Truck fans across the country have eagerly awaited any bits of information about the next generation of Ford's off-road beast, the F-150 Raptor and this week the Blue Oval dished all the goods at the Detroit Auto Show! With a twin-turbo EcoBoosted 3.5L V6 putting out 450hp mated to a segment exclusive ten-speed automatic transmission and thirteen inches of suspension travel with huge twin-chamber Fox shocks to cushion the fall back to earth, the all new Raptor is sure to have waiting lines at many dealerships this fall!
From the Ford Press Release:
"DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – Eagerly anticipated and still unmatched by any auto manufacturer, Ford – America’s truck leader – introduces the all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew, adding agility, versatility and roominess to the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever.
Developed with the DNA of a Baja race truck, F-150 Raptor is unique among off-road and performance vehicles, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain.
F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with four full-size doors provides rear passengers with more legroom and comfort on the trails and more space to stow gear while exploring the American and Canadian wilderness. SuperCrew’s 145-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor SuperCab 133-inch wheelbase.
“F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind – without sacrificing comfort and space.”
Advanced materials – including high-strength steel and high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy – help save up to 500 pounds versus the prior Raptor for improved off-road prowess. Combined with all-new EcoBoost engine technology, the next-generation F-150 Raptor’s power-to-weight ratio has been improved, making the truck even more agile off-road.
Toughest F-150 Raptor ever
The all-new F-150 Raptor starts with a purpose-built fully boxed frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.
F-150 Raptor’s chiseled looks are reminiscent of Trophy Trucks – the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. F-150 Raptor is 6 inches wider than standard F-150 for enhanced stability off-road.
The all-new F-150 Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires designed for off-road performance.
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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."
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.
Debuting at this weeks auto show is the latest redesign in the SUV line-up from Ford, the 2017 Escape and it does not disappoint!
From Fords press release:
"LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2015 – The popular Ford Escape SUV is newly engineered to make customers feel unstoppable – with even more driver-assist technologies to help enable safer and easier driving, new mobile connectivity that allows owners to interact with their vehicle from anywhere through a smartphone app, and two new efficient EcoBoost® engines.The new Escape is the first Ford vehicle in the world with available SYNC® Connect, allowing users to unlock doors, check fuel level and even locate where a vehicle is parked.
To help drivers feel more confident behind the wheel, driver-assist technologies available for the new Escape include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system and enhanced active park assist. That’s all packed in a vehicle that has been redesigned from the inside out, including a driver and front passenger area upgraded with more storage space and mobile device charge ports.
“The compact SUV segment is the largest and most competitive in the United States, and the new Escape delivers even more of what our customers want – more technology they can really use to make their daily drive safer and easier,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas."
To read the full post click HERE, and to see the current selection of the new Ford Escape click HERE!
Production of the RHD model line is officially under way at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, continuing the car's first-ever global launch since the nameplate made its debut as a Lee Iacocca-championed 1964-1/2 model year spinoff of the Falcon compact.
This is the first year the Mustang has been offered to buyers in over 100 markets around the world - including those where [we - ed] have the temerity drive on the left side of the road.
The addition of RHD models allows exports to over 25 markets including the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Cyprus, Malta and a smattering of Caribbean islands. Ford did RHD Explorer and Taurus models for some of these markets in the mid-90s but sales did not meet expectations and the RHD models were dropped. This time around, the Edge SUV is also being made with RHD."
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!
At the recent Geneva Auto Show Ford stole the spotlight on the worlds automotive stage yet again with the debut of the all-new, all wheel drive and all amazing Focus RS! Using the 2.3L EcoBoost borrowed from big brother the Mustang and sending its power thru the most sophisticated all wheel drive system ever developed bu the Blue Oval the new Focus will give American drivers the chance to have the type of RS fun that has only been experience by Ford fans in Europe for the last 40+ years of the RS badge's history. Since 1970 with the establishment the Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) division and release the now legendary RS1600 which handily won the grueling 16,000-mile London to Mexico World Cup Rally, the RS badge has been synonymous with high performance. The 2017 Focus RS more than lives up to the heritage of its legendary badge and promises to be a truly world class performance driving machine! Read more about this incredible little Pocket Rocket HERE, or stop by Raceway Ford today and take a look at our Focus inventory that you can drive home right now!
The annual Detroit Auto Show, or as it is now know around the world The North American International Auto Show, never fails to open the year with automotive excitement and this year the spot light is shinning on the Blue Oval. Over the last week the floor plan for the show was revealed and in the Ford display area were designated spots for display vehicles codenamed ‘Hummingbird’ and ‘Phoenix’ which fueled the rumor mill to full output! We will get to what those had to reveal in a moment, first we want to get you the details as we know them for the third reveal of the first day of the show; the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor!
