Why Choose a Plug-in Hybrid?

February 26, 2012

 

How it’s distinct:

Like the hybrid, the plug-in hybrid has a gasoline engine, an electric motor and a regenerative braking system, but also features a larger lithium-ion battery pack. The gas engine and braking system recharge the battery pack while driving. This next-generation hybrid is unique in that it adds an external charge port, meaning it can be plugged into and electric outlet to fully charge its large lithium-ion battery pack. Compared to the current hybrid, this plug-in vehicle will operate at higher speeds and for longer periods on battery-only power, further helping to decrease fuel consumption and emissions.

How it works:

With the battery fully charged, in most situations the Ford plug-in hybrid will operate in pure electric mode until the battery pack is depleted. It will then switch to gasoline-engine power and operate like a traditional hybrid vehicle. A larger battery pack means it can run on electric-only power for longer periods than a regular hybrid. The high-voltage battery pack is charged to a specific level by regenerative braking and by power from the gasoline engine while driving or idling. When parked, the battery pack is fully charged by plugging it into either an available 240V outlet or a standard 120V wall outlet.

How it saves:

While mileage figures aren’t yet available, this vehicle is expected to offer potential consumer savings on fuel costs, thanks to improved fuel efficiency when compared to a hybrid. This is because the vehicle can be plugged in, which helps extend the distance the vehicle can travel in Electric Vehicle Mode.

How it fits your lifestyle:

The plug-in hybrid is the ideal choice for people who find themselves driving in a variety of conditions. For many of these drivers, city driving and daily commutes could realize significant fuel savings by simply plugging in the car overnight to fully charge the battery pack. For longer trips, the gas engine kicks in to supplement the electric power. So the plug-in hybrid easily accommodates worry-free adventures that may not allow for convenient recharging along the way. Drivers can use a special MyFord™ Mobile app when they are away from their car to plan their trip, monitor or remotely control its charge status, find charging stations, etc. Similarly, when in their car, they can access MyFord™ Touch screens for additional functionality, including calculating real-time fuel consumption and range, route planning and useful reporting features.

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. We are Cincinnati’s ONLY downtown dealer! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.

 

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SYNC Accelerates into 2013 as Standard Equipment on New Ford Fusion and Flex

February 22, 2012


Drivers of more than 4 million vehicles already take advantage of mobile device connectivity provided by Ford SYNC®, which is available as either optional or standard equipment on every new Ford sold in North America. That population is set to grow even more for 2013 as the all-new Ford Fusion and Flex get SYNC as standard equipment.

Since its debut in 2007, SYNC has been recognized as the industry-leading system for connecting mobile phones and media players and enabling hands-free use through a simple and reliable voice-control system.

“Ford SYNC technology has led the industry in transforming the way we connect to our cars,” said Dave Mondragon, Ford general marketing manager. “SYNC has enabled Ford drivers to take advantage of the latest communication and entertainment technology with an easily upgradeable architecture that is friendly to use.”

Every all-new Fusion from the base car through to the advanced plug-in Fusion Energi, as well as the redesigned Flex, will be equipped with SYNC whether it has an entry-level audio system or top-of-the-line MyFord Touch® interface. Compatible phones and media players can be connected to SYNC through a standard USB port or wirelessly via Bluetooth®.

Nine states have now completely banned the use of hand-held phones by drivers with at least 35 states prohibiting texting behind the wheel. At the same time, Americans are more connected than ever, with the mobile industry trade group CTIA estimating more than 300 million cell phones were in use in the United States by mid-2011.

Hands-free, voice-activated control of music playback and phone calls enables drivers to drive safer by keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. With a connected mobile phone, drivers can also use SYNC Services to get voice-activated access to a cloud-based network of information including traffic, news, sports, weather, horoscopes, stock quotes and movie listings along with business searches and turn-by-turn directions.

In the event of an accident, SYNC 911 Assist™ can directly call emergency services and transmit the vehicle location to first responders.

