Ford Focus Ranks Best-Selling Vehicle

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Polk new vehicle registration data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that the 2013 Ford Focus was the best-selling vehicle in the 2013 calendar year. Data showed that Ford Focus registrations were up 8.1 percent from 2012. If you have been considering a Ford Focus, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive this best-seller today. You’ll find out why over a million buyers love this car.

That news comes right at the time Ford will debut the Focus four-door sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Ford also debuted the Focus three- and five-door hatchback wagon at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. Later this year, Ford expects to debut the performance Focus ST.

The 2014 Ford Focus four-door sedan is now available at Richmond Ford. It features a 2.0-liter engine that puts out 159 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 146 pound-feet of torque at 146 rpm. The engine is backed by a five-speed manual transmission. The sedan gets 26 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway; and it has a combined fuel mileage of 30 mpg*.

Safety features include a driver’s knee airbag and several other airbags, ABS and driveline traction control, a low tire pressure warning system, electronic stability control, side impact beams and rear child safety locks.

Convenience features include fade-to-off interior lighting, vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, air filtration, an engine immobilizer, systems monitor, a day/night rearview mirror, front and rear cup holders, concealed storage in the cargo area, front and rear door bins, a storage bin in the instrument panel, an AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 decoder, input jack and speed-sensitive volume control.

Additionally, the floor console has covered storage and a 12-volt power outlet. The Focus also features remote keyless entry, a panic button, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and four-way adjustable front passenger seat.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive the 2014 Ford Focus sedan or any of the other versions of the Focus.

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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.

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.

The 2015 Ford Focus Hatchback is Revealed

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Ford revealed the new 2015 Ford Focus hatchback. The new year’s model features a smaller, more fuel efficient engine, plus it has improvements in the interior and new features. Ford has also changed the exterior styling, giving the Focus hatchback a new hood, grille, lights and fenders. While not available at Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West yet, it is expected this fall.

The hatchback will be unveiled at the Barcelona auto show in March 2014 and at the New York Auto Show in April 2014. According to the Detroit Free Press, Bill Visnic, a senior analyst at Edmunds.com said that the 2015 Focus hatchback looks like an entry level luxury car, including the Ford’s more sophisticated interior.

Ford has not released prices and fuel economy ratings as of mid March 2014, but with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission, fuel economy should be quite high – better than 40 mpg on the highway.

Standard equipment includes a backup camera and Ford’s Sync voice recognition system. The control panel will feature an optional 8-inch touch screen and/or dials and switches that are easy to use. Additional safety equipment will include a blind spot alert and lane departure assist and alert systems.

For the last two years, the Focus has been Ford’s best selling vehicle in the world, selling more than 1.1million units in 2013.

Additional features you should expect to see in the 2015 Ford Focus hatchback include ABS brakes, brake assist, a rear defroster, variable speed intermittent wipers, a CD player, MP3 player, auxiliary audio input, a pass-through rear seat, an adjustable steering wheel with mounted audio controls, keyless entry, power door locks and windows, cruise control, illuminated vanity mirrors, an engine immobilizer, Bluetooth, traction control, stability control and child safety locks.

Keep your eye on this space for more information as it becomes available. Until then, you can also stop by Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West to test drive the 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback if you don’t want to wait until the Fall for the new model to come out.

Watch the Ford Mustang Get Put to the Test

If you are biting your nails while waiting very impatiently for the 2015 Ford Mustang to make an appearance at Richmond Ford, you’ll be glad to hear that Ford released more information about the new Mustang’s aerodynamics. However, that will have to do for now, as Ford does not plan on releasing the Mustang until the fall of 2014.

Ford spent twice as much time running wind tunnel tests and aerodynamic simulations on the 2015 Mustang than it did on the current model. Ford made changes to the styling based on the results of these tests. Ford also added front-wheel aero curtains to help guide airflow across the front wheels – this gave the 2015 Mustang an improvement in drag reduction by 3 percent.

Ford will also be releasing a convertible model this fall. The convertible features an automated folding soft top that has a multilayer insulated cloth to help with cabin noise. The new top also lowers faster than the old type of convertible roof, lowering in under 10 seconds.

Because anything in the way of the wind affects aerodynamics, the new convertible roof has a profile that is about 6.7 inches less than the old roof when folded. And, the new folding mechanism takes less space in the trunk.

The new Mustang will offer the consumer a choice of three powertrains: a turbo four-cylinder, a 3.7-liter V6, which is the base engine, and a 5.0-liter V8. The base engine will put out about 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged four-cylinder, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, will put out about 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. And finally, the V8 will put out at least 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

Keep your eye on this space for more information about the 2015 Ford Mustang as it becomes available; or stop by Richmond Ford for more information including updated release dates and features as they become available.

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Learn About Your Vehicles Features Through Videos Virginia!

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Have you ever wondered about all the features your vehicle has to offer Virginia?  Do you feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what everything does?  Is your owner’s manual seem like a novel and intimidate you when you want to find something out?  Well, Ford has a solution for you.  A Vehicle Orientation program, that will help you learn about your vehicle’s features.

Dealerships across the nation will now be featuring a Vehicle Orientation program for consumers, which, has been introduced by Ford.  This Vehicle Orientation program will offer a complete library of short videos or “video snacks” as Ford is calling it, that will teach consumers all about features of their Ford vehicles such as Remote Start, MyKey and Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors.  The Vehicle Orientation program will now be part of the sales process and will be offered during the sales transaction of a new Ford vehicle.  While purchasing a new vehicle, the salesperson will help the customer pick and choose which features of the vehicle the consumer would like to learn more about.  A list of these chosen features is then emailed to the customer with a link to the specific “video snack” for each one.  You have the ability to watch these short videos at anytime, whether in the privacy of your home or at the dealership.  Your salesperson will also keep a copy of your list on hand for reference.

