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?

F-450 Towing Capacity Gets Boost for 2017

When it comes to pickup trucks, one of the defining features of the class is strength. Competitors are always striving to outdo each other when it comes to toughness and capability. That’s why it’s so significant that Ford has claimed bragging rights for having the truck with the highest towing capacity in the entire pickup truck market in its lineup. For 2017, F-450 towing capacity gets a big boost, putting it a step above competing nameplates.

2016 Ford F-450 towing capacity

Model Overview

The Ford F-450 Super Duty is the largest truck in Ford’s best-selling F-Series family of pickups. The 2016 model had a towing capacity of 31,200 pounds. The upcoming 2017 model? Advances in design and engineering give the latest F-450 a power boost of 1,300 pounds, bringing its maximum towing capacity to 32,500 pounds total. The former segment champ, the Ram 3500, falls behind the F-450 with its 31,210-pound towing capacity.

This incredible stride forward in towing capacity is the result of two changes to the design and powertrain. One, the hitch is connected to the middle of truck’s cargo box. Two, the F-450 now hides a 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine that cranks out 925 lb-ft of torque under its hood. With those improvements, F-450 towing capacity was able to rocket past competitors to the top.

Check out the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party

Looking for something to do in downtown Inverness, Florida? With August just about here, you might be starting to feel some of that late-summer boredom where you’re just not sure what to do. If going for a swim has gotten boring, mark the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party on your calendar. Coming up on August 6th, it’s sure to give you and your loved ones and fun night of music, food, and entertainment downtown.
live music - Pine Street Jam

What are the event details?

The party takes place on a Saturday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Pine Street and Old Main Street. Wander down the sidewalk and view sights such as street performers, an ugly Hawaiian shirt contest, and a Jimmy Buffet tribute band known as The Caribbean Chillers. Enjoy special deals at local pubs and restaurants and go on a selfie scavenger hunt. There is something for everyone at the Pine Street Jam!

Remember to leave coolers and pets at home for this event. There will be food and drinks onsite, alongside any of the many entertaining shows, performers, games, and more. However, the kids can have a blast too at the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party’s Kid Zone. Don’t forget to take part in this annual event in historic downtown Inverness.

Check Out These Tricks to Keep Your Car Cool During the Summer Months

You know that stuffy, suffocating feeling inside your car, whenever you return to it after a long day of work, a few hours at the mall, or even a quick trip into the store? The summer months can truly make your car seem unbearable. If there’s anything that you can do to keep your car cool, you should take advantage of the options.

Ford Explorer - Tricks to Keep Your Car Cool

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your car cool:

  • Get a sunshade or visor, and always use it when you leave the car. You will be shocked by how much of a difference it makes.
  • Try to park in a garage or at least under the shade of a tree. The tiniest bit of shade will reduce some of the heat.
  • If you’re comfortable with it, leave your car with the windows cracked – just a tiny bit. The car will not be as stuffy when you return.
  • Lastly, if leather seats or a leather steering wheel are burning you, place a blanket or towel over them while you are gone. They won’t be as hot!

For more ideas, or to spend your season with a new set of wheels, contact us or visit us anytime at Nick Nicholas Ford.

2017 Ford F-150 to Get New, Powerful Ford EcoBoost V6 Engine

Ford is an automaker known for putting powerful engines into powerful cars – such as the beloved Ford F-150 lineup. Now, one of their most popular engines is getting a huge upgrade.

Model Overview

The 2017 Ford F-150 will be fueled by the new Ford EcoBoost V6 engine. This truck is slated to be the best in its class and to even rival the strength of many diesel engines and V8 engines. It will also make the new Ford F-150 one of the most formidable trucks on the road.2017 Ford F-150 - Ford EcoBoost V6 Engine

The new engine also releases up to 470 lb-ft of torque. This is an improvement of 50 lb-ft over its predecessor – an enormous change from one model to the next. In addition, the F-series trucks are already best-selling vehicles, and this update just makes them greater!

Want to learn more about the upcoming 2017 Ford F-150 and all the new technology that Ford has in store? Visit us anytime at Nick Nicholas Ford for more information and new and used inventory!

Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid Ups Range to 610 Miles!

“Range anxiety” is a term that has begun to crop up regularly among automakers interested in pursuing the concept of zero- and low-emissions vehicles. Many electric vehicles lack the technology to maintain a charge for more than 100 or so miles, which simply isn’t a realistic figure for many drivers with long commutes or busy lives. However, plug-in hybrids seem to be the answer to the problem for now, and Ford is pursuing this angle head-on with the new 2017 Fusion Energi hybrid.

