When you purchase a new vehicle, you want to ensure it is of high quality, which is precisely what the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study entails. The prestigious study examines hundreds of vehicles for their quality within the first 90 days of ownership, and it recently found that Ford is the second in the industry when it comes to quality.
Ford was able to get its highest quality score ever thanks to a variety of improvements made in advanced audio, connectivity, entertainment, and navigation technology.
“Customers want a vehicle that keeps them connected whether they’re going places or just out enjoying a drive,” said Jim Van Slambrouch, Ford’s Director of Quality for The Americas. “Our improving quality scores show we are delivering smart vehicles for a smart world that are also easy to use.”
Because of the improvements Ford has made, the American automaker had more vehicle segment quality awards than any other brand. Overall, it had nine vehicles recognized in the top three of their respective segments. This included the Expedition, Mustang, F-Series Super Duty, Lincoln Continental, and Lincoln MKC.
Come explore the supreme quality of Ford’s various vehicles for yourself with a visit to Shults Ford.
Spending time with family on a road trip is a fantastic bonding experience, but it can sometimes get boring — especially if you have kids in the car. Here are some road trip games for children that are sure to keep passengers of all ages entertained.
I’m Going on a Picnic: Help your kids exercise their brains with this memory game. The first player should begin by stating, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” filling in the blank with something that begins with “A”. The next person then must repeat the same phrase with the “A” word and then adding a “B” word after it. Continue this until you get to the end of the alphabet.
The Animal Name Game: Begin this game by naming an animal. The next person then has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. For example, if someone says “seal” then the next player has to name an animal that begins with “L”. Keep going until everyone’s stumped, and remember — you can’t repeat animals!
21 Questions: This classic game is perfect for long car rides. Begin by having a passenger think of a person, place, or thing. Then, the other passengers must ask questions to try and guess what it is. The biggest challenge, though, is that you can only ask 21 questions total. Whoever gets it right gets to begin the next round, and if the object isn’t correctly guessed, the first passenger gets to choose again.
If you are looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, be sure to check out our lineup here at Shults Ford.
Ford is making city life much more environmentally friendly. The American automaker has introduced two new fuel-efficient Ford taxis to its commercial vehicle lineup, giving taxi operators the chance to go green.
The first eco-friendly option is for taxi drivers that need a bit more space. The new 2019 Transit Connect Taxi is now available with a 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel engine, which has an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating.* With seating for up to five and a flexible interior that makes it perfect for taxi-based services, this vehicle is ready to work hard no matter what you need it for.
The second green taxi option is the first-ever Fusion Hybrid Taxi. Similar to the Ford Police Responder Hybrid, this vehicle has heavy-duty chassis parts that will help improve its durability. It has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which will help reduce carbon footprints throughout the United States.** It also has heavy-duty cloth seating, vinyl floors, a standard rearview camera, and a mounting plate on top of the dashboard to help you secure your taxi meters and other fleet equipment.
Both of these vehicles are available to order now, though you will have to wait if you want to opt for the diesel engine on the Transit Connect Taxi. To learn more about these eco-friendly Fords, stop by Shults Ford.
*Actual mileage will vary. Final EPA-estimated ratings available early 2019.
**Actual mileage will vary.
Whether you’re looking to head outdoors this summer or merely want a low-key weekend, there are plenty of top vacation spots within driving distance of Pittsburgh for you to enjoy. Here’s a quick look at just a few.
Washington, DC is the place to go if you really want to do some sightseeing on your vacation but don’t want to travel too far (it’s only four hours away). From the White House and the National Mall to Arlington Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial, the options are endless in this great city. Plus, there are thousands of delicious restaurants to explore if you’re an enthusiastic foodie!
New River Gorge, West Virginia
Considered the outdoor adventure capital of the East Coast and only three hours away from Pittsburgh, New River Gorge is the perfect place to go if you want to spend time outdoors. If you’re looking to take in the natural beauty of the area on a hike or you’re interested in taking on the whitewater rapids of the nearby river, you’ll want to make sure this is the destination for your next vacation.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
If you’re searching for something a bit more relaxing, visiting Lancaster County—which is about four hours away—is your best bet. Find terrific bargains on beautiful handmade goods, discover the delicacy that is shoofly pie, and enjoy the area’s unique culture. It’s a great way to get out of the city and let your mind rest at ease.
The best way to reach your next vacation destination is behind the wheel of a brand-new vehicle from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford. Visit us and we’ll help you get ready for your next road trip!
When you’re building up your business fleet, it’s likely you’re looking for the type of vehicle that will get the job done without costing you a lot of money. That’s where Ford comes into play. Five of the American carmaker’s fleet vehicles were recently named winners of the 2018 Vincentric Best Fleet Value Awards, making them both budget-friendly and capable.
These five Ford vehicles earned recognition in the sedan, pickup, and van categories. The Taurus SE claimed the large sedan title for the eighth time while the Ford F-150 XL won the full-size, half-ton pickup truck segment for a sixth time.
