New Compact Ford Pickup May Be Coming by 2022

Coming Soon

There are lots of people who like the idea of driving a truck but do not need the ability to tow tens of thousands of pounds. While the upcoming midsize Ford Ranger may prove to be a better option for some, a new, even smaller compact Ford pickup may be released by 2022 to appeal to those who want to go even smaller.

According to Automobile magazine, Ford is considering reintroducing a compact unibody pickup to the American market sometime within the next five years. The last time Ford offered a small pickup was the Courier, which ended production in the early 1980s to make way for the Ranger and has been off the international market since 2013.

According to Automobile’s sources, the new truck would be larger than the previous Courier model but smaller than the current Ranger. Because of its small size, its towing and hauling capabilities likely would stay relatively low, but it would prove a versatile option for customers who may want to drive a truck but simply don’t need all that truck.

In speaking with Car and Driver, Ford spokesperson Dawn McKenzie said that Ford will be “significantly expanding our North America lineup with all-new vehicles and entering new segments with fresh designs and white-space silhouettes that will position us for even more growth.” While that’s not a definite yes, it certainly doesn’t sound like a no to us.

To see the new 2019 Ford Ranger, stop into Sanderson Ford’s showroom later this year and make sure you’re one of the first to take it for a test drive.

 

2018 Ford Expedition Safety Features Earn 5-Star Rating from NHTSA

2018 Ford Expedition

The 2018 Ford Expedition is a family-friendly SUV with plenty of space for both passengers and cargo. The Expedition is now even more appealing to families after earning a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA is one of the leading automotive safety organizations, and the 2018 Ford Expedition safety features proved especially crucial in earning it the highest honor for safety available

According to The News Wheel, the Expedition earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating by getting nearly perfect scores in the New Car Assessment Program’s crash tests. Features that helped it to earn such a rating include high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy in the body; a fully-boxed steel frame; and driver-assist technologies aimed at providing confidence behind the wheel. These high-tech safety features include Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Forward Collision Warning, and auto high-beam headlamps.

“As a father of four and longtime Expedition owner, safety was a top priority when engineering the entirely new Expedition,” said Andrew Kernahan, Ford Expedition chief program engineer. “We are proud of the many features Expedition offers today that help keep our customers safe on the road.”

The 2018 Ford Expedition is big in more ways than one. It’s imposing in size and a great value, perfect for your family needs or making first impressions. To test-drive the Expedition and experience its award-winning safety in person, stop into Sanderson Ford.

 

The Best July Events in Phoenix You Shouldn’t Miss

Phoenix, AZ

Photo By Jerry Ferguson

Whether you’re a full-time resident or just planning a trip through the city, there is no shortage of exciting events in Phoenix this summer. We put together a list of some of the best July events in Phoenix that everyone is sure to love.

 

Meet Me Downtown

 

Meet Me Downtown is an evening get together that takes place every Monday in July in downtown Phoenix. A social run/walk, this three- to five-mile route offers a chance to socialize, check out local businesses, and wind prizes all while getting some exercise. Participants will also get special discounts at some local restaurants, so bring the whole family!

 

Fourth of July Freedom Fest

 

One of the most spectacular Independence Day celebrations if the Fourth of July Freedom Fest, which takes place annually at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This festival will feature live music, all-American fare, military tributes, a vintage air show, and of course awesome fireworks.

 

Real, Wild, and Woody Beer Festival

 

On July 28, visit the Phoenix Convention Center to check out the Real, Wild, and Woody Beer Festival. This event will feature dozens of local craft brewers and vendors so you can sample some of the best food and drink in the entire city.

 

At Sanderson Ford, we are proud to serve the Phoenix area. Have a safe and fun holiday!

 

Ford F-150 Earns Spot in the Consumer Reports 200,000-Mile Survey

2018 Ford F-150

Consumer Reports recently released its annual list of vehicle most likely to still be on the road at 200,000 miles, and the Ford F-150 was the only pickup truck included.

Durability is a hugely important factor for car buyers, who are looking for more than a car that can take them from place to place; they’re looking for a solid investment. When considering which car to buy, this Consumer Reports survey offers helpful insights.

