Archive for General News

Ford Delivery Robot Digit Connects to Self-Driving Cars to Stay Lightweight

Ford Delivery Robot | Glendale, AZIn partnership with Agility Robotics, Ford has developed a robot named Digit that will make a huge difference deliveries from online retailers. The highly flexible and sturdy design of the Ford delivery robot, combined with a cloud connection to in-vehicle computers, make it perfect for delivering packages.

Digit is designed to be able to lift packages up to 40 pounds, walk over different kinds of terrain and up stairs the same way humans do, sense obstacles and avoid them, and maintain its balanced when bumped or pushed. Digit stays folded up in the self-driving vehicle so as much space as possible can be used for packages, then unfolds to carry your package to your front door.

The other key to making Digit such an efficient robot for making deliveries was keeping it lightweight while still equipping it with access to the information it needs, like navigation and delivery information. If Digit processed all this information internally, it would need to be much bigger and bulkier.

That’s why Ford and Agility Robotics decided to have Digit retrieve that information from the self-driving vehicle it’s paired with. Digit has LiDAR and stereo cameras to help it navigate terrain, but everything else is shared with it from the delivery vehicle.

Whatever the future brings with Ford, Sanderson Ford will be there every step of the way. Visit our showroom and see why the Blue Oval is the best brand in automotive today.

Fun Summer Road Trips Near Glendale, AZ

Summer Road Trips | Glendale, AZ

If you’re feeling the need to get away this summer, you’ll find plenty of great options within easy driving distance of Glendale, Arizona. Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite road-trip destinations around the Southwest — from outdoor adventures to urban discoveries.

Flagstaff

When the summer heat gets too intense, head up Interstate 17 and experience high-altitude relief in Flagstaff, Arizona. While you’re here, stroll the downtown area to find art galleries, performances, breweries and local dining. Or head to the surrounding mountains and forests for camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. You’re also just a short drive away from the beauty of the Grand Canyon!

Las Vegas

One of the world’s most notorious vacation destinations, Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Hit the Las Vegas Strip for glamorous nightlife, luxurious hotels, dazzling entertainment, unforgettable sights, and, of course, 24-hour-a-day casino action. Moving beyond the glitz, you can enjoy a more laid-back time in the city’s growing Arts District, marvel at the architectural achievement of the massive Hoover Dam, or hike at nearby Mount Charleston.

San Diego

In San Diego, the weather is always gorgeous, the beach is always nearby, and the attractions are always plentiful. If relaxation is your goal, head to one of the city’s many lovely beaches for the perfect mix of sand and sun. If you’re visiting with the family, be sure to check out top draws like the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld. And if you’re in an adventurous mood, get out and enjoy the great local hiking, discover a new favorite dish in the city’s booming restaurant scene, or spend some time exploring Balboa Park’s exciting mix of museums, performances, and natural beauty.

If all you’re missing for your next road trip is a stylish new vehicle to take it in, visit Sanderson Ford and we’ll get you on the road.

Ford Mustang is World’s Best-Selling Sports Coupe for Fourth Year

Ford Mustang | Glendale, AZCar enthusiasts around the globe agree: For exhilarating performance and iconic style, there’s nothing like the Ford Mustang. And to prove it, they helped make the Mustang the world’s best-selling sports coupe for a fourth year in a row.

With 113,066 units sold in nearly 150 countries, the Mustang was the world’s preferred sports coupe in 2018. The news was even better in the U.S., where the Mustang led all sports cars with sales of 75,842. Since 2015, Ford has sold more than 500,000 Mustangs.

“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair, and the joy of driving like a Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.”

Here at Sanderson Ford, the Mustangs in our showroom include convertibles and fastbacks, EcoBoost® models, the high-performance Shelby GT350®, and the throwback Mustang BULLITT Fastback. If you’ve always wanted to experience the thrill of driving a Mustang, or if you’d like to test the latest version, stop in for a visit and we’ll get you behind the wheel of your favorite model.

Ford Fund Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico Totals $1.2 Million

Ford

 

At Sanderson Ford, we’re proud to be associated with one of the top brands in the industry. Not only does Ford craft some of the finest cars, trucks, and SUVs on the market, but the company also invests in local communities. In fact, Ford recently expanded disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico by investing more than $1.2 million in food and community aid.

