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2013 Ford Fusion is an IIHS Top Safety Pick +

2013 Ford FusionThe 2013 Ford Fusion has been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  Although the Top Safety Pick award has been around for years, the Top Safety Pick+ is a new award this year, which recognizes vehicles that go beyond the criteria for their standard Top Safety Pick rating.

The IIHS added a new crash test this year, bringing their total to 5: moderate overlap front, side, rollover, rear, and the new small overlap front crash tests.  All new vehicles undergo these 5 tests and receive one of four ratings – good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.  In order to be named a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must score the top rating of good in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests, regardless of their score in the small overlap front test.  To achieve the more highly regarded Top Safety Pick+, a new vehicle must receive a good rating in at least 4 of the 5 crash tests, and a rating of either good or average in the fifth test.

Stop by Sanderson Ford to check out the Top Safety Pick+ Ford Fusion today!

Child Passenger Safety Week at Sanderson Ford


  It’s Child Passenger Safety Week at Sanderson Ford.  This is a free event and open to the public.  No appointment is necessary! 

Stop by next Saturday the 24th of September between 8am and 11am and get your child seat inspected for safety and safe installation. 

Event is being held at Sanderson Ford at 6400 N. 51st Avenue in Glendale.

See you there!

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!

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 F350 Passes Million Mile Mark

From the UPI website-

A Michigan man has seen the USA, not in a Chevrolet but in a Ford truck on which he’s put more than a million miles doing what he said he didn’t intend.

Gary Mueller of Ridgeway Township socked away money to travel when he worked for Ford Motor Co., but he said about 90 percent of it vanished when the stock market “dot-com” bubble burst in April 2000.  “That kind of quenched my travel plans for my savings,” he said.

He still wanted to travel, and taking a cue from a friend, Mueller bought a truck and went to work for Quality Drive-Away Inc., of Goshen, Ind., in September 2001 hauling recreational vehicles to all parts of the country, The Daily Telegram of Adrian, Mich., reported Sunday.

“I found out right away when you’re driving, it’s not as much of a sightseeing experience as watching out for the other guy,” Mueller said.  He had an accident three months after starting the job but then bought a 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty diesel truck with manual transmission and dual rear wheels and proceeded to put more than a million miles worth of traveling the country on it, hauling trailers that can weigh more than 16,000 pounds.

“This truck really feels kind of like an extension of me,” Mueller said.  His truck ticked 1 million miles Feb. 17, the newspaper said.

Mueller said the company he works for keeps sending him work, and if he keeps on maintaining his truck as diligently as he does, he doesn’t see any reason why he can’t keep on truckin’.

“I don’t think there’s a limit,” he said.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/06/12/Man-hits-million-miles-in-truck/UPI-18731307908681/#ixzz1PB7Q7dlG

Ford C-Max to be Hybrid and Plug In Only

Ford C Max Hybrid

The All-new Ford C-Max, coming next year from Europe, will be Hybrid or plug in only.  Ford , by making their own hybrid system, has brought the prices way down.  Look out Chevy and Prius!

  Ford Motor Co., in a move to compete with hybrid and electric vehicles produced by Toyota, GM, and Nissan, said today that its upcoming C-Max compact minivan will be a hybrid only powertrain  when U.S. sales begin next year.  Ford has cancelled plans to offer a gas version of the C-Max.  

Ford said it has been able to reduce the cost of hybrid technology, which will make the vehicle more attractive to buyers. Ford announced this year that a plug-in hybrid C-Max also is planned.  Today’s move will put the C-Max in competition with the Prius, Chevy Volt plug-in and Nissan’s all-electric Leaf.  The C-Max is a seven-passenger minivan based on the Ford Focus.

Engineering Cost down

Ford said it expects the cost of hybrid systems it’s offering next year will be 30 percent less expensive than the system that was introduced on the 2010 Fusion.  Ford said it will keep C-Max prices down because much of the hybrid system has been designed and engineered by Ford. The company also will assemble the system.

Hybrid loyalty rates ‘very high’

In an April interview, Ford’s Sherif Marakby said, “When we first launched a hybrid six years ago, many customers were concerned” about the battery. Customers asked: “‘How long would the battery last?’ ‘How much does it cost to replace it?'” he said.  But batteries have proven to be long-lasting, Marakby said. It’s now imperative to lower the cost of its hybrid system, he said, so Ford can cut hybrid prices and boost sales.

“We’re seeing that the loyalty rate on hybrids is very high,” he said in April. “We just need people to get used to the technology, bring the cost down and the price down for consumers, and we believe it’s only going to go up in terms of sales volume.”  Ford has been cutting costs by bringing many technologies in-house, such as the hybrid transmission.

“By developing the hybrid system’s design in-house and sourcing individual components to suppliers, Ford can use less people and less time to get the job done in an efficient manner,” he said.  Ford has also developed a battery system that will be manufactured at a suburban Detroit Ford plant next year.

Marakby’s goal is to cut the cost of the next-generation Ford hybrid system another 30 percent.

The 2012 Ford Focus is named a “Top Safety Pick”

The 2012 Ford Focus has not been on the market for long, but that’s not stopping it from making headlines.  Most recently, the all-new Focus was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  The compact also received a 5-star overall safety rating from the Euro NCAP.

Both the IIHS and Euro NCAP independently test vehicle safety, and use their findings to present major safety awards and rankings.  In the IIHS’ testing, the Focus received the best score of “good” all four tests conducted: frontal offset, side-impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection.  The Focus also offers standard electronic stability control, a requirement for all vehicles to be designated a “Top Safety Pick.”  The Euro NCAP releases its results differently, giving percentages for the different areas of protection a car offers.  The 2012 Focus received a 92% in adult occupant safety, an 82% in child occupant safety, a 72% in pedestrian safety, and a 71% in safety assist; all leading to an overall 5-star rating.

However, these ratings did not come as a surprise to Ford.  The automaker designed the new compact car with safety in mind, which, according to Global C Car vehicle line director Gunnar Herrmann, is shown through the “structural rigidity of the body and its extensive use of high strength steels.”

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