The 2015 Ford Focus

The 2015 Ford Focus is expected to be at dealerships, including Richmond Ford, within a couple of months. The new Focus will have several powertrains to choose from, a stunning interior design, a brand new look for the exterior, stylish wheels and a new appearance package. We’ll keep you updated on the appearance of Ford’s new Focus, so keep an eye on this space.

Powertrain

Ford provides you with plenty of engine choices in the 2015 model year including a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT inline four-cylinder engine that runs on unleaded or E85 – or a combination of the two; an all-electric Focus; a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine for the ST trim level; and the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost inline-three-cylinder engine.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost is backed by a six-speed manual transmission that gives you tons of power – and it’s got a unique sport suspension so the vehicle handles well without sacrificing power.

The electric Focus is powered by a lithium-ion battery – it never needs gas or an oil change. And it has zero CO2 emissions.

Exterior and Interior

The Focus got a new look for the 2015 model year. The design features clean-flowing lines and grabs attention. The interior is just as impressive as the new exterior. A newly-designed center stack and more technology, combined with a new lineup of seats for the S, SE and Titanium models, bring the interior front and center.

Wheels

You have a choice of several options for wheels on the S, SE and Titanium models including 15-, 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels. The ST features 18-inch Rado Gray painted aluminum wheels as standard equipment with 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted black pockets as optional equipment.

SE Appearance Package

Also new this year is the SE Appearance Package, which features an eight-way power driver’s seat, leather-trimmed seats, 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED signature lighting and more.

Technology

The Focus will also feature SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated technology, as standard equipment on all models. Some models will also feature a rearview camera, blind spot information system, keyless entry and a heated steering wheel.

MyKey, another piece of Ford technology, allows the driver to limit top speeds, decrease audio volume and more – perfect for when the teenaged son or daughter want to take the Focus for a spin.

Stop by Richmond Ford or keep your eye on this space for more information about the 2015 Ford Focus and it’s release date.

2014 Ford Expedition EL Limited

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If you are in the market for something that can carry several people yet is functional at the same time, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive the 2014 Ford Expedition EL Limited. This four-wheel drive SUV is perfect since you can take it just about anywhere, plus you have tons of cargo space – or can haul the whole family to the movies or on a trip.

The Expedition features a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that runs on regular unleaded fuel. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The engine will also run on E85. When running on ethanol, the fuel mileage is 9 mpg* in the city and 13 mpg* on the highway.

Interior features include second row bucket seats, dual headrest DVDs by Invision, voice-activated navigation with HD radio, running boards, heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals and memory, a rear window defroster, AM/FM stereo, satellite radio, a CD player and MP3 player, rear seat audio controls, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth and front power leather seats. The front seats are also heated and cooled; and the rear seats are also heated.

Additional features include a heated steering wheel, a universal garage door opener, keyless entry, cruise control, climate control and multi-zone air conditioning, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors and adjustable pedals.

Exterior features include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with P275/55R20 BSW all-season tires, white platinum metallic tri-coat paint, four-wheel drive, a tow hitch, power steering, a conventional spare tire, tow hooks and a luggage rack.

Safety and security features include ABS brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, variable speed, rain-sensing intermittent wipers, security system, traction control, stability control, an engine immobilizer, a tire pressure monitor, back-up camera and several airbags.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to take a test drive and to get a full list of standard features plus additional options available for the 2014 Ford Expedition EL Limited. While you are visiting, be sure to ask about any specials on leases, purchases and service.

Ford Replaces 2.0 Liter EcoBoost Engine

If you are in the market for a new Ford but are planning to buy or lease in early 2015, then you might want to wait for the 2015 Edge, soon to be available at Richmond Ford. The Edge will still have the 2.0 EcoBoost engine, but it will be completely redesigned. The current 2.0-liter EcoBoost had a run of only four years. The only other engine with such a short lifespan was the 3.9-liter V-8 that came in the 2002 through 2005 Thunderbirds.

The Current 2.0-Liter EcoBoost

Eventually, all other vehicles with the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost will get the newly redesigned 2.0-liter engine. This is an unusual move as an engine’s lifespan is generally about 10 years. According to Scott Makowski, Ford’s chief engineer for its inline four-cylinder engines, rapid improvements in technology led to the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine’s demise, even though it has the highest production rate of any other Ford EcoBoost engine.

