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2014 Ford Focus Named to KBB.com “10 Best Back-to-School Cars”

2014 Focus for Back-to-School

2014 Focus for Back-to-School

Kelley Blue Book has just released their top 10 picks for back-to-school cars this year, and our favorite 2014 Ford Focus made the list! Coming in at #2, KBB.com editors raved about the perfect combination of form and function with innovative technologies and top safety ratings that make this sedan a great back-to-school pick.

Analysts at Kelley Blue Book take into consideration a number of things when deciding what cars deserve “Best Back-to-School” recognition each year. Each of the ten winners this year earned high grades in vehicle style, passenger safety, fuel economy, versatility and value.

“Aiming to please aspiring overachievers of all disciplines, the Focus brings together an impressive mix of form and function in sedan or hatchback configurations,” KBB.com states. “From its sophisticated ‘kinetic design’ exterior styling and contemporary cabin treatment to a sprightly 160-hp engine, Euro-flavored suspension turning and top safety ratings, there’s a lot to recommend in this well-rounded and engaging package.”

Get ready for back-to-school with the all-new 2014 Focus at Sanderson Ford!

2014 Ford Fiesta SFE Breaks 40 MPG

2014 Ford Fiesta 4drEarlier this season, Ford released the 2014 Ford Fiesta. The new vehicle underwent an exterior facelift and offers an updated interior, but it also offers a little more in the fuel-saving department.  With the Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package, the 2014 Fiesta can achieve 41 MPG on the highway, one MPG higher than last year’s model.

The SFE package adds low rolling-resistant tires, underbody shielding that reduces the car’s aerodynamic drag, and other aerodynamic parts that help the car get more miles per gallon.  This package is available on the 2014 Fiesta SE sedan and hatchback when equipped with the optional 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.

When equipped with the SFE package, the Fiesta achieves an EPA-estimated rating of 30 MPG in the city.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Returns 100 MPGe Combined Rating

2013 Ford FusionThe 2013 Ford Fusion was recently named a finalist for the 2013 North

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid plug-in is estimated to return an incredible 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) combined rating.  The combined rating is the average of the Fusion Energi’s 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway, making it the most fuel efficient sedan in America.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is just the latest effort by Ford to deliver the most fuel efficient vehicles possible.

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

EcoBoost 2013 Ford Explorer Offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy

The 2013 Ford Explorer is set to debut with best-in-class fuel economy, thanks to Ford’s revolutionary EcoBoost technology.

Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2013 Explorer returns 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, which ranks it 3 mpg city and 2 mpg highway better than its nearest competitor.  Don’t think that best-in-segment fuel rankings take away from performance, because that is the beauty of EcoBoost technology.

The 2013 Explorer’s EcoBoost engine generates 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, enough power to tackle any job.  The seven-passenger Explorer also boasts a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters for increased driving dynamics and control.

Ford also delivers drivers with the technology they crave in the 2013 Explorer.  The 2013 Ford Explorer is equipped with SYNC with MyFord Touch which allows the driver to control just about everything in the vehicle with just the sound of their voice.  From making phone calls and selecting music to controlling the climate of the vehicle, this Explorer listens and delivers.

The 2013 Ford Explorer will also be available with other new technologies including, active park assist to aid in parallel parking, a Sony Premium Audio System with HD Radio and advanced navigation.

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?

2012 Explorer EcoBoost Receives 28 MPG

Last week, we told you all about the 2012 Ford Edge with EcoBoost receiving 30 MPG.  Now, we bring you more good news!  The 2012 Explorer SUV, last year’s North American Truck of the Year, will also be available with the EcoBoost engine and is expected to achieve 28 MPG.

With the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the Explorer has received an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 20 city/28 hwy MPG.  The real benefit of the EcoBoost engine is that consumers do not have to sacrifice power to achieve great fuel economy.  A gasoline injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing, and a unique 6F35 6-speed automatic transmission allow the Explorer to output 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while still receiving class-leading fuel efficiency.

Sport Utility Vehicle used to be synonymous with gas guzzler, but not anymore.  Ford, along with the EcoBoost engine, is changing the way we think of SUV fuel economy.

