Cars

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.

The Ford Mustang Reaches A Milestone

Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang – America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight.

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang is a high-tech, 460 horsepower 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology and built at

Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same color and model with a three-speed automatic transmission and 164 horsepower V8.

Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”

Ford is celebrating the milestone with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Mustangs produced for more than five decades parading from Dearborn to Flat Rock, where the Mustang currently is manufactured.

During its 54-year production history, Mustang also was built in San Jose, Calif., Metuchen, N.J., and the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Mich.

Lexus Is The Ultimate Caddy For The US Open

Lexus, the official vehicle of the championship for the 12th consecutive year - is providing a range of amazing onsite opportunities inside the Lexus Performance Experience, including:
  • Exclusive autograph sessions with Lexus golfers Jason Day, Peter Jacobsen and Johnny Miller
  • A chance to win a two-year lease on a 2018 RX 350L with a simulated hole-in-one challenge
  • VR experiences allowing fans to drive a sporty RC F around a famous racetrack
Golf’s most celebrated weekend is back, returning with official vehicle Lexus. The 118th U.S. Open Championship takes place June 14-17, 2018 at prestigious Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. for the fifth time in its significant history.

“The U.S. Open is one of golf’s most exciting majors,” said Greg Kitzens, general manager, Lexus marketing. “Our longstanding partnership with the USGA and its championships allows us to provide our customers and fans with premium experiences at the U.S. Open, connecting with them in a unique way.”

The Lexus Performance Experience, located near the main entrance in Fan Central, provides fun, interactive activities for all attendees throughout the weekend. With the “Lexus VR Experience,” fans have the opportunity to be virtually transported into the seat of a Lexus RC F 467-horsepower sports car while a world champion racecar driver aggressively speeds them around a racetrack. Attendees are also invited to try their skill with the Lexus Hole-in-One Challenge. The fan that sinks the ball in this simulated replica of the famous 7th hole at Shinnecock Hills will win a two-year lease on a 2018 RX 350L – the automaker’s best-selling SUV, the vehicle that created a category and now provides even more space with a third row. Additional activities include the “Putt Like a Pro” simulation, photo opportunities with the U.S. Open Trophy, and autograph sessions with Lexus Golf Ambassadors Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay and Charles Howell III, among others.

Over the course of the Championship, Lexus will provide almost 350 courtesy vehicles to players and officials. Several Lexus vehicles will be displayed throughout the grounds, including the all-new 2019 ES and UX near the course and the 2018 LS 500 F SPORT and LC 500 Inspiration Series in the Lexus Performance Experience.

Lexus is the first and only automotive partner in USGA history, serving as the official vehicle of the USGA and its championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Senior Women’s Open and U.S. Amateur Championship. Lexus also partners with an impressive team of professional players and golf legends. Current Lexus Golf Ambassadors include Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay, Charles Howell III, Wesley Bryan, Jamie Sadlowski, Lydia Ko, Annika Sörenstam, Natalie Gulbis, Johnny Miller, Peter Jacobsen, Mark O’Meara, and Mark Pfeil. Leading up to the Championship, a luxurious Lexus LX transported the U.S. Open Trophy in style during a 61-day tour throughout the tri- state area.
For more information on the full line of vehicles, visit Lexus.com. Follow the conversation on social media at #LexusGolf.

Ford Has Your Self Delivery System On Lockdown

People in Miami and Miami Beach may be in for a big surprise the next time they order from Postmates. Today, Ford Motor Company announces its first pilot program with Postmates to offer on-demand self-driving delivery services from restaurants, hardware stores, coffee shops and more than 70 retailers in the Miami area.

How It Works:

  • After receiving an order, the restaurant prepares and packages as it would any order it receives via Postmates. Meanwhile, the self-driving research vehicle is dispatched to the restaurant to pick up the order.
  • After the order is loaded into the vehicle, the vehicle either picks up additional orders or proceeds directly to the customer’s address to drop off the delivery.
  • When the vehicle arrives, the consumer is alerted on their phone, asked to proceed to the curb, and given a unique code that will give them access to the locker where their order resides.

The Vehicle:

  • Ford has outfitted a specially-designed Transit Connect vehicle for the pilot program with an external-facing, three-locker system that secures your food and allows Postmates to serve multiple customers per delivery route.
  • This is Ford’s first self-driving research vehicle modified to test a variety of interfaces and features to help inform the design of Ford’s purpose-built self-driving vehicle that’s scheduled to arrive in 2021.

