Ford has recently announced that its new infotainment system, Ford Sync 3, will be programmed by Blackberry. That’s right. Ford is ending its partnership with Microsoft, the company that helped Ford built the original Sync.
Forbes asks, “Blackberry? In a post-iPhone world, could Ford be any more unhip?” The magazine then goes to explain why Ford’s decision may be the hippest of all. We here at Cambridge Classic Ford are excited about the change and look forward to sharing Ford’s new system.
The biggest reason we should like the change is that although we see the Blackberry name, the company who is actually doing the work this time is QNX, a very reputable subsidiary of Blackberry.
QNX is already working with a number of other major manufacturers, so building infotainment systems is very familiar for them. They are known for their expertise in safety and security. As Forbes puts it, “QNX’s history with autos makes the company particularly aware of these issues.” Expect these areas to be tip-top in the new Ford Sync 3 by QNX.
These are truly exciting times in the Ford camp. Big news! The automaker responsible for the first aluminum full-size truck and America’s finest sports car has just announced that it is creating a performance division. The goal? “Bring better and more products to market quicker,” says Dave Pericak, former Mustang Chief Engineer. He is now head of the nascent Ford Performance Division.
A more specific goal for this division is to bring 12 new models to light by the year 2020. One of these models will definitely be the Ford Focus RS, what Fox News calls “an extreme version of the Focus compact.”
We here at Cambridge Classic Ford are glad to learn that we won’t have to wait long to see the fruits of Ford’s labors. Pericak hinted that Ford may display some projects he and his team have been working on at the New York International Auto Show in January.
For the month of November, the Ford Motor Company’s sales totaled 187,000 vehicles. Several of the brand’s models posted monthly sales numbers we haven’t seen in a long time.
The Ford Mustang, redesigned for 2015 and its golden anniversary year, sold 8,728 vehicles. That’s the best November sales the model has experienced since 2006.
“Our all-new Mustang is moving quickly off dealer lots,” said John Felice, Ford’s vice president of US Marketing, Sales, and Service. “Mustang has had its best November sales in eight years and is turning in just eight days on dealer lots, on average.”
Adding to the Mustang’s success, more than 25,500 units of the Ford Escape were sold, setting a new record for the SUV’s best ever November sales. In addition, sales of the Explorer were recorded at 14,949, marking the model’s greatest results in 10 years.
We at Cambridge Classic Ford are excited to continue this trend of record-setting sales as we come to the year’s end and begin to look toward 2015. If you missed out on contributing to the best November for Ford, help give the brand its best December sales by finding your perfect model.
When the police are looking for the best cars available to help them serve the public, they often turn to Ford. Thus, it’s no surprise the 2015 Ford EcoBoost® Police Interceptor sedan has come back for another year, once again earning the title of quickest-accelerating pursuit vehicle. Not only is it fast, but we at Cambridge Classic Ford agree it’s sleek as well.
According to Ford, you’ll probably only see these models in California or if you cross the border into Michigan. The special models have been the best-selling police vehicles since 1996, and with a 0-to-60 acceleration in 5.85 seconds, it’s easy to see why.
“We are thrilled to repeat as having best acceleration,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer at Ford. “Quickly closing the distance between an officer and a target vehicle is key to safely avoiding high-speed pursuits. Our police vehicles are built around officer safety, and outstanding performance is yet another demonstration of that commitment.”
The quickest Interceptor model features a 5.7-liter V-8 and AWD system, capable of stopping bad guys just by revving the engine. Unfortunately, these models are not made available to the public for obvious reasons, but it’s a great example of Ford’s incredible performance engineering.