Upgradeability

Fusion and Flex drivers aren’t limited to the SYNC functionality that was built in when they bought the car. As new features are added to SYNC, owners can visit SYNCMyRide.com to download free updates to a USB flash drive that can be loaded into the car.

Drivers today spend more time on the road than ever before, and Ford recognizes the need to stay safe and connected. The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion and Flex will lead the way to a projected 9 million more SYNC-powered vehicles over the next three years.

 

Fuller Ford offers MyFord Touch classes the second Saturday of every month. The class is designed to help owners that have this feature on their vehicles become both familiar and comfortable with all that SYNC has to offer.

Fuller Ford’s friendly sales and service staff can help you with all of your Ford SYNC questions. Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s leader for the hottest, cutting-edge, most fuel efficient vehicles available. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check us out on the web at http://www.fullerisford.com.

 

 


Why Choose An All-Electric Vehicle?

February 19, 2012

How it’s distinct:

While similar to a hybrid and plug-in hybrid in that it has an electric motor, high-voltage battery pack and uses regenerative braking, an all-electric vehicle runs purely on electricity, which means zero CO₂ emissions. And no gasoline is required. Ever. And like a plug-in hybrid, an all-electric vehicle features a charging port so it can be plugged into an electric outlet to charge the battery pack. Although it can be charged from a standard 120V wall outlet, charge time is optimized with the use of an available, Ford-approved 240V charging station.

How it works:

All-electric vehicles rely solely on electric power from the lithium-ion battery pack. Ford Focus Electric is projected to have a top speed of 84 mph, with a mpg equivalent competitive with other electric vehicles in the market. The battery pack is charged by plugging the car into an available 240V charging station. A complete charge at 240V takes 3-4 hours – half the time of some other all-electric vehicles. Regenerative braking also helps to charge the battery pack.

How it saves:

Because electricity is generally cheaper than gasoline, an all-electric vehicle can be less costly to operate, especially if it’s charged at night when the rates are lower. Using an average electricity price of 12 to 15 cents per kWh (as of 3/31/11) a full charge of the 23-kWh battery pack in Focus Electric would cost an estimated $2 to $3. Plus, an all-electric vehicle like Focus Electric has fewer moving mechanical parts than a gas-powered vehicle, which nearly eliminates scheduled maintenance, saving drivers time and money on those services. So no matter how long they own the car or how many miles they drive over the years, owners will never:

  • Wait in line for oil changes
  • Experience the inconvenience of a worn-out muffler, exhaust pipes or serpentine belt
  • Have to change dirty engine air filters or fuel filters
  • Replace spark plugs or O₂ sensors

How it fits your lifestyle:

An all-electric vehicle is the ideal choice for people who primarily use their vehicle for city driving and daily commutes that fall within the car’s battery pack range. (According to the Federal Government’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average daily commute is 40 miles, most of which [35 miles] are in a personal vehicle.) By plugging the Focus Electric into the recommended 240V charging station for 3-4 hours, owners are good to go. The vehicle can also be plugged into a 120V outlet – although the charge time will be longer. As with the plug-in hybrid, drivers can use a special MyFord™ Mobile app when they are away from their car to plan their trip, monitor or remotely control its charge status, find charging stations, etc. Similarly, when in their car, they can access MyFord Touch™ screens for additional functionality, including calculating real-time energy consumption and range, route planning and useful reporting features.

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.

 

 

 


Ford’s All-New Police Interceptors: Purpose-Built to Protect and Serve

February 16, 2012

The next generation of Ford’s venerable police vehicles began rolling off the line at the Chicago Assembly Plant earlier this year.

Ford, the police vehicle market leader for more than 15 years, specifically designed and engineered an all-new Police Interceptor to handle the rigors of police work, including industry-leading powertrain, safety and technology innovations. The first vehicles finished production in January.

