Examining Lincoln’s Success in China

Lincoln has always been considered one of the classiest and most stylish luxury automobiles out there, and now the brand’s good-taste and sophistication has spread its influence all the way to China – and boy do they love Lincoln over there!

2015 marked the first full year of sales in China and, by the end of December, Lincoln had sold 11,630 models across the country. Lincoln’s success in China is likely due to both the 33 new Lincoln dealerships opened in the country (eight more than was originally planned) and Lincoln’s solid legacy of ultimate luxury and style. The reliability and personal experience of “The Lincoln Way,” a full-service, full-immersion lifestyle enhanced by the Lincoln brand surely didn’t hurt their sales, either.

Lincoln’s huge success in China will continue to grow as the brand plans to reach 60 dealerships in 50 cities by the end of 2016, plus the reintroduction of the classic full-size luxury sedan, the Lincoln Continental.

Lincoln’s success in China

 

Ford Pulls Off the Biggest Super Duty Stunt Ever

The Ford Super Duty badge has always assured folks that what they’re driving is stronger, tougher, and more reliable than any other truck out there. Ford proved this all over again with its biggest Super Duty stunt ever: eight F-150s plus an F-750 Tonka dump trunk hanging from one 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty frame.

Dangling from one enormous crane, the Super-Duty frame took on a collective 60,000 lbs. from the nine massive trucks hanging below it. Brackets were introduced to the frame in order to represent the axles that would be present on the actual truck. When the pressure was on (let us repeat: we’re talking 60,000 lbs. of pressure), the Super Duty frame held true, demonstrating no bends or cracks throughout the course of the biggest Super Duty stunt to ever grace us with mind-blowing capability.

The all-new frame of the 2017 Super Duty features a wash of new technologies and engineering to improve rigidity and overall strength. We can’t wait to start selling these beasts at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford!

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Ford SmartDeviceLink Software Sets New Industry Standard

Various automakers are adopting Ford technologies in order to set a new industry standard. In fact, Toyota recently adopted the SmartDeviceLink, Ford’s open-source smartphone app interface software. Illustrating just how impressive Ford’s technology is, other automakers can’t seem to replicate what Ford has.

According to Ford, the SmartDeviceLink software allows Spotify, Glympse, iHeartRadio, and other smartphone apps to be easily accessed by drivers using voice recognition and dashboard controls. Other automakers that are looking into the software include Peugeot Citroen, Honda, Subaru, and Mazda.

“The true benefit of a common smartphone app communications interface is that it creates an industry standard – enabling great experiences for customers while allowing different companies the freedom to differentiate their individual brands,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services. “Ford is making the software available as open-source, because customers throughout the industry benefit if everybody speaks one language.”

The Ford technology is expected to reach an additional 28 million vehicles by 2020, making it one of the most important industry standards. This will not only benefit automakers like Ford, but it will enable consumers to have the latest technologies without spending extra.

SmartDeviceLink Software

Polishing Your Vehicle: Making Chrome, Aluminum, and Steel Shine

What’s the point in having premium chrome, aluminum, and other trim if you can’t see it? Polishing your vehicle trim is easier than you might think, leaving a mirror shine that is hard to beat.

Aluminum is a fairly soft metal, making it easier to polish than steel and other metals. Typically, according to Autogeek, aluminum on a vehicle is actually some sort of alloy and combines with other metals to add structure. Unlike iron, aluminum oxide doesn’t become rust; rather, it becomes a dull protective coat. When you polish aluminum, you want a polish that removes oxidation, tarnish, stains, and water spots in one. Try a polishing compound and compounding pad, and wipe clean with a chamois cloth.

Chrome is a plated metal, making it highly resistant to tough conditions, though it will rust without proper maintenance. Look for a polish that removes oxidation, calcium, lime scale, and green tarnish. Some chrome polishes come as wipes, allowing you to simply scrub away any residues. Chrome is incredibly bright when polished.

Stainless steel sounds like it would resist corrosion, but it can still degrade over time. Because steel is a hard metal, it can be tough to get it to really shine. Try a red paste polish and some old-fashioned elbow grease. Scrub clean with a microfiber towel.

Most of these supplies can be found at a local auto shop, though you can stop by the Shults Service Center for more information on detailing your vehicle.

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Ford Police Interceptors Achieve Best Police Car Acceleration

Ford vehicles have long been a favorite among law enforcement agencies. For example, you probably think of a police car any time you see a Crown Victoria. Now, agencies all over the country are falling in love with the latest Ford vehicle, the Police Interceptor.

Ford offers two versions—a sedan based on the Taurus and a utility based on the Explorer.

Recently, in an independent test done by both the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police, the Ford EcoBoost Police Sedan achieved the best police car acceleration and fastest lap times.

“We are proud to maintain our performance advantages, and these validate Ford Police Interceptor leadership,” said Arie Groeneveld, Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer, in a statement. “We love the bragging rights, but for these officers, best-in-class performance is a huge safety attribute. Pursuits that end quickly are more likely pursuits that end safely. This team is obsessed with officer safety.”

