Friday, September 16, 2011

The New 2012 Ford Escape available at Oregon Ford Dealers

The New  2012 Ford Escape is now offering shared Duratec Engine Technologies and is available at Oregon Ford Dealers with a few new available colors.  The All Escape Duratec engines offer the following technologies to help deliver smooth, spirited performance with good fuel efficiency and emissions :Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) valvetrain with four valves per cylinder for improved engine breathing compared to overhead valve engine designs.  This Ford technology is the reason Gresham Ford can offer so many different Ford models with fantastic gas mileage to those who live in Portland and Vancouver. 

Gresham Ford Fleet is proud to be the Ford Fleet Dealer of Choice for the State of Oregon.  As the holder of contract #0434 Gresham Ford Fleet provides All Ford vehicles to state, county and local municipalities and non-profits.  For more information about Oregon State Purchasing and Contracts visit their website or contact one of their staff members.  Some municipalities may even be eligible for the Oregon Cooperative Procurement Program (ORCPP) and not even be aware of it. 

With the purchase of the 2012 Ford Escape you receive intake-Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) with Electronic Throttle Control.  The Aluminum construction to help reduce overall vehicle weight and in turn also providing a more competitive fuel efficient result.   The

Aggressive Deceleration Fuel Shutoff (ADFSO) partnered with the 2.5L Duratec Inline four cylinder engine is a great pairing from Ford Motor Company and the One Ford concept.  Giving 171 horsepower @ 6000 rpm provide the pep we all want in our vehicle.  The 171 lb. ft torque @ 4500 rpm help us get off the line quicker.  The Intake Variable Cam Timing of the 2012 Ford Escape combined with the intake manifolds that provide optimal air flow and fuel to the cylinders give the 2012 Ford Escape the performance you have heard about with reviews.

If you are a Oregon municipality, city, county or non-profit entity contact Gresham Ford Fleet Government Sales at 503-489-1605 for more information.  Order guides with pricing are also available upon request.  Fleet Manager, Annette Wetzel-Ramirez can also be reached at with your questions. 

Government Sales to Oregon Police Departments has been the Gresham Ford Fleet specialty for years and has the knowledge and contacts to help outfit fleet vehicles with quality equipment in a timely fashion that won't break the budget.  Gresham Ford Fleet works with all upfit professionals.  However if you would like a referral and reference Gresham Ford Fleet can also accomodate you. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mary Kay partners with Ford Motor Company

ANNOUNCING NEW MARY KAY & FORD PARTNERSHIP - Two American icons join in a partnership: Mary Kay Inc. has chosen the Ford Mustang as the latest addition to its Career Car Program. Gresham Ford is excited about this partnership.  Empowering women and changing lives will be improved by this embrace of new emerging Ford technology.  Mary Kay was founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash who was committed to helping women achieve personal growth and financial success. Mary Kay is sold in over 35 countries around the world with an annual wholesale of more than $2.5 billion. To learn more about Mary Kay visit Mary Kay has been serving the Portland Metro area for decades and will welcome the Ford Mustang with open arms.  Oregon Ford dealers will have the ability to access all of the Ford Fleet tools in order to better serve Mary Kay and the Career Car Program for Oregon and Washington Consultants. 

The Career Car program provided by Mary Kay is a recognition/reward program that is considered one of the top accomplishments that a Mary Kay independent sales force member can achieve. Since the inception of the Mary Kay Career Car Program in 1969, more than 130,000 independent sales force members have qualified for the Career Car program.  Now Oregon Dealerships like Gresham Ford can be part of this recognition and boost to any consultants Mary Kay business. 

This marks the first time in the U.S. that a Ford product has been included in the selector list from which the independent sales force members can choose. Mary Kay selected the revered Ford Mustang because of its’ beautiful blend of styling, sport, functionality and durability.

The Mustang coupe will be black on black with leather interior, SYNC and Reverse Sensing. There will be an estimated 200-300 Mustangs ordered by Mary Kay sales people throughout the U.S. with deliveries beginning in early September.

