Don’t Miss the Annual Spoleto Festival

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Annual Spoleto FestivalIf you want natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The city is known for its lovely nature, as well as its collection of beautiful historic buildings which make quite an impression on both visitors and natives alike. These things combined with the generous number of stunning venues and the area’s love for the arts make Charleston the perfect location for the annual Spoleto Festival.

 

The Spoleto Festival was created in 1977 as an American counterpart to Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival was founded largely by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Christopher Keene. The two gentlemen sought a place that would offer just as much charm, beauty, and space as Spoleto, and Charleson was the perfect location. Now the program has run for 40 years, providing Charleston natives and visitors a place to catch everything from theatre premiers, symphonies, jazz, opera, dance, and more.

 

This year’s festival begins on May 26, 2017 and runs through June 11th and takes place at venues like the Charleston Gaillard Center, City Hall, and Dock Street Theatre, many of which are just a short drive from Palmetto Ford Lincoln. Visitors can catch things like the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, multiple performances of Waiting for Godot, the Charles Lloyd jazz quartet, and much, much more. For tickets and a full lineup, visit spoletousa.org.

All-New Ford EcoSport Partners with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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It may not be space travel, but one new Ford vehicle offers something almost just as fun. The all-new Ford EcoSport is an extra compact, efficient, and quirky SUV equipped with the latest technology and modern engine options. The EcoSport is full of personality and promises an enjoyable ride every time, making it the perfect partner for the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which debuted May 5th.

 

Fans of the Marvel movie can expect to see the new Ford EcoSport make an appearance in this funny, charming sequel. The EcoSport will be on screen alongside Gamora, Groot, Star-Lord, and other favorite characters from the franchise. The gang also made an appearance in a limited edition comic book alongside the EcoSport.

 

To celebrate the EcoSport’s abundant personality, fans can even log on to Marvel.com/EcoSport to play around with the 10 different colors, ambient lighting options, and even a cool Guardian Building tool that features multiple Guardians of the Galaxy customizations.

 

The new Ford EcoSport will features a choice between the 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost® engine and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, plus tons of available gadgets like SYNC® 3 and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Ford EcoSport will be available at Palmetto Ford Lincoln and other dealerships in spring of 2018. Until then, head to local theatres to see this SUV star in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Ford Among the World’s Most Ethical Companies

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Ford is dedicated to taking responsibility for its practices and has consistently been named one of the world’s most ethical companies. This year marks the eighth in a row that the Ethisphere Institute has named Ford to the list. The Ethisphere Institute focuses on company involvement in sustainability and outside initiatives.

World's Most Ethical Companies

Ford has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the eighth year in a row.

The top honor puts a focus on Ford’s good corporate citizenship. Factors for the American automaker’s placement include supply chain sustainability and progressive initiatives, like the Partnership for a Cleaner Environment.

“Strong ethics and corporate citizenship are the foundation of our business philosophy, which demonstrates to our customers what we stand for as a company,” said Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman.

Ford aims to maintain long-term relationships with suppliers by actively engaging with them to meet the company’s standards. The automaker is also active in safe working conditions, monitoring human rights, and various other initiatives.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies is just the most recent prestigious list that Ford landed on.  Newsweek named the automaker the Top Green Company in 2016. Forbes named Ford America’s best Employer in 2016 as well. That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

We here at Palmetto Ford Lincoln are proud to see Ford ranking among the world’s most ethical companies!

 

Ford Gives $50k in Grants to High School STEAM Students

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$50k in Grants to High School STEAM Students

Ford has its own STEAM program, only they’ve added the “A” to represent the arts, suggesting that creative design is just as important to the puzzle.

By now, you’ve probably heard of STEM education. These schools and programs put their focus on teaching kids how to use science, technology, engineering, and math. Kids learn about these areas on paper, but are also encouraged and shown how to apply them in real-life situations. Ford has its own STEAM program, only they’ve added the “A” to represent the arts, suggesting that creative design is just as important to the puzzle.

Ford STEAM recently paired up with Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) to offer $50,000 in grants to students who showed particular dedication to using STEAM to improve their community. These students applied for the financial support from Ford by explaining how they could use the money along with their STEAM skills to make a change. Students needed to show strong leadership, an ability to partner with members of their community, and the capability to investigate what the “real world” needs to change for the better.

When Ford Gives $50k in grants, it’s not for nothing. The first place students won $20,000 and will use it to convert an F-Series truck to run on hydrogen fuel, plus build the solar energy farm that will power their hydrogen processor. Other winners have plans that include more solar energy stations plus mobile learning labs. The Ford STEAM grant inspires students to put their education to practical use that could change the world, just another reason why Palmetto Ford Lincoln feels proud to be connected to the Ford name.

