12 More Ford Performance Vehicles Coming by 2020

For those who love going fast, special performance vehicles are often their cars of choice. Ford has announced that it will be releasing at least 12 more Ford Performance vehicles by 2020, so there will be plenty of options for speed enthusiasts to choose from.

One of the first new performance vehicles will be the all-new Focus RS that is headed to major markets around the world soon. It will join the existing performance lineup including the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Mustang, and F-150 Raptor.

“Ford remains committed to innovation through performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement. “Our new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts. It will allow us to more quickly introduce products and accessories that meet the needs of customers around the world on-road and on the track.”

By introducing new ST and other performance products, Ford can draw new buyers to the brand. Ford says that more than 65% of ST customers are first-time Ford buyers and many of those buyers are young Millennials.

If you’ve been considering a new performance vehicle, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville and take a look at our Ford Performance vehicles.

Ford Performance vehicles

Ford Sold One Million Cars in China Through November

Ford has broken a huge record overseas – selling one million cars in China in just one year, which is particularly impressive, considering the fact that the year isn’t even over yet. The announcement was made based on November sales, which were some of Ford’s highest of all time.

This comes in the midst of a spectacular 2014 for the automotive industry, where many big names have seen huge increases, particularly in November, thanks to Black Friday deals. Many are citing the upward swing of the U.S. economy as a factor for the industry sales increases.

According to Ford, the sales from January through all of November were 1,007,425 units, which is a 20 percent increase from the same period of time in 2013.

“Crossing the million vehicle mark is a significant milestone for Ford in China, and it demonstrates the appeal of our portfolio of high-quality, safe, fuel-efficient and smart vehicles,” said John Lawler, CEO of Ford Motor China.

Are you surprised that Ford sold one million cars in China? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and head on down to Shults Ford of Harmarville to find the perfect gift this season.

Ford Sold One Million Cars

2015 Ford F-150 Accessories: Introducing Lightweight Campers

2015 Ford F-150 Accessories

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were glad to hear about the new partnership between Thor Livin Lite and Ford. Working together, the two companies will be making Ford-branded recreational products for the new F-150.

Ford said one of the main reasons they were drawn to Thor Livin Lite is the lightweight design of their products, like campers, for example. With the all-new aluminum F-150 design, it makes sense for the teams to work together on 2015 Ford F-150 accessories.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to work with a company as prestigious as Ford and bring their iconic brand name back into the RV industry,” said Scott Tuttle, president of Thor Livin Lite. “Ford believes enough in our unique aluminum construction to allow us to carry the ‘Built Ford Tough’ label, which says a lot.”

Although Ford and Thor Livin Lite have been working together since 2013, this is the first time they will be developing products together. What they have in mind is a lightweight line of campers that are 30% lighter than the competition. The new products will debut before the end of the year at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

How to Shovel Snow Without Popping Your Hip Out

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You probably think there isn’t anything worse than having to strap on your snow boots, pile on a couple of jackets and three pairs of gloves, wrap yourself up like Randy from A Christmas Story, and trek out of the relative comfort of your home for the purposes of shoveling your driveway.

You’d be wrong. There’s something way worse than that: going through all of the hassle, bracing against the cold, and feeling something pop in your hip the first time you lift the shovel.

Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can follow to make your snow-shoveling experience as pleasurable as…well…as pleasurable as shoveling snow can be.

  1. You stretch when you go for a run. You stretch when you go to the gym. You should stretch before you start shoveling.
  2. Pick a spot for your pile. You’ll want somewhere that isn’t too far off the beaten path. Knowing where you’re going can save a lot of wasted effort and a lot of precious warmth.
  3. Don’t lift with your back. Use your legs to lift, and never twist your torso when tossing snow aside. Snow may seem light, but it can sure get heavy fast.
  4. Take a breather. You don’t have to finish it all in one go. Take a second, take a pull or two from your coffee thermos, and get back to it.
  5. Drag somebody with you. Shoveling a good-sized driveway is arguably better left to two people. Convince your spouse/partner/children that shoveling is way more fun than it actually is and get the job done twice as fast.

We’ll be exercising these tips ourselves as we attempt to keep up with the winter weather here at Shults Ford in Harmarville. Make it worth our while and come down to see what we’ve got on the lots.