The New 2.0-Liter EcoBoost

The new EcoBoost engine is so drastically changed that it won’t share parts with the current EcoBoost 2.0; and it is expected to “deliver a better combination of fuel economy and power,” according to Makowski.

An EcoBoost engine features turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable cam timing, however, the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost has been found lacking in the larger vehicles such as the Explorer.

The new engine is expected to have more horsepower than the current, though Ford has not released any numbers yet. It will feature a new block, a Borg-Warner twin scroll turbocharger, a newly redesigned cylinder head, a higher compression ratio and revised fuel injectors. Even with the changes, it will weigh about 10 pounds less than the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost.

The new head now has three exhaust ports that are routed into a manifold. The new manifold takes the exhaust from cylinder 2 and 3, and 1 and 4 then routes the exhaust – separately—into each turbocharger scroll. This method allows the turbo to spool up quicker, thus giving the driver more response when he or she nails the gas.

The new Edge will have the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, or customers can choose from a 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine – this engine is expected to debut in the Fall of 2014 – and a 3.5-liter V-6 without the turbo.

Stop by Richmond Ford to test drive any of the vehicles on the lot if you can’t or don’t want to wait for the 2015 Edge to be released. Even if you plan on waiting, stop by anyway – you just might find something that interests you more than the Edge.

911 Assist to Debut in the New Mustang

When you pick up your new 2015 Mustang at Richmond Ford, you will have the ability to turn on a new, free subscription service. The service uses your cellphone to call 911 Assist if you are in an accident. You do have to consent to use the service. As of July 2014, more than 7 million Fords have the SYNC technology.

SYNC provides information to a 911 operator, including whether you and your passengers were wearing seat belts, your location and a crash description. This saves you time when you are speaking with the 911 operator as the system relays pertinent accident information, and then turns you over to the operator.

According to David Hatton, the global product leader and electrical engineer for Ford Connected Services, the 911 Assist uses the driver’s mobile phone when it is connected to SYNC to call 911 when it is needed and uses the enhanced data to send enough detail about a crash so that dispatchers know whether to send an extra ambulance – say, in the event of a high speed collision. The system monitors safety belts, but that depends on which airbags systems are in the vehicle.

A customer must consent to the feature when he or she initially pairs a cell phone to SYNC. The customer also has the option to cancel the call before it is placed. If an airbag deploys or the fuel shut-off is activated, the system will call 911. Once the customer authorizes the call, the system gives the dispatcher prerecorded message and gives the operator the option to receive the Mustang’s GPS coordinates.

Additional information included in the message to 911 includes what the maximum change in velocity was, whether the crash was a front, rear, side or rollover crash, whether the occupants were wearing safety belts, whether the airbags were deployed and whether there were multiple impacts.

Once this is done, the system turns the call over to the occupant so that he or she may speak directly using the hands-free feature included with SYNC.

For more information on the 2015 Ford Mustang including standard features and options, to take a test drive and to learn more about 911 Assist, stop by Richmond Ford today.

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The Secret to Keeping the Ford Mustang a Safe Car

The new 2015 Ford Mustang, expected at Richmond Ford sometime in the Fall of 2014, has a secret hidden in the glove compartment. The secret is safety-related – it’s a new passenger side knee airbag, and the Mustang is Ford’s first model to offer this.

The airbag is integrated into the glove compartment – stuff between the door panels. Since it is smaller and lighter, it deploys quicker than other under-dash airbags. With the addition of this airbag, the Mustang now features eight of the safety devices. The new airbag will also be offered on the 2015 Ford Edge crossover.

The new Mustang fastback also has additional new features including a fully independent suspension, the next-generation SYNC® AppLink™, a push-button start and a choice of three different engines.

The engines include the new 2.3-liter Ecoboost that makes over 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque; the upgraded 5.0-liter V-8, which makes more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque; and the upgraded 3.7-liter V-6, which make over 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All three engines will be backed by an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or the six-speed manual transmission.

Additional new features include individual tire pressure monitors for each wheel, a rearview camera system, high-intensity discharge headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an illuminated, locking glove box and intelligent access.

Furthermore, certain models will feature an 8-inch touch screen display, navigation, a blind sport information system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, track apps for on-track measurements, different drive modes and an electronic line lock and launch control system for consistent acceleration at the track.

