Is the Ford Mustang Hybrid Getting a V8?

The Ford Mustang is one of the most popular sports cars on the market. As 2020 draws nearer, the Ford Mustang Hybrid will soon make its way to our showroom and countless others across the country. Now, Ford has patented a new system that would fit suspiciously well as the Mustang Hybrid’s new engine.

Ford’s new patent

According to AutoGuide, Ford has patented a new powertrain system. The powertrain is a “twin motor drive system for [a] hybrid vehicle.” In other words, it’s a V8 engine designed to power a hybrid car.

The patent itself doesn’t mention the Ford Mustang Hybrid — or the highly anticipated Ford F-150 Hybrid. However, the timing of this patent fits perfectly with the upcoming release of the Mustang Hybrid, so many are beginning to speculate about any possible connections.

The Mustang Hybrid’s release date

Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information about the Mustang Hybrid’s release just yet. Many estimate that the model will make it to the 2020 lineup, which would mean we’re right on the cusp of finding out more information. Until then, Ford has most of the details under wraps.

In the meantime, the 2019 Ford F-150 and 2019 Ford Mustang are available at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford. Call us today to schedule your test drive.

Ford Mustang Hybrid

New “Built Ford Proud” Campaign

If there’s one thing Ford fans know, it’s that the automaker is famous for being “Ford Tough.” However, Ford has an all-new slogan rolling out with its fresh ad campaign – Ford Proud.

The “Built Ford Proud” ad campaign debuted during the Michigan-Michigan State football game on October 21st. The purpose of the campaign is to focus on a different aspect of Ford – one that many Ford customers may not consider. Shifting from Ford “Tough” to Ford “Proud” focuses on loyalty and family.

Matt Van Dyke, Ford’s director of marketing communications, says the theme is intended to be “one umbrella that brings together” the entire lineup of Ford vehicles, from compact cars to commercial vans. Instead of just focusing on “tough,” which refers to trucks, the word “proud” instead applies to all Ford vehicles.

The ads also highlight one very important aspect of Ford – it’s a family name. Unlike many brands that are the result of mergers, Ford has always been “Ford” since its inception in 1903. One television ad says, “Let the other guys keep dreaming about the future, we’ll be the ones building it” while print ads read, “Born in Detroit. Made in America. Famous Worldwide.”

There’s plenty to be proud of with Ford. Come down to Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to explore what Ford Proud can mean to you.

Ford Proud

All-New Ford Ranger Radar Makes Towing Simple

When you’re looking for the perfect pickup truck to fit your needs, it’s likely you want one that will make it easy to tow your boat, trailer, or RV. Luckily, that’s where the Ford Ranger comes into the picture. This brand-new addition to the Ford lineup will be going on sale early next year, and it’s set to provide you with some innovative towing technology that’s sure to make life a whole lot easier.

This new Ford Ranger radar technology uses the truck’s class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System to essentially provide you with an extra pair of eyes when you’re behind the wheel. When a trailer is hooked up to your Ford Ranger, cameras near the truck’s taillights help monitor blind spots all the way to the back of the trailer, letting you know when there’s a vehicle in your blind spots.

Furthermore, if you happen to have more than one trailer, the system can save up to three trailer profiles so your truck knows to provide you with warnings whenever another vehicle is driving past you.

When you don’t have a trailer attached to your truck, the Blind Spot Information System will let you know when vehicles are in your blind spots as it normally would. It will also let you know of any obstacles behind you when you’re backing out of a parking spot.

This Ford Ranger radar and Blind Spot Information System come standard on the Ranger XLT and Lariat trim levels. Learn more about the upcoming Ford Ranger and its incredible tech when you speak with our team here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

Ford Ranger Radar

Family-Friendly Ford: Why Ford is Great for Families

Ford is among the most family-friendly automotive brands globally, thanks to a number of features meant to maximize comfort, safety, and entertainment. Among the automaker’s best vehicles for families are the Ford F-150, Ford Escape, and Ford EcoSport. Below are some of the family-friendly Ford features that set the Blue Oval apart.

  • Safety: Ford vehicles are packed with the latest and most innovative features to keep you and your most precious cargo safe. Safety technologies run the gamut, including driver-activated front rain-sensing windshield wipers, a Lane-Keeping System, auto high-beam headlamps, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support.
  • Comfort: Ford vehicles are engineered to offer ample head, leg, and hip room, no matter which row you are sitting in. Climate control systems also ensure a comfortable temperature throughout the entire vehicle.
  • Connectivity and entertainment: Ford SYNC® 3 technology with touch screen gives you access to your favorite apps on the go. This means you can access the best tunes to keep the whole car entertained, or, if traveling solo, you can safely provide text updates to let your family know when you will be home. Larger SUVs like the Expedition are even available with an advanced dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system.

Find the perfect Ford for your family when you visit Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

family-friendly Ford

New Fuel-Efficient Ford Taxis Help Operators Go Green

Ford is making city life much more environmentally friendly. The American automaker has introduced two new fuel-efficient Ford taxis to its commercial vehicle lineup, giving taxi operators the chance to go green.

The first eco-friendly option is for taxi drivers that need a bit more space. The new 2019 Transit Connect Taxi is now available with a 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel engine, which has an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating.* With seating for up to five and a flexible interior that makes it perfect for taxi-based services, this vehicle is ready to work hard no matter what you need it for.

The second green taxi option is the first-ever Fusion Hybrid Taxi. Similar to the Ford Police Responder Hybrid, this vehicle has heavy-duty chassis parts that will help improve its durability. It has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which will help reduce carbon footprints throughout the United States.** It also has heavy-duty cloth seating, vinyl floors, a standard rearview camera, and a mounting plate on top of the dashboard to help you secure your taxi meters and other fleet equipment.

