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Christmas Gifts for Car Lovers and Other Drivers in the Family

Still searching for gift ideas with just a little over a week until Christmas?  We’re here to help with a few ideas for the drivers in your family, from the car lover to the newly licensed teen driver to those who aren’t quite big enough to see over the steering wheel just yet.

  

 

   

     

Classic Car Fans:

  • – Classic car ornaments make a great gift for the classic car fan.  From Cadillacs to Corvettes, these ornaments add a little flare to any tree.
  • – Classic car enthusiasts might also enjoy a book detailing famous automobiles, such as “Fifty Cars that Changed the World” by Design Museum or “The Art of the Automobile: The 100 Greatest Cars” by Dennis Adler.
  • – If your auto enthusiast already owns the car of their dreams, why not buy them some accessories to help take care of their most prized possession? Things like a car cover, jump starter, and lumbar support seat cushions are sure to be a hit.

All Car Lovers:

  • – For those that are more in to current and future cars, a magazine subscription makes a great gift. Publications like Motor Trend and Car and Driver explore a wide variety of automobiles, from the far-out to everyday, practical vehicles.
  • – Stylish driving accessories, such as driving gloves or ski sunglasses (which adjust for changing light, such as when driving under bridges and trees), will help enhance the ride for any driver.

Teen Drivers:

  • – A navigation system is a great way to ensure that your teen driver will always know where they are going as they begin taking longer trips and venturing into unknown areas
  • – Gas gift cards make great stocking stuffers for anyone who drives

Frequent Travelers:

  • – Seat massagers can help make long trips a little more comfortable and enjoyable
  • – Adding satellite radio allows frequent travelers to listen to their favorite music anywhere they go. It also eliminates the constant radio station changes.

Children:

  • – Fischer Price offers many realistic kid-sized Power Wheels cars, such as the Cadillac Escalade, Smart Fortwo, Harley Davidson, and Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars
  • – For a steeper price, child-sized Mercedes Benz G Class, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Ferrari F430 replicas are also available.
  • – For children who are also classic car lovers, classic pedal cars can also be found at retailers such as Toys R Us and Walmart

2013 Cobra Jet Mustang

Ever since it was introduced at the NHRA Winternationals in 1968, Ford’s Cobra Jet Mustang has created a legacy of power, performance and triumph. That legacy was renewed in 2008 when Ford Racing offered a limited run of the 40th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang that quickly sold out. Subsequent 2010 and 2012 model year offerings of the Cobra Jet have proved just as popular.

The 21st century CJ has carved its own legacy at drag strips across the country, becoming the winningest late model in NHRA with national event wins in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and numerous class records this season alone.

 

On Friday Dec. 2, Ford Racing unveiled the 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando, Fla.

With more than three seasons of testing, racing and customer feedback, the 2013 Cobra Jet marks the continued evolution of the factory-produced turnkey race car. Designed for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition, the 2013 model is better than ever and features the latest drag racing technology for greater speed and consistency.

“The 2008 Cobra Jet is a great car. It does everything we wanted it to do,” said George Goddu of Ford Racing Performance Group. “We’re really proud of that car, but we improve with each new Cobra Jet offering and 2013 is no exception.”

The 2013 Cobra Jet offers two 5.0-liter Ti-VCT engine options. Customers may choose a naturally aspirated engine with Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high-lift cams and low-drag accessory drive, or a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharged version with CNC port-matched manifold and heads, and a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high-rpm use without belt slip.

“The 5.0-liter has all the attributes to make a world-class drag racing engine and is ideal for the Cobra Jet,” said Goddu. “Both the naturally aspirated and supercharged engines will be competitive as delivered.”

Additionally, the 2013 Cobra Jet chassis has been improved. Lightweight body modifications give better weight distribution and electricpower steering provides better driveability without parasitic horsepower loss. A new roll cage design is optimized for safety and chassis rigidity while the brake pedal ratio has been revised for more modulation and stopping power. And the rear suspension geometry delivers faster and more consistent 60-foot times.

The 2013 Cobra Jet is priced to be the best value, with an approximate MSRP of $86,000 with the naturally aspirated engine option and $93,000 with the supercharged engine. Additional options and pricing will be announced in January 2012.

