J.D. Power conducted its 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study to determine which 3-year-old vehicles gave owners the least amount of problems. The Ford Mustang and F-150 both earned awards for their performances in the study.
The Mustang won in the midsize sporty car segment, while the F-150 won in the large light-duty pickup segment. The high ranking of each model enabled Ford to place third among all the automakers in the study.
“For us, high quality means more than a great experience in the first few months of ownership; it includes a great experience throughout a customer’s ownership journey, and these results affirm our commitment to building high-quality vehicles,” said Linda Cash, Ford vice president of Quality and New Model Launch Program.
Ford managed to jump six spots in the study, thanks in large part to its SYNC® 3 system. The voice-activated communications and entertainment system features an easy-to-use touch screen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. As such, you can make calls to your loved ones, send messages and listen to your playlists while on the go.
The protective and connective technologies in Ford vehicles are just some of the aspects that make Ford vehicles reliable options. If you’re interested in driving a Ford vehicle around Pittsburgh, PA, learn more about the vehicles available at Shults Ford Harmarville by viewing our inventory online.
Did you get a bunch of Amazon gift cards for Christmas? Put
them to good use by visiting the
Ford Bronco Amazon store. This store has a variety of Bronco-themed
merchandise that celebrates the classic off-road SUV and helps get you geared
up for its long-awaited return next spring.
“The Bronco fan base is such a loyal one, and they love
their Bronco gear,” said Casie Ocan͂a, Ford global brand licensing manager,
brand & integrated marketing. “It’s great to be able to corral this
merchandise and make it available and easy to buy at one site.”
You can choose from a variety of items including authentic
Dennis Carpenter restoration parts for the first-generation Bronco, t-shirts,
hats, smartphone cases, and even vintage Bronco parts. If you love miniature
versions of your favorite vehicles, you can also choose from a variety of scale
model Bronco trucks. You can include your pet in your fandom with pet bandanas
for your furry friends.
There will also be merchandise available to celebrate the release of the Bronco R race prototype, which is designed to put the chassis and suspension of the future production vehicle to the test. It went through an intense desert course at the 2019 SCORE-International Baja 1000 in Mexico this past November. The new 2021 Ford Bronco will break cover next spring, and Shults Ford of Harmarville will have all the information you need to make sure you’re one of the first on your street with a new horse. Stay tuned!
Among the new updates Ford has revealed for the 2020 Expedition is the return of a much-beloved icon. The Texas-sized 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch builds on buyers’ love of all things luxury, joining the popular Platinum and Limited trims in the lineup.
Andrew Kernahan, Expedition chief engineer, said, “It’s a great addition to the lineup, growing Expedition’s appeal and personality in Texas as well as with customers across the U.S. looking for Western-inspired style and timeless design.”
The 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch Expedition offers unique
styling that helps it stand apart in the lineup. The exterior features Stone
Gray painted running boards, skid plate, hitch cover, bumpers and grille mesh,
giving it a slightly earthier feel. Adding to the look are 22-inch six-spoke
painted aluminum wheels with dark tarnish-painted pockets and iconic Running W
King Ranch badging.
Inside, all three rows of seats are covered in premium Del
Rio leather upholstery. The door trim is covered in Ebony Del Rio leather and
there is detailed Kingsville stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The seatbacks all feature the Running W logo for that extra touch of
Other updates for the 2020 Ford Expedition include 22-inch
wheels and new premium finishes for the Expedition Platinum.
Want to learn more about the 2020 Ford Expedition
King Ranch? Stop into Shults Ford of Harmarville and we’ll tell you how you can
get your own little slice of Texas right here in Pittsburgh.
Ford announced that it’s bringing back the iconic Ford
Bronco in 2018, but it’s been almost entirely silent on the rugged off-roader
ever since. Though details are few and far between, we have learned one
particularly juicy tidbit from the head man in charge of the Blue Oval. During
a shareholder conference call this spring, Jim Hackett, Ford CEO, confirmed
that there will be a Ford Bronco hybrid variant.
This new hybrid would be part of the current push for Ford to become more electric throughout its lineup over the next few years. The brand has recently invested $11 billion in creating electric variants of their vehicles through 2023.
Even with this information, we still don’t know much about the Bronco. Ford has released some teaser images that show the Bronco’s squared-off shape, but it’s been mum on everything else. There’s been rumblings about two- and four-door variants, detachable doors and a detachable roof, and the very nature of its retro design that will harken back to its past. We also have a strong indication that there will be a smaller version of the Bronco — which many people are referring to as the Baby Bronco — that may well hit the market at the same time as its larger sibling. The Bronco is expected to debut in 2020, so it may still be a few months before we get some hard facts we can sink our teeth into. One thing we do know for sure: When the 2021 Ford Bronco does (finally) arrive, you’ll be able to find it right here at Shults Ford Harmarville.
The Ford Kentucky Truck Plant will be adding 550 new jobs thanks to the popularity of the Ford Expedition and its luxury sibling, the Lincoln Navigator. Both models experienced tremendous success in 2018. Specifically, retail sales of the Expedition surged by 35 percent year over year, with the Expedition grabbing 5.6 more percentage points of the segment. The Navigator also improved from 2017 to 2018 to the tune of a 70 percent increase.
To keep up with the increased demand for these two models, Ford has decided to up Navigator and Expedition production at the Kentucky Truck Plant. To do so, the plant needed to add speed (safely) to the manufacturing process. The manufacturing team at the plant put their heads together and identified where there were some inefficiencies in the current process. Ultimately, they developed some big changes to the production process for the Expedition and Navigator, which led to a need for 550 more jobs at the plant.
