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Ford Hurricane Harvey Relief: Texas is Family

Ford Hurricane Harvey Relief

 

After Hurricane Harvey hit, Texas was left with catastrophic damage. Many of its residents have faced extraordinary damage to their homes and possessions. However, the state has seen overwhelming support from many groups and individuals from across the country, including Ford Motor Company.

 

Ford Motor Company and its Texas dealers have organized a number of different ways to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. To begin with, Ford has donated $500,000 to groups such as The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Catholic Charities. Additionally, the Texas Ford dealerships organized a Cowboys-Texans telethon which allowed them to raise $200,000 in donations as of September 1st. These dealerships plan to raise another $1 million, which Ford will match.

 

Not only is Ford aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey via financial relief, but the company has also created a “Texas is Family” program, offering special deals for families and employees impacted by the hurricane. Those who qualify will receive family and employee prices, low lease rates, and the benefit of zero payments until 2018. Ford hopes that this program helps families meet their immediate transportation needs in the wake of Harvey’s destruction.

 

To learn more about Ford’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and how you can help, stop by Sanderson Ford.

Giving Back this Holiday Season in Glendale, AZ

giving back this holiday season

With holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can end this year on a generous note. Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ve gathered a few suggestions for how you can give back to the community this holiday season.

Kick off your seasonal altruism by attending the 2017 We Believe Gala on October 28th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, hosted by the Horse Rhythm Foundation. This is the largest fundraising event for the organization, and it will feature guest speakers such as war veteran and former POW Colonel Thomas H. Kirk. Tickets must be purchased in advance via the gala’s website.

Next, on November 10th, spend a night out on the town with the 2017 Annual House of Refuge Gala. Held from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the theme for this year’s event will be “New York State of Mind.” The event will feature foods inspired by the Big Apple. Guests can enjoy games and live music while helping improve the lives of homeless individuals and domestic abuse victims.

Finally, on December 9th, join the 25th Anniversary Gala for the Phoenix Deaf Women Organization. Held from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the MonOrchid, this event will educate the public about deaf culture, advocacy, and empowerment. Special guest Missy Keast, entrepreneur with ASL Inside, will be the featured speaker along with other noteworthy guests.

These are just some of the many ways you can give back to the local community this holiday season.

New 2018 F-150 Diesel is the First of Its Kind

2018 F-150 Diesel

The 2018 F-150 Diesel is causing quite a stir in the auto industry, offering a Power Stroke V6 Diesel engine that works to optimize power while using less gas. Although the 2018 F-150 has several updates, this new diesel engine option is perhaps the most significant.

According to Car and Driver, the diesel engine is turbocharged and mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, to yield optimum performance. You may be wondering, “Why should I buy a diesel engine?” While old diesel engines produced dark black smoke and guzzled fuel, modern engines are quieter and typically require less maintenance and fuel.

Previously, diesel engines were only offered in Europe, but we’re seeing some changes in the industry. Diesel engines have low-end power because they don’t need to be revved for better acceleration. They also have better towing due to increased torque. Because they don’t need spark plugs or other components, many people see them as more reliable than traditional gasoline engines.

Thinking about buying a diesel? Stop by Sanderson Ford to learn more about the 2018 Ford F-150. You can test the truck in person, and our expert staff will tell you more about the array of features on the F-150.

Phoenix Trips, Local Style

Phoenix Trips

Arizona Canal: By Cygnusloop99 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Are you heading towards Sanderson Ford for a visit to Phoenix, Arizona? Don’t get caught in the tourist traps. Check out these Phoenix trips that are popular to locals. Be sure to travel in the area’s favorite truck, the Ford F-150, to blend in even better.

 

Roosevelt Row Arts District

 

A day in the Arts District is sure to get your creative blood flowing. Take your time walking down the street and through alleyways where you’ll find all sorts of colorful, photogenic murals. There are plenty of art galleries and boutiques where you can stop in and buy a piece of Phoenix art to take home with you, too.

