Ford Pays Homage to Five Decades of the World’s Favorite Pony Car with Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Ford Pays Homage to Five Decades of the World’s Favorite Pony Car with Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

  • The 50 Year Limited Edition builds on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT fastback and will be available in either Wimbledon White or Kona Blue
  • Special-edition Mustang comes standard with nearly every available option; the only choice customers have to make is color, and manual or automatic transmission
  • 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be available in fall 2014; only 1,964 examples will ever be built

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WALDORF, MD, 2014 – Fifty years after debuting one of the world’s most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.

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“When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today,” said Greg Basiliko, General Manager of Waldorf Ford.

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Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable on the road. The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition are the choice of two exclusive colors and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

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“The new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,” added Greg Basiliko. “The 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.”

The only two available colors are Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial No. 0001 that was first sold to Capt. Stanley Tucker in April 1964, or Kona Blue. Both are exclusive to this limited-edition car.

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“Chrome trim was much more prevalent on cars in the 1960s than it is today, so we added some discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar taillamps,” said Greg Basiliko. “The darker Kona Blue provides a particularly striking contrast against the chrome.”

Chrome bezels surrounding the base of each of the three taillamp blades take inspiration from the original 1962 design proposal by Gale Halderman that became the basis for the production model that debuted in 1964. The three individual lamps on each side of that design were combined into a single tri-bar lamp cluster for production, but the original concept has returned five decades on. The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be the only 2015 model with the large faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia, with 50 Years added to the GT designation.

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Another visual element that won’t be found on any other Mustang is the louvered rear quarter-windows. Unlike the external louvers on the quarter-windows of the 1965 fastback, the new windows are comprised of layered sheets of glass built with a construction technique uniquely developed for this car.

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From behind the wheel, drivers will know they are driving a very special car. The aluminum trim panel that spans the double-brow instrument panel gets an axel spin finish different from other 2015 Mustangs, plus a special serialized 50 Year Limited Edition badge on the passenger side. Each badge will be individually etched at Flat Rock Assembly Plant where Mustang is built.

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The limited-edition is the only 2015 Mustang with a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The stitching is also used on the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The seats feature exclusive two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery, and the Mustang 50 Year logo on the seat backs.

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Limited-edition cars will be equipped with loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding not available on other Mustangs.

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A showpiece meant to be driven

Powered by the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, every 50 Year Limited Edition will be equipped with the Mustang GT performance pack that includes massive six-piston Brembo front brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels with high-performance Y-speed-rated Pirelli P-Zero summer tires.

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The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a unique Y-spoke design inspired by the chromed steel wheels that were offered on the original Mustang 50 years ago. The front wheels are 9.0 inches wide with 255/40R tires, while the staggered rear wheels are 9.5 inches wide with 275/40R tires.

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The 50 Year Limited Edition is the only 2015 Mustang that will be available with a combination of an automatic transmission and the performance pack. When equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will get a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive. Customers who opt for the six-speed manual will get a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 final-drive ratio.

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The 50 Year Limited Edition car will be among the first 2015 Mustangs built when production begins later this year. Each of the 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustangs will get a unique owner’s guide in a leather portfolio with the 50 Year badge on the outside.

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“We wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car,” said Greg Basiliko. “With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal.”

Visit Waldorf Ford for more information and don’t forget to join us for the 50th Anniversary of Ford Mustang Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 5:30 – 8pm!   Click here for more info on this event! Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20601.  We can also be reached at 301-843-2400 or online at http://www.waldorfford.com.

Join us to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang

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WALDORF, MD – Ford Mustang is about to become the newest member of a very exclusive club: vehicles in continuous production for 50 years.  In its first 49 years, Mustang has gained a worldwide base of avid fans, including more than 5 million on Facebook, the most of any vehicle nameplate.  The car’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars, and Mustang has led the segment ever since.

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To celebrate that tradition and look ahead to a bright future, Waldorf Ford is throwing a Mustang 50th Anniversary party on April 17th, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  The Mustang Club of Southern Maryland will be on hand with vintage Mustangs representing five decades of brand history.

