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!

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

windshield cleaning tips

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
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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 Focus RS Hatch Faces Off Against a Rally Car in the Snow

Ford Focus RS Hatch
The Ford Focus RS hatch is a big deal in America, as we don’t get many sporty European hatchback models equipped for high-end performance capabilities.

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.

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.

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.

CEO Discusses Development of Long-Range Ford EV to Rival Tesla, Chevy

With the Tesla 3 and Chevy Bolt grabbing headlines – you know it’s only a matter of time until Ford puts out their own long-range electric vehicle, likely a model that will best the competition with the very latest fuel efficiency technology.

In a recent conference call with investors, Ford CEO Mark Fields commented on the auto company’s future, concerning electric vehicles with more than 200 miles of range, saying, “When you look at some of the competitors and what they’ve announced, clearly, that’s something we’re developing for.”

Of course, Fields didn’t elaborate much on those development plans, but it’s safe to assume that a long-range Ford EV is in the works to be released sometime in the next few years or so, if not sooner.

Fields expanded in the conference call, saying that Ford aims to always be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” when it comes to the hottest vehicle tech, a statement backed up by years of top-notch Ford sales.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information on the 200-plus mile range Ford EV, and in in the meantime, visit us anytime at Mangold Ford to check out the Ford models we have in store.