 

South Mountain Park and Preserve

 

As one of the country’s largest municipal parks, South Mountain Park offers some gorgeous desert hiking. Bring plenty of snacks and water so that you can make it to the highest point, Dobbins Lookout, where you’ll see an unbelievable view of the city and beyond.

 

Arizona Canal

 

The Arizona Canal is located in the Arcadia neighborhood. It’s the perfect place for a walk and some people watching, but you’ll also find some natural wonders like a waterfall and a cave. The walk will surely work up an appetite, so end your evening with dinner at the O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nanobrewery.

Just ask us at Sanderson Ford if you want to hear about more amazing local trips!

Fall in Phoenix: Fun Local Festivals for You To Visit

Fall in Phoenix

At Sanderson Ford, we love living so close to Phoenix. There’s always a ton to do, and since the weather is perfect in September and October, fall in Phoenix is one of our favorite times of the year. Here are some events this October that you won’t want to miss.

 

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

 

From October 13-15, 2017, head to Tempe Beach Park for the best in German beers, foods, and festivities. Four Peaks Brewery will be serving up some of its German brews, while live music from Whiskey’s Quicker, Jared and the Mill, Lil Jon, and more keep you entertained all weekend long.

 

Arizona Taco Festival

 

That same weekend, don’t miss the Arizona Taco Festival from October 14-15, 2017. Take a break from the German grub and head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick to taste more types of tacos than you knew existed.

 

Lost Lake Festival

 

The next weekend is an exciting one for music fans, as the Lost Lake Festival runs from October 20-22, 2017 at Steele Indian School Park. Tickets are $165-$225 for a three-day general admission, but it’s worth the cost as you’ll have the chance to see performers like Chance the Rapper, The Killers, The Pixies, Haim, Ludacris, and more.

 

If you want any more local fun recommendations, just ask us at Sanderson Ford!

 

Ford Trucks Win Three Gold Hitch Awards

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

For 40 years now, Ford has dominated as America’s favorite brand of truck, which makes it unsurprising that the 2017 Ford F-150 and F-150 Raptor earned three of the top five prizes at this year’s Gold Hitch Awards.

The Fast Lane Truck performed some rigorous high-altitude performance and towing tests in Utah and Colorado to determine the winners of its Gold Hitch Awards. The awards include the following categories for trucks: mid-size, half-ton, heavy-duty, off-road, and best overall.

The 2017 Ford F-150 came away as the top half-ton truck along with the best performing truck overall. As for the off-duty truck award, that went to the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. “The 2017 Ford F-150 is the best towing half-ton truck this year,” said Andre Smirnov, editor, TFLtruck.com. “The overall versatility, towing performance, and choice of available powertrains and technology features of the entire 2017 F-150 lineup elevated the F-150 above all others.”

Testers were impressed with the F-150’s acceleration, incredible towing power, and efficiency, even while towing. As for the F-150 Raptor, it earned high praises for its great combination of power, speed, and standard off-road abilities that make it unlike any other truck currently available.

To see what makes the Ford F-150 so great, take it out for a test drive today at Sanderson Ford.

Why You Should Buy a 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer

If you are on the lookout for a new SUV for your family, one of the most popular choices has long been the Ford Explorer. Below, you’ll find five reasons why you should buy a 2017 Ford Explorer.

 

  1. Wide range of trim levels. Whether you are aiming for a basic model, something sportier, or even something more luxurious, the Explorer has what you want. There are five different trim levels: Base, SLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum.
  2. Three rows of seats. Depending on the model you choose, the Explorer will be able to seat six or seven passengers in three comfortable rows. With the available sliding second-row seat, you can maximize leg room where you need it most.
  3. Excellent engines. Buyers have three engine options to choose from, making it easy to find the right combination of power and efficiency.
  4. Adventure capable. With the available all-wheel drive package, you will be able to head off-road. Its 7.8 inches of ground clearance will allow you to drive over obstacles that would leave other vehicles behind.
  5. Good safety record. The Explorer gets good results in many crash tests and has some available advanced safety technology too.

