Friday, November 29, 2013

Henry Ford and Ford Community Programs Celebrated on New Float in Nationally Televised Parade on Thanksgiving Day

  • Ford Motor Company’s new float for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van was unveiled by Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford to hundreds of Ford employees today in front of Ford World Headquarters
  • A giant likeness of company founder Henry Ford has the seat of honor on the float; his great-great-granddaughter Elena Ford will ride on the float on Thanksgiving Day
  • The 100-foot-long float also recognizes Ford’s continuing commitment to community development through the activities of Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Volunteer Corps
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford today unveiled the company’s new float for America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van to hundreds of Ford Motor Company employees gathered outside Ford World Headquarters. The 100-foot-long float celebrates Henry Ford’s vision to open the roadways and make a difference in communities worldwide.

The float includes a giant likeness of Henry Ford sitting in front of a birthday cake that marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. Also featured are a giant globe and a Ford Focus, the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate, in recognition of the company’s global reach.

Six giant screens on the float show the contributions that Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Volunteer Corps members make around the world.

One of the country’s largest and longest-running parades, America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van will take place this Thursday in downtown Detroit.

“The parade is a great Detroit Thanksgiving Day family tradition, as well as an opportunity to celebrate our communities and encourage our neighbors to get involved,” said Bill Ford. “This new float is an exciting way to recognize both the legacy of our company’s founder and our investment in communities through funding of creative programs and the work of our Ford Volunteer Corps.”

Elena Ford, vice president for Ford global dealer and consumer experience and great-great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, will ride on the float in the Thanksgiving Day parade. Forty members of the Ford Volunteers Corp will walk alongside the float.

“Henry Ford and his legacy helped shape our region – and the world,” said Tony Michaels, president and CEO, The Parade Company, which puts on the Thanksgiving Day parade. “We appreciate what Ford Motor Company continues to provide for our community.”

As official parade vehicle, more than 40 Ford cars and trucks will take part in the festivities, including F-Series, Mustang and other Ford vehicles that will carry celebrities and pull floats.

The nearly three-mile-long parade starts at 8:45 a.m. at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street near the DIA. The parade will be featured locally on WDIV-TV and WJR-AM, and the first hour will be aired in 140 markets across the country.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ford Motor Company and Mustang Club of America to Mark 50 Years of Mustang with Twin Birthday Celebrations

  • A celebration of Ford Mustang will take place April 16 through April 20, 2014, to honor 50 years of the iconic car
  • Open to enthusiasts from around the world, the event is so large it will be held at two locations – Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Fans will enjoy a wide range of events from car cruises to live bands, ride-and-drives, exhibits, celebrities and open-track exhibitions
The celebration of 50 years of Ford Mustang will be so large Ford Motor Company and the Mustang Club of America plan to simultaneously hold it at two locations from April 16 through April 20, 2014. Open to everyone, not just Mustang owners and MCA members, the event will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas.

“Working closely with Ford, we want to make the official Mustang 50-Year celebration the most important car event of 2014,” said Ronald D. Bramlett, Mustang Club of America executive director of the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration. “We hope everyone who loves this iconic car will join us to share their personal Mustang story.

“Whether you love modern or vintage Mustangs, Shelby or Boss, racing or cruising, a new fan or have been enjoying the lifestyle for years, we’ll have something memorable for everyone at both locations.”

Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, two of the most prestigious racetracks in the United States, are positioned to allow the maximum number of enthusiasts worldwide to attend the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration. MCA will also organize “Pony Drives” so Mustang owners can travel in an organized group to each venue.

“Mustang enthusiasts are among the most passionate fans in the world,” said Steven Ling, Ford car marketing manager. “These twin events are really for them. We’re proud to be part of this celebration of a car that’s often called the soul of Ford Motor Company.

“Everyone has a Mustang story, and we will give people a forum to express those stories with others who also love this car.”

The original American pony car has been extremely successful for Ford, with more than 9 million sold throughout its lifetime. A key aspect to its success is that the car has always been offered in a variety of configurations, appealing to a wide variety of people.

“One of the highlights at both venues will be a display featuring examples from each of the first 50 model years of Mustang,” said Bramlett. “We’ll include cars released in April 1964 to the latest models out of Flat Rock Assembly Plant.”

