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UAW Happy With Ford Commitment
The United Auto Workers chairman responded to talk about Ford moving some production to Mexico recently, by saying they are pleased with the commitment the company has made to America. “We hate to see the products (C-Max and Focus) go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly, that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” Bill Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. The Ford Bronco, a stalwart in the automaker’s 4×4 lineup for many years, will be ramped up for sales in the 2020 model year. The midsize Ranger could be on the Chapman Ford sales lot as early as the 2019 model year.
Ford Looking to Fill Hole in Midsize Truck Market
With Chevy, Toyota and Nissan already doing well with midsize truck sales, and Jeep poised to produce a truck based on the popular Wrangler, the time is right to reintroduce the Ford Ranger. Actually, the Ranger remains a popular truck world-wide. The first Ranger was unveiled in 1983 and had a strong run through almost three decades before being decommissioned in America at the end of 2011. The Toyota Tacoma was the most popular mid-size truck in 2015 with sales of almost 180,000 vehicles. That’s a far cry from the Ranger’s most popular year when Ford sold 350,000 of the trucks in 1999. Expect the Ranger to offer the 5-cylinder diesel that’s popular in other parts of the world, along with an EcoBoost 4-cylinder and V6 as well.
Bronco Could Be Large, Could Be Small
The company isn’t too forthcoming with details on the size or features of the new Ford Bronco. Analysts say it will either be based off the F-150 chassis, or be an off-shoot of the new Ranger. If the latter is true, it will be poised to compete with the Jeep Wrangler as a choice for off-road enthusiasts. The original Bronco was about the size of a Wrangler, then it went through some iterations until it became as big as a full-size pickup. The removable top and awesome towing capability made it a popular choice for outdoor lovers. Ford may even base the new Bronco off the Troller T4, a rugged off-roader the company produces in Brazil. Stay in touch with Chapman Ford to get updates on the plans for the new Bronco.
Big Loads Require Big Power
As the only manufacturer to offer a gas engine in its medium duty trucks, Ford gives customers the choice to power with gas, diesel or natural gas. The 6.8L V10 is a proven workhorse that generates a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque along with 320 horsepower. It’s a popular choice in the F-650 and F-750 lineup that also provides customers the option of a straight cab, crew cab or super cab to go along with specialty configurations. “We’re seeing growing interest in the new tractor from beverage and hauling fleets,” according to Ford truck marketing manager Kevin Koester. “Giving our customers the choice of two exclusive powertrains, available across all body styles and designed specifically for the unique needs of the vocational truck market, has really helped drive the sales of our trucks.”
Best Sales Year Since 1997
Sales this year of the F-650 and F-750 trucks have already far surpassed the total sales of 2015. Ford has sold more than 10,160 medium duty trucks across the nation. If you have a business with medium to heavy duty hauling needs, talk to the fleet department at your Scottsdale Ford dealer, Chapman Ford, for the very best deal. Along with the V10 gas engine that also converts to natural gas, customers can choose the 6.7L V8 PowerStroke turbo diesel. It produces the most horsepower in its class along with a staggering 675 pound-feet of torque in the base configuration. Other choices increase the torque to 700 and 725 pound-feet. The engine is guaranteed with 5-year/250,000 mile coverage. As the only manufacturer to also build its own diesel engine and transmission, Ford trucks benefit with seamless integration of the powertrain.
Koester said towing and rental businesses love the gas engine and he expects service-related businesses to choose this route. “Our diesel customers are praising the quietness of the 6.7L PowerStroke diesel engine,” he said. “Not only is it up to 45 percent quieter in the cabin at idle than the outgoing model, it’s so quiet that customers have told us that there have been times when they’ve approached the truck in front of the grille and didn’t even realize it was running.”
Ford Trucks Combine Toughness With Great Value
Head over to Chapman Ford to examine the lineup of commercial trucks and you’ll see a combination of toughness and great value in a vehicle that is ready to work the minute you drive it off the lot. Ford trucks go through extensive dynamometer testing under harsh conditions at the Dearborn, Michigan facility, ensuring your new truck will be able to handle any situation that arises. A nationwide network of Ford service centers minimizes downtime, meaning your truck will be on the road working and making you money.
V6 Delivers Stunning 325 Horsepower
The new 2017 Ford Fusion Sport is another notch in the automaker’s sporty lineup, joining the Mustang, Shelby and Focus RS as cars you would love to bring to the party. With 380 pound-feet of torque, the Fusion Sport gets off the line quickly, especially for a midsize sedan. While the four doors make it easy for passengers to enter and exit, the powerful engine and sporty handling combine to make it a fun car for those weekend runs into the mountains. A touch of a button lets you adjust the driving mode and handling to meet road conditions and your desires for a phenomenal driving experience. You can experience the new Fusion Sport with a test drive at your Scottsdale Ford dealer, Chapman Ford.
Small Engine Delivers Big Results
While the V6 EcoBoost engine only uses 2.7 liters of displacement, it certainly packs a punch while still earning respectable mileage ratings. The Ford Fusion Sport is rated at 26 mpg on the highway but can still beat competitors in the race to 60 mph, scoring a 5.3 second time in a test by Car and Driver magazine. The engine is paired with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission controlled by steering wheel-mounted paddles. Continuously controlled damping, all-wheel drive and electric power-assisted steering help keep you in control as the speed climbs and the turns get sharper. Just hit the “S” button on the console to put the car into Sport mode, improving throttle response and tuning the transmission into a more aggressive program. The button also amps up the throaty roar of the exhaust, alerting those on the road to get out of the way.
