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!

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!

Ford’s Driving Skills for Life Offers Virtual Assembly for Teens

Coming into its 14th year, Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program offers teens some valuable driving lessons. Just in time for prom season, the Virtual Assembly presented on YouTube will show teens the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

During the program, you will get to see students from Hyde Park High School in Austin, Texas, try on the “Drunk Driving Suit” and then talk about their experiences. This suit simulates what it is like to be impaired by reducing coordination, blurring vision, and slowing down movement.

“Prom is both an exciting yet dangerous time of year for teen drivers,” said James Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “One of the biggest distractions is additional passengers. We talk to teens about limiting the amount of people in their vehicle as well as buckling-up.”

While many classes participated in the assembly live, it is available to view in its entirety on YouTube.

Since its start in 2003, the Driving Skills for Life program has delivered free hands-on training to more than one million teen drivers around the world. This year the program will add virtual training to help drivers navigate alongside pedestrians and bicyclists and through traffic circles.

Here at Mangold Ford, we hope all the teens in your life have a fun, safe time at prom this year.

New Ford TV Streaming, Wi-Fi Hotspot Capabilities

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The 2018 Expedition will showcase Ford’s innovative new technologies.

Ford recently announced that the 2018 Ford Expedition will have a range of cutting edge technologies, including live television screening and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity that supports up to 10 devices, beating out leading competitors.

The 2018 Expedition will have available rear-seat entertainment mounted to the back of the front seat headrests.  Users will be able to stream live television through these screens using the SlingPlayer TV app, which requires at minimum an affordable $20 monthly subscription and gives you access to a range of popular channels. This is the first time Sling has been offered on a mobile app.

The new Expedition will also support Wi-Fi connectivity up to 50 feet away, so you don’t have to be inside your vehicle to use your hotspot. Going on a picnic and want to save data while you eat, or want to work on your computer in the park but need internet access? Set up shop close enough to your car and you get the best of both worlds—the great outdoors and superfast internet.

New Ford TV streaming, better media players, and infotainment tech on more vehicles will define the 2018 Ford model year. Keep an eye out for when new models hit dealerships this year and ask us about them 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.

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.

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.

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.