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Waldorf Ford will also provide food, refreshments and 50 Years of Mustang  favors!  Customers will also have the opportunity to sign up for the 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes” .

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Once entered gives customers the chance to win a 2015 Mustang GT!

We hope you join us to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang at Waldorf Ford, April 17th, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm!

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Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20601.  Call 301-843-2400 or visit us online at http://www.waldorfford.com!

Ford Mustang celebra sus 50 años en el Empire State Building

DEARBORN, Michigan, 28 de marzo 2014-Dos de los iconos más reconocibles del mundo se están uniendo el 16 y 17 de abril, cuando el nuevo Ford Mustang 2015 convertible estará en exhibición en la plataforma de observación del Empire State Building de New York. La exhibición  – replicando la misma hazaña de hace casi 50 años – coincide con la celebración mundial de los 50 años desde que Mustang debutó en la Feria Mundial de 1964 en New York.

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“New York es una de las ciudades más grandes del mundo, y es el lugar donde la historia de Ford Mustang comenzó hace 50 años,” dijo Mark Fields, director de operaciones de Ford. “Estamos encantados de visitar el hito arquitectónico que ha sido el corazón de la ciudad de Manhattan durante 83 años con la nueva generación del automóvil que es el alma de Ford Motor Company.”

Llevar el automóvil a 86 pisos sobre las calles densamente pobladas del centro de Manhattan no es una tarea simple. No existe grúa portátil que pueda llegar al observatorio del piso 86, y la imponente torre encima de la cubierta relativamente estrecha hace que la entrega por helicóptero sea imposible. Eso deja a los ascensores como la única opción viable.

Cuando el Empire State Building se inauguró en 1931 como edificio, entonces – más alto del mundo – un título que mantuvo durante casi 40 años – nadie habría imaginado intentar transportar un automóvil hacia arriba en los ascensores originales. Pero en 1965, un prototipo Mustang convertiblefue cortado en tres secciones principales más el parabrisas de manera que las secciones encajarían en los ascensores.

El Mustang 2015 es aproximadamente siete pulgadas más largo y cuatro pulgadas más ancho que su antecesor, haciendo la tarea de transportar hacia arriba aún más difícil. Trabajando a partir de los datos de ingeniería informática, los miembros del equipo que preparan el automóvil de la exhibición han encontrado los lugares adecuados para hacer los cortes de manera que todo se puede cargar en bastidores a medida que se puede rodar hacia dentro de los ascensores.

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Una vez que todo está sin embalaje y transportado hasta 86 pisos, los técnicos tendrán menos de seis horas para volver a montar las secciones en un automóvil completo que estará en exhibición encima de Manhattan.

“Es un privilegio para celebrar el nuevo Ford Mustang, reunir a nuestras dos marcas icónicas, y hacer una nueva historia con Ford,” dijo el Presidente de la Junta Directiva, Presidente y CEO de Empire State Realty Trust, Anthony E. Malkin. “El Empire State Building y el Ford Mustang son ambos innovadores históricos – hoy en día, como en el pasado.”

Los visitantes a la plataforma de observación del Empire State Building pueden ver el nuevo convertible Mustang durante 54 horas de 8 a.m. a 2 p.m., Abril 16-17.

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El nuevo Mustang es la versión más avanzada hasta ahora del pony car icónico, ofreciendo más avanzada tecnología de asistencia al conductor que cualquier otro automóvil en su clase. El nuevo y elegante diseño de Mustang fastback y convertible está respaldado por un desempeño de clase mundial a partir de una gama de motores disponibles, incluyendo un nuevo EcoBoost®  de 2.3 litros turbo y un V8 de 5.0 litros actualizado con más de 420 caballos de fuerza. El nuevo Mustang sale a la venta a finales de este año. Además de los sistemas de conectividad de vanguardia, Mustang ofrece características de aplicaciones de pista disponibles, control de lanzamiento y más.

