2017 Ford Super Duty technology

Ford Super Duty Technology: State-of-the-Art Systems

Ford put the new Super Duty to the test by asking real-world customers what they appreciated most about the model, as well as what they would like to see more of. The answers came back, showing overwhelmingly that the new Super Duty technology was not only impressive, but customers can’t get enough of it.

According to Ford, the Ford Super Duty technology is truly advanced, especially when you opt for the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims. The all-new pickup features 20 class-exclusive technologies and features, as well as a number of performance systems to improve towing and hauling. Among the most popular features are Adaptive Steering, Trailer Reverse Guidance, Adaptive Cruise Control, and BLIS, among others.

“Technology innovation is proving to be a differentiator,” said John Rieger, Ford Super Duty consumer marketing manager. “Our 20 class-exclusive, driver-assist technologies help increase productivity and boost driver confidence − especially when serving Super Duty’s primary mission of towing long, heavy trailers.”

When properly equipped, the new Super Duty can tow up to 32,500 pounds and it has a payload capacity of 7,630 pounds. While the powertrain is certainly the source of raw performance, new technologies also help you drive with this heavy payload. For example, rearview cameras and cross-traffic alert are ideal for towing and hauling in tight situations. For a truly advanced pickup, check out the new Ford Super Duty lineup.

We’re Finally Getting a New Ford Bronco!

If you’re like us, you’ve been waiting since 1996 to get your hands on another Ford Bronco. Who knew that it would take more than 20 years to get there! There have been rumblings and rumors over the past few months as to whether Ford was bringing back the Bronco, but now we know it’s true! Here’s what we know so far about the return of this great SUV.

2017 Ford Everest - Bronco inspiration

Shown is the Ford Everest, reportedly the vehicle the Bronco will most closely resemble.

It has a lot in common with other Ford models: A recent Reddit AMA revealed more about its influences: “It will be very similar to the current Ford Everest…many suspension and powertrain parts will be common between the Ranger and Bronco.” If you’re not familiar with the Everest, don’t worry – it’s Australia’s current Ford SUV, will be a huge point of inspiration for the new Bronco model.

There still isn’t a public Bronco concept: Even at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit they only revealed more graphics of the name. No specifications, dimensions or other details have been revealed.

It will be assembled in the U.S.: Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant will be extra busy in a few years! Ford’s all-American brand holds true, keeping more Michigan residents employed.

It’s not messing around: Ford’s Joe Hinrichs has described the upcoming Bronco as “a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for the thrill-seekers who want freedom and off-road functionality, with the space and versatility of an SUV. It’s capable of conquering everything from your daily commute to gravel roads and boulders.” Even a panoramic sunroof option has been confirmed!

We’re more than excited to see more details come out about this SUV. The Ford Bronco already has 30 years of history (and plenty of pop culture references) and we can’t wait for 2020! You’d better believe that we’ll share any info we have about this model, but don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Fun Gift Exchange Ideas

That time of the year is rolling around, and it’s a great time for giving! If you want to do a gift exchange at work or with friends, there are plenty to do. Here are some gift exchange ideas besides the obvious “Secret Santa.”

gift exchange ideas for office, family and friends - in Inverness, Florida

White Elephant – This is sometimes called “Yankee Swap” too. At this gift exchange, everyone anonymously contributes a gift. Going around in a circle, people can either pick an unopened gift from the middle or steal one that someone already has.

Gift Guess – Make gifts a little more fun by wrapping a gift up in a way that disguises it. Everyone looks at it and the first person to guess what it is gets to keep it.

Charity Exchange – Want to give back for the holidays? Have everyone write their name down on a piece of paper along with their favorite charity. Then, have everyone draw someone’s name. Whoever you get, you’ll make a donation to their favorite charity.

Cocktail Swap – Having an adult Christmas exchange? A cocktail swap is a fun way to share your favorite drink with someone. Get a box or bag and put all the ingredients for a yummy cocktail in it. Then, make them all together!

Remember, you can always make up your own gift exchange, too.

