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Ford Launches Discounted Car Insurance Program

New vehicle owners may wonder if they have the right insurance coverage for their new ride. Two of the country’s automotive and insurance industry leaders are offering a solution that’s as simple as filling out a form in their FordPass or Lincoln Way app.

Ford Insure and Lincoln Motor Company Insure, powered by Nationwide, offer a simple and convenient way to secure usage-based insurance coverage through Ford Motor Credit Company’s licensed insurance agency.

By logging on to their FordPass or Lincoln Way app, clicking on the insurance tile and filling in some information, customers in 39 states with qualifying 2020 Ford or Lincoln vehicles can purchase a policy in minutes and become eligible to save up to 40 percent.1 The form is prepopulated with key vehicle information to make the process easy and fast.

“This is the latest way we’re improving the customer experience,” said Elena Ford, chief customer experience officer at Ford Motor Company. “Insure makes getting insurance easier for connected-vehicle customers to cover one of their biggest investments – their vehicle – while saving money.”

Ford Insure and Lincoln Motor Company Insure policyholders consent to be enrolled in Nationwide’s SmartRide® usage-based insurance program and will share their vehicle connectivity information with Nationwide for the initial six-month policy.

Once customers purchase a policy, the connected vehicle will track and share distance driven, hard braking and accelerating, idle time and night driving to establish a policy rate for renewal. The data are shared with Nationwide through the vehicle’s embedded modem, eliminating the need for a special app or vehicle plug-in device. Customers are eligible for up to a 40 percent discount, which will be applied when the policy is renewed.

Customers will have access to Nationwide’s standard Accident Forgiveness option, as well as crash repairs using genuine Ford parts. “Customers want to be able to purchase auto insurance as quickly and easily as possible,” said Brad Lemons, Nationwide’s senior vice president of Personal Lines Product and Underwriting. “Ford and Nationwide are bringing together the best of our businesses to help make this happen in a way that is sure to delight our customers.”

Ford Insure is the latest step in Ford Motor Company’s comprehensive, long-term customer experience initiative. Ford aims to make each part of the ownership experience easier and worry-free, building customer ranks and revenues over time. Ford already has doubled its investment in customer experiences to increase trust and loyalty through programs that show appreciation to its long-term customer base.

Ford Insure and Lincoln Motor Company Insure are available in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. Launches in other states are planned over time.

The insurance offer starts with these models: 2020 Ford Explorer, Fusion, Mustang, Transit Connect, Escape, Edge, EcoSport, Expedition, F-Series Super Duty, Transit, Ranger and the upcoming all-new 2021 F-150; and 2020 Lincoln Aviator, MKZ, Corsair, Nautilus and Navigator.

“Nationwide and Ford are two of the most well-known companies in America, and our customers are looking to us to provide the best insurance purchasing experience possible,” said Kirt Walker, Nationwide chief executive officer. “We’re confident this new partnership will lead to future innovative products and services between our two organizations.”

Are Electric Vehicles Good For The Environment

Electrified vehicles are good for the environment, but are they also good for romance? Apparently so.

As part of a broader study conducted on consumer behavior around EVs, Ford uncovered a few things related to romantic relationships – people desire partners that drive EVs. Many would choose to go on a date in an electric car than a gas-powered one, and they’re more likely to go on a second date with someone if they drove an EV.

The specific stats are as follows:

  • Electric vehicles make you a total heartthrob. 3 in 4 people would be more likely to date someone if they owned an electric vehicle.
  • Electric cars pack serious shock value. 2 in 3 (64%) of people would pick an electric vehicle to make a good first impression on someone.
  • Electric vehicles might just land you a second date. 2 in 3 (62%) people would pick an electric vehicle over a gas-engine car to go on a date

With the holiday of love right around the corner, the question we should be thinking about this Valentine’s Day is: if EV ownership gives you a perceived advantage in the dating game, why isn’t adoption higher among singles?