Like many of Ford Racing’s previous turnkey race cars, the 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang will be built at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Mich. Production of Cobra Jets will commence in June 2012, with delivery of all vehicles expected midsummer 2012.

Cobra Jet components will be available through Ford Performance Parts, allowing racers to upgrade their Mustangs to Cobra Jet specifications.

2013 Cobra Jet production is limited to only 50 units and orders placed through Ford dealers will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. (Part number M-FR500-CJ.)

Finally, all Cobra Jet fans can help choose the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet – classic white, silver or black – by voting online at www.fordracing.com. Voting ends Dec. 31, 2011.

MyFord Touch Upgrade Coming Soon

Ford customers said MyFord Touch could be faster and feature simpler graphics that are easier to use and that’s exactly what Ford plans to deliver with a broad set of performance upgrades to the system – launching first on the new 2013 Ford Escape, Flex and Taurus.

Available early next year – and offered at no charge to existing MyFord Touch owners – the software upgrade enhances the ownership experience as it was developed by listening and responding to customer feedback.

 “SYNC has clearly been a game-changing technology and now we’re changing the game again, showing how quickly we can deliver more of what customers really want,” said Graydon Reitz, director, Ford Global Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Our strategy to create the SYNC software platform and add the customizable screens of MyFord Touch gives us a level of flexibility and speed to respond to customer input like never before seen in the auto industry.”

 The new touch-screen interface features simpler graphics and controls that are easier to use. Customers will also experience significantly faster touch-screen response times, one of the top requests from owners.

 New features include support for tablet devices and Audible.com audiobooks, improved navigation maps and enhanced voice recognition interaction.

 For a video demonstration of the improvements, please visit: http://youtu.be/c3k4iDZyhYE

 Listening to customers

Since MyFord launched last fall, Ford has held four customer clinics in which hundreds of owners talked directly to Ford engineers about their experiences with the new technology. Owner feedback was clear and consistent, revealing that MyFord Touch was a key purchase reason.

 A survey of 2011 Ford Edge owners shows that four of the top seven purchase reasons were elements of the MyFord Touch system: the touch screen, steering wheel controls, voice recognition and dashboard styling.  While owners reported that they love the system, there were distinct areas where they wanted improvements. Earlier this year, Ford started delivering on their requests, beginning with more instructions and information on how to best utilize the capabilities of the system.

Ford launched two programs modeled after what consumers experience when purchasing a new electronic device. First, the company added a new MyFord Touch owner support website featuring how-to videos at www.syncmyride.com. Second, free “SYNC My Ride” personalized training sessions for new owners are now offered through Ford dealers – scheduled at customers’ convenience.

 “The keys to continuous improvement are simple: Listen, learn and respond. That’s how we’re going to keep our customers happy,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, SYNC Platform Development. “Evolving the software with meaningful enhanced features was part of our plan from the very beginning. It’s no different than the experience with our smartphones and laptop computers – except now, it’s your car that gets better.”

 Upgrade your ride

All of the new improvements will be offered to existing owners of MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles, including the 2011 and 2012 models of Ford Explorer and Edge and the 2012 Focus.  

“We’re seizing the opportunity to continuously improve the Ford ownership experience, and revolutionize what it means to own a car,” said Reitz. “Introducing new technology is only one step in our journey to become known as a technology company. Consistently improving it based on what our customers are telling us marks another milestone in that journey.”

 Early next year, owners located in the U.S. will be mailed a USB flash drive with the software upgrade for installation that they can do at their own convenience. If they prefer, owners may also visit their local Ford dealer for the software installation. The upgrade mailing will include instructions informing owners how to simply plug the USB flash drive into the MyFord Touch Media Hub’s USB port in order for installation to automatically begin.

 New look

The visual enhancements to MyFord Touch are based on simplifying the graphics with larger, bolder fonts, removing low-priority visual content, and designing screens based on a consistent pattern. More than 1,000 screens in total have been updated with the improved look.

