Ford GT Makes Its Premiere!


It will be a while – sometime in 2016 – before the new Ford GT makes its appearance at Richmond Ford and other Ford dealerships; however, when it does, the supercar segment is going to be forever changed. The Ford GT debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in early 2015.

This high-performance supercar will showcase innovation and technology along with highly efficient aerodynamics. It will feature an EcoBoost engine; and its lightweight carbon-fiber construction allows for a faster ride. At the track, every 100 pounds slows a vehicle down about a tenth of a second so every pound Ford shaves off the GT makes this supercar just that much faster. Additionally, handling, acceleration, safety, braking and efficiency are improved with the lighter body.

The design features slopes and shapes that maximize aerodynamic efficiency by minimizing drag and optimizing downforce. For additional speed and driver input, an active rear spoiler reactively deploys and adjusts its height and pitch angle based on driving conditions.

The GT will be released in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT race cars that placed first through third at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. The rear-wheel drive and mid-mounted engine setup helps with balance and cornering. The engine will be a next-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with twin turbos and is expected to make over 600 horsepower. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will transfer the horsepower from the engine to the rear wheels.

The GT is the newest in the lineup of Ford supercars, which include the F-150 Raptor, the Focus RS, Shelby GT350R and the Shelby GT50. Keep your eye on this space or visit Richmond Ford for more information on the 2016 Ford GT or any of the supercars that are currently available.

Ford Bronco is Going Strong


Kevin is a true testament that the Ford Bronco is a truck that’s in it for the long haul. He purchased his Ford Bronco back in 1989 from Richmond Ford. Today, it has 377,000 miles and is still going strong. From New York to Florida, his Ford Bronco has been through many scouting trips and even rescued other vehicles in distress stuck in mud. It even has the original engine. Not only has his truck been loyal to him, but he’s loyal to his lifelong friend. Kevin refuses to trade in his 1990 Ford Bronco for a newer model or any other truck.

So what makes him so loyal to his 1990 Ford Bronco? It’s a sturdy utility vehicle with four-wheel drive and an outdoorsy elegance. Back in 1990, the Ford Bronco came off the line with a choice of two V-8s or a 4.9 liter 150-horsepower straight-six engine. This rugged two-door truck defined a market niche, and Kevin was sold on it. Many others who have the 1990 Ford Bronco chime in right with Kevin and give it accolades for serious backwoods use, rock crawling and bogging. Others feel that there’s no other competing vehicle built in 1990 that would hold up as well. You still see tons of them on the road today.

From 1987 through 1991, the Ford Bronco saw some chances. A new aero-body style was added and most were being sold with electronic fuel injection. The Nite edition was also available from 1990 to 1992. All Broncos were constructed at the Michigan Truck Plan. V8 engines and automatic transmission became standard in the Nite, Silver and Eddie Bauer anniversary trucks.

If you’re looking for a used Ford Bronco in good condition, head on over to Richmond Ford. We offer $500 in service coupons along with outstanding customer service.

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Ford’s New GT Revealed at 2015 Chicago Auto Show


If you want to really impress your friends, then keep your eye out for the appearance of the 2016 Ford GT supercar expected to be at dealerships including Richmond Ford at some point in 2016. The new GT, just revealed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, is stunning, to say the least. And, you won’t see a watered-down version of a concept car for this model when it does finally come out. The vehicle that was at the auto show is a preview of the very vehicle that will be in showrooms this coming year.

Engine and Transmission

This rear-wheel drive model features a mid-mounted engine, an aerodynamic body, an EcoBoost V-6 engine and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine sports two turbochargers and is expected to make over 600 horses. The engine has updated valve train features and an updated direct-injection system for better performance.

Chassis Features

The chassis features a lot of aluminum and carbon fiber to make it lightweight – and to help with fuel economy. The ultra-aerodynamic body and the superb power-to-weight ratio was created by using carbon fiber for the passenger cell and body panels and aluminum front and rear sub-frames. Add active aerodynamics including a deployable rear spoiler and you have a vehicle that is quite fuel efficient.

Cabin Features

The cabin features a narrow profile canopy, doors that swing up, seats that are integrated in the carbon fiber passenger cell and adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate the fixed seating. You’ll be able to configure the instrument cluster for different driving modes and environments.

Visit Richmond Ford

Keep your eye on this space or visit Richmond Ford for more information about the 2016 Ford GT supercar as it becomes available, including updated numbers, pricing and features.

