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In The Spirit of the Season: Help a Vet Buy A Truck at Borgman Ford Mazda!

November 28th, 2012

We want to take a moment to thank the generous donors who’ve rallied to help wounded marine Robert Thrailkill Jr. finance a vehicle with assistive-devices, and to let others who might not have heard his story know how they can help. Thrailkill is returning to Michigan next week after two years of rehab at Bethesda after losing his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Donations can be made at Borgman Ford Mazda or online at Semper Fi Fund (please be sure to specify Thrailkill’s name.) If you missed it, here’s the story from FoxNews17:

Story by Mitch Fork, FoxNews17
Robert Thrailkill, Jr. has spent the majority of the past 25 months in a rehabilitation center in Bethesda, Maryland. He remembers exactly what happened on October 26, 2010. He was serving as a Marine combat engineer in Afghanistan. He was checking buildings that day.

“I was investigating a little pile of dirt,” Robert told FOX 17 in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.  ”And when I knelt down and uncovered it, I found an IED right there and then went I went to stand back up and I turned to my left, I triggered – what I believe to be – a secondary. And that’s when I got blown up.”

Robert lost both his legs in the explosion. He’s been rehabbing in the DC area ever since.

He moves back to his homestate on December 2. He’ll be joining the Grand Rapids Sled Wings, an adaptive hockey team.

But to get where he needs to go when he’s back home, Robert needs a truck.

He was back for a visit earlier this fall and stopped into Borgman Ford-Mazda in Grandville. That’s where he met sales manager Scott Gibbons. Read the rest of this entry »


The 2013 Ford Fusion Stands Out

November 16th, 2012

There are a lot of people in this world, and that can sometimes make becoming the center of attention a bit of a challenge. So, you probably have a unique way of grabbing the spotlight, such as in how you dress or the way you make an entrance. Or maybe it simply lies in the fact that you own a Ford vehicle — we can attest to that grabbing significant attention.

When the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion was revealed, its looks certainly got heads turning. The design is elegant, athletic and, technically speaking, a thing of beauty. Couple those traits with the sedan’s remarkable fuel economy, and it almost seems to be in a class of its own.

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A New and Unique Ford: Transit Connect Wagon

November 16th, 2012

Who said great things come in small packages? When there’s a Blue Oval badge, then size is irrelevant — greatness comes in all sizes! And that’s why we’re excited to introduce the newest vehicle to the Ford family, the Transit Connect Wagon. It seats up to seven, and both easily and comfortably, thanks to sliding side doors and fold-flat second- and third-row seating.

The new Transit Connect Wagon will have an EcoBoost® engine (a choice of two four-cylinders will be a available). It will be available in two wheelbase lengths, five- and seven-passenger configurations and in three models: XL, XLT and Titanium. No other wagon on the market today offers the convenience of fold-flat seating, at least a 1,200-pound payload and more than 100 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Ford, Awards, and Scores of Hot Cars

November 12th, 2012
Recent headlines from the automotive press could read “Ford Scores Another First,” as it became the first manufacturer to win the SEMA Awards for Top Car (Mustang) and Top Truck (F-150) in the same year. It was a big opening for the Ford as they showed how committed they are toward their small cars, large trucks and to racing.
Inside the convention center with 70 one-of-a-kind vehicles on display, Ford showcased everything from the classics of the 1930’s to the twists on present day models. Amazingly, the latest Ford licensed restoration parts delighted fans of the classic 1964-1966 Mustang and now the 1940 coupe.

Ford Unveils Twin-Turbo Cobra Jet Concept at SEMA

November 12th, 2012
Tire-frying torque. That’s how Jesse Kershaw, Ford Racing drag racing competition manager, described the performance of the Cobra Jet Twin Turbo concept that was introduced at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on October 30, 2012.
The original Cobra Jets made headlines back in 1968, when Ford brought a fleet of the 428-powered Mustangs to the NHRA Winternationals and quickly changed the face of production-based drag racing. Forty years later, Ford Racing revived the iconic Cobra Jet name for a limited run of race-prepped Mustangs to compete in the NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes. Right out of the gate, the new Cobra Jet was winning races and setting records, so Ford has continued to offer the drag racer, typically in batches of 50 cars on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trendy Black Wheels Growing in Popularity

November 12th, 2012

For the longest time, when customers thought about wheels, they were only thinking about whether to pick 15-inch or 16-inch versions. Color usually didn’t even enter into the equation. But the confluence of several trends in car design has meant more and more customers are turning towards black wheels as a way to perfectly capture the look they are seeking for their vehicles, no matter what model they drive. And for 2013, these trendy black wheels are available on some Mustang, F-150, Focus, Edge Sport, Explorer Sport, Taurus SHO and Flex models.

Part of the growth in the appeal of black wheels involves another trend in car sales: the growth in wheel size. In the 2011 model year, the most popular wheel size on Ford vehicles was 15 inches; that has increased to 16 inches for 2012. And no one even bats an eye at the mention of 20-inch wheels anymore.

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