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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.

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 Ranger Black Appearance Package Shows Off Dark Side

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package

 

If you’re looking to make your Ford Ranger look even more aggressive, never fear — the Black Appearance Package is here. The Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package gives Ford truck drivers the opportunity to change up their truck’s look, helping the drivers match their unique style.

 

Currently, more than two-thirds of Ranger pickup trucks are leaving the dealership with the truckmaker’s current appearance packages — the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package — added to their looks. The Black Appearance package just gives the consumers another option.

 

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best first their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

 

With this package, you can opt for any Ranger body color. The package creates an intimidating look with the following standard features:

 

  • Black-painted grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black running boards
  • Black spray-in bed liner
  • Black mirrors,
  • High-gloss, black-painted, 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
  • Black fender vent surround
  • Black sill plate
  • Black bash plate
  • Black lower valance

 

This option is available for $1,995 (excluding tax) and can be ordered at Sanderson Ford now.

2015 Glendale Glitter and Glow Block Party

The 2015 Glendale Glitter and Glow block party came to a close on January 10th. The annual party is a part of the Glendale Glitters holiday light display. In the end, over 1.5 million lights flew along more than 20 hot air balloons. Specially shaped balloons, including Gismo the Gargoyle, made an appearance at the block party.

The event covered 16 blocks of downtown Glendale, Arizona. Thousands came onto the streets to see the show and listen to live bands start 2015 out right. The Glitter and Glow block party included carnival rides, a petting zoo, and pony ring, among others. For a full list (and map) of what you missed, click here.

While the closing of Glendale Glitters went smoothly, rocking the night away, a whole new party is approaching. Glendale is hosting the 2015 Super Bowl which will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1. It’s one event after another in Glendale and hopefully the Super Bowl goes as smoothly as the sendoff of Glendale Glitters.

Glendale Glitter and Glow Block Party

Ford Says Goodbye to William Clay Ford Sr.

As many of you have probably already heard, William Clay Ford Sr., the last living grandchild of the company founder, Henry Ford, passed away this past Sunday at the age of 88 from pneumonia.

William joined the board of directors in 1948, before he even graduated from college.  He has held a position as chairman of the executive committee, vice chairman of the Board of Directors, and a chairman on the design committee, during his 57 years with the company.  It is said that he had such an eye for design that he has actually picked out design flaws causing asymmetry that has only been off by an inch.

William Ford Jr., the current executive chairman of the company said “My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community.  He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all.”

At Sanderson Ford, we were saddened by this news and our thoughts go out to the family!  He will be greatly missed!

William Clay Ford Sr.

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!

Maintenance Intervals

How many people get confused about servicing their vehicles and when you should do it?  Do you adhere to the 3,500, 5,000, or 7,500 mile schedule?  On most 2011 and newer Ford’s, the vehicle can now tell you when maintenance is required.  It’s called Intelligent Oil Life Monitoring.  Now your car/truck will tell you based on the condition of the oil.  Watch this video to truly understand how beneficial this is.

 

Veterans Day Tribute

We have had a week long tribute to Veterans at Sanderson Ford.  It all wraps up Saturday with final ceremonies on Saturday morning as well as an All Models/All Makes car show that runs from 8 to 2.  Drop by and see the displays that fill our large showroom.  All are welcome.

 Here is a great Marine Corps tribute form Bob Parsons at GoDaddy.  Please enjoy it-
Please join Go Daddy on November 10, 2011, in wishing the United States Marine Corps a Happy 236th Birthday.

SARRC Says Thanks

Sanderson Ford recently donated 600 Arizona Diamondbacks tickets to Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center for patients, students, and families.  We are happy to report that all tickets were used and everyone had a great time.  We received this video from them as a way of saying thanks.  We do appreciate all they do!

 

All Ford Show A Success

Our 19th Annual All Ford Show, help on October 1st this year, was a huge success.  We had over 140 cars and trucks representing 99 years of Fords on display.  Spectator participation was a record this year!  Here are some of the photos that were taken.  Many thanks to the Wild West Mustangs of Arizona, Operation Homefront Arizona, and the Starliner Diner for making it such a success.  Up next will be the Deuce Show on October 29th.  See you there.

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