Thursday, May 31, 2012

FORD SUPER DUTY. WE OWN WORK. EMERGENCY RESPONSE.


Emergency medevac across hostile terrain twice the size of Texas in subzero temperatures requires a truck that performs every time at a moment's notice. With lives on the line, the professionals of LifeMed Alaska choose Super Duty in a heartbeat. See how they overcome whiteouts, record snowfall and weeks where the temperature never climbed above --20 degrees F during Alaska's worst winter in 60 years.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Knapheide Service Body Transformation


See the story of how a contractor goes from working out of a pick up truck with a toolbox to working out of a Knapheide Service Body.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Statement on Ford Investment Grade Rating by Moody’s Investors Service

DEARBORN, Mich., May 22, 2012 –The following statement can be attributed to Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company:
“The Ford Blue Oval is back where it belongs with the Ford family of 166,000 employees around the world. This is a great day for us and is the result of several years of hard work and progress by everyone associated with Ford.
“When we pledged the Ford Blue Oval as part of the loan package, we were not just pledging an asset. We pledged our heritage. The Ford Blue Oval is one of the most recognized symbols in the world, and it is a source of great pride and passion, both inside and outside our company. Getting the Ford Blue Oval back feels amazing, and it is one of the best days that I can remember.”
The following statement can be attributed to Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company:
“We are so proud of today’s decision by Moody’s and the resulting release of all collateral – particularly the Ford Blue Oval. This is an important milestone and further proof that, by staying laser-focused on our One Ford plan, the Ford team can deliver great products, build a strong business and contribute to a better world even through the most challenging external environment.
“Moving forward, we will continue to focus on driving profitable growth for all of our stakeholders. We are confident that, by staying focused on our plan and working together, we will maintain strong investment grade ratings through all economic cycles.”
Background
  • December 2006: Raised $23.5 billion in liquidity, consisting of $18.5 billion of senior secured debt and credit facilities, secured by substantially all of our domestic assets, including the Ford Blue Oval, F-150 and Mustang trademarks, and $5 billion of unsecured convertible debt.
  • November 2007: Together with the UAW, Ford negotiated a transformational labor agreement, with a lower wage structure for new employees and flexible work rules
  • March 2009: Reached ground breaking UAW agreement that helped the company achieve parity with transplant automakers, resulting in incremental annual savings and efficiencies
  • October 2009: Reported first quarterly pre-tax operating profit since Q1 2008
  • Year-end 2009: Achieved a full-year operating profit and net income of $2.7 billion – an improvement of $17.5 billion from the losses of 2008
  • Year-end 2011: Reported third year in a row of improved annual operating profits and reduced debt by more than $20 billion compared with year-end 2009
  • September 2011: Completely paid back the loan
  • March 2012: First dividend payment in almost six years

Friday, May 25, 2012

FORD SUPER DUTY. WE OWN WORK. EMERGENCY RESPONSE: PREVIEW


Get a first peek at the professionals who rescue the sick and injured from the end of the earth. They transport people who desperately need medical care across vast distances over hostile terrain through Alaska's worst winter in 60 years. With lives resting on their every decision, the men and women of LifeMed put their faith in one truck...the Ford Super Duty. And keep an eye out for the full episode coming soon.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

HS 300 Rear Obstacle Detection - Hindsight 20-20


Mike goes over the HS 300 Obstacle detection system from Hindsight 20-20. This offers a great solution for commerical truck customers to focus on the mirrors and listen to this device in order to avoid colllision with obstacles while in reverse. See more at http://www.hindsight20-20.com or call 800-326-6949 for more information

Monday, May 21, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cynthia Scegiel Shows Off The SR 5T Sto-Away Power Cranes Bumper Crane


Cynthia Scegiel, President of Sto-Away Power Cranes shows us the simple set-up and operation of the SR 5T Sto-Away Bumper Crane. To see more about this company and products, go to www.stoaway.com.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Knapheide Steel Gooseneck Flatbed


This is a new design steel gooseneck flatbed by Knapheide Manufacturing. It is made of diamond plate and smooth steel and has some unique features that are explained by Mike Soich of Knapheide Manufacturing at a Knapheide event in Livermore, CA in October 2010. Mike refers to this body as a "plug and play" body in that it is full-featured and ready to mount and go.

