Are You Racing in the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon?

While our preferred method of transportation at Shults Ford Wexford is on four wheels, we are all incredibly excited about the upcoming 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. This event is a great opportunity to set physical fitness goals and reach them with friends, family, and other health-focused individuals.

And the best part? You can run for a cause! Choose a charity that you are passionate about and use this marathon to raise money to support it. Official charities this year include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Humane Animal Rescue, the American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2019 marathon starts early in the morning — 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 5. If you are not able to complete a full marathon, try out the half marathon or the marathon relay, both of which start at the same time.

This year, marathon sponsors include Dick’s Sporting Goods, UPMC Sports Medicine, PNC, Blue Buffalo, UPMC Health Plan, FedEx, Brooks, Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, GNC, and Bank of America. You can register for the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon online here, as well as select a charity to run for. The site also has a shop for official race apparel to peruse.

Once you’re done breaking a sweat, jog into Shults Ford Wexford and let one of our brand-new vehicles carry you the rest of the way home.

2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Brings Drama to the City

Every year, Pittsburgh turns into a haven for those that love the performing arts. Across the East End, you can catch a play, laugh with a comedian, or enjoy some family-friendly entertainment — all thanks to the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival.

From April 4-7, Pittsburgh will be transformed for this festival with venues popping up around the area, from Bloomfield and Friendship to Garfield and East Liberty. Based on the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival — which takes place each year in Edinburgh, Scotland — the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will showcase a range of performing arts, including comedy, theater, puppetry, music, dance, opera, poetry, and literature.

For 2019, there have been some changes made to the festival. Not only is there a new Fringe location, which you can find here, but the festival is also changing the way it works. It will truly take after the Edinburgh Fringe by allowing the venues to run themselves, opening up more opportunities for performers to host their shows in unique locations.

More information regarding the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will be available in the future, so make sure you check out its website soon. You can even apply to be a part of the festival in three simple steps, so start thinking about what you would like to perform now!

Here at Shults Ford of Wexford, we are excited for this Pittsburgh community event.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

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

The Best Places for Sledding in Pittsburgh

Winter may bring high heating bills and icy roads, but the season isn’t all bad. Sledding is a favorite winter pastime the whole family can enjoy. So pack a sled or two into your Ford SUV or truck and head out to one of these best places for sledding in Pittsburgh.

Blueberry Hill Park and Knob Hill Park

Let’s start in our own suburb of Wexford, Pennsylvania. Two great spots include Blueberry Hill Park, which is off of I-79 and I-279 North, and Knob Hill Park. Blueberry Hill Park has its own designated sledding area—that’s how great it is.

South Park

Sunny Slopes in Pittsburgh is a perfect spot for sledding, whether cloudy or sunny. The area includes three hills, one of which boasts a 1,000-foot-long slope for optimal sledding speed. Of course, all that fun on the way down means a long trek back up for the next go.

Chapel Hill

Head to Chatham University for a sledding legend: Chapel Hill. The slope starts at the Chatham Memorial Chapel and is not too often frequented, making it a great spot for family fun.

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill is among the most popular sledding hills in Pittsburgh. In fact, it’s a great spot for tobogganing, mild snowboarding, and a good old-fashioned snowball fight. The spot is near Phipps Conservatory.

We here at Shults Ford Wexford encourage you and your family to enjoy the winter season and all the snow-based fun it delivers.

best places for sledding in Pittsburgh

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

Check Out THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

One of the things we love about the Wexford community is our proximity to Pittsburgh, which is never short of fun things to do with your family. Looking for something unique to do this fall to get you and the kids in the Halloween spirit? Consider a trip to Pittsburgh for THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience will open on Thursday, Oct 4, and will run through the remaining weekends of the month. This Halloween-inspired event will be held in Hartwood Acres Park at 200 Hartwood Acres from 5 to 10 p.m.

The family-friendly event takes you and your loved ones on a peaceful stroll through an illuminated trail with more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Some of the most famous jack-o’-lanterns include masterpieces based on the works of Heinz, Mister Rogers, Andy Warhol, and other Pittsburgh staples. Sections of the park feature different themes, including a pirate area with a 30-foot long ship, the Pre-Historic Park with 16-foot tall dinosaurs made of jack-o’-lanterns, and a stretch with pumpkins hanging from the trees above.

Admission ranges from $10.99 to $22.99.

If you need a vehicle to get you to this Halloween-themed experience, be sure to check out our inventory at Shults Ford Wexford.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

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

Ford Gets Its Best Score Ever in 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

When you purchase a new vehicle, you want to ensure it is of high quality, which is precisely what the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study entails. The prestigious study examines hundreds of vehicles for their quality within the first 90 days of ownership, and it recently found that Ford is the second in the industry when it comes to quality.

Ford was able to get its highest quality score ever thanks to a variety of improvements made in advanced audio, connectivity, entertainment, and navigation technology.

“Customers want a vehicle that keeps them connected whether they’re going places or just out enjoying a drive,” said Jim Van Slambrouch, Ford’s Director of Quality for The Americas. “Our improving quality scores show we are delivering smart vehicles for a smart world that are also easy to use.”

Because of the improvements Ford has made, the American automaker had more vehicle segment quality awards than any other brand. Overall, it had nine vehicles recognized in the top three of their respective segments. This included the Expedition, Mustang, F-Series Super Duty, Lincoln Continental, and Lincoln MKC.

Come explore the supreme quality of Ford’s various vehicles for yourself with a visit to Shults Ford.

2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Best Road Trip Games for Children

Spending time with family on a road trip is a fantastic bonding experience, but it can sometimes get boring — especially if you have kids in the car. Here are some road trip games for children that are sure to keep passengers of all ages entertained.

I’m Going on a Picnic: Help your kids exercise their brains with this memory game. The first player should begin by stating, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” filling in the blank with something that begins with “A”. The next person then must repeat the same phrase with the “A” word and then adding a “B” word after it. Continue this until you get to the end of the alphabet.

The Animal Name Game: Begin this game by naming an animal. The next person then has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. For example, if someone says “seal” then the next player has to name an animal that begins with “L”. Keep going until everyone’s stumped, and remember — you can’t repeat animals!

21 Questions: This classic game is perfect for long car rides. Begin by having a passenger think of a person, place, or thing. Then, the other passengers must ask questions to try and guess what it is. The biggest challenge, though, is that you can only ask 21 questions total. Whoever gets it right gets to begin the next round, and if the object isn’t correctly guessed, the first passenger gets to choose again.

If you are looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, be sure to check out our lineup here at Shults Ford.

Road Trip Games for Children - 2018 Ford Explorer Sport

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