Acerca de Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, líder global de la industria automotriz con sede en Dearborn, Michigan, fabrica o distribuye automóviles en seis continentes. Con cerca de 180.000 empleados y 65 plantas en todo el mundo, las marcas automotrices de la compañía incluyen Ford y Lincoln. La compañía ofrece servicios financieros a través de Ford Motor Credit Company. Para obtener más información acerca de Ford y sus productos en todo el mundo, por favor visite http://corporate.ford.com 

 Waldorf Ford se encuentra en 2440 Crain Highway en Waldorf, MD 20601. Llame 301-843-2900 o visítenos en línea en http://www.waldorfford.com para más información.

Ford to Reveal All-New Mustang Dec. 5, 2013

  • Ford to reveal all-new Ford Mustang to the world Dec. 5
  • Mustang is the most “Liked” vehicle on Facebook with more than 5.5 million fans, and more than 1 million photos tagged on Instagram; Ford leverages fans and followers to build anticipation for reveal
  • Fifteen-day #MustangInspires film series features short videos developed by 15 top Instagrammers influenced by photos about what Mustang represents to its fans

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2013 – Ford will take the cover off the all-new Mustang Dec. 5, the sixth generation of the iconic pony car that will celebrate 50 years in production next year.

To count down to this highly anticipated moment, over the next 15 days Ford is teaming up with Facebook and Instagram to showcase what Mustang has meant to its millions of fans the last 50 years and how it continues to inspire people around the world.

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“Mustang has come to be much more than just a car for its legions of fans spanning the globe from New Zealand to Iceland and Shanghai to Berlin,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. “When you experience Mustang, it ignites a sense of optimism and independence that inspires us all.

“Today, we kick off the countdown to the all-new Ford Mustang,” added Farley, on hand for an event leading up to the Los Angeles International Auto Show. “With a new design and greater refinement, world-class power and performance plus innovative new technologies, Mustang is ready for the next 50 years.”

Ford is counting down to the next chapter in the Mustang story by inviting people to share their photographic stories of inspiration using the #MustangInspires hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms. The tagged photos and videos will appear on http://www.mustanginspires.com/.

“Everybody has a Mustang story, and the emergence of social media has helped the Mustang community share and connect these personal moments in not just words, but photography and video,” said Farley. “Mustang is the most ‘Liked’ car of all time on Facebook, with more than 5.5 million fans. There is no better way to build excitement for what’s next than by encouraging even more sharing of the Mustang story through these very personal, emotional mediums.”

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To build even more anticipation for the all-new Mustang, Ford is using Instagram (http://instagram.com/ford) to release the first image of the new car, giving fans a tease of what to expect on Dec. 5.

Fan-submitted photos will provide inspiration to 15 of the top Instagram video creators from around the world to develop an online short film series.

Ford will share an original #MustangInspires video each day of the countdown film series, culminating in the worldwide reveal of the all-new Mustang.

Click here to view the first video in the series.

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“In April 1964, Ford conducted its first-ever simultaneous international product reveal when the original Mustang was unveiled to media in New York and 11 European capitals,” said Farley. “Since then, Mustang has become embedded in popular culture, with thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games – and more than 600 owner clubs around the world.”

On Dec. 5, the all-new Ford Mustang will make its debut in six cities on four continents. The reveal events will take place in Dearborn, Mich.; New York; Los Angeles; Barcelona; Shanghai and Sydney.

Ford will spotlight all of the Mustang reveal activities in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States by sharing photos, videos and stories throughout the day. Fans are invited to follow along at:

•  http://ford.to/FordMustang50

• https://www.facebook.com/fordmustang

• https://www.facebook.com/ford

• http://instagram.com/ford

• https://twitter.com/fordmustang

• https://plus.google.com/+ford/posts

Ten dad-friendly suggestions from The Ford Collection

Stumped for an appropriate gift for Dad? Well, Ford has issued its Top Ten list that are sold on its Ford Collection Web site.

Here’s Ford’s official press release:

1. Below are ten dad-friendly suggestions from The Ford Collection (www.fordcollection.com). The Ford Collection was launched in 1997 and now includes more than 750 unique Ford, Lincoln and Mercury branded items. In all, Ford Motor Company manages one of the largest licensing operations in the world, with more than 300 unique licensees. So go on, shop The Ford Collection. Dad deserves it.