 

See what else the 2017 Explorer can do for you at Sanderson Ford today.

Top Three Podcasts of 2017…So Far

Ford Infotainment System - Glendale, AZ

Ford’s high tech infotainment centers give plenty of options to play your favorite Podcasts during those long drives.

We’re not even halfway through the year and the best of the best creative minds are already showing their true colors. Here are the top three podcasts of 2017 so far.

 

Serial

Serial spends an entire season dissecting a mysterious crime. The result is dramatic, suspenseful, and engaging. Undoubtedly the best podcast of 2016, Serial is now into its second season and doing just as well. No worries if you missed the first season; it’s still available for listening!

The Tim Ferris Show

“Life hacks” is a concept that most of us are familiar with. But The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris was arguably the first collection of that ilk. With his follow-up The Four Hour Body and now The Tim Ferris Show, it’s clear this guy has a knack for making your life easier, better, and definitely more interesting.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

Ever heard those old-timey radio adventure shows, complete with real-time sound effects largely performed by the voice actors? The Thrilling Adventure Hour recreates all of the fun and absurdity of those original programs. Recent show titles prove it: Marshal on Mars and Amelia Earhart, Fearless Flyer.

 

Of course, the best place to listen to these awesome podcasts is in the car. Need a new one? Visit us today at Sanderson Ford to take your next dream car for a test drive.

The Return of the Ford Bronco

This year’s North American International Auto Show will go down as historic amongst fans of a certain iconic 4×4 SUV. After all, it was there, in Detroit, that Ford announced the return of the Ford Bronco.

The Ford Bronco debuted over five decades ago in 1966. The year it first arrived, the Bronco was marketed as an off-road vehicle, designed to compete with the likes of the Jeeps and Scouts of its time. Many of the components on the original Bronco were borrowed from the Ford F-150. Though conceived as a compact SUV, the Bronco evolved quickly into a full-size SUV. Ford managed to tame the Bronco for a good 30 years until the automaker set it free in 1996.

Now the Bronco has been wrangled once again. According to Ford, the iconic 4×4 SUV is set to be revived for 2020. Details are scant on the new design, which is understandable, as the debut is still three years away. Judging from Ford’s presentation at the Detroit Auto Show, the classic Bronco emblem of a bucking bronco’s silhouette will return.

This time around, the Bronco will fall into the mid-size SUV range. It will be manufactured in the United States at Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan, meaningful as this is same plant where the original Bronco was manufactured.

For more details about classic Ford vehicles, contact us right here at Sanderson Ford.

Ford Self-Driving Cars a Reality by 2021 Thanks to Argo AI Partnership

2017 Ford Fiesta - Glendale, AZ

Ford is committed to unleashing a fleet of self-driving cars by 2021.

Ford is working on making autonomous cars a reality by investing $1 billion in Argo AI, a company based in Pittsburgh and tied to Carnegie Mellon University. The investment will be made over five years and will allow employees equity in the company, with Ford being a majority stakeholder but giving the company “substantial independence.”

Ford will use Argo AI’s developments of artificial intelligence and machine learning and apply it to Ford self-driving cars, according to Argo AI’s CEO, Bryan Salesky. Salesky led self-driving hardware at Google in 2011 while working at the Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center.

Argo AI hopes to achieve full autonomy by 2021, and Ford’s sizeable long-term investment will help the small company afford the expenses of taking on such a large, challenging project. Other members of the Argo team were also development leaders at Google, CMU, and Uber before leaving to join Salesky’s team.

Ford will continue to lead on its autonomous vehicle hardware platform and on systems integration, manufacturing, design, and policy management. The autonomous team will join with Argo in software development in the hopes of making self-driving cars more commercial.

If you’re interested in Ford’s developments and future vehicles, we’re happy to give you the rundown at Sanderson Ford!

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