Ford Launches ‘Bring Back Bronco’ Podcast

Ever since Ford announced the return of one of its iconic Built Wild™ vehicle — the exciting 2021 Ford Bronco — fans have been in a state of enthusiastic hysteria. With the launch of its brand-new podcast: Bring Back Bronco: The Untold Story, you can geek out over the return of an off-road legend while you make your daily commute through Pittsburgh.

Automotive history is a fascinating subject, and the story of the Bronco is no different. Over the course of eight episodes, former National Public Radio correspondent Sonari Glinton applies a journalistic lens to the legacy of the Bronco — both the good and the less-than-ideal.

In regards to the podcast’s topic and tone, Ford’s Chief Communications Officer Mark Truby said, “The Bronco is an iconic vehicle, with an unusual history of twists and turns, ascents, and descents. It demands a fresh storytelling approach to shed light on what makes it special and so compelling to its huge fan base, as well as for new fans who will discover the rich history along with the new Broncos.”

Just as the Bronco holds a special place in many people’s hearts and minds, it’s story personal to Glinton. “This project was of special interest to me for several reasons, including the fact that my mother worked for Ford for many years and I worked on a Ford assembly line before I went into radio and reporting.”

You can listen to the first several episodes of Bring Back Bronco: The Untold Story right now through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can easily stream episodes from your smartphone to your vehicle through your SYNC® infotainment system. When you’re not on the go, you can access exclusive bonus content at the Bronco Podcast website to spice up your next trip across Pennsylvania.

Once you’ve added Bring Back Bronco: The Untold Story to your playlist, make a bold move. Place your $100 refundable deposit on a brand-new 2021 Ford Bronco or Ford Bronco Sport at Shults Ford Harmarville in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That puts you one step closer to driving an American icon brought back to life.

Bring Back Bronco podcast

The 2021 Ford F-150 is the Toughest, Most Productive Ever Built

For 43 years and counting, Ford has been the leading name in all things pickup trucks. That run is set to grow by many more years with the introduction of the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 — the toughest, most productive, and most powerful F-150 ever made. Ford revealed the much-anticipated next-generation F-150 earlier this month during a live-streaming event, and it definitely did not disappoint.

While there’s never any shortage of excitement surrounding a new F-150, this reveal included something truly exciting: the announcement of the all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ hybrid V6. Power is in the name for a reason here: Ford expects that it will deliver more horsepower and torque than any other full-size pickup, which should crush any concerns about hybrids not being as powerful. Not only will the F-150 PowerBoost tow at least 12,000 pounds, but it’ll also deliver a targeted EPA-estimated range of 700 miles.

That’s the kind of incredible innovation that’s kept Ford and the F-150 at the top of its game for decades. But that’s not all Ford has in store with the 2021 F-150. For you adventure-seekers, the 2021 Ford F-150 is available with a Pro Power Onboard™ generator, which brings enough power to run 28 refrigerators or about as many tools as you’d need for a tough job. Speaking of tough jobs, the new F-150 gets an available Tailgate Work Surface that helps you stay productive on the job.

The 2021 Ford F-150 also boasts a revamped interior with a couple of super-cool new features. The available Interior Work Surface lets you turn your cabin into a functional workspace perfect for sending emails or eating your lunch. With available Max Recline Seats, you can recline nearly 180 degrees, which makes it easy to knock off for a nap on your break.

Add all that to the fact that the 2021 Ford F-150 features Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0, first-in-class Active Drive Assist hands-free driving, over-the-air update capabilities, SYNC® 4 infotainment with an available 12-inch center screen, and just so much more, and it’s clear that Ford plans to dominate for years and years to come.

If you’re looking to dominate whatever life throws your way, the 2021 Ford F-150 is coming soon to Shults Ford Harmarville in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact our sales experts to learn more about this truck and how you can make one yours later this year.

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Ford Performs Well in J.D. Power’s 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study

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.

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Use Your Gift Cards at the Ford Bronco Amazon Store

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!

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2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch Brings Texas-Sized Luxury

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 craftsmanship.

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.

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Ford CEO Confirms Ford Bronco Hybrid

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.

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Ford Kentucky Truck Plant Adds 550 Jobs for Expedition Production

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.

If you want to see what all the buzz is about the new Expedition, visit us at Shults Ford Harmarville and we’ll make an introduction.

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3 Fun Facts About Ford

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.

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Ford Edge’s All-Wheel-Drive Disconnect Relies on AI for Improved Traction

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.”

You can test drive the 2019 Ford Edge at Shults Ford Harmarville.

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2019 Ford F-150 Limited Gets New 3.5-Liter EcoBoost® V6 Engine

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.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited OR 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine

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