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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.

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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.

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2015 Ford F-150 Resists Damage from the Sun

The sun is a powerful force in our universe. It keeps us alive, yet at the same time can cause damage to everything we see. As residents of a sunny state like Arizona, this is something we can all attest to. To make sure that the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 resists damage from the sun, Ford engineers put the truck through rigorous testing to keep it protected both inside and out.

For the glare and fade testing, Ford put individual truck parts through the Thermatron at its Central Lab. This device simulates the damaging UV rays from the sun. Engineers worked meticulously to design every surface and angle in the truck to avoid sun glares while driving. Ford also put the truck through the Visual Performance Evaluation Lab for further glare testing.

“Built Ford Tough means more than surviving dirt, rocks and mud, or towing heavy trailers,” said Cindy McComb, materials engineer in the Central Lab, in a statement. “We like to think our work on this truck has given it the kind of sun protection Built Ford Tough trucks require to look as good after five years of exposure to sun, wind and rain as they do when they leave the showroom floor.”

Ford even made sure the iconic Blue Oval would last and put it through 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions—the equivalent of five years. It then went through extreme heat and cold tests to make sure the chrome plating wouldn’t crack or warp.

It’s great to know that Ford takes such pride in every detail of the F-150. The all-new 2015 F-150 will be coming to Sanderson Ford later this fall.

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Jimmy Fallon Picks the Ford F-150 King Ranch

Ford F-150 King Ranch

We have all heard about Jimmy Fallon and his quest for a new truck.  For awhile, it seemed he was leaning towards a Ram 1500, especially after their enticing advertising ploy, but in the end, Fallon chose the one and only Ford F-150 King Ranch.

You might think since he has finally made his choice that the truck talk would be over.  But not quite.

Fallon has decided to make things even more interesting.  Ten dealerships were chosen from across the country and a representative from each dealership has been presented with the task of holding onto the King Ranch.  The Tonight Show host plans on purchasing his new pickup from whatever dealer can hold onto the truck the longest.

The contest, named “Fingers on a 4×4” has already started!  They have a live stream going on the dealers and Jimmy’s truck so you can check out how things are going.

While Sanderson Ford was not chosen to participate in this interesting, yet entertaining, contest, we are thrilled Fallon chose the Ford F-150 King Ranch.  Check out the video below to see Jimmy’s introduction of the contest and meet the 10 dealer representatives participating!

More Capability and Convenience in the New 2015 Ford F-150

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A look at the 2015 Ford F-150 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 takes everything you loved from the previous model and improves on it, delivering more capability, comfort, and convenience as well as dozens new technologies—many of which have never been featured on a pickup truck before.

One of the Ford engineers’ biggest goals for the new generation of F-150s was to improve driver visibility. With a new 360-degree camera system, drivers will be able to get a view of all four sides of the vehicle, making it easier to ease into parking spaces or get around tight corners.

This ties in to a suite of special safety features to keep all passengers protected. Driver-assist technologies such as lane-keeping, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation all work to help prevent accidents by first alerting the driver of a potential risk, and even taking control of the vehicle if the driver does not respond.

Ford hasn’t revealed when it will begin producing the new F-150 just yet, but when it does, you’ll be able to find it at Sanderson Ford.

Ford and Toby Keith to Offer the Ultimate Country Music Experience

Ultimate Country Music Experience

Ultimate Country Music ExperienceWith November upon us, the thoughts of those summer nights filled with backyard barbeques, country music, and the enjoyment of your favorite refreshing beverage have probably slowly slipped to the back of your mind.  The winter blues have started to set it, but don’t despair just yet!

Ford has decided to team up with Toby Keith to offer one diehard country music fan the ultimate country music experience- once in a lifetime opportunity to win the ultimate grand prize; the chance to have a backstage personal barbeque with Toby Keith himself!  You and three guests will be provided the opportunity to attend his concert and dine with the country music superstar.

But wait, there’s more!

