Ford Debuted Diesel Focus ST at Goodwood Festival of Speed

There are so many choices out there for new vehicles that deciding where to start can be a bit daunting.  Do you want a truck, car, or SUV?  Which brand should you choose?  At Titus-Will Ford, we are quite fond of Ford, and now with their newest engine addition to the Ford Focus ST, the choices become more and more endless.  Ford debuted the diesel Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, showing us that Ford is listening to the cries of wanting more diesel engines.

The diesel Focus ST is set to feature a 2.0liter turbodiesel engine that produces 182 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, meaning the diesel Focus will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mpg in just over 8 seconds.  While that seems somewhat slow, especially when compared to the gasoline version, which can go from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and reach a max speed of 154 mpg, the diesel Focus ST will cut carbon emissions by almost a third and feature a 50% better fuel economy.  In a market where gas prices are continuously rising, diesel is starting to look more and more like the better option.

The diesel Focus ST isn’t available in the United States yet, and Ford isn’t sure they are going to bring it over at all.  Would you like to see the diesel version of the Focus available for sale in the U.S.?

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Power Wheels F-150 is Building Brand Loyalty Young

Power Wheels F-150

We all love Ford, there’s no question in that.  But where exactly does brand loyalty start?  Is it something we learn from our parents?  Or maybe we just learn it on our own at a young age, either by sitting in a Ford or watching our favorite Ford’s drive by.  Regardless, Ford is now ensuring the love of the brand by appealing to the younger generations with the all-new Power Wheels F-150!

The announcement of the new Power Wheels F-150 is coming on the heels of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, coming to dealerships in the coming months.  Unlike the all-aluminum adult version of the truck, the Power Wheels version was built by Fisher-Price, licensed by Ford, and is made of plastic.  Development started on the tike truck almost a full 9 months before the 2015 F-150 debuted at the Detroit Auto Show.

No, this little guy will not be available for purchase in our dealership, but at Titus-Will Ford, we encourage you to take a look at them when they hit the local Toys R Us in September.  In the meantime, why not check out the 2014 Ford F-150’s that we have to offer?  It may not be as cute as the Power Wheels F-150, but we think as an adult, you will enjoy the full-size version a little better!

88 New Ford Dealerships Open in China

Ford is continually expanding its global market and just recently, that expansion took control of China.  88 new Ford dealerships opened in not one month, not one week, but in just one day in China.  Can you imagine?  On June 19th, the doors to 88 new Ford dealerships, located throughout China, opened to potential Ford consumers.

The opening of nearly 100 Ford dealerships in China boosted Ford’s presence in the country to 750 total dealerships.  Given that the country’s huge population, 750 dealerships isn’t really that many and they hope to continue adding more.  “With the growth momentum we have going right now, we expect to exceed 800 dealer points in China by the end of 2014,” said the president and CEO of Changan Ford, Marin Burela.

At Titus-Will Ford, we are excited to see such a great automaker progress and make moves that will be nothing but good for the company.  We may not be opening 88 new Ford dealerships in one day around here, but we are ensuring that the one we have is beyond expectations.  In case you haven’t seen the changes that we have been making over the past couple months, visit us at www.WatchTitusWillFordGrow.com!

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Rare ’65 Ford GT40 Roadster Up For Auction

'65 Ford GT40 for auctionHave you ever seen a 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster on the highway, or passing through your neighborhood?  Not likely! There is only one left in existence so it is rare that anyone gets to see this vehicle ever.

Back in the day, Ford was in a hot competition with Ferrari with the goal of beating them at their own game, racing. With their sights set, the GT40 was born.  The ’65 Ford GT40 made a name for itself by taking Ford to Le Mans four times in a row in the 1960s.

This car is so precious because Ford and Shelby produced only 100 for the public, and out of that 100, only four were roadsters. Only one of those four remains in its original condition and it is going up for auction in mid-August at Pebble Beach weekend in Monterey, California.

There is even more history behind this car that make it special.  Carroll Shelby and Henry Ford II rode around in this car during a test and demo event and it has been shown at many prestigious events.  The same collector has held onto it for over two decades and is now ready for someone else to appreciate it. This is a rare and spectacular vehicle that will be sure to go for millions!

Fords For Free?

Ford Sweepstakes Truck

If you could type in your name and win a new vehicle would you do it? What if those vehicles were a 2014 Ford Fusion and a 2015 Super Duty® Pickup? Of course you would, and Ford is giving you the opportunity to do so. Ford sweepstakes are frequently running and all it takes is one entry to be the winner of a new vehicle and more.

Currently, there are two different Ford sweepstakes that are being run that you can enter to win.

  • Toby Keith’s Shut Up & Hold Up- The winner of this sweepstakes will be one lucky person, especially if they are a country music fan.  The grand-prize winner will appear in Toby Keith’s tour video that will be played all over America. They will also be driving home is style with a new 2015 Ford Super Duty®.
  • Warriors in Pink Drive the Conversation- Warriors in Pink is organizations that advocated for breast cancer awareness and prevention. By entering this sweepstakes you become eligible to win a new 2014 For Fusion. The goal of this is to inform people on the topic and give away a great car!

Try your luck and enter these Ford sweepstakes to win amazing prizes. If you don’t win and still want a great Ford vehicle, come on down to Titus-Will Ford!

