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FORD TO OFFER ALL-ELECTRIC TRANSIT; U.S.-MADE, ZERO-EMISSIONS VAN TO JOIN ALL-ELECTRIC MUSTANG MACH-E AND F-150 IN LINEUP

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
  • The world’s best-selling cargo van – Ford Transit – will debut an all-electric version for the U.S. and Canada for the 2022 model year, helping businesses achieve sustainability goals and lower cost of ownership while helping cities improve air quality and reduce noise levels
  • Built in the U.S., the all-electric Transit will be smart and connected, arming fleet owners with technology solutions like in-vehicle high-speed data architecture and cloud-based services to offer new ways to optimize fleet performance
  • All-electric Transit will be built on the backbone of Ford’s 35 years of commercial vehicle leadership, its strong manufacturing base, parts availability and service network, as well as a highly integrated upfitter network; it will come with access to the largest public charging network in North America
  • The right tool for the job, all-electric Transit will provide customers the power of choice with a variety of configurations including cargo van, cutaway, chassis cab, three roof heights and three body lengths 

DEARBORN, Mich., March 3, 2020 – The best-selling cargo van in the world – Ford Transit – is going digital, with an all-electric version coming for the 2022 model year.

“Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification,” said Jim Farley, chief operating officer, Ford Motor Company. “As leaders in this space, we are accelerating our plans to create solutions that help businesses run better, starting with our all-electric Transit and F-150. This Ford Transit isn’t just about creating an electric drivetrain, it’s about designing and developing a digital product that propels fleets forward.”

With the world’s best-selling cargo van and as America’s best-selling commercial van brand for 41 years, Ford intends to lead the transition to zero emissions in the segment with its all-electric Transit. Ford’s U.S. truck and van fleet sales have grown 33 percent since 2015 and the company expects continued growth of van sales in the U.S. as e-commerce and “last mile” delivery increase. Ford’s overall van sales delivered their best fourth quarter results since 1978 on sales of 59,930 vans. For the year, Ford van sales totaled 240,529 vehicles. Ford expects electric vehicles to grow to 8 percent of the industry in 2025 in the U.S.

As consumers focus on reducing their own carbon footprints, more and more businesses are setting ambitious sustainability goals. Cities, meanwhile, are weighing increasingly stringent rules to address CO2, air quality and noise reduction goals.

The all-electric Transit, which will be American-built*, is part of Ford’s more than $11.5 billion investment in electrification through 2022. This vision includes all-electric vehicles that build on Ford’s strengths and taps the company’s all-electric technology to deliver even more performance, capability and productivity – including the all-electric Transit sold in Europe, Mustang Mach-E coming later this year and the previously announced all-electric F-150.

Smart and connected
“The world is heading toward electrified products and fleet customers are asking for them now,” said Farley. “We know their vehicles operate as a connected mobile business and their technology needs are different than retail customers. So Ford is thinking deeply on connectivity relationships that integrate with our in-vehicle high-speed electrical architectures and cloud-based data services to provide these businesses smart vehicles beyond just the electric powertrains.”

Smart technology built in to the all-electric Transit helps to optimize fleet efficiency and reduce waste, as well as improve driver behavior by providing insights into operator performance. Fleets can leverage insightful data collected through Ford Telematics using an embedded FordPass Connect modem featuring a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices. Managers can use Ford Data Services™ tools like live map GPS tracking, geofencing and vehicle diagnostics to see key performance indicators at a glance for vehicle and driver.

A suite of Ford driver-assist technologies can help improve driver confidence and avoid or reduce the severity of a collision**. The vehicle includes standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking plus Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Post-Collision Braking, Lane-Keeping System and auto high-beam headlamps.

Total package delivery machine
With 35 years of commercial vehicle leadership, Ford knows customers need the right tool to get the job done. The all-electric Ford Transit will offer uncompromised cargo capacity and the power of choice with a variety of chassis options, including cargo van, cutaway and chassis cab, plus three roof heights and three body lengths. Customers will have the full backing of the company’s massive electric vehicle-certified dealer network, more than 730 commercial vehicle centers across the U.S. and Canada, and access to Ford’s charging network – North America’s largest public charging network***.