Judges examined used vehicles at higher mileage ranges, and the cars that made it to 200,000 miles or more without significant repairs made the list. 200,000 miles is an average of 16.67 years, or 16 years and eight months, at an average of 12,000 miles per year.

The Consumer Reports 200,000-mile survey looked at cars from the early and mid-2000s. The Ford F-150 has just gotten stronger and more durable with each model year. Other trucks may make it to 200,000 miles, but they require a lot more maintenance work than the F-150.

Consumer Reports writer Jeff S. Bartlet pointed out that “any car can make it to 200,000 miles if you’re willing to put enough money into it,” but that it makes more sense to buy a vehicle that lasts a long time on its own, with standard maintenance and minimal repairs needed.

For more information about the durable and reliable 2018 Ford F-150, America’s best-selling vehicle, visit us at Sanderson Ford.

 

Vehicle Preview: 2019 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is making waves, accelerating us into the future with its exceptional power and performance. In April, the vehicle was made available to order, and Mustang enthusiasts have been flocking to dealerships ever since.

The 2019 Ford Mustang is a new Bullitt-edition model, predicated on the famous Mustang GT that appeared in the 1968 movie Bullitt. At 50 years old, the car still impresses, and the modern yet classic design of the new edition is sure to draw new Mustang owners as well as those who remember the film fondly. The film featured a 10-minute car-chase scene with the Mustang 390 GT at the center of it, cementing it as one of the most iconic vehicles in film history. It also helps that within the film, the cool Steve McQueen drove this Mustang around San Francisco’s streets.

The new Ford Mustang Bullitt offers ferocious power that is not for the faint at heart. It comes with a standard V8 engine that delivers a whopping 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Its engine — along with its other advanced equipment, including the Mustang Shelby GT350’s intake manifold — allow for the 2019 Mustang Bullitt to hit 163 mph. Its Dark Highland Green exterior color is another nod to film, looking both retro and trendy at the same time.

Learn more about the upcoming 2019 Ford Mustang at Sanderson Ford.

The All-New Ford Focus Design: New Technologies, More Space, Better Driving

2018 Ford Focus

Ford recently introduced the all-new Ford Focus in April. Engineers have spent long hours redesigning the Focus, adding new technologies, improving interior dimensions, and optimizing driving dynamics. In short, the new Focus is more enjoyable to drive than ever before.

According to Ford, the Focus offers three different body styles: a four-door sedan, a five-door estate/wagon, and a five-door hatchback. Specific changes to the Ford Focus design include a longer hood, more interior space for every passenger, and improved aerodynamics. There’s also an all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™ system, which is a suite of driver-assist technologies. You’ll find available Adaptive Cruise, Adaptive Lighting, Active Park Assist, and Evasive Steering Assist.

“We’re evolving our successful One Ford strategy to find new ways to create a sporty-looking small car our customers will love,” said Jim Farley, president of Global Markets. “We’ll tailor which cars in the Focus line-up we offer in markets around the world to ensure we best meet customers’ different needs and preferences.”

Driving dynamics are also better thanks to an all-new Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system, and drivers now get a standard Drive Mode Technology. You can switch between Normal, Sport, and Eco modes to optimize performance and fuel economy, while new options like Adaptive Shift Scheduling optimize gearshift timings and Adaptive Shift Quality adjusts clutch pressure.

The all-new Ford Focus will arrive in dealerships in 2019. For more information, or to schedule a test drive of the 2018 model, visit us at Sanderson Ford.

 

Ford Expedition Production to Increase at Kentucky Plant

2018 Ford Expedition

Last month, Ford announced that it planned to boost Ford Expedition production at its Kentucky Truck Plant; Ford will also boost production of the Lincoln Navigator for its luxury brand.

This is no small production boost either. Production of the Expedition and its luxury companion will jump up 25%, marking a $25 million investment in the Kentucky plant. This raises the total amount of money that Ford has pledged to the Kentucky Truck Plant up to a whopping $925 million.

So why this increase? Simply because Ford has designed an amazing product that dealers just keep selling out of. We can’t keep up with the demand—so when you do see a Ford Expedition on our lot, you’ll want to act fast, or you may have to wait a little longer for the next batch to arrive.

