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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.

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 www.drivingskillsforlife.com.

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 drivingskillsforlife.com 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.

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.