Thursday, December 31, 2015

Van Lift Application with Full Door Seal Kit by Dhollandia



Dhollandia offers a van lift option that allows removal of existing van doors. This saves weight and offers the flexibility of a cantilever with a full door seal kit. Contact Dhollandia (855) 856-8225 or local distributor for more information.

By  Coleman Lidie

Business Development Manager at Dhollandia Liftgates




Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tommy Gate - Tuckunder Development Video





The Tommy Gate Tuckunder Development Video depicts the hard working staff at Woodbine Manufacturing Company and the production of the Tuckunder Series hydraulic lift. It was filmed on location in Woodbine,Iowa.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Boss Ice Control - Tailgate and Slide-In Spreaders


For BOSS, it all starts here in Iron Mountain, Michigan, where designing, innovating and manufacturing world-class snow and ice removal equipment is what we're all about. We are a worldwide leader in snow and ice control with a growing lineup of plows for trucks, UTVs, and ATVS, salt and sand spreaders and box plows built for the professional.



Developing the tools that make snowplow professionals' jobs easier and more efficient is our ultimate goal. It's been that way for nearly 30 years. We know what is takes to design, engineer and build products that work in the worst conditions imaginable. And we're working harder than ever to deliver the toughest, most reliable, most innovative snow and ice removal equipment. Because at BOSS, we're always here to back you up.

www.bossplow.com

Monday, December 21, 2015

How to set up a green fleet action plan with low-cost resources

Sustainability and putting green fleet policies into practice is an integral part of the global environmental solution; something that is now a legal requirement often regulated by new provisions. But there are also ancillary benefits:  companies project a better image if they are more eco-friendly as well as saving a great deal on fleet costs.

You might think it takes a huge amount of effort and a big budget to set up a green fleet action plan and get vehicles and staff more eco-friendly, but it is not really the case. There are some actions you can actually take without ruining yourself or spending large amounts of money, which can still bring great results.

Want to know more?

Let’s get started with our green fleet action plan!



#1 - Enjoy the benefits of GPS tracking

If you use a tracking system connected with software able to generate reports, you will gain insight into the driving style of your team, especially with regards to non-green practices that can influence the amount of emissions of your vehicles.

#2 - Reduce the use of your vehicles

You might think this literally means “downtime”, but it actually means optimising routes, making the most out of journeys and eliminating vehicle misuse—another simple way of making your fleet greener.

#3 - Avoid high environmental impact practices

Idling, dangerous driving practices and inefficiencies have to be removed—the less fuel you use, the less CO2 there will be in the atmosphere.

#4 - Do not overload your vehicles

It has to be clear for all drivers that they should only be transporting what is suitable according to their vehicle class, i.e., one vehicle to convey heavy goods and another for light commercial goods. This is not just for reasons of safety and fuel efficiency, but also to adopt the eco-driving ethic.

#5 - Let the fleet manager choose routes

With an adequate system at their disposal which can generate data from vehicles, the fleet manager will be able to choose routes that are greener and require less fuel than others. Feedback from drivers can also be essential, but the route has to be established with consideration to the data.

#6 - Ensure tyres have the correct pressure

Simple, but often forgotten… make sure vehicles have the correct tyre pressure.

Source: http://www.transpoco.com/blog/how-to-set-up-a-green-fleet-action-plan-with-low-cost-resources

by Eleonora Malacarne on Dec 11, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ford Accelerates Expansion of Electrified Vehicle Battery Research and Development, Benefiting Customers Worldwide


  • Ford is expanding its global battery research and development footprint for electrified vehicles this year, adding research and engineering capabilities in Europe and Asia to take advantage of new
    market opportunities

  • The company has invested in a world-class battery research and development facility at the University of Michigan to accelerate advanced battery research and development

  • Ford is the top seller of plug-in hybrid vehicles and second in total sales of  electrified vehicles in America and has recently expanded its offerings in growing markets, including China, Taiwan and
    Korea





DEARBORN, MICH., Dec. 10, 2015
– Ford is expanding its electrified vehicles research and development program in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub and spoke” systemthat allows the global team to further accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market-specific opportunities.

The global expansion also allows Ford’s Electrified Powertrain Engineering teams to share common technologies and test batteriesvirtually, in real time, to develop new technology faster while reducing
the need for costly prototypes.


Ford – the top seller of plug-in hybrid vehicles and second largest electrified vehicle seller in the U.S. – continues investing inelectrified vehicle technology, research and development teams.

This year, for instance, Ford expanded its Electrified Powertrain Engineering (EPE) program in Dearborn to focus on developing new and innovative technologies for electrified vehicles by hiring more than 120 additional electrified vehicle engineers and moving the EPE team into
its own dedicated facility, Ford Engineering Laboratory.


The expanded engineering capabilities enabled by the Ford Engineering Laboratory allow the team to control a network of world class facilities in China, England, Germany, and the U.S. Through this
network, the EPE team will take advantage of globally connected technologies to develop lighter and more durable EV batteries.

Ford also is expanding in China and Europe to accelerate battery technology research and development for new markets. By using an innovative hardware and software system called HIL, or
Hardware-in-the-Loop, the global team can test battery technology and control system hardware in a virtual environment to simulate how batteries and control modules would behave in different – often
punishing – environments in any part of the world.


Testing of batteries across a range of temperatures and charge/discharge cycling conditions is important for determining how quickly a battery could degrade in different parts of the world.

The global Ford team has used temperature testing extensively formore than a decade as part of its production battery design and validation process. Through testing, Ford has been able to develop more
durable batteries that can survive extreme cold and hot temperatures.


“Batteries are the life force of any EV, and we have been committed to growing our leadership in battery research and development for more than 15 years,” said Kevin Layden, director, Ford Electrification
Programs. “Battery technology has evolved rapidly since we launched our first volume electrified product, the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004, and we look forward to developing even better vehicle battery technology for our customers.”


