Ford Helps Save Tax Dollars with EcoBoost Police Cars

We have all seen an unmarked Crown Victoria cruising around town, but it is not doing much cruising. The 4.6-liter V8 engine in the squad cars offer an underwhelming 16 to 17 mpg combined, even though they rarely travel any distance at highway speeds. All the short trips, starts, stops and constant idling are not the ideal for any vehicle to attain any type of acceptable fuel economy. With every city, county and state feeling the squeeze to save money, vehicle expenses are some of the largest and most difficult budgets to control. To combat expenses and offer a more fuel-friendly police vehicle, Ford has developed and will soon be offering what they call, “The Next-Generation Police Interceptor.”

From anticipation to realization

The new Interceptors (formerly known as a Crown Victoria) come from the need to replace mostSams Ford crown vick policy car agency standards, which are vehicles capable of high-speed pursuit. With drastic changes being made in police department policies to avoid these high-speed chases, Ford police marketing manager Jonathan Honeycutt admits that, “Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle.” In many cities, they have trimmed back their fleets and may include only a few pursuit vehicles, even going as far to commandeer seized high-performance vehicles from criminals and repaint them as police vehicles. The department can now instead provide detectives, special investigators, and even campus police with a more fuel-efficient vehicle to reduce fuel expenses. Ford listened to the requests of various law enforcement agencies and developed a turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine for police vehicles to meet the demand.

Wait, a four-cylinder police vehicle?

We had to take a double take when we read that too. Ford announced the new “special service police” sedans, which include a new fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The engine has 240 horsepower delivered with the help of a six-speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 26-27 mpg combined. Ford did the math and found that agencies that used the special service police package will save, “$5,040.92 in fuel costs over three years.” This was an estimation made by Ford, the figures were based on 30,000 miles driven, with gas at $3.65 per gallon. Historically, police cars have been powered by high-output V8 engines designed for maximum power in response and chase situations, today there is no longer the need for fleets of these vehicles. With advances in other technology, such as automatically changing traffic signals and more laws designed to discourage chase situations, the focus needed to be turned more toward efficiency and less toward all out power. While the legacy of the Crown Victoria carries on in spirit, the new Interceptors will be more cost effective for government agencies, which will funnel down to decreased burdens for taxpayers, which is good for everyone.

New and improved features

Sames ford 2014 Police Car The new special service police sedans will feature an active grille shutter that manages airflow to balance aerodynamics and engine cooling. The cabin will be equipped with level 3 ballistic door panels, side airbags, and a rollover protection safety canopy. The vehicles frame was reinforced with a safety cell construction system to enhance structural integrity. The new interceptors will be debut in the 2014 model year. While most people will not notice the change once they get their specific police car paint jobs, the savings will begin immediately.

The next generation of police interceptors will reduce fuel costs for law enforcement agencies across the country and provide an overall savings to the citizens they will be protecting as well. The engine powering the new interceptor, Ford’s EcoBoost engine is offered in a variety of other Ford passenger models, including the Taurus, to help you save money on your fuel budget as well. To see all the great new Fords available at Sames Ford, please visit our website at www.SamesFordCC.com.

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Racing Worlds Collide in an Epic Ford versus Ford Battle

With the racing world as diverse as it is today, it seems like any car is capable of taking home a trophy. From 500 plus laps on a NASCAR track and 5 second and under quarter miles in drag racing to the challenge of Global Rallycross dirt tracks, each style of racing comes a 

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particular style of racecar and driver.  With that being said what happens when you take one high performance car and race it against an entirely different class of high performance car? Ford has decided to find out what happens when you line up the drag racing Mustang Cobra Jet, driven by veteran drag racing legend Roy Hill and a dirt flinging Global Rallycross Fiesta ST, driven by racing professional and television personality Tanner Foust. The results, nonetheless, are pretty exciting!

Welcome race fans, ready for Cobra Jet versus Fiesta?

