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.
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 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.
Whether you’re running late for work or you’re slow getting out the door for a road trip, there are some ways to get on the road faster in winter. Here are some tips to de-ice your windshield quickly so you can get to where you need to more rapidly.
Use Magic: Alright, it isn’t magic, but this combination of your car’s existing defrost settings works so well you’ll think it is. Simply turn your heater on all the way, ensure your A/C setting is activated, turn off air circulation, and crack your windows. This defrosts in half the time – you’re welcome.
Raid the Pantry: You probably already have the necessary ingredients to make this solution at home in your pantry or medicine cabinet. Mix two parts water with one part alcohol or vinegar inside a spray bottle, then spray your windshield. Ice will be a thing of the past.
Homemade solutions: If you want to defeat Indiana winters and de-ice your windshield faster without compromising your integrity as a non-conformist, we get it. You can also rub your windshield with an onion or keep a sock filled with cat litter nearby to avoid the ice.
Call us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN, if your vehicle is due for a service appointment this winter. Or stop by to browse our new vehicles, if it’s time to say goodbye to your current ride and drive home a new one.
The iconic Ford Mustang has been deeply entrenched in all aspects of pop culture — including music, movies, and television — since the model’s inception. Following the introduction of the brand-new, all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, a Detroit-based musician was inspired to create an electronic dance track based on the supercar.
Thanks to a partnership between Ford’s sound design team and Ozone Sound, the Mustang Mach-E will feature a number of electronic oscillations that emit while driving. Matthew Dear, the founder of the EDM label Ghostly International and remix guru for artists like The Postal Service, was compelled to compose “New Breed” after listening to the 1980s sci-fi inspired Mustang Mach-E sounds.
The self-described “sound tinkerer” actually used the digital propulsion sounds engineered for the Mustang Mach-E coupled with synthesizers as the basis of his dance floor-ready song. “Creating ‘New Breed’ was a new experience and I think the song — like the car — takes its passengers on a voyage,” said Dear.
For those interested in hearing “New Breed,” this track — along with much of Matthew Dear’s other work — is available now on most streaming platforms. Ford also released a companion documentary about the making of “New Breed” that you can watch via YouTube.
Test-drive the Mach-E when it arrives at Jordan Ford soon. Until then, stop by to take one of the other new Ford models for a whirl.
Ford and TomTom recently joined forces by signing a multi-year contract. TomTom will provide some of the next-generation navigation features for the upcoming Ford models, particularly using SYNC® 4 in-vehicle infotainment technology. And you’ll be able to find TomTom technology starting with the 2021 model year.
Offered on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and the 2021 Ford F-150, this TomTom technology will provide information about traffic congestion, real-time updates, parking information (spots and pricing), nearby restaurants, and more. There’s easy-to-use natural speech recognition and over-the-air updates as well, so you’ll always have the latest information.
“Their next-generation SYNC technologies have twice the computing power of the previous-generation system to do much more, including real-time, smartphone-like mapping that can help you adjust on the fly to quicker routes based on their network of millions of connected devices,” said Stuart Taylor, executive director of Enterprise Connectivity.
In particular, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E comes with several exciting features to make the most of this new TomTom contract. This includes the all-new SYNC® 4A system, which comes with a special 15.5-inch screen, dash cards (as opposed to a traditional menu), and a Ford Intelligent Range feature to help you optimize range per charge.