The company recently expanded its offerings in growing markets, including Taiwan and Korea, where the company offers the Mondeo Hybrid. Ford also announced it is bringing the C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid andthe Mondeo Hybrid to China.

University of Michigan Battery Lab In
October, Ford, the University of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced a new $9 million battery lab at the University of Michigan that is helping the company develop batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive to produce.


The state-of-the-art, small-scale manufacturing facility uses the latest battery development and research technologies to replicate the performance of full-scale production batteries, allowing for faster
implementation in future production vehicles.


“The Battery Lab gives us an opportunity to test hundreds of chemistries and cell designs that can then be translated into the production line,” said Ted Miller, senior manager of energy storage
strategy and Research. “This is truly a world-class environment for Ford to develop and test industry-leading battery technology.”



About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across sixcontinents. With about 197,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, thecompany’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 www.corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Altec | Bodies Since 1929





ltec has been building truck bodies for more than 85 years and offers
the most innovative and dependable bodies in the industry. Altec bodies
are built using advanced engineering, technology and state-of-the-art
manufacturing processes. And, unlike the competition, Altec Bodies can
be designed to your exact specifications. Because we offer all three
industry materials: aluminum, fiberglass and steel, we don’t have a
bias. Whether it’s lightweight, cost-efficient or corrosion-resistant,
Altec offers and recommends the best material to fit your needs. Altec
also provides body only mounts.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Service Body & Custom Service Body Features by Highway Products Inc.





Highway Products service bodies transform the functionality and form of your truck into a professional work vehicle capable of incrediblestorage and accessibility, extending your capacity and capability far
beyond that of a standard truck bed. Service bodies and Custom Service Bodies are available for all make and models, and built for your unique needs, radically increasing your productivity and the quality of your work, all with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty Brings $1.3 Billion Investment, 2,000 New Jobs to Kentucky Truck Plant



  •     Kentucky Truck Plant creates jobs and makes investment to help support production of the all-new F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever
  •     $1.3 billion investment supports an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new truck
  •     Ford has invested more than $1.5 billion in the commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Louisville since 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky.,-  Ford Motor Company, America’s truck leader, will create 2,000 new jobs and invest $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.

Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty truck at Kentucky Truck Plant. Add to that the $80 million invested in 2014 to meet growing customer demand for Super Duty trucks and $129 million to support Lincoln MKC production at Louisville Assembly Plant, and Ford has invested more than $1.5 billion in the commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Louisville in the past two years.

“With the introduction of the all-new Ford Super Duty, America’s best-selling heavy-duty pickup, we expect to continue growing our truck leadership,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Through this investment, we are continuing to show our commitment to Kentucky and the city of Louisville, as well as bringing to customers industry-leading trucks to help them take care of business and earn a living.”


Kentucky Truck Plant

Kentucky Truck Plant produces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. The plant has produced more than 5 million Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was introduced in 1999.

“Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “Such success highlights our members’ hard work and dedication to building world-class, quality vehicles like the Super Duty.”

Ford began manufacturing vehicles in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees. Kentucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969, covers 6 million square feet and employs close to 4,400 people.

“This tremendous investment and commitment to new job creation reconfirms the strength of a more than century-long relationship between Kentucky and Ford Motor Company,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “We wholeheartedly appreciate Ford’s continued confidence in the commonwealth’s work force and pro-business environment, and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the future.”


Ford 2017 F-Series Super Duty

The all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup and chassis cab lineup is the toughest, smartest and most capable ever.

  •     Toughest: The all-new, high-strength steel frame; segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body; and stronger axles, springs and suspension create the only Built Ford Tough heavy-duty truck lineup that works as hard as Super Duty customers
  •     Smartest: Sixteen class-exclusive new features and up to seven cameras make Super Duty the ultimate tow vehicle; adaptive steering technology makes maneuvering easier
  •     Most capable: Ford-engineered, Ford-built gasoline and diesel engines and transmissions power the all-new Super Duty lineup that tows and hauls more than ever
Super Duty underpins Ford’s commitment to continuously provide advanced powertrains and innovative technologies that answer customer demands. Ford Trucks offer power, toughness and durability, making Ford the top-selling truck brand.


There are five models in the Super Duty lineup: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. The all-new Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant and goes on sale late next year.

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 197,000 employees and 67 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 www.corporate.ford.com.

Friday, December 11, 2015

From Salt Spreaders to ATV Platforms: Ford Tough Tests All-New Super Duty Cargo Boxes with Aftermarket Equipment


Ford engineers tough tested the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy cargo box of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty with popular aftermarket equipment, ranging from glass racks to salt spreaders to ATV carriers

  •     Testing was performed virtually using supercomputers to predict robustness and with maximum-loaded aftermarket equipment over some of the most extreme road surfaces available, from potholed durability courses to off-road terrain
  •     The all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty is the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty ever, leveraging advanced materials to reduce weight and featuring all-new, segment-exclusive smart technology to help increase customer productivity, comfort and convenience
From virtual torture testing in supercomputers to purpose-built potholes, Ford has tough tested the all-new Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – to make sure it’s ready for popular aftermarket cargo box equipment that ranges from glass racks to salt spreaders.

For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel cargo box and not subject to red rust corrosion.

The backbone of Super Duty is an all-new, fully boxed frame composed of more than 95 percent high-strength steel that is up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame.

The new truck line also features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles and towing hardware than the current Super Duty.

Together, high-strength steel and high-strength aluminum alloy help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds. Ford is reinvesting additional weight savings everywhere it counts to give customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before.

