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Ford wants to save its drivers money on car insurance and they found a way to do so, through telematics. The auto manufacturer has announced that it has teamed up with US insurance provider State Farm to use its Ford SYNC technology to send data to the insurer.

Ford SYNC technology has been featured in new Ford models and uses the car to connect to the internet via a mobile phone. It already enables drivers to make tasks hands-free, such as calls and texts, but now it will integrate so called ‘connected cars’ with the insurance industry, beginning in Utah and rolling out across the US.Once a driver is enrolled in the program, SYNC will report their mileage electronically to the insurer, allowing the firm to automatically adjust premiums based on the actual distance driven

According to Ford this should result in savings for their customers of up to 40 percent, although the national average thus far has been a savings of 10 percent. The ‘pay as you drive’ insurance idea has already been introduced to the UK using GPS devices to track real-time location of cars and track mileage. The US version Ford says should lead to a more accurate profile of insurance needed for customers and ultimately end up saving them big bucks. So far both the automakers and insurers have taken to the idea of it and analysts predict that the 2 million customers using telematics-based insurance today could rise as high as 100 million by 2020.

For more information on how to get involved with the SYNC and State Farm insurance savings head to your Phoenix Ford dealers, like Chapman Ford.

Exciting changes are happening at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale and customers are reaping the benefits. All departments at the Scottsdale Ford dealer are getting a much-needed makeover. The dealership is clearing out model year end inventory to make room for tractors and construction crews. Once the dust clears, Chapman Ford will have a full lineup of 2013 models to offer shoppers. Now is the time to take advantage of deep discounts on new and used cars along with unbeatable service offers for Ford drivers.

Customers can save big on new cars with low-priced lease offers on an array of models. For example, a 2012 Ford Escape XLT is only $239 per month for a 36 month lease or a 2012 Ford Fusion SE is only $199 per month for a 36 month lease. Many vehicles are being offered at zero percent financing for up to sixty months. Chapman Ford also has a great selection of wallet-friendly used cars. With pricing starting at only $3,990, Chapman Ford has a vehicle to fit any budget. Browsing new and used Ford vehicles is easy and stress-free because Chapman Ford offers a huge selection of used cars with CarFAX history reports.

On top of inventory deals, there are also incredible service discounts going on at the dealership. Shoppers looking for a good deal on tires can get up to $80 in mail-in rebates. Also, ‘The Works’, which includes an oil change, fluid top-off, tire rotation, pressure check, belts, hoses, and filter check, and brake and battery inspection, is only $29.95 after a $10 mail-in rebate. With summer temperatures in full swing, an A/C performance test is now only $39.95. The performance test includes a hose and fittings inspection, fan blower check, cooling temperatures check, belt inspection, and a line pressure and leak check. These Ford service offers won’t last long.

When Chapman Ford debuts its new look, updated 2013 Ford models will also be in the forefront. Two of the much-anticipated vehicles in the lineup include the new 2013 full-size Taurus sedan and the best-selling Ford F-150.

The newest version of the Taurus has significant styling tweaks, a new four-cylinder turbo engine option and an array of other improvements from its recent facelift in 2010. The biggest change for the 2013 Taurus is the addition of the optional turbocharged, direct-injection, EcoBoost, 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. The four-cylinder six-speed automatic will produce 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque and will achieve at least 31 MPG on the highway.

The 2013 platform on the 2013 Ford F-150 pickup remains the same but adds noticeable changes to the exterior and refinements to the interior. The F-150 seats up to six and has a variety of trim levels for every segment of truck buyer. There is an F-150 for those who want a light-duty pickup for work, play or just driving as well as one for those who want a custom look. The FX appearance Package comes complete with unique flat-black 20-inch wheels. The King Ranch and Platinum trim levels are perfect for those looking for a high level of luxury, and finally, the SVT Raptor still remains the preference for off-road drivers.

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Chapman Ford now has the 2013 full-size Taurus sedan. The newest version of this sedan has significant styling tweaks, a new four-cylinder turbo engine option and a bunch of other improvements from its recent facelift in 2010.

The biggest change for the 2013 Taurus is definitely the addition of the optional turbocharged, direct-injection, EcoBoost, 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. The same engine has already been introduced to the Explorer and Edge SUVs but is new to the Taurus. The four-cylinder bolter to a six-speed automatic will produce 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. It will also get at least 31 mpg on the highway. The addition of variable valve timing on both its intake and exhaust cams brings the 3.5 an additional 27 hp for 2013. It now produces a class-competitive 290 hp and 255 lb-ft. Again, a six-speed automatic is the only available transmission. The SHO’s 365-hp twin-turbo V-6 will be unchanged for 2013.

Other changes under the hood for the 2013 Taurus include a function that uses the brakes to provide an effect similar to a limited-slip differential, an electric-assist steering system with a quicker ratio, a larger brake master cylinder—as well as revised booster tuning to improve brake-pedal feel—and a sportier suspension tune. The interior will receive changes as well including the use of more soft-touch materials and a more comprehensive sound-deadening package.

MyFord Touch infotainment system and Curve Control technology are also featured on the car. Curve Control is a predictive stability control that slows the car down if the driver hits a corner too quickly. Ford is also adding LED taillights to the Taurus.

On the outside visual updates are slight, the face is re-worked slightly, including a trapezoidal grille and a lumpier hood. Ford had gotten complaints in the past that the higher trim SHO Taurus was indistinguishable from the standard model so Ford gave the 2013 Tarus some unique trim. It starts with a blacked-out mesh grille that gives the SHO’s nose at least a passing resemblance to the Shelby GT500, and includes black side-mirror housings, (optional) black-and-silver 20-inch wheels, and a trunk-mounted spoiler. In addition, Ford Taurus Phoenix drivers will appreciate the upsized brake master cylinder from the standard ’13 Taurus, the SHO adds larger front rotors, and the rear discs are now vented

For more information on the new 2013 Ford Taurus head to your Phoenix Ford dealer today! The Taurus has already hit Chapman Ford showroom floors!