Interior Offers Something for Everyone
The upscale interior of the Fusion Sport has a little something for all tastes, combining leather, matte-aluminum accents and carbon fiber to deliver a definite sporty feel. Large bolsters on the seat provide comfort and serve to keep you in one place as you power through corners. There’s plenty of leg room in the rear for kids or adults, making the Fusion Sport a perfect option for fun and your daily commute. Safety features such as blind spot alert, lane keeping assist and rear cross-traffic warning are available, helping keep you and your passengers safe. Remote start and push button start are standard, as is the Ford exclusive feature “MyKey.” MyKey lets you give the keys to a valet or friend with the peace of mind that comes with a speed limiter and other safety features. A power moonroof and in-car garage door opener are also available. Head to Chapman Ford to test drive the latest sports sedan in the Ford lineup.
Family Mindset, Love of Performance
For people born between 1965 and 1978, a recent study shows that the Ford Explorer Sport is the SUV of choice. The research firm MaritzCX conducted a poll that shows those approaching middle age desire the Explorer Sport because it offers the utility of a family hauling vehicle without sacrificing power and performance. “Ford has a very interesting customer with this product, and what’s unusual is that many are buying it without trading anything in,” according to MaritzCX director of research Jim Mulcrone. “Our study shows that while 17 percent of all non-luxury SUV buyers classify themselves as ‘specialty professionals,’ that number is closer to one in four with Explorer Sport. It seems this product is breaking through.” See how luxury appointments and sporty performance combine for the perfect family vehicle by taking a test drive at Chapman Ford.
Gen-Exers Have Higher Household Income
Although the Ford Explorer Sport is nowhere near the top of the line when it comes to cost, the study shows that the people who buy the SUV have a household income of $175,000 per year, compared with $112,000 for those who buy other models. “When consumers look at Explorer Sport, they see all the style and performance of a luxury SUV, but at roughly $20,000 less,” said Omar Odeh, Ford marketing manager. “Our surveys show Explorer Sport owners highly rate such attributes as ‘power and pick-up,’ ‘fun to drive’ and ‘overall performance.’ The best part is they represent incremental buyers for us, in that some don’t even set out looking for the Ford brand.” Odeh said that fact proves the Explorer Sport can stand on its own, apart from the Ford brand.
EcoBoost Engine Teams With Intelligent 4WD
Ford’s amazing 3.5L EcoBoost engine powers the Ford Explorer Sport, delivering 22 mpg on the highway while still producing 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Ford’s Intelligent 4-wheel drive system delivers power to the wheel that needs it the most. Hill Descent Control is included, helping you navigate steep downward drops while keeping your vehicle under control. The Explorer Sport includes standard features such as perforated leather-trimmed seats, a trailer tow package and concert quality Sony 12-speaker sound system. See all the standard features and find out just how much fun this sporty SUV is to drive by taking a trip today to Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.
Stiff High-strength Steel Forms Foundation of Workhorse
With a frame that is boxed with high-strength steel, the new Ford Super Duty trucks have the ability to support greater towing and payload limits than ever before. “This is the best heavy-duty truck we’ve ever made,” according to Ford exec Doug Scott. “We listened to our customers and created the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty ever.” The 2017 is now the class leader when it comes to towing, with the F-450 capable of pulling a gooseneck trailer weighing up to 32,500 pounds. Conventional ball and hitch towing is now rated at 21,000 pounds, or a half-ton more than the closest competitor. Talk to the pros at Chapman Ford about which Super Duty best fits your towing and hauling needs.
Towing Technology Makes Job Easier
Ford recognizes that people who don’t tow for a living, such as boaters and camping enthusiasts, could use a little help when it comes to pulling a big payload. That’s why they’ve added helpful technology such as adaptive cruise control and a system that warns you of impending collisions, and then applies the brakes if you fail to act. This means that even if you are pulling a load near the top of the truck’s allowable limit, you can climb mountain grades without a worry. Other useful features include a rear camera that helps when hooking up a trailer, and four digital cameras that help you keep an eye on your trailer from all sides. Trailer Reverse Guidance makes backing your trailer into a tight spot easier than ever before. Tire pressure monitoring and blind spot monitoring are two additional safety features that help driver awareness.
Powerful Diesel Delivers Staggering Torque
Although the 440 horsepower that the 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel delivers on the new Ford Super Duty lineup is impressive, it’s the amount of torque the engine puts out that is absolutely staggering. With 925 pound-feet of torque available, you can get moving from a complete stop at the base of the steepest incline imaginable with very little effort. If a gasoline engine is your choice, Ford offers a 6.2L V8 that pumps out 385 horses and very respectable 430 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that provides seamless transition through the gears whether you’re on a steep incline or flat highway. See how much easier your towing life can become when you get behind the wheel of a new Ford Super Duty. The pros at Chapman Ford are ready to answer all your questions and set up a test drive today.