Ford Bronco Earns Award from Popular Science

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The new 2021 Ford Bronco is gaining recognition for its exciting capabilities, earning a spot on Popular Science’s Best of What’s New 2020 list. PopSci gave out 100 awards across 10 categories to some of the top innovations of the year, including AI-powered Virtual Visor and Bosch’s self-tinting. On the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport, that top innovation happens to be the new G.O.A.T. Modes.

The G.O.A.T. Modes pair with the Bronco’s Terrain Management System™ to offer some modes to assist with off-road explorations, such as Mud/Ruts, Slippery, and Rock Crawl. The rugged capability of the Ford Bronco makes it an extreme competitor for tough terrains. The 2021 Ford Bronco is also equipped with a class-exclusive seven-speed manual that assists with its handling and capability.

With a spirit that lives up to its tagline, Built Wild, the 2021 Ford Bronco enhances the rugged lifestyle experience for outdoor enthusiasts. The 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are perfect for adventurous families, delivering impressive off-road performance thanks to standard 4×4 capabilities and powerful engines. The Ford-exclusive G.O.A.T. Modes give Bronco drivers the ability to navigate and conquer any terrain, which is why this innovative system deserves the recognition it earned from PopSci.

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Ford Wins 2020 WEC Gold Medal Award for Sustainability

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The World Environmental Center awarded the Ford Motor Company with the 2020 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. With this achievement that recognizes Ford’s commitment to sustainability and addressing environmental issues, Ford becomes the first automaker to receive the WEC Gold Medal in the 36 years it’s existed.

Michigan congresswoman Debbie Dingell presented WEC’s Gold Medal to Ford during a virtual ceremony on December 15. Ford CEO Jim Farley and Chief Sustainability, Environment, and Safety Officer Bob Hollycross accepted the award that recognized Ford’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

In his pre-recorded acceptance speech, Farley highlighted ways that Ford has taken the lead in environmental areas, such as meeting California’s emissions standards and keeping within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement. Ford also revealed its plans to be carbon neutral by 2050 in its annual Sustainability Report released in the spring. The eco-friendly automaker plans to eliminate the use of single-use plastics and move manufacturing to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

The WEC Gold Medal is not the first green medal Ford has received. The automaker was recently recognized by CDP for its commitment to water conservation and fighting climate change, earning its sixth straight spot on the A-List for water security and second straight A-List honor for climate change. Looking for an eco-friendly daily driver? Consider the new Ford Escape, which offers a hybrid powertrain. You can find this efficient, sporty ride at Tropical Ford in Orlando.

Meet the Ford Puma ST

The new Ford Puma ST marks the first Ford Performance SUV to launch in Europe. This athletic model is boldly styled and delivers exhilarating performance.

Motivated by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost—the same one found under the hood of the sporty Fiesta ST—the exciting-to-drive Puma ST serves up 197 horsepower and balances it out with impressive fuel economy. Performance is the top focus for the Ford Puma ST, which boldly wears an upgraded chassis with retuned dampers, a twist-beam, and anti-roll bars, as well as a limited-slip differential for a smoother ride.

Speaking of smooth, the new Ford Puma ST rides on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Capable of reaching high speeds, the Puma ST benefits from 17% larger brakes and a 25% faster steering ratio.

But while we could talk about the Puma ST’s performance all day, one of its truly standout features that we find most exciting is its range of eye-catching exterior colors, including Mean Green, Desert Island Blue, and Fantastic Red.

For now, Ford has no plans to bring the Puma across the pond to here in the States (neither as the regular or ST variant). But if you’re ever in Europe on holiday and have your choice at the rental office, we highly recommend taking a spin in the Puma ST.

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Get Comfortable in the F-150’s New Max Recline Seats

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Ford recently launched its new Max Recline Seats for the Ford F-150, part of America’s best-selling pickup truck line for 43 years. These ergonomic seats make it easy for passengers to get comfortable, making the F-150 perfect for long shifts on a jobsite and family road trips.