FORD DEALERS Like Gresham Ford that are Oregon Ford Fleet Business Preferred Network Dealships are exclusively trained and equipped to better serve the samll business owner, like the Mary Kay consultant.  Oregon Ford Dealers are known for delivering the finest vehicles on the planet, and ensuring a flawless delivery experience for Mary Kay sales force members.  In addition, opportunities from independent sales force members visiting Gresham Ford will learn more about the Ford Mustang and why this vehicle has been chosen over so many of the other options.  For more information or to order your Mary Kay Mustang contact Gresham Ford Fleet, current holder of the State of Oregon Contract for ALL Ford Vehicles. 

Oregon Ford Dealers Share More Information about the Electric Ford Focus

The 2012 Focus Electric is designed to deliver outstanding energy efficiency, reliable operation, and true driving enjoyment. Take a closer look at Focus Electric performance: All-electric powertrain and single-speed transmission are designed to provide immediate responsiveness and smooth acceleration
Enviromentally conscience Oregonians are overwhelming Oregon Ford Dealers with questions about the all new Electric Ford Focus.   With a top speed of up to 84 mph the performance of the Electric Focus is a rear head turner.  Many of the steering, handling and braking components are shared with the agile and sporty, gasoline Focus models in turn reducing costs compared to other manufacters that created their electric vehicles from completely new and different platforms.  Outstanding aerodynamics and the absence of a gasoline engine help achieve a remarkably quiet, comfortable in-car experience  The Focus Electric will offer a miles-per-gallon (mpg) equivalent competitive with other electric vehicles in the market including the Nissan Leaf.  Portland has been chosen .
 The 2012 Focus Electric features an advanced, Ford-engineered 23kW liquid-cooled/heated lithium-ion battery pack

When plugged in, the Focus Electric onboard charger converts AC power from the electric grid to DC power to charge the liquid-cooled/heated battery pack.  The battery pack can be charged at home using: the the 120-volt convenience cord that will come with the vehicle.  The recommended 240-volt wall-mounted charge station that will be sold separately and can charge the battery in just over three hours.  Portland Charging stations are popping up all over making charging up a non issue for new owners adjusting to their new Green vehicle.  The State of Oregon is supporting this Green movement by creating and supporting the Oregon Electric Vehicle Charging Network that facilitates locating and charging your vehicle in less time that orginally estimated.  Click Here to Sign Up for Network Updates and Alerts.  The Electric Focus can be programmed to pre-heat or pre-cool the vehicle interior while charging the 2012 Focus Electric shares many of the features of the gas-powered Focus. Take a look at key interior features and technologies that are unique to the Focus Electric: MyFord Touch™ enhanced with unique electric driving screens.  The “MyFord Mobile” app allows Focus Electric owners to check the battery charge status of their car, set or initiate charging, find the location of their car in a parking lot, locate charging stations, plus search for destinations and determine if the car has enough charge to travel to all of the locations and back home. 

New value-charging feature, through collaboration with Microsoft, enabling owners to charge their vehicles when utility rates are lowest.  Ford Motor Company has used eco-friendly interior materials throughout the vechile.  The 2012 Focus Electric shares many of the features of the gasoline-powered Focus. Take a look at key exterior features and technologies that are unique to the Focus Electric: a unique aerodynamic front fascia with chrome grille surround and chrome bars, illuminated LED charge port located on the driver's side front fender, Focus Battery Electric Road and Leaf badging as well as available HID headlamps and LED taillamps. 

Conveying a sense of motion even when standing still, the Focus “kinetic” design delivers an exciting first impression. Take a closer look at key exterior design features: Quad-beam halogen headlamps give Focus a high-tech look, slim, swept-back headlamp design with chrome grille surround with chrome bars.  Along the side, the dramatic “Z” bodyside accent lines give the exterior design a sense of motion that is magnified with this hot orange coloring.  Pronounced wheel arches add to the impressive stance of the vehicle.  The rear fascia has light-catching lines to enhance the wide stance and athletic appearance.  Northwest commuters appreciate the peppy responsive handling of the Ford Focus Electric.  Ford has redesigned the taillamps have a sculpted design that now offer a more premium look and rounding out the exterior design features is the liftgate spoiler.  

A hybrid vehicle is powered in part by a gasoline engine, and partly by a battery-powered electric motor. The two systems work together, so there is no need to plug in to charge the battery. For most low-speed or short-distance driving, hybrids run on battery power during acceleration and use the electric motor to assist the gas engine when extra power is needed. At higher speeds, the gasoline engine automatically kicks in and takes over. The battery is recharged by the gasoline engine, and also by a regenerative braking system, which captures over 90% of braking energy normally lost to heat due to friction.

This type of vehicle operates like a traditional hybrid vehicle. The difference is the addition of a charge port and a lithium-ion battery pack that is larger than the nickel-metal-hydride battery used in current hybrids. When fully charged, in most situations the vehicle will operate in pure electric mode until the battery is depleted, then will switch back to traditional hybrid mode using the engine and regenerative braking to charge the battery pack. The gas engine may come on under certain conditions such as heavy acceleration or at higher speeds. The benefits include a greater range in full electric mode than a full hybrid, which helps reduce fuel consumption.

This vehicle runs completely by battery power and does not use a single drop of gasoline. The all-electric design features an electric motor, charging port and high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack. Regenerative braking also aids in charging. This powertrain provides 100% CO2-free driving, and will give Focus Electric an mpg equivalent competitive with other electric vehicles in the market 

Where some competitors have identified "a vehicle, one electrified powertrain" solution for all customers, our strategy offers a family of electrified powertrain vehicles that are based on existing vehicle platforms. This will allow Ford to have as many as five electrified vehicles in the U.S. by 2012.

The 2012 Focus is built on a global platform, and customers already know Focus as a great vehicle. Focus Electric has all the same innovative safety and convenience features as the gasoline-powered Focus, and is designed to deliver similar ride and handling characteristics. This gives customers that same fun-to-drive experience in an all-electric vehicle.

Ford will be piloting the Focus Electric launch in certain cities. These cities were chosen based on factors such as hybrid purchasing trends, customer demographics, state emission laws and utility company collaboration.

Yes. Purchasing a plug-in or electric vehicle may qualify customers for special tax incentives of up to $7,500 through the new Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit. More information about these incentives can be found at and

"Range anxiety" refers to the concern of an electric car running out of power and leaving the driver stranded on the way to his or her destination — the electric equivalent of running out of gas. Ford helps customers plan their routes before they start driving – both in their vehicles and out. Inside Focus Electric, MyFord Touch
and the unique electric driver screens provide new levels of vehicle information so owners can actively manage how they drive based on where they need to go. Drivers can view battery state of charge, distance to charge point, expected range and other factors right in the instrument cluster. Outside the vehicle, a smartphone app called MyFord Mobile allows drivers to view and manage the same information while away from their car, and even gives the option to begin charging with a touch of the finger. These tools and smart technologies work together to help drivers plan ahead, drive efficiently and counter range anxiety.

Assuming an electricity price of 12–15 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (as of 2/28/11), a full charge of the 23-kWh battery in Focus Electric would cost an estimated $2–$3. When you consider the car’s mpg equivalent and rising fuel prices, it’s easy to see that Focus Electric can give customers a noticeable advantage in power efficiency! Actual charging costs will vary based on individual customers’ specific utility rates. Check with your local power company for details.

Yes, the vehicle comes with a standard 120-volt convenience cord, which allows you to charge the battery pack in your own garage. However, most Focus Electric customers will purchase a Ford-approved electric vehicle charging station to install in their garage. This upgrade equipment enables a 240-volt power outlet to fully charge Focus Electric in 3–4 hours (must be installed by a licensed technician).

The lithium-ion battery pack that powers the all-electric Focus has been designed to last the life of the vehicle.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Say Goodbye to the Ford Ranger, 2011 will be the last model year produced by Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company has made the choice to remove the Ranger from it's One Ford Lineup of vehicles.  The 2011 Model year will be the last for this compact truck staple in the truck market.  Many commercial customers are clammering to take advantage while the Ford Ranger is still available.  New options for the for the 2011 Ranger Model Year include that the FX2 Sport will no longer an optional package on XLT models (FX2/FX4 a combined model with specific drive and design differentiators ).  Performance/Handling of the Ford Ranger includes an all new powertrain lineup including the 3.7L 4V DOHC V6 with Ti-VCT and Flex Fuel engine with (E85) capabilities as we;; as the similarly popular 5.0L 4V DOHC V8 with Ti-VCT and Flex Fuel E85 capable engine - 6.2L 2V SOHC V8 with EcoBoost 3.5L 4V DOHC V6 with Ti-VCT technology. 

