Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ford’s New Luxury Pickups - 2013




From PickupTrucks.com: We got a chance to see Ford's new F-150 Limited up close and personal, as well as getting us behind the wheel for the first time of the 2013 Ford Super Duty top-of-the-line Platinum model with all the luxury comforts.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Want to Improve Your Love Life? New Survey Suggests Taking a Road Trip Together



  • Survey from YourTango.com, collaborating with Ford, shows couples use road trips for “quality time” that allows them to reconnect
  • Survey also shows most couples have a “back-seat driver” in the relationship, helping the real driver negotiate the road
  • Ford is ready to meet the needs and desires of today’s travelers with sleek, stylish Fusion – it lets drivers bring fun and comfort to the road
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 26, 2012 – Taking a road trip with your significant other? Chances are good the time together will improve your relationship.

In fact, 91 percent of couples have taken road trips together, and 84 percent agree the experience has strengthened their relationship, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 couples released by YourTango.com collaborating with Ford Motor Company.

YourTango.com, the digital leader in love and relationships, found other interesting relationship tidbits in its survey, as well. For instance, plenty of couples have a “back-seat driver” on board who “helps” the real driver negotiate the road:

  • 32 percent tell the driver they’re driving too fast
  • 27 percent tell them they’re going the wrong way
  • 22 percent tell them they’re not paying enough attention to their surroundings/traffic
  • 15 percent chide them for driving too slowly
After guiding the driver, the second most popular back-seat driving technique involves physical actions like holding the dashboard or pressing an invisible brake. In third place comes gasping and making other sounds of fright.

Finding quality time
Togetherness on the road presents an opportunity for quality time among couples in all sorts of ways.

Sixty-three percent of respondents agree or strongly agree they are affectionate with their partner while driving; they hold hands or share a kiss at a red light. Fifty-seven percent say driving is a good time to discuss important topics with their spouse or partner.

In fact, respondents said their three favorite ways to pass the time are:

  • Talking and catching up with each other (63 percent)
  • Blasting our favorite music (60 percent)
  • Getting some quiet time and taking in the sights (37 percent)
“We were excited to learn Ford is eager to provide couples a space to communicate and enjoy quality time together on the road ‒ such an insightful, worthwhile objective,” says YourTango CEO Andrea Miller. “With so many couples struggling with stress and looking for ways to stay connected, we can now offer a new, easy answer: Try going on a road trip!”

The responses to the survey were gratifying to Ford.

“Ford has always believed that getting there is more than half the fun; that’s why we’re so excited about the new Fusion,” said Samantha Hoyt, Ford Fusion Marketing manager. “With its sleek styling, comfortable interior and customer-centered technology, it’s all about taking those good times on the road.”

Comfort is definitely a factor, agree YourTango respondents. Seventy-three percent say a car’s interior affects their level of comfort on the road; 42 percent say the noises their car makes affects their driving experience; and 77 percent say an upgrade to the features of their vehicle would improve their togetherness in the car.

Additional survey findings include:

  • 56 percent say the best driving conversations focus on the present – sights, news, other drivers, followed by 19 percent who say the best discussions involve the future: marriage, kids, home buying, etc.
  • 35 percent of couples surveyed have been on eight or more road trips together
  • 68 percent describe their road trips as “fun-filled” or “relaxing”
Survey details and additional insights are available on YourTango.com/LoveOnTheRoad.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2013 Transit Connect Overview


2013 Ford Transit Connect Offers Car-Like Dynamics, Safety Features in Global Package Built to Deliver
Highly configurable interiors, generous cargo space, easy loading and unloading, and exceptional maneuverability are hallmarks of the 2013 model year Ford Transit Connect. Transit Connect also includes car-like convenience features such as standard first-row front and side airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and Ford’s acclaimed AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control).
Transit Connect highlights
  • Class-leading fuel economy, at 27 mpg highway
  • Available engine prep packages that allow conversions to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied propane gas (LPG)
  • Chassis developed to meet demanding global standards for commercial vehicles
  • Configurable as a van or with seating for five as a wagon
  • Liftover height of less than two feet to access up to 129.6 cubic feet of cargo volume
  • Full array of available bulkheads, racks, bins and other storage solutions
  • Compact turning radius of 39 feet curb-to-curb adds maneuverability
  • Available with Ford’s Motoring Mobility Package to prepare for upfitted modifications to help assist physically challenged drivers and/or passengers
  • Ford’s leading safety and security features, including:
    • AdvanceTrac with RSC
    • First-row airbags, front and side
    • Four-wheel anti-lock braking system
    • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children) system for outboard second-row positions, for safely securing child safety seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rack-It and Sure-Fit Focuses on Strength and Good Looks




Video shot by television show "World's Greatest" which highlights products from leading manufacturers in their industry.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Features Galore! Harbor Trademaster Demo Video




Warren Mason, Sales and Marketing Manager at Harbor Truck
Bodies gives us a great demonstration of the Harbor Trademaster Service Body.
See more at http://www.htbi.net


Thursday, September 20, 2012

DuraRac® Shelving System by Masterack


Ford E-Series


DuraRac® Shelving System - The DuraRac® Interior Shelving System lets you slide the entire storage system outside your vehicle for easy access. Your van's interior storage has never been used to efficiently! No crawling into the van on an unseen object or tool, pullout shelves bring everything within easy reach! Standard configuration includes three shelves that can be easily adjusted to fit your needs.


