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!

Dwayne the Rock Johnson

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

New Matthew McConaughey Ads for Lincoln Now Airing

After the enormously successful Lincoln advertisements starring Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey debuted last year, Lincoln is at it again.

New advertisements for the luxurious 2016 Lincoln MKX utilize the actor’s fame and handsome mug once again, this time directed by Oscar-nominated directed Gus Van Sant. You can check out one of the ads here, courtesy of YouTube.

The ads aim to highlight the luxurious, atmospheric feeling provided by the new Lincoln MKX, which, like the ads says, “stays with you.” Whether or not this new line of ads will end up parodied on Saturday Night Live (like the last batch) remains unknown.

Last year’s ads were enormously successful, with various parodies and jokes that followed only increasing the sales for the Lincoln MKC by about 25 percent. These new Matthew McConaughey ads certainly can’t hurt.

If you’d like to check out the 2016 Lincoln MKX or are interested in any other Lincoln models, feel free to contact us or visit us here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

New Matthew McConaughey Ads

Pollution Prevention Week: Tips to Use Less Gas

The EPA has designated the week of Sept. 21 to 27 as Pollution Prevent Week, a time set aside each year to discuss the ways in which we can reduce the amount of pollutants emitted into the environment around us.

One easy way is to cut down on the amount of gasoline you use, which in turn, will produce fewer harmful emissions. Here are some tips to use less gas:

  • Try to avoid idling, which wastes gasoline even when you’re not driving.
  • It’s also a good idea to avoid stopping and starting whenever possible.
  • Driving slowly takes less gasoline than driving fast, so staying right at the speed limit will keep your fuel economy in check.
  • The heavier your car is, the more gasoline it requires, so it’s a good idea to keep your vehicle free of unnecessary cargo.
  • Of course – you can always try to drive less, or carpool with a friend or co-worker.

Plus, using less gasoline will also save you money! It’s a win-win.

tips to use less gas

Ford Spider Screen Fights Against Spider Invasions

You might be scared of spiders, but we know someone who is probably more scared—your car. Every year, spiders cause thousands of problems for car owners when they crawl into vehicles’ mechanics and nest. But it looks like Ford might have a solution—the Ford spider screen. This innovative technology prevents creepy crawlies from crawling into your vehicle’s fuel vapor lines, keeping your car running as smoothly as possible.

“Spiders can be a nuisance for our vehicle owners,” said David Gimby, Ford fuel systems engineer. “We studied these species to discern how they nest, then designed an effective device for excluding the larger, problematic spiders from nesting in our cars.”

The Ford spider screen continues to evolve, making sure that fuel vapor lines are clear. This is key to ensuring optimal vehicle performance. This terrific technology can be seen in vehicles across the North American Ford lineup. It will be globally implemented with the launch of the all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS.

Be sure to check it out at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford when it launches!

Ford Spider Screen

Lincoln Continental Concept’s 30-Way Seats Show Future of Luxury

Whether you are driving your daily commute or heading off on a road trip, it’s likely that you want your car to have seats that offer superior comfort. Now, Lincoln is taking seat comfort to an entirely new level. The American car maker recently offered an innovative take on the modern car seat. With the ability to move in 30 different ways, massage features, and improved body support, the seats available in the Lincoln Continental concept are the next step in luxury.

“The next frontier to serve the luxury automotive client is a seat that conforms to and supports the body—a seat that feels as if it were personally tailored for you each time,” said Johnathan Line, advanced seat innovation supervisor and technical export.

The Lincoln Continental concept’s 30-way seats use a patented flexible comfort carrier to provide superior comfort. A system combines plastic and a thin layer of foam to flex around the body, taking stress off the shoulders and neck. This seating concept was created after the seat engineers studied the seats in first-class and private airplanes.

To truly see Lincoln luxury, make sure you stop in to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

Lincoln Continental Concept’s 30-Way Seats

Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gears: The Future of Ford

As the old adage you may be familiar with goes, “The past is the key to the future.”

Well, if that’s so, we think that the future of Ford looks pretty bright – and, no, it’s not just because of the LED headlights! Henry Ford revolutionized the car-making business with his moveable assembly plant over a century ago. Get ready, because the Ford auto company of today is once again gearing-up to make some huge strides when it comes to mobility.

The automotive company recently debuted investigative and development projects at the new Ford Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, which included electric bicycles that fold to fit into Ford vehicles; wearable apps mated to cars that can track parking spots, provide driving score data, and give driving stats; and car sharing programs – think Airbnb only for automobiles.

“It can make a material difference in people’s lives by offering more choices and affordable and accessible mobility even if it is not a car,” said Ken Washington, Ford’s new head of research and advanced engineering.

The Ford Motor company – or shall we say Ford mobility company – currently has 25 global mobility projects underway. Stay tuned to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to learn more about future Ford mobility endeavors as they emerge.

future of Ford

Safe Driving Tips: How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Perhaps one of the most dangerous driving situations for many drivers, hydroplaning can occur when you least expect it. That’s why we’ve put together a list on how to avoid hydroplaning.

According to Discovery, hydroplaning occurs when your tires slide across a wet surface. Essentially, the rubber encounters more water than it can scatter, and water pressure from the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire. This creates a layer, or plane, of water in which the driver loses steering, traction, braking, and, ultimately, handling.

Hydroplaning can occur whenever there is water on the road, but is most dangerous immediately after it rains, when pools of water can be found on the side of the road. The chances of an accident increase when traveling in excess of 35 mph and when weather conditions are poor, including fog, sleet, snow, and obviously rain.

How can you avoid hydroplaning? The best thing to do is reduce your speed when it’s wet outside. You should also avoid large puddles and standing water, and try to drive in the tracks left by cars in front of you. Other tips include: keeping tires properly inflated, avoiding outer lanes (where water accumulates), turning off cruise control, and avoiding hard braking.

how to avoid hydroplaning

Ford’s Summer Shutdown Decreased to One Week

Car sales have a tendency to slump a bit during the winter months, and to help reduce inventories, many auto manufacturers shut down for a few weeks during the summer. Ford’s summer shutdown has traditionally lasted two weeks, but because of customer demand for some of Ford’s newest cars, the summer shutdown will be shortened to only one week.

This means that Ford will produce about 40,000 extra units this year to meet customer demand for the F-Series trucks, Edge, Escape, and Explorer.

“To meet surging customer demand for our top-selling trucks and utilities, we are continuing to run our North American facilities during the traditional two-week summer shutdown in order to add close to 40,000 units,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president, North America Manufacturing, in a statement. “Six of our assembly plants will build for an additional week in order to ensure we’re getting more of our vehicles into dealerships.”

Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities will shut down from June 29 through July 10 to building maintenance and machine retooling. However, the Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Louisville, and Oakville assembly plants will only shut down during the week of June 29.

Come check out the incredible lineup of Ford trucks and SUVs available now at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

Ford’s summer shutdown