Once Again, Ford Is Canada’s Best-Selling Auto Brand

2022 Ford F-150, Toronto, ON

Canadians Love Ford

It’s official: Canada loves Ford. For the 13th consecutive year, Ford was named the best-selling auto brand in Canada. Not only that, but Ford is celebrating a handful of other achievements from the past year.

“With all of the challenges that faced Canadians in general, and our industry specifically, one thing remained true through 2021 – consumers continue to trust Ford to deliver the vehicles and services they are looking for more than any other automotive brand,” said Bev Goodman, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.

Best-Selling Automaker

Along with being the most favored auto brand in Canada, Ford was also the best-selling automaker in the Great White North for the 6th consecutive year. When it comes to heavy-duty vehicles, the F-Series has been the best-selling pickup in Canada for 56 years in a row while the F-Series was the bestselling individual vehicle in Canada for the 12th consecutive year.

Individual vehicle sales were also up last year, including the Escape, Explorer, Ranger, and E-Series. In addition to existing vehicles doing well, Ford introduced a handful of new models. The Bronco, Bronco Sport, Maverick, and Mustang Mach-E combined for more than 21,000 units sold.

Our team at Downtown Ford in Toronto is excited about Ford’s latest success, and we have high hopes that it will continue well into the future.

Bronco, Maverick Win North American Utility and Truck of the Year Awards

2022 Ford Bronco | Toronto, ON

The North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ (NACTOY) awards occur each year. A jury of 50 professional auto journalists from the U.S. and Canada assess vehicles from various markets to determine the best in each of the three segments. This year, the Ford Bronco and Ford Maverick are winners in the Utility Vehicle and Truck categories, respectively.

Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford Americas and International Markets Group, was excited about the success of these two newer vehicles — especially against such strong competition. “But we’re also proud because these awards are well-deserved recognition for the tremendous amount of work, focus and energy our teams have invested in designing, engineering and building exciting vehicles for our customers,” he continued.

A model must show excellence in innovation, design, safety, technology, performance, value, and driver satisfaction to be a NACTOY contender. The exciting Maverick pickup dominated the truck category, outshining another new vehicle in the Hyundai Santa Cruz as well as the luxury Rivian R1T. The adventurous Bronco also bested a luxury vehicle in the Genesis GV70 as well as the electric Hyundai IONIQ 5.

Along with being named a NACTOY winner, the Maverick was recognized by Kelley Blue Book as the 2022 Best New Model and Best Compact Pickup. Meanwhile, Forbes, Autotrader.ca, and more have praised the sporty Bronco.

You can experience both of these award-winning Ford vehicles when you contact our team at Downtown Ford in Toronto, Ontario.

Meet the F-150 Lightning’s Innovative Mega Power Frunk

Ford Mega Power Frunk, Toronto, ON

The all-new Ford F-150 Lightning is incredibly ground-breaking, and one of the more unique features on the electric truck is its Mega Power Frunk. The “frunk,” which is a portmanteau of “front” and “trunk,” is not only advanced, but it is also the largest in the truck industry.

Since most EVs have their batteries stored underneath the vehicle, instead of under the hood, this opens up extra space in the front. Ford took full advantage of this and consulted Ford truck and fleet customers about what they would want with this newly available area. “Since the frunk was a new space, all the truck customers we interacted with got really excited about what it could be and what use they could get out of it in their daily lives,” said Greg Ardisana, Ford design strategy director, passenger vehicles. “We needed to take what they wanted and find a way to deliver on it.”

The Mega Power Frunk offers up to 400 litres of cargo space, which is enough room for two full-size golf bags, and a 400-pound payload capacity. Not only that, but the space is lined with an easy-to-clean rubberized floor with anti-slide properties. But the innovative space goes beyond those capabilities thanks to functional lamps in the frunk hood, four electrical outlets, and two USB chargers.

To learn more about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s Mega Power Frunk, contact our team at Downtown Ford in Toronto, Ontario.

Maverick Hybrid Gets Impressive Official Fuel Economy Rating

2022 Ford Maverick | Toronto, ON

There are many reasons to consider the all-new 2022 Ford Maverick, and fuel economy is right there near the top. It has officially been confirmed that the Maverick is incredibly fuel efficient, offering outstanding numbers with its standard hybrid engine.

Ford Hybrid Engine

“Maverick redefines what a truck can be, with an estimated rating of 5.6 L/100km city, better than many sedans,” said Mathieu Rompré, Maverick marketing manager at Ford of Canada. “That is combined with room for five, innovative FLEXBED and FIT slots, and plenty of towing and hauling for weekend trips or do-it-yourself projects.”[1]

As noted, the 2022 Ford Maverick’s 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine allows the truck to achieve 5.6 L/100 km in the city. You can also expect to get up to 7.1 L/100 km on the highway, 6.3 L/100 km combined, and an estimated driving range of over 800 km.[2] Ford also offers the all-new Maverick with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost® engine. It’s available with all-wheel drive and upgrades like a 4K Tow Package that increases max towing to 4,000 pounds.

