Ford Fleet Vehicles are Going Green

Alternative fuels are beginning to gain much more traction in the automotive industry these days, and Ford offers plenty of hybrid and electric vehicles that are easier on your wallet and the environment alike. Ford also offers a wide variety of alternative fuel options for its commercial vehicles that can bring numerous benefits to a business. Not only does using alternative fuels reduce a business’ carbon footprint, but it can cut down on costs as well by utilizing U.S.-sourced fuel. Also, state and federal governments offer numerous tax incentives to businesses that use alternative fuels for their fleet vehicles, much like the federal tax credit available to individual hybrid and electric vehicle owners.

Compressed natural gas is one alternative fuel option that Ford offers. It is cheaper than gasoline more often than not and the price is usually much more stable, leading to less volatility in fleet costs. It burns extremely clean and is safer to deal with if a spill occurs as well. It does require a larger fuel tank, as CNG has less energy output per unit of volume than gasoline, but the costs it offsets make this a consideration worth dealing with.

Liquefied petroleum gas, also known as autogas, is a mixture of different hydrocarbon gases. Usually it is composed of butane and propane. According to Ford’s website, about 90% of propane in the U.S. is domestically produced, resulting in lower costs from transportation and storage. Liquefied petroleum gas goes a long way towards offsetting the infrastructure and operation costs that are inherent in using alternative fuels when compared to more traditional fuels.

Biodiesel is usually produced from a base of vegetable oil. It is often mixed with conventional fuels at proportions ranging from 2 to 20 percent in the retail market. Biodiesel offers the benefit of reduced emissions over regular diesel fuel, and the best part is that all Ford diesel vehicles can run biodiesel up to a concentration of 20 percent.

Other options include Ford’s FlexFuel-capable vehicles, which are designed to run on blends of gasoline and ethanol, but can still run on normal gasoline. Electronic sensors detect the concentration of ethanol and adjust the fuel system and spark timing accordingly. Ford also offers a line of heavy-duty hybrids that can significantly reduce fuel costs for your fleet. To take advantage of these options for reducing your fleet’s impact on your bottom line and on the environment, contact Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX and find out how we can help your fleet go green and save you some green on down the road.

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Record-Setting Run for Logano in XFINITY Series

The recent Drive for Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway ended up being a headline-making day for one driver. 24-year-old Joey Logano of Penske Racing set multiple records not only for the track, but in the history of the NASCAR XFINITY Series as well. The young driver is in his sixth year racing for NASCAR and primarily drives the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His vehicle for the XFINITY Series is the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, and he used it to its fullest abilities in his record-setting win at Bristol.

Logano started in the second position behind Erik Jones, whom he overtook in short order after the race began. After the second turn, Logano found himself leading the pack, and it was there he would remain for the entire race. Every single one of the three hundred laps were led by the No. 22 Mustang. Logano’s pit crew was in top form as well, as they got Logano out of the pits and back into the race first every time. Logano developed a five-second lead over the rest of the field and his Mustang was soon enmeshed in lapped traffic.

For the last 120 laps of the race, Logano was actually running on a single set of tires, which made his win all the more impressive. Pushing tires that far can often result in loss of control or a blowout, but Logano held on and demonstrated superb control over his machine. He and his Mustang set two new records for the XFINITY Series: one for leading the most laps in a single NXS race, and another for being the only driver to lead every single lap at an NXS race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This win further cemented Team Penske’s place at the top of the NXS Owner Standings.

For more driver and crew interview segments, click here.

For specs on the #22 Mustang, click here.

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Ford del Sur: New Factories South of the Border

Ford recently announced a $2.5 billion – yes, with a B – investment in two new factories to be built in Mexico, specifically the states of Chihuahua and Guanjuato. These facilities will be purposed with building new generations of engines and transmissions, respectively. The announcement comes made right around when Ford Motor Company is celebrating its 90th year operating in Mexico.

The Chihuahua engine facility is actually an expansion of Ford’s existing Chihuahua Engine Plant; the $1.1 billion dollar investment will accompany 1,300 new jobs and is focused on the production of newer and more fuel-efficient engines. An additional $200 million dollars and 500 new jobs comprise an expansion of the existing I-4 and Diesel production facility. These developments, once completed, will make the Ford Chihuahua factory into the largest of its kind in Mexico.

