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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Fusion Record Month Help Ford July Sales

For Ford, July is the hottest month in the summer not only in temperature, but also in sales. The American carmaker posted a July sales increase of 10% over July 2013, selling a total of 212,236 vehicles. This sales makes for Ford’s best July performance in eight years.

“July proved to be a very good month for Ford and Lincoln with positive gains across the board in all the major segments,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Escape and Fusion were big contributors to our sales increases, with both setting July sales records. F-Series again topped the 60,000-vehicle sales mark and we’re seeing great initial demand for our launch vehicles, such as the Transit Connect, Transit Connect Wagon and the Lincoln MKC as availability builds.”

The Ford Fusion in particular set an all-time monthly sales record in July, posting an astonishing 23,942 cars sold. This is an increase of 17% percent year-over-year. With its fuel efficient, turbocharged engines, smooth ride, and any number of technological and safety features, the Fusion is a force to be reckoned with in the sedan segment. Add its eye-catching style, and there’s no stopping this newly redesigned sedan.

For a look at the top-selling sedan in Ford’s lineup, come in to Titus-Will Ford today and give it test drive!

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August is American Adventure Month

What is more American then hitting the open road “National Lampoon’s Vacation” style with your family or friends? The back of your car packed with all of your stuff and the front filled with snacks and road maps.  August is American Adventure Month so now is the time to pile into your Ford and have an adventure.

If you do not have the time or want to spend the money on a long vacation then what about just a fun weekend? Here are some great sites to see in the state of Washington.

  1. Olympic National Park
  2. Mount Baker Highway
  3. Mount Rainier National Park
  4. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
  5. Pike Place Market

Washington has much more to offer than just this so get out there and explore it all, after all, it is American Adventure Month! We have the perfect vehicle waiting for you to make your travels a breeze at Titus-Will Ford.

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2015 Ford F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang for Charity

 

 

This week at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Ford will be auctioning off an extremely sexy, custom 2015 Ford F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang. So what happens to all of the money that is raised? All of the money that they get from the auction will go to a charity that will give free flights to young adults in the hopes to get them more interested in aviation.

This Mustang looks like it was meant to be in Top Gun because its inspiration came from Lockheed Martin’s most recent fighter jet. A pony car that looks like a fighter jet, yes please! The exterior has a shiny coat of titanium-color paint that is accompanied by black and yellow accents.

The interior of the 2015 Ford F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang is just as flashy with the gold tinted windows that match the radar shielding on a planes cockpit. This stunner of a car wouldn’t be complete without big Recaro sport seats with yellow accents.

Fords incredible charity work has raised over $2.5 million. At Titus-Will Ford we give to charity as much as we can and couldn’t be more proud of what Ford is doing!

Curiosity from Consumers is Rising over the 2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

As we all know, the 2015 Ford F-150 will be hitting dealerships nation-wide pretty soon.  As we also know, the frame is made of all-aluminum, which raised a few eyebrows when it was first announced by Ford.  Analysts predicted that the curiosity over the all-aluminum F-150 from consumers might make a negative impact on sales of the truck.  After all, the Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck in the U.S. for the past 37 years, so why fix something that isn’t broken?

There are a couple reasons as to why Ford made this decision and one of the biggest is fuel-efficiency.  With a drop in weight of 700 pounds, fuel-efficiency sky rockets and in this day and age, the more miles you can get for your buck, the better.

Contrary to what many experts believed however, studies show that consumers aren’t really interested in what their vehicle is made of, as long as it is comparable to the previous models.  Researchers found that approximately 36% of potential buyers couldn’t really care less about the material their truck was made of, as long as it still possessed the same capabilities.  However, researchers also found that curiosity was raised when it came to the all-aluminum pickup, but in a positive way.  They found that 43% of those surveyed said they would be more likely to purchase a vehicle made out of all-aluminum and 52% of those that are planning on purchasing a vehicle in the next 6 months said they would give the 2015 Ford F-150 some serious consideration.

At Titus-Will Ford, we can’t wait for the 2015 F-150 to make its debut in our dealership.  Will you be one of the ones ready to take the plunge and purchase the all-aluminum pickup?

Ford Honors Former CEO with the Mulally Scholarship

Ford recently announced the $1 million Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Program in honor of the former CEO.  The Mulally scholarship will be awarded annually to 10 exceptional sophomore or junior engineering students who are working towards degrees in the automotive field.  The one-time amount of $10,000 will be awarded to 10 students around the world for the next 10 years, starting in the spring of next year.

“Alan’s engineering background and data-driven decision making paved the way for the extraordinary leadership he provided at Ford.  We are honoring his legacy by providing scholarships to students who demonstrate the strong engineering ability that is required to develop into the next generation of leaders for our industry,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s Executive Chairman.

The Mulally scholarship is just one of the many things Ford is doing to help educated our future leaders.  In 2013 alone, Ford contributed $8.5 million to education programs around the world.  At Titus-Will Ford, we are proud to be a part of a company that holds education in such a high regard!

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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!