Ford Super Duty customers depend on their trucks to work hard every day across a variety of jobs,” said Kirk Leonard, vehicle integration engineer for Ford. “We drove prototype vehicles over the durability roads of the Ford Proving Grounds fitted with common aftermarket accessories to test the fitment and capability of our toughest pickup box ever.“

Before the first truck hit the roads at Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds, plenty of upfront work was accomplished virtually using supercomputers to predict and engineer cargo box robustness.

“Our team of vehicle integration engineers worked together to develop a unique design approach with the Ford Truck Body Engineering team to drive optimized panel shape, added reinforcements and up-gauged materials into the pickup box – all of which were proved beneficial in our evaluation,” explained Leonard.

During the design of the new truck, Ford body structure engineers ran countless hours of supercomputer simulations with various aftermarket equipment examples to predict box load performance. The focus was to ensure the all-new 2017 Super Duty cargo box was as tough or tougher than previous models.

“Our modeling analysis enabled us to improve the structure and strength of the box in the design phase of the truck,” said John Comiez, Ford body structure engineer.

Throughout the evaluations on extreme durability roads and off-road terrain, and even after overloading select equipment, the new box design stood up to the abuse, run after run. Upon completing the challenge, the vehicles were examined in the lab by the team. No concerns were found in either the supporting structure or the mounting surfaces.

The all-new Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant, and goes on sale late next year.

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 197,000 employees and 67 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 www.corporate.ford.com.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015



During the Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show® 2016, industry experts will provide insights and trends, as well as an overview of fuel and technology developments expected in the next few years.


New at the Green Truck Summit in 2016:

    Expanded curriculum uniting Green Truck Summit and Work Truck Show concurrent sessions

    Latest developments on Phase Two greenhouse gas regulations

    Presentation on economic benefits of commercial vehicle lightweighting


Learn more.


Join us March 1-3, 2016 at the Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, Indiana) for the Green Truck Summit.



Join NTEA today and save at The Work Truck Show

Not a member of NTEA and interested in attending the educational sessions? Join by Nov. 30, 2015 and receive one complimentary Conference & Trade Show package (up to a $299 value). Plus, get 15 months of membership for the price of only 12.


View more information or contact Luci Pfaff, NTEA senior member services manager, at luci@ntea.com or 248-479-8148.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Five Ford Transit Connect Vans Donated to Help Feed those in Need, from FL to AZ




Ford is helping to ensure more people have enough to eat this holiday season by donating five Transit Connect cargo vans to organizations that provide hunger relief services.


Ford is helping to ensure more people have enough to eat this holiday season by donating five Transit Connect cargo vans to organizations that provide hunger relief services.


The groups in the Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Phoenix and Dallas metropolitan areas will use the vans to pick up food, transport it to their facilities and deliver it to recipients.


Each Transit Connect van offers 103.9 cubic feet of cargo space and is capable of carrying 1,470 pounds, which equals more than 1,100 meals per vehicle per trip.


“The first step in creating a better world is helping to fulfill the most basic needs of our neighbors,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Motor Company Fund. “More than 48 million Americans live in fear of going hungry each day and these vehicles will deliver meals – not just during this season of giving but throughout the year.”


The program kicks off Dec. 7 with the donation of a Transit Connect to The Salvation Army of Kansas City. The organization last year served 497,590 meals through its corps community centers, social service centers and emergency feeding units – in addition to delivering more than 27,000 meals to homebound individuals. Earlier this year, Ford worked with The Salvation Army in Washington, D.C., to outfit a larger Transit van to serve as a mobile kitchen.


Ford will donate a second Transit Connect van to Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville on Dec. 8. Dare to Care partners with more than 300 local social service agencies to distribute food – providing more than 16 million meals in the past year.


Source: Automotive World


Photo Source: J.D. Power

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ford F-150 Surprises Construction Workers with Massaging Seats





We surprised some of the hardest working guys in Michigan with the
massaging seats now available on the Ford F-150. The new F-150 is more
than the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever. F-150 King
Ranch, Platinum and Limited editions offer passenger convenience
features rivaling high-end luxury vehicles, making F-150 versatile and
exceptionally comfortable to drive. With a maximum tow rating of up to
12,200 pounds and the first-ever multi-contour massaging seats available
for a full-size pickup, now you can work hard and reward yourself.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Detailed First Look





At the Texas State Fair, the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks were unveiled. Get your detailed first look inside and out, engines, and features.


Auto news with a reality check! New car, truck, SUV and crossover test drives, reviews and news posted daily!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ford Uses Allen Park Climatic Wind Tunnel to Prepare Vehicles for Winter




DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 13, 2015 – With Old Man Winter on his way, Ford vehicles are ready to meet the harsh demands of extreme cold and heavy snow. That, in large part, is thanks to the company’s climatic wind tunnel, which tests the winter-readiness and reliability of Ford vehicles in blizzard-like conditions. Ford moved snow testing to the Allen Park, Michigan facility in 2006.

Engineers bring the outdoors in


The climatic wind tunnel allows Ford to take cold weather testing off the roads and conduct it inside, where engineers can replicate wintry conditions year-round. At the facility, all Ford vehicles – from F-150 to Fiesta – are subjected to worst-case winter scenarios so they are prepared to navigate snowstorms.


Engineers simulate conditions from extreme freezing to blistering desert temperatures, from as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Wind testing conditions can reach hurricane-like speeds of up to 125 mph, blowing snow at the front of the vehicle to simulate a blizzard.


To simulate worst-case scenarios, Ford vehicles are required to carry a full load of passengers and cargo. Some are made to tow heavy loads in these conditions.


Since snow can choke a vehicle’s engine, engineers continuously monitor air intake. The team also checks whether shift linkages freeze up, and where on the vehicle snow accumulates.


Besides a four-hour test in the climatic wind tunnel, Ford vehicles also undergo two days of snow-related testing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near Sault Ste. Marie.