Ford Debuts Big Changes at NADA


Since Ford lost some of its market share last year, the company is working to recoup that share this year. This means Ford needed to change its strategy so its dealerships would sell more cars and trucks. This means dealers will have bigger inventories of new and updated models that are coming out. Since many of the updated products were not released until the end of 2014, they have not reached full production. The newly redesigned F-150, now available at Richmond Ford, is expected to reach full production in April according to

In an interview with Autonews, Stephen Odell stated that the F-series is the “big driver of volume growth” for 2015. Some of the big changes expected from Ford include more of the F-150 models, and newly updated Edge, Focus and Escape models.

2015 F-150

The 2015 F-150 XLT with a crew cab features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with twin turbos. Although the engine is turbocharged, it runs on regular unleaded fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission; and the truck is four-wheel drive.

The new models feature a high-strength aluminum alloy body and a steel frame to make the truck lighter and more economical. The aluminum is the same 5,000/6,000-series grade that is used in commercial transportation and aerospace. The benefits of using aluminum include reduced weight and more strength – it is less likely to dent and corrode.

The new frame is made from high-strength steel and features eight crossmembers. Although the frame is more rigid and stronger than the frame on last year’s model, it is 60 pounds lighter. The entire truck is about 700 pounds lighter, giving the F-150 more towing and hauling capacity, faster acceleration and improved power-to-weight ratio.

Visit Richmond Ford

To see any of the new vehicles that were at NADA San Francisco – those that have been shipped to dealerships – stop by Richmond Ford for a test drive. If you are considering a truck but didn’t have the Ford F-150 on your list, be sure you add it to your “must test drive” list – you’ll see how much extra power the truck has, how much stronger the body is, and how much more economical it is because of the aluminum body.

Ron Kody Receives Dealers of Distinction Award from Ford!


Ron Kody, the owner of Richmond Ford, received Ford’s Salute to Dealers of Distinction Award from Ford for the time and effort he, his wife and his staff have put into not only his dealership, but the community as well.

Richmond Ford traces its history back to 1917. Ron Kody bought the dealership in 2007 and added Lincoln because he wanted to be an entrepreneur and wanted to do something more exciting with his life. He decided on a dealership because he likes cars and he likes helping out in the community and saw the dealership as a way to do just that.

Mr. Kody supports the community’s health, safety and education. He mentors students at the Hermitage Tech Center’s automotive program. He also supports Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the organization’s Tie One On campaign because the organization stands for the safety of everyone on the roads.

Richmond Ford and its owners and staff also support the Susan G. Coleman Race for the Cure organization by providing a race packet pickup location. He has donated over $175,000 in cash and services to the organization and lets them use his building for the start of the race.

Another organization he provides services for is the St. Jude Radiothon – his building is taken over for two days by the event so Richmond Ford may not sell many cars on those days, but it is worth it to Mr. Kody as the Radiothon helps fund St. Jude’s so children can get the care they need.

Furthermore, Mr. Kody holds an annual teacher’s appreciation luncheon at Patrick Henry High School and hands out gift cards to the teachers.

Mr. Kody says he doesn’t do it all by himself and that he couldn’t do it without the support of his wife and staff. He is able to help keep Richmond safe, healthy and educated through his efforts and charity work.

Help Support Richmond Ford

Help support Richmond Ford by stopping by to say thank you or by stopping by during any of its charity events. And, don’t forget to think of your own safety while you are at it – be sure to call for an appointment to have your vehicle serviced and maintained because a well-maintained vehicle is safer for everyone on the road, not just you and your family.

Top Ford Features

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The features on various Ford models vary depending on whether the vehicle is a pickup truck, SUV, sedan or coupe. Most models have a few trim levels. Generally, the base model features the basic equipment. You can add features or you can move up trim levels for more features depending on which features you want.

For example, you may not want heated seats, but you want a backup camera, so you might opt for a base model with the backup camera add on. The Ford models at Richmond Ford all have convenience, safety, security and entertainment features, but not all models have all of the features listed in this blog post.

Convenience Features

The best convenience features include one-touch up and down windows, a tilt and telescopic, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, heated and ventilated seats, heated power door mirrors with turn signal indicators, navigation, larger touch screen displays and plenty of covered storage. Dual zone automatic climate control air conditioning is also available in many models. Some may have separate controls for rear air conditioning.

