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Winter Road Trip Checklist

Winter isn’t a thing we necessarily have to deal with here in Boerne, but some of us long to feel the kiss of a snowflake on our cheeks, or to be able to just walk outside and build a snowman at the drop of a hat (and then put that hat on your snowman). If you’re one of these people, and you’re planning a road trip somewhere a little cooler this winter, don’t leave home without consulting this winter road trip checklist from your friends at Jennings Anderson Ford!

  • winter road tripCheck your fluids. Before heading out on a long trip in cold weather, give your car a good once-over to ensure it’s in proper working order. Get your mechanic to check your oil, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze levels (or, if you’re so inclined, do it yourself!).
  • Inspect your headlights. It’s important to have proper working headlights since you’ll need to make sure you’re well visible if you’re driving at night or in inclement weather. Turn on your lights and walk around your car to make sure they all work. If you notice a bulb out, replace it before you head out on the road.
  • Make sure you have an ice scraper. You might not need one here in Texas, but you’ll certainly need an ice scraper if you’re heading to colder climes. A basic ice scraper only costs a couple of bucks—or you can splurge and get one with a fuzzy glove to keep your hand warm as you scrape, or one that has a snow brush on the other end.
  • Check your spare tire. If your tire blows while you’re on your winter road trip, you’ll need to have a quality spare tire—especially if your destination is somewhere in the wilderness. Pop the trunk and make sure your spare tire is properly inflated, and replace it if necessary.
  • Prepare for an emergency. When you’re away from home, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re fully prepared for an emergency. Pack an emergency kit in your truck, and don’t forget to include blankets, hats, mittens, socks, a flashlight, extra batteries, food, and water. A battery-operated radio can also be a good in an emergency, so consider adding one to your kit before setting out on your adventure.

Above all else, don’t forget to have an incredible time on your winter road trip!

Best Ford Gift

The Best Ford Gift Guide Around

We have just about a month left until Christmas, which means that if you haven’t thought about what you’re going to get the important people in your life, you need to get thinking. Better yet – you need to get shopping. Don’t get caught with all the other suckers on Christmas Eve, scouring picked-over shelves for a gift that’ll say “I planned way in advance, see?”

To offer some assistance, those at The News Wheel picked out their favorite six Ford gifts – and they’re spot on. If you’re looking for a great gift for the Ford enthusiast in your life, look no further (plus, we’ve added a few of our own favorites in our Ford Gift Guide).

  1. Ford Mustang Boss Premium Pinball Machine. First seen at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, this bad boy would be a welcome addition to any man cave or game room. Santa may need to save his pennies though, as this pinball machine costs a cool $7,095. One can dream, right?
  2. Fisher Price Power Wheels Ford Mustang. For the little enthusiast – a Mustang just their size. Reaching a top speed of 5 mph and good for kids ages three and up, we’re willing to bet your kid will be the envy of the neighborhood.
  3. OPI Mustang Nail Lacquer Collection. This little gem is a win-win. Whether you’re lady is all about Ford or could care less – this bold nail polish collection will have her asking “how did he know?” Inspired by a number of iconic Mustangs, the nail polish is produced by OPI, a beauty brand we’re confident she knows.
  4. Driven by Design Limited Edition Clothing. Designed by world renowned fashion designers, this collection will allow your loved one to express their style.
  5. Mustang Canvas Tote. Next time you head to the grocery store, ditch paper and plastic. This tote is not only seriously cool, but it’s good for the environment too.
  6. Ford Rolling Cooler. Get ready for game day with this cooler. Forget squatting or bending to grab your cold one – this thing is tall and it rolls so you can move the party inside or outside. Does it get much better than that? A lower shelf offers plenty of storage space, and an attached bottle opener allows guest to grab, open, and drink.

Do none of these gifts fit the bill? Check out merchandise.ford.com for a variety of the best Ford gifts and merchandise that is sure to capture the heart of someone you love.

Or… maybe it’s a car you’d like to give to that special someone. In that case, stop by Jennings Anderson Ford today!

First New F-150

First New F-150 Rolls off Assembly Line in Michigan

The first new F-150 recently rolled off the line in Michigan, marking a significantly huge milestone in Ford production history. The new F-150, with its progressive aluminum body—and even that is just one of the amazing things about the new truck—will forever change truck production. Plus, it keeps Ford a step ahead of the game, pushing America’s favorite truck series into the future and ahead of the competition.

First New F-150At the Dearborn Truck Plant, 30 new trucks can be made in a single hour—and the plant isn’t even at full capacity yet. “We’re here today to make history,” executive chairman Bill Ford said to vast applause at the Center. “The Rouge has always been at the heart of Ford to me and my family.” Mark Fields, president and CEO, echoed the sentiment, saying the new F-150 “underscores the product excellence and innovation we are delivering in every part of our business as we accelerate our pace of progress toward profitable growth.”

Come see us here at Jennings Anderson Ford for an up-close-and-personal look at America’s favorite truck series, and check back on our blog early and often for more info on the upcoming release of the F-150. It’s an exciting time to follow Ford, since the new truck should hit dealerships this holiday season.

Three Ford EcoBoost Expedition Concepts Debut at SEMA Show

Ford is taking the Expedition full-size utility vehicle’s level of comfort and capability to the next level. The American carmaker recently introduced three Ford EcoBoost Expedition concepts, created by some of the top builders in the industry, at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. These concepts proved that this utility vehicle is perfect for consumers looking to personalize their driving experience.

