No matter where you live, it’s likely you’ve hit a pothole or two while you’re driving around town – and there are few things that can ruin a lovely drive (or your poor car’s suspension components) like unexpected pothole jolts. Ford’s looking to make your daily drive easier — and slightly less pothole-ridden — by releasing a new Pothole Detection Technology in the newest Focus model to help mitigate the damage these dips in the road do.
The system can sense when your Focus’s wheel falls into a pothole, adjusting the suspension to help limit the harsh impact on both the vehicle and its occupants – all within a single second.
“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we’re noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for all-new Focus, we’ve been able to reduce their impact.”
This new technology will become part of the Focus’s optional Continuously Controlled Damping system, which monitors the car’s suspension, body, steering, and braking inputs ever two milliseconds, adjusting the suspension accordingly to offer a top-notch ride.
Here at Transwest Ford, we can’t wait to see what Pothole Detection Technology can do. Hopefully, it will come to more Ford models soon.
When you’re shopping for your family’s newest vehicle from our team at Transwest Ford, it’s likely you want something that’s safe. That’s where the 2018 Ford Expedition comes in. The American automaker recently announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded an overall five-star rating — the highest a vehicle can receive — in its New Car Assessment program.
The Expedition is the only vehicle in its segment to earn this high overall score, making it a leader in its segment.
“As a father of four and longtime Expedition owner, safety was a top priority when engineering the entirely new Expedition,” said Andrew Kernahan, Ford Expedition chief program engineer. “We are proud of the many features Expedition offers today that help keep our customers safe on the road.”
The Expedition has lost 325 pounds for the new model year by using high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy. This allows the large SUV to have a lower center of gravity, enhancing its stability and driving dynamics.
Along with improving the 2018 model’s body and frame, the 2018 Ford Expedition safety rating was helped by a variety of driver assistance technologies to help give you confidence out on the road. This includes Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, auto high beams, and enhanced active park assist.
The Ford Ranger first made its American debut in 1983 as a compact pickup that was very popular for many years. In 2011, Ford discontinued production of the truck, but now, we have learned about a comeback for the Ford Ranger for the 2019 model year.
After an 8-year gap, the new Ranger will be more impressive than ever. It will be built using a fully boxed ladder frame that has been specifically designed for the American market. Compared to the European model, the American Ranger will have tighter body panels for a more refined design.
Under the hood, the Ranger will come with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® inline-four-cylinder engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford has yet to release output numbers, but horsepower will probably land somewhere around 300 with about 350 lb-ft of torque.
Just like the larger F-150, the Ranger will be available in a variety of trims and configurations. Two versions that will be a popular choice among off-road enthusiasts will be the FX2 and FX4, which will get numerous rugged features as standard including skid plates, all-terrain tires, a front bash plate, and other goodies.
The 2019 Ford Ranger is expected to hit showroom floors in early 2019. We at Transwest Ford are counting down the months until we get to try it out.
Transwest Ford is proud to represent one of the Big Three American automakers, the Ford Motor Company. Ford, founded by the famous Henry Ford, has rich automotive heritage and has pushed the envelope since its inception in 1903.
Based in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, Ford manufacturers a wide range of vehicles, all available at Transwest Ford. The lineup includes several cars: The Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, and Ford Taurus are the standard cars, while the Ford C-MAX offers an alternative fuel experience for more eco-friendly driving and the Ford Mustang, the original pony car, is famous for its thrilling performance.
Ford SUVs and crossovers include the Ford Escape, Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Ford Explorer, Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon, and Ford Expedition. The newest SUV to join the lineup is the Ford EcoSport. Ford is perhaps most famous for its trucks, as the Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for four decades. The F-Series includes the Ford F-150 and the Ford Super Duty. Ford’s van lineup includes the Ford Transit Connect and Ford Transit Passenger Wagon.
Hybrid and electric Fords include the Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE, Ford Fusion Hybrid SE, Ford Fusion Energi SE, and Ford Focus Electric. Ford also has a commercial vehicle line.
Come and explore the modern Ford lineup here at Transwest Ford.
It’s not an easy thing to maintain a consistent level of success when you’re held to a certain standard of excellence. Yet, for more than 100 years now, Ford has made being the world’s foremost maker of trucks look easy despite its own expectations of excellence and the constantly raised bar of customer expectations.
Last July marked 100 years since the first Ford truck—the 1917 Ford Model TT—hit the market and became the standard-bearer for capability, versatility, and toughness. At just $600, the Ford Model TT became an overnight sensation and delivered sales of 209 trucks in its first year. By the time it was replaced by the Ford Model AA 11 years later, sales of the Ford Model TT totaled 1.3 million.
The high points and milestones for Ford trucks are many and varied over the past century, but there may be no more important moment than the launch of the F-Series in 1948.
“After the war, a lot of rural Americans moved to urban and suburban centers looking for work, and many took their Ford pickups with them,” said Bob Kreipke, Ford historian. “Ford saw this as an opportunity and began work on the next generation of trucks for 1948, what came to be known as F-Series Bonus Built trucks.”
The F-Series had not only withstood through 70 years, but it has prevailed—2017 marked the 41st consecutive year that it has ranked No. 1 among all trucks in the United States, proving that Ford’s truck legacy is as much about what’s yet to come as it is about what’s already transpired.
To see why today’s Ford F-Series trucks—including the 2018 Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty—don’t raise the bar for truck capabilities as much as they represent the bar by which all other trucks are measured, stop in for a test drive at Transwest Ford.
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