Ford’s futuristic new BlueCruise hands-free driving technology is almost here. Later this year, selected 2021 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models will get this next-generation system via a SYNC® 4 over-the-air software update.
With BlueCruise, you can drive on more than 100,000 miles of divided highway across North America without touching the steering wheel. Ford did extensive testing on these roads to ensure that the system works safely and effectively — even in bad weather and heavy traffic.
When you’re driving on an eligible highway — known as a Hands-Free Blue Zone — a blue light will activate to notify you. To make sure you’re keeping your eyes on the road, a camera monitors the driver’s seat and warns you if your attention wanders.
BlueCruise is available for F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models that have the Ford Co-Pilot360™ Active 2.0 Prep Package. On top of the necessary built-in tech, BlueCruise software costs $600 on eligible F-150 models. It’s included as standard on Mustang Mach-E First Edition, Premium, and California Route 1 trims.
Ford says BlueCruise will also be available on other vehicles in the near future. To learn how you can purchase an F-150 or Mustang Mach-E with this visionary new technology, contact us here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Now that Ford has introduced the stunning all-electric F-150 Lightning, pickup trucks will never be the same again. Read on for just a sampling of the greatness you can expect from the F-150 Lightning when it arrives at dealerships next spring.
For starters, you’ll get standard 4×4 and 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque from dual electric motors. F-150 Lightning max towing is estimated at 10,000 pounds, or you can haul up to 2,000 pounds.
Two F-150 Lightning battery options give you an estimated standard range of 230 or an extended range of 300 miles, and you’ll be able to charge up from 15 percent to 80 percent in just 41 minutes. Power My Trip and Intelligent Range tech helps you get the most out of each charge.
The F-150 Lightning is so capable, it can even power your home. Available Ford Intelligent Backup Power works with your home charging station, providing 9.6 kilowatts to run appliances, keep the lights on, and more. You’ll also get Pro Power Onboard, which delivers up to 9.6 kilowatts of on-the-go electricity for the worksite, campsite, and more.
Other incredible F-150 Lightning features include available BlueCruise hands-free driving tech, Onboard Scales to automatically weigh your payloads, a huge 15-inch touch screen with SYNC 4A infotainment, and a 14.1-cubic-foot frunk (since there’s no engine up front).
Here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, Indiana, we’ll have more to share about this thrilling new all-electric truck in the months to come. In the meantime, contact us to learn how you can reserve a spot in line and be one of the first to own the F-150 Lightning when it goes on sale.
The all-new Bronco Sport and Ford F-Series are favorites on the road, and Ford’s Q1 2021 sales prove just how much people love them. With retail numbers that exceeded Ford’s 2019 and 2020 sales levels, the automaker’s recent successful first quarter can be partly attributed to the undeniable impact that the F-Series has left on the industry over the last few decades, as well as the breakout success of the brand-new Bronco Sport.
With Ford trucks and SUVs flying off of lots all over Mishawaka, IN, it’s not hard to see why the F-Series and Bronco Sport have gained a lot of attention and love. In the first quarter, Ford sold 203,797 trucks between the F-150, F-250, and other pickups in the F-Series family, marking a 24.5 percent increase at retail. It also shipped 23,356 all-new Bronco Sport SUVs.
Another reason Ford enjoyed such a successful quarter was — and will likely remain to be — its rock-solid and mostly new EV lineup. Ford’s electrified vehicle sales skyrocketed by 74 percent compared to a year ago thanks to new additions like the all-new Mustang Mach-E and the F-150’s new PowerBoost™ Hybrid engine. In Q1 2021, Ford’s expanded electric portfolio resulted in 25,980 vehicles sold, with 6,614 Mustang Mach-E SUVs and 7,176 F-150 models equipped with PowerBoost™ Hybrid powertrains.