Since the Ford Mustang was launched at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, it has become an important part of pop culture. Mustang has more than 3,000 appearances in film and television, plus hundreds of musical references. With nearly 5.5 million fans, Mustang is the world’s most popular automotive nameplate on Facebook.

Always evolving, each new model year of Ford Mustang has been embraced over the decades, offerings people a way to express themselves. Mustang has been a canvas for personalization. From 600-horsepower-plus versions that can exceed 200 mph to the most affordable models that get more than 30 mpg and deliver more than 300 horsepower, Mustang’s universal appeal has made it a symbol of Americana.

Twin celebrations
The tentative schedule for both venues is:
  • Wednesday, April 16 – The first official day of the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration will feature vendors and exhibits as pony drives and members arrive
  • Thursday, April 17 – With April 17, 1964 acknowledged as the official birthday of Ford Mustang, Mustang Club of America will conduct opening ceremonies followed by a host of activities. Fans will enjoy a birthday celebration complete with cake and everyone singing “Happy Birthday.” Track time, Ford ride-and-drives, hot laps and other interactive activities are planned. Car displays, vendors and special exhibits will all be there to celebrate Mustang’s 50th
  • Friday, April 18 – The event will be in full swing with track events such as road racing, drag racing and other interactive driving events. Car displays, vendors and special exhibits will be on hand. MCA will have a themed dinner with live entertainment
  • Saturday, April 19 – Festivities will follow the same pattern as Friday. The evening will feature the Saturday Night Banquet, with guest speakers and entertainment
  • Sunday, April 20 – Easter Sunrise Services will be offered at both tracks. There will be parade laps around both speedways, and other memorable activities and photo opportunities will fill the day. MCA will have closing ceremonies in the afternoon
Details are being formalized for the event. Information will be continuously updated on a special website, http://www.mustang50thbirthdaycelebration.com/ and at the MCA website, http://www.mustang.org/.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

About the Mustang Club of America

The Mustang Club of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, care, history, and enjoyment of all model years of Mustang, Shelby, Boss, Saleen, Roush, SVT Cobra, Steeda, and McLaren. Membership includes enthusiasts throughout the United States, Canada, and worldwide and more than 170 Regional Clubs.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

First CNG-Capable 2014 Ford F-150 Rolls Off the Line in Kansas City

  • 2014 Ford F-150 launches with gaseous-fuel prep option on the 3.7-liter V6 engine; it will be able to run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas
  • By next summer, Ford will offer eight vehicles that can run on clean-burning, inexpensive CNG/LPG and puts the company on track to sell more than 15,000 such vehicles this year
  • Nearly 20 states now offer or soon will offer tax incentives or rebates for CNG-converted vehicles
  • Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers offer a wide variety of CNG options to help customers find the most cost-effective solution to their diverse operating needs
Ford, America’s truck leader, began production of the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas, making Ford the only manufacturer with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.

The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 engine is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, and pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

When equipped with a bi-fuel CNG/LPG engine package, the 3.7-liter V6 F-150 is capable of achieving more than 750 miles on combined tanks of gasoline and CNG, depending on the tank sizes selected. The Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 has an EPA-estimated rating of 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined.

“Businesses and fleet customers have been asking Ford to make F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel’s low price and clean emissions,” said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.

CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs $315 before the customer chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Upfits run approximately $6,000 to $9,500 depending on fuel tank capacity.

CNG conversions can provide stability against fluctuating fuel prices as well as lower vehicle operating costs for fleet administrators. CNG sells for an average of $2.10 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country, representing a significant savings over unleaded regular fuel. The national average for unleaded regular fuel is $3.29 per gallon.

Customers also can accelerate the payback period by taking advantage of a growing number of state incentives. Nearly 20 states – including Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida – offer or soon will provide tax incentives or rebates for CNG-converted vehicles. In Florida, fleet customers will be eligible for rebates of up to $25,000 beginning in 2014.

