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Best Places to Off-Road Near Glendale, Arizona

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Arizona is full of unpaved roads just waiting to be explored in a capable, off-road vehicle. And what vehicle is better equipped than the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor? This beast of a truck is built specifically to handle any terrain that comes its way. Give your F-150 Raptor a true performance test by visiting one of these off-road sites.

 

Desoto Mine

Why not start with a difficult trail? The 2017 F-150 Raptor can handle it. At Desoto Mine, you’ll traverse some of the most remote backcountry in Arizona, with plenty of steep grades, twisting paths, and creek beds to challenge you. You’ll find this 12-mile trail about two hours north of Sanderson Ford, near Prescott National Forest.

 

New River Canyon

You will love taking on this moderate, rocky, washed-out terrain in your 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The New River Canyon trail passes through parts of Sonoran Desert and Tonto National Forest, and is located just 45 minutes north of Glendale.

 

Belmont Mountain

If you’re planning to off-road near Glendale for the first time, this easy trail is perfect for you. The setting isn’t too remote, so help is nearby if needed, but you’ll still get to experience some steep, sandy, and rocky terrains at Belmont Mountain. While you’re there, you can even take a break at Vulture Mine, a ghost town with a preserved gold mine for a glimpse into the Arizona days that existed long before off-roading.

Green Car Journal Names 2016 F-150 Green Truck of the Year

At the recent San Antonio Truck Show, Green Car Journal announced the winner of the Green Truck of the Year Award – and the 2016 Ford F-150 surpassed the competition. Despite several other contenders for the award featuring eco-friendly diesel engine options, the Ford F-150 took home the title due to the pickup’s lightweight structure, EcoBoost engine option, and environmentally friendly upgrade packages.

The 2016 F-150 and its 2015 iteration both boasted a lightweight but high-strength body engineered and constructed from a combination of steel and aluminum. Paired with the EcoBoost V6 engine and the only available fuel prep package in the segment, the F-150 excels in providing customers with greener options that deliver power, performance, and capability without compromising the environment.

With an EPA estimate of 26 mpg highway, the 2016 Ford F-150 is the most efficient full-size pickup. In addition, the truck itself was created from sustainable materials and Repreve fiber synthesized from recycled plastic bottles. The thought that went into the environmental responsibility of the F-150 is what cemented the truck as Green Truck of the Year.

Green Truck of the Year

F-150 Featured in New Spanish Ford Web Series

Recently, Ford debuted a new web series in partnership with Azteca America entitled “Fuerza Ford,” that will feature Mexican boxing stars Giselle Leal, Edgar Juárez Calzada, and Michel de la Vega Esparza Oteo. The Ford web series will also star the newest Ford F-150.

So what do these boxers and the best truck around have in common? They all have strength – or fuerza. The 10-episodes of the Spanish webisode series, which can be found on the Fuerza Ford Twitter and Facebook pages, will focus on boxing tips as well as highlights of the newest F-150, which includes its improved hauling and towing capabilities.

“Ford is a leader in content marketing for U.S. Latinos, which is why we’re so honored to work together on the ‘Fuerza Ford’ boxing video campaign,” said Court Stroud, executive vice president, network sales and digital, Azteca America.

Ford has been the official automotive sponsor for Box Azteca since 2010.

Want to see the toughest, sturdiest, and most fuel-efficient truck around? Come visit us at Sanderson Ford to test-drive our newest fuerza F-150 trucks, today!

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Carbon Fiber Production Cars May Be in the Near Future

Carbon fiber has been a major material in the automotive industry for years, particularly in the building of racing cars and supercars.

Unfortunately, it’s rarely used in everyday production vehicles, usually limited to fake accents that only give the illusion of being carbon fiber.

Ford is going to change that, though. The company has just announced a formal agreement with DowAska, a major carbon fiber manufacturer, which aims to “advance the adoption of cost-effective carbon fiber components.”

The ultimate goal is fairly obvious: to reduce vehicle weight. Weight reduction is one of the most tried-and-true methods of making a car better at just about everything, including fuel economy, acceleration, handling—you name it. The same kind of reasoning behind Ford’s efforts to make the 2015 F-150 all in aluminum.

The bonus of using carbon fiber is that the car won’t lose any strength, either (aluminum doesn’t either, but carbon fiber provides an even better weight-to-strength ratio).

No word yet as to when we might expect carbon fiber production cars at Sanderson Ford, but we’ll keep you updated!

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Ford Named Best Overall Truck Brand

Ford trucks can now add a little more hardware to their trophy case! In the recent 2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, Ford claimed Best Overall Truck Brand. The all-new F-Series has captured the hearts of people everywhere, as evidenced by the long list of accolades it has already won this year.

In addition to the Best Overall Truck Brand, the groundbreaking 2015 Ford F-150 has also claimed the following awards (not all are listed):

  • 2015 North American Truck of the Year
  • 2015 Motor Trend Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Utility and Truck of the Year
  • Kelley blue Book Best Buy Truck
  • 2015 MotorWeek Best Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas, Luxury Pickup Truck, Full-Size Pickup Truck, Best Technology Feature

The 2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image awards are based on customer surveys, so the award indicates that both the critics and the fans are in agreement on this vehicle. A full list of Ford truck awards can be viewed here. If you want to see what makes Ford trucks so special and award-worthy for yourself, come visit us at Sanderson Ford!

Best Overall Truck Brand

Keeping Up with the American Dream: Ford Has Added 1550 New Jobs

If you thought that the new 2015 Ford F-150 couldn’t get any better, how about the fact that Ford has added 1550 new jobs to its force because of the popular pickup?

