Celebrate the F-150’s 75th Birthday With a Two-Tone Heritage Edition

2023 F-150 Heritage Edition | Toronto, ON
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Ford is celebrating 75 years of its popular F-Series trucks by introducing the modern yet timeless 2023 F-150 Heritage Edition. This aesthetic package will be available on the XLT series F-150 trucks, with production starting soon.

The appealing special edition of the Ford F-150 comes in one of five two-tone, A-B-A paint combinations that create something of a colour stripe across the body:

  • Area 51 (gray-blue) body with upper/lower in Agate Black
  • Atlas Blue body with upper/lower in Agate Black
  • Avalanche (light, frosty blue) body with an upper/lower in Agate Black
  • Race Red body with an upper/lower in Carbonize Gray
  • Antimatter Blue body with an upper/lower in Carbonized Gray

In addition to the attractive exterior colour options, the interior of the Ford F-150 Heritage Edition is outfitted with slate gray and black seats and accents. The seats also come with covers that have unique inserts while the centre console features special embossing.

An exclusive “75 Years” logo adorns the upper center windshield and shows up on the touch-screen display upon start-up of the vehicle.

If you want to know more about the 2023 Ford F-150 Heritage Edition or any of the F-Series trucks in the Ford lineup, feel free to contact our team or visit us at Downtown Ford in Toronto, Ontario.

New F-150 Lighting Is Optimized for Winter’s Worst

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Toronto, ON
US version of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

If you’ve ever doubted the capability of an all-electric truck, Ford is prepared to show you just how durable and adventure-ready the new F-150 Lightning can be. In fact, it took the new Ford truck to the harsh cold of Alaska to put it to the test.

“Alaska provides us the extremely cold temperatures, snow and ice-covered surfaces that we need to push the F-150 Lightning in this type of testing, which is really focused on dialing-in how the truck delivers its power to the ground on slippery surfaces,” said Cameron Dillon, F-150 Lightning powertrain engineer.

The Ford engineers tested the F-150 Lightning in freezing temperatures on various surfaces at a restricted military base. This included conditions like packed and loose snow, complete ice, and a mix of ice and concrete, among others. Doing so allowed engineers to see how responsive, stable, and powerful the electric truck could be in other similar areas — like here in the cold winters of Toronto.

Some of the features and components that help the F-150 Lightning succeed include standard always-on 4×4, quick torque delivery, selectable drive modes, an electronic-locking rear differential, and a low centre of gravity for improved handling.

You can learn more about the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning when you contact our team or visit us at Downtown Ford in Toronto, Ontario.

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

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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.