Keep an eye on this space for more information on the 2015 Ford Mustang as it becomes available. If you don’t want to wait until the Fall, you can pre-order the new Mustang from Richmond Ford now. Contact us for more details on the trim levels and release date – and to pre-order the 2015 Mustang.

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Ford Debuts All-New 2015 Crossover

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On June 24, 2014, Ford unveiled the new 2015 Ford Edge crossover, soon to be available at Richmond Ford. The new crossover has the same size and shape as the old Ford Edge, however, it does have more space inside. Ford pushed all of the wheels toward the corners to give the crossover a crisper look and better handling. It shares its platform with the Ford Fusion, though all-wheel drive will be an option rather than a standard feature.

Inside, cargo room has been expanded by 7 cubic feet. Furthermore, front and rear passengers have more legroom. The base engine has also been changed. The new base engine is Ford’s EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This power plant makes 245 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The first generation Edge featured this engine as an option, however, the second generation of the EcoBoost has been greatly modified.

Higher trim levels will feature a 3.5-liter V-6, which is popular for towing, and a 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6, which is a new engine this year. The EcoBoost V-6 is expected to make about 300 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters will back all three engines.

For this second generation, for will offer a Titanium Package, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, 180-degree front camera, automatic parking assist, lane-keeping assist, active noise cancelling, a nearly-4-foot panoramic moon roof and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

According to Raj Nair, Ford’s vice president for global product development, the company is building on the success of the first generation Edge, which sold just under 130,000 units in 2013 – great numbers for a first-generation vehicle that was at the end of its lifespan. This includes offering more technology and meeting consumer’s highest expectations for craftsmanship and quality.

Currently, the Edge’s audience in the United States is women and wealthier households that don’t have children. Ford hopes that the Edge will also take off in South America, China and Europe – places that crossovers weren’t always the popular option. European SUV sales were up by 20 percent in 2013 and Chinese sales grew to 4.5 percent in 2013 from less than 1 percent in 2012.

If you are in the market for a new SUV and are waiting for the Ford Edge to appear at Richmond Ford, keep your eye on this space for more information as it becomes available.

2015 Ford Edge New Appeal

If you are considering a new vehicle but won’t be ready to buy or lease until the beginning of 2015, add the 2015 Ford Edge to your list of vehicles to test drive. The fully redesigned Edge is expected to be available at Richmond Ford sometime in early 2015. It includes an upgraded interior and newer safety and entertainment features.

The new version of the Edge is taller and longer than the current version, giving the front passenger and driver nearly 2 inches of additional leg room. Rear seat passengers gained an extra inch of leg room. Because the new Edge is taller, front and rear passengers gain an additional inch of head room. Cargo room increased to 39.2 cubic feet with the second row seat up and 73.4 cubic feet with the second row seat folded down.

The new Edge also gets a newly redesigned suspension which gives it a quieter and smoother ride. Ford is using its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine for this new version; and the company expects it to put out 245 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. You can also get the Edge with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

A new optional engine is also available: the 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6. This engine makes 300 horsepower and is available only on the Sport trim level. Regardless of which engine you choose, you will get a six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

You’ll have four trim levels to choose from: the SE, SEL and Sport – and a new trim level for 2015 – the Titanium trim level. The Sport and Titanium models will feature Ford’s new adaptive steering system. This sharpens steering at high speeds and makes low-speed steering easier.

Additional features include a front parking camera, hands-free liftgate, parallel parking assist, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, sunroof and the newest Sync/MyFord Touch with an 8-inch touchscreen display. The Sport trim level will also feature active noise cancellation.

Safety features will include a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, inflatable rear safety belts, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and automatic braking, and a new front passenger knee airbag.

Keep your eye on this space or stop by Richmond Ford for more information on the Edge, including the features on each trim level.

2014 Ford Explorer XLT

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Now that you’ve chosen a Ford for your next vehicle, you need to decide which model best fits your lifestyle. If you carpool, have children or would just like something with some utility but don’t want an open bed, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive the 2014 Ford Explorer XLT.

The Explorer XLT is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. It also features four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, front and rear vented discs and hill hold control.

Safety and security features include rear child safety locks, several airbags, an airbag occupancy sensor, ABS and driveline traction control, Advancetrac with roll stability control, electronic stability control, a low tire pressure warning system, rear parking sensors, and the MyKey system.

