This year marks the 15th anniversary of Ford’s innovative program for new drivers, Ford Driving Skills for Life. To mark the special occasion, Ford is offering several program expansions and new technologies to aid in safe driving.
The tour kicked off last month in New Orleans and will eventually be held in 13 cities with 60 different hands-on sessions across the country. Ford anticipates instructing more than 5,500 students in the US, free of charge. The program is also expanding globally to Cambodia, Czech Republic, and Morocco. Notably, Ford will be offering the program to women in Saudi Arabia.
As for new technologies, Ford is now implementing virtual reality to help teach technical skills to new drivers and will also use a new tool to teach the dangers of distracted driving. Adult drivers will recognize the pain of driving in the hangover suit, which mimics the true physical difficulties of driving the day after copious alcohol consumption.
“As we celebrate 15 years of stellar programing to keep new drivers safe, we continue to build momentum with new technologies that help to ensure smart driving,” explained James Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “Our program is expanding in multiple ways – by reaching more people here and abroad, and by offering cutting-edge technologies that enhance our curriculum. We look forward to many more years of success. And we are proud to be the global leader in training new drivers to keep them safer behind the wheel.”
The Ford Driving Skills for Life will unfortunately not make it to Utah this year. The closest locations to L&L Motors include stops in California and Arizona.
You don’t become as revered and long-lasting as Ford without creating a few icons over the years. As one of the oldest automakers in the industry, Ford has created legendary models, some of which are still around today. We at L&L Motors know of a few famous Ford cars that have been brand milestones throughout the years.
Ford Model T
With a production run exceeding 16.5 million, the Ford Model T revolutionized the early automotive industry. Powered by a four-cylinder engine, the Model T was produced for two decades and effectively jumpstarted America’s interest in vehicles. In all of the brand’s century-plus history, no model has been as influential as the Ford Model T.
You can’t make a list of famous Ford cars without including the Ford GT, the astounding supercar that turned heads and broke records. The streel-legal performance car arrived in 2004 with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 550 hp. Unfortunately, it left the market in 2006. A decade later, the model made its triumphant return and is still in production today.
The Ford Mustang was introduced in the mid-1960s and kicked off a craze for an entire generation. The American muscle car brought superior performance to the industry, and its sleek styling certainly didn’t hurt. Today, the Ford Mustang is still going strong with plenty of trim levels and powertrains to choose from.
Ford recognizes the importance of having a strong education. That is why the Ford Motor Company Fund recently awarded $400,000 in scholarships and grants to the recipients of the Ford Driving Dreams Grants.
These grants were awarded at the 88th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Convention held in San Antonio, Texas. The funds will be distributed to 10 Councils and LULAC National Educational Service Centers that help students graduate from high school and then pursue higher education opportunities.
These centers are spread across the country from Hollister, California to Washington, DC. In addition, Council #44017 located in South Jordan, Utah will also receive funding.
“Ford Fund is very proud of its collaboration with LULAC. Together we provide invaluable resources to help the councils build a stronger and brighter future for thousands of students in their own communities,” said Joe Avila, manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Education has long been a priority for Ford and we remain committed to helping our young people advance in school and reach their academic dreams.”
Since its inception, the Ford Driving Dreams Grants have awarded more than $1.3 million to help students across the United States succeed.
Here at L&L Motor Co., we are proud to be part of a company that understands the value of a good support system and are pleased to see one of these grants going to serve a community here in Utah.
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!
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.
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!