Features and Benefits:
  • Commercial grade-drawer slides that extend fully. Heavy duty modular system.
  • Easily add shelves, drawers, and dividers.
  • Trade packages available for caterers, florists, parcel delivery, painters, and general contractors, call for details.
Find more Masterack Products at: http://www.masterack.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

All-New Ford Transit Makes Global Public Debut at IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover



  • All-new global Transit developed under the One Ford product strategy to go on sale in six continents, including Europe, North America and other key worldwide markets
  • All-new Transit replaces heavier 2-tonne Transit models in Europe and worldwide markets, and will take over from the popular E-Series in North America
  • Offering a huge range of body styles and derivatives, all-new Transit delivers class-leading load-carrying ability, exceptional durability, and targets best-in-class fuel economy

HANOVER, Germany, Sept. 18, 2012 – The all-new Ford Transit makes its global public debut at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, marking the arrival of a new generation of global Transit commercial vehicles.

The new generation Transit has been developed under the One Ford product strategy for sale in six continents, including Europe, North America and other key markets worldwide.
Offering a huge range of body styles and derivatives, the all-new Transit is engineered to deliver class-leading load-carrying ability, exceptional toughness and durability, and targets best-in-class fuel economy.

“The Transit van is going global, and we’ve made it more productive, more fuel efficient and tougher than ever before,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe.
“With its legendary Transit and E-Series models, Ford has more experience of creating market-leading commercial vans around the world than any other manufacturer, and this all-new Transit will move the game on once again.”

Next-generation global commercial vehicle platform
The all-new Transit is based on a state-of-the-art global platform, engineered to underpin the next-generation of Ford commercial vans worldwide. It forms part of an unprecedented renewal that will see complete redesign of its commercial vehicle range for Europe over the next two years.

Within Europe and worldwide markets, the new model replaces the heavier 2-tonne Transit derivatives, and joins the exciting new 1-tonne Transit Custom in the line-up. In North America, where Transit makes its debut, it will eventually take over from the best-selling E-Series range.

The vehicle was engineered in Ford’s commercial vehicle Centre of Excellence in Europe – building on decades of experience developing market-leading Transit models – supported by the company’s full global product development resources.

New level of capability and versatility
The all-new Ford Transit brings a new level of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market, with an unmatched range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple wheelbases, roof heights and chassis cab/cowl versions.

The purposeful, modern exterior design conceals a load area sized to accommodate key distribution industry required dimensions and maintain best-in-class payload. A range of innovative loadspace features make operator usage easier and more secure.

Compared to the outgoing Transit, load volume has been increased by around 10 percent model-for-model, with the largest “Jumbo” van now capable of swallowing a massive 15.1 m3 SAE of cargo. In addition, an all-new Chassis Cab SuperJumbo derivative will enable 5 m floats or box bodies to be accommodated.

Particular emphasis has been placed on making the vehicle simple to modify for body builders, upfitters and camper van converters, so all customer requirements can be satisfied.

For Europe, the all-new Transit is powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a choice of three power ratings (100 PS, 125 PS, 155 PS), and a standard 6-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions will be available.

The comprehensive range of bodystyles and derivatives includes Van, Double Cab-in-Van (DCiV), Kombi, Kombi Van and Bus models, plus Chassis Cab and Chassis Cowl versions. Vans are available in three different lengths and two different roof heights with multiple gross vehicle mass options of up to 4.7 tonnes. This combines with the all-new Transit Custom 1-tonne range to deliver a significantly expanded overall line-up.

In North America, customers can choose from several engines, including the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive and at least 25 percent better fuel economy than a comparable E-Series. Multiple roof heights and wheelbases will be available. North American Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150.

Outstanding cost-of-ownership, driver appeal and durability
Minimising overall cost-of-ownership was a high priority throughout the vehicle design and development, and the all-new Transit delivers minimised maintenance, repair and insurance costs, and targets best-in-class fuel economy.

An all-new interior, with a stylish and functional instrument panel, incorporates a range of smart stowage solutions. The cabin is significantly more spacious than the outgoing model, with increased shoulder room, head clearance and visibility, plus a more comfortable driving position with a fully-adjustable steering column.

A wide range of convenience features and driver assistance technologies featured on Ford’s latest passenger cars can also be specified, including the Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system with Emergency Assistance, a rear view camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning.

The Transit brand has established a legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global model has been engineered to extend that tradition, starting with its immensely strong unibody construction featuring high-strength and ultra-high-strength/boron steels.

The vehicle has been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent global commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.

