Ford Keeps Drivers Safe with Local Hazard Information

Earlier this year, Ford announced its new Local Hazard Information technology that will revolutionize how our vehicles communicate with one another — and how they keep us safe. The technology will initially debut this year in the Ford Puma in Europe, but Ford promises the technology will be available on 80 percent of its lineup, globally, by the end of 2020.

Ford Keeps Drivers Safe with Local Hazard Information | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

So what is Local Hazard Information? Quite simply, it is a way for a Ford model that encounters a hazard on the road, such as an accident, traffic jam, washout, or other unexpected obstacle, to warn vehicles farther back on the road about the dangers that lie ahead. The drivers have to do no work for this to happen — instead, the system will use information from hazard warning lights, windshield wipers, airbags, and more to notify vehicles farther back on the road. Drivers of those vehicles will then receive a notification about the upcoming hazard and can prepare for it, or exit the road and find a new route.

“What makes Local Hazard Information different is that it is the cars that are connected — via the Internet of Things,” remarked Joerg Beyer, executive director, Engineering, Ford of Europe. “There is no reliance on third-party apps. This is a significant step forward. Warnings are specific, relevant, and tailored to try to help improve your specific journey.”

Want to experience the latest Ford innovations? Come to Tropical Ford — our team will be delighted to show you the many ways a Ford vehicle can keep you safe on the road.

Delightful Dining Spots in Orlando

Delightful Dining Spots in Orlando | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Are you looking for a new place to grab a delicious meal with family and friends in the Orlando area? Orlando has plenty of great dining options on offer. Here are three of the most delightful dining spots in Orlando:

The Stubborn Mule: The Stubborn Mule is famous for its signature cocktails, especially its variations on the classic Moscow Mule. But the Stubborn Mule also boasts a delicious brunch menu, as well as scrumptious lunch and dinner options. The new American restaurant was started by two graduates of The Culinary Institute of America and relies on local farmers and fisheries to curate its menu.

Seito Sushi: This delicious sushi restaurant has been a rising star on the Orlando dining scene since it opened in 2020. Seito Sushi has two locations — Sand Lake and Baldwin Park — each offering award-winning sushi, as well as contemporary pan-Asian cuisine.

Santiago’s Bodega: Tapas are just the start at Santiago’s Bodega. The restaurant is known for its fine wines and sangria, as well as small plate meals for sharing and its delectable desserts. In addition to the Orlando location, you can find Santiago’s Bodega in Key West and Altamonte Springs.

At Tropical Ford, we’re delighted to be a part of Orlando’s vibrant community.

Here’s What the Limited FX4 Package Adds to the 2020 Ford Expedition

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Just when you thought the 2020 Ford Expedition couldn’t get any better, the brand decided to add the Limited FX4 Off-Road Package. Much like the package by the same name on the Ford Ranger, the latest Expedition FX4 bundle will come with off-road features such as Terrain Management, tuned shocks, skid plates, and other rough-and-tumble features.

The Expedition Limited FX4 is rugged, and it’s perfectly designed for your next adventure. The Expedition seats seven people comfortably — which means you can bring plenty of friends along — while the 32-inch all-terrain tires grip virtually any type of terrain you’re bound to encounter. Paired with a smart suspension, underbody protection, and a limited-slip differential, the Expedition will let you leave the beaten path with greater ease.

“There’s a growing trend in people looking to enjoy rugged terrain without having to give up the refinement, comfort or convenience of getting there,” said Devin McParlane, Ford Expedition consumer marketing manager.

The Terrain Management System adds even more off-road potential by selecting the proper power transfer, engine control, and gear ratios for the type of environment in which you’re driving. The Expedition can also tow up to 9,200 pounds and can easily haul all of your camping, hunting, and fishing gear with the spacious interior and foldable seats.

Looking for an off-road adventure machine? Look no further than the 2020 Ford Expedition, available at Tropical Ford.

Drive Safely with the 2020 Ford Escape

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The 2020 Ford Escape was recently named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which means the Escape is an ideal SUV for families. Offering exceptional protection, the 2020 model scored well in both crashworthiness and collision mitigation categories of crash testing.