Ford Creates Lightweight Concept

Ford creates lightweight conceptRemoving weight for a vehicle is the go-to conclusion for many automobile issues; however, it is easier said than done.  You can’t just leave off a wheel or skip the engine to cut weight off the car, and the quality of the vehicle cannot be compromised. Ford has created a lightweight concept that reduces the weight of the vehicle by nearly 25 percent!

This project has been in the works for years, and is still not ready for mass production, but it is getting closer.  The mass of the car was cut by the use of aluminum, high strength steel, carbon fiber, chemically laminated glass, tiny tires and lightweight wheels. This lightweight concept will increase fuel economy and lower gas emissions.

Ford says not to get your heart set on getting one of these cars at your local Ford Dealership anytime soon.  “Our goal was to investigate how to design and build a mixed-material, lightweight vehicle that could potentially be produced in high volume, while providing the same level of safety, durability and toughness as our vehicles on the road today. There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to light-weighting. The Lightweight Concept gives us the platform to continue to explore the right mix of materials and applications for future vehicles,” said Matt Zaluzec, Ford’s technical leader for global materials and manufacturing research.

Although Fords lightweight concept is not yet on the lot, there are still plenty of other vehicles to choose from at Titus-Will Ford!

2015 Ford F-150 Tested Since 2011

We all know that Ford is a master of disguise when it comes to testing new vehicles that they don’t want the public to get a glimpse of yet.  The testing of the 2015 Ford F-150 was no exception when it came to hiding it from view.  We already know that they went under the public’s eye and entered an all-aluminum 2014 truck and entered it in the Baja 1000 off-road race.  So are there more secrets that no one had any idea about?  Yes!

We recently discovered that the testing of the all-aluminum F-150 goes all the way back to 2011.  In 2011, Ford build six then-current F-150’s and used aluminum for the cargo box, undoubtedly the most –abused part of the truck.  They then sent these six trucks to three companies across the country.  Sounds simple enough, except these companies didn’t know they were receiving F-150’s with an aluminum cargo box!  Testing the vehicle in the public, without the public knowing, is a risky move, but at Titus-Will Ford, we think it was worth it!

The F-150 prototype lead engineer, Denis Kansier, said, “This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150.  For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”

The 2015 Ford F-150 will be coming to dealerships across the country soon!

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Ford Says a Reluctant Farewell to Scott Monty

Scott Monty, known as the social media star of Ford, has decided to say goodbye to the automaker after a very successful 6 years.  Monty has been Ford’s Global Digital Communications Manager and has forged the way for Ford to become one of the best on social media.  He recently announced that he has decided to leave Ford to pursue other adventures.

“I just decided the time was right.  I am going to take a little time with my family, and I am going to start on a new adventure pretty soon,” he said.  Monty went on to explain how he views social media as a great tool to be able to go above and beyond the marketing norm and build genuine relationships with the customers.  He has also been a huge advocate for using Twitter in the marketing world and what advantages it brings.

“During my time at Ford, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented men and women not only in the auto industry, but in the communications and marketing industries as well,” Monty wrote in his personal blog.

Everyone at Titus-Will Ford would like to wish Scott Monty the best of luck in whatever his future endeavors entail and we thank him for all the work he did for Ford!

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Ford Plays A Major Role in a NYC Philanthropic Organization

Ford has done many great things for communities throughout the United States since the company began and they continue to be involved in organizations outside of the automotive industry.  Ford has been a part of one very special philanthropic organization for more than 15 years now.  This organization is known as God’s Love We Deliver, located in New York City.

God’s Love We Deliver is an organization that delivers over 5,000 nutritious meals each weekday to their clients that are too sick to shop or cook their own food.  The organization works with dietitians to ensure that the meals are tailored to the medical needs of each individual client.

Now these meals have to be delivered somehow!  That’s where Ford comes in.  The organization uses Ford Econoline vans and a Ford Transit Connect Mobile Food Pantry, as well as volunteers from the Ford Volunteer Corps, to get the meals where they need to go.

“We’re the end of the road, the final safety net for our clients.  Without us they would not have food, and without organizations like Ford, we couldn’t do what we do,” said David Ludwigson, the chief development officer of God’s Love We Deliver.

At Titus-Will Ford, we are proud to be a part of an automotive manufacturer that is so heavily involved in the community.  If you are looking to start up your own philanthropic organization, visit us to see what Ford Econoline vans and Transit Connects we have in stock!

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Ford Mustang Convertible Raffle to Benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Ford debuted the 50th anniversary special-edition Ford Mustang at the New York International Auto Show last month in honor of the Mustang’s 50th birthday.  Ford has recently announced that they are continuing the celebration in a way that will benefit many people and at Titus-Will Ford, we are excited to share that announcement with you!  Ford will be building one 50th anniversary special-edition Ford Mustang convertible that they will be raffling off in August.

The raffle will be on August 16th on Mustang Alley in Ferndale, Michigan.  Raffle tickets cost $20 apiece and they are limited, so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets!

Not only will some lucky individual own the special-edition Ford Mustang convertible after August 16th, but all proceeds will go to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society!  If you are interested in the potential of owning this Mustang and helping out a great charity, then purchase your tickets today!

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