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Large Families Attracted to Ford Transit Over Traditional Minivan

It’s probably no surprise that large families need more room when the travel than smaller families, and typically, the minivan is the go-to option for those large families.  But what if there was another option?  Looks like the growing number of families are turning away from the traditional minivan and moving on to the Ford Transit passenger wagon.

Available as a cargo van, passenger wagon, cutaway, or chassis cab, the Ford Transit does seem to be the best option for large families.  With seating for up to 15 passengers, is there really a better way to travel in style with your large family than in a Ford Transit?  With a 30% year-over-year increase in sales for the Ford Transit, it’s clear that more and more families are turning to the more non-traditional travel approach.

Interested in seeing what the Ford Transit can do for your family?  Contact us at Sanderson Ford and we would be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your large family today!

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Ford Transit Named in Vincentric 2015 Best Fleet Value in America Awards

Ford cleaned house in the Vincentric 2015 Best Fleet Value in America awards, taking home 11 awards for their fleet vehicles – more than any other automaker. The all-new Ford Transit led the way, thanks to the commercial van’s incredible value, low cost of ownership, and practical features.

In determining the 2015 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards, Vincentric conducted a cost of ownership analysis based on the typical configuration of a commercial fleet vehicle. Using eight different cost factors, including depreciation, financing, fuel, fees & taxes, insurance, opportunity cost, maintenance, and repairs, Vincentric determined the average cost of ownership for each vehicle considered.

According to a news release, “Each vehicle was evaluated in all 50 states plus DC using 20 different lifecycle cost scenarios. Winners were identified by determining which vehicles had the lowest fleet lifecycle cost in the most scenarios for its segment.”

The Transit was determined to be the best value for fleets in five of the six Vincentric categories for full-size vans, including Full-Size ½-Ton Cargo Van, Full-Size ½-Ton Passenger Van, Full-Size ¾-Ton Cargo Van, Full-Size 1-Ton Cargo Van, and Full-Size 1-Ton Passenger Van.

Visit media.ford.com for more details on Transit configurations for each category, and additional winners.

We invite you to stop by Sanderson Ford to learn more about our entire lineup up of vehicles that offer impressive value!

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The 2014 Transit Connect Most Popular for Independent Living

Do you or someone you know have limited mobility?  If the answer is yes, then Sanderson Ford has the solution for you.  The 2014 Transit Connect is the most popular vehicle for customers with limited mobility who are participating in the Ford Mobility Motoring Reimbursement Program.

The Transit Connect features a very unique style, many capabilities for those with limited mobility that are looking to live more independently, as well as affordability.  The suggested retail price of the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon is $24,525 and it can be upfitted for an additional cost.  This includes a premium seat added that lowers for easier access to the vehicle, or a lift that can be used to accommodate a motorized scooter or wheelchair.  The extra uplift costs depend on the technology.

Interested in purchasing a 2014 Transit Connect to make your life easier?  Do you have questions about whether or not this is the right choice for you?  Then contact Fred Scelzo, an employee of Sanderson Ford who is dedicated to stocking handicap vehicles and making sure you get the vehicle you need!

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Ford Helps Deliver Food Around New York City

There are many organizations throughout the United States that help those that are less fortunate.  These philanthropic organizations do great things for individuals in need.  One such organization, located in New York City, has teamed up with Ford to deliver food to those that are too sick to shop or cook food for themselves.  The organization, known as God’s Love We Deliver, prepares and delivers over 5,000 meals every weekday.  Ford helps deliver the food through the company’s use of their fleet of the Ford Econoline vans and a Ford Transit Connect Mobile Food Pantry.

David Ludwigson, the chief development officer of God’s Love We Deliver, said “We’re the end of the road, the final safety net for our clients.  Without us they would not have food, and without organizations like Ford, we couldn’t do what we do.”

These services are provided for free and they are just not any type of free meals.  The organization has a team of dietitians who work to provide meals that are tailored to the medical needs of each client.

We think organizations like these do amazing things!  If you are looking to start up something like this yourself, or already have an organization going but need some form of transportation, then visit us at Sanderson Ford!  We have a great selection of both Ford Econoline vans and Ford Transit Connects!

