Friday, June 28, 2013

New Exciting Options Come with the New Transit

Full Size 2014 Transit Wagon Available at Gresham Ford
Our very own Fleet Manager, Paul Blankenship, recently returned from Detroit where he got a firsthand look and the all new full size Ford Transit.  The new passenger wagon will seat up to 18 people plus the driver and has some exciting benefits.  You can now change the seating as your needs change with the maximum flexibility all in one van with more than 1000 seat configurations.

Ford Commercial Trucks has partnered with Mobility Works Commercial to bring the NW Fleet Customer the exclusive Smart Floor flexible seating floor plan.  Ford Motor Company will soon be saying goodbye to the Ford Econoline Wagon that has transported so many people so many places.
Easy to Drive Mobility from Gresham Ford Fleet
Mobility Works is the same company that brought you the Transit Connect "right size" wagon that so many mobility companies have attempted to replicate.  For more information about the all new Smart Floor System by Mobility Works and the new full size 2014 Transit Wagon contact Gresham Ford Fleet at 503-969-4184 or Fleet@GreshamFord.com.  Early orders will soon be accepted with estimated delivery in the Spring of 2014, sooner if you order early.  
Maximum Flexibility from Gresham Ford Fleet
Smart Floor Technology Exclusive to Mobility Works
It's Easy to Change with Gresham Ford Fleet




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Built Tough Ford Commercial Vehicles Dominate the Market

At the recent 2013 Work Truck Show Ford Motor Company showed the big picture for the commercial products, Gresham Ford Fleet among other Oregon Ford dealerships, offer to the commercial and municipal marketplace.  The event was held in Indianapolis and had one of the most impressive Ford Commercial Vehicle Presentations ever.  In spite of a virtual blizzard that engulfed Indiana, over 10,000 committed car people attended the Green Truck Summit showcasing alternative fuel seminars.  They visited over 500,000 square feet of exhibit space with more than 520 exhibitor companies showcasing their wares.  Over 60 OEM sponsored educational sessions covering industry topics, engineering, business, government, new products and market trends were on hand as well.  Ford Commercial Truck was aggressively involved in all facets of this huge convention and used every opportunity to reinforce its position as the leader in the commercial truck industry.  Ford even brought the 2014 Transit and Transit Connect to showcase just a few of the exciting offerings differentiating Ford Commercial work trucks and vans in the marketplace.  

One of the key presentations at the Green Truck Summit included a seminar entitled "OEM Perspectives on the Future of Clean Technologies".  It was designed to provide insights from the OEM point of view concerning anticipated changes in the transportation fuel sources as well as vehicle technology.  Obviously, the majority of attendees were interested in the opinions on how these changes impact commercial trucks and their associated equipment.  Rob Stevens, Ford Chief Nameplate Engineer, provided a wide-ranging insight into the Ford sustainability plans for Ford Commercial Vehicles.  Gresham Ford Fleet is proud to offer the full line of alternative fuel vehicles offered by Ford Motor Company and its Qualify Vehicle
Commercial Truck Season
Modifiers.  It includes a strategy to offer commercially-based customers a broad selection of powertrain options that include both traditional gasoline based technologies and hybrid/electrical variations utilizing current Ford vehicle platforms.  The chart below captures some of this Ford powertrain strategy and graphically demonstrated to attendees the level of Ford commitment and participation in the future of alternative fuel based vehicles.  The OEM panel included the Moderator Bill Van Amburg, CALSTART: Dave Majors, International Truck; Frank Schenk, Peterbilt Motors; Robert Carrick, Freightliner Trucks; Rob Stevens, Ford Commercial Truck division.  Gresham Ford is a proud Oregon Ford dealership minutes from the heart of Portland, located at 1999 East Powell Blvd in Gresham Oregon.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ford's 2013 Spring Commercial Truck Season has arrived and brought a new Aerial Bucket Package with it!

Gresham Ford Fleet is proud to participate in the 2013 Spring Ford Commercial Truck Season.  Now through July 1st 2013 Ford Commercial Trucks are being offered with some great incentives including a  all new 2 year/30,000 mile maintenance plan when you purchase a new commercial truck.  Rebates and upfit reimbursement are also available; for more information contact your Gresham Ford Fleet Manager today.  

Ford Extended Service Plans in partnership with Commercial Truck Operations is pleased to announce a complimentary 2 year/30,000 mile extended service plan with limited maintenance coverage for any business owner purchasing one of the following vehicles during this Commercial Truck Season: E-Series Cutaway and Stripped Chassis, E-Series Cargo Vans and Wagons, F-350 F-450 and F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cabs or even the Transit Connect Work Van or Wagon.  Gresham Ford Fleet believes in a holistic approach to fleet management and can show you how extended service and maintenance plans can reduce your overall cost of ownership.  
2013 Econoline Vans Available at Gresham Ford Fleet

Gresham Ford Fleet is also excited to have begun April 1st 2013 with the E-Series Vans intended to be completed as a aerial lift bucket truck with the 86A Aerial Lift Suspension Package.  This package also requires the 53S option also known as the modified vehicle wiring system.  The completed vehicle Vertical Center of Gravity (CGv) must be a minimum of 39.4 inches and a maximum of 44.25 inches in order to meet Type II compliance requirements as noted in the Incomplete Vehicle Manual to comply with FMVSS 126, Electronic Stability Control Systems.  The maximum front gross axle weight rating (GAWR) (672) is 4,600 lbs while the rear GAWR is restricted to 5,400lbs.  The GVWR remains 9500 lbs and Ford Commercial Vehicles has added a new front stabilizer bar, new 80 PSI tire pressure and new 8,500lbs 9 leaf springs also from the E350 DRW Cutaway.  Your favorite upfitter will need to complete your Aerial Bucket Package Econoline with a verticla center of Gravity between 39.4 inches and 44.25 inches.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gresham Ford is excited to report that the F150 has been chosen above all others

Gresham Ford has many F150's to chose from
Both Popular Mechanics Magazine and PickupTrucks.com have chosen the 2013 F-150 as the best light duty pickup truck.  The 2013 Ford F-150 beat five competitors and is being recognized for its outstanding capability and performance.

In the performance oriented NW truck market the Ford half-ton F150 is dominating.  The Ford 150 finished first or second in 11 of 13 events sponsored by Popular Mechanics and PickupTrucks.com.  Judges tested the F150 against the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra and the Ram 1500.  The Ford truck group marketing manager, Doug Scott shared that "The results of this test show why F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in America for more than 30 years.  We know our light-duty customers are looking for a pickup truck that delivers the leading combination of towing, payload, horsepower, torque, and fuel economy, and this shootout proves F-150 continues to lead the pack."

If you haven't already driven a F-150, Gresham Ford would be happy to take you out and show you the performance it provides.  The 2013 Ford half ton truck features up to 11,300 pounds of towing capability and best in class 3,120 pounds of payload.  The F-150 is available with four powertrains including the all new 6.2L V8, a 5L V8, a 3.7L V6 and the awesome and wonderful 3.5L Eco-Boost engine.

If you own or operate a business contact, Gresham Ford Fleet, to access your special fleet pricing.  Or just email any of our Gresham Ford Fleet Managers for a your business pricing on a new F150.