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Next-Generation Ford Fusion Carries Autonomous Technology

Ford debuted its first modern autonomous prototype three years ago but, despite the time lapse, the design hasn’t changed much. Looks don’t say much when it comes to autonomous technology, though. The American automaker is still shooting to produce autonomous vehicles for ride-sharing services by 2021.

The Detroit-based automaker plans to launch a new set of autonomous prototypes to increase its current fleet from 30 to 90 cars. All models will be based on the Ford Fusion hybrid.

Considering that Ford has largely invested in the autonomous midsize sedan, it wouldn’t be surprising for the next-generation Ford Fusion to be the first model to debut with the advanced technology.

The automaker invested around $75 million into Velodyne and continues to use the Lidar sensors. The sensors are near the A-pillars above the side mirrors. From those spots, the sensors provide a full 360-degree view.

What can easily be mistaken for roof racks carrying skis are actually three cameras that look forward, sideways, and backwards. Those cameras come in addition to the camera behind the windshield that watches for traffic signals and pedestrians. Radar sensors of varying ranges will help keep the vehicle on track in all weather conditions.

We here at Sanderson Ford can’t wait to see what developments continue to come out of the new prototypes!

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2017 Ford Escape Technology Revealed in Hollywood Debut

The Ford Escape is the second-best-seller in the entirety of Ford’s lineup, eclipsed only by the wildly popular F-150 pickup truck. In the midst of the recent Los Angeles Auto Show’s festivities, the company unveiled the 2017 Escape under the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The Escape has met with incredible success despite the ruthless competition of the compact crossover segment, and this trend is predicted to continue, with significant improvements made to Ford Escape technology, as well as various other upgrades to the vehicle.

Even though the underlying platform of the Escape has not changed for the 2017 model year, the crossover is still being advertised by Ford as the next generation of the vehicle because the improvements and redesigns are just that drastic. A new, stylish design, revamped interior, and two new engines are only a small part of the Escape’s updated features.

One of the most striking things about the technology upgrades in the 2017 Escape is part of the new engines themselves. Both are turbocharged EcoBoost engines, which alone deliver outstanding fuel economy and power, but the addition of a new feature skyrockets these engines into more innovative territory – stop-start systems that automatically turn off the engine while the Escape is idling. This, according to engineers, will further improve fuel economy and is a crucial new aspect of Ford Escape technology.

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More Advancements in Ford Automated Driving Research

Ford Automated Driving The future of driving is getting closer and closer! Ford has recently announced that they are now working with MIT and Stanford in advancing their automated driving technology research. They are working together to build the automated Ford Fusion Hybrid that would feature Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility and several other technologies including LiDAR sensors to generate a real-time 3D map of the vehicle’s surrounding environment.

“To deliver on our vision for the future of mobility, we need to work with many new partners across the public and private sectors, and we need to start today,” explains chief technical officer and Vice President of Ford research and innovation, Paul Mascarenas. “Working with university partners like MIT and Stanford enables us to address some of the longer-term challenges surrounding automated driving while exploring more near-term solutions for delivering an even safer and more efficient driving experience.”

With fully automated technologies, the vehicle will be able to sense objects around it. Research analytics at MIT will be creating advanced algorithms to help figure out if the vehicle will be able to sense moving vehicles and pedestrians that could be a hazard to the car. Stanford analytics will be exploring how the automated sensors will see around obstacles and potentially “take a peek ahead” to make necessary maneuvers.

Could you imagine being in a car that could detect everything around it and basically drive itself? The future of driving is on its way. Stick with Sanderson Ford for the latest on Ford automated driving.

Ford SYNC Technology: Taking Intelligence to a Whole Other Level

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Ford has set out on a mission to take its vehicles to a whole other level of intelligence.  They just recently built their 10 millionth car with built-in Ford SYNC technology!  We would say they are well on their way to completing their quest!

Now what is Ford SYNC technology you ask?  Well, it’s an in-vehicle system that leaves you completely hands-free.  It integrates mobile devices, such as a Smartphone, and allows the driver to make hands-free calls, change the song or radio station, and use other applications with just a simple voice command, leaving you to concentrate on driving safely.  And that’s only the beginning.

Ford offers 15 different options for the SYNC technology in your Ford vehicle.  Yes, you heard right, FIFTEEN various options that include all of the following:

  • SYNC Hands-Free Calling
  • SYNC Entertainment
  • SYNC 911 Assist
  • SYNC AppLink
  • SYNC Navigation
  • SYNC Audible Text Messages
  • SYNC Internet Connectivity
  • SYNC Video Player
  • SYNC Vehicle Health Report
  • SYNC Voice Touch Screen
  • SYNC Command Center
  • SYNC Driving Efficiencies
  • SYNC Color-Coded Touch Screen
  • SYNC Media Hub

Whew!  That’s a lot of choices!  Not sure which ones are right for you or are available for your favorite Ford vehicle?  Not to worry, you can contact us here at Sanderson Ford to find out what SYNC packages are right for you!

