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Second Annual Ford Musician Awards Celebrate Culture and Community

Second Annual Ford Musician Awards Celebrate Culture and Community

Ford constantly strives to give back to the communities to which it belongs—one reason we’re happy to be a part of the Ford family. Recently, the company sponsored a week of music and celebration for revitalizing downtown Detroit, an area devastated by economic decline over the past decades. This week of music included the second annual Ford Musician Awards.

According to Ford, the week of music included a lineup of singers such as Aretha Franklin and Mitch Ryder, as well as classical music thanks to the League of American Orchestras. The President of Ford’s company fund Jim Vella delivered a speech about the importance of supporting cultural institutions to create stronger communities, culminating in the awarding of $75,000 to five orchestra musicians.

“Detroit’s rich musical history strikes chords with audiences around the world,” said Vella. “We are proud to help bring together a diverse group of music and arts supporters to learn from each other and experience what our region has to offer.”

We at Olathe Ford are proud to be a part of the Ford community. The Ford Fund’s community sponsorships have totaled more than $15 million over the past decade, including a range of music, cultural programs, and events.

Tips for Road Trips with Pets

Tips for Road Trips with Pets

No one wants to leave their dogs and cats behind when they go on a vacation, and a lot of the time, you might want to bring your furry friends along for the ride. But, taking road trips with pets isn’t as simple as sticking them in the backseat and hitting the road, so here are some easy tips that will make you and your pets safer.

One of the most neglected parts of pet travel is making sure the pet is used to being in the vehicle for long periods of time. Take them for a few mini-road trips before you leave, especially if they aren’t a fan of driving.

It’s also important to do your research. If you’re planning to stay in a hotel, you have to find ones that are dog-friendly. You also can’t leave your pet alone in the car, so don’t plan to stop at a lot of restaurants on the way unless you’re going to drop your dog off at a hotel beforehand. Invest in car harnesses or crates that you can use to keep your dog safely in place for the ride.

During the drive, you want to make sure your dog or cat has access to water during the drive. Feed them at their normal times—so if you usually feed them at 5pm, stop the car and give them their dinner and then you can get back on the road. And you have to take frequent bathroom breaks! You don’t want messes in your car, and you don’t want an uncomfortable dog.

For more tips on traveling with pets, give us a call at Olathe Ford!

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Transfer Case Enables Cutting-Edge Terrain Management

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Transfer Case Enables Cutting-Edge Terrain Management

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will come with one of the most innovative transfer cases ever, a system that merges all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive that can handle any terrain situation, from icy conditions on the road to off-road desert driving.

The 4WD/AWD transfer case is controlled automatically by the F-150 Raptor’s all-new Terrain Management System, but it can also be controlled with a 4×4 shift to switch manually back and forth between 4WD and AWD. The specially designed transfer case, according to Ford, “employs an electronic shift-on-the-fly system featuring mechanical locks” that lets the Raptor tackle all types of terrain.

The Raptor has been through 2,500 miles of off-road competition testing to guarantee it can handle any type of weather or terrain, and it paid off. The Raptor’s on-demand all-wheel drive system is perfectly designed for daily driving and includes an all-weather mode. The 4WD system is durable and provides outstanding off-road performance. You get the best of both worlds with the Raptor’s Terrain Management System, without sacrificing any quality.

The new Raptor will come with a high-output EcoBoost engine paired to a 10-speed transmission for performance at 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Find out more about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor today at Olathe Ford!

New Ford Police Responder Hybrid is First of Its Kind

New Ford Police Responder Hybrid is First of Its Kind

Ford is revolutionizing the industry with its alternative-energy vehicles, including the latest lineup of electric vehicles. Additionally, Ford has also provided police with cruisers for decades. Now, Ford has become the first brand to offer a pursuit-rated hybrid police car. These cars will first be introduced in New York and Los Angeles.

According to Ford, the company is spending more than $4.5 billion on 13 new hybrid-electric vehicles to be released over the new few years. These include an F-150, Mustang, Transit van, and more. The new police cruiser, called the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, will save thousands of dollars in fuel costs without sacrificing power.

“Electrifying our next generation of vehicles is core to our unwavering commitment to sustainability,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president. “By being a leader in electrified vehicles, we remain committed to delivering cars, trucks and SUVs that are better not only for our customers, but for the environment and society as well.”

The latest Police Responder comes with an Atkinson-cycle 2.0liter engine and a powerful electric motor. This model has a lithium-ion battery system, and it can also operate in a battery-only mode when cruising at normal speeds. We at Olathe Ford can’t wait to see the latest hybrid designs to come out of Ford.

Improving Fuel Economy

Improving Fuel Economy

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Improving fuel economy is not only great for the environment, but it can also save you money in the long run. That’s why we at Olathe Ford have compiled a list of the best ways to increase gas mileage, from changing your driving habits to regular service and maintenance. Read on to learn more about how you can up fuel efficiency.

According to How Stuff Works, one of the best things to do is slow down. Speeding can significantly decrease gas mileage, especially when travelling on the highway. In fact, many highway speed limits are set based on safety as well as efficiency standards, helping you to get the best performance. By slowing down, you’ll save more at the pump.

Next, maintain your vehicle. This include the basics like regular oil changes, alignment, and new tires. You can do some of this work yourself, like checking tire pressure every few months, but some things may require you to take your car in for a checkup. In fact, a yearly tune up can drastically improve fuel economy.

Finally, get a new car. The latest model year tends to have the latest technologies and tuned powertrains, offering the best fuel economy. You may also want to check out any one of the new hybrid vehicles available from Ford.