 “Our goal when designing the upgrade was to simplify the screens and give customers a fast and easy way to get information at any given moment,” said Jennifer Brace, User Interface Design engineer for Ford. “That meant removing buttons, relocating high-use controls closer to the driver’s reach, simplifying tasks and improving font size.”  The new fonts are as much as 40 percent larger on some redesigned screens. The fonts also are wider and bolder to provide easier legibility, particularly among the rapidly increasing number of drivers age 60 and older.

 New features

Ford also took the opportunity to update the performance of the system and add new features for customers to help them keep pace with the fast-moving consumer electronics market.

Faster touch-screen response time, for example, was a key request from owners. Initial testing shows that touch and voice response is at least two times faster than the current system.

 Also, the software upgrade includes the following enhancements:

  •  Improved voice recognition experience
  • Quicker voice recognition and faster command prompt when the voice button is pushed
  • Voice commands used in conjunction with navigation are simplified through elimination of the need to provide street direction, e.g., “Main Street” instead of “North Main Street”
  • Music requests are simpler by removing the need to include the additional song, album or artist information
  • Customers can find their favorite sports team in action via new Sirius Game Finder simply by saying a command such as “Tune to Detroit Lions game”
  • Tablet device compatibility
  • Music and other media content from most popular tablet computers like the Apple iPad can now be accessed through a simple USB connection
  • Audible.com audiobook support
  • Listen to Audible.com content using voice commands or the easy-to-use touch-screen controls
  • Connected navigation powered by TeleNav features new map data by NAVTEQ
  • Updated map views are richer and feature more 3D landmarks
  • Views of freeway junctions and signs are enhanced through photorealistic screen images
  • Smart routing options are provided based onhistorical traffic patterns
  • Phone compatibility
  • Automatic Bluetooth connection upon vehicle entry has been improved
  • Noise and echo cancellation during phone calls has been improved
  • Gracenote® album cover art database
  • Inclusion of the latest music metadata available enhancing the music playback experience
  • Improved voice recognition for music search allowing drivers to pinpoint artists with hard-to-pronounce names or nicknames

All New 2013 Ford Escape

All-New Ford Escape:

 Smarter, Saves Fuel &

 Money 

Ford’s newest SUV arrives next year, bringing clever technologies and features designed to make life easier, and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market.

Versatile vehicle features new hands-free technology – including liftgate with motion-sensing technology similar to video games’ and upgraded MyFord Touch system that makes connecting with digital devices on the go even easier.

New Escape’s projected fuel economy is up to 5 mpg better than outgoing Escape; 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines save customers fuel and money.

The Ford Escape, America’s best-selling SUV, will raise the bar even higher with the debut of an all-new model that features 11 new exclusive features and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market today.

“We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy.”

“Escape is America’s best-selling utility vehicle, and the Ford team has worked hard to make sure we deliver even more of what small SUV owners really want,” Kuzak said.

In addition to more cargo volume behind the first and second rows than today’s vehicle, the new Escape delivers:

  • Eleven features no other small SUV offers
  • Clever technologies that make Escape even more versatile, including an available hands-free power liftgate that allows quick and easy access to cargo with the kick of a foot
  • Projected best fuel economy of any compact SUV, up to 5 mpg better than previous Escape
  • Driving dynamics that make the drive experience more engaging on-road and a new Ford Intelligent 4WD System that provides even better traction off-road
  • Sleek new design, with better interior materials and more finishing touches

Escape technology makes life better
An array of clever technologies adds to the new Escape’s versatility, helping make life easier for its owners. Key features include:

An available hands-free power liftgate brings new technology to the SUV market and is enabled by motion technology used in today’s video game systems. A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates, unlocks and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob. This allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down packages or dig out keys. The same process closes the hatch.

SYNC with MyFord Touch, offers multiple ways for customers to manage and control information through voice commands, menus accessed through controls on the steering wheel, touch screens, buttons or knobs. Upgraded system includes new look, making phone, navigation, entertainment and climate controls even easier to use.

Parallel parking the Escape is virtually stress-free with active park assist. With the press of a button, the system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers the vehicle into the space. Drivers control only the gas and brake pedals.

Maneuvering parking lots and traveling open roadways becomes even safer and less stressful with Escape’s sensor-based BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS displays an alert in the side mirror when a vehicle is detected entering a blind spot. Cross-traffic alert warns if traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when Escape is leaving a parking space in reverse.