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Sanderson Ford Presents Jennifer Longdon with an All-New Ford Transit Connect

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Jennifer Longdon has been paralyzed since 2004, when an unidentified gunman fired five shots at the truck she was riding in with her fiancé David Rueckert.  David was left blind and Jennifer’s spinal cord was severed, paralyzing her from the chest down.  But Jennifer hasn’t allowed this life-changing injury to stop her life.  She now works as a realtor, specializing in helping people with physical limitations find homes that meet their needs.  She also competes in half marathons and was named one of the ten most inspiring women by the Arizona Republic.

Not long ago, Sanderson Ford’s owners David and Sue Kimmerle learned of Jennifer’s story and how the 2001 specially equipped van she owned was falling apart.  The van was especially dangerous to Jennifer, who cannot regulate her own body temperature, because of a failing air conditioning unit.  This is when the Kimmerle’s decided show their admiration for Jennifer and her inspiring story by donating a brand new Ford Transit Connect to her.

“I wish we could help everyone in need – obviously this is impossible, but when
I heard about Jennifer and her quest to create more inclusion for people with disabilities and work towards finding a cure for spinal cord injury, we were all in,” David said.

The Transit Connect was given to Jennifer on May 23, 2013 at Sanderson Ford.  The donated vehicle is a 2012 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon with additional mobility equipment to help Jennifer, such as hand controls, a Speedy Lift wheel chair, and driver side rear power door.

Car Show Season Starting

 

Car show season is getting revved up in Phoenix finally.  When the weather starts to cool off and you can actually stand to be in your garage again, it’s time to pull the car covers and start polishing! 

Sanderson Ford has several shows to offer this coming season.  In October, we’ll have 2 big ones.  On the 1st, we are bringing back the All Ford Show.  It will be a judged event and all Ford (and sister makes) are invited to enter.  We are also providing the venue for the Arizona Deuce Day 5 show on the 29th.

We have moved the location for all shows to the north side (Maryland Ave) of the dealership.  We will have our 50’s stainless steel diner open for all events.  Just like the Fonz, you’ll be able to get a cheeseburger and a real malt right here.  Depending on the spaces needed, we can accomodate up to 300 show vehicles in a secure environment.  Spectator parking is provided for free, on the north side of Maryland Ave. by the Valley Pentecostal Church. 

We are also sponsoring 2 big shows in February and March.  The Arizona Hobbyist Council is still unsure of the Feb. date and we’ll let you know as soon as it is firmed up.

The Wild West Mustangs of Arizona are having their big show here on March 24th, 2012.  This will be their 3rd event and they keep getting better each time.

Registration and info for the All Ford Show can be found HERE.  See you there.

Ford Reveals Buyer’s Tastes

Ford data reveals   about buyers around the US.  Who would think, looking around, that white was NOT the favorite Ford color in Arizona.  Would you guess Molten Orange?  Gold, silver, and finally, white round out the top colors. 

Seattle and San Francisco must have problems getting lost and parking their cars because they are tops in; BLIS, rear view cameras, active park assist, and navigation. 

You would think us Arizonans would own the air conditioned seat category, but we didn’t even rank in the top 5.  Would you have guessed Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco.  How about heated seats?  Can you believe Atlanta and Charlotte are in the top 5. 

Rainy and cold Seattle is also tops in moon roofs.  I guess better for watching the storm clouds!

Hybrid vehicles are #1 and #2 in Seattle and San Francisco, but Phoenix is #5 on this list.  Thanks 43 mpg with AC Fusion Hybrid.

In Arizona, we prefer diesels, hybrids,and  manual transmissions, but have no preference on gas engine size.

Those areas of the country looking for V-8 power include; Orlando, Memphis, Charlotte, Houston, and Seattle.  The economically minded (4 cylinder) people live in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, and Denver. 

Coastal cities like muted colors while the Midwest has an affinity for red.  The east coast is definately green. 

New Yorkers consume the most vehicles with rear seat DVD systems.  Turns out Sponge pants Bob really is an effective babysitter.

The national pick-up truck capital is still shared by Dallas and Houston.  This is also the area with the highest demand for tow packages.  95% of Super Duty customers tow with their trucks. 

Using the data Ford collects allows it to maximize the model mix and deliver vehicles that actually meet customers need regionally.  The imports should try to figure this out.

