Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March is a great time to take advantage of Ford rebates and sale prices; Ford calls it a Truck Month Special.  For more information about how you can take advantage of the upfit incentive and the best priced Fords in the Northwest call 503.665.0101 today!

What is Roll Stability Control and how does it help you?  Helping to maintain vehicle control — to avoid accidents — is why traction control and electronic stability control systems are important.  It’s about maintaining traction and control of vehicle regardless of road or traffic conditions. Truck owners have long opted for limited-slip and locking
differentials to help them “get a grip” in less-than-ideal driving conditions. They want more traction than a regular open differential can offer.  However F-Series Pickups offer more technologies than ever to enhance traction performance. Understanding these different systems — and being able to decide which one is best for you is important, especially if you use your truck for work.  Traction is defined as adhesive friction. In general, it refers to the maximum friction that can be produced between two surfaces without slipping.  Most vehicles on the road today come with a non-limited-slip or “open” differential as standard equipment.  An open differential lacks the ability to manage the torque between the two sides of the drive axle.  With an open differential,
the torque flows to the path of least resistance.  Unlike open differentials, limited-slip differentials have the ability to manage torque between the two sides of the drive axle.   When a wheel on one side of a limited-slip differential begins to slip, clutches, gears or
other friction elements within the differential engage and start to transfer some of
the torque from the slipping wheel to the non-slipping wheel.  Locking differentials, as the name implies, lock the two sides of the drive axle together with a mechanical connection.  They can provide up to 100 percent of available axle input torque to the
wheel that needs it most.  Some locking differentials require that the wheels slip a certain amount before the mechanism engages.  The electronic-locking rear differential
is activated by the driver using a control switch inside the vehicle; with the flip of a switch, a heavy-duty, dog-clutch gear locks the two sides of the drive axle together to ensure maximum power to both rear wheels.

You may have heard the term, TORSEN, it's a combination of the words “torque” and “sensing,” manufactures a differential that functions as an open differential when both wheels experience the same traction and a limited-slip differential when one wheel loses traction.
Here’s how it works:  First when one wheel begins to lose traction, the TORSEN  differential will bind its gears together and supply additional torque to the wheel that retained its traction.  TORSEN differentials transfer power almost seamlessly, and respond faster than viscous coupling to help minimize slippage significantly; which can be vitally important in the wet pacific northwest.  The nature of its operation allows it to engage automatically and then return the power distribution to its rightful place once traction is completely restored.  The torque bias ratio determines how much power can
be transferred. A 2.5:1 bias ratio, therefore, is capable of applying up to two and a half times more torque to the wheel with traction.  This system works on-road and off, and will activate and remain engaged at almost any speed and is standard and only available on F-150 SVT Raptor.

Ford equips every F-150 and SRW Super Duty® model with AdvanceTrac with RSC. In order to have AdvanceTrac with RSC, the truck must have speed sensors at each wheel along with the ability to apply the brake at any individual wheel.  This gives F-Series Pickups the capability to apply brake traction control (also known as all-speed traction control) to any wheel when slip occurs.  This means added traction performance regardless of which differential (open, limited-slip or locking) the vehicle is equipped with.  So you may be asking , how does AdvanceTrac with RSC improve the capability of each differential in the Ford product line?  Since open differentials by themselves provide no capability to manage torque between the drive wheels, you will notice a significant improvement in traction performance when AdvanceTrac with RSC is included.  As soon as wheel slip reaches optimum adhesion, the system reacts by
matching engine power (holding back the throttle, fuel and spark) and applying the brake to the individual slipping wheel as needed.  Never knew your truck was doing so much thinking, huh?  By preventing the slipping wheel from taking power away from the other drive wheel, the system can send as much as 50 percent of the available engine
torque to the non-slipping wheel.  Good performance also achieved when accelerating from a stop on level pavement that is wet or snow covered.  However it is not well suited for off-road use in base ISC mode. In deeper snow, mud or sand, you may experience a reduction in forward momentum as engine power is reduced, possibly resulting in getting stuck. Traction control Off or Sport Mode is recommended.