Knapheide is the world's largest truck body manufacturer, headquartered in Quincy, IL. Knapheide has a wide distributor network and ships product all around the world. See more about Knapheide products at www.knapheide.com.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Work Truck Show 2012


The Work Truck Show®, produced annually by the NTEA, is the work truck industry's "must-attend" event, featuring: • 500,000 square feet of vocational trucks and equipment • Newest products and technical support from more than 560 exhibitors • More than 60 intensive programs on upfitting, regulatory compliance and business management

Mark your calendar for The Work Truck Show 2013! March 6-8, 2013 at the Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, IN).

Sunday, May 13, 2012

All New Ford Escape Clever Cargo


Ford Escape Marketing Manager Jason Sprawka provides an overview of the improved cargo capacity and new clever cargo spots in the 2013 Ford Escape.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Special Sale On 2008 Ford, Dump Bed, Diesel F550 XL





If you are looking for a built Ford tough truck that is capable of doing most any job than look no further than here at Northside Ford Trucks. This F-550 is not only equipped to work with the rugged 6.4 Powerstroke diesel and a 12' flat bed with an underbody hoist but it also provides some creature comforts with air conditioning cruise control tilt steering wheel and an in dash am. fm. stereo cd player. This 2008 F-550 is for Ford fans who are searching for a stout tough truck that is already setup to work. It is nicely equipped with features such as XL Decor Group (Chrome Front Bumper and Underhood Engine Compartment Light) TowCommand Integrated Trailer Brake Controller and TowCommand System 4.88 limited slip rear axle snow plow prep package 19000 GVWR package and an extra heavy duty alternator. The precision-tuned Power Stroke 6.4L V8 Powerstroke engine provides the very essence of performance delivering substantial horsepower and torque. With the low miles on this work horse it will be a productive part of any fleet for many years to come. We will never be undersold!

This unit is subject to prior sale, so move on it quickly! For more info: 2008 F550 Dump. Sale price is plus applicable fees. To talk with someone about this unit, call 800-662-6670.

Stock No:
C2750
Our Price:
$39,000
Special Price:
$30,000
Mileage:
47,912
Engine:
6.4L V8 Turbo Diesel
Fuel:
Diesel
Transmission:
Automatic
Exterior Color:
White
Body Style:
2 Door

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

TechShop Detroit is now open


Ford has teamed up with TechShop to open a new DIY workshop adjacent to the automaker's Dearborn product development campus. Makers from all over southeast Michigan are invited to join and come in to use the vast array of design and fabrication tools. Ford employees that disclose new inventions can get a free three-month membership. TechShop Detroit manager Will brick explains what the maker space is all about.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Weather Guard Van Equipment - NTEA 2012


Jeff Kotz gives us a demonstration of the new weather guard interior van equipment. This was at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. See more at http://www.weatherguard.com

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Truckin’ Magazine Names Ford F-150 FX2 Top Half-Ton Pickup in ‘Truck of the Year’ Shootout

 

