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For Mustang fanatics all over the world, the wait is over. The 2016 6th generation Mustang is here with a great performing 310 horsepower EcoBoost base model and a powerful 435 horsepower Mustang GT. A 500 plus horsepower Shelby GT350 is also scheduled to blast onto the streets and tracks very soon. While the Mustang has evolved over the years, there are some core elements that keep it a true Ford Mustang. For the 2016 Model, Ford announced that they will be bringing back the famous California Special Package and the Pony Package. They both debuted in the 1960s and were popular options for the previous generation S197 Mustang.

Ford realizes the importance of a personalized pony package, where owners can choose from a selection of wheels, stripes and other option packages. Additional options include hood vent-integrated indicators, which will be standard on the 2016 Mustang GT. This feature was first introduced on the 1967 Mustang.

Mustang fans are not shy about sharing their opinions with Ford and that is how they have developed many of the new features and they know the customers will love them because they have been asking for them. The hood vent turn signals are the perfect example of customer feedback becoming reality for the 2016 Mustang GT.

The 2016 Mustang GT and the Mustang EcoBoost are scheduled to be at dealerships like Chapman Ford, later this year with an array of options. One option that is guaranteed to be a hit is the over-the-top racing stripes Le Mans-style. The stripes will come in silver or black, and can be chosen with most color and trim options. Another option being offered by Ford on the EcoBoost and 5.0 Mustang GT is the painted black roof that was previously on the Boss 302.

Here are some of the other features that Ford is offering on the 2016 GT/SC package for the Mustang GT Premium models:

Special Options

–  19-inch ebony painted aluminum machined wheels

–  Ebony leather/Miko suede seat inserts with embossed logo and red contrast stitching

–  Exclusive door panel pull-outs and high quality floor covering showcasing red contrast embroidering

– Unique aluminum control panel finish with California Special badge

– Hood and side stripes

– Black pedestal spoiler

– One of a kind faux fuel cover

– Strut tower brace with original California Special badging

– Dark tail lamp highlights

– Black-painted mirrors, hood vents

– Performance front splitter

– Original grille with tri-bar pony logo

With the 6th Generation Mustang, every model features enhanced balance and tight cornering with the IRS and double-ball joint front suspension. It’s wider, lower, you will find outstanding braking selections and 4 motors to take you from 300-to-500-plus hp.

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Over 600 people took part in the Ford EcoBoost Challenge at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona last weekend.

The new Ford Mustang and aluminium Ford F-150 pickup had their own test drive courses. Drivers also had the chance to directly compare the Ford Focus and the Fiesta; including rivals such as Ford Edge and Toyota Highlander. This also functioned as a beginning of a drive for bottle water in tandem with Big Surf Waterpark, Valley Ford dealers and the Salvation Army.

According to Ford’s Phoenix regional manager, Steve Papanikolas, th eEcoBoost Challenge Drive is a comfortable, no pressure environment that offers Ford’s customers a chance to drive Ford’s line up of vehicles that have EcoBoost technology. They can directly compare it with the competition. Papanikolas went on to say that by comparing a Ford vehicle with its direct competition, customers would experience the superior quality of the Ford product. In addition they will consider Ford the next time they are in the market for a new automobile.

According to the Phoenix based ClassicCars.com editorial director Larry Edsall, the Ford EcoBoost Challenge was a success and an overall impressive event.

Engines that include EcoBoost engineering are produced to provide power and torque in accordance with that of bigger engine displacement, naturally aspirated motors; even though attaining about 20% improved fuel performance and 15% lower greenhouse pollution levels than these similar engines. Ford recognizes EcoBoost as an inexpensive and adaptable replacement for the power performance and fuel economy of hybrid vehicle and diesel innovations. Plans to apply it widely in upcoming automobile products will be equally inexpensive.

EcoBoost fuel direct-injection turbocharged power plant innovation contributes 128 patents and patent requests to Ford’s 4, 618 current and 1,000s of pending U.S. patents.