To ask more questions or to schedule your own test drive call 503.665.0101.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Gresham Ford Fleet Partners to Provide Alternative Fuel Fords

Gresham Ford Fleet, the northwest preferred Fleet dealership has partnered to provide alternative fuel Fords to its customers, both public and private.  With rising gas prices and the economy inching along many municipalities and private fleets are being to seriously consider and take the plunge to green their fleet.
Gresham Ford Fleet offers a FREE analysis of your fleet and what your specific costs and advantages you can expect to realize from taking the leap.  We have found our local Clean Cities Coalition very helpful and informative, in fact we are now members of their organization.  It can be difficult because kitmakers, manufacturers, and up-fitters alike are making huge leaps and bounds towards better more efficient technologies.  Below is a list of the approved Ford upfit companies to install an alternative fuel system.  

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gresham Ford makes going Green EASY

In the Portland Metro area alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles are increasingly becoming fleet mainstays.  Many municipalities have already installed electrical refueling stations and electric vehicles and hybrids are a common sight in a growing number of fleets. While OEM alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicle availability is improving, there are still gaps for fuels such as propane autogas and compressed natural gas (CNG). GM and Honda both offer CNG models, but, only for select models.  This is where the genius of the Ford Motor Company strategy becomes apparent.  Ford's "One Ford" approach is utilizing existing platforms to keep the cost of the alternative fuel vehicles low and affordable.  This means that a fleet can green its footprint with one of the multiple options for alternative and bi-fuel solutions. There are numerous second-stage manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers who can convert gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to a variety of alternative-fuel options, delivering the same performance with the benefits of a lower total cost of ownership.  Often times the cost of the conversion pays for itself much faster than you might expect.  

Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas, is produced from both natural gas and crude oil refining, and is among the most commonly used fuels in the world. Of all of the alternative fuels on the market, it has the largest public refueling infrastructure. Among LPG’s biggest benefits for fleets is its lower cost compared to gasoline — as much as 30 percent to 40 percent cheaper in some markets. In addition, most of it is produced domestically.  Because LPG has a much lower flash point the fuel burns cleaner creating a maintenance savings in addition to the initial fuel savings.  While transit fleets are among the largest users of propane autogas, automobiles and light- and medium-duty trucks are increasingly becoming popular platforms for this inexpensive fuel.  

RGR Alternative Fuels offers dedicated propane autogas conversions for Ford’s MY-2009 to 2011 4.6L Crown Victoria, Police Interceptor, Lincoln Town Car/Limo, and Grand Marquis. The company’s dedicated LPG auto conversion kit is a non-invasive, plug-and-play fuel-injection delivery system that uses OEM injector ports, eliminating the need to tap the intake, and specifically designed clips for injectors and the engine control unit (ECU) to minimize wire cutting, splicing, and soldering. The system includes a 40-gallon fuel tank and offers mileage and horsepower comparable to gasoline. According to the company, its system reduces greenhouse gases by up to 35 percent. The system is EPA certified and OBD-II compliant and comes with a two-year/60,000-mile warranty for parts. In addition, the company can help fleets install a fueling infrastructure at no out-of-pocket cost.  Currently, ROUSH CleanTech offers propane-autogas conversion systems for Ford’s F-Series light-duty and medium-duty trucks and E-Series vans. The company expects to add the Ford F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-59 to its conversion roster in the future.  Gresham Ford has chosen to partner with Ford Motor Company and Roush to offer LPG conversion vehicles through its municipal contracts like the State of Oregon Contract for ALL Ford vehicles.  
Ford F-150
Ford F-150
Among the advantages of the ROUSH CleanTech system for these Ford vehicles is that it allows them to deliver the same horsepower, torque, towing capacity, and warranty protection as their gasoline configurations but with lower emissions. According to the company, its system reduces nitrogen oxide by 20 percent, carbon monoxide by 60 percent, and greenhouse gases by up to 24 percent. It also generates fewer particulate emissions. ROUSH CleanTech propane-autogas vehicles are EPA- and CARB-certified.  The propane-autogas system is available for the F-250 and F-350 5.4L V-8 and 6.2L V-8 with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain along with the E-150, E-250, and E-350 5.4L V-8. There are two fuel configurations available. The company also offers a fuel system for the Ford E-450 dual rear wheel cutaway equipped with the 6.8L V10 engine. For the MY-2009 through 2010 F-250 and F-350, the in-bed configuration has a capacity of 50 usable gallons and a 23-usable gallon capacity for the under-bed configuration, and 43-usable gallon in-bed and 22-usable gallon under-bed tank for MY-2012. The E-Series vans offer a mid-ship propane autogas tank with 25-usable gallons and the extended range tank, which offers 45-usable gallons.
Ford 5.4L V-8
Ford 5.4L V-8
ROUSH CleanTech maintains Ford’s factory five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty on vehicles equipped with the liquid propane autogas system. The company can also help fleets establish a refueling infrastructure.  For more information or to receive your FREE customized Green Fleet Conversion report contact Gresham Ford Fleet at 503.665.0101 or  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gresham Ford prepares for the arrival of the 2013 Ford Taurus