Equipped for slip

Ford prepares its vehicles to conquer winter with a stellar set of features, including a heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats available for Ford Explorer, as well as front and rear camera washers.


What’s more, Explorer’s intelligent four-wheel drive with Terrain Management System™ reassesses conditions about 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, providing precise handling and traction. The driver uses a dial on the center console to shift on the fly, selecting among four terrain management modes – normal, sand, mud and, of course, snow.


Ultimately, these features, along with the performance and endurance tests all Ford vehicles undergo, help ensure each one will perform safely and reliably – no matter the weather.


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 197,000 employees and 67 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 www.corporate.ford.com.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ford Named U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Truck Brand



DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 13, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report has named Ford its Best Truck Brand for 2016. F-Series has been the top-selling truck in the United States for 38 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle for 33 consecutive years.

F-Series continues to innovate, thanks to breakthrough towing technology, new Special Edition Appearance Packages, SYNC® 3 in-vehicle connectivity and alternative fuel capability. All-new, segment-first Pro Trailer Backup Assist available for the 2016 F-150 makes it easier for drivers, no matter their skill level, to back a trailer up.


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 197,000 employees and 67 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 www.corporate.ford.com.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nor-Cal Vans and Ford Transit Make It Easy To Move People Around





David Harvey or Nor-Cal Vans shows off the comfort and luxury of the interior of a new Ford Transit Passenger Van with some conversions for convenience by Nor-Cal Vans, such as a bus-style door to make entry and exit a breeze.

This unit is perfect for use by large businesses who have campuses and need to transport small groups from one venue to another, or livery companies, shuttle bus buyers, resort and hotels, and  hundreds of other uses where there is a need to move people around in a vehicle. This unit is so much less expensive than going with the typical cutaway chassis and shuttle bus style body mounted to it. This is mostly a Ford product that has been only lightly modified to make it more useful in these market segments.


See more at http://www.NorCalVans.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Why the Ford Transit Makes A Better Service Body Truck



Mike Lopez of Royal Truck Body shows us many reasons why the Ford Transit Cutaway Chassis with a 10.5' Royal Service Body may be a better choice than the conventional F250 or F350 chassis.

Some of these features are, the cab feels roomier, more options are available, much more glass area, great mirrors, rides less like a heavy duty truck,handles extremely well, rear vision is excellent, the chassis sits lower to the ground so entry and exit are easier, the body sits lower to the ground so you get a full size body but you don't have to be 6' 3" to see inside the open top lids. This units sits in about the same space as an
F250 with an 8' service body and yet this has a 10.5' body with deeper compartments too. Getting in and out of the back of the body is easier too. The list goes on.

See more about Royal at http://www.RoyalTruckBody.com

This video was shot at a Nor Cal Ford Truck Club event in October 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

JOMAC Ltd. introduces an Innovative All - Aluminum Service Body for the Ford Transit Chassis Cab



Ohio service body and mobile crane manufacturer, JOMAC Ltd. is bringing an all aluminum, fully optimized service body for the Ford Transit Chassis Cab to market. JOMAC’s Ford Transit Body is lighter weight and offers over 30 cubic feet of additional storage space in comparison with competitive product The aluminum constructed Transit Body offers a payload capacity of up to 4500 LBS. and is backed by JOMAC’s 10 - Year Return to Factory Warranty.

JOMAC’s all - aluminum constructed products provide improved fuel economy and are rust free for life. About JOMAC Ltd. JOMAC Ltd. is a manufacturer of aluminum truck bodies and mobile cranes located in Carrollton,Ohio USA

JOMAC specializes in designing and creating hand fabricated, highly customized service bodies for contractors and mobile services . JOMAC Ltd. has been manufacturing products for the service industry since 1988. For more information, please visit https://jomacltd.com


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ohio Farm Creates Giant Corn Maze Inspired by All-New Ford F-150



Inspired by the all-new Ford F-150, Leaders Farms near Napoleon, Ohio, has created a seven-acre corn maze as a tribute to Ford’s latesthalf-ton pickup – the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever.


Leaders Farms has been entertaining Midwestern families and local schools for 18 years with challenging corn mazes that can take up to an hour to complete – assuming visitors don’t get lost in the wheels.


“We are a multi-generation Ford-driving family,” said Kristin Leaders of Leaders Farms. “My husband Brad was reading a magazine last winterand saw the new F-150 design and loved it. We thought it would reallystand out as the feature of this year’s corn maze.”





Planning, designing and growing the maze is a year-round activity.Creating the F-150 design required GPS technology to precisely cut the shape of the truck into the corn field.


There’s also Big Jack – a massive pumpkin cannon mounted to the chassis of a restored Ford F-450 Super Duty. Big Jack is powered by a 500-pound, 30-psi compressed air tank that’s capable of launching pumpkins almost half a mile.


Leaders Farms is also home to 13 goats and 40 cows, and to Scout, the barnyard dog.

The giant maze is expected to produce about 1,120 bushels of corn. After the maze is finished for the year, the corn will be harvested and fed to cattle raised on the property.




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 197,000 employees and 67 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 www.corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Up-Tite Cargo Control - Tie Down Points... Where You Need Them!

Discovered at the 2015 ICUEE Show in Louisville, KY, Up-Tite cargo control system mounted on a Monroe Custom Service Body. This is a unique product found on many utility company bodies. It is very easy to locate or relocate hooks or tie downs where you need them.  Here are a few variations of the product carrying tools or securing loads.


 



Find out how it works at:


http://up-tite.com/HowItWorks/tabid/1493/Default.aspx


http://www.up-tite.com/

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sortimo By Knapheide Will Organize Your Work Out Of Cargo Vans





Please turn sound up!


