Automotive fans and followers have their attention turned to Detriot this week as the annual North American International Auto Show kicks off. Known as the showcase for what's new and whats news from all the world's auto makers. This year the show once again belong to Ford as they continued to roll out an ever-expanding line-up of unbelievable product! The Fusion is getting a freshen up for 2017 and two new models as well; a top of the line Platinum and a high-performance version, the Fusion Sport!
From the Ford Press Release:
"DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – The new Ford Fusion continues to be a game changer among midsize sedans, with the most technologically advanced lineup ever – including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust.
Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost® engine choices, along with two hybrids, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid – something neither Toyota nor Honda offers midsize sedan shoppers.
“Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.
Together, Fusion V6 Sport, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, and Fusion Platinum offer three different flavors of an award-winning lineup for midsize sedan customers.
Fusion V6 Sport adds continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning based on setup and road inputs. The system features pothole detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to greatly reduce the severity of impact transmitted to occupants. Power and handling are complemented by unique, performance-inspired style inside and out. The look is distinguished by an aggressive exterior with deeper air intakes and a gloss black-finish mesh grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets."
With the N. American truck market all abuzz with the news that Ford will reintroduce the Ford Ranger here it is not surprising that racing fans are watching the world racing scene to catch the truck in action as the Coyote V8 powered Ford Ranger is set to take on the most grueling event in all of motor sports; the South American Dakar Rally #Dakar2016! From News24.com:
"Chile - The Ford Ranger V8s built in South Africa by Neil Woolridge Motorsport has been taken over by DMAS South Racing and former WRC driver Xavier ‘Xevi’ Pons and Chilean Daniel Valdes Mas will campaign them in the 2016 Dakar race. South Racing ran a Ford Ranger in the 2015 Dakar Rally for the Argentine rally driver Federico Villagra, but the team and its strategic partner, Chilean-based DMAS Competicion, have developed the car during the course of the year with suspension revisions, new engine mapping and chassis improvements.
'Dakar Rally a great challenge'
Villagra who has driven for the Citroen, Mitsubishi and Subaru teams at the top level of rallying, will have Argentinian Riccardo Torlaschi as co-driver. Mas will be partnered by fellow countryman Juan Pablo Latrach. Follow the team during the race HERE!
Pic courtesy of SouthRacing.com
The DMV will continue to accept applications without payment to establish a waiting list should an additional amount of decals be authorized. CNCDA recommends dealers immediately pull any advertising mentioning the Green Sticker Program. Although DMV is building a wait list, CNCDA doesn't anticipate the authorization of additional decals.
The 85,000 authorized Green CAV decals were issued to applicants that purchased or leased vehicles meeting California's Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle or Transitional Zero-Emission Vehicle requirements.
All CAV decals must be reauthorized for use by the Federal Highway Administration. If re-authorization is not granted, the Clean Air Vehicle sticker program may end sooner than state law currently allows. State law extends the use of CAV decals for enhanced AT PZEV or TZEV through January 1, 2019."
There may be a few vehicles still available at select new car dealers that already have stickers issued from the dealership applying for them at a prior date in advance. See your Riverside HOV/EV headquarters, Raceway Ford, for details.
When the new 2015 Edge was first previewed we knew instantly we would LOVE it and now that it has arrived here at Raceway Ford we were right! With a bold new look its even farther at the ‘Edge’ of innovation and awesome! New features like the front facing 180 degree camera make the Edge a true safety innovator while the new 315 hp, 2.7L EcoBoost engine ensures the ‘Edge’ of high performance is always being pushed! Ford has refreshed the amazing MyFord Touch system with easier to find and use buttons to make sure the driving experience isn’t pushing you to the Edge and is always the most enjoyable!
Recently our staff had the chance to drive the new Edge when they attended the EcoBoost challenge and each of them came away with an excited anticipation of sharing the new features, performance and driving experience of the 2015 Edge. Many of our team noticed an improved use of space inside this gorgeous SUV and felt it has more room than the 2014. All of them noticed the improved drive and performance and they can’t wait to show you just how great the Edge is! And it isn’t only our team here that loves the Edge, the folks at Ford-Trucks.com had some pretty nifty stuff to say as well, check out their review HERE.
Since we have the first 2015 Edge models to arrive in Riverside you can stop in today to see for yourself how to ‘Go Further’ to and all new Edge!!!