These new available Max Recline Seats fold down to nearly 180 degrees for an almost flat lounging experience. According to Ben Kulhawik, a seat designer at Ford, the new Max Recline Seats were “inspired by those adjustable beds you see on TV.”

“We know the folks who work on construction or mining sites use their truck cab for naps during downtime, and we learned everyday owners do, too,” explained Jackie DiMarco, Ford truck product line director. “When I would take my daughters to hockey tournaments, between games, one would be sleeping in the back seat while the other would be on the floor of my truck, and it reinforced the idea that, ‘We need to fix this!’”

These seats are truly ingenious—and quite comfy. According to Ford, the design of the seats allows the seat bottom to rise to provide greater back support. You can also rotate the upper seatback forward to improve neck comfort.

You’ll be able to opt for the Max Recline Seats on the 2021 Ford F-150, specifically on King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models.

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Ford Announces Bronco Wild Fund for Conservation

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Just like the majestic animal the SUV gets its name from, the recently-revived Ford Bronco – and newly-minted Ford Bronco Sport – were Built Wild™ to roam free and find adventure at every turn. In honor of the resurrection of the Bronco, Ford has created an endowment to help protect the rugged terrain we all love to explore.

The all-new Bronco Wild Fund is expected to raise as much as $5 million each year from the sale of Ford Bronco and Bronco sport vehicles as well as licensed apparel and other merchandise. The Bronco’s Brand Marketing Manager, Mark Grueber, explains that the goal of the initiative is to allow Bronco lovers to “connect with the outdoors on a deeper, more personal level – ultimately enabling them to become responsible stewards of our nation’s treasures.”

The first recipient organization of funds from the Bronco Wild Fund is the National Forest Foundation, which is expected to use Ford’s contributions to plant one million trees before 2022 in continued reforestation efforts. The second Bronco Wild Fund beneficiary is Outward Bound USA, which will use the funding to empower youth while instilling in them a love of the great outdoors.

Reserve a 2021 Ford Bronco or Ford Bronco Sport from Tropical Ford today to make your contribution to the Bronco Wild Fund.

Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain

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Ford is constantly pushing the limits of what its powerful F-Series pickup trucks can do on the jobsite and on the trails, but its most recent innovation is one for the history books. The new 2021 Ford F-150 has something no other pickup in its class has: a full hybrid powertrain.

The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid pickup commercially available in America, but don’t think the truck lacks power because of its more efficient engine. The 3.5-liter PowerBoost® Hybrid powertrain delivers the highest torque ever seen on the F-150, clocking in at a whopping 570 lb-ft of torque.

The F-150’s hybrid variant, which delivers 430 horsepower and can tow up to 12,700 pounds, was subjected to extreme durability and “torture testing” to ensure it was reliable for Ford customers. This extreme battery of assessments included a 3,500-foot climb over just 11.4 miles with a maxed-out 12,700-pound trailer capacity in the punishing heat of the Mojave Desert at a 6-percent grade.

Per the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150, “Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost with kid gloves. We have one standard for quality and durability.”

The 2021 F-150 with PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain will be on sale soon at Tropical Ford in Orlando, so follow us to be the first to test drive the first-ever hybrid pickup.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Ford Bronco Fans

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and the return of the Ford Bronco to the Ford lineup presents a wide array of gifts that any Bronco fans in your life will love. Here are just a few gift ideas that are perfect for the Bronco fan in your life.

Ford Bronco Diecast Model Car

The Ford Bronco is a vehicle that is fun for the whole family, so Bronco gift ideas should be just as accessible to all the Bronco fans in your family. Young automotive enthusiasts will enjoy a wide assortment of Ford Bronco diecast model cars, while older Bronco fans will find more intricate models enjoyable as well.

