Why Buy a Ford Hybrid?

One of the best ways to maximize your fuel efficiency and keep more money in your pocket is by driving a hybrid. Hybrids use a combination of both a gasoline-powered engine and an electric motor to deliver impressive fuel economy numbers. Here are a few reasons why you should buy a Ford hybrid.

  • Lineup. Ford has an excellent lineup of fuel-efficient, modern hybrids cars including the 2017 Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi, and Fusion Energi.
  • Fuel efficiency. Ford’s hybrids deliver some of the best efficiency in the industry. The Fusion Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway while still offering seating for up to five and an affordable starting price.
  • Technology. When it comes to technology, Ford is known for offering some of the best in its cars, including the hybrids. The Fusion Hybrid comes with the new Sync 3 system along with a rearview camera, and available advanced safety features.
  • Style. Many strictly hybrid models have peculiar styling that may not be your taste. For a hybrid that delivers the efficiency you need with styling you can’t forget, there is no better choice than the 2017 Fusion Hybrid.

Come experience a Ford hybrid today at Mangold Ford. We have both the Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX available now.

Upcoming Summer Events in Illinois

Summer is a great time of year in Illinois and there are fun events and things to do nearly every day. Here are some upcoming summer events in Illinois you should plan on attending.

  • Music Under the Stars. Enjoy an evening of music while the Freeport Concert Band performs at the Koening Outdoor Performance Amphitheater. There will be concerts July 17th and 24th at 7:30pm.
  • Findlay Walleye Festival. If you love fish, head to Findlay July 29th and 30th for the annual Walleye festival. Fish will be served all day along with plenty of other food, fun, and festivities.
  • Cobden Peach Festival. Bring home a bounty of locally grown peaches and have some fun, too, at the Cobden Peach Festival August 5th and 6th.
  • Northalsted Market Days. Enjoy the largest two-day street festival in the Midwest on August 13th and 14th on Halstead Street in Chicago. There will be unique vendors, local food, artisan crafts, and more.
  • Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Head to Illinois State University in Bloomington for its annual summer Shakespearian festival. The festival run through August 15th and plays this year include Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and other modern works.

Which summer events in Illinois are you adding to your calendar?

2017 Ford F-150 Will Debut New 10-Speed Transmission

This fall, the 2017 Ford F-150 will make its debut. For buyers who choose the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, they’ll get a new 10-speed transmission, too. This all-new transmission will deliver more torque and better acceleration for the F-150.

Ford says the torque will increase to 450 lb-ft, a best-in-class number for a V6 engine. This is an increase of 30 lb-ft over the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. In addition, the new transmission is the first volume-produced 10-speed transmission available from any automaker.

“The Ford truck team lives to serve our hardworking truck customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer, in a statement. “The powertrain is the heart of every F-150, and together our all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed transmission will give our customers better power, efficiency and confidence.”

To save weight in the new transmission, engineers used advanced materials and alloys in place of cast-iron components. In addition, an integrated torque converter/turbine clutch cuts down another 2 pounds and makes the transmission slightly smaller.

The new transmission uses advanced technology to help drivers while towing and real-time-adaptive shift-scheduling ensures the transmission chooses the right gear at the right time for an optimal driving experience.

Here at Mangold Ford, we can’t wait to experience both the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the new 10-speed automatic transmission. You’ll be able to find both right here this fall.

Get Your F-150 Ready for Summer with These Great Accessories

As the summer quickly approaches, you are probably already planning some new adventures. If those adventures include your truck, it’s time to get your F-150 ready for summer. Check out these great Ford accessories to make your F-150 even better.

  • Tonneau cover. With all the gear you’ll be hauling around, you want to make sure your stuff stays secure. Get a tonneau cover to keep your items safe and secure. There are a variety of styles to choose from, including hard covers, folding covers, and rolling covers.
  • Bike rack. Sure, your truck bed can hold a lot of stuff, but bicycles take up a lot of room. Free up your bed space with a hitch-mounted bike carrier.
  • Floor mats. Protect your interior from all the dirt and grime you might carry in with some all-weather floor mats that you can easily take out and hose down when things get too messy.
  • Bed liner. Protect your truck bed from dings, dents, and scratches with a bed liner. They are created to perfectly fit every curve in your F-150 and will help prevent your cargo from rolling around as much.

If you want to add some great summer-ready accessories to your Ford, F-150 or otherwise, come visit our parts department here at Mangold Ford. We have a lot of accessories on hand, but can easily order whatever is not in stock.

CEO Discusses Development of Long-Range Ford EV to Rival Tesla, Chevy

With the Tesla 3 and Chevy Bolt grabbing headlines – you know it’s only a matter of time until Ford puts out their own long-range electric vehicle, likely a model that will best the competition with the very latest fuel efficiency technology.

In a recent conference call with investors, Ford CEO Mark Fields commented on the auto company’s future, concerning electric vehicles with more than 200 miles of range, saying, “When you look at some of the competitors and what they’ve announced, clearly, that’s something we’re developing for.”

Of course, Fields didn’t elaborate much on those development plans, but it’s safe to assume that a long-range Ford EV is in the works to be released sometime in the next few years or so, if not sooner.