“Kentucky Truck Plant is home to two of Ford and Lincoln’s most successful vehicles,” said John Savona, Ford vice president, North American manufacturing. “After seeing a continued increase in customer demand for Expedition and Navigator, we are boosting production for a second time to meet it.”
Ford is continuing to build on excitement around the Expedition with three new ads on the SUV: “Leave No One,” “Better Big,” and “Curtain.” You can find them on YouTube or during breaks between your favorite shows.
Founded in 1903, Ford has a long history behind it — and a big future ahead of it. Its past gives us the chance to dive into its legacy and learn about how such a great company grew into the brand it is today. Here are a few fun facts about Ford from our team at Shults Ford Harmarville.
First-ever Ford vehicle
The first-ever Ford vehicle was sold in 1903. Dr. Pfennig purchased the Model A for just $850. As Ford’s first vehicle, the Model A could only go 30 mph.
Henry Ford pushed for higher wages
When workers began to express concern over their wages, Henry Ford decided to increase his employees’ wages to double the market average. He expressed his strong support of paying workers a living wage. Henry Ford said the labor industry’s “first job is to make a good product. Second, pay a good wage.”
Best-selling vehicle in America
The Ford F-Series, commonly referred to as the Ford F-150, has been America’s best selling truck for the last 40 years in a row. The full-size pickup has established name recognition across the industry and beyond since the 1970s.
At Shults Ford Harmarville, we are proud to provide our customers with such an established, reputable brand like Ford. Visit us to see all of the Ford vehicles on our lot, including the best-selling Ford F-150.
The 2019 Ford Edge has debuted with a new, innovative technology that will increase safety in all road and weather conditions. It’s called all-wheel-drive disconnect and improves traction while reducing fuel consumption.
So what is all-wheel-drive disconnect? It’s Ford’s first attempt at such a technology and is available on all trim levels of the new Edge, including the Edge ST performance variant. The all-wheel drive technology can intelligently switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive “in a fraction of a second,” according to Ford, which means your Ford Edge can decide which drivetrain option is better for road conditions at any given second.
How does it work? Artificial intelligence, says Ford. Reportedly, the artificial intelligence can scan for a variety of stats, like road conditions, windshield wiper usage, outside temperature, vehicle speed, and wheel slip to determine whether to engage two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive—and it does it in record time, faster than the human brain ever could, using dozens of sensors.
“The concept is pretty simple, it was the execution that was the challenge,” explained Scott Beiring, Ford driveline applications supervisor. “Shifting between two- and all-wheel drive needs to be fast and seamless enough that the customer doesn’t know it is happening.”
The Ford F-150 Limited is the pinnacle of luxury pickups, and for 2019, the Limited model will be powered by the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine. This ferocious V6 will officially make the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited the most powerful light-duty pickup in America.
With this engine lurking under the hood, the 2019 F-150 Limited will produce 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The F-150 Limited also boasts a new dual exhaust system.
But it’s not just performance that sets the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited apart. Inside, the Limited trim offers an upscale cabin with premium materials like the Mike® suede headliner, leather-topped instrument panel and door panels, and new Camel Back two-tone leather for the front seats with Active Motion® for lumbar support and soothing massage.
Technology in the 2019 F-150 Limited is cutting-edge. Standard tech features include a 360-degree camera with split-view display and an integrated trailer brake; class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ is optional. The F-150 Limited also features a number of driver-assist technologies, such as standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, active park assist, and a Lane-Keeping System.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Limited will be available at Shults Ford Harmarville later this year.
In today’s modern age, it’s as easy as a few taps of your fingertips to get fresh, delicious food delivered right to your doorstep. That’s thanks in part to food delivery services like Postmates. Soon, though, you might be able to get your food from Postmates in an entirely different way – via a self-driving food delivery platform.
Ford has teamed up with this delivery service to begin piloting the self-driving delivery vehicle experience. Right now, the American carmaker is testing the first and last mile of the delivery experience, utilizing vehicles that look as if they’re self-driving – though they’re actually driven by an experienced driver.
The self-driving technology that will go into this program is being developed in separate tests.
When you order via Postmates, your food will be loaded by the restaurant into one of the multiple lockers available in the Ford vehicle. You’re notified of the delivery timing and just need to enter your four-digit PIN code to access your food. This is a similar method that will be used when the self-driving platform is ready.
Right now, the pilot is currently only underway in Miami and Miami Beach – but who knows? Maybe it will make a stop in Pittsburgh sometime soon! Here at Shults Ford, we certainly hope so.
When you purchase the new 2019 Ford Ranger, Ford wants to make sure you’re getting a pickup truck that’s rough and ready for your next big adventure – no matter where it takes you. That’s why the American truck maker is putting the Ranger through its paces in some of the most grueling testing ever.
2019 Ford Ranger testing has ranged from demanding lab tests to robotic testing – it’s even seen the Ranger being pushed to its limits in the rugged Australian Outback and the heat of the Arizona desert, all in an effort to make sure this all-new truck is Built Ford Tough.
“We torture every component – from its high-strength steel frame to its EcoBoost® engine to its cloth and leather-trimmed seats – to ensure the Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer.
Testing first started in the lab, moving to Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds once the Ranger prototype showed it was ready for the next challenge. At the proving grounds, robotic drivers are used behind the wheels to endure impacts that are so severe, human drivers could be injured.
Once it’s cleared there, its towing capability is tested in the inferno-like heat at the Davis Dam in Arizona and the dusty, harsh off-road terrain of the Australian Outback. After going through this type of endurance testing, you can only assume that the 2019 Ford Ranger will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.