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!
We all love spending time with our loved ones, watching an exciting show, and taking part in fun activities. But, new research from Ford shows that sports cars are a great way to feel good, especially if you drive them every day.
According to experts, “buzz moments” play a key role in our overall well-being. In Ford’s study, volunteers were hooked up to monitoring equipment that would track their heart rate and other biometric details to see which activities gave them the most “buzz moments.”
They then took part in activities like riding a roller coaster, sharing a passionate kiss with a loved one, taking a salsa dancing class, and driving a Ford performance car. Of all of these and other activities, only riding a roller coaster delivered more excitement than driving a sports car.
“A roller coaster may be good for a quick thrill, but it’s not great for getting you to work every day,” said Dr. Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology. “This study shows how driving a performance car does much more than get you from A to B – it could be a valuable part of your daily wellbeing routine.”
To try this experiment for yourself, you can test drive a thrilling Ford Mustang or other fun-to-drive Fords right here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.
Whether you love Valentine’s Day or not, if you are in a relationship, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for your partner. If your partner happens to be a man and you are struggling to come up with some unique gift ideas, consider these Valentine’s Day gifts for him, suggested by some of the men who work here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford:
Wireless Game Console
If the man in your life loves retro games but also cutting-edge technology, consider getting him a classic game console in its newly realized wireless form, like the Sega Genesis Wireless classic game console, available on Amazon for $120.
Does your partner love to dress stylishly? Give him a fancy wallet to match, but here’s the kicker: have it monogrammed with his initials for an extra touch of class. You can buy one on Amazon for just $26.
Snacks Every Month
Everyone loves food. Give your man the gift of snacks every month with Mouth.com’s Snacks Every Month subscription.
A New Ford
Okay, so you probably won’t buy your partner a brand new car for Valentine’s Day, but if your partner has been talking to you about wanting to buy a Ford Mustang, show him you’re open to the discussion by bringing him to Shults Ford Wexford for a test drive and a discussion about financing options.
The muscle car segment is one that is dominated by American nameplates: the Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger, and, of course, the Ford Mustang. While all three of these muscle cars are household names, one stands alone as America’s favorite: the Ford Mustang.
The numbers back up that claim, with the Ford Mustang earning the title of best-selling muscle car of 2017. In fact, the Mustang continues to earn its best-selling title year after year.
The Dodge Challenger, though popularized in recent years by its Hellcat model, could not come close to the Ford Mustang. In fact, Dodge only sold 64,537 units of the Challenger in 2017.
The Camaro fared better than the Challenger, but not by much. In total, Chevy moved 67,940 Camaro muscle cars off dealership lots last year.
So how many Mustangs did Ford sell here in the United States in 2017? A whopping 81,866. That’s 13,926 more than Mustangs sold than Camaros and 17,329 more than the Challenger.
Some of the success can be attributed to the updated 2018 model, which arrived here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford late last year. Going into 2018, Ford hopes to continue the momentum with the Bullitt edition model and a supercharged Shelby GT500.
Test drive the Mustang here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.
Cold weather can be particularly rough on your vehicle, one reason why it’s important to winterize your car. From routine maintenance to packing an emergency kit, there are a number of things you can do to prepare for the cold. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we’ve listed some of the best ways to winterize.
According to the DMV, one of the first things you should do is replace or top off fluids. It’s especially important to check your antifreeze/coolant to ensure that it’s at least a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. You can find a tester at your local auto parts store. You’ll also want to top off wiper fluid with deicer to help you keep your windshield clear.
Next, check your tires. Cold temperatures decrease air pressure, which means you may need to refill your tires this winter. You’ll also want to check tread with the penny test. Place an upside-down penny in the center of your tire tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires.
Finally, pack a roadside emergency kit. You should include basics like jumper cables and a spare tire kit. You’ll also want a first aid kit, blankets, water, kitty litter or sand (for traction on ice), and an ice scraper. You may also want to spring for a collapsible shovel. These are just some of the things you should do to winterize your car to prepare for winter’s worst.
Ford is going green. Recently announcing the Drive Sustainability effort, Ford teamed up to with nine other major automotive companies to make the auto-manufacturing process eco-friendly. The other automotive companies include BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Scania CV AB, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. This is just one of many steps Ford is taking to become more environmentally friendly.
According to Ford, the Drive Sustainability effort will establish a Raw Materials Observatory to address environmental concerns and ethical issues that occur when finding raw materials for the auto industry. Ford itself has suppliers in more than 60 countries, which means it sources materials from all over the world.