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Yes Ford Fans the day has arrived! Since the details were first released last year about the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition we have been chomping at the bit so to speak, waiting for ours to arrive and the wait was worth it! Immediately recognizable by its unique custom car cover that fully wrapped it as it sat on the truck our special Pony arrived just yesterday and now sits proudly on our showroom floor, but wont stay in our stable long! Number 1850 of ONLY 1964 ever to be made this is indeed a collectors dream! If you are a Mustang fan you have to stop by Raceway Ford and see this gorgeous car in person before it finds a new home, and if you don't yet know all the details that make this commemorative edition Pony special you can read all about it HERE!
This year start the New Year doing something that will benefit more than just you, save a life by donating blood! Usually by this time each year most resolutions have fallen by the way side as so many of us get caught in the business of modern life however there is still time to make a difference! Did you know that about 37% of Americans can donate blood but only around 5% actually do? And here in So Cal its even lower, down at 3%! Why donate YOUR blood? Well, here are some interesting facts about the need for blood:
WHO NEEDS DONATED BLOOD?
Blood donations are used every day for surgery patients, cancer patients, accident victims, bone marrow recipients, burn patients and organ transplant recipients; just to name a few of the beneficiaries.
A heart surgery patient needs up to 6 units of red blood cells and 1 platelet transfusion.
A liver transplant recipient needs up to 20 units of red blood cells, 25 units of plasma and 2 platelet transfusions.
A cancer patient needs up to 8 platelet transfusions per week. Cancer patients account for almost 20 percent of all blood transfusions given.
A sickle cell anemia patient needs 2 to 10 units of red blood cells per treatment.
A marrow transplant recipient needs up to 20 units of red blood cells and 25 platelet transfusions.
A trauma victim may need up to 50 units of red blood cells as well as plasma and platelets.
One in seven people will need a blood transfusion sometime in their lifetime. Blood needs to be donated, tested, ready and available for transfusion before it’s needed.
Feel like helping out now? Great! The Bloodmobile will be here at Raceway Ford in Riverside, CA on Tuesday January 7th from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm. Donors will recieve a coupon for two free tacos from neighboring Jack in the Box and a cool “Are You My Type’ tee-shirt while supplies last in addition to knowing you helped save a life! Stop by and help us (B)Lead By Example wont you?!!
We have always loved the ‘Festival of Lights’ put on every year by our local treasure The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Each year we look forward to the day after Thanksgiving when they close the streets all around the Historic Mission Inn and crowds gather by the thousands to be there when they hit the switch and the, already beautiful, hotel is turned into a gigantic winter wonderland! Year after year we have thought it is one of the best light displays to be found anywhere, although we admit we ARE a bit biased…. Well, it turns out we were right! USA Today has named it America’s Best Public Light Display!
From USA Today: “The competition for Best Public Lights Display was intense, and from the 20 nominees selected by Deborah Norville of Inside Edition, the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif. came out on top, earning the honor of being called America’s Best Public Lights Display.”
How awesome is THAT?! The Festival runs through January so be sure to head down to The Mission Inn District once the sun sets and prepare to have your breath simply taken from you! Huge Congrats to the Mission Inn and to Riverside! We’re #1, we’re #1!!
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On November 11th the Detroit Free Press reported that the first of the all-new 2015 F-150‘s were beginning to roll off the assembly line from the Rouge Truck Plant if Dearborn! The all aluminum bodied truck breaks new ground for the Blue Oval and is the first mass production use of an all aluminum bodied pick up in the world. In addition the new 2.7L V6 EcoBoost has caused quite a stir in the truck world and is eagerly anticipated by many potential new truck buyers as the affordable power solution with an eye on the MPG’s. Here ate Raceway Ford we anticipate the first 2015 F-150 to hit the lot by the end of November so stay tuned right here truck fans for all the latest!
The wait is over Pony fans!! The first, all-new, 2015 Mustang available in Riverside has arrived here at Raceway Ford! A gorgeous Black GT Fastback with the redesigned , higher output Coyote 5.0L V8 and a sporty 6-Speed Manual transmission and the stunning new looks it was definitely worth waiting for! Stop by and see it in person today, you will fall in love at first sight!
