safe all winter long!