Active Park Assist Tech Helps Park the New Ford Transit Van

2020 Ford Transit Connect | Active Park Assist Tech | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL
Pictured: 2020 Ford Transit Connect

Ford engineers understand that even experienced drivers may tense up when faced with a crowded parking lot or tight space on the street when behind the wheel of the new Ford Transit van. So, they are eliminating some of the stress with an available technology tool. Active Park Assist can help drivers of every skill level park the Ford Transit van like a pro.

“Frequent stops in busy city streets are the norm for many van drivers during the working day, and that can be a challenge in such a large vehicle where visibility can be limited,” said Ford Transit Chief Program Engineer Ian Porter. “Ford technologies like Active Park Assist help drivers and operators put their energy into their best work, and spend less time stressing about parking.”

The innovative technology is available on the Transit and Transit Custom models. Active Park Assist employs 12 ultrasonic sensors to survey objects near the van. Under proper conditions, the information pulled from the sensors helps the system determine the van’s precise positioning. Once that is calculated, the Park-Out assist feature can take over parking duties. Your only roles are hitting the gas and brake pedal when necessary, and voila! The van easily maneuvers into its parking spot.

Contact Tropical Ford to learn more about the game-changing Active Park Assist tech and the new Ford Transit van.

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.

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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

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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.

Built Ford Tough: the Ford F-350 with Over One Million Miles

Ford F-350 with more than one million miles  | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

We know that Ford has pushed the limits on “possible” for quite some time, but even we can’t quite believe this most recent tale of automotive reliability from Ford — a 2002 Ford F-350 with more than one million miles on it.

The Ford in question belonged to Debbie Conner, who, along with her husband Norman, was in the business of transporting trailers and campers back-and-forth across the country. This profession is exactly how she was able to rack up just over 1,071,000 miles on her Ford truck between 2002 and 2018. That’s like driving to the moon and back nearly four and a half times.

Most truck owners would balk at such a high mileage, but it was a badge of honor to the Conners. It was a bittersweet moment for them both when they traded in their trusty F-350 for a 2011 Ford Super Duty F-350 in September. Currently, their new Ford is floating at around 90,000 miles and it’s doing just fine.

Gone are the days of the 100,000-mile death sentence — for Ford owners, at least.

Now, how did the Conners coax their 2002 Ford F-350 into earning more than one million miles? According to Norman, just by “doing what Ford says” and faithfully following the automaker’s suggested maintenance schedule.

 “If you want to get the miles out of it,” says Norman. “You have to take care of the truck.”

See what it means to be Built Ford Tough — check out our selection of vehicles at Tropical Ford.

Ford Performance Offering Shelby GT350R Customers New Back Seat Package

There are few muscle cars more track-ready than the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, but when it comes to four-seaters, sedans have always been the best option…until now. Ford Performance heard customer requests for a back seat package and made it happen. Although the Shelby GT350R is still best enjoyed from the driver or passenger seat, adding the new back seat kit makes the track-ready car more practical.

“We always listen to customer feedback,” said Dave Pericak, global director at Ford Performance. “So when many requested a back seat for their GT350R, we acted quickly to make it available.”

The new back seat package offers Alcantara material and red accent stitching identical to the front seat’s stitching. The original occupant restraint systems are in place; safety is always a priority both on and off the track. The package is available for $999 and can be installed by any Ford authorized dealer or service center.

While the Mustang Shelby GT350R may be a track-ready muscle car, many customers wanted the practicality of a four-seater. The result is a muscle car designed for both the track and city streets.

We here at Tropical Ford are glad to see Shelby GT350R customers offered a back seat package for everyday use!