Friday, July 29, 2011

Azure Dynamics to begin Integrating Plug-In Hybrid Technology in Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks

The Gresham Ford Fleet Department is excited about the latest adventure undertaken by Ford Motor Company.  Azure’s plug-in hybrid technology is shortly going to be initially integrated on Ford’s market leading F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, the F-550, expected in early 2013.  Portland Oregon is one of the greenest cities in the country and will likely be a hotbed of plug-in hybrid activity.  An agreement provides for Azure to integrate its plug-in-hybrid technology on other Ford F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, including the F-350 and F-450 among other Ford products like the Transit Connect.  The national commercial cab and chassis industry supports approximately 100,000 vehicles per year.  The Ford brand is growing by leaps and bounds especially in the northwest, where enviromental friendliness is paramount.  The Ford F-Series Super Duty platform is the clear cab and chassis market leader with greater than 50% share.  Many of the Portland, Gresham and Beaverton Ford truck buyers that choose Gresham Ford as their Ford Dealership of choice because of the great pricing and customer service.  All Oregon Ford Dealers pay the same for Ford trucks; chose the dealer with the least overhead, Gresham Ford. 

This business program furthers existing business relationship between Azure and Ford that previously brought the innovative Transit Connect Electric and the E-450 BalanceTM Hybrid Electric Step Van and Shuttle Bus to market.  These electric plug-in hybrid vehicles will be available in loate 2011 for Oregon and SW Washington Commercial Fleet cusomters.  Call the Gresham Ford Fleet Department at 503-665-0101 for more information. 

Oak Park, Michigan – July 27, 2011 – Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) (“Azure” or the “Company”), a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, today announced an agreement with Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) whereby Azure will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (“PHEV”) technology into the market leading Ford F-Series Super Duty product line.
In collaboration with Ford, Azure’s plug-in hybrid technology will be initially integrated on Ford’s market leading F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, the F-550, which is expected to be available in early 2013.  The agreement also allows Azure to perform hybrid powertrain conversions on other Super Duty platforms including F-350 and F-450 models and spans all engine, frame length and regular production options and configurations.  The Super Duty program will allow Azure to further expand its product line-up in its targeted medium duty commercial truck segment.
The Azure/Ford agreement includes a ‘ship-thru’ provision that permits Azure Dynamics vehicles in the Ford transportation system and allows qualified Ford Commercial Truck dealerships to sell and service the product in key markets in North America.


“We are extremely pleased to expand our relationship with Ford and launch our PHEV technology on the F-Series Super Duty platform, which is the largest and most successful cab and chassis brand in North America,” said Scott Harrison, Azure’s CEO.  “This is an ideal outcome for Azure and our customers.”  
With more than a 50% market share, the Ford F-Series Super Duty is the most established cab and chassis brand in the North American market.  The commercial cab and chassis industry supports approximately 100,000 vehicles per year and is the preferred active work-truck for thousands of commercial fleets managing a broad range of logistical needs.  The Super Duty offers several diesel and gasoline engine options and a variety of cab, bed and accessories options.

Collaboration builds on existing business relationship
Azure and Ford teamed up in 2009 to bring the innovative Transit Connect Electric to market in just 13 months after the program was first announced.  The new PHEV F-Series program further expands the Azure/Ford business relationship which, in addition to the Transit Connect Electric, also markets the E-450 BalanceTM Hybrid Electric Step Van and Shuttle Bus.
“As interest in alternative energy products continues to grow, consumers are looking for more powertrain options that are both environmentally friendly and fit their driving needs,” said Rob Stevens, Commercial Vehicle Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company. “The flexibility of our vehicle platforms and chassis allows Ford to develop our own alternative fuel products or work with partners, like Azure Dynamics, to deliver consumers with the power of choice when purchasing a greener, more fuel efficient vehicle.”

Prior to the Transit Connect Electric development, Azure and Ford collaborated  on the E-450 cutaway and strip chassis to create the BalanceTM Hybrid Electric, a truck or shuttle that achieves up to 40% fuel improvement while reducing emissions and maintenance costs by up to 30% each.  BalanceTM Hybrid Electric has 60% share in the medium duty (class 2c – V) hybrid commercial truck market in North America and is deployed in notable fleets like AT&T, CINTAS, DHL, FedEx Express, and Purolator to name a few.

