50th Anniversary of the Mustang

On April 17, 1964, the New York World’s Fair had the honor of the debut of the first Ford Mustang. At the time, Ford called the car “the car that dreams are made of” and predicted it would sell 100,000 units. That year, Mustangs were priced at $2,368 – the auto manufacturer sold over 400,000 units.

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Since the beginning, Ford sold over nine million units. That year, Ford disassembled a Mustang and hauled it up to the top of the Empire State Building. This year, for the Mustang’s 50th anniversary, the auto manufacturer plans to recreate that stunt.

The Ford Mustang ran through six generations and many models – and the newest are available at Richmond Ford. The first generation ran from 1964 to 1973. The second generation ran from 1974 through 1978. The third generation was sold from 1979 through 1993. The fourth generation was sold from 1994 through 2004. The fifth generation ran from 2005 through 2014. And the auto manufacturer is now working on its sixth generation – the 2015 model year.

Currently, there are 10 different models to choose from:

  • The V6 model;
  • The V6 Premium;
  • The V6 Convertible;
  • The GT;
  • The V6 Premium Convertible;
  • The GT Premium;
  • The GT Convertible;
  • The GT Premium Convertible;
  • The Shelby GT500; and
  • The Shelby GT500 Convertible.

The Shelby GT500 and the Shelby GT500 Convertible feature a supercharged 5.8-liter engine that puts out 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. The GT, GT Premium, GT Convertible and GT Premium Convertible all feature Ford’s 5.0-liter engine. The V6 Premium Convertible, V6 Convertible, V6 Premium and the V6 all feature a 305-horsepower V6 engine. All engines are backed by a six-speed manual transmission except the Shelby GT500 and Shelby GT500 Convertible – those two models feature a Tremec six-speed manual transmission.

The first generation also saw some additional models including the ever popular Mach 1, Boss 302 and the Boss 429. The Boss models were created to market Ford’s racing engines, but they quickly became popular on the street. Even now, if you can still find a Boss model, it commands a steep price.

1969 was the last year for the GT option until the third generation when available trim levels included the L, GL, GLX, LX, GT and Turbo GT. The Turbo GT was available only in 1983 and 1984. Additionally, the SVO was available from 1984 through 1986, the Cobra from 1979 through 1981 and again from 1989 through 1993, the Cobra R in 1993 and the Ghia.

To learn more about any of the models currently available, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive one of the Mustang models.

Spring has Sprung in Virginia

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It’s spring-time in Virginia, which means warm temperatures and new blossoms. And, it also means people are going to be getting out more, whether to work on their yards or to attend spring events. Before you head out for the many spring events in Richmond, make sure your vehicle is up to date on service, repairs and scheduled maintenance. Call Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West to schedule an appointment today.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is celebrating spring with “A Million Blooms from April 1, 2014 through June 1, 2014. The event is scheduled daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event is included with admission to the garden. When you visit, you’ll see a succession of blooms throughout the spring. The botanical garden also features entertaining activities, family events, exhibits, a Children’s Garden, garden shop and scenic retreats.

This year, the garden added a cherry tree walk and National Public Gardens Day celebration on May 9, 2014. It also extended its mother’s day celebration to include the whole weekend (May 10 through 11).

In April, look for blooming daffodils, tulips and bluebells. Blooms that appear in May include peonies, azaleas and pitcher plants. Lotuses and roses bloom in June. The conservatory features cacti, tropical plants and orchids.

Also this spring, The Richmond History Center is doing tours, including the Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour. This particular tour will teach you about the cemetery’s history, symbolism, artwork and even its famous residents including two U.S. presidents, confederate president Jefferson Davis, writer Ellen Glasgow, and General George Pickett. Walkups are welcome – just meet the group behind the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance on Cherry and Albemarle Streets. For more information visit Richmondhistorytours.com. The web site will also tell you more about additional historical tours.

