Ford has a car to fit just about every consumer’s way of life, and the Lifestyle Awards handed out by Cars.com prove they are spot on. Cars.com selected Mustang Boss 302 for Play Car of the Year because, “We’ve liked the Mustang’s blend of raw power and handling prowess. Those qualities have been relentlessly honed in the Boss 302, and we’re suitably impressed.” Additionally, the Ford F-150 won Cars.com’s Work Car of the Year. Editors applauded F-150 because, “If you need your work truck to do double duty, the F-150 has you covered.” It tops the class “because it has stayed fresh and evolved with the market.” Click here for more
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Ford has completed research and found that more people get the job done with a Super Duty than any other heavy duty truck. 75 % of road maintenance workers, 66% of miners, 60% of utility workers, and 50% of construction workers depend on their Super Duty every day. Because of this, Ford has launched “We Own Work,” a website dedicated to showing how Super Duty is the most popular truck choice in 21 industries. Check out Super Duty videos, stories, inventory, and more at http://www.ford.com/trucks/superduty/weownwork/.
All-New Ford Escape:
Smarter, Saves Fuel &
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.
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!
Can your new Ford F-150 do this. Damage was caused by the springtime tornadoes.
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
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.
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.
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?
Car show season is getting revved up in Phoenix finally. When the weather starts to cool off and you can actually stand to be in your garage again, it’s time to pull the car covers and start polishing!
Sanderson Ford has several shows to offer this coming season. In October, we’ll have 2 big ones. On the 1st, we are bringing back the All Ford Show. It will be a judged event and all Ford (and sister makes) are invited to enter. We are also providing the venue for the Arizona Deuce Day 5 show on the 29th.
We have moved the location for all shows to the north side (Maryland Ave) of the dealership. We will have our 50’s stainless steel diner open for all events. Just like the Fonz, you’ll be able to get a cheeseburger and a real malt right here. Depending on the spaces needed, we can accomodate up to 300 show vehicles in a secure environment. Spectator parking is provided for free, on the north side of Maryland Ave. by the Valley Pentecostal Church.
We are also sponsoring 2 big shows in February and March. The Arizona Hobbyist Council is still unsure of the Feb. date and we’ll let you know as soon as it is firmed up.
The Wild West Mustangs of Arizona are having their big show here on March 24th, 2012. This will be their 3rd event and they keep getting better each time.
Registration and info for the All Ford Show can be found HERE. See you there.
It’s snowing in Detroit. Although snow in Michigan isn’t the news story of the century, the fact that it’s snowing in August might turn a few heads. In Ford’s Allen Park, facility engineers have built two tunnels that can simulate temperatures from 15 below zero to above 100 degrees.
Camera crews were invited to watch Ford pummel an F-350 Super Duty pickup truck with snow and sub-zero temperatures inside the tunnel. The point of this harsh test was to make sure that the vehicle’s engine, air filter, and intake system can perform in any weather situation. Joe McCann, a Ford Engineer, said, “Every vehicle, no matter where it’s sold, could end up in cold weather conditions. We have to make sure it performs well regardless of temperature or altitude.” Ford tests weather in one tunnel and altitude in another.
The purpose of having these tunnels is to cut down on testing time. Instead of having to transport a model across the world to get the right conditions Ford can simply throw a car into the tunnels and test away. The engineers love it as well, as they can repeat a test without having variables change from test to test. This allows Ford to make better vehicles that are more durable and of a higher quality than its competition.