Posted by : November 29, 2013
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The Ford Edge has been the shining star of the crossover utility vehicle segment since its inception in 2006, but if we learned anything from the LA Auto Show, it was to remember that Ford never rests on its laurels.
Super-sleek, brand-spanking-new, shiny, and candy-apple red, all in attendance were wowed by the Ford Edge Concept, redesigned with a more modern but familiar exterior. Yet, it wasn’t the outside of the Ford Edge Concept that had the crowd buzzing. It was the technology.
The Ford Edge Concept was quite the show-off, featuring the latest and greatest next-generation technologies Ford Motor Company has to offer: crash avoidance, adaptive steering, LED lights, and our personal favorite—Fully Assisted Parking Aid, just to name a few.
Aside from the stunning, redesigned exterior and the plethora of impressive technology features, we’re also counting on the next-generation Ford Edge to offer superb fuel economy and the high-quality driving experience for which Ford is famous.
We’re expecting the automaker to take to the streets with the Ford Edge Concept for the 2015 or 2016 model year, and here at Bird-Kultgen Ford, we cannot wait to see all the cutting-edge technology in action.
Posted by : November 20, 2013
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Typical of any other momentous new model year debut, rumors and spy shots of the 2015 Ford Mustang have been circulating for a while. We’re on pins and needles for the real thing, though. And thankfully, we don’t have much longer to wait.
Mustang fans will be feeling like kids on Christmas morning, several weeks before Christmas this year. That’s right, folks—Santa Claus is coming to town, but he’s not waiting until Christmas Eve to hop on his sleigh and bring joy to all of the believers. Those that believe the Mustang is the hottest car in the land might just receive the greatest present of all on the 5th of December: the unveiling of the new 2015 Ford Mustang. (We believe, Santa, we believe!)
Mark your calendars because we have mighty good reason to believe that December 5th will be the 2015 Ford Mustang’s debut. Stay up to date with us here at Bird-Kultgen Ford. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for those reindeer.
Posted by : November 15, 2013
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The automotive industry has been rebounding from the recession, and this year has seen its highest sales numbers since 2006—up over 1.5 million from 2012. Although we hear a lot of buzz about electric vehicles and gas-sipping compacts, the age of the pickup truck is still upon us. SUVs and trucks are still shining stars and many of the 2013 best sellers.
Sales for full-size pickups are up 20% for 2013, and Ford is on the grind to keep up with our truck-loving demand. Poised to reveal an all-new F-series in 2014, the Ford name continues to obtain a stronghold when it comes to being a best seller. New tech specs and a more eco-friendly and fuel efficient engine has helped the current F-series line boast sales over 19% higher than last year’s numbers.
In fact, the 2014 Ford F-150 is the big winner, coming in at the top of the 2013 best sellers. Rounding out the top 10 is the 2014 Ford Escape.
Come see us at Bird-Kultgen Ford, where best-selling Fords are our specialty!
Posted by : November 8, 2013
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It may come as a surprise to some that one of the most popular vehicles among younger and wealthier drivers is not a German-manufactured compensatory supercar that just screams “hey, HEY, look at me! Look how much money I make! Look how many friends I have!” It certainly doesn’t come as much surprise to your friends at Bird-Kultgen Ford, who are intimately familiar with the style, speed, and superiority of the Ford Focus ST.
That’s right: Ford has announced that the recently-launched Focus ST has proven to be a smash hit with drivers under the age of 35 who make an average annual salary of $127,000. It was announced that the Focus ST has sold only slightly fewer than 12,000 units since its initial U.S. launch, and that it has been particularly hot in the Los Angeles, Houston, Orlando, and Detroit areas.
Also of note is the Focus ST’s effectiveness as a conquest seller: 65 percent of transactions that resulted in the purchase of a Focus ST involved trade-ins of non-Ford vehicles. It has also shown effectiveness, according to Ford Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service John Felice, in drawing attention to other Ford vehicles such as the Fusion and Escape.
“It’s having the kind of halo effect for other vehicles we’d hoped for when we invested in the ST brand,” said Felice. “We continue to build through word-of-mouth and terrific reviews. As an affordable high-performance vehicle that can serve double duty as a daily driver, it has no equal.”
The Focus ST, popular for its sport-inspired performance and the power of a turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost engine that generates 252 horsepower, is a clear choice for the young go-getter looking to make waves without the brand of obnoxious self-aggrandizing that comes with other performance/luxury autos.
To get yourself a slice of this brand of Americana, or to test drive any of Ford’s superlative vehicles, stop out and see us here at Bird-Kultgen today!
Posted by : November 1, 2013
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The Nurburgring is one of the most fearsome and treacherous race courses in all of the world. It is also widely considered one of the most majestic courses, and this combination makes it a frequent favorite for automakers to show off their best and boldest.
Though Ford has not released any official information about performance of the top-of-the-line Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at Nurburgring, some leaked footage on the internet puts the Shelby GT500 at an insane completion time of around 7:39.28.
The Shelby’s impressive feat is made possible by the world’s most powerful production V8: the 5.8L DOHC 32-valve marvel that is capable of cranking out a stupid-powerful 662 horsepower and 631lb.ft. of torque. Track-tested at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, this fast flashback is everything pony car fans dream of–and just the tool Ford drivers need to make the dreaded Nurburgring bend to their will.
