Monday, June 30, 2014

Five Ford Vehicles Made the 200,000-Mile List


When you think about buying a vehicle, what factors in? Fuel economy? Technology? Comfort? Performance? What about longevity?

Five Ford models were recently highlighted in a study that set 200,000 miles as a longevity milestone. iSeeCars.com analyzed 30 million cars for sale on its website, looking for long-lasting makes and models.

 Pickups and SUVs topped the results, with the Ford F-250 Super Duty® coming in at number one in longevity. The study revealed that of the vehicles that had more than 200,000 miles, 4.2 percent were an F-250. The other Ford models in the top 20 were the Expedition, Explorer and F-150.

 Phong Ly, cofounder and CEO of iSeeCars.com, noted that this research shows that today’s car owners like to see how far they can take their cars, though there are still those who replace their cars every two to five years.

iSeeCars.com included with its report a few thoughts on why trucks and SUVs topped the list. For example, it noted that work trucks are more likely to be better maintained.

Do you have six figures showing on the odometer in your Ford? We want to hear about it! Submit the details and even a photo to Ford Social, and make it part of Your Stories.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Real World Testing: 2015 F-150



Two and a half years before production Ford secretly tested six prototype F-150s with high-strength aluminum cargo boxes. The goal was to prove the durability of aluminum alloy through real-world extreme experiences that ensured the new F-150 could stand up to the tough work of our customers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Diesel Pickups Gain in Popularity


Ever wonder which state last year had the most pickup trucks with a diesel engine under the hood? Did you ever think about which state — in 2013 — had the highest percentage of vehicles on the road that have a bed at one end and a combustion ignition setup inside the engine block? Well, the Diesel Technology Forum just released its 2013 statistical report, which provides all those numbers for 2013 and much more.

According to the DTF, a larger percentage of total drivers have diesel pickup trucks in the central north region than anywhere else in the U.S. Specifically, Montana leads the way because of energy exploration and mining operations, as do all of its neighbors. As to the leader of diesel pickups, it probably comes as no surprise that the state that has the most pickups in the U.S. also has the most diesel-equipped pickups: Texas, with almost 750,000.

Other interesting tidbits include the fact that West, Southwest and Midwest states (like California, Arizona and Illinois) are experiencing the fastest turbo-diesel pickup growth, while Northeast states (like Vermont, Delaware and New Hampshire) are growing much faster than ever as well.

Check out these facts and more in the full report by clicking here.

The top 10 states with most diesel registrations in 2013:
  1. Texas, 747,760
  2. California, 478,847
  3. Florida, 243,887
  4. Washington, 202,384
  5. Colorado, 174,337
  6. Pennsylvania, 170,274
  7. Oregon, 161,007
  8. North Carolina, 159,679
  9. Georgia, 157,332
  10. Ohio, 157,005
Image from Diesel Technology Forum

From  www.pickuptrucks.com

Saturday, June 21, 2014

SEURA | This Built America


A video  highlighting the rejuvenation of American manufacturing. The series, called "This Built America," will run 50 episodes, one from each state. The episodes will air across a number of AOL properties including AOL.com, Huffington Post, Autoblog, TechCrunch and Engadget. The series is the latest dose of premium content produced by AOL.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2015 Ford F-150 Seen on the Streets


Like an encounter with the elusive Bigfoot, we got a big surprise when we found ourselves face-to-face with the brand-new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150, due at dealerships toward the end of the year. In the midst of our 2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge in and around Ann Arbor, Mich., area, we had the chance to see a fully loaded 2015 Ford F-150 4x4 Lariat Sport
.

Clearly this was an early build vehicle, out of its cage long before any journalists will have a chance to get behind the wheel, but we were allowed to touch it and take photos in the protected area behind our hotel. Build quality looks impressive, and the level of detail and technology in the truck is impressive.

We spent a lot of time scrolling through the multilayered information screen (between the speedometer and tachometer) where the data is sorted like a filing cabinet, clicking on tabs and lists to set and access all sorts of numbers and settings. The towing mirrors have tremendous capability, and cameras embedded into the mirrors provide the new half-ton with the segment's first 360-degree capabilities.

Also, the front EcoBoost air intake is equipped with automatic shutters that allow the engine to both cool and warm up faster for better efficiency, which should directly translate into better fuel economy.

Finally, and we thought this one needed more consideration, the trailer brake controller is buried far under the dash — making it even more difficult to see or grab easily than in the 2014 model. No doubt we'll be seeing more of the new F-150 as more of the pickup trucks come out of the Dearborn Truck Plant.

