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Ford F-150 Wins North American Truck of the Year Award

Many news organizations and give out awards to the auto industry, but the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards given out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit are considered two of the most prestigious. This is why Ford is so excited that the all-new F-150 was named the North American Truck of the Year.

“Ford is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a statement. “Ford employees and customers have a lot to be proud of with the innovative and award-winning F-150.”

To be considered for this award, a truck or SUV has to be all-new or significantly updated from the previous model. This is the eighth time a Ford vehicle has won the Truck of the Year award in the award’s 22-year history.

A panel of more than 50 automotive journalists from both the United States and Canada judge the potential vehicles based on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value.

The 2015 Ford F-150 stood apart from the competition with its use of lightweight, high-strength military-grade aluminum along with its impressive lineup of standard and available features, including a 360-degree camera, integrated loading ramps, trailer hitch assist, and more.

Come check out this amazing new truck available now at Jennings Anderson Ford.

Headlight Maintenance Tips

Headlight Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Bright and Shiny

Mustang 50 Year Special Edition HeadlightClean, well-maintained headlights are one of the most important safety aspects of your vehicle. Foggy, dirty headlights will make it harder for you to see, and therefore, it will more difficult for others to see you. And of course, headlights that are broken or not functioning at all are even worse.

 

Stay safe with these simple headlight maintenance tips:

  • If you feel unable to clean headlights effectively on your own, seek out a professional
  • Try using toothpaste to keep the lights clear; just smear some on with a rag, and give it a few attempts
  • Another popular trick is to use pantyhose to scrub the headlights, in conjunction with some glass cleaner (be careful not to get this on the other parts of your car though!)
  • Lastly, once you’ve cleaned up your headlights, be pro-active about protecting them; consider using a product like Rain-X to prevent further weather damage

 
And if your headlights are broken – please get them replaced immediately. For more safety tips, visit us at Jennings Anderson Ford.

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Ford Driveability Test Facility: Churning Out Superior-Quality Vehicles

ford driveability test facilityEveryone has had that experience at one time or another when some product of some sort simply fails on them. Sometimes, it’s as soon as you get home from the store! That’s because a lot of companies just don’t do their due diligence when it comes to testing their products. After learning about the Ford Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Michigan, you won’t ever be able to accuse Ford of such negligence.

 

This test facility is where Ford engineers find out how well Ford vehicles stand up to extremes in weather, with the testing bordering on automobile abuse at times!  John Troth, Ford engineer, explains that the facility can simulate “almost any weather extreme on planet Earth.”

 

Mustangs, Explorers, F150s–they can all be subjected to “temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees F, temperatures a hot as 140 degree F.”  Engineers can increase and decrease humidity, simulate the sun and simulate altitude changes.

 

Troth explains the very simple reason that he and other Ford engineers go to such extremes to challenge the durability of Ford vehicles. It makes them “robust,” he says, and helps Ford “to deliver a superior-quality product to the customer.”

 

Pick up your next superior-quality Ford at Jennings Anderson Ford!

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Never Be Bored Again: Things to Do in San Antonio

things to do in san antonioTruth be told, there is really no reason to be bored in San Antonio—ever. We at Jennings Anderson Ford believe this is a vibrant city saturated with a zest for life. Need proof?

Are you an ancient Egyptian art aficionado? You’re in luck. According to San Antonio Magazine, the San Antonio Museum of Art is “home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art in the southern United States.”

Did we say a zest for life? You should also know the city is simply rife with ghosts. In fact, there are up to 15 haunted locations around downtown San Antonio.

After all, this is Texas so don’t forget to catch a rodeo! In February, attend the Stock Show and Rodeo; the Tejas Rodeo holds rodeos from March through November.

On a clear day, which is any day in San Antonio, climb Enchanted Rock. Why? It’s a gorgeous geological formation that peaks at 425 feet, that’s why. Imagine the view! And legend has it a Native American princess haunts it.

Catch a flick at the Alamo Drafthouse. If you are the kind of moviegoer who has absolutely no tolerance for people talking or texting during a movie, this is the theater for you because…well, neither do its proprietors! But this is also a theater where you can don pajamas, eat cereal, and watch cartoons on a Saturday morning. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Ford SYNC 3 Infotainment System

New and Improved Ford SYNC 3 Infotainment System to Arrive Next Year

For better or for worse, we live life on the go. That’s why Ford made its next-gen communications and entertainment system even better to keep us connected, no matter where we are. The Ford SYNC® 3 infotainment system incorporates new and enhanced technologies, providing drivers with a safe and easy-to-use experience on the road.

“Ford is delivering an easier way for customers to stay connected,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technical officer and group vice president of Global Product Development. “SYNC 3 is another step forward in delivering connectivity features customers most want, and they tell us this kind of technology is an important part of their decision to buy our vehicles.”

In developing the new generation of Ford SYNC technology, engineers kept users at the center of their design strategy. Customer feedback played an important part in creating the new technology.

SYNC 3 offers an intuitive interface that resembles a smartphone for seamless transition from phone to in-vehicle tech. Speaking of transitioning from the phone—an improved version of AppLinkTM is integrated to provide users with the ability to control the same apps available on their smartphones.

Among a host of other features included in the SYNC 3 system, voice recognition is heightened, the touchscreen is optimized for responsive and frustration-free use, and—importantly—911 Assist® services are enhanced.

Amid all of these functions and improvements, SYNC 3 manages to refrain from overwhelming users.

“Simplicity has value,” said Ford’s global director of Human Machine Interface, Parrish Hanna. “Reducing the number of things on-screen also makes control easier and is designed to limit the number of times a driver has to glance at the screen.”

Ford’s new and improved SYNC 3 infotainment system will be available in vehicles beginning next year. Contact Jennings Anderson Ford for more information.

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Ford Highlighting Innovative Aluminum F-150 at the International CES

The new 2015 Ford F-150 was recently named the official vehicle of the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With its innovative design and groundbreaking technology, the F-150 was an easy choice for the CES.

According to Ford, the F-150 was one of the main reasons the pickup was chosen. The new design utilizes lightweight aluminum alloys to save as much weight as possible. The 2015 model is 700 lbs lighter thanks to this method, which means better handling, better performance, and better fuel economy.

“We are honored the 2015 F-150 is the Official Vehicle of CES, proving that the new standard in full-size pickups is not only Built Ford Tough but also smart, with innovative design and technologies that help truck customers do more with their truck,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager.

The F-150 also features class-exclusive driver-assist technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Smart Towing Module, multicontour seats, Active Park Assist, and much more. With this much groundbreaking technology and clever new engineering, the F-150 is sure to stand out at the CES.

Missed seeing the aluminum F-150 at the International CES? Don’t worry, you can find it at Jennings Anderson Ford.

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2015 Ford F-150 Offers Highest Fuel Economy Ratings for Full-size Pickups

fuel economy ratings for Full-size PickupsWith the launch of the new 2015 Ford F-150 at Jennings Anderson Ford, we now offer the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for full-size pickups with gasoline engines on the market.

When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, the new F-150 gets 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

Despite this, the EcoBoost-powered F-150 remains remarkably capable. Its incredible efficiency comes at seemingly no cost of grunt, with the little four-cylinder managing to crank out 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to achieve a max towing rating of 8,500 lbs and max payload rating of 2,250 lbs. And remember, with 26 mpg on the highway, you’ll never find that kind of uncompromised capability anywhere else!

Or, will you? The F-150’s other available engine, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, can give the four-cylinder a run for its money. With 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, it’ll tow up to 12,200 lbs and lift up to 3,270 lbs while still doing 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The only downside to these two great engines is that you have to pick one!

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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.