New Ford SYNC 3 System Coming Next Year

Ford has announced that next year, Ford cars can be equipped with the new Ford SYNC 3 system. This updated system has an easier-to-use interface, more conversational voice recognition functions, and an updated graphical interface.

“Ford is delivering an easier way for customers to stay connected,” said Raj Nair, Ford chief technical officer and group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement. “SYNC 3 is another step forward in delivering connectivity features customers most want, and they tell us this kind of technology is an important part of their decision to buy our vehicles.”

To develop this next-generation system, Ford built upon its experience with more than 10 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road around the world. It also used more than 22,000 customer comments and suggestions along with research clinics to design the updated system.

New features will include a seamless integration of AppLink, Siri Eyes-Free for iPhones, Wi-Fi updates, and a subscription-free 911 Assist that lets drivers make emergency calls after a significant accident.

Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we can’t wait to see the new Ford SYNC 3 system in action when it arrives next year.

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Lincoln Black Label Experience to Create Ultimate Luxury

Lincoln is upping its luxury game with their new “Black Label” experience, which was revealed earlier this month. This upgrade will provide an even more premium feel to the interiors of Lincoln vehicles, making trips all the more comfortable.

Black Label is being described as “upscale, customized vehicle interiors and membership perks,” and the movement will hit 32 Lincoln dealerships in six different states next month, for vehicles such as the new MKC crossover and the MKZ sedan.

The upgrade option – which can be purchased for about $5,995 – puts Venetian leather in your car as well as a list of exclusive colors. Once the upgrade is purchased, owners are also eligible to join the Black Label club, for car washes and detailing among other perks.

“It is the ultimate expression of what the Lincoln brand will stand for,” said group marketing manager for Lincoln, Andrew Frick in USA Today.

Are you excited about the Lincoln Black Label experience? For more information or to check out our Lincoln models here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, stop by today for a test drive.

Lincoln Black Label Experience

Helping Those in Need for the Holidays: The Ford Hunger Relief Initiative

Ford Hunger Relief Initiative

In order to help the less fortunate, Ford recently involved itself with a hunger relief initiative during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Though they focused on Detroit, they also donated over $1 million to help the hungry all over the US.

At Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford,  we were moved to hear about the Ford hunger relief initiative, which partnered with The Salvation Army. Ford donated a new delivery truck to the Salvation Army, which will help deliver over 5,000 meals per day in Detroit. The Ford E-350 came with a year of free gas, courtesy of Marathon.

Jim Vella, President of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, said, “By addressing the issue of hunger through other programs such as Ford Mobile Food Pantries, Ford Focus on Child Hunger and Meet Up and Eat Up, we are going further to create stronger communities.”

They were able to donate over $1.3 million in hunger relief support all across the US, according to Ford. More than $40,000 of that was spent in Detroit over Thanksgiving to support the Holiday Meals on Wheels program, giving 6,000 seniors a nice meal for the holiday. It is things like this that show how Ford really cares about giving back.

Things to Do Around Pittsburgh in December

Pittsburgh in December

December is upon us at last, which means it’s time to start celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in one of the most wonderful cities in America.

There’s plenty to do in and around Pittsburgh in December, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus. Here are some of Shults Ford’s guaranteed best bets for an unforgettable time:

Santa Skates – What better way to celebrate Christmas with the kids than to take them skating with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself? MassMututal Ice Rink will be holding Skate with Santa events on December 6th, 13th, and 20th from 2-4 pm.

The Pittsburgh Creche – Open through January 7th, the Creche holds the world’s lone authorized replication of the Nativity Creche that can be found outside Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

The Renaissance City Choir Holiday Concert: Winter Serenade – Being held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church on December 13th from 7:30 pm, the concert will feature Pittsburgh’s preeminent LGBTQA choir singing unique tunes that are geared toward all audiences.

Miniature Railroad & Village – located at the Carnegie Science Center in North Shore, the Miniature Railroad & Village is seen by as many as 365,000 visitors every year. With new models being added every year, there’s no reason not to schedule a repeat visit this season.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – The weather outside might be white, but it’s green on green at the Phipps, where 2.5 acres of gardens and ponds will satiate your need for spring all winter long.

Have a particular favorite attraction in or around Pittsburgh? Have an event of your own you’d like to tell us about? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Ford F-150 Makes Great First Impression in KBB Best Buy Awards

Since the new 2015 Ford F-150 hit showrooms a few months ago, it has been steadily adding to its trophy shelf with recognitions from prestigious organizations like the Texas Auto Writers Association and Popular Science magazine. Now, the best-selling pickup truck has added yet another prestigious accolade to its list after being recognized by the KBB Best Buy Awards for being the Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy.

“These awards from Kelley Blue Book reflect our continuing commitment to truck leadership and building the best trucks for our customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president for The Americas. “The all-new F-150 sets new standards in durability, capability, technology, and efficiency, and I’m proud or new truck has been recognized by the automotive experts at KBB.”

The newest F-150 offers a multitude of never-before-seen features, including an aluminum body that can not only tow 1,100 more pounds than its predecessors, but also achieve the highest fuel economy rating ever. For a glimpse of this brand-new, one-of-a-kind truck, stop in to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today!