Andrew Ashman, Consumer Experience Manager for Ford and Lincoln stated,  “Now more than ever before our vehicles are equipped with a variety of advanced technologies designed to make life better for drivers, but we know that just because a cool feature is available doesn’t necessarily mean it is being recognized or used by the consumer….” So if you are wondering what all the bells and whistles on your new Ford are for, you can find out in a specific “video snack.”  For more information on Ford’s Vehicle Orientation program, go to www.media.ford.com.  And visit your local new and used Virginia Ford dealer, Richmond Ford, when you purchase your next new Ford, and you will be able to tell your friends and family exactly what every feature does!

Ford Earns AAA Ratings For Commuter Vehicles Virginia!

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It’s something many of us do every morning and afternoon, commute or drive to and from work and home.  Seeing as you can spend a good chunk of your time going back and forth during your commute, you want a vehicle that will make this time as comfortable as possible and have you spending the least amount at the pump.

Eighty-six percent of Americans who rely on a vehicle to get them to and from their place of business will spend about 25 minutes one way on their commute.  Not to mention the price at the pump isn’t expected to go down anytime soon, so aside from comfort and reliability, fuel economy is at the top of the list of must-haves for your commuting vehicle.  The AAA (Automobile Association of America) has two Ford vehicles at the top of their list for commuter vehicles. The association’s auto-buying experts, who thoroughly test and evaluate the vehicles, choose the vehicles that make the list.  This year, both the 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Ford Flex made the list for best commuter vehicles.

The 2013 Ford Fusion made the sedan category and comes with your choice of three engines; a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, a turbo-charged 1.6-liter and a turbo-charged 2.0-liter engine.  Four-wheel drive comes standard with the Ford Fusion and the newest model features an upgraded interior and streamlined exterior.  The average price paid for the 2013 Ford Fusion is $20,038. The 2013 Ford Flex of the crossover category offers a roomy ride for your daily commute.  The Flex comes with a V-6 engine with other options including EcoBoost, which will give you an edge on fuel economy.  The average price paid for the Ford Flex is $26,803.

For more information on the AAA’s list of best commuter vehicles, visit www.newsroom.aaa.com.  And to check out the 2013 Ford Fusion and Ford Flex for your daily commute, visit your local new and used Virginia Ford dealer, Richmond Ford!

The Best Ford For Your College Graduate Virginia!

College graduations are right around the corner Virginia, and a gift that many a college graduate would appreciate is a new car.  It would probably be a very appreciated gift, as college graduates typically do not have a lot of money and will need some form of transportation to get them to and from all those job interviews they will hopefully be going on.  Once such vehicle that made the list of Motor Trend’s Top 10 College Cars Under $10,000 is the Ford Fusion.

Obviously, Motor Trend is not talking about 2013 versions for under $10,000; however, the make and models they listed were chosen for being solid, reliable vehicles with a good economical value.  Motor Trend cited the first generation Ford Fusion as a “very solid car” with “responsive handling and good steering.”  Motor Trend also particularly liked the SE trim level of the Ford Fusion for those recent college graduates.  The first generation Ford Fusion came out in 2006 as a high-quality mid-size sedan.  The base model S Sedan comes with a 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission.  This will get you 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 miles per gallon in the city.  This Ford Fusion all comes with power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control, remote trunk release, power steering and CD player.  Safety features include child seat anchors, rear-door child safety locks, and emergency interior trunk release and engine immobilizer and optional side/curtain airbags.  The Ford Fusion can seat up to 5 passengers and comes in an assortment of exterior colors.  The SE trim level comes equipped with a 3.0-liter, V6 engine and automatic transmission.  You receive the same mileage plus some additional options and upgrades.

For more information on the first-generation Ford Fusion as a graduation gift for you college student, visit www.motortrend.com.  And stop by your local new and used Virginia Ford dealer, Richmond Ford, for the best selection of Ford Fusion’s and other vehicle’s for your college graduate.

The Ford Mustang Celebrates 50 Years Virginia!

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50 years, half a century!  That is how long the Ford Mustang has been in production.  And there aren’t a lot of automobiles out there that can brag about these rights.  Ford plans on celebrating this milestone with a special logo and some new gear that any Ford Mustang driver and fan can appreciate.

Although the Ford Mustang’s actual 50-year birthday is April 17, the celebration will begin at the New York Auto Show, March 27-28, 2013 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  And of course such a milestone deserves an extra special celebration, so the festivities will continue for the remainder of the 2013-year.  Ford designer, Michael Thomson, has come up with a custom logo marking the occasion.  The logo features the ever-recognizable Mustang pony logo, with the words “50 Years” inscribed below.  The Ford Motor Company will be using this logo for specially designed and licensed products, of which only 50 companies will have the rights to.  Some of the products that will be produced and sold include watches, t-shirts, model cars, video games and apparel.

Production of the Ford Mustang began on March 9, 1964 in Dearborn, Michigan.  This piece of iconic America was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.  There have been five generations of the Ford Mustang all starting with the Ford Mustang I, bringing us to today’s Mustangs of which Ford offers 10 models starting at $22,200.  Todays’ models include the V6, V6 Premium, V6 Convertible, GT, V6 Premium Convertible, GT Premium, GT Convertible, GT Premium Convertible, Shelby GT500 and the Shelby GT500 Convertible.

For more information on the 50-Year celebration of the Ford Mustang’s production and the specially licensed products, visit ford.com.  And to see a piece of American automobile history for yourself, visit your local new and used Virginia Ford dealer, Richmond Ford!