The 2013 Ford Taurus truly shines with its performance and handling. The available 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine or 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine allows for you to choose which configuration works best for you.  The 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission standard on all models (thumb switch on SE, SEL and Limited; paddle shifters on SHO) is just plain fun.  You will find yourself looking for opportunities to take roads trips with this spacious smooth ride.  The Active Grille Shutter System on all models except SHO model is a new element for the 2013 model.  The Smart charging alternator uses new technology to make your maintenance intervals less and your fuel economy more.  The Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), is standard on all models and makes this vehicle a luxury to drive.  Another new addition for the 2013 Taurus is larger brakes on SHO Taurus.  Torque Vectoring Control is also standard equipment for the 2013 Taurus models.  As far as safety and security goes, the 2013 Ford Taurus has updated MyKey technology and added class-exclusive curve control as standard equipment.  Gresham Ford is now accepting orders for the 2013 Ford Taurus with available active park assist, and enhanced adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support.

Ford Motor Company is leading the industry with the exclusive MyFord Sync technology making hands free a luxury instead of a dread.  The 2013 model will also provide available heated steering wheels and power tilt and telescoping steering wheel columns.  And for those of you who like your car to be warm and toasty when you get in on the cold chilly mornings the 2013 Taurus is also available with remote start.

The quality, reliability and durability of the 2013 Ford Taurus is unsurpassed in the marketplace.  The baffles added to the body structure and insulator added behind the instrument panel both add to the sound deadening efforts by Ford engineers.  There have also been internal engine changes to help reduce timing chain whine.

The new 2013 Ford Taurus isn't all work either; it shows a design and styling that is distinctly Ford.  The new exterior styling includes a redesigned decklid, chrome and premium painted tri-bar grille, front and rear facias with headlamps that include automatic wiper activation.  How cool is that?  For all of those who live in the Pacific Northwest we know how important windshield wipers are to safety and security.

And if the above hasn't convinced you yet that you want a 2013 Ford Taurus try the 237 horsepower 2.0L EcoBoost engine with direct injection coupled with a 6-speed automation transmission and Active Grille Shutter System.   What is the Active Grille Shutter system?  Well  it helps improve fuel efficiency by maximizing the aerodynamic efficiency of the grille opening and the engine cooling system.  The actual technology is located between the grille opening and the engine radiator and is electronically controlled by the engine control module or the brain of the car.  The grille automatically opens and closes to maintain the ideal engine operating temperature and maximize aerodynamic efficiency.  What will they think of next?  When less engine cooling is required, the shutters close to help improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency; so no matter how you drive the 2013 Ford Taurus it reacts to you saving you fuel efficiency.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Ford Transit Connect Serves Oregon's Commercial Fleets

The Transit Connect by Ford is a dedicated small commercial van and is the perfect vehicle to upfit and wrap with graphics; it's like having a huge mobile business card.  The Transit Connect combines award-winning design with proven Truck Tough reliability in a small vehicle.  The serious payload and GVWR capability in an agile, city-smart package and it also offers dual-purpose functionality with Van and Wagon models.

