Ford Helps Prevent Fuel Theft as Reports of Illegal Gas Siphoning Increase Along with Price at the Pump

July 18, 2011

The only thing worse than paying more for gasoline is paying more for gasoline and having it stolen out of your gas tank. As reports of fuel theft continue to rise, Ford owners can feel a little more secure knowing their vehicles have fuel system innovations such as the Easy Fuel® (capless fuel filler) feature.

The Ford Easy Fuel feature is designed to easily let fuel in and make it difficult to get fuel out.

That’s important as gas prices hover at the $4 per gallon mark, and demand remains high with drivers in the United States consuming about 400 million gallons of gas daily.

“Our first goal is to make the refueling process as easy and trouble-free for the customer as possible,” said Brian Aitken, supervisor, Fuel Systems. “But if it also slows down would-be thieves. Ford customers benefit that way as well.”

Reports of gasoline theft have been rising across the United States, from New Jersey to California. The West Sacramento, Calif., Police Department, for example, issued a warning to residents about a rise in fuel theft that it attributed to the increase in fuel prices.

One report from Atlanta centered on a man who was caught running a garden hose from his house to a nearby car he didn’t own.

“It’s not a shock that illegal siphoning is rising with the sharp increase in the price at the pump,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, an independent website that monitors the fuel industry. “Criminals will do anything for money, and that includes trying to take liquid gold out of your gas tank.”

Ford’s capless full filler deters gas theft two different ways. With Easy Fuel, a spring-loaded flapper door is held closed by latches that can only be released by a standard-size fuel nozzle. This eliminates the need for a fuel tank screw cap. When the proper nozzle is inserted into the filler neck of the system, the latches release, and the nozzle pushes the spring-loaded flapper door to the open position. When the nozzle is removed, the flapper door automatically is forced closed by the spring.

Easy Fuel has a unique mis-fueling inhibitor to reduce improper refueling and siphoning. The inhibitor consists of a fuel nozzle detector that guides the nozzle to the opening. If a nozzle or foreign tube of a different size – a diesel nozzle or plastic hose, for example – is placed in the filler neck of a gasoline-powered vehicle, the latches will not release. 

“Unless they understand how the mis-fueling inhibitor works and come prepared, many would-be fuel thieves are unsuccessful in siphoning fuel from Ford vehicles,” said Aitken.

Another deterrent in Ford vehicles is associated with the on-board refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) system. The main purpose of the system is to prevent vapors from escaping during the fueling process. Another deterrent in Ford vehicles is an inlet check valve that is part of the on-board refueling vapor recovery system. While the valve is primarily designed to prevent vapors from escaping during the fueling process, it also can thwart siphoning efforts because it closes automatically after the fueling process. It does so by detecting the pressure of liquid fuel as it passes. On many Ford vehicles, this valve will thwart the siphoning effort by thieves.

Still, Aitken said that despite the fact that technologies built into Ford vehicles may prevent siphoning, not all fuel thieves will be deterred.

“For another level of deterrence, a customer can purchase a locking cover,” Aitken said. The locking covers are available for purchase from Ford and Lincoln dealers.

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.  Come in today to see Ford’s entire line of fuel efficient vehicles. Or, check out Fuller Ford’s inventory at http://www.fullerisford.com/default.aspx.


2011 Fiesta Competitive Advantages

July 11, 2010

Whether you’re talking about the S, SE, SEL, the 2011 Fiesta offers an impressive list of competitive advantages. Here’s a closer look at some key advantages and class-exclusive (subcompact cars) features that Fiesta has to offer.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE FUEL ECONOMY

Fiesta boasts of 40 mph highway! That’s something no Fiesta competitor can match.

HORSEPOWER AND TORQUE

The 1.6L Ti-VCT engine in Fiesta delivers 120 horsepower and 112 lb.-ft of torque. Fiesta has more horsepower and torque than the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

AMBIENT INTERIOR LIGHTING

This feature lights up the front and rear footwells, cup holders and a light strip above the glove box with a soft glow in one of seven different colors. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

SEDAN OR HATCHBACK

Gives Fiesta customers a choice based on their specific needs. The Honda Fit only comes in a 5-door hatchback.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE EASY FUEL CAPLESS FUEL FILLER

Makes filling up your Fiesta at the gas station easier since there is no fuel filler cap to remove and replace. Also helps reduce fuel tank evaporative emissions by eliminating the potential for customers to drive with a missing or improperly installed gas cap. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE HEATED FRONT SEAT CUSHIONS

Help keep the Fiesta front passengers warm in cold climates. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE LEATHER SEATING SURFACES

Adds to the luxurious feel of the Fiesta interior plus leather seats are easier to clean than cloth seats and come in three colors: charcoal black, cashmere and plum. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE 4” MULTIFUNCTIONAL DISPLAY

Places key entertainment and phone information at eye level so Fiesta drivers spend less time looking away from the road. Audio system display includes song title and artist or SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel information. Phone display includes caller ID and text message alert. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

TILT/TELESCOPING STEERING WHEEL

Allows Fiesta drivers to adjust the steering wheel up and down and fore and aft for optimum comfort and steering control. Tilt only on Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTIC LAMINATED WINDSHIELD