Fleet operators can expect advantages beyond just eliminating trips to the gas station. All-electric powertrains mean significantly less scheduled maintenance than internal combustion engines, plus lower operating costs. Electric vehicle fleets may benefit from federal, state and local electric vehicle tax incentives, access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes and free parking. Electric vehicles can operate where vans with internal combustion engines cannot, including indoors, in environments with limited ventilation, and at night in areas with restrictive noise ordinances.

Further details about the all-electric Ford Transit and its features will be revealed later.

FORD GT SUPERCAR UPGRADED FOR 2020 WITH MORE POWER, NEW SPECIAL EDITION

Friday, February 7th, 2020
  • The Ford GT is improved for 2020 with increased horsepower and upgraded engine cooling
  • Titanium exhaust from Akrapovič is now standard for Ford GT; system brings performance exhaust expert’s signature craftsmanship with deeply resonant, unmistakable sound
  • Two new unique appearance options: Liquid Carbon features GT’s carbon fibre body fully exposed; restyled Gulf Racing heritage livery pays homage to Ford’s 1969 Le Mans win; plus, supercar’s carbon fibre wheels are now available for the first time with heritage livery

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 06, 2020 – Today, Ford Performance announces upgrades to the Ford GT supercar for 2020, including increased engine power to 660 horsepower and improved cooling.

Much of the 2020 Ford GT’s advancements are a result of Ford’s continuous technological innovation, especially GT’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost® twin-turbo V6.

“Ford GT continues to be the pinnacle of Ford performance,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. “GT is always the ultimate expression of Ford racing innovation, and as we know from the 1966 Le Mans through today, that means constantly raising our game for our customers as well as earning the checkered flag.”

Continuous EcoBoost Innovation

Beyond 13 additional horsepower compared to 2017-19 GT supercars, the 2020 GT’s EcoBoost engine features a broader torque band and revised engine calibration plus mechanical upgrades that include gallery-cooled pistons and higher-energy ignition coils, thanks to lessons learned from the limited-edition, track-only GT Mk II.

Additional engine cooling and airflow updates includes new buttress air ducts designed to increase air flow by 50 percent while larger intercoolers keep charge air temperatures cooler, preserving peak power for the most strenuous, high-temperature sessions at the track. Suspension damping is increased in track mode to further enhance handling and body control, particularly for those high-speed transient sections of closed-course circuits.

New Standard Akrapovič titanium exhaust
Ford Performance is also introducing the premium Akrapovič titanium exhaust as standard equipment for GT. Boasting the signature craftsmanship of these renowned race experts, this exhaust provides a nine-pound weight savings over the previous system while featuring that deeply resonant, unmistakable sound emanating from the more powerful EcoBoost engine.

Liquid Carbon

Newly available Ford GT Liquid Carbon places an emphasis on GT’s lightweight sculpted carbon fiber body completely free of paint color. A special clearcoat punctuates each GT’s unique carbon fiber weave in this limited-edition appearance option.

“This next chapter in the Ford GT story allows us to fully demonstrate our mastery in both the art and science of carbon fiber craftsmanship and finishing,” said Angus Smith, General Manager of Multimatic Niche Vehicles, North America. “The results of this ongoing partnership between Multimatic and Ford Performance speak for themselves, as each visually stunning and unique Liquid Carbon GT is a manufacturing marvel, showcasing the characteristics and nuances inherent in carbon fiber composites.”

Ford GT Liquid Carbon features carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment. Owners can choose titanium lugnuts, six-point racing harness anchors, five interior options and five caliper colors. Further personalization is available through two over-the-top stripe options – the dual center stripes offered on the standard Ford GT or the single stripe found on the Carbon Series as well as optional painted mirror caps. Stripes and mirror caps are available in any of the seven standard paint colors as well as the extended color palette. For the first time, these features can be ordered independently of one another.

