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 Ford Escape Technology

2018 Ford Escape - tropical ford blogThe 2018 Ford Escape is a stylish and spacious crossover designed for drivers who love technology. Designed to please the modern driver, the Escape boasts a number of innovative features that set it apart from the competition. Here’s a quick look at the technology found in the Ford Escape from us here at Tropical Ford.

SYNC® 3

The 2018 Escape is available with the latest SYNC® 3 infotainment system. This version features advanced, real-world voice-recognition software, a responsive touchscreen, and Wi-Fi® hotspot connectivity. Drivers can easily enter a destination and integrate their compatible smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

FordPass

FordPass is the latest technology from Ford. The mobile app is designed to allow drivers to move quickly and efficiently during their day-to-day activities. Through the app, drivers can find parking, compare fuel prices, and remotely lock, unlock, and start the vehicle. Ford Escape owners can even schedule service with a few taps on the screen.

Ford Safe and Smart

The Ford Safe and Smart package features a number of innovative safety technologies. The package includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, a Lane-Keeping System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Drivers will enjoy more advanced technologies in the form of the Blind Spot Information System® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support.

Ford in Popular Culture

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Ford vehicles have played many iconic roles throughout automotive history. From police chase cars to out-of-this-world adventures, there’s a Ford that makes the list. Here’s a quick look at Ford in popular culture from us here at Tropical Ford.

2017 Ford GT
Ford’s famous supercar returned to the road in a limited production run. Naturally, Jay Leno snapped one up in a heartbeat. The car enthusiast and collector has a large enough collection that he even has a show about it. “Jay Leno’s Garage” has quickly become a fan favorite of collectors and auto fans of all ages. The addition of the 2017 Ford GT only makes his collection all the more impressive.

2018 Ford EcoSport
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was a blockbuster hit. Led by some pretty inspiring super stars, the movie also featured an upcoming addition to the Ford lineup. The 2018 Ford EcoSport made an, albeit, brief appearance in the hit. Even so, it was enough to get people talking about the upcoming crossover.

1968 Ford Mustang GT 390
This short list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include the 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390. The muscle car is famous for its legendary car chase in the movie Bullitt. Its major role and iconic styling went on to inspire the auto enthusiast in film-goers of all ages.

New Ford Bronco Inspired by Brazil’s Troller

New Ford Bronco - Tropical Ford BlogOff-roading enthusiasts and SUV fans are on the edge of their seats awaiting the arrival of the new Ford Bronco. The long-awaited SUV is slated for launch in 2020, but some details are already slipping to the public. For example, the new Ford Bronco will be more like the Troller out of Brazil than the F-150 Raptor.

Most American drivers aren’t familiar with Brazil’s Troller. All you really need to know is that the SUV is off-road capable and offers an excellent utility-driven design. The Ford Bronco, however, will be offered as a four-door SUV rather than a two-door model like the Troller.

The Bronco will offer a standard 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine designed to offer performance and efficiency. Don’t fret, off-roaders. The 2021 Ford Bronco will feature capability beyond measure.

“Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said in January.

While Ford has yet to comment on the leaks, the company did confirm that the SUV will be based on the Ranger pickup truck. Even so, it gives Bronco fans more to look forward to as 2020 creeps closer with each passing day.

We here at Tropical Ford can’t wait to see the new Ford Bronco make its public debut!

Tips for Off-Roading for the First Time in a Ford Raptor

tips for off-roading - Tropical Ford BlogThere’s no other pickup like the Ford Raptor. This truck was built for off-roading through and through. From its powertrain to its suspension to every little detail, the rugged terrain is this truck’s destiny. If you’re taking a Ford Raptor or another Ford truck from Tropical Ford out off-roading for the first time this summer, use these helpful tips for off-roading to stay safe and have the most fun.

Read the Manual
Before you go off-roading, you need to make sure you understand everything about your vehicle. Read your owner’s manual to learn about things like traction control and the four-wheel drive system to get a basic understanding of its capabilities.

Practice First
The Ford Raptor delivers exceptional handling and excellent grip on mountain roads and twisty, rocky surfaces. But before you take the Ford Raptor out for the real deal, get a little practice in on a smaller scale first. Find small creeks, steep inclines, and gravel roads where you can get a feel for how the truck handles so you’ll be more prepared.

Bring the Right Tools
Don’t just head out empty handed. Not only should you bring with you a first aid kit for your safety, but you’ll need tools for your truck’s safety too. Look into purchasing the type of tools that will help you recover should you get stuck, like a quality winch, which can pull you out of a muddy situation.

 

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.