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.


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.


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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New Ford Bronco - Ford Logo - Palmetto Ford Lincoln

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.

New Year’s Car Resolutions

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It’s time to ring in the New Year! And you know what that means… resolutions. If you’re stuck on what resolutions to make this year, why don’t you make them about your car? Here are some car resolutions for the New Year.

  1. Schedule Maintenance Visits

Take out your phone and schedule specific days that you’ll take your car to the shop for a check-up. Shoot for bi-annual appointments.


  1. Keep It Clean

Make a vow to keep your car clean – inside and out! Keeping it clean on the outside is sure to impress other drivers and keeping it clean on the inside will impress your passengers.


  1. Get New Tires

Celebrate the New Year and your car by getting tires for every season. Believe it or not, there’s a big difference between summer tires, all-weather tires, and winter tires. And the difference will surely benefit your car.


  1. Be Gentler

Sure, you only really need to be gentle to your car during the initial break-in period. But you’ll notice a difference if you ease up on the gas a little. Gentle starts and stops will do wonders on your car’s health and on your gas bill.


  1. Detail It

Treat yourself and your car by doing that detailing you’ve always wanted!

The 2017 F-250 Super Duty Truck is Motor Trend Truck of the Year

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty - Motor Trend Truck of the Year

When Motor Trend chooses any of their “Of the Year” awards, they don’t take it lightly. It’s not just about a couple of judges picking their favorite vehicle. It’s about scrutinizing each entry with tests of engineering, strength, safety and value. So while it’s no wonder that the 2017 Super Duty truck is the Motor Trend Truck of the Year, it’s no simple victory either.

Part of what makes the 2017 Ford Super Duty stand out among its competitors is a combination of strength and smart features. The Ford Super Duty is made to be used for expert towing. Its towing power alone earned it some extra points. While the Ford F-350 stands out as the biggest and baddest, the F-250 is no modest contender, either. It offers up 430 lb-ft of torque, a 2,930 payload capacity and a 12,500 towing capacity.

The F-250 Super Duty truck was ranked high on the Motor Trend list not only for its power, but for its efficiency and its safety. The latter impressed the judges, thanks to an array of features like collision warning and trailer sway control. From top to bottom, inside and out, the 2017 Super Duty earned its Motor Trend Truck of the Year award.