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In yesterday’s press release, Ford announced that a 2013 Shelby GT500 will be auctioned, in partnership with the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Held every year since 1971, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has helped Ford raise more than $3 million for the JDRF in the last five years. Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes because it’s usually diagnosed in childhood, is an autoimmune condition that affects nearly 1.3 million Americans, or five percent of people with diabetes.
Other Ford cars that have been auctioned in the name of the JDRF include production samples of the Shelby GT500KR and the Shelby GT, as well as the Grabber Blue Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca last year.
On Saturday, January 21, the auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be televised live on SPEED Channel. Ford’s President of The Americas, Mark Fields and members of SVT will join the one-of-a-kind car on stage for the event. The 650-horsepower GT500 comes equipped with six-point harness Recaro racing seats, donated by Recaro North America, and is signed by the members of the SVT engineering team. It will likely remain “a museum piece as it can’t be registered for road use,” according to AutoBlog.com.
As we told you last week, Ford has a new Fusion in the works. This week, Ford unveiled the sporty looking coupe at the Detroit Auto Show, and it was everything industry experts had anticipated.
Drawing on the “One Ford” model, which has Ford bringing the same vehicles (though sometimes renamed) to every market, rather than making different models for European, Asian, South American, African, and North American drivers, the Fusion is slick. The Wall Street Journal said it drew on design elements of the Aston Martin, but most people will look at it and think BMW or Mercedes. This is not your average, boring, make-sure-it’s-really-yours-bef0re-putting-the-key-in-because-they-all-look-the-same family sedan. This is the make-everyone-at-the-PTA-jealous-of-the-European-styling-of-your-American-vehicle family sedan.
Even better than its looks are the Fusion’s technical specs. Ford plans to make both an electric-gasoline hybrid model (the Fusion Hybrid) and an all-electric model (the Fusion Energi), and all three versions are impressively fuel-efficient. Even the all-gasoline model has an EPA mpg of 23city/33hwy, which is great for a five-passenger mid-sized sedan.
The Ford Mustang has a rich history and continues to reinvent itself year after year as a compelling vehicle of the future. As Motor Trend reports, the 2012 Shelby GTS Mustang is likely to gain popularity with the younger crowd, with both style and performance upgrades.
The latest Shelby Mustang comes equipped with a custom grille and bumper, bespoke ventilated hood, and the now famous twin racing stripes. Other visual details, including custom chrome wheels and Ford emblems, add to its individuality and will contribute to making this model a future collector’s item.
The 2012 Shelby GTS Mustang doesn’t disappoint in the mechanics or performance departments, either. It includes an option for either a V-6 or V-8 engine, with the V-8 supercharger version reaching a jaw-dropping 624 horsepower. Other notable features include upgraded wheels, tires, and suspension as well as cold air intake. It also includes new springs, stabilizer bars, Baer brakes, and a front strut tower brace from Ford Racing.
We’re excited about this product as it looks to be a substantial upgrade at an affordable price. Stay tuned for more news on the model as it’s released, and watch the video below to get a better look for yourself!
An exciting article by world car fans.com shared that celebrities and Ford enthusiasts, Funkmaster Flex and Snoop Dog, showed off their customized Ford Mustang at the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Signing autographs at the Ford booth and on hand to unveil their creation, both stars were relaxed and smiling as they greeted their fans.
The specially tuned Mustang has Snoop Dog’s name emblazoned across the windshield and delivers debonair style with features like custom smoked taillights from Team Baurtwell, a body kit from 3dCarbon and 3-piece billet wheels from NC Forged. Also included was a suspension upgrade, Steeda lowering kit along with new sway bars and springs and high-end Baer brakes.
A long time custom car enthusiast in his Brooklyn-based workshop, Funkmaster Flex’s creative efforts have previously reworked the Ford Explorer, Fiesta, Flex and Taurus SHO models. Here’s hoping we get a first-hand look at the these swanky vehicles at the upcoming 2011 Portland Auto Show in January!
Autoblog.com wrote a great post about the nine different customized Ford Mustangs at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
A Ford in-house program called Vehicle Personalization leads with highlights of all the great custom items available directly to consumers online through the FordAccessoriesStore.com.
The stylings took on a funky flavor with the special guest teams invited to participate in reworking the custom Mustangs including Funkmaster Flex and Team Baurtwell, MRT, Creations n’ Chrome, Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, Mobsteel, Raceskinz, Street Scene Equipment and Tjin Edition. Here’s a sample of some of the other styled vehicles below!
