Cars

Take A Look At The 2018 Ford Super Duty

There is some news coming from the Ford camp will have all you truck lovers giddy with excitement. Ford reveals the 2018 Super Duty Limited as the most luxurious and technologically advanced Super Duty ever.

With the addition of the Super Duty Limited, Ford offers a heavy-duty pickup truck for every customer: while you can get into a work-ready F-250 XL for as little as $32,890, the new top-of-the-line F-450 Limited starts at $87,100 and can retail for as much as $94,455 in a model with all the bells and whistles.

It offers innovative technology and design features like:

• HD360-degree camera with Trailer Reverse Guidance

• Blind spot monitoring with trailer coverage

• Adaptive cruise control

• Collision warning with brake support

• Heated and cooled front and rear seats, with multi-contour massage functionality and 10-way power adjustment.

• Satin and chrome grille and tailgate treatments

• 20-inch polished aluminum wheels

• Suede-wrapped headliner, ultra-premium leather and more

Ford Implements Their Autonomous Vehicle Research In Virginia

Throughout August, Ford and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) partnered to conduct autonomous vehicle research on the road to address an important issue: how self-driving vehicles will communicate with pedestrians, cyclists, and other (human) drivers.

Researchers simulated an autonomous vehicle with a “seat suit” concealing the driver in order to evaluate real-world encounters and behaviors between the van and other road users. Cars were further outfitted with a light bar on the top of the front windshield – where a pedestrian might look to a driver to determine if it’s okay to cross the street – to study how light signals can communicate if the vehicle is yielding. During the entire research process, more than 150 hours of data over 1,800 miles of driving was collected in an urban environment.

Through this partnership, Ford is also working on establishing an industry standard for light signals on autonomous vehicles to create a standard visual language everyone can easily process and understand.

Jaguar Creates A New Electric Racing Series

There is some really cool news from Jaguar. They have created the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series.The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be the support series for the FIA Formula E championship, taking place on the same weekends at the same city circuits, starting in late 2018.

Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the new all-electric series gives racers of the future a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport.The groundbreaking championship will support the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE – Jaguar’s highly innovative five-seat battery electric sports car which hits the road in the same year.

Up to 20 electric I-PACE racecars will be on the grid in the centre of 10 races in global cities such as Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paolo and New York, giving future Formula E stars the chance to race in the world-first series.

The announcement follows news that the British government is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electrification – from 2020 all new model lines will be electrified, with either hybrid or battery technology.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, will build the racecars. They will be based on Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, the I-PACE performance SUV, which will hit the streets in late 2018.

Lincoln Opens A New Experience Center In Dallas

Some really cool and exciting news coming from Lincoln Motor Company. There a new and spacious Lincoln Experience Center now open near Dallas – Lincoln’s second such facility. It is the latest example of the brand’s ever-increasing outreach to provide personalized client services and effortless ownership.

The Lincoln Experience Center at the site of The Star in Frisco – corporate world headquarters and practice facility for the Dallas Cowboys and a new upscale development – offers those new to The Lincoln Motor Company the opportunity to learn about the brand in a comfortable, luxurious environment. It also serves to strengthen the company’s connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In 2016, Lincoln became the official luxury vehicle of the Dallas Cowboys. Texas is one of the fastest growing luxury markets in the nation, second only to California, according to industry statistics.

The new Lincoln Experience Center adds to the brand’s physical presence in luxury markets – the first one opened in July 2016 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California. In just over a year, more than 82,000 guests have visited and nearly 85 percent indicate they are more likely to purchase a Lincoln vehicle as a result. Nearly 90 percent say the center has positively changed their view of Lincoln.

In 2016, Lincoln launched nationwide Pickup and Delivery; the brand is now the only luxury automaker to provide this valet service as standard across all 2017 nameplates. Pickup and Delivery is on track to complete more than 50,000 rides by the end of 2017.

The Lincoln Way builds off the company’s success in China, where the idea originated. Lincoln is the best-selling luxury brand there with 32,558 vehicles sold in 2016, a near threefold increase over 2015. In 2016, Lincoln launched nationwide Pickup and Delivery; the brand is now the only luxury automaker to provide this valet service as standard across all 2017 nameplates. Pickup and Delivery is on track to complete more than 50,000 rides by the end of 2017.