Moreover, enthusiasm for eco-friendly technologies that began with the largest national commercial fleets, is spreading to smaller, regional fleets that increasingly understand that alternative energy technologies do not require a sacrifice in performance or durability.   The Ford F-Series Super Duty has already attracted legions of loyal customers, many of whom are enthusiastic about the performance benefits associated with the new PHEV option. 

“The F-Series program aligns perfectly with our product development strategy,” said Harrison. “We’re able to focus on development and integration of our powertrain solutions and at the same time benefit from Ford’s expertise in building ground-up vehicle platforms keeping Azure’s capital costs in check.”  

“Our engineering team has proven the flexibility of our technology through more than 40 different vehicle integrations and 35,000,000 miles of real world driving experience.  We’ve been searching for the right opportunity and knew we could move quickly and intelligently when we found it.  We feel strongly that the Ford F-Series program is exactly the right opportunity.”

Gresham Ford holds State of Oregon Contract #0434 for all Ford vehicles.  Call for a no obligation quote and/or discussion about the best ways to cut your automotive expenses.  We believe in a holistic approach integrating service and sales.  The Business Preferred Network by Ford Motor Company provides Oregon Ford Dealers specialized tools to serve the Commercial and Municipal Fleet Customers specifically. 










Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The New Ford Police Interceptor is now being offered on the Oregon State Purchasing Contract


The Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility offers a portfolio of choices for law enforcement.  Ford’s new Police Interceptor utility is designed to complement the sedan introduced earlier this year and give law enforcement agencies a comprehensive choice for pursuit vehicles. 

Gresham Ford has been servicing the needs of municipal fleets of Oregon since 1942.  The Oregon Ford Fleet Dealership has been awarded multiple levels of distinction from Ford Motor Company.  Gresham Ford is also a proud President's Award Dealer.  This award recognizes and rewards Dealers who have excelled in achieving superior Customer Satisfaction and are Blue Oval Certified.  Customers are surveyed throughout the calendar year regarding a wide variety of their expereinces at the dealership.  The President's Award recipients exemplify commitment and resolve. Gresham Ford understands what it takes to attain the distinction of a leader and can consistently exceed that level.What makes this award even more significant is that Customers are the judges. Through a comprehensive survey, Customers rate Dealers on the basis of their Sales and Service experiences.Yearly only 340 Dealerships out of more than 5,000 are awarded this high honor."  Gresham Ford is proud to be one of the few Oregon or Washington Ford Dealerships to receive the Ford Motor company Presidents Award. 
Both of these vehicles are provided by the State Procurment Office Oregon Cooperative Procurment Program through contract #0434 facilitated by McRobert Motor Company dba Gresham Ford.   The ORCPP provides municipalities the best value to the taxpayers from knowledgeable professionals.  Gresham Ford Municipal Fleet Manager, Annette Wetzel-Ramirez, has been awarded the contract for all Ford vehicles #0434.  For more information about the Oregon Cooperative Purchasing Agreement contact Nancy Ahlbin at 503-378-2497.  For pricing and or product information Annette can be contact at 503-489-1605 or by email at Annette@GreshamFord.com.  
     The Oregon Cooperative Procurment Program offers more than 400 contracts that are specific to the state of oregon and have been legally advertised.  These contracts maximize volume price discounts by utilizing the purchasing power of the entire state.  The Western States Contracting Alliance includes multiple states cooperative contract opportunities and may also be a benefit to your municipality; for more information contact the State of Oregon Procurment Department located in Salem Oregon on Ferry Street

State of Oregon Purchasing contracts can be accessed at the on-line ORPIN E-Procurement System. This online purchasing tool also offers an electronic advertising option if necessary.  With over 50,000 vendors and suppliers listed the OCPP provided on ORPIN by the State of Oregon Procurment Department is a turn-key opportunity for cities, counties and other Oregon municipalities. 