Most CNG options
By next summer, Ford will offer eight commercial vehicles with a gaseous-prep option, a number no other full-line manufacturer can match:
  • Transit Connect van and wagon
  • Transit van, wagon, cutaway and chassis cab
  • E-Series van, wagon, cutaway and stripped chassis
  • F-Series Super Duty pickup and F-350 chassis cab
  • F-Series Super Duty chassis cab (F-450, F-550)
  • F-650 medium-duty truck
  • F53 and F59 stripped chassis
  • 2014 F-150 light-duty pickup
Customers are enthusiastically responding to this powerful array of choices. Since reintroducing the option in 2009, Ford has established itself as the leader in CNG/LPG engine sales. The company is on pace to sell more than 15,000 CNG/LPG-prepped vehicles this year, an increase of more than 25 percent from 2012.

AT&T is one of many Ford fleet customers that are finding value in CNG. The communications giant recently purchased 650 F-350 chassis cabs with the CNG-prep option.

“We’re almost halfway to our company-wide goal of deploying 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles by the end of 2018,” said Jerome Webber, AT&T vice president, global fleet operations. “Vehicles such as CNG F-350s from Ford have helped us avoid purchasing 7.7 million gallons of gasoline over the past five years while reducing our fleet’s emissions.”

Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers
Ford has established a rigorous qualification program for alternative-fuel vehicle modifiers. The QVM program is intended to help modifiers achieve greater levels of customer satisfaction and product acceptance through the manufacture of high-quality vehicles.

Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers offer a wide variety of CNG/LPG options to help customers find the most cost-effective solution to their diverse operating needs. Ford maintains the engine and powertrain limited warranty (five years or 60,000 miles); the modifier is responsible for the system component warranty.

Compressed natural gas
Compressed natural gas is mainly composed of methane. It is stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of approximately 3,600 psi. About 85 percent of the CNG used in the United States is produced domestically.

Another benefit of this alternative fuel includes cleaner emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies CNG usage can result in up to 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions.


About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The 2015 Ford F-450 6.7L Diesel Super Duty Debut at the State Fair of Texas




Ford introduced its 2015 F-Series Super Duty lineup at the Texas State Fair and the big news is a better Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine. They've also beefed up the F-450 to make it even tougher. The new Power Stroke features a larger GT37 turbocharger that measures 72.5 millimeters in diameter versus the smaller GT32 it replaces which came in at 64 millimeters. This means exhaust gases have a larger surface area to spin the turbo so you'll get extra power.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

F-Series Surpasses 2012 Sales; Innovations Help Ford Expand Truck Leadership Over Competitors

  • Ford F-Series sales have now surpassed 645,316 units, the total number of trucks sold in 2012; this year on average, one F-Series pickup sells every 42 seconds
  • F-Series is on track to be the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 32 straight years, and the best-selling truck for 37 straight years
  • Ford continues to outpace the competition, growing sales gap over the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500
Ford F-Series marked an important milestone today, with calendar year-to-date sales already surpassing full-year 2012 truck sales. F-Series sales have now exceeded 645,316 trucks, and are on pace to set the highest yearly sales total since 2006.

In October, F-Series sales of 63,803 trucks were up 13 percent, the sixth-straight month above the 60,000-vehicle mark. The last time Ford sold more than 60,000 trucks for six consecutive months was 2006.

“If our truck business continues at this rate through the end of the year, we will reach 60,000 F-Series sales for eight straight months, putting us on par with 2006, before the economic downturn,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst.

F-Series continues to outpace the segment, even as key competitors have launched new products, according to Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager.

“Through October, our leadership margin is nearly 220,000 units over Chevrolet Silverado and 67,000 over Silverado and GMC Sierra combined,” said Scott. “F-Series has outsold Ram by more than 330,000 units in the first 10 months of 2013, almost 50,000 more trucks than the gap a year ago.

“Despite new entries from our competitors, truck consumers continue to vote us No. 1 – day in and day out – with their checkbooks,” said Scott. “In 2013, F-Series had the highest owner loyalty, and we’ve won the R.L. Polk Automotive Loyalty award in the mid- and full-size pickup category 15 times in the last 17 years.”

Innovation, economic recovery drive F-Series sales
Ford F-Series sales in key markets leading the country’s economic turnaround – including the Northwest, West and Southeast – are outpacing the nearest competitor by 50 percent. F-Series innovations such as EcoBoost® fuel-saving engine technology and the MyFord Touch® connectivity system are helping Ford expand its truck leadership.

