Sales Numbers Show Best November for Ford in Years

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.

2015 Ford EcoBoost® Police Interceptor: Stopping Crooks in Their Paths

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.

Ford Begins Testing Clean Energy Systems in Ford Dealerships

Ford has spent some time over the past few years shifting its focus. While big, rugged trucks are still very much the backbone of the automaker, finding ways to reduce their cars’ and trucks’ impact on the environment has become a major priority. Now, Ford is taking green energy to their dealerships.

Ford has announced that a pilot program will install clean energy systems in Ford dealerships – four dealerships, to be exact. The systems will use solar and wind energy to power the entire dealership, including buildings, electric-car charging stations, and lot lighting.

The systems will be supplied by Wind Energy Corporation, and use a large “wind sail” to harvest energy, along with a 7-kilowatt solar array. The wind sales will feature the Ford logo and dealer’s name, which will serve as a unique form of advertising.

These “Windy Systems” are each expected to generate 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power two homes for a year, or recharge the Focus Electric’s battery 870 times. Each system is expected to offset almost 14 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions each year.

The dealerships receiving the systems are electric-car certified Ford dealers who were selected based on their commitment to alternative energy use, along with their location’s ability to accommodate the system. Installations will begin next year, and will be completed by spring of 2015.

Here at Cambridge Classic Ford, we hope that these systems prove to be an ideal form of alternative energy for Ford dealerships, and that the automaker will soon expand this program to additional dealerships nationwide! If you are ready to make a difference, stop by today to learn more about our selection of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Ford’s Autonomous Features Keep Safety in Mind

The future of cars is in the works with the many announcements for predicted deadlines for automatic and semi-automatic drive modes for drivers and truckers alike. These innovations are just steps away from The Jetsons, but they do bring about some concerns. These concerns are ones Ford has been keeping in mind.

Even with autonomous cars in the works, the Ford model is still focused on the driver. The driving systems are there to help the driver but much like the traditional cruise control, drivers still need to be alert and ready to react.

The introduction of Ford’s autonomous features is on the move, but it will take time for all of the aspects to be implemented. For the sake of a safety, Ford’s putting in new automatic features one at a time so each one can be integrated safely. Things like automatic parallel parking and lane assist are enough for now as more features are planned for future models while these systems are perfected and normalized in Ford vehicles.

Classic Cambridge Ford is glad to see that Ford isn’t rushing into the luxurious notion of autonomous vehicles all willy nilly. It’s the interest in safety first over exciting innovations that make Ford a company worth supporting. For more information on the assistant features Ford does have implemented into its new vehicles, feel free to give us a call or visit us with your questions!

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.

Cambridge is Focused on the Ford Focus

Just in case you don’t already know, the Ford Motor Company recently revealed that the Focus was the best-selling nameplate in the world for the year 2012. Just over 1 million Focus small cars were sold. Most of these sales happened in China, with over a quarter of all Focus sales. The United States came in as the second largest sales market.

This success is continuing on in 2013. Not that this comes as a surprise to those of us at Cambridge Classic Ford. The 2.0L It-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine is just as powerful as it is fuel efficient. With an EPA estimated 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, you really do get a lot of bang for your buck.

With standard dual-stage front airbags, front-seat side-impact, and SafetyCanopy™ side-curtain airbags in the first and second row, this is one of the most safety oriented cars on the market. The combination of the latest technology, safety features, and fuel efficiency make the Ford Focus a great investment. Added standard details like the AdvanceTrac electronic stability control and Tire Pressure Monitoring System, give the driver the grip needed to stay on the road and in control.

Maybe you’re a parent or a grandparent looking for the perfect car to keep your kids and grandkids safe. Or maybe you’re just a regular Joe or Jane wanting to keep yourself and your friends safe while saving a few dollars on gas. The Focus has everything you need, no matter what your life situation is.

Come on down to Cambridge Classic Ford and check out the 2013 Ford Focus. We know you’ll love it just as much as the rest of the world does.

The 2013 Ford Fusion is America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan

EPA estimates for the 2013 Ford Fusion were recently released, and they have confirmed that the 2013 Fusion is the most fuel-efficient midsized sedan in America.

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

The all-new Fusion has three engine options available. The standard 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine generates 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft. of torque. It also has an EPA-estimated 22 city/ 33 highway miles per gallon.  The two new available EcoBoost engines strive to lower carbon emissions without compromising power and efficiency. The 1.6L option offers great fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 26 city/37 highway miles per gallon. The 2.0L EcoBoost engine gives drivers more power with 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.

“Ford is bringing power of choice to midsize sedan buyers,” says Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “More than 2 million customers this year will purchase midsize cars. Our new Fusion delivers the fuel savings people truly want and value, with technologies that cost two to three times the price on some German sedans.”

Ford Will Almost Double EcoBoost Engine Availability in 2012

A grand total of 11 Ford vehicles will offer the EcoBoost engine this year.  A new version of the Focus compact hatchback, an all-new Taurus Police Interceptor sedan, the Escape crossover, and the Fusion sedan are the new Fords added to a list that already includes the F-150, Edge, Explorer, Flex, and Taurus, along with the Lincoln MKT and MKS.

The new Focus ST will feature a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 paired engine with a 6-speed manual transmission.  Drivers will definitely enjoy the 247 hp that this engine will deliver.  Even more power is offered with the Taurus Police Interceptor sedan, which will deliver 365 hp with its new EcoBoost engine.

Ford’s 2013 Escape will actually offer two different EcoBoost engines.  Drivers will have the choice of either a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine.  The Fusion will offer these two engines as well and will be offered as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid toward the end of 2012.