The new transmission plant in Guanajuato will be built within the existing facility of Ford’s longtime partner Getrag. $1.2 billion will be invested in the construction of this factory and estimates place the number of jobs that will be created at approximately 2,000. This will be Ford’s first transmission plant in Mexico and will be tasked with producing a new generation of automatic transmissions for “key products” in foreign markets.

Mexico is currently the fourth largest producer of Ford vehicles and engines, as well as the second largest supplier of Ford’s global manufacturing network. 11,300 Ford employees are located in Mexico, and Ford models produced there include the Fiesta and Fusion – both gasoline and hybrid variants. Within the next few years, many of the Fords driving around Dallas and the surrounding areas will likely have engines produced in the Chihuahua facility. While the transmission plant will primarily produce parts for markets in South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, some North American Ford vehicles will benefit from the new generation of transmissions built there as well.

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Ford Offers Fleets the Best Value

The list of awards that Ford has received for the 2015 model year continues to grow, as Vincentric has bestowed the title of Best Fleet Value in America upon the Blue Oval for 2015. The Transit line of vans has led the charge with top honors in five categories for full-size vans: ½-ton cargo vans, ½-ton passenger vans, ¾-ton cargo vans, 1-ton cargo vans, and 1-ton passenger vans. The Ford Transit Connect XLT short-wheelbase midsize van was also awarded the top spot in the Mini Passenger Commercial Van category.

The Transit line of vans offers a remarkable range of customization options to fit whatever needs a business owner may have. Three roof heights and three wheelbase length selections result in a range of cargo-area volume from 246.7 cubic feet to 487.3 cubic feet, while the passenger variant has arrangements that allow for 8, 10, 12, or 15 passengers to sit comfortably in the caFbin. Ford also offers “upfit options” that provide nearly limitless customization options for cargo management.

Not only is the Transit line incredibly versatile, but it also boasts immensely improved fuel economy over the E-Series family of full-size vans that Transit has replaced. The available 3.5L EcoBoost V6 outshines the E-Series 6.8L V10 in estimated highway mileage by 46 percent, while the standard 3.7L V6 improves on the highway mileage of the E-Series’ standard 4.6L V8 by 19 percent.

Transit offers cutting-edge fleet management options as well. The available Ford Telematics™ system can track your fleet vehicles via a GPS-enabled module and provides real-time maintenance alerts, vehicle metrics and diagnostics, locating and monitoring services, and data reporting. Other available features include factory-integrated switches for operating your upfit accessories, multiple window configurations, and more.

The Ford Transit line of full-size vans offers small-business owners and fleet volume purchasers alike fully customizable, versatile, and efficient transportation solutions. To win the Vincentric Best Fleet Value award, vehicles are judged by costs in key areas: depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, maintenance, and opportunity costs. Winning vehicles have the lowest lifecycle costs across 20 different time and mileage scenarios, e.g. 60 months of ownership and 30,000 annual miles. Other fleet value categories that went to Ford were Large Sedan, Large Crossover, and Large SUV. These were taken by the Taurus SE 2.0L EcoBoost for its sixth consecutive win, the Explorer XLT 2.0L EcoBoost for its third consecutive win, and the Expedition XL 2WD for its second consecutive win. Clearly, no matter what your fleet needs, Ford is the way to go. Visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX and meet with our Fleet Sales Department to see how you can take your business’ fleet to the next level.

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2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R: Ford’s Track-Born Beast

The new 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R shares as many differences with its cousin, the GT350, as it does similarities. The main aspect they will have in common is the monstrous 5.2L V8 engine, which features a flat-plane crankshaft and lacks turbochargers in favor of natural aspiration. Some may expect a drop in power due to the lack of turbo, but the beast Ford Performance has bred needs no assistance to produce ample power: over 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque, although exact numbers have yet to be released. The takeaway here is that the new Shelby Mustang will run on the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine Ford has ever produced – by a wide margin.

Shelby GT350R

The overwhelming power of the engine is due in no small part to the flat-plane design of the crankshaft. Instead of the usual 90-degree orientation of the connecting rods, they attach to the crankshaft in a 180-degree arrangement. In simple terms, this grants the engine a sky-high redline and ultra-efficient airflow that allows it to squeeze every last bit of power out of each compression. However, the engine alone cannot account for the fearsome performance this car is capable of. Every component in the GT350R was designed with unforgiving precision so that the entire vehicle is working in perfect balance.