The Model Lineup pages are based on the needs of the American Commercial Marketplace.  As you move through the model lineup, each model adds to or upgrades the equipment of the preceding model, except where additions/exemptions are noted. The Transit Connect is available in the following models:
XL Van — Standard model
• XL Van has a number of glass and visibility options.   The first option is to have no side-door or rear-door glass (100A/S7A).  Another option is to have Rear-door privacy glass
only (200A/S7C) (no side door glass).  The third and final option is to choose side-door/rear-door privacy glass (300A/S6A).
• XLT Van - One step up and the most popular model of Transit Connect and again is available with any of the three window options: no side-door or rear-door
glass (110A/S7B), rear-door privacy glass (210A/S7D) (no side-door glass), or Side-door/rear-door privacy glass (310A/S6B).
• XLT Wagon is the model chosen by adult care facilities, medical transport companies, and taxi drivers and is only available with glass windows both in the sides and the rear. (510A/S9B)
• XLT Premium Wagon is again only available with side-door/rear-door and thirdrow
privacy glass (520A/S9C).

The Transit Connect has created a stir among medical transport and cab companies because of its roomy interior and its fantastic fuel efficiency.  The 2.0L Duratec 16-valve DOHC I-4 Engine holds the best-in-class(1) 2012 EPA-estimated fuel economy
of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway while providing 136 horsepower @ 6300 rpm, 128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm.  The cast aluminum engine block and cylinder head
reduces overall vehicle weight also helping fuel efficiency.  This balance of horsepower and fuel efficiency is accomplished with a DOHC, 16-valve cylinder head that delivers excellent combustion performance.  The Transit Connect uses a timing chain instead of a belt, helping to again improve engine durability.  This is a great fleet vehicle that really stands up to the constant grind of driving.  The low NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) characteristics contribute to a smooth ride and quiet interior.  Those who typically drive an Econoline or Savanna rave about how quiet and easy to drive the Ford Transit Connect is comparably.  The fuel efficient motor is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.  The fail-safe cooling system also ensures that you are never stranded.  This commercial fleet vehicle meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 4 standards and qualifies for California Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEV II) standard.
The 4-speed Automatic Transmission with electronic shift control helps provide smooth shifts and optimum performance.  The overdrive lowers engine rpm at highway speeds,
helping maximize fuel economy with a  3.96:1 final drive ratio.

The combination of the independent MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-leaf rear suspension, rack-and pinion steering and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) allows the Transit Connect to drive and ride more like a car than a working van. The Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension also allows each front wheel to react to road irregularities with minimal effect on the opposite wheel for a smooth, controlled ride while also contributing to responsive steering.  Ford has also included a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll while cornering.  The Transit Connect rides more like a car while working like a van.  The Multi-leaf Rear Suspension is Rugged in design and provides load-carrying capability along with a smooth ride.  Because the Ford Transit Connect is so easy to drive it is much easier on the driver and helps fight road fatigue.  The solid Transit Connect design includes a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll
while cornering.  The rack-and-pinion Steering maintains linear steering effort as the driver turns the wheel resulting in responsive steering with excellent return-ability and
handling characteristics.  The Transit also boasts a tight 39.0-foot (curb-to-curb) turning diameter helping to make the Transit Connect as nimble as a small car.  Engineers of the Ford Transit Connect chose power front disc/rear drum system that provides sure,
controlled stops coupled with anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that is standard on all 2012 and newer Transit Connect Vans and Wagons.

