First 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Fetches $1 Million

Ford has auctioned off its very first 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang, VIN# 001, at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. The winning bid came in at a cool $1 million, and the proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the country’s leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

The proud new owner of the first production Ford Shelby GT350R will get to choose from any of the available colors and options.

The Shelby GT350R was designed to be Ford’s most powerful supercar yet, capable of delivering on-track performance never before seen from a Mustang. Improved aerodynamics, updated chassis engineering, and light-weighting are factors that contribute to the GT350R’s impressive performance.

“The Shelby GT350R is a world-class car, the best performing Mustang that we have ever built,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development.  “We are thrilled to donate the first retail production Shelby GT350R to JDRF for auction.  When this car crosses the auction block it should raise a tremendous amount of money for a great charity.”

And that it did. According to motorauthority.com, this Barrett-Jackson auction sold 1,600 cars, with a total value reaching more than $130 million. That marks a new record in the auction house’s 44-year history. The auction of the first Ford Shelby GT350R certainly helped achieve that record.

Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we couldn’t be more excited for the all-new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang. Stop by to learn more!

first 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

Ford Names Mark LaNeve Head of U.S. Sales

With John Felice heading into early retirement after 31 years of service, Ford has named a successor to its top sales and marketing position. Felice’s replacement is none other than Mark LaNeve.

LaNeve served as General Motors head of sales and marketing for five years before taking his leave after the company’s bankruptcy in 2009. LaNeve then joined Allstate Corp. where he helped create the “Mayhem” advertising campaign. After three years, he departed and took over as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Global Team Ford, Ford’s advertising agency.

At Ford, LaNeve will cover all marketing, sales, and service and dealer relations within the United States. “John has had a long and successful career as a key leader serving us around the world for more than 30 years,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, on John Felice’s early retirement. LaNeve is expected to change customer’s retail experience. With LaNeve taking the reins from Felice on February 1, 2015, we can expect Ford to overcome any challenges it may face in the future.

Mark LaNeve

New Ford F-150 Earns Title of 2015 Truck of the Year

Truck Trend has chosen an excellent and worthy recipient for the magazine’s first annual Truck of the Year award. The Ford F-150, a new truck for a new generation of truck buyers, was named the 2015 Truck of the Year. There are many reasons the truck is worthy of the award—from its groundbreaking and progressive design, to its efficiency, power and style.

“Ford has found a sweet spot in the half-ton pickup segment, delivering a compelling mix of efficiency and capability, while still delivering an enhanced driving experience that American consumers demand,” said Sean P. Holman, Truck Trend content director. “What we put these trucks through was nothing short of grueling, and it was the F-150 that consistently impressed our experts.”

Ford was already crushing the competition in the full-size truck segment, but this new version of the F-150 simply pushes the bar even higher—and puts the Ford lineup farther ahead of the competition. With an EcoBoost engine, a rearview camera, BoxLink design, and more, the truck has everything. Come see us here at Shults Ford of Wexford to learn more.

2015 Truck of the Year

Singer Neil Young Reveals Lincoln Continental Return

Over the past year, Lincoln Motor Company has been making some major changes and it looks like these changes are going to just keep on coming. Next year, the updated MKS is set to arrive in showrooms everywhere—and, according to the well-known music legend Neil Young, it looks like it will carry the famous Continental nameplate.

During an episode of Mad Money on CNBC, the singer divulged in front of a national audience that he will be partnering up with Lincoln, putting his Pono high-end digital music player into Lincoln models. As he talked about the system, he off-handedly mentioned that it would be featured in the Continental, which is set to launch in 2016.

While Lincoln has yet to confirm the Lincoln Continental return, they also haven’t denied it. The MKS will use the same platform as the Lincoln MKZ, but will be slightly longer with a front-wheel drive layout.

As we get more information about the possible return of the Continental, we will share it with you. Make sure you check back to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford for an update soon!

Lincoln Continental Return

2016 Lincoln MKX Design Reflects Previous Concept

Lincoln has finally released a look at the next-generation Lincoln MKX—and it turns out, we have seen it before. The brand-new crossover from Lincoln is almost an exact duplicate of the previous MKX Concept that debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, with a few minor changes.

Similar to the previous concept car, the 2016 Lincoln MKX design has a split-wing grille across the front fascia of the vehicle, though its headlights aren’t as integrated into the grille. The production version crossover has a bit more material added to the shape of the lower air dam. It also has some more character than the concept car, with a line that adds flair to the MKX’s silhouette. The MKX even has similar twin-spoke wheels, making it easy to see the resemblance between the two vehicles.

The newest MKX is expected to launch in 2015 and will be the first Lincoln model to come with the brand-new high-end Revel audio system. For more information on the 2016 MKX, make sure you contact Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today!

2016 Lincoln MKX Design

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.

new Ford SYNC 3 system

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