“This is a perfect opportunity for an integrated approach amongst auto companies to come together and share a common platform for how we look at some of the very important aspects of sustainability, like working conditions and our collective environmental footprint,” said Bob Holycross, VP of Sustainability at Ford Europe.
In particular, this Drive Sustainability effort will help when sourcing materials like mica, cobalt, rubber and leather. Plus, Ford is holding the World Excellence Awards for those companies that excel in eco-friendly applications. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we couldn’t be prouder to be associated with the fantastic Ford family.
While we might think we know what to expect in each season, sometimes weather is just totally unpredictable. However, winter in Pittsburgh is usually pretty straightforward for the most part. If you’re new or visiting this year, use these tips from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford to prepare.
In January, the average high in Pittsburgh is a mere 35ªF. When the wind is whipping that feels even chillier, so you’ll definitely want to bundle up. However, as stores, restaurants, and other spaces are accommodating with their heating systems, you’ll quickly get very toasty anytime you go indoors. Wearing Layers can help you find the right level of warmth in any situation.
Check the Forecast
Every now and then, Pittsburgh winters throw in a day or two of spring-like weather. Keep your eye on the forecast throughout each week so you’ll know when to anticipate warmer temperatures and can dress accordingly.
Prepare for Winter Driving
The average annual snowfall for Pittsburgh is around 40 inches. That means that you’ll almost certainly be driving on snowy roads at some point. Read up on some winter driving tips, and make sure you have a car that’s built for inclement weather, like a capable Ford from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an efficient family car or a stylish daily commuter. The 2018 Ford Focus is so versatile that it’s a great pick for many lifestyles. Here are three things that the crew at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford loves about the 2018 Ford Focus.
Hatchback or Sedan
The Ford Focus is larger than the super compact five-door Ford Fiesta. But this car is still maneuverable and nimble. Plus, drivers can choose between a classy sedan style or a sporty, spacious hatchback.
Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
These available tools allow drivers to sync their smartphones with Ford’s infotainment system, and they’re completely changing the driving experience. You can connect with friends and family through voice-activated calling and texting, or pull up your favorite saved playlist or your handiest smartphone app.
When we say the 2018 Ford Focus is versatile, we’re making an understatement. This Car comes with multiple powertrains and trims—including an all-electric version with a 115-mile driving range and a 107 combined MPGe.*
If you’re looking for something stylish and affordable that you can customize to meet your needs, you don’t want to miss taking a look at the 2018 Ford Fusion. Stop in at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to start building your perfect compact car.
Many people say that fall is their favorite time of year, and we have to agree. With the cool weather, delicious food, crisp outdoor smells, and getting to wear your favorite cozy clothes, how could it not be your favorite? Here are some great ways to experience fall in Pittsburgh.
- Go apple picking. There are a number of local farms in the Pittsburgh area that let you pick your own apples. Try Simmons Farm in McMurray, Spergel Orchards in Wexford, or Half Crown Hill Orchard in McDonald.
- Visit fall festivals. There are plenty of festivals to choose from this fall. Visit Seven Springs any weekend in October for the Autumnfest or try the Pittsburgh Zombie Fest on October 7th.
- Go through a corn maze. There are a number of corn mazes near Pittsburgh. Try out the Giant Living Maze at Schramm Farms in Jeanette or a more complicated one at Shenot Farms in Wexford.
- Go running. Running for fun is something a lot of people do. Sign up for the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K on October 15th or the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler on November 5th.
What are your favorite fall activities here in Pittsburgh? If car shopping is one of them, pay us a visit at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.
Technology is moving forward faster than ever, and the automotive industry is going right along with it. One of the latest innovations that Ford is using to help its designers is Microsoft HoloLens technology. This is a wearable, mixed-reality device that projects a sort of hologram on top of a physical object, like a car.
By using this device, designers are able to visualize what a new color, shape, texture, or design will look like on a vehicle in a matter of minutes or hours instead of the weeks or months it can take by waiting for a clay sculpture. Ford has been piloting this technology for over a year now.
When a designer is wearing the HoloLens headset, it scans the environment to create a highly-precise mapping of the object and area. This allows it to render hologram images from the correct angle when looking at an object.
“It’s amazing we can combine the old and the new – clay models and holograms – in a way that both saves time and allows designers to experiment and iterate quickly to dream up even more stylish, clever vehicles,” says Jim Holland, Ford vice president, vehicle component and systems engineering.
Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we are excited to see Ford using this innovative technology and can’t wait to see what designs are born from this project.