Ford’s new F-150 STX value model is targeted at customers hit hard by the economic downturn but returning to work in the housing, energy and other markets that are seeing strong growth. STX sales quickly increased to 10 percent of all F-150 sales in 2013 from 3 percent in 2012. At the other end of the market, a segment Ford pioneered a decade ago, high-end F-Series trucks now lead with more than 50 percent share.

Western housing, tech growth
F-Series is outselling its nearest competitor by more than 65 percent in western markets, where California is experiencing rapid real estate growth and the technology industry is making Oregon and Washington two of the country’s fastest-growing states.
  • From 2008 to 2013, California has sold more F-Series vehicles than any other state except Texas
  • Fuel economy resonates more in the West; 45 percent of customers in northwestern states order EcoBoost compared to the 38 percent average
  • MyFord Touch was added to F-150 in 2012, and resonates particularly well in the Northwest
Central natural gas boom
In the past five years, truck sales in the upper Midwest and Plains states represent the most significant percentage growth in F-Series trucks; this growth is tied mainly to expansion of domestic energy exploration and the renewable energy industry.
  • From 2008 to 2013, F-Series sales grew 156.8 percent in North Dakota – the company’s fastest-growing state by percentage – quadrupling the growth of No. 2, Texas. Montana is No. 3 at 121 percent and South Dakota is No. 4 at 112.5 percent
  • Natural gas-powered Ford vehicle sales expected to rise 25 percent this year
  • The energy sector, along with housing, is driving F-Series sales in the traditionally strong Texas market, with growth of 27 percent since 2008, to 500,000 trucks
The 2014 Ford F-150 is on sale now, featuring the new F-150 Tremor, the world’s first EcoBoost-powered sport truck, and a new compressed natural gas prep option for customers to convert their F-150 to run on clean-burning, inexpensive CNG.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ford F-350 Crew Cab Gas Chassis with 10' Landscaper Dump



Don shows off an F350 Dual Rear Wheel Crew Cab Chassis with gas motor, and a 10' Steel side Landscape Dump Body with hoist sub-frame and Class IV receiver. One of the many upfitted commercial trucks at Northside Ford Trucks. See more at http://www.northsidetrucks.com, or call 800-757-4535

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Hits 400,000 Sales, Saving 45 Million Gallons of Gas Annually

 

  • F-Series is outselling the nearest competitor in the western U.S. market by 67 percent, where EcoBoost makes up 45 percent of F-150 sales
  • F-150 EcoBoost owners collectively are saving an estimated 45 million gallons of gas annually, all while towing and hauling more than the competition
  • This estimated 45 million gallons of fuel savings exceeds the estimated fuel savings of all Toyota and Tesla plug-in electrified vehicles sold in the U.S.
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 14, 2013 – Sales of Ford F-150 with EcoBoost® – launched less than three years ago – have already topped 400,000 units in the United States.
 
Ford is delivering great fuel economy across our lineup, from EcoBoost in our F-150 and 15 other vehicles to our electrified vehicles,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Fuel economy is the No. 1 unmet need for truck customers, which is why the F-150 EcoBoost’s leading combination of fuel economy and capability is resonating so well.”
 
F-150 EcoBoost helped F-Series surpass 60,000 sales in October, the sixth-straight month it achieved this milestone – and the first time since the period of April through September 2006. This includes outselling the nearest competitor in the western United States by 67 percent, where the housing and technology industries are driving truck sales and where EcoBoost technology is proving particularly popular.
 
In the U.S. northwest, F-150 customers choose EcoBoost 45 percent of the time compared to the national average of 38 percent. Oregon and Washington – the second- and third-fastest growing states, respectively, according to a June CNN Money report – are key markets for F-150 EcoBoost sales.
 
Outsaving Toyota, Tesla
Ford’s strategy to deliver fuel-saving technology across its lineup is helping customers conserve at the pump, with F-150 owners making a big dent in gasoline usage.

In fact, F-150 EcoBoost owners collectively are saving an estimated 45 million gallons of gas annually, while out-towing competitive trucks of similar vintage by at least 1,000 pounds. This estimated 45 million gallon savings exceeds the estimated fuel savings of all Toyota and Tesla plug-in electrified vehicles sold in the U.S. through October, and assumes these electrified vehicles use no gasoline, replace the same number of 2010 F-150 V8 4x4 trucks and drive 15,000 miles per year.
 
