Top Five Reasons to Live in Illinois

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While all states have great things about them, there is something truly special about Illinois. Here at Mangold Ford, we are proud to be Illinoisans. Here are what we think are the top five reasons to live in Illinois.

  1. Illinois has introduced some delicious food to the American palate. Just take one bite of a deep dish Chicago-style pizza or snack on some of the unique popcorn flavors and you’ll never want to leave.
  2. “Green” buildings. Illinois has more “green” buildings than any other state. This means our state focuses on constructing sustainable buildings that use fewer energy and water resources than the average building.
  3. The Cubs won the World Series! You won’t find more die-hard fans than those here in Illinois.
  4. Being flat. After Florida, which is barely above sea level, Illinois is the flattest state in the country. In fact, another nickname for someone from Illinois is a Flatlander.
  5. Our spirit. We Illinoisans are a hearty bunch. We suffer through long, cold winters, have had more than our fair share of political scandals, and come out unfazed and stronger than ever.

What is your favorite thing about living in Illinois?

Winter Car Service Tips

Believe it or not, winter is right around the corner. This long, cold season can wreak havoc on a poorly maintained vehicle. If you want to beat the cold this year, here are a few tips for winter car service.

  • Resolve performance issues. If you are experiencing any performance issues, such as rough idling, stalling, or difficult starts, get these issues taken care of before the winter weather sets in.
  • Keep up your maintenance. Be sure to continue following the recommended maintenance schedule laid out in your owner’s manual. If you’ve fallen behind, get caught up.
  • Check your wiper blades. If your wiper blades are cracked, leaving streaks, or stuttering, they likely need to be replaced. As winter gets closer, consider switching to rubber-clad winter blades. In addition, use winter windshield washer fluid to help prevent freezing.
  • Make sure your heater and defroster work. You don’t want to get stuck in a freezing cold car or be unable to clear the fog from your windshield. Have your HVAC system checked to make sure everything is in good working order.

If you want to make sure your car is winter ready, schedule a service appointment with us here today at Mangold Ford.

Ford’s Self-Driving Vehicles: The Future of the Automotive Industry

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The future is here. While self-driving cars may have seemed like something from a fantasy novel just a year or two ago, Ford is actively working on putting autonomous vehicles on the streets of at least one city by 2021. Here is what Ford’s self-driving vehicles will look like and how they operate.

At least in the beginning stages, Ford’s autonomous cars are going to be severely limited in their access to the world. While the vehicle is not going to have a steering wheel, a gas pedal, or a brake pedal, it will be limited to certain areas within a city.

Ford will enter specific maps into the vehicles, and the cars will only be able to operate in that specific map. They will also initially be restricted to only optimal conditions, so the cars may not operate when the weather is less than ideal.

The autonomous vehicle will be limited to ride-sharing fleets, but Ford’s goal is to eventually offer the cars to the public as well.

Although the process may seem a bit slow, we have come a long way in the automotive industry. From electric cars to self-driving vehicles, it is a very exciting time to be alive.

Upcoming Events in Peoria, near Eureka

Fall is one of the best times of the year in Illinois. The weather is cooling down, the holiday decorations are going up, and the activities list is growing longer and longer. Here are some of the most fun events in Peoria, near Eureka this fall.

Wicked. What better way to celebrate the Halloween season than by going to see Wicked in theaters? On Wednesday, October 26, this fantastic play will be showing in the Peoria Event Center at 7:30pm.

Haunted Peoria Tour. Do you know all of the myths and legends surrounding Peoria? Come out to the haunted Peoria tour, which runs every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, to learn about the ghost stories of Peoria.

Relax Under the Stars. A free event that is perfect for the entire family, Relax Under the Stars takes place in the Planetarium of the Peoria Riverfront Museum every first Wednesday of the month from 12pm- 1pm.

Hayrides and Hotdogs. There is nothing that says fall quite like a hayride on a cool autumn day, though hotdogs are a huge bonus. On October 20th at Sommer Park (5pm-7pm), there will be hayrides, food, sack races, and all kinds of other fall activities.

Our area has a lot to offer this fall, so get yourselves out and about and experience what makes the fall such a great season!

