Cars

One Truck Has Been America’s Best Selling Truck For 40 Consecutive Years

This may not be news for some, but believe it or not Ford F-Series Trucks have been the best-selling truck in America for the past 40 years.  Ford has sold over more than 26 million trucks since 1977. Ford makes it a point to listen to customers, delivering constant innovation and best-in-class levels of performance enabled the Ford F-Series to set itself apart by making customers more productive through tougher, smarter and more capable trucks

Also Ford kicks off 2017 with a yearlong celebration for loyal F-Series owners and their trucks at 40YearsTough.com.

Ford truck leadership was established with the sixth-generation of F-Series for the 1977 model year, a time when 8-track tapes, disco and bell bottoms were the rage. The company was riding a sales wave – based on an all-new F-150 light-duty pickup featuring an improved 351-series V8 engine, standard front disc brakes, and an extended SuperCab offering.

To celebrate this feat Ford showcased the F-Series innovations and milestones, 1977 to present

1977: Ford begins F-Series truck leadership, selling 818,580 trucks for the model year

1979: Ford introduces the Built Ford Tough brand promise

1980: All-new seventh-generation F-Series features efficient gas and diesel V8 engines, new angular design, improved interior features; twin-traction-beam four-wheel-drive front suspension introduced

1984: F-150 replaces F-100 as base F-Series truck, adding improved safety features and new center console; optional CD player comes a year later

1987: Eighth-generation F-Series features a more aerodynamic design, available electronic fuel injection, redesigned interior including instrument panel, and rear antilock brakes

1998: Super Duty brand of medium-duty trucks debuts for commercial customers and aligns the popular F-150 line for light-duty customers

2001: Luxury King Ranch is an unprecedented success

2002: Ford, celebrating 25 years as best-selling truck in America and 20 years as best-selling vehicle overall, introduces Ford-engineered, Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel engine

2008: Ford introduces all-new Class 3-leading F-450 pickup, once again raising the bar for maximum towing capacity

2011: Powerful, efficient EcoBoost engine technology introduced for F-150

2015: Ford shifts production away from steel to high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body for F-150; introduces all-new technology, including 360-degree camera

2016: New Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob; plus F-150 is only full-size pickup to earn a five-star rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

2017: Ford celebrates F-Series leadership, marking 40 years with the best-selling truck in America and the best-selling vehicle overall for 35 years

Ford Sends All GT Fans An Early Christmas Present

We are few days away from Christmas, but Ford has released a cool new gift for all those who love the Ford GT. The first road-going version of the all-new 2017 Ford GT has rolled off the line – heralding the beginning of production of the long-awaited halo car from Ford Performance.

In this new, low-volume assembly facility at Multimatic in Markham, Ontario, Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer, marked today’s milestone by driving a Ford GT off the assembly line.

Ford GT was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015. Less than two years later, Ford Performance is now delivering the first cars to customers around the globe.

Former Indy Car Driver Alex Lloyd Talks Racing And More

Alex Lloyd made a name for himself as an Indycar Driver and now he can help share some fantastic information about the process of buying or selling a car, what to watch out for, how to avoid losing out on a deal with a company called Beepi. Beepi feels that people are at the heart of everything they do. It all started with one person – therr CEO, Ale Resnik – and his horrible car buying experience. After doing a ton of research and test driving a certified pre-owned car, he bought the car only to have it catch fire days later. Ale met Owen Savir, both serial entrepreneurs obsessed with breaking down complex problems, and together they vowed no one should ever have that bad experience again. They resolved to reinvent the entire way people buy, sell and own cars. Beepi was born.

For Alex he loves cars and was looking for the next career after racing. Lloyd says that, “There’s no question racing was a fun portion of my life. But I’m most excited about this next stage—disrupting an entire industry, putting the customer first, and making life simpler. I’m moving my entire family out west—a small village, if you will, consisting of my wife, four children and our five animals. I’m doing this because I truly believe in that future.”

For more on Alex follow him on Twitter at @alex_lloyd and go to Beepi’s website on how they can help you purchase or sell a car.

Click HERE to listen to my interview with Alex.

Ford Releases App To Improve Driving

There is a very cool new app out there from Ford Motor Company. It will take driving to a whole new level. The all-new Ford Performance App brings track-based data-logging, advanced analysis, sharing capability and video capture to a user’s smartphone. It leverages the latest capability of Ford SYNC 3 and provides intuitive controls allowing users to record and share their track accomplishments. The app will be available for the most popular smartphone platforms in 2017.

“Ford Performance wants to provide our customers a simple, shareable way to capture their track exploits,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “The ability to take their track sessions with them everywhere they go and easily share their footage and data with friends is a huge benefit of our new app.”

The Ford Performance App is based around the user’s smartphone, giving them easy access and portability to their data. Using a smartphone’s built-in camera offers mounting flexibility, letting users decide which perspective best captures the action.

The Ford Performance App features multiple recording modes and provides a host of vehicle performance data. The latest SYNC 3 technology communicates with the app – integrating performance data with course overlays, timing statistics, and on-screen virtual gauges to be shared via a user’s smartphone.

Data and video can be shared over social networks or exported easily for analysis on a personal computer. The new app launches in 2017 on the all-new Ford GT, and will migrate to other Ford products.

Ford Takes VR To Another Level

A new virtual reality video has hit the internets. You can now experience the Gymkhana NINE VR Part One in the FordVR app and on the official Ford Performance YouTube channel.