Entertainment Features

Entertainment features include premium stereo systems, Bluetooth, satellite radio, smart phone connectivity and DVD players. You may also find certain models with one or two LCD screens in additional seat rows.

Safety and Security Features

While all Ford models have several airbags, some have more than others. Usually the higher trim levels feature extra airbags including side curtain airbags. Additional top features include blind spot detection, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, autonomous braking and adaptive headlights.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include intermittent wipers, a rear window wiper and defroster, remote entry and remote start, keyless entry, various size and types of rims, and in the case of the F-150, the new lightweight body.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive your next SUV, coupe, sedan or pickup truck. If you want something with specific features, ask your salesperson to show you models with those features.

Build Your Own Ford

When you visit Richmond Ford, you can choose any of the vehicles on the lot, or you can use’s car builder to build the vehicle you want, then take the print out to our dealership where we will order your custom-built Ford.

Start by picking the type of vehicle you want. In this case, we chose the Ford Super Duty pickup. On the next page, choose Build Your Own. Enter your zip code – 23230 – and click Continue to Style. We chose the F-450. Choose Select a Model on the next page. We chose the Platinum. In our case, it comes with the crew cab and the 8-foot box only, the 6.7-liter Powerstroke engine, one transmission choice and four-wheel drive only. Click Continue to Packages.

For this model, you can select from several packages, including the Camper Package, FX4 Off-Road Package, Heavy Service Front Suspension Package, and a Snow Plow Prep Package. The Power Equipment Group is standard on this model.

Once you choose your packages, you can then choose exterior options including a fifth wheel hitch kit, fifth wheel/gooseneck trailer tow/prep package, bed mat, Cable Lock System by Master Lock, a drop in bedliner, engine block heater, exterior backup alarm, extra heavy duty alternator, gooseneck hitch kit, power moon roof, rollup tonneau cover, splash guards and many more. The exterior options that come standard on this model are already marked off.

Once you’ve chosen your exterior options, continue to interior options. As you work, you’ll notice the price below and how added options change the price. After choosing the interior options, continue to accessories. Once you’re finished, click Continue to Summary where you’ll see the price and the cost of the options you chose.

If you click Get an Internet Price, a price will show up, plus a form to email your local dealership (us!) for a price. You can fill out the form or you can print your options and bring us the print out. Our price may beat the MSRP by quite a bit depending on the specials we are running at the time.

If you don’t want to use the Build Your Own online app, you can always stop by Richmond Ford and have us build your truck or car for you.

The Ford F-150 Tops List

The Ford F-150, of which many models are available at Richmond Ford, was named the leader on the American-Made Index. It beat out the Camry, which is made in the United States with parts that are mostly from the U.S.

The American-Made Index is now 9 years old; it rates vehicles on only two pieces of information: the final assembly point and how many domestic parts are used to build the vehicle. This information is on the window sticker of every vehicle. The label, by congressional mandate, shows the percentage of parts from Canada and the U.S. The label also tells you where the engine and transmission were built.

Ford is already the top-selling truck in the U.S., and being made in America will help it keep that standing. After the Camry, the American-Made Index lists the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia.

This year, only 10 cars were eligible for the list, and that is the fewest number of cars in the list’s history. Other vehicles include the Corvette, the Honda Ridgeline and Crosstour, and the Dodge SRT Viper.

In 2014, only 13 models that were assembled in the United States had 75 percent or higher domestic parts. Three of those models were disqualified because they are being discontinued. In 2013, there were 14 cars that qualified; and in 2012, 20 cars qualified, and in 2011, 30 cars qualified.

You can get a Ford F-150 XL with a regular cab for under $18,000 at Richmond Ford. This is perfect for those who need a pickup truck for hauling things or towing a light trailer or toy hauler since you don’t have to spend a ton to get the versatility of a truck.

The 2014 Ford F-150 XL features a 3.7-lite r V-6 engine backed by an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode. The truck features ABS brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, steel wheels, all-terrain tires, variable speed intermittent wipers, an engine immobilizer, a tire pressure monitor, tinted glass, aero-composite halogen headlights, a 40/20/40 split bench seat, a tilt steering column, a transmission fluid temperature gauge, cabback insulator, 12-volt DC power outlets, an anti-theft ignition, oil cooler for the transmission, towing harness and trailer sway control.

For more information on the F-150, stop by Richmond Ford for a test drive and a full list of features and options.

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.

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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