The Standard 6-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul Mode and SelectShift Automatic TM transmission standard.  All engines include Aggressive Deceleration Fuel Shut-off (ADFSO) to help maximize fuel efficiency.  Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is standard on all models, except when equipped with 6.2L V8 engine.  Gresham Ford Fleet recommends the Electronic locking rear axle with 4.10 ratio that is optional on FX4; the performance of this truck is truly amazing.  A Heavy Duty Payload Package includes 7-lug, 17-inch high-capacity aluminum wheels on XLT,  but does Require: EcoBoost 3.5L V6 or 5.0L V8; Trailer Tow Package or Max Trailer Tow Package.  THe Max Trailer Tow Package includes all of the following: 7-pin wiring harness, Auxiliary transmission cooler, Class IV trailer hitch receiver, SelectShift Automatic TM transmission, Trailer Brake Controller, Upgraded radiator and an Upgraded rear bumper.  This vehicle showcases some impressive technology that NW businesses have appreciated over the decades, it will be sad to see this work truck go.  

Oregon Ford Dealers currently have inventory of the last remaining 2011 model year Ford Ranger Trucks including the regular cab, the 2 door extended cab and the 4 door extended cab truck.  The Max Trailer Tow Package includes a Manual Mirror, and is available on XL Regular and SuperCab.  This option also includes black, manual telescoping trailer tow mirrors with manual glass.  However if power is your thing the Max Trailer Tow Package is available with  Power Mirror and is available on XL Regular and SuperCab, XLT and FX2/FX4.  When you order the power mirror package you also receive black, manual telescoping trailer tow mirrors with power, heated glass, integrated turn signals and security approach lamps and a Memory feature included when ordered with the FX Luxury Package. 

Especially considering the NW weather in Oregon and Washington many people opt for the Off-Road Package that is  available on XLT. Lariat and King Ranch 4x4, which  includes: 3.73 electronic locking rear axle, 4x4 “Off-Road” decal, Off-Road tuned shock absorbers, Skid plates for front differential, fuel tank and transfer case.  Oregon Ford Fleet Dealerships that maintain Business Preferred Network Status also are provided with specialized training and materials to better serve you when preparing your vehicle to enter the work place.  Many exciting new technologies are being brought to the market place by Ford Motor Company and being offered by Oregon Ford Fleet Dealerships like Gresham Ford Fleet. 

Safety/Security provided by the Ford Ranger also includes seat-integrated shoulder belt standard for the front-row center seat position as well as 2nd-row SuperCab and SuperCrew models including standard head restraint for center seat position.  Gresham Ford Fleet is happy to provide detailed safety and product information including vehicles comparisons upon request.
All standard exterior mirrors include driver-side integrated spotter mirror, Available Sony 6-disc, in-dash CD player with subwoofer reduces SuperCab and SuperCrew flat rear loadfloor storage comes in super handy when transporting kids, dogs, heavy tables all that fun stuff.   

Monday, September 12, 2011

Gresham Ford Fleet Services

The Gresham Ford Fleet Department provides Fleet Locator Service for Ford Commercial customers.  If you aren’t finding the exact Ford vehicle you need, don’t worry; we’ll find it.  We have the ability to locate commercial vehicles across the country and the can be delivered to you anywhere across the nation.  Gresham Ford Commercial Fleet is familiar with working within short timelines and prides themselves on personalized customer service.  Their tailored holistic approach has made Gresham Ford the Preferred Fleet Dealer. 

