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!

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas on a Budget

Valentine's Day Date Ideas - Tropical Ford BlogValentine’s Day is generally the time for a major romantic gesture, but not everyone has the budget for it. Fortunately, the most romantic day of the year doesn’t require a bundle of cash. Check out these thoughtful Valentine’s Day date ideas that won’t break the bank.

Leave Messages around the House

Find an inexpensive pack of Valentine’s Day cards and write a custom message on each one. Once you’re done, leave them around the house for your loved one to find over the next few days (or weeks, depending on how many you make). If you waited until the last minute, writing your messages on sticky notes will do in a pinch.

Picnic in the Park

Of all the classic Valentine’s Day date ideas to ever make their way to the mainstream, a picnic in the park has to be one of the most affordable. All you need is a blanket, basket, and some food. Simple snacks will do just fine if you plan on going in the midafternoon. Bonus: if you go in the evening, you can watch the sunset with your loved one.

Make a Treasure Hunt

Set your loved one on a treasure hunt. Leave notes and clues around the house, work, or in the car. Have the trail lead to a special, but affordable, present.

If you need a new ride to make your Valentine’s Day date even more special, visit us at Tropical Ford.

Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid Van Provides Businesses with Clean and Efficient Option

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Ford is making good on its promise to deliver affordable and highly capable electric vehicles (EVs) to drivers and businesses with the debut of the all-new Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The impressive and efficient commercial van debuted recently at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2017 event, and businesses looking for an affordable, efficient, and clean fleet vehicle are rightfully excited.

Slated to roll out in volume in 2019, the Ford Transit PHEV features an advanced hybrid system capable of emission-free driving for up to 31+ miles. The new Transit will also be equipped with the award-winning Ford EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine to extend its driving range.

With the release of the Transit PHEV, Ford will be the only automaker to offer such technology in a commercial van. The van will offer, for the first time, unbeatable fuel-efficiency for urban-operating businesses that rely on fleet vehicles for a variety of transit needs.

The new Transit PHEV signals that Ford is ready to remain a top automaker as electric vehicles become increasingly in-demand, which is great news for drivers, as they can continue to count on unstoppable Ford performance without sacrificing cutting-edge efficiency.

Come into Tropical Ford to learn more about the upcoming Ford Transit PHEV van and discover a better way for your business to get around.

Ford to Bring Connected Commercial Vehicle Services to the Road

Connected Commercial Vehicle Sales - Tropical Ford BlogBusiness owners who want to stay connected with their employees on the road won’t have to wait long. Ford is partnering with Telogis to provide employers with a convenient way to track and optimize their fleet vehicles. The connected commercial vehicle services will be available on models equipped with the Ford SYNC® Connect infotainment system.

The Telogis-provided service will be available first in 2018 Ford F-150 models equipped with SYNC® Connect. From there, companies simply need to link their vehicles to an existing Ford Telematics or Telogis account.

Ford’s connected commercial vehicle services will allow companies to monitor and optimize its fleets and, by extension, workers. Through the Ford SYNC® Connect system, companies can keep track of vehicle location, navigation, route planning, and driver behavior.

“The addition of connectivity in Ford commercial vehicles provides value for customers that goes way beyond owning a great truck,” said Susan Heystee, VP of worldwide OEM sales, Telogis.

The Telogis Mobile Resource Management software will begin its roll out with the 2018 F-150. Other commercial vehicles, like the Ford Transit Connect, will follow soon after.

We at Tropical Ford are happy to see Ford offering new ways for business owners to optimize their fleets.

 

2018 F-150 Awards Now Include Top Honors at TAWA Truck Rodeo

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The 2018 F-150 awards are coming in left and right, including the recent Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) award. Scoring top marks at the Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the TAWA, the new F-150 impressed judges with its competitive design and precision-tuned EcoBoost® engine options. The F-150 Raptor also took first place in the Off-Road Pickup Truck category.

According to Ford, the TAWA panel at the Truck Rodeo consists of more than 70 journalists who are experts in the auto industry, all of whom test pickups for more than 300 hours. Believe it or not, the Ford F-Series has won 14 other times throughout the history of the TAWA awards.

“With the new 2018 F-150, we’re honored to earn back-to-back Truck of Texas awards for F-Series, a recognition that speaks to the truck team’s dedication to our hardworking customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president, North America. “That’s especially true in Texas—truck capital of the world.”

The new F-150 has new features like an Auto Start-Stop feature for all engines, which helps to preserve gas, and an all-new 3.3-liter V6 option. The Raptor is built for off-road trails, offering a high-output engine, a Terrain Management System™, BF Goodrich KO2 tires, and upgraded FOX shocks. You can test the new F-150 and the F-150 Raptor at Tropical Ford today.