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National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act

This year, we recognize 49 years of improved safety in the automotive industry. On June 24, 1966, the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted. This bill allowed the federal government to administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and eventually led to the creation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) we know today.

Throughout the early 1960s, the public became increasingly more and more concerned over the skyrocketing number of motor-vehicle related fatalities. With the passage of this law, new safety features were added to cars, including head rests, energy-absorbing steering wheels, seat belts, shatter-resistant windshields, and more.

In addition, roads were improved for superior safety as well. Edge and center line stripes and reflectors were added to help drivers better determine a road’s curves. Breakaway sign and utility poles and guardrails were also added.

A third factor, behavior changes in drivers also improved safety. Drivers were learning about the affects of driving while intoxicated and using safety devices, such as seatbelts.

With all of these changes, the decrease in the number of motor vehicle fatalities was almost immediate.

Improvements in road and vehicle safety continue through today with active safety features that can help prevent accidents. For example, the Blind Spot Information System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning are all available in the Ford Fusion.

Stop by Sanderson Ford today and we’ll show you how far safety features have come in the full Ford lineup.

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Ford “Lightweight Concept” Reduces a Ford Fusion to the Weight of a Fiesta

Smaller cars are already more efficient than larger ones, so many automakers have concentrated their lightweighting efforts on those larger vehicles—like full-size trucks and SUVs. But not Ford. Sure, they’ve got the 2015 F-150 coming out, but with the new “Lightweight Concept,” Ford is proving that they’re committed to bringing lightweighting technology to the entire lineup.

“Lightweighting our vehicles is incredibly important to us in terms of improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions,” says Kumar Galhotra, vice president of engineering for Ford, told USA Today. The “Lightweight Concept” shows just how serious Ford is about shedding major weight off their vehicles; the concept is a Ford Fusion that’s lost so much weight—over 700 lbs—that it now weighs only as much as the much smaller Ford Fiesta.

The Lightweight Concept is a radical idea—Ford has literally replaced every part it can with a lighter alternative. Windshields are made out of Gorilla Glass or plastic, the frame is heavily infused with aluminum, carbon fiber materials replace parts both inside and out of the vehicle. All these lighter parts allow the Lightweight Concept to run on a smaller, more efficient engine—a 1.0L EcoBoost—and still get Fusion-like performance numbers.

We won’t see this Lightweight Concept as a production model here at Sanderson Ford anytime soon, but Ford plans to make six of the special concept models for testing. If you’re a Ford customer, you should be excited about the Lightweight Concept—it’s full of customer-oriented ideas that will soon benefit you, the owner, both on the road and at the pump.

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Ford Fusion Named a Top Car Under $25,000

2013 Ford FusionThese days, most people are looking for practicality when it comes to a new car. They want a vehicle that will help them fulfill their needs, is easy to maintain, and won’t drain their bank account. To help consumers find the perfect car, Kelley Blue Book has released a list of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, a list that includes the 2013 Ford Fusion.

KBB.com decided to release the list of the top 10 cars under $25,000 due to the strength of the class and the many options available to car buyers.  The Fusion earned a spot on the list thanks to its stylish design and comfortable ride. The experts also liked the Fusion’s eco-friendly options, including two different EcoBoost engines and its availability as a hybrid or plug-in model.

For more information about the 2013 Ford Fusion, stop in to our store or visit us online!

2013 Ford Fusion is an IIHS Top Safety Pick +

2013 Ford FusionThe 2013 Ford Fusion has been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  Although the Top Safety Pick award has been around for years, the Top Safety Pick+ is a new award this year, which recognizes vehicles that go beyond the criteria for their standard Top Safety Pick rating.

The IIHS added a new crash test this year, bringing their total to 5: moderate overlap front, side, rollover, rear, and the new small overlap front crash tests.  All new vehicles undergo these 5 tests and receive one of four ratings – good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.  In order to be named a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must score the top rating of good in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests, regardless of their score in the small overlap front test.  To achieve the more highly regarded Top Safety Pick+, a new vehicle must receive a good rating in at least 4 of the 5 crash tests, and a rating of either good or average in the fifth test.

Stop by Sanderson Ford to check out the Top Safety Pick+ Ford Fusion today!

