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The new Ford Expedition takes the guess-work and the stress out of getting into your camping spot or launching a boat. Pro Trailer Backup Assist eliminates the worry and trying to figure out which way to turn the wheel by making backing up a trailer as simple as dialing a knob. “Warmer weather has families longing for outdoor adventures, and the all-new Expedition provides generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for the trip,” according to Ford SUV marketing manager Craig Patterson. “With best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds and available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can spend more time on the water rather than struggling to back up and launch your boat.”

It’s Simple, Just Turn the Knob

When you check out the new Ford Expedition at Chapman Ford, make sure and get a demonstration on just how easy it is to use the new trailering backup system. Just turn the knob to tell the Expedition how much it should turn the trailer. The system automatically goes that amount, while limiting the speed of the vehicle to an amount with which you feel comfortable. Even trailering experts can benefit from using the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system in the new Expedition.

Many More Reasons to Buy Expedition

Even if trailering is not your thing, the full-size Ford Expedition SUV offers many more reasons to consider it as your next new vehicle. Wireless charging allows you to bring your electronic devices up to optimal levels without the use of messy cords. Ford’s Wi-Fi hotspot allows the connection of up to 10 devices within 50 feet of the vehicle, and a rear entertainment system in the dual headrests allows children or adults to remain entertained on long trips.

The new Ford Expedition also features plenty of plug-in opportunities for everyone, with six USB chargers, a 110-volt power outlet and four more 12-volt power points. SYNC3 delivers the latest in voice recognition software, letting you control your music, communication and navigation without ever taking your eyes off the road. Use FordPass with SYNC Connect to access your new Expedition from a remote location. It’s a handy way to start your vehicle and set the air conditioning to cool without ever leaving the house.

With three-row seating, best-in-class towing and all the technology you’ll ever need, the new Ford Expedition is a great vehicle to help your family enjoy a summer vacation. Check it out today at Chapman Ford.

While recognizing that most of the vehicle-buying public isn’t in the market for a 647-horsepower monster like the GT, Ford executives say that the experience of building the supercar has paved the way for the development of new technologies that will help every driver in the future. “When we began work on the all-new Ford GT in 2013, the team had three goals,” according to Ford product development VP Raj Nair. “The first was to use it as a training ground for our engineers as we develop future engine technology and stretch our understanding of aerodynamics.” Nair said the other two goals involved the use of lightweight carbon fiber materials, and to win the LeMans 24-hour race. You can see the fruit of the development team’s labors when you inspect the entire inventory at Chapman Ford.

Raptor Shares Many Engine Parts

When you test drive an F-150 Raptor and come away impressed with the power of its EcoBoost engine, you can thank the Ford GT engineering team. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine in the Raptor was developed alongside the GT racing engine, sharing almost 60 percent of its parts. “We pushed the engine’s limits beyond what we might consider in traditional development programs, which is important as we continue to advance EcoBoost technology as a centerpiece of the company’s global lineup,” said Ford engineering VP Bob Fascetti.

All-digital Dashboard Coming in Mustang

The all-digital dashboard that will make its appearance in the 2018 Mustang and other Ford vehicles of the future is a result of the GT development program. The digital display is programmed to reconfigure the available information based on what driving mode you choose. “Driver focus and attention are key with such high performance,” said Ford Performance chief engineer Jamal Hameedi. The 10-inch wide display is customizable, displaying the information the driver wants to see in an easy-to-read format that helps the driver maintain focus on the road.

Aluminum Alloy Helping Cut Fuel Usage

The Ford GT development program was also instrumental in the use of high-strength aluminum alloys in the F-150 and Expedition, helping those two behemoths to cut weight and increase fuel mileage and performance. The aerodynamic sculpting of the entire Ford lineup is also a direct result of wind tunnel tests conducted in the development of the Ford GT. Pay particular attention to the design philosophy when you examine the inventory at Chapman Ford. While you might not be in the market for a GT anytime soon, you’ll enjoy the technology that’s at the heart of the supercar development.

Pony Car Popular Across the Globe

Thanks to a surge in exports, the Ford Mustang is now the most popular sports car on the entire planet. Global sales increased by 6 percent in 2016 as the Mustang accounted for 150,000 sales worldwide. About 45,000 of those Mustangs were sold in countries other than the United States. If you haven’t been paying attention to the Mustang for awhile, now’s the perfect time for a test drive and inspection of the entire Mustang inventory at Chapman Ford.

Global Rollout Big in China and Germany

Much of the increased sales around the world is credited to a massive rollout in Germany and China, along with introduction of Ford’s legendary pony to tiny countries such as Gibraltar, Bonaire and New Caledonia. The Ford Mustang is the best selling sports car in China, which offers the largest auto market in the world. China sales increased by 74 percent from 2015 to 2016. “The legacy of Mustang continues to grow, and in places it never reached before,” according to Mark Schaller, Mustang corporate marketing manager. “We continue to make it available in new markets, and drivers in those markets continue to respond with resounding approval.”

Also Most-liked on Social Media

The Mustang is not only popular in the driving world, but also is king of social media. The Ford Mustang has 8.4 million likes on Facebook, the most of any vehicle. It is now sold in 140 countries around the world including every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Six new countries will offer the Mustang for sale this year, including Brazil, the Ivory Coast and the Palau Islands. Those customers will see a more athletic Mustang in 2018, with a new body design and advanced technology that includes a 10-speed automatic transmission, 12-inch digital instrument panel and magnetic ride shock absorbers.

“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.” The Mustang delivers your choice of four different engines delivering at least 300 horsepower, with the monster Shelby GT350 the most powerful of all, producing 526 horses and 429 pound-feet of torque. Check out the Mustang today with a test drive at Chapman Ford.