“The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional,” explained Joe Hinrichs, president of global operations. “Using a combination of Ford’s advanced manufacturing and American hard work and ingenuity, we’ll deliver more high-quality Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions to customers than originally planned.”

The other $900 million that Ford has poured into this plant have paid for 400 robots to improve speed and safety at the factory, as well a data analytics hub for meeting goals and a 3D printer to produce parts better, faster, and more cheaply.

Celebrate the growth of Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant by taking your favorite model for a test drive at Sanderson Ford.

 

Ford Launches Personalize Your Pony Experience on Facebook

2018 Ford Mustang

To celebrate the Ford Mustang’s rich legacy and its place as an icon in American history, Ford has launched the “Personalize Your Pony” experience for Facebook. This unique experience allows users to make custom pony art on their Facebook pages; they can alter color, blending, density, and more.

But the designs aren’t just to share with friends and family online. If you are proud of your pony design, you can have it printed out as a poster or have it added to merchandise like shirts, mugs, and phone cases. If you drive a late model year Mustang (2015 or newer), you can even order a custom grille badge featuring pony art for your Mustang.

If your artwork is especially eye-catching, it could wind up on a billboard in a major U.S. city, starting this month and lasting through June. You can try your hand at the “Personalize Your Pony” experience by searching “Ford Mustang” on Facebook or visiting this link.

“Driving a Mustang has always been about standing apart from the rest,” remarked Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “This is a chance for Mustang fans everywhere to make their very own personalized pony and share it where potentially millions can see it.”

If you design pony art you are proud of, please share it with Sanderson Ford on Facebook. Be sure to give us a “like” on our Facebook site here.

 

Ford F-150 Turbo-Diesel Engine Offers Best-in-Class Specs

2018 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 has long been considered one of the best options on the market. Its competitors might come close to its capability, but the Ford F-150 still dominates when it comes to top-of-the-line power and functionality.

 

For 2018, the F-150 adds a new engine to its powertrain options: a Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel. The Ford F-150 Turbo-Diesel engine will reportedly grant drivers best-in-class performance and power specs, in addition to offering excellent fuel economy.

 

Diesel engines have been increasing in popularity over the past few years. Ford answered the consumer demand for a diesel option last year when it announced the updated 2018 Ford F-150 would be including the choice of 3.0-liter Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel engine. Official specs regarding the new diesel engine indicate that it will grant drivers best-in-class horsepower, towing and payload capacity, and torque, while achieving an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 30 mpg on the highway.*

 

With 11,400 pounds maximum towing capacity and 2,020 pounds maximum payload, the F-150 Turbo-Diesel engine offers drivers plenty of stunning force without sacrificing fuel economy. The Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel also utilizes a mechanical fan and dual radiator shutters to optimize performance.

 

Stop by Sanderson Ford to test drive the 2018 Ford F-150 for yourself. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with this acclaimed pickup truck model that promises to simplify your life with its impressive potency.

 

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.

2017 Ford Mustang Sales Distinguish It Among Competitors

2017 Ford Mustang

When people talk about iconic American sports cars, some might mention the Chevy Camaro or the Dodge Challenger. None of them come close to the reputation and performance prowess of the Ford Mustang, however.

Last year, in 2017, the Mustang managed to stay one step ahead of the competition with the advent of the refreshed 2018 version. Ford Mustang sales continued to thrive amidst an industry-wide slump in sports car sales, thanks to the revamped 5.0-liter V8 engine, which enabled it to achieve the record of the fastest Mustang model ever built.

While the Ford Mustang itself saw a decline in sales between 2016 and 2017, it still stayed afloat when considering the industry’s overall sports car sales. For example, sales stats for the Chevy Camaro experienced a 6.6% drop; the brand sold 14,000 fewer vehicles than the Mustang. Meanwhile, the Dodge Challenger sold over 17,000 less units than the Mustang. In total, the Ford Mustang still managed to sell a whopping 81,866 vehicles in 2017.

Ford Mustang sales have taken a strong stance at the top of the industry ever since Ford introduced the next-generation model in 2014. Discover what makes the Ford Mustang so great for yourself, when you visit Sanderson Ford for a test drive.

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