After a day out in the sun, stop by your favorite restaurant for dinner or relax while watching a movie. Since you will be doing quite a bit of driving, you definitely want your vehicle to be in tip-top shape. And, if you are in the market for a new car, stop by Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West before you head out to the many spring activities and events – you can arrive in style while enjoying that new car smell!

Ford Ecoboost Engines Increase Fuel Economy and Decrease Costs

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You may have heard the term “Ecoboost” in reference to many of the Ford engines. This engine is as significant to Ford as the VTEC was for Honda in the 1990s. However, Ecoboost will do much more for Ford than any other manufacturer’s engine did. Ford’s Ecoboost engines increase fuel economy by up to 20 percent, but that is not the only benefit of this engine, which is found in many of the vehicles at Richmond Ford.

The Ecoboost engine costs much less to manufacture than the hybrids and diesels, thus the consumer realizes less of a price increase in a new Ford than in other vehicles with economical powertrains. The engines give the consumer a great combination of horsepower, torque, fuel economy, utility, performance reliability and durability. The old adage of horsepower costs money was just proven wrong.

The engines are not just for sedans and coupes – put into a truck, the Ecobooset 3.7-liter outperforms even Dodge’s well-known 5.7-liter hemi. According to Full Race, testers put a 3.7-liter Ecoboost engine in a pickup truck and had a towing contest against Chevy’s 5.3-liter engine in the Silverado V8 and Dodge’s 5.7-liter hemi in the Ram. Each truck pulled 9,000 pounds up a 6 percent grade at the Davis Dam in Arizona. The Ford Ecoboost out-towed the Chevy and the Dodge.

The Ecoboost combines a turbo with direct injection and a variable camshaft for excellent fuel economy and horsepower all rolled into one neat package. The Ecoboost was introduced in 2010; and in 2011, it was first placed in the F-150. The first year, the Ecoboost 3.7-liter engine produced 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. According to Full Race, 90 percent of the torque was available from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm, giving the F-150 better fuel economy and towing capabilities. Before the end of 2011, Ford produced 128,000 vehicles with the Ecoboost engine. By the end of this year – 2014 – Ford expects to have these engines in 90 percent of its vehicles.

After 163,000 miles of endurance testing in all kinds of climates and environments, tear down of the engine revealed that all parts of the engine were within spec – it showed minimal wear. The timing chain’s tensions used only three out of an available 10 teeth, camshaft end play was 0.12 mm and the turbos, rod bearings, pistons, rings and cylinder walls were all within spec.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to learn more about the Ecoboost engine and the vehicles that are powered by that engine.

2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid at Richmond Ford

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If you are in the market for a luxury car, but want a hybrid, look no further! The 2014 Lincoln MKZ 2.0 hybrid is available at Richmond Ford. The MKZ hybrid features a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that gets 45 mpg* in the city and on the highway. It is a midsize car that has many luxury features.

Convenience features include cooled perforated leather front seats with memory, a single pane moon roof, heated power door mirrors with integrated turn signals and memory, a CD player, AM/FM radio and premium sound system, satellite radio, an MP3 player, three LCD monitors, audio controls mounted on the leather steering wheel, mobile hotspot Internet access, and an auto dimming rearview mirror.

Additional convenience features include a remote trunk release, universal garage door opener, multi-zone air conditioning with climate control, illuminated vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, Bluetooth,

Safety and security features include a blind spot information system, cross traffic alert, navigation with voice recognition, a rear view camera, rear parking sensors, ABS brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, variable speed intermittent wipers, a rear defroster and automatic headlights.

Additional safety and security features include keyless entry, remote keyless start, a security system, an engine immobilizer, stability control, traction control, several airbags, a tire pressure monitor and child safety locks.

The exterior features 18-inch premium painted aluminum wheels, body-colored bumpers, chrome side window trim and door handles, body-colored side mirrors with convex spotter manual folding, tinted glass, speed sensitive variable wipers, perimeter/approach lights, laminated glass, LED brake lights and delay off headlights.

