Do you have plans in late April? If not, you could. The Pittsburgh Jam Fest is just around the corner, and it’s sure to be tons of fun, especially for basketball lovers.
Just what is the Jam Fest? It’s not actually about “jam”, so don’t come hungry. It’s an event that puts tons of basketball team members together in one place. Every year for the Jam Fest, coaches and players from colleges all over the AAU circuit meet in Pittsburgh to play against each other. Thanks to all of the space available in the David L. Lawrence Convention center, there are over thirty courts at this event.
Last year, more than 400 teams and 225 coaches attended the event. Imagine what it will look like this year! It will be easier than ever for teams to participate in these events, because Jam Fest is now a “Stay & Play” event. The partnership between Hoop Group and several Pittsburgh hotels means that teams will get lower rates and discounts on everything local.
If you’re in attendance, then you won’t be the only one. ESPN, Scout.com, CBS Sports, SLAM Magazine, and more media groups will all be there.
So make your plans now for April 28th– 30th to catch these awesome teams compete.
There’s a reason why people keep going back to Ford. It’s because of amazing cars like the Ford Fusion, which was recently named Best Family Sedan by 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice awards!
Sometimes, minivans or SUVs aren’t always the right fit for families. That’s why there still needs to be reliable family sedans. Fortunately, the Ford Fusion has everything a family could want. The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards honor the best cars, trucks, and SUVs of the year. The awards are distributed based on each vehicle from the driver’s point of view, and that’s a very important point of view to have!
The awards take into consideration innovation, value, reliability, and safety. The Fusion easily took home the award for Best Family Sedan, checking off all of these boxes. It goes above and beyond other sedans with extensive technology features. Where there is technology, there’s often safety, too. The Fusion will keep the whole family safe, thanks to over 20 driver-assistive technologies.
Another thing to love about the Fusion, and another reason why it took home this award, is its versatility. Whether you prioritize power or efficiency, you can get it all with the Fusion, which is made up of options like the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Sport, and Fusion Energi.
So what are you waiting for? Take the “Best Family Sedan” for a test drive today at Shults Ford in Wexford, PA!
Have you ever wanted to have fun while working for a good cause? If that sounds a little far-fetched, don’t worry; we have more information. You’re invited to the Shake Your Booties Down Bourbon Street event in Downtown Pittsburgh on March 25th, the 16th annual Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center’s signature gala. Enjoy an exciting and fun Mardi Gras vibe as you take part in this outdoor dance party for a cause.
General admission is $150 for a night of drinking, dancing, dinner, and even reserved parking at Stage AE. Last year, Shakes Your Booties 2016 was one of the biggest celebrations in the event’s history, raising over $200,000 for The Children’s Homes three local programs – the Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Child’s Way, and Adoption. You can take part in the stunning yearly gala, all the while donating money to children in need. There are even raffle tickets available if you would like to donate even more; all proceeds go to the cause!
Don’t miss out on great food and drinks and a night of live entertainment. Stop by the Shake Your Booties 2017 event this March 25th from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. It’s sure to be a wild ride!
Lately, it seems like electric vehicles are a hot topic. With major players like Tesla and Chevrolet throwing their weight around in the segment, new electric offerings deliver a longer electric range than ever before. Ford recently confirmed rumors that the company was working on a 200-mile range EV of its own, tentatively referred to as the Ford Model E. While the EV isn’t expected to enter production until late 2019, Model E rumors are flying around in the midst of anticipation of more info.
Ford already has an electric Focus model, which offers a range of over 100 miles. However, that doesn’t seem to be stopping the company from striving for more. Not only will the upcoming Model E go head to head with the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt, but it reportedly will also feature hybrid and plug-in hybrid models for those who don’t just want an EV but the comfort and familiarity of a traditional gasoline engine as well.
Ford Authority adds its own speculation to the Model E rumors, stating it believes the vehicle will either be a midsize or compact car, which would place it underneath $40,000. Additionally, if the Ford Model E will be offering hybrid powertrains, it may be replacing the C-MAX in Ford’s current lineup.
Thanks to Valentine’s Day, the month of February has love on everyone’s mind. But Cupid doesn’t just aim for romantic relationships for people. He makes sure that dogs get some love too, as is evident by the generous organizations that aim to take care of pups everywhere. If you love dogs too, you’ll want to join the fun at the 10th annual Cupids and Canines event on February 4th.
From 7-11 pm, the PNC Park Club Level will be turned into an extravagant Vegas style casino, ready to host a gala that you won’t want to miss. Cupid and Canines is put on by the Animal Rescue League, the Western PA Humane Society and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. This charitable event will raise money to benefit all three of these groups which will in turn help animals in need.
Come dressed up and ready to enjoy some fun mingling and networking. There will be hors d’oeuvres for snacking, plenty of exciting casino games, and live music by The Weathered Band, as well as a silent and chance auction. There will even be a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas or a $10,000 grand prize. Grab your lucky charm and get ready to play and do your part to save animals in need.