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2. Let Him Rock: He sent you to school, so help him enter the school of rock with a new Ford guitar. This Fender® Sonoran acoustic model delivers classic unplugged sound with a stylish blue-burst finish and Ford script. The six string costs $350 and features a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Venetian cutaway, and Stratocaster headstock. Rock on, dad.

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3. Decorate His Den: A treasure trove of poster-ready images chronicling Ford’s history can be found online at Ford ArteHouse through The Ford Collection. From racing heroes to concept cars, Mustangs to Thunderbirds, it’s all there. Prices start at $17.99 and framing is available. Photos of the new Ford Shelby GT500KR are hard to ignore. The car goes on sale next year, but posters are available today.

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4. Empower Him: What dad really needs to get his engine running this Father’s Day is a new engine. Specifically, a 514 cubic-inch, 625-horsepower Ford Racing Performance crate engine. For $8,100, this V-8 monster will show up on his doorstep. Some assembly and installation is required, so make sure you visit http://www.fordracingparts.com before you buy.

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5. Help Him Be On Time: A wristwatch is a safe bet for gifting. The new, Cobra Leather Strap Watch is a favorite among the many distinctive watches available through The Ford Collection. Priced at $85, the stylishmen’s timepiece features a genuine leather strap and Cobra logo. It is delivered in a stainless steel case and includes luminous hands, date function, and is water resistance up to 100 feet.

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6. Make Him Feel Like a Kid Again:Truthfully, he won’t fit. But even so, dad can appreciate the timeless appeal of a great pedal car. This year, consider a classic ’32 Ford. With prices starting at $249, there are six pedal-car models, including a flame-painted hot rod. The official 75th Anniversary ’32 Ford Roadster is a great choice and benefits a good cause. For each anniversary model sold, pedal-car maker Warehouse 36 will donate $10 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

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7. Make Him Feel Like a Kid Again, Version 2.0: Dozens of die-castmodels are available through The Ford Collection, spanning the entire history of Ford Motor Company. Models include a 1913 Ford Model T, a classic Ford F1 pickup, and even a 2006 Ford Fusion. Limited edition is the way to go when your inheritance is on the line, so consider Franklin Mint’s Ford Shelby GT500 die-cast. Only 5,000 will be produced, making it even more rare than the real thing. And prices start at $120, well below the production version.

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8. Fix His Drive: New to The Ford Collection this year is a custom Nike-brand driver with the Ford Blue Oval logo on the grip, an ideal gift for dads that duff. The large head driver delivers high resistance to twisting and the thin-titanium face provides great forgiveness. It slides neatly into any golf bag for just $239.

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9. Beat Him in Pool: Dad loves his rec room and will love it even more with a new pool table handcrafted by Olhausen®, America’s premier manufacturer of professional-quality pool tables. The made-to-order tables are crafted in traditional wood styling of matte mahogany or distressed matte cherry. Each table features unique brass Ford Ovals embedded in the side rails and Ford Script custom carved into the table frame. Mustang-themed tables are offered as well. Prices start at $3,700.

10. Keep Him Warm: The Ford Collection offers a coat closet full of jackets and fleeces, but your dad is probably Built Ford Tough and should dress the part. Priced at $95, the Built Ford Tough Cheyenne Dri Duck®Jacket is a classic quarry-washed canvas work coat that provides maximum warmth and durability. The hooded jacket will stand up to what dad dishes out, thanks to triple knit stitching, a heavy duty metal zipper, and rib knit cuffs.

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Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Hwy, in Waldorf, MD 20601.  For more information visit us at www.waldorfford.com!  Happy Father’s Day!

Safe Driving Tips for Teens

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Teen Driving Deaths on the Rise; Parents Can Help Reverse Trend

  • Parents play a key role in teens’ decisions on safe driving. Research for Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program (DSFL) shows teens tend to emulate how their parents drive.
  • Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for American teens. There were more than 3,000 teen fatalities in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • In 2013, Ford Driving Skills for Life will reach about 200 high schools with its safe driving materials, thanks to Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

WALDORF, MARYLAND, 4/10/13 – Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for American teens. In recent weeks, a number of crashes involving teen drivers have led to more than a dozen teenagers tragically losing their lives. And a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen driver fatalities are on the rise among 16-17-year-old drivers.

