Hennessey Brings Venom GT and Custom Fords to 2015 SEMA Show

2015 SEMA ShowHennessey Performance Engineering is well-known for building the custom Venom GT, one of the fastest cars in the world—the latest version of which it unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, packing a whopping 1,451 horsepower!

But what kind of company does Hennessey deem worthy of its flagship supercar? That would be none other than a 774-horsepower Ford Mustang Convertible and a 650-horsepower VelociRaptor Ford F-150 pickup truck, both of which it also brought along for the show. Yes, Hennessey loves enormous horsepower figures.

But horsepower isn’t the only thing the two Ford vehicles can boast about. The tuning house claims the Mustang can race from 0 to 60 mph in a staggering two seconds flat, and both vehicles feature sexy new equipment, like custom lightweight Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and Brembo racing brakes for the ‘Stang and a Fox suspension upgrade and heavy-duty bumpers for the F-150.

Needless to say, you won’t find either at L&L Motors, but we’d certainly love to have a ride in one of these monsters.

Be Wary of These Sneaky Fall Driving Hazards

fall driving hazardsWe’re well into the fall season across the United States. This means beautiful colors almost everywhere you look, fun fall events like apple-picking and pumpkin carving, and some surprising fall driving hazards making your weekend cruise just a little more dangerous. Here’s our quick list of tricky fall driving hazards to be looking out for this season:

Fog and rain. Fall means hurricane season, and hurricane season means wonky weather across the country. Rain can be erratic and, at times, dramatic, bringing with it sheets of solid fog, especially in the morning. When you encounter heavy fog, avoid using your high beams; the light reflects of the moisture in the air and will only complicate your visibility further.

Deer. Deer don’t seem to mind the hurricane-inspired weather of autumn; in fact, they find it rather romantic. Fall is mating and migrating season for deer in America, so keep your eyes peeled for deer as they bound into the road and across the freeways.

Leaves. Fallen leaves, especially after those erratic rains, can make the roads extra slick. Avoid driving through patches of collected leaves on the road if possible. Also, keep your eyes on the road, and not on the beautiful, colorful scenery! Accidents happen when drivers are distracted by the beautiful sights of autumn all around; stay safe and pay attention to the road.

Fall driving hazards may not be as vicious as those you could encounter in the winter, but they’re nothing to take lightly! Drive safe this fall.

European Ford Sales Increase Significantly

European Ford SalesThere’s no brand more synonymous with American tradition than Ford, a fact that’s been true for nearly a century. Today, without losing any of its American quality or roots, Ford is making huge gains in the European automobile market.

European Ford sales are skyrocketing, growing 10% so far in 2015 in alone. In September, Ford vehicles had a total vehicle market share of a whopping 8.9%, being number two in passenger car sales and number one in commercial vehicle sales.

Ford commercial vehicle sales, as indicated by their number one position in the European market, have made enormous bounds. In 2015, Ford sales in Europe for commercial vehicles are up and impressive 26%.

Where are these monstrous sales taking place? Well, basically everywhere. Ford has increased its market share in 12 of its 20 European markets. This includes continental nations Germany, Spain, France, and Italy, as well as Turkey and the United Kingdom.

This is a great sign for Ford, but it’s also great news for American automotive engineering across the board.

Ford’s Mid-size Truck to Re-Enter Market

A few years ago, automakers in Detroit decided to pull their mid-size trucks from their lineups, showing no indication of looking back—until now. General Motors brought back the mid-size Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado in 2015 and now, it looks like Ford will also bring back its mid-size pickup truck.

Ford recently announced it will be bringing the popular Ford Ranger back to join the F-150, which remains the most popular pickup truck in the market. The Ranger was last produced in the United States in 2012, but is still sold in a variety of international markets. Ford halted American production of the Ranger after many customers decided the F-150 was the choice for them due to its low price and high capabilities.

Now the average price of the F-150 breaks the $40,000 mark and sales are still going strong. That leaves plenty of wiggle room for a mid-size pickup.

Ford’s mid-size truck is set to reenter the market come 2018, whether it’s the Ranger or a new model altogether.

Look for the all-new 2016 Ford models in our new inventory when they come out!

How to Jump Start Your Car

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Knowing how to jump start your car is an essential part of driving. It’s easy to forget since few drivers jump start a car often. Even with roadside assistance, knowing how to start a dead battery can save time and money. Here’s an easy-to-follow guide to help you jump start your car!