National Pickup and Delivery has been so successful, it has spawned several pilots, including:

At-Home Test Drive, piloting in Houston and Dallas. Prospective clients can schedule a test drive online, have the vehicle brought to their home, and experience effortless luxury

Chauffeur Service, piloting in San Diego and Miami, provides clients with a carefully screened driver when needed – allowing them to enjoy being a passenger from the safety and comfort of their own vehicle. The chauffeur can assist with other errands while clients attend to their engagements

Lincoln Black Label provides personalized shopping with dedicated personnel in the showroom, online, or remotely in locations convenient for customers. Owners enjoy privileges ranging from extended premium service and maintenance coverage to anytime car washes, annual detailing, and a Culinary Collection membership that provides access to a curated list of restaurants from coast to coast.

More information on The Lincoln Way and Lincoln Experience Centers is available at www.lincolnexperiencecenter.com and http://www.lincoln.com/lincolnway/.

Be A Good Neighbor Silence Your Sports Car

No matter where you live you are bound to have awesome neighbors and other ones you wish would move away. Have you ever had one call the cops on you because of your car’s noise? Someone called the cops on Steve von Foerster. The former head of vehicle engineering for Ford Motor Company wasn’t thrilled, but he understood why.

On an otherwise peaceful morning in his suburban Detroit neighborhood, von Foerster had just backed a Shelby GT350 Mustang out of his driveway. As the car’s V8 engine thundered, an annoyed neighbor set aside their coffee cup and dialed 911.

Von Foerster had left before the officers arrived, and he didn’t end up with a ticket. Nor did he get angry. What he got was an idea for the new Mustang.

“I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighborhood,” said von Foerster, who now leads Ford’s user experience team in product development. “It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.’”

The experience fueled a discussion between von Foerster and fellow Mustang program team members that led to development of Quiet Exhaust mode and industry-first Quiet Start, known as “Good Neighbor Mode” among Mustang engineers. The new features on properly equipped 2018 Mustang GT vehicles allow drivers to keep engine sound at a minimum if they wish and to program quiet start-up times in advance.

While some sports cars offer active exhaust systems with on/off functionality, Mustang’s Quiet Start is the first to allow scheduling of times. Using steering wheel-mounted thumb controls, drivers toggle through a menu in the instrument cluster to select when they want to fire up their Mustang GT without sharing the event with neighbors. For example, between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., drivers can keep the peace by scheduling their car to start, minus the roar.

Both new Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start features will be part of the available active valve performance exhaust system on the new Mustang GT, along with different exhaust volumes for Normal, Sport and Track modes, giving customers more choice than ever before.

“Active valve performance exhaust gives Mustang owners the best of both worlds – that classic Mustang sound, and the ability to not wake up your neighbors when you leave the house early in the morning or arrive home late at night,” said Matt Flis, Ford exhaust development engineer.

Neighborhoods across the country should be thrilled. According to a recent poll by Ranker.com, loud engine revving ranks among the most annoying noises neighbors make, alongside other common nuisances including power tools, barking dogs and band practice. Only early-morning lawn mowing is more robustly despised. With new Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start, Ford is doing its part to keep the peace.

Let Ford Be Your Chariot

Getting around New York City can be tough. I know I used to work in the Big Apple for a bit and man let me just say that going from point A to point B was sometimes a headache. Ford is looking to change all of that. Ford is going to expand its mobility offerings. Ford Motor Company is launching its crowd-sourced shuttle service Chariot in New York City in August, aiming to provide new mobility solutions to consumers.

Chariot offers commuters, some of whom live in transit deserts – areas that are not within walking distance of public transportation – a new way of getting from point A to point B. During typical commuting times, Chariot shuttles will travel to busy areas where people work, then bring them back at the end of the day. Each Chariot comfortably accommodates more than a dozen people and guarantees seats for every rider.

“Our mission at Chariot is to provide reliable, safe and affordable transportation for as many people as possible,” said Chariot CEO Ali Vahabzadeh. “We want to connect people more easily to where they want to go – whether they need help making it to a transit hub or live in an area underserved by public transportation.”

New York is the latest market to get Chariot’s service, which is launching with two pre-planned service areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn, at a flat rate of $4 per ride. People can create additional service areas through crowd-sourcing. By this fall, Chariot plans to have 60 vehicles operating in New York City.

Using Chariot is easy. Riders simply check the APP find commuter routes near them, then reserve a guaranteed seat as they head toward their assigned Chariot. Keeping the service affordable is a priority, and solutions such as WageWorks and commuter checks – which allow people to use pretax wages to pay for commuting costs – are fully compatible with Chariot use.

Ford Debuts The F-150 Police Responder

Ford just showcased the F-150 Police Responder. Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and Ford SelectShift® 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance. The truck offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque – more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.