AOL Autos Names 2013 Ford Fusion “Car of the Year”

2013 Ford FusionThe awards and accolades continue to roll in for the 2013 Ford Fusion.  First it was awarded the Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance, then it earned the right be called the most fuel efficient midsize sedan in America and after that it was honored with IIHS Top Safety Pick, with numerous other accommodations coming falling in between.

Most recently, AOL Autos named the 2013 Ford Fusion its 2012 Car of the Year. “…our number-one new car of the year is the 2013 Ford Fusion–boldly redesigned to not only raise the bar from the original Fusion, but to meet the stalwarts of the category… pound for pound and dollar for value for performance, value and quality,” said AOL Autos in its review.

The 2013 Fusion is accomplishing everything and more that Ford hoped it would, and the Michigan automaker believes it will be the first in a long lineup of elite Ford vehicles.

“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.”

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Returns 100 MPGe Combined Rating

2013 Ford FusionThe 2013 Ford Fusion was recently named a finalist for the 2013 North

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid plug-in is estimated to return an incredible 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) combined rating.  The combined rating is the average of the Fusion Energi’s 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway, making it the most fuel efficient sedan in America.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is just the latest effort by Ford to deliver the most fuel efficient vehicles possible.

“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 2013 Ford Fusion Named Best Redesigned Vehicle

2013 Ford FusionThe accolades and accommodations continue to roll in for the 2013 Ford Fusion.  The most recent comes from Kelley Blue Book who named the Ford Fusion the Best Redesigned Vehicle for 2013.

“More than a handful of vehicles made the short list of finalists for this year, but ultimately the 2013 Ford Fusion was named KBB.com’s 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle with impressive gains in design, technology and fuel economy,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Ford completely redesigned the Fusion for the 2013 model year.  The exterior was masterfully remodeled and has since won awards for its sleek, bold styling.  Ford added several versatile powertrain options to accommodate every driver’s needs.  KBB credited every aspect of the redesign for the 2013 Fusion’s award.

 “Outside, the new Fusion is clearly the hottest-looking car in a class with no fewer than 13 other entrants.  The interior is just as striking, and a variety of technological enhancements and choice of five powertrains is just icing on the cake.  Whatever mix of value, power and fuel efficiency you’re looking for in a mid-size sedan, the new Fusion has it,” said Nerad.

2013 Ford Fusion is the Green Car of the Year

The 2013 Green Car of the Year did not win because it’s a hybrid or electric vehicle; it won because it’s both of these things. It’s also a traditional, gasoline-powered sedan. This powertrain variety was a major factor in the 2013 Ford Fusion’s nomination for the green car award.

Other nominees included the Ford C-Max and Toyota Prius C, but the Fusion pulled away with the win thanks to its eco-friendly options that do not take away from the joy of driving.  The hybrid model returns 47 MPG city/highway while the gas-powered sedan, available with an EcoBoost I-4 engine, receives 33 MPG highway.

The 2013 Fusion received its Green Car of the Year title at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sedan is currently available here at Sanderson Ford in its Hybrid and EcoBoost trims.

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.

Ford’s Random Acts of Fusion

Ford is asking you to give Random Acts of Fusion a try.  The automaker has enlisted Ryan Seacrest, Joel McHale, and Kate Micucci in a social consumer campaign to help fans experience the redesigned 2013 Fusion.  In one of the first Random Acts of Fusion, Ford is giving you the opportunity to drive the sedan for a day while a film crew documents your adventure with the new Fusion.

To enter the contest, visit http://randomactsoffusion.com.  Next, describe the adventure, including your destination, you would take with the 2013 Fusion in 300 characters or less.  A judging panel will consider the sentimental value, humor, thoughtfulness, and creativity of each adventure and select five winners.  If you win, you get to select one guest to fly with you to your destination for three days and four nights.  On one of those days, you will get to drive the 2013 around while being filmed.  Ford will then edit the footage from each of the five winners into one documentary. The contest ends September 17, 2012.

Another Random Act of Fusion includes placing 100 Fusions at various locations in the U.S. throughout the summer.  The cars will be hidden, and finding one will result in a prize, such as free coffee and food.  More events and activities can be found on the Random Acts of Fusion website.

                     

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