2012 Edge EcoBoost to Achieve 30 MPG

The Ford Edge has been one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers in its class for some time, but with the all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, its fuel economy is even more attractive.  The 2012 Edge with EcoBoost has been rated 30 MPG city and 21 MPG.

The Edge’s 30 MPG highway give it the best fuel efficiency of all SUVs its size or larger.  It will even receive more miles per gallon than some cars that happen to be much smaller.  In addition, this rating makes the Edge one of 13 Ford vehicles that deliver 30 MPG or more.  The others include the Escape Hybrid FWD and AWD, Fiesta 5-speed manual, Fiesta automatic, Fiesta SFE automatic, Focus 5-speed manual, Focus automatic, Focus SFE automatic, Fusion 2.5-liter automatic, Fusion Hybrid, Mustang 3.7-liter Coupe automatic, and Mustang 3.7-liter Convertible automatic.

Some other features, in addition to the EcoBoost engine, that make the Edge so fuel efficient include a unique 6-speed automatic transmission, variable-displacement air conditioning compressor, and active grille shutters that improve aerodynamics.

The 2012 Edge will arrive at Sanderson Ford later this year.

Ford F550 Hybrid Chassis Cab Coming

Ford announced this week that they have teemed up with Azure Dynamics to produce the 2013 Hybrid F-550 chassis cab.  It will be available in all engine and chassis length combinations.  They have also agreed to provide the technology for the F-350 and F-450 chassis’. 

Azure Dynamics already provides the power systems on the Transit Connect Electric (available now at Sanderson), and the E-450 Hybrid electric step van and shuttle bus. 

The hybrid chassis will be built as a “ship-thru” option allowing the Ford transportation system to move the vehicles thereby saving on the cost and time of additional transportation logistics. 

It is expected that the chassis cab market could grow by 50% in the next few years as fleet oerators start replacing equipment that was delayed due to the economy.  This gives them a great option to help manage unpredictable fuel costs and clean energy goals. 

Info provided by Ford and Azure Dynamics.

Ford’s MyKey System Helps Teens Drive Safer

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teens are more likely to take risks while driving.  Teens have a higher likelihood of speeding –a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and are less likely to use their seat belts than older drivers. Ford has a new innovation that helps to combat these issues and give parents peace of mind when handing over the keys to their teen driver.

MyKey technology helps parents encourage their teen drivers to develop good driving habits, even when they are not present in the car.  The MyKey system can limit a vehicle’s top speed and control the maximum volume of the radio.  Other features of this innovative technology include encouraging teens to buckle up by keeping the Belt-Minder® from timing out and muting the radio until the seat belt is fastened.

Another benefit of MyKey is fuel economy.  The system chimes at 45, 55, and 65 mph.  Ford research has shown that the 10 mph difference between driving 55 and 65 mph results in fuel savings of 15%.  MyKey also provides early low-fuel warnings.

Another study conducted by Ford found that two-thirds of teens would not be against the technology if it meant that they could use the car more often.

MyKey, which uses a SecuriLock system that allows the car to identify which keys are in the ignition and which driving mode to enable, debuted on the 2010 Focus and now comes standard on almost all new Ford models.

Ford to Extend Use of Fuel-Efficient Tires

Ford is helping consumers combat the rising price of gas by increasing the availability of their low-rolling-resistant tires to more models. The fuel-saving tires can improve fuel economy by up to 2 mpg.

Currently, the fuel-efficient tires are available on all four of Ford’s 40 mpg cars – the Ford Fiesta SFE, Focus SFE, Fusion Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, as well as the 2011 Edge, Explorer, Fusion, and Taurus.  Now, Ford will extend the availability to the upcoming C-MAX Energi, C-MAX Hybrid, and Focus Electric.

The key to the tires’ fuel economy is low rolling resistance.  Rolling resistance is a measure of the force that the tire requires to travel down the road.  A 10% improvement in rolling resistance leads to a 2% improvement in fuel economy, according to Ford research.

In addition to expanding the use of the automaker’s current fuel-efficient tires, Ford is also researching new tire material and searching for mroe ways to make tires even more economical.

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