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.

2015 Ford Fiesta

2015 Ford Fiesta Keeps the Party Going with Head-Banging Features

2015 Ford FiestaIt 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!

Get your own new 2015 Ford Fiesta today at Jennings Anderson Ford.

Mustang 50 Year Special Edition

Limited Edition Mustang to be Auctioned Off

Limited Edition Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang at NAIAS

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!

Celebrate Child Safety Month!

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.

For more tips about car safety for your infants, visit Safe Kids Worldwide.