The Evolution of Ford Design

From the car that brought mobility to the working class, to the first and foremost pony car, to the first American car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, all the way to the best-selling pickup in America for nearly four decades, Ford Motor Company has always been an innovator. Every time the American automotive industry made leaps ahead, it was a fair bet that one would find the Blue Oval leading the pack. A look back over the last 112 years presents innumerable examples of Ford pushing the envelope of automotive design, and in doing so Ford has been a driving force behind the advancement of automobiles not only in the United States, but worldwide as well.

Ford has entered into a fascinating and very exciting period in its long and storied history. The newest Ford F-Series trucks are marvels of engineering that deliver never-before-seen levels of combined power and efficiency, while Ford sedans and SUVs like the 2016 Fusion and 2016 Explorer have reached new heights of comfort and luxury without sporting luxury-car price tags. All the while, Ford Motor Company continues to top the charts in sustainability and green manufacturing practices. A new release from Ford’s media division offers a look into the history of design and innovation that has defined the course of Ford Motor Company and kept it on the cutting edge of the automotive industry. When you buy a Ford vehicle from Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX, you’re buying the result of more than a century of excellence in automotive design.

Fords Through The Years

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Prestige Ford Makes Donation to Good Samaritans of Garland

Prestige ford donate good samaritansRandall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland and our team believe in our community and lending a helping hand whenever we can. Recently, the entire dealership team pulled together to raise funds and much needed good for the Good Samaritans of Garland.

Randall and Sherry Reed, owners; Justin Wright, GM/OP along with the staff and customers raised $400 in cash and over 115 lbs. in canned goods for the local charity.

The Good Samaritans of Garland strive provide food and utility assistance in the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse communities and help people move towards independence through personal relationships and community networking.

To learn more about Prestige Ford in Garland (serving Dallas/Fort Worth, Rockwall, Mesquite, Rockwall, Rowlett) take the short drive down 635 and Garland Road to 3601 S. Shiloh. Shop online anytime at www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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F-150 Limited Offers Rugged Luxury

ford f150 limited dallas fort worthOur customers at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford (serving Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano) love the all-new Ford F-150 Limited. They stylish new truck meets the growing needs of discerning truck customers interested in exclusivity, capability and craftsmanship. The F-150 is ideal for drivers looking to differentiate themselves from other high-series truck buyers.

Looking for innovation in your next truck? That comes standard in Ford’s F-150 Limited, which includes SYNC® 3 with AppLink™, and class-exclusive1 features such as a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote tailgate release and multicontour massaging front seats.

Check out this video:

ford f150 limited interiorThe Ford truck is stylish inside and out.  It has exclusive exterior and interior elements including a raised LIMITED lettering on the hood, unique custom satin-chrome grille and tailgate, 22-inch wheels, genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, Mojave leather seating surfaces, unique instrument cluster face and laser-engraved VIN plate with production number.

Come check out the good looks and rugged charm available in Ford’s Ford F-150 Limited edition at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford. The dealership is conveniently located at 3601 S. Shiloh Road (off 635 and Garland Road) in Garland. Shop online anytime at www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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Prestige Ford Takes the Field for Our Troops

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 9.42.45 AMEveryone at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland (serving Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson) believe it’s key to support our community. This week our had an amazing time at AT&T Stadium in in Arlington at a charity football tournament.

The event was in support of our troops. The once-in-a-lifetime charity flag football tournament was played on the actual field that our very own Dallas Cowboys use.

Unfortunately, Prestige Ford did not win the tournament but we had a great time and helped our amazing troops along the way.  That is the real win for us.

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2015 Ford F-150 Faces Top Athletes

There is no doubt that Texas is pickup country. Residents of Dallas-Fort Worth seem to especially like their trucks, given how many we see on the road every day. There is even less doubt that the Ford F-150 is the benchmark by which other trucks are measured; it is, after all, the best-selling truck in 39 states over the last year. Not only that, but it has been the best-selling pickup in the U.S. for nearly four decades! Arguing those numbers is tough, but not as tough as the radically redesigned 2015 Ford F-150.

The biggest changes to the new Ford F-150 are not immediately obvious, however. The body and frame are made using next-generation materials and processes, which result in an F-150 pickup that is stronger and lighter than any that have come before it. Ford has built the body of the new F-150 out of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, replacing the steel of previous years. This is the biggest contributor to the drastically reduced curb weight of the new F-150, which is lighter than the 2014 model by about 700 pounds. Many Dallas truck owners are probably asking themselves, “How can aluminum be stronger than steel?” Well, take a look at this video released by Ford’s truck division and you’ll see how much of a difference the new aluminum body makes.