Both of these vehicles are available to order now, though you will have to wait if you want to opt for the diesel engine on the Transit Connect Taxi. To learn more about these eco-friendly Fords, stop by Shults Ford.

Fuel-efficient Ford taxis

*Actual mileage will vary. Final EPA-estimated ratings available early 2019.

**Actual mileage will vary.

New 2019 Ford Fusion Debuts New Drive Assist Tech, Plug-In Hybrid Model

The 2019 Ford Fusion is officially on its way – and it just might be the best version of the model yet. For the 2019 model year, the Fusion has received a number of new features that are sure to leave a lasting impression on consumers. From more standard safety tech to an improved eco-friendly powertrain, the Fusion is ready to rock its segment.

This compact car now comes standard with the innovative Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology. This is considered the most advanced suite of standard driver assistance technologies in the industry. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, a rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.

Along with this new safety tech, the 2019 Fusion will also have a new standard engine for the SE model and higher trim levels. This is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. That’s not the only change to the powertrain lineup, though.

An all-new Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, will also be available for the new year. It has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20% more than the current model. It also has a new 9-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing the hybrid vehicle with more energy capacity without making the battery pack physically larger.

Find out more about the upcoming Ford Fusion with a trip to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Police Vehicle

 

New Ford Driving Skills Program Empowers Women in Saudi Arabia

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Ford recently started a new driving program geared towards women in Saudi Arabia who just earned the right to drive. Saudi Arabia very recently empowered women by extending basic rights to include the right to drive, one reason Ford partnered with Jeddah’s Effat University to offer courses to women (and men) who may have never been behind the wheel in their life.

According to Ford, this is part of an award-winning global initiative to offer driving skills to a wide range of individuals. A surge of women are now preparing to take driving exams, and Ford is trying to get behind them every step of the way to ensure success. More than 250 students graduated from the program on International Women’s Day (March 8), and the program is still going strong.

“Providing access to opportunities for people to reach their full potential is core to our mission and Ford’s goal of becoming the world’s most trusted mobility company,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Fund.

The Ford Driving Skills for Life program helps students learn about the vehicles, braking skills, how to prevent driver distractions, and more. More than 9,000 people die in car accidents per year in Saudi Arabia, one reason it’s important for everyone to be prepared before they start driving.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are thrilled about the new program, and we are just as happy to offer vehicles to young men and women here that are just starting to drive as well.

Ford Driving Skills

New Study Shows Sports Cars Are a Great Way to Feel Good

We all love spending time with our loved ones, watching an exciting show, and taking part in fun activities. But, new research from Ford shows that sports cars are a great way to feel good, especially if you drive them every day.

According to experts, “buzz moments” play a key role in our overall well-being. In Ford’s study, volunteers were hooked up to monitoring equipment that would track their heart rate and other biometric details to see which activities gave them the most “buzz moments.”

They then took part in activities like riding a roller coaster, sharing a passionate kiss with a loved one, taking a salsa dancing class, and driving a Ford performance car. Of all of these and other activities, only riding a roller coaster delivered more excitement than driving a sports car.

“A roller coaster may be good for a quick thrill, but it’s not great for getting you to work every day,” said Dr. Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology. “This study shows how driving a performance car does much more than get you from A to B – it could be a valuable part of your daily wellbeing routine.”

To try this experiment for yourself, you can test drive a thrilling Ford Mustang or other fun-to-drive Fords right here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

sports cars are a great way to feel good

Ford Mustang Was Best-Selling Muscle Car of 2017

The muscle car segment is one that is dominated by American nameplates: the Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger, and, of course, the Ford Mustang. While all three of these muscle cars are household names, one stands alone as America’s favorite: the Ford Mustang.

The numbers back up that claim, with the Ford Mustang earning the title of best-selling muscle car of 2017. In fact, the Mustang continues to earn its best-selling title year after year.

The Dodge Challenger, though popularized in recent years by its Hellcat model, could not come close to the Ford Mustang. In fact, Dodge only sold 64,537 units of the Challenger in 2017.

The Camaro fared better than the Challenger, but not by much. In total, Chevy moved 67,940 Camaro muscle cars off dealership lots last year.

So how many Mustangs did Ford sell here in the United States in 2017? A whopping 81,866. That’s 13,926 more than Mustangs sold than Camaros and 17,329 more than the Challenger.

Some of the success can be attributed to the updated 2018 model, which arrived here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford late last year. Going into 2018, Ford hopes to continue the momentum with the Bullitt edition model and a supercharged Shelby GT500.

Test drive the Mustang here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

best-selling muscle car of 2017

Three Reasons to Love the 2018 Ford Focus

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an efficient family car or a stylish daily commuter. The 2018 Ford Focus is so versatile that it’s a great pick for many lifestyles. Here are three things that the crew at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford loves about the 2018 Ford Focus.

Hatchback or Sedan

The Ford Focus is larger than the super compact five-door Ford Fiesta. But this car is still maneuverable and nimble. Plus, drivers can choose between a classy sedan style or a sporty, spacious hatchback.

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

These available tools allow drivers to sync their smartphones with Ford’s infotainment system, and they’re completely changing the driving experience. You can connect with friends and family through voice-activated calling and texting, or pull up your favorite saved playlist or your handiest smartphone app.

Focus Electric

When we say the 2018 Ford Focus is versatile, we’re making an understatement. This Car comes with multiple powertrains and trims—including an all-electric version with a 115-mile driving range and a 107 combined MPGe.*

If you’re looking for something stylish and affordable that you can customize to meet your needs, you don’t want to miss taking a look at the 2018 Ford Fusion. Stop in at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to start building your perfect compact car.

2018 Ford Focus

*EPA estimated

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