The all-new Escape comes with a standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety suite, which includes Pre-Collision Assist and Automatic Emergency Braking. These technologies use sensors to detect potential car accidents and apply the brakes if necessary. During IIHS testing, for instance, the Escape avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph — earning the vehicle a Superior rating.

To earn the Top Safety Pick award, the Escape scored “Good” in all six aspects of the crash tests, including driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint, and passenger-side small overlap front tests.

What else is distinct about the Ford Escape’s safety features? The Escape Titanium comes with LED reflector headlights to optimize visibility, and the model scored exceptionally well when it came to child seat anchors. You’ll also find a Blind Spot Information System to monitor hard-to-see areas, available Active Park Assist to make parking easier than ever, and available Adaptive Cruise Control to keep you at a safe following distance.

Test drive the Escape at Tropical Ford today to learn more about its advanced safety systems.

Ford Unveils STEAM Machine Transit XL for National STEAM Day

Students in Classroom | Ford Unveils STEAM Machine Transit XL for National STEAM Day | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

Ford has built cars for the American people for over a century because they assembled the brightest minds of the times to design, engineer, and craft all their vehicles. The automaker realizes the importance of cultivating a love of education among all children, so they can take the industry into a bright future. That’s why Ford built the STEAM Machine Transit XL, a mobile science lab, to appeal to younger generations and spread a passion for science and discovery.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. National STEAM Day is a time to honor those fields and stoke interest in them among youngsters. The day in 2019 saw the unveiling of Ford’s science lab on wheels, the STEAM Machine Transit XL, at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Ford partnered with the museum to give everyone free access for the day, meaning all people had an equal shot at enjoying the numerous educational activities happening throughout the day. Children played engaging games tha implicitly taught them laws of kinetic energy and motion.

Dr. Kate Biberdorf, known as Kate the Chemist, performed at the event and lauded the STEAM Machine Transit XL, saying, “[Ford’s] STEAM Machine allows kids to experience science in such a fun way- they don’t even realize they are learning!”

If you’ve got a growing family, we’ll help you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. Just bring your family to Tropical Ford.

Meet the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer

Ford F-750 EarthRoamer

Ford makes a massive variety of vehicles, from the fuel-efficient Escape to the burly F-350 pickup truck. The automaker recently expanded its portfolio by creating the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer XV-HD, a four-wheel-drive F-750 chassis that supports a tiny home capable of sleeping six people. If you want to go on expeditions with your family without relying on a bulky RV with no off-road capabilities, the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer XV-HD is calling your name.

Besides containing sleeping room for six, the F-750 EarthRoamer boasts a bathroom with a shower, another bathroom with a toilet, a fully functional kitchen, a dining area, and a bed lofted above the cabin.

A 6.7-liter Powerstroke engine generates 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of torque. Plus, the EarthRoamer XV-HD ensures a smooth ride with massive 46-inch wheels, rear air suspension with shocks, hydraulic leveling, and LED lights, just to make sure other drivers can spot your house on wheels.

Tyler Tatro is the President and Chief Operating Officer of EarthRoamer and his words reflect the buzz and enthusiasm surrounding the revolutionary vehicle. “The HD is our most innovative product yet,” he stated. “It utilizes state-of-the-art construction and systems to bring comfort and functionality to the next level.”

While no dealership offers the F-750 EarthRoamer yet, Tropical Ford offers a massive selection of Ford models. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Ford for your lifestyle.

How to Log Your Business Miles

If you own a small business and regularly put miles on your vehicle for business purposes — or even if you are an employee at someone else’s business and use your vehicle for regular business trips — you should be claiming those miles on your tax returns. But you must be able to prove every mile driven to the IRS, or else you’ll face potential hefty penalties.

Should you take the deduction for business mileage on your taxes, be ready to prove your mileage in the event of an audit. The IRS accepts proof in two forms: a daily log kept by you, as long as it has lots of information, or a mileage app that does the admin work for you.

If you’re creating a log of your business mileage, keep a journal in your car and immediately log each trip after the drive. You will need to include the date, your odometer reading at the start and end of the journey, along with the number of miles you’ve driven, and the business reason for the trip. It is also helpful to include the starting address and the destination address.

