2013 – One of Ford’s Best Years Ever

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Used Ford near St. JacobWith the full year of 2013 bringing a pre-tax profit of $8.6 billion, Ford’s is showing one of the best years in their history. This increase of $603 million from last year, full year earning per share increases 21 cents compared to year ago making it a total of $1.62 per share.

After taxes, the full net income for Ford was $7.2 billion. This includes the pre-tax item charges of $1.6 billion and favorable tax special items of $2.2 billion.

2013 was undoubtedly the highest full year for Automotive pre-tax profit in more than a decade. There were record level profits in North America and Asia Pacific Africa. However, in South America they only almost broke even, and in Europe, there was a loss last year.

With wholesale volume and total company revenue up 12 percent and 10 percent respectively there is obvious full year top-line growth compared with the same numbers from a year ago. The growth that is supported by year-over-year market share gains in the U.S., South America and in Asia Pacific Africa. This was driven by the record market share in China and higher retail share in Europe. Overall, it is easy to see that Ford Credit is solidly profitable.   Just in the fourth quarter, the total company pre-tax profit was $1.3 billion. However, this decreased $402 million compared to the same quarter last year. It does mark the 18th consecutive quarter of profitability. The fourth quarter earnings per share of 31 cents are unchanged from 2012.

For 2014, Ford’s outlook in unchanging. Another solid year is expected from Ford with total company pre-tax profit to range from $7 billion to $8 billion. Automotive revenue is also expected to be about the same as last year while the Automotive operating margin will be lower. While still positive, the Automotive operating-related cash flow will be substantially lower than 2013.

Ford’s growth is just one more example of why they are they best. It doesn’t matter if you want to buy a new of Used Ford near St. Jacob.

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Tiny and Feisty: The 2014 Ford Fiesta (Part 2)

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Used Ford near ShilohIn our last blog we talked about the 2014 Ford Fiesta and some of the basic features that make it the subcompact to beat. There are even more reasons, however, that make it such a formidable car.

Safety is a huge concern for Ford. Every Fiesta come standard with:

-antilock brakes

-traction and stability control

-hill launch assist

-an integrated blind-spot mirror

-front side airbags

-side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag

A 911 Assist function that pairs your cell to connect automatically to a 911 operator has been added to the standard SYNC features. For the Titanium model, a rearview camera and parking sensors have been added.

During brakes testing, a Fiesta SE with 15-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 136 feet. With 16-inch wheels a Fiesta SES stopped in 119 feet while the Fiesta ST stopped in just 112 feet.

In government crash testing, four out of five start were received for overall combined protection. It received four stars for frontal protection and five stars for side crash protection. The Fiesta got the highest possible “Good” in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Unexpected in an economy car, the Fiesta’s cabin has a premium vibe with its edgy style, soft-touch dash top, metallic accents and tight build quality. For 2014, Ford updated some of the materials. Although the black trim is overly smudge-prone, the MyFord Touch interface and new 6.5-inch touchscreen surrounded by piano-black trim look particularly upscale. The maintains a classy look at night because of ambient lighting.

Voice control over the audio system and your cell phone is allows in the standard Sync system. It also  provides such features as voice-prompted turn-by-turn navigation and emergency assist. A keyless entry/ignition system is another high-end feature not often seen in this segment that is available.

The sedan’s trunk capacity is class-competitive at 12.8 cubic feet. The hatchback offers just a little less than this with its rear seat up.

Even if you are looking for a Used Ford near Shiloh, the Fiesta is a great choice. Check out Jack Schmitt Ford for more details.

 

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Tiny and Feisty: The 2014 Ford Fiesta (Part 1)

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Ford Cars near Fairveiw HeightsThe Fiesta subcompact got reintroduced to the U.S. market. Since them, the Fiesta has had big fans. This car is tiny and feisty, it’s goodness is disproportionate to its size. Freshened up for 2014, this subcompact has vast talent that includes slick styling, snappy handling and a high level of refinement inside.

Both sedan and hatchback received small face-lifts for 2014. Even basic models have standard features like Bluetooth, an iPod interface and seven airbags.

The Fiesta is fun to drive because of responsive steering and sharp handling. Acceleration is more modest because of the optional turbocharged three-cylinder engine, but with 40 mpg highway, it’s worth it.