A complex aluminum build containing new features and technologies creates a high demand for Ford’s newest F-150 truck. With January sales up 17% from where they were last year, “It is important to get as many of the new vehicles on the road as possible,” said Michael Robinet, managing director of IHS Automotive Consulting.

To aid in this endeavor of faster production, Ford is adding new jobs to four of their American plants: Dearborn Stamping, Dearborn Diversified, Sterling Axle, and Kansas City, Mo. New hires will continue work on F-150 production at the end of March. With the addition of new employees also come wage increases as high as 50% for as many as 500 employees, thanks to Ford’s agreement with United Auto Workers. “This is very exciting news and these additional jobs will have an impact in communities all across our nation,” according to Jimmy Settles UAW vice president and director, National Ford Department

Come visit Sanderson Ford today, and custom order your new 2015 Ford F-150 – it will be here before you know it.

Ford has added 1550 new jobs

Ford F-150 Durability is so Impressive, Nevada Miners Order a Fleet of 35

After secretly testing new F-150 prototypes, Barrick Gold USA surprisingly ordered 35 all-new models. Ford initially gave the mining company the prototypes so they could torture test the trucks on the inhospitable terrain; however, after trying them out, Barrick liked the F-150s so much they ordered an entire fleet.

Frankly, if this doesn’t tell you how rugged and dependable the new F-150 is, we don’t know how else to prove it to you. According to Ford, Barrick ordered the all-new F-150 SuperCab 4×4 models, which feature a 5.0-liter V8. In addition to incredible power, the Ford F-150 durability is what most impressed the miners.

“The F-150s see tough duty from operations supervisors, exploration field technicians, project managers, maintenance technicians and closure personnel,” said Rebecca Caudill, Barrick Gold USA fleet manager. “Many of the trucks go into extremely rugged conditions during the planning and mapping out of new projects, core drilling, and daily mining operations.”

Caudill went on to say that their trucks see over 35,000 miles per year, most of which is in incredibly harsh terrain. By pushing through these tough conditions, this is just one more way the F-150 has proven it’s incredibly dependable.

Ford F-150 durability

Ford Has No Plans for Aluminum Cars

Despite the wild success of Ford’s new aluminum F-150, the automaker says it currently has no plans to expand its production of aluminum cars. While aluminum has the ability to significantly increase fuel efficiency, the benefits just don’t outweigh the costs for models outside of the F-150.

“One of the big benefits you get from lightweighting on trucks is you give customers more capability that they want,” Ford America President Joseph Hinrichs explained to digitaltrends.com.

“You can tow more, you can haul more, you can do more of those things by taking the weight out. You don’t get those same benefits to a consumer on a car side,” he continued. “So truck buyers will pay for more capability. Car buyers will pay for better fuel economy, but there’s other ways to get fuel economy in a car.”

Ford says that building the F-150 with an aluminum construction also made sense because of the sheer volume of F-150 units sold. Aluminum isn’t cheap, but America’s best-selling vehicle brings in enough sales to help mitigate the high cost of military-grade alloys. No other vehicle in Ford’s lineup (or any lineup for that matter) brings in the kind of sales that the F-150 does.

For now, Ford’s EcoBoost engines, active grille shutter technology, and aerodynamic designs add to its cars’ efficiency enough to keep them competitive. Additionally, Ford has used aluminum parts on the newest Mustang’s fender and hood – so the automaker isn’t ruling out aluminum altogether.

Hinrichs points out that if the industry finds a way to reduce costs associated with aluminum construction, we’ll eventually see more vehicles using the lightweight material.

Stop by Sanderson Ford today to check out the 2015 F-150 and Mustang!

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New Ford F-150 named 2015 Truck of the Year

We may be less than two full weeks into January, but that hasn’t stopped one magazine from already choosing a 2015 Truck of the Year winner. That’s right, the new Ford F-150, with its aluminum frame and all, has been named as the first winner of the Truck Trend Truck of the Year award. Since the new F-150 is in fact the toughest, most powerful version of the F-150 yet (and it boasts even better efficiency than previous models), that isn’t necessarily a surprise.

But it’s still nice for Ford’s hard work to go rewarded. “Ford has found a sweet spot in the half-ton pickup segment, delivering a compelling mix of efficiency and capability, while still delivering an enhanced driving experience that American consumers demand,” said Sean P. Holman, Truck Trend content director. “What we put these trucks through was nothing short of grueling, and it was the F-150 that consistently impressed our experts.”

You might already know all the features of this new truck, but here’s just a quick hits reminder—it is seven hundred pounds lighter than the previous model, helping it boast an impressive array of mpg ratings, especially for a full-size truck. Plus, it’s got extra technologies like a rearview camera and the BoxLink design to push it over the top. Come see us here at Sanderson Ford to learn more.

2015 Truck of the Year

The Best Just Got Better: Introducing the SEMA Custom F-150

If you thought the 2015 Ford F-150 couldn’t get any better, think again. For this year’s SEMA show, Ford will be presenting a customized F-150, adding on to the already incredible performance of the new model. Here at Sanderson Ford, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw it.

The new F-150 is especially remarkable because it is nearly 700 lbs. lighter than previous models. So when Ford announced they were upgrading this model even more, fans went crazy. According to Ford, the SEMA Custom F-150 is being presented in two versions: the Deegan 38 and the Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck.

The Deegan 38 was built by Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan, and features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. It also has Performance wheels and tires, a new suspension, and a new paintjob, among other things. “This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine,” said Deegan.

The Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck also features a custom suspension, weight reduction, and an air lift performance air ride among other things. “I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year,” said Gittin.

With both versions of the truck being shown, both versions of the SEMA Custom F-150 are bound to impress.

SEMA Custom F-150

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