What really sets the GT350R apart, however, is not so much what is there as much as what is not. The GT350R sacrifices many creature comforts in the name of pure, unbridled speed. In order to reduce its weight as much as possible, the GT350R comes without air conditioning, a stereo system, rear seats, and the floorboard and carpet in the trunk, to name a few. According to the Ford Media release, any part that did not contribute to a faster track time was considered for deletion. However, performance nuts in Dallas should not be too worried. An optional Electronics package will restore the air conditioning and other amenities, so those scorching-hot summer days will not preclude you from hitting the streets or the speedway.

Shelby GT350R

Make no mistake, this is a track car. It was designed with racing in mind, and every inch of its aggressively-designed body works to make the GT350R faster, both inside and out. For such a beastly track car, however, it is one hundred percent street legal. The Shelby Mustang GT350R will become available later this year, so if you’re feeling the need for speed this fall be sure to visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland and find out how one of these face-melting track stars can be yours.

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Join the Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford Team

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 1.20.40 PMJoin our team and start a career — not just another job! Working at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford is like working with family.

We are looking for individuals to fulfill the following position: Retail Sales / Customer Service Representative, Prestige Ford, Garland TX

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Randall Reed’s World Class Automotive Group

The Randall Reed family of dealerships in Houston, Dallas and McKinney are looking for quality individuals to staff our dealership needs. The World Class Automotive Group (WCAO) seeks individuals that have the highest level of integrity, a stable work history, a commitment to relentless customer satisfaction and a desire for a long-term profitable career. Spanish speaking a plus!

Career Goals:

  • Guide retail sales clients through the proven sales process.
  • Ensure a superior sale, aftermarket, finance and follow up for each retail client.

Key Accountability Areas:

  • Develops buyers by maintaining rapport with previous customers
    • Suggesting trade-ins; responding to inquiries, networking and generating a potential customer base for sale of vehicles
  • Qualifies buyers by understanding buyer’s requirements and interests
  • Demonstrates automobiles by explaining characteristics, capabilities, and features
  • Completes sale by overcoming objections; asking for sale, negotiating price with Customer by way of Sales Manager; completing sales or services, financing; delivers automobile
  • Proficient in offering/explaining warranty, maintenance, and gap programs
  • Providing necessary after sales support and follow-up processes
  • Maintaining or beating the CSI standards
  • Meeting set sales targets
  • Keeping track of all the market products and prices, on-going training with the Store Sales Management and Corporate Training requirements to meet Certifications 

Skills/Qualifications

Should possess good written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and convincing abilities
  • Ability of meeting deadlines and achieving set sales targets
  • Must hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Positive, friendly attitude, along with a customer service mentality
  • Enjoy working in a fast paced environment
  • Available evenings and weekends
  • All applicants must be able to pass pre-employment testing to include background checks, drug test, credit report, and valid driver license

Benefits:

We strive for a superior customer experience and believe our associates should have the same superior experience. We believe in building a long-term relationship with each Associate offering the following benefits:

  • Paid training
  • 401K
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability & Life Insurance
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Vacation time, holiday and sick leave
  • Long-term career education assistance:
    • World Class University
    • OJT on the job training
    • Manufacturer’s certification processes

Our company maintains a strong policy of equal employment opportunity for all associates.  We hire, train, promote and compensate associates on the basis of personal and professional competence and potential for advancement without regard for race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability or citizenship, as well as other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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Garland PD Promote Charitable Tournament at Mesquite’s Real Texas Festival

Members of the Garland Police Department attend The Real Texas Festival in Mesquite to promote a charity that Prestige Ford is proud to support, the Mad Dog Moore  Bass Fishing Tournament

Members of the Garland Police Department attend The Real Texas Festival in Mesquite to promote a charity that Prestige Ford is proud to support, the Mad Dog Moore
Bass Fishing Tournament

The team at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland (serving greater Dallas) enjoys celebrating and supporting our community partners. During the Real Texas Festival in Mesquite, this past weekend, Barry Oliver of the Garland Police Department and other members of the force was on hand to promote the upcoming  “Mad Dog” Moore Memorial Bass Tournament. Their team handed our koozies and shared information with festival visitors.