    The Bronco Is Back In The Saddle

    Hinting at upcoming Bronco production model, Ford’sBronco R race prototype debuts in the desert to celebrate 50th anniversary of Rod Hall’s historic Baja 1000 win, an overall victory in a 4×4 that’s never been duplicated in 50 yearsIt was built for this, its engine roaring through the heat of the Mojave and its racing tires spraying desert sand. As the last grain settled, the vehicle that is all at once a tribute and a test and a tease, came in to focus.

    It was no mirage. Bronco–in the form of a race-inspired Bronco R prototype–is back.As a tribute, it was appropriately parked along side the Bronco that Rod Hall and Larry Minor famously drove to an overall win 50 years ago at the 1969 Baja 1000–a victory that no other 4×4 has replicated. Featuring a race livery inspired by Hall’s winning vehicle, Bronco R passes the torch to off-road racer Shelby Hall, Rod’s granddaughter, who will drive it for portions of this year’s prestigious race in honor of her late grandfather.

    As a test, the Bronco R will head back to the Baja Peninsula later this month to take on the near 1,000-mile grueling off-road course and challenge the production Bronco’s powertrain and architecture. And as a tease, the Bronco R–developed by Ford Performance in collaboration with builder Geiser Bros Design and Development and Baja 1000 Trophy Truck champion Cameron Steele–drops heritage-inspired design and proportion hints of what enthusiasts can expect to see when the future Bronco makes its world premiere next spring “Bronco’s win at Baja in 1969 was epic, something that even after 50 years has not been repeated,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “Rugged endurance racing is such a big part of Bronco heritage. The Baja 1000 gives us not only the perfect setting to honor Rod Hall’s win, it also provides an authentic test bed to demonstrate our upcoming Bronco’s desert racing capability and durability

    Get To Know Your Car Better

    Not sure if you knew but today is “National Name Your Car Day.” Did you know that 40 percent of drivers claim to name their vehicles? In honor of the annual holiday, Capital One commissioned a survey on behalf of the GM BuyPower Card revealing a variety of fun ways car owners emotionally connect with their vehicle, including:

    • Gender Reveal: 74% of drivers say their car has a gender, with 53%  identifying it as female
    • Heavens to Betsy: Compared to the 2018 Capital One survey, for the second year in a row, Betsy was the most popular car name
    • From the Red Carpet: The greatest inspiration for car names is from a TV or Movie character (19%) or a friend or family member (13%)
    • Female Influence: Women are more likely to name their car than men (56 to 44%)

    The survey also highlights many interesting car-buying practices for Americans, most notably their tendency to plan ahead for this big purchase. The GM BuyPower Card already allows cardmembers to accumulate 5% Earnings on their first $5,000 in purchases every year, with 2% unlimited Earnings on purchases after that towards the purchase of a new GM vehicle. Capital One and GM also recently announced that cardmembers can now use their Earnings to get statement credits up to $250 for qualifying purchases on most OnStar and Connected Services plans, SiriusXM subscriptions, customer-paid Certified Service, and parts and accessories purchased at authorized GM dealerships.

    Ford Sheds Some Light On Electric Vehicles

    Ford recently conducted a global consumer survey across Europe, China and the US to learn more about what people actually think about electric vehicles, their capabilities and the barriers to purchasing. What they found was an outdated perception of the category and what owning/using an EV is actually like.

    Some key findings:

    • More than 90 percent of Americans and Europeans don’t believe electric vehicles can accelerate quickly
    • 42 percent of Americans think electric vehicles still require gas to run
    • 80 percent of Americans would not pick an electric vehicle for all-wheel drive or extreme weather
    • More than two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) and Europeans (68 percent) don’t believe that electric vehicles are capable enough in terms of towing and hauling

    Ford Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing

    With the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th let’s take a look how Ford played a part in the Apollo 11 mission.

    Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation built and maintained Mission Control (now Johnson Space) Center, providing all the equipment used in the Apollo mission and the transmission of Neil Armstrong’s voice back to Houston and out to the rest of the world.

    Ford also provided technical and engineering support personnel during the construction and ongoing operations.  The system designs were updated for each mission, some of which required as many as two million wiring changes. The work by Ford Aerospace and the Mission Control staff was even more complex as many of the elements had never been tried before.

