Ford Helps Launch 2014 HBCU Community Challenge

For the second time, Ford has joined with the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” and “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” to help launch the 2014 HBCU Community Challenge. This challenge is aimed at students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to encourage them to find ways to contribute to their communities.

This year’s project is centered on the theme of “Building Sustainable Communities.” Students can submit online proposals until November 9. Ford is looking for proposals that “creatively address a pressing community need.” Projects should focus on one of these four areas: mobility, alternative energy, sustainability/water, and systematic approaches to meeting community needs.

Three finalist teams will be invited to the Ford World Headquarters in December to present their projects to Ford executives and radio personality Tom Joyner. Ford will award a total of $100,000 in scholarships and grants to the best projects, with the top student team earning up to $75,000.

“Last year’s program was such a success for us,” said Shawn Thompson, manager, Ford Multicultural Marketing, in a statement. “All of the teams came to Dearborn with not only a great deal of creativity, but with an infectious energy around wanting to improve their communities. We look forward to another exciting program.”

If you know any students who would be interested in this project, be sure to send this information their way. It’s great to see Ford reaching out to the next generation to help create a better future for all of us.

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Ford’s Kansas City Plant Will Build Super Duty No. 5 Million This Month

When you come to Titus-Will Ford, all of our awesome cars and trucks are just waiting here for you to discover. What you don’t see, of course, is all the work that went into making them. All of our trucks are made with love and care at Ford assembly plants here in America.

For example, the excellent lineup of F-Series Super Duty trucks are built at Ford’s Kansas City Plant, which has been building Super Duty trucks for fifteen years. This month, they will go over 5 million trucks produced.

“Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “Their continued sales dominance with these demanding customers proves how hard they deliver.”

Five million Super Duty trucks produced means five million happy Super Duty customers, too. Of course, we’d like to see even more happy customers hitting the road in a new truck, so come see us at Titus-Will to find the F-Series model that is right for you.

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Ford Offers 2015 Ford F-150 Test Drives to Dealers and Consumers

Just like much of the country, here at Titus-Will Ford, we are anxious to see the much-anticipated 2015 Ford F-150. Now, drivers who can’t wait to see what the redesigned, aluminum-bodied F-150 has to offer can get a sneak peek during Ford’s “Built Ford Tough Roundup” program.

The program is designed to demonstrate the new F-150’s capabilities, and currently, sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the new truck and its features. The “Built Ford Tough Roundup” will offer 20,000 test drives to consumers in 36 cities between October 11 and December 21. Ford has hired product experts to go along for the ride and explain all of the F-150’s features.

“Once again, Ford F-150 establishes new standards in durability, capability, technology and efficiency,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a recent news release. “We keep raising the bar on America’s favorite truck to help F-150 owners be more productive 24/7 – whether for work or weekend fun.”

Ford is eager to show skeptical consumers that the new, lighter aluminum construction is just as tough as the outgoing steel model, and offers a number of benefits. The 2015 F-150 is not only 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, but it can also tow 900 pounds more, claiming best-in-class towing capability. In addition, maximum payload increases from 3,120 pounds on the 2014 F-150 to 3,300 pounds.

While the 2015 Ford F-150 has not been officially rated by the EPA, we expect that with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and the pickup’s lightweight construction, fuel economy will be impressive.

The new F-150 will make its way into dealerships later this year, but if you’d like to participate in the “Built Ford Tough Roundup” 2015 Ford F-150 test drives, you can register at www.f150drive.com.

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Ford Surpasses UAW Expectations with over 12,000 New Ford Jobs

Back in 2011, the Ford Motor Company made a promise to the UAW and its members—a promise to add over 12,000 new Ford jobs to the economy by the start of 2015. And now that promise has come to fruition. With 1,200 new jobs being added to the Kansas City Assembly Plant to support Ford Transit production, Ford has now added over 14,000 jobs in the last few years, well above the mark set in the UAW contract talks.

“The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness, and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Adding a second shift to Kansas City Assembly Plant adds more jobs to this community, and it also helps deliver more Transit vehicles to more customers throughout North America.”

Of course, Ford helps the economy in more ways than just adding jobs: they also happen to make the best cars and trucks on the road. So come support the American economy—and take part in a great American tradition—by visiting us at Titus-Will Ford and finding the perfect Ford vehicle for you.

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Let Your Inner Pony Run Wild with Speculations about the 2015 Ford Mustang

Recently at Titus-Will Ford, we start every morning with a level of anticipation usually saved for kids on Christmas morning as we wait for more news about the highly-anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang. Of course, when we finally do get that official look, we will be exactly like kids on Christmas morning—and we’d guess you will be too! We did overhear some great news from Steven Ling, a Ford marketing manager, about the new Mustang, though.

“The new platform opens the door for more versions,” Ling told Hot Rod. “The new chassis, with the IRS will beat the Boss 302 around the track, but it’s durable enough for the drag strip. It opens up all sorts of possibilities.” The word “possibilities” has our eyes spinning like the wheels on a new Shelby Mustang, and we’re happy to report that Ling confirmed that Mustang’s longstanding relationship with Shelby will remain strong for the 2015 year. Of course, there will be a full lineup of Ford Racing parts as well.

