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.

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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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Hennessey Produces a Fine-Tuned 2015 Mustang with 717 Horespower

The American performance tuner Hennessey got a little power-crazy and created a version of the Mustang with 717 horsepower. But we here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford think power-crazy is a good thing. The supercharged Hennessey HPE700 demonstrates what one can do when working with quality products.

In order to generate that astonishing 717 horsepower, the Mustang’s V-8 was fitted with a high-performance supercharger. The fine-tuned 2015 Mustang was also given a new stainless steel exhaust, uprated fuel injectors and pumps, ECU flash, carbon-fiber bodywork, and lightweight 20” alloy wheels.

According to Top Gear, “Hennessey is planning a ‘high performance upgrade program’ for the base Mustang’s 2.3-litre turbo four-cylinder engine. Presumably through the addition of a second 2.3-litre turbo four-cylinder engine [as well].”

Unfortunately, Hennessey is only making 500 of the HPE 700s. However, the raw power of the 435 horsepower 2015 Mustang production model is still impressive. To test drive the iconic muscle car, stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Dangerous Roads Around The Globe

There are dangerous roads and then there are dangerous roads. A lot of us may have roads in our neighborhoods or towns that we recognize for their challenging nature. Maybe it’s a particular hidden drive or a poor traffic design compounded by speed and congestion. But beyond those mild concerns, there is a whole other class of dangerous road that exists here and there around the world.

For example, there’s the road that was originally hand-carved by a Russian immigrant. It’s been modernized now, but it remains highly dangerous. Called the Million Dollar Highway by locals, it’s in Colorado and runs between Durango and Ouray. Why is it dangerous? It’s curvy as hell, and most of the time, one side offers only a few feet of shoulder before dropping off into a cliff.

Siberia is known for being a natural prison. Russia sent its prisoners there because they didn’t even have to lock them up–there was nowhere habitable to escape to! Across Siberia stretches the Trans-Siberian Highway. The danger here is the cold. The winter lasts 10 months and average temperatures hover around -37F. Bring a blanket.

Then there is the aptly-named Death Road in Bolivia. The road is unpaved, winding, and ridiculously narrow. It’s carved into a canyon and thus one side drops off sharply to the base, thousands of feet below.

No matter where you are driving, we at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford hope you drive safely and responsibly!

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Techniques For Driving In The Snow

Doesn’t it seem like every time it turns cold and the snow starts to fall, everyone else on the road is just learning how drive in it? Avoid looking like a rookie out there by checking out these strategies that will help you manage when you are driving in the snow.

Just like bicyclists with helmets get in more accidents than those without helmets, using 4WD can create an excessive sense of confidence. The important part to remember is that while 4WD can help your vehicle handle better, preventing you from spinning out, it does not help you brake any better. Leave yourself plenty of stopping distance.

Don’t tail other drivers. Of course, this is good advice even under perfect conditions. But when there is snow and ice on the ground, you should allow an almost excessive amount of distance between yourself and the driver ahead of you. Double or triple your normal distance.

Probably the most nuanced strategy has to do with how you brake in the snow. When you feel your car begin to slide or lose traction, slamming on the brakes to the point that your wheels lock-up is very counter-productive. At that point, steering is irrelevant. Try letting off the accelerator. That way you can still steer.

Put these skills to the test the next time it snows with a new car from Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Are You Ready for Some Friday Night Football?

Can you tell that we at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are just a tad bit excited about football season? While we’re enjoying our lazy football Sundays on the couch, we’re also proud to catch some Friday night football as we support our local high school athletes.

Friday nights around here are prime time to see future Steelers go head-to-head with rival schools, seeking to add that ‘W’ to their record for the year. Though high school is certainly different now than when we were students, nothing has changed about the tradition of showing school spirit and making some noise. Probably the only time we get quiet around here during a football game is when the marching band plays the National Anthem and in the .7 seconds before a game-winning play is made.

At the time of this writing, local high schools Pine-Richland and North Hills are currently undefeated, though after the teams play each other, only one will keep a ‘0’ in the loss column.

Nearby North Allegheny High School is also in prime position to make this a great season.

Which local high school teams do your support? Maybe we’ll see you in the bleachers or at the concession stand in line sometime soon!

