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Advanced technology is no longer reserved for luxury vehicles. Technology that improves safety and fuel efficiency is becoming mainstream and you could find the following features on your next vehicle from Chapman Ford.

Collision Warning & Automatic Braking

Lane Keeping

New cars come equipped with radar and camera systems that detect still and moving objects to prevent crashes. Ford offers a Blind Spot Information System that uses radar at the rear of the car to detect other vehicles in the driver’s blind-spot zone and notifies them with a warning light on the appropriate side view mirror. It also detects vehicles approaching from the sides from up to 45 feet away and notifies the driver with audible and visual warnings.

In more advanced systems, the vehicle may even apply the brakes automatically if it senses a change in direction and detects another vehicle nearby.

Advanced Cameras


Most cars nowadays have rearview cameras to give drivers a better view of what is behind them when the vehicle is put in reverse. Automakers are expanding this idea and placing cameras all around the car to make it easier for drivers to check their blind spots. Ask your Scottsdale Ford dealer to show you where the cameras are on the vehicle and how they work.

In the not-to-distant future, cameras could detect deer and other large animals, note traffic signal colors and even read wrong-way road signs, which are all being developed to improve safety.

Lane Centering

Torque control

Ford offers a Lane Keeping Alert system on some of its vehicles to avoid unintentional lane changes. If the car drifts too close to the lane markings, as detected by a camera on the front windshield, it will notify the driver by vibrating the steering wheel and illuminating warning symbols. The Lane Keeping Aid provides steering torque to nudge the driver back into the center of the lane by using the front camera and other sensors around the vehicle.

Adaptive Headlights


These advanced lights swivel in the direction the car is headed to enable the driver to see around corners, which is especially useful in dark and/or rainy weather conditions. Some models are even equipped with high beam lights that dim automatically when it senses oncoming traffic, so you don’t blind other drivers.

Start-Stop System


Ford’s Smart Performance Automatic Start-Stop System turns the vehicles engine off when it comes to a complete stop, which conserves fuel and reduces emissions. When the brakes are released, the engine instantly restarts. The functionality of other electrical equipment on the vehicle is not affected when the engine is shut off.

Visit Phoenix Ford to test these new features and find out more information.


Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. ~ Vince Lombardi

There are a few other life lessons former ASU Sun Devil quarterback “Spaghetti” Joe Spagnola would add to Lombardi’s list, the least of which is exposure to people of all walks of life, and the ability to effectively communicate with them. Spagnola, a Desk Manager for Chapman Ford in Scottsdale, has used his experience on the football field and parlayed it into a successful career in the automotive industry.

Forty-three years ago, Spagnola was part of one of the greatest ASU football teams to hit Sun Devil Stadium. In 1970, he and wide-receiver JD Hill helped propel ASU to an undefeated regular season 10-0 record, an appearance (and win) in the Peach Bowl, and a No. 6 ranking by the Associated Press. The hoopla surrounding this achievement, as well as athletics in general, allowed him to successfully interact with many people – a skill he still uses every day in his personal and professional life working at the Ford dealership in Scottsdale.

“In sports, there are a lot of people involved and they all have different personalities,” Spagnola said. “Being exposed to many different facets of people and interacting with them helps me now when I start a conversation with someone. If they are an old-timer like me they will say ‘I remember when you played ball at ASU.’ It makes it easier to open up a dialogue with customers.”

Spagnola, a native of Pratola Serra, near Naples, Italy, came to America when he was nine and settled in East Paterson, New Jersey. It was there he learned English and took up football, earning the moniker of “Spaghetti Joe.” Offered a football scholarship, he became a Sun Devil in 1967 and starting quarterback during his sophomore year in 1968, playing for legendary ASU Coach Frank Kush. Spagnola said his fondest memories of college are those from that incredible 1970 ASU season, and despite the gridiron accomplishments he achieved during that time, there is one thing he would go back and change about his football career.

“ I wish I had devoted more time into weightlifting and conditioning,” he reflected. “I was a small quarterback – only about 175 pounds – and had I been larger, I could have possibly played professional ball. That’s one thing I would have done differently back then.”

Spagnola has worked for the Scottsdale Ford dealership since 2010, and began his automotive career at the age of 25 selling Datsuns. In addition to great football stories, stop by and ask him about the 1964 ½ Mustang his father bought for him right out of the showroom in New Jersey. He will talk about it with the same fondness in his voice that he does about his wife, two children and grandchildren – and that magical undefeated football season 43 years ago.

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the first regular cab F-150 to feature the automaker’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, adding new ammo to aid in its already extremely successful assault on the full-size pickup market. Although this street-oriented pickup is not nearly as intense as its off-road siblings, the newest F-150 family member definitely has an attraction all its own.

Available in a regular-cab/short-wheelbase configuration, the F-150 Tremor is fitted with the automaker’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that boasts 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of peak torque. The engine is supported with a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends power to a 4.10:1 rear axle. The Tremor’s final driveline tweak, in either rear-drive or optional 4-wheel drive, is an electronically locking rear differential.

Cosmetically, the F-150 Tremor’s exterior treatment features elements of the F-150 FX Appearance Package plus unique exterior body side graphics, flat-black accents, 20-inch black-finish alloy wheels, HID headlamps and bespoke black and red badging.

Inside, the Tremor has a flow-through center console with a floor-mounted shifter and bucket seats done in a black leather/Alcantara mix set off with red piping. Brushed-metal accents and a red-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel complete the Tremor motif which is functionally augmented by standard SYNC with MyFord Touch connectivity.

According to Edmunds, the new Tremor estimated to get 16 mpg city driving and 22 mpg highway driving, the same as its best-selling 2013 Ford F-150. Available now at a Ford dealer in Scottsdale, the 2013 F-150 has a 33 percent market share as of July 2013.The fuel economy is in the top ten of full-size pickup trucks, factoring in multiple engine options for each model.

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor will arrive in showrooms later this year, and pricing will be announced closer to the actual on-sale date. For more information, visit Chapman Ford Arizona.