The Postmates collaboration will help inform how to transport goods more efficiently and on a larger scale, explore how new ideas and mobility solutions can transform the way people do business in our changing cities.

Ford And Waze Are Working Together To Make Your Drive A Lot Easier

Today, Ford and Waze announced their partnership to bring the world’s largest community-based traffic, globally to vehicles to encourage people to help each other improve their quality of commute.

Here’s how it works:

  • Drivers simply connect their Waze-equipped iPhone to the USB port of their Ford vehicle
  • The viewing map gets projected onto the vehicle touch screen, which can be controlled via voice command
  • Voila! You’re now plugged in to take efficient traffic routes, find cheaper fuel prices and avoid traffic accidents!

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to access the smartphone features, apps and services they care about most in the car, without having to pick up their device,” said Don Butler, executive director, connected vehicle platform and product, Ford Motor Company. “With Waze, our customers get the benefits they’re accustomed to with the added luxury of experiencing them on a bigger screen.”

In addition to the ability to report on heavy traffic, accidents and fuel prices, Ford’s integration of Waze includes recent app updates such as talk to Waze, which lets you control the app via voice command. Features also include route support for high-occupancy vehicle lanes (carpool lanes), providing additional navigation options and more accurate arrival times.

To access Waze on AppLink in your Ford vehicle, you’ll need SYNC 3 software version 3.0 or greater installed in your vehicle. You’ll also need iOS 11.3 and the Waze app downloaded on your phone. Please visit ford.com for a complete set of instructions.

Ford Wants To Thank You On National Mustang Day

Did you know that today is National Mustang Day? Ford Mustang announces today that it was the top-selling sports coupe worldwide in 2017 – now for the third consecutive year. One-third of all sales went to export markets, with 125,809 Mustang coupes and convertibles sold globally last year in 147 countries.

Over the last five years, Mustang enjoyed 10 percent sales growth with female buyers. The iconic Mustang will be off to the races – literally – in early 2019, competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Officially debuting on February 17, 2019, this will be the first time Mustang takes part in the race.

Once considered lost forever, the original 1968 Mustang used in the American hit movie “Bullitt,” featuring Steve McQueen, will make a rare and unexpected appearance on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from April 17th – April 23rd. This is the first time in history that the movie’s iconic car will be on display.

The movie “Bullitt” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and as such, Ford found the owner of the green car Steve McQueen made famous years ago and refreshed it with a new 2019 edition to honor the milestone. This is a perfect stop along the Mall for car enthusiasts, families and fans alike to experience a little movie history in the nation’s capital.

Meet The New Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

More space, more power, more goosebumps – the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe delivers driving experiences in new dimensions and extends the AMG model family. The new Coupe is the  first four-door sports car from Affalterbach and draws directly on the legendary SLS and AMG GT models of success. As another vehicle developed autonomously by Mercedes-AMG, it combines unique design, high comfort and outstanding sports car engineering with an athletic, four-door fastback layout. This means that it offers more space and even greater versatility. It thus offers more space and more potential uses. The systematic expansion of the AMG GT family with the 4-Door Coupe opens up the sports car segment to those looking for a vehicle for day-to-day use, but who are unwilling to go without the unparalleled performance of Mercedes-AMG.

Longitudinal and lateral dynamics at the highest level and a striking silhouette with classical proportions immediately put the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe in the portfolio of its two-door brother at first glance. The expressive design with a low hood, dominant front and muscular body language emphasizes the sporty genes of the four-door coupe, which sets new standards as the latest model in the AMG family. The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe combines high everyday comfort with diverse individualization options and the latest sports car engineering.

“The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe blends the impressive racetrack dynamism of our two-door sports car with maximum suitability for everyday use. It has a unique way of embodying our brand core, “Driving Performance” and with its systematic configuration it will attract new customers for Mercedes-AMG,” commented Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The new AMG GT 4-Door Coupe delivers special driving experiences on all levels, and with a top speed of up to 195 mph it ensures superior performance in any situation. Powerful, up-to-date in-line 6-cylinder and V8 engines with outputs ranging from 429 hp to 630 hp allow completely new driving experiences and combine impressive performance with modern efficiency.

The interior of the first four-door AMG GT model is characterized by elegant coolness and also by ultra-modern features: innovative controls can be intuitively operated and configured as required. The blend of high individualization and sports car technology, placing yet more focus on the requirements of discerning customers, is also clear from the wealth of equipment packages and individual options. Moreover, the latest addition to the family from Affalterbach also lives up to the Mercedes-AMG brand pledge with regard to its high driving dynamics and sets the benchmark in its segment on the racetrack too.