Derek Schmidt shows off one of the many the Sortimo by Knapheide packages available for cargo vans to keep things where they can be found and not only have a cleaner, more organized environment in your van, but help make you do your work more efficiently. No more scrounging through piles of stuff. Now you can keep it in its place and even have boxes that you can transport to and from job sites too.


Sortimo by Knapheide is the best choice in the marketplace!


See more at http://www.Sortimo.Knapheide.com


This video was shot at a Nor Cal Ford Truck Club event in October 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ford Transit Cutaway with Knapheide KUV Body Makes Work Easy





Please turn sound up!


Derek Schmidt of Knapheide Manufacturing shows off some of the features of the Knapheide KUV body mounted on the Ford Transit Cutaway chassis.


The Ford Transit cutaway is a more perfect choice for the KUV body and with enhanced fuel economy from a smaller, yet powerful engine lineup, improved ride over the previousEconoline series, and much more, this chassis and body become a great team.


See more at http://www.Knapheide.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Micro Bird CT-Series



CT-Series
The new CT-Series, built on the Ford Transit chassis, offers a better fuel economy and a maximum visibility with the newly designed more-view window. Also, the wider aisle increases room for better passenger comfort.


Features Include:


More-View Window


Maximum visibility of the loading zone is provided by a fully-glassed entrance door and unobstructed “More-View” window. A 32" electric double-opening door comes standard.

One-Piece Roof Bows & Side Impact Barriers


One-piece galvanized steel roof bows enhance safety and roll over protection. The full-length, heavy gauge, galvanized steel side impact barriers with reinforced seat rail offer superior protection from side impact intrusions.


Up to 38% Better Fuel Economy


Thanks to its lightweight frame and aerodynamic design, the Micro Bird CT-Series can attain up to 38% better fuel economy when compared to other Type-A bus chassis.

Aluminum Side Body Panels


Aluminum Side Body panels for longevity and low repair costs


Find out more at:


https://blue-bird.com/blue-bird/Bus-Finder/Micro-Bird-CTSeries-26.aspx

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ford Friends and Neighbors Pricing Event



Guys and Gals! This is a HUGE DEAL! Now through January 4th, Ford will be holding for the first time ever a "FRIENDS and NEIGHBORS" pricing event. What does this mean you ask? It means that EVERYONE can get the pricing that typically only employees of Ford Partners (think PG&E, Pepsi Co, etc) are able to get.



This pricing is known as X Plan pricing. It's a set price which makes it wonderful when car shopping. You don't have to fret about negotiating or haggling because the price is already set at a very nice and low price saving you lots of money!



The Friends and Neighbors pricing event is available on ALL Models and Model Years other than specialty units such as our 50th Anniversary edition Mustang (currently on the showroom floor), Focus RS (not yet in stock), Mustang Shelby350 (not yet in stock), etc.



So hop to it and come on over while the inventory is still plentiful! Want to get a jump start right now at home? Visit our website to start shopping!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ford F550 Superduty's Crane and Manlift Chassis' Take the Show at 2015 ICUEE, Louisville



The 2015 ICUEE Show in Louisville was populated with dozens of cranes and manlifts mounted on Ford Superduty Chassis' - Crane Bodies. Attendees had the opportunity to visit booths containing a wide variety of products. Companies exhibiting Ford mounted lift products included, Altec, Versalift, Dura-Lift and Terex. Here are a number of Ford mounted products.








Thursday, November 5, 2015

Monroe Truck's Montana Gooseneck Flatbed on Ford Crew Cab




Please turn the sound up!

Dave Chapman of Monroe Truck Equipment shows off their 9.5' Montana steel flatbed with Gooseneck hitch. This unit also has storage boxes on both sides, a class 5 receiver on the rear, LED lighting. Notice how nicely the headboard flows with the lines of the chassis. The body is shown on a Ford F350 Crew Cab diesel 4x4, which is a very popular type of chassis for this body.

See more about this body at http://www.MonroeTruck.com

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SEMA Show - Las Vegas Convention Center - Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 3 - Nov 6, 2015


The SEMA Show takes place November 3 - November 6, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road; Las Vegas, NV 89109.


The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.


The 2014 SEMA SHOW drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase  featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars,
product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…


Note: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.

Find out more at: https://www.sema.org/sema-news/2015/11

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ford Teams up With San Jose High Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs to Boost Local Academic Achievement

  • Projected to impact 5,000 students in northern California, the Ford
    Driving Dreams Tour delivers scholarships and motivational activities to
    San Jose students.

  • Former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, a Stockton native, inspires
    high school students with his story of resiliency through a 12-year
    pursuit of his STEM career.

  • The Ford Driving Dreams Tour expands to the West Coast and includes middle school students for the first time in the U.S.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2015 – Thousands of students  today learned why completing high school improves their chances for later success, part of the message delivered by Ford Motor Company’s
innovative Ford Driving Dreams tour at its first-ever stop in northern California.

rd Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, kicked off the Ford Driving Dreams Tour in San Jose at an inspirational pep rally in Yerba Buena High School. The tour is slated to impact 5,000 northern California students in schools with high Latino concentrations. Designed
to motivate high school students to complete high school on time and pursue higher education, the program will also engage middle school students for the first time in the U.S.


“We are committed to playing an active role in the community, helping  level the playing field for students that want to succeed but lack the resources to do so,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, at the kick-off event in Yerba Buena High School
today. “With our local efforts through the Ford Driving Dreams Tour and the Palo Alto Research and Innovation Center, we continue to focus on education and innovation as our top priorities.”

The Ford Driving Dreams Tour presented a motivational pep rally,essay contest, and scholarships to high school students in four San Jose public schools. It is part of a long-term northern California community investment launched by Ford and its dealers in June.