Take A Test Drive

You can find the 2022 Ford Maverick ready for a test drive at Downtown Ford in Toronto, Ontario. Call, email, or stop in and we’ll get you in the driver’s seat.

[1] Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. Payload, towing, and fuel consumption ratings are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously.

[2] Actual fuel-consumption and range will vary. Range is calculated using 52.2-litre tank (excludes reserve) and estimated fuel consumption ratings of 5.6 L/100 km City / 7.1 L/100 km Highway / 6.3 L/100 km combined, based on Government of Canada approved test methods. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, and battery age.

ST-Line Trim Joins 2022 Ford Explorer Lineup

2022 Ford Explorer ST | Toronto, ON

The Ford Explorer is now more advanced and appealing than ever. The sporty SUV is offering an upgrade in the form of the exciting new ST-Line trim. Taking inspiration from the Explorer ST trim but without the performance enhancements, the 2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line gives customers the chance to add athletic stylings and advanced tech to their Explorer.

“The ST brand has been very well received by Explorer customers since it arrived two years ago,” said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. “With the addition of Explorer ST-Line, Explorer will offer the broadest performance-inspired lineup in the segment.” 

Sitting between the XLT and Limited trims, the Explorer ST-Line is equipped with 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, gloss-black “EXPLORER” hood badging, a unique black-out treatment for the headlamps and taillamps, a blacked-out grille, and blacked-out dual exhaust tips.

Those design elements extend to the cabin with Ebony Black ActiveX™-trimmed seats with Miko inserts. Additional ST-Line interior features include a heated sport-style steering wheel, heated front seats, and red stitching throughout the cabin. When it comes to tech, the Explorer ST-Line offers available premium features like a wireless charging pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 360-degree camera, and a 12-speaker B&O® sound system.

Other notable upgrades for the 2022 Explorer includes a new 400-horsepower powertrain for the King Ranch® and Platinum models, two new exterior colours (Stone Blue and Burgundy Velvet), a choice of second-row bench seat or captain’s chairs at no extra charge, and an advanced Technology Package for King Ranch® and Platinum models that includes a 10.1-inch touch screen and a 14-speaker B&O® sound system.

To learn more about the updated 2022 Ford Explorer, contact our team at Downtown Ford in Toronto, Ontario.

Ford Debuts the Captivating, All-Electric 2022 F-150 Lightning

Ford Debuts the Captivating, All-Electric 2022 F-150 Lightning | Toronto, ON

If you think an electric vehicle can’t be tough, Ford is about to prove you wrong. The company recently debuted the all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning — a pickup truck that embodies the Built Ford Tough® tagline.

Ford CEO Jim Farley was thrilled to discuss the new vehicle, noting that “The F-150 Lightning is a massive moment for our Ford team. It’s quicker than a Raptor, with standard 4×4 and independent rear suspension; a power frunk, enough juice to run your house for three days or power an awesome tailgate; and it will forever improve with over-the-air updates.”

The electric truck is powered by dual in-board motors with the aforementioned standard 4×4. Combined with its high-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy body and that new independent rear suspension, the F-150 Lightning is expected to deliver 563 horsepower and a whopping 775 lb-ft of torque. You can also expect a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds and a 10,000-pound towing capacity.

As Farley alluded, the 2022 F-150 Lightning is just as smart as it is tough. Premiering on this model is the available Ford Intelligent Backup Power, a system that turns the truck into a power source if your home goes through an outage. Not only that, but the F-150 Lightning will include the SYNC® 4A infotainment system, a 15.5-inch touch screen, and a long list of connected features to make every drive easier.

These are just some of the highlights of this exciting new truck from Ford. Stay tuned for more details or contact our team at Downtown Ford if you want to know more about the all-electric F-150 Lightning.

2021 Ford F-150 Adds New Tech for Easier Towing and Hauling

Ford F-150 tech in Toronto, ON

The F-150 has always been a pioneer for innovation in the pickup truck segment — and that’s not going to change any time soon. Ford recently announced that the all-new 2021 F-150 will come equipped with new high-tech towing and hauling features that make tough jobs easier.

“We’re constantly working to deliver a continuous history of capable, strong, and smart trucks designed to make the F-150 customer even more productive,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “This summer we’re delivering three new features all about enhancing the F-150 customer experience, while delivering even greater confidence when towing and hauling.”

For the 2021 model year, the F-150 is debuting an available Onboard Scales feature. This technology allows you to understand just how much weight you’re hauling. It estimates cargo weight in real time, indicating capacity in three ways: on the centre touchscreen, on a mobile phone through the FordPass™ app, and in graphics on the truck’s smart taillights.

The F-150 will also come available with the class-exclusive Smart Hitch. This technology measures the tongue weight of a trailer that’s being connected, allowing you to distribute your trailer weight correctly and efficiently.