From what we understand, the trucks won't get to dealerships until the fourth quarter of the year so this could be the best time to get a good deal on a current-generation F-150. Ford will have to be careful with inventory as it makes the changeover and dealers wind down their current inventory. A misplayed hand in the early stages could rob Ford of any new-truck momentum as it heads into 2015.

From www..pickuptrucks.com Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Ford Transit Debuts with Industry-First Ford Paint Technology that Improves Durability and Sustainability



  •     All-new Ford Transit uses industry-first paint technology that is more durable than other commercial van exterior coatings
  •     Paint applied through the new process will retain 90 percent of its gloss at four years in service*
  •     New two-wet monocoat paint technology significantly reduces energy and water use, and lowers carbon dioxide and other emissions at Kansas City Assembly Plant

The all-new Ford Transit makes its North American debut with more durable paint, thanks to an industry-first paint technology now in use at Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Ford celebrated the start of North American Transit production at Kansas City Assembly Plant on April 30, and vans will be available on U.S. and Canadian dealer lots this summer.

The Transit vehicles built in Kansas City are the first to use the new two-wet monocoat paint process developed by Ford and its paint suppliers. The technology results in more durable paint, uses less energy and water, and reduces carbon dioxide and particulate emissions compared with conventional paint processes.

The new paint had to meet or exceed “Built Ford Tough” standards, and was subjected to a battery of tests that simulates typical conditions the vehicle will see during 10 years. The paint was tested for its resistance to chipping and scratching, pollutants and sun exposure. Advanced weathering testing indicates that paint applied with the new two-wet technology will retain 90 percent of its gloss at four years in service compared to 1 percent gloss retention for paint applied using a conventional monocoat process.*

“Durability was a critical consideration when we initiated this project,” said Dennis Havlin, Ford global paint engineering development and launch supervisor. “The advancements in paint chemistry enable us to deliver the appearance, performance and durability our customers demand.”

In addition to making paint tougher, the process reduces painting time and energy use by cutting the number of paint applications from three to two and the number of drying procedures from two to one.

It is another example of the innovative technologies Ford is implementing to support its global manufacturing strategies with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and water use. Ford plans call for a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle produced from 2010 to 2025, and a 30 percent reduction in water use per vehicle produced from 2009 to 2015.

The new paint process uses less energy and water, and reduces carbon dioxide and particulate emissions compared with conventional paint processes. The reduction in paint and energy consumed is expected to result in 9,500 tons fewer carbon dioxide emissions and a 35-ton savings in particulate emissions on an annual basis.* An innovative dry scrubber system will help save more than 10.5 million gallons of water.* Overall, the system should save 48,000 megawatt hours of electrical power,* enough electricity to power 3,400 homes.

The two-wet monocoat process uses a primer coat that requires only a few minutes of open-air drying time before the color coat is applied. The color coat is formulated with the same appearance and protection properties of the clear coat, which eliminates the need for a separate clear coat. The painted body is fully cured in an enamel oven after the color coat is applied. The total process removes one paint application step and one oven drying step when compared to conventional paint processes.


The new paint procedure is being used for white-colored vehicles, which account for 80 percent of Ford Transit production at Kansas City Assembly Plant. As each color must be developed uniquely for the two-wet monocoat process, other colors will be considered based on demand. A conventional three-wet process – primer, base coat, clear coat – remains in use for metallic-colored vehicles.

Gaining production efficiencies
The two-wet monocoat system helps increase production efficiency. The more streamlined process takes the vehicle body through an electrostatically bonded corrosion-resistance (E-coat) bath. The Transit body remains on a carrier that is lowered into the E-coat by four pendulums, rather than being manually removed from the carrier and attached to chains to be taken down, only to have to repeat the same steps before moving on to the paint booth.

The pendulums take the vehicle body into and out of the bath at steep angles, reducing the length of the bath by as much as 320 feet. Transit’s paint operation requires less space than that used in production of the smaller Ford Fiesta.

“The two-wet monocoat process allows us to design a system considerably smaller than a conventional paint shop, especially with regard to a vehicle of this size and complexity,” said Havlin. “Because painting time is cut down, the technology enables greater productivity using less equipment.”

Environmental savings
A conventional paint process uses water filtration – known as a wet scrubber system – to remove the overspray from the air in the paint booth that produces sludge. The new dry scrubber system pumps the air through a filter containing limestone that can be recycled. The dry scrubber system alone reduces energy use and carbon dioxide emissions by 44 percent, cuts particulate emissions by 99 percent and uses 75 percent less water annually.*

* Data based on preliminary testing.


