Hybrid, Electric Ford Trucks and Ford Work Trucks Announced

Ford Superduty Lineup

Ford made headlines earlier this month at the 2017 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, where they revealed their plans to add electric work vehicles and electric trucks to their line-up, which can cut costs for business owners while also lowering the negative effects of the vehicles on the environment.

 

Namely, Ford mentioned the F-150, F-250, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks; the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks; the Transit and E-Series vehicles; and also the F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis trucks as models that would get either electric or hydraulic hybrid variants.

 

The changes will take place courtesy of Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program, which is being expanded and sometimes referred to as “eQVM” – hinting towards its electric interests. The Ford eQVM program will be adopting XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, and Lightning Hybrids for the various models it plans to expand.

 

Of course, the Ford F-150 and much of Ford’s truck lineup already represent the most efficient vehicles in their class – but even better efficiency couldn’t hurt!

 

Currently, we don’t know much else about the electric Ford trucks and when they would hit dealerships. But in the meantime, if you’d like to check out our enormous selection of Ford pick-up trucks and Ford work trucks, visit us anytime at Tropical Ford!

New Ford Mustang Can Read Chinese Handwriting

The 2017 Ford MustangThe Ford Mustang has caught fire in the Chinese automotive market to become the bestselling sports car. In an effort to keep up with the success, Ford has introduced a new version of the already-advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system. Designed for the specifically for the Chinese market, the new Ford Mustang can read Chinese handwriting.

Just when you thought Ford couldn’t outdo themselves, they did.

The Ford Mustang now boasts the technology and software to read Chinese handwriting. The latest infotainment system update is a major improvement over the old version of SYNC 3. Before the update, Chinese drivers would have to spell out each word individually then pick from a list of possible meanings. As you can imagine, that made doing routine activities, like entering an address, time consuming.

The new SYNC 3 update uses swipe technology and handwriting recognition to allow drivers to write their commands on a touchscreen. The system can read more than 2,500 characters, making the Mustang even more appealing than ever before.

Now, SYNC 3 understands both what Chinese drivers are saying and what they actually mean, making voice commands, a major selling point of the system, more viable.

We here at Tropical Ford are pumped to see the new Mustang leading the charge in innovation!

New Ford F-150 Raptor is Reaching a Global Audience

Check out the new Ford F-150 Raptor, a special trim that’s headed around the world thanks to its recent popularity. This model has unparalleled off-road capabilities, offering a thrilling ride and athletic styling. The Raptor was also part of the first-ever official export program, sending the F-150 to places such as China.

According to Ford, the F-150 Raptor is made for off-road trails, with a special exterior design and added performance. This model comes with up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. There are also added features like Terrain Management, a widebody design, hood vent, and BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, among other things.

Two 2017 F-150 Raptors parked next to each other in the desert
The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor

“Ford is one of America’s top exporters, and F-150 Raptor’s appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family.”

What else is so special about the Ford F-150 Raptor? This special model also comes with Ford’s signature military-grade alloy to help reduce weight and save on gas. Plus, with TORQUE-ON-DEMAND and 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox, you can tackle virtually any terrain. It’s easy to see why Ford has been able to ship this pickup across the globe.

Ford Gets Perfect Score on Corporate Equality Index

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Ford recently received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. In other words, Ford was named one of the “Best Places to Work.” Ford is dedicated to providing equal opportunities for all, and it’s also constantly striving to keep its workers happy. When you work for Ford, including Ford dealerships, you’re family.

So how exactly does one earn a perfect score? According to Ford, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is based on a national benchmarking survey as well as corporate policies and practices—specifically those associated with LGBT equality in the workplace. The HRC is working to eliminate all forms of discrimination, with a special focus on LGBT issues.

“Ford is committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion within our workforce and communities,” said Meeta Huggins, chief diversity officer, Ford Motor Company. “The diverse backgrounds of our employees truly make us a stronger company and we are extremely proud of our policies and programs that support equality.”

Ford has received a 100% on the index since 2004. Overall, HRC rates over 1,000 corporations and businesses, looking at everything from workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, and transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits. In short, Ford believes everyone is entitled to equality, one reason it has scored so high on the Equality Index for over 12 years.

Ford Truck Lineup: Power, Intelligence, and Durability

Ford is often celebrated as the best pickup manufacturer in the world. It’s hard to contest this claim when the brand has had the best-selling vehicle—not just the best-selling truck—in the world for decades. The F-150 is just one of many truck offerings available from Ford, each of which has distinct features and perks you won’t find elsewhere.

Why buy a Ford truck? These pickups are dependable. There’s a reason the F-150 is so popular. This model is built with high-strength military-grade aluminum. Not only does that cut weight by over 750 pounds, increasing performance and efficiency, but it also strengthens the design. Plus, the F-150’s aluminum body doesn’t rust—one perk you won’t find on trucks like the Silverado or Tacoma.

According to Ford, these models are also among the most powerful in their segments. Take the Ford Super Duty for example. The available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel can generate a whopping 860 lb-ft of torque. That means you can tow up to 26,500 pounds in the F-350 4×4 when properly equipped.

Ford trucks are also great off-road as well as on the highway. The upcoming 2017 F-150 Raptor is bred for dirt tracks and snow, with a suspension made by Fox Racing Shox™ and an intelligent Terrain Management System. Mechanical-locking four-wheel drive, fat all-terrain tires, variable damping, and skid plates are just some of the features that make this model great. The new F-150 Raptor is the ultimate off-road truck.

