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Will We See A New Ford GT In 2016?

There are dramatic rumblings in the world of Ford these days. 2016 will be the 50th anniversary year for Ford’s first victory in the Le Mans, a 24 hour endurance race. It earned that win with the Ford GT. Motor Trend now reports that Ford is possibly bringing the GT back into production to celebrate. Sound the trumpets! Granted, it may feature a different name than “GT,” but rest assured that it will perform just as powerfully as its predecessors.

The last GT was, to put it simply, a powerful car. The GT500 had specs that seemed like they were lifted out of a science fiction novel: A blown 5.8-liter V8 motor that could achieve 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque.

In light of the fact that that particular motor was retired in November of 2013, Motor Trend has its suspicions for the next generation motor. The Sebring, a 12-hour race, was won with a car that had a Ford 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. Perhaps they will go with that one.

While we might need to wait until 2016 to see the new GT, you can still visit Sanderson Ford today to check out fantastic current models!

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Best Cars for College Students

It’s about time for students to start heading back to school, and in the process, many will be searching for a new car to take back with them.  To aid in this search, the writers at Motor Trend’s Wide Open Throttle decided to put together a list of what they believe to be the Top 10 Cars Under $10,000 for College Students.  While their lists may be subjective, the experts certainly know what they are talking about as two Ford models found a spot on the list, one of which was mentioned twice.

The first model mentioned on the list is the 1999-2004 Ford Mustang GT.  Editor Christan Seabaugh chose the pony car for its combination of power and affordability, noting that it is “one of the cheapest ways to get rear-drive V-8 power.”  While not the largest model on the list, the Mustang has enough room to haul around a few friends and is more than capable of handling college shenanigans. WOT Editor Jason Udy also mentioned the Mustang as one of his original picks, but since Seabaugh had already chosen the car, he decided to go in a different direction.

Udy names the 1993-2010 Ford Ranger as one of his two picks and the second Ford on the list.  The Ranger is noted for its abundance of options, with choices between two cab sizes, two bed lengths, four- or six-cylinder power, two- or four-wheel drive, and automatic or manual transmission, students are sure to find the combination to fit their needs.  The Ranger offers the typical benefits of a truck, such as hauling furniture, bikes, and tailgating gear, but the Ranger’s compact size allows it to navigate tight college campus roads.

Whatever vehicle takes you back to campus, have a safe and enjoyable school year!

Ford F-150 Named Truck of the Year for 4th Time

For the fourth time in its history, the Ford F-150 pickup has been named the 2012 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

To determine the winner of this prestigious title, the automotive experts put the nominees’ towing capability, payload capability, and performance to the test.  They also judged the trucks on value, safety, efficiency, performance of intended function, advancement in design, and engineering excellence.

The 2012 F-150 showed strength in each of these areas, but Motor Trend’s staff was especially impressed by the pickup’s high quality, comfortable interior, and EcoBoost engine. This innovative V6 engine produces the power of a traditional V8 with the fuel economy of a V6.

According to the magazine, who called the 2012 F-150 a “truck for all reasons” due to its capabilities in all areas of performance, the “the more the F-150 was pushed, the better it performed.”

Stop by Sanderson Ford today to check out our inventory of the 2012 Truck of the Year!

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