Ford’s NFL Sponsorship Brings Tailgate Parties

Ford F-Series Now Official Truck of the NFL

Ford is the latest automaker to join the NFL’s growing list of automotive sponsors. To celebrate and kick off its sponsorship, Ford is offering tailgate parties and rides to football games via ride sharing service Uber. Ford’s NFL sponsorship is a three-year deal and officially makes Ford the official truck of the NFL.

The toughness of the NFL is perfect for the Ford brand which puts an emphasis on strength, durability, and toughness, as indicated by the “Built Ford Tough” motto.

According to Ford’s vice president of marketing, Mark LaNeve, Ford’s NFL sponsorship “put the spotlight on fans and players who show toughness, smarts and determination on and off the field, and who deserve to be recognized for that.”

In addition to becoming the official truck brand of the NFL, Ford’s sponsorship also comes with a few other perks. First, the automaker will develop a fleet of Super Duty trucks designed for tailgate parties. Second, pickups will be available to give customers a ride to the game and also features a ticket giveaway. Finally, Ford will hold a contest with tickets to the Super Bowl as the top prize.

We here at L&L Motors couldn’t be happier to see two of the toughest brands combining forces with a three-year deal!

Ford Recycles Enough Aluminum to Make 30,000 Ford F-150 Trucks

Recycled Aluminum A lot has already been said about the Ford F-150’s unique aluminum body. The aluminum alloy helps make the Ford F-150 the toughest truck in the automotive industry! What might be less obvious is that the F-150’s use of aluminum makes it one of the greenest vehicles in the industry as well. Ford recycles enough aluminum in a month to make 30,000 Ford F-150 trucks.

Each month, Ford recycles a total of 20 million pounds of aluminum. That aluminum is then repurposed to create a new fleet of Ford F-150 vehicles.

How does Ford save so much aluminum to be reused? Using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Stamping Plant, Ford is able to repurpose unused aluminum in their vehicle manufacturing.

That’s good news for the environment, especially because the use of recycled aluminum avoids 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from primary aluminum production.

For a truck that is guaranteed to keep you and the planet safer, go for the aluminum standard of the Ford F-150.

Ohio Corn Maze Inspired by All-New Ford F-150

The all-new Ford F-150 is inspiring people around the nation to go further—but it isn’t just appealing to those who have tons of gear to haul around or to our customers at L&L Motors.

Leaders Farm in Napoleon, Ohio has created a seven-acre corn maze in tribute to the Ford F-150—and when we say “tribute,” we don’t just mean that it wrote “sponsored by” on a sign next to the cornfield. No, the maze itself is shaped after the iconic pickup truck.

“We are a multi-generation Ford-driving family,” said Kristin Leaders of Leaders Farms. “My husband Brad was reading a magazine last winter and saw the new F-150 design and loved it. We thought it would really stand out as the feature of this year’s corn maze.”

One of Leaders Farm’s other attractions is Big Jack, a huge pumpkin cannon mounted to a Ford F-450 Super Duty truck. It can launch pumpkins nearly half a mile thanks to a compressed air tank that weighs 500 lbs. and develops 30 psi of pressure. Wow!

Ford F-150 Wins Altair Enlighten Award for Weight Reduction

Ford F-150Ford is on a diet. The American carmaker recently reduced the weight of the 2015 Ford F-150 significantly, thanks to the use of lightweight materials. So much weight, in fact, that Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have named the Ford Motor Company the winner of the 3rd annual Altair Enlighten Award.

“We are happy to congratulate Ford for winning the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award,” said Dave Mason, Vice President of Global Automotive at Altair. “It’s encouraging to see Ford implementing a holistic lightweighting strategy, which resulted in impressive weight savings that were incredibly significant to the judging panel.”

The pickup truck was recognized for its total weight reduction of up to 700 pounds, while still being able to maintain its best-in-class towing, payload, and EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy—not to mention five-star government crash test ratings for every cab configuration!

Much of the 700 pounds were saved by using high-strength, aerospace-grade aluminum alloys throughout the F-150 body, not only reducing weight but also improving dent and ding resistance. Ford also increased the use of high-strength 70,000-psi steel from 23 percent to 77 percent of the frame, improving stiffness and durability while saving about 60 pounds. No wonder they’re selling like hotcakes at L&L Motors!

2016 Ford F-150 Alternative Gas Option Uses Propane and Natural Gas

Ford F-150Ford is stepping to the forefront of alternative clean energy by providing for its new 2016 Ford F-150 trucks to be converted to propane and compressed natural gas (CNG). Though oil prices are down, the interest in these cheaper fuels is on the rise—according to Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.

“We surveyed customers likely to use natural gas or propane, and 72% told us they want to have these alternative-fuel capabilities available on F-150 with the 5-liter V8 engine,” Coleman said. “We expect the gaseous-fuel prep package will be even more popular than it was on the 2014 F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine.”

That also means that Ford will be offering the only half-ton on the road to be powered by CNG or propane fuels. Buyers will need to check the box to include the $315 factory-installed engine package then have a new fuel tank and fuel lines installed for a cost of between $7,000 and $9,500 depending on tank capacity.

New advances like the 2016 Ford F-150 alternative gas option make Ford the most exciting brand on the road. Stop by L&L Motors to see our full line of high-tech Ford cars and trucks.

The Ford F-150 Is the Most Popular Vehicle in 39 States

cropped-cropped-13985351295_23badc4828_k.jpgMost of us are aware that the pickup truck is America’s most-loved vehicle, but we’re not sure that most people know just how much America loves pickups. Everycarlisted.com took it upon themselves to crunch the numbers and throw the results into some helpful visuals that make them easy to understand.

Everycarlisted.com did an analysis of what people are spending across the US on vehicles. The results show that trucks are more popular than cars, and that the Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle.

Let’s break it down:

  • There are 8,747,172 trucks on the road in America right now, and 7,688,144 cars.
  • The F-150 is currently the most popular vehicle in 39 of the 50 states (Yep, that includes Utah).

But, which states don’t love trucks?!

Oddly, Florida prefers windowless vans to trucks, and their most popular vehicle is the Nissan Altima. We think that’s cause for them to lose their ‘Southern’ card. Are they even a real southern state?

Other than Florida being the odd duck of the south, California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Delaware all claim a different vehicle as their state’s most popular choice.

Stop by L&L Motors to find out for yourself why America just can’t get enough of the F-150!

Finally, a 2015 Ford F-150 Ad that Mentions Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150 adThe world was shocked when Ford said its next F-150 would be constructed of aluminum. Skepticism took hold when Ford said it would be tougher, more capable, and more rugged than any F-150 before it. Jaws dropped when not one single 2015 Ford F-150 ad mentioned that it offers the best in-class fuel efficiency.

Now, three months and four commercials into the 2015 F-150s ad campaign, and finally, Ford is touting the pickup’s impressive fuel economy. What was the holdup?

The Ford F-150 is the nation’s best-selling vehicle, and changing its construction from steel to lightweight aluminum was a risk, to say the least. Truck enthusiasts want tough; they want rugged; they want dependable; they want capable. They don’t care so much about those EPA estimates. Ford heard their concerns, and—using their first three commercial spots for the 2015 F-150—they made sure we knew that this was one tough pickup.

Now that we’ve heard the message loud and clear, Ford is ready to talk about that other benefit, saying in its latest commercial that the F-150 has “best in class EPA estimated gas fuel economy.” The 700 lbs the F-150 lost with its new aluminum construction not only allows it to tow more, but it also means it’s far more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

Are you ready to test out the 2015 Ford F-150 for yourself? Stop by L&L Motors Ford today!