F-150 Earns Highest Possible Crash Safety Rating EVER

The innovative Ford F-150 SuperCrew has earned the government’s highest possible crash safety rating –  adding to the F-150’s strengths as the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 EVER.

F150 silverThe 2015 F-150 SuperCrew has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program, due to 31 new safety-related innovations developed by the Ford truck team.

“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”
F150 insideAll-new F-150 safety features include an advanced restraint system with dual-stage airbags, Curve Control – a technology that will slow the vehicle when it senses the truck is going too fast for a particular curve, and available inflatable rear safety belts in SuperCrew models – a segment-first innovation. It also features a slew of driver assist technologies, including several class-exclusive features such as adaptive cruise control and active park assist.

As we all know, safety starts with the foundation of the vehicle: the frame. Engineers added an extra crossmember and increased the use of high-strength steel to improve stiffness, durability and safety – while also helping reduce the frame’s weight by up to 60 pounds.

“The team had to invent new ways to manage crash energy, because advanced materials like high-strength steel behave differently,” said Matt Niesluchowski, Ford truck safety manager. “We found that changing certain shapes led to a weight reduction, while also improving crash performance.”

NCAP_5_star_logoSafety engineers also developed a patented 12-corner front crush horn. What is a front crush horn? It’s used to dissipate more energy in a front impact. This uncommonly- shaped structure helps manage crash forces so the frame buckles in a predictable manner. This helps to  keep those forces away from people in the cabin. This is just one of the 31 new safety-related transformations the team developed to make the F-150 safer during collisions.

So, what’s up with all this talk of the aluminum alloy body? What IS it exactly? Is it REALLY safe? It’s actually high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and it’s amazing in both safety, durability and fuel economy.

Safety-wise, the truck’s cab features hydroformed roof rails that constitute a cage-like structure around the doors, extruded roof bows to provide lateral strength across the top of the cab, and extruded rocker rails near the bottom to reinforce lower body strength.

F150 2015How various parts of the truck were joined also yielded safety improvements. In many cases, welding was not the most effective way to join parts, so the team developed and patented methods to connect parts using high-strength adhesives. This resulted in structural strength equal to or greater than traditional welds.

This stunning feat of engineering is also no slouch in the fuel efficiency department. It includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market, plus best-in-class towing and payload ratings. The F-150’s increased performance and fuel efficiency is due to a whopping 700-pound weight savings through the use of high-strength steel in the frame; high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body; and smart engineering by innovators over at the Ford truck team.  

The inventive new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and it has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market.

When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the all-new F-150 4×2 returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.

We have many stunning new F-150’s to choose from – why not test drive one of these ingenious new vehicles and see what all the talk is about!

There’s Nothing Better Than Roush Performance Mustangs

There’s Nothing Better Than Roush Performance Mustangs! Spring in Southern Oregon brings sun filled days and the temp’s are in the 70’s – there’s nothing better than feeling the excitement of the season from the road in a Roush Mustang.

R5This is the opportunity the local Mustang club, the Oregon Street Stangz  from Klamath Falls,  experienced this week. They checked out our beautiful array of Roush Performance Mustangs as well as our inventory of heart-pumping 2015 Ford Mustangs. Performance Specialist, Drew Bechard, was on hand to answer performance related questions for the crew (he’s our go-to guy for Roush performance questions!)

Their journey eventually lead them down the long, fun and winding road to‪ Paschal Winery, where photos opp’s were a must. Thank you Oregon Street Stangz, for bringing some of your own awesome ‘Stangz’ for us to admire and for checking out our USEnew shipment of one-of-a-kind Roush Performance Vehicles.

Check out “Stangz” Facebook page HERE and check us out if you want an amazing American beast of car. Additionally, we’re the only‪ Roush dealer in all of Southern Oregon and Northern California!Come check out our breathtaking inventory today!

High Performance “Industry-First Drift Mode” in 2016 Ford Focus RS

The 2016 Ford Focus RS “drifted” into the hearts of racing enthusiasts when it was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month. The Ford Performance Team really outdid themselves with this new Focus RS, introducing a variety of advanced high performance technologies such as selectable drive modes – including industry-first drift mode, as well as launch control.

FocusRSWith a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine delivering an excess of 315 horsepower, the high-performance road car features the most powerful Ford RS braking system ever. Its dramatic exterior design offers optimized aerodynamics and cooling, with 9 percent less drag than the previous Focus RS.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets new benchmarks for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, Ford Motor Company group vice president, Global Product Development.

“The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Fords to benefit all of our customers,” he added, “and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

Just in case you’re wondering what “RS” stands for, it’s the common acronym for “Rallye Sport.” This high-performance hatch is the third-generation Focus RS, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. It’s the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, following the 1970 16-valve Escort RS1600, 1985 turbocharged Sierra RS Cosworth with awesome aerodynamics and 1992 Escort RS Cosworth with four-wheel drive. The 2016 Focus RS was developed by a small team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the United States.

