Get Your Student Driving in Style for the 2016-2017 School Year at Waldorf Ford

It’s the end of July, which means only about a month left until school starts in the Southern Maryland area.

 

Parents of high school and college students are not only preparing to buy all of the clothes, shoes, and school supplies to get your kids off to a great start, but what about a new car to keep them driving safely to and from class?

Waldorf Ford is the go-to destination for back-to-school vehicles for the 2016-2017 school year. With a wide variety of Ford models, you’re sure to find your student’s new car, for a great price!

The Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and Ford Fusion make wonderful first cars. From the unbeatable fuel efficiency to the unmatched drivability, you’ll find a car that makes both you, and your pocket-book happy!

The Ford Fiesta is an attractive sedan, that is a treat to drive in itself. With 28 city miles and 36 mpg highway, how could you go wrong?

Slightly larger, the Ford Focus is also an awesome pick for a first-time buyer. With the newly re-designed style, 27 city miles and 40 mpg highway, you’re sure to love this car. Buyers have the option to choose between three designs, with options of including 15, 16, 17, and 18 inch wheels.

The Ford Fusion is one of America’s favorite cars. The redesigned look of the Ford Fusion makes it a sleek, clean and beautiful choice for a first car. With optional technology such as a rearview camera, satellite radio, all-wheel drive, active park assist, blind-spot monitoring, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, a navigation system and the amazing lane keeping system, your student is sure to love their new car.

If you’re looking for something a little more spacious, why not try the Ford Escape? This beautiful small SUV is the solution to your problem if you’re looking for something larger but that won’t break the bank in fuel efficiency.

So, what are you waiting for? Your student’s dream car is just a click, call, or visit away!

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2017 Escapes in Waldorf

Trailing only the F-Series and the Fusion, the Escape is one of the top Ford sellers, so come to Waldorf Ford and find out why. The Ford Escape has always been a crossover that customers can rely on, and Waldorf Ford has the Escapes in the Washington area that you need. The 2017 model continues the great tradition of the Escape and adds updated features that are perfect for the modern driver. Waldorf Ford has one of the best selections of 2017 Escapes in the Washington area, all at a price that you can afford.
The new look of the 2017 Ford Escapes lifts styling cues from the Ford Edge, including the visually enhanced grille. That new front fascia serves to cut down on the clutter that was present on the previous model’s front. What seems like a small change actually does wonders for the look and feel of the 2017 Escape, making it simultaneously more luxurious and more sleek. The more upscale cabin accommodates five passengers with a lavish interior.
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The 2017 Escape allows the driver the use of Ford’s newest infotainment software, SYNC 3. SYNC Connect comes with a free, five-year subscription, letting owners remotely start, lock and unlock, check diagnostics, and track vehicle location from a connected smartphone. This Escape is also the very first Ford vehicle to feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. So if you’re technologically inclined, then Waldorf Ford is the place to shop for your 2017 Escape in the Washington area.

In the 2017 Ford Escape, you’ll find the perfect blend of power and safety, a balance that is great for any family. 1,500 pounds for the 2.5-liter, 2,000 pounds for the 1.5L turbo and 3,500 pounds for the 2.0L turbo, any option you choose to go with has the towing capacity you need when it is properly equipped. Blind spot information system, hill-start assist, auto high-beam control, the foot-operated rear tailgate, adaptive cruise control, enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping system, and the driver alert system all serve to keep those inside the new 2017 Escape safe. You can sleep soundly at night knowing your family is safe inside the 2017 Escape.

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Treat yourself to a new 2017 Ford Escape! Waldorf Ford has brought you the best prices on new and used vehicles in the D.C. area for years and this year is no different! If you are looking for a car, truck, or SUV in the Washington area, then there is no better place to do your shopping than Waldorf Ford.

With two new powertrains, the 2017 Ford Escape has a whole new look under the hood as well. The Escape SE and Escape Titanium are equipped with a new 180-horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. You can also order them with an optional 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder that grants the Escape 245 horsepower. These engine options come with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle-shifters in the SE and Titanium models.

