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Archive for March, 2017

Fears Date Back to Cave Man

Nyctophobia, or fear of the dark, originated in the cave-man days when our ancestors preferred to stay by the fire rather than venturing out into the night and risk the attack of a predator. That fear is still very prevalent today according to a recent driver poll, which listed the fear of hitting someone at night as a top driving concern. Ford has introduced new night vision technology that can help allay some of those fears. Check out the technology for yourself when it appears this fall at Chapman Ford on the 2018 Ford Mustang and F-150.

“We know some drivers find hitting the road at night a stressful experience. Especially driving in towns and cities, pedestrians – sometimes distracted by mobiles –can without warning step into the road, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident,” according to Ford safety engineer Gregor Allexi. “Day and Night Pedestrian Protection is designed to help identify people already in – or about to step into – the road ahead.” A recent survey shows that 81 percent of all questioned drivers admit to some fear of driving after dark, citing poor night vision as a reason for the timidity. One in five drivers said they feared hitting a pedestrian after dark.

Radar and Camera Work Together

Ford’s new Pedestrian Detection technology utilizes a radar unit in the front bumper that works together with a camera on the windshield to determine potential obstacles. A pedestrian shape database helps the unit distinguish people from stationary objects, such as sign posts and trees. If it detects a possible collision with a person, it first delivers a warning both audibly and visually. If the driver then fails to react, the unit will automatically apply the brakes. The system will debut in the European version of the Fiesta this year before coming to the U.S. in the Mustang and Ford F-150.

Night Driving Tips Help Keep You Safe

Along with the Pedestrian Detection system, Ford offers a few night-driving tips to help you avoid a collision. These include regular appointments with an eye doctor to check your vision, avoid driving for more than two hours at night without a break, keep your windows clean and free of debris, ice and condensation, clean all your lights and use high beams at night when there is no oncoming traffic. Make sure and check out ht latest technology that can help make your night driving safer when the new Mustang and F-150 come to Chapman Ford this fall.

Autoguide Competition Leaves Raptor on Top

With superior performance and off-road suspension that goes where others not dare, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor won a recent competition to become consumer website Autoguide’s “Truck of the Year.” The 2017 Raptor is the whole package. It’s not just suspension or just appearance. Ford left no stone unturned with this purpose-built Baja runner, and it shows,” according to Autoguide editor Stephen Elmer. “While each truck in this year’s competition brings something to the table, the Raptor feels truly special, managing to provide a truck that is capable, intelligent, and most of all, a riotous amount of fun.” Create your own fun riot when you take a test drive of the new Raptor at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

Performance Gains Help Make Raptor’s Case

During the recent Autoguide competition in the California desert, the Raptor unleashed a new performance package with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine that produces 450 horsepower and a stout 510 pound-feet of torque. That engine is paired with a new 10-speed transmission that gets the most out of every tick on the power range, as well as six different selections in the Terrain Management System that let you dial in the proper suspension and throttle based on the driving conditions. Add in a body that uses a combination of high-strength steel and aluminum to save a quarter-ton of unnecessary weight, and you have the perfect combination of power and technology for the modern age.

New Tires are Icing on Cake

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor package is capped by the development of new BF Goodrich KO2 tires that are specifically designed to do as well on the road as they do on the trail. Ford also worked with FOX to develop new shock absorbers that are 44 percent bigger than the previous model with a 3-inch canister to smooth out all the bumps on the trail. A nine-stage damping bypass system helps improve handling and performance, along with giving the articulation needed to climb over large obstacles.

Raptor ‘Dominates’ Off-road Terrain

The Autoguide editors were effusive in their praise of the new Raptor. “Take the Raptor off-road and it dominates the terrain,” they wrote, “soaking up the rocks, crags and divots while insulating its passengers from what should be skull cracking impacts. Running at speed, the truck feels controllable and responsive, while the switch into Baja mode takes it to a new level.” If you’re looking for an everyday driver that has the ability to tame the harsh Arizona desert, check in with the pros at Chapman Ford to see about test driving the all-new Raptor.

Sporty Compact Has Lowest Depreciation

Thanks to low maintenance costs and bargain purchase price, Kelley Blue Book named the Ford Fiesta ST as the 5-Year Cost to Own award winner for 2017. With a rating of 33 mpg on the highway, great dependability and low insurance fees, the Fiesta ST is both a practical choice and a great selection for those who like a little fun in their daily drive. Equipped with a standard six-speed short throw manual transmission, the 1.6L 16-valve Fiesta ST is a hoot to drive whether you’re trying new shortcuts on the way to work or spending a Sunday morning exploring new country roads. Head to Chapman Ford and give the Fiesta a test drive today.

Nimble Fiesta Delivers Fun Ride

Whether you choose the hatchback, sedan or sporty ST, the little Ford Fiesta is a compact car that delivers on the performance front. AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control helps eliminate fishtailing by controlling understeer or oversteer. It automatically applies the brakes when conditions get dicey, keeping you in control. The 1.0L EcoBoost engine in the sedan and hatch is the first three-cylinder engine every produced by Ford. Because three cylinders offer reduced friction, it operates efficiently to produce 123 horses, plenty to propel this little car where you want to go. Hill Start Assist reduces the stress of starting on a steep incline. It is automatically activated when an incline is detected while braking. When you take off, it ensures you don’t slip backwards as you accelerate.

ST Offers More Horsepower

If you need a little more oomph in your giddyup, choose the Ford Fiesta ST and you’ll get a 1.6L EcoBoost engine that skirts the 200 horsepower range along with more than 200 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than enough to pin you back in your seat while getting on the freeway or just exercising your wild oats. Features such as electric power-assisted steering provide responsive handling and the ability to help you correct road irregularities without a white knuckle grip. This feature also “learns” as it works, and corrects any problems in your new Fiesta’s steering as you go. Torque Vectoring Control is another standard feature that adjusts the speed of each front wheel to reduce understeer, improve cornering ability and deliver you a driving experience you never thought possible in such an inexpensive car. If you’re looking for a vehicle that won’t break the bank but still offers performance, comfort and safety, swing by Chapman Ford and take a Fiesta for a test drive today.