Even though there is formidable class competition, the Ford Fiesta is poised to retain its popularity. Especially since the freshened styling and newly available powertrain options for 2014.

Two body styles are available for the Ford Fiesta: a four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback. The base comes with:

-power locks and mirrors

-air-conditioning

-a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

-a six-speaker sound system with a CD player

-various Ford Sync functions (iPod/USB audio interface

-Bluetooth phone connectivity

-voice controls

-some app-based services and certain safety communications functions)

-an auxiliary audio jack

-for hatchback models, a rear wiper

For the SE and Titanium models the standard features are subject to change.

For the 2014 Ford Fiesta the base engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 120 hp and 112 pound-feet of torque. The standard is a five-speed manual transmission, however, a six-speed automated manual known as “PowerShift” is an option. This king of “automatic” transmission still shifts for you, it just does a better job of maximizing engine power and efficiency than a traditional automatic.

If you would like to buy Ford Car near Fairview Heights, Jack Schmitt Ford is the place to look!

 

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Let’s Talk About the C-Max Hybrid

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Ford Cars near BellevilleLet’s talk details for the C-Max Hybrid. The 2014 seats five and has front wheel drive. It is powered by an electric motor and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The two are mated to a continuously variable transmission. Two trims are available for the C-Max Hybrid: SE and SEL. Since its debut for the 2013 model year, the C-Max has not changed that much.

Critics said the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid is fun to drive and has plenty of passenger space!

Reviewers think that the four-cylinder engine and an electric motor provide strong acceleration for a hybrid. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard in the vehicle. Ford has said that the 2014 C-Max Hybrid can travel at speeds up to 85 miles per hour on electric power alone. Test drivers are writing that the Ford C-Max Hybrid has agile handling for a hybrid and a precise steering system that provides good feedback. Some automotive journalists have mentioned that the ride gets tougher on bumpy roads, but it remains comfortable. Overall, people are saying that the brakes are strong.

It is agreed by automotive journalists agree that the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid has a well-constructed interior with an appealing design and high-quality materials. Tall passengers have plenty of head and legroom to sit comfortably. For being a wagon, it does have a smaller cargo area. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity and SYNC, which allows you to control the vehicle’s communications and entertainment system using voice commands are all standard features on the C-Max Hybrid. MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system and active park assist, which helps steer the car into a parallel spot are some options.

This is just one of the available Ford Cars near Belleville!

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How to Check Your Tread Depth with a Penny

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Ford Dealer near Glen Carbon, Escape SUVThe last few blogs we spent teaching you how to protect your car ford road salt. When it gets icy and snowy, road salt is an inevitability. Unfortunately, so are winter accidents. One way you can  make sure your vehicle is ready to handle winter weather is to check your tires regularly. The tread depth on your tires is critical to safety.  And you can keep those tires on the road longer if you treat them with care. For instance, keep your tires inflated properly and rotate them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This way, your tread will wear out evenly.

Here’s the scoop; there is a low cost was to check the tread on your tires. It’ll only take one penny, five minutes and six steps for you to know if you need new tires.

1)      Select a shiny penny. Yes, make is a shiny one. You want to be able to see the President’s face clearly. Make sure the penny is not too dark for you to see the face clearly.

2)      Grab the penny with your thumb and forefinger. Hold the penny on the President’s body, not his head. Again, we’re using his head as a reference point; make sure it’s visible.

3)      Choose the place on your tire that looks to be low. With Lincoln’s head pointed downward, put the penny into the groove.

4)      Take a look at that penny. Can you see Lincoln’s head? If no, your tires are fine. If yes, your treads are too shallow and you need to replace the tire.

5)      Repeat the process with more than one groove. About every 15”, test the penny all the way around the tire. This way you will know if the tire is wearing evenly.

6)      Check all of your tires. It might seem tedious, but it’s worth it to know that your tires are safe. Side note: Don’t forget that spare too!

Your Ford Dealer near Glen Carbon knows that safety is just as important as looks. Keep your tired safe this winter!