The all-new Ford Escape is the first Ford SUV to combine class-exclusive technology to  automatically slow the vehicle when it’s cornering too fast (Curve Control) or help accelerate through a turn (Torque Vectoring Control); a new Intelligent 4WD System helps deliver outstanding handling on pristine pavement and in adverse conditions as well, along with  excellent traction off-road.

Spirited performance with outstanding fuel economy
Escape offers Ford’s broadest nameplate range of EcoBoost engine choices yet. Strong fuel economy comes from either the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes its American debut in the new Escape.

Both new engines combine EcoBoost’s core technologies of direct fuel injection and turbocharging and add twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver even better miles per gallon and save customers money on fuel.

In Escape, EcoBoost engines are mated to specially calibrated, six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmissions, which are standard and allow drivers who want more hands-on experiences to manually control gear selection from a switch on the left-hand side of the shifter.

The gearbox features a new torque converter for improved driving feel, silky smooth shifts and even better fuel economy. Engineers also installed revised gear ratios for a balanced driving feel in all situations.

The standard engine in North America is an updated 2.5-liter, giving the new Escape a comprehensive lineup of four-cylinder offerings. It also is matched to a SelectShift Automatic six-speed.

Also aiding fuel economy is Escape’s sleeker design. The new model is nearly 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model.

Plus, the new Escape’s active grille shutter system, which is on all models with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, reduces wind resistance. Grille slats stay open when extra engine cooling air is required, such as low-speed stop-and-go driving. When cruising on the highway at steady speeds, the grille slats automatically close to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

Versatility and capability come standard
Stowing and towing are even easier in the new five-passenger Escape, thanks to a low liftover height of 27 inches, more innovations and cargo volume that surpasses the outgoing Escape – with 68.1 cubic feet of space behind the first row and 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row.

The new Escape’s rear seats have been designed to fold flat easily. With the touch of a button, the head restraint folds down and with the lift of a handle on the seat, the seatback folds and dives as the seat folds flat and clicks into position.

Escape also features an available two-position load floor, which can be configured to allow the customer to choose among maximum luggage volume or flat load floor.

When properly equipped, the all-new Escape maintains a trailer tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

Engaging driving performance through seamless system
Using new advanced software and sensors, the new Intelligent 4WD System analyzes data from 25 external signals, including wheel speed, accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, assessing road conditions and driver input 20 times faster than the blink of an eye.

The system uses all the sensor inputs to turn the vehicle in the direction the driver wants it to go. Intelligent 4WD builds on the pre-emptive actions by adding and subtracting torque as needed through an electromagnetic clutch.

SEE THE PHOTOS HERE

All Ford Show a Huge Success

Thanks everyone for the great success enjoyed at the October 2nd All Ford Show. There was a great variety of cars to look at and the largest spectator crowd we have ever had! Also, special thanks to the Wild West Mustangs of Arizona for running the lot and managing the show activities. We couldn’t have done it without their experience.

Here is a shout-out to all the first place winners-
John Rank, 1913 T-bucket
Joe and Janice Dean, 1913 Model T town car limo (also sponsor’s best award)
Keith Morse, 1954 Mercury Monterry
Ken and Kim Smith, 1970 Torino GT
Jack and Nancy Kennedy, 1934 5 window coupe
Steve Jones, 1965 Falcon
Craig Leach, 1919 fire engine
Justin Miller, 1969 F-100
Randy Bunner, 1965 Ranchero
Rich Heinz, 1957 Ranchero
Maryann and Chuck Buff, 2006 Escape Hybrid
Rick Grenger, 1967 Mercury Cougar
Jean Stuk, 1956 T-Bird
Neil Schrock, 1964 T-Bird convertible
William D. Rawlings, 1965 Mustang
West and Jo Young, 1970 Mustang Mach 1
Paul Osgood, 1988 Mustang
Rick Snider, 2003 Musyang Mach 1
Rick Shopmier, 1966 Mustang
Gary Barral, 1965 Mustang
Dwayne Kanar, 1998 Panoz AIV Roadster
Shelley Berman, 1954 Custom Liner
John Chavez, 1965 Falcon convertible

We awarded 2nd and 3rd places as well.