“By setting a good example behind the wheel, parents can increase the chances their children will adopt safe driving practices,” said Greg Basiliko General Manager of Waldorf Ford.  “While state laws and educational programs are critical, ultimately, parents are the most critical component to keep their teen drivers safe.”

Parents can help reverse that trend. Research done for Ford’s Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program shows teens tend to emulate how their parents drive. In fact, more than three quarters of teens and tweens surveyed say they rely heavily on their parents’ advice when they start to drive.

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Experts from Ford Driving Skills for Life have tips on what parents can do to help their teens be better drivers:

  • Engage in the driving process – As teens get closer to earning/acquiring their learner’s permit, parents should actively engage with them about driving. Talk about safe driving behaviors, practice with them, seek educational opportunities, and be clear that unsafe actions won’t be tolerated.
  • Buckle up – It’s the law, and if parents don’t wear their seat belts, their teen is more likely to do the same. In a crash, a person not buckled up is much more likely to be injured or killed than someone wearing a seat belt.
  • Never speed – Research done for Ford Driving Skills for Life shows that if parents speed, their teens are more likely to do the same. Excessive speed continues to be a factor in about one third of all traffic deaths nationally.
  • Don’t drive distracted – By setting a tough “no distractions” rule for their teens and modeling this same behavior, parents send the message that distracted driving will not be tolerated.
  • Don’t follow too closely – Parents should keep the proper distance from the car in front of them. Rear end collisions are common and preventable.
  • Always scan ahead for hazards– Parents should remind their teens to be aware of what is going on around them by scanning to the right and left as they drive
  • Limit the number of passengers – Research shows young drivers can easily be distracted by just one additional passenger – increasing the risk of a crash exponentially. Many graduated driver’s license programs restrict the number of passengers as a condition of issuing an early license or permit; parents should enforce those restrictions.
  • Never drink and drive – Parents should remind teens that drinking and driving will not be tolerated.

 

Ford Driving Skills for Life

In addition to hands-on clinics, Ford Driving Skills for Life will reach an additional 150 high schools with its safe driving materials, Web-based learning, partnerships with state highway safety agencies, fun contests and free educational materials for parents and teachers.

You can find more information online at DrivingSkillsForLife.com.

Visit Waldorf Ford at 2440 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20601 or call 888-284-1463.

Waldorf Ford Awarded Ford’s Triple Crown for Exceptional Sales & Customer Service Record

Waldorf Ford Awarded Ford’s Triple Crown for Exceptional Sales & Customer Service Record

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Waldorf Ford is also known locally as a leader in community giving

Waldorf, MD 2013 – Today, Ford Motor Company awarded Waldorf Ford with the Triple Crown award.  The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction. The dealership joins an exclusive and elite group of 23 dealerships across the country recognized with the Triple Crown.

“We recognize that our customers have highly individualized needs when they are shopping for their next car,” said Greg Basiliko, General Manager of Waldorf Ford. “We are a people business and enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each time, while serving the Southern Maryland community.”

The Triple Crown Award was established in 2001. This program recognizes those dealerships that have earned Presidents Award, for which Waldorf Ford has earned for the 12th time this year, Sales Leadership (Ford One Hundred or Lincoln Leaders), and Premier Club distinction in the same year – a truly incredible accomplishment.

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Waldorf Ford is only one of 23 Ford and Lincoln dealerships in the country to win the 2012 Triple Crown Award. Waldorf Ford is among a select few dealerships in the United States to earn the Triple Crown award for 7 consecutive years. 

“Our motto is Dedicated to Excellence. Whether it is during or after the sale, our priority is taking care of our customers,” said Basiliko. “We take customer satisfaction seriously and we work hard every day to make sure our customers are taken care of.  Our team couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most – our customers. They’re the reason we were able to achieve this award.”