Updated Gulf Racing Heritage Livery

Ford Performance is also updating GT’s iconic heritage livery with a new design that includes a black pinstripe to divide the distinct blue and orange colours, recalling the 1968-69 Le Mans-winning GT40. The optional carbon fibre number switches from 9 on the 2019 model to 6 for 2020, matching that of the historic back-to-back winning car, chassis No. 1075. For the first time on a heritage model, carbon fibre wheels are available in lieu of aluminum alloy.

“Our team is very focused on delivering a car that exceeds customer expectations,” said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. “The black pinstripe and carbon fibre wheels have been highly requested with the Gulf livery, so we committed to making that happen.”

Deliveries of the upgraded 2020 Ford GT are ongoing, with production wrapping up in 2022.

Leasing or Financing?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Before you can choose an option we have to understand what each option is. 

Financing: With a finance agreement you pay a monthly or bi-weekly amount until the loan you used to originally pay for the car is paid off. 

According to Edmunds, the majority of people choose a 72-month term to pay off the loan. You can pick a term as long as 84 months and as short as 36 months. The shorter the term the quicker you own 100 percent equity in your vehicle.

Leasing: A Lease agreement still has you make monthly or bi-weekly payments on a shorter fixed term. You then return the vehicle when that term is over. You are basically only paying for the car’s value you used because of this lease payments are often cheaper.  

People typically do a three-year lease but can go as long as 60 months and as short as 24 months. Payments are based on the residual value, basically what the car will be worth at the end of the lease. 

So which is better? 

To be honest that depends on you and your needs. 

If you are looking for lower payments and having the newest models with the latest features then leasing may be your choice.

If owning a vehicle and not being limited to the number of kilometers you can drive per year are a part of your needs then financing may be your choice.

Research is always key in helping you figure out your needs including speaking with your salesperson. At Ken Knapp Ford our salespeople will always take the time to help figure out what option is best for you.

TEST DRIVE A NEW VEHICLE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Just by test driving a new vehicle your name will be entered into a draw to win a $1,500 Visa gift card. It is as simple as that!

The rules:
– Test Drive must happen between Dec 4th to Dec 16th, 2019
– One ballot per person unless otherwise stated
– No purchase necessary
– Must have a valid driver license to enter

But that’s not all! ⬇️

 

If you choose to drive a 2020 Escape or 2020 Explorer you get two entries for the draw instead of one!

What are you waiting for! Come down to Ken Knapp Ford and test drive a vehicle.

*Draw takes place December 20th, 2019

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW MUSTANG MACH-E

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The last time I was this excited to watch something on a Sunday night was the Game of Thrones finale – but this time I wasn’t disappointed. The Ford team unveiled its first all-electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, and we decided to tell you 5 things you need to know about this new all-electric SUV.

1. The First Child.

You know how parents have a special connection with their first child? It’s expected the original Mustang will feel the same about the new Mach-E which is the first vehicle to be added to the Mustang family since 1964.

2. Your New Bestie.

The best thing about your friends is they know you. Your Mustang Mach-E will know you – like literally when you walk towards your vehicle it’ll recognize you using your phone as the key. It will adjust mirrors, seats, lighting, and instrument panel according to who is driving. It’ll even adjust the radio!

3. Everything and the Kitchen Sync.

“Okay Ford”, tell me about the new generation of Sync. Robot voice answers* “The new intelligent, voice-activated, next-generation SYNC® provides a driving experience that’s designed around you. As intuitive as your smartphone, its user-friendly design makes it easy to personalize and update your drive right from your mobile device or on your computer.”

The new Sync system will also receive updates through the cloud, including navigation updates.

4. The Key to Success.

Remember when I mentioned that your phone is your key earlier? That’s a pretty big deal. There is no need to fumble for your keys or wonder where they are anymore knowing you can lock and unlock your doors using your phone. Other key features are opening your lift-gate, using your remote start and even locating your parked car in a crowded lot.

 

5. The Roof, the Roof, the Roof is All Glass! 

A view isn’t all the new available Panoramic Fixed Glass roof offers. The glass actually has a special coating to help the vehicle stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It does this using a Low-E on the roof and Infra-red Reflective coating on the windshield.

Units for the First Edition are expected to arrive in the fall of 2021, you can reserve yours here. You can also learn more about the Mustang Mach- E here.

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