While we all wait for the new Mustang, we can at least placate ourselves with the 50th Anniversary Mustang, which is as beautiful and nostalgic as it is aggressive and powerful. It’s available in either Kona Blue or Wimbledon White, so come see us here at Titus-Will to hear more about the special limited edition Mustang and check out the rest of our awesome inventory while you’re here!

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Great Tailgating Recipes

Football season is finally here and that means it’s time for some great tailgate parties. While a grilled hot dog is always appreciated, try to spice up your next party with these great tailgating recipes.

Chili

Nothing warms you up quite like a delicious bowl of chili. Chili recipes vary wildly from region to region and from family to family. Opt for a recipe that is on the thicker side, easy to eat, and not too spicy. Here’s a great recipe from Alton Brown for Pressure Cooker Chili.

Guacamole

Creamy, tangy guacamole is sure to be a crowd-pleaser when served with a big bowl of tortilla chips. This dip is easy to make and can be made ahead of time. Keep it from changing colors by placing plastic wrap directly on top of the dip. Here’s a simple recipe from Southern Living.

Appetizers

You’re going to need plenty of finger food and appetizers to keep your crowd happy. This recipe for Brown Sugar Smokies will keep everyone coming back for more and only requires three ingredients.

Another tasty hand-held food is this Easy Pepperoni Bread. Tastes like pizza and is relatively simple to prepare.

Dessert

If you want to create a dish that pays tribute to your favorite team, a dessert is easiest way to do this. You can always just use cupcakes with team-colored frosting.

For something a bit more delectable, try this easy recipe for PB&J Chocolate Bars that combine salty and sweet flavors.

Remember, for a great tailgate party, you should keep the food delicious, yet easy to eat. Something that can be eaten with one hand and foods that don’t require utensils are great, but definitely avoid dishes that require both a knife and fork.

What are your favorite tailgating recipes?

Need a new vehicle for your next tailgate party? Head to Titus-Will Ford and we’ll help you find something great.

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Tailgating Tips for Football Season

Football season is upon us! This means cheering fans, awesome replays and, of course, tailgating. As part of our tailgating series, we would like to offer you our tailgating tips from Titus-Will Ford.

Food and Drink

Much like football, tailgating is all about the spread. That is, what kind of food are you laying out for your guests? Make sure you stock your coolers with the appropriate beverages for your crowd. While soda and beer are staples of tailgates, make sure you don’t forget the water so everyone can stay hydrated when they’re outdoors all day. And of course they’ll need food to go along with the drinks! Break out the grill and set out plenty of platters of food. How many layers can your dip have?

Fun and Games

Plan ahead and bring speakers, a radio, TV and all the cords to hook them up. That way, your guests will be sure to have something to watch and listen to. And when it’s time to get more active, make sure you have great games set up. The beanbag toss and horseshoes are tailgating staples.

And of course, you’ll need a tailgate. We’d recommend the Ford F-Series, which features some of the best trucks out there. Happy tailgating!

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2015 Ford F-150 Is the Perfect Tailgater

As football season begins you may be planning out your next tailgate party. Perhaps you have come to realize that your old vehicle just isn’t cutting it any more and you need something new and exciting. If that’s the case, the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is the perfect tailgater.

Ford designed the new F-150 with a versatile tailgate. Some hot new, available tailgate features, include a remote to open and close the tailgate, retractable ramps that let you roll your grill right into the bed, one-handed tailgate operation, a retractable tailgate step, and lights in the cargo bins so you can find your beverage of choice.

And, your new F-150 will save you money at the pump with improved fuel efficiency. Ford will offer four efficient engines, including a standard 3.5-liter V6, a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, a turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, and a 5.0-liter V8. All provide impressive power, torque, and towing capabilities.

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will be coming to Titus-Will Ford soon. Which new tailgate features are you most excited about for your next tailgate party?

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2015 Ford F-150 Adds Special Power Rear Window

The 2015 Ford F-150 is built, as you most likely know unless you have been living in a car-news-free zone for the last few months, on top of a heavily aluminum-infused body frame. However, that’s not the only special innovation you’ll find on this excellent new pickup. The truck also comes with a special new power rear window, a window that seamlessly opens and closes for convenient use.

The new window technology comes as a direct response to customer feedback, according to Ford. The Blue Oval opened a competition to see who could create the best window, a competition won by Magna International. Magna designed the one-piece sealing power window that will be used in the new F-150.

The new technology will also include a special heating grid that allows you to defrost the rear window even when it is open. Ford plans to deploy the technology on many other vehicles after testing it on the F-150. It’s precisely these kinds of innovations that have kept the F-Series America’s best-selling truck series for the past 37 years—and here at Titus-Will Ford, we’d predict that will simply continue with the release of the 2015 F-150.

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Ford to Release New Hybrid in 2018

We all know the Toyota Prius is the king when it comes to fuel economy and many other automakers have tried to challenge it, without much luck.  Well, Ford may now have the answer.  The American automaker plans to release a new hybrid in 2018 that we believe might just give the Prius a run for its money.

We aren’t sure what the hybrid vehicle will be exactly (afterall, it is approximately 4 years away) but we do know that it will probably be a version of the Focus or Escape models.  We can also expect a plug-in version to be available as well.

What do you think of Ford joining the hybrid race?  Do you think they will be able to outperform the Toyota Prius?  At Titus-Will Ford, we are confident in Ford’s ability to make an amazing hybrid with great fuel economy!  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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