Waldorf Ford is located on 2440 Crain Highway Route 301 North of Waldorf, MD, 20601 and online at http://www.waldorfford.com

Benefits of Buying Used Vehicles – Guest Blogger Eric M. Carter

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Editor’s Note: Welcome our guest blogger Eric M. Carter!  He is a Sales Consultant here at the Waldorf Ford & Dodge Pre-Owned Center, located in Waldorf, Maryland. He has been with us for since 2002.  He is originally from Washington, DC and graduated from Largo High School in Largo, Maryland.  Mr. Carter stays very busy with this family. His youngest daughter is a national celebrity!  If you are familiar with the 2013 Super Bowl Champions – The Baltimore Ravens and our much-loved retired linebacker Ray Lewis, you may remember this VISA credit card commercial titled Visa NFL: Ray Lewis’s Toughest Interview Yet.” The little girl interviewing “Ray Ray” is Mr. Carter’s daughter.  He shows true dedication and heart in everything he does.  From being a beloved father of five children (4 girls and 1 boy) and devoted husband, to informing and supporting all of his customers throughout their buying process; Eric prides himself on providing his customers with the Best Sales Experience. Eric has been in the automotive industry for 11 years and his knowledge is expansive. Please make sure to stop by to see him for help. He enjoys exceeding all of his customer’s expectations!  

Benefits of Buying Used vs. New

1st reason: Used cars cost less.

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They’ve got a few miles on them and they’ve been around the block a few times but for the money you’ll save, that’s no big deal!

When buying used, prices are often softer than new and that means you you’ll be able to stretch your dollar further. If you need a big car for your family, or want a lot of options like a top of the line stereo but can’t afford that option in a new car, you’ll likely be able to afford it in the used car market even among newer used cars that are less than three years old.

2nd reason:  Save on insurance.

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Usually, insurance costs are higher for a new car of the same model sold used.  Buy used and get a lower quote – it is as simple as that!

3rd Reason: Less depreciation.

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The moment you drive a new car off the lot it loses value.  A car doesn’t offer the same kind of investment a home does, it will continue to lose value over time.  But if you’ve purchased a used car, then you’re already paying less and your loss over time will be less.

The reason for this is that the original owner has already absorbed the largest depreciation hit, so you don’t have to.  Finally, another reason there is less depreciation is that you didn’t start at the higher brand new price like in a new vehicle.

4th Reason: Reliability.

Consider the value of a used car between one and three years old.  It still may run like a new car or even better since all the bugs from the manufacturer most likely have been worked out.

For example, a slightly used car has had all those little things fixed from recalls, or for air conditioner components, to a lemon of a stereo of which otherwise is a great car.  Also, a slightly used car will have plenty of life and will run well for many years to come just so that it is properly maintained just like a new car.

Finally: Making the choice to buy.

So, if your still debating on whether to buy a used vehicle start with asking questions. Begin comparing prices and inquiring about the financing opportunities.  But whatever you do, it is always best to buy used from a dealer verse an individual seller.  Buying from a dealer is better because if you ever have any further questions you have a place to go back to!

Visit Waldorf Ford & Dodge Pre-Owned for more information on this story.  Waldorf Ford & Dodge Pre-Owned is located at 2430 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20601 or call toll-free at (800) 883-2818.

Evolution of Ford Vehicle Technology – Guest Blogger Clarence Ball

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Editor’s Note: Welcome our guest blogger Clarence Ball!  He is a Sales Consultant here at Waldorf Ford, located in Waldorf, Maryland. He has been with us for since 2001, that’s 12 years to be exact!  He is originally from Waldorf, Maryland and attended the College of Southern Maryland.  Mr. Ball is very active in his community.  From volunteering at local charity events to being visible at all our events here at Waldorf Ford, I am sure you have met him!  His favorite part of the job is making sure his customers are completely satisfied!  He also enjoys learning & developing his product knowledge base as you will see in this blog!  Clarence’s automotive knowledge is expansive so if you have any questions ask for him!

It seems like it was just yesterday when in 2001 Ford Motor Company introduced The Personal Safety System and made it standard on most vehicles.  At the time, this innovative system was a tool that recognized the weight of a passenger, how close they were to airbags, the speed of a vehicle, and also determined the amount of pressure need for each front passenger.  Today, along with the Personal Safety System Ford has added standard side curtain airbags and rear inflatable seat belts in the Explorer and Flex.  Even now the Ford Fiesta offers drivers a knee air bag!

