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2014 Ford Fiesta ST Interior

With some of the changes to the upcoming 2014 Ford Fiesta, Ford hopes to bring its global plan’s success back into the domestic market.

Expect the 2014 Ford Fiesta to maintain its current level of excellence throughout its many trims, with excellent fuel efficiency, numerous exterior packages, and some of the industry’s best safety and comfort technology.  If you have ever considered the Ford Fiesta before, the 2014 editions are all superb.

The real reason to take notice of the upcoming model year, however, is the addition of the 2014 Fiesta ST to Ford lineup of hatchback options.  Similar to its cousin, the Ford Focus ST, the Fiesta ST adds a few new adjectives to the 5-door’s resume: powerful, high-performance, and dare we say fun?

In the Fiesta ST, Ford gives 1.6-liter Ecoboost inline 4-cylinder engine a much-appreciated “boost” in the form of a turbocharger.  The result is 197 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque linked up to a six-speed manual transmission.  Popular Mechanics also notes the addition of direct fuel injection and twin variable cam timing with overboost.  For non-(but soon-to-be) enthusiasts, this means that the Fiesta ST promises excellent throttle response when it hits the Ford Phoenix market later this year.

Of course, the brakes, suspension, and other performance technology have all been improved for the ST – the euro-inspired hot hatch is ready to take on both road and track.  Expect a combined fuel rating somewhere in the low 30’s.  Naturally, Recaro seats round out some of the ST’s options – after all, what is a hot hatch without race bucket seats?

Perhaps most importantly, the ST sacrifices none of its pragmatism in search of performance, as Ford will offer the hatchback in a five-door format domestically.  Every new Fiesta will seat five comfortably and has enough space in the “boot” to accommodate their belongings.

Chapman Ford is committed to bringing you the best that the automotive world has to offer, both in products and in service.  Call or stop in for more information about the 2014 Ford Fiesta, the Fiesta ST, or any of Ford’s other leading models.

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In the time it takes a Chapman Ford customer to return a DVD to one of those red boxes, a thief can break the car window and snatch a purse, iPod, laptop – whatever is laying on the front or back seat. And that movie, Gone in 60 Seconds about car thieves? It takes less time to steal a car than grab a cup of joe from the local coffee house.

And while the greater metro Phoenix area isn’t the top city for stolen vehicles (that’s Fresno, CA, for two years running), it comes in at 60 out of 367 cities according to stats from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In 2011 alone, more than 13,132 cars per 100,000 people were stolen in the Phoenix area.  That pencils out to roughly 192,970 stolen vehicles in one year. And in terms of vehicle break-ins, more than $1.26 billion in personal items and accessories were stolen from vehicles last year. Ford dealers in Phoenix offer the following tips to keep personal items and your vehicle from becoming a theft statistic.

1.)    Common Sense – this may sound , well, like common sense, but it’s true: Removing your keys from the ignition can prevent your car from being stolen. Locking the doors and windows, and parking in a well-lit area also cut down on your chances of becoming a victim of theft.

2.)    Make it difficult – besides locking the doors, install a car alarm that pages you when it’s activated. Steering wheel/brake pedal locks, tire locks and steering column collars all take time to defeat, and a thief will likely move on to another vehicle if these theft deterrants are used.

3.)    Hide your valuables – again, some common sense is a great thing. Remove valuables from view by hiding them in the trunk or taking them with you. And if you have a hatchback or SUV, invest in a retractible fitted cover to keep shopping bags and belongings hidden. Bonus tip: Put items in the trunk before you get to your destination. This prevents thieves who are staking out the parking lot from watching you put your laptop in the trunk. And don’t forget the power cords to your iPod – those charging accessories are a beacon to thieves, who are more likely to break a window and rummage through the vehicle if they see a charging device on the front seat/console.

4.)    Tracking device – this high tech solution emits a signal to police or a monitoring station if the vehicle is stolen. It can then be tracked and hopefully recovered. Although sometimes expensive, these systems can be an effective tool to recover a stolen vehicle.

Although no prevention method is fail-safe – if a thief wants your car (or your laptop that’s in it) bad enough, they will take it. But Scottsdale Ford customers who put these tips to use can significantly reduce the chances their vehicle will be broken in to or stolen.

Visit Chapman Ford for more information on factory alarm systems for your vehicle, or for any other service needs.