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It doesn’t snow very often in this part of Oregon, but it certainly does get cold and often there is ice on the road. Add in extra traffic, stressed travelers, and driving to places that you don’t visit very often, and a simple journey can become downright dangerous. Here are five tips to stay safe on the road this winter.
1. If you hit ice or a large patch of water, take your foot off the accelerator and do not brake. The same goes for going around sharp turns – your vehicle will lose traction when you hit the brakes. Letting yourself coast through a slick patch or around a corner keeps control in your hands.
2. If you start to spin out, keep your feet off the brakes and steer in the direction the car is going. Trying to correct will only lead to overcorrection, but steering into the spin will take you off the slick patch and is more likely to leave you facing the proper direction and able to move off to the shoulder or continue driving.
3. Pack a survival kit: fluids for the car, snacks, blankets, jumper cables, and a spare tire and jack. Plan for the worst, hope for the best, and always be prepared.
4. Leave extra time and distance. More vehicles on the road means more accidents, more traffic jams, and longer time to get from point A to point B. Leave more room between you and other cars on the road, to help avoid being the accident that closes a lane or two of highway traffic.
5. Do a complete and thorough check of your car before you hit the road. Make sure your fluids and tire pressure are at their proper levels, your windshield wipers aren’t worn out, all lights and signals work, the spare is inflated, and all belts are in good condition.
Have you ever been in or narrowly avoided a winter weather accident?
For the last two decades, the Ford Explorer has been one of the top-selling midsize SUVs on the market with its fantastic versatility, interior comfort, and great design. In the latest version, the iconic Ford model will include the most innovative engine on the market: the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine.
As Car and Driver reports in their first test drive, the Explorer provides a very different experience than other EcoBoost-loaded Ford models like the smaller Ford Edge crossover. It draws about 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, which is nothing to laugh at in a 4-cylinder model. Due to the Explorer’s greater weight and length – with 7 seats and nearly 13 inches longer in length than the Edge – it doesn’t quite have the same “zip” of the Edge and smaller EcoBoost models. It does result in a nice increase in fuel economy, however, with a best-in-class 28 highway MPG.
The ultimate conclusion has the 2012 Explorer as a much improved version of the family vehicle we have always known and loved. While the Edge is likely a better fit for small families who often tow boats or other loads, the Explorer is the ideal option for families with children completing everyday tasks of taking children to school and hauling groceries.
We’re excited about what the 2012 Explorer has to offer, and we have a great selection of brand-new inventory arriving daily. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for more on all the latest Ford news!
The 2013 Ford Escape has been talked about for months as a highly-anticipated crossover-style redesign will be implemented. As the Ford Story reports, it’s what’s under the hood. it’s what’s under the hood that will make the 2013 Escape a true break-though.
So what is under the hood? The 2013 Escape will feature 3 different Ecoboost engine options, the most ever offered in a Ford SUV. The first is the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder model which offers a great combination of power and fuel economy, and the second is the 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder. The most surprising and innovative option, however, is the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder Ecoboost, which is being offered in the U.S. for the first time and is expected to achieve even higher fuel economy than the 31-MPG Ford Escape Hybrid.
Also making headlines is the highly anticipated front-wheel-drive Ford C-MAX hybrid. It was just announced that the model will feature an impressive 500-mile driving range using the battery and engine, which is more than any other plug-in hybrid or extended-range vehicle on the market. The C-MAX Hybrid will be available along with the C-MAX Energi plug-in in North America next year.
Wondering what Ford has in store for its small car lineup? Look no further than the Fiesta ST concept, which is making headlines left and right and looks poised for production. Introduced at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the ST was designed as a smaller version of the upcoming Focus ST, a performance version of the popular 2012 Ford Focus.
The Fiesta ST is a natural extension of the over-achieving Fiesta, and features muscular and sporty exterior styling along with a high-performance powertrain found in high-end models. Under the hood lies a 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine which achieves nearly 180 horsepower and 177 Ib-ft. of torque. This results in a 0-60 MPH time of under 7 seconds with a top speed of approximately 136 MPH, a very impressive line for a vehicle of this size.
We’re eagerly awaiting the announcement for production of the ST, and we hope you’re as excited about it as we are. Watch the video below and stay tuned right here on our blog and Facebook page for all the latest news on new Ford models!
As Motor Trend anticipates the debut of the 50th anniversary model, it was leaked that the Mustang will again be receiving a major upgrade. Perhaps the biggest shift for this Mustang will be its deployment to other markets where it will be designed, like England, Japan, and Austrailia. This is largely why speculators are predicting a more sleek design and smaller frame.
A specific list of upgrades hasn’t yet been confirmed, but one certainty is that this Mustang will finally get an independent rear suspension and ditch the outdated live axle. What shouldn’t change is Ford’s newest engine, the 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 in the 2012 model. Rumor also has it that Ford’s brand-new EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder could bring a revival of the SVO model as well in 2015.