Of course, if you want an east coast color, with Seattle options, Denver seats, and Texas towing capability, all you need to do is drop by Sanderson Ford.  If we don’t have it, we’ll be happy to order it for you!

Ford F550 Hybrid Chassis Cab Coming

Ford announced this week that they have teemed up with Azure Dynamics to produce the 2013 Hybrid F-550 chassis cab.  It will be available in all engine and chassis length combinations.  They have also agreed to provide the technology for the F-350 and F-450 chassis’. 

Azure Dynamics already provides the power systems on the Transit Connect Electric (available now at Sanderson), and the E-450 Hybrid electric step van and shuttle bus. 

The hybrid chassis will be built as a “ship-thru” option allowing the Ford transportation system to move the vehicles thereby saving on the cost and time of additional transportation logistics. 

It is expected that the chassis cab market could grow by 50% in the next few years as fleet oerators start replacing equipment that was delayed due to the economy.  This gives them a great option to help manage unpredictable fuel costs and clean energy goals. 

Info provided by Ford and Azure Dynamics.

Ford SYNC Adds Live Operators

  • Ford is beta testing an Operator Assist feature for the cloud-based network of SYNC Services, giving all registered Services users complimentary access to a live operator for help with business searches and address entry for turn-by-turn directions.  About 70 percent of calls to SYNC Services are for business searches and/or directions
  • SYNC Services provides access to more than 14 million business listings.  
  • Getting directions or finding a business using SYNC Services has become even easier thanks to a new feature called Operator Assist that allows users to instantly connect with a live person. 
  • Operator Assist is only a voice command away, making it part of the growing list of cloud-based driver aids offered by Ford Motor Company. The new feature provides customers with the ability to safely connect with a live person who can quickly access information databases to help drivers get where they’re going.  

Operator Assist is currently in a beta test trial phase and being offered as a complimentary feature for registered users of SYNC Services. No additional software or hardware is needed.   

“Ford is committed to continuously improving the ownership experience and delivering the level of connectivity that customers want,” said Doug VanDagens, director, Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization. “By leveraging what’s available in the cloud, we continue to innovate and improve our customers’ experience without having to touch the vehicle or inconvenience the owner.”
 
How it works
Cloud-based, on-demand, voice-activated SYNC Services provides access to information about traffic, news, sports, weather, horoscopes, stock quotes, and movie listings along with business searches and turn-by-turn directions.
 
Operator Assist is available for the directions and business search functions of SYNC Services. Seventy percent of all SYNC Services calls are for business search and directions, said David Gersabeck, product manager, SYNC Services.
 
Using advanced vehicle sensors, integrated GPS technology and comprehensive map and traffic data, the SYNC Services automated system delivers turn-by-turn directions to the user. Further, with access to more than 14 million business listings, SYNC Services’ automated system directs users to the businesses they seek.
 
Now, with Operator Assist, at any time during a business search or directions interaction between the user and the SYNC Services automated system, the user can say, “Operator,” confirm his or her request to speak with an operator, and connect to a live operator. This system gives Ford customers the choice of interfacing with a live operator or utilizing the interactive voice recognition system.
 
“Our customers asked for additional assistance in situations where their voice request was not understood,” said Gersabeck. “If you want the most reliable user experience, enabling alternative methods for customers to access information will increase success, which is where Operator Assist factors into the equation.”
 
In the event a user says an address or business that the automated system can’t identify, the user will be prompted with the option to connect to a live operator. If the user confirms he or she would like to speak with an operator for further assistance, the system automatically connects the user to the live operator.
 
When a live operator assists with a business search, the user can choose to receive turn-by-turn directions to the business, receive a text message with name, address and phone number information about the business (applies to certain phone carrier networks), or be directly connected to the phone number of the business.
 
When a live operator assists with address entry, the user can have the directions sent directly to the vehicle.
 
“We want Ford SYNC Services customers to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can get where they’re going or want to go,” said Gersabeck. “Being able to connect with a live person at any time contributes to that peace of mind.”
 
The live operator services are provided by MyAssist, a leading live assistance and telematics service company for individuals and businesses based in Stevens Point, Wis.
 
