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CO2-Derived Foam Helps Ford Help The Planet

Ford has added foam and plastic made from captured CO2 to the long list of recycled and alternative automotive materials they already use in Ford vehicles. What the new technology will save in fossil fuels is staggering. Ford predicts that C02-derived foam will replace 600 million lbs. of petroleum every year.

The reality of carbon pollution is alarming. According to a press release from Ford, every second 2.4 million lbs of CO2 are released into the air around the world. The amount that Ford will save by using CO2-derived foam may seem like a drop in the bucket but it’s still significant.

What’s perhaps even more significant is just how committed the automaker is to researching and implementing carbon-saving measures. Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader of sustainability, said recently, “At Ford, we’re aggressively developing new, more sustainable ways to produce high-quality products, with an eye toward preserving and improving our world.”

Ford foresees using the CO2-derived foam and plastic in seating and underhood. The new material will join a host of other alternative materials already employed in Ford vehicles. Mirror gaskets contain recycled tires. Carpets contain old T-shirt material and denim. You can find soy foam in every Ford vehicle. There’s even coconut in your Ford vehicle–as reinforcement for the trunk liner.

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Ford Organizes a Rosie the Riveter Honor Flight

During World War II, many heroes served as soldiers and fought overseas. However, there were plenty of heroes back home in the U.S.A. during the war. Many women began to work in factories in order to produce the supplies the U.S. soldiers needed to win the war. These women became known by their nickname, “Rosie the Riveters.” Ford recently decided to honor these unsung heroines of the war.

According to a Ford press release, Ford organized a Rosie the Riveter honor flight.

Working with the Talons Out Honor Flight and the Yankee Air Museum, Ford flew 30 of the original Rosie the Riveters to Washington D.C. so that they could visit the nation’s capital.

“These women not only helped win a war, they paved the way for future generations to achieve economic and personal independence,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford. “It is an honor to celebrate their vital contributions to our country and the cause of freedom.”

Ford salutes all the heroes that have worked to ensure our country is the land of the free!

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Ford Contributes $400,000 in Scholarships for High School Seniors

Ford has always believed in giving back, and this past January the automaker gave back in a big way to teens in North Texas.

Ford Motor Company, along with North Texas Ford dealerships, gave $400,000 in scholarships to area high school students to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. So far, Ford has donated over $2 million in total to education, benefiting over 14,000 students in North Texas alone. Recipients of this latest round of scholarships will be recognized at the Ford Driving Dreams event in May 2016.

From the $400,000 in scholarships, individual students will receive $2,000 after applying and writing an essay answering the question, “What Drives Your Dream?”

Ford Motor Company invests over $8 million annually to education around the country. Alongside the Ford Driving Dreams program, students can benefit from a variety of other nationwide Ford academic programs, like Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, and Ford STEAM Lab.

Giving back is just another thing that Ford believes you should “Go Further” in.

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New Ford Technology At 2016 CES

According to Wired Magazine, “Ford doesn’t sound much like an automaker these days.” The magazine is referring to Ford’s recent presentation at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Ford hardly talked about regular ol’ vehicles during its presentation. Instead, the automaker talked of mobile apps, possible use of drones, and autonomous vehicles.

Of course, Ford is addressing crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s a tech show and so the focus is going to be on new technology. It’s not as if Ford can’t still make extraordinary vehicles. Look at the brand new Ford GT, for goodness sake.

Ford technology has been heading skyward. Literally. The automaker has been researching drone-to-vehicle communications. In the autonomous technology department, Ford has added 20 more autonomous vehicles to its fleet of 10.

One of the most interesting tidbits to come out of the Ford camp at CES is that the automaker’s Smart Device Link software is going open source. That means anyone can build on top of it.

If we learned anything from CES, it’s that Ford is becoming a tech leader, increasingly on par with companies like Google, even while solidifying their reputation as one of the world’s greatest automakers.

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2017 Ford Escape Technology Revealed in Hollywood Debut

The Ford Escape is the second-best-seller in the entirety of Ford’s lineup, eclipsed only by the wildly popular F-150 pickup truck. In the midst of the recent Los Angeles Auto Show’s festivities, the company unveiled the 2017 Escape under the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The Escape has met with incredible success despite the ruthless competition of the compact crossover segment, and this trend is predicted to continue, with significant improvements made to Ford Escape technology, as well as various other upgrades to the vehicle.

Even though the underlying platform of the Escape has not changed for the 2017 model year, the crossover is still being advertised by Ford as the next generation of the vehicle because the improvements and redesigns are just that drastic. A new, stylish design, revamped interior, and two new engines are only a small part of the Escape’s updated features.