In the video, a number of professional athletes launch their respective projectiles at the steel bed of a 2014 F-150, followed by the aluminum bed of the 2015 F-150. What follows is pretty surprising. For more information on the new 2015 Ford F-150, or to take one for a test drive, visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX today!

Ford F-150 Impact Test

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Prestige Ford Team & Ford Donate to Red Cross

Red cross thanks prestige fordRandall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, Texas is proud to support our community and lend a helping hand to those in need  In May 2015, our Dallas/Fort Worth area Ford dealership held a fund raiser for the Red Cross.  Prestige Ford took it one step further and applied to Ford to match our funds to make the charitable dollars go even further for our community.
We are please to share that the grant was approved by the Ford Motor Co. All of the funds collected were from from employees who wanted to help those in need after recent natural disasters. With the funds from Ford, the Prestige Ford team was able to donate $640 to the relief efforts with the floods, tornados, and general bad weather assistance needed. Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 7.47.21 AM
“Everyday, we seek at both large and small ways to help our local community,” said Justin Wright, GM/OP of Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford. “This goes to show, when we all contribute and work together, we can help a lot.”
To learn more about Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford serving Garland, Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Richardson, Plano, Grapevine, Grand Prairie and surrounding areas, visit www.PrestigeGarland.com.
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Ford Brand Trending Among Millenials

Technology has forever changed the way people receive and digest information, and has particularly affected how younger generations are shopping for just about everything, from clothes to video game consoles to cars. Ford has conducted extensive surveys of young adults regarding how they make decisions about the cars they buy, and what they’ve found represents a fundamental shift in consumer habits.

The common theme among young car buyers is the departure from their parents’ preferences toward foreign-made vehicles. A majority of Millenials feel that they can trust the quality of American-made products more than that of products made overseas; 45 percent said that they believed American vehicles are the best, 33 percent went with European brands, and 22 percent preferred Asian brands. Nearly half of those surveyed ranked Ford in the top three brands for quality.

A significant percentage of respondents said that online reviews were their number one source of information when choosing what car to buy, using expert reviews and owner testimonials to help guide their decision. The top factors they consider are cost, gas mileage, how well a car handles and its safety features. Technology and connectivity are also obviously major considerations. Ford prides itself on offering vehicles that exceed customer needs and expectations.

Ford boasts two of the top ten best-selling vehicles in the country for May 2015: the Ford Fusion sedan and Ford F-150 pickup. With Millenials fast becoming one of the most powerful consumer groups in the country, it is no wonder that you see so many Fords driving around Dallas and Fort Worth, given that DFW is one of the youngest metropolitan areas in the United States. To find out why so many young adults are choosing Ford, visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland and browse our wide selection of new and pre-owned Ford vehicles.

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Mustang vs. Mustang

In a new video released by Ford Performance, two Mustangs separated by over four decades are pitted against each other in a spirited track test. Tyler Hinker, a lifelong Mustang fanatic, drives a 1970 Boss 302 Mustang and a 2015 Mustang with EcoBoost to see what forty-five years of innovation and advancement has in store for new Mustang owners.

The Boss 302 Mustang was one of the most iconic and sought-after Mustang variants to ever hit the streets, and for very good reason. It was designed with the purpose of maintaining Ford’s lead in the pony car segment that was being threatened by the recent release of the Chevrolet Camaro. The Boss Mustang’s designer, Larry Shinoda, was a former GM employee who played a large part in creating the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray. The Boss 302 was powered by a 5.0L V8 engine that delivered 290 horsepower and 290 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2015 Ford Mustang with EcoBoost is a clear indicator of how far Ford’s design and engineering has come in forty-five years. Its 2.3L EcoBoost engine is only a four-cylinder engine, with less than half the displacement of the Boss 302’s V8. Due in no small part to the twin-scroll turbocharger, the EcoBoost Mustang boasts 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque! The result is an efficient, powerful and nimble fastback pony car that looks great and drives even better.