Overall, in the first three months of 2021, Ford sold 495,924 vehicles, which is a 1.1 percent increase from 2020. If you’re still not sure why these vehicles are creating a fervor beyond belief, experience them in person at Jordan Ford, right here in beautiful Mishawaka, Indiana.
A recent move by Ford demonstrates just how much the company cares about all drivers — even ones that prefer other brands. In March, Ford announced it was expanding the Ford Telematics capabilities to vehicles from all automakers. By sharing this all-in-one fleet management technology with the entire industry, Ford is committed to supporting businesses and creating a better driving experience.
Ford Telematics helps maintain uptime by providing opportunities for improvement and promotes good driving habits and improved efficiency by scoring drivers as it tracks their driving behavior. This ultimately helps increase productivity across the fleet by giving managers the information they need to provide coaching.
For non-Ford vehicles, fleet operators simply have to use a plug-in device to enjoy full functionality at no additional cost. The Ford Telematics dashboard will provide information about both non-Ford and Ford commercial vehicles, creating a seamless management tool.
Ford also announced that the new Ford Telematics Essentials, a complimentary version of Ford Telematics, will soon be available. Essentials will expand Ford’s presence into the commercial vehicle market by providing free fleet management tools like insights into vehicle odometers, diagnostics codes, and open recalls. Operators can also use the platform to easily schedule maintenance appointments.
When it comes to Ford’s electrification plans, the Mustang Mach-E and electric F-150 are only the beginning. The automaker now plans to pour $22 billion into electric vehicle development through 2025, doubling its previously announced investments. Another $7 billion is slated for autonomous vehicles and tech.
The just-released Mustang Mach-E high-performance SUV is the first part of Ford’s EV plan to fall into place. And later this year, Ford will introduce the E-Transit commercial van.
Next year is the big one: the all-electric F-150 pickup. If Ford can win over truck buyers with an electric option, that’s a sure path to success in the EV era. Pickup buyers here in Mishawaka, Indiana, can already experience a taste of this via the 2021 F-150 and its PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 engine, which delivers enormous capabilities and solid fuel efficiency, too.
After these vehicles arrive, Ford officials hint that Lincoln luxury EVs and more Transit commercial electric models could be next. To handle all this increased EV production, Ford will be bulking up capabilities at its manufacturing plants around the world.
Here at Jordan Ford, we’re looking forward to introducing all these new Ford EV models to the Mishawaka region. For more information on the Mustang Mach-E, the electric F-150, or any other Ford vehicles, give us a call or stop in for a visit.
The Ford off-road truck lineup just got even more impressive with the introduction of the 2021 Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja — its biggest, baddest all-terrain pickup yet.
If the Ranger Tremor, F-150 Tremor, or F-150 Raptor just aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for beastly performance, the F-250 Super Baja has you covered with incredible capabilities, intimidating style that stands out on the street and the trail, and deluxe features to make you feel right at home behind the wheel.
To create the smooth-driving, high-riding Super Baja, Shelby American outfitted an F-250 Super Duty with a specially tuned FOX Performance off-road suspension system that includes a built-in BDS lift, adjustable shocks, and more. The Super Baja sits on 37-inch BFG KM3 tires and 18-inch alloy wheels. A Ram Air Hood, 50-inch LED light bar, Shelby stripes, and a painted grille give the truck a super-sporty look.
Under the hood, the Ford Shelby F-250 Super Baja boasts a 6.7-liter Power Stroke® turbodiesel that delivers a massive 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, plus towing capabilities that top its class. Inside the cabin, you’ll find custom carbon-fiber decor, Shelby Snake-embroidered leather seats, and stainless steel gauges.
The F-250 Super Baja is only available in a limited quantity, so don’t wait — give us a call at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, Indiana, to find out more about how you can experience this monstrous masterpiece for yourself.
Spring is nearly here in Mishawaka, Indiana, and we’re looking forward to enjoying warm weather again. Unfortunately, that means a lot of rainstorms are on the way, so it’s important that your car’s wipers are ready — especially after how brutal this winter was! To determine if your car needs new windshield wiper blades, look for these factors.
