Over-the-Air Updates Keep Ford Infotainment Fresh

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If you’ve ever missed out on technology that came out right after you bought a new vehicle, or if you’ve longed for an infotainment system that remains up to date for more of your vehicle’s lifetime, you’ll appreciate Ford’s latest move. The automaker recently announced its goal to equip most redesigned vehicles in Canada and the United States with advanced over-the-air update capabilities.

 

Over-the-air (OTA) updates will allow Ford to make easy wireless improvements to your vehicle’s infotainment system, providing upgrades in quality, capability, and convenience. Over-the-air tech even has the ability to add new features to your vehicle.

 

“Nobody wants to feel like they’re missing out on great features right after spending their hard-earned money on a new vehicle — that’s where our over-the-air updates can help,” said Don Butler, executive director Connected Vehicle Services, Ford Motor Company. “We can now help improve your vehicle’s capability, quality, and overall driving experience while you’re sleeping.”

 

These updates will be mostly installed in the background, which means it won’t hinder your ability to use your vehicle’s technologies. You can even choose when the updates will occur, allowing you to pick times when you don’t typically use your vehicle, like the middle of the night.

 

The first OTA updates are expected to arrive about six months after Ford launches its 2020 models that are equipped with this capability. Visit us here at Downtown Ford to learn more about this exciting new program.

2020 Ford Super Duty Boasts Even More Capability

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The Ford Super Duty lineup has always been known for its superior capability — and that’s not changing any time soon. The revised 2020 Super Duty pickup now has more torque, payload, and towing power than ever before.

 

The 2020 Ford Super Duty has raised the bar in its segment, boasting an increase in capability to more than 680 kilograms more towing power than its competitors. The new F-450 can tow up to 16,783 kilograms for a goose-neck — nearly four times what your driver’s license will allow in the majority of provinces. And this increase is across the lineup. For instance, the F-350 boasts a maximum 16,215 kilograms of goose-neck towing.

 

For the 2020 model year, the Ford Super Duty lineup also comes available with a 6.7-litre Power Stroke® diesel V8 engine. With this engine, the Ford pickup can achieve up to 1,050 lb-ft of torque. That’s 50 lb-ft more than the Ram 3500’s 1,000 lb-ft option. The Ford Super Duty lineup also comes available with a 6.2-litre engine that produces 385 horsepower and gets a class-leading payload of 7,850 pounds, and an all-new 7.3-litre V8, which produces 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque.

 

If this extra power isn’t enough, you can also get the new Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology, which will allow you to take advantage of all this trailering capability. This tech works to help you reverse when you have a trailer on your hitch, whether it’s a fifth-wheel, goose-neck, or conventional one.

 

According to Ford, the muscular new 2020 Super Duty should start rolling in at dealership lots across Canada by the end of the year — including here at Downtown Ford.

Canadian Man’s 1927 Ford Model T Highlights Brand’s Durability

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Ford is known for offering reliable and long-lasting pickup trucks — but exactly how durable are they? Here at Downtown Ford, we recently came across the story of a Nova Scotia man who owns a Model T truck that is older than he is — and he’s been driving it for the last 70 years. If that doesn’t highlight Ford durability, we’re not sure what does.

 

Randal Pitman, an 87-year-old from Nova Scotia, bought the 1927 Ford Model T when he was 17 years old. After pumping gas part time for 10 cents an hour, 17-year-old Pitman had saved up $50. With this money, he went to a car auction where he knew the Model T would be up for sale, determined to purchase it.

 

“Eventually, I bid $45 and the auctioneer, as auctioneers do, kept saying, ‘Forty-five! Who will give me 50?” he told CBC. “I stupidly said, ‘Forty-seven fifty,’ and he said ‘Sold!’”

 

To get the Model T to start, Pitman has to twist the crank three times. This truck doesn’t have turn signals, so he must signal his direction at every turn.

