Cars

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.

Ford Showcases the Mustang GT California Special

There is some interesting news coming the the folks over at Ford. America’s favorite sports car gets even more style and technology for 2019 thanks to the revival of the legendary Mustang GT California Special, new features including rev-matching on 5.0-liter 6-speed manual-equipped models, the first-ever custom-tuned B&O PLAY premium audio system for Mustang, three new vintage-inspired colors and over-the-top stripes.

“No doubt, 2019 is an exciting year for Mustang enthusiasts, especially fans of our California Special and BULLITT models,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “This year further targets hardcore enthusiasts who want even more performance from BULLITT, while new technology – including rev-matching on manual transmission-equipped Mustang GT and active valve performance exhaust on the EcoBoost® model – means even more thrills.”

When Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners clubs sprang up around the country, with many regional dealers creating their own personalized pony car designs. One – inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype – came to be called the California Special.

That original version featured blacked-out grille, fog lamps and a side racing stripe that ended ahead of a new rear fender scoop. It wore a Shelby-inspired spoiler, custom taillamps and twist-lock hood fasteners. Impressed, Ford put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1968. Before long, the California Special had joined the ranks of Shelby, Boss and Mach 1 special-edition Mustangs.

Today, the 2019 California Special for Mustang GT is a visual standout, featuring a trademark fading stripe that traces from the 5.0 side badge to the rear fender scoop. A signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge adorns the trunk lid. At the front, the car follows the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter. The California Special wears unique five-spoke painted machined wheels.

Inside are rich black Miko® suede-trimmed seats with embossed GT/CS insignia and contrast red accent stitching, along with custom embroidered GT/CS floor mats. Signature California Special script badging appears on the passenger-side dash panel.

“Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway,” said Mark Conforzi, Ford designer. “This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today’s Mustang.”

Ford Looks To Have Self-Driving Cars In Miami

The future of automobiles could be found in Miami. In partnership with Miami-Dade County, Ford recently announced the launch of its first self-driving vehicle business in Miami and Miami Beach.

Ford will take various steps to prove out its self-driving business model for moving both people and goods, including:

Working with partners Postmates and Domino’s, Ford will test and research the customer experience with autonomous delivery, looking at how customers will interact with a self-driving car to get their food or groceries, how far they are willing to walk and most importantly what they will enjoy about the experience.

In parallel, Ford will also continue to develop the autonomous technology powering its vehicles by expanding testing in partnership with Argo AI – who already has vehicles on the road mapping Miami streets and learning about the unique driving habits of residents;

The establishment of Ford’s first autonomous vehicle operations terminal close to downtown Miami, which will house fleet vehicles for developing Ford’s vehicle management processes.

Ford Looking To Pull It’s Weight At The Super Bowl

Are you going to be at the Super Bowl this Sunday? Well Ford can help you out. The Built Ford Tough Sleigh Ride will offer two sleigh stops near Super Bowl LIVE on 8th Street at Marquette, and the Minneapolis Convention Center at 12th Street at 2nd Avenue.  The 8th street location will feature appearances by NFL players and Legends.

At both locations fans can enter the Toughest Ticket Sweepstakes for a chance to win 2018 season tickets to their favorite team’s home games.

Each sleigh can hold 18 people and will easily be pulled by a 2018 Ford F-150 which has best-in-class towing of 13,200 pounds.

Mercedes-Benz Is Giving Someone A Car This Sunday

Mercedes-Benz is making football fans happy this week. They have developed a modern digital take on a classic challenge.  Using smartphones, thousands of Mercedes fans are invited to compete by placing their finger on an AMG that will be moving across their smartphone screen throughout the Super Bowl (and potentially beyond).

The rules are simple: You take your finger off, you’re out. The last person touching the car, wins it.

“Last Fan Standing” will test gamers’ stamina and determination as the car encounters different terrain and obstacles, challenging even the most athletic finger to stay in contact with the car on screen. As players drop out, a live counter will show the number remaining and how long they’ve managed to hang onto the C43.

The competition kicks off at 6:30 p.m on February 4.  Those interested in testing their skills will be able to register on game day at lastfanstanding.mbusa.com.

The Ford Edge ST Will Be A Game Changer

If you are looking to purchase and SUV this year you might want to check out what Ford has to offer. Following Ford’s best-ever U.S. SUV sales in 2017, Ford further steps up the game by introducing first performance-enhanced ST to its SUV lineup with the all-new Edge ST.

The Edge ST features superior handling and braking, ST-tuned sport suspension, Sport Mode, new quick-shifting 8-speed transmission, standard all-wheel-drive, and the most powerful V6 engine in its class.

The all new Edge SUV lineup is Ford’s smartest ever, offering more standard driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV and introducing to the segment new available technologies such as Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering.

Check Out The All New Ford Ranger

Ford is bringing it’s A game right out of the gate this year! One of the latest news to surface is the Ford Ranger. The Ranger is built Ford Tough as Ford answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged, and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough; torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a rugged high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ready for adventure with innovative technology: New features make driving easier and more fun, both on- and off-road; available FX4 Off-Road Package adds protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, while Terrain Management System and Trail Control help navigate challenging conditions; a suite of innovative technologies includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking to help avoid collisions.

Strong new choice for midsize truck fans: Ranger brings American truck lovers an all-new choice; production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as the U.S. industry sees continued growth in midsize pickups.

Looks Like Ford Just Unveiled Their First Ever F-150 Diesel

If you had a New Year’s resolution to up your truck game it looks like Ford is going to help you with that one! News came out from Ford that they will deliver the first-ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel with a targeted EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating, a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, plus best-in-class diesel 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.

“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”

This all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel now makes for six engine choices for F-150 customers.

The highly anticipated F-150 Power Stroke diesel shares proven commercial-grade technology with F-Series Super Duty’s larger 6.7-liter Power Stroke – America’s most powerful, capable heavy-duty pickup truck ever.

The very same Ford powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke for Super Duty trucks since 2011 designed and engineered this all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine to the specific needs of North American F-150 customers who tow and haul frequently.

Peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm with strong torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range, which is ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances. This new V6 diesel features the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine for added strength and durability along with reduced weight.

For greater responsiveness and reduced turbo lag, the Ford truck team chose a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger. A common-rail fuel injection system precisely optimizes performance and fuel efficiency, while a high-pressure 29,000 pounds per square inch injection calibration enables smoother, quieter operation with reduced emissions.

Dual fuel filters are added for improved break-in, while a cast-aluminum oil pan and two-stage oil pump mean reduced parasitic loss and improved fuel efficiency. Engineering the most efficient F-150 towing machine ever is enabled by F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, introduced in 2015. This revolutionary construction lightened the load by 700 pounds, allowing engineers to invest in additional technologies to further improve towing and payload capability, as well as greater fuel economy, even when towing. For 2018, stronger axles coupled with the fully boxed, high-strength steel frame add further robustness.

The Ford truck team paid particular attention to extreme driving conditions when engineering the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel, which features a premium mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance – a key advantage versus the electric cooling fans used by competitors.

In mid-January, Ford dealers begin taking orders for the 2018 F-150 with all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. Deliveries begin this spring. The all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke is available for both 4×2 and 4×4 F-150 pickups. Retail customers can choose this engine option for 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed configuration.