Ford F-Series: Texas’ Most Popular Pickup

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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

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When 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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Focus ST is the Hottest Hatch on the Road

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The 2015 Ford Focus ST brings a stunning blend of power, agility, and efficiency to North Texas roads. Its race-inspired body kit, scrappy EcoBoost power plant, and sporty interior come together to create a performance-driven hatchback that is sure to get drivers’ adrenaline pumping. The Focus ST offers all the excitement of a performance hatch while remaining budget-friendly both at the dealership and at the gas station.

As with any performance car, it all starts focus-st-2015with the engine. The Focus ST’s 2.0L four-cylinder EcoBoost may seem undersized at first glance, but Ford’s engineering team continues to squeeze astounding horsepower and torque out of its EcoBoost line. Using turbocharging and direct fuel injection, the ST’s high-output EcoBoost delivers 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at peak RPMs. Paired with a smooth and responsive 6-speed manual transmission – the only transmission available on the Focus ST – this drivetrain makes for an exhilarating driving experience.

Whether you’re cruising the back roads outside the DFW Metroplex, checking out the nightlife in downtown Dallas, or commuting from the suburbs of Richardson or Plano, you’ll always feel in complete control of your new Focus ST. This compact hatch features independent front and rear sport-tuned suspension, disc brakes on all four wheels for optimal stopping power, and uses Torque Vectoring Control and Variable-Ratio power steering to maintain maximum grip while accelerating through corners.

focus st interiorThe impressive design of Ford’s performance-driven hatchback continues in the interior. ST badging is present throughout the cabin, appearing on the flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum scuff plates, and bucket seats. Cloth seats are standard, but they can be upgraded to RECARO leather-trimmed seats with attractive color accents. Blacked out full-leather RECARO seats are also an option, yet again embossed with the ST logo. Available SYNC with MyFord Touch integrates your smartphone with your entertainment system and allows for hands-free calling so you can stay focused on tearing up the road ahead. There’s nothing not to like about the new Ford Focus ST, and you can check one out today at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, serving Garland, Richardson, Dallas, Plano, and more. Test drive an ST and find out how big things truly can come in small packages!

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Prestige Ford Supports Annual Garland Police Department Awards

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garland annual police awardsRandall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX is proud to support those who do so much for our community — our wonderful police officers. Saturday, April 11th, our community came together to celebrate those who serve at the 17th Annual Garland Police Department Awards Dinner.

The event, held at Hyatt Place in Garland, was Emceed by Chris Sommer, KRLD News afternoon anchor and friend of Prestige Ford. Doug Athas, the Garland Mayor; Mitch Bates, Chief of Police; and many Garland City Members were in attendance. 17 garland police Awards 2015 IMG_5396

The event, which Prestige proudly helped sponsored, was put on by the non-police force known as the Citizens Police Academy Graduates.  Each year, they create this event to honor the active members within the Garland Police Officers Association.

To learn more, visit www.gcpaaa.com. For more information about Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, log onto www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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Prestige Ford Supports Garland ISD Annual Golf Tournament

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Garland ISD School Board Foundation 17th Annual Golf TournamentOur  team from Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford had a wonderful time this past weekend at the Garland ISD School Board Foundation 17th Annual Golf Tournament at Firewheel Golf Park.

Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford was the Divot Tool Sponsor of the event. In addition, we had a team that was proud to be part of the event. Our team included: Donny Geldert, Pre-Owned Manager; Ed DeNice, New Car Manager; Katie Koberg, Community Relations; and Mike Schrif, Specialty Auto Sales.  The Prestige team finished with a best ball 66, yet the wining score was a 58.

The real winners, our schools and kids. All proceeds went to support the Garland ISD School Board Foundation who present grants to teachers, classrooms and special projects positively affecting the students within the 71 schools within the ISD.

To learn more about Garland ISD School Board Foundation and this great event, visit http://www.gisdedfoundation.org. To learn more about Prestige Ford located at 3601 S. Shiloh in Garland, go to www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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Ford Finishes Strong in STP 500 at Martinsville

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Team Penske did the Ford brand proud in the recent STP 500 NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. The 2012 Sprint Cup champion, Brad Keselowski, came close to taking the first-place berth but came up barely short against his erstwhile rival Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing. NASCAR fans will probably remember Hamlin chasing Keselowski around the garage in his car last year at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite car – a monumentally beefed-up Ford Fusion – trailed Hamlin for the last 15 laps of the STP 500, followed closely by teammate and fellow Ford Fusion driver Joey Logano. In an interview following the race, Keselowski was asked about his thoughts leading up to the final lap on how he could squeeze out a win. Admitting that he could have tried wrecking Hamlin, Keselowski stated that he “felt like I raced [Hamlin] the way I wanted to be raced” and that he did “everything I could other than wreck him.” Calling Keselowski’s finish “the high road,” Hamlin commended his opponent’s performance and spoke to the value of building up respect with one’s competitors.

