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Archive for January, 2017

Ranger Return Set for 2019, Bronco in 2020

Ford is preparing to seize its share of the midsize pickup truck market by reintroducing the Ranger in 2019. The original Ranger was unveiled in 1990 and had a good 21-year run before Ford decided to shelve the truck in 2011 and concentrate on F-150 sales. The Bronco went through several iterations from the mid 1960s into the 1990s, starting as a small off-road vehicle and ending its run as a large SUV. Look for the new version to be somewhere in the middle, providing a flexible off-roader that’s also capable of maneuvering through an urban environment when it hits the Chapman Ford showroom in a couple of years.

“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” Ford President of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, said. “Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.” Both the Bronco and Ranger will be built in Michigan, boosting the local economy and providing much-needed jobs.

Ford Branching Out to Solve Mobility Needs

The recent Detroit Auto Show was the perfect venue for Ford to showcase its plans for transportation in the near future. Along with producing smarter cars that communicate with each other, Ford is expanding its Chariot ride-sharing service to a number of large urban areas to help solve the problem of urban congestion. “This is an issue that goes far beyond congestion,” according to Ford chairman Bill Ford. “It is one that represents a massive challenge to mankind, one that affects our well-being and access to health care, clean drinking water, food, a safe place to live and even the ability to find work,” he continued. “By solving the mobility challenge, we have a chance to create a better world for future generations. It’s both an exciting opportunity and a big responsibility.”

City of Tomorrow Shifts to Accommodate Traffic

Ford’s “City of Tomorrow” exhibit at the Detroit Auto Show presented a vision on how the urban landscape of the near future could be configured to help solve congestion. Autonomous and electric vehicles would interact with roads that have the ability to shift to accommodate traffic needs. Ford sees ride-sharing and connected vehicles as another solution to an ever-increasing traffic problem. You can see some of the technology needed to solve future transportation needs already in effect at Chapman Ford. Driver assistance safety features, such as smart cruise control and automatic emergency braking are the cornerstones around which Ford is building the vehicles of tomorrow.

Helps Eliminate Injury From Rollovers

When you purchase a 2017 Ford Fusion from Chapman Ford, you’re getting much more than a fuel-efficient sedan that’s a pleasure to drive. The new Fusion incorporates a “Return to Park” feature that uses sensors to determine when you are exiting the vehicle. If you have not placed the vehicle in park, the Fusion will do that for you. “When we decided to go with the new rotary shifter for the 2017 Ford Fusion, the team sat together in a room to see what additional customer benefit we could bring to the table,” according to Ford’s e-shift technical expert, Mark Zyskowski. “We thought about what we could add without getting in the way of normal day-to-day scenarios and all agreed a feature to help confirm park is selected when exiting the vehicle seemed really worthwhile.”

Smart Operation Reads Your Intentions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 360 people were killed in a recent two-year period by cars that had no one in the driver seat. The Fusion engineering team developed this system, which can detect when a driver has turned off a moving vehicle. The Fusion will first shift itself into neutral until it gets below 5 mph, then will transfer into park. It is smart enough not to kick in if you open the door with your seat belt on in case your coat is caught in the door or you are looking for parking lines.

New Fusion a Testament to Contemporary Design

The 2017 Ford Fusion is a beautiful car, sculpted to slice through the wind with maximum efficiency while still catching the eye of innocent onlookers. Features such as LED head, tail and fog lamps, smart assist technology and voice-activated controls are not only fun, but make for a more pleasant, and safer, driving experience. Seemingly simple features like the rotary shift dial make more room for cupholders, charging stations and electronic storage. There are many trim levels to choose from, but as long as you’re looking, check out the Platinum level package with cooled leather seats, a premium sport grille and 19-inch polished aluminum wheels.

There’s a Model and Price for Everyone

Make sure and take enough time during your trip to Chapman Ford to look at the wide variety of trim levels. The S model starts at just $22,120, yet still features push button start, the rotary shift dial, SYNC voice communication and a killer stereo. The Hybrid models get 43 mpg in the city and start at a very affordable $25,295. Even the most expensive Fusion, the Energi Platinum model, has a ton of luxury and safety appointments and still comes in at under $40,000.