The Ford Drive Sustainability Effort: Going Green

Ford is going green. Recently announcing the Drive Sustainability effort, Ford teamed up to with nine other major automotive companies to make the auto-manufacturing process eco-friendly. The other automotive companies include BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Scania CV AB, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. This is just one of many steps Ford is taking to become more environmentally friendly.

According to Ford, the Drive Sustainability effort will establish a Raw Materials Observatory to address environmental concerns and ethical issues that occur when finding raw materials for the auto industry. Ford itself has suppliers in more than 60 countries, which means it sources materials from all over the world.

“This is a perfect opportunity for an integrated approach amongst auto companies to come together and share a common platform for how we look at some of the very important aspects of sustainability, like working conditions and our collective environmental footprint,” said Bob Holycross, VP of Sustainability at Ford Europe.

In particular, this Drive Sustainability effort will help when sourcing materials like mica, cobalt, rubber and leather. Plus, Ford is holding the World Excellence Awards for those companies that excel in eco-friendly applications. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we couldn’t be prouder to be associated with the fantastic Ford family.

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Savor Pittsburgh Event: Taste the Best Dishes in the Area

Savor Pittsburgh event

The Savor Pittsburgh event is right around the corner. Held on Thursday, September 28 at the Petersen Events Center, you can sample some of the best cuisine in the Pittsburgh area. Serving top-notch foods, chefs from around the region will ultimately compete for the prestigious “Dish of the Year” title.

Currently in its 12th year, the Savor Pittsburgh event is designed as a fundraiser for the Magee-Womens Research Institute. Promoting women’s and infant’s health, the Magee-Womens Research Institute studies cancer prevention, fertility treatment, and women’s health. Tickets for general admission (6:30pm to 10:00pm) are just $75, while the VIP tickets (including the reception at 6:00pm) cost $150, according to the official website.

Savor Pittsburgh is a 21+ event, so be sure to bring your ID. You should also wear cocktail casual attire, and, if you plan on drinking, secure a safe ride home before the event. Special guests include No Bad Juju, featuring Chris Jamison from The Voice.

There will be more than 20 restaurants from the Pittsburgh area in attendance, as well as a silent auction and raffle items. This is one event you simply don’t want to miss. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we can’t wait for Savor Pittsburgh.

Ford Expedition FX4 Off-Road SUV

Ford Expedition FX4 Off-Road SUV | Shults Ford Lincoln | Wexford, PA

Ford Expedition FX4 Off-Road SUV | Shults Ford Lincoln | Wexford, PAVenturing off-road seems to be something Ford drivers tend to love, even if the vehicle isn’t specially designed for rough terrain. As it turns out, the return of the Ford F-150 Raptor was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to more off-road-oriented vehicles. The Ford Expedition FX4 has also returned in style, with more capability than the standard model.

The Ford Expedition FX4 returns for the first time since 2003 and brings a vast array of updated equipment. Under the hood lies a twin-turbocharged V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that produces 375 hp. Four-wheel drive comes standard as well.

The upcoming off-road SUV boasts a retuned suspension and standard limited-slip rear differential for optimized traction and comfort. Seven protective plates cover vital components as well. The whole SUV rolls out on standard 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires.

More than 20 percent of Ford Expedition owners travel off-road in their SUV. As a result, the automaker expects the upcoming Expedition FX4 to appeal to the enthusiast in us all and make up 10 percent of Expedition sales. Pricing has yet to be announced, but stay tuned for more information.

We here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are ready to hit the trails behind the wheel of the new Ford Expedition FX4!

Detective Dinner Show

Detective Dinner Show | Shults Ford Lincoln | Wexford, PA

Detective Dinner Show | Shults Ford Lincoln | Wexford, PAEnjoying some fine entertainment, such as a concert, while eating dinner is one way to enjoy your meal. Taking part in a Detective Dinner Show is on a whole different scale. Enjoy a four-course meal as you work to solve the murder mystery throughout the evening.