One of the most striking things about the technology upgrades in the 2017 Escape is part of the new engines themselves. Both are turbocharged EcoBoost engines, which alone deliver outstanding fuel economy and power, but the addition of a new feature skyrockets these engines into more innovative territory – stop-start systems that automatically turn off the engine while the Escape is idling. This, according to engineers, will further improve fuel economy and is a crucial new aspect of Ford Escape technology.

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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.

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Ford Hunger Relief Targets New England Over Next Five Years

Ford is expanding its commitment to reducing hunger in the New England area. Recently, the brand announced it would be investing $2 million over five years, as well as donating Ford Transit vans to help shuttle people and supplies. Ford Hunger Relief is just one of many important charitable projects

According to Ford, the Ford Motor Company Fund (the brand’s charitable arm) will provide support to 10 food banks in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Working with Feeding America, this partnership is designed to reduce hunger in the region.

“More than 12 percent of those living in the New England area lack reliable access to the food and nutrition needed to thrive,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “As part of our commitment to the communities we serve, we are stepping up our efforts in the fight against hunger.”

Over the past decade, Ford has donated more than 100 additional vehicles, including the recent addition of Transit Vans. These are used to help collect food and grocery donations from retail stores, farmers, and manufacturers and to get it to those in need.

Ford Hunger Relief

‘Forza Motorsport 6’ Accidentally Leaks 2017 Ford Raptor Stats Way Early

It’s not uncommon for new, previously unseen vehicles to be caught test driving, resulting in a widespread internet leak of exclusive photographs. However, you wouldn’t expect that a vehicle’s stats would be spoiled by a video game.

And yet, it appears that Forza Motorsport 6, an Xbox One title, has revealed top-secret information about the 2017 Ford Raptor, far before its official release.

According to Forza 6, the 2017 Raptor will produce 450 horsepower and 440 pound feet of torque, will weigh about 5,700 pounds, and will have a front-to-rear weight distribution of 57:43.

When asked about the matter, Ford has simply said that it does not comment on future models, neither confirming nor denying these 2017 Ford Raptor stats. With the upcoming Raptor’s debut so far in the future, it could be more than a year before we know.

If Ford is keeping mum about it, then perhaps only time will tell. What do you think? Do those numbers sound realistic for the 2017 Raptor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Ford to Auction Off Custom Charity Mustang for American Cancer Society

The Ford Mustang is a staple of the American automotive industry, with a reasonable price tag for a powerful muscle car. But how much money would you spend on a custom 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang? What if the proceeds would go to American Cancer Society?

Someone answered this question at the end of last month, as Ford auctioned off a custom Mustang at the Cattle Baron’s Ball Auction. Not only is this vehicle a one of a kind, but also, few other Mustangs can claim their worth in charity dollars.

This unique, custom charity Mustang is white, with a sleek, dark stripe running across it, from nose to tail. While it has signature Mustang style, it will certainly stand out among all other Mustang models.

What do you think? How high is too high for a custom Mustang, especially one that’s making money for charity? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and if you’re interested in a somewhat less specific model (at a much lower price tag), visit us at Sanderson Ford.

Custom Charity Mustang

Ford’s New Advanced Front Lighting System

Driving at night can often be a nerve-wracking for even the most experienced of drivers. Not knowing what is on the road ahead can lead to some potentially hazardous situations! Fortunately, Ford is here to help with a step forward in terms of technology: the Advanced Front Lighting System.

According to a press release from Ford, the new Advanced Front Lighting System will make driving at night easier than ever. The system uses camera-based technology to widen light beams at junctions in order to help drivers see objects that are not in the direction they are traveling. This allows drivers to spot potential hazards before they become a problem.

The technology also uses GPS information to adapt lighting to a driver’s specific route. The next time they drive on that route, the lighting system will already have the necessary information to illuminate their way.

Ford is also working on spot lighting, which uses infra-red cameras in the front grille of the car to spot larger animals or up to eight pedestrians at nearly 120 meters away.

All of this camera technology is being developed by Ford to keep drivers safer at night.

“Many people who drive at night have had to quickly react to someone or something suddenly appearing in the road – as if from nowhere. Ford’s Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System and Spot Lighting help ensure the driver is quickly alerted to people or animals that could present a danger,” said Ken Washington, vice president of Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, in the release.

Once again, Ford is lighting the way to safer and more advanced automotive technology.

New Advanced Lighting System

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