Improved Ford Focus Backseat Space Makes It Even More Family-Friendly

The Ford Focus is a versatile compact car, offering both hatchback and sedan styles and plenty of room inside despite its petite size. But with the new generation of Focus, Ford has made this popular car even more family-friendly by adding extra room to the backseat.

The Ford Focus backseat space will increase significantly with the new model. Backseat passengers can enjoy  an additional 1.97 inches of knee room and 2.4 inches of shoulder room.

But Ford didn’t just want more seat space. The company also wanted the Focus to feel more open and comfortable, which is why the new Focus will have wider side windows with that stretch further backward. It will also offer an available panoramic sunroof, to open up the cabin to the outdoors.

The improved rear space in the Focus is only one of the changes introduced in the new generation of Focus. The brand has restyled the 2019 Focus with a sleeker, more fluid exterior, as well as modern LED lighting and a new grille.

The manufacturer has also revamped the interior of the Focus. The cabin boasts a revised infotainment system and cleaner, more streamlined dashboard thanks to a new screen design. Next-generation Ford SYNC with smartphone connectivity completes the package, making the Focus modern, comfortable, and stylish both inside and out.

Stop by Tropical Ford to test-drive the 2019 Focus for yourself.

Drive Your New Ford to Hunsader Farms

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Just because fall is here and school and work are back in full swing, that doesn’t mean you have to give up fun road trips. One of the most charming destinations to visit with your kids is Hunsader Farms, a pumpkin farm right in the heart of Bradenton.

Located about an hour south of Tampa, Hunsader Farms is the perfect place for a weekend day trip with the family in your new Ford vehicle. Hunsader Farms opens at the end of September and celebrates its 27th year this year with all kinds of special events throughout the season in addition to regular pumpkin patch visits.

The biggest Hunsader Farms activity is the Pumpkin Festival, which will take place over three weekends in October: the 13th and 14th, 20th and 21st, and 27th and 28th. The festival features a craft show, live music, games, hayrides and pony rides, a corn maze, and tons of food from homemade ice cream to pumpkin pie.

No matter when you visit Hunsader Farms, though, whether it’s during fall or not, this idyllic farm has fresh fruit to pick and delicious food to try. Use fresh pumpkin, squash, and more for pumpkin carving and fall-themed dishes, visit the farmers market for all kinds of fresh produce, or pick your own year-round.

For more sites to explore in the Bradenton area, contact us at Tropical Ford.

Ford Holds Ranger Raptor Debut at Gamescom

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Ford is full of surprises — and the automaker is proving it with the reveal of the new Ford Ranger Raptor at a surprising venue: Gamescom, Europe’s largest video game convention.

Gamescom is a huge celebration in Cologne, Germany, and the perfect opportunity for major debuts. Although it’s primarily dedicated to celebrating the latest video games, Gamescom’s 350,000+ visitors make it a great place to give the new Ranger Raptor lots of attention.

There’s a specific reason why Ford chose the Ranger Raptor debut for Gamescom 2018: the new truck will appear in the newest Forza Horizon release, set to roll out October 2. Between two Ranger Raptor models at Ford’s booth, the automaker also invited visitors to experience its 4D racing simulator and eight immersive gaming pods.

“Since the Ford GT graced the cover of Forza Motorsport 6 in 2015, millions of gamers have driven Ford performance cars on Forza’s virtual roads, experiencing these impressive cars at their limits in Forza’s world-class simulation engine,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director of the Forza Racing Franchise “Almost 700,000 unique Forza drivers already added the F-150 Raptor to their virtual garage, and there’s little doubt the Ranger Raptor will be just as coveted.”

We at Tropical Ford are excited to see the Ford Ranger Raptor finally debut publically, and can’t wait for it to arrive at our showroom. Contact us if you’d like to receive notice once the rugged truck becomes available.