In Europe, the all-new Ford Transit is due to go on sale in late-2013 with deliveries starting by the end of the year. In North America, the all-new Transit is scheduled to go on sale by the fourth quarter of 2013.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sortimo Storage Solutions for The Knapheide KUV Body


Mike Soich of Knapheide Manufacturing shows us their partnership with the world leader in storage solutions in vehicles, Sortimo. Knapheide has designed special shelves prepunched to accomodate varied box sizes to allow for maximum storage and to match individual business needs and desires. It is a brilliant use of the space and helps people be more efficient and effective. The Sortimo boxes are available in the Knapheide KUV body, and all of Knapheide's service body products.

Find all Knapheide products at www.knapheide.com and you can see the full range of products from Sortimo at www.sortimo.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Harbor Cargo Enclosure With Barn Doors or Tailgate


Harbor offers the 2 and 3 piece Cargo Bed Enclosures and two
choices for access to the enclosed cargo bed area. 

Cargo Bed Enclosures are very popular options that help keep cargo in the bed area out of sight and secure. They are available in 2-piece for 8' and 9' bodies and that opens up approximately 50% of the bed area when the top is pushed all the way rearward and the 3-piece for the 8' and larger bodies that opens up approximately 66% of the bed area. The 3-piece Enclosure is available as a Raised Enclosure with barn doors on the rear for the secured transport of taller items.

The 3 piece Enclosure choices for access are Rear Barn Doors or the Tailgate design. The choice may be governed by the load when loading or unloading normal cargo such as equipment or tools. For example, heavy loads may be set into the bed area with the barn doors open and not risk damage to the tailgate. On the other hand perhaps longer loads would be better supported with an open
tailgate.


Visit our website at www.htbi.net and call Harbor at 800-433-9452.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Ford Reveals All-New Global Transit and Transit Connect Commercial Vehicles at ‘Go Further’ Event



  • Ford unveils its new generation of Transit commercial vehicles, developed on all-new global platforms for sale in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets
  • Tough, functional and professional, the all-new Ford Transit brings a new level of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market; it replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit in Europe and worldwide markets, and replaces the E-Series in North America
  • Stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect delivers outstanding performance across load carrying ability, dependability and fuel economy, for a best-in-class cost of ownership package
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 6, 2012 – Ford today revealed a new generation of world-class Transit commercial vehicles at its “Go Further” event.

Developed under its “One Ford” global product strategy in Europe, the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect models will be sold in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets, with product ranges tailored to the needs of customers in each region.

“These new products will carry more, work harder, last longer, and cost our customers less to operate – just as Ford Transits have done for 47 years,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The unprecedented launch of two all-new Transit models will extend Ford’s leadership in serving commercial vehicle customers around the world.”

The introduction of the new generation Transit and Transit Connect models is a major step in Ford’s commitment to completely redesign its entire commercial vehicle line-up for Europe by the end of 2013.

Using the latest global platforms, the two models highlight Ford’s new approach to delivering the next generation of class-leading commercial vehicles to meet the needs of customers in all worldwide markets.

The new range builds on almost 50 years of experience in creating market-leading commercial vans and was engineered at Ford’s Centre of Excellence for commercial vehicles in Europe;  applying global product development resources.

The all-new Ford Transit replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit derivatives in Europe and other worldwide markets, and will eventually replace the popular Ford E-Series range in North America. Tough, functional and professional, new Transit brings new levels of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market.

Offering a comprehensive range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple wheelbases, roof heights and new chassis cowl versions, all-new and more capable Transit is tailored to the needs of key worldwide markets.

For Europe, a full range of Transit bodystyles and derivatives, offering front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, will be powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.

In North America, customers can choose between two gasoline engines – the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 and an additional V6 unit – or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive. 

Multiple roof heights are available, including a unique low roof version, plus multiple wheelbase derivatives and a selection of regular and heavy-duty chassis cabs. North American Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150.

The stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect will deliver new standards for the sub-one-tonne segment for load-carrying ability, cost of ownership and dependability.

Available in a choice of short and long wheelbase versions, the new Transit Connect will offer European and North American customers the most flexible and functional loadbox in the segment, with a host of innovative features to enhance everyday productivity.

Transit Connect features the latest low-CO2 powertrain technologies to deliver best-in-class fuel economy in all of its target markets. In Europe, the engine line-up will include highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines, while the U.S. market will benefit from a tailored range of gasoline powertrains.

The new model has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, and offers the latest Ford interior technologies and driver assistance features.

The Ford Transit brand has established a legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global Transit products have been engineered to extend that tradition. Both the all-new 
Transit and all-new Transit Connect have been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.

“Our new global Ford Transit products will be totally fit for purpose,” said Nair. “These are the strongest, most capable and most efficient commercial vans we have ever built – this is the start of a new chapter in the Transit success story.”

In Europe, deliveries of the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are due to start by the end of 2013.
In North America, the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are scheduled to go on sale by the fourth quarter of 2013.

The two new global models join the Transit Custom in Ford’s renewed commercial vehicle line-up for Europe. Targeting the one-tonne market, the all-new Transit Custom is now on sale across European markets. It will not be introduced in North America but will be launched in other selected other global markets later.

Please visit http://gofurther.fordmedia.eu for more information.