In 2002, reverse sensing and flip down video cassette players were introduced when the Expedition came out.  Since video cassette players, Ford has evolved to flip down DVDs to DVDs in headrests with USB connections.  Then there came navigation systems.  Navigation systems first started with a small screen with seven discs for each region of the United States, now they are large MyFord Touch screens running off a small SD card. That means saving space!  The vehicles still offer the reverse sensing system but now have available rear view cameras which show you backing into a parking space, garage, or even assist in backing up a boat or trailer!  Our trucks and vans now offer a built in trailer brake controller.  This controls the braking of your trailer which is conveniently displayed on your instrument panel and can also STOP your loaded trailer faster than your conventional aftermarket brake controllers!

In 2007, technology in Ford vehicles really took a big leap forward with the introduction of SYNC.  SYNC is an operating system designed by Microsoft that debuted in 2007.

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sync3In the first version, it was just Bluetooth for your phone and music connectivity for your line in or USB devices such as IPODs.    The latest generation of SYNC on 2010 models and newer, feature SYNC Services which has a turn by turn navigation, Vehicle Health Report (gives you the health of your vehicle like when it is time for your oil change), and 911 Assist.  All can be activated on the http://www.syncmyride.com website.

Next jump was the introduction of Adaptive Cruise control in some of our vehicles.  This feature is great for stop and go traffic.  It can measure the distance between you and the car in front of you.  For instance, if the vehicle in front slows down, your vehicle maintains the same distance or gap between the two vehicles.  2011-ford-edge-adaptive-cruise-controlSome of the other great advances are BLIS and Active Park Assist.  The Blind Spot Information System automatically senses vehicles in your blind spot.  It uses an amber indicator that comes on in the corner of your side view mirrors.  Another great feature is the collision warning with brake assist.  This is available on some models.  This feature senses cars in front and gives you a warning if you need to brake quickly.  It actually precharges your brakes so you can stop quicker than without this system.

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Active Park Assist is another great feature.  It can parallel park your car for you once a space is found.

So possibly, one day in the future you might see people with a car that can drive for them.  Like K.I.T.T. on Knight Rider.

hoff-knight-rider-mustangThere are many more innovations in the works and some that are actually arriving in our showroom now.  If you would like to hear more about them, just stop in and see me at Waldorf Ford.  Waldorf Ford is located on Route 301 North in Waldorf, just 15 minutes south of Washington DC.  You can find us online at waldorfford.com.

5 Car Questions That Will Get You Ready For Spring

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Snow is still falling in many parts of the country, but we’re just two weeks away from Daylight Savings Time, and spring won’t be that long in coming after that.

That means you should start thinking now about the ways you want to become car-ready by the time the new season arrives. I’m talking about everything from maintaining your car to buying a new one, to deciding what your future transportation needs will be.

For every step, you need a strategy, and that starts with the way you use your car. Here are five questions to ask yourself.

1. Am I happy with what I’m driving? The answer lies in how you view your automobile. Is it a matter of convenience, or a statement of style? Is your car still within your budget? Could you afford to step up to something fresher?

2. Is my car serving me well, or is it in the shop more than I’d like? Automobile quality is better than ever, but when a car reaches a certain point in its life-cycle, it can mean some major time and money spent on repairs.

3. Do I want to keep driving? How many times have you vowed, “This is the year I’m going to start taking the bus?” Likewise, do visions of Townie bikes dance in your head? Only you can decide whether you are ready to give up an automobile and go the public transit route.

4. Which car would I buy if I had my choice? Maybe you’ve done well in the market recently, or you got a bonus check. Perhaps you’ve finally gotten the settlement from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. This is a good time to go car shopping, while dealers still have good inventories, so take a look at car company Web sites and videos.
5. Where would I like my car to take me? If you are going to drive somewhere, now is a time to think about where. Play with Google Maps, look at sites like Gadling.com and plan some road trips. I drove all over the South last summer and am thinking about a trip East this year.

Disclaimer: This article was originally posted on Forbes.com.