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Throwback: Ford at the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans

1966 Ford GT40 LeMans

Welcome to another addition of our Ford Addict Throwback series! A place where we talk about our favorite Ford vehicles from the past, as well as entertaining history lessons too! Today’s post is one of the latter. In honor of Ford’s victory in the LM GTE Pro Category at the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans, we’d like to tell the tale of Ford at the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans, which occurred 50 years ago!  Read More

5 Exciting Things About the 2017 Ford Fusion!

17 fusion energi pics

The wait is over Ford Addicts, the all-new 2017 Fusion is here! Ford’s award-winning and critically acclaimed midsize sedan has been updated, and features improvements that make it stand out in its class! Those who have seen the good looks of the Fusion, or have experienced it’s superb driving characteristics, will be anxious to see what is new. Here are 5 things to get excited about in the new 2017 Ford Fusion!

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Ford’s First Responders Appreciation Program

FordAddict First Responders

Ford does some pretty impressive stuff, whether it’s engineering your vehicle for maximum safety, or finding ways to bring state of the art tech at a great value, they always find a way to do good. Ford not only puts a major focus on the quality of its vehicles, but also a focus on the customer. Ford appreciates the professions of their customers, and wants to show appreciation through discounts on the Ford lineup.

For example, did you know there is a program available to EMTs, Firefighters, and Police Officers? Ford’s First Responders Appreciation Program is a thank you to the some of the toughest jobs out there. These professions require extensive training, quick decision-making, and hours of intense work. Ford is grateful for the work these brave individuals do, and offers a discount on its lineup of new vehicles of $500.

Ford also manufactures vehicles for use in these fields as well. We’ve all seen the familiar shape of Ford Crown Victoria headlights coming up behind us on the highway, or the boxy shape of an E-Series van in Ambulance Livery on our streets. Ford still carries on the tradition of making these dependable vehicles for first responders; in fact new Taurus or Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles have replaced most of the Crown Victoria’s in our police stations. Even the new Transit is now becoming the next generation of Ambulance too.

Our First Responders trust Ford vehicles everyday in their duties, and the First Responders Appreciation Program is Ford’s way of welcoming these professionals into the Ford vehicle family for their personal vehicles.

With that said, thank you First Responders from us at Ford Addict, you make the world a better place for all of us.

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Ford’s Big Announcement: What Are They Planning?

Ford SUV Lineup
  • More buyers are shifting toward fuel efficient and smaller SUVs
  • Ford’s EcoBoost tech is allowing SUVs to have the fuel efficiency of a small sedan with the power of a midsize one
  • Ford has announced they will launch 4 new SUVs to their lineup soon, but what could they be?

Ford has recently made a big announcement about their new product lineup! The blue oval plans on adding four new SUV’s to their lineup in the near future, which naturally has us here at Ford Addict excited! Ford is known for making some innovative and game changing products (i.e. the original Mustang, the aluminum F-150, to name a few), so what exciting new stuff will they have planned?

It is noted that “millennials” have been gravitating toward smaller SUVs, and not larger sedans of the past. The capabilities of a newer Ford SUVs, matched with the advanced fuel efficiency of the EcoBoost engine family has created a boom in the market. More and more young families, and even baby boomers are looking for efficient SUVs. Ford has decided to expand their lineup to fit the markets needs!

EcoSport

Rumors have been circulating that since Ford already makes small, midsize, and large SUV’s, a compact one might join the stable. Ford does sell another SUV based on the Fiesta compact in other markets called the EcoSport. This SUV is powered by the same engines offered in the current Fiesta, including the superb 1.0L EcoBoost. We’d love to see this crossover on the roads soon!

EcoSport

So if the EcoSport comes stateside, that covers the Compact-Full Size categories.  But what about a Wrangler competitor? We think there is a possibility of the Bronco returning! Ford Addict’s like us have been anxiously anticipating the return of the beloved Bronco nameplate ever since it was discontinued in 1996. Imagine a modern version of the tough Bronco, but with all the modern Four-Wheel-Drive tech that has been developed in Ford’s SUV and Pickup lineup in the past 20 years! Selectable AdvanvceTrac 4WD that could be modified to fit Off-Road specific conditions, not to mention rough weather, would be a dream.

2004 Bronco Concept

Remember this Bronco Concept? We might be seeing another one soon.

Bronco fans have already started making renderings of what they want the next one to look like. And maybe, just maybe, someone over at Ford Performance will get their hands on the Bronco, and tweak it just slightly, to make it into a rock-crawling, sand dune jumping, Raptor-like vehicle. Could this vehicle be, dare we say, unstoppable?

FordBroncoRender

Bronco6G.com did a render, we hope it looks this good!

As for the other two vehicles, we are not sure what Ford has planned. We can dream, but until then, we here at Ford Addict will sit patiently waiting for Ford’s big announcement that our beloved Bronco off-roader will make a triumphant return in our showrooms, driveways, and hearts. But until that day comes, lets enjoy the Raptor!

Which Ford Is the Best Uber Vehicle?

