Saturday, January 26, 2013

The CMax has great MPG and lots of room

The Ford CMax Hybrid is offered at Gresham Ford

The all-new 2013 C-MAX is different looking Ford's other sedans and SUVs - that's because the CMAX is a Multi-Activity Vehicle.  This is  the first dedicated hybrid line of vehicles from Ford in North America — and the first of the multi-activity vehicles. After visiting the Portland Auto Show it appears that MAV's are making a big impact here in the northwest and may be here to say.  So what is a MAV?  There is no universal definition however there are some things that everyone agrees upon.  A MAV is a vehicle that combines the best features of a smaller vehicle with the versatility and flexibility of a sedan. For instance the Ford CMax has many small-car attributes like a sporty, responsive handling and feel as well as fantastic maneuverability which is important when you are trying to parallel park in the Pearl District of Portland.  The best aspect from my viewpoint is the fuel efficiency of the Ford CMax Hybrid - 47mpg combined highway and city.  Ford has worked hard to make these MAVs lighter and better the technology in order to achieve these surprising MPG numbers.

The Ford CMax has more horsepower
The Ford CMax is far from gutless, it provides more horsepower than may other comparably sized competitors and offers may sedan like attributes as well.  When you drive the Ford CMax (at Gresham Ford of course) you will experience a smooth ride while enjoying comfortable seating for 5 passengers and while appreciating the cargo-carrying capability.  Ford has worked hard to acheive a well rounded impressive vehicle.
You won't feel the CMax shift

The CMax combines power from the engine and electric motor to drive the wheels and get that fantastic MPG.  Ford has designed the Ford CMax with a Electronically Controlled Continously Variable Transmission that effectively eliminates the noticeable upshifts and downshifts of conventional transmissions, providing smoother operation.  It makes sense if you remove the gears you would also create a smooth ride accompanied by impressive fuel economy.  The ECVT signals the VSC (Vehicle System Controller) to shut down the gasoline engine at low speeds and idle so the electric traction motor alone drives the vehicle and all of this happens without you doing anything.  The CMax is possibly the smartest vehicle in the marketplace.  It uses one planetary gearset for all the ratio changes, unlike other CVTs that use a steel link belt to provide continuous ratio changes this means less maintenance concerns for you in the long run as well.
The Ford CMax has lots of room for you and your things
The 2013 Ford CMax also touts grade assist which provides additional grade braking with a combination of engine motoring and high-voltage lithium-ion battery charging to help maintain vehicle speed when descending a grade.  As the CMax determines the amount of engine motoring and high-voltage lithium-ion battery charging, the driver may notice engine speed increasing and decreasing to help maintain vehicle speed when descending a grade.  If you live in Oregon City you will appreciate this feature all the more.  The CMax grade assist is activated by the driver via a switch located on the shift knob while in Drive (D) or Low (L) then  the grade assist lamp in the instrument cluster is illuminated.  When you want to return to normal Drive (D), the driver presses the transmission control switch again - that's it, mission accomplished.

Ford has even spent considerable time work to reduce noise in the cabin and has done a fantastic job by providing the thick hood blanket that helps reduce powertrain NVH (noise, vibration & harshness) levels.  The side door glass is thick and provides further improvement to the quiet interior environment.  The rear cargo isolation in carpet and trim helps lower interior noise as well and combined they do a fantastic job to keeping the inside of your vehicle quiet.
The Ford CMax has better technology and better MPG
The CMax is the "in between" vehicle you have been wanting
CMax just handles better

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Business Owners Get Discounts

Own a business? Take Advantage of Gresham Ford "Fleet Pricing"!

Gresham Ford Fleet keeps you on the road  - where you should be.  

Gresham Ford Fleet is a certified Business Preferred Network Oregon Ford Dealership offering the full line-up of Ford Work Trucks and Work Vans located minutes from Portland or Vancouver.  Visit Gresham Ford and discover the NW Preferred Fleet Dealer.  

Pick-Up Trucks Work Vans Flat Bed's and Dump Trucks and the fuel efficient Transit Connect are all available for sale or lease.  

Don't have commercial credit - we can help.  Call today and have a no obligation discussion about what options are best for you and your business.  

Call 503-665-0101 or E-mail or visit us today at 242nd & Powell Blvd in Gresham.