One of our employees shot a lot of great photos and you can see them on Photobucket by clicking HERE.

 

We’ll see you again next year!

Tornado Gives New Meaning to BUILT FORD TOUGH

Can your new Ford F-150 do this.  Damage was caused by the springtime tornadoes.

 

Boston Family Uses Ford Fusion For Power During Irene

By Megan Whalen

BOSTON – When Julie Mullen and John Sullivan became Ford Fusion owners in 2010, they knew they would enjoy their car but didn’t think about how their pet fish would take it –until Hurricane Irene touched down.

“Hurricane Irene hit the Northeast and hit Massachusetts so, we lost power Sunday morning at about 9 a.m.,” said Mullen who lives in the Boston area with her husband Sullivan. “It was already daylight so we had light, but as the day went on it was getting kind of old not having power.”

According to Mullen, they instantly relied on their cell phones to keep connected –occasionally running the car to power them up. Then their son reminded them that their Fusion had enough power to keep them functioning inside their home – not just a cigarette lighter, but an actual outlet where they could plug in some necessities.

“As soon as Adam said that my husband ran off to get his orange outdoor power-cord,” she said. “It let us move away from just having flashlights. I don’t know what the fish would have done, they would have been dead.”

So for one week, rather than being confined to candle light and cell phone updates, they ran an extension cord from their car to their home and continued their daily routines; powering the fish tank, plugging in lights, charging laptops, cooking food and more.

“Seems like small stuff but it all adds up,” said Mullen.

The Fusion has a standard 110-volt power outlet located near the rear seat. That’s the same voltage that can be found in most wall plugs. So, Mullen’s use of the outlet didn’t cause any damage.

“A friend was telling me for a long time that Ford was coming back up with quality,” she stated, listing it as one of the many reasons they purchased the car. They preferred Ford for the respected honesty, quality and technology – versus other hybrids available on the market.

Prior to the wrath of Hurricane Irene they used the outlet a few times for small things but never to this extreme.

Wow!  And they said cars just powered our dreams and ambitions.

 

Child Passenger Safety Week at Sanderson Ford

 

  It’s Child Passenger Safety Week at Sanderson Ford.  This is a free event and open to the public.  No appointment is necessary! 

Stop by next Saturday the 24th of September between 8am and 11am and get your child seat inspected for safety and safe installation. 

Event is being held at Sanderson Ford at 6400 N. 51st Avenue in Glendale.

See you there!

Meet Brian Deegan of Metal Mulisha

Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Tomcar/Offroad are giving you the chance to meet Brian Deegan, founder of Metal Mulisha at Sanderson Ford on Sept. 22 at 7:00pm.  Here’s the official announcement-

“In celebration of the Built Ford Tough Sales Event going on now at Arizonaʼs largest Ford dealership, Sanderson Ford is throwing a party and guess whoʼs coming.. BRIAN DEEGAN.  Yes, professional freestyle motorcross rider, X games gold medalist, founding member of the Metal Mulisha, and Ford Raptor racer Brian Deegan will be at Sanderson Ford at 7pm this Thursday September 22nd.  Come on out and meet Brian Deegan and check out Arizonaʼs biggest selection of Ford trucks.  Come now or come Thursday to meet Brian Deegan and score BIG on a new Ford truck. Rangers, F-150ʼs, and SuperDutyʼs have all been marked down for the Built Ford Tough Sales Event going on now at Sanderson Ford.”

We’ll also have Driver Greg Adler here….he is the owner of Transamerica Wholesale  (think ProComp) who is sponsoring this event.  He is one of the official Pro 2 Drivers in the Lucas series.

Sanderson Tomcar is also a sponsor of the new Lucas Oil Offroad Series.  Here is our new TV spot to celebrate it-

 

Want to drive a Raptor on a Lucas Offroad course? 

You can in November, sign up here

 

Focus ST-R is Coming

Ford just announced the reace-prepped 2012 Focus ST-R will soon be available in North America.  It was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show.  Read all about it here- http://www.thefordstory.com/our-articles/cars/focussedan/ford-focus-st-r-racecar-availability-to-begin-in-north-america/

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