               Gresham Ford is a certified Business Preferred Network Ford Dealership.  This network provides customers fleet services throughout the country; anything from sales to parts and fleet service provided by trained accomplished leaders in Fleet Services.  BPN Ford Fleet Dealers are an elite assemblage providing complete transportation solutions and the best in customer satisfaction and owner loyalty.  For commercial customers, business vehicles are more than transportation; they are critical tools entrepreneurs and drivers depend on to deliver goods and corporate success.  Gresham Ford has been recognized ford providing highly qualified personnel, competitive programs, and a strong support network among other BPN Ford dealerships.  Gresham Ford Fleet Services offer elements such as making registration in the Ford Fleet System a turnkey experience including Ford Fleet VIN Decoding.  Gresham Ford Fleet Services also provide Ford Videos that educate about the new fleet technologies like Crew Chief, which provides complete fleet visibility and instantaneous warning on a wide range of operator and automobile metrics.  Also providing reports on everything from unsafe driving and fuel efficiency to asset utilization and vehicle maintenance; allowing commercial customers to cut costs and boost productivity in no time. 

               National Fleet Parts Pricing is available to many major national and regional customers through the Quality Fleet Care Program.  If your truck center isn’t talking to you about this program than you need to call Gresham Ford Fleet Services and speak with Mike Amato the Fleet Services Parts Director at 503.665.0101 or  The Gresham Ford truck center can also provide any towing guide or Ford Fleet Manual.  Gresham Ford Fleet Service is dedicated to providing commercial customers with the tools and information from the vehicle sale to maintenance, repair and trade-in values.  The Gresham Ford Truck Center works seamlessly to provide individualized service for customers across the nation.  The Commercial Truck Tools supported exclusively by BPN dealers like Gresham Ford Fleet Service provide services like Commercial Direct Towing.  Ford Motor Company currently offers “outside warranty” towing to the nearest Ford truck center qualified and trained in the specialized sphere of commercial heavy duty maintenance and repair.  With the expanded needs of the fleet customer in mind, Gresham Ford Fleet Service provides assurance of driver safety and status report of the vehicle condition and repair estimate as soon as possible. 

               Gresham Ford Fleet Services also provide Quality Fleet Care (QFC) throughout the nation.  QFC provides a comprehensive parts and service billing no matter the make or dealership that was utilized.  This centralized billing enables a fleet to make a single payment for wholesale parts purchases as well as maintenance and repair performed on enrolled vehicles at any Ford, Lincoln, Mercury dealership plus Quick Lane Truck Center in the United States and Canada.  QFC was created with efficiencies and time-saving tools to lessen downtime for fleet customers. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Gresham Ford works hard to bring the Electric Ford Transit Connect to serve Oregon's fleet needs

Blazing new trails and anticipating buyers’ needs are nothing new for Ford.  The Gresham Ford Fleet Department has never been far behind.  The Portland Vancouver area is known around the United States for being environmentally minded.   That’s why an electric vehicle strategy is a key part of the ONE Ford philosophy.  Fuel efficiency, higher fuel costs and concerns about the environment have all affected purchase considerations.  Electric vehicles are the right solution to a variety of changing customer wants and needs.  Electric Auto Association —  The Electric Drive Transportation Association or (EDTA) can be reached via the web at and is a wealth of information and answers to your practical electric vehicle and living questions.  EV World — is another fabulous reference for little things you can do today to reduce your carbon footprint and be a more responsible citizen of earth.  Additional Resources and for updates on the
Ford electrification strategy, check out the Green section of What We’re Doing on 
2011 Transit connect electric Websites for more Electric Vehicle Information Electric Vehicles — Part of the Plan, Part of the Future ONE Ford Electrification Strategy.  The ONE Ford strategy for
vehicle electrification is wide‑ranging and includes: Launching five electrified vehicles in the U.S. by 2012.  These vehicles will be more cost effectively produced by utilizing platforms of vehicles that already exist like the focus and the Fiesta.  Introducing a variety of new technologies, such as Microsoft HohmTM, that will help future owners of Ford electric vehicles optimize the way they
recharge their vehicle and manage their home’s energy use will prove to be insightful.  Creating a center of excellence for vehicle electrification where the company will design, engineer and produce key components for its next-generation hybrid-electric and 100 percent electric vehicles.  The Ford plan is to deliver a suite of electrified vehicles to a variety of markets and build an overall plan that offers the widest possible range of technology solutions — instead of a single vehicle or technology — to improve fuel economy and lower CO 2 emissions for customers around the world.