Former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez and nationally recognized empowerment speaker Roy Juarez, Jr., whose powerful story was featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens, kicked off the program at a pep rally at Yerba Buena High School. It will be followed by motivational rallies at Andrew Hill High School, James Lick High School, and William C. Overfelt High School. All four schools are part of the East Side Union High School District. In partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), the California Tour will have impacted 4,000 high school students and 1,000 middle school students.


To underscore the importance of STEM careers, former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez spoke to the high school students, inspiring the youth to develop an indomitable spirit when pursuing their dreams. A Stockton native, Hernandez experienced spaceflight in a NASA mission and spent 13
days in orbit.

“I first got my dream as I hoed a row of sugar beets in a California field with my parents,” said former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez. “It took 12 tries to achieve my dream of becoming an astronaut. I am proof that with a good education, solid work ethic, and the right resources,any student’s dream – a dream that others may turn down the first 11 times – becomes a goal that can be fulfilled.”

In partnership with local Boys & Girls Clubs, approximately 1,000 students from local middle schools will participate in an essay contest which encourages them to reflect on their studies and future careers.

The essay contest will be open to the middle school students that attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley, Fresno County, Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties, Monterey County, and Greater Sacramento.Prizes include gift cards and iPads.


The Ford Driving Dreams Tour was designed by Ford Motor Company Fund to help Latino youth graduate on time and pursue higher education. Launched in 2012, the program has reached more than 30,000 students in Chicago, Indiana, Florida, Texas, and, most recently, Panama. Ford
Driving Dreams initiatives, including the Tour, have delivered more than $3 million in educational resources such as scholarships, college preparedness, tutoring programs, parental engagement, and motivational activities.

The $1 million investment in northern California includes education and community programs. This investment is part of Ford Fund’s Operation  Better World initiative. Launched in 2008, the Operation Better World framework enables Ford Fund dealers and other groups to collaborate on a strategic approach to philanthropy and more effectively meet community needs. Ford’s latest investments in northern California brings the total community investment amount to more than $4.5 million over the last 10 years.


Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, invests more than $8 million a year in scholarships and other education initiatives. In addition to Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Fund educational programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning,
Ford College Community Challenge and the Ford STEAM Lab.


B-Roll footage is available at https://youtu.be/1RccFlsLjmI

For more information, visit www.fordscholars.org/drivingdreams.











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 197,000 employees and 67 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 www.corporate.ford.com.


About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with
community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and
community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65
years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills
for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill
development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience,
distractions and impaired driving.  Innovation in education is
encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation
Learning and other inspiring programs that enhance high school learning
and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford
Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees
each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities
and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world.
For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tommy Gate - Flatbed and Van - Railgate Series: Bi-Fold




Bi-Fold, High-Cycle Railgates


Bi-Fold, High-cycle models feature folding platforms ideal for dock loading and utilize a steel roller and leaf-chain pulley drive system which maximizes smoothness of motion, endurance, and strength. This medium-duty railgate is ideal for high-cycle applications in any environment. These lifts are built with the highest quality components and place a priority on function and safety.

Steel Rollers


Steel rollers guide the platform vertically within the rail track and are designed to withstand intensive cycling. Dual sealed, maintenance-free ball bearings ensure the rollers are long-lasting and perform consistently in all climate conditions.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Looking to the Gecko for Answers; Ford to Seek Solutions by Mimicking Nature

  • Ford researchers will study the gecko’s sticky toe pads for clues to
    improve adhesives and increase the recyclability of auto parts
  • Biomimicry is an innovative approach that looks to nature for
    sustainable solutions to modern-day challenges; biomimetic innovations
    could transform the interior design of Ford vehicles
  • Ford Motor Company recently hosted a biomimicry workshop at its
    Dearborn campus with participation from Procter & Gamble and The
    Biomimicry Institute
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 20, 2015 – Ford Motor Company will chart new territory as it seeks to create adhesive innovations inspired bythe gecko. Ford will also work with Procter & Gamble, sharing research findings as both companies look to biomimicry for a host of business solutions.

For years, Ford researchers have considered ways to make auto manufacturing more sustainable. A key challenge is glue used to adhere foams to plastics and metals can make disassembling parts for recycling
nearly impossible.


Enter the gecko.


The lizard’s toe pads allow it to stick to most surfaces without liquids or surface tension. The reptile can then easily release itself, leaving no residue. Consider, too, that a typical mature gecko weighing 2.5 ounces is capable of supporting 293 pounds.


The gecko could inspire a host of adhesive innovations for global applications at Ford, said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader for plastics and sustainability research.

“Solving this problem could provide cost savings and certainly an environmental savings,” said Mielewski. “It means we could increase the recycling of more foam and plastics, and further reduce our environmental footprint.”


Buoyed by the biomimetic method, Ford recently hosted a forum at its Dearborn campus with participation from Procter & Gamble and The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit committed to promoting the innovative approach of looking to nature for sustainable solutions to modern-day challenges. Nearly 200
researchers and designers took part in the day-long session to learn about biomimicry and how to apply it to their work.

“We are excited for the opportunity to participate, together with Ford – with whom we have a history of collaboration – in The Biomimicry Institute workshop,” said Lee Ellen Drechsler, director for corporate
connect and development, The Procter and Gamble Company. “We have an interest within Procter & Gamble for using biomimicry as a way to broaden our approach to solving tough research challenges.”


The biomimetic approach is not new. The Bullet Train in Shinkansen, Japan was inspired by the kingfisher. Velcro took its cues from a burr.And improved medical needles were developed based on the mosquito.
Interest in the approach has increased in the last decade as awareness of climate change and environmental challenges is heightened, said Gretchen Hooker, project manager for design challenges at The Biomimicry
Institute.


