Archive for the ‘Ford Trucks’ Category

All-New F-150 is the TAWA Truck of Texas

October 15, 2014

The All-new Ford F-150 was recently named the Truck of Texas!  You can check out the full press release below.

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2014 – Ford trucks earned top honors at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo, with the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 being named Truck of Texas – the most prestigious award.

“TAWA members represent the voice of truck buyers in Texas, America’s largest truck market,” said Mike Marrs, president of TAWA. “After exhaustively testing 75 vehicles from 18 brands, the all-new Ford F-150 is our clear choice for Truck of Texas.”

Including this win, 9 of the last twelve Truck of Texas honorees have been Ford F-Series Trucks.

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We Challenge YOU To Drive The Ford Difference

November 24, 2009

Northside Ford in San Antonio, TX is American Owned, Not Owned By America.  At Northside Ford we are proud!  Proud to represent an American company that is succeeding in a tough economic environment, proud that Ford did NOT take our tax dollars to remain in business, proud that we sell a product whose quality is second to none. 

The Ford Year End Event is in full swing, and we challenge you to stop by Northside Ford and Drive the Ford Difference.

Read more here.

Northside Ford

2011 Ford Super Duty at San Antonio Auto Show

November 21, 2009

This 2009 San Antonio International Auto Show is in full swing right now and this is your chance to check out the all-new 2011 Ford Super Duty in person.  I posted the remaing schedule below.


Hosted at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center


 


ADMISSIONS TO THE AUTO & TRUCK SHOW


$8.00 for Adults and Children 11 & up. Children 10 and under are FREE.  Seniors & Active/Retired Military Discount price of $6. No other discounts apply. Ticket Sales stop at 9:PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 6:PM on Sunday.


 


SCHEDULE OF SHOW-TIMES


Saturday, November 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 22nd, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


 



Ford’s Inflatable Seat Belts In Action

November 6, 2009

FORD INTRODUCES INDUSTRY’S FIRST INFLATABLE SEAT BELTS

November 6, 2009

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 5, 2009 – Ford Motor Company is bringing to market the world’s first automotive inflatable seat belts, combining attributes of traditional seat belts and air bags to provide an added level of crash safety protection for rear seat occupants.

The advanced restraint system is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries.

Ford will introduce inflatable rear seat belts on the next-generation Ford Explorer, which goes into production next year for the North American market. Over time, Ford plans to offer the technology in vehicles globally.

“Ford’s rear inflatable seat belt technology will enhance safety for rear-seat passengers of all ages, especially for young children who are more vulnerable in crashes,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environmental and Safety Engineering. “This is another unique family technology that builds on our safety leadership, including the most top safety ratings of any automaker.”

Safer and more comfortable

Advances in air bag inflation and seat belt construction methods have enabled Ford and its suppliers to develop inflatable seat belts that are designed to deploy over a vehicle occupant’s torso and shoulder in 40 milliseconds in the event of a crash.

In everyday use, the inflatable belts operate like conventional seat belts and are safe and compatible with infant and children safety car and booster seats. In Ford’s research, more than 90 percent of those who tested the inflatable seat belts found them to be similar to or more comfortable than a conventional belt because they feel padded and softer. That comfort factor could help improve the 61 percent rear belt usage rate in the U.S., which compares to 82 percent usage by front seat passengers, according National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

“Ford is pioneering inflatable seat belt technology to help enhance crash safety protection, while encouraging more people to buckle up with a more comfortable belt,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford vice president, Engineering, Global Product Development.

In the event of a frontal or side crash, the inflatable belt’s increased diameter more effectively holds the occupant in the appropriate seating position, helping to reduce the risk of injury.

Vehicle safety sensors determine the severity of the collision in the blink of an eye and deploy the inflatable belts’ air bags. Each belt’s tubular air bag inflates with cold compressed gas, which flows through a specially designed buckle from a cylinder housed below the seat.

The inflatable belt’s accordion-folded bag breaks through the belt fabric as it fills with air, expanding sideways across the occupant’s body in about the same amount of time it takes a car traveling at highway speed to cover a yard of distance.

The use of cold compressed gas instead of a heat-generating chemical reaction – which is typical of traditional air bag systems – means the inflated belts feel no warmer on the wearer’s body than the ambient temperature. The inflatable belts also fill at a lower pressure and a slower rate than traditional air bags, because the device does not need to close a gap between the belt and the occupant.

“It’s a very simple and logical system, but it required extensive trial and error and testing over several years to prove out the technology and ensure precise reliable performance in a crash situation,” said Srini Sundararajan, safety technical leader for Ford research and advance engineering.

The inflated belt helps distribute crash force energy across five times more of the occupant’s torso than a traditional belt, which expands its range of protection and reduces risk of injury by diffusing crash pressure over a larger area, while providing additional support to the head and neck. After deployment, the belt remains inflated for several seconds before dispersing its air through the pores of the air bag.

Ford’s safety leadership record continues to grow

The inflatable seat belt debuting on the next-generation Ford Explorer continues Ford’s record of safety innovation. Ford today has more 5-star U.S. government ratings and “Top Safety Picks” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety than any other automaker.

Ford was the first automaker to introduce seat belts in 1955 and led the way in making driver and front-passenger air bags standard in most vehicles by 1993.

This year, Ford introduced radar-enabled Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning with Brake Support and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA). These technologies – introduced on the new 2010 Ford Taurus and Fusion – help drivers avoid potential dangerous crash situations using radar to detect the relative position of other vehicles and warn the driver with a combination of visual and audio alerts.