Another new F-150 is controlled damping, which enhances your ride experience and handling capabilities while hauling and towing.

These features are being added to the 2021 Ford F-150 lineup in early June, with deliveries set to begin in late summer. Contact us here at Downtown Ford in Toronto to learn how you can get an F-150 with these exciting new technologies.

3 Ford Models Earn IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK Recognition

3 Ford Models Earn IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK Recognition | Toronto, ON

Ford puts safety first — and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) agrees. This prestigious safety organization recently awarded three Ford vehicles with TOP SAFETY PICK honors.

The 2021 Ford Explorer was one of 49 vehicles that earned the IIHS’s highest accolade of TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Explorer also earned this recognition in 2020, when only 23 models received this high accolade. Meanwhile, the 2021 Ford Edge and 2021 Ford Escape both earned the TOP SAFETY recognition for the second straight year as well.

“With these awards, we want to make it easy for consumers to find vehicles that provide good protection in crashes, sufficient lighting, and effective front crash protection,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “Manufacturers have stepped up to meet the challenge, and the list of great options has grown to an impressive size this year.”

To receive either TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+, vehicles need to earn the highest possible “Good” rating in six crash-test categories: driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.  They also must have front crash prevention technology that rate “Advanced” or “Superior.”

The TOP SAFETY PICK+ award goes to vehicles that have either an “Advanced” or “Good” rating for their headlights in all trim levels. For TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle’s lineup needs to have at least one set of headlights that rate “Advanced.”

Contact us here at Downtown Ford in Toronto to learn more about Ford safety features or to test-drive one of these award-winning models.

Enhance Your Bronco Sport with 5 Lifestyle Accessory Bundles

Ford Bronco Sport Accessory Bundle in Toronto, Ontario

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport was built with your adventures in mind. As part of this, Ford has introduced five lifestyle accessory bundles that will help you get even more out of outdoor outings in your Bronco Sport.  

Each of these five accessory bundles are tailored to help you create the Bronco of your dreams. Bike, Water, Snow, Camping, and Cargo options all come with unique features to help you haul more gear on the go. Every package comes with rooftop crossbars and gear-specific accessories from Yakima™.

Here’s what the packages include:

Bike

  • Yakima™ hitch-mounted bike rack
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Yakima™ roof rack-mounted basket
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Water

  • Yakima™ kayak carrier with locks
  • Yakima™ awning
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Snow

  • Yakima™ hitch-mounted ski/snowsport rack
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Camping

  • Yakima™ Skyrise™ HD two-person rooftop tent
  • Yakima™ awning
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Cargo

  • Yakima™ roof-mounted cargo box that holds 453 litres
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather mats

If none of these packages meet your exact needs, never fear. The 2021 Bronco Sport has more than 100 vehicle accessories to choose from, and you can easily customize your own bundle.

To test-drive the 2021 Bronco Sport or add one of these accessory bundles, give us a call here at Downtown Ford in Toronto.

 

New Ford F-150, Mustang Mach-E Score 2021 NACTOY Awards

2021 Ford F-150 Mustang Mach-E NACTOY | Toronto, Ontario

The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E are two of the hottest vehicles in the Ford lineup today. They’re also two of the most-awarded, recently picking up a pair of 2021 North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards™. The double NACTOY win is just the latest example of the F-150 and Mustang Mach-E scoring side-by-side award wins.

Thanks to the F-150 and Mustang Mach-E, Ford pulls off a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in seven years. With the former winning 2021 North American Truck of the Year and the all-electric SUV nabbing the title of North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, Ford is the first to win two NACTOY awards in the same year since 2014.

It’s fair to say that the 2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E are both on a hot streak. This dynamic duo both scored in Edmunds’ Top Rated awards, with the F-150 taking home Top Rated Truck and the Mustang Mach-E winning Top Rated Luxury EV. Both also came up big with Green Car Journal, which named the two its choice for Green Truck of the Year and Green Car of the Year.

The idea that the 2021 Ford F-150 and all-electric Mustang Mach-E shouldn’t be all that surprising. The F-150 is the strongest and most capable yet, offering up to 14,000 pounds of best-in-class towing.* With the Mustang Mach-E, Ford delivers an affordable, efficient, and stylish EV that lives up to the Mustang while delivering amazing range of up to 475 kilometres.**

Want to see what the all-new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E can do for you and your active Toronto lifestyle? Give Downtown Ford a call to learn more about both and schedule a test drive.

*Max towing on F-150 SuperCab 8’ box and SuperCrew 4×2 with available 3.5L EcoBoost, Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

**Based on full charge when configured with optional Extended Range battery and RWD. USA EPA-targeted range reflecting current status based on analytical projection consistent with US EPA combined drive cycle. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health. Final Government of Canada approved estimated ratings available in the 2020 calendar year.