We are anxiously anticipating more details on the anniversary Mustang, which should be coming in sooner than usual with this level of hype. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for the very latest news on all things Ford!
Have you ever experienced the frustration of having to find a nearby business location while driving?
As The Ford Story reports, Ford is attempting to solve this problem with its latest technology platform. Currently being tested is a new feature called Operator Assist, a function that makes getting directions or locating businesses easier with voice commands.
Operator Assist is different from other voice command systems that are easily confused and struggle with word accuracy. The program connects drivers to a real person who can immediately access the information you’re looking for, hassle-free. Operator Assist is currently being offered at no charge to existing subscribers of Ford’s SYNC Services, which also provides information on traffic, news, sports, weather, and more. Adding a strong customer service element could greatly enhance the way customers experience Ford products.
At any time, the driver can simply say the word “Operator” and they will be instantly connected to a Ford representative either by voice or video, whichever is preferred. Then, the representative can provide turn-by-turn directions, a text message with business information, or be connected directly to the business on the phone.
For more information and updates on Ford technology, stay tuned right here on the blog and Facebook.
Think it’s time for an upgrade to Ford’s “big box” crossover? Ford does too.
As Car and Driver reports, the 2013 Ford Flex will include significant upgrades to both the interior and exterior. In photos captured on Ford’s testing grounds, it was revealed that the front end will have a more rounded shape closer to that of the 2011 Explorer. The 2011 model’s sharp, blade-like slats will be replaced with a single chrome bar extending the width of the car with more delicate surrounding materials. New wheels and changes to the rear exterior (covered in camouflage by Ford) also appear to be present in the upcoming model.
An exact list of interior upgrades isn’t yet available, but the conclusion was made that it will include the MyTouch Ford system, a new steering wheel and shifter, as well as updated gauges. The performance side of the equation also looks promising, with a 230-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost mill and the same 3.5-liter V-6 featured in the 2013 Taurus. It is also assumed to have many of the additional upgrades anticipated in the all-new Taurus, including a brake-based “limited-slip” function, electric assisted steering, and an improved brake system for greater stopping power.
We look forward to hearing more about the all-new Ford Flex as the details are released. Stay tuned for more information here on the blog and on our Facebook page.
Ford’s vision for the future is to align its vehicle offerings with the ever-changing demands of the consumer. This will include a bold move of transitioning the world’s most popular compact SUV over to the crossover category.
As Car and Driver reports, the 2013 Ford Escape will feature an entirely different body shape and engine makeup. Spy photos were taken on Ford’s testing grounds, and it was revealed that the new body style will closely follow Ford’s Vertrek concept as displayed at various auto shows earlier this year. The Escape will include a swoopy greenhouse, bulging hood, swept-back headlights, and a strong character line running from the front wheelarch to the edge of the taillights.
In addition to its all-new body style, the next-generation Escape will feature something Ford enthusiasts have been begging for: more models featuring the Ford EcoBoost engine. Made popular in the 2011 Ford F-150, the EcoBoost engine will add a new level of power and fuel efficiency to Ford’s most fuel-efficient SUV. Car and Driver estimates that the EcoBoost offering will likely come in the form of a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter engine, drawing somewhere between 180 and 237 hp.
Ford’s post-2012 presence in the compact SUV market is still uncertain, but one thing is clear: the 2013 Escape will be provide an intriguing option to our customers. Stay tuned for more information as we receive it, right here on the Damerow Ford blog and on Facebook!
The wait is over! You’ve seen countless previews from articles and auto shows highlighting the 2012 Ford Mustang, and now is your chance to experience it first hand at Damerow Ford! The newest Mustang gets up to 305 HP and comes loaded with features such as aluminum accents, heated seats, dual climate control, and too many more to name. Additionally, the new Mustang is a great economic choice as it achieves an impressive 31 MPG. Come in for a test drive and see what all the hype is about!
Wonder how one car company can achieve such exceptional fuel economy across dozens of models? It turns out that good old-fashion hard work, preparation, and scientific research in Ford’s wind tunnel are the keys to creating the most aerodynamic designs possible.
It is only by this level of attention that Ford’s aerodynamicists (yes, this is a real job title) accomplished 40MPG in the 2012 Focus. They employed an innovative new active grille shutter system that opens during low-speed, stop-and-go-driving and closes during higher, steady speeds to achieve optimal aerodynamics and fuel-efficiency. This system is thought to be the future for other Ford models as well, and we will almost certainly see imitations from competitors with Ford leading the pack.
Through painstaking detail work, Ford designers and aerodynamicists have also delivered impressive fuel-economy results with the all-new Ford Explorer and Flex Crossover. The Explorer delivers a very solid 25 highway MPG through optimal balance between aerodynamic details such as the front airways, sideview mirrors, and rear spoiler. Watch the video below to get the full scoop!