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.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty won’t arrive at Tropical Ford until the end of this year, but already it’s making waves in the news with its unbelievable number of best-in-class accolades for its three engine options.
The standard 6.2-liter gas V8, for example, delivers
best-in-class max payload capacity at 7,850 pounds.
Need more power? Go with the new 7.3-liter gas V8 engine,
which pumps out best-in-class 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, another
But the most impressive performance stats come from the
available 6.7-liter Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel engine. This engine achieves
best-in-class diesel gooseneck towing at 37,000 pounds, best-in-class diesel
fifth-wheel towing at 32,500 pounds, and best-in-class diesel conventional
towing at 24,200 pounds. It also cranks out best-in-class horsepower and torque
— 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft respectively.
But that’s not all. Ford also promises that the new 2020
Ford Super Duty truck lineup will also offer best-in-class water fording
capability thanks to the Tremor Off-Road Package.
“Ford truck customers are building a better world with Super
Duty, and we’re helping them work even harder with the most available diesel
towing, payload, torque, and power you can get in a heavy-duty pickup,” explained
Mike Pruitt, Super Duty chief engineer. “We’re excited to be in the nation’s
largest truck market at the State Fair of Texas announcing we’ve surpassed the
kilotorque barrier and made it standard with every pickup truck featuring a
Power Stroke diesel engine.”
We know what it takes to take on the off-roads here in the States, and apparently so do our friends down under — the Australian Motoring Awards recently announced that the Ford Ranger Raptor is Australia’s 2019 4×4 of the Year.
The Ford Ranger Raptor features a
210-horsepower 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine paired with a 10-speed
automatic transmission, Fox racing shocks, BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, and
Ford’s advanced Terrain Management System. 4×4 Australia, the magazine
responsible for selecting each year’s winner,says that the Ford Ranger Raptor is an “enormously fun-to-drive, competent,
and capable” off-roading vehicle, perfect “on any back road — the rougher the
better — or any 4×4 track.”
Unfortunately, the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor
is still unavailable in the United States, but it’s been causing a ruckus across
Australia, Europe, and Asia since its release last year. You can expect to see
this innovative off-roader on American back roads — and here at Tropical Ford —
in the next few years, likely with the release of the next generation of Ford
Coming in a close second for the 2019 4×4 of
the Year was another Ford Ranger model, the Ford Ranger XLT Bi-Turbo. The last
time the title went to a Ford vehicle was in 2015, when the Ford Everest snared
the top prize.
Check out Ford’s tough and rugged truck lineup at Tropical Ford.
The 2018 F-150 awards are coming in left and right, including the recent Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) award. Scoring top marks at the Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the TAWA, the new F-150 impressed judges with its competitive design and precision-tuned EcoBoost® engine options. The F-150 Raptor also took first place in the Off-Road Pickup Truck category.
According to Ford, the TAWA panel at the Truck Rodeo consists of more than 70 journalists who are experts in the auto industry, all of whom test pickups for more than 300 hours. Believe it or not, the Ford F-Series has won 14 other times throughout the history of the TAWA awards.
“With the new 2018 F-150, we’re honored to earn back-to-back Truck of Texas awards for F-Series, a recognition that speaks to the truck team’s dedication to our hardworking customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president, North America. “That’s especially true in Texas—truck capital of the world.”
The new F-150 has new features like an Auto Start-Stop feature for all engines, which helps to preserve gas, and an all-new 3.3-liter V6 option. The Raptor is built for off-road trails, offering a high-output engine, a Terrain Management System™, BF Goodrich KO2 tires, and upgraded FOX shocks. You can test the new F-150 and the F-150 Raptor at Tropical Ford today.