Streaks on the glass
If the old wipers leave excessive streaks on the windshield, it’s probably time for new wipers. You can try wiping off the rubber to see if that solves the problem, but if it doesn’t, then the wipers are damaged enough to need replaced.
Squeaking or skipping
If you activate the wipers during the spring rain and hear loud squealing or see the arms bumping across the glass, something is wrong. The rubber isn’t as soft and smooth as it once was, which means it’s been worn down to the point of replacing.
The rubber blade on the wipers can deteriorate after brutal seasons of cold and heat, as well as years of constant use, and you sometimes can see that deterioration if you look close enough. If you notice cracks, chunks missing, peeling, or warping, it’s time for new wipers.
Spring weather in Mishawaka can get a bit wet — but don’t let that put a damper on your seasonal adventures with your Ford vehicle. Here are some helpful pointers for driving safely in the rain this spring.
Ditch cruise control
If your Ford has cruise control, it’s best to avoid using it when it’s raining. That’s because when you turn it on, this mode prevents you from being able to ease off the accelerator — a driving technique that’s essential for maintaining traction on slick roads.
Go slow and give space
Plan for longer travel times when the weather is wet so you can travel as slowly as you need to stay in control. You’ll also want to give extra room to other cars on the road to ensure that you have sufficient time to bring your vehicle to a halt even in the rainiest of conditions.
Steer clear of flood zones
Familiarize yourself with the flood zones in your area. If your commute includes roads that are prone to flooding, figure out a detour that you could take.
Know how to respond to a skid
Educate yourself on how to properly handle a skid if your Ford does happen to hydroplane on a wet spring day. First, refrain from harsh braking. You’ll also want to continue steering the vehicle in the direction you want to go to help regain control.
Recently, Ford announced a new initiative that will help customers save on auto insurance. To this end, the company has teamed up with key insurance carriers, including State Farm, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Metromile, and Verisk Data Exchange.
These new partnerships will help customers lower their insurance premium based on their driving behavior thanks to built-in connectivity technology on eligible Ford vehicles. And with connected vehicle data, Ford will help car insurance carriers improve their underwriting process and usage-based programs.
Additionally, Ford Insure, which is underwritten by Nationwide, offers usage-based policies through Ford’s insurance agency subsidiary. Ford Insure enhances the Ford customers experience with driver behavior discounts of up to 40 percent. Through the FordPass™ app or Ford Insure website, customers with eligible vehicles like the 2020 Ford Escape or Ford Explorer can easily get a quote, then buy or bundle policies.
If you need help choosing the right car insurance policy, don’t hesitate to call our finance experts here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka. Or stop by our dealership to lease or buy your next Ford model to upgrade your travels in South Bend and beyond.
Every car should have a set of emergency supplies should an emergency arise, whether on your daily commute to work or on a road trip out of state. Here at Jordan Ford, we recommended that you keep an emergency supply kit in the trunk of your vehicle and restock any used items every six months. Here are some essential items to include in your car’s emergency kit.
The right tools
In case your vehicle runs into maintenance issues, you should have a tool kit or multipurpose utility tool. You’ll also want to have jumper cables, as well as a spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack. These tools can help you with car care on the road. Also include a first-aid kit.
Food and clothes
Be sure to keep some water bottles in your car at all times, as well as nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as dried fruits or nuts. For the cold winters in South Bend, have a stash of winter accessories, such as warm clothing and blankets. It’s also a good idea to keep a snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, and cat litter on hand.
Some useful accessories
Keep a car charger for your cell phone to make sure your devices don’t die when you most need them. A flashlight and extra batteries will also come in handy.
For more tips on making your travels safer, contact us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka. And make sure to schedule a seasonal service appointment for your vehicle to help minimize the chance of breakdowns.