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Ford Recognizing Need for Smart Stuff

About a third of all U.S. citizens own not just one electronic device, but a smartphone, computer and a tablet according to a recent study from Pew Research Center. They may not take all three with them in their car, but its not uncommon for a person to have a phone and a tablet, requiring some careful thought from automakers on the interior design and support required for these electronics. Ford is once again ahead of the curve, adding almost 60 percent electronic storage space in the 2017 Ford Fusion. “People love the look and feel of the Fusion, but there are always things we can do to make it better,” according to Ford architectural supervisor Kelly Whetstone. “So we looked at customer feedback, and then we honed in on the storage capacity of the car.” A redesign of the console and a new USB port makes phone storage and connectivity easier. See how it all comes together by taking a trip to your Scottsdale Ford dealer, Chapman Ford.

New Rotary Shifter Adds Room

Traditional shifter sticks are going the way of the dinosaur now that electronics take over the chores traditionally allotted to cables. The Ford Fusion has a new rotary shifter that is more aesthetically pleasing while freeing up room on the console for more electronics. “Without the larger base of the traditional shifter, there was much more room for us to add features that are important to the Fusion customer, like storage and connection,” said Hani Badawi, ergonomics engineer. “We were able to shuffle around the driver-assist controls to the base of the shifter, along with the electronic brake, for a more intuitive arrangement for the customer, as well as providing a longer armrest for significantly improved elbow comfort for drivers.”

More Ergonomics Make Driving More Comfortable

Badawi and his team spent a lot of time tweaking the interior of the Fusion, already one of the most comfortable midsize sedans on the market. The new Fusion cabin is more open and the console is less cluttered. A wider footrest pedal is a small touch, but adds quite a bit to the comfort of the driver on long trips. Slimmer pillars around the windshield add improved vision. You can see and feel the improvements on the Fusion by taking a trip to Chapman Ford.

2017 Fusion Lets You Choose Gas, Hybrid or Plug-in

The 2017 Ford Fusion is one of the most versatile platforms in the auto industry, offering drivers a choice between gas, hybrid or plug-in hybrid. There are also a number of different trim levels that ensure you can enjoy a Fusion at a price you can afford. From the base S model to the Fusion Energi Platinum, the Fusion is a midsize sedan with style, performance and efficiency.


UAW Happy With Ford Commitment

The United Auto Workers chairman responded to talk about Ford moving some production to Mexico recently, by saying they are pleased with the commitment the company has made to America. “We hate to see the products (C-Max and Focus) go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly, that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” Bill Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. The Ford Bronco, a stalwart in the automaker’s 4×4 lineup for many years, will be ramped up for sales in the 2020 model year. The midsize Ranger could be on the Chapman Ford sales lot as early as the 2019 model year.

Ford Looking to Fill Hole in Midsize Truck Market

With Chevy, Toyota and Nissan already doing well with midsize truck sales, and Jeep poised to produce a truck based on the popular Wrangler, the time is right to reintroduce the Ford Ranger. Actually, the Ranger remains a popular truck world-wide. The first Ranger was unveiled in 1983 and had a strong run through almost three decades before being decommissioned in America at the end of 2011. The Toyota Tacoma was the most popular mid-size truck in 2015 with sales of almost 180,000 vehicles. That’s a far cry from the Ranger’s most popular year when Ford sold 350,000 of the trucks in 1999. Expect the Ranger to offer the 5-cylinder diesel that’s popular in other parts of the world, along with an EcoBoost 4-cylinder and V6 as well.

Bronco Could Be Large, Could Be Small

The company isn’t too forthcoming with details on the size or features of the new Ford Bronco. Analysts say it will either be based off the F-150 chassis, or be an off-shoot of the new Ranger. If the latter is true, it will be poised to compete with the Jeep Wrangler as a choice for off-road enthusiasts. The original Bronco was about the size of a Wrangler, then it went through some iterations until it became as big as a full-size pickup. The removable top and awesome towing capability made it a popular choice for outdoor lovers. Ford may even base the new Bronco off the Troller T4, a rugged off-roader the company produces in Brazil. Stay in touch with Chapman Ford to get updates on the plans for the new Bronco.


Big Loads Require Big Power

As the only manufacturer to offer a gas engine in its medium duty trucks, Ford gives customers the choice to power with gas, diesel or natural gas. The 6.8L V10 is a proven workhorse that generates a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque along with 320 horsepower. It’s a popular choice in the F-650 and F-750 lineup that also provides customers the option of a straight cab, crew cab or super cab to go along with specialty configurations. “We’re seeing growing interest in the new tractor from beverage and hauling fleets,” according to Ford truck marketing manager Kevin Koester. “Giving our customers the choice of two exclusive powertrains, available across all body styles and designed specifically for the unique needs of the vocational truck market, has really helped drive the sales of our trucks.”

Best Sales Year Since 1997

Sales this year of the F-650 and F-750 trucks have already far surpassed the total sales of 2015. Ford has sold more than 10,160 medium duty trucks across the nation. If you have a business with medium to heavy duty hauling needs, talk to the fleet department at your Scottsdale Ford dealerChapman Ford, for the very best deal. Along with the V10 gas engine that also converts to natural gas, customers can choose the 6.7L V8 PowerStroke turbo diesel. It produces the most horsepower in its class along with a staggering 675 pound-feet of torque in the base configuration. Other choices increase the torque to 700 and 725 pound-feet. The engine is guaranteed with 5-year/250,000 mile coverage. As the only manufacturer to also build its own diesel engine and transmission, Ford trucks benefit with seamless integration of the powertrain.

Koester said towing and rental businesses love the gas engine and he expects service-related businesses to choose this route. “Our diesel customers are praising the quietness of the 6.7L PowerStroke diesel engine,” he said. “Not only is it up to 45 percent quieter in the cabin at idle than the outgoing model, it’s so quiet that customers have told us that there have been times when they’ve approached the truck in front of the grille and didn’t even realize it was running.”

Ford Trucks Combine Toughness With Great Value

Head over to Chapman Ford to examine the lineup of commercial trucks and you’ll see a combination of toughness and great value in a vehicle that is ready to work the minute you drive it off the lot. Ford trucks go through extensive dynamometer testing under harsh conditions at the Dearborn, Michigan facility, ensuring your new truck will be able to handle any situation that arises. A nationwide network of Ford service centers minimizes downtime, meaning your truck will be on the road working and making you money.