Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Ford Dealer’

2010 FR500CJ Mustang “Cobra Jet”

December 2, 2009

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This isn't any old Stang. It's a 2010 FR500CJ – that's CJ for ‘Cobra Jet' – made by Ford Racing and designed to go straight from showroom to dragstrip. Cobra Jets have been launching themselves down quarter-mile strips since the late 60s, and this latest car will have about 425hp and cost around $75,000.

Ford Racing built 50 cars to meet NHRA's minimum car-count standards. Ford delivers the Cobra Jet cars with a glaring 425 horsepower, a rating far under the combination's potential thanks to Ford Racing electronically controlling output so that it fits in the rules. The engine is a GT500 powerplant with a TVS blower, larger throttle body and MAF sensor, and long-tube headers amongst some other minor details. The 425 horse rating is far less than what that engine could produce.

 

 

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2011 Ford Fiesta Revealed to America

December 2, 2009

The 2011 Ford Fiesta for America has finally been revealed at the LA Auto Show.  The 2011 Fiesta will come as a four door sedan or a five door hatchback and will target best-in-class fuel economy of 40 mpg with its 1.6 liter DOHC I-4 engine.

2011 Ford Fiesta Revealed

Recognized globally for its versatility, personality and adaptability, the new Fiesta is expected to provide best-in-class safety, convenience and connectivity with segment-exclusive SYNC® voice- activated communications system, a broad and vibrant color choice and a range of available graphics for personal customization.

2011 Ford Fiesta Interior

You can read Ford's official press release with more detailed information on the new Fiesta here.

2011 Ford Fiesta Revealed

2011 Ford Mustang V6: 305 Horsepower & 30 MPG

November 30, 2009

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 30, 2009 – The 2011 Ford Mustang puts 305 high-performance horses in the hands of V-6 coupe buyers with a new all-aluminum dual-overhead cam (DOHC) engine that delivers a projected 30 mpg on the highway with a six-speed automatic transmission and fun for drivers on nearly every road.

For 2011, Mustang’s new 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve V-6 uses advanced engineering to deliver its power and economy: Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds. Aluminum construction means light weight. It’s an engine designed to crank out torque down low, rev to 7,000 rpm and deliver the mechanical music sports coupe lovers crave everywhere in between.

“Mustang is completely transformed with this new engine,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Everything people love about the car is still there and now under the hood is a V-6 engine that uses premium technology to deliver the power, the feel, the fuel efficiency, even the sound of the best sports coupes in the world.”

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2011 Ford Mustang V6

Information obtained from Ford Motor Company.

Ford Hybrids: Racking Up Sales and Mileage

November 24, 2009

Ford Hybrids: Racking Up Sales and Mileage

Leave it to Ford to buck the industry trend. While hybrid sales across the industry are down 14 percent, sales of Ford hybrid cars and SUVs are up 73 percent. Curiously, more than 60 percent of these Ford hybrid customers previously owned an import car. Also curious is the way that taxi companies in New York and San Francisco are using Ford hybrids, racking up 300,000 miles on them before retiring them. Read on for more milestones that Ford hybrids are reaching.

The fuel economy and durability of hybrid versions of Ford Fusion and Escape and also Mercury Milan and Mariner are winning over large numbers of conquest customers, many of whom are previous import owners. Through September, Ford hybrid-vehicle sales are up 73 percent versus the same period in 2008, according to figures from Autodata Inc.

“Hybrid customers increasingly are considering Ford,” said David Finnegan, Ford hybrid marketing manager. ”More than 60 percent of Fusion Hybrid sales have been from non-Ford owners, and more than half of those are customers coming from import brands, mostly from Toyota and Honda.”

Ford’s strong 2009 hybrid sales have been fueled by the introduction of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, the most fuel-efficient midsize sedans on the road. Both vehicles deliver an EPA-estimated 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, topping the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway.

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Ford Fusion wins 2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year award

November 17, 2009

Ford takes home yet another award and this time it’s the Motor TrendCar of the Year” award.  The all-new 2010 Ford Fusion took the honors as being Motor Trend’s 2010 Car of the year.  Here is a post from autoblog.com.

For the first time ever, Motor Trend announced the winner of its annual Car of the Year award this afternoon live via webcast. Though the field of 23 contenders was highly competitive this year (follow the jump for a complete list), we guessed immediately that the winner was a Ford as soon as the webcast came online. How’d we know? The fact they were broadcasting the announcement from Ford World Headquarters in Detroit was a not-so-subtle clue. The Fusion, Taurus and Mustang were all in the running, but it was Ford’s redesigned mid-size sedan, the Fusion, that took home the coveted Golden Calipers.

In retrospect, the choice is a solid one and not all that surprising. The Fusion was extensively reworked for the 2010 model year and features a new exterior design, new models and new powertrains. Ford offers a four-cylinder model, two strong V6 options and a full-on parallel hybrid variant, which means buyers should have no trouble finding a Fusion that fits their needs. And indeed they have, as the Fusion has already broken its own yearly sales record – with two months left to go.

Like MT, we’re big fans of the Fusion here at Autoblog, and even have high hopes that one day it could be the domestic car that knocks the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord from atop their perches as the best selling cars in the States. That said, this Ford still has a long way to go. Toyota has sold nearly twice as many Camry models as the Fusion so far this year, and the Accord and Nissan Altima are still flashing their taillights at Ford’s CoTY winner. It’s not just demand, as Ford doesn’t even have the production capacity at the moment to match Camry sales, and it doesn’t help that the Mercury Milan siphons off a few potential Fusion customers, as well.

Nevertheless, this is less about what the Fusion could be in the future than what it is today: the 2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Congrats to Ford and the Fusion team.

2010 Ford Fusion - Motor Trend Car of the Year

Active Park Assist Wins Popular Science Award

November 13, 2009

Ford's Active Park Assist technology wins Popular Science "2009 Best of What's New" award.  This is the third straight year that Ford Motor Company has been recognized with a Best of What’s New Award:Active Park Assist (2009); EcoBoost™ engine technology (2008);  Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel-Filler System (2008); Ford SYNC® (2007)

“We are honored to be recognized by Popular Science with a Best of What’s New award,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “Active Park Assist is just one example of the smart technology features Ford is bringing to market not just for the sake of technology, but to meet the needs and wants of customers.”  

Active Park Assist uses sensors on the front and rear of the vehicle to guide the vehicle into a parking space. The technology is a major leap forward in speed and ease of use compared with camera-reliant systems. The Ford system requires less driver interface and reduces the risk of selecting a parking spot that is too tight. Unlike competing systems, Active Park Assist also works in downhill parking situations, and is available as an optional feature on several 2010 models including Ford Escape, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT and Mercury Mariner.

“For 22 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what’s possible in the future,” said Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New award is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

How Active Park Assist works:

  • The driver activates the system by pressing an instrument panel button, which activates the ultrasonic sensors to measure and identify a feasible parallel parking space.
  • The system then prompts the driver to accept its assistance to park.
  • The steering system then takes over and steers the car into the parking space hands-free. The driver still shifts the transmission and operates the gas and brake pedals.
  • A visual and/or audible driver interface advises the driver about the proximity of other cars, objects and people and provides instructions.
  • While the steering is all done automatically, the driver remains responsible for safe parking and can interrupt the system by grasping the steering wheel.

Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally “2010 Man of the Year”

November 10, 2009

Automobile Magazine has named Ford Motor Company's CEO Alan Mulally "Man of the Year – 2010".  Below is the article from Automobile Magazine.

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.