Ford to Release MyFord Touch 2.0

Ford has announced plans to release MyFord Touch 2.0, an updated version of Ford’s popular software that will be seen on select 2013 models.  The new MyFord Touch will aim to improve the technology’s ease of use, and Ford plans to make the software more accessible to owners.

Some of the changes include larger and bolder on-screen fonts, a simplified home screen layout, and 3D buttons that will more clearly resemble physical controls.  On the audio screen, the radio preset buttons will be placed at the bottom of the screen, where they are located on traditional radios.  The navigation screen was also revamped to provide better contrast, clearer map displays, and 3D landmarks.

Ford is also making the touch screen more responsive, stating that it will respond to user input twice as quickly, and has made the voice recognition software more accurate.  Voice recognition will also have simpler commands, and Sirius Game Finder, a new application, will help sports fans find a specific game, by stating a command such as “Find Arizona Cardinals Game.”

In total, 1000 “pages” in the system have been reconfigured.  The software will first be available on the 2013 Ford Escape, Flex, and Taurus before being rolled out as a free upgrade for existing MyFord Touch customers.

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.

 

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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Worlds Fastest F-250 Crewcab

Heavy Hauling and High-Speed Racing:

Hajek Motorsports Breaks 2 Land Speed Records with Ford F-250 Super Duty

WENDOVER, Utah, Aug. 19, 2011 – Ford F-Series is best known for its unparalleled capability and power, but now it’s found a place in the history books.  Hajek Motorsports has broken two land speed records using both a diesel and biodiesel-powered 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.  Using a mostly stock truck with the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8, the team achieved a speed of 171.123 mph on regular diesel and 182 mph on B20 biodiesel.

The Ford truck broke the B Production Diesel Truck record of 166.850 mph by a Duramax diesel GMC. This class is normally comprised of race vehicles with extensive aftermarket modifications. The F-250 that Hajek Motorsports ran is something of a rarity as it used extensive production parts to perform at high speeds.

Underscoring that the 2011 Super Duty is the cleanest Power Stroke ever, a land speed record was also set using soy-based biodiesel fuel. The truck broke the biodiesel land speed record of 130.614 mph.

Every 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel can operate on a mixture of diesel up to 20 percent biofuel. This capability is significant for the Hajek Motorsports team given its history and support for sustainable farm-based fuels and desire to prove that speed and performance are not compromised by using fuels like E85 and B20 biodiesel.

“Racing is part of Ford Motor Company’s DNA so it’s only natural for us to build a race vehicle that demonstrates Ford’s leadership in the diesel and biodiesel truck market,” said Brent Hajek, Hajek Motorsports owner. “The F-250 is an excellent truck with amazing capabilities. I’m amazed at how, with very few changes from stock, we were able to accomplish this.”

Hajek, a soybean and corn farmer from Oklahoma, knows a thing or two about Ford F-250s and biodiesel fuel. He owns six for use on his farm, with his 1997 Ford F-250 having accumulated more than 400,000 miles.

“Super Duty has always been the leader in the heavy-duty truck segment,” said Brian Rathsburg, Ford Super Duty marketing manager. “Breaking these records reinforces our leadership position, allows us to raise awareness around the truck’s biodiesel capabilities, and gives us an opportunity to reach out to enthusiasts in a fun and engaging way.”

Ford engineers teamed up with Hajek Motorsports to design and install the modifications to the production-level truck. Changes were made only to the top-end components of the engine including the high-pressure fuel pump, fuel injectors and turbochargers for more fuel flow. The compression ratio was modified as well.

The engineering that went into the base engine provided us with a rock-solid foundation to start from,” said Paul Niessen, powertrain engineer. “And it worked out great since we increased the output of the engine by more than 50 percent over production with just a few changes.”

Work on a chassis dynamometer before the attempt proved the engine was able to adapt to biodiesel fuel and deliver on both horsepower and fuel economy. It also verified the performance of the production transmission and drivetrain.

Components were added for safety purposes, including a full roll cage and five-point harness.

Delivering more
The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel produces best-in-class 400 horsepower and 800 lb.-ft. of torque with best-in-class fuel economy, further strengthening Super Duty’s best-in-class towing and payload capabilities. The Ford-engineered diesel engine uses inboard exhaust architecture, an automotive-industry first for a modern production diesel engine.

Key features of the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel engine:

  • Compacted graphite iron engine block
  • Aluminum cylinder heads
  • Single-sequential turbocharger with double-sided compressor wheel mounted on a single shaft uniquely center-mounted on the engine block
  • Unique inboard exhaust and outboard intake architecture
  • High-pressure fuel system – new Bosch 29,000-psi common-rail fuel-injection system
  • Standard biodiesel compatibility up to B20

Wow, but how much will it tow at these speeds?

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!

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