  • Ford F-150 FX2 pickup with EcoBoost® V6 power took top honors in Truckin’ magazine’s recent half-ton pickup shootout comparison
  • Truckin’ test data show no other pickup can deliver the unique Ford F-150 mix of responsive acceleration, towing and hauling capabilities, and fuel economy
DEARBORN, Mich., April 9, 2012 – Ford knows that full-size truck buyers like to personalize their pickups and so do the experts at Truckin’ magazine. But it takes more than style to win with consumers. After testing four half-ton pickups in a well-rounded set of challenges, the Ford F-150 FX2 SuperCrew is now the Truckin’ half-ton Truck of the Year.
“Ford stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam with the EcoBoost F-150 FX2,” said Truckin’ Feature Editor Maxwell Matthewson. “They gave the consumer everything they wanted in one package: impeccable styling, remarkable performance, and gas mileage that doesn’t punch you in the gut at the fuel pump.”
Ford is giving buyers more options to personalize the truck.
The new FX Appearance Package is available on both FX2 and FX4 trucks and delivers a unique look with stealthy, flat-black accents. The look is set off with black fender and tailgate badges that feature red lettering, which is carried into the interior with a red-stitched steering wheel.
The FX’s interior also features black leather seating surfaces with red perforations and red piping. Unique interior touches include black-painted dash accents, brushed-metal surfaces, and satin shifter knob, door handles and air conditioning vent bezels. The package is available with all seven FX exterior colors.
Also new for 2012, the FX Luxury Package now offers cooled front seats, which combine with the previously available heated seats.
New 20-inch six-spoke wheels with flat-black paint are just one of the specialized styling cues on the exterior. A unique body-side decal is matte black with color read-through for a distinctive appearance. A chrome exhaust tip, black-finished grille, and blacked-out headlamps and taillamps round out the exterior upgrades.
“The new FX package delivers a distinctive style that truck buyers are looking for without compromising on any of the F-150’s rugged qualities,” said Raj Sarkar, F-150 Marketing manager. “Earning this recognition from such a discerning group of personalization and performance experts as Truckin’ is gratifying.”
With a twin-turbocharged direct-injection gasoline EcoBoost V6 engine making 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, the Ford F-150 delivers power and performance comparable to competitive, naturally aspirated V8 engines, while delivering significantly improved fuel economy, up to 20 percent better.
The 2012 Ford F-150 FX2 with EcoBoost offers 22 mpg on the highway (4x2) – mileage that’s superior to competitors’ full-size V6 and V8 conventional gasoline trucks and beats even midsize pickups with V6 engines.
The half-ton shootout appears in the April 2012 issue of Truckin’ magazine, on newsstands now. The test compares the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LTZ, Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab 4x4 and Nissan Titan 4x4 Pro-4X pickups to the winning Ford F-150. F-150 delivers class-leading towing capability of 11,300 pounds and hauling capacity of 3,030 pounds – a combination no other competitor can match.
To read the Truckin’ article, please click on this link: http://www.truckinweb.com/features/1206tr_truckins_2012_half_ton_truck_shootout/index.html
Ford F-150 continues to get recognition among the media, winning recent awards such as:
  • Motor Trend Truck of the Year
  • Cars.com Work Truck of the Year
  • Autobytel Truck of the Year award for the 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
  • Motor Week Drivers’ Choice Award
  • Most Rugged Truck Brand, Kelley Blue Book 2012 Brand Image Award
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas
  • Vincentric Best Value in America award for Full-Size, Half-Ton Pickups
  • Ford F-150 is manufactured at Ford’s Dearborn and Kansas City production facilities.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant Starts Third Shift to Meet Growing Demand for Fuel-Efficient EcoBoost V6 Engines

 

  • Ford adds third shift at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to meet demand for its popular, fuel-efficient V6 engines – including EcoBoost® engines, the cornerstone of Ford’s commitment to deliver affordable fuel economy to millions
  • The third shift, requiring approximately 250 jobs, primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is ending production
  • Ford’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engines built at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 power Ford Taurus, F-150 and Flex; and Lincoln MKS and MKT; the Cleveland-built 3.7-liter V6 engines power Mustang and F-150

CLEVELAND, May 1, 2012 – Growing customer demand for cars and trucks powered by Ford’s fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® and 3.7-liter V6 engines brings a third shift of engine production to Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 beginning Monday.
“Our engine plant in Cleveland is the first and only facility in North America to produce EcoBoost engines, and we are tripling production capacity to meet customers’ growing needs for fuel-efficient engines,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas, at an employee celebration at the plant today.” EcoBoost engines are a key part of our plan to give customers the power of choice – from EcoBoost-powered vehicles and hybrids to plug-in hybrids and full electrics.”
Introduced in 2009 on the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS, EcoBoost technology combines direct injection and turbocharging.
This solution has been popular with customers, who have purchased 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines since 2009. In 2011, Ford sold a record 121,000 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines when F-150 began offering an EcoBoost option.
In first-quarter 2012 alone, Ford sold more than 39,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, representing more than a 285 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011.
Cleveland Engine’s 3.7-liter V6 serves as the base engine for two iconic Ford vehicles – Mustang and F-150 – and is a favorite among customers.
The F-150 3.7-liter V6 outsells all other competitive V6 full-size trucks and carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The Ford Mustang equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 and available six-speed transmission broke new ground as the most fuel-efficient Mustang ever with 31 mpg highway and 19 mpg city.
The 250 jobs being added in Cleveland for running the third shift primarily will be filled by employees transferring from Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2, which is scheduled to end production later this week.
Later this month, Ford will add one shift of F-150 production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, allowing the company to better meet increasing demand for America’s best-selling vehicle.