Ford F-150 Hybrid Production Confirmed for 2020

Earlier this fall, Ford confirmed something major for America’s favorite pickup truck: Ford F-150 hybrid production will begin at the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2020. The Rouge complex this year celebrates its 100 year anniversary; its history dates back to 1918, when workers built Eagle Boats during World War I for the United States Navy.

It is fitting that the new Ford F-150 hybrid will be produced at this location. Since its inception, Rouge has been about producing innovative vehicles that lead the market.

“Just as the Rouge has been a harbinger of progress for a century, Ford is committed to ensuring our trucks continue to power the world in a sustainable way — whether they are powered by EcoBoost engines, hybrid powertrains, or are fully electric,” according to Ford.

Rouge will certainly be doing the environment a favor by producing a new hybrid pickup. But this won’t be the complex’s only environmental achievement. In fact, the plant recently earned zero-waste-to-landfill status and is currently working to remove potable water from its manufacturing process.

Ford F-150 hybrid production will also involve a $45 million investment in the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford and a $35 million investment in the Allen Park UAW-Ford training facility.

Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive your favorite Ford model.

Here Are Five Vehicle Features We Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so we at L&L Motor have been talking about what we are thankful for. One of the big things? Advances in vehicle safety. Here are five vehicles features we are grateful for this year:

All-Wheel Drive 

When the roads get wet from rain or snow, we are happy to rely on our vehicles’ all-wheel drive systems, which provide or traction. But all-wheel drive is only half the battle — you also need tires that provide adequate grip.

Rearview Cameras

Rearview cameras are now an industry standard — and thank goodness for that. Rearview cameras make it much easier to see when reversing and keep pedestrians in parking lots and on sidewalks much safer.

Forward Collision Warning 

This modern safety feature alerts you if you are approaching a frontal barrier, like another car, too quickly. Some cars even have systems that will apply brakes for you if you do not react quickly enough.

Blind Spot Monitoring

Blind spots have long been the biggest pain about driving, but with blind spot monitoring/warnings, you have a better idea of what is around you.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Cruise control is great until the car in front of you inexplicably slows down. Adaptive cruise control maintains a consistent distance from the traffic ahead of you.

Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive one of our new Ford models equipped with some of these safety features.

Ford Will Reduce Platforms, Add Vehicles by 2023

Big things are coming from the Blue Oval. In fact, just last month, Ford announced that it will reduce platforms for its vehicles. Instead of the nine platforms that currently underpin its vehicles, Ford will soon have just five. At the same time, Ford will add nine new nameplates to its lineup by 2023. That will bring its total vehicle count to 23, which is three more than it currently offers.

So what are the five platforms that will remain? According to The News Wheel, they are the unibody for FWD and AWD, unibody for RWD and AWD, unibody for battery-electric vehicles, unibody for commercial vans, and body-on-frame for RWD and AWD. This decision will help evolve the One Ford Concept that former CEO Alan Mulally originally developed. More importantly, this will save Ford $7 billion and will get new Ford models into dealerships faster.

Though Ford plans to add nine new vehicles within the next five years, it will also be retiring the Fusion, Taurus, C-MAX, Flex, and Fiesta. In doing so, Ford will drop the average age of vehicles in its lineup from 5.7 years to 3.3 years.

“It’s like selling fish and vegetables,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s head of product development and purchasing. “The fresher it is, the better they do.”

For more updates from Ford, contact us at L&L Motor. We can also set you up with a test drive of your favorite Ford model.

Ford Is Paying Driver’s License Fees for Female Drivers in Saudi Arabia

While we fight for equality for women here in America, we must also remember that women and their male allies throughout the world are also fighting that same battle. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Saudi Arabia where, for the first time, women have earned the right to drive.

Ford hopes to make a difference in this monumental policy change. Thus far, Ford has offered special driving courses to female drivers in Saudi Arabia and even bestowed a brand new Ford Mustang to a women’s rights activist. Ford’s latest move is to fund the driver’s license fees for women in Saudi Arabia via its vehicle distributor, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agency Co.

Though it seems small, this is a huge gift from Ford, as getting licensed in Saudi Arabia costs nearly $700. Any Saudi Arabian women who want to take advantage of this assistance need only to submit a receipt for the fees by September 30.

“Ford is committed to delivering the best products, services, and we are in turn committed to helping out female customers in getting the best overall ownership experience in the Kingdom,” remarked Mohammed Al Kraidees, CEO, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co. “AJVA will pay the cost of obtaining a driver’s license, and we hope that this will further facilitate this process and help more women to get behind the wheel of their dream Ford car as soon as possible.”

