Reasons to Buy Ford In Grand Rapids, Michigan

What Moves You? It May Soon be the All-new Ford Transit!

December 21st, 2012

Ford is about to completely change the look, feel, fuel economy and functionality of its full-size commercial vans in the U.S. with the introduction of the 2014 Ford Transit.

“The all-new Transit is a game changer,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of The Americas. “Transit raises the game for our customers in North America and around the world with even greater work capability and significantly lower operating costs, helping improve their productivity and bottom lines. These, literally, are the vehicles people trust and rely on for their livelihoods.”

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The Oldest Surviving Ford Production Car

December 20th, 2012

There is so much rich history connected to the Ford family and the Ford Motor Company, and we’re approaching quite a milestone: The 150thanniversary of the birth of company founder Henry Ford! But how do you kick off that year-long celebration? What has enough oomph to start things with a bang?

How about a 1903 Ford Model A? Not just any vintage Ford car, though. This 1903 Model A Rear Entry Tonneau is one of three vehicles that were the first sold by Henry Ford as the Ford Motor Company. The company’s cash balance stood at less than $250. A much-needed cash infusion arrived on July 13, 1903 – One full payment and two deposits totaling $1,320 for three Model A cars – that kept Ford Motor Company afloat. This specific car is believed to be car No. 3, chassis No. 30, and the lone survivor of the group of three Model A cars sold on that day.

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Trends that Ford Sees Shaping the Years to Come

December 20th, 2012

With a new year on the horizon, we all cast our eyes to the future, setting goals and objectives for the upcoming months. It is in this spirit that Ford released its first-ever trend report, Looking Further with Ford, which is packed with revealing predictions about consumer habits and behaviors for 2013 and beyond.

These predictions were made by looking outside the automotive industry to understand what’s happening in social, technological, economic, environmental and political arenas. The in-house futurist for Ford, Sheryl Connelly, helped capture 13 micro trends that Ford will be watching over the coming year.

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L.A. Auto Show: 2014 Ford Fiesta and More!

December 10th, 2012

The 2014 Ford Fiesta was shown in the U.S. market for the very first time during the L.A. Auto Show, sporting an impressive new engine. The new Fiesta will boast a projected EPA-estimated 40 mpg-plus fuel economy rating with the available 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, an exciting new look and special features and technology that will make it fun to drive.

A new MyFord Touch® system with 6.5-inch touch screen that features enhanced voice control will be available, as will be MyKey® that lets owners configure maximum speed and audio volume limits. It also mutes the audio until the seat belts are fastened.

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Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine Visits L.A.

December 10th, 2012

When you imagine an engine that makes headlines at a major auto show, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a high-horsepower monster in a concept car. But completely different engine hit the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, which opened to the public on November 30, 2012. Ford is showcasing an engine that will turn heads for different reasons: Its compact power and incredible fuel economy.

That engine is the 1.0-liter EcoBoost®, which will be arriving in the U.S. next year in the 2014 Ford Fiesta after a successful introduction in Europe earlier this year. When it hits the market stateside, it is expected to deliver the best EPA-estimated fuel economy of any non-hybrid car sold in the U.S. And that is just one reason that it stands out from the crowd.

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How Lawn Chairs Helped Ford Develop Vehicle Seats

December 10th, 2012

Whether it’s a long road trip or a daily commute to work, you don’t want driving to be a pain in the… back.

That’s why Ford vehicles have a dedicated Global Seating Comfort Team led by Mike Kolich, Ph.D., Ford Seat Systems Engineer, who is also called “Dr. Derriere” around the office. This team has been focusing on anything and everything seat-related since the team was created in 2005.

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