About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Roush Clean Tech F-550's for Santa Ana, CA

Southern California City Buys Seven Dedicated-Propane Ford F-550s

The City of Santa Ana, Calif. has purchased seven Ford F-550 trucks fueled by propane autogas, Roush CleanTech reports. Each is equipped with 52-usable-gallon propane autogas fuel systems, and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 55,000 pounds over its lifetime, Roush says.


Santa Ana has purchased seven vehicles with dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems by Roush CleanTech.

“The fact that we anticipate dramatic fuel and maintenance cost savings is a bonus,” Santa Ana facilities, fleet and central stores manager Rick Longobart says in the Roush announcement.
The trucks have been customized for residential maintenance work in the city’s water and public works sectors, Roush says.

Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Be Saved
Roush notes that Santa Ana has won more than a dozen fleet awards, including “Top Best Fleet” and “Fifth Greenest Fleet” by Government Fleet magazine and the Green California Leadership Award by Green Technology magazine. Longobart secured the “Fleet Manager of the Year” award from the Rocky Mountain Fleet Manager’s Association in 2013.


The Ford F-550s for Santa Ana have a 2-usable-gallon propane autogas fuel systems.

“The City of Santa Ana was instrumental in providing feedback during the product development of our first Ford F-550 propane autogas fuel systems,” Roush sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw says in the Santa Ana release.

“Proven environmental leaders, the City will virtually eliminate particulate emissions and save tens of thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs by replacing aging diesel trucks with new propane autogas F-550s,” he said.

According to Longobart, the current cost of propane autogas in the area is $1.50 per gallon.

Public Propane Fueling Soon
Santa Ana’s Facilities, Fleet and Central Stores Management has funding including a grant from the state’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, which assists motor vehicle projects that reduce emissions. Santa Ana has a fleet of 652 vehicles that includes police equipment, as well as construction and park maintenance equipment, Roush reports.

The city plans to install a 2,000-gallon publicly accessible propane autogas station in a central location. “We really believe in this domestic clean fuel and want other organizations and citizens to use it,” Longobart said.



Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Fleet Customers, Commercial Business Owners, Ford Dealers Invited to Test Drive All-New Ford Transit on National Truth About Transit Tour


  •     Ford kicks off nationwide Truth About Transit Tour to provide fleet customers, commercial business owners and Ford dealers an opportunity to test drive the all-new Ford Transit, learn about the vehicle’s Built Ford Tough credentials and get questions answered by Ford product specialists
  •     Tour will visit 19 cities across the United States from June into October; registration and other details are available at www.fordtransittour.com
  •     All-new Ford Transit will be available at U.S. and Canadian dealerships this summer
Ford Motor Company is offering an exclusive opportunity for fleet owners, commercial customers and dealers to drive and learn about the all-new 2015 Ford Transit.

The Truth About Transit Tour will visit 19 cities across the United States from June into October. Participants will test drive models on a closed course specially designed to let them evaluate Transit’s technology, handling and versatility.

They also will visit a unique hands-on interactive garage for a behind-the-scenes look at how Ford Transit is Built Ford Tough. Ford will have top product specialists on site who can answer questions about the all-new 2015 Transit.

Tour participants can view upfit vehicles to envision how Ford Transit can be customized to fit their needs.

Ford specialists also will be available to conduct personalized vehicle walk-around demonstrations at fleet and commercial customers’ places of business.

Registration and other details are available at www.fordtransittour.com for commercial business owners with fleets of one to 25 vehicles and www.fordtransittour/fleet for larger fleet customers

The Truth About Transit Tour kicks off in Kansas City, Mo., where Transit is produced for the North American market at Kansas City Assembly Plant. The entire tour schedule is:

    Kansas City, Mo., June 9-13
    Minneapolis, June 16-20
    Chicago, June 23-27
    Detroit, July 7-11
    Charlotte, N.C., July 8-10
    Orlando, Fla., July 14-16
    Boston, July 14-18
    Washington, D.C., July 21-25
    Miami, July 22-24
    New York, July 28-Aug. 1
    Cleveland, Aug. 4-8
    Denver, Aug. 5-7
    Houston, Aug. 11-15
    Seattle, Aug. 12-14
    Dallas, Aug. 18-22
    Phoenix, Aug. 25-29
    Los Angeles, Sept. 8-12
    San Francisco, Sept. 15-19
    Atlanta, Oct. 6-10

Media will be invited to participate in select cities.

Transit builds on legacy of E-Series

Ford Transit will be available on U.S. and Canadian dealer lots this summer.

