Premier of the Lincoln Concept Navigator

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford know how amazing Lincoln vehicles are, but many people have been waiting for a comeback from the luxury automaker. The wait is over, as Lincoln pulled out all the stops for its next concept vehicle.

The concept for the next Lincoln Navigator premiered at the New York International Auto Show. The debut was just as spectacular as the vehicle, as a band played a jazz version of “All of Me” and Matthew McConaughey came onto the stage.

An overhaul to the Navigator hasn’t happened in a decade, so fans were thrilled to see the new concept. The concept SUV had gullwing doors, three steps that automatically unfold on each side of the vehicle, and even a custom interior storage area that resembles a closet!  The interior is spacious with large seats and intricately designed features such as the shifter being designed to look like piano keys.

Lincoln is calling the Navigator a prime example of “quiet luxury,” perfect for people wanting to buy drivable comfort and luxury.

More than just a pretty vehicle, the concept Navigator boasts a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which puts out more than 400 horsepower. Lincoln also has stated that there are new technologies to help the Navigator handle and perform in all weather conditions.

Not all the spectacular features will make it into the penciled in 2017 production, but we at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford will be waiting to see how this concept Navigator finalizes in production.

concept Navigator

Ford Honors Arcelormittal as a Top Steel Supplier

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are proud that Ford uses quality material for all their vehicles. This is shown in every final product. Of course, the final quality is highly dependent upon the suppliers’ products used to create the vehicles. That is why Ford works hard to choose a supplier of trust and quality.

This year, Ford honors Arcelormittal as a top steel supplier. This Luxembourg-based steelmaker has received Ford’s highest rating in its annual Business Unit Review for five straight years.

These awards clearly demonstrate ArcelorMittal’s solid contribution and commitment to providing the best vehicle material and services in the industry.

The steelmaker employs many people in several US locations and areas around the world. “Maintaining the highest level of products, solutions and service for GM, and for all of our automotive customers, is what drives us every day,” said Greg Wells, director of automotive sales for ArcelorMittal North America.

ArcelorMittal plants include mills in Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, the New Carlisle I/N Tek and I/N Kote, as well as mills in Alabama and Ontario. These locations make steel for all aspects of every Ford vehicle, especially the Edge, Transit, and Fusion.

ArcelorMittal states that they appreciate Ford’s business and could not accomplish their solid production without all of the team members who work for ArcelorMittal throughout the variety of plants that manufacture, sell, service, or deliver steel to Ford.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford love to see the positive business relationships producing quality products for Ford consumers.

Ford honors Arcelormittal

How to Clean Your Car Interior

Winter is the worst season for making a mess of our cars. Besides all the mud and slush we track into them, we’re probably leaving more trash in them as well—because who wants to go out in the freezing cold and clean out their car? But it’s March now, the weather’s looking up, and it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Follow these tips on how to clean your car interior, and it’ll be spotless in no time!

First, of course, clean out any trash, and then start the real cleaning. Hopefully most of the muck is on your floor mats—take them out and vacuum them or, if they’re really bad, spray them with a hose and set them aside to dry.

Get your vacuum ready—find a long extension cord if you don’t have a plug outside—and suck up all the dried dirt and grime you’ve accumulated in the last few months. Get in between the cracks; leave no stone unturned.

Most importantly after a long winter, clean your windows, and wipe down your dashboard while you’re at it. And don’t use window cleaner on cloth seats!

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New Ford Power Stroke V8 Diesel Engine Can Go More than Half a Million Miles

The all-new Ford Power Stroke V8 diesel engine, which is available in the Ford F-650 and F-750 medium duty truck line, is predicted to have a lifetime of more than 500,000 miles. 90% of these engines are predicted to achieve this without ever needing major service.

The Ford F-650 and F-750 models are medium-duty work trucks designed for exceptional power and fuel economy, and the Power Stroke engine comes with an unbeatable warranty and the ability to service at a huge number of Ford service centers around the country. These trucks are also equipped with a Ford TorqShift HD six-speed automatic transmission for more high towing and hauling capacity.

The new Power Stroke engine isn’t just longer lasting—it’s also much quieter than the previous engine, reducing noise by up to 45% inside the cabin and 35% outside it. The engine comes with three power levels, ranging from 675 lb-ft of torque to 725. The 270 hp, 675 lb-ft of torque standard engine is the best standard in its class.

The 2017 F-650 and F-750 are available in dealerships now.

Ford Power Stroke V8 diesel engine

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!

biggest Super Duty stunt

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.

best police car acceleration

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?

real vs. fake Christmas trees