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Archive for February, 2017

14th Year Helping Drivers Stay Safe

Although the date isn’t set yet, Phoenix is definitely on the list for one of the Ford “Driving Skills for Life” free hands-on clinics. Young drivers who hold a permit or a license work with professional instructors to learn advanced driving skills. The result of encountering real-world situations in a controlled environment is a teen driver who is more ready to react in a proper and safe way when things get dicey on the road. For more information on the free clinic, talk to the pros at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale or visit

Teen Drivers More Likely Involved in Fatal Crash

It’s important that programs like Driving Skills for Life get through to teen drivers on the importance of staying focused on the road, as that group is 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than older adults. A study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen crashes increased by 10 percent last year. “Despite progress in recent years, teens continue to be overrepresented in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities across the country,” according to the GHSA executive director, Jonathan Adkins. “For this reason, the association and the State Highway Safety Office are looking forward to bringing this powerful program to even more teens and their parents – coast to coast and around the globe.”

Program Focuses on Eliminating Distraction

Distracted driving is the number one cause of wrecks among teen drivers, so the Driving Skills for Life program works on keeping teens focused on the task at hand. “Driving safely is not about downloading the latest app,” said program manager James Graham. “We look forward to expanding our efforts to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities through teaching real-world training and improved decision-making skills. Working with all our partner organizations in 35 countries, we believe we are making a substantial contribution to safer driving.” Along with focusing on distractions, the program also works with teens on vehicle handling, speed management, hazard recognition and space management. The dangers of impaired driving are another focal point. Virtual reality training tools are another method that helps teens avoid collisions.

Academy Offers Web-based Curriculum

Along with the hand-on training session, young drivers can learn from the web-based curriculum at the academy on the website. School safety kits, safe driving resources and tools to help parents promote safe driving are also available on the website. Of course, all the tools in the world aren’t helpful if a teen is driving an unsafe car. Check out the modern safety features and driver assistance systems on the new Ford lineup at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

Sleeker Pony Car Offers Advanced Technology

The latest incarnation of the world’s most popular pony car convertible was recently unveiled in preparation of a tour of 50 auto shows across the country. The new Ford Mustang convertible will be available for test drives and purchase this fall at Chapman Ford, offering a sleeker design, three new paint colors and 12 unique wheel choices. A digital instrument cluster that’s customizable with a memory function and new driver assistance features are all part of the tech upgrade. “The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports cars in America, and now, the world,” said Ford Americas president Joe Hinrichs. “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.”

New Mustang Offers Personalization

Along with the ability to customize your instrument display on the 12-inch all-digital LCD screen, Ford is introducing an “active” exhaust system that lets you fine-tune the rumble on the Mustang GT. The throaty roar of the Mustang announces the arrival of a performance machine, whether you choose the ultra-efficient and surprisingly powerful 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine or the legendary 5.0L V8. Choose the manual transmission and you’ll find it has been upgraded to produce the most torque possible. The 10-speed automatic transmission is all new, delivering higher than average acceleration and improved performance and efficiency.

MagneRide Improves Handling

MagneRide is a new damper technology available on the 2018 Ford Mustang that not only improves handling, but also provides a more comfortable ride. Adaptive dampers continually adjust to road conditions and your driving style to correct understeer and keep you in control, particularly when attacking challenging corners. MagneRide works in conjunction with new shock absorbers and a cross-axis joint in the rear to improve lateral stiffness. In short, you’ll be able to control your new Mustang even when you have your foot to the floor.

Design Emphasizes Vehicle’s Athleticism

Since its introduction for the 1964 1/2 model year, the Mustang has always maintained a sporty and athletic profile. The 2018 model, coming to Chapman Ford this fall, is even more athletic. The hood and grille are lower and more aerodynamic than ever, interrupted by a pair of headlights that appear to be moving in for the kill. Both the headlights and taillights are LED, with foglights available as an option. Step into the interior and you’ll notice the use of more premium materials, even in the base models. Contrasting stitching and aluminum trim add a touch of class, with more choice than ever in the materials and colors for the seats. An optional heated steering wheel and the SYNC Connect infotainment system with Ford Pass are also available.