New Ford Mustang Gets Performance Upgrades

The Ford Mustang is the premier pony car for many Americans, and while it’s already a power-packed muscle car, the automaker isn’t quite done. The Ford Performance division is making waves in the muscle car segment by upping the ante with more powerful Mustang EcoBoost and GT models. The new Ford Mustang will see more power than ever before this model year.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine will see the addition of a calibration kit. That new kit adds an additional 25 hp and 70 lb-ft of torque. That brings the four-cylinder engine’s total output to a massive 335 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

2017 Ford Mustang - New Mustang performance upgrades

The new Mustang GT is getting a bonus as well. The 5.0-liter V8 engine gains three upgrade packages. All packages add a no-lift shift feature for cars with a manual transmission.

The “weakest” calibration adds 13 hp and 16 lb-ft of torque. The second adds 21 hp and 24 lb-ft of torque. The final package increases the redline rpm to 7,500 and adds 37 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque.

Best of all, every packages increase the power output of the popular muscle car while still maintaining the factory warranty and emissions standards in all states.

We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are pumped for the arrival of the new, even more powerful Ford Mustang!

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge’s Carr-E

The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge put the best of Ford’s employees to the test. It challenged employees to develop new innovations to its vehicles. This led to the Carr-E, developed by Ford employees to improve safety and utilize technology.

The innovation challenged specifically challenged Ford employees to develop transportation devices that could be used in areas where your car might not be able to go. One of these devices was the Carr-E system, developed by Ford systems engineer Kilian Vas. It’s an innovative personal transportation system that fits easily into a car trunk and has multiple options for transportation.

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge

Carr-E can go 14 miles at up to 11 miles per hour. It moves about on four wheels and can be used to transport people or objects. It can even transport objects alone thanks to an electronic transmitter.

“When developing Carr-E,” said Vas, “I was inspired by Ford’s expansion into both an auto and a mobility company, but I’m also aware of how rapidly cities are growing and how getting around urban areas will become more complicated. I really wanted to create a device that makes commuting easier and more fun.”

Innovation is always around the corner, thanks to Ford!

 

Ford’s Last 35 Years – Celebrating Nick Nicholas Ford’s Anniversary!

Nick Nicholas Ford 35th anniversary - Inverness, Florida

We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the dealership and, to commemorate the date, we want to look back at Ford’s last 35 years. The last three decades haven’t been without their fair share of problems but we’re proud to say we powered through, just like the Ford F-150 would.

1981 Ford Escort

1981 Ford Escort – Photo taken by Kieran White

In 1981, the year the dealership was founded, the fifth-generation Ford Escort officially hit the market. The car shared components with the European model. As a result of the “world” car, Ford added an “Escort” badge over a glove. The Escort eventually became one of the best-selling models of the decade.

Just a few years later in 1985, Ford revolutionized the world of automotive design with the Taurus full-size sedan. The curving lines broke the box-car type bodies that most vehicles held at the time.

1990 brought the Ford Explorer, effectively spurring the launch of the SUV segment. The Explorer quickly out-classed standard station wagons and served as an excellent replacement for the Ford Bronco.

1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT

1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT – Photo by Sicnag

1996 brought innovation that predicted the rise of hybrid and electric vehicles. The Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle boasted features like regenerative braking, lead acid batteries, and a 700-pound payload.

2004 saw Ford brought the GT supercar to the road. The performance-driven model was inspired by the GT40 that ruled the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race in the 1960s.

In 2009, Ford revolutionized performance by offering turbocharged EcoBoost engines. Today, those engines are found in many models throughout Ford’s lineup.

Celebrate with us for the remainder of the year – it’s party time! With new 2017 models in stock already, we’re ready for a new year!

Which 2017 Ford Fusion Trim is the Best for You?

So, you’ve decided to buy a brand new car. You even know that you’d like to buy a 2017 Ford Fusion! The next question is: which trim level are you going to get?

If you don’t know a lot about cars, trims may seems like a minor detail when you’re purchasing. However, this is not the case at all. Trim levels determine different standard features that come with the vehicle. This means that each level is different, and comes with a different price tag.