Estimated fuel savings are based on the EPA-estimated combined ratings for 2011-13 F-150 EcoBoost models and for the same mix of 5.4-liter V8-equipped 2010 F-150 models, across 400,000 units and 15,000 miles of driving a year. F-150 EcoBoost sales are comprised mostly of 4x4 trucks with EPA-estimated ratings of 15 mpg city and 17 mpg combined, and a smaller percentage of 4x2 trucks with EPA-estimated ratings of 16 mpg city and 18 mpg combined. Ford has had success transitioning many customers to the new EcoBoost offering.
 
F-150 EcoBoost is a great example of how our customers save at the pump while outworking the competition,” says Scott.
 
2-millionth EcoBoost
Ford recently celebrated the 2-millionth EcoBoost engine produced globally since the 2009 launch of the engine line. Growing customer demand for EcoBoost-powered vehicles in major markets worldwide is driving engine production higher. Factory output now averages more than 100,000 engines per month, up from 65,000 units in 2012.

Ford EcoBoost can deliver great performance and lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popular with consumers around the world,” says Joe Bakaj, vice president, powertrain engineering for Ford. 

“EcoBoost engines are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day, and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.”
 
EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy. This year, EcoBoost will be available on more than 90 percent of North American nameplates, rising to 95 percent by 2015.
 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ford F-650 Gas Low-Profile Cab Chassis with 18' Flatbed and Steel Gates



Don Beezley, Commercial Sales Manager at Northside Ford Trucks in Portland, Oregon shows off an F-650 Gasoline powered chassis with an 18' Flatbed with 48" Steel Gates and Class V Receiver. This unit is also a low profile model with 19.5" wheels and lower profile tires to make it convenient to get in and out and load the vehicle. See more at http://www.northsidetrucks.com, or call 800-757-4535

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ford Mustang and F-Series Named ‘Hottest Car and Truck’ of 2013 SEMA Show

  • SEMA Award honors the most popular vehicles chosen by specialty equipment manufacturers as the best platforms for accessorizing and showcasing this year’s hottest cars and trucks
  • Ford Mustang officially recognized as “Hottest Car” at the 2013 SEMA show for the second consecutive year, while Ford F-Series recognized as “Hottest Truck” for fourth year in a row – a testament to the popularity of Mustang and F-Series with enthusiasts
  • More aftermarket accessories are available for Ford vehicles, including Mustang and F-Series, than for any other automaker
Ford Mustang and Ford F-Series are officially the “Hottest Car and Truck” at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association show. The SEMA Award – presented today – recognizes the most popular vehicles SEMA members feature in their displays at the organization’s weeklong trade show in Las Vegas.

Before this year’s show opened, SEMA officials walked the floor of the giant aftermarket expo and counted the number of new 2013 and 2014 cars and trucks exhibited in booths. More Ford Mustangs and F-Series are on display than any other car or truck – testament to the popularity and appeal of Ford vehicles.

“Ford was the first automaker to share detailed vehicle specs with SEMA members,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Thirty years later, we’re proud that more aftermarket accessories and parts are created for Ford vehicles than for any other automaker.”
The specialty parts market has grown to a $31 billion industry, which translates into more than 1 million U.S. jobs, according to SEMA.

Ford at SEMA highlights
Ford’s 27,000-square-foot indoor exhibit is home to 57 customized vehicles, including “Vandemonium” – 10 Ford Transit Connect Wagons and cargo vans treated as blank canvas by aftermarket tuners to illustrate the vehicle’s use beyond family or commercial transportation. Aftermarket modifications include eye-catching paint and new fascia, but the customization goes much deeper. The builders incorporated a functionality into the vehicles that captures the spirit of Transit Connect, including creating a mobile boutique, a working bike shop and a portable two-person gaming lounge.

Ford’s exhibit also includes Snakebit, a custom 1956 F-100 pickup, presented by KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed. Snakebit features Ford’s supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine and styling cues that pay homage to classic Shelby Mustangs. The truck will be auctioned off next year for charity.