The Ford Engineers understand the needs of any commercial fleet and answered with easy maintenance for the Ford Transit Connect.  The 97,500-mile spark plug replacement interval provides added convenience and reduced service requirements under normal driving conditions.  The maintenance-free battery reduces long-term maintenance costs and is standard on all Transit Connect models.  The yellow-coded service points enable technicians to readily identify key components during routine maintenance for quicker, more efficient service and to get you back on the road faster.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Electric Ford Focus is now officially the most fuel efficient five passenger vehicle in the US

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric has received official certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the posted results are impressive.  With the electric Focus you will never need a drop of gas or to even have an oil change because it is powered exclusively by a lithium-ion battery system.  This new technology in the 2012 Ford Focus Electric is projected to have a fuel efficiency rating over 100MPG.  There is even an optional 240 volt station that allows the vehicle to fully charge in half the time it would take the Nissan Leaf.
Gresham Ford was the first local Gresham business to pledge and earn certification as a GREAT business.  The GREAT business program encourages businesses to take a long look at their operations and their footprint.  Gresham Ford has changed all the way down to the coffee cups, now avoiding the Styrofoam cups and insisting on recycled and biodegradable paper cups at more than twice the cost.  Even those the expense it greater in some areas the overall result has reduced expenses.  
The EPA rates the Ford Focus Electric at 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) combined—110 MPGe city and 99 MPGe out on the open highway. With these ratings, the Focus Electric is now the most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle in the US, surpassing even the Nissan LEAF. Sales of the Nissan LEAF have not been as plentiful as Nissan would have liked.  Within in the Pacific Northwest electric cars have made a larger impact than in many other areas of the nation.  According to the EPA, the Focus Electric boasts a range of 76 miles, compared to the 73-mile range of the Nissan LEAF.
For the sake of comparison, the Nissan LEAF is EPA-certified at 99 MPGe combined, the Chevrolet Voltchecks in at 94 MPGe combined. The small Mitsubishi i, a four-seater, is rated at 112 MPGe combined—making it overall the most efficient car on American roads.
Of course, the use of MPGe as a metric for electric cars—when EVs use kilowatt-hours of electricity rather than gallons of liquid feel—is only a proxy for efficiency. In addition, the testing procedures and routes of efficiency testing for all cars significantly diverge from real-world driving conditions, so the usefulness of comparing a set of cars that range from 94 to 115 MPGe is relatively minor. Nonetheless, EVs are miles ahead of the gasoline competition with the best hybrids rated at 40 to 50 mpg, and only the most efficient gasoline cars reaching a combined city/highway rating in the 30s.
Gresham Ford is excited about the possibilities that lay before the 2012 Ford Focus Electric especially in the Portland Metro area.  This vehicle is a perfect commuter vehicle or the best administration vehicle for a multitude of businesses and with seating for five it has the room that so many of the early electric and hybrid vehicles don't.  Even though everyone is excited about the Focus electric plug in car Ford recognizes that it isn't the best choice for everyone.  Ford has worked very hard to provide a balanced effort with alternative fuel vehicles by offering, LPG, Natural gas, and a host of bi-fuel options as well.  Propane is a much better option than electric for the larger vehicles that put on lots of miles during the day.  The propane powered vehicles have more torque and horsepower than any of the electric engines in today's marketplace.  When the larger fleets chose to convert to alternative fuel vehicles it will also make a large impact on our local environments as well. 
Ford is ramping up Focus Electric production for distribution to dealerships in California, New York and New Jersey. By the end of 2012, the Focus Electric will be available in 19 markets scattered across the US. The starting price for the Focus Electric is $39,200.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ford Joins Azure Dynamics to offer a plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Super Duty truck

Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics are broadening their partnership and endeavors to now include the Super Duty truck.  Ford has already partnered with Azure to produce the electric Focus and electric Transit Connect.  Estimates are that the special plug-in hybrid super duty truck will be available beginning in 2013.   In early 2013 Ford is scheduled to provide Azure Dynamics with special super duty F-550 trucks that will be retrofitted by Azure with their proprietary plug-in hybrid technology.  The other super duty trucks are expected to follow.  Conversions will cover all engines, frames and production options.  Ford is determined to provide a high level of flexibility and choice with their eco-friendly line up of vehicles.