Ford Driver

Uber is the very popular smartphone app that allows users to get transportation in the form of drivers using their personal vehicles. As a user, it is not uncommon to see a trend of car makes that are popular. For example, I have had many different Honda Accords and Toyota Corollas as Uber Vehicles. But with the popularity and limited color choices, I have seen people get into the wrong vehicle thinking it was the Uber they ordered. It wasn’t until I started to notice the good and bad qualities of an Uber Vehicle that I realized, a new Ford would make a really good one.

Luckily for me, I requested an Uber X, and too my surprise, it wasn’t the typical bland sedan, but rather a Ford Edge. This Edge was an older model, but no older than a 2012 if I had to guess. The instantly recognizable styling of the Edge made is stand out in traffic, and its black painted 20-inch Sport Appearance Package wheels with White paint made a statement.

2016 Edge

The Edge provides a great package of utility and urban style, a must have for standing out in a crowd.

The Uber pulled up on the side of a busy street, and my three friends and I got in. Instantly we realized this car was levels ahead of the basic bland-mobiles we were used to. The seats were Leather with suede inserts, a feature only found on the Sport Appearance Package. The MyFordTouch system was easy for playing music, or clearly displaying radio and climate information. The seats were comfy, the backseat was spacious, but the best feature for passengers had to be the Vista Roof panoramic sunroof. Driving around the city looking up at the buildings through the large sunroof was just a cool way to enjoy the ride. By the end of the journey, everyone was comfortable, and the Edge received many complements for its smooth ride that make potholes seem invisible to the passengers.

2016 Edge

A roomy backseat and airy cabin sunroof make the Edge a lovely place to be!

2016 Edge

Heated Rear Seats also add points for rear passenger comfort.

So my vote for the best Ford Uber vehicle is the Ford Edge. The older bodystyle makes a really good buy as a Certified Pre-Owned model, as even the lower trims come very well equipped. They get great gas mileage at 21 city/ 30 highway with the EcoBoost engine, have available intelligent All-Wheel-Drive for extra grip in subpar driving conditions, and that huge sunroof too! The 2016 Ford Edge evolves on this, with new SYNC 3, new EcoBoost engines, and extra amenities, such as heated rear seats, without losing that urban style of the Edge. Which Ford do you think is best suited for ride-sharing duties?

2016 Edge Sport

Imagine getting picked up in this? Yeah, we want one too.

Sure-Footed Fords: Ford Intelligent All-Wheel Drive

Sure-Footed Ford's: Ford Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive

Seasonal weather shouldn’t interfere with holiday plans. Everyone with a 2016 Ford knows they can get there no matter what winter throws at them! This is thanks to the ultra capable Ford Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system. This system monitors road conditions and adjusts accordingly. This then allows for optimal traction in any situation, assuring you that your sure-footed Ford will get you to your destination with no trouble.

How does it do this? Magic of course! The magic of great engineering that is, as the Intelligent drive system monitors data all over the vehicle such as steering angle, pedal position, acceleration, turning, and wheel speeds every second to prevent traction loss from the start. If it senses traction loss it will send torque to the rear wheels as needed to instantly improve handling.

Did you also know that this system helps in normal driving conditions too, not just rain or snow? It can send the power to the front wheels in normal driving conditions to help make the vehicle more efficient, which in turn will save you money. But if you’re a performance geek like us here at Ford Addict, you’ll also notice that the power can also be sent to the rear wheels in normal conditions to aid acceleration as well.

In the 2016 Explorer models a Terrain Management System allows a choice of 5 settings to optimize the vehicles capabilities on and off road. These modes are Normal, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Grass/Gravel/Snow, and Hill Control.

Sure-Footed Ford's: Ford Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive

The Explorer’s Terrain Management selector. Turn it to the condition you need, and you’re ready to power through anything!

It’s probably with mentioning that you can get All-Wheel Drive on vehicles outside of Ford’s SUV range. In fact: Here is a list of 2016 Ford models that can be optioned with All-Wheel or Four-Wheel Drive:

  • 2016 Ford Focus RS
  • 2016 Ford Fusion
  • 2016 Ford Tarus
  • 2016 Ford Flex
  • 2016 Ford Escape
  • 2016 Ford Explorer
  • 2016 Ford Expedition
  • 2016 Ford F-150
  • 2016 Ford Super Duty

With most of Ford’s award winning lineup available in this configuration, isn’t it time you had the chance to drive a truly smart car?

Sure-Footed Ford's: Ford Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive

Instead of explaining how awesome the Focus RS AWD system is, we’ll let this diagram show everything. #Magic

Standard Luxury: Ford Platinum and Titanium Trims

Explorer Platinum Ford Addict

Luxury automakers advertise their vehicles as the only way to purchase the latest and greatest in automobile technologies, and charge buyers accordingly. This also means that they want you to think your new expensive German sedan is the best of the best. What if we told you Ford was offering the exact same technologies, with more user-friendly systems, for a price that wont break the bank? Enter the new Ford Platinum and Titanium trims. Read More