The all-new Ford Explorer prototype has started road testing. Ever wondered how a vehicle goes from prototype to the showroom floor? Watch and learn as they take it through a barrage of tests to make sure it holds up to Ford’s rigorous standards.
The Ford Explorer is a vehicle known for going anywhere in any conditions. This prototype adds to this tradition by providing improved fuel economy, modern styling, the latest safety features, and up-to-date connectivity and technology options.
The all-new Explorer is our interpretation of the modern SUV. All of this make it the SUV of the 21st century.- Julie Levin Explorer Program Manager
While this new Explorer is still in the testing stages, Damerow Ford has the right SUV for you today. Check out this 2010 Ford Explorer XLT. You can also browse our latest online specials on new and pre-owned vehicles 24/7 on our website,www.damerowford.com.
Unveiled at this month’s Beijing Auto Show, the Ford Start is previewed in the video below. This concept car is sleek and shows off what will be the future of city driving.
The video describes the Start as the “global city car.” It is a small compact which will be sure to have great fuel economy and provide drivers with the versatility needed for an urban lifestyle.
Another interesting aspect of the Ford Start is that it sports the new EcoBoost engine. This 3-Litre engine gives a smooth, powerful, and clean driving experience. This EcoBoost engine will also be featured in the the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta.
While Damerow Ford does not yet have the Ford Start, it has many fuel-efficient sedans to choose from, such as this 2010 Ford Focus SE. For other great deals, you can browse our latest online specials on new and pre-owned vehicles 24/7 on our website, www.damerowford.com.
Ford plans to roll out the new mid-size sedan to directly compete within India’s car industry. A recent article posted on rediff.com outlined Fords plans to firmly establish themselves as competitors in this booming market.
The new Ford Figo will come in both diesel and gasoline models and should hit the the streets by March.
The car’s design was put together by Ford Australia and includes body-colored bumpers, sporty headlamps and a sleek overall look.
The Figo will flaunt advanced third generation safety features including dual airbags and anti-lock brakes.
Another feature that will surely capture the attention of drivers in India is the car’s fuel economy. The 1.2L multi-point fuel injection engine boasts some of the best stats currently on the market.
Ford also offers some extremely fuel-efficient models right here in the US and Portland. You can take a look at all of our SmartWay certified vehicles on our website. We also have some amazing Internet specials and recently reduced inventory that you can browse here.
Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company, speaking about the 2011 Lincoln MKX, with industry-first MyLincoln Touch™ driver connect technology, at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.
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We love technology and once again it looks as though Ford will be leading the industry for in-car innovation. Much has been said about Ford’s SYNC system. The in-car infotainment system is a joint development from Ford and Microsoft. Since it’s debut on members of Ford’s fleet including the Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and Mercury Sable it has received rave reviews. 2010 is shaping up to be a big year for the voice-activated system with a slew of announcements that have been made over the past couple of weeks.
The first announcement was Ford’s plans to open up its API to developers. Meaning that very soon SYNC could have its own app store. According to Engadget, students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn showed off two apps. The apps called FollowMe and SYNCcast allowed drivers to access internet radio and the navigation system with just the sound of the driver’s voice. It may not seem like that big a deal, but this is huge for anyone that’s ever had to fumble around with their GPS trying to key in a destination or attempted to change an internet radio station while the car is moving.
The next big news coming Ford’s way is SYNC’s mobile Wi-Fi system. According to the press release, the second generation of the SYNC system will be able to use a USB mobile broadband modem or air-card. By plugging in the card, users can turn their car into a rolling hotspot, capable of connecting mobile devices to the internet no matter where they are. Those worried about strange folks piggybacking of your car’s signal can breathe easy. The car’s default Wi-Fi security protocals runs on Stgandard WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) meaning that users will have to use a randomly generated password to connect to the net and for every new device, the user must grant the new gizmo permission to connect.
The choice to use a USB drive was a smart move on Ford’s part. By choosing a dongle, it ensures that a user can use just about any USB device to connect. And to keep SYNC current, a simple software update could be pushed. So when we start transferring over to USB 3.0, SYNC users won’t have to be stuck using the slower 2.0 version.
Expanding mobile connectivity to the automobile is a no-brainer. As we become more engaged in our digital world with our ever increasing number of devices, people want the ability to be connected no matter what. This a big step for Ford in terms of technology and innovation, now let’s see if it can make people start buying American cars again.