FocusRS2This all-new Focus RS is the first RS model that will be sold in North America – produced for all markets at Ford’s manufacturing plant in Germany. Manufacturing is slated to begin late this year. We expect these heart-pumping RS’s to drift into our dealership later this year or early 2017.

“The new Focus RS represents Ford at its passionate best – delivering innovation, unmatched driving dynamics and stunning performance that was previously only available with high-priced performance luxury marques and exotics,” said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are acutely aware of the benchmarks we’ve set ourselves with RS performance models through the years, and rest assured that this new car raises the game to a new level.”

“Just as important is the fact that with technologies such as EcoBoost,” he added, “we are able to demonstrate how an innovation that powers almost every car in our range can also be the heartbeat of our finest performance cars.”

Gymkhana and World Rallycross star Ken Block was brought on as a consultant on the all-new Focus RS, and joined the Ford Performance team on the Geneva Motor Show stand earlier this month. Check out this heart-pumping video of Ken Block testing out this awesome new Focus RS!

 

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Butler Ford Open House/Owner’s Clinic features food, fun & sun!

Our first Ford Open House/Owner’s Clinic of the year was a success, thanks to the myriad Butler staff and our loyal Ford customers who attended.  We love getting to know our customers, hearing fun stories about their experiences with their new vehicle and answering all their questions. Barbara and Joe B. purchased a gorgeous 2015 F-250 in October, which they recently took on a Christmas trip to visit their daughter, son in law and three grand kids in Forks, WA. Here’s what they had to say about the drive up there:
“We love that we don’t have to worry about the back splash from semi-truck trailers in the rain during the winter! The cabin is up high enough that you’re not blinded by the water! So different than our Prius!” said Barbara. “We also love that you can actually fit three car seats in the back seat comfortably! And the kids are up high enough so they can see out the windows, so they’re happy and quiet. You definitely have some happy campers here!”

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2017 Ford GT, Is Just Unbelievable

If you’re salivating as much as we are as we think about the gorgeous new Ford GT, then you’d better put in your tickler landscape_nrm_1421075141-b32i8576-editfile to Save-The-Date for ordering!  Available in 2017, the Ford Motor Co. just announced it will limit production of the supercar to 250 a year and will price the mid-engine car competitively with the Lamborghini Aventador, starting at a cool $400,000.

Ford debuted the stunning, new GT in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to acclaimed reviews. The supercar boasts more than 600 horsepower from a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and begins production in 2016.

Ford-GT-Motion-104-876x535Ford built the original GT in the mid-2000s and produced just over 4,000. The price on those beauties? Around $140,000 to $150,000, if your lucky — depending on when and where the price goes up from there. So if you’re like us and you JUST CAN’T WAIT….and maybe others are sick of hearing about it, gives us a call — we are always in the mood to talk, listen, and drool over the photos of this amazing work of art!

 

Generation Z Buyers Love Fords!

Fuel-efficient cars are what revs up today’s youngest car buyers, and Ford is leading the pack.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi SEL plug-in hybridMaritzCX, a data company that conducts a yearly new vehicle customer survey, found members of Generation Z — those ages 16-21 — value fuel-efficiency, prefer cars over sport utilities and trucks, and prefer Ford Motor Co. over any other brand.

“Making decisions based on fuel economy and value explains why these buyers tend to shop brands like Ford, which builds vehicles that prioritize these attributes,” said Chris Travell, vice president for strategic consulting at Salt Lake City-based MaritzCX.

The surprising study – which polled 1,061 young car-buyers – discovered four of the top five vehicle segments for Gen Z buyers are cars rather than sport utilities or trucks. Around 41.1 percent prefer compact cars, 14.7 percent opt for midsize sedans, while 11.6 percent shop subcompact cars.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASheryl Connelly, Ford’s futurist, said Gen Z buyers are “more frugal” than their older counterparts, and appreciate getting the most value for the brand of vehicle they buy. They also tend to be more sentimental and prefer brands with a long, strong history like the Ford Motor Company.

The study comes a month after MTV looked at millennials — those ages 18 to 35 — and discovered they like to drive a lot. The study found 80 percent of millennials get around most often by car as opposed to any other form of transportation, and most would rather give up social media than their vehicles.

But MartizCX studied even younger buyers because of their future purchasing power. Gen Z represents 2 billion people, about 21 percent of the world’s total population and 25 percent of the U.S. population. By 2020, their purchasing power will be more than $3.2 trillion.

Hard-working Detroit Man Receives New Ford

For ten years, James Robertson has walked 21 miles to and from work. After his story was shared online, an Jameswalkinganonymous fundraiser was created for the hard-working, hard-walking 56-year-old.

The story went viral and in less than a week, more than $300,000 was raised and multiple car dealers offered to give Robertson cars. He finally picked one Friday. Can you guess what it is? A 2015 Ford Taurus!

“The reason I picked the Taurus, I remember the old Taurus from the 1980s,” said Robertson. “They never were this fancy or anything, but like me they have a strong heart from the inside.”

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