Ford offers race fans at SEMA the opportunity to be among the first to play Xbox One’s “Forza Motorsport 5,” which goes on sale Nov. 22. Enthusiasts can take the new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST for a virtual spin at the exclusive Xbox One demo stations on the show floor, including the custom-designed Fiesta ST MRT Xbox show car.

At the 110,000-square-foot “Ford Out Front” display outside Las Vegas Convention Center, attendees will see how Ford takes customers further on the road, off the road and at the track. Media will have the chance to ride in RallyCross Fiestas driven by Ken Block and Tanner Foust. Fans can also get in on the action, with ride sessions offered for the Fiesta ST and F-150 SVT Raptor used at Ford-sponsored racing schools.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ford F-250 with 8' Reading Service Body In Matching Gray Metallic



Thought white is a common color for commercial trucks, many prefer to have color set them apart. Don shows off an F-250 Regular Cab Chassis with a Reading 8' Service Body painted gray metallic to match the cab. See more at http://www.northsidetrucks.com or call 800-757-4535

Friday, November 8, 2013

Snakebit at SEMA: Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed Unveil Custom 1956 Ford F-100, to Be Auctioned for Charity in 2014

  • KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, unveil custom 1956 Ford F-100 pickup
  • Custom 1956 Ford F-100, aptly named Snakebit, features styling cues
    that pay homage to classic Shelby Mustangs; power is supplied by Ford’s
    supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine
  • Snakebit will be auctioned next year by Barrett-Jackson, with
    proceeds going to help fund a children’s hospital in Tweed’s hometown in
    Canada

Snakebit, a custom 1956 Ford F-100 with styling cues that salute the great Shelby Mustangs, was unveiled today by KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, as part of Ford Motor Company’s display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show at Las Vegas Convention Center.

Snakebit is part of a fundraising effort to build a children’s hospital in Tweed’s hometown of Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan, one of only two Canadian provinces without a dedicated children’s hospital.

The project was originally conceived by Tom Foster, president of Saskatoon-based customizer Industrial Machine & Manufacturing, as a team-building exercise that could help raise funds for a new children’s hospital.

Called Wheels of Dreams, the project to design and build the custom truck was funded by the Ford dealer association in Saskatchewan. It will be auctioned off in 2014 by Barrett-Jackson.

The winning bidder will get one serious truck. Under the sectioned dual-skinned hood of the 1956 F-100 is a Ford Racing supercharged 5.4-liter V8 breathing through a high-performance exhaust system. A six-speed manual gearbox feeds the estimated 550 horsepower to the 20-inch rear wheels.

The wheelbase has been stretched five inches, while the box has been widened and dressed with a billet machined floor to mimic wood. It is topped with a custom tonneau cover. The headlights and sequential taillights are custom-built, while 18-inch front and the 20-inch rear wheels are also inspired by Shelby Mustangs.

The interior of this metallic gray beauty features handmade panels and two-tone leather. The knobs on the leather-wrapped dash are custom, as are the armrests. The leather bench seat, carefully contoured to match the look of a Shelby Mustang interior, is from Glide Engineering.

“The Wheels of Dreams project symbolizes how people can come together to meet the needs of our children and families by raising much needed funds for the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. “Just like the hospital, this concept car project started as an idea and a desire to do something better for our community.

“What began as a grassroots idea, the volunteers and supporters of Wheels of Dreams have turned into a major international fundraiser opportunity that will ultimately benefit our foundation and the children of Saskatchewan who require the services and care of a hospital,” added Boback-Lane.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 180,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2014 Ford Chassis Cab - Frame Strength



The crossmembers on the Super Duty® Chassis Cab frame are riveted, welded, or both, to optimize frame capability. There's also the steel C-channel up to 6.7-mm thick. Put this and more strong measures together and you'll know why Super Duty Chassis Cab delivers outstanding payload and towing capability. - See more at: http://www.fleet.ford.com/fleet-showroom/?brand=Ford&md=ChassisCab&yr=2014&sg=commercial-trucks#sthash.7wOrCJ6S.dpuf

Monday, November 4, 2013

Put A Little Color In Your Fleet! Northside Ford Trucks



Northside Ford Trucks stocks a lot of commercial vehicles, and though most are white, they are not all white and they can get you the truck you want in the color you want. Check out the website at http://www.northsidetrucks.com or call them at 800-757-4535




Saturday, November 2, 2013