To learn more about the Ford Electrification Plan, go to, click on the Technology tab and then click on the Electric Vehicles selection.  The site has a wealth of information and videos that
will help you and your customers learn more about the types of electrified products coming to market.
The Ford suite of electrified powertrains will include:  hybrid Electric Vehicles — currently available
on Escape, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, gasoline hybrids combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor for improved fuel economy and/or performance over a conventional gasoline engine. The battery electric systems on hybrids are “regenerative” — meaning they produce their own electric power to recharge the battery — and do not need to be plugged in.

Plug-in Electric Vehicles — the next generation of hybrid electric vehicles will offer an extended electric driving range beyond today’s hybrids. This powertrain also combines a gasoline engine with a regenerative electric system and features a high-voltage battery and charge port. This powertrain will allow owners to plug their vehicle in, extending the distance the vehicle can travel in battery mode and, in turn, decreasing gasoline consumption even further.  All-electric Vehicles — available on the 2012 Focus, this powertrain is all electric. Instead of a gasoline engine, this vehicle will feature an electric motor, charging port, high-voltage lithium ion battery and a regenerative braking system. The powertrain is targeted to go up to 100 miles on a single charge and is rechargeable using a 120- or 240-volt electrical outlet. Seeing as electricity is often cheaper than gasoline, it may be less costly to
operate. It will also feature an easy to use, advanced power management system to assist drivers in planning trips and managing battery life.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ford Power Shift 6 speed Automatic Transmission offered by Gresham Ford Fleet

PowerShift 6-speed Automatic Transmission

What It Is the New Torqshift Transmission All About?    

The Gresham Ford Fleet Department serves Oregon and Washington area including Portland Oregon.  Ford is proud to offer a transmission that gives performance, fuel efficiency and driving attributes similar to a manual transmission with the shift quality and ease of operation provided by an automomatic transmission.  Ford Commercial Vehicles now have the best of both worlds!  The Gresham Ford Fleet knows that Oregon Fleets need to have a strong transmission that can preform under the hardsh steep conditions of the West Hills near Beaverton as well as the stop and go traffic of Portland.  Oregon Ford Dealerships that are BPN, Business Preferred Dealerships, can provide more information becuase the certification demands additional training education inturn making them the perfect place to get product and pricing information at no obligation. 

Gresham Ford Fleet is a BPN Oregon Ford Dealer
Unlike other automatics, there are no fluid pumps, transmission coolers or conventional hydraulic control systems. In their place is an innovative, dry dual-clutch shifting system with smart computer control, lighter weight and huge efficiency gains.  All this upgraded technology means that your fleet will be on the road more with less time for maintenance and repairs.  The Gresham Ford Fleet Managers strive to provide holistic solutions that reduce your overall automotive expense.  The dry dual-clutch system, which uses the same material as any other manual transmission, acts together to transmit power to the wheels, with 100% of the torque available during shifts:  One clutch transmits power for gears 1, 3 and 5 while the other clutch operates gears 2, 4, 6 and Reverse.   As acceleration or deceleration is required, the transmission automatically engages the next sequential gear in anticipation of the shift, making shifts quick and power delivery seamless. This is really a fantastic pairing of renewed technology by Ford Motor Company and provided by Gresham Ford Fleet Integrated technologies are a key stone of the One Ford outlook.  
Neutral idle helps improve fuel economy when the vehicle is at idle by disconnecting the
transmission from the engine, which reduces the drag load or burden on the engine.   You really have to take a test drive in one of the Ford Fiesta's to appreciate the difference this makes. 
Torque control uses integrated brake pressure to provide smooth operation at slower speeds
(in a parking lot or at a stoplight) and simulates the low-speed control drivers are accustomed
to from an automatic transmission. The amount of rolling torque in Drive and Reverse is precisely
controlled, gradually building as brake pressure is released. 

Hill Start Assist helps minimize any roll-back when starting from a stop on an incline. 

SelectShift allows drivers to manually change gears (+ button for upshifts; – button for downshifts) for an extra-connected feel

Gresham Ford Fleet is dedicated to providing innovative cost-cutting solutions for businesses of all sizes.  Call 503-665-0101 for your FREE Fleet Review or e-mail