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  • Family Safety Day and the Ford Escape

    10/14/2016 4:22:10 PM - by JP Miller

    Here at Paul Miller Ford, we’re all about supporting our community. We’ve done it for the past three generations, and we’re dedicated to continuing that legacy for future generations as well. That’s why we just celebrated our second Family Safety Day on October 1st.

    Last year’s inaugural Family Safety Day was a great success, and we were thrilled to have the support of our city. This year’s event was bigger and better, and I was so pleased to see the great number of vendors and local causes who came together to serve Lexington’s families.

    We cleared out our showroom and parking lot to make way for this year’s activities, and we had so many! Inside the showroom, everyone got a goodie bag at registration. Families learned about crime prevention and building positive relationships between police officers and the community at the Police Activities League booth. They could get biometric fingerprint and palm scans at Next Generation Child Safety; learn about preventing distracted driving with the LifeSaver App; explore home safety with Bates Security; experience drunk driving googles with the Kentucky State Police; and meet the author of the Safety Safari children’s book. Our showroom could barely fit everyone, but it was great to see such an incredible turnout. We welcomed over 250 attendees of all ages to our campus over the course of the afternoon—that’s a pretty big Saturday, even for us! 







    Outside the showroom, kids could explore a fire truck and a police car while meeting some of the first responders keeping our community safe. The Lexington Fire Department also brought their kid-friendly fire safety trailer, which simulated a house fire (complete with smoke!) so families could learn how to safely leave a burning building. Safe Kids Fayette County gave away 50 booster seats for free and taught children and parents about vehicle safety as a whole. And, of course, we had the Kentucky Strong BBQ truck providing free lunches to all attendees.









    We also had a Ford Escape set up for booster seat demonstrations. We needed a vehicle for the demos and the Escape was a natural choice. The 2017 Escape earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in front and crash side tests and four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Escape its highest rating for side impacts, rear crash protection, and roof strength. 





    The Escape also comes with a variety of standard safety features, including antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control (perfect for driving in unpredictable Kentucky weather), front-seat side airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera, blind spot mirrors, and Ford’s MyKey, which enables owners to set electronic parameters for younger drivers, also come standard. On top of all that, the Escape is built in Kentucky, making it a great vehicle for our Family Safety Day demonstration and a great choice for any Kentucky family.

    I’m so proud that our dealership came together to make another successful Family Safety Day happen. When Mayor Jim Gray declared Saturday the second annual Paul Miller Ford Family Safety Day here in Lexington, it reminded me why we give back to our community—because protecting the next generation is the most important thing we can do. 



  • All-New 2015 Mustang in Showrooms Next Month

    9/25/2014 2:37:41 PM - by JP Miller

    The 2015 Ford Mustang, a car that has been 50 years in the making, will hit showrooms next month in the U.S. with engine choices ranging from a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine to a throaty V-8 to entice a wider range of buyers.

    The engine choices — a 4-cylinder, a V-6 and a V-8 — all put out at least 300 horsepower. The car also features Mustang’s first independent rear suspension and is packed with more technology to appeal to purists and newcomers alike.

    The newcomers could be younger buyers in the U.S. who want a smaller engine and an automatic transmission, or they could be buyers in Europe and Asia where Ford’s “halo” pony car will go on sale for the first time next year.

    The average age of Mustang buyers is 48, but Ford is trying to attract younger buyers with its emphasis on fuel economy and technology, said Melanie Banker, Mustang marketing manager.

    The U.S. advertising campaign ramps up next month and will run until just before Christmas, then resumes after the holidays, said Banker. It will consist of TV, print and online ads.

    The fastback hits showrooms next month, followed by the convertible with a cloth top at the end of the year. All are made at the Flat Rock (Mich.) Assembly Plant, including right-hand drive models for export.

    Banker said her counterparts in Europe and Asia must educate buyers on the Mustang lineage. The car goes on sale in Asia first, then Europe.

    “The marketing approach is a very detailed plan to leverage the changes we’ve made,” said Raj Nair, head of global product development for Ford.

    Nair said the automaker knew there was pent-up demand around the world for the car but early orders for the sixth-generation Mustang have exceeded expectations both here and in Europe where the U.K. sold out a 500-car allotment within two minutes.

    “It will be interesting satisfying all this demand,” Nair said.

    Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said recently the automaker is prepared to add a third shift at Flat Rock if demand warrants. The order bank in the U.S. opened in May for the fastback and in August for the convertible. Banker would not give specific figures but said Ford already expected strong demand and the orders have exceeded those expectations.

