Ford Takes its Show on the Road in Ford Experience Tour

FETWe have some local Ford fans who like being around their favorite auto brand so much they consider the dealership a kind of hangout. We understand, though, that not all Ford fans want to spend time in a sales environment when they’re not planning on buying in the immediate future. All the more reason to check out the Ford Experience Tour now appearing at fairs and festivals across the country. Ford describes the tour as a “caravan” of vehicles, games, social media opportunities, and free stuff. The tour started in early August and runs through mid-November. Here are the remaining dates and locations:

  • 8/23 – 8/24: Festival of Nations, St. Louis, MO
  • 8/29 – 9/1: Taste of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • 9/20 – 9/21: Bellmore Street Festival, Bellmore, NY
  • 9/19 – 9/21: Charlotte Festival In The Park, Charlotte, NC
  • 9/26 – 9/28: Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, Virginia Beach, VA
  • 10/11 – 10/12: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, Bayou City, TX
  • 10/18 – 10/19: Half Moon Bay Pumpkin & Art Fest, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • 11/14 – 11/16: Ford Championship Weekend, Homestead, FL

For more on the Ford Experience Tour visit http://ford.to/1pnayXI.

Image courtesy: social.ford.com

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is IIHS Top Safety Pick

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

For the second year in a row the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid one of its Top Safety Picks.  After conducting a handful of tests the IIHS rated the C-MAX Hybrid “good” in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating. “We are proud”, says Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office. “Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously.” For the complete Ford article on the recent IIHS rating click here.

Scienceworks to Host EV and Hybrids Show

EV show posterIf you’re a fan of or are interested in electric/hybrid vehicles you should make plans to drop by ScienceWorks next month. On September 6, 2014 from 10:00 to 4:00 the hands-on museum will be teaming up with the Ashland Lion’s Club to present the Southern Oregon Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Show. Learn about the future of transportation, talk to current owners, and see what kinds of inventions are coming down the pike. Several local dealers, including Butler Ford, will be represented. We’ll be offering a Ford C-MAX Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, and a Ford Focus Plug-In. You’ll also get to see electric motorcycles, electric bikes, and electric vehicle conversions. You could even win an electric bike of your very own! It’ll be fun and educational! See you there!

Highlining with Ford and Devin Graham

It’s Monday so, while we’re physically at work, we’re mentally elsewhere… spending time with good friends somewhere in nature, playing. In the spirit of daydreaming here’s another Ford and Devin Graham production featuring the Ford Explorer. Today’s episode takes us behind the scenes of the “One Tank Adventure” and shows us why Devin and the group need a vehicle that works as hard as they do. We’re certainly glad somebody’s working.

Follow the link to see more “One Tank Adventures”.

Ford Offers Lifetime Guarantee on Motorcraft Brake Pads

brakepadIf you bring your Ford in for new brake pads this month and next you may never have to pay for brake pads again! As part of Ford’s 3rd National Service Event the company is offering a lifetime guarantee on Motorcraft brake pads. Here’s how it works: Bring your car, truck or SUV in for brake work between now and August 31, 2014 and we’ll give you a certificate entitling you to replacement Motorcraft brake pads for as long as you own your vehicle. All you have to do the next time you replace the pads is show that certificate and the copy of this summer’s repair order and the brake pads will be complimentary*. Feel like booking brake service? Contact us at 541.482.2521 or schedule an appointment online.

* Labor and all other parts not included

Ford 3D Prints a (Mini) Race Car

Image courtesy:  at.ford.com

Image courtesy: at.ford.com

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 Heartfelt ‘Thanks’ from Butler Ford’s Fleet Manager

Mikce Cocchiara 2 WebA 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.

Sincerely,

Mike “Coach” Cocchiara

2015 Ford Mustang Coupe Starts Production Today!

2015 Ford Mustang 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!