Building on the reputation of the most powerful and capable four wheel drive pickup ever factory produced, the next generation Raptor takes serious off- roading to the next level entirely! In addition to the all aluminum construction of the new truck making it lighter than the awesome truck it replaces the 2017 Raptor will get its power from a twin turbo 3.5L EcoBoost that will develop more horsepower and torque than the monster 6.2L in the 2014 if you can believe it! Power will reach the wheels through an all new 10-Speed automatic transmission and Raptor pilots will have SIX driving modes to ensure that power is used to its fullest! New driving modes include; Normal (everyday stuff), Street (spirited hi-performance driving), Weather (for inclement conditions), Mud/Sand (for typical off road stuff), Baja (when a high speed desert run is needed) and Rock (for the crawling opportunities)! Larger Fox Racing Shox with greater travel, tuned high flow dual exhaust and a bigger stronger transfer case are just a few more dream items on the massive list of improvements for this new beast!
Now, for the mystery of the Hummingbird…. This morning the cover was pulled off of the most powerful, track-ready Mustang ever built by Ford, the 2016 Mustang GT350R. And yes, the R stands for Ridiculously Awesome! From the all new and all amazing “19 CARBON FIBER wheels at each corner to the (now lower) roof this Pony is pure adrenaline top to bottom! Reworking the car for aerodynamic improvement the put the headlights at an inch lower than a stock Mustang and that’s not all! Out back there is a huge rear spoiler, also carbon fiber, which will help keep the hind quarters firmly land locked and help keep those massive tires gripping the tarmac! Maintaining traction was at the fore front of the Ford Performance Team because they knew it would be near impossible to harness the ponies that will be produced by the all new, first ever for Ford, flat plane crankshaft 5.2L V8 under the hood! Rumors have been flying and no firm numbers are available yet however its very safe to say that horsepower will be well above 500 and torque will be simply monstrous! At every point the eye focuses there is pure performance. On the outside there is a new rear diffuser and a multitude of new vents. Air coolers for engine oil and the 6-Speed manual transmission will keep the high revving action well lubricated and power will applied to the wide rears by a 3.73 ratio, limited slip Torsen rear axle. Set to go on sales later this year as a 2016 model racers and enthusiasts around the country have already made bee lines for their nearest dealerships to get their names on the waiting list!
And finally, the biggest news of the show, if not the year as a whole….. This morning Ford announced the return of an American built, world class supercar; the Ford GT! 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and to honor that momentous occasion will be no less than the most advanced Ford supercar ever; the Ford GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower! Dreamed up by a passionate group of dedicated Ford Performance believers and then built with the specific intention of hunting Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and McLarens the Ford GT sets the new standard for the term Supercar. Built around a carbon fibers driver cell with aluminum front and rear sub-frames that have been encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels the GT promises an incredible on track driving experience with world class performance. From the huge ceramic disc brakes at each corner to the tear drop shaped, fighter aircraft inspires fuselage with enhanced visibility curved windshield, every aspect of the Ford GT screams ‘Full Bore Adrenaline Fueled Track Domination”! As it was meant to….
Full details will be coming soon on all three new additions to the Ford Performance line up and you can see more pics of the gorgeous GT HERE, read more on the GT350R HERE and the Raptor HERE. As always Ford fans, stay tuned here for the latest breaking news!
Riverside and Inland Empire truck fans will have a LOT to celebrate as the new years begins as the much anticipated new face of ‘Built Ford Tough’, the new all aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 has arrived! Not just one or two either, as the area’s largest truck and commercial vehicle center Raceway Ford has earned more of the new F-150 than most other dealers and they are arriving by the truck full daily! Legions of Ford Truck fans have been anxiously waiting to find out if the new trucks from the Blue Oval will live up to all the hype and great press they have received over the last few months and now is YOUR chance to see for yourself! Stop by and drive one today, we have been blown away by this new truck but then again we are a bit biased! We hope to see you soon
One of the most highly anticipated new product reveals in resent memory is only a month away, AND…. its only one of THREE big debuts from the Blue Oval at next months Detroit Auto Show! For the first time ever, Ford will be releasing the RS edition of the Ford Focus here in the US! Finally one of Europe’s amazing ‘Hot Hatch’ vehicles is making its way across the pond and Ford fans could not be happier! Whats all the fuss about some may ask, well how does upwards of 325-350 horsepower fed thru all four wheels in a Focus hatchback sound to you? We thought so!