  • Once you’ve parked both cars, pop the hoods and identify the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals on each car’s battery. Do the same for the jumper cables.
  • Attach the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other positive end to the live battery.
  • Attach the negative (black) cable to the live battery’s negative terminal. Attach the other end to a jumper post or unpainted bolt near the dead battery. Watch out for fans and belts!
  • Once everything is attached, start the car with the live battery. Let it idle for a few minutes while slightly pushing on the gas.
  • After a few minutes have passed, try to start the car with the dead battery. If the car doesn’t start, wait a few more minutes and try again.
  • Once the car starts, let both vehicles idle. After you disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them, continue on your way.

Does your car need more than a simple jump? Our service department can help!

Ford July Sales Up 5% — Best Since 2006

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The success of the Ford Fusion has helped Ford drive great sales in July.

The Ford Motor Company reported its best July since 2006 with total and retail sales up 5 percent last month, driven by the F-Series, Fusion, and Mustang.

A total of 222,731 vehicles were sold last month, with F-Series retail sales up 13 percent to deliver the pickup trucks’ own best results since 2006, even though transaction pricing is at all-time record (up $3,200 compared to last year).

SUV sales were up 11 percent year-over-year for the best result since 2005. Explorer, Edge, and Escape sales were up 27 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. This month’s sales marked an all-time record for the Escape.

Van sales were up 14 percent with a total of 16,090 vehicles sold, led by the all-new Transit, which was responsible for about half of these and led Ford commercial vans to a 15-year sales high.

Finally, Fusion and Mustang sales skyrocketed last July. The former was up 5 percent for its best July performance ever while the latter was up 29 percent, making it the most popular sports car in the country.

To get a better sense for why Ford July sales were so high, check out the automaker’s excellent vehicles at L&L Motors!

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!

Ford Helps Teach Safe Driving Skills at Six Free Camps

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In addition to buckling up, Ford is also teaching young people about the dangers of drunk driving, and safe driving skills.

Ford is making the roads safer not just by building better cars, but by also encouraging better driving. From July through early August, the automaker will be helping to teach more than 1,500 teens to learn key safe-driving skills at free camps in six states.

Advanced hands-on driver training will be held in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, as part of the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program. An estimated 1,500 teens will attend the camps, where they will learn the dangers of impaired driving by using a special suit and goggles that slow movement, blur vision, and reduce coordination—mimicking how it feels to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“More teen driving-related deaths tend to occur in June, July and August than any other month,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director at Governors Highway Safety Association, a DSFL partner. “So it’s particularly timely that Ford Driving Skills for Life is taking its show on the road, hitting six states during the heart of this dangerous driving season.”

Parents are encouraged to participate with their teens at the camp, which will also cover vehicle handling, speed and space management, and hazard recognition.

Mustang vs. Camaro: It’s Not Even Close

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In the battle of the Mustang vs. Camaro, there is a clear victor: the mighty Mustang.

Ask several people whether the Mustang or the Camaro is the best American muscle car and you might get different answers. But that’s only because asking a couple people only gives you a small perspective on how the seemingly never-ending fight between the two iconic cars is going.

The Camaro got a boost in sales when Megan Fox leaning over it in Transformers made it briefly super popular, but the ‘Stang soon came right back it at it. Sales were neck and neck in 2012 and 2013, and the Mustang finally jumped ahead again in 2014.

Now, the Mustang vs. Camaro showdown isn’t even close. In June, the Mustang outsold the Camaro 11,719 to 8,611 cars, and both were ahead of the Challenger’s 6,845 units. Though the Camaro saw sales increase by 11.5 percent, it couldn’t keep up with the Mustang’s whopping 53.6 percent improvement.

At L&L Motors, we think it’s because of the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It sounds blasphemous to say “four cylinders” and “Mustang” in the same sentence, we know, but the thing Mustang put under that hood is truly impressive and is responsible for 36 percent of the car’s sales. You really ought to try it for yourself!

Ford Mustang with Zombie 222 Package Goes from Zero to 60 in 2 Seconds


Plenty of vehicles can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in a handful of seconds, but a recently upgraded 1968 Ford Mustang is putting them all to shame. The Zombie 222 package for Mustangs, created by Mitch Medford, is helping a 1968 Ford Mustang hit the 60 mph in just two seconds.

Medford is currently planning on converting many old Mustangs into modern electric drag racers, using innovative technologies that have never been seen before. If its zero to 60-time is any indication, we’d say that this Zombie 222 Mustang is a pretty good advertisement.

This powerful vehicle hosts two electric motors, which combine to produce more than 800 horsepower and 1,800 pound-feet of torque. The Zombie 22 Package also allows the ’69 ‘Stang to hit an astounding top speed of 175 mph, leaving its competition in the dust.

You can check out a test run of the 1968 Mustang with Zombie 222 package here.