Provided by Ford Media

Ford Transit Connect Available Locally with CNG Fuel

  • Rising price of traditional gas coupled with significant government incentives and an increasing number of fuel stations is pumping up demand for compressed natural gas-powered (CNG) vehicles by commercial customers.
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  • Ford meets demand by offering CNG as an option for Transit Connect, E-Series vans and F-Series Super Duty trucks.
  • An extremely clean-burning fuel, CNG usage can result in 30 to 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

 Higher fuel prices, increasing government incentives and more fueling stations are spurring interest in compressed natural gas-powered commercial vehicles offered by Ford Motor Company.

Consider Metro Taxi of West Haven, Conn., which soon will take delivery of 20 Transit Connect Taxis powered by CNG. Owner Bill Scalzi said he bought the CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxis because of rising gas prices, government funding and the fact that there will soon be more CNG fueling stations in Connecticut, including one he is adding to his facilities.

Scalzi is not alone in wanting to own natural gas fueled vehicles as orders for CNG Transit Connect Taxis are coming from companies in places like Las Vegas, St. Louis, Boston, Chicago and Hartford, Conn.

“Fleet managers are adding all the reasons up and concluding that it makes sense to switch to CNG now more than ever,” said Rod Phillips, Ford Commercial Business Manager of the New England area.

CNG is made by compressing natural gas, which is mainly composed of methane. It is stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of 2,900 to 3,600 psi. About 85 percent of the CNG used in the United States is produced domestically.

CNG is used in traditional gasoline internal combustion engines that have been modified to operate on CNG. In addition to Transit Connect Taxi, CNG is an option for Ford E-Series vans and F-Series Super Duty trucks.

The benefits are numerous.  First, CNG is a nontoxic, extremely clean-burning fuel and significantly reduces CO, CO2 and NOx compared with gasoline. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, use of CNG can result in 30 to 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions.

“The ability to convert the Transit Connect to CNG is a big driving force for us,” said J.J. Bell, vice president of Las Vegas-based Whittlesea Blue Cab, which has ordered Transit Connect Taxis powered by CNG. “We are converting more and more of our fleet to this alternative fuel.”

Another benefit is cost. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, between September 2005 and January, the price per gallon equivalent of CNG peaked at $2.34 in the summer of 2008. The national average was $1.93 in January 2011, the same as it was in October 2010. That’s important at a time when the price of gas is flirting with $4 per gallon.

“Every time fuel costs start climbing, the level of interest in alternative fuels increases,” said Carla York, CEO of Reston, Va.-based Innovation Drive Inc., a company that manages alternative fuel-related projects.

She said her organization receives 12 to 20 percent more calls with every 50-cent increase at the pump.

Government incentive support
An additional benefit is the amount of funding available. Government incentives such as rebates or tax credits are prompting fleet owners such as Scalzi to buy or convert their vehicles to run on CNG at reduced rates.

For example, the federally funded Clean Cities Petroleum Reductions Program is providing $300 million in funding to regional projects across the United States. One project is the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project, which partially covers the costs of converting a vehicle to CNG. That project alone plans to provide funding for a total of 264 alternative-fuel vehicles.

“Without the help of the government program I wouldn’t have been able to purchase so many CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxis at one time,” Scalzi said. “I like the Transit Connect Taxi for its spacious passenger area and cargo capacity, so the government assistance was timely.”

The incentives also are helping fund construction of CNG fueling stations. Nearly 1,000 CNG fueling stations are now spread across the United States.

As a result, cities such as Tampa, Fla., and St. Louis soon will have their first public CNG stations.

Gerald Koss, marketing manager for Ford fleet operations, said Ford anticipated the infrastructure to support CNG vehicles would evolve and remained committed to its plans to bring CNG-powered commercial vehicles to market – even during economically challenged times.

“We took the chance that infrastructure would expand when we introduced our Transit Connect Taxi CNG capability in advance of any incentives for infrastructure or CNG conversions,” said Koss. “It turns out our timing couldn’t have been better.”

Ford has invested billions in researching and developing new fuel-efficient engines, transmissions and electrified vehicles, even during the depths of the economic downturn when competitors dialed back product spending. Today Ford has 12 vehicles with best-in-class fuel economy and four models with at least 40 mpg – claims no other full-line automaker can match.

Call the Commercial Sales Department at Sanderson Ford for more information on CNG, Propane, Hybrid, and Electric powered Ford vehicles.  (623) 842-8787

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