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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Attending local events is a great way to learn more about the community and its issues. Roosevelt, Utah may not be the largest city in the area, but it offers several interesting events that are bound to interest residents and visitors. Here are a few upcoming events in Roosevelt, Utah recommended by us at L&L Motors.
Uinta Basic Water Summit
The Uinta Basin Water Summit is an annual event that offers the surrounding community the chance to learn more about issues in the area. Sponsors will demonstrate how their most recent technologies and products can help solve Uinta Basin water issues. The event takes place on January 17th at a cost of $30 to attend. Lunch is provided.
Wholistic Lifestyle Expo 2018
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about different ways to improve your living, then the Wholistic Lifestyle Expo 2018 is the event for you. Taking place on February 17th from 10am to 6pm, the event is a place for all holistic lifestyle enthusiasts to gather, converse, and learn more about themselves.
The Wholistic Lifestyle Expo 2018 will feature presenters, businesses, and those dedicated to holistic health. Other features include music, yoga, nutrition, personal development, life coaching, and much more! Tickets to this event cost just $10, making it a great bargain for those interested in changing their lifestyle.
If you need a new vehicle to drive through the winter and attend these events, contact us at L&L Motors.
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.
You can find Ford’s latest models at L&L Motors.
It is hard to believe it, but 2017 is almost over and winter is quickly rolling in. As the season changes and snow blows its way across northern Utah, you might just want to stay home under the covers. However, we at L&L Motors recommend you check out one of these parks near Roosevelt, Utah this winter to see the natural beauty of the area.
- Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers plenty of winter sports during this time of year. Snowmobiling, skiing, or snowshoeing are all excellent ways to traverse the frigid landscape when it’s covered in snow. You’ll also find five alpine ski resorts on the park’s grounds.
- Manti-La Sal National Forest’s Geyser Pass Trailhead is a local favorite destination for skiers and snowshoers, providing breathtaking views of the area during the winter that aren’t accessible by traditional vehicles.
- The 2002 Olympic winter venue, Soldier Hollow, is within Wasatch Mountain State Park and is open year-round for all kinds of seasonal activities. It’s a thrilling place to go tubing with the family.
To see the area in a different way this winter, head to one of these picturesque parks in a new SUV from L&L Motor Co.
Many Americans will spend at least part of their Christmas break travelling. If your family has a road trip planned in 2018 through Utah, make it easier by driving a new Ford SUV. When you travel in a Ford SUV, everyone will have the space they need and the technology they want.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is completely redesigned this year. It delivers best-in-class fuel economy, three rows of spacious seating, and plenty of room for all of your luggage. And, with standard USB charge ports within reach in each row, everyone’s devices can stay powered. With the available 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, up to 10 devices can connect at once.
When you don’t need the rugged capabilities of the Expedition, the sleeker 2018 Ford Explorer should be the ideal fit. It still offers seating for up to seven people, excellent fuel efficiency and power, and lots of technology. The available SYNC® 3 system uses intuitive voice technology to make hands-free calling and listening to music easier than ever.
Come test drive both the Ford Explorer and Expedition right here at L&L Motors to see which is the better fit for your family. You will wonder how you ever went on a road trip without them.