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Enjoy the Football Season with an Edge, Escape, or Explorer

The football season is ramping up, and what could be a better way to bond with your family than to bring everyone to see a game?

Taking the family around takes a dependable and capable vehicle, which is why at Shults Ford we recommend the Ford Edge, Escape, or Explorer, depending on how many kids you need to carry around.

Speaking of kids, the North Allegheny High School football team is currently 1-2 in wins-losses. They need all the support they can get! With one of the vehicles mentioned above, you’ll be able to bring the whole family to the game and all the football gear you need if one of your kids is on the team.

But the Edge, Escape, and Explorer aren’t just great people-movers. They also ensure the utmost safety with active technologies like BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and forward collision warning with brake support. They also get great fuel economy, so all those trips to the local game will barely make a dent in the fuel gauge!

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Ultimate Tailgate: 6 steps to success

Football season has arrived, and that means that tailgating season has arrived with it. Here are some tips that will improve your tailgate experience, making your Saturdays or Sundays even more fun.

Provide a lot of refreshments: It’s not a party without drinks! Be sure to stock a cooler with enough cans of beer to satisfy all your guests. At the same time, though, don’t forget to get some six packs of soda for nondrinkers and under-age partiers. And cheering in the hot sun can leave you parched, so remember to stay hydrated with plenty of bottled water.

Up your food game: A successful tailgate requires awesome food. Grill up some burgers and hot dogs, along with vegetarian options. Have a wide range of tailgating foods available so everyone has a variety they enjoy.

Dress Like A Pro Tailgater: Don’t forget to look the part while playing corn hole! Wear your team colors or your favorite player’s jersey. No matter what, make sure you are enjoying yourself and you are dressed for the weather, warm or cold.

Have a portable TV and radio: A portable TV allows you to enjoy both the pre-game and the game. Want to have some music but don’t have a cordless radio? You can use your car radio while having your open trunk double as additional seating or a food/drink station.

Of course, the most important part of tailgating is doing it in a great car or truck. You can find one of those here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford!

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2015 Ford F-150 Is Perfect for Tailgating

September is finally here, and that means one thing: football season! For many of us football season is the greatest time of the year. What could be better than gridiron battles, decades-long rivalries, and tailgate parties?

One very important part of throwing a successful tailgate party is having the right vehicle and the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is perfect for tailgating. The 2015 F-150 is going to have some pretty cool available tailgate features, including opening with a remote, one-handed tailgate operation, having 115-volt outlets with 400 watts of power, a retractable ramp to roll your grill right into the back, and a retractable step to help you get in and out of the bed, too.

Watch this short video to see some of the sweet tailgate features for yourself:

Of course, the new F-150 will be perfect for more than just tailgating. The base 3.5-liter V6 will give you 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque and provide a towing capacity up to 7,600 pounds. Need more power? Opt for the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. This engine will let you tow up to 8,500 pounds.

The 2015 F-150 will be available with a choice of five models, including the base, F-150 XLT, F-150 Lariat, F-150 King Ranch, and F-150 Platinum. It will be coming soon to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

F-150 is perfect for tailgating

The Lincoln Lawyer Returns: Motor Company Tabs McConaughey as Spokesperson

Three years ago, Matthew McConaughey stepped into the role of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” a movie about a lawyer who works right out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car. That movie started a career renaissance for McConaughey (appropriately, if obviously, named the “McConaissance” by the internet)—a favor the brand is hoping McConaughey can return now. Lincoln has hired McConaughey to be a “storyteller” in a series of new ad campaigns across multiple formats, including both television and digital spots. He won’t be selling his character’s office, the Town Car, though. Lincoln has discontinued that vehicle, aiming to capture more of today’s youth market with new offerings like the MKC, a stylish compact crossover.

“Authenticity is a word that kept coming up in our initial meetings. It was clear from the start they appreciated me as an individual first and foremost, and I would be able to be myself in this collaboration,” McConaughey said. “Lincoln is an iconic, American brand and I like where they are heading with their transformation. I had the chance to drive the new MKC around Texas and I think they’re doing a good job.

Well, there you have it. The MKC—and Lincoln in general—has got one of Hollywood’s favorite actor’s approval. We guarantee it will have your approval too, so come see us here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today to test drive it yourself.

The Lincoln Lawyer