Though it felt like winter might never end, spring is
finally at our doorstep. What better way to celebrate than by spending some
time at the best botanical gardens in Pittsburgh? Get outside and enjoy
watching flowers bloom as the weather gets warmer
and Botanical Gardens
Phipps is truly a feast for the senses. You can start out by browsing the stunning outdoor gardens before moving on to the Japanese courtyard and innovative green rooftops — including one that grows fresh produce for the on-site café.
If the air is still a bit brisk, pop inside the world-class
conservatory for unforgettable sights. There’s a sunken garden, a palm court, a
fern room, an orchid room, a tropical fruit and spice room, and even a
multi-story tropical forest exhibit that replicates a different region every
three years. Adult admission is $20, and children ages two to 18 can get in for
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden ranks as one of America’s 10 largest botanical gardens with a whopping 452 acres of space, and every inch of space is used to its fullest potential. There’s an incredible amount of floral diversity with several woodlands, a lotus pond, a Japanese garden, and more. For a dash of history, check out the Walker-Ewing-Glass Log House, which was built somewhere near 1790.
If you need a new vehicle to get you back and forth to these beautiful botanical gardens — or if your current ride needs a tune-up — pay us a visit at Shults Ford of Harmarville.
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!
You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to enjoy a
European-style holiday bazaar. Make holiday memories by snapping a free picture
of your little ones with Santa Claus, or put your talents to the test at the
Holiday Karaoke Contest, where you could take home the grand prize of $1,000.
The festivities run daily, from Nov. 22 – Dec. 23.
Highmark First Night
Fuel your creative side with this art-centric New Year’s Eve
festival. As the last hurrah for 2019, this spectacular celebration features
over 150 events for revelers of all ages. With live music, ice sculptures, and
a wealth of kid-friendly activities, the Highmark First Night is sure to help
you start 2020 with plenty of inspiration. The event runs from Dec. 31, 2019 to
Jan. 1, 2020, from 6 p.m. to midnight.
When the holiday season rolls around, this old-fashioned amusement park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland. Boasting nearly 2 million twinkling lights and the tallest Christmas tree in The Keystone State, the Kennywood holiday display is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The park also offers festive activities, like cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, and train rides through a gingerbread village. You’ll be able to experience the magic from 5-9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov. 22 – Dec. 22, as well as Dec. 26-30. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we’re excited to celebrate the season with our local community.
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.
You don’t have to travel far from Pittsburgh to experience a
frightfully good time. If you’re looking to scare up some fun this Halloween,
check out these delightfully devilish local haunted attractions.
Hundred Acres Manor
At the Hundred Acres Manor, one ticket grants you access to six of Pennsylvania’s scariest attractions. Brave your way through six haunted houses, experience the horror of the Buried Alive Experience, test your wits in the Escape Rooms, and get lost in the black wall maze. After a frightfully good time, unwind with a drink at the Straub Brewery Scream Bar. If you’d like to get in on these thrills and chills, the Hundred Acres Manor is open every evening in October, except for Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15.
ScareHouse lives up to its name — ABC News proclaims it “The Scariest Haunted House in America,” while award-winning filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro says, “I could live here!” With that kind of high praise, you won’t want to miss ScareHouse’s heart-pounding Stalked by a Serial Killer Escape Room or the high-impact scares of The Basement. You can experience the nightmare for yourself every Thursday through Sunday in October.
Carnegie Trail of
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween haunt? While the titular trail offers some intense scares, there’s something for everyone at this outdoor attraction. The Carnegie Trail of Terror boasts everything from killer clowns and ghastly ghouls to tasty concessions and a pumpkin patch. The Trail of Terror is located in Carnegie Park, only 15 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh. You can tour the trail on every Friday and Saturday in October, starting on Oct. 11, from 7-11 p.m.
A new 2020 Ford Super Duty engine will be available on
heavy-duty models like the F-250 and F-350. It’s a 7.3-liter V8, and it is
vanquishing the competition.
This new 7.3-liter V8 engine joins two other engines
available for the Ford Super Duty models: the 6.2-liter V8 gas engine and the
6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 engine. The new 7.3-liter V8 variant has
already earned recognitions for its best-in-class ratings; the engine delivers
430 horsepower (best-in-class V8 output) and 475 lb-ft of torque (best-in-class
“The 7.3-liter is designed for maximum durability in the harshest environments given that our customers live and work in these conditions every day,” commented Joel Beltramo, Ford manager for gas V8 engines, in a recent Ford press release. “This engine has the largest displacement in its class and is designed to provide benefits in key areas like power, durability, ease of maintenance and total operating costs.”
In F-250 models through F-600 models, this engine will be paired with a 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® automatic transmission. Commercial models above the F-600 will instead match the engine with a TorqShift® heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Super Duty is the only truck in the segment to offer such a potent, advanced powertrain among such a wide cast of models. The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty is coming soon to Shults Ford Harmarville. Call, email, or visit the showroom to learn how you can be the first on your block with one of these wonderful toys.
Summers can be steamy here in western Pennsylvania.
Thankfully, there are quite a few outdoor places to cool off with your friends
and family. Here are three fun water parks near Pittsburgh to visit before
school starts up again.
Located along the Monongahela River, this fun destination boasts a wave pool, lazy river, 15 waterslides and a children’s play zone. The park offers discounted admission rates for groups, families, and couples, so make sure to inquire about these incentives while planning your visit.
Stop by Idlewild Park’s SoakZone the next time you and your crew need to stave off the summer heat. This site has won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Children’s Park, due to its range of child-friendly attractions such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Story Book Forest. You can also explore the hydro-racer and serpentine slides, test out a two-person raft ride, or get drenched underneath a tipping bucket.
Aquatic Center at USC
Community & Recreation Center
Head to the aquatic center located on Mayview Road to explore an expansive 6,000-square-feet of water with your loved ones. Slides for young children and older ones, a 600-gallon tipping bucket, a leisure pool, and lily-pad area are just some of the main attractions at this dynamic playground.
Another way to stay cool this summer is to ensure that your vehicle’s AC system is working properly. If it’s in need of maintenance, give us a call here at Shults Ford Harmarville. We’ll be happy to have one of our certified technicians inspect and repair it so you and your family can travel comfortably this season.
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.
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.