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.
As you start making your spring cleaning list for this year, don’t forget to include your vehicle! Errands and commutes will be all the more pleasant if you spruce up your ride with these spring cleaning tips.
Deal with the Trash
If your car’s floor is cluttered with empty water bottles, old receipts, and other bits of aging debris, know that you’re not alone. It’s hard to keep a cabin clean when life is as busy as it is. Now is a good time to clear this garbage and to create a dedicated garbage bag for future needs in your ride.
Invest in Organizers
When the trash is gone, you can clear out any unnecessary items that may be lingering in your vehicle’s cabin. For any essentials you want to keep, consider buying a few simple baskets or bins where you can store things neatly.
Clean the Cabin from Top to Bottom
This spring, give your vehicle the detailed cleaning job it deserves. Start from the top, wiping the dashboard and vents with a microfiber cloth. Get the steering wheel, shifter, console, and surfaces on the door. Next, vacuum the highest crevices and then move to the seats and finally the floors.
With these easy steps, you’re well on your way to a more enjoyable ride. To round out your vehicle’s spring care, stop by our service department at Jordan Ford for a quick tune-up.
Back in November at its annual dealer meeting, Ford announced to U.S. dealerships that it had created a new way to shop for and sell pre-owned Ford vehicles. The platform is called Ford Blue Advantage, and it will connect the used inventory of all 3,100 Ford dealerships in the country, including Jordan Ford here in Mishawaka.
With the introduction of Ford Blue Advantage, shoppers will find it easier than ever to locate the exact used Ford model that they’re looking for. Used car customers will be able to access Ford Blue Advantage as a digital platform, where they can shop the nationwide Ford used inventory. In addition to the huge selection of vehicle options open to every dealership location in the country, the platform will also have each item listed with a guaranteed price and delivery cost.
According to Ford Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service, Mark LaNeve, Ford sells roughly 3 million pre-owned vehicles each year. About a third of those sales are made by Ford dealerships across the country. By implementing Ford Blue Advantage, the automaker hopes to make shopping for a used Ford vehicle more appealing than ever, and to increase its used sales nationwide.
We’re excited to see this new option for potential Ford buyers. If you’ve got a question about the Ford Blue Advantage program, contact our team at Jordan Ford.
This is your final warning: frigid temps and icy roads are on the way this winter in Indiana. Before the worst of the season hits Mishawaka, consider preparing your vehicle in advance so you can avoid catastrophe in case disaster strikes while you’re on the road. Our team at Jordan Ford has compiled a list of items you should consider putting in a winter emergency kit for your car.
Warm items: Bring along blankets, hats, thick socks, and gloves to help stave off the chill on your winter drives. If your vehicle dies when it’s freezing outside, you’ll be thankful you remembered to pack these items as you wait for help.
First-Aid: No matter what time of the year it is, you should always have a handy first-aid kit at hand. Make sure to include items like band-aids, alcohol, gauze, antiseptic ointment, and medical wrap so you can care for yourself or a loved one gets hurt on the way to your destination.
Tools: Consider putting a small snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, road flares, and a multi-tool in your vehicle. You never know when these items might come in handy for you or another driver on the road.
Most importantly, never tackle winter road conditions without a thorough winterizing. Call the service department at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN, to schedule your appointment today.