Additional interior features include cup holders, a compass, keypad, valet function, steering wheel-mounted cruise controls, voice activated dual zone front air conditioning, a driver foot rest, genuine wood trim, vanity mirrors, door bins, a systems monitor, trip computer and outside temperature gauge.

Stop by Richmond Ford to test drive the 2014 Lincoln MKZ hybrid and to learn more about additional safety, security, entertainment and convenience features. If you want to compare more than one Lincoln, stop by to test drive both models or visit our web page for more information and pricing.

Family Friendly Fords

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While most of the Ford vehicles are sufficient for families, the 2014 Ford Expedition EL, available at Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West, is the perfect vehicle if you want the entire family to feel comfortable and to have plenty of room, especially on long trips.

The engine is a 5.4-liter V8 that runs on regular unleaded fuel. It makes 310 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. This model gets 13 mpg* in the city and 18 mpg* on the highway. The engine will run on E85; and will get 9 mpg* in the city and 13 mpg* on the highway when running on ethanol. The engine is backed by an automatic transmission with overdrive. The Expedition EL also features four-wheel drive so you can take it just about anywhere without worrying about getting stuck. The brake system features four-wheel ABS disc brakes.

Convenience features include a perimeter alarm, an illuminated glove box, fade-to-off interior lighting, engine immobilizer, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, a systems monitor, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, panic button, delayed power accessory, keypad locks, garage door transmitter, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a digital signal processor.

Additional features include an LCD monitor in the front, map lights in the front and rear, four 12-volt DC power outlets and one AC power outlet, separate rear heating and air conditioning, dual zone air conditioning in the front, an automatic equalizer, amplifier, sound system with a CD player and MP3 player and a full floor console with covered storage.

Additional features include leather seats, a leather gear shift knob, heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats, two memory settings for the driver seat, mirrors and pedals, and leather door trim inserts.

Safety features include ABS and driveline traction control, several airbags, rear child safety locks, a low tire pressure warning system, electronic stability control, a rearview camera, speed limiter, volume limiter, low fuel warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Stop by Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West today to test drive the 2014 Expedition EL Limited and to learn more about its safety, security, convenience and entertainment features. Ask your sales person about upgrades and options.You can also choose to test drive any of the family-friendly Ford sedans.

Adventure in Virginia

“Virginia is for Lovers” is the state’s motto and it says it all about the attitude you’ll encounter when traveling throughout the state.

One thing you want to be sure of when travel plans are on the agenda is a reliable mode of transportation. At Richmond Ford, we can take care of your needs whether it’s with a new or pre-owned vehicle, or parts and service.

Places to Visit

  • Colonial Williamsburg – step back in time to 18th century colonial Virginia at this living history district.
  • Kings Dominion - just 20 miles from Richmond, the fun awaits you at this mega theme park with thrill rides, family rides, water works, live entertainment and more.
  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk – along with miles of pristine beach, the boardwalk is a number one attraction with restaurants, shops, museums, art work, arcade, live entertainment, rides, and a fishing pier.
  • Mount Vernon – explore the 400-acre lush landscape, sweeping lawns, walled gardens, and home of George Washington.
  • Monticello – this beautiful plantation was the home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the US. Take a tour of the home and his stunning gardens.
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg – if rides, animal encounters, shows, live entertainment, food, fun, and more rides sounds like fun, this is the place for you.
  • Shenandoah National Park – enjoy the cascading waterfalls, hike the trails, have a picnic among nature, or savor the scenery along Skyline Drive.
  • Metro Richmond Zoo – features 70 acres of all day fun with rides, ziplining, getting up close to the animals and hand feeding giraffes, birds, llamas, deer, zebras, camels, and more.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden – this historic landmark offers a tranquil destination with 12 miles of scenic walking paths, exhibits, picnic area and cafe.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway – save time to drive the scenic parkway and stop along the way to experience the panorama of the mountain ranges. During spring and summer, the parkway is bursting with flowers, and during the fall, the changing leaves are a rainbow of color.