Take part in solving a murder during the comedy dinner show where everyone is a suspect. Work your way through the web of mysteries to discover who the culprit is. There’s a Prize Package for the top sleuth and there’s no limit to who the guilty party is. You could very well end up at the same table.

The comedy show will put your mind to the test while you chow down on four delightful dishes. Voted the Best Dinner Show in more than 30 cities, the Detective Dinner Show offers something for those who enjoy a challenge with their meal.

The Detective Dinner Show starts at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Entry to the meal will cost $59.95. It all takes place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, and there is no better way to get there than in a Ford. Don’t forget to bring your mystery-solving senses, as you’re going to need them!

We here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford hope to see you at the Detective Dinner Show very soon.

Ford’s Liftgate Technology

Ford's Liftgate TechnologyAccessing your vehicle’s trunk shouldn’t be a hassle, and with Ford’s liftgate technology it doesn’t have to be. Full hands and heavy items are no longer an obstacle when you own a Ford vehicle equipped with a liftgate. Here’s a little more information about Ford’s liftgate technology from us here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

Ford’s hands-free liftgate allows drivers to access the cargo area without setting down items. Ford’s electrical systems engineers say that the technology is similar to that found in motion-control video games.­­­­

The technology was extensively tested to ensure that the liftgate wouldn’t open unintentionally. The system uses two sensors to detect when a shin and foot enter and leave the electronic field. It then tries to detect the key fob and opens the liftgate is successful.

The system is perfectly calibrated to detect a kicking motion alone. The liftgate won’t open during other encounters, such as encountering a rolling ball, dogs, and rain. Since everyone’s knee bends at a different point depending on height, the technology had to be tested and calibrated accordingly.

A sample of shorter women and taller men with different knee heights, some up to two feet of difference, were used to show how the system detects the kicking motion. The advanced liftgate system has since been perfected and has been available in Ford vehicles since 2013.

 

A Few Great Day Trips From Pittsburgh

 

Just because you already burned through that week of paid vacation doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford we love the fact that there are so many great day trips from Pittsburgh.

 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, OH – 2.5-hour drive

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - day trips from Pittsburgh

Situated beautifully on the banks of Lake Erie, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the rock artists that helped shape this unique brand of music. Interactive and multimedia exhibits tell the fantastic stories of many great artists, both past and present. New exhibits are added all of the time.

 

Fallingwater Mill Run, PA – 1.5-hour drive

Fallingwater - day trips from Pittsburgh

Even if you are not an architecture buff, you will still find Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous project breathtaking. It’s hard to not perceive how Fallingwater, built in the 1930s, blends so well into its natural surroundings. After all, it’s built around a waterfall! Be sure and sign up for a tour to learn all of the exciting details of this iconic home.

 

Penn’s Cave Centre Hall, PA – 3-hour drive

Penn's Cave - day trips from Pittsburgh

Sailing on the underground river to take in the strange rock formations of Penn’s Cave is a truly wondrous experience. The boat trip takes about 45 minutes, during which a tour guide will explain how the stalagmites, stalactites, and draperies are formed. The cave is not far from State College, a college town where you’ll find lots of other interesting things to do.

City Driving In The Ford Escape

City Driving In The Ford Escape

City driving requires a unique skillset. That’s true for vehicles as much as it is for people. Look at the 2017 Ford Escape. Overall, it’s a very versatile crossover, but it also happens to thrive in the urban environment.

Read any literature on the Ford Escape, and you’ll find that folks appreciate, often above all else, the way that the Escape handles on the road. No one needs to feel every bump in the road, but no one wants to feel like they are riding in a boat. Conduct some city driving in the Ford Escape and you’ll experience firsthand that perfect balance between comfort and response. The steering response is designed to give an impression of nimble movement, and it succeeds admirably in that regard. This is important on those tight, unforgiving city streets.