“The builders really outdid themselves with these one-of-a-kind versions of Ford’s full-size utility,” said Mike Nicopolis of Ford’s SEMA aftermarket support group. “The 2015 Ford Expedition offers great space, performance, and capability in an impressive package that is the perfect platform for creativity and customization.”

Tjin Edition, DUB Magazine, and Vaccar created the three Ford EcoBoost Expedition concepts, showcasing three different sides of the SUV. The Tjin Edition utilizes the vehicle’s luxury roots, using a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, custom metal fenders, and a custom paint job to help the Expedition stand out. For the DUB Edition, the same 3.5-liter engine was combined with a variety of amenities, including an upgraded multimedia and sound system, new seats and upholstery, and an extended center console that has places for headphones and tablets. Finally, the Vaccar version highlights the SUV’s capabilities with off-roading wheels, a brush guard, spring steps, and a hitch stop.

These three Expedition concepts show just how easy it is to create the vehicle of your dreams. Make sure you stop in to Jennings Anderson Ford for your own car to personalize!

Ford’s Police Technology Promotes Officer Safety Behind the Wheel

While we all appreciate the hard work police officers do to help keep us safe, we have to realize that they are still human and make mistakes. For example, they may not necessarily wear a seatbelt or drive the speed limit while on the job. To help promote better safety practices for police officers, Ford has developed a new system that will allow law enforcement agencies to monitor police vehicles.

The system uses vehicle telematics and existing law enforcement technology to provide intelligent data and analytics, such as officer location and vehicle operating conditions. Law enforcement agencies can then use this information to improve police officer safety.

 

“Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of officer fatalities, and even the slightest improvements in driver training and behavior within law enforcement organizations can potentially save lives,” said Bill Frykman, manager, business and product development, Ford Motor Company, in a statement. “Whether in emergency operation or not, vehicle data from this technology, in context with different driving situations will help illustrate to police organizations where changes can be made that will have a profound effect on officer safety.”

 

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, an average of 55 officers are killed in shooting-related incidents each year, but even more officers, an average of 64 per year, are killed in traffic-related incidents.

 

Ford’s police technology goes hand-in-hand with its Surveillance Mode that debuted last year. Together, these two features can ensure officers are being kept as safe as possible.

 

Here at Jennings Anderson Ford, we are proud to see Ford working so hard to develop new ways to keep our police officers safe.

2015 Ford Mustang, Mustang through outer space

A Dozen Customized 2015 Ford Mustangs to Premiere at 2014 SEMA Show

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A 2014 Mustang from last year’s SEMA

Some new photos of the twelve customized 2015 Ford Mustangs that will be debuting at SEMA this November will no doubt have enthusiasts drooling. With a stable full of these Mustangs decorated in the top-end flare provided by their professional outfitting, Ford is getting ready to truly dominate the 2014 SEMA Show this year. We can tell they are confident because their recently released photos aren’t teasers but full coverage of the hot new models.

This year is Mustang’s 50th anniversary, as well, and Galpin’s outfit has designed these modified Mustangs as a celebration piece for the occasion. Themed around black and gold, as the 50th anniversary is the gold one according to tradition, the Galpin Mustang’s preview image leaves a striking impression. It certainly leaves us wanting to see it in person!
One of the big, new changes for all of these pony cars – both the production models and the customized 2015 Ford Mustangs – is the addition of an optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. This smaller engine has 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The old engine that the Mustang is used to sporting will still be available, but the new option is there for those who have grown to enjoy EcoBoost.

Jennings Anderson Ford can’t wait to celebrate the Mustang’s golden anniversary with these new customized 2015 Ford Mustangs. For more coverage of Mustang’s anniversary celebration at the upcoming 2014 SEMA Show, be sure to keep up with our blog!

Mulling over Ford’s New Small Pickup Idea

We lost the Ford Ranger in late 2011.  We watched the last one pull away, sadly dip over that rise just beyond the city limit sign and head overseas, the only place it still resides.  Since then, the US has been without a small pickup truck from Ford.

As tough and indefatigable as Rocky, Ford can’t shake the idea of dusting off its gloves and heading back into the ring.  The opponent?  Right now, it’s the Toyota Tacoma, top of the small pickup segment.

Ford ain’t worried.  “We think we could sell a pickup truck that’s more like the size of the old Ranger, that gets six or eight more miles per gallon (than a full-size truck), is $5,000 or $6,000 less, and that we could build in the US to avoid the tariff on imported trucks,” said Dave Scott, truck marketing manager for Ford.

Ford won’t simply reintroduce the Ranger, where it still thrives overseas.  It’s been updated and it’s now too big.  Ford doesn’t want it stealing the spotlight from the F-150.

The new truck will be a unibody design, where the bed isn’t separate but part of the body of the truck.  Ford used to make unibody trucks back in the day, called the Ranchero.

At Jennings Anderson Ford, we are looking forward to Ford’s new small pickup returning to the ring!

Aluminum F-150

Ford F-150 Has All of the Most Recent Car Technology

2015 Ford F-150 Has All of the Most Recent Car Technology 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!

Halloween Costumes and Activities: Getting Ready for Scare Season

Cars go great with Halloween costumes and activities!

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!

We Might See Ford SVT Renamed 999 around the World

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.