KBB Best Buy Awards

The Innovative Ford Fusion Design Boosts Recent Sales

Ford Fusion Design

Recently, Ford and Lincoln announced that they had posted record sales for several different models, proving the brand has become more popular than ever. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford we couldn’t be happier to see even more Ford and Lincoln vehicles on the road.

So who cares about sales, right? Well, normally sales don’t say too much about the market, but these recent numbers are proving more and more that Ford and Lincoln are the go-to choice for drivers. In particular, the Ford Fusion is quickly becoming a classic.

“Fusion is an outstanding success story with October marking six straight months of record sales,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Fusion is on pace to break the 300,000-vehicle mark this year for the first time ever. Plus, based on the strong sales of the all-new MKC, Lincoln produced its best sales results in October since 2007.”

The Ford Fusion design offers drivers a stylish ride which is both fast and fuel-efficient. With optional EcoBoost and Duratec engines, a sleek exterior (with a gorgeous front grille), and next-generation SmartGuage with EcoGuide, the Fusion is a no-brainer for most drivers.

Ford and Lincoln October Sales Look Promising

Lincoln October sales

Ford and Lincoln October sales looked extremely promising last month—especially for the luxury brand, which experienced its best October sales results in seven years.

Three Ford models stood out from the rest for their outstanding performances, including the Fusion, Escape, Explorer and Transit Connect.

Sales of the Fusion, one of our favorites here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, totaled 22,846 vehicles, an increase of 5 percent that brought the car to its best-ever October sales performance since its launch back in 2005.

The Escape also posted its best-ever October with a 12 percent increase over the same month last year. Meanwhile, Explorer sales increased 6 percent, marking its best performance since 2004.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Transit Connect also posted its best-ever October performance, with 4,068 vehicles sold, up 28 percent.

At Lincoln, it was the hot new MKC that helped lift the brand to its best October since 2007. With its best sales yet last month, the MKC helped Lincoln post a 25 percent gain and the brand’s best October results since 2007.

Ford’s Investment in Lincoln Promises to Revive the Brand

Ford's investment in Lincoln

Ford Motor Company’s new chief executive, Mark Fields, has promised to pour a little T.L.C. and a ton of cash into the Lincoln brand. Ford hopes that the multi-year, multibillion-dollar commitment to their luxury brand will help reposition Lincoln as a global luxury automaker.

Reuters has reported that over the next five years, Ford could invest as much as $5 billion to revive the brand, which will include the addition of several new and improved Lincoln models. The investment also promises a new, premium vehicle platform that will underpin several future Lincoln vehicles.

“It’s really important for us to have a relevant and vibrant luxury brand,” Fields told Reuters. “You need to make the investment and build this brand over time.”

Lincoln’s revamp will introduce a new product portfolio, a new brand image, and will position the automaker to compete directly with Mercedes-Benz and BMW AG internationally. In the short-term, Ford hopes to triple Lincoln’s sales to 300,000 by 2020. Over the long-term, the automaker hopes to restore Lincoln’s position as a top luxury brand in the U.S. and provide it with the same position in China. To get things started, the Lincoln MKZ sedan recently arrived in China, becoming the first Lincoln vehicle to make its way to that country.

Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we can appreciate lofty goals and high expectations. We look forward to seeing how Ford’s investment in Lincoln will revive the brand we love.

The Surprisingly Rugged MKC was named Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas

If you’ve heard anything about the new MKC, there’s no doubt it’s something good. In fact, recently the new model was recently named the Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas. So it looks like the evidence is in: the MKC is one of the best crossovers on the market.

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) recently gave the prestigious title to the MKC during its annual Truck Rodeo, as well as the title Luxury Crossover Vehicle, according to a press release from Lincoln.

“These awards for MKC, following momentum from the all-new MKZ as the start of this latest chapter for Lincoln, demonstrate our plan is on the right track,” said Kumar Galhotra, President of Lincoln. “We’re encouraged that our latest vehicle has been recognized so soon after its debut at such an important and influential event.”

The TAWA focused on several features of the new MKC, especially its incredible performance, craftsmanship, and technology. The new model is surprisingly rugged and durable for a luxury vehicle. On top of that, the EcoBoost engine doesn’t sacrifice power for fuel-economy. It truly has it all.

Curious about the 2015 model? Stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to test drive the official Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas.

Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas

2015 Ford F-150 Wins Prestigious Truck of Texas Award

Which state buys more pickup trucks than any other? If you guessed Texas, you are correct! At the recent Texas Truck Rodeo held by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 was given the prestigious Truck of Texas award.

This is the top honor given out at this event, and is awarded after rigorous testing. The judges test drove 75 vehicles from 18 different brands before naming the winners.

“TAWA members are among the first to experience the all-new F-150’s breakthrough innovations and best-in-class capabilities, features that will help our hardworking customers improve their productivity,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas, in a statement. “It is an honor to again be named Truck of Texas. We are committed to continuously improving America’s favorite trucks.”

With this win, Ford has taken home nine of the last 12 Truck of Texas awards for its F-Series Trucks.

At this year’s event, the F-150 wasn’t the only Ford vehicle to win. The 2015 Ford Transit was also named the Commercial Vehicle of Texas. The Transit replaced the best-selling E-Series line of vans and offers improved fuel efficiency and flexibility with a variety of body styles and capabilities.

Come see what Texas found so impressive about these Ford vehicles at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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