Give Richmond Ford a call  and tell us what you need. We’ll schedule an appointment and get you on your way to discovering Virginia’s culture, history, and numerous attractions.

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The Mustang Takes Manhattan

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Forty-nine years ago, Ford managed to get a 1965 Ford Mustang onto the observation deck of the Empire State Building. It was a Wimbledon White convertible – actually a 1964 1/2. To mark the iconic ride’s 50th anniversary, Ford will be attempting that feat again. A 2015 Mustang, soon to be available at Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West, will be hauled up to the observation deck and will be available for viewing for 54 hours: From 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on April 16 and 17, 2014.

In 1965, Ford took the Mustang apart and brought it up in the elevator. It was in three pieces, plus the windshield. That stunt did have a problem, though – because the car wasn’t measured properly, some of the panels had to be modified so they would fit in the elevator.

Engineers have a slightly bigger problem with the 2015 Ford Mustang. This car is almost 7 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the 1965 Mustang. The Ford engineers are going to take the car apart, put the pieces in the elevator, then put it back together, right in the same place the 1965 Mustang sat. Engineers have just six hours to get the Mustang up the elevator.

The stunt will coincide with the New York Auto Show, so if you are going to be in New York in mid-April, be sure to visit the auto show and feast your eyes on the new Mustang in its perch on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

The 2015 model year has been completely redesigned. It will have a choice of engines, including a 3.7-liter V6, which is a slightly detuned version of last year’s engine. The 2015 3.7-liter will make 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Ford will also offer a V8 engine, though the specs on that have not yet been released. It is expected to make more power than the current 5.0-liter V8, which makes 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

Rumor also has it (Edmunds.com) that a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be available. All engines will be backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual transmission.

Ford will also offer an optional Performance Pack that includes shorter final gearing, larger brakes and summer tires for the GT and EcoBoost models. And, the Mustang will finally get an independent rear suspension. The new suspension is newly designed and not copied from an existing model.

For more information as it becomes available, stay tuned to this spot or visit Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West.

Why Buy at Richmond Ford West?

When you are in the market for a new vehicle, you don’t want a dealership that is going to give you a lot of hassle. This includes counter offering with something so off the mark that it should be on the moon or a salesperson that doesn’t seem to want to listen to your needs and tries to show you something you are not interested in.

One of the unique things about Richmond Ford West is that when you stop by to test drive a vehicle, you get a $25 gift card. You can register for a test drive spot right online – or you can show up at the dealership.

Richmond Ford West is also having a sign and ride event. During this time, qualified customers put zero down, zero security deposit, zero first month’s payment and zero maintenance for two years. Stop by and ask your salesperson for more details about the Sign and Ride event.

Furthermore, our Richmond dealership is located 20 minutes from most anywhere in the city and provides two years of maintenance for your new vehicle. Additionally, those pesky state inspections are free for the life of your vehicle. You can even earn free oil changes!

An additional perk is that Richmond Ford West provides a shuttle service to Short Pump Town Centre, so when you do have to leave your vehicle for service, you don’t have bore yourself in the waiting room – you can hang out at the Town Centre until the service is completed. Rides are at 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m.

Whether you want a sporty Mustang, a sedan with great fuel economy or a truck that can do everything except wash the dishes, Richmond Ford West is the place to be. Stop by today to test drive your next new vehicle.

Hop To These Spring Activities!

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With the coming of Spring in Richmond comes the festivals. That means it’s time to jump in your Richmond Ford and head out to enjoy yourself, whether you like film festivals, bazaars, or wine festivals.

The French Film Festival will be held from March 27 through March 30, 2014. Enjoy four days of screenings and presentations of films. All screenings with the exception of the Master Class will be held at the Byrd Theatre, 2907 West Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia.