Gresham Ford is also a State of Oregon certified MBE.  For more information contact Fleet Director, Annette Wetzel-Ramirez at 503-489-1605.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Transit Connect is the Ford Work Van of the Northwest

Gresham Ford Fleet is excited that with Leading Fuel Economy the all new Ford Transit Changes
Game in Full-Size Commercial Vans.  The 2014 Transit Connect Van will not be available until early 2014 but will have a warm welcome when it does.  The all-new Transit joins the nation’s best-selling lineup of commercial vehicles, giving Ford customers best-in-class fuel economy with the segment’s lowest cost of ownership.  Gresham Ford is excited about the increased capability and Built Ford Tough durability that keeps customers loyal to the Ford work van.

Gresham Ford proudly offers the 2014 Transit Connect Work Van

The Ford Transit work van offers the broadest lineup of configurations for full-size van customers who have loved the Econoline van for decades.  The Ford Work van is available in more variations than the competition combined – three body lengths, two wheelbases, three roof heights and in van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway variations.  The Ford Business Preferred Network Commercial Account Managers are specialists that will help you configure your van perfectly for your business.  The Ford Transit will achieve an average of 25 percent better fuel economy and haul at least 300 pounds more than today’s E-Series.

The Ford Work Van is bigger and better
GRESHAM, Oregon, Dec. 14, 2012 – The familiar white work van that delivers packages or shuttles you to
the Portland airport is about to change in a revolutionary way. Ford’s all-new full-size 2014 Transit van
will provide professional tradesmen and commercial fleet customers with unmatched fuel economy, innovative new configurations and leading versatility in the expanding commercial vehicle market.  The Ford Transit will now be a direct competitor with the Dodge Sprinter with better fuel economy and lower cost of ownership.
Ford Transit Connect Work Van available at Gresham Ford

The Transit Connect Van has proven to be a reliable fuel efficient work van for many NW small business owners as well as delivery vehicles.  The Ford Transit work van was born from a combined total of nearly a century of hard-earned experience delivering two distinct full-size vans to customers in North America, Europe and other global markets.  The Transit Connect Work Van has been serving Europe for ages.

Gresham Ford embraced the new Work Van called the Transit Connect and is excited about the upgraded 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which pioneered the small van market in the U.S. starting three years ago and has been a hit with cost-conscious commercial fleets and small business proprietors.  "Having a small work van to offer our commercial clients is important," General Manager Bess Wills.  "The Superior cargo hauling and people moving capabilities combined with best-in-class fuel economy are design imperatives for the all-new Transit range and Gresham Ford is proud to offer the full line of Ford commercial work vehicles."

Transit will be offered in three body lengths; two wheelbases; three roof heights; van, wagon,
chassis cab and cutaway bodystyles; and in XL and XLT trim levels.  The Power of choice
“The Transit is the new standard in full-size vans and customer choice,” said Director of Ford
Commercial Vehicle Operations Len Deluca. “We’re going from an exclusively gasoline engine
lineup of two V8s and a V10 in the E-Series to offering customers a standard 3.7-liter V6, the
same 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine proven in Ford F-150 and an all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke®
Diesel option.”  But it's not all work, the Transit Connect offers lots of room.  Just check out how an entire IKEA living room fits in the all new bigger Transit Connect van.

The high-roof Transit features 81.5 inches of interior cargo height, enough headroom for a
person six feet, five inches tall to stand upright in the cargo area. The medium-roof can
accommodate up to 72.0 inches of cargo height and the low-roof has almost 56.0 inches of
cargo height to provide an ideal combination of payload management, up-fit readiness and
garageability.  The Cargo volume ranges from about 250 to almost 500 cubic feet as a jumbo configuration – nearly 80 percent more space than the largest E-Series – and over twice the volume of today’s
standard E-Series. Essentially, one jumbo van can haul the volume of two current models in a
fuel-efficient manner.  Gresham Ford chooses to stock Transit’s that showcase rear cargo doors can open up to 270 degrees for easy loading and unloading.
Visit Gresham Ford for your opportunity to drive the Transit Connect Wagon

Gresham Ford is a certified BPN (Business Preferred Network) Oregon Ford Dealership that offers the complete line of Ford Commercial Work Vans and Work Trucks.
About Gresham Ford
Gresham Ford, a Northwest Automotive industry leader based in Multnomah County serving Oregon Washington and even Idaho. With about 60 employees and a new location,
the company is a full service Oregon Ford Dealership including a Quick Lane that offers maintenance and repair until midnight during the week.  Gresham Ford  provides financial services
through Ford Motor Credit Company and 100+ lenders from around the Northwest including Credit Unions. For more information regarding Gresham Ford visit

Contacts: Bess Wills