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How to Protect Your Car From Road Salt (Part 2)

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Ford Dealer near Troy, Edge SUVLast blog, we talked about that crusty white line that appears on your car after it snow. That road salt can be damaging. If it isn’t taken care of right away, it promotes rust and other permanent damage. Even though the salt helps melt the ice, and decreases the number of accidents every winter, it can still be a pain. It wreaks havoc on the outside of our cars. As these snowy days and nights persist, make sure you know how to protect your car from the ravages of road salt.

There are some areas of your car that you should pay special attention too. Areas like wheel wells and under or against your fenders are very susceptible to rust damage. Make sure you are clearing out any snow and ice that has become compacted into these areas. If you leave the snow and ice filled with road salt you increase the likelihood of damage. If your wheel wells are packed with snow it can also change the way the car handles and make braking, turning, and maneuvering difficult.

Lastly, don’t forget about your carpet! The outside of your vehicle is not the only part that can be affected by road salt. You bring salt and dirt with you every time you step into you vehicle with snowy shoes. Every time you wash your car, make it a habit to vacuum the carpets as well. This will prevent long term damage to the carpet and interior of the car.

Your Ford Dealer near Troy knows that you take pride in the looks of your Ford. We hope that these tips will help you protect your Ford so it stays more beautiful, longer.

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How to Protect Your Car From Road Salt (Part 1)

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Used Ford near Fairview HeightsIf you live near St. Louis, it snows. Some years it snows a lot, some years it only snows a little. One thing is for sure, Missouri weather will do whatever it please without any consideration to you, your home, or your car. That means it’s up to you to make sure you are protecting your belongings from the elements. When it comes to snow, this means snow tires, scraping windows, and knowing how to drive safely. But there is one more things that always comes with the snow: road salt. Road salt helps melt the ice and snow faster, but it can be very damaging to your paint if it is not taken care of properly. At the very least, it makes your car look terrible! That crusty white line that appears in the dirt and grime on your car is not attractive.

Even though we’re a little late, we want to cover all the bases. This actually starts before the snow arrives. One of the very best things you can do to protect your car from rust and other road salt damage, is in the late fall before the snow starts, give you car a good wax. Waxing your vehicles prevents the road salt from being able to corrode the paint. It is also a good idea to have a sealant applied to the undercarriage of the car. Things like brake lines are bombarded with road salt all season long. Unfortunately, they are very susceptible to rust damage. The first step toward preventing damage is protection.

Regardless of the weather, is you live in an area that uses rock salt to keep the roads safe, even if it is mixed with sand, you need to wash your car every 7-10 days. Following any heavy snowstorms, wash it again. Get into a routine that removes the salt residue from your car before it can cause any damage. When you wash you car or go through a car wash, make sure the undercarriage is included. When possible, wash your car when it is above 40 degrees. To keep doors, hatches, and trunks from freezing shut, after you wash your car, open them all up.

Whether you are driving a new or Used Ford near Fairview Heights, you need to be taking care of your car well. For more info on protecting your car from road salt, check back tomorrow.

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Ford Sources More Than $10 Million at Matchmaking Summit

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Used Ford near MaryvilleThrough the 2013 Pure Michigan Business Connect Ford Matchmaking Summit, $10.4 million in contracts to Michigan-based companies were awarded by Ford and its Tier suppliers.

In March 2013, Ford hosted the summit with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This was done in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber. For was the first OEM to host the summit. They used the even to connect more than 300 qualified Michigan suppliers with 12 of the company’s purchasing teams and 30 of its Tier 1 suppliers.

Gov. Rick Snyder said, “For a program like Pure Michigan Business Connect to be successful, we need leaders like Ford and its commitment to grow our economy organically from within, and we thank them for their investments in Michigan. Their commitment, along with those of other PMBC members, means significant growth opportunities for Michigan companies.”

Because of the summit, more than $11 million worth of supply contracts were sourced. Of the $11 million, $10.4 million originated with Ford and its suppliers. $5.8 million were directly sourced by Ford along with Michigan-based small business. Ford’s Tier 1 suppliers signed $4.6 million in contracts with local companies.

Richard Hopkins, vice president of global purchasing, Dura Automotive Systems, one of the Ford suppliers that participated in the event stated that this matchmaking summit connect business partners that otherwise would never be aware of each other. Dura Automotive Systems is thrilled to be supporting growth and job creation in their local community.

