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Month: November 2016

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