The event was great fun and helped generate a lot of interest for the upcoming annual fundraiser.  The team raffled off four autographed guitars and passed out information regarding the bass fishing tournament, which Prestige Ford is sponsoring this again this year.

The tournament was created in memory of Police Officer Michael David “Mad Dog” Moore. He was killed in the line of duty when apprehending a bank robbery suspect at the Bank One on W. Centerville Rd. Mr. Moore was an avid outdoorsman and he loved to fish. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

To learn more about the “Mad Dog” Moore Memorial Bass Tournament, go to www.maddogmoore.com, For more information about Prestige Ford (serving Rockwall, Garland, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson), visit www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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In the Focus RS, Every Day is a Track Day

The Ford Focus RS is one of the most anticipated models in the U.S. auto market today, and like most of you, we here at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford can’t wait much longer. After years of clamoring from Ford fanatics and performance enthusiasts alike, Ford’s Performance division has announced that the Focus RS will finally be coming to America in 2016!

2016 Focus RSThe 2016 Focus RS is a rally-inspired hatchback that uses Ford Performance’s All-Wheel Drive system and Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver unmatched agility, handling, and cornering capability. According to Ford’s announcement, its 2.3L EcoBoost engine will deliver over 315 horsepower and shares its design with the four-cylinder 2015 Mustang. Its beefed-up cooling system – the largest ever used in a Focus – allows for optimal redline performance while the twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection provide boosted power output without sacrificing too much efficiency. The result is a wonderful balance of power and fuel economy that is unmatched in the performance hatch segment.

The Focus RS has a bold character that reflects its capabilities. The unique RS grille, front splitter, and rear diffuser enhance the Focus’ aerodynamics and cooling of key components while giving it an aggressive, track-ready look. The striking interior features Recaro bucket seats, MyFord Touch that will run on Ford’s upcoming SYNC 3 platform, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a performance-oriented instrument panel. The Focus RS also features selectable drive modes that customize the handling characteristics to fit any driver’s Focus RS Interiorpreferences, including an all-new drift mode that is the first of its kind in the automotive industry. Innovative launch control technology allows for maximum acceleration from a dead stop by regulating torque delivery and traction control for each wheel. There is even a shift light that alerts the driver when the optimal shift point – about 5,900 RPM – has been reached, so that maximum performance can be squeezed out of each gear.

As far as production hatchbacks go, the Ford Focus RS will be without equal on the streets of Dallas for the foreseeable future. Alongside the Focus ST and the rest of the very exciting Ford Performance lineup, which will be expanding very quickly in the coming years, the Focus RS is a prime example of the Blue Oval’s ingenuity and drive to break every barrier set before them. We can’t wait to roll out the Focus RS onto the showroom floor here at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, and we know that speed demons across North Texas are even more excited than we are.

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Ford F-Series: Texas’ Most Popular Pickup

The Ford F-150 has been all over the wire recently, and understandably so. The new 2015 model has already earned an impressive array of awards and accolades, including Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show and an NHTSA 5-star crash safety rating, among many others. This should come as no surprise to truck fans in Dallas, since Ford’s F-Series trucks have been the best-selling pickup in the United States for 38 years!2015 Ford F-150

A study conducted recently by EveryCarListed.com has revealed that the Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle not only in Texas, but in 39 total states! Considering the massive design overhaul that the F-150 has undergone for the 2015 model year, this is less surprising but still very welcome news for Ford. The military-grade aluminum used in the body of the 2015 F-150 is more durable and lighter than the stamped steel used in previous years, which results in a better power-to-weight ratio and improved fuel economy from the F-150’s new EcoBoost engine choices, as well as the standard FFVs.

What will probably come as a huge surprise to Dallas truck owners is the fact that the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost actually offers a higher power-to-weight ratio in the new F-150 than most competing V8s. What follows is more horsepower, more torque, and the best towing and hauling capabilities in the history of the F-150. The 3.5L EcoBoost offers the best towing capability in its class when paired with the new F-150, with a 12,200-lb maximum tow rating.