Fields expanded in the conference call, saying that Ford aims to always be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” when it comes to the hottest vehicle tech, a statement backed up by years of top-notch Ford sales.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information on the 200-plus mile range Ford EV, and in in the meantime, visit us anytime at Mangold Ford to check out the Ford models we have in store.

Get Your Car Ready for Summer With These Simple Tips

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The summer season is almost upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time to give your vehicle a solid inspection, searching for any damage done by the cooler months and prepping for any hazards of the upcoming warmer months.

Here’s a short checklist of things you should do to get your car ready for summer this year:

  • If you’ve still been using winter tires, remove them, and make sure the tires you plan to use this summer have an adequate amount of tire pressure and tread.
  • Before it gets too hot outside, make sure that your air conditioning is working. You won’t want to find out on the season’s first scorcher!
  • Make sure that your windshield wipers are working properly and that you have more than enough windshield wiper fluid for the coming months.
  • And lastly, prep your vehicle with sunny essentials such as sunscreen, sunglasses, floppy hats, fresh water, and perhaps even an umbrella.

Or, if you’d like to start the season with a new vehicle all together, visit us at Mangold Ford!

Ford Named Best Overall Truck Brand in Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards

For the third year running, Ford has been named the Best Overall Truck Brand in the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, dispelling any doubts about what truck brand captivates the most customers.

“Ford continues to give truck buyers what they want: best-in-class towing and payload capacity, a cabin filled with lux and tech amenities, performance that can cause an adrenaline rush, and a low starting price,” the KBB.com editors explained.

The 2016 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data collected from over 12,000 new-vehicle shoppers. The data reveals how shoppers are influenced in their purchase decision, particularly by brand or model familiarity.

Of the eight times Kelley Blue Book presented the Best Overall Truck Brand awards, Ford earned the honor seven times. Time and time again, truck shoppers know that by choosing Ford, they’ll be getting exactly what they seek, and then some. See for yourself at Mangold Ford!

Driving Tips for Saving Fuel

There are lots of ways to save fuel that have nothing to do with driving, including driving less, and keeping good care of your car. But there are also lots of ways to modify your driving style in such a way as to increase your mileage. In fact, it’s possibly the best way to improve your fuel economy. Let’s look at some of the best driving tips for saving fuel.

  • Go easy on the pedals. Accelerate and brake smoothly, taking longer distances to do both. By keeping revs low, this is the single most effective way of improving fuel economy. As a bonus, it’ll also decrease tire and brake wear.
  • Drive slowly. No, you don’t have to be as slow as a snail (though you would indeed save lots of fuel that way). For every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph, fuel efficiency drops significantly. So if you’re used to driving 80 mph on the highway, getting back down to the speed limit will have more benefits other than making you a smaller target for police officers.
  • Manage the A/C. At low speeds, the engine can’t run the A/C compressor as efficiently as possible. Roll the windows down and keep the A/C off. At high speeds, when the compressor is finally running efficiently and open windows generate too much air resistance, do the opposite.

Ford Driving Skills for Life Introduces Drugged Driving Suit

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The innovative Ford Driving Skills for Life recently introduced a “Drugged Driving Suit,” helping new drivers to understand the dangers of driving while impaired. This programs was especially expanded to focus on pedestrian safety, and can even be adjusted to represent drowsy driving.

According to Ford, this tour marks the 13th year for the Driving Skills for Life program, a clinic that takes place across the US and 34 other countries. This wide-ranging program lets new drivers learn invaluable skills they can use later on the road. The “Drugged Driving Suit” is a modification to the “Drunk Driving Suit” that appeared in 2013, helping drivers to understand the consequences of getting behind the wheel while impaired.

“Our 2016 program features some of the newest and most innovative tools available to teach new drivers to be safe and make sound decisions behind the wheel,” said Jim Graham, manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “Our new Drugged Driving Suit is intended to complement our Drunk Driving Suit, giving students a critical eye into the consequences of impaired driving.”

Driving Skills for Life will be stopping in Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. It will also be in South America, Europe, and Asia. So far, the program has reached a whopping 800,000 new drivers.

How to Avoid Hydroplaning: Staying in Control Behind the Wheel

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With warmer weather on the way, that means melting snow is going to leave drivers with some road hazards, including standing water. Although at slow speeds water isn’t very dangerous, if you are going fast enough, hydroplaning can occur. That’s why we’ve put together a post on how to avoid hydroplaning.

According to Safe Motorist, hydroplaning occurs when a sheet or layer of water come between your tires and the road. When there is more water than your tire can scatter, you begin sliding and losing control. The most dangerous time for hydroplaning is the first ten minutes water comes in contact with the road. That means after a light shower or early in the morning (when snowmelt occurs), you might need to take extra precaution.

How can you avoid hydroplaning? First, keep your tires maintained and properly inflated. Tires have special groves designed to divert water – keeping them in optimal condition increases the likelihood that they will function properly. Look for uneven wear, bald spots, and don’t forget to rotate tires regularly.

You should also just slow down when the roads are wet. Stay away from puddles, and use the middle lanes. Try to drive in tire tracks left by cars in front of you, and don’t use cruise control if it is wet. Also, avoid making sharp turns and slamming on the brakes, both of which increase the likelihood of hydroplaning.

Stay safe and enjoy Spring with these helpful tips!