Study Reveals Ford Bronco As Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020

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Drivers in 19 states, including Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Arkansas cannot wait for the reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco. A study conducted by PartCatalog shows the Bronco leading the charge as the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020 based on Google search data.

The Bronco isn’t the only Ford model drivers are eager to learn more about, though, according to the study. The most-searched-for new car for drivers in the Gem State (Idaho) is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. With the Bronco and Mustang, Ford is the only automaker to have two models in the study.

“It’s something both our fans love and our staff [loves],” said Alan Marek, the owner of PartCatalog. “We started doing [trends maps] a few months ago when the Cybertruck was announced and have continued to do them, with a different spin each month.”

The 2021 Ford Bronco’s original debut was set for March 17, 2020, but it was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As of now, Ford has not released a new date for the Bronco’s official debut.

We at Tropical Ford are eager to see the new Bronco, too, along with all the new Ford models. Until then, we are here to talk about the current lineup and answer any vehicle inquiries you have.

Active Park Assist Tech Helps Park the New Ford Transit Van

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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 Driving Skills for Life 2020

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Ford Driving Skills for Life is a program developed by Ford designed to educate new and younger drivers on the safest driving techniques for the many decades they will spend behind the wheel. The Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando was the first stop in the tour, which visited 18 cities and made 80 stops from Orlando all the way to Alaska.

Teen drivers attended FDSL classes which focused on a range of driving skills: vehicle handling, speed, hazard recognition, and the dangers of distracted driving.

Ford’s educational program started in 2003 and has since helped over 1 million drivers across the United States and 46 other countries learn the skills that will help keep them and others safe on the road. This year, the course expanded to 30 countries across all continents except Antarctica.

Smartphone usage has created a new demand for programs such as FDSL. A 2019 study conducted by the program found that 62 percent of Generation Z drivers admitted that they have used their phones while driving, even though roughly the same amount believe that using your phone while behind the wheel should warrant severe punishment.

Given that drivers are using their phones more than ever, Ford Driving Skills for Life has never been more necessary.

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Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package Back for 2021

2020 Ford Explorer | Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package Back for 2021 | Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL

The bold, aggressive styling of the 2021 Ford Explorer is set to receive an option that complements, embellishes, and emphasizes the iconic mid-size SUV. The XLT Sport Appearance Package is returning for 2021 and promises to make your 2021 Explorer even more stylish and commanding.

The 2021 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package will give you a Carbonized Grey grille, skid plates, an Explorer hood badging, dual chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels, and ActiveX Light Slate two-tone seats complete with premium accent stitching.

History indicates that the XLT Sport Appearance Package will be popular among 2021 Explorer owners; when the package was previously available, 25 percent of all Explorer XLTs were equipped with the stylish add-ons. Young customers, who account for 18 percent of those purchasing a 2020 Explorer, particularly gravitate towards the XLT Package due to its exciting, bold features.

The Ford SUV Marketing Manager Craig Patterson expanded on the excitement surrounding the Sport Appearance Package, saying, “Our Sport Appearance Package offers a new styling dimension for Explorer XLT customers. It has always been a favorite among our younger customers looking for a more energetic design and feel at a great value.”

The 8 millionth Ford Explorer was sold in January, a fitting start to the SUV’s 30th anniversary. It’s easy to see why this iconic SUV is so popular. If you’d like to learn more, contact us at Tropical Ford.

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

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

2020 Ford Escape Safety | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

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.