The F-350 Super Duty XL took the full-size, one-ton segment for a third time. Even the Transit 150 XL low-roof passenger wagon and the Transit 150 medium-roof cargo van got in on the action, placing top spot for their segments for the fourth and second time, respectively.
Vincentric decides the winners of these awards by examining fleet lifecycle costs in eight areas. This includes depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, opportunity costs, maintenance, and fees and taxes.
Each segment’s winner has the lowest lifecycle costs across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios, which range from 24 months of ownership (or 10,000 miles annually) to 60 months of ownership (or 40,000 miles annually).
Our staff at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford couldn’t be happier to hear about another big win for Ford.
Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you can do with your family to help celebrate those who sacrificed so much for our great country. Here is a quick list of family-friendly activities for Memorial Day.
Attend a Memorial Day parade. Throughout the Wexford area, you will find many Memorial Day parades happening throughout the holiday’s weekend. Find one near you and enjoy watching the military veterans walking, as well as all the decorative floats. It’s a great family-friendly experience for everybody.
Plan a family picnic. If you would like to celebrate Memorial Day in your own way, then consider gathering up all the makings you need for a picnic and taking your family to your local park. You can enjoy the beautiful May weather, while also enjoying time spent with your family.
Head to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. What better way to honor military veterans than to learn about the wars they fought in? In downtown Pittsburgh, you will find the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, which is considered the largest memorial dedicated to all branches of the military. In fact, the museum is holding a Memorial Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 28.
Everybody here at Shults Ford of Wexford hopes you and your family have a memorable Memorial Day.
The 2019 Ford Fusion is officially on its way – and it just might be the best version of the model yet. For the 2019 model year, the Fusion has received a number of new features that are sure to leave a lasting impression on consumers. From more standard safety tech to an improved eco-friendly powertrain, the Fusion is ready to rock its segment.
This compact car now comes standard with the innovative Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology. This is considered the most advanced suite of standard driver assistance technologies in the industry. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, a rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.
Along with this new safety tech, the 2019 Fusion will also have a new standard engine for the SE model and higher trim levels. This is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. That’s not the only change to the powertrain lineup, though.
An all-new Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, will also be available for the new year. It has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20% more than the current model. It also has a new 9-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing the hybrid vehicle with more energy capacity without making the battery pack physically larger.
Find out more about the upcoming Ford Fusion with a trip to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the US, and people love watching college tournaments. If you’re excited about the famous basketball tournament taking place right now (you know the one), then you may be using a bracket to help you understand the tournament a little better. So, we are going to help you understand basketball brackets a little better.
A bracket tournament relies on a special type of visual representation called a tree diagram to show how a series of games will be played. This type of “knockout” tournament removes teams from brackets when they lose games, and the winning teams gradually move across the diagram. Many bracket tournaments rely on “seeding” to determine where teams go on the bracket, which itself can be controversial.
According to How Stuff Works, the term “bracketology” has been developed over the years to refer to fans who enjoy predicting winners in the initial round. Prediction like this isn’t possible in many other sports and tournaments. The high-stakes environment makes bracketology fun for everyone involved.
Seeding is the tricky part—it’s usually based on a rankings percentage index, national polls, records, and a few other factors. Only so many teams can be invited, and it’s usually based on a decision from a jury. For teams that aren’t invited, there is no appeals process.
We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are currently busy scanning our own brackets, but if you would rather scan a new Ford, just stop by for a test drive.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Ford recently started a new driving program geared towards women in Saudi Arabia who just earned the right to drive. Saudi Arabia very recently empowered women by extending basic rights to include the right to drive, one reason Ford partnered with Jeddah’s Effat University to offer courses to women (and men) who may have never been behind the wheel in their life.
According to Ford, this is part of an award-winning global initiative to offer driving skills to a wide range of individuals. A surge of women are now preparing to take driving exams, and Ford is trying to get behind them every step of the way to ensure success. More than 250 students graduated from the program on International Women’s Day (March 8), and the program is still going strong.
“Providing access to opportunities for people to reach their full potential is core to our mission and Ford’s goal of becoming the world’s most trusted mobility company,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Fund.
The Ford Driving Skills for Life program helps students learn about the vehicles, braking skills, how to prevent driver distractions, and more. More than 9,000 people die in car accidents per year in Saudi Arabia, one reason it’s important for everyone to be prepared before they start driving.
We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are thrilled about the new program, and we are just as happy to offer vehicles to young men and women here that are just starting to drive as well.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a day we celebrate all things Irish. But do you know where this day comes from? We are going to share the history of St. Patrick’s Day with you.
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for over 1,000 years. It celebrates St. Patrick, who worked as a missionary. He incorporated a number of traditional Irish symbols into his teachings. It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17th, which is why that day is St. Patrick’s Day.
The tradition made its way into the United States, and the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1762 in New York City.
Over the years, the popularity of St. Patrick’s Day continued to grow with more parades being held across the country, including here in Pittsburgh. If you are going to the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, be sure to drive your Ford. With technologies such as back-up cameras, park assist, and blind spot alerts, your Ford will make sure you get there safely and squeeze into the perfect parking spot with ease.
You can even stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford and pick out a new car in your favorite shade of green!