Even though it’s already 2018, many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, which happened late last year. According to Ford, a large portion of the $1.2 million it has invested in aid will go to mobile community centers across the island to provide easier access to food, resources, and services. The company is also donating money to fund educational grants, Transit Connect cargo vans, an F-150, water filters, and over 10,000 new books to replace those ruined by water damage.

“This effort is at the heart of Ford Fund’s mission to provide opportunities and access for people in need,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund. “[It] allows us to expand our ongoing efforts to help rebuild the lives of thousands of Puerto Ricans following Hurricane Maria.”

Considering that Hurricane Maria was the worst natural disaster that Puerto Rico has on record, Ford’s generous initiative for early 2018 will provide the island significant relief as it rebuilds.

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.

Why You Need Good Car Insurance

Car insurance is a necessity if you plan on driving in the modern day. Unfortunately, as many as one in eight drivers forego reliable coverage. It’s only once they’re in an accident that they realize they made a mistake. Don’t be portrayed as a fool! From us here at Sanderson Ford to you, here are a few reasons you need good car insurance!

  • Accidents can and do happen. More than six millions accidents occur each and every year according to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even if you’ve never been in one, that’s no reason to forego coverage. If you do end up in an accident, your insurance is there to help you along the way both financially and mentally.
  • The sheer cost is incredible. The cost of an accident is likely more than you think. On average, property damage alone amounts to nearly $10,000. That’s a good chunk of change but it only gets worse. Accidents with disabling injuries amount to nearly $81,000. Insurance can cover some or all of those costs.
  • Most states require insurance. The need for insurance is obvious. Many states require drivers to maintain a minimum amount of coverage. Failing to do so can result in an impounded vehicle, fines, or a suspended license.

good car insurance

November 22nd is Go For a Ride Day: How Will You Celebrate?

Remember to save the date: November 22nd. This date is Go For a Ride Day, the perfect way to relax and spend time with those you love. Although there’s no specific method for traveling that’s required to celebrate the holiday, we here at Sanderson Ford suggest taking a road trip.

According to Holiday Insights, Go For a Ride Day is designed to be a stress reliever for families before the holidays. Christmas and Thanksgiving are known for being especially chaotic, so getting out on the open road is a great way to take you mind off of some of the stress.

Naturally, we think you should drive your car; however, there are other methods suggested for the holiday. Take the bus, ride your motorcycle, or your bike if it’s warm enough. If it’s cold, try taking a sleigh ride or going in a horse drawn carriage. Snowmobiles and ATVs are also a great way to have fun.

How did it start? There are no origins for this holiday, but we can imagine how it came about. Getting together with family and friends is always important, so be sure to share a ride with those you love on November 22nd.

Go For a Ride Day

2015 Ford Mustang Specs Released

2015 Ford Mustang

The much awaited specs for the 2015 Ford Mustang have just been released and will not disappoint! The Mustang has been an iconic pony car for decades and has a strong following with many admirers, so it is crucial that is comes out on the top of its game.

With a 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood, this pony car will get as much as 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Other engine options include the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost, and the 3.7-liter V6.

Ford has done a drastic redesign on the 2015 model which will have a new suspension that features an independent rear setup, heavier brakes, and an upgraded infotainment center. Who doesn’t love a good infotainment center?

Many of the performance figures that have been revealed were better than Ford had originally projected. Ford’s Special Vehicles Team is still at work so keep check for more 2015 Ford Mustang updates.

Ford SYNC Technology: Taking Intelligence to a Whole Other Level

2014 Ford Explorer

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!

2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Achieves 620-Mile Range

EPA figures were recently released for the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, and the numbers shattered what even Ford had estimated the C-MAX would return.

The 2013 C-MAX Energi has an EPA-rated 620-mile overall range and a 21-mile electric range.  The 620-mile overall range is an impressive 70 miles greater than what Ford had estimate the hybrid compact SUV would deliver.

“C-MAX Energi is America’s most efficient utility vehicle, a great symbol of how Ford gives customers the power to choose leading fuel-efficiency across our lineup with gas prices spiraling upwards of $5 a gallon in some parts of the country,” said C-MAX chief engineer,  John Davis. “The C-MAX Energi’s leading range also means customers can spend more time on the road and more money on their priorities instead of at the gas pump.”

The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid Plug-in is powered by a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that returns 108 MPGs (miles per gallon equivalent).  Once the battery pack is depleted the 2.0-liter I-4 Atkinson engine with an electric motor kicks in and is able to return an impressive 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg highway while functioning as a hybrid.

like us on facebook

Contact Us