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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.

Green Truck of the Year

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.

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‘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

Ford Auctions Off Ford Mustang Apollo Edition

In July of this year, we got some incredible views of Pluto. Now, Ford is making its own contribution to the final frontier with the Ford Mustang Apollo Edition.

According to a press release from Ford, the American Automaker created the Ford Mustang Apollo Edition to celebrate the Apollo Moon Missions.

The Mustang has been designed to resemble the rockets that carried the brave astronauts out into the vast unknown. The interior also reflects the spirit of innovation, with unique amenities and features inside.

The modifications were performed by MAD Industries, led by designer Chris Magnum.

This one-of-a-kind Mustang was auctioned off at the Gathering of Eagles Charity event on July 23. All proceeds benefit the Experimental Aircraft Associations youth program, the Young Eagles.

Ford has auctioned off an exclusive Mustang to support the Young Eagles for eight years in a row now.

“Ford has been a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for more than 15 years – bringing incredible value to those who make Oshkosh the highlight of their aviation year,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board, in the press release. “With its eighth Mustang donation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflect the depth of the company’s commitment and which allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”

Here at Sanderson Ford, it makes us proud to represent an automaker so dedicated to the future of aviation.

Ford Mustang Apollo Edition

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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Ford SYNC 3 Coming to 2016 Escape and Fiesta This Summer

Since Ford first introduced its SYNC system, Ford drivers have loved staying connected with hands-free capabilities. Now, the Ford SYNC 3 system will make its debut this summer as an option in the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta.

Ford SYNC 3

This updated system will give drivers faster performance, an intuitive smartphone-like touch screen, conversational voice recognition, and an easier-to-understand graphical interface.

“SYNC always has been about providing a safer way for our customers to connect their smartphones in order to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, in a statement. “Customers continue to tell us they want this technology, and they want it to be fast and easy to use – like a smartphone. SYNC 3 delivers on that request.”

By choosing the Escape and Fiesta, Ford wants the new SYNC system to be available to a wide range of shoppers. The Escape is one of Ford’s most popular models and the Fiesta is the most affordable.

Watch this video to see the new Ford SYNC 3 system in action.

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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