A number of other features make the Ford Escape perfect for ambling around in the bowels of the city. Driving can be unpredictable, no matter where you are. But with buildings and parked cars obscuring your vision in the city, the available Forward Collision Warning on the Ford Escape is simply indispensable. Meanwhile, the Start-Stop technology means you don’t have to feel bad about the similar start-stop nature of city traffic.

The 2017 Ford Escape is also known to offer an exceptionally quiet ride, an attribute that can really come in handy driving in the city. Visit us here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to find out just how well-equipped the 2017 Ford Escape really is.

Premier of the Lincoln Concept Navigator

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford know how amazing Lincoln vehicles are, but many people have been waiting for a comeback from the luxury automaker. The wait is over, as Lincoln pulled out all the stops for its next concept vehicle.

The concept for the next Lincoln Navigator premiered at the New York International Auto Show. The debut was just as spectacular as the vehicle, as a band played a jazz version of “All of Me” and Matthew McConaughey came onto the stage.

An overhaul to the Navigator hasn’t happened in a decade, so fans were thrilled to see the new concept. The concept SUV had gullwing doors, three steps that automatically unfold on each side of the vehicle, and even a custom interior storage area that resembles a closet!  The interior is spacious with large seats and intricately designed features such as the shifter being designed to look like piano keys.

Lincoln is calling the Navigator a prime example of “quiet luxury,” perfect for people wanting to buy drivable comfort and luxury.

More than just a pretty vehicle, the concept Navigator boasts a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which puts out more than 400 horsepower. Lincoln also has stated that there are new technologies to help the Navigator handle and perform in all weather conditions.

Not all the spectacular features will make it into the penciled in 2017 production, but we at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford will be waiting to see how this concept Navigator finalizes in production.

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Ford Honors Arcelormittal as a Top Steel Supplier

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are proud that Ford uses quality material for all their vehicles. This is shown in every final product. Of course, the final quality is highly dependent upon the suppliers’ products used to create the vehicles. That is why Ford works hard to choose a supplier of trust and quality.

This year, Ford honors Arcelormittal as a top steel supplier. This Luxembourg-based steelmaker has received Ford’s highest rating in its annual Business Unit Review for five straight years.

These awards clearly demonstrate ArcelorMittal’s solid contribution and commitment to providing the best vehicle material and services in the industry.

The steelmaker employs many people in several US locations and areas around the world. “Maintaining the highest level of products, solutions and service for GM, and for all of our automotive customers, is what drives us every day,” said Greg Wells, director of automotive sales for ArcelorMittal North America.

ArcelorMittal plants include mills in Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, the New Carlisle I/N Tek and I/N Kote, as well as mills in Alabama and Ontario. These locations make steel for all aspects of every Ford vehicle, especially the Edge, Transit, and Fusion.

ArcelorMittal states that they appreciate Ford’s business and could not accomplish their solid production without all of the team members who work for ArcelorMittal throughout the variety of plants that manufacture, sell, service, or deliver steel to Ford.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford love to see the positive business relationships producing quality products for Ford consumers.

Ford honors Arcelormittal

How to Clean Your Car Interior

Winter is the worst season for making a mess of our cars. Besides all the mud and slush we track into them, we’re probably leaving more trash in them as well—because who wants to go out in the freezing cold and clean out their car? But it’s March now, the weather’s looking up, and it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Follow these tips on how to clean your car interior, and it’ll be spotless in no time!

First, of course, clean out any trash, and then start the real cleaning. Hopefully most of the muck is on your floor mats—take them out and vacuum them or, if they’re really bad, spray them with a hose and set them aside to dry.

Get your vacuum ready—find a long extension cord if you don’t have a plug outside—and suck up all the dried dirt and grime you’ve accumulated in the last few months. Get in between the cracks; leave no stone unturned.

Most importantly after a long winter, clean your windows, and wipe down your dashboard while you’re at it. And don’t use window cleaner on cloth seats!

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