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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PTO and why you want it on your Work Truck

For over a century it was widely accepted that diesel engines were loud, noisy machines.  Adding a Power Take-Off (PTO) with its gears and hydraulic system seemed to amplify the rumbling sound of machinery at work.  Noisy engines and equipment were long considered normal by-products of work and construction sites, but governments in North America have been enacting laws to regulate the idling of diesel engines and help control noise pollution.  Portland Oregon is no exception when demanding cleaner quieter work trucks.  The Ford 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel has many enhancements ( two stage combustion, structural integrity of the block, single turbocharger mounted to the engine block, etc.) for Noise?Vibration?Harshness improvements over the prior 7.3L diesel engine.  For that part, Chelsea Products division of Parker Hannifin must consider the noise characteristics of each new PTO design in addition to torque and speed requirements.  While we're on the topic of specifications, the pump flows up to 25.1 gallons per minute at 1200 engine RPM, providing 200 lb. ft. of torque (not coincidentally that PTO torque limit for a 6.7 diesel engine.) The goal is to achieve top-notch performance, yet so quiet that people will not be aware of the PTO from hearing it.

   


Features an output linked directly to the engine crankshaft providing “live” PTO operation anytime the engine is running, regardless of vehicle speed.  Provides the capability to power PTO-driven accessories, such as dump bodies, sprayer pumps, generators, salt spreaders and snowplows, with maximum flexibility.  Upfitter switches may be used as PTO control switches.  For more information contact Gresham Ford Fleet at 503.669.5343.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The All New Mustang is released

The time has come for Ford Motor Company to finally reveal the all new 2015 Ford Mustang in six cities on four continents.  The Ford Mustang has been much more than just a car for many Americans; in fact it seems like everyone has their own Mustang story.  With the 50 year anniversary of the Mustang approaching there has been a lot of suspense and pressure to produce a hot new Mustang for the next generation.  The 2015 Mustang will also showcase excitement under the pretty redesigned exterior by providing a 5.0L V8, 3.7L V6 and the all new 2.3L Eco-Boost engine.
2015 Ford Mustang - Gresham Ford 503-665-0101
It’s an evolution, not a revolution. It’s unmistakably Mustang: the signature sharknose front fascia, long hood and short deck, and trapezoidal grille are there, executed in a refreshingly contemporary manner.  The 2015 Mustang is sportier, lower, wider and more streamlined, all while being muscular and athletic.
Available in Fastback and Convertible bodystyles, the 2015 Mustang sports.  Ford is including HID headlamps with signature lighting especially for the fiftieth anniversary.  The three-dimensional tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals will remain and be offset with LED fog lamps.  The 2015 Ford Mustang will also have 17- to 20-inch aluminum wheels available on various trim levels but the wider body and lower roof height with a more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass will be included on every new Ford Mustang.
2015 Ford Mustang Interior - Gresham Ford 503-665-0101


Ford was inspired by the concept of a fighter pilot cockpit when designing the interior of the 2015 anniversary edition Mustang.  This is a driver’s car. All key vehicle controls are within the driver’s easy reach, and all gauges are positioned for optimal readability. Unlike other cars, the 2015 Mustang doesn’t ask owners to sacrifice comfort. Proof that Mustang is ideally suited for the track and the daily commute is found in the redesigned front seats with enhanced support and long-term comfort. Additional interior enhancements ready for the open road include pedals that have been repositioned for enhanced comfort and control.  The tilt and telescoping steering wheel provides the driver with additional options to get comfortable.  Ford has also provided toggle switches for hazards, traction control, steering settings and selectable driving modes.  One big improvement is the cabin storage while there was no improvement needed in the heated and cooled front seats, driver seat with memory and covered with the RECARO® sport seating material.
Joining the 3.7L V6 and the 5.0L V8 is an all-new 2.3L EcoBoost® engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. The first Mustang turbo in nearly 30 years, the 2.3L EcoBoost delivers impressive performance and efficiency. An all-new chassis with independent rear suspension is designed to make this the most nimble Mustang ever. Other powertrain and chassis highlights include: 6-speed manual transmission, 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Remote Start System, driver-selectable steering with four settings and Track Apps™ - Very Cool.

The purposeful technology available on the 2015 Mustang is designed to deliver multiple benefits, such as enriching the driving experience and optimizing convenience. Featuring: SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, Intelligent Access with push-button start, Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support.  BLIS® (Blind Spot Information
System) with cross-traffic alert is also a carry over from the 2014 Mustang as well as Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).  The rear view camera will also be an option to help continue to further driver safety.  A new option will include active noise cancellation (EcoBoost models) while rain-sensing windshield wipers will be available on all models.

For more information about the all new and redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang contact your Commercial Account Manager at Gresham Ford Fleet 503-669-5343 or fleet@greshamford.com.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Get the vehicles you need...Plus the Tax Savings You've Earned.

Gresham Ford Fleet Can Help with Section 179
Get your business a BIG IRS tax break!  The IRS Section 179 tax deductions will expire December 31st, 2013.  Read below for details which may - allow you to write off up to 100% of a new Ford truck, van or SUV purchase this year.  You may get your business a get IRS tax break when you purchase a qualifying new Ford truck, van or SUV by December 31 2013.  Whether you are a small business owner, sole proprietor, partnership, S-Corporation or LLC, you will want to learn more about how Ford can help your bottom line with the best vehicle lineup ever.  Ask your tax professional about IRS Section 179 depreciation and plan now to take advantage of this opportunity.  Visit the Gresham Ford Fleet department for special deals on these qualifying vehicles.  Gresham Ford does not provide tax advice and suggests that you speak with your tax advisor prior to purchase.  Gresham Ford Fleet also provides a locating service; if we don't have what you need in stock we will find it and secure it on your behalf.  Contact a Commercial Account Manager at 503-669-5343 today to discuss your specifications.  Commercial vehicles like your work trucks and work vans are most likely the life blood of your business and Section 179 may provide an opportunity to update your current fleet.  Whether your fleet is one vehicle or one hundred Gresham Ford is happy to help find you the best fit for your business.
Consult your Tax Professional about Section 179
PLEASE NOTE:  This information supplied is provided by Gresham Ford as a public service to you.  It should not be construed in any way as tax advice or as a promise of potential tax savings or reduced tax liability.  Individual tax situations may vary.  Federal rules and tax guidelines are subject to change.  For more information about the Section 179 tax code and tax deductions please contact your tax professional or visit the Internal Revenue Service website at www.irs.gov.

Gresham Ford provides the entire line up of Ford vehicles including Ford Commercial vehicles.  You must act by December 31st 2013 to get your deduction for the 2013 tax year.  Consult your tax professional for advice on your business tax situation today, hurry.

Are you asking what is the IRS Section 179 and how can it help your bottom line?  Section 179 is the current tax code that allows you to buy qualifying Ford vehicles and deduct up to 100% of the full purchase price (including any amount financed) from your gross taxable income if purchased before December 31st, 2013.  That means that if you buy a piece of qualifying equipment, you may be able to write off the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross taxable income this year!  Remember you must act before December 31st 2013.
Ford Commercial Vehicles offered by Gresham Ford Fleet 503-669-5343

1 This analysis applies only to vehicles placed in service in the United States after December 31st 2012, and by December 31st 2013.  The aggregate deduction of $500,000 under Internal Revenue Code Section 179 is most beneficial to small businesses that place in service less than $2,000,000 of "Section 179 property" during this year (vehicles and other business property.) The $500,000 deduction decreases by a dollar for every dollar spent in section 179 property in excess of $2,000,000.  
2 Each $25,000 deduction contributes to the $500,000 aggregate deduction limitation under section 179.  Passenger vans that sear nine (9) or fewer people behind the driver's seat will have a limit of $25,000.  Vans that seat ten (10) or more people behind the driver's seat and cargo vans will have a $500,000 aggregate limit under section 179 on the amount of first-year deduction. 
3 On the purchase of a new vehicle, each $25,000 deduction contributes to the $500,000 aggregate deduction limitation under section 179, SUVs over 6,000 lbs. GVWR will have a limit of $25,000 plus 60% depreciation on the remaining basis, if any, then normal depreciation under MACRS method on the remaining basis, if any.  

4 IRS Section 280F(d)(7)(B) requires that the limitation under IRS section 280F (a)(1) be adjusted annually, based on the CPI automotive component for October of the preceding year.  Section 280F depreciation limits in Revenue Procedure 2013-21.  The passenger automobile limitation is $3,160, the trucks/vans under 6,000 lbs GVWR respectively.  Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS).  The expensing restriction under section 280F do not apply to vehicles that are considered to be "qualified non-personal use vehicles".  (QNUVs). A QNUV is generally a vehicle that, by virtue of its nature or design, is not likely to be used more than a de minimis amount for person purposes. For more information, see Income Tax Regulation Section 1.280F-6(c)(3)(iii), Income Tax Reg.Sec. 1.274-5T(k), and Revenue Ruling 86-97, and contact your tax advisor as to the proper tax treatment of all business-vehicle purchases.  2013 vehicles shown.  Vehicles are for representation purposes only.  See Gresham Ford for complete details.  

Visit the Gresham Ford Fleet department at 2173 East Powell Blvd. in Gresham or contact a Commercial Account Manager directly at 503-669-5343.