 

Now, the truck continues to make journeys around Pitman’s hometown of South Ohio, Nova Scotia. In the past, he’s traveled near and far with the truck, though, sometimes going more than 600 kilometres to vintage truck shows across Canada.

 

When he makes this type of trip now, the truck tends to travel on a flatbed to ensure he won’t have any trouble on the journey.

Ford Reveals 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang Power Specs

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When Ford announced the 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang was coming in 2019, the automotive industry got excited. The carmaker gave us a glimpse of the pony car’s massive air intakes, big wings, and legendary performance-inspired design. One thing that we didn’t know, though, was how powerful it was going to be — until now.

Ford recently revealed 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang power specs, and the numbers are impressive.

The 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang will have the most torque-dense V8 in the world – a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine that offers 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. With these numbers, the 2020 Shelby will be “the most powerful street-legal Ford ever,” just as Ford told us it would be.

Along with this powerful powertrain, the Shelby will come equipped with a new dual-clutch gearbox, which can shift in less than 100 milliseconds. The Shelby’s aerodynamics will also enhance its driving experience, providing almost 550 pounds of downforce.

While the Shelby’s official zero to 100 km/h and quarter-mile times have yet to be disclosed, it’s estimated that the former will be around 3.5 seconds and the latter will come in at less than 11 seconds.

The 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang will arrive in dealerships this fall. Visit Downtown Ford to learn more about this highly anticipated arrival and schedule a test drive.

2020 Ford Escape Debut Highlights Hybrid Variants

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Ford is looking to shake things up with the 2020 Ford Escape. The American carmaker recently introduced the redesigned crossover, and it will offer a larger interior and more powertrains than before — including two eco-friendly options.

The newest Escape continues to come in four trim levels — S, SE, SEL, and Titanium — but it will also offer a slew of changes to appeal to Canadian drivers.

This crossover arrives with a wheelbase and track that are each 20 millimetres longer, giving consumers more interior space than before. The interior has also received an upgrade, including a classier design that will appeal to more people.

One of the biggest changes to the Escape is its powertrain lineup. The first option is a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost® engine that puts out 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. A re-engineered 2.0-litre EcoBoost® four-cylinder will also be available, putting out 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Each engine comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The most notable powertrain is the new hybrid and plug-in hybrid option. These models use the same 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, combining it with an Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission. The normal hybrid pairs this powertrain with a 1.1-kWh batter that gives it a total system output of 198 horsepower.

For the plug-in hybrid model, this powertrain comes paired to a 14.4-kWh batter that will recharge in 3.5 hours using a 220-volt outlet. It can drive up to 58 electric-only kilometres and produces a total system output of 209 horsepower.

If you’d like to take the all-new 2020 Ford Escape for a test drive, it should be available at Downtown Ford sometime this fall (spring 2020 for the plug-in hybrid).

Check Out These Cool FordPass™ Features

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Many new Fords available at Downtown Ford come with support for FordPass™. To use any FordPass™ features, just download the FordPass™ app to your smart device via the App Store or Google Play. Once you have it downloaded to your phone, you will be able to stay connected to your Ford even from far away.

So what does FordPass™ let you do?

  • On chilly or hot days, you can remote-start your car to warm it up or cool it down. You can even schedule remote starts if you know what time you’ll be leaving.
  • You can also remote lock or unlock your car, perhaps from inside the grocery store before you head out with an armful of bags.
  • You can check fuel and fluid levels without starting the car or popping the hood and plan ahead for fuel station stops.
  • You can track tire pressure, especially important during the colder months.
  • You can receive Vehicle Health Alerts and, if necessary, use the app to contact Downtown Ford to schedule a maintenance visit.
  • You can use the app to find fuel stations on the way to your destination and find parking before you even arrive.
  • You can connect 10 devices to the Wi-Fi hotspot at a time — and use the app to track data usage each month.

Learn more about these FordPass™ features here.