Ford does not take innovation lightly. The current automotive industry seeks to equip its vehicles with the latest and greatest technology and safety features. Designers are always seeking new ways to meet the driver’s needs. Ford has done well with this, offering new and modern designs like the 2017 Ford Fusion’s rotary gear shift with the Return to Park feature and other autonomous safety features. In fact, Ford is doing so well at innovation that Ford is the top inventor based on patents and employee submissions for the year of 2016.
The proof is in the numbers. Last year, Ford received approximately 1,500 patents for its employees from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That was more than any other automaker in 2016. Globally, Ford employees received roughly 3,200 patents. This year was a 25% increase since 2015, and the most patents per year in the 113-year history of the company.
On top of that, there over 8,000 new inventions submitted by Ford employees, a 40% increase from 2015 and a 90% increase from 2014. The record shows that Ford is ahead of the innovation game in relation to its competitors. But the numbers also proves that Ford and its employees are more enthusiastic than ever about finding the automotive innovations that will take driving to the next level.
Pittsburgh is a great place to live if you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit. The city is full of plenty of holiday-themed events to choose from, making it easy to pack your December with fun, family-friendly events to enjoy. If you’re wondering how to celebrate Christmas in Pittsburgh, keep these festive events in mind.
Peoples Gas Holiday Market. The annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market is the perfect destination to get into the holiday spirit. Not only does this market, which creates a picturesque village in Market Square, offer you the option to find unique Christmas gifts, but it also gives the kids a chance to meet Santa. There are a number of local and national vendors to browse, bringing to mind the original German Christkindlmarkt. It is on from now until December 23rd. On Thursdays, it is open from 11am to 8pm; on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, it is open from 11am to 6pm.
Spirits of Giving From Around the World. Step into an international wonderland in the PPG Wintergarden’s Spirits of Giving From Around the World. This exhibition displays a number of life-sized Santas, each of which depict holiday traditions from around the globe. It also has a collection of original paintings on display to help capture memories of Christmases past. There is even a 32-foot tree on display, surrounded by the Santas and gingerbread houses. The exhibit is free, so stop by to see this wonderful, educational display.
In the automotive industry, advanced safety technologies are becoming more and more important. Because of this, it is no surprise that Ford has decided to expand its already long list of available driver-assist tech. The American carmaker has introduced a number of new Ford safety technologies, including next-generation features designed to make parking easier, help avoid collisions, avoid wrong-way driving, and detect obstacles in the road.
Cross-traffic alert with braking technology is the first new feature in development at Ford. This will make parking easier by detecting people and objects passing behind the vehicle, warning the driver of these obstacles, and automatically braking. Evasive steering assist is also a new technology that helps avoid collisions by steering drivers around stopped or slower vehicles. The hope is that this technology will reduce the amount of collisions that occur.
One of the most innovative technologies is wrong-way alert. This uses a windshield-mounted camera and information from the vehicle’s navigation system to alert drivers when they are driving the wrong way against traffic. The new Ford safety technologies even includes Traffic Jam Assist, which keeps the vehicle centered in a lane during traffic.
Ford currently offers the most models in the US with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and more safety technologies. Stop by Shults Ford of Wexford to see what else these safety-savvy vehicles have to offer.
The Ford F-Series is widely regarded as the most capable, toughest truck line in the automotive industry. The latest Ford F-Series Super Duty proved that yet again with its 13th annual winning of the “Truck of Texas” award. The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty proved it’s the toughest truck around at the annual TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo.
The Texas Auto Writers Association hands out the prestigious award to the winner at the Texas Truck Rodeo. This isn’t the first time the Ford F-Series has won such an honor. In fact, this is the 13th time Ford took home the title. It isn’t the only honor the truck line receive though.
More than 70 members of the Texas Auto Writers Association named Ford Motor Company as the ‘Truck Line of Texas” which speaks volumes for the F-Series. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission took home the “Best Powertrain” award as well.
To close out the list, the 2017 Ford Super Duty also drove off as the winner of the Heavy Duty Pick Truck segment.
We here at Shults Ford of Wexford are proud to see such a tough truck continuing to get the recognition it deserves!
Winter is right around the corner which means it’s time to freshen up on driving on slick roadways! Winter roadways are a different beast to tackle for most drivers but there are ways to improve your safety on the go. Here are some winter driving tips from us here at Shults Ford of Wexford so you can stay on the road this season!
- Slow Down – It takes longer to stop on slick roadways which makes slowing down and taking your time even more of a necessity in winter. Try to keep a distance of eight to ten second or car lengths in order to give yourself plenty of time to stop. Keep in mind that pulling off a fast turn on snow-covered roads could easily leave you in a ditch or snowbank.
- Avoid Distractions – Distracted driving is a serious problem on the modern roads and it becomes even more dangerous during winter. The roads can be unpredictable which makes putting the smartphone away even more crucial. Avoid becoming a statistic by making use of steering-wheel controls and voice-recognition software this winter.
- Don’t Drive – If you aren’t confident in your ability to reach your destination during harsh weather, avoid driving altogether. If you don’t have to go out on the road, don’t. Make sure to watch the local weather report every day as well!