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https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2017/02/14/ford-stem-high-school-community-challenge-awards-student-teams.html

Ford Fusion Named Best Family Sedan

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2017 Ford Fusion

A family car with a little thrill!

The 2017 Ford Fusion is the best car for your family. Says who, you ask? Says the people. The intelligent, advanced, sporty 2017 Ford Fusion just received the 2017 MotorWeek Driver’s Choice Award for the Best Family Sedan. MotorWeek reviews all sorts of vehicles each year and picks the very best in multiple categories by assessing things like innovation, safety, and durability.

So what is it about the 2017 Ford Fusion that makes it great for families? A lot of the value comes from the many advanced technologies that make the Fusion easy and safe to pilot. For instance, the Ford Fusion is the first Ford vehicle on the continent to offer adaptive cruise control. This feature monitors your speed and distance between you and other vehicles, making adjustments as needed. The Fusion is also equipped with Ford’s first pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection. There are many other driver-assist technologies in the 2017 Ford Fusion, which give drivers the confidence to transport their families safely.

But a family car needs to offer a little thrill to balance things out, so the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport is equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost. This makes the sedan peppy, while the intelligent all-wheel drive promises that the Fusion Sport will have a smooth and controllable handling. Come by Palmetto Ford Lincoln to test drive the 2017 Ford Fusion and see for yourself why this is the best family sedan around.

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https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2017/02/09/ford-fusion-best-family-sedan-2017-motorweek-drivers-choice-awards.html   

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

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St. Patrick's Day Block Party - Palmetto Ford Lincoln - Charleston, SC

St. Patrick’s Day is still a little ways off, but it’s never too early to start making plans for a true family celebration. The Old Village of North Charleston is holding its thirteenth annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Parade. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the livelihood that is St. Patrick’s Day at this local event.

The local celebration will play host to live music that covers three separate stages. Those in search of food can find it at any of the wonderful street vendors. That’s not to mention the many local food vendors and trucks as well as established restaurants! The North Charleston Artist Guild will be in attendance as well, rounding out the lineup.

Kids can enjoy the celebration as well in the Kid’s Zone which features jump castles, an inflatable obstacle course, fire truck, and face painting. The mechanical bull will be making its return for another year too!

The St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Parade takes place on March 13th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at East Montague Avenue. Come out and enjoy the fun!

We here at Palmetto Ford Lincoln hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party later this year

New Ford Bronco and Ranger Confirmed

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Auto and off-road enthusiasts alike have been clamoring for the return of the Ford Bronco and Ranger and now it looks like they’re getting their wish. The American automaker officially announced that the two models will return to the United States at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. While there aren’t many details to go on, Ford did provide some information to put the rumors to rest.

The new Ford Bronco and Ranger will both be produced at the Michigan Assembly Plant. The Bronco is expected to arrive in 2020, preceded by the Ranger pickup in 2019. The Ford Ranger is currently sold in markets outside of the United States, making it likely we’ll receive the new generation when it arrives. Both vehicles will ride on a shared body-on-frame platform to create a mid-size truck and SUV.

Ford brought more news to the Detroit Auto Show though. The automaker revealed a refreshed F-150 and gave more details on 13 new vehicles, including a hybrid model of the Mustang pony car.

The brand also renewed its plans to become a mobility company, citing partnerships with ride-sharing services, as well as plans to develop autonomous vehicles.

We here at Palmetto Ford Lincoln can’t wait for the official reveal of the new Ford Bronco and Ranger!

Matthew McConaughey Stars in Lincoln Continental Ad Campaign

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We all love the Lincoln commercials that Matthew McConaughey has starred in so far. There’s even more to love about the new Lincoln Continental ad campaign.

Matthew McConaughey, star of the “That’s Continental” ad campaign, wows in the new “Entrance” TV spot. This commercial impresses not only with its star power, but with its scenery, too. It was shot in the breathtaking city of Reykjavic, Iceland, a glacial wonderland.

“A car as iconic as Continental could only be shot in a unique locale – one not familiar to viewers,” said John Emmert, group marketing manager at The Lincoln Motor Company.

All Lincoln ads with Matthew McConaughey were directed by Wally Pfister, who has worked on “The Dark Night,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “Inception.”

McConaughey takes a back seat, literally, in the “Crafted” ad. He rides in luxury as the rear seat amenities of the Continental provide features like a luxurious chauffeur switch and access to the movement of the front passenger seat.

Check out “Crafted” to admire McConaughey and the Continental.

You might not be driving your new Continental in Iceland, and you might not be riding with Matthew McConaughey in the back seat, but you are sure to love this car. Come down to Palmetto Ford Lincoln today to check it out.