Ford-Lyft Partnership to Bring Autonomous Cars to the Road

Self-driving cars are on the horizon as many automakers aim to release autonomous technology to the masses within the next decade. Ford is looking to be on the forefront in every way possible, and recently joined forces with Lyft to dominate American roads. The Ford-Lyft partnership will bring self-driving cars to the road in droves.

The Ford-Lyft partnership will allow the automaker’s autonomous technology to communicate with the ride-sharing app. Ford’s Vice President for Autonomous Vehicles, Sherif Marakby, who used to work for Uber, stated that the partnership will add thousands of self-driving cars to the fleet.

Autonomous vehicles and Lyft’s ride-sharing service could go hand-in-hand. The combination could allow vehicles to quickly dispatch and pick up passengers as quickly and safely as possible. There’s no word on which cities will see the self-driving cars take to their streets just yet.

The Ford-Lyft partnership is just the latest evidence that the American automaker is putting its self-driving technology to the test. Ford also partnered with Domino’s to test an autonomous pizza delivery service in Michigan.

We here at Mangold Ford can’t wait to see what the latest Ford-Lyft partnership has in store for the future of autonomous vehicles!

Halloween Safety Tips

October has finally arrived, which means we’re just a few short weeks away from a child-favorite holiday: Halloween. Kids and cars will be out in droves on trick-or-treat night, so here are some Halloween safety tips from us here at Mangold Ford to make this upcoming holiday one to remember.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Comfortable shoes are the backbone to enjoying trick-or-treat night. Uncomfortable shoes, such as those that are part of a costume, will lead to misery on all parts. Most parents don’t want to carry their young child from house to house as they collect that sweet candy. Forego the princess slippers and stick with a comfortable pair of shoes that the kids can run around in for hours on end.

Avoid Masks

Masks may look cool and seem like a necessity for every Halloween costume, but they have a few unfortunate side effects as well. Masks can reduce visibility and cut off air flow, either of which could quickly become a recipe for disaster. Avoid masks and use face paint or makeup instead.

Stay Warm

Halloween weather can vary, but don’t underestimate the potential cold chill of fall. Dress warmly if the weather calls for it. Don’t forget that you could be walking from house to house for a couple hours! You can always take your jacket off if you get too warm.

Here at Mangold Ford, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Head to Taste of Peoria at Riverfront Park

Peoria, Illinois has celebrated the annual Taste of Peoria event 36 years in a row; the festival brings out local restaurants, bakeries, bars, and similar businesses so that guests can sample all the delicious fare the Peoria area has to offer. Admission is only $2 a person, giving visitors access to the unique “Block Party” atmosphere the event seeks to emulate through its inclusion of great food and a scenic location right at Peoria Riverfront Park.

Over 80 different food items from local restaurants will be available, along with live music acts including the Stone Cold Cowboys and United Groove Theory. The gate opens as early as 4 PM, but the event continues until late that evening, ending at 11 PM. New restaurants this year include Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Avanti Ristorante, and Table 19 at Hotel Pere Marquette. To accommodate those commuting by car, there will be a shuttle bus to and from the event.

There will be four different booths onsite at Taste of Peoria through which guests will be able to purchase tokens; they can use these tokens to buy food from the vendors. Here at Mangold Ford, we are proud that our community is filled with awesome food to eat, so come on down to the 36th Annual Taste of Peoria to experience it for yourself.

Ford Creates F-150 Police Responder

All kinds of different vehicles have been used by police forces across the country, but Ford has decided to add one more body style to law enforcement lineups – the pick-up truck. Ford has taken its best-selling F-150 and designed a pursuit-rated law enforcement vehicle around it, featuring a capable powertrain that allows the F-150 Police Responder to conquer any terrain. That makes it a perfect fit for law enforcement departments such as Border Patrol or fish and game authorities.