The race was scheduled, and the location was set. These two opposites would face off at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, to take on the quarter-mile. In lane one you have the competitor, the GRC Ford Fiesta ST

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Competition Car with a 2.0-liter, 550+ horsepower engine with an OMSE gearbox with custom ratios. In Lane two, the reigning quartermile champ, the 2013 Cobra Jet with its 5.0-liter V8 powerplant with a Ford Racing-built Whipple 2.9L Supercharger pushing around 530 horsepower. Each competitor has an impressive track record in their own fields, the Fiesta ST has three consecutive GRC Championships and the Cobra Jet has dominated ever since the inception of the NHRA’s Factory Stock Showdown. The Mustang Cobra Jet has held the distinction of being the fastest production

car available and is a factory-built racecar.

So who won this epic battle? Here are the final numbers:

Cobra Jet – WINNER
R/T: 0.282
60 Feet: 1.323
Time: 8.997
MPH: 152.24

GRC Fiesta ST
R/T: 0.280
60 Feet: 1.663
Time: 10.595
MPH: 127.88

(R/T denotes reaction time to accelerate by the driver once the green light appears)

Well, there you have it, with nearly identical reaction times, the Cobra Jet held its title as the fastest production car! While we do not encourage you to test this on your own, both the Fiesta and Mustang are great Ford cars, each with its unique appeal.

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Sames Ford Supports Teen Driving Safety

teen driver safetyWe all know the feeling of driving your first car for the first time. The feeling of freedom and hanging out with your friends, but it important to remember the responsibility and the dangers of being a teenager with a driver’s license. Teen drivers are one of the biggest groups on the road, as well as the largest group to be involved in motor vehicle accidents, many of which are fatal. The week of October 20-26 represented National Teen Driver Safety Week. While this one week brings extra attention to the importance of teen driver safety, Sames Ford knows that it should be given extra attention every week of the year. In honor of safe teen driving, Sames Ford, in cooperation with Ford Motor Company have elected to encourage a year-round safe driving initiative for teens across the nation.

Sames offers teen safe driving tips

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National Teen Driver Safety Week is designated by Congress to raise awareness for teen driver safety. There are also topics of discussion developed to encourage safe teen driving behavior. Sames Ford offers a variety of safe driving tips that while directed at teens, can be good reminders for adult drivers as well. One of the easiest tips to follow includes limiting the number of passengers new drivers can have in a vehicle. Some states already have laws in place to determine this, but Sames Ford wants to remind teen drivers how easily distracted they may become when surrounded by friends. For parents, you can set a good example by putting down the phone, using hands-free technology and if you do have ford teen driving safety trainingextra passengers, encourage a safe environment by making sure everyone has seat belts on and are not too loud as to distract the driver. Remembering that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop is a good reminder to get teens to slow down. Finally, the always obvious but necessary rules is do not drink or use drugs and drive, which is equally as important for adults as it is for teenagers. It is not just illegal to use drugs or alcohol while driving, these substances also contribute to a higher frequency of severe and/or fatal automobile accidents.

Ford taking the necessary steps

ford mykeyWhile all of these are great tips, distracted driving is a growing concern for parents. Ford now offers the “Do Not Disturb” feature, which blocks incoming calls and text messages. Calls get diverted to voicemail and texts can be viewed later. Parents who drive a Ford vehicle are also equipped with MyKey technology that encourages teens to wear seat belts, keep radio volume down, watch their speed and to pay attention to the road. This technology can be found in more than six million Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Ford also offers a comprehensive driving skills program, with free professional driving instruction, called ‘Ford Driving Skills For Life.’ This is designed to supplement standard driver education programs and has trained more than 50,000 new drivers.

If you have a new driver in your house or are interested in owning a safer vehicle for yourself, the team at Sames Ford can show you all of them in any of the new Ford cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs available. While Ford builds durable and dependable vehicles that stay on the road longer, we also want you to be on the road longer with a safer vehicle.

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