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.

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.