On March 27, the Master Class will be the Artistic Creative Stages of Filmmaking: The Example of Micha Mouse. You’ll enjoy a discussion with the screenwriter, director and actor Mathieu Busson and the producer, Christie Molia. This event will be held at the Adams Auditorium, Media Resource Center, UR Boatwright Library. It is free and open to the public.

Special free screenings include Cineast(e)s, Il est minuit, Paris S’eveille, and Pour une femme among others.

The Bizarre Bazaar will be holding its 22nd Spring Market Bazaar. The Bazaar will be held at the Richmond Raceway Complex from Friday, April 4, 2014 through Sunday, April 6, 2014. You’ll enjoy a large offering of exhibitions in this high quality marketeplace. Offerings include seasonal gifts, gourmet food, decorative accessories for the garden and home and everything from cookbooks to fine linens, including toys, clothing, artwork, jewelry, furniture and fine crafts.

The Beaverdam Wine Festival will be held on April 12, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the John Lewis Thompson Learning Center & Pop’s Country Store Museum at 19419 Beaverdam Rd., Beaverdam, VA, 23015.

You’ll enjoy live music including Cobalt Whiskey, walk through Pop’s Country Store Museum, go through the Beaverdam Depot, ride in a carriage pulled by Percheron horses and more. Admission is $20, which includes a complimentary souvenir Beaverdam Wine Festival glass, wine tasting at four wineries, and free admission to the country store museum and the depot. You’ll also enjoy an antique car show.

Before you head out to Spring events in Richmond, stop by Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West to test drive a new Ford or to have your current Ford serviced.

St. Patrick Day Events in Richmond

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St. Patrick’s Day is upon us – it’s time to make sure your Ford is ready to travel to the Richmond events without worry. Contact Richmond Ford to schedule a service appointment, update your vehicle’s maintenance or repair something you’ve been putting off for a rainy day. You’ll have to be quick to get it in before the holiday weekend and the festivities!

The Shockoe Fest 2014 will be held at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market in Richmond. This is a free event that starts on Saturday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. Participating venues include the Southern Railway Taphouse, McCormack’s Irish Pub, Off The Hookah Virginia, on the ROX, Rosie O’Connally’s Irish Pub and more. The festival will also feature live music in the 17th Street Farmer’s Market and at restaurants throughout the Bottom.

Starting Saturday, March 15 through Monday, March 17, 2014, Rosie O’Connolly’s will be blocking off Walnut Alley, which runs next to the pub, and having a huge party with bands and beer in the street. This is part of the Shockoe Festival, but will continue for an additional two days. Bands include Patchwork and Uisce Beatha on Saturday, Irish dancers and the metro Richmond Emerald Society Pipers on Saturday and Sunday, and Irish music inside the pub on Monday. The pub changed its hours for the three-day fest from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday and Monday, and noon until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The Capital Ale House will also have a celebration on Monday, March 17, 2014. They are only celebrating on the actual St. Patrick’s Day – Monday, March 17. The ale house will be serving up Irish food specials, traditional Irish beer and Irish beer that was brewed locally. The venue will also feature bagpipers and Irish entertainment. In Richmond, Kind Stranger will play at 4:30 p.m. and Uisce Beatha at 8:00 p.m. St. Andrews Legion Pipes and Drums will also perform.

If you prefer to go to the Innsbrook location, you can listen to Third Degree Bern at 4:30 and X-Band at 8:00 p.m. This location will also have performances by St. Andrews Legion Pipes and Drums and Muggivan School of Irish Dance.

The Midlothian location will have Pugsy Mahone at 5:00 p.m. and performances by St. Andrews Legion Pipes and Drums and Muggivan School of Irish Dance. The Fredericksburg location will feature Wayne Jordan from noon throughout the day, with additional performances by University of Mary Washington Eagle Pipe Band.

Stop by Richmond Ford to service your vehicle or to test drive – and drive away – in a new vehicle just in time for a weekend of parties!