    Some other notable details about Mission Control include:

    • More than 1,500 different items of telemetry data – from the astronaut’s health to the results of test to flight data – flowed into the center simultaneously.
    • The Mission Control Center housed the largest assembly of television switching equipment in the world.
    • More than 60 thousand miles of wiring were laid and maintained to continue operations.
    • Five IBM 360/75 mainframe computers sent data to more than 1,300 indicator switches to be monitored by mission flight controllers.

    Ford Teams Up With Amazon

    Ford announced the availability of Key by Amazon for Ford vehicles as the first service-to-vehicle delivered to the car through Ford’s connected vehicle services.  This will allow eligible Ford and Lincoln owners to have their Amazon Prime packages delivered directly to their cars. It’s a convenient, secure way to ensure packages are delivered, and the first of many service-to-car solutions that Ford owners will be able to access through Ford’s connected vehicle services.

    Ford and Lincoln customers with select modem-enabled vehicles can use their Amazon Prime accounts to schedule package deliveries to their cars in 50 US markets. Customers simply need to download the Key by Amazon app from the Apple or Google app stores, and follow the steps for their eligible Ford or Lincoln vehicle.

    In a Medium blog post [insert link] announcing today’s news, Lorin Kennedy, FordPass Ecosystem Business Leader, Ford Motor Company, details how Ford’s connected services will enable other businesses, like Mobile car wash service Rub a Dub, to integrate their offerings with Ford and Lincoln connected vehicles in order to improve convenience for Ford customers.

    Walmart Teams Up With Ford With New Delivery System

    Ford announced that it is partnering with Walmart in Miami-Dade County to explore how self-driving vehicles can deliver everyday goods such as groceries, adding to Ford’s efforts to expand affordable access to transportation and goods delivery.

    Postmates is already a partner of both Ford and Walmart, the companies are working together to utilize Postmates’ Delivery as a Service, to quickly set up a program that explores how Ford’s self-driving vehicles can complement Walmart’s existing delivery offerings.  Together, Ford and Walmart will gather data about customer preferences and the best way to connect people with the goods they need. Already, Ford is collaborating with national and local Miami businesses to understand how it can improve goods delivery through the use of self-driving vehicles, working to transport tacos, pizza, floral arrangements and dry cleaning.

    Ford Goes To Washington To Test Out Autonomous Vehicles

    Ford is working with Washington D.C. as the look to expand its self-driving business to our nation’s capital. This is the second city Ford is expanding its self-driving business to and is working closely with the city to ensure Ford properly serves all residents. Ford is also collaborating with the DC Infrastructure Academy to train District residents for vehicle operator and vehicle technician positions.

    Additionally, Ford will continue its work with its partner Argo AI, to map all 8 Wards of the District and gather important data that will help improve how the vehicles move around. Over the next year, the fleet will grow as we expand areas of testing, including within the city’s downtown core. Also, to manage the fleet of vehicles on the ground, Ford has established an autonomous vehicle operations terminal in Ward 5.

    Ford Unveils Their Fastest Police Vehicle in America

    A sport utility from Ford is the best-selling cop car in America, and now it is the best accelerating and fastest police vehicle in America, according to preliminary test data from the Michigan State Police.

    This year, Ford bested all entries, including V8-equipped sedans, with its EcoBoost®-powered all-wheel-drive version of the all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, posting fastest 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph times, as well as fastest lap and fastest average lap.

    The standard hybrid 2020 Police Interceptor Utility also beat all competitive SUV entries, including V8-equipped models, with the fastest 0-100 mph, fastest lap and fastest average lap – making good on Ford’s promise to deliver a hybrid Police Interceptor that outperforms today’s 3.7-liter V6 model with all-wheel drive.

    Stephen Tyler, police brand marketing manager for Ford, says America’s law enforcement agencies previously have had to choose either fuel efficiency or all-out performance, but the new vehicle offers both. “The all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility offers significant potential fuel savings with no trade-offs in safety, passenger or cargo space – on top of bringing improved performance,” he said.