These are just some of the many reasons to consider buying a Ford truck. Check out the Ford pickup lineup today at Tropical Ford.

2018 Expedition Rumors Include Aluminum Design & EcoBoost Engine

Some 2018 Expedition rumors are circulating, especially as the new model was spotted out on the test track recently. Resembling the F-150 in many ways, the new Expedition is set to get a high-strength aluminum body as well. This will decrease overall weight significantly, improving handling and fuel economy, as well as driving dynamics.

According to the Examiner, the 2018 Expedition is set to have a completely new body and refreshed looks, with added space both inside and outside. That means you’ll have more legroom inside of the cabin, with high-quality seating for added comfort on long trips.

Under the hood we’ll see improvements as well. Thanks to some tweaking, the Expedition will have between 5,000 and 10,400 pounds of towing capacity with more than 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Although exact numbers are still not known, sources at Ford have discussed using a state-of-the-art 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that was recently developed for late 2016 and current 2017 Ford models.

The exact details about the 2018 Ford Expedition are still under wraps, though we can’t wait to see this model in action. With an aluminum frame, engineers are planning to drastically change the Expedition, offering better performance and handling. Plus, with a new EcoBoost engine and lighter design, fuel economy is bound to sky rocket. We can’t wait to see the 2018 Ford Expedition on the market, though it may be a year or so until that happens.

How to Truck Camp on the Beach

The beach is the ideal place to go this summer. Do something a little different and truck camp on the beach this year. If you don’t know how to go about truck camping on the beach, here are some simple steps to follow:

  1. Bring your F-150

The Ford F-150 will fulfill all of your towing needs. With a towing capacity of up to 11,800 pounds and a best-in-class payload capability, you’ll be able to bring all your camping equipment to the beach.

  1. Bring the right equipment

A heavy duty tow strap, a vehicle jack, plywood board, a shovel, air pressure gauge, electric air compressor, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit are all essential truck camping equipment.

  1. Wax everything

Be sure to wax your truck and your trailer to protect your vehicles from salt air exposure.

  1. Have proper tire pressure

Make sure to have slightly lower air pressure than normal since you’ll be driving on the sand. Tires should be lowered to as low as 17 psi and as high as 25 psi.

  1. Drive carefully

Once you’re on the sand, make sure to take your foot off the gas so as not to drive your vehicle into the sand and put your truck in four-wheel drive.

Here are some places you can go:

Sebastian Inlet

Canaveral National Seashore

Gamble Rogers

2016 Ford F-150: Safest Truck On The Road

The 2016 Ford F-150 stands out for many different reasons. The truck features a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum body. It has the best-in-class towing (when equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6).

There’s yet another facet that makes the 2016 Ford F-150 unlike any other truck.  It was the only full-size truck to receive the highest rating of  “good” from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. The F-150 was also named as a Top Safety Pick, making it quite possibly the safest truck on the road today.

According to Raul Arbelaez, VP of the IIHS, the 2016 Ford F-150 “is leading the way among large pickup manufacturers when it comes to protecting people in a range of crashes and offering technology to warn drivers of imminent frontal crashes.”

There is just as much a focus on safety as there is on toughness in the 2016 Ford F-150. After all, what good is a truck if it can’t keep you safe? The high-strength steel frame of the Ford F-150 goes a long way in protecting you. Everything from the advanced restraint system with dual-stage airbags to Curve Control is there to keep you protected and confident.

Stop into Tropical Ford to test drive the safe and reliable Ford F-150 today!

New Ford Bronco Confirmed

The Ford Bronco is somewhat of a large icon but it has become harder and harder to find since it left the lineup. Now, nearly 20 years later, the monstrous vehicle is returning to the market. Likely boasting impressive off-road specifications and capabilities, the Bronco will join a lineup already full of capability on- and off-road. As for how capable the Bronco will be is yet to be seen, but with Ford’s engineers hard at work, it’s likely to be a doozy.

The new Ford Bronco will launch as a two-door model with a four-door version coming later. That’s not too surprising considering many automaker’s most popular vehicles fall into the truck and SUV category. Crossovers are popular as well but conventional cars are seeing their sales dip slowly.

The Bronco may boast the design shown as a concept vehicle, the Ford Atlas, not long ago. Known as a rough, tough, off-road-ready machine, the Bronco will likely play host to some impressive specifications. Identifiable by its ride height, massive tires, and powerful engine, this 4×4 will likely go tire-to-tire with the likes of the Jeep Wrangler.

Off-roaders, start your engines! The Ford Bronco is back.

We here at Tropical Ford and pumped for the return of the Ford Bronco!

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Races in Best in the Desert Mint 400 Off-Road Race

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor participated in the Best in the Desert Mint 400 Off-Road Race, making it the first full-size truck in this class to race in this category. The Raptor finished in 23rd place overall after racing in nine different classes, and was one of just 19 teams in the limited group that finished the race out of 68 entries.

The Raptor completed the two laps on the track in 9 hours and 10 minutes, while the first, second, and third place winners of the unlimited class race were all modified Ford trucks.

The 2017 Raptor is lightweight thanks to its aluminum body, which allows it to use an EcoBoost engine that’s smaller, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than the average. Its suspension is improved from other F-150 models and it comes with off-road tires. The EcoBoost engine is paired with a 10-speed transmission and a torque-on-demand transfer case.