If you think a full-size pickup truck without a V8 is just plain wrong, you’re not alone. Pick-up enthusiasts across the country assume large pickup is synonymous with large engine. Ford is changing the way we think about pickups, and over the last few years have made significant changes to the F-150, proving a bigger engine isn’t always better.
A couple of years ago, Ford introduced the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 in its F-150 – which turned out to be pretty awesome. Then early this year, Ford pulled another fast one, showing us it’s all-new, aluminum-bodied F-150 that is expected to weigh up to 700 pounds less than the 2014 model. Now, in another twist, Ford has announced that its 2015 Ford F-150 will have two new engine options – neither of which is a V8.
According to autos.yahoo.com, the new base engine will be a .5-liter V6 with 283 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, which replaces the 2014 model’s 3.7-liter V6, which makes 302 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. An upgrade will offer a new turbocharged 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 with direct injection and a standard auto stop/start function. With its more impressive 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque, that powertrain will allow the F-150 to haul 2,250 pounds or tow an 8,500 pound trailer.
Ford is obviously taking some serious steps in the name of fuel efficiency. Between the V6 engine and lighter body, we expect to see an entirely new standard in fuel efficiency for full-size trucks.
The inside of your new Ford F-150 may remind you more of a luxury car than a pickup truck. With more features than you can count on one hand, the F-150 is filled with the most recent car technology, making it truly phenomenal.
Auto News says, “The list of new features is so long, it might seem bewildering to customers.” The most important new technologies that car buyers will want to know about include an EcoBoost engine, an exterior camera that can see 360 degrees around the perimeter of the car, brackets that help attach the materials you are hauling right to the truck bed, and spotlights located on the bumper of the truck and on the trucks side mirrors. The vehicle also has long lasting head lamps inside the cabin and a display system called MyView that allows the driver to pick which displays (e.g. gas level, tire pressure, and oil life) they want to be able to view quickly and easily.
The technology-loaded 2015 F-150 reaches dealerships this December. Get yours just in time for Christmas at Jennings Anderson Ford!
Cars go great with Halloween costumes and activities!
Pumpkins, candy, costumes, and scaring children- what’s not to like about Halloween? It’s one of our favorite holidays here at Jennings Anderson Ford, and it’ll be here before you know it! In order to prepare for the season, we’ve put together a list of Halloween costumes and activities to put anyone in the mood for a scare.
Trick-or-treating is a great activity for the kids. Being car lovers, we always have plenty of auto-themed costumes in case you can’t think of any! One of the obvious ideas is a Transformer. With the recent movie and the real-life transformer built by a Ford Fiesta enthusiast in the news recently, it’ll be a popular choice this year. Another great idea is a grease-covered mechanic. Or, how about a Ford racecar driver, like Greg Biffle?
For anyone a little older, Fright Fest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a great option. If you’re less in the mood for walking, check out a scary movie at a drive-in theater – it’s another great way to get a good scare!
If you are out on Halloween, remember to be extra careful! According to AAA, Halloween is always one of the most dangerous nights for pedestrians. Make sure to buckle-up, and if you go to a party, don’t drink and drive!
Ford has always been one to embrace performance engineering, but what that looks like may not be the same depending on where you live.
In the United States, the Detroit automaker’s performance division is known as Ford SVT. In Europe, it’s Team RS, and in Australia, it’s Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV). A bit confusing, right? Fortunately, Ford has slowly been consolidating all its performance ops into a single unit and, according to Jalopnik, it is currently considering the name 999.
Why 999? Back in 1902, the 999 was Henry Ford’s first racecar. It was powered by a 19-liter inline-four engine that produced between 70 and 100 horsepower. Though Ford would give up his share of the racing money, he kept the rights to promotion and publicity of the cars, which helped bring attention to the Ford Motor Company.
The name is still a speculation at this point, and we might not see Ford SVT renamed 999, but we at Jennings Anderson Ford wouldn’t complain. Even without the heritage behind it, 999 just sounds cool.
It is time to celebrate because the new 2015 Ford Fiesta is the life of the party! Your wallet will be rejoicing at the amazing starting price of $13,865. Better yet, that comes with an impressive 31 MPG city driving and 43 MPG driving on the highway.
Ford reports that the 2015 model is the first-ever Ford three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. “Named the 2014 International Engine of the Year, it is available on the Fiesta SE with manual transmission. This 1.0 liter turbo-charged, direct-injection power plant delivers 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque.” Along with the EcoBoost, Ford reports that the package includes 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, 15-inch steel wheels, rear deck lid spoiler (sedan only), EcoBoost, and Super Fuel Economy badges.