Take Your Ford to Get the World’s Best Donut

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If you’re looking for your next food adventure in your Ford, the perfect place to go is the Dandee Donut Factory, home of the world’s best donut.

Dandee has been around since the 80s — and it’s been satisfying donut cravings ever since. No matter what kind of donut you’re in the mood for, you can get it here. That’s because Dandee Donut Factory has over 50 varieties of donuts.

All of these donuts are delicious and some are unlike any you’ve tried before. The folks at Dandee only use high-quality ingredients to ensure that every bite is irresistible. The shop makes each donut from scratch, so that means you get a unique donut, fresh out of the oven, each time you place an order.

If you have a long commute, stop by Dandee for a donut (or six…) and some coffee. The venue offers both iced and hot beverages, depending on your preference.

Dandee Donut Factory has three different locations — Hollywood, Pompano Beach, and Deerfield Beach — with the latter two being open 24 hours, 7 days a week! Visit one of these joints to have an impromptu donut picnic in the bed of your Ford F-150, or in the front seat of your Ford Focus.

For more dining suggestions in the Orlando area, contact us at Tropical Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend other favorite locations.

Pothole Detection Technology Coming to New Ford Focus

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Potholes can feel like the unavoidable bane of any driver’s existence — they’re easy to find and hard to miss. But a new pothole detection technology might change that. The new Ford Focus will spotlight this new technology that will minimize the damage that a pothole might cause.

The new Ford Focus will feature a new advanced suspension technology that will adjust to potholes when the system detects them. This technology comes with the Ford Focus’ Continuously Controlled Damping system. The pothole detection technology was tested on the ultimate pothole challenge — a test road at Ford’s Belgium test facility which is built with extreme potholes and other hazards on the road. If the pothole technology succeeded on this challenge, it’s sure to make a big difference when used on the average road.

The 2019 Ford Focus compact car should go on sale sometime in 2019. The brand will likely offer it as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. In addition to its advanced pothole detection technology, it boasts an attractive new design, a more spacious interior, and additional driver-assist technologies.

For more information about this creative Ford contribution to driving safety, contact us at Tropical Ford.

The Ultimate Florida Road Trip Destination

Florida road trip destination | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FLIf you’re living near Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, you may have been busy this summer taking weekend trips to the beach or spending days at Disney World or Universal Orlando. Extend the fun this season when you pack up your Ford for a family road trip. If you’re looking for a unique destination, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale.

This museum offers Summer Sea Turtle Walks where visitors of all ages can get an amazing look at the life of sea turtles. Each year between spring and fall, sea turtles come out of the ocean to build nests on the beaches of Florida. Here they lay eggs at night time and return to the ocean while the eggs remain protected in the nests for an incubation period. Once the eggs have hatched, the baby sea turtles journey from their nests to the ocean.

The Summer Sea Turtle Walks at the Museum of Discovery begin in the evenings with a presentation on the life of sea turtles. From there, visitors are lead for a night walk on the beach by expert guides who will show the nesting grounds of sea turtles. Often times these walks feature breathtaking sea turtle sightings, but even when they don’t this unique Florida activity is worth the day trip.

For more road trip destinations to explore in Florida, contact us at Tropical Ford.

Ford Working on Technology to Make Motorcyclists Safer

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Thanks to our beautiful weather, we get motorcyclists all year round here in Florida. Unfortunately, all across the United States, motorcyclists die in collisions with other vehicles. In fact, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. Ford is working on a new technology that could help make motorcyclists safer.

This technology, which is not in official production, would add a safety measure to vehicles that would help them detect lane-splitting motorcycles. Lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic, it is also called white-lining. This maneuver can be dangerous and is illegal in Florida along with many other states. It is, however, legal in California, and not specifically outlawed in 12 other states.

Autoblog discovered a patent filed by Ford titled, “Detection of Lane-Splitting Motorcycles.” This technology would use a camera and sensor system to look out for motorcyclists and would warn the driver if it detects any lane-splitting riders.