It may not have been a first-place win, but Keselowski’s performance at Martinsville was his best yet, and the rest of the season is looking bright. We’ll be watching for the Fusion marked #2 in future races, as should all of you. While a Ford Fusion from Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford won’t have the “850ish horsepower” that Keselowski’s car is listed as delivering on his website, you’ll still love the way this sedan drives. Visit our dealership in Garland, TX and test drive a new Ford Fusion today!

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Prestige Ford Appreciates Our Customers

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prestige ford customers happyThere are a lot of car dealerships in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex that people can choose from, but we are thankful that so many choose Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford. Even better, our customers come back and buy from us time and time again. To all of those who have entrusted our award-winning staff to assist you with both sales and service, we thank you.

Prestige Ford is proud to say we have been helping customers find their dream cars and trucks, from Fords to pre-owned vehicles, for more than two decades. In that time, we have been blessed to get to know many of our amazing customers and create wonderful community partners.

Just read what some customer have to say:

“Just bought a new F150 truck from Prestige, and they were great to work with! Joseph Fore was my sales rep., and he was extremely helpful during the whole process. I wanted to add back-up sensors and a spray-in bed liner, and he even went out of his way to schedule those appointments for me. This experience has been above and beyond what I normally expect from a car dealership.” ~ M. White

Wonderful buying experience, had no intention of purchasing that day. Went to just look at different options and types. The sales rep Tony Roberson, one of the finest sales person, I’ve ever met was very pleasant and friendly. Something about him, I just knew I could trust him, I said to myself look no more, no need to waste time going to different dealerships, just buy it! The finance manager Joe Rodela was very professional and got my financing approved without any hitch and waste of time. I was pleasantly surprised with this fast painless loan approval. I could go on and on but in short, I had the best experience of buying a car and I would recommend this dealership and these two gentlemen in particular to all my family and friends.” ~ C. Calderon

When it comes to service, there are not many honest Ford dealers around, but this is one of them. I have to drive an extra 15 miles to go to them, but it’s well worth it. Two other dealers gave me quotes for service I didn’t need, Randall Reed was honest and and that is why I take my personal and fleet vehicles to them.” ~ R. Rojas

When you’re looking for your next new Ford, Certified Pre-owned (CPO) Ford or used vehicle, we hope you will consider Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, Texas. It’s just a short drive down 635 to Garland and Shiloh Road to award-winning service, selection and savings! Shop online anytime at www.PrestigeGarland.com!

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The 2015 Mustang is America’s #1 Sports Car

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With its stylish and aggressive new body design, expertly crafted interior, and outstanding new 2.3L EcoBoost engine, it is no wonder that the 2015 Ford Mustang is drawing so much attention. Its latest accolade is the Vincentric Best Value in America Award for sports cars, which it has brought home for the sixth straight year. This award is the latest in a long list of honors that includes Car of the Year from Detroit Free Press, a finalist berth for North American Car of the Year and World Car of the Year, and the Shoppers’ Choice Award from Cars.com, among many others.

50th-ann-mustangThe Vincentric Best Value Award is decided using “statistical analysis of several key costs of ownership including insurance, financing, maintenance, and depreciation,” and the 2015 Mustang’s impeccable quality and surprising affordability propelled it to the top of the list. With more features, packages, and powertrain options than ever before, there is a Mustang out there to fit anyone’s tastes, and we have plenty to choose from at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX. Car buyers in the Dallas area will have no problem finding a 2015 Mustang that suits them perfectly, and there is no need to compromise on power and fuel efficiency. The 2.3L EcoBoost delivers 310 horsepower and best-in-class 25 combined MPG, which is a 10-hp increase over the standard 3.7L V6!

Aside from the new engines, the Mustang 50-year-badgehas received many enticing upgrades, including new independent rear suspension, selectable steering modes, performance-oriented Track Apps, and the strongest lineup of brakes ever made for a Ford vehicle. These features and more combine to form a pony car that is more than deserving of its laundry list of awards and accolades. After test driving one, traveling around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will never feel the same. Visit the award-winning dealership that sells award-winning cars, and try out a new Ford Mustang at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford!

Read the Ford press release here

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Ford Wins Top Truck Brand from Kelley Blue Book

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social.KellyBlueBookFordBestBrand2015cq5dam.web.480.480No surprise to our Prestige Ford team in Garland, TX — Ford has won yet another award.  This time the American automaker has claimed Best Overall Truck Brand in the 2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards. This is one of the latest awards for Ford since they unveiled the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150.

This is the second consecutive year to win this award, but the sixth time in seven years. Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 4.18.31 PMAlong with the all-new 2015 F-150, truck shoppers’ favorable perceptions of Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350 helped Ford clinch the award.

This is one of many accolades that Ford has received this year for it’s outstanding trucks. Here is a look at some other awards and honors

  • 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year
  • 2015 Motor Trend Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Utility Vehicle of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Detroit News 2015 Vehicle of the Year
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Truck
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Overall
  • Popular Science Automotive Grand Award Winner Best of What’s New
  • 2015 MotorWeek Best Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Luxury Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Best Technology Feature
  • Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year
  • New England Motor Press Association Yankee Cup
  • Automotive Fleet Magazine 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year
  • Motor Press Guild 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Over $30K
  • AutoGuide 2015 Reader’s Choice Truck of the Year
  • New Car Test Drive 2015 Truck of the Year
  • Ruedas ESPN Best Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • 2015 Detroit News Reader’s Choice NAIAS Awards Most Innovative
  • Automotive Science Group
    – 2015 Best All-Around Performance Award Winner
    – Best Full-Size Truck of 2015
    – Smallest Carbon Footprint
  • Urban Wheel Award for Urban Truck of the Year
  • Green Car Technology Award
  • Edmunds.com 2015 Most Popular Awards – Large Truck category
  • Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Award – Engineering and Technology category

You can learn more on Kelley Blue Book’s site: http://mediaroom.kbb.com/2015-04-01-Kelley-Blue-Book-Announces-2015-Brand-Image-Award-Winners. To take a test drive, take the short drive down 635 to Garland Road and Shiloh to Prestige Ford (serving Dallas, Rockwall, Plano, Richardson, Grand Prairie, Grapvine, Mesquite) or shop online anytime at www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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Style and Utility Meet in the 2015 Ford Flex

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Available now at Ford dealerships across North Texas, the 2015 Ford Flex truthfully deserves a class of its own. This low-slung, spacious SUV appears to be the end result of mating a Ford Explorer and a limousine. The Flex’s combination of comfort, utility, and impeccable style makes it feel just as at home in the urbane Arts District of Dallas as it is in2015-ford-flex-ext the suburbs of Allen or Plano. The 2015 Flex is available in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. Even driving the base model SE feels like luxury, as its AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system uses gyroscopic sensors to counter vehicle roll and g-force through corners, keeping all four tires firmly planted on the pavement.

The next step up in the Flex line, the SEL model, has even more to offer. With its Remote Start System, you can have the cabin heated or cooled to a perfect 72 degrees; Dallas drivers won’t have to dread getting in their car in the middle of August or the dead of winter anymore with the Ford Flex’s intelligent climate control system. When it’s cold, the heated seats and window defrosters activate as well. Available leather-trimmed seats and San Macassar wood appliques add an extra touch of class to the Flex’s already sophisticated interior. The available Flex Appearance package, available for the SEL and Limited trim levels, goes even further with the two-tone color option that allows for the choice of a body-colored or black roof, logo-embossed floor mats, wood accents on the instrument panel and door panels, and machined 20-inch aluminum wheels, among other attractive features.

2015-flex-intWith the available PowerFold third-row bench seat and the available second-row refrigerated center console, you’ll be ready for any situation. Cold drinks after a kids’ sporting event? Done. Need extra room for groceries? Press a button and watch your cargo space multiply as the rear seats fold down into the floor. Heading to the lake for some weekend boating? The available Class III Tow Package with Sway Control enables the Flex to haul up to 4,500 pounds. Intelligent All Wheel Drive is standard on the Limited when paired with the available 3.5L EcoBoost engine and available as an option on the SEL and non-EcoBoost Limited models. With this brilliant feature, any road surface is a breeze to handle.

North Texas car buyers will be hard-pressed to find a more stylish and distinctive vehicle with this much to offer in safety and versatility. Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford has plenty of different Flex models to choose from, and you won’t find better customer service anywhere else in the Metroplex. Come by Prestige Ford in Garland and see for yourself!

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