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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!

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and across the country, the Department of Transportation has one message for drivers: “One Text or Call could Wreck it All.”

There are many distractions drivers can face behind the wheel. Visual distractions occur when you take your eyes off the road, manual distractions take a driver’s hands off the wheel and onto something else, such as food or drink, and cognitive distractions occur when the driver stops thinking about driving and starts thinking about something else. While there are many ways to get distracted, cell phone use is by far the most alarming, as it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention.

In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed, and nearly half a million injured, in accidents caused by distracted driving.  Cell phone use was reported in 18% of these fatalities. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, meaning they are driving roughly the length of a football field, blind, at 55 mph. Drivers using a hand-held device are also 4 times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause an injury due to the lack of reaction time.

Now that you know the facts, you’re probably wondering what you can do to get involved and help make our roadways safer. First, you can take the pledge to drive phone-free, encourage your family and friends to drive phone-free, and speak out if the driver of your car is distracted.  You can also share a “Faces of Distracted Driving” video on social media to help raise awareness, download a poster to hang up, and make a company or family pledge to commit to distracted-free driving.

For more distracted driving facts and ways to get involved, visit http://www.distraction.gov.

Four Fords Named “Best Cars for Families”

Each year, U.S. News & World Reports releases their list of cars that are the best choices for families.  Ford is proud to have made the list four times this year, the most of any automaker, as the Edge, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, and Taurus were all honored with the designation.

U.S. News & World Reports bases their decisions are reviews and test drives from auto journalists across the nation.  Using this approach allows the judges to have a wide-range look at the most family-friendly cars available in the U.S.  The list highlights cars, SUVs, and minivans that provide the best combination of features, reliability, utility, and safety.

The Ford Edge was named the “Best Two-Row Midsize SUV for Families” for being offered at a valuable price and providing strong technology and impressive fuel economy ratings. The Fusion earned the title of “Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families” for its “roomy interior, large trunk, good safety scores, and family-friendly tech features.”  The Fusion’s hybrid counterpart was named the “Best Hybrid Car for Families” thanks to its technology and spaciousness.  Finally, the Ford Taurus, which offers excellent safety ratings and parent-friendly technology such as the MyKey system, was named the “Best Affordable Full-size Car for Families.”

Each of these cars were also recognized by U.S. News & World Reports for being the “Best Car for the Money” in their respective classes.

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!

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/

Phoenix SVT Raptor Roundup Coming

SVT Raptor Roundup coming to Phoenix

Raptor Owners, you’ve asked for it.  Now it’s coming.  The Raptor Roundup is coming back to Firebird International Raceway on November 5, 2011.  There will be sessions for Raptor owners to take their trucks on the track as well as a morning and evening session for test drives.  There were over 2,000 people in attendance in Vegas and Phoenix last year. 

Sign up here, and don’t wait!  Tell them Sanderson sent you.

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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
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