Helps to reduce exterior road and wind noise from entering Fiesta’s passenger cabin. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE INTEGRATED SPOTTER MIRRORS

Helps keep Fiesta drivers aware of vehicles entering their “blind zone.” Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE SYNC VOICE-ACTIVATED COMMUNICATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH 911 ASSIST AND VEHICLE HEALTH REPORT (VHR)

A fully integrated, customizable media system that allows users to operate both Bluetooth wireless technology enabled mobile phones and nearly all portable digital media devices with simple voice commands. Traffic, Directions and Information service is like having a navigation system in Fiesta! Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE DRIVER KNEE AIRBAG

Located under Fiesta’s instrument panel and works along with the driver’s front airbag to help reduce injury to the legs. When the driver’s airbag deploys in a collision, the knee airbag deploys from under the instrument panel. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE Ti-VCT

Allows the camshafts to operate both intake and exhaust valves at different times in the combustion cycle, based on speed and load and adjusts cam timing to provide optimum performance and fuel economy for the Fiesta. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE HILL START ASSIST

Holds the brake pressure for up to three seconds after the brake pedal is released to help keep Fiesta from rolling backward, making it easier to pull away on a slope or hill with a grade greater than 3 degrees. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

CLASS-EXCLUSIVE 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Designed to deliver an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy with gearing for launch and acceleration and two overdrive gears to reduce rpm at highway speed for fuel economy. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

EXTERIOR MIRROR LED TURN SIGNAL INDICATORS

Help other drivers not in direct sight of your Fiesta’s standard turn signals see if the driver plans to make a turn or change lanes. Not available on Fit, Yaris and Versa.

16” ALUMINUM WHEELS

Add to the sporty look of Fiesta and also help reduce vehicle weight, which contributes to fuel economy. Yaris only offers 15” wheels.

Fuller Ford is expecting the all new 2011 Ford Fiesta to arrive any day. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the Ford Fiesta! 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. Order your Fiesta today at http://www.fullerisford.com/2011-fiesta.aspx.


Fiesta: Comfort and Convenience

June 24, 2010

The 2011 Fiesta is a compact vehicle with full-size accommodations for five. The cockpit design offers plenty of storage, with controls and switches within easy reach. Fiesta offers a wide range of available smart technology features that help make “getting there” more than half the fun (see what else fiesta has to offer).

ITELLIGENT ACCESS WITH PUSH-BUTTON START

No more fumbling with the key! Now you can get this feature, which enables drivers to enter Fiesta with one touch and then start the vehicle without ever taking the key out of their pocket.

The system senses when the Intelligent Access Key is in range of the door and allows access to the vehicle with a touch of the black button on the front door handle

The Fiesta’s trunk or hatch can be opened without using the key by depressing the switch located above the license plate when the Intelligent Access Key is in range

INTEGRATED SPOTTER MIRRORS

Class-exclusive (subcompact cars) integrated spotter mirrors smartly integrate secondary convex spotter mirrors to help keep Fiesta drivers aware of vehicles entering their “blind zone”.

HEATED SEATS

Fiesta offers features typically found on more expensive vehicles. One example is class-exclusive available leather seating surfaces and heated front seat cushions.

EASY FUEL CAPLESS FUEL FILLER

Industry- and class-exclusive Easy Fuel eliminates the need for a fuel filler cap and helps make fill-ups easier. A rubber seal on the fuel filler door helps keep dirt from entering Fiesta’s Easy Fuel filler opening.

CLASS-LEADING CONNECTIVITY

SYNC – Ford and Microsoft have teamed up to develop SYNC. This Ford-exclusive technology will change the way Fiesta customers use their digital media and Bluetooth wireless technology enabled mobile phones. SYNC allows Fiesta drivers to stay connected to the information, entertainment and people they care about while on the road:

  • Traffic, Directions and Information with complimentary 3-year prepaid subscription
  • 911 Assist
  • Vehicle Health Report (VHR)
  • Voice-activated hands-free calling
  • Uninterrupted connections that allow going directly from mobile phone to the vehicle’s hands-free phone during the call
  • Advanced calling features like caller ID, call waiting, conference calling and more
  • Voice-activated control of an MP3-style media player
  • Instant voice recognition
  • Audible text messages
  • Ringtone support
  • Automatic phone book transfer for mobile phones with this feature
  • Multilingual intelligence (English, French, Spanish)

4” Multifunctional Display – This class-exclusive feature places key information at eye level so Fiesta drivers spend less time looking away from the road.

  • Displays include audio system function, time and SYNC (if equipped)
  • Displays outside temperature and compass when equipped with SYNC

THOUGHTFUL STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Here’s a look at the smart storage inside Fiesta:

  • Center Console with two cup holders with a smaller center cup holder designed to hold and 8-ounce energy drink
  • Lower stowage area for mobile phones, garage door openers and other smaller items
  • Rear cup holder/storage area includes a coin holder
  • Driver and front passenger door trim panels include a map pocket and cup holder
  • Glove box offers up to 9L of storage space and includes a pen holder on the floor

Fuller Ford looks forward to the arrival of the all new 2011 Ford Fiesta this summer. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the Ford Fiesta! 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 (Fuller can customize your Fiesta to your style). Order your Fiesta today at http://www.fullerisford.com/2011-fiesta.aspx.


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