SAVE THE DATE!!! Saturday, November 1st join us for the first annual ‘Live United @ Raceway Ford‘! An evening of causal fun and fundraising benefiting United Way of the Inland Valleys with; a silent auction, live music by “A Little On The Side’ and award-winning food provided by Riversides finest eateries! Beer and Wine Tasting for attendees as well! This event will also be the first fund raising event in the US that will be live broadcasting to mobile devices so people interested in pledging or just who would like to be a part of the festivities but are not able to attend in person can join us via their mobile device!
Spearheading this incredible event is our Vice President of Marketing Bill Chamberlain. When Mr Chamberlain joined the Raceway Ford Team just over a year ago he brought with him over 25 years of community involvement here in the Riverside area of the Inland Empire. In addition to leading the Commercial/Fleet Sales Team to record setting sales continuously he has helped the spearhead the Raceway Ford efforts in giving back to our surrounding communities more than ever before! Over the last 25 years of working in the automobile business in Riverside Bill has been an active member of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, serving on the board for many years. He has also been a proud Rotary Club member, and past President for 27 years in addition to serving on the Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee for 20 years! Just over 15 years ago Bill got involved with the West Coast Thunder project and is now the Vice President of this really awesome yearly fund raising event. Suffice to say Bill knows how to raise funds for great causes and his efforts caught the attention of the folks at the United Way of the Inland Valleys who asked him to join their board earlier this year and he is now the Community Development Chairperson for this great organization.
From the United Way of the Inland Valleys website:
“United Way of the Inland Valleys was formed in 1931 by community leaders for the purpose of making our region a better place to live and to do business. The mechanism for doing this was to raise funds to support health and human services provided by United Way affiliated agencies through a single fund-raising campaign.
United Way of the Inland Valleys currently funds 46 local community partner agencies and 62 local programs. The majority of the funds for these programs comes from donations made by employees in the workplace through payroll giving and from committed members of the community making leadership gifts….”
Please consider joining Raceway Ford and the United Way of the Inland Valleys on this wonderful evening of fun and fundraising! Tickets available by seat or table, contact Bill Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org or Margie at email@example.com. See you there!
Did you know that your car has a DOB? In this case DOB stands for ‘Date of Build’ but none the less it’s the date that your car, and every car, goes from being a number on an order to an actual vehicle on the production line. While finding out the DOB of the car in your driveway may take a few minutes of Google searching, the actual day that the new Ford you have your eye on was built is easy to find. Take for example the 2015 Mustang with VIN # 1FA6P8CF8F5302934 that is heading toward our store here in Riverside right now… at the top of the window sticker you see below is a numeric code; 120140826. As you have probably already figured out once you looked at it, the code is fairly simple to break! The year of build is 2014, month of production is August and this Pony’s actual production date is the 26th! Just a handy little fun tip to keep in mind the next time you are on the lot looking at a new Ford, you can show your salesperson that you know more than the average car shopper!
Each year The Press Enterprise newspaper polls their readers on their favorite places and things to do and publishes the results in their annual ‘Readers Choice Awards’ special section. For the second year in a row, Raceway Ford was voted as the #1 Dealer in Riverside and we couldn’t be more proud! We have been the Inland Empires premier Ford Dealership for the last 25 years and three years ago when our new management team took the wheel we were focused on making our number one commitment our customers complete satisfaction; whether they buy from us or not. That commitment has helped us grow our volume well over 600% and our awesome customers have showed their appreciation for our customer service by once again voting us #1! Thank You Riverside, we very much appreciate your support and will work hard to be your #1 choice for the next 25 years also!
Like many thousands of Pony fans around the world we were incredibly excited to see the Internet explode with the headlines that the 2015 Mustang production had started at the Flat Rock plant! As we anxiously scanned all the automotive news sites for info we noticed the picture below in many posts and suddenly remembered that our first, non customer ordered, Mustang is in fact a Competition Orange GT coupe like the one being assembled here… could this Pony be destined for Raceway Ford? We sure hope so that’s for sure!!! Stay tuned Ford Fans, it will be here in a matter of days and if you want to know the specs on it you can find them HERE.