New 800-hp Mustang Shelby GT500 Is Ready to Roll

It seems like more and more muscle cars on the market are upping their game when it comes to aerodynamics, weight loss, power under the hood, and even the material they are made of, but the newest name in the Mustang lineup is ready to take the world by storm with its unparalleled power in a sleek but aggressive package. The new 800-hp Mustang Shelby GT500 already has enthusiasts clamoring to try it out.

Right now the GT500 is little more than a legend, with few sneak peeks at it beyond a couple spy shots and rumor reports. However, Autocar seems to be in the know, reporting that the next-gen iteration of the Mustang Shelby GT500 will get a boost from the previous model’s 662-HP engine to a whopping 800 hp. That will rank it above the current highest power rating on the market – Dodge’s 707-hp Hellcat engine in the Charger and Challenger.

It’s rumored that the new 800- hp Mustang will utilize twin turbochargers to achieve its staggering feat of engine power. Other features will include an aerodynamic body kit, Brembo brakes, and custom-made, track-ready sport tires. Specs on the engine aren’t yet available, but sources speculate it will use an eight-cylinder motor.

Ford Fiesta Named One of Best Back-to-School Cars

Students and parents don’t always agree on what makes a great car for a teenager. Parents are more concerned about safety and practicality; kids want something that looks good to impress their friends. However, Kelley Blue Book recently sought to close the gap by seeking out the best back-to-school cars that combine style and practicality – and the Ford Fiesta was ranked among them.

The Ford Fiesta is a subcompact car, which means it’s small and lightweight. This means it is both fuel-efficient and easier to maneuver. You won’t have to worry about navigating into tight parking spaces in the Fiesta, and you will save your teen (or you, if you’re the one who gives out gas money) plenty of cash in the way of fueling up with its 37 mpg highway. Plus, with a bold, modern style and fun driving dynamics, the Fiesta is stylish, too.

Another thing that earned the Fiesta its spot among the best back-to-school cars is its incredible price. The Fiesta can typically be found for under $15,000, making it a great, budget-friendly option for kids looking to buy their first car. And if you’re a good student, maybe you can even convince your parents to opt for the more powerful ST model.

New Two-Into-Four-Barrel Cupholder Comes with Super Duty

Ford designers think of everything. That’s why the new 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup will come with unique transformable cupholders, with a two-into-four-barrel design. This new system will help accommodate multiple types of drink containers, and it can also be transformed into a storage area. With this much attention to details, you know the 2017 Ford Super Duty is bound to be better than ever.

So what exactly does this cupholder look like? The two-into-four-barrel cupholder assembly will arrive sometime in the fall. According to Ford, you will be able to slide two cupholders over each other to serve as two cupholders. Alternatively, you can slide them back (side to side) so that there are a total of four. This lets you choose between a combination of four cupholders or two cupholders and a storage bin.

“Hard working Super Duty customers love having cupholders and storage close at hand,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “This innovative and transformable cupholder is another insightful example of how the Ford Truck Team knows truck customers better than anyone else.”

When properly configured, this new cupholder system increases the total number of cupholders in the cabin to 10. That means you’ll never have to search for space, making it easier to find your drink when you’re on the go. When we say the Ford Super Duty is going to be more convenient than ever, we really mean it.

Ford F-150 Engine Options Add Impressive EcoBoost Powertrain

The 2017 Ford F-150 is getting a new powertrain, including an exciting EcoBoost engine that’s been in the works for nearly two years. Ford engineers have been working hard to provide the best combination of efficiency and power, finally developing this innovative breakthrough that’s bound to satisfy any driver.

According to MSN, the new Ford F-150 engine options will include a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with EcoBoost technology. Although the power plant will still generate the same 365 horsepower as its predecessor, it will get an increase of torque to 450 lb-ft. The new EcoBoost has direct and port fuel injection, as well as an electronically actuated wastegate system.

“The Ford truck team lives to serve our hardworking truck customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president of Product Development and chief technical officer. “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.”

Paired with this new engine is a 10-speed automatic transmission, specially designed to handle the increase of torque. Interestingly, Ford collaborated with GM to co-develop this new transmission, which promises to optimize power and efficiency, especially when heavy loads are involved. We can’t wait to see the new F-150 powertrain in action.

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?