Ford Bronco Thermos

Especially as the weather takes a turn for the chillier, a thermos is a must-have accessory for those with an active lifestyle. Why not give that thermos a Built-WildTM flair by decorating it with the iconic Ford Bronco emblem?

Ford Bronco Ugly Holiday Sweater

Plenty of Holiday celebrations include an ugly sweater competition. When the Bronco fan in your life comes decked out in a sweater decorated with Bronco iconography, they are sure to be the talk of the party.

Of course, the best Bronco-based gift of all is a 2021 Ford Bronco itself. If you’d like to secure a Bronco for the automotive enthusiast in your life, reserve one today at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

2021 Ford Ranger STX Special Edition Package Highlights High Tech Features and Luxury Options

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The Ford Ranger is already a leader in its segment when it comes to technology and style. The Ranger is now preparing to cement its status as a segment-leader with its latest special-edition package.

The 2021 Ford Ranger STX Special Edition Package will highlight the high-tech features and luxury exterior options of the mid-size truck.

At the center of this new Ranger package is a SYNC® 3 infotainment setup. This serves as the technological hub of the Ford Ranger and can be accessed via an eight-inch center touch screen. Furthermore, the STX Special Edition Package is also compatible with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, so you can stay connected no matter which smart device you own.

As far as exterior style goes, the Ranger STX Special Edition Package includes unique 18-inch black wheels, which leave a lasting impression any time the Ranger races past. There will also be a few upgraded interior finishes found within the Ranger cabin.

All of these incredible features can be added to a wide range of Ranger models for only a small fee of $995.

Ranger customers are no strangers to customizable vehicle packages. Ford estimates 75 percent of Ford Ranger customers opt for one of the brand’s various appearance packages.

If you’d like to customize the appearance of your very own reliable Ford Ranger model, browse our inventory at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

F-150 Raptor Set to Topple the RAM TRX

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The Ford F-150 Raptor is known by many for its legendary power and off-road prowess. Many have tried to beat this adventure-ready pickup in its versatile capability, but none have succeeded. One of the latest competitors seeking to challenge the F-150 Raptor is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. It’s set to feature a new 702-horsepower HEMI engine. However, with a new supercharged V8 on the horizon for the Ford F-150 Raptor, this little update from Ram is of no concern to the most popular pickup in America.

According to Ford Authority, the next generation Raptor is going to house the Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8 under its hood. This engine is expected to provide between 725-750 horsepower, which makes it the fastest street-legal Ford engine to date. That’s plenty more horses than the TRX.

There’s still no word as to when, exactly, this monster of a pickup will be available, although Ford Authority suggested it might come as soon as the end of the 2021 model year, or in the 2022 model year.

The current Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t shy about its power, either. It has a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under its hood, boasting a significant 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. That’s the best in its class for now, and with the next-generation Raptor, Ford plans to beat the competition yet again.

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Ford Supports Bee Conservation

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If you’ve ever looked into Ford hybrid models, you may have some idea of this brand’s commitment to protecting the environment. But the Ford green initiatives extend beyond its vehicles. Back in 2018, Ford brought six different beehives to its Dearborn campus in Detroit, and found homes for the bees in the North Pond area of the World Headquarters.

This August, Ford announced that its six colonies of bees produced a harvest of honey. This was the second year that the bees have generated enough honey to be harvested and used. Ford plans to distribute the honey between local nonprofits and their food service provider, Aramark, for use in the campus cafeteria.

Ford initially got involved in bee preservation in 2016, when it brought a habitat of roughly 80,000 bees to its Rouge Complex. The move was a success, so Ford decided to do the same at its WHQ. As of now, there are an estimated 360,000 bees thriving in the six WHQ colonies, and Ford has plans to use some of those to start new colonies at other campuses in the future.

Protecting the bees is a huge eco-friendly move for Ford. Honeybees alone pollinate over 90 commercial crops, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Their presence is essential to the global economy.

Want a eco-friendly Ford model? Check out the efficient Escape, which offers a hybrid model. You can find it at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.