If you would rather rely on your smartphone, you can download one of several business apps for such a purpose. Many apps even let you log your personal and business miles separately. At Tropical Ford, you can find a massive selection of fleet vehicles to suit all of your small business needs.

Design Your Own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 with This Online Configurator

Have you been dreaming of driving your own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500? The time has come to make that dream more tangible by configuring your ideal model using the new GT500 configurator launched on Ford’s site.

By using the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 configurator online, you’ll be able to play around with different design elements, like color and stripes, as well as tack on different packages. You’ll then get the price for the specific Mustang you’ve designed.

For 2020, the colors include Ford Performance Blue, Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Oxford White, Race Red, Rapid Red, Shadow Black, Twister Orange, and Velocity Blue. Rapid Red and Twister Orange come at additional costs. You can also add a painted black roof and/or tape side stripes in either Ebony, Kona Blue, or Bright White. For an additional fee, you can get racing stripes in either Kona Blue, Oxford White, or Absolute Black.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is available with a few packages: the Carbon Fiber Track Pack adds multiple exposed carbon fiber elements and gets ride of the rear seat; the Handling Pack, which can’t be purchased alongside the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, adds a couple of features, including the Gurney flap rear spoiler. For advanced interior tech, go with the Technology Package.

Want to see the 2020 Mustang in real life? Take it for a test drive at Tropical Ford.

Ford Super Duty Boasts Best-in-Class Figures

Ford Super Duty Boasts Best-in-Class Figures | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

The 2020 Ford Super Duty won’t arrive at Tropical Ford until the end of this year, but already it’s making waves in the news with its unbelievable number of best-in-class accolades for its three engine options.

The standard 6.2-liter gas V8, for example, delivers best-in-class max payload capacity at 7,850 pounds.

Need more power? Go with the new 7.3-liter gas V8 engine, which pumps out best-in-class 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, another best-in-class figure.

But the most impressive performance stats come from the available 6.7-liter Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel engine. This engine achieves best-in-class diesel gooseneck towing at 37,000 pounds, best-in-class diesel fifth-wheel towing at 32,500 pounds, and best-in-class diesel conventional towing at 24,200 pounds. It also cranks out best-in-class horsepower and torque — 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft respectively.

But that’s not all. Ford also promises that the new 2020 Ford Super Duty truck lineup will also offer best-in-class water fording capability thanks to the Tremor Off-Road Package.

“Ford truck customers are building a better world with Super Duty, and we’re helping them work even harder with the most available diesel towing, payload, torque, and power you can get in a heavy-duty pickup,” explained Mike Pruitt, Super Duty chief engineer. “We’re excited to be in the nation’s largest truck market at the State Fair of Texas announcing we’ve surpassed the kilotorque barrier and made it standard with every pickup truck featuring a Power Stroke diesel engine.”

Want to experience the raw power of the Super Duty? Check out this powerhouse of a truck at Tropical Ford.

Family-Friendly Games to Play at Thanksgiving

Family-Friendly Games to Play at Thanksgiving | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

A game of two-hand touch football outback after everyone has digested their meals is the traditional way to have some fun at Thanksgiving, but not everyone is crazy about playing football, especially after eating a massive dinner. Here are some fun games to play this Thanksgiving that the whole family will love:

  • Pin the Feather on the Turkey: Get crafty with construction paper to make a beautiful Thanksgiving turkey — only missing its feathers. Following the rules of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, let the little ones attempt to return the feathers to the turkey in time for the holidays.
  • Thanksgiving Mad Libs: Remember how fun it is to play Mad Libs, filling in the blanks with silly words to create a story? Consider creating your own story with missing nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, then letting everyone suggest words to complete the story. Then read it aloud.
  • Thanksgiving Relay Course: Set up space in the backyard for a fun relay course, breaking into separate teams. Sample legs for the relay could include a pumpkin roll, a sack race, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and a corn shucking race. Whichever team finishes all their legs of the relay course first, wins!

These are just a few ideas to help keep the kids entertained while dinner is in the oven. At Tropical Ford, we’re excited to ring in the holidays with our local community.