The video stars professional rally driver Ken Block, part one puts fans right in the middle of the action, explaining such stunts as Gymkhana NINE’s insane train drift scene. Other candid moments from the video are highlighted as well, with the Ken’s Ford Focus RS RX taking center stage.

Part two of the experience will hit the FordVR app in the coming weeks. You can download the app now for iOS and Android devices in the United States.

Have You Heard About The Petextrians

You might ask yourself what the heck is a Petextrians. Well that is a person who is texting or taking a selfie or using the ol Snapchat while walking and not paying attention to their surroundings. That makes it tough for drivers. Thankfully Ford has helped us out with this new phenomenon.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is designed to reduce the severity of and, in some cases, even eliminate frontal collisions involving pedestrians to help bring even more peace of mind to your driving experience.

Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and the need to control the vehicle. While Pre-collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection may be especially helpful in unexpected situations, it does not replace the driver and has limitations, including nighttime, low and harsh lighting conditions, vehicles moving in a different direction and certain weather conditions.

Check out how it works below.

Move Over Food Trucks There Is A New Game In Town

Remember when some people thought a power lunch was when you worked out on your lunch break during the work week? Well Ford and Reebok has taken this power lunch to a new level. Food trucks are old news – this fall, it’s all about the #FitTruck.

Starting tomorrow, the first-ever FitTruck, powered by Ford and Reebok, is hitting the road for a pumped-up fitness tour spanning more than 2,000 miles during seven weeks. The truck will pop up in locations across the eastern U.S., tapping Reebok’s world-class instructor network to take fitness beyond the gym with the help of the exceptionally customizable Ford Transit.

FitTruck Cities & Dates:

•Oct 20-21: Boston, MA

•Oct 24-30: New York, NY to Washington, D.C.

•Oct 30: Nov. 6: Virginia Beach, VA

•Nov 8: Raleigh, NC

•Nov 12: Charlotte, NC

•Nov 26-Dec 2: Columbus, OH

Ford Releases Details On The 2017 F-150 Raptor

Earlier this week Ford released some of the much desired info on the 2017 F-150 Raptor. Those who love Ford trucks have been waiting for the news! The F-150 Raptor is equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost engine, the Raptor churns out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 horsepower across a wide power band.

All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Draws a Line in the Sand with 450 Horsepower, 510 lb.-ft. of Torque, Improved Fuel Economy. The F-150 Raptor combines more power and torque with a 500-pound weight reduction and advanced powertrain control technology to deliver the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup. The second-generation 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb. ft. of torque, plus a 23 percent improvement in EPA-estimated combined fuel economy. It has an advanced 10-speed transmission enables Raptor customers to enjoy exhilarating performance and efficiency both on- and off-road.

Ford Is Finding Trends For The Future

Earlier this week I was in Detroit, Michigan to be part of the #FordTrends media trip from Ford Motor Company. I have been on media trips before for car companies, but this one was different. We did get a chance to test the cars and trucks, but the first day we explored a variety of topics. Most of those topics really didn’t involve the automotive industry, but how Ford was looking to reduce their carbon footprint and how technology is driving them to create new innovations in their product line. There were a lot of great questions asked. It started up an intriguing dialogue that I am still thinking about.

All of these different topics and conversations were looking to what the future might hold. It wasn’t just about the automotive industry, but how the world will look in a few years. There might be some naysayers, but Ford is trying to use recycled products in their cars and trucks to reduce the need for new materials to be created for their product line.

Ford uses recycled cotton, soy, wheat and plastics in the construction of their new vehicles. Ford uses soy-based polyurethane foam on every vehicle built in North America, reducing petroleum production by more than 5 million pounds and carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20 million pounds annually. Ford is the only automaker to use REPREVE –an innovative, recycled fiber made from plastic bottles – in its vehicles, including the all-new F-150. By using this recycled material, Ford will have diverted more than 11 million plastic bottles from landfills in 2015 alone. Ford was able to use Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle material to produce the first-ever fiber that can be woven into durable, automotive-grade PET.

There were also discussions about ride sharing vehicles and autonomous vehicles. Ford CEO Mark Fields said that there should be self-driving cars on the road by the year 2021 in large cities used in ride sharing programs. There were even talks on car sharing and flexible use and ownership. This isn’t going to be a change over night, but Ford is looking at the way millennials are looking at the world. They are not looking to consume products, but experiences. This will dramatically change the retail world for all industries.

The next day we had Andy Serwer from Yahoo Finance talk with Bill Ford about his take on what to expect from Ford in the near future. Bill agreed with his CEO that we will see autonomous cars on the road in a few years, but people will still want to drive cars.

After the closing remarks with Bill and Andy we were able to test out some of the 2017 vehicles out on the test track. Since I haven’t driven a truck in a long time I wanted to make sure I had time with the F-150. As soon as I got into the 2017 model my perceptions of a truck were completely off. There was a ton of room for the front passengers as well as the back passengers. The handling on the F-150 wasn’t bulky or clunky. The acceleration was beyond amazing. I didn’t know a truck could move so quickly from idle to drive. So not only was I taken back from the first day of talks and discussions on how Ford was looking to reduce their carbon footprint, but now all of my preconceptions of Ford trucks were thrown out the window.

My trip to Detroit was outstanding all the way around. I got to see how Ford was looking to make quality vehicles that were fun to drive, but was also making sure that they were taking care of our planet. I was part of discussions on how we all can look to the future and use the science and technology to not only make amazing products, but create them in a smart way.

If you are curious about what Ford is doing you can go to their website or follow along on social media by using the #FordTrends hashtag. I am looking forward to what Ford will have in store for us in the near future!