The V6 EcoBoost motors are now being put together at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 in Brook Park, Ohio. The 2 .0 L I4 EcoBoost motors were manufactured at the Ford Valencia Engine Plant in Spain beginning in 2009. The 1.6 L I4 EcoBoost engines are made at the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant in the UK. The upcoming small displacement I3 EcoBoost power plant will be made both at the Ford Plant in Germany and at Ford Romania.

Ford began producing 750,000 EcoBoost engines yearly starting in 2012 in the US alone and that number grew to 1.3 million worldwide. In 2013, Ford offered 90% of its global vehicles, including North America, the EcoBoost engine technology.

To learn more about Ford’s upcoming EcoBoost technology, visit the Chapman Ford dealership.

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Continuation of Last Year’s 50th Birthday Party

Head over to Chapman Ford in Scottsdale early this fall to see when the new Mustang GT will be showing up on the dealership floor. With turn signals recessed in the hood scoops, the new GT is a nod to the 1967 Ford Mustang, which featured similar directional arrows. People were so excited with the 50th Anniversary Mustang, that Ford is trying to keep the enthusiasm level up by reintroducing popular features of years gone by. Along with the turn signals, expect a similar look with stripes, wheels and other features. Mustang lovers are a group of people that like to communicate their preferences with the head honchos at Ford, and sometimes the company acts on them. “We’re constantly exploring ideas together with our engineering team to develop new features we know our customers will love,” Mustang marketing manager Melanie Banker told USA Today recently.

California Special Package Coming this Fall

The turn signals are part of a larger convenience grouping called the California Special Package. Mustangs equipped with this grouping will start showing up on the Chapman Ford showroom sometime this fall. A Pony Package will be available by the end of the year for the EcoBoost Mustang. This includes 19-inch wheels, the iconic three-bar pony logo on the front of the grille, a side stripe and chrome surround for the windows. Another package is also coming for the Mustang GT for those people who like flying under the radar. The black accent package features a shadowy look with a black spoiler, negative taillight surrounds and the pony logo all in black.

Mustang Convertible Owners Get New Suspension

The new GT convertible Mustang has a special performance package coming out for the 2016 model year. Enhanced bracing and upgraded component parts – including braking, tires and wheels – make up for the lack of body metal in the convertible. Take your new Mustang to the mountains with confidence as this package helps you  maneuver around tight corners with a finely-tuned chassis, a bigger radiator, larger rear sway bar, bigger brakes and a limited-slip 3.73 axle. Electric power assisted steering gives you total control of this vehicle’s handling with just the touch of a finger. Huge 19-inch wheels round out the performance package. “The Ford Mustang GT fastback with performance package has been very popular,” Banker said, prompting the company to develop a similar package for the convertible.

Ford Edge Concept

The 2015 Ford Edge midsize crossover is a tweener with a short model year positioned right between the popular Escape and Explorer utility vehicles.

For every Edge Ford sells, it sells two of the larger Explorer and three of the smaller Escape crossovers.

The Edge is a bit of a mystery. The vehicle is a near-premium two-row crossover that is nearly the size of many three-row utility vehicles. Ford assumes it has no direct competitors from General Motors or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Furthermore, Japanese competitor Toyota Venza is being pulled and the Honda Crosstour could also fall by the wayside. That leaves the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Sorento and Nissan Murano as the only direct competitors in Ford’s view.

More importantly, Ford is maintaining its loyal Edge customer base. Internal surveys convey style is a major concern for Edge buyers. It even trumps fuel economy, said Cristina Aquino, Edge brand manager. The 2015 Edge delivers more capability however, it does not improve its fuel economy capacity over its predecessor.

Because style is such an influential consideration, exterior designer Kevin George and interior designer Hak Soo Ha deliberately retained signature design cues from the previous model. They introduced a modern rendition that is more dynamic and sleek, with more emphasis on utilizing upscale materials.