We here at L&L Motor would like to congratulate Ford for helping the women of Saudi Arabia gain their driving independence. This time is long overdue.

Three Upcoming Fall Festivals near Vernal, Utah

Utah is an amazing place to live year-round, but the autumn brings us some of the most exciting events statewide. Vernal is uniquely located close to major centers of action, like Salt Lake City and Moab, but also plays host to its own unique events. Here are three can’t miss fall festivals near Vernal this year.

Utah State Fair in September

 The Utah State Fair will be held in Salt Lake City from September 8 to 18. There is no shortage of things to do at the fair, including the rodeo, circus, excellent food, music, and more. You can order your tickets to specific concert events online here.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Festival in October

What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than this classic event down in Moab, Utah? The annual pumpkin chunkin’ event will be held on October 26 at the Old Airport Runway. The event will include pie eating (as well as lots of other eating from a number of food vendors), wiener dog races, costume contests, kids’ activities, game booths, arts and crafts, and more.

Vernal Community Holly Days Festival in November

 This annual event is free and family-friendly. This year marks the 15th annual festival. Come for the holiday spirit, including gingerbread house contests, a parade of lights, and more. The event will be held on November 23.

For more ways to celebrate the season, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.

Avoid Potholes with New Ford Focus Pothole Detection Technology

There are few things worse than driving along, minding your own business when — BAM! — you hit a giant pothole you somehow didn’t see. With potholes becoming such a consistent part of the driving experience, it can be difficult to avoid them — until now. Ford is introducing a brand-new technology that will help mitigate pothole damage — and hopefully keep you from feeling that unwelcome jarring sensation.

The Ford Focus pothole detection technology senses when your Focus’s wheel falls into a pothole. When this occurs, it automatically adjusts the suspension to help eliminate the pothole’s impact on both your vehicle’s suspension and you — all within a single second.

Ford tested the effectiveness of this technology at its Belgium test facility, putting it through the ringer with plenty of awful potholes and road hazards.

“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we’re noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for the all-new Focus, we’ve been able to reduce their impact.”

This new technology will come as part of the Focus’s Continuously Controlled Damping system, so make sure you add this technology to your list when you purchase a new Focus. Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive a new Focus equipped with this innovative feature.

Which 2018 Ford Model Gets the Best Gas Mileage?

For many people, finding a vehicle with the best gas mileage is a top priority. If you’re wondering which 2018 Ford model gets the best gas mileage, never fear. We’ve gone ahead and put together a quick list of the most fuel-efficient Ford models in each segment, based on their standard EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating.

Hybrids & EVs

As you might guess from their eco-friendly powertrains, Ford’s Hybrids and EVs happen to have the best fuel economy in the lot. From the all-electric Focus hatchback to the suave-looking Fusion Hybrid, the options are endless. Here’s a look at these models’ fuel-efficiency numbers from highest to lowest:

  • 2018 Ford Focus Electric: 118 MPGe city and 96 MPGe highway
  • 2018 Ford Fusion Energi: 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway; 104 MPGe city and 91 MPGe highway
  • 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid: 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway

Sedans & Hatchbacks

Depending on the size of the sedan and hatchback, you will find that you can still get some great fuel-efficiency ratings. Here’s a look at Ford’s three most fuel-efficient models in this segment.

  • 2018 Ford C-Max: 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Fiesta: 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Focus: 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway

Crossovers & SUVs

Crossovers and SUVs are great options for family cars. If you’re wondering which of Ford’s models are the most fuel-efficient, though, we’ve found the top three.

  • 2018 Ford EcoSport: 27 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Escape: 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
  • 2018 Ford Edge: 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway

Trucks

Ford’s pickup trucks are legendary. Not only do they offer superior power, but they also have some good fuel-efficiency numbers. Here’s a look at how fuel-efficient the popular F-150 is with its standard engine.

  • 2018 Ford F-150: 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway

Test-drive any of these reputable Ford models for yourself when you stop by L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to match you with a vehicle that suits your efficiency preferences.

 

Ford Driving Skills for Life Celebrates 15 Years

Ford Driving Skills for Life

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.

Famous Ford Cars Throughout the Years

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.

Ford GT

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.

Ford Mustang

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.

You can find Ford’s latest models at L&L Motors.

Famous Ford Cars - 2018 Ford Mustang GT

Ford Driving Dreams Grants Awards $400,000

Ford Driving Deams Grants Awards

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.