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!

 

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!

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.

5 Gifts for the Truck Lover in Your Life

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Gifts for the Truck Lover - 2017 Ford F-150

Ok, you already have the cool truck-patterned wrapping paper. Now, what are you going to wrap? If you’re trying to figure out the best gifts for the truck lover in your life, look no further.

Weathertech DigitalFit Floor Liners

These floor liners are made to fit each truck’s specific dimensions. Your truck-loving friends will love the snug fit and the fact that his or her truck floor is now protected from winter weather or harsh chemicals like gasoline.

Putco Chrome Window Visors

These window visors have an in-channel design rather than taping on, which makes them sturdier. Any truck will look instantly snazzy with these durable and functional accessories. You may even be tempted to get a pair for your own car, too.

Putco Chrome Door Handle Covers

If you’re going for the window visors, you may as well throw in some door handle covers. After all, what truck doesn’t look good with a little chrome on it?

Access Truck Bed Mat

All truck lovers want to protect every part of their truck, even the bed. Get the truck lover in your life a nice bed mat like this one and he or she will never have to worry about scratches or dings again.

Northwest Neoprene Seat Covers

Neoprene is the same material used for wetsuits, which means soft, comfortable and completely waterproof. Now spills won’t seem so scary! These covers even have additional foam padding for added comfort.

2017 Ford Fusion to Include a System for Pothole Protection

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Pothole Protection

One of the most irritating aspects of driving in the city is the constant potholes in the road. These potholes aren’t just annoying, either. They can cause your vehicle some serious damage, as well. If only there was a way to reduce the trouble potholes cause. Fortunately, Ford has the answer!

According to a Ford press release, the 2017 Ford Fusion will include a system for pothole protection.

The system included with the V6 Sport trim of the new Ford Fusion uses computer-controlled shock absorption technology to reduce the damage that potholes cause.

The 2017 Ford Fusion will be the first vehicle in its class to include this pothole protection technology.

“The new Fusion V6 Sport substantially reduces the harsh impact potholes often deliver,” says Jason Michener, Ford continuously controlled damping engineering expert. “Our new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes and ‘catching’ the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.”

For all the potholes life throws your way, Ford is there to help out!

Ford and Pivotal Collaborate on FordPass Mobility Program

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FordPass mobility program

Seriously…that’s not how you use a computer.

Ford and Pivotal, a leader in the cloud-based software world, are collaborating on a software platform for the FordPass mobility program, which they hope will revolutionize mobility for users. Through FordPass, Ford aims to establish itself as both an auto company and a mobility company.

FordPass’ features include the Marketplace, which gives the user access to parking and sharing information; FordGuides for more efficient movement; FordHubs, which shows Ford’s recent technological advances; and Appreciation, which recognizes app users for their loyalty. FordPass will also work with Ford SYNC.

Partnership with Pivotal gives Ford access to rapid internet software development methods, Pivotal’s innovative cloud platform, and a team of IT specialists constantly updating and developing the FordPass software to meet the needs of consumers.

One of the aims of the FordPass program is to give consumers access to ride-sharing and car-sharing services in the future, increasing mobility for the disabled, the elderly, and others who can’t or don’t drive.

FordPass will be available for free download in April, and Ford vehicle ownership is not required to use the program.

Shelby GT350 “Voodoo” V8 is Among Wards 10 Best Engines of 2016

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Wards 10 Best Engines of 2016

 

The 5.2-liter “Voodoo” V8 engine powering the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang has been named one of Wards 10 Best Engines of 2016. It was the only muscle car V8 to be featured on the list and marked the 28th time a Ford engine was honored by WardsAuto.

The Shelby GT350’s engine is derived from the previous-generation 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8, which also won Wards 10 Best Engines trophies in 2011 and 2012. This time around, the V8 features a six-speed manual transmission, old-school port fuel injection, and an 8,250 RPM redline for maximum goodness. Come over to Palmetto Ford and rev the thing—you’ll love it!

In fact, given that it doesn’t use forced induction, WardsAuto found it mightily impressive that the 526-horsepower V8 still managed to reach the 100 hp/L threshold.

“The Voodoo engine does everything well, from puttering around town to frightening small animals. WardsAuto editors consider it the pinnacle of internal-combustion engineering,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto editor.