Ford is joining the ranks of other automakers and Silicon-Valley techies fighting for stakes in the future of automobiles. Jim Hackett—Ford’s new CEO—says he’s implementing changes to make Ford part of this future.
After spending three months on the job, Hackett specified what changes will be coming to Ford. Previously, Hackett led Ford’s autonomous car division before moving up to president and CEO of Ford Motor Company.
The changes affect both the production of Ford cars as well as the types of cars Ford will be focusing its energy on. Ford will further automate its manufacturing to slash costs, as well as invest particularly in SUVs and light trucks by taking away resources from traditional cars. Ford is boldly trying to anticipate what the future of automobiles will look like; investing in key electric power and smart technologies is part of its new venture.
Hackett wants Ford to expand its consumer markets and fight for a place in the future of autonomous cars, as these are looking more and more like the industry’s next step. A third area that Hackett would like to focus on is making Ford vehicles increasingly smart with tech features geared toward easy connectivity and entertainment.
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Throughout the years, Hollywood has repeatedly turned to Ford vehicles to use on the big screen. Some of the most iconic scenes in movie history feature a Ford model, driven by famous actors in famous scenes. It happens more often than you would think, and we at L&L Motors want to share a few of our favorite Ford movie moments.
When thinking about Jurassic Park, the vehicles the characters drive to tour the park—and eventually use to barrel through the jungle terrain and escape from the dinosaurs—are instantly summoned to mind. These vehicles were first-generation Ford Explorers, decked out with a jungle paint job, off-road lights, and a tough front grille guard. All things considered, we think the Explorer put up a good fight against the T-Rex.
The Big Lebowski
Throughout The Big Lebowski, our favorite Dude and actor Jeff Bridges drives a 1973 Ford Gran Torino—that is, until it is stolen from him. In a hilarious unfolding of events, the Dude subsequently gets his car back, has it wrecked, and eventually sees it go up in flames. We’re proud that a Ford model is central to this cult favorite, although it takes quite a beating.
In this film, Walt Kowalski—played by Clint Eastwood—prizes his 1972 Gran Torino Sport over all his other possessions. After returning from the Korean war, Kowalski worked at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. Kowalski’s devotion to his car allows him to think about his past and informs the relationships that take shape within the film.
From decorating the house to stocking up on candy for trick or treaters, it’s easy to forget the most important part of Halloween: coming up with the perfect costume! Have no fear, though; borrow one of these last-minute Halloween costume ideas from L&L Motors and show up to your costume party prepared.
You already have the components of this easy costume lying around somewhere: all it takes is an old flannel and some face paint. You get bonus points for some straw to stuff up your sleeves, but no one will blame you if you skip that itchy step.
We know Christmas is still a couple months away, but if you unpack you Christmas decorations early, you can easily transform into a Christmas tree for Halloween in just minutes.
A paper cone cup and a rubber band is all it takes to deck yourself out as a unicorn for your costume party. Of course, some glitter will put the finishing touches on the ensemble.
If your friend forgot their costume too, go as tourists together. All you need is a camera around your neck and a fanny pack around your waist. Just try not to annoy your friends too badly by asking for directions around the party.
Don’t skip the party just because you forgot to plan ahead. Instead, borrow one of these easy last minute costumes and show up in style.
Fall is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the best the natural world has to offer. If you’re in northern Utah, you’re perfectly situated to experience some seriously awesome hikes. Before winter hits, be sure to check out L&L Motors’ best hikes near Roosevelt, Utah.
Queant Lake Trail
This 10-mile trail is perfect for those looking to get away from crowded campgrounds without having to work too hard. A gentle hike with plenty of excellent camping locations, this is a great first trail for new backpackers or experienced hikers taking it easy.
Rasmussen Lakes Trail
Rasmussen Lakes Trail is only about four miles long, but some trickier cross-country trekking makes this one a secret-favorite of many. If you’re looking for some solitude, this is a great option for you.
Rock Lakes Trail
This hike might be short, but it’s certainly not easy. The Rock Lakes Trail is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a challenge. Expect to feel like you hiked twice as far at the end of this one.
Whether you’re a backcountry expert or an outdoor enthusiast looking for an afternoon away, these hikes near Roosevelt will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Once you’ve experience the thrill and power that a burnout offers, you will want to do it again and again. Ford is now giving all Mustang owners that opportunity. It has announced that the Mustang line-lock features will come standard on all 2018 Mustang models, including those equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.
“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”
Line-lock, which is a truck-exclusive feature, is used by drag racers to warm up the tires just before the race begins. When activated, line-lock builds up pressure in the front brakes so the driver can hit the throttle and spin out the rear wheels for up to 15 seconds.
In addition, Mustangs equipped with the available 12-inch digital instrument display will get see an animation of a tire throwing up a cloud of smoke when line-lock is activated.
Here at L&L Motor Co., we are excited that Ford decided to add the Mustang Line-Lock feature to all Mustang models. No matter if you choose the EcoBoost, V6, or one of the V8 engines, the Ford Mustang is guaranteed to deliver a thrilling ride.
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.
Hitting the road for a family vacation during winter is something many families take part in to escape the cold weather. Snow- and ice-covered roads hold plenty of hazards in store for the unprepared and could put a stall, or end, to what should be a fun-filled vacation. Read up on how to handle the roads this winter. Here are a few great tips for driving in the snow from us here at L&L Motors.
- Four-Wheel Drive – While four-wheel drive will help you get moving on slick roads, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to stop. Increased capability systems aim to move the vehicle, not stop it. Be prepared to stop at all times and keep your speed in check!
- Cruise Control – While cruise control is fantastic on dry pavement, it can be detrimental on snow-covered roads. Using cruise control means you can’t take your foot off the gas to start slowing the car down. Instead, you have to hit the brake. That can cause a loss of control, especially on slick roads.
- Skidding – Drivers who end up skidding tend to panic and that only leads to disaster. Instead, steer in the direction you want the car to go in order to straighten out. Avoiding hitting the brakes altogether as they could result in an even worse situation.