Founded in 2006, the group works to empower people to create sustainable products and services using biomimicry. In addition to mobilizing educators and regional practitioners through the Biomimicry
Global Network, the organization provides a platform to learn and practice biomimicry through multiple design challenges. These include open innovation, academic-corporate partnerships and corporate-employee
challenges where employees get hands-on training while developing new solutions to issues corporations face. AskNature.org, the organization’s  online database of biological solutions, offers inspiration to those
looking to find answers in biomimicry.


“Ford and P&G are the first companies to take part in these new corporate-employee challenges,” said Hooker.


Beyond recycling, the Ford design teams have worked for nearly a  decade to find nature-inspired technologies, with recent successes in yarn production for seating materials and headliners.

Ford is the only automaker to use Unifi’s high-performance REPREVE fiber, made from 100 percent recycled materials including plastic bottles, in its vehicles. Ford employs REPREVE in five of its vehicles –
the new F-150, Explorer, Edge, Focus Electric and Fusion – making it aglobally used material. The use of REPREVE represents Ford’s commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle, part of the automaker’s global
sustainability strategy to lessen its environmental footprint.


Ford designers are now looking to expand upon that commitment,turning to nature to further improve the sustainable materials invehicle fabrics. The gecko may also inspire fabric technologies that
could transform the cabin of Ford vehicles, researchers said.

“As we look to further our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint, taking a holistic, biomimetic approach makes sense because nature has efficiencies in design and uses minimal resources,” said
Carol Kordich, global sustainable fabric strategies and development, Ford. “Nature is the ultimate guide.”


About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan,
manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 195,000 employees and 66 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 http://corporate.ford.com.
















About The Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
organization that empowers people to seek nature-inspired solutions for a
healthy planet. http://www.biomimicry.org.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Innovations for the 2016 Ford F-150





  •     Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob
  •     New Special Edition Appearance Packages available on XLT and Lariat with unique wheels, graphics and finishes
  •     Compressed Natural Gas/Propane gaseous fuel prep package available for 5.0-liter V8-equipped F-150s, helping reduce operating costs and tailpipe CO2 emissions
The 2016 Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 38 years, continues to innovate with the addition of breakthrough towing technology, new Special Edition Appearance Packages, SYNC 3 and alternative fuel capability.


ll-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back a trailer up to launch a boat or park in a driveway. The segment-first technology allows customers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction; the truck controls its steering and limits vehicle speed. Ford engineers developed the system leveraging advanced camera technology and tested it for almost a decade. Ford earned five patents for the technology along the way, with 10 more pending.


The Special Edition Packages for XLT and Lariat further personalize F-150 to customer tastes, adding all-new unique 20-inch premium anodized dark-painted aluminum wheels with red sport lettering, black running boards, smoked headlamps, unique bodyside graphics and badging, special edition seats with Alcantara® inserts, red contrast stitching and red bolsters, and unique red stitching on the steering wheel, transmission gear selector boot and instrument panel. This package also features a dark anodized grille with black mesh on XLT while the Lariat dark anodized grille receives red accents.


F-150 also features SYNC 3 – Ford’s newest communications and entertainment system that features enhanced voice recognition, high-speed performance and capacitive touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.


Responding to customer requests, the 2016 Ford F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 engine will offer a gaseous-fuel prep option, making it the only light-duty pickup capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane.


New features and color choices


Other changes for the 2016 F-150 include:


    Shadow Black replaces Tuxedo Black

    Lithium Gray replaces Guard Metallic

    20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted silver pockets available on XL

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ford Trucks Hold Up Their End to Welcome Attendees to the ICUEE in Louisville, KY




The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo, is the premier event for utility industry professionals to gain comprehensive insight
into the latest technologies, innovations, insights, and trends affecting their industry.



This nice Ford F550 Dually is equipped with a Utility Body and a Terex Manlift Bucket. 2015 attendees had the opportunity to see dozens of Fords mounted with a variety of utility bodies, cranes and  other equipment throughout the inside exhibit halls as well as those displayed throughout acres of trucks in outside exhibits.




Find out nore at: http://www.scottpowerline.com/equipment.php

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Vehicle Maintenance to Conserve Fuel


A comprehensive vehicle maintenance strategy can help fleet managers and drivers conserve fuel. Your fleet may already rely on these practices to ensure vehicle efficiency.


Proper Tire Inflation


Properly inflated tires last longer and increase fuel economy. Every decrease in pressure by 1 pound per square inch for four tires can decrease fuel economy by 0.3%. Some fleets use nitrogen inflation, tire pressure monitoring systems, and other technologies to maintain optimum tire pressure.

Recommended Motor Oil


Fleets can improve fuel economy by 1% to 2% using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can decrease fuel economy by 1% to 2%. Similarly, using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can decrease fuel economy by 1% to 1.5%.


Motor oil labeled "Energy Conserving" in the performance information contains friction-reducing additives that improve fuel economy.

Engine Tune-Ups


Tuning a neglected vehicle or fixing one that failed an emissions test can increase fuel economy by 4% based on the repair type and quality. Repairing a serious problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can increase fuel economy by 40%.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Aluminum Service Bodies by Highway Products





A standard Highway Products service body comes with six external storage
compartments, a drop down tail gate and a bolt on bumper. The lockable
storage compartments on these service bodies protect your tools from the
elements. Aluminum services bodies are half the weight of steel bodies
which will increase your fuel economy. We have a wide variety of utility
bodies to choose from and over 20 add-on option. We guarantee a perfect
fit and all service bodies come with a Lifetime Warranty.