This technology would be relatively easy to incorporate into the modern Ford lineup since it utilizes existing sensor technology that is already present in many models. It would also help drivers who aren’t usually on the lookout for motorcycles riding up between by warning them of their presence.

For more news about Ford developments, contact us at Tropical Ford. You can also stop by to test drive our latest models.

What’s Happening with the Ford Mustang Hybrid?

Ford Mustang Hybrid | Tropical Ford BlogModern hybrids are often more powerful than their gasoline-only counterparts, thanks to the additional torque gained from the electric motors. This benefit is why Ford is planning to release a 2020 Ford Mustang Hybrid.

While we don’t know much about this planned Mustang hybrid, it is fun to imagine the power you could get from the combination of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a pair of electric motors. With this powertrain blend, we will likely see an output of at least 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

It is possible that Ford will utilize the same hybrid technology it is planning for the next-generation Ford Focus RS. Industry reports indicate that the Focus RS Hybrid will use a 48-volt starter system that will boost its output to around 400 horsepower and cut about 0.4 seconds off of its current 0-60 mph time.

Along with its improved output, the Mustang Hybrid should see a boost in efficiency, too. While fuel economy isn’t expected to go up significantly, it should at least boast a better rating than the gasoline-only models.

Stop by Tropical Ford to find out more information about the upcoming 2020 Mustang Hybrid. You can also take your favorite Ford model for a test drive.

2019 Ford Fusion Debuts All-New Ford Co-Pilot360

This March, Ford announced the all-new Ford Co-Pilot360: a suite of standard, advanced safety features and driver-assist technologies. In the advent of intelligent safety technology within the auto industry, Ford has once again proven itself as a top competitor. In fact, Ford Co-Pilot360 is the most advanced safety suite of all full-line North American brands, and it will come standard across Ford vehicles within the next couple of years. The new 2019 Ford Fusion marks the global debut of this state-of-the-art suite which offers drivers a wide range of protection while on the road.

2019 Ford Fusion - InteriorThe 2019 Ford Fusion is impressive in more ways than one, but no one can deny that the Ford Co-Pilot360 is one of its most exciting standard features. Every trim level will feature this technology, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping system, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lights. All of these features contribute to a more comfortable, confident driving experience that you can trust. For instance, the blind spot information system will actively monitor your blind spots and alert you if there are vehicles on either side of your car. The automatic emergency braking system monitors the path ahead of you and automatically applies the brake if it detects a vehicle or pedestrian, helping you to avoid front-end collisions.

Stop by Tropical Ford later this year, to test drive the 2019 Ford Fusion when it arrives on our lot.

All-New Expedition, First-Ever EcoSport Satisfy Ford SUV Demand

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Over the past few decades, SUVs have been taking over the family-friendly vehicle segment. Rather than turning towards minivans, many consumers are instead looking for more stylish alternatives — and because of this, Ford SUV demand is high.

With this demand continuing to grow, Tropical Ford is pleased to announce that two new vehicles will be coming to our showroom — the all-new full-size Expedition and the first-ever subcompact EcoSport.

These two new vehicles will act as bookends for the American carmaker’s leading SUV lineup. In the past six years alone, Ford has seen its SUV sales increase by 28%, and it doesn’t look like these are going to change any time soon.

“SUVs are hot, and we’ve brought two new ones to the fold that cater to two completely different sets of people,” said Michael O’Brien, Ford SUV Marking Manager. “Whether you’re downsizing but still want SUV capability, or looking for more space for your growing family, the Ford lineup has you covered.”

Ford has introduced the new Expedition to appeal to the oldest Millennials, who are considered the largest demographic of three-row SUV buyers. The Eco-Sport, on the other hand, is looking to appeal to Baby Boomers, who are beginning to look to downsize their current vehicles.

We at Tropical Ford can’t wait to get these incredible new vehicles on our lot!