For the first time, Ford also has added a second Police Interceptor to the lineup, a utility vehicle to provide customers a choice of the best vehicle to suit their needs.

“Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with a purpose-built vehicle – engineered and built in America – that’s as dynamic as it is durable,” said Lisa Teed, Police Interceptor marketing manager.

To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.

A focus on safety

Building on Ford’s safety leadership, the Police Interceptor is engineered to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing.

The new Police Interceptor also features Ford’s exclusive Safety Canopy® side-curtain airbag rollover protection system to help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes. The multiple side-curtain airbags use Ford’s unique Roll Fold technology to help them slip between the occupant and the side window.

Increased power, enhanced sophistication

Ford’s Police Interceptor engine strategy provides a V6 lineup that performs equal to or better than V8 engines. The lineup comes with two powertrain options, allowing police to choose the powerhouse that best meets their patrol requirements.

A highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at least 263 horsepower and E85 compatibility is 25 percent more efficient than the outgoing 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam V8 it is replacing.

Plus, the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range.

“EcoBoost powertrain performance is optimized for closing speed and maximizing takedowns, thus preventing high-speed pursuits from even forming,” said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for the Police Interceptors.

EcoBoost brings municipalities and police fleet administrators the first ultra-high-performance, yet environmentally friendly, police pursuit vehicle. Offering performance that bests normally aspirated V8-powered police cruisers and comparable fuel economy and CO2 emissions to the standard V6, EcoBoost represents a triple win for police departments, the tax-paying constituents they serve and the environment they help collectively to preserve.

A high-capacity six-speed SelectShift Automatic® transmission delivers the power of EcoBoost to the road via the sophisticated torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system, which is standard and unique to the Police Interceptor sedan and utility.

“Ford remains committed to leading the police vehicle market, and our new Police Interceptor demonstrates how much engineering and innovation we’re willing to invest to address the unique needs of those who protect and serve communities throughout America,” Teed said.

Rigorously tested, police-tuned

Throughout its development, Ford’s new Police Interceptor has been put through the paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure its individual components can hold up to the rigorous driving styles of police professionals.

Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department evaluates the durability and capability of the vehicle through a variety of tests where its systems are pushed to the limits for nearly an hour and a half – far exceeding the demands most patrol cars ever experience.

To meet the rigors of the durability testing, the brakes have been increased in size and performance. The cooling package is purpose-built as well, featuring a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. Its honeycomb grille is designed to work in harmony with the interior components, offering more airflow throughout the vehicle. Plus, the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.

Functional, inside and out

Front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers’ utility belts. Inserted into the seatback are anti-stab plates, designed to protect front-seat occupants.

The Police Interceptor second row also has been optimized to address police-specific needs. The vinyl seats are specially sculpted and set back to improve second-row space and maximize legroom. The back door hinges are modified to open up another 10 degrees versus traditional rear doors.

The Ford Police Interceptor also is equipped with a column shift specifically designed so the console area is free for the ever-increasing amounts of aftermarket police equipment necessary for officers to do their jobs.

The new vehicle also features:

•BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System): The system uses two radar sensors located in the rear quarter panels to detect vehicles in the surrounding lanes. If a vehicle enters the driver’s blind-spot zones, the system alerts the driver with a warning light in the sideview mirror

•Cross-traffic alert: This system uses the existing BLIS radar modules to sense oncoming traffic when slowly backing out of a parking spot. This industry-exclusive system functions only while the vehicle is in reverse and warns when cross-traffic appears within three car-widths

•Rear view camera: When the vehicle is in rear camera mode, a color image with guidance markers on the rearview mirror will assist the driver in backing up

•Reverse Sensing System: An audible tone will alert the driver to certain objects up to 6 feet behind the vehicle

•Standard AdvanceTrac® ESC (electronic stability control): This helps maintain the intended path by measuring side-to-side yaw, or skidding, by the vehicle’s speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When wheel slip is sensed, AdvanceTrac reduces engine torque and applies selected brakes