On October 19th at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, the Inland Empire will join the growing TED community with a power packed list of guest speakers that have “Ideas Worth Sharing”! The TEDxRiverside conference is a series of one day events created in the spirit of the original TED conference started in Northern California as a convergence of the fields of technology, entertainment and design (that is, “TED“). In fact, the very first TED conference featured a demonstration of the ‘new’ SONY compact disc AND the Apple Macintosh computer! Attendees will hear presentations from a Nobel Prize winning chemist, a Grammy Award winning Musician and a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist. They will also learn how the talents of a local voice teacher surprised a Broadway Star at the Hollywood Bowl, how animations come to life, about the history of Riverside, the future of Artificial Intelligence, and much more all in one day! Raceway Ford is a proud sponsor of this incredible Inland Empire event and there are still tickets available! For more details and the complete speaker list, including Grammy Award Winning musician Melissa Manchester, can be found HERE.
Each year the market research company Pied Piper mystery shops thousand of car dealerships across the country and uses data collected to compile their annual Prospect Satisfaction Index which has become the auto industries standard for measuring the treatment of car shoppers. With actual car shoppers they visited nearly six thousand dealerships and have ranked the brands using key areas of performance such as:
~ Gave compelling reasons to buy from ‘this ‘ dealership
~ Discussed features unique from the competition
~ Mentioned maintenance costs and programs
~ Offered a brochure
~ Asked why customer considered the dealerships particular brand
~ Involved customer with visual aids
“Great products are the key to strong sales,” said Fran O’Hagan, President and CEO of Pied Piper Management Company LLC. “But the only way to make the most of a product’s sales potential is a capable sales team, following a consistent sales process.” Pied Piper has found that on average, when auto dealerships are ranked by their PSI score, dealerships in the top quarter sell 16% more vehicles than the dealerships in the bottom quarter.
Here at Raceway Ford we completely agree that great products are the key and the Ford lineup has never been stronger so it’s easy for our staff of sales pros to help our guests find the right Ford for them and do it in a quick and fun manner! As the ranking chart shows, car shoppers have ranked Ford dealerships ahead of BMW and Honda stores, stop in to Raceway Ford today and see for yourself! We would love to show you how easy it can be to take home your new Ford!
You can read the whole report here:
Great news for Pony fans all across the nation; Ford has (un)officially announced the beginning production dates for the all new 2015 Ford Mustang! After a long wait and much hype the new Fastback will start on July 14th to roll down the assembly line at the Flat Rock plant in Michigan and not too long after that on September 15th the Convertible will start its journey into production although it is as yet unconfirmed whether units for sale will be included in the initial runs or they will be QC builds to ensure all goes right with customer builds. The OKTB, or Ok To Buy date for the Fastback is 9/9/2014 and orders are being taken now so don’t wait and miss out on getting one of the first Mustangs for yourself! The Ford ad council has scheduled a massive ad push for the 4th quarter of this year so expect to see the Mustang EVERYWHERE from TV, sports events and concerts to being online in every way! As always, for the latest in Blue Oval news check back here often and to get started with your Mustang order contact us today at Raceway Ford or call me direct; Mike theCarGuy (951) 784-1000 ext 162!
The word recall has been in many headlines this year and the attention auto manufacturers are getting may not be such a bad thing. First its important to understand that a recall notification doesn’t mean an entire line of vehicles has a problem, most of the time it is only specific vehicles in a model line that were built during a specific time that are affected, it’s rare that EVERY car in a certain model line has an issue that needs to be addressed with a factory recall. Recalls occur when the manufacturer determines that there could be a problem with certain vehicle and asks the owners of those vehicles to bring them to dealerships for repair, in mass production situations many parts and components are outsourced and sometimes there are concerns with specific parts that result in a recall for those parts to be replaced. With the sophistication of production it is usually possible to identify the dates when parts of question were produced and recall only the vehicles with the parts from that period of time installed. Typically a recall will be very specific in not only the model but also the production date however when the news media reports them they will generally make broader more encompassing statements like “all of the Make/Model vehicles have been recalled” and this isn’t always true. When you hear about a recall on the news or online and have a concern if your specific vehicle is included there are a number of way to find out. You can call your local dealership, like Raceway Ford if your vehicle is a Ford, and one of the service pros will be happy to check your VIN for you. Or, you can check for yourself at sites like SafeCar.gov where they have a recall page set up for consumers with the latest recall info here.