Though it is a hybrid as opposed to a pure EV, the Fusion Energi’s current iteration has a range of about 550 miles on a full tank and charge. The combination of an electric motor with a gasoline engine allows the hybrid to use both energy sources in tandem to last longer on the road while producing fewer emissions. Now, the upcoming 2017 Fusion Energi gets a 60-mile range boost, upping the Fusion Energi’s range to 610 miles. That’s an EPA rating of 41 mpg in the city, 43 on the highway, and 42 combined. Plug-in hybrids like the Fusion Energi also allow drivers to run on just electric for up to 21 miles, switching to the gas engine when the charge runs out.

2016 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid

Wade Jackson of the Ford Fusion’s marketing department used well-known locations to put the Fusion Energi’s range in perspective, saying, “Fusion Energi — with a full battery and a full tank of gas — can go from San Diego, through Los Angeles and all the way up to San Francisco, and still have up to 110 mile of range remaining.”

The 2017 Fusion Energi hybrid achieved this kind of range through improvements to its software, as well as enhanced regenerative braking, which allows for the generation of electricity when the brakes are applied. The hybrid is preparing to launch right now, with a starting price of $33,995 and three trim levels.

Celebrate the Inverness Patriotic Evening at Lake Henderson

Fireworks - July 4th - Inverness Patriotic Evening

Can’t believe it’s already June? Soon it’ll be July, and in Inverness, July always starts off with a bang thanks to the local Independence Day celebration. It’s not too early to start making plans for the whole family to attend the Inverness Patriotic Evening event in Liberty Park, where a professional fireworks display will be arranged over scenic Lake Henderson for a summer evening filled with wonder and excitement.

The day is Sunday, July 3rd, the night before the Fourth of July. The time will go from 5pm to 10pm, when visitors are encouraged to come to Liberty Park at 286 North Apopka Avenue. The display will also be visible from Wallace Brooks Park at 328 East Dampier Street. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted, but no tents, canopies, umbrellas, coolers, or personal fireworks will be allowed on the premises.

In addition to the fireworks show, the event will offer visitors live music and entertainment, as well as local food vendors. The display itself will begin at 9:00 PM and continue until the event concludes an hour later.

The best part is that general admission to the Inverness Patriotic Evening event is entirely free. Guests are encouraged to bring their friends and families to enjoy this dazzling once-a-year event with great food, fun music, big crowds, and beautiful fireworks celebrating the birth of our nation. Don’t forget to bring the bug spray so you can enjoy your night in the park watching fireworks over the lake worry-free.

Visit Florida – Your Best Vacation!

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What is there to do in Florida? No matter if you’re here for a week or here to stay, our state has some of the best attractions and adventures that this country has to offer. Our fantastic climate makes for a great trip year round, so you can just about always count on the weather being great!

Whether you are ready for the most exciting adventure or you prefer a more relaxing vacation, Florida is for you. We have everything from scuba diving to horseback riding and racing to classic beach days. No matter your age or activity level, visit Florida – you won’t be disappointed!

Carnivals happen weekly around the state with varying themes – Haunted Pirate Fest, ArtiGras Fine Art Festival, Carnival Weekend at Jellystone FL and more! Golfing is also a great pastime here in Florida – we watch it and play it! Many tournaments and championships are played in our state because our courses are so beautiful.

Your trip is what you make it, and Florida comes packed with the most fun that you can imagine! Thanks to Visit Florida for these great videos! For more information you can visit their website, and subscribe to their YouTube channel for more videos.

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How Regenerative Braking Works in Hybrid Cars

2016 Ford C-Max -  regenerative braking

Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles have a nifty bit of technology called regenerative braking, which is a kind of braking system that charges electric motors when the brakes are engaged. How regenerative braking works is an interesting process that makes this feature an important part of what makes hybrids and EVs work.

In a normal braking system, the kinetic energy of your moving car and the energy produced when the brake pads rub against each other turns into heat when the brakes are engaged and dissipates, wasted. This is why cars get better gas mileage on the freeway than in the city.

However, in cars with regenerative braking, stop and go city traffic actually becomes an asset. This is because regenerative braking, rather than letting the kinetic energy turn to heat and leave, catches the kinetic energy and feeds it back into the battery to recharge it. This is especially important in PHEVs and EVs, since they need regenerative brakes to last longer on the road. For hybrids, it simply influences the amount of fuel used because less energy is wasted.

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Your Summer Playlist: 10 Must-Have Songs

beach - summer playlist

You really can’t go to the beach without a great playlist. You need songs that are relaxing mixed with upbeat, exciting songs. I am a firm believer that every playlist should include at least one Jimmy Buffet song, and the Beach Boys are a given. Mixed in are also some top hits from this year to keep you going. Here are 10 songs that should be go-tos on you summer playlist:

  • Wipeout – The Surfaris
  • Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • Some Beach – Blake Shelton
  • Worth It – Fifth Harmony
  • Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  • Cool for the Summer – Demi Lovato
  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
  • Sugar – Robin Schultz feat. Francesco Yates
  • Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet

No matter what beach you frequent this year, these will make a great start to an awesome drive. Get ready to have your head in the clouds and your toes in the sand once again! Let us know what other songs you would add below!