    While purists think a true Mustang must have a V-8, Nair expects less than half of sales — about 40% — will be the most powerful engine. He thinks the 4-cylinder will be popular in foreign markets. The base 3.7-liter V-6 is expected to be popular in the U.S.

    Banker said ads will focus on the optional turbocharged 2.3-liter generating 310 horsepower, 320 pound-feet of torque and 21 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway driving without mentioning that it is a 4-cylinder engine.

    2015 Mustang’s three engine choices:

    • 3.7-liter V6 generates 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque
    • 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder generates 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque
    • 5-liter V8 generates 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
  • ULTIMATE TOWING MACHINE: 2015 FORD F-450 RATED BEST-IN-CLASS

    9/8/2014 5:28:12 PM - by JP Miller



    Ford reaffirms the undisputed heavy-duty towing leadership of the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup at 31,200 pounds after testing using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard.

    SAE J2807 establishes tow vehicle performance requirements against certain performance criteria to determine a truck’s maximum trailer tow rating. Ford is a founding member of the J2807 committee, which includes other truck and trailer manufacturers.

    “We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds – whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

    Ford improved the 2015 F-450 pickup by giving it a more capable version of the F-350 frame, plus a more capable suspension and 19.5-inch wheels and tires to enable its best-in-class towing.

    The F-450 pickup is available exclusively as a crew cab 4×4. The truck’s J2807-certified maximum tow rating is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4×4 pickup.

    Best-in-class towing performance is achieved with Ford’s second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine that has been developed to provide the segment’s top combination of power, torque and efficiency. The Power Stroke boasts best-in-class 440 horsepower across all Super Duty pickup models – from F-250 to F-450. Super Duty also offers 860 lb.-ft. of torque for the same models.

    Ford is the only heavy-duty pickup truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – from concept to execution – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize the vehicle’s performance across the entire lineup.

    Ford previously determined F-450 pickup towing capacity using rigorous internal testing standards exclusively. Now it has added SAE J2807 test procedures, reaffirming the F-450 pickup rating. F-450 passed the additional tests with 31,200 pounds in tow, just as it passed Ford internal tests.

    SAE J2807 requires the vehicle to be loaded with about 400 pounds more weight than Ford’s internal test (two passengers instead of one, and base curb weight instead of minimum curb weight), but the weight addition has no effect on F-450 towing capacity. Using either standard, F-450 has best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds.

    As a result of the J2807 test results, Ford is also increasing the F-450 pickup’s already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – topping the nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds.

    Ford is migrating to the J2807 standard when it introduces all-new vehicles and will use base curb weight, rather than minimum curb weight, to determine payload ratings for all of its pickup trucks. The change will align Ford’s payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles.

    Using base curb weight, maximum payload for the 2015 F-450 pickup goes from 5,450 pounds to 5,300 pounds.

    As always, actual payload ratings are determined for an individual vehicle in its as-built condition at the factory. Ford F-Series Super Duty customers continue to have the flexibility to add or delete equipment to meet their specific payload needs. Each truck’s unique payload rating can be found on the tire and loading label on the door frame.

    Learn more at: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2014/09/02/ultimate-towing-machine-2015-ford-f-450-rated-best-in-class.html

  • FORD C-MAX HYBRID NAMED IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK

    9/3/2014 3:59:18 PM - by JP Miller


    The 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the second consecutive year.

    The organization performed multiple crash tests on C-MAX Hybrid, resulting in a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.

    “Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” said Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office. “We are proud C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”

    Standard C-MAX Hybrid safety equipment includes MyKey®, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, driver and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, safety canopy system, SOS Post Crash Alert System™ and a tire pressure monitoring system.

    Available driver-assist features include a rearview camera, active park assist, forward sensing system, reverse sensing system and rain-sensing wipers.

    The 2014 C-MAX has best-in-class passenger volume with 99.7 cubic feet. It also has class-exclusive features such as SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, integrated blind spot mirrors, Active Grille Shutters, dual-zone automatic temperature control and Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler. Available class-exclusive features include leather-trimmed seats and a hands-free liftgate.

    Learn more at: http://corporate.ford.com/news-center/press-releases-detail/pr-20140808-ford-c-max-hybrid-earns-top-safety-pick

  • Ford Escape and Focus Are More Than 80% Recyclable

    9/2/2014 5:34:34 PM - by JP Miller



    Dismantlers and shredders process more than 94% of all salvaged vehicles. They collect parts and materials for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. Usually, 75% of an automobile’s content is recycled – including steel, iron, aluminum, copper and other non-ferrous metals.

    The Ford Escape and Focus exceed the norm, being more than 80% recyclable.

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