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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.

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.

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New Engine/Transmission Pairing Provide Efficiency

With a new EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission, there are some changes afoot for the 2017 Ford F-150. What hasn’t changed is that esteemed consumer advice publication and website, Kelley Blue Book (KBB), has named the might Ford the “Best Buy” of the year in the truck category. That’s the third year in a row for the honor, cementing the F-150’s role as “America’s Truck.” KBB lists its best buys in the truck, car and SUV category each year as a service to consumers who want a vehicle that will perform with power and efficiency while long outlasting any factory warranty. You can feel the power and efficiency of the new F-150 by taking a test drive at Chapman Ford today.

New EcoBoost Improves Power and Performance

Customers who were amazed at the performance of the original EcoBoost engine will really be stunned by the latest version. This peppy 3.5L V6 takes all the best aspects of the original and turns the volume up to 11. With new direct twin port injection, lighter components and a totally reworked turbocharger, the latest edition not only produces 10 more horsepower than the original, but now has 470 pound feet of torque. A new 10-speed automatic transmission delivers maximum efficiency and power when you need it. The transmission provides torque through the complete operating range and has a special trailer/tow mode, making the 2017 Ford F-150 a great choice for hauling and towing.

‘The Country’s Best-Selling Vehicle Just Keeps Getting Better’

That’s the headline straight from the KBB.com article extolling the virtues of the new F-150. KBB says the Ford F-150 “sets the benchmark for pickups with its blend of capability, competence and innovation, all available in a wide range of models for every budget.” KBB says its no surprise that many families use the F-150 as their everyday driver. The truck “enables effortless power for acceleration and passing,” and with features like massaging front seats, power running boards and remote tailgate drop, the F-150 delivers the luxury, comfort and convenience that many American families seek.

Plenty of Trim Levels for Different Tastes

Whether you just need a basic work truck or like one with all the bells and whistles, the F-150 has a trim level for you. The STX Appearance Package delivers a more aggressive look, with 20-inch machined wheels, a billet grill and privacy glass. For the baddest truck on the planet, take a look at the leaner and meaner Ford Raptor, the off-road conqueror for serious trail busters. Head to Chapman Ford today and examine the entire F-150 inventory to find the truck that best suits your needs.