Based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, the Police Responder’s 145-inch wheelbase sits on a high-strength steel frame, and features Ford’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy SuperCrew body – giving it the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. The truck features best-in-class front and rear shoulder and hip room, as well as rear legroom.

Additional F-150 Police Responder performance enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.

A high-output 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Underbody skid plates protect the truck from curbs and rough terrain. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds.

F-150 Police Responder joins the broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles in the industry. From its Police Responder Hybrid Sedan – the first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle – and market-leading Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, to the Special Service F-150 and Expedition, Special Service Police Sedan and Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, Ford offers the right vehicles for a variety of law enforcement needs.

Marvel’s Black Panther Drives In Style

Lot of cool news coming out of Comic-Con International: San Diego. One of the films that I can’t wait to see is Black Panther. Lexus and Marvel have announced a collaboration to pair the first-ever 2018 Lexus LC with Marvel’s dynamic Black Panther character in the highly anticipated film, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, slated to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, the film follows T’Challa, who, after the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King.

“Marvel continuously captures audiences through charismatic characters and inspiring stories — the ideal fit for Lexus’ mission to craft amazing, engaging experiences,” said Brian Bolain general manager, Lexus marketing. “And the LC’s aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panther’s quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. We’re excited to see the duo in action.”

To accompany the collaboration between Lexus and Marvel, Lexus also teamed with Marvel Custom Solutions to create an original graphic novel, with storytelling driven by famed writer Fabian Nicieza and cover illustrations by emerging graphic artists Scott “Rahzzah” Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. Centered around the balance between human and machine, the comic features the Lexus LC 500 with a new, Wakandan spin and its role in helping the Black Panther defeat a legendary villain.

Lexus and Marvel will celebrate their collaboration during Comic-Con after-hours at an exclusive Black Panther-themed event on Friday, July 21,  with special performances by DJ Lulo Café and a surprise headliner. During the invite-only event, six variant covers for the graphic novel will be revealed to industry guests and comic enthusiasts.

“This campaign clicked from the get-go,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s SVP of global partnerships. “We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and it’s been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story that’ll familiarize fans with T’Challa as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda.”

Ford Mustang Looks To Take Over For The Ice Cream Man

We all scream for ice cream and now our screams will get louder in excitment. Just in time for National Ice Cream Day (July 16), Ford and ice cream startup Coolhaus are partnering to create a new ice cream flavor inspired by the 2018 Ford Mustang. From Friday, July 14-Sunday, July 16 a Coolhaus ice cream truck and 2018 Ford Mustang will stop at various locations throughout New York to hand out free ice cream, featuring the new Mustang-inspired flavor, Orange Fury.

Ford and Coolhaus have been working hand in hand through the entire research and development process to engineer a flavor that is just as enjoyable to eat as the Mustang is to drive. Just as Coolhaus is known for its unique, custom ice cream sandwiches, the new 2018 Mustang is all about customization, from its twelve different wheel designs, to its customizable dash board gauges.

The ice cream sandwich is a fresh baked orange cookie with white racing stripes. In between the cookies is a limited edition Orange Fury flavor that embodies the spirit of the Mustang and the Orange Fury color of the vehicle.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

Today Ford released some cool news on the Mustang. It looks as though there will be more rubber meeting the road as the Ford expands the availability of electronic line-lock on 2018 Mustang. The track-exclusive feature – previously available only on V8-powered Mustang GT – will be standard on all pony cars, including those equipped with 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engines.

The feature is available with either the 10-speed SelectShift® automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

On models equipped with an available 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, drivers will see an industry-first, video-game-like animation of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke to indicate when the electronic line-lock feature is activated.

“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., Formula Drift Champion. “Who would have thought that we would see an EcoBoost Mustang producing 15 seconds of fury like this? You’ve got to love these rad things Ford is doing.”

To introduce the new updates to the world, Vaughn randomly recruited pedestrians in Southern California to join him at Irwindale Speedway, where he put them behind the wheel of a new Mustang to lay rubber.

Electronic line-lock is traditionally used by drag racers ahead of the starting line to heat up the tire rubber for improved traction when the start light goes green. The feature leverages state-of-the-art software technology that also allows amateur race car drivers, particularly those competing in bracket racing, to achieve more consistent performance times.

Using steering wheel-mounted thumb switches, a driver toggles through a menu on the instrument cluster to activate electronic line-lock. Once engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brake calipers. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place.