Following is a very helpful infographic from The News Wheel about the different trim levels on the 2017 Ford Fusion:

2017 ford fusion trim level comparison infographic

This image shows three possible levels that you can choose from when buying a new Fusion. They look the same on the outside for the most part, but the details are what set them apart.

Price: There is a difference of more than $11,000 between all of these vehicles, but why? If you look at the engine type and features each holds, you can see where the difference lies.

Engine: If you’re not a car guru, engine may seem like an uninteresting factor. But when it comes down to it, the engine determines a lot about your vehicle. It will influence the fuel-efficiency of your car, as well as the power it can put out! We recommend test driving cars with different engines to get a feel for what they can do.

Features: This what most people look for in different trim levels. Here is where you will look for different technology, audio and safety features.

When purchasing or leasing a new vehicle, these are all great things to look for. If you’re in the market for a new Ford, visit Nick Nicholas Ford for great prices and customer service!

This Year, Celebrate Fall Car Care Month in Preparation of Winter

family dog fall - Fall Car Care Month

October brings jack-o-lanterns, falling leaves, cozy sweaters (for most of the country), and much more – including the perfect weather to focus on your car. In fact, October is Fall Car Care Month, a time designed to “bring attention to the importance of car care and preventative maintenance” by the Car Care Council.

So button up your flannel, put on your jeans, and park your car in the driveway. Here are various ways you can perform routine maintenance on your car at home, just in time for fall:

  • Check your tire pressure and tread, and depending on how snowy your area gets, consider switching to winter tires.
  • If it’s time to get your oil changed; do it! If you’re in between changes, consider making sure your oil is clean.
  • While you’re at it, check on your antifreeze. This is the time of the year when you will need it most.
  • Make sure that you have plenty of windshield wiper fluid to wipe away rain, leaves, and other fall debris.
  • Lastly, stock your car with an ice scraper, a shovel, and perhaps even an extra winter hat, just in case (though it’s not likely that you’ll need it, but it could happen!).

For more car care tips or to find out more about Fall Car Care Month, contact us or visit us anytime at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Hurricane Safety Tips

hurricane safety tips flood

Hurricanes can cause lasting, devastating damage to our coastal region. We want to be sure that you’re staying safe during these times with some facts and instructions.

Hazardous Activity

  • Flooding – with so much additional rain coming from these storms, you need to be aware of flooding hazards. It can happen quickly as the storms approach land, and can affect those living even hundreds of miles from the coast.
  • Rip Currents – added pressures, fronts and winds make the tides pull stronger. Watch out for warnings in weather alerts, as well as posted signs on the beaches.
  • Wind – it’s no news that hurricanes are made up of high-powered weather, and winds can damage buildings, trees and other property.

Tips

  • Cover windows – install storm windows on your home to reduce potential breakage
  • Listen to the news – be prepared to respond to officials. If ordered to evacuate, be ready to do so. They will not order you to leave unless the hurricane proposes a huge threat. If it does, it’s in your best interest to listen.

If there’s no call for evacuation, there are still some steps you can take in your home when the storm hits. Stay away from all windows and remain nearest to the middle of the building as you can. Stay calm throughout, and remember these hurricane safety tips.

2017 Ford Super Duty Test Drive Tour

The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty will be here at the end of this year. But before then, Ford is giving consumers an opportunity to take it for an early test drive before it arrives at most dealerships. Now through November 13th, there will be 29 2017 Ford Super Duty test drive events across the country.

2017 Ford Super Duty test drive event - Florida

Where and how can I drive one?

While there are, of course, numerous events in hardcore truck areas like Texas and rural areas, Ford didn’t forget about us here in Florida. From October 13th through the 16th, Ford will be at Biketoberfest in Ormond Beach with multiple trucks available to drive.

Head to SuperDutyDrive.com to register for the event and schedule a test drive. While registration is not required and you can participate just by going, if you do register, you are automatically entered to win a 2017 Ford Super Duty truck. If you actually attend the event, you will have 10x the chances to win.

At the event, Ford will have a variety of well-equipped Super Duty trucks, including F-250, F-350, and F-450 models in Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims. These trucks will feature both the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel.

Are you planning on attending the 2017 Ford Super Duty test drive event?