An expansive suite of 4×4 technology, the redesigned cargo bed and cabin, and the innovative 360-degree-view camera are just a few of the reasons that the 2015 F-150 is not only the most popular vehicle in Texas, but most of the country as well. Ford offers a vast number of ways to customize your new truck, and Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX can find you a new 2015 F-150 to fit your exact needs. If you need something bigger, we have plenty of F-Series Super Duty trucks in our inventory as well. Check out our inventory online at prestigegarland.com or come in and test drive an F-Series truck today!

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Ford F-150 Earns NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Score

2015-F150_SKV_6243When you’re shopping at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland for a new truck, you want a hard working, great looking and safe.  That is what you’ll find in the Ford F-150 SuperCrew.  The best selling truck for 38 years has earned the government’s highest possible crash safety rating .

It’s the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever and features 31 new safety-related innovations developed by the Ford truck team. With so many layers of safety, it’s no surprise that the SuperCrew has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”

Many wondered how the new truck design would perform in safety test.  The F-150 has improved performance  thanks to a 700-pound weight savings through the use of high-strength steel in the frame; high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body; and smart engineering.

According to Ford, a cross-functional group comprised of Ford truck product development veterans and researchers worked to optimize vehicle weight savings and manufacturing design to deliver improved durability, capability, fuel economy and crashworthiness. The team created and patented new structures, materials and joining methods that were tested virtually with supercomputer simulations, then retested in Ford’s advanced labs.

Brains Behind the Brawn
Crash testing of the F-150 started with supercomputers before the first units were ever  crash-tested in a lab. Ford engineers developed digital safety models with nearly 1.4 million separate elements to examine how even the every part of the truck would stand up to a variety of crash situation.

Backbone of Safety
At the heart of why the F-150 is so safe begins at the bones of the truck — Ford’s signature,  fully boxed frame. An extra crossmember was added and engineers increased the use of high-strength steel to improve the vehicles stiffness, durability and safety. Despite the improvements, the team actually helped reduce the frame’s weight up to 60 pounds.

Ford’s safety engineers found that different shapes could aid in safety.  For example, the team developed a patented 12-corner front crush horn to dissipate more energy in a front impact. The uniquely shaped structure helps manage crash forces so the frame buckles predictably to keep those forces away from occupants in the cabin.

The Aluminum-alloy Body
Ford’s advanced research and safety teams worked in tandem to engineer the trucks new high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body structure to manage what happens in the event of a crash.

The truck’s cab features hydroformed roof rails, extruded roof bows to provide lateral strength across the top of the cab and extruded rocker rails to reinforce lower body strength.

Additional safety improvements can be found down to details including how the truck was joined together. For example, welding was not always the most effective way to join parts, so the team developed ways to connect parts using high-strength adhesives. This resulted in structural strength equal to or greater than traditional welds.

Additional Features:
The F-150 now offers an advanced restraint system that includes an adaptive steering column that adjusts energy management depending on occupant size and safety belt usage. In addition, the system includes dual-stage airbags and side-curtain airbags.

That is just the beginning. Here are a few of the new safety highlights:

  • Safety belt pretensioners added to the belt anchor side that further tighten the lap belt around front seat occupants
  • Curve Control, a technology that slows the truck when it senses the vehicle is going too fast in certain curves
  • Available inflatable rear seat belts for SuperCrew (first-time feature)

Driver-assist features
One exciting feature the Prestige Ford (serving Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano, Grapevine, Grand Prairie, Richardson) team loves, is the all-new driver-assist and semi-autonomous technologies, including adaptive cruise control and active park assist.

Ford’s lane-keeping system is particularly exciting. It is designed to help prevent drivers from from drifting out of their own lane. The system road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rear view mirror. Anytime a driver is detected as driving, a warning vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver. The lane-keeping aid can also provide assistance to help guide the F-150 (and other select models) back into the lane as needed.

Ford Tough, Still Efficient
It may be lighter but it still can toy a big load.  The new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model. Plus, the F-150 has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market. When it is equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® , the F-150 4×2 gets an EPA-estimated rating of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

So, ready to come into Randall Reed’s Prestige for a test drive.  Then take the short drive down 635 off Garland Road to 3601 S. Shiloh in Garland, TX. You can shop online 24/7 at www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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