The Fiesta is as attractive as it is efficient. The body is streamlined with cat-eyed head lights and the grill resembles that of its larger cousin, the Ford Fusion. The Fiesta also comes in a variety of bright and fun colors that are sure impress onlookers every time you drive it!
Ford is known as a leading global carmaker, but when you consider the company’s fame, it’s not their global sales that you think of—it’s the Ford Mustang. As this iconic pony car celebrates its 50th anniversary, Ford is going all-out by auctioning off the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang, which carries the badge number 1,964–the year the Mustang first graced the world with its presence.
“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice-president, Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound, and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car—it is the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company.”
The one-of-a-kind ‘Stang will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson during a fundraising event supporting Henry Ford Health System’s Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. Along with the styling Mustang, which is based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback, the winning bidder will also receive a VIP package to the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
For more information on the bid, which will happen in Las Vegas from September 25-27, click here. If you would like more information on the 2015 Mustang, contact Jennings Anderson Ford today!
September is National Baby Safety Month! It’s a great excuse to check your car and safety seats to make sure they’re ready perform if the worst should happen. Check out these tips to ensure that your littlest passengers are safe:
Always ‘Look Before You Lock’: Hot cars are a dangerous place for children. Even if it doesn’t seem that hot outside, the temperature is amplified inside your car. Bring your children inside stores to keep everyone safe!
Choose the right car seat for your child: For the youngest children, rear-facing car seats are the way to go. This way their head, neck, and spine are well protected. Check out child seats for weight and height requirements to know when to switch to forward facing seats.
Check the installation: After you install your baby’s car seat, check it to make sure it is providing the proper protection. Have car seats also checked by a professional to ensure that they are ready to act during a crash.
Here at Jennings Anderson Ford, we love our trucks and SUVs. They help us get work done and move us where we need to go.
But every once in a while you need to relax and drive a truly fun car. The great car to fill that order is the 2015 Ford Mustang. Unmasked in December of 2013, this new generation has been a hot topic for months. 2014 was the 50th anniversary of this amazing pony car and its upcoming edition to honor the milestone.
Well, we’re happy to report that the first production 2015 Ford Mustangs have rolled off of the assembly line in Flat Rock, Michigan! They are currently building the fastback edition of the model so that is arrives in dealership showrooms by November of this year. Soon production will begin on the convertible 2015 Ford Mustang as well.
Are you excited for the new Ford Mustang? Let us know in the comments! Check out the official 2015 Ford Mustang page for more information about this pony car, and the Detroit Free Press has all the information you need about the first Mustang to leave the assembly line.
Ever wondered what the most popular turbocharged gas engine is in Europe? It’s got to be German, right? If not, then maybe Italian? Wrong on both counts.
In Europe, the best-selling turbocharged gasoline engine is Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost. That’s right, the Ford EcoBoost Engine. It produces 138 horsepower, 24 psi of pressure, accounts for about 20 percent of all new Fords sold in Europe, and has won three International Engine of the Year awards. It brings everything to the table: refinement, performance, economy, technology, and drivability.
“This year’s competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost Engine continues to stand out for all the right reasons—great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 16th International Engine of the Year awards. “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering.”
In the competitive car industry, customer loyalty is key. To encourage customers to keep coming back, many carmakers offer various incentives and offers to entice consumers. For Ford, this means a free brake pad offer that is sure to get any customer into their local Ford dealership service center.
The brake pad offer applies to drivers who own a Ford Motor Company vehicle (Ford, Lincoln or Mercury) and happen to purchase a set of Motorcraft brake pads. As long as the same owner owns this vehicle, it is entitled to free replacement pads—just make sure it’s taken in to a Ford Motor Company dealer or a Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center.
“This program reflects our commitment to providing customers with an excellent ownership experience regardless of the age of their vehicles,” said Frederiek Toney, President of Ford Customer Service. “Plus, when you purchase Motorcraft parts at a Ford or Lincoln dealer, or a Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, you know you’re getting the right parts installed by the right people.”
To be replaced under this offer, the Motor craft brakes have to be worn down to less than three millimeters. The owner of the vehicle also has to pay for labor.
Purchases after July 1 for qualified vehicles will be part of the free brake pad offer. For a chance to take advantage of this opportunity, stop in to Jennings Anderson Ford today!
My name is Amy Wilson Berg, and I am the Director of Marketing at Jennings Anderson Ford in Boerne, Texas. Come in to the dealership today to experience our great True Blue Value! Find out more information about this author on Google+.