Also being shown for the first time will be the next generation of the most capable 4X4 pick-up ever factory produced, the F-150 Raptor! Since the debut of the all-aluminum successor to America’s best-selling vehicle of all the F-150 fans have been clamoring for the Raptor version and their wait wont be much longer! But wait, theres more! The latest (some what) confirmed rumor is that an even more awesome version of the Shelby Mustang for the first time at the show, we know right?! The much hinted about, whispered about and often denied GT350R model is set to be showcased for the truest Ford performance fans to start dreaming about! Yes this years show is going to pretty much rock and although we cant have our own staff there we are lucky enough to have a couple of good friends going so we will be privy to ALL the good stuff! Awesome Auto Journalists and good friends of Raceway Ford Chad and Kristin will both be on hand covering this years North American Auto Show in the heart of all horsepower, Detriot MI! For over 100 years the Detroit Auto Show has been the showcase for all the latest and greatest offerings from all automakers and the 2015 show very well could be the BEST ever! Stay tuned for all the details and pics from the floor of the show!
At the LA Auto Show this week Ford revealed the freshened up 2016 Explorer and let the automotive world know it is getting more than just a fresh face! Big news under the hood as the Explorer gets a transplant from the 2015 Mustang in the form of a new 2.3L EcoBoost 4 cylinder power plant that develops 270 ponies while providing a super strong 300 lb-ft of torque! Both the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 and the class leading, twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost engines round out the available options. Inside and out the 2016 Explorer gets a host of new technologies! The available front 180-degree camera helps you see around corners, down alleys and out of parking spots. Second-row passengers with power hungry devices will find USB ports that will charge a phone or tablet at up to twice the speed of previous USB ports on higher model Explorers to make sure the entertainment never stops and there is a full charge once the destination is reached as well! Out back is an industry first rear view camera spray washer to keep your rear view always clear and the available hands free lift gate will make loading a breeze even when your hands are full. New to the Explorer line is the Platinum model that sets a new standard of luxury with sharp satin chrome accents throughout the body, from the unique Platinum grille to the rear liftgate, genuine wood accents throughout the interior, a standard dual-panel moonroof up top and gorgeous new 20-inch bright-faced wheels with dark painted pockets below. The standard, powerful 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 enables towing up to 5,000 pounds and the passing power to ensure a confident and sporty driving experience! Inside the Platinum edition is a new 500-watt Sony sound system sure to blow away even the staunchest audiophile and Nivana leather seating that will have drivers and passengers alike wanting to lock the doors and never leave! New sculpted exterior lines enhance the bold new look and more efficient LED lighting increases visibility while providing a striking new signature look. The 2016 Ford Explorer will be available for sale in Riverside early summer 2015 and pricing will be announced sometime in the Spring, stay tuned here as always for the latest information!
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!
Recently Raceway Ford joined forces with the Riverside Police Officers Foundation to host a ‘Drive 4 UR Community’ event nearby in Moreno Valley and it was a huge hit! The Ford sponsored ‘Drive’ events are a great way to raise funds for really great causes, in this case the funds donated by Ford go to the RPD Youth Programs. A huge event was put together with the help of the Riverside Fire Department and many great community organizations, over twenty police and fire vehicles were on display in addition to the remote control bomb squad robots that drew tons of attention and the Riverside Police helicopter that stopped everyone to watch as it landed in a swirling cloud of dust! Visitors to the event had the opportunity to take a free, no obligation test drive in a new Ford provided by the Raceway Ford Team and for each test drive taken Ford Motor Company donated $20 to the effort! Many new Fords were on hand to be driven and checked out, the new 2015 Expedition got tons of attention but the most driven was the Ford Fusion! As the day wound down and activities wrapped up it was time for the chopper to lift off and the crowd gathered to wave them up, up and away! Huge thanks to our Police and Fire Department friends for making the day an awesome success! We’ll see ya again next year the the 2015 ‘Drive 4 UR Community’ folks!
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!