Although the frequency of recalls seems to get attention it is a reflection of the increased awareness of the safety and mechanical integrity of today’s autos. Not only are vehicles safer than they have ever been and are lasting longer than ever. In a mass production environment perfection is nearly impossible when keeping affordability in the equation as well however, its good to know that auto makers do test and retest their products to ensure they are at the level of quality that consumers deserve and if they do find situations where they aren’t; they are willing to fix it.
Heads up Pony fans! You can now use the all-new Mustang online configuration site to build and price the Pony of your dreams! Fastback or convertible… V6, EcoBoost or GT with all the colors and options you could ever imagine! Click the pic, build your Mustang then print it and bring it to So Cal’s Pony headquarters at Raceway Ford and we will order it up for you! What are you waiting for??? CLICK NOW!!
During the last quarter of 2013 a new Ford F-150 was sold about every 42 seconds and for the last 37 years running it has been the best-selling truck built so when it came time to redesign the line you can bet strongly that Ford was not going to mess with success! As many of Fords loyal truck buyers use their F-150’s to earn their living with the changes had to be more than just skin deep and… they had to ensure that the term ‘Built Ford Tough’ still means the best built truck available! With the rising cost of fuel on everyone’s mind and hitting their pockets as well the new truck needed to be more efficient yet also be more capable than ever before. One way to increase efficiency is to find a way to lighten up the truck and Ford did just that. By expanding their use of aluminum to the entire body, the hoods have been aluminum for many years now, the new F-150 is a whopping SEVEN HUNDRED pounds lighter than the current model. Working with aluminum powerhouse company, Alcoa, designers have been able to use a thicker, military grade, aluminum (than normal steel panels) that actually resists dents more than the steel it replaces! By removing almost half a ton of weight from the truck Ford was able to increase payload and tow capacities while also improving the mileage of the all-new 2015 F-150! Making sure its lives up to its heritage the “F-150 boasts more than 100 new Ford patents and/or patent applications, making this vehicle a benchmark for new technologies in Ford’s storied history of truck leadership.” Knowing that they would have a ton of skepticism to face about using a truck body made entirly from aluminum Ford used some pretty crafty trickery and built many ‘test mule’ trucks that looked like the current model but had aluminum bodies and did NOT tell the three companies that they supplied fleets of the real-world test trucks to, one of which was a mining company! The results were incredible as the aluminum bodied trucks held up to the most grueling environments and treatment and provided proof that the new bodies will indeed prove themsleves to be worthy of the F-150 badge. Read more details of this amazing story HERE. In addition to the incredibly popular 3.5L EcoBoost Tiwn-Turbo V6 and the ever faithful Coyote 5.0L V8 Ford is giving F-150 buyers a new choice of engine with a 2.7L EcoBoost that is said to give the power of a small V8 with the economic fuel economy of a mid-sized pick up! We get new details weekly about the next generation of America’s truck so check back here often and for some great coverage of the 2015 F-150 also check out our friends over at MotorReview.com, they are pretty awesome about having the latest info and rumors!
With the coming of summer many Inland Empire residents begin to plan their weekend beach trips with the anxious anticipation of escaping the blazing heat and enjoying the So Cal surf! Many drivers have discovered the time savings of taking the toll roads to the beaches of south Orange County and many who make the trip frequently have the FasTrack transponders already to avoid stopping to pay the toll with cash however starting on May 14 the toll booths have been closed. State routes 73, 133, 241 and 261 now require either a FasTrak or an electronic payment made online so if you are planning a beach get away you should check out the TollRoads website. If you don’t want to set up a full FasTrac account they have an easy ExpressAccount that allows for payments to be made in advance AND after a trip has been made for those who may have forgot that the tool booths are closed! The sun is warming things up in the Inland Empire and those waves are a calling, start your beach trip HERE and take the toll roads so you can avoid that 91 traffic!
2014 marks West Coast Thunder’s 15th Anniversary and this year Raceway Ford is proud to once again sponsor this incredible event. Each year thousands of steel horses gather from all over the country to ride for those who have fallen. The entire parade of bikes was just over an hour long as an estimated EIGHT THOUSAND riders set out to honor those who gave up their tomorrows so that we could have a Free today…. Our own Bill Chamberlain was at the head of the pack and our man Mike theCarGuy was out there to catch the riders as they passed the Riverside National Cemetery. It was some beautiful noise to be sure and a powerful sight to say the least. Click the link HERE for video and crank up the speakers and get ready for 30 minutes of West Coast Thunder!