Though its Supplier Diversity Development program Ford has a long history of “matchmaking” suppliers. This development program celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2013. Ford’s aim through this program is to source a minimum of 10 percent U.S. purchase from minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. Since the inception of the program, Ford has spent more than $67 billion with diverse suppliers.

Using home-grown suppliers is one thing Ford is committed to. In 2012 alone, Ford purchased $15 billion in goods and services from Michigan-based companies.

Michigan is really just the beginning. Missouri and Illinois reap benefits of Ford as well. On a grand scale and in the confidence that your dealer of certified, Used Ford near Maryville has a reliable Ford for you.

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2013 Europe had Strong Retails Sales

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Ford Cars near EdwardsvilleRecently, European Ford reported that year for full-year retail sales increased 14 percent. This drove the company’s retail market share up a full percentage point to. In 2013, the improvement in sales to individual customers was the result of a strategic shift to target healthier sales channels.

Stephen Odell, President, Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa recently stated, “We made a decision to significantly reduce sales to rental fleets and reduce dealer self registrations, betting that we could correspondingly increase retail sales with our new vehicles. This has really paid off. Retail sales are more profitable and better for brand image and residual values.”

In Europe, Ford retail share has improved in each of the past eleven months. From Ka to Galazzy in their respective segments the retail market share increased for every Ford car model.

When compared to 2012 Ford European retail sales and fleet customers increased 7 percentage points to 73 percent of total sales. This is two percentage points above the industry average. In 2012, daily rentals and dealer registrations for Ford sales declined to 27 percent from 34 percent.

Also rising last year were Ford commercial sales. With this sales volume up 6.3 percent and market share at 9.2 percent. This is the highest level since 2007.

In its 19 traditional European markets for full year 2013, Ford sold 1.1 million vehicles. This makes it the number two selling brand in the region for the sixth consecutive year. For Ford, December marked the seventh straight month of total sales growth. Despite the lack of availability of the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy earlier in the year the company’s overall total market share in the 19 markets was nearly flat at 7.8 percent.

Growth for Ford Cars in Europe may not seem important, but growth there effect growth for Ford Cars near Edwardsville. Overall growth pushes corporate Ford to be even more innovative.

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ASEAN Product-Led Transformation

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Ford Cars near HighlandFord’s best-selling nameplate across ASEAN was the Thai-built ranger. This ranger had overall retail sales that rose 65 percent to an all-time best 45,000 units. In Vietnam this included being the overall number one pickup. In Thailand Ford Ranger sales jumped 43 percent year-over-year to 28,287 units.

For ASEAN in 2013 the all-new Ford Focus also turned in a record performance with overall retail sales increasing 21 percent from the previous year to 9,690 units. By delivering smart technologies in a class-leading combination, design and safety innovation, and fuel efficiency the all-new Focus significantly raises the bar in the compact segment.

Through the first half of 2013 around the globe the Ford Focus was the best-selling nameplate. Based on Ford analysis of Polk global vehicle registration data, the Ford Focus is still on track to remain the best-selling nameplate for the full year.

With the launch of a greatly updated model featuring Ford’s revolutionary EcoBoost engine technology, the segment-leading Ford Fiesta was given a boost in the second half of 2013. With overall retail sales in ASEAN of 28,115 units the Fiesta finished the year.

The Thai-built Ford Everest SUV sales enjoyed another strong  year in ASEAN. For 2013 this SUV had overall sales increasing 24 percent to 5,700 units.

The official launch of the all-new Ford EcoSport compact SUV is being prepared by Ford across its ASEAN markets during the first quarter. Production will be kicked-off later this month at the company’s $450 million, state-of-the-art Ford Thailand Manufacturing facility in Rayong.

In 2013 Ford continued to enhance its customer service experience. In key locations across the ASEAN region, this included the opening of new authorized Ford dealerships. To a total of 140 locations in Thailand this included expanding the dealer network. They are also expanding its dealer network in the Philippines by nearly 20 percent.

Your Dealer of Ford Cars near Highland brings you another update from corporate Ford. All around world, Ford is improving what they do.

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