The City of Grand Terrace recently held its 1st Annual Grand Terrace Veterans 5K Run to raise funds for the ‘Veterans Wall of FREEDOM’ monument to be built in the city’s Pico Park and Raceway Ford was a proud sponsor of this great community event. Almost 150 runners braved the high temps and humidity and had a great run on the relatively flat course that was lines with many volunteers and community members cheering and waving signs. The event was put on by the Grand Terrace Lions Club and the community support for a first time run was really impressive. Many volunteers also came out and made the event a well run and efficient activity, keeping the runners supplied with water at many stations along the route was critical and much appreciated! Team Raceway Ford was also there to show support with a team of runners! Our Vice President of Marketing Bill Chamberlain, Assistant General Manager Paul Cole and our man Mike theCarGuy all put on bibs and ran their best! Bill and Paul each claimed the 2nd Place in their age divisions with our resident ‘running man’ Paul posting a blistering 24:07 in the Inland Empire heat! A great time was had by all and some funds were raised for a great cause. We have posted some pics of the event on our Facebook page HERE and to learn how you can help support the ‘Veterans Wall of FREEDOM’ see their website HERE.
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.
Famous horses have been featured in works of art for since the dawn of time, in the days of old a prize stallion would be immortalized in oil and the canvas hung proudly above its owners mantle for all to admire. Today your prize pony can also be immortalized and hung for admiration with an original print from the ‘Automotive Michelangelo’ himself, Mr Danny Whitfield. For a limited time with the purchase of a new Ford Mustang from Raceway Ford in Riverside, CA, you will receive a framed print signed by the artist of your new car purchased for you by our own Mustang Man, Mike theCarGuy. Imagine having your co-workers admiration of your new Mustang when they see it hanging on your office wall or your friends and family being able to see your prized stallion as it hangs prominently on a wall in your home! The remaining 2014 Mustangs are moving briskly so time is critical, if you have your sights on a new Pony the time is now, and when you buy your new car you will get one to hang on the wall too!
About the Artist:
From the DannyWhitfield.com website…
“Danny Whitfield was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, “Auto Capital of the World, He brought his vision of art and cars to the fore front and has been the key artist in making automotive art a respected form in the industry. Whitfield has a magical ability to bring out the beauty of an automobile and expression vividly onto canvas. He has the ability to paint and draw and does many forms of art from scenic, architectural, to portrait images. However his affinity and love for automobile is his first love. Ever since he was five years old he’s been drawing cars. This is his passion! After attending Center of Creative College in Detroit and Macomb County College in Warren Michigan, He began his career working for the Ford Motor Company, and many other Auto motive design firms as an Artist, Stylist, Designer and Illustrator. Whitfield gained much experience and enjoyed his time greatly working in the industry, yet something inside was driving him in a different direction. Whitfield enjoyed most creating his own fine art pieces. During a time when automotive art was more popular at car shows Whitfield began presenting pieces in this forum to enthusiasts at these venues. This was not an easy task as most were somewhat selective on who they accept into their close nit groups. Plus the fact many local galleries didn’t seem to accept cars as art nor were not happy to see Whitfield achieve success. Many enthusiasts wanted to see his work but were denied that privilege based on the “Good old boy” networks. This had little effect on him as he was determined to share his love for automobile art with the world. With every obstacle placed before him he overcame them all and continued his journey.
As time moved on Whitfield established his business officially and with the age of technology he has now been able to move from art in the galleries into a much broader audience. With the birth of the Internet and social networks such as Facebook- Twitter and so on, Whitfield exploded onto the scene. No longer held down by the restrictive galleries and other businesses he moved on to create “The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield” With the help of the networks and a wide spread audience Whitfield has become a cult phenomenon in the auto world. He art has gone worldwide and is known throughout the world. Whitfield offers something to the auto enthusiast that makes a deep inner connection to the soul. When you take the owner’s automobile who spent many hours on modifying, customizing, they have created a very special masterpiece. Whitfield takes that masterpiece and captures it in still life. Every auto collector is highly satisfied with the outcome. Like a memory of a newborn baby in still photos so does Whitfield captures the car with his art.”
See this incredibly gifted artists work HERE.