Find out more at:  http://www.highwayproducts.com/

Sunday, October 18, 2015

L.A. Drivers Fear Backing Onto Busy Roads More Than Ghosts, Flying; Ford Showcases Tech to Make Life Easier


  •     Los Angeles drivers fear backing out onto a busy street more than ghosts or flying – according to an independent study commissioned by Ford, which brings its Ford Smart Mobility Tour to town
  •     Ford Smart Mobility is the company’s plan to use innovation to develop the next advances in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. A major area of focus is multimodal transportation, including developing an app that facilitates routing and integrates seamlessly with vehicles and electric bikes
  •     To improve the driving experience, Ford has introduced several driver-assist technologies such as its Blind Spot Information System and Pro Trailer Backup Assist, as well as semi-autonomous technologies including a lane-keeping aid and active park assist
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2015 – Angelenos worry more about backing out onto a busy street than ghosts or flying – according to a recent survey.


The survey, conducted by independent research company Penn Schoen Berland, examined driving-related fears, as well as public receptiveness to driver-assist and semi-autonomous technologies designed to ease driver anxiety and commuting hassles.


More L.A. survey respondents said they are more afraid of backing out onto a busy street (26 percent) than ghosts (16 percent) or flying (15 percent). In fact, visibility while driving is a leading concern for Los Angeles drivers, the PSB survey found. Three out of four said monitoring blind spots is a concern, while seven out of 10 listed backing out onto a busy street is a concern, and not being able to see all angles when backing up or driving in low-visibility situations as worrisome.


L.A. drivers find technology to alleviate these driving worries both popular and compelling:

    Nearly seven in 10 said they are more likely to purchase a vehicle that includes technology to alert you if someone is in your blind spot, while six in 10 said they are more likely to buy one with a rear view camera

    Nine in 10 said they are more comfortable in a car with blind spot alert technology (and 61 percent are much more comfortable with it)


Most L.A. residents described blind spot alert technology as “useful” (63 percent) and “safe” (52 percent). Nearly 90 percent of L.A. residents said they would feel more comfortable driving a car with a rear view camera – 52 percent say they would be much more comfortable 6 in 10 described rear view cameras as “useful” - nearly half described the cameras as “safe.”


Ford Smart Mobility Tour

This week Ford brings its Ford Smart Mobility Tour to L.A. The tour highlights the company’s driver-assist features that can help address driving-related fears, including BLIS® and semi-autonomous driving technologies, along with the Ford Smart Mobility plan.


Ford Smart Mobility is the company’s plan to take it to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. Ford introduced the plan at CES in January, 2015 along with 25 initial experiments aimed at better understanding consumers’ mobility needs around the globe.


“Our smart mobility vision at Ford is about changing the way the world moves,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Innovation. “We are transitioning from experimentation to the start of implementation, beginning with the Go Drive and Peer to Peer car sharing pilots. Our goal is to make people’s lives better by helping them more easily navigate to where they want to go, using one or more interconnected modes of transportation.”


In addition to the Smart Mobility Tour, Ford will host a panel discussion moderated by Susan Carpenter, motor critic at The Orange County Register and The Wheel Thing contributor at KPCC-FM. The panel will include:


    Mike Tinskey, director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, Ford Motor Company

    Claire Bowin, city planner, Los Angeles City Planning Department

    Hilary Norton, executive director, Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST)

    Brian Taylor, director, UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies


The event will commence at 10 a.m. today at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.


Driver-assist and semi-autonomous tech for today

To improve today’s driving experience, Ford has introduced driver-assist and semi-autonomous technologies such as active park assist to help drivers parallel and perpendicular park more easily. Driver-assist technologies include lane-keeping aid to help drivers stay in their lane and BLIS, which alerts drivers to vehicles detected entering their blind spots.

To stay connected while in motion, SYNC® 3, Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system, features faster performance and conversational voice recognition, along with an available intuitive smartphone-like touch screen.

Ford offers more vehicle nameplates in the United States with active park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane-keeping aid and blind spot monitoring than any other manufacturer – according to automotive research firm SBD. Ford also leads in four segments, offering vehicles with the most available driver-assist features among mainstream vehicles in the country:

•     Large light-duty pickup – F-150


•     Midsize SUV – Edge and Explorer


•     Midsize car – Fusion

•     Large car – Taurus

Ford will demonstrate its new Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature that will be available on the 2016 F-150. The technology helps to ease the anxiety level of backing a trailer – which can be a challenging task for the novice and tricky even for those with trailering experience.

Multimodal mobility solutions

In many large cities, driving your vehicle directly from home to work is challenging due to traffic congestion. Ford believes solutions for multimodal journeys can make travel to and within urban areas more convenient. The company is studying how electric bicycles and mobile application technology can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban environments.


Ford’s electric bicycle experiments include:


    MoDe:Me, introduced in March, is intended to keep the urban commuter moving in congested traffic

    MoDe:Pro is built for urban commercial use, and is designed to stow in a commercial vehicle such as Ford Transit Connect

    MoDe:Flex is easily reconfigurable for different customer needs. The bike’s center frame assembly includes the motor and battery, while the front and rear assemblies and wheels can be configured for road, mountain or city riding


Ford’s electric bicycle prototypes fold easily into Ford vehicles, and integrate seamlessly with the MoDe:Link app, which can be paired with a smartwatch.


This includes the “no sweat” mode, which increases electric pedal assist based on heart rate – ensuring a rider gets to his or her destination without breaking a sweat. The app also provides safety notifications. Hazards, such as potholes ahead, are signaled through vibrating

About Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 195,000 employees and 66 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 http://corporate.ford.com.

About Penn Schoen Berland


Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), an independent research company, conducted the poll on behalf of Ford Motor Company among 1,500 general population respondents (age 18+) in the U.S. – with 300 in Louisville, 300 in Orlando, 300 in Los Angeles, 300 in Seattle and 300 in Denver. The online survey was conducted from Aug. 11-17, 2015. The margin of error for each city is +/- 5.66%.