In the United States, Transit eventually will replace America’s best-selling van for 35 years,
E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline. E-Series vans and wagons still will be available and sold side-by-side with Transit into the 2014 calendar year, providing a seamless transition for Ford customers. Additionally, E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis will continue to be built and sold through most of the rest of the decade.

Transit was introduced in Europe in 1965, and has been the best-selling commercial van in the United Kingdom for 49 years. The vehicle is sold in 118 markets on six continents.

The high-roof Transit – with best-in-class 81.5 inches of maximum interior cargo height – provides enough headroom for a person 6 feet 4 inches tall to stand upright in the cargo area.

The new Transit van offers as much as 487 cubic feet of cargo volume and 4,650 pounds of maximum payload capacity – more than competing vans from General Motors and Chrysler. Transit delivers a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 pounds.

In some configurations, Transit offers as much as 75 percent more cargo volume than the largest E-Series, helping customers save in fuel costs and time associated with having to make a second trip. Maximum payload increases more than 600 pounds across the lineup versus comparable E-Series vans.

Transit will be available in van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway body styles; in three body lengths and two wheelbases for van and wagon, along with three roof heights; and in XL and XLT trim levels, offering more choices than ever from a Ford commercial vehicle.

Moving from an all-gasoline engine lineup of two V8s and a V10 in E-Series, Transit comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 and offers the Ford F-150 available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, along with a globally proven 3.2-liter Power Stroke® diesel option. Each engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for efficient rear-wheel-drive operation.

Transit has been tested to Built Ford Tough truck standards at Ford proving grounds and in the hands of real-world fleet customers in North America.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2015 F-150 Wins Ford’s First- Ever Yankee Cup for Trucks

  •     With help from Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering faculty, the New England Motor Press Association awarded the 2015 Ford F-150, with more than 100 patents, the Yankee Cup
  •     The Yankee Cup is a technology award recognizing an automotive feature, system or vehicle that significantly makes driving safer, more cost efficient or more enjoyable
  •     From its truck bed to LED lights, new F-150 recognized by judges as tougher, smarter and more capable
The new 2015 F-150 claimed Ford Motor Company’s first-ever Yankee Cup for trucks, a technology award bestowed by the New England Motor Press Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at an annual awards dinner Thursday.

Selected with input from MIT engineering faculty, the New England Motor Press Association’s annual Yankee Cup goes to an automotive feature, system or vehicle that significantly makes driving safer, more cost efficient or more enjoyable.

“It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the team behind the all-new Ford F-150,” said Pete Reyes, F-150 chief engineer. “With the 2015 F-150, Ford is teaching the world how to build a next-generation truck, and the more than 100 patents the F-150 team has filed for technologies prove these Ford engineers and designers are innovative leaders in the automotive industry.”

“When reviewing all the entries for the Yankee Cup, we couldn’t help but notice the F-150 is loaded with innovation,” said Craig Fitzgerald, New England Motor Press Association president. “We all know this vehicle is Built Ford Tough, but now it is both tough and smart – helping to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation.”

Ford has filed more than 100 patents on the all-new Ford F-150, making it the most patented truck in company history.

Innovative features include:
  •     LED side-mirror spotlights allow customers to illuminate the side of the vehicle for tasks ranging from setting up a campsite to changing a tire
  •     Remote tailgate release automatically lowers the tailgate with the push of a button on the key fob – a pickup truck first
  •     Ford’s pioneering tailgate step has been completely reengineered so that it fully integrates into the tailgate, making it virtually invisible when not in use. The tailgate drops down into position in one easy motion. The grab handle is now housed inside the tailgate, keeping the inner surface of the tailgate uniformly flat BoxLink™ cargo management system includes lockable die-cast aluminum tie-down cleats. It provides a unique interface to the box for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional tie-down locations. Segment-first cargo ramps are available that stow on the sides of the box and can be mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles or mowers
Segment firsts include a 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps stowed in the pickup bed, 400-watt power outlets inside the cab and segment-first LED headlights.

Additionally, the new Ford F-150 uses the latest high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys to form the body and cargo box on top of a high-strength steel frame.

The aluminum is heat-treated in an oven using a method developed by Ford engineers that nearly doubles the strength of the metal. A similar approach is used in aerospace applications, but Ford is the first to use and petition to patent this methodology for the auto industry.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The new 2014 Ford Transit Connect. Switch to a tool that makes you more efficient.



Economist Yoram Bauman explains some of the rewards of working for yourself and getting more done more efficiently with the easily customizable Transit Connect.