Azure also clarifies that the hybrid development is focused on the gas engine currently and will be followed by the diesel engine at a later date.  Many fleets are excited about this possibility with rumors of up to 60 percent fuel economy gains.  Ford Motor Company has agreed to allow access to the distribution network  used for the traditional gas and diesel powered vehicles.  Gresham Ford is proud to have a number of senior master certified technicians who are trained and certified hybrid technicians.  The F-550 Super Duty truck has been singled out due to its domination in the market segment.  This is where Ford can make the largest impact in hybrid truck conversions, especially with the fleet user in mind.  Specifics are not yet available but we will keep an eye open when more information is released.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Police Interceptor Modifiers Guide

The new 2013 Police Interceptor will soon be on the streets but first it will need to have the light bars and radios added.  We have fielded many questions over the last few months and want to provide a reference for all those first responders attempting to prepare the new Ford Police Interceptor for duty.

For General Information Click Here 

Ever wonder what the VIN really means?  Below is a breakdown that demonstrates all the information held within the VIN.

If you questions are more electrical in nature, click here to see the Electrical portion of the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Modifiers Guide.  

For those installing light bars, sirens and radios, this guide may be the most helpful to keep in mind while adding to the vehicle.

If you have lingering questions about the 2013 Police Interceptors please feel free to contact Gresham Ford.  We want you to love your Ford Police Interceptor and are happy to help get you there.

Friday, March 2, 2012

National Contract for Alternative Fuel Passenger Cars and SUVs Awarded to Local Dealership

The National Joint Powers Alliance is a municipal contracting government agency that serves education and government agencies nationally through competitively bid and awarded contract purchasing solutions.  Over 35,000 member agencies enjoy the value and commitment of the world class NJPA awarded vendors. 
With gas prices on the rise many government agencies are also looking to reduce their fuel and operating costs with alternative fuel vehicles.  Gresham Ford Fleet is offering the Roush Clean Tech LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) conversion vehicles.  CNG is extremely clean burning fuel and significantly reduces CO, CO2 and NOx compared to its gasoline counterpart.  Since LPG also burns completely, with a 104 octane rating, there is less carbon build-up.  As a result spark plugs, exhaust system and oil changes are needed less frequently. 
The commercial truck market is comprised of many unique vocations and vehicle requirements.  One size does not fit all!  That's why Ford continues to collaborate with reliable and qualified vendors to deliver alternative fuel vehicles.  Ford maintains the Engine and Powertrain Limited Warranty (5 years or 60,000 miles, see dealer for complete details).   Ford has provided Flex Fuel E-85 compatible engine for over a decade but have introduced B20 capable biodiesel engine in the last few years.  The Electric Focus will also be released into the NW region late 2012.  Given the unique applications, this strategy by Ford provides the greatest flexibility of commercial applications with NO COMPROMISE.  .  Along with advancing greener powertrain alternatives such as EcoBoost, hybrid and battery electric vehicle technologies, Ford is taking a more sustainable approach to vehicle interiors. Newest applications include suede-like material created from recycled plastic pop bottles and seat fabrics – made with 100 percent post-consumer yarns – which are featured on the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKZ. 
As the first automotive dealer to earn certification through the City of Gresham's GREAT Business program, Gresham Ford has reviewed its own operations thoughtfully to maximize efficiency.  Gresham Ford is a full service Oregon Ford Dealership dedicated to serving its community.
Contact: Bess Wills, General Manager 503.665.0101