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!
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.
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.
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.
When 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.
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.
Over the past few years, Ford has been putting a lot of effort into becoming what it terms a “mobility provider” rather than just an automobile manufacturer. The brand has been collaborating with business startups and investing money in developing new in-vehicle technology in order to expand beyond the realm of simply selling cars. Until now, Ford has not been publicly reinventing its image. However, Ford’s Super Bowl ad is the brand’s first declaration of its new label.
This was clearly a strategic move. The Super Bowl is known for its commercials. Getting airtime during a Super Bowl commercial break is expensive – but worthwhile, as you’ll be broadcasting to one of the largest television audiences in the world. The commercial expands Ford’s image beyond that of your average automaker, introducing the brand’s upcoming ride- and bike-sharing services, electric and hybrid vehicles, and even self-driving cars. The ad will mark Ford’s first Super Bowl spot since 2014, when the company teamed up with James Franco and Rob Riggle to promote the Fusion.
The 90-second Super Bowl ad is Ford’s first televised commercial portraying the brand as a mobility provider. Prior to this, the campaign to revitalize Ford’s image had only been rolled out online and through public relations.
The Ford Focus RS hatch is a big deal in the American market, as we don’t get many sporty European hatchback models equipped for high-end performance capabilities. The Team O’Neil Rally School wanted to put the RS model to the test, however, by pitting it against a Subaru Impreza STI rally car in the snow. The Focus RS was only slightly modified while the STI had heavy changes that put it at an advantage against its competitor, but the fact remains that the RS was able to hold its own.
With smaller brakes to fit rally tires and 15-inch wheels, a skid plate, and Bilstein shocks, the Ford Focus RS took on the Prodrive-built Open Class Subaru with no other tweaks besides the fact that its ABS had been disabled. The RS eventually fell behind its competitor, but not by much – and the goal of Team O’Neil was not to beat the STI, anyway. Their intention was to see how the Focus RS fared on icy roads against an actual rally car so they’d know how to modify the RS to make it rally-ready.
Will we see a Ford Focus RS hatch turned into a rally car from Team O’Neil soon? Only time will tell. Despite the RS model’s loss against the STI champion, the fact that a production hatchback held its own against a modded rally car is impressive in its own right.
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.
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.
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.