Ford Dealerships To Use Wind and Solar Power

Ford has partnered with Wind Energy Corporation to bring clean and sustainable energy sources to its dealerships. In this new pilot program, four Ford dealerships will use wind and solar power to supplement their electricity use and offset greenhouse gas emissions.

Wind Energy will install what it calls a “Windy System.” This includes a wind sail with an integrated solar array. This simple system is expected to deliver about 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. That is enough to charge the Fusion Energi 2,600 times, or two average-sized homes for a year.

Dealerships will use this energy to power buildings, charge electric vehicles, and light the dealership lot. The four participating dealerships are Dana Ford Lincoln, Staten Island, New York; Tom Holzer Ford, Farmington Hills, Michigan; The Ford Store, Morgan Hill, California; and Fiesta Ford, Indio, California.

“We are pleased to be working with Wind Energy Corporation to offer a pioneering, clean energy option to Ford dealers,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford, in a statement. “This is yet another innovative tool to help Ford and its dealers address a global sustainability challenge.”

If this pilot program is successful, we hope Ford expands the program to include even more dealerships across the country – including our Titus-Will Ford dealership here in Tacoma.

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Titus-Will Ford Participates in Drive 4 UR Community Program

Titus-Will Ford is proud to have the opportunity to partner with Meeker Middle School for the Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program! Through this program, Titus-Will Ford and Meeker Middle School have a goal of raising $6,000 for the school’s music department!

Research shows that playing an instrument early in life produces nothing but positive growth in children. According to neuropsychologist, Nadine Gaab, “there’s a lot of evidence that if you play a musical instrument, especially if you start early in life, that you have better reading skills, better math skills, et cetera”. We are excited to have the opportunity to help enhance the music department and enrich the lives of the students at the middle school!

So how can you get involved? It’s easy!

Come to Titus-Will Ford on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and test-drive* a new Ford vehicle! For every individual that test-drives a new Ford, Titus-Will Ford will donate $20, up to $6,000, to the music department.

Questions? Please contact Brandy Newman at Titus-Will Ford at (253) 475-4151!

We can’t wait to see you at the dealership on November 22nd!

*Individual must be 18 or older with a valid driver’s license. Limited to one test-drive per household.

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Ford May Make Electric Vehicles To Compete With Tesla, CEO Says

Tesla is getting all sorts of attention of late. That’s partly because they are new, and partly because their CEO is a little eccentric. But it looks like Ford has noticed all the hype, and might be giving them some competition in the future.

Ford CEO Mark Fields has basically looked at the phenomenon known as Tesla and said, “Meh. We could do that.” (Not an actual quote). Clean Technica tells us that “Ford could build an electric car to compete with Tesla” and then quotes Fields as saying that this EV would be “consistent with product philosophy.”

Mark Fields is a newcomer to Ford, having replaced former CEO Alan Mullaly this past summer. It does seem as if Fields is more interested in making electric vehicles than his predecessor.

According to Clean Technica, Fields “did not confirm” that they were actually working on such a vehicle. However, Fields admitted that “Ford engineers had bought a Tesla S, driven it, taken it apart before putting it back together.”

Ford may make electric vehicles, but if they do, would you be interested in one? Here at Titus-Will Ford, we would like to know your thoughts on the matter, so sound off in the comments!

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Ford and Tweddle Partner to Create Interactive Mustang Owner App

Calling all Mustang owners and fans: Ford and Tweddle have created the Mustang Owner app to provide a more engaging experience with your all-new pony car.

The app features interactive games and ‘Stang trivia, exclusive ringtones and wallpaper, and access to augmented reality views of the new Mustang and its owner’s manual.

“When it comes to new technology on Mustang, we focus on providing features the driver wants, and improving the driver’s experience behind the wheel,” said Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak. “Making key pieces of owner’s guide information available through the app is just one more great feature we’ve delivered to our customers.”

Owners of the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang will be able to unlock additional content, including videos and Mustang history. The Mustang Owner app is available for download on both Android and iOS platforms.

We at Titus-Will Ford recommend the app’s fun trivia game. Next time you stop by, we can have a trivia face-off to see who knows the most Mustang history.

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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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