Spring into a New Ford

Waldorf Ford, one of the top Ford dealerships near Washington D.C., has the vehicles you need to enjoy the springtime. As the weather warms up, so do our sweet deals. Vehicles like the Ford F-150 and the Focus can take you where you need to go at an affordable price, plus they have a boatload of features that make make driving your Ford in spring an absolute breeze!

The F-150s at Waldorf Ford have all the storage space and power you need for completing those tough spring and summertime jobs around the yard. No matter what you’re hauling, you can always count on that best-in-class hauling capacity, maxing out around 12,000 lb of towing power. The new aluminum alloy body gave way to a 700 lb. weight reduction from last year. The F-150 also gets best-in-class fuel economy, allowing you make those long trips to the park, the beach, or wherever you decide to go this spring. You can also count on your family being safe during the trip, as the 2016 F-150 is the safest F-150 to date.

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Fuel efficiency is always a huge aspect to purchasing a vehicle, but with all the traveling that happens once the weather gets warm, fuel economy is more important than ever. The 2016 Ford Focus has the mileage that everyone wants out of a car that they are taking on vacation. It doesn’t matter how far you take your Focus, you can rely on that phenomenal MPG rate to help keep your wallet full. The SE gets you 27 MPG city and 40 MPG highway, the S gets 26 MPG city and 36 MPG highway, while the Titanium gets you 26 MPG city and 38 MPG highway.

Waldorf has a plethora of options to enjoy once the weather gets warm. Take, for instance, Bensville Park in White Plains, just outside of Waldorf. With a playground for your children and pavilion for you to relax in the shade, this park meets all your family’s recreation needs. Open from 8 a.m. until dusk, sports fields like the baseball field, soccer pitch, and football field are all available for use with a permit. If you’re looking to get even more out of your springtime visit to the park, then make your way to White Plains Regional Park, where you’ll find a lighted tennis court, a 15,000 square foot skatepark, and a regionally acclaimed 18-hole public golf course, accompanied by a driving range.

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It isn’t just about where you are going, it’s about how you get there. Ford’s advanced air conditioning systems will keep you cool as the weather warms up. Our engineers have created a limited reheat strategy that keeps the interior of your vehicle as comfortable as possible. We save energy by cooling the air just below the temperature you want and then slightly reheating it. Our auto mode of air conditioning uses sensors to determine and properly maintain the most comfortable level of temperature for you vehicle. What more do you need to hear? If you’re looking for a car in the D.C. area, then come to Waldorf Ford and spring into the Ford that you’ve always wanted!

The Brand New 2015 F-150 Driving Experience

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Leading up to the 2015 Ford F-150 Drive the Future of Tough Event at Waldorf Ford on Friday, November 7th , 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM one of our Sales Managers had the opportunity to test drive and experience the Brand New 2015 Ford F-150 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Annual Ford Dealer Meeting.

Look below to see exclusive photos of the Brand New 2015 Ford F-150 and read our Sales Manager Thomas’s experience!

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I had the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of a 2015 F-150 King Ranch earlier this month.

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Loaded with cameras and LED lights to enhance my overall experience, the new F-150 was everything I expected it to be and more!

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Its ride was smooth and quiet.  Coming in at 700 lbs lighter than the previous F-150’s, I expect to be able to tow/haul more than I ever have and I will be surprised if my fuel economy does not improve drastically.

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The F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 37 years but it feels like Ford is just getting started!

Waldorf Ford also looks forward to seeing everyone at Waldorf Ford’s 2015 F-150 Consumer Tour on Friday, November 7th 2014 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM.  Register now because slots will fill up quick! www.f150drive.com/waldorfford

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20601.  Visit us online at www.waldorfford.com or call 301-843-2400 for more information!

Guest Blogger Keith Wright: Aaron’s Hope Visit

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Editor’s Note: Welcome our guest blogger Keith Wright! He is a Sales Consultant here at the Waldorf Ford , located in Waldorf, Maryland. Although Dr. Keith Wright has been with us for only a year he is a great resource for all your vehicle buying needs because of his experience in education, performance, and research. Originally from Dayton, Ohio where his family still resides, Dr. Wright is not only a student of the Automotive business but he has multiple degrees in music from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. Currently he is a faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland. There you can see him perform in the CