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Ford Trucks Win Three Gold Hitch Awards

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

For 40 years now, Ford has dominated as America’s favorite brand of truck, which makes it unsurprising that the 2017 Ford F-150 and F-150 Raptor earned three of the top five prizes at this year’s Gold Hitch Awards.

The Fast Lane Truck performed some rigorous high-altitude performance and towing tests in Utah and Colorado to determine the winners of its Gold Hitch Awards. The awards include the following categories for trucks: mid-size, half-ton, heavy-duty, off-road, and best overall.

The 2017 Ford F-150 came away as the top half-ton truck along with the best performing truck overall. As for the off-duty truck award, that went to the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. “The 2017 Ford F-150 is the best towing half-ton truck this year,” said Andre Smirnov, editor, TFLtruck.com. “The overall versatility, towing performance, and choice of available powertrains and technology features of the entire 2017 F-150 lineup elevated the F-150 above all others.”

Testers were impressed with the F-150’s acceleration, incredible towing power, and efficiency, even while towing. As for the F-150 Raptor, it earned high praises for its great combination of power, speed, and standard off-road abilities that make it unlike any other truck currently available.

To see what makes the Ford F-150 so great, take it out for a test drive today at Sanderson Ford.

Why You Should Buy a 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer

If you are on the lookout for a new SUV for your family, one of the most popular choices has long been the Ford Explorer. Below, you’ll find five reasons why you should buy a 2017 Ford Explorer.

 

  1. Wide range of trim levels. Whether you are aiming for a basic model, something sportier, or even something more luxurious, the Explorer has what you want. There are five different trim levels: Base, SLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum.
  2. Three rows of seats. Depending on the model you choose, the Explorer will be able to seat six or seven passengers in three comfortable rows. With the available sliding second-row seat, you can maximize leg room where you need it most.
  3. Excellent engines. Buyers have three engine options to choose from, making it easy to find the right combination of power and efficiency.
  4. Adventure capable. With the available all-wheel drive package, you will be able to head off-road. Its 7.8 inches of ground clearance will allow you to drive over obstacles that would leave other vehicles behind.
  5. Good safety record. The Explorer gets good results in many crash tests and has some available advanced safety technology too.

 

See what else the 2017 Explorer can do for you at Sanderson Ford today.

Top Three Podcasts of 2017…So Far

Ford Infotainment System - Glendale, AZ

Ford’s high tech infotainment centers give plenty of options to play your favorite Podcasts during those long drives.

We’re not even halfway through the year and the best of the best creative minds are already showing their true colors. Here are the top three podcasts of 2017 so far.

 

Serial

Serial spends an entire season dissecting a mysterious crime. The result is dramatic, suspenseful, and engaging. Undoubtedly the best podcast of 2016, Serial is now into its second season and doing just as well. No worries if you missed the first season; it’s still available for listening!

The Tim Ferris Show

“Life hacks” is a concept that most of us are familiar with. But The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris was arguably the first collection of that ilk. With his follow-up The Four Hour Body and now The Tim Ferris Show, it’s clear this guy has a knack for making your life easier, better, and definitely more interesting.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

Ever heard those old-timey radio adventure shows, complete with real-time sound effects largely performed by the voice actors? The Thrilling Adventure Hour recreates all of the fun and absurdity of those original programs. Recent show titles prove it: Marshal on Mars and Amelia Earhart, Fearless Flyer.

 

Of course, the best place to listen to these awesome podcasts is in the car. Need a new one? Visit us today at Sanderson Ford to take your next dream car for a test drive.

The Return of the Ford Bronco

This year’s North American International Auto Show will go down as historic amongst fans of a certain iconic 4×4 SUV. After all, it was there, in Detroit, that Ford announced the return of the Ford Bronco.

The Ford Bronco debuted over five decades ago in 1966. The year it first arrived, the Bronco was marketed as an off-road vehicle, designed to compete with the likes of the Jeeps and Scouts of its time. Many of the components on the original Bronco were borrowed from the Ford F-150. Though conceived as a compact SUV, the Bronco evolved quickly into a full-size SUV. Ford managed to tame the Bronco for a good 30 years until the automaker set it free in 1996.

Now the Bronco has been wrangled once again. According to Ford, the iconic 4×4 SUV is set to be revived for 2020. Details are scant on the new design, which is understandable, as the debut is still three years away. Judging from Ford’s presentation at the Detroit Auto Show, the classic Bronco emblem of a bucking bronco’s silhouette will return.

This time around, the Bronco will fall into the mid-size SUV range. It will be manufactured in the United States at Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan, meaningful as this is same plant where the original Bronco was manufactured.

For more details about classic Ford vehicles, contact us right here at Sanderson Ford.

Ford Self-Driving Cars a Reality by 2021 Thanks to Argo AI Partnership

2017 Ford Fiesta - Glendale, AZ

Ford is committed to unleashing a fleet of self-driving cars by 2021.

Ford is working on making autonomous cars a reality by investing $1 billion in Argo AI, a company based in Pittsburgh and tied to Carnegie Mellon University. The investment will be made over five years and will allow employees equity in the company, with Ford being a majority stakeholder but giving the company “substantial independence.”

Ford will use Argo AI’s developments of artificial intelligence and machine learning and apply it to Ford self-driving cars, according to Argo AI’s CEO, Bryan Salesky. Salesky led self-driving hardware at Google in 2011 while working at the Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center.

Argo AI hopes to achieve full autonomy by 2021, and Ford’s sizeable long-term investment will help the small company afford the expenses of taking on such a large, challenging project. Other members of the Argo team were also development leaders at Google, CMU, and Uber before leaving to join Salesky’s team.

Ford will continue to lead on its autonomous vehicle hardware platform and on systems integration, manufacturing, design, and policy management. The autonomous team will join with Argo in software development in the hopes of making self-driving cars more commercial.

If you’re interested in Ford’s developments and future vehicles, we’re happy to give you the rundown at Sanderson Ford!

Why You Should Buy a 2017 Ford Super Duty Truck

2017 Ford Super Duty - Glendale, AZ

The powerful and capable 2017 Ford Super Duty.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty isn’t just a capable heavy-duty truck; it is the most capable Ford pickup in the history of the F-Series and Super Duty models. It’s also the best in the industry in terms of conventio

nal towing capacity and payload. But despite its immense power and hefty size, its lightweight aluminum alloy build make for incredible handling and impressive fuel economy.

The Super Duty also has best-in-class torque with its 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel engine and its 6.2-liter FFV Gas V8 engine. With the capacity for alternative fuels like natural gas and propane autogas, as well as upgraded diesel-engine exhaust braking, there’s nothing the Super Duty can’t do.

The Super Duty is also more advanced than ever, with BLIS and other active safety features, rear view camera, and SYNC 3. If you need a work truck that you can mold to your needs, the Super Duty is the perfect truck for you.

At Sanderson Ford we love the Ford Super Duty, but don’t just take our word for it! The 2017 Super Duty won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award and the Texas Auto Writers Association named it the 2017 Truck of Texas. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the F-Series by checking out the new 2017 Super Duty at Sanderson Ford!

Did The Rock Just Leak Design Sketches of a New Ford Bullitt?

From the Ranger to the Bronco, Ford has been bringing back, or plans to bring back, a lot of its classics as of late. And now it seems that another classic Ford model may be getting its glorious return: the Ford Bullitt. However, Ford may have been trying to keep that information under wraps.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – spokesperson for Ford – recently published a video on YouTube detailing some behind the scenes footage from the Ford studio, and in the background, viewers can see design sketches of what looks like a new Ford Bullitt.

You can check out the video here(or watch it below), on The Rock’s YouTube channel, to see for yourself. The sketches that appear to be of a new Ford Bullitt can be seen shortly after the 3:05 mark. What do you think?

Ford hasn’t yet commented on the video and the rumors, but we have to assume that they will make an announcement soon. Until then, we will find solace in the return of both the Ranger and the Bronco – iconic Ford cars that will soon be hitting the road in new configurations.

Want to check out what the current Ford Mustang has to offer? Contact us at (800) 729-3501 to schedule a product demo or test drive; or visit us any time, here at Sanderson Ford, to see what we have in stock.

Need to Check Your Tire Pressure? You Have Three Options.

While some drivers are quite hands-on when it comes to vehicle maintenance, others prefer to leave those tasks to professionals. Both options are more than okay! And sometimes, advanced technology even makes traditional service obsolete.

You can check your tire pressure with a tire pressure gaugeFor example, there are essentially three different ways to check your tire pressure:

  • Your car may be able to tell you on its own. Many modern vehicles come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which will tell you the tire pressure of each of your tires with great accuracy. If your car comes with this feature, then the job is already done.
  • You can check the tire pressure on your own. It’s easy to buy a simple tire gauge and check tire pressure from home. You can also visit tire pressure machines at many gas stations, which allow you to both check your pressure and increase it, for a low price.
  • You can hire a professional. Lastly, if you simply don’t want to do it on your own, you don’t have to! Our technicians at Sanderson Ford can check your tire pressure, inflate your tires, and much, much more.

To learn more about tire pressure, or to meet with someone in our service department, give us a call at (800) 729-3501 or simply stop by any time, here at Sanderson Ford.

Sanderson Ford and Roush Performance Team Up To Raise Money For Military Assistance Mission

Sanderson Ford is at it again and this time, they are teaming up with Roush Performance for a double dose of American muscle in the form of the “Jack Roush Tribute” Mustang.  To be sold at the Barret-Jackson Auction, this Mustang has a very special purpose.

With the final auction price totaling to $175,000, not only will the proud owner have the 50th Anniversary Mustang AND the 30th Anniversary of Jack Roush’s Champion Motorcraft Mustang all in one, but 100% of the proceeds will be going to benefit the Military Assistance Mission (MAM).  MAM is an organization that “serves local Arizona military, their families, and wounded heroes with financial and morale aide”, as stated by the MAM CEO, Margy Bons.

Margy Bons started MAM in honor of her son, Michael Adam Marzano, who fought and died for our country in Iraq.

The 2015 Ford Mustang was donated by Sanderson Ford and made into what it is by the Roush Performance team.  With a Phase 2 Roush-charged 5.0-liter V8 power plant that boasts an incredible 727hp, courtesy of Roush Performance’s R2300 TVS supercharger, this Mustang has more horsepower per liter than any other American muscle care on the market.

And the fun doesn’t stop there!  The white exterior keeps it classy while the red interior gives it a dangerous feel.  Want to not only be the envy of all of your friends, but also help a great cause?  You’ve come to the right place!

2015 "Jack Roush Tribute" Mustang - Military Assistance Mission

Next-Generation Ford Fusion Carries Autonomous Technology

Ford debuted its first modern autonomous prototype three years ago but, despite the time lapse, the design hasn’t changed much. Looks don’t say much when it comes to autonomous technology, though. The American automaker is still shooting to produce autonomous vehicles for ride-sharing services by 2021.

The Detroit-based automaker plans to launch a new set of autonomous prototypes to increase its current fleet from 30 to 90 cars. All models will be based on the Ford Fusion hybrid.

Considering that Ford has largely invested in the autonomous midsize sedan, it wouldn’t be surprising for the next-generation Ford Fusion to be the first model to debut with the advanced technology.

The automaker invested around $75 million into Velodyne and continues to use the Lidar sensors. The sensors are near the A-pillars above the side mirrors. From those spots, the sensors provide a full 360-degree view.

What can easily be mistaken for roof racks carrying skis are actually three cameras that look forward, sideways, and backwards. Those cameras come in addition to the camera behind the windshield that watches for traffic signals and pedestrians. Radar sensors of varying ranges will help keep the vehicle on track in all weather conditions.

We here at Sanderson Ford can’t wait to see what developments continue to come out of the new prototypes!

Next-Generation Ford Fusion

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