The F-150 police truck has an EcoBoost V6 engine that is rated at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. It’s said to deliver 375 horsepower. It’s also modified for all-terrain performance. The F-150 Police Responder is joining the ranks of other popular Ford police models such as the converted Explorer SUV and the Police Responder, based on the Fusion hybrid sedan – the first-ever hybrid law enforcement vehicle in the market. Ford has held the #1 spot in law enforcement sales in the nation for some time, and the addition of the F-150 Police Responder gives law enforcement departments yet another option.

Obviously your average driver can’t own a Ford F-150 Police Responder, but if you’re interested in the power and capability that makes the F-150 such a great pursuit-rated vehicle, stop by Mangold Ford today.

All-New 2018 Expedition Gets FX4 Off-Road Package

FX4 Off-Road Package

The 2018 Ford Expedition is all-new, including a FX4 Off-Road Package to improve off-road performance and capabilities. This new option includes things like tuned shocks, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, and more. There’s nothing quite like the new Expedition.

According to Ford, roughly 20 percent of Expedition owners use their SUVs for off-road driving. For this reason, Ford decided to offer the FX4 Off-Road Package for the 2018 model. This new package offers skid plates, side steps, badging, and more. With the new Terrain Management System™ you can select driving modes to improve handling. Modes include options for conditions such as snow, mud, sand, and more.

“The FX4 Off-Road package delivers off-road driving confidence,” said Mike Kipley, Expedition Vehicle Engineering Manager. “The technology we’re using works to adapt to different driving conditions so customers can enjoy the adventure without worry.”

There are also practical features on this new specially designed Expedition such as rubber floor liners for easy cleanup. If you track mud or slush into the truck, you can rest assured the interior is better protected. Under the hood is a powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that boasts up to 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, generating best-in-class towing of up to 9,300 lbs.

To learn more about the Ford Expedition, visit Mangold Ford today!

Windshield Cleaning Tips for When Bugs Just Don’t Come Off

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Nothing is more frustrating than coming back from the carwash with dried bugs still stuck to your windshield. The bane of detailers everywhere, insects can not only create a mess, but they can also affect visibility if they accumulate on your windshield. Plus, if you drive long distances, it can be particularly difficult to get them off. Here are windshield cleaning tips to help leave your car’s windshield spotless.

According to Tips.Net, there are some household cleaners that may do the trick. For example, you can make a paste out of baking soda and apply it to the windshield. Simply mix baking soda with water, let it dry on the glass, and wipe off with warm water. Avoid getting the baking soda on the paint, as this may cause damage.

Some detailers suggest degreaser for bugs that leave residue. This is best for the smudges that don’t just seem to come off, especially from particularly juicy bugs. WD-40 makes a special degreaser (make sure you don’t accidently get the lubricant), while companies like Simple Green make less volatile solutions.

For bugs that simply won’t come off, olive oil may do the trick. The oil works best if you soak a rag in it and vigorously wipe the window. The oil will make your car dirty, so it’s best to do this before you head to the car wash. However, when you’re done, your windshield should be clean.

For professional detailing tips or regular service, bring your car to Mangold Ford. Our friendly staff is happy to help with any needs you might have.

Roush Mustang History

Jack Roush is a big name in the racing game. Roush has been the manager of many racing teams over the years and has helped top race car drivers win. He also has plenty of knowledge about what it takes under-the-hood to make a great performing vehicle, which is how he created the ROUSH Mustang.

Ford Roush Mustang
Get the Ford Roush Stage 1 at Mangold Ford today!

With all of this knowledge, Roush went to Ford in 1988 with his first Mustang idea. He dreamt up a powerful vehicle with a 400 horsepower turbocharged engine. But, at this time Ford thought that its production would simply be too expensive.

Roush didn’t give up on his dream Mustang, though. In 1995, he created ROUSH Performance Products, which served as a specialty-vehicle company. His team used their production and performance knowledge to create cars that could rip up the race track while still being street-friendly.