Here at Bird Kultgen Ford, we’ve got Mustangs of every size, shape, and color in stock. Whether you intend to tear up one of the world’s most recognizable race courses or go down to pick up some groceries in the most stylish manner possible, we’ve got your back.
With the 50th anniversary of America’s most beloved muscle car approaching this April, why not do yourself a favor and get behind the wheel of one of these road warriors for a test drive?
Posted by : October 25, 2013
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Automakers today record thousands of data about our driving habits through the electronic systems in our cars. Though this constant surveillance may seem a little worrying, the results are actually overwhelmingly positive.
Plug-in vehicle makers like Ford are using sensors, wireless connections, and GPS systems to track our charging patterns, driving habits, trip information, and even minor things like air-conditioning and heating use. For example, Ford now knows that its plug-in drivers take an average four trips per day, and that three are made on electric power alone. It’s also found that electric vehicles, including hybrids, are driven for about 203,000 miles every day in the United States.
Thanks to all of this data, Ford is able to better understand its costumers’ needs and produce even better vehicles. “We actually have data now,” said Ford’s Mike Tinskey to the BBC. “We know our customers better than we’ve ever known them before because of these telematics.”
You can check out the plug-in vehicles that are helping Ford to become a better-informed automaker every day at Bird-Kultgen Ford.
Posted by : October 18, 2013
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In a recent test run by the Michigan State Police, Ford police cars are outperforming the competition when it comes to speed, according to USA Today. Ford’s new cop-car-version turbocharged Taurus proved faster than the V8 Chevy Caprice and V8 Dodge Charger during the trial. Additionally, the Ford Explorer crossover outran the Chevy Tahoe, making it the faster of the flashing-light-clad SUVs.
Ford engineer, Bull Gubing claimed, “Agencies tell us if the bad guys see the police vehicle quickly close in pursuit, they’re less likely to try to run,” according to the article. With the Taurus equipped with Ford’s EcoBoost turbo engine and AWD accelerating to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, there’s no doubt in our mind that the bad guys would be foolish to try to escape.
With these results, Ford could make a big jump in the hot pursuit to claim the substantial market share for police cars; as of now, the automaker is competing fairly equally with Dodge and Chevy.
Will Ford’s now-confirmed speedier police cars finally win the race?
Posted by : October 11, 2013
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) maintains a certain power when it comes to making or breaking vehicle reputation. Taking into consideration the fact that safety is one of the top criteria regarded when people look to buy a car, it’s no wonder that the IIHS crash test results carry so much weight among insurance companies and drivers alike.
If you’re shopping Ford, you don’t have much to worry about because an impressive eight Ford models from 2013-2014 earned Top Safety Pick ratings from the IIHS.
To be a Top Safety Pick, vehicles must perform reasonably well across all five of the IIHS crash test evaluations: moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover, and rear impact. Top Safety Picks are prized for their overall safety and reliability, prepared to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a collision.
Ford’s top performers for the 2013-2014 model years:
- Ford Focus
- Ford Fusion
- Ford Taurus
- Ford Escape
- Ford Edge
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Flex
- Ford F-150
Visit us at Bird-Kultgen Ford where you’re sure to appreciate the inherent safety that comes along with the Ford name!
Posted by : October 4, 2013
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It’s fitting that Ford’s mantra is “Go Further” as the Blue Oval brand consistently positions itself among the best consumer brands worldwide. And you don’t have to take our word for it. Ford recently made Interbrand’s 2013 list of best global brands, ranking #42 among their chosen 100.
With only fourteen automakers in Interbrand’s selction, making the top global brands list among industry tycoons like Google, Apple, and Coca-Cola is no small feat. According to the write-up, a big part of Ford’s success is the fact that its brand truly is a household name. In fact, one out of six new car buyers in the US reportedly consider buying Ford.
Ranking as the second best brand in Europe for the fifth consecutive year, Ford is way more than an American institution. The Blue Oval brand has remained consistent and resilient despite market declines in past years, and the automaker continues to seek out ways to expand and adapt its development to cater to market trends and new generations.
Ford has no plans to slow down. Come experience one of the world’s most successful brands at Bird-Kultgen Ford!
Posted by : September 27, 2013
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2014 Ford Edge
To upgrade its current manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada to a global manufacturing plant, Ford will be investing $682 million in the existing Oakville Assembly Plant. According to a Ford press release, this investment will facilitate several beneficial outcomes by creating nearly 3,000 jobs, allowing Ford to keep up with the demand for some of its most popular models, and increasing the automaker’s total investment amount in Canada to around $2 billion in less than ten years.
According to the report, Ford Motor Company’s president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, claimed that “this investment is helping us find much needed capacity for global products and securing jobs, and it is positioning Oakville as one of the most competitive and important facilities in the Ford system.”
Hinrichs went on to describe the plant’s ability to provide jobs and produce fuel-efficient products on a global level in a technologically outstanding facility as “a win for everyone today.”
The investment will help Ford keep up with the North American demand for the Ford Edge and Flex crossovers. The expected completion date of the global manufacturing plant is set for fall of 2014. Here at Bird-Kultgen Ford, we’re looking forward to seeing the finished product!