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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.

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.

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert

Every automaker is taking steps towards safer roadways but Ford is the only automaker aiming to make driving on the wrong side of the road safer as well. Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert takes aim at drivers who start driving on the wrong side of the road. Such a technology may seem limited in use but it could save lives.

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert warns drivers that they’re driving against the flow of traffic with a variety of visible and audible notifications. That technology is great for drivers who, against their better judgement, get behind the wheel while impaired.

The system uses a windshield-mounted camera that can identify “Do Not Enter” and “Wrong Way” road signs. That information is paired with the vehicle’s navigation system. Although it isn’t capable of stopping a vehicle from heading the wrong way, a variety of alerts are better than nothing.

Ford is also looking to create more technology that aims to avoid accidents. The new Evasive Steering Assist works with automatic braking to prevent collisions when the braking system alone can’t stop the car. The new system is activated by a simple turn of the wheel at either city or highway speeds.

We here at Olathe Ford are glad to see Ford putting a greater emphasis on driver safety!

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert

Ford F-150’s Fuel Economy Improves

Ford F-150’s Fuel Economy Improves

The Ford F-150 has always proved to be the toughest, most durable pickup on the market but it always fell short when it came to fuel economy. The 2017 model brings new improves and features that change all of that. For the next model year, the F-150 will boast a new transmission and engine that increase fuel economy to a more competitive level.

The Ford F-150’s fuel economy gets a bump thanks to the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission. That combination is proving effective with the V6 engine producing more power than the available V8 while increasing fuel economy.

Thanks in part to the improvements brought by the 10-speed automatic transmission, the Ford F-150 sees an increase of one mpg over the previous model. That brings fuel economy to an EPA-estimated 18 city/25 hwy mpg for two-wheel drive and an EPA-estimated 17 city/23 hwy mpg with four-wheel drive.

The second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine rocks out with a segment-best 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 50 lb-ft of torque over the first generation.

Ford proved that improved fuel economy doesn’t have to compromise performance in the new Ford F-150.

We here at Olathe Ford are pumped for the new 2017 F-150 to hit the market!

Ford F-150's fuel economy


 

Advancing Ford Smart Mobility: New Shuttle and Bike-Sharing Services

Advancing Ford Smart Mobility: New Shuttle and Bike-Sharing Services

Working with a San Francisco-based shuttle service company, Ford recently developed an integrated transportation solution. One of the major issues drivers face today in urban environments is traffic congestion. In order to combat this, Ford Smart Mobility is expanding its services to provide bike-sharing and shuttle systems.

Certainly, Ford’s focus is the automotive industry; however, the brand is seeking to reduce congestion and pollution in densely populated areas. That’s why the brand has developed the Ford GoBike network, as well as a point-to-point shuttle system. According to Ford, these solutions are meant to complement mass transit by filling some of the gaps between taxis, buses, and subways.

“Cities globally are dealing with increased congestion, a growing middle class and environmental issues – all of which can be alleviated by developing mobility solutions fine-tuned to the unique challenges of each location,” said Jim Hackett, chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC. “[B]y expanding our business model to include new forms of transportation – from bikes to dynamic shuttles and more – we are introducing new customers to Ford.”

You can take a dynamic shuttle system—which is on-demand and easy to use—in order to get from point A to point B faster than most public transit. Plus, it’s more affordable than virtually all public transportation networks in the US and EU. Ford also has a GoBike program which lets you share bikes across the Bay Area. The brand is hoping to extend this idea to most major cities in the US by 2018, but for now it’s managed to get 7,000 bikes on the roads instead of cars. Using mobile services, you can register, find a bike near you, and be on your way.

Ford Smart Mobility