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Recreates High-end Home Audio

Ford and Sony have partnered up to create a new car audio system that reproduces the sound quality of symphonic halls in Vienna, Berlin and Amsterdam. It will be standard equipment in the Ford Explorer Platinum trim series. Sony engineers spent more than 100 hours fine tuning the new stereo to produce the finest sound available on the road. The amplifier has been paired with 12 powerful speakers to create a surround sound experience that cloaks the driver and passengers in a rich audio experience. Come to Chapman Ford later this summer and experience this outstanding sound system for yourself.

Utilizing Clear Phase Technology

When you attend a concert at a major symphonic hall, sound engineers have taken great pains to make sure each instrument occupies a specific space at the front of the hall. Clear Phase technology recreates that experience in the Explorer Platinum model, with instruments perfectly aligned at the front of the vehicle. This makes the music seem like it’s coming from a place outside the vehicle, much larger than the actual Explorer itself. The result is a laser sharp listening experience that is as impressive as the smooth ride and responsiveness that makes the Explorer one of the leading SUVs in America.

Platinum New Trim Package

The Ford Explorer Platinum edition combines the best features of the Sport and Limited editions into one luxurious SUV. From the sumptuous interior that combines a brushed aluminum and ash wood trim to the signature LED headlights, dual-panel moonroof and 20-inch wheels, the Platinum Explorer fills the bill for customers looking for creature comforts and high-end styling. “There’s a market for more upscale SUVs, as 90 percent of today’s Explorer Sport buyers purchase the most expensive package available,” said Matt Zuehik, Explorer brand manager for Ford. “That’s a strong signal customers are ready for Platinum.” Additional technology includes active park assist, lane assist and wipers that automatically come on in the rain.

Explorer Sales on the Rise

By moving almost 21,000 Explorers in March, it marked the best March for Explorer sales since 2005. That’s an increase of 17 percent from the same month in 2014, which is good news for workers at the Chicago Assembly Plant that manufactures the vehicle. The new Platinum Explorer with the symphonic sound system is expected to start arriving at your Scottsdale Ford dealer later this summer. Stop by and compare the different trim levels and see which Explorer best meets your needs.

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The 2016 Ford Focus RS arrives with a plethora of performance features that will distinguish it from the pack. It gets an industry first Drift Mode.

Our European brethren have been excited about the hot hatch Ford Focus RS since its first introduction back in 2002, but U.S. performance enthusiasts were not completely sold until now. The picture has all changed now with the unveiling of the new 2015 Ford Focus RS at the New York International Auto Show.

Ford Europe recently redesigned the Ford RS which will soon hit the US mainland.   The car has matured and now gets a little less extreme on the outside. It now delivers a much more sophisticated appearance but still offers that highly muscular definition and character. However, it’s what is underneath that exterior that excites performance enthusiasts everywhere.

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The 2015 Ford Focus RS will be motorized by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine from the Ford Mustang. Ford claims that the hot RS turbocharged engine will hammer out at least 315 horsepower and 320 lb. ft of torque. It also features Ford’s new Performance All-Wheel Drive system along with Dynamic Torque Vectoring.

The system continuously varies front-to-rear and side-to-side torque distribution to acclimate to the particular driving situation. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle and up to 100 percent of available torque can be transmitted to each rear wheel, greatly boosting handling and cornering stability.

An industry first Drift Mode

History is in the making as Ford will offer an industry-first drift-mode on the new hot hatch – feature that will undoubtedly stir up performance enthusiasts. Tyrone Johnson, Vehicle and Engineering Manager at Ford, asserts that the new Focus RS will be just as hard core and a driver’s car like the previous model. The Drift mode permits the driver to perform controlled oversteer maneuvers while on the track.

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There are other modes in the hot hatch; Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift that affects performance mode. Johnson claims, “Track Mode makes the car very fast on the track, with all the systems, AWD and Torque Vectoring working together. It also makes the car much flatter and stiffer in the corners over the previous RS.”

Normal mode is for everyday driving still keeping the suspension stiff, but it makes it more comfortable as a “long journey car.” The customer gets both, a track car that can be used as a daily driver and a car that can be taken on long road trips. Furthermore, Chief Program Engineer Ford Focus RS, adds that the new RS will be “much more exhilarating and a fun to drive car” than the outgoing model.

Ford claims Focus RS has zero lift

The Ford RS delivers other features on the new 5-door hatch that will incite more fun for performance enthusiasts will be the car’s front splitter, rear diffuser, and rear wing that all work together to create “zero lift” at speeds as high as 155 mph. Ford Focus product marketing manager Omar Odeh stated to Automobile, “The exterior trio keeps the RS from producing aerodynamic lift at speed and the car doesn’t go ‘light’ at speeds, improving driver confidence.”

It also offers two choices of tires/wheels on Focus RS. Performance enthusiasts will enjoy the choice of two special tires on the Focus RS that were specifically manufactured for the new hot hatch. Learn more at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale!

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The 2015 Ford Fiesta comes with excellent fuel economy, stylish European appearance, higher-end interior components, and a slew of contemporary benefits. All of these features are neatly packaged in a stylish subcompact body that is flat out fun-to-drive. Entering its last year before full redesign, the Ford Fiesta does not have many new changes in the 2015 model. However the Ford Fiesta already has a ton of great features since it’s last model.

The 2015 Ford Fiesta ST comes in a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. Available trim levels are: S, SE, and Titanium, or ST (high-performance in hatchback-only). Ford claims that the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine offers the best fuel economy for a non-hybrid on the market. The Fiesta ST receives a more aggressive design and style that is well matched with its performance makeup. With all the great features and stylish looks, the 2015 Fiesta at Chapman Ford remains competitively priced in its segment.