Tips for Driving on Sand

Tips for Driving on Sand

Tips for Driving on Sand | Olathe, KSDriving on loose sand is one of the hardest terrains for 4×4 vehicles because it’s so easy to sink into the sand if you don’t do it right. Beach sand is easy—it’s wet and beaten down by hundreds of feet every day. Desert sand is more difficult, but it’s doable if you follow these easy tips for driving on sand.

First of all, you need to put your car in low gear and let some air out of your tires. The lower pressure increases the amount of tire that touches the sand, letting it glide over the sand instead of digging into it.

Somewhere between 12 and 15 psi is good—it’s obviously much too low to drive on pavement, but the softness of the sand means your wheels aren’t going to hit solid ground and bend, so there’s nothing to worry about. But don’t forget to re-inflate them when you get back to solid ground!

It’s also much harder to turn on sand, so don’t take curves too quickly, and make it wide if you can so you can turn gradually. If you start to get stuck, straighten out and get some momentum back before you try to turn again.

If your tires start spinning and sinking into the sand, try to ease backwards and give yourself some kind of traction if you can, like a floor mat or chain. If you’re near fresh water, wetting the sand can help, but don’t use your drinking water!

Remember, it’s safest to do this in a 4WD vehicle. Front-wheel drive is a big no and rear-wheel drive is only a little better.

2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life Tour Kicks Off

2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life Tour Kicks Off

2017 Ford Driving Skills for LifeThe 2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life tour kicked off this month, starting its 14th year helping new drivers improve their skills and learn safety techniques through expert instruction.

The tour started at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on February 4th, and will continue throughout early spring on March 4th-5th in Arcadia, California, and April 22nd-23rd in Houston, Texas, as well as additional dates that haven’t been announced yet.

Ford Driving Skills for Life focuses on handling, recognizing hazards, speed and space management, and the dangers of driving while distracted or impaired. The program has existed since 2003 and has since provided free driving instruction to more than a million new drivers around the world.

Though many vehicles today come with safety technologies that automatically assist drivers, including Ford vehicles, the global manager of Driving Skills for Life says that driving safety is not just about “downloading the latest app” but about “real-world training and improved decision-making skills.”

The 2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life program has the usual Ford drugged and drunk driving suits that simulate how dangerous impaired and distracted driving is, but it also adds new virtual reality training tools for navigating through traffic circles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

If you’re a newly licensed driver or the parent of a new driver and want to sign up for Driving Skills for Life, visit the website and see if there will be classes available in your area or register for the online Academy.

2017 Ford Mustang Named the Women’s Performance Car of the Year

2017 Ford Mustang Named the Women’s Performance Car of the Year

The Ford Mustang recently won the prestigious Women’s Performance Car of the Year 2016, beating a whopping 294 competitors. This award is determined by 17 judges from 14 countries, making it an extensive and difficult title to achieve. From looks to performance, everything about the Mustang is appealing to many women worldwide.

According to Ford, the Women’s Performance Car of the Year award was developed due to the rise of women drivers worldwide. In fact, this is the fastest growing demographic when it comes to vehicle purchases. Categories are based on statistical surveys, and they include safety, value, aesthetics, sex appeal, environmental footprint, child friendliness, and more. Though not representative of all women, these categories show what most women car buyers say they look for.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”

The runner-up for the award was the Ford Focus RS, showing just how impressive the brand truly is. The Mustang is certainly a great vehicle for virtually any buyer, but if you want a car that’s truly award-winning, few models top the 2017 Ford Mustang.

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day: How Will You Commemorate Dr. King?

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day: How Will You Commemorate Dr. King?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is right around the corner on January 16th. This day commemorates the famous civil rights activist, and it was first established in 1986 as a national holiday. In addition to marches and demonstrations, there are several ways to celebrate MLK Jr. Day. Read on to learn about some traditions from around the country, many of which may prompt you to celebrate the day in a new way.

According to NBC, there are several church services and musical performances all across New York City taking place for this. Celebrating MLK Jr. Day has been a long tradition in the Harlem and Brooklyn areas, and you can take walking tours throughout the city. For this year, the Apollo Theatre is hosting a panel titled “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two America’s”. As a trained theologian, MLK Jr. is also celebrated in churches across the city.

Philadelphia is home to some of the biggest MLK Jr. Day celebrations, including the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King. Jr. Day of Service. Over 135,000 people volunteer across the city, ranging from free and inexpensive events, soup kitchens, and help for the homeless, among other things. There is also a reading from “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (one of MLK’s most famous works) at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

These are just a few examples of ways to celebrate MLK Jr. Day. Dr. King is celebrated across the world, including Japan, Canada, Israel, and Europe. We will remember him for who he was, and what he did for the world.

All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Completes Baja 1000, Drives Home

All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Completes Baja 1000, Drives Home

The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor model is one of the most off-road capable pickup trucks in the industry. Because of this, it’s no surprise that a fully street-legal stock model easily completed the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 famed desert race, coming in third place overall.

The Baja 1000, which takes place in Baja California, consists of 850 miles of rocks, potholes, sand, and dust. Taking the F-150 Raptor through this rough terrain was a Foutz Motorsports team, led by Greg Foutz. With Foutz at the helm, the Raptor managed to pull a time of 35 hours, 59 minutes, and 9 seconds.

This time is impressive as is, but what is even more impressive is the fact that the team tossed their tools and spare tires in the back of the race truck and drove it back to their home shop—located in Phoenix, Arizona.

“[The Ford F-150 Raptor is] a race-proven off-road monster that can race off-road an entire weekend, then take you and your friends on a road trip the next day,” Greg Foutz said. “That and the $49,520 stating price make it a clear winner on the showroom floor.”

The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is now available in showrooms across the United States. To see what this off-road-ready vehicle has to offer, stop in to Olathe Ford and learn more.