Early next year, sportiness and utility will get an Edge in the SUV market with the introduction of the all-new 2015 Ford Edge. The new Mustang and F-150 may be getting tons of attention but the technology, engineering and style of the already great selling Edge will make it impossible to be lost in the hype of its sibling Fords! Based on the wildly successful new Fusion chassis “the all-new Edge has been remade in almost every single detail, always keeping in mind the customer, who expects something premium, powerful and special,” said Judy Curran, vehicle line director for Ford. “With a structure more rigid than ever and a suspension tuned to the highest global standards, the 2015 Edge is a high-tech utility that delivers a special driving experience customers will feel from their first moments behind the wheel.” The Edge will be the first in the Ford line to utilize new Adaptive Steering technology which will make for an easier and more exciting driving experience! At lower speeds, such as pulling into a parking space or maneuvering in tight quarters, the new system makes the vehicle more agile and easier to turn, as it dials more steering into the road wheel. Each low-speed maneuver requires less turning of the steering wheel. Two new engines will round up the three available power plant options, a 2.0L EcoBoost 4 cylinder that will develop 245 hp and a 2.7L Twin Turbo EcoBoost V6 that will make well over 300 hp! Ford’s new Auto Start-Stop system will also be available with both EcoBoost engine options on the new Edge. In heavy traffic, at stop lights and in drive-thru’s this technology can seamlessly shut down the engine to decrease fuel consumption, reducing tailpipe emissions to zero while the vehicle is stationary. Inside there seems to be no limit to the new technologies that can be found from steering wheel mounted Paddle Shifters to a new 180-degree front camera with washer featured for first time on a Ford vehicle and a standard rear camera. Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar to detect moving vehicles directly ahead and change the cruising speed if necessary and active grill shutters on some models help improve aerodynamics and increase fuel efficiency as well. As always stay tuned here for all the latest details and delivery information on the new Edge in style, the 2015 Ford Edge.
Are you one of the millions that love the website Pinterest? Well so are we! We have always loved finding great Ford pictures from all over the Internet and now we have a place to put them all so we can keep track and also share them with our friends! We have created many boards such for things like the all-new ‘2015 Ford Mustang‘ that’s due out toward the end of this year, a board named ‘Ford Heritage‘ where we pin hundreds of Fords from the over 100 years of history and of course a ‘Ford Racing‘ board packed with awesome action shots from all the many types of racing that the Blue Oval dominates! We have even created a board for the many incredible Instagram pictures our man Mike the CarGuy snaps all over our dealership! The next time you are scrolling through the many great pics on Instagram be sure to look for Raceway Ford and check out some of our Ford pictures, and feel free to pin them to one of your favorite boards!
With the 662 horsepower produced by its hand built, supercharged 5.8L engine the Shelby GT500 is the most powerful V8 powered vehicle on the planet, and you have the chance to own one… When the editors of AutoBlog.com drove the Cobra the simply stated that is was “Stupid, stinking, earth shatteringly fast” and there is no way to deny that! Few vehicles on the road, anywhere, can move the soul like a Shelby Mustang, this gorgeous 2013 was purchased by a collector and driven once, from Utah to his garage where it has been lovingly cared for as evidenced by the mere 727 miles on the odometer! Its Tremec 6-Speed racing trans only shifted a handful of times and the tires have NEVER been smoked. Of course having all that power on tap would be terrifying without a way to bring it all safely to a stop and to make sure it can do just that there huge 14” vented front discs up front with Brembo SIX piston calipers and 13.8 vented discs grabbing tight at the rear. The Ford SVT crew has given the Cobra all the race experience available in its suspension tuning to make this Mustang a track dominator with Toresn rear differential, cock pit adjustable Bilstein electronic dampers at each corner and 19” (front) and 20” (rear) exclusive forged aluminum wheels with Z rated tires. Factory equipped launch control ensures smooth and consistent starts every time with just the right amount of wheels spin for maximum traction and four, driver selectable performance settings. Road and Track said the GT500 is “totally at home on a road course yet remarkably civil in everyday situations” and that’s due in part to the incredibly comfortable yet tight holding leather seating and the powerful Shaker sound system although if truth be told we prefer the grumble if it tunes exhaust as our driving music! With the Mustang production ended and the plants gearing up for the all-new 2015 we know this is one of the last examples of this truly amazing car and there will not be a high performance version of the new Pony for at least the first two model years so, if you are serious about owning one of these rod going beast you NEED to contact us TODAY! Serious inquiries only please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of Riverside looking to go green can get cash assistance with the purchase of a new Ford Focus Electric from the city’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program! The City of Riverside is hoping to encourage residents to look into alternative fuel vehicles and increase awareness of the benefits associated with driving clean air cars. Using funds from a bill passed in 1990, California Assembly Bill 2766, which allows for a $6 from motor vehicle registration fees to be designated for air pollution efforts Riverside has created a rebate program to help stimulate clean air, electric powered vehicle sales. There are different levels of rebates available depending on the vehicle purchase, a Neighborhood EV, Electric Motorcycle or Electric Vehicle. The Ford Focus EV qualifies for a $500.00 rebate to help offset any down payment or trade in value used when purchasing. To be eligible Focus EV owners must be able to provide a current CA drivers license and a current utility bill as verification of residence in the City of Riverside and the application must be completed within 30 days of purchase. For more information see the Riverside Public Works page HERE and to get started with the purchase of your new Focus Electric see our Electric Vehicle Team here at Raceway Ford today!
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: