Are you looking for something to do for the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh this summer? The city is playing host to a wide range of events to celebrate America’s birthday, but here are just a few to consider:
- Celebrate America Pittsburgh!: This July Fourth celebration will take place at Point State Park, starting at noon and lasting until 10 p.m. The event is presented by the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and will include entertainment on the main stage, family activities, and food — all culminating in a fireworks display at 9:35 p.m. to close out the night. Learn more about this year’s Celebrate America Pittsburgh!
- Fourth at the Fort: This free and family-friendly event is educational! Take the kids to Point State Park (you’ll already be there for the bigger celebration) for the outdoor living history program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reenactors from the Fort Pitt Museum will be on hand to demonstrate what life was like in the 1700s — the century of the American Revolution! Learn more here.
- Flag Ceremony: The Fourth of July is a great time to reflect on the sacrifices so many have made to make our nation free and proud. From 8-8:30 a.m. on July 4 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, local veterans will roll out a 36-foot American Flag, recite the National Anthem, and observe a moment of silence. Learn more about the event here.
From all your friends at Shults Ford Harmarville, have a happy, healthy, and safe Fourth of July.
Later this month, Pittsburgh will play host to an amazing event that we encourage all of our customers in the area to check out. The Water Lantern Festival in Pittsburgh will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Allegheny Commons Park West on West Ohio Street in Pittsburgh. That’s just a 14-mile drive from our dealership into downtown Pittsburgh.
So what is the Water Lantern Festival? This family-friendly event is an opportunity for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and Pittsburgh residents with whom you may otherwise never cross paths to come together and create a peaceful experience with one another. The event will have live music, food trucks with delicious eats, and, of course, the lantern lighting on the water at sunset.
Tickets can be purchased at the event for $40, but if you buy online ahead of time, you can find great discounts. Tickets include entry to the event, a wristband, a commemorative drawstring bag, a floating lantern, and a marker to leave your mark on it.
At 8 p.m., those in attendance will start designing their lanterns, and then everyone will be launching them from 8:30 to 9:30, creating a stunning effect on the water.
To learn more about what’s happening in and around our community, and for a sharp new vehicle to do it all in, stop into 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.
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.
Car lovers from across the Pittsburgh area came together last month for the annual Pittsburgh Auto Show, which took place from February 15th to February 18th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in the heart of the city.
Throughout the venue, automotive enthusiasts got the chance to check out a range of vehicles, including classic and brand-new vehicles. There were a range of exotic brands, too, including McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. Sponsors of the event included Ally and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, while the vendors spanned a wide range of industries, from locals like Fudge Farm and Pittsburgh Garage to those that stretch across the nation like AT&T and State Farm.
Along with these new vehicles, the show also highlighted the latest safety technologies available in the industry with Impaired Driving Demonstrations, which allowed attendees to see how dangerous driving distracted can be.
This event also coincided with the Dancing with the Cars charity event, which occurred this year on February 14. The Pittsburgh Auto Show’s 75th Diamond Anniversary was celebrated during the charity gala, allowing someone to go home with a $7,500 diamond necklace from Joden Jewelers. Overall, the charity raised $5,102,500 for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities.
It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s event. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we hope to see all of you at the 2020 Pittsburgh Auto Show.
The winter weather can be brutal in Pittsburgh, especially with snow and sleet coating the roads. Safe driving starts with choosing the right vehicle. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we have a large selection of vehicles for winter driving to choose from, including the F-150 and Fusion.
2019 Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling vehicle for decades. The 2019 F-150’s strong frame, powerful engine, and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels help to give you control in any terrain, on or off the road. You can opt for a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain on six of the F-150’s trim levels; the Raptor comes standard as a 4×4. You can also enjoy winter friendly features like heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and remote start.
2019 Ford Fusion
The 2019 Ford Fusion combines the best of both worlds: a midsize commuter vehicle with winter friendly features to help you drive in the colder months. In fact, U.S. News & World Report named the Ford Fusion one of the 10 Best Cars for Winter Driving in 2018. It’s one of the few midsize car models that offers all-wheel drive, an instant boost in safety in winter conditions.
Tackle the winter months with confidence this year. Test drive one of these winter friendly models at Shults Ford Harmarville in Pittsburgh.
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.
Many lament the passing of Christmas and New Year’s Day as the end of the most wonderful time of the year. But we at Shults Ford Harmarville know that the best time of the year will actually be a couple weeks later during the famous Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.
This year, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week will be held from January 14th through January 20th, with the theme “New Dishes for the New Year.” During this special week, restaurants across the city will offer special menu items and discounts to encourage foodies to come out and dine with them and prove why Pittsburgh really is “America’s Top Food City.”
There are so many restaurants participating this year, including Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar and Osteria 2350, each of which has already published special menus. Other participating restaurants include Burgh’ers, DiAnoia’s Eatery, Eddie Merlot’s, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, Sienna on the Square, Superior Motors, Texas De Brazil, The Fountry Table & Tap, and Vue 412.
Looking for a new way to get around during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week? Consider a new Ford with an advanced backup camera or even Enhanced Active Park Assist to help you with parking during this crazy, but fun week.
It might seem like the Christmas season is far away, but it’s coming up quickly! For many, their Christmas lights go up the day after the Halloween decorations come down. If you’re one of those people, or you just want time to prepare, here are some tips for hanging Christmas lights.
The most important part is your safety. Only use Underwriters Laboratories (labeled “UL”) lights and extension cords, which prove that they’re safe for outdoor use. Also, when getting to the actual hanging part, use a sturdy ladder and have another person to help secure the base of the ladder.
Before you hang your lights, measure everything! Measure your doorframe, your windows, the length of the gutter – anywhere you’ll be hanging lights. Record those measurements so that you can easily center and position your lights when you hang them.
Where do you want passerbys to look? Your trees? Your front door? Pick a focal point and focus your lights here. Then, frame that focal point evenly with lights on surrounding objects.
Secure the lights with tools appropriate for where you’re hanging them. Use light clips to secure lights to gutters, deck clips to attach them to railings, and a light-hanging pole to get them up and around the branches of your tall trees.
For more Christmas decoration tips, feel free to speak with our staff at Shults Ford Harmarville.
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.
Leaves are beginning to change color and fall, and pumpkin spice lattes are back in full force. You know what that means: it’s fall! If you’re looking for something to do with your family this season, we’ve gone ahead and put together a fall bucket list for you to consider.
Visit your local pumpkin patch. Jack-o-lanterns are an iconic symbol of fall, so this bucket list wouldn’t be complete without heading to your local pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin to carve. No matter which Ford you drive, you will find plenty of trunk space to load up your haul of gourds.
Go explore the fall foliage. It wouldn’t be fall without the leaves changing colors, creating a beautiful landscape across the country – especially near Harmarville. Grab your kids, make some hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and head out on an adventure to see the natural beauty this time of year has to offer. If you happen to have one of our EcoBoost® engines, this is an even better idea – just think of the gas you’ll be saving!
Tailgate before a football game. Football games are the epitome of fall – and what better way to celebrate a big game than with some tailgating? Whether you’re heading off to watch the pros play or you’re attending your kid’s PeeWee league match, load your Ford up with all the tailgating goodies you can get. After all, it does have plenty of storage.
If you are in need of a Ford vehicle, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville.