The J.D. Power 2021 APEAL Study results are in — Ford continues to excel in its innovative and thoughtful vehicle design. Ford’s all-new Ford Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach-E beat out their competitors in their respective segments, offering the most emotional attachment and level of excitement to their owners.
The Ford Bronco Sport wiped out its rivals in the Small SUV category, while the Mustang Mach-E dominated the Compact SUV segment as the highest-ranking model. From their ability to convey excitement through their exhilarating power to the premium comfort owners feel as soon as they enter the cabin, these Ford vehicles earned the top spots by delivering precisely what owners are looking for.
The study also recognized Ford as the automaker with one of the youngest portfolios in the industry at the moment. The mass-market age is 3.1 while Ford has an average vehicle age of 1.5. Its fresh lineup helps the brand appeal to families and auto enthusiasts alike. According to J.D. Power, the Ford brand has also improved by five index points thanks to its high-quality high-performance vehicles in its lineup. With this recognition, Ford continues to stand out from its competitors with its historic lead over the mass market average.
The all-electric future of Ford is coming faster than you think. The incredibly popular 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has entered pre-production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, and Ford is supporting demand by boosting production output.
Ford in September announced that it will invest an additional $250 million across three production facilities in Michigan to support increased F-150 Lightning output. This will lead to the creation of 450 direct jobs and allow Ford to build 80,000 electric trucks each year.
“We knew the F-150 Lightning was special, but the interest from the public has surpassed our highest expectations and changed the conversation around electric vehicles. So we are doubling down, adding jobs and investment to increase production,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford.
It’s easy to see why Ford is doubling down. Since its debut earlier this year, the all-electric F-150 Lightning has seen reservations well over 100,000 from across the country. Americans in Texas and elsewhere are ready for a powerful, Built Ford Tough® electric truck, and it shows.
By increasing production, Ford ensures that more Texans can enjoy the many benefits of its groundbreaking F-150 Lightning when it launches in spring 2022. You can reserve your 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning at Sour Lake Ford today and be one of the first in Truckville to show off in the pickup of the future.
Dear old Dad has done just about everything for you. He changed your diapers, put up with you as a bratty teen, and kept you laughing with his corny jokes. Why not repay him for his sacrifices with a brand-new car like the Ford Bronco Sport?
The KBB praised the Bronco’s off-road-ready capabilities, which include standard 4×4 capability, 23.6 inches of water fording ability, and a cool 8.8 inches of ground clearance. Your dad will love taking the grandkids on a camping adventure in the Bronco Sport, which offers accessories like a roof-mounted tent that can support up to 150 pounds.
The Bronco Sport Goes Over Any Terrain in with its powerful G.O.A.T. Mode™ selector that allows you to choose a traction setting that works for sandy, slippery, or normal terrain. Steel bash plates will keep Dad from damaging his Bronco Sport’s underbody when he’s off-roading, while the SUV’s best-in-class 65.2 cubic feet of cargo room lets him bring along all the tackle he wants on his next fishing trip.
Ford and State Farm have struck a new partnership that can help you save money on car insurance and reduce insurance rates and overall vehicle ownership costs.
After a one-year pilot program, the two companies determined that drivers insured by State Farm saved up to 20 percent when they drove vehicles equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of advanced safety features, which now comes as standard equipment on many new Ford vehicles.
The technology, which is capable of automatically braking for cars and pedestrians to avoid a frontal collision, gave Ford and State Farm better insight into the driving habits of Ford owners. This information, which the automaker calls Vehicle Build Data, gives State Farm a comprehensive understanding of how advanced driver assistance systems impact claims, such as how often they occur and how severe they are.
“Our new build data API piloted with State Farm is another way we’re using data to help our customers get the most out of their Ford, at a lower total cost of ownership,” said Tim Meek, digital insurance manager for Ford.
Ford and State Farm plan to roll out the program to Ford, Lincoln, and even Mercury vehicles going as far back as the 2010 model year so that even second and third owners can benefit from reduced insurance rates.
If you’re interested in saving up to 20 percent on car insurance, check out our new and used Ford models at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas!
The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning will come with two battery options, with the standard-range battery getting 230 miles and the extended-range battery offering up to 300 miles of maximum range. The standard 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro will help you charge up quickly at home. This electric power translates to 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque and up to 10,000 pounds of available maximum towing. With the standard 2.4-kilowatt Pro Power Onboard™ and available Ford Intelligent Backup Power, you can also use the Ford F-150 to power your house during an outage.
On top of its efficient and powerful performance, the all-new F-150 Lightning will also feature the latest technology, including a 15.5-inch portrait touch screen with SYNC® 4A, BlueCruise hands-free driving, Ford Power-Up over-the-air update capabilities, Onboard Scales, new Pro Trailer Hitch Assist technology, and Phone As A Key technology.
The Ford F-150 Lightning also features a unique design, offering 14.1 cubic feet of cargo volume and a 400-pound payload in its front trunk. The front trunk also includes four electrical outlets and two USB chargers.
In April, the all-new Mustang Mach-E appeared at the Geico 500 from Talladega Superspeedway, making it the second Ford electric vehicle to make its debut at a NASCAR Cup Series race. While the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E did not compete, it served as the pace car, setting an electrifying tone for the race.
The electric Mustang Mach-E leading the way must have been a good omen for the Ford team, as Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski ultimately win the race in overtime. Ford driver Matt DiBenedetto helped set Keselowski up for the win with a last-minute move, opening up the bottom lane in the last lap. This race marked Keselowski’s first win of the 2021 season and his sixth overall at Talladega Superspeedway, as well as Ford’s tenth victory out of the last 12 races at Talladega.
After DiBenedetto had a chance to drive a Mustang Mach-E, he praised the EV’s impressive power and throttle response. According to DiBenedetto, “It was something that I 100 percent wanted to own for myself or my wife because when you hop in the car it’s nice and quiet… It was a blast.”
If you want a new vehicle that offers the same thrill that impressed a professional NASCAR driver, check out our inventory at Sour Lake Ford.
The VIN is a set of numbers of letters that identifies a specific vehicle. Each section of the code signifies what brand it is, the model year, some of its features, and finally which production number it has. Recently, Ford auctioned off VIN 001 for both the Bronco and Mustang Mach 1. Together, these vehicles brought in $1,575,000 for charity.
Ford sold these unique models at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 went first. It was wearing a Fighter Jet Gray color and came equipped with the Handling Package. When all was said and done, it went for a price of $500,000. This money goes to JDRF, which leads the fight against type 1 diabetes.
The next day, the 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition VIN 001 hit the block. The bidding was more intense for this two-door model in a bold Lightning Blue color. It came in the top-tier Badlands trim with the added excitement of the Sasquatch Package. After a flurry of bids, the Bronco earned an impressive $1,075,000. These funds will head towards the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound.
With these latest auction results, Ford and Barrett-Jackson have raised nearly $13.5 million for charities for the past 15 years.
While we don’t have VIN 001 of the Bronco and Mustang Mach 1, we do have other VIN options available. Contact us at Sour Lake Ford for more information.
The automotive world is changing in some major ways. One of the most prominent trends to emerge is the increasing electrification of vehicles across the industry. Ford has never been one to follow others, but rather one set the pace for everyone else. So, it should come as no surprise that it just announced plans to invest a staggering $22 billion in EV production.
This is double the initial amount of $11 billion Ford pledge to invest in EVs back in 2018. Since then, a number of new electric innovations have emerged, from both within the Ford brand and outside of it, necessitating even more investment in emission-free models.
In just the past year, Ford introduced a remarkable new EV in the form of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This vehicle is a radical departure from the traditional Mustang marque, as it is not only an SUV, but also an all-electric vehicle. Somehow, it still manages to maintain the world-famous pony car’s sporty performance.
The Mustang won’t be the only iconic Ford model to receive an all-electric option, as production on an electric version of the best-selling Ford F-150 truck is set to begin later this year. In addition to the $22 billion commitment for the production of electric vehicles, Ford is also pledging $7 billion for the development of autonomous driving technologies.
With all of the exciting new technological developments coming from our favorite automaker, all of us at Sour Lake Ford can’t wait to see what’s coming next. To experience Ford’s innovation firsthand, pay us a visit at our location in Sour Lake, Texas.
The new 2021 Ford F-150 has already proven itself to be a capable, tough, and award-worthy model. After already taking home the 2021 North American Truck of the Year title, the F-150 has now earned the 2021 Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year award as well.
The 2021 Ford F-150 surpassed its competitors and won the prestigious Freep award, thanks in part to its best-in-class 14,000 pounds of towing capacity and its class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6. This available engine delivers 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, while also being fuel-efficient.
Freep also appreciated the technologies of the 2021 F-150, like its future Active Drive Assist hands-free system and the segment-exclusive Over-the-Air Updates of its SYNC® 4 system. The truck’s available Interior Work Surface and comfortable Max Recline Seats also gave it a leg up over competitors.
In addition, author Mark Phelan noted that the F-150 has some features that, despite being overlooked by the competition, ultimately helped the truck win the award. These include a tailgate with a built-in measuring stick and c-clamp receivers as well as longer running boards that go behind the cab to provide easier bed access.
If you’d like to drive the award-winning 2021 Ford F-150 around Sour Lake, Texas, schedule a test drive today at Sour Lake Ford.
There’s plenty to do around Sour Lake — especially when warmer weather arrives. Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for spring.
1. Spring brings warmer weather to Texas, so make sure your air conditioning is working before higher temperatures hit. It also brings rainy weather, so you’ll want to inspect your windshield wipers to make sure they’re in good shape.
2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. High temperatures can impact tire pressure, which in turn can hamper your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy.
3. Hydration is also important when it comes to prepping your Ford vehicle for spring drives. For instance, you’ll want to check the radiator coolant level in your Ford F-150 before hitting the road.
4. Keep your Ford running smoothly with regular oil changes — and have the brakes on your Ford Super Duty® inspected before spring starts.
5. It is a good idea to test your car’s battery, especially if it is a few years old. This will reduce your chance of getting stranded on the side of the road during your spring commutes and road trips.
6. Make sure your emergency kit is well stocked with items like a first-aid kit, flashlight, and a phone charger.
Whether you drive a Super Duty® or an Escape, one of the easiest ways to prepare your Ford for spring is to take it into Sour Lake Ford for a seasonal service appointment. Call us today to help ensure that your spring travels are as safe as they are fun.