The lucky winner will also be awarded a 2014 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost!  Roll up to the concert in your shiny, brand new truck, and be the envy of every Toby Keith fan in attendance.

So grab your cowboy hat, boots, and three of your closest friends and enter the Toby Keith Hammer Down Sweepstakes, going on now until March 31, 2014!

Ford F-150 is Most American Car

Most American CarThere are few things more “American” than the Ford F-150 – a truck born and bred in the U.S. and designed for hard work, so it should come as no surprise that Cars.com has found the F-150 to be the Most American car.

Each year, Cars.com releases their “American-Made Index.” The factors that weigh into their decision include how many parts of the car are made in the U.S., where the vehicle is assembled, and how many cars are sold here.  With these factors, it is possible for cars manufactured by companies headquartered outside of the U.S. to find a spot on the list as well.  Until the F-150 kicked it out of the top spot this year, the Toyota Camry had held the number one spot for the last 4 years.

The Ford F-150 is built In Dearborn, MI, and Claycomo, MO.  It has also consistently been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for over 20 years, helping solidify the truck’s spot on the top of the Index. According to Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief at Cars.com, “Ford’s top ranking this year is a good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013, and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back. While the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-15o didn’t change from 2012-2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot.”

Ford Focus: 2012 Best-Selling Car in the World

2013 Ford FocusThe numbers are in – and the Ford Focus was the world’s best-selling car in 2012.  According to Polk, which surveyed world new-car registration data and recently revealed the results, Ford actually took three of the top spots with the Focus, Fiesta, and F-Series.

The two largest countries for the Focus were the United States and China, with a little over ¼ of all Focuses sold worldwide being in China.  Over 250,000 Focuses were sold in China, while the U.S. accounted for a little fewer than 246,000 sales.  On the other hand, the Fiesta had more success internationally than it did in America, with only 7.9% of all Fiestas being sold in the U.S.  The third Ford to top the list, the F-Series, was the only model that sold more vehicles in America than it did internationally, with 82.1% of all Ford trucks being sold in its home country.

The Focus and Fiesta’s international success may have been unexpected for some, but it should be no surprise that the F-Series would hang out at the top of this list, as it has been the number one selling truck for 37 years.

Sanderson Ford Black Friday Events

Black Friday gives you a chance to get great deals on purchases at the start of the holiday season, but this year, Sanderson Ford is giving customers 10 days to save during our Black Friday Sales Event! The 10-day event runs from November 16 – November 26, 2012.

Popular models on sale include:

  • Redesigned 2013 Fusion for $20,479 after a $1,000 factory rebate. Customers who qualify can also receive Ranger Owner Loyalty Bonus Cash towards the purchase.
  • 2013 Ford Mustang for $21,247 after a $1,500 factory rebate and additional Sanderson discount. Customers who qualify can also receive FMCC Bonus Cash and Ranger Owner Loyalty Bonus Cash towards the purchase.
  • 2013 Ford Fiesta for $13,997 after a $250 factory rebate and additional Sanderson discount
  • 2013 Ford Focus S for $14,997 after a $1,5000 factory rebate and additional Sanderson discount
  • 2012 Ford F-150 Super Crew for $28,997 after a $4,000 factory rebate and $2,948 Sanderson discount.  Customers who qualify can also receive FMCC Bonus Cash, Trade-Assist Bonus Cash, and Ranger Owner Loyalty Bonus Cash towards the purchase.

Sanderson Ford also has three all-new 2013 Ford C-Max models in stock and available for purchase. This new eco-friendly car returns up to 47 MPG city and 47 MPG highway while still delivering the performance of a non-hybrid car.

In addition to these great savings on popular cars, Sanderson Ford is also giving a $500 Visa gift card to the first 100 people who purchase a new Ford, excluding the Fiesta and A, X, Z, and D Plans. So hurry in to take advantage of these great savings!

Finally, since we know you have plenty of things to do on Black Friday, we want to give you the chance to shop while your vehicle is being serviced! We will be offering a free shuttle to and from the new Tanger Outlets in Glendale on Friday, November 23.

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