The Boss 302 is a difficult car to come by these days, for obvious reasons. Only about 7,000 were ever produced, and it can certainly be considered a collector’s item. The EcoBoost Mustang is thrilling to drive, and it brought back the classic fastback look that Mustang fans had been missing in recent models. Tyler Hinkler’s desert track run and his reaction after driving the 2015 Mustang will be all the testimonial you should need to go out and test drive one at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX. We’ve got a ton of these attractive and efficient sports cars in stock at Prestige Ford, and we know you’ll be hooked as soon as you rev it up. The 2015 Mustang lineup was the recipient of the Vincentric Best Value for Sports Cars award earlier this year as well, making it a great choice for hitting the track and commuting around Dallas-Fort Worth alike. Visit Prestige Ford today and step inside the heir to a legend.

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SYNC 3: The Future of Infotainment

Ford Sync 3

SYNC 3 has a user-friendly interface with brighter graphics, larger fonts and bigger icons.

The moment has finally arrived. Ford announced recently that SYNC 3 will be making its debut in the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Ford Fiesta. The SYNC 3 platform has been completely overhauled from the previous MyFord Touch program. It is based on Blackberry’s QNX architecture rather than the Microsoft-based operating system that MyFord Touch used. The result is a system that has addressed every concern raised by Ford drivers about MyFord Touch’s functionality.

SYNC 3 introduces a new level of integration between your Ford vehicle and your smartphone. The voice recognition software is more intuitive and responsive than ever before, and with SYNC AppLink, you can control numerous compatible apps with voice commands. Bluetooth Audio streams music straight from your smartphone and responds to voice commands to select the music you want to listen to. Apple iPhone users will also enjoy the Siri Eyes-Free function, which allows the driver to access Siri by holding down the Push to Talk button on their steering wheel.

The interface has been completely redesigned as well. The capacitive touch screen functions like a smartphone or tablet screen, with greatly improved responsiveness and intuitive gesture control that mirrors those used on a mobile device. Navigating through various functions has been streamlined to minimize the time your eyes are off the road as much as possible. As hectic as traffic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can get, this is definitely a welcome change.

SYNC 3 also functions as an active safety feature. In the event of a collision, SYNC’s subscription-free 911 Assist feature connects to emergency services even if you are unable to make the call. Your Ford vehicle’s location transmits directly to first responders, as well as the conditions of the crash. SYNC will inform emergency services of the conditions surrounding the accident so that the proper resources are sent to assist you.

SYNC 3 can also download updates via Wi-Fi. No longer will you have to travel to your local Dallas-area Ford dealership to update your infotainment system. Just connect to a Wi-Fi network and download the updates directly to your Ford. SYNC 3 is built from the ground up to provide a seamless and intuitive user experience, and it will make Ford vehicles that much more fun to drive. The 2016 Escape and 2016 Fiesta arrive at dealerships later this year, so be ready to visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX and explore the vast potential of SYNC 3.

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Record Rainfall Is No Joke For Drivers

The historic, torrential rain that has battered Texas over the last couple of months has caused havoc on our state’s roads and highways. Accident statistics are not immediately available for this time period, but this author’s experience has been such that there is no doubt that the frequency of collisions skyrockets during these storms. Of course, any bad weather generally causes an increase in accidents, but the strength and intensity of these storms are unlike anything we have seen in this state in a long time. Flooded highways and huge swaths of land sitting underwater are a common sight, and the nasty weather shows no signs of slowing as El Niño continues to pound North America.

It is important, then, to refresh ourselves on the dangers of driving in heavy rain and the measures we as drivers can take to minimize the risk of an accident. Many people do not think of rain as presenting the same hazards as snow or ice on the road, but a water-covered road can be almost, if not equally, as dangerous as one that is iced over. When driving in storms like those that have hit in the last couple of months, visibility is drastically reduced, especially at high speeds. Just a foot of water can float a vehicle, while as little as a couple of inches of water can cause a loss of control, again especially at high speeds. Hydroplaning is very dangerous, and again speaking from personal experience, it can happen with no warning whatsoever.

In light of the flooding that has plagued the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it is important for drivers to know how to stay safe in intense rainstorms. Increased awareness and conservative driving can go a long way to reducing your chances of a collision. When driving around Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and surrounding areas that have been flooded, take the advice of the National Weather Service and “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Ford has released a helpful video that sums up a number of great tips and guidelines for driving in heavy rain. Speaking once more from experience, this author’s new 2015 Ford Focus was bought as a result of an accident in heavy rain. If your vehicle gets damaged as a result of this monumental rainy season, visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland to shop for a new Ford car or truck!

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