Ford’s other recent seat belt and air bag innovations include the industry-first BeltMinder system in 2000, which the U.S. government credited with increasing front belt usage by 5 percent in Ford vehicles. On the 2002 Explorer, Ford launched the industry’s first rollover-activated side curtain air bags – called Safety Canopy – as well as Roll Stability Control technology that goes a step beyond traditional stability control systems by helping measure and prevent side-to-side skidding and dangerous situations that could lead to rollovers.

Ford also introduced on the 2009 F-150 and 2010 Taurus some of the industry’s first pressure-based air bag technologies that help deploy side air bags up to 30 percent faster.

Information obtained from Ford Motor Company.

2009 San Antonio International Auto Show

November 4, 2009

It's that time again.  The 2009 San Antonio International Auto Show brought to you by the San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association is Thursday, November 19, through Sunday, November 22, 2009.  This is your chance to see all the new cars and trucks along with concept vehicles under on roof.

 

Hosted at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

 

ADMISSIONS TO THE AUTO & TRUCK SHOW

$8.00 for Adults and Children 11 & up. Children 10 and under are FREE.  Seniors & Active/Retired Military Discount price of $6. No other discounts apply. Ticket Sales stop at 9:PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 6:PM on Sunday.

 

SCHEDULE OF SHOW-TIMES

Thursday, November 19th, 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, November 20th, 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 22nd, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Ford’s Sales Up; Market Share Increases

November 3, 2009

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury October U.S. sales totaled 132,483, up 3 percent versus a year ago and 21 percent higher than September. This marks the third time in the last four months Ford sales have increased.

Ford estimates its total market share in October was more than 15 percent – higher than a year ago and higher than its share in the first nine months of 2009. Ford's October retail share was up for the 12th time in 13 months.

October Sales Highlights

  • All-new Ford Taurus sales totaled 6,076, up 141 percent versus a year ago. Dealers reported retail sales nearly tripled year-ago levels.
  • Other new Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars posting increases included the Ford Fusion (up 24 percent), Ford Mustang (up 2 percent) and Lincoln MKZ (up 27 percent).
  • Crossover utilities posted strong sales increases: Ford Escape was up 26 percent; Ford Edge up 38 percent; Ford Flex up 8 percent; Mercury Mariner up 36 percent; Lincoln MKX up 15 percent. In addition, sales of the all-new Lincoln MKT crossover were up 36 percent from September.
  • Ford's F-Series truck achieved sales of 39,496 and a year-to-year share increase in the full-size pickup category. In addition, the all-new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor captured the coveted "Truck of Texas" award from the Texas Auto Writer's Association. Ford's F-Series has been the No. 1-selling truck in America for 32 years straight.
  • Ford's new EcoBoost engine technology is winning customers, too. In October, sales of EcoBoost-equipped models were twice as high as September. EcoBoost provides customers up to 20 percent improvement in fuel economy and a 15 percent reduction in emissions versus larger-displacement engines. EcoBoost is standard on the Taurus SHO and available on the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT.

Number One Ford Dealer in San Antonio – Northside Ford

November 3, 2009

Northside Ford has once again been the top Ford dealer in the greater San Antonio area.  Northside Ford was the number one Ford dealer in new vehicle sales for the month of October in 2009, which makes eight out of the ten months this year.

Thank you to all of our loyal customers who continue to show confidence in our staff, facility, and the Ford product.

Northside Ford

 

Northside Ford has been the number one Ford dealer for 8 out of 10 months this year and is the overall leader in new Ford sales year-to-date in the greater San Antonio area.

Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally on CNBC after $1 Billion Profit

November 2, 2009

Ford CEO Alan Mulally discusses the automaker’s better-than-expected earnings and the road ahead with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau.


 




 

Ford Posts $1 Billiion Profit in 3rd Quarter

November 2, 2009

Ford Motor Company surprised everyone again when they announced their third quarter results by posting a profit of $1 Billion.  The latest results signal that Ford's turnaround is on more solid ground. The company lost more than $14.6 billion last year and hasn't posted a full-year profit since 2005. While it made a profit in the second quarter, that was mainly due to debt reductions that cut its interest payments.

Ford, based in Dearborn, Mich., reported third-quarter net income of $997 million, or 29 cents per share. Its profit forecast for 2011 was a step above previous guidance of break-even or better for the year.

Ford's key North American car and truck division posted a pretax profit of $357 million, the division's first quarter in the black since early 2005. Ford cited higher pricing, lower material costs and increased market share for the improvement.

Excluding one-time items, Ford earned 26 cents per share, blowing away analysts' expectations of a loss of 12 cents.

The earnings came despite an $800 million revenue drop. But Ford said it cut costs by $1 billion during the quarter, accomplished through layoffs in North America and Europe, reduced pension and retiree health care costs and improvements in productivity and product development.

Chief financial officer Lewis Booth said the company took in $1.3 billion more than it spent in the quarter, an improvement over its $1 billion cash burn in the second quarter.

"That's a huge deal," Booth said.

Ford's revenue fell $800 million for the quarter, to $30.9 billion, due mainly to its financial services arm, Ford Motor Credit, making fewer loans.

But the division still posted a pretax profit of $677 million, and revenue from auto operations rose slightly to $27.9 billion.

Ford also has benefited from consumer goodwill after it declined government bailout money and didn't go into bankruptcy over the summer as GM and Chrysler did. Ford grabbed sales from its rivals, posting the largest increase in market share of any automaker in September. Ford expects an overall gain in U.S. market share in 2009, a feat it hasn't accomplished since 1995.

Ford has clearly been on the right path and is proving to the world that they are hear to stay unlike its domestic competitors GM & Chrysler.  What are your thoughts on Ford's progress?