The future is here! Ford is racing a Mustang built with a 3D printer! Okay, it’s not a full-sized car but it is a race car! The miniature was created specifically for an international slot car race in Detroit (check out all the details in the video below). It’s not the first time Ford’s incorporated a 3D printer into its manufacturing. In fact, the Blue Oval says it frequently prints prototype parts when designing new vehicles. For more information click here.
A handful of weeks ago our much loved Butler Ford fleet manager, Mike “Coach” Cocchiara, spent time in the hospital for issues with his heart. He is back to work now and on the mend, and wants to express his appreciation for all the support offered by friends and co-workers. The following letter is from him. We’re so happy to have you back, Coach!
To all Butler employees and their families:
I have an overwhelming amount of gratitude in my heart (no pun intended). Thank you for all your concerns, thoughts, and prayers.
I am back to work but taking it easy. The Butler Group is by far the best place I have ever worked. Thanks to Chuck, Linda and Warren for your continued support.
Right now I have a little inflammation about my heart that causes some discomfort. Otherwise, I feel pretty good. Looking forward to some physical activity soon.
Thank you all again for your caring nature.
And a special thanks to the CCU unit that took great care of me.
Mike “Coach” Cocchiara
It’s a big day, Ford fans! The 2015 Mustang coupe starts production today! According to the website www.inautonews.com the convertible version will start rolling off the line in September. Ford’s taking pre-orders now. Visit www.butlerford.com for more information, or stop by and see us in person. In the meantime, create your ultimate Pony Car with the 2015 Mustang Configurator and get in the right frame of mind!
When we’re searching for quotes to post on social media at least one saying attributed to Henry Ford always pops up. The man was ahead of his time not only in the automobile industry but when it came to business in general. So, today, we’re paying homage to the man, the myth, the master behind The Blue Oval, with a handful of our favorite Henry Ford quotes.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
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As we at Butler Automotive Group celebrated American independence this weekend we directed a heap of thanks to military personnel, current and past. Now, The Blue Oval’s doing the same with news that 3 of every 10 vehicles owned by military family are Fords! The data comes from an IHS Automotive sample of vehicle registrations from more than 19-million households of active, retired or veteran military personnel. The numbers show the Ford F-150 was the most popular vehicle, with the Escape coming in as the best-selling SUV. The Ford Fusion came in at ninth place. “Military families, in particular, desire the efficiency, capability and smart technology Ford vehicles offer,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales, Service and Lincoln. “Ford has a long history of supporting active-duty military personnel and veterans, and it is an honor American military families buy Ford more than any other brand.”
For the complete Ford article click here.
Ford, Kia and Hyundai are all represented on Kelley Blue Book’s 2014 list of the “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000″! They are as follows:
#2 2014 Hyundai Veloster
In KBB’s words the funky 5-door Veloster “is a masterful mix of bold, unique style and famous Hyundai value.” That says it all!
#3 2014 Kia Soul
KBB likes the Soul for its history of practicality and adds that the redesigned 2014 model is more stylish than ever.
#8 2014 Ford Fiesta
KBB says the Fiesta looks and drives “like a little party on wheels”. We especially like the like the EPA estimated fuel economy of 28/37 (city/highway).
For the entire list click here.
We at Butler Ford have yet to see our first 2015 Ford Mustang on the lot. Oh, they’re ordered, they’re just not here yet. So it seems odd that we’re already talking about the 2016 model! Or, more accurately, Autoblog is talking about, and taking spy shots of, the next gen pony car. Thanks to the online auto mag for the photo above and the pontificating about what’s under all that camouflage. Follow this link to see more spy photos and read about what the experts say Ford may be hiding.
You may have heard about the peanut butter drive we at Butler Ford held last week. The event was part of a Northwest Ford Dealers Advertising Association program that paired dealerships up with local food banks to bring in one of the most coveted nonperishable food items out there. Before promoting the drive to the public we discussed ways to inspire Butler employees to get in on the fun and came up with the idea of holding a competition between the sales, service, and office staff. The winning group would get some kind of a party.
Boy, did people come through! The service department immediately went looking for outside donations and hit pay-dirt with Cash-n-Carry, Pulver & Leever Real Estate and Grocery Outlet. Just check out the stash Iman showed up with Friday morning! The sales team came through in a big way, too, calling on the folks at Rogue Valley CrossFit. One CrossFit mom even requested that all guests at her child’s birthday party bring peanut butter for her to donate!
Ultimately, we have yet to figure out which department won or even how many pounds of peanut butter we brought it but we know this much: It’s a LOT! Huge thanks to everyone who pitched in! We’re so proud to be part of this community!
This time of year temperatures in Southern Oregon are usually in the 80s or 90s. Today, though, they’re only forecast to reach 70! But, no worries! Butler Ford has found the heat… and it’s right here at our Ashland location! Check out our summer sale commercial and then come visit us for some of the most smokin’ deals of the season!
Car lovers are getting an eyeful this week as Medford Cruise week festivities play out. Last night saw more than 100 classic and current model Fords on display at the Ford Show-n-Shine at the Grange Co-op in South Medford. Visitors ooohed and aaaaahed over everything from a 1930 Model A to a late model Mustang Shelby GT 500.
We knew there was something addictive about automotive restoration but didn’t know just how addictive until we spoke with Tim, one of the enthusiasts at the Show-n-Shine. He wasn’t showing a car this year but says he did just begin a rebuild on a car he plans to show at next year’s event. It won’t be his first restoration. Tim says he built his first car, a 1932 Ford Roadster, at the age of 10. Since then he has more than 550 cars to his name! When asked how much time goes into each vehicle Tim shrugged and said, “Three to four hundred hours.” And no, car restoration is not his day job!
All that work certainly pays off. It was obvious that a ton of time, love, and yes, money, went into each Ford on the Grange’s lot last night. If you missed it, not to worry. Tomorrow, all makes and models – ’79 and older as well as ’80 and newer – are welcome to be shown at Medford’s Hawthorne Park. It’ll cost you $25-$50 to show but is free if you just want to look. Visit www.medfordcruise.org for more information. We’ll be there… Hope you will be, too!