•Ford SYNC®: The Ford-exclusive, hands-free information system has the potential to be customized and remapped to work specifically with police aftermarket equipment such as lights and sirens, allowing officers to focus on the task at hand

 

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. We are Cincinnati’s ONLY downtown dealer! Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


SYNC Is Easier Than Ever With Operator Assist

February 9, 2012

Operator Assist is available only for business or directions searches. Some SYNC Services features require that the Service Delivery Network (SDN) find the vehicle’s coordinates through the on-board GPS. When using SYNC Services, users will know this when they hear “OK. Hang on while I get your location.”

Some business and directions searches may not be able to identify the requested business name or address. For instance, the business name may be unusual or the street address, as pronounced, doesn’t match the voice recognition system.

Should a business or directions search fail, the new Operator Assists feature will put the user in touch with a live operator. The Operator Assist feature will engage:

  • After three failed attempts to locate what the user is requesting

-or-

  • By saying “Operator” at any point during a business search or directions voice session

The Operator

Once connected, an operator will assist in locating the requested information. After the location is found, the operator returns the call back to the automated system.

The user will then be presented with options to connect to the business, receive a text message with the listing information, or receive directions.

At this point, the user will be required to select one of the options. Saying “directions” will begin the process to deliver turn-by-turn directions.

Once the directions have been successfully downloaded to the vehicle, the phone call will disconnect.

Note:  On the rare occasion that all operators are busy, users will hear hold music until connected to an operator.

Fuller Ford offers MyFord Touch classes the second Saturday of every month. The class is designed to help owners that have this feature on their vehicles become both familiar and comfortable with all that SYNC has to offer.

The class will also demonstrate how to pair your phone with the SYNC system. More importantly, we will troubleshoot any problems that you may be experiencing with your system. For more information on Fuller Ford’s MyFord Touch classes, call Chuck Bryant at (513) 352-5800 x 57.

Fuller Ford’s friendly sales and service staff can help you with all of your Ford SYNC questions. Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s leader for the hottest, cutting-edge, most fuel efficient vehicles available. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check us out on the web at http://www.fullerisford.com.

 


Why Choose a Hybrid?

February 6, 2012

How it’s distinct:

A Ford hybrid is a gasoline-powered vehicle that uses an electric motor and high-voltage battery pack to improve fuel economy over conventional vehicles. The gas engine is the primary source of power and the electric power is supplemental.

How it works:

It uses available electric power during acceleration to drive the wheels at low speeds, but seamlessly switches to gasoline-engine power at speeds up to 47 mph in Electric Vehicle Mode. The gas engine and regenerative braking system actually charge the high-voltage battery pack while you’re on the go. There’s no need to plug in; it drives and feels pretty much like other cars.

How it saves:

Depending on driving conditions and habits, hybrids can deliver a significant improvement in mpg when compared to the gasoline-only version. For example, the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid earned an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city, making it the most fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan in America.

How it fits your lifestyle:

A hybrid is the ideal choice for people who do a lot of city driving, drive at low speeds or have short daily commutes, because it’s under these conditions that the car benefits from supplemental electric power. Taking a longer trip? No problem – the electric power will kick in when it can to help extend fuel efficiency. Estimated range for the Ford Fusion Hybrid is over 700 miles on a single tank of gas during stop-and-go city driving.

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.

 


Ford takes five awards in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Cars for the Money

February 3, 2012

Five Ford models have been chosen as being the best buy for the money – the most of any automaker – by U.S. News & World Report. The 2012 Ford Edge, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Taurus and Fiesta were selected for their quality and value. The awards help everyday car buyers navigate the car market by identifying vehicles that offer the biggest bang for the buck and best incorporate the features today’s car buyers want. The awards are determined by combining quality and value data into a composite score.

Fuller Ford can put you in one these award-winning Ford vehicles today! Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s leader for the hottest, cutting-edge, most fuel efficient vehicles available. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.


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