As a very technology forward and friendly company, Ford has always been at the forefront of vehicle innovations. Two of Ford’s favorite creations are the SYNC® and the MyFord Touch®. The SYNC® made its first appearance in 2007 and the MyFord Touch® followed just a few years later in 2010. For the relatively new pair, tweaks to their already elevated systems are just perfecting them even more.
We all fell in love with the pair almost on sight and have been clamoring for more. In one of Ford’s recent press releases, it was revealed just how popular these technologies have grown. Together, the two systems are sold on 79 percent of 2013 Ford vehicles, which is up nearly ten percent from 2012. In fact, drivers stick with Ford specifically for its superior infotainment offering. Specifically, 53 percent of 2013 Escape drivers cited the MyFord Touch touch screen as their number one reason for purchasing the vehicle.
“Ford has launched 60 new technologies the past few years and they are helping attract many new customers in important markets such as the coasts,” reported Raj Nair, group vice president, global product development. “SYNC and MyFord Touch are key parts of our innovation strategy, and not only bring more new customers to our brand, but help deliver higher satisfaction with overall vehicle quality.”
We all try to do what we can for the various cancer and disease organizations that exist. Well, the Ford Motor Company through the Ford Fund is also doing what they can. The Ford Fund is the community relations section of the Ford Motor Company. As such, the Ford Fund has awarded the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Lexington, Kentucky $10,000.
The check was presented during a Lexington Legends baseball game. That same game was also dedicated to the Go Red for Women campaign. This is not a new gifting relationship for Ford; the Ford Fund also gave the American Heart Association a $10,000 grant last year.
According to the Special Events Director for the American Heart Assocation, “Heart disease affects more women in Kentucky than any other disease. We are grateful to the Ford Motor Company for continuing to support our Go Red for Women mission.”
This is all being done as a part of Ford’s Operation Better World program. The program is a partnership between the Ford Fund and local Ford dealers. All donations to the program are given to organizations that support children, families, health, and veteran’s needs.
Everyone needs a little speed in their lives. Those back roads just scream for you to let loose and fly for a little while. For those of you who are lucky enough to be able to drive, you’ve all experience the need for speed at some point in your driving career.
Well, the Ford Motor Company is no different than the rest of us. Ford partnered up with the movie “Need for Speed” and gave them two custom Fords to use. The movie is due to be released March 14, 2014, but we have an exclusive preview for you.
A Mustang Shelby GT500 with a one-off widebody kit and 220inch wheels, capable of producing 662 hp, gives off just the right arcade style. As of right now, the film’s star (Aaron Paul) is set to drive the Mustang as his primary car.
A rugged F-450 is also going to appear in the film. It is powered by Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. The Magna Flow exhaust and a set of smokestack-style pipes lend a tough edge to the already strong looking F-450. The truck is also outfitted with a custom cargo box, front bumper with integrated bull bar, 9,000-pound winch, First Attack wheels, and a 7-inch lift kit so that it can have an action hero-like appearance.
On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, Ford sponsored an Honor Flight for 26 World War II veterans and their guardians to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The 26 trip members from Kentucky were greeted at the National World War II Memorial by Ford employees. Members of Congress were also invited to attend.
The Honor Flight veterans, who are now in their late eighties and nineties, also visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Iwo Jim Memorial. The Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network organized the trip for the veterans.
Al Lindsey, the manager of material planning and logistics at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant said, “As a veteran myself, it is an honor and privilege to travel to Washington, D.C., alongside these brave Americans who served our country nearly 70 years ago. I hope this visit serves as a demonstration of the lasting impact of – and appreciation for – their historic sacrifice.”
This example of Ford’s continued dedication to our veterans makes Cambridge Classic Ford so proud to be a part of the family. Other organizations would do well to follow Ford’s example of honoring and supporting our veterans.
Ford has announced that they have been seeing increases in their SUV’s, with SUV’s going so well that Ford is considering selling their SUV crossover, the EcoSport, in America.
In some parts of the country, such as California, the Explorer and Escape’s sales have risen considerably, with Ford sharing the largest part of the sport and crossover utility market. Ford has announced that to meet this demand they are increasing exports of their crossover SUV models.
“This was a major bet we made with the One Ford plan, and it is paying off,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president, global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. “Utilities are helping us grow our share in the North American market – particularly in the traditionally difficult coastal markets – and they’re driving our expansion in developing markets, where utility growth is exploding.”
Presently, Ford exports one of every four Explorers it makes. Ford plans to offer the Explorer in over 27 countries by 2017, says Erich Merkle, Ford analyst.
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