Despite having a smaller engine, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost-equipped Interceptor was faster than the 5.7-liter Charger and 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice. The Ford Interceptor clocked in a 0-to-60 mph time of only 5.8 seconds.

Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we are proud to know that so many law enforcement agencies trust Ford to provide the best equipment they need to protect and serve all of us.

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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

If you haven’t already, you are probably planning on putting up your Christmas tree soon. If you and your family are stuck in the real vs. fake Christmas trees debate, we’ll help you put that to rest.

According to the American Christmas Tree Association, “There is no debate. Consumers should feel free to choose either type of tree, or better yet, choose one or more of each! Both types of Christmas trees have very distinctive characteristics and a recent Life Cycle Analysis concluded that neither tree has a significant negative impact on the environment. It really comes down to which kind of tree, or trees, best fits your lifestyle.”

So, there you have it. Discuss with your family and decide if you want to go with a real tree and water it every day and enjoy the natural pine scent, or just put up an artificial one and let it be. With an artificial tree, you have more flexibility with when you put up your tree, since there is no risk of it drying out. You can also use it year after year if you take good care of it. Another reason to choose an artificial tree is if you are allergic to mold and other allergens produced by live trees.

Which type of Christmas tree does your family prefer?

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3 Top Reasons People Get Pulled Over

Want to avoid getting pulled over and ticketed? It’s easy, right? Follow the laws of the road. Just in case you need some reminding, here are some of the top reasons people get pulled over…

Equipment violations

Unlike speeding, equipment violations can happen simply from neglect. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your ride a once over every once in a while. According to Edmunds.com, things like expired tags and burned-out headlights cause the most citations for equipment violations.

Driving Like A Madman

This comes in a lot of forms. Maybe you make improper lane changes or roll through a stop sign, maybe you make U-turns whenever you feel like it. The bottom line is you drive like you are the only one on the road. This is definitely going to get you cited.

Speeding

But everybody does it, right? If everyone drove their convertibles off of the Grand Canyon like Thelma and Louise, would you do it too? The truth is that it’s not speeding per se, it’s excessive speeding that is going to get you in trouble. Going a few miles over the speed limit usually won’t catch the attention of our men and women in blue but just know that it can.

Save your money, save your time. Drive predictably and follow all traffic laws in a vehicle that is properly maintained.

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Latest Innovations From Ford Focus On Efficiency

Fortune magazine recently shared some wise words from Henry Ford. The inventor and business mogul said way back in 1923, “Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.”

The following are some innovations from Ford that we’ve seen in just the last few years…

PTWA

Plasma transferred wire arc process is an engine technology that allows Ford to forego the heavy, cast-iron liners in its aluminum engine. The result is an engine that six pounds lighter. That is an enormous improvement.

Micromill

Originally created by Alcoa, Micromill is an innovative type of aluminum. Traditionally, aluminum was a light metal but prone to easy shaping. Not Micromill. It’s lightweight and strong. Ford embraced the new material and used it in its award-winning 2016 Ford F-150.

Manufacturing Process

It’s not the vehicles themselves that get all of the attention. Ford is consistently revising its manufacturing process as well. In fact, the Ford facility in Dearborn, MI has been revamped over the last decade, with the addition of “new robotics, stamping equipment, chemical and heat treatments, and an aluminum-recycling system.”

Today, the company that Ford started is taking his advice more than ever.

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Dwayne the Rock Johnson to Serve as Ford’s New Spokesperson

Ford is one of the toughest automotive brands around. Therefore, when the brand selects a spokesperson, you can bet your bottom dollar that the spokesperson is going to be tough as well. Case in point, Ford just got who is arguably the toughest guy in Hollywood to serve as its spokesperson.

Are you ready? Drum roll please… According to a Ford press release, Dwayne the Rock Johnson will act as Ford’s new spokesperson.

Johnson, famous for his role in the Fast and the Furious franchise, is a long standing fan of Ford. He even owns an F-150 truck.

The campaign set to feature Johnson, called “The Specialists at Ford”, features some of the latest Ford technology and engineering, giving drivers a closer look at what powers their favorite Fords.

The campaign has already started airing, and it is set to last for multiple years. Be on the lookout to see if you can smell what Ford and the Rock are cooking!

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4 Carnegie Museums to Visit in Pittsburgh

Andrew Carnegie was one of the most powerful men in the country, and certainly the most influential in the city of Pittsburgh. Among his achievements was establishing a series of museums to broaden educational horizons. Those museums are still educating people to this day. Here are the four big Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

History comes alive at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Among its exhibits is one of the most extensive collections of dinosaur specimens anywhere in the country!

Carnegie Science Center

Young explorers will have a chance to get in touch with their scientific side at the Carnegie Science Center. Multiple displays are available for children to interact with.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Art from all over the world fills the beautiful galleries of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Andy Warhol Museum

For a more specific set of exhibits, be sure to check out the Andy Warhol Museum, a museum dedicated to one of the most famous artists who ever lived!

Which museum is your favorite to visit here in Pittsburgh?

Carnegie Museums