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




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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.