“We don’t want to chase other brands,” George said. “We just wanted to update the Edge’s look. We worked a lot with marketing as we designed it to meet customers’ expectations. Instead of just being loud to capture peoples’ attention we went for a premium look and feel.”

There is also an array of bonus features and technologies ranging from park assist and cameras, to popular heated seats and steering wheels. Also included is a liftgate that operates with the swish of a leg.

The new Edge is a tweener in terms of model year. The car is due to make its appearance in showrooms this month is a 2015 model — not a 2016. The 2016 is expected later in the fall, making 2015 a short model year. The outgoing 2014 has been available since November 2013.

There was internal debate over which model year this next-generation Edge should be, said engineer J.D. Shanahan. He’s not aware of all the factors that influenced the decision. However ranking among them was the logistics of the introduction of the new Sync 3 infotainment system, which makes an introduction later this year on 2016-model vehicles. As of right now, Edge is entering the market with the Microsoft-based MyFord Touch system. Shanahan said it would have been bewildering in the showroom to have some 2016 Edges with Sync 3 and other models without.

Other executives argued that the vehicle required a 2015 model year, albeit short. And there are financial and residual value factors that play a key role whenever car manufacturers select a vehicle’s model-year designation.

Model year aside, the 2015 Edge signifies a giant leap forward in terms of its handling, materials, styling, and features.

The Edge burst unto the scene in 2006 when the only real competitor was the Murano. It received a makeover in 2011 but continued to be manufactured on the same framework nine years later.

This second generation has evolved into a new and much more capable platform — the same one used for the Ford Fusion/Mondeo and the Ford Galaxy and S-Max in Europe. It is the last Ford vehicle from a vehicle program introduced years ago with Mazda. And will now be made redundant. The 2015 Ford Edge is available right now at Chapman Ford.

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There might be a faint hint of the GT40, the gorgeous endurance racer that dominated Le Mans in 1966, but the new 2017 Ford GT is bursting with high tech engineering. The new GT is Ford’s most high-tech car.

How fast the 600 horsepower engine will do, including the 0 to 60 mph sprint isn’t clear yet. The curb weight is also unclear at this time. The car’s aero package will produce amazing downforce which will keep the Ford GT glued to the road at high speeds.

There are 28 computer processors that process more than 10 million lines of code. They generate more than 300 MB of data per second. While some perform simple tasks like monitoring tire pressure, others monitor pitch, roll and yaw using a gyroscope. This is critical for triggering aerodynamic and stability features.

The decision to go with an all-gas twin turbo V6 allowed engineers to “shrink wrap” the GT’s body around the engine. This allows for unique aerodynamics that produces better cornering and braking speeds.

The low car-shape along with wind channels that direct air pressure to the rear wings, generate downforce that plants the car on the road.

Ford GT’s most intriguing computer control comes into play. As the Ford GT is in normal driving mode, the rear wing stays flat. However when driving speeds increase, the rear wing is deployed and drag is increased for stable straight line driving; along with increased grip when cornering at high speeds.

Braking also plays an important role. While the GT is in track mode, the rear wing will go into “air braking” position, which increases the drag and slows down the car when braking hard. When you ease off the brakes the wing eases up on its grip.

Ford has solved the turbo lag problem by using computer logic built into the EcoBoost turbo engine. Direct fuel injection and cam timing systems also play a role in reducing turbo lag. The V6 now feels like an engine that is naturally aspirated. In essence the system pumps fuel straight into the turbo to keep them on boost.

These complex computer calculations are undetectable by the driver but they know when they press the gas, the turbo and torque kick into action.

Cool air goes into the intercoolers via the front mesh. Then, all the hot air that’s produced by the intercoolers’ heat exchange is directed through the rear of the “ring of fire” LED taillights.

Not only the tub chassis, but all the body panels on the GT’s are prepared from lightweight, high-strength carbon fiber. The GT’s front and rear subframes are made of aluminum, but the vehicle has no heavy steel anywhere.

Learn more about the new 2017 Ford CT at Chapman Ford. Visit our dealership to see the latest Ford models.