The first generation of ROUSH Mustangs was available through the 1998 model year and came in three stages (Stage 3 being the most advanced performance-wise). When the second generation rolled around, even more packages were added like the Sport, Rally, and Premium packages.

Ever since they debuted, ROUSH Mustangs have been a hit. The latest ROUSH Mustang is part of the fourth generation and offers more updates than ever, like integrated aero-pockets and a five-blade upper grille.

You can get your very own ROUSH Mustang at Mangold Ford, and check out our other amazing Mustangs as well. Come on down today!

19th Annual Ford Freedom Award

Every year, the Ford Freedom Award is presented to African Americans who have been influential in the arts community. Ford paired up with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to decide on 2017’s winner of the Ford Freedom Award.

This year’s theme for the awards was, “Talents That Unite! African Americans Bring Diverse Communities Together Across America.” The theme aimed to acknowledge the impact that talented artists have had on the arts community.

The 2017 Ford Freedom Award went to the playwright August Wilson. While Wilson is no longer living, the vitality of his work, primarily his play Fences, has had in the theatre community and African American community continues to remain powerful.

Animator Floyd Norman was named the Ford Freedom Award Scholar, an award that’s given to current talents in the arts community who are making a difference. Floyd Norman is the first African American hired at Disney, and has since become an award-winning animator. He helped create Vignette Films, a company that produces black history films that are shown in high schools.

The amazing success of both Wilson and Norman doesn’t only inspire those in the art community, but inspires all of us to be courageous and never give up on our dreams.

We at Mangold Ford are in awe of these talented artists and proud of Ford’s continued celebration of the arts.

Ford Makes Hybrid Police Car for High-Speed Chases

hybrid police car - mangold fordWhen you think of a police cruiser, odds are you don’t picture a hybrid. But, Ford has been hard at work developing a hybrid police car. While there have been places in the United States that have implemented hybrid police cars before, Ford crafted their model with a specific goal in mind–accommodating performance needs for high speed pursuits. The model will be called the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, and it is based on Ford’s current Fusion Hybrid.

Ford says that in developing a hybrid police car, it’s doing more than just serving law enforcement. The model is also part of Ford’s campaign to show what else hybrid technology can do for the future of automotive innovation besides just boosting fuel economy. One of the other benefits of this “electrification” process –as demonstrated by Ford–is the ability to boost acceleration. The hybrid battery powertrain can also support police equipment like radios without leaving the engine running.

While police cars in general aren’t a very big market, many brands will develop police cruiser models for the sake of brand recognition. After all, having officers patrol in your vehicle is great advertising. And, Ford’s hybrid police car could be a great investment for urban police departments concerned about the cost of fuel. We at Mangold Ford are look forward to watching the development of this hybrid police car.

Head to Tawny Oaks Field Station for Birdwatching

We’re in the full swing of spring with summer coming up fast, which means it’s prime time for birdwatching. The Singing Woods Nature Preserve is located in the Peoria Parks District, which is packed with tons of wildlife and views of nature, and if you head to the Tawny Oaks Field Station soon, you’ll be able to join the park for its Songbird Mania event–all residents of the Peoria area are invited to come and revel in the pristine, untouched scenery of the nearby preserve.

The official date for the Songbird Mania event is May 20, but you can go any time during the next few months to experience the beauty of central Illinois’s native songbirds. Park officials recommend that visitors show up in the morning around 9:30 a.m. in order to get the most out of the day. Plus, if you get tired of birdwatching, the Tawny Oaks Field Station is a new facility that provides prairie restoration, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and the entrance into the Singing Wood Nature Preserve’s trail system.

A few more tips: the area along the creek off Ivy Lake Road is a hot spot for migratory birds. Spring is excellent for spotting warblers, while summer offers several species of woodpeckers, owls, tanager, waterthrush, and more. Head to Tawny Oaks Field Station near us here at Mangold Ford for an experience out in the wilderness that you won’t forget.