The MyKey system features a top speed limiter, early low fuel warning, an audio volume limiter, and programmable sound chimes.

Additional features include LED brake lights, front fog lights, perimeter/approach lights, a rear window wiper and defroster, heated side mirrors with a convex spotter and turn signal indicator, fully automatic projector beam head lights with delay off, and speed sensitive, variably intermittent wipers.

Convenience features include a perimeter alarm, Securilock anti-theft ignition engine immobilizer, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, auto-lock feature for the power door locks, one-touch up and down first row windows and power second row windows, front and rear cup holders, a systems monitor, cargo space lights, illuminated vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, a panic button, two LCD monitors in the front, adjustable front head restraints, illuminated locking glove box and voice activated manual air conditioning.

Additional features include a full floor console with covered storage, an overhead console with storage, four 12-volt DC power outlets, rear air conditioning with separate controls and six-way power front seats.

Furthermore, the Ford Explorer features SYNC with MyFord voice-activated communications and entertainment system, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, 911 assist, AppLink, Bluetooth, a USB port, auxiliary input jack and a complete stereo system with an AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 decoder and six speakers.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive the 2014 Ford Explorer XLT and to learn more about this model’s security, safety, convenience and entertainment features.

Ford vs. Chevy

So you can’t make up your mind if you want a Ford truck or a Chevy truck – that means you’re not a diehard fan of either brand. And that means that you’re willing to go where the value and service is. Since you can’t make up your mind, you’ll be doing some research on each truck before you head over to the dealership. Even after you decide what you like on paper, be sure to stop by a Ford dealership like Richmond Ford to test drive one of Ford’s trucks.

The Chevy features a 5.3-liter, 4.3-liter or a 6.2-liter engine. The ford features a turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 and a 5.0-liter engine. Both brands were about the same in price. While Chevy’s fuel economy was a little better, it was just that – a little better. If you want the turbocharged engine, and love the Ford interior, the fuel economy isn’t a deal breaker.

You can get a 2014 F-150 crew cab with tons of bells and whistles for under $30,000 at Richmond Ford. Models may feature a 3.31 axle ratio, a 5.0-liter engine, a tow package, a SelectShift transmission, communications package, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, ABS brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, intermittent wipers and a conventional spare tire.

Additional features include cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, keyless entry, an engine immobilizer, a security system, traction control, stability control and several airbags. The Ford is also equipped with a perimeter alarm, fade-to-off interior lighting, cup holders, one-touch up and down windows, 12-volt DC power outlets, underseat HVAC ducts, cigar lighter, lights in the cargo box and under-seat storage.

For a complete list of security, safety, entertainment and convenience features and a list of options, stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive your next pickup truck.

Benefits of Buying from a Ford Dealer

A Ford dealership such as Richmond Ford offers new and used vehicles – and there are many benefits to buying your next vehicle from such a dealership. Other than the obvious benefit of being able to obtain financing on the spot, a consumer has many other benefits, including buying from a reputable business instead of an individual or small business that could roll up the carpet and disappear.

Choices: When you purchase a vehicle from a Ford dealer, you have many choices. If you want a particular make and model but want an option that isn’t on a vehicle on the lot, the dealership can order the car, truck or SUV customized to your specifications.

Brand Reputation: Not only is a dealership concerned about brand reputation, but so is the manufacturer. This gives the dealership some great incentive to treat its customers with respect – and allows you to rely on the dealership to be there if you have a problem with a vehicle.

Recalls: If Ford issues a recall, you can take the vehicle back to the dealership and it will fix the recall at no cost to you.

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Service: When you need maintenance done on your vehicle or it needs to be repaired, dealerships such as Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West have large service departments and a warehouse full of parts. Because everything is located in one place, the dealership can get your vehicle fixed faster. Furthermore, the technicians are certified by Ford to work on your specific Ford model.

Familiarity: When you buy or lease a vehicle from a Ford dealer, you have established a relationship with it. When you come back in a few years later to upgrade or to turn in your leased vehicle the dealership is familiar with you, which could make the purchase go quicker.

Specials: When you buy from a Ford dealership, you also get specials. Often, a dealership will sell a vehicle with special financing and other discounts that allow you to save some money on your next vehicle purchase.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive your next new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any special financing or lease offers on the models you are interested in.