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 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.

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.

Ford Electrified Vehicle Solutions: $4.5 Billion in Green Design

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Ford recently souped-up its investment in alternative energy solutions. In fact, the company invested a whopping $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions – you heard right. This is one of the biggest investments the company has allotted for this area, revealing just how committed Ford is to eco-friendly solutions.

According to Ford, the brand will add 13 new electrified vehicles to its lineup by 2020, meaning that more than 40% of the company’s tried-and-true models will get an electric version. Ford electrified vehicle solutions will focus on fast charging and new designs as well.

“The challenge going forward isn’t who provides the most technology in a vehicle but who best organizes that technology in a way that most excites and delights people,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development. “By observing consumers, we can better understand which features and strengths users truly use and value and create even better experiences for them going forward.”

By later this year, you’ll already see the results. This includes the new Focus Electric with SmartGauge, EcoGuide, Brake Coach, and other great technologies. We can’t see what the company does next with green design.

Ford Wireless Technology

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Ford is using the latest research from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University to advance Ford wireless technology in future vehicles. The large-scale research project, performed jointly by Ford and St. Petersburg, was aimed at improving vehicle technologies and utilized the university’s expertise in space robot communications. Ford has filed several patents based on the results of the research that will help to develop the technology in connected cars.

The research project developed a prototype for a data communication system that collected data from moving vehicles “using a variety of capabilities for a connection to the cloud—cellular, Wi-Fi, and communication with other vehicles.” Researches used an algorithm to select the most viable type of connection and plotted the degrees of connectivity on a map. From here they sent information about road emergencies to drivers in areas where connection was shoddy.

In the future they hope to develop a map that will be constantly updated with current connectivity and will “act as a database for smart roads and smart city projects.”