There were no adjustments for the US market with this European offering. As a result, the US market gets a small car that provides a controlled and comfortable ride. Even when pushed on winding roads the Fiesta is surprisingly well balanced.

The Fiesta offers two different turbocharged engines—a 1.0-liter inline 3-cylinder engine that puts out 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. Released a year ago, the 3-cylinder engine delivers outstanding fuel economy and remarkably smooth delivery of power. According to the EPA, the Fiesta receives an average city/highway fuel economy of 29/39 mpg for automatics and 27/38 mpg on average for manuals.

On the opposite end of the range is the Fiesta ST, with 1.6-liter inline-4 cylinder engine 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque. The Fiesta also comes with sport-tuned steering and suspension, while providing a unique driving experience. The EPA city/highway fuel economy for the vehicle is roughly 26/35 mpg on average. A 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is offered on the standard engine, while the 3-cylinder comes with 5 manuals and ST with a 6- speed manual.

Standard options on the Ford Fiesta S sedan include air conditioning , tilt/telescoping steering wheel, SYNC in-vehicle communications, entertainment system, and a 4-speaker AM/FM sound. On the safety side, all Fiestas come with 7 airbags, including a category-first, driver’s-side knee airbag and electronic stability control.

The new high-performance ST model has an optional Recaro seating package, which includes leather trim, seat heaters and heated outside mirrors.
If you want a fully loaded subcompact then the 2015 Ford Fiesta Titanium is the way to go. It includes a 6-speed automatic transmission, a moon roof, leather seats, a keyless start entry, and a voice-controlled MyFord Touch, with SYNC smart phone integration. The steering wheels has controls for audio, cruise control, satellite radio, heated seats, and a trip computer.

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Demand Remains Strong for F Series Pickups

The all-new F-150 is rolling off the assembly lines and making short stops at dealerships like Chapman Ford before ending up in consumer driveways. March F Series sales showed an increase of 10 percent from the previous year, allaying any fears that consumers wouldn’t like the new, lighter aluminum body. Demand is so strong on the consumer side that the company geared up the Kansas City assembly line to meet demand from commercial users and provide a backlog of trucks for dealer inventory. The Kansas City plant is running three shifts to keep up with demand for the pickup, which accounted for almost a third of all Ford sales in March. “Dealer stock is going to be tight for the next couple of months,” said Ford VP Mark LaNeve.

Transit and Transit Connect Prove Popular

The smaller Transit and Transit Connect drove van sales to a 42 percent increase over March of 2014. The Transit Connect wagon can seat up to seven people and provide ample cargo space along with outstanding maneuverability. The Transit van is great for hauling people and cargo. With three different roof heights and body lengths, it’s completely adaptable to your business or family needs.

The Transit is also responsible for Ford winning 11 fleet awards from the research firm Vincentric. The Transit won in passenger and cargo categories for the ½-ton and 1-ton categories, then won again as a cargo van in the ¾-ton category. The 11 awards were the most for any car manufacturer. Along with the E-Series vans, Ford sold a total of almost 21,000 vans last month, marking the best March in 21 years.

Mustang Sales Grow 36 Percent

Despite strong competition from the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, the Mustang proved once again that Ponies rule as its sales grew by more than a third from the previous March. Since the release of the new design model in the fall of 2015, the Mustang has held the honor of being America’s top selling sports car. Chapman Ford has a wide selection of Mustangs to choose from, including convertibles and the EcoBoost model that delivers outstanding performance while still achieiving 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Chapman also has a nice selection of Mustang GTs, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 that produces a bone crushing 435 horsepower. The Mustang is available with the six-speed automatic or six-speed manual shifter.

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Years of Training Prepare Body Shop Techs

When Ford launched its new F-150 in 2015, the extensive use of aluminum panels in the body was seen both as a blessing and a possible curse. The blessing came in the form of lighter weight and increased fuel mileage. The possible curse would have been if insurance companies charged higher rates due to an increased repair cost. In preparation for the new F-150, Ford worked with Allstate, State Farm and other major insurance companies to help prepare body shops and adjusters with training on repairing the trucks. “The result of all this work ahead of the new truck ever hitting the road is that the insurance premiums on the 2015 Ford F-150 are in line with the prior model,” said Dave Border, Allstate VP.

Military Strength Aluminum Makes Ford Tough

Stop by your Scottsdale Ford dealer, Chapman Ford, and check out the new F-150 for yourself. A close inspection reveals military strength aluminum alloys in the cab and box surrounding a high-strength steel chassis. The result is a vehicle 700 pounds lighter than the previous year’s model, which means better gas mileage, more towing capacity and the ability to carry a bigger payload. With a greater power-to-weight distribution, expect more responsive acceleration, shorter braking distances and more responsive handling.

Best Fuel Economy in Class

With estimated fuel mileage of 26 on the highway and 19 in the city, the new F-150 offers the best efficiency among all gas-powered light duty trucks. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine actually provides a better power-to-weight performance ration than other competitive eight-cylinder engines. Other engine choices include two options for a 3.5-liter V6 and a beefy 5.0-liter V8.

Multitude of Features Make Life, and Work, Easier

The use of LED lighting in the headlights, tail lamps, bed and tailgate illuminate the world around you, making driving at night, loading and unloading and hooking up a trailer much easier. New safety features like a 360-degree camera, lane assist and blind spot information help make the driver more aware of obstacles in close proximity to the F-150. Adaptive cruise control automatically slows the truck down if you get too close to the vehicle in front of you while in cruise mode. Luxurious interior options like heated leather seats, power moonroof, concert-quality infotainment system and plenty of charging outlets make you wonder if you’re driving a pickup or a luxury automobile. Check out all the great features of the new F-150 at Chapman Ford, your Scottsdale Ford dealer.