Posts Tagged ‘Ford Trucks’

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 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?

Ford’s Truck Month Ending

October 31, 2009

Ford's Truck Month is ending on Monday November 2, 2009.  Northside Ford has a huge selection of the award winning Ford F-Series line up.  Don't miss your chance to save big on a brand new Ford truck, the number one selling truck for 32 years in a row.  Call us now at 210-782-8867.

Northside Ford
12300 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX

Consumer Reports: Ford Quality Among the Best

October 29, 2009

DEARBORN — Already producing world-class initial quality, Ford now is the only U.S. domestic automaker with world-class reliability, according to Consumer Reports, which released details Tuesday of its 2009 Annual Car Reliability Survey.

The magazine's news release heralded the company’s quality improvement, stating in the headline that "Ford Secures Place Among World's Most Reliable Carmakers." 

According to the Consumer Reports release, "Ford's sustained production of vehicles that are as dependable – or better than – some of the industry's best dispels the notion that only Japanese manufacturers make reliable cars.  Other than the Toyota Prius, the reliability of the 4-cylinder Fusion and Milan ranks higher than that of any other family sedan.  Both of those Ford Motor Company products continue to beat the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, while the upscale Lincoln MKZ tops its rivals, the Acura TL and Lexus ES."

David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Automotive Test Center, had additional praise for Ford's trio of mid-size sedans.   

"It's rare for Consumer Reports to see family sedans from domestic carmakers continue to beat the reliability scores of such highly regarded Japanese models as the Camry and Accord," said Champion in the news release.

Overall, about 90 percent of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products were rated average or better reliability in the Consumer Reports survey.   

"The Ford team has a commitment to be world class in quality, and we’ve made consistent strides over the last five years," said Bennie Fowler, group vice president, Ford Global Quality.  "Today is a great day for us and for our customers, to have such a highly regarded third party – Consumer Reports — recognize us for what we already know." 

The Ford Mustang V-6 was among the most reliable vehicles in the "Sporty Cars/Coupes and Convertibles" category.  The new Ford Flex also performed well in the study. 

Consumer Reports says its 2009 reliability survey is based on responses on more than 1.4 million vehicles owned or leased by subscribers to the magazine or its Web site.  The survey was conducted in the spring of 2009 and covers model years 2000 to 2009.

Information obtained from Ford Motor Company.

F-150 Raptor – Design

July 22, 2009

When you take a look at the new 2010 F-150 Raptor you'll notice that this truck is all about being tough.


The first thing you notice is the new grill.  The distinctive "brick wall" grill includes integrated marker lamps that accent the imposing stance and also make the Raptor street legal.  The power dome hood has functional heat extractors to help lower temperatures under the hood.  The front fenders include additional heat extractors and are flared to provide the room for 7 inches of additional front track width.  Throw on some 35" BF Goodrich all-terrain tires wrapped around the 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and you've got one tough looking truck.

2010 F-150 Raptor – Performance

July 21, 2009

The 2010 F-150 Raptor SVT is about serious capability.

There are two engine options for the new Raptor.  You can choose between a 5.4L SOHC V8 FFV engine that puts out 320 horsepower and 390 Ib.-ft. of torque, or pick the optional 6.2L SOHC V8(1) that delivers an estimated 400 horsepower and over 400 Ib.-ft of torque.  Both engines will be matted to a 6-speed automatic transmission.  When you take a look underneath you will notice the massive front skid plate that keeps the engine and transfer case protected.  There is also an electronic locking rear differential that uses a true mechanical connection to lock both the left and right axle shafts together so both turn at the same speed & with the same amount of torque.  The power is sent to the wheels via a serious 4.10 axle ratio.  Off-Road Mode – pressing this switch will initiate a Raptor specific calibration for the throttle and transmission shift-schedule.  It also modifies the ABS system and Electronic Locking Rear Differential functionality for improved off-road performance.  Hill Descent Control – allows the driver to concentrate on driving rather than having to modulate the brakes on a steep incline.  The system, when engaged, utilizes the ABS system to maintain vehicle speed.  The Raptor is Ford's first application of this technology.

Next up, we'll talk about the unique design characteristics that help set the Raptor apart from the other F-150's.


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It’s In The Paint

February 20, 2009

Painting Pioneers

In terms of quality and the leading the pack Ford is the industry leader with fewer paint chip, scratches, and better long-term durability according to the GQRS.  The Ford paint team examines competitive vehicles side-by-side against its own products to develop new technologies, pigments, and coatings.  The new Tuxedo Black coating which made its debut on the 2009 model year contains flakes derived from glass rather than metal.  Ford is currently pioneering new technologies such as an environmentally friendly anti-corrosion system that cuts paint shop water use nearly in half and reduces sludge production by 90 percent, as well as a three-part wet application process that reduces C02 emissions by 15 percent.

Silence Is Golden

February 18, 2009

Interior Quietness

In the last four years, Ford's wind noise rating has risen to best in class, according to Global Quality Research System (GQRS), due to a manufacturing/product development team focusing on closure systems.  Improvements were achieved by moving sheet metal coordination up front in the development process to ensure parts fit together, and by using a new inset door to eliminate the path where wind flow typically creates noise.  Ford's attention to detail is one of the major reasons for the major increase in initial quality.  Ford's old slogan hits this nail right on the head.

"Have you driven a Ford lately?"  Do yourself a favor, get in and Drive One.

Drive quality

2009 Ford F-150

January 28, 2009

Standard on The All-New ’09 F-150, Trailer Sway Control (TSC)* builds on the AdvanceTrac® system with segment-first** Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®)* to help maintain trailer control through selective wheel braking and reduced engine power. The result: noticeable stability and control, which provides greater driver confidence when towing the largest loads. *Remember, even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions.

**Class is full-size pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR.


Ford put all it’s major competitors including Chevy, Dodge, and Toyota up against the all-new 2009 F-150.  The results…well lets just say that Toyota is definatley NOT “Changing it All”.

   Northside Ford is located in San Antonio, TX the heart of Ford Truck Country and one of the top 100 Ford Dealers in the United States.  Check back soon for more information on our F-150 launch in early October, we will have the 2009 F-150 at the dealership as well as experts from Ford Motor Company to answer your questions.  There will be interactive displays for many of the new features available such as the Ford Work Solutions in dash computer for those that run their day to day business from the jobsite not the desk and demonstrations of the many new innovations on the best selling truck in the world.

Ford Employee Pricing PLU$ Event

January 27, 2009

FORD_EPP_KeyLogo_clr The Ford Employee Pricing PLU$ sales event ends on February 2, 2009.  Don't miss your chance to save thousands on just about every new Ford vehicle.  We have up to $10,000 off the All-New 2009 F-150 XLT Supercrew with the SYNC, Tow, & Chrome Package.  Go to our official website for complete details at