The purpose-built sedan and utility Police Interceptors will deliver at least 20 percent better fuel economy than the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.  Ford’s utility and sedan Police Interceptors debuted simultaneously when the production of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ceased in 2011.  Price and Order guides are now available, contact the Gresham Ford Government Fleet Department to receive your copy. 
The New Police Interceptor is the only police pursuit vehicle available that continues to pass a 75 mph rear crash test in turn continuing the tradition of upholding the highest level of expectation for officer safety

On Sept. 1, 2010 Ford Motor Company revealed its newest pursuit-rated vehicle.  Ford’s first-ever specially designed Police Interceptor utility built for the rigors of police work.    This vehicle has significantly impressed many law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon and Washington.  20 percent better fuel economy than the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.  Ford’s utility and sedan Police Interceptors debuted simultaneously when the production of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ceased in 2011.  Price and Order guides are now available, contact the Gresham Ford Government Fleet Department to receive your copy. Fleet Managers and Directors will also be pleased that both these models use many interchangable parts and equipment inturn reducing the amount of items that need to be kept in stock in order to maintain the vehicle.  Technican Service Bulletins and Parts Manuals are also available on order through the Gresham Ford Wholesale Parts Department.     

     The new vehicle is designed to complement Ford’s all-new Police Interceptor sedan, which was introduced earlier this year. Combined, the two vehicles provide law enforcement agencies the ultimate in versatility and choice, something no other police vehicle on the road today can match.
     Orders for the 2013 Police Pursuit Vehicles are now being accepted and built; contact the Gresham Ford Fleet Department to expedite your order and check available stock. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer in the Northwest

Now that warm weather has finally reached the Northwest, the Gresham Ford family would like to offer parents important reminders for keeping their children safe this summer. A few preventive steps go a long way in ensuring an enjoyable and carefree season.



Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with a window slightly open. If the outside temperature hits 101 degrees, the temperature inside an enclosed vehicle can reach 140 degrees.



Distracted parents can do the following to avoid this type of danger:



·       Carry a stuffed animal with the child safety seat, shifting it to the front seat to serve as a reminder to the driver that a child is the safety seat.

·       Set a cell phone reminder to confirm child drop-off at day-care.

·       Keep all vehicle doors and trunk locked. (All Ford vehicles sold in North America feature a glow-in-the-dark inside trunk release handle that enables someone trapped inside the trunk to open the trunk door.)



Also, during road trips, make sure that your child is bucked up safely.



Oregon state law requires that child passengers be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds.



At Gresham Ford we wish our community a safe and enjoyable summer!



Sincerely,




Gresham Ford

Friday, July 1, 2011

Truck Specials at Gresham Ford, the Oregon Ford Dealership of Choice.

The 4th of July is a great time to spend time with your families.  Many native to Oregon and Washington prefer to enjoy the northwest outdoors and with all of the equipment that goes with it.  Whether you're planning a fishing trip, three-wheeler excursion or straight up car camping you will most likely need a truck.  Gresham Ford has answered the need of Oregonians searching trucks for sale.  During the 4th of July celebration Gresham Ford has marked every truck down, new and used.  The professional and knowledgable staff at Gresham Ford is prepared to sell you a truck of any make or any model; just check out our pre-owned truck specials showcased above. 
There are even many specials available on new Ford trucks.  When you purchase a truck from Gresham Ford before July 11th you can also purchase a drop in bed liner for a buck from the Gresham Ford service department.  Feel free to contact any of the knowledgeable sales staff at Gresham Ford for more information or call 503-665-0101. 

The new 2011 F-150 also showcases the 3.7L 4V DOHC V6 which Key Features include:302 horsepower, 278 lb.-ft. of torque and is Flexible Fuel (E85) capable.  This Ford built engine is strong, yet lightweight die-cast aluminum block and Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC), lightweight aluminum cylinder heads with 4-valves-per-cylinder.  This aluminum engine block and cylinder heads help to reduce weight to aid fuel efficiency while the Twin independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) and aggressive Deceleration Fuel Shut-off (ADFSO) helps to maximize fuel efficiency.  Piston cooling oil jets help improve oil warm-up and maintain cooler piston temperatures for improved fuel efficiency and durability.  While the forged-steel, fully counter weighted crankshaft for strength and durability.  The electronic Throttle Control with a combination of features and technologies help provide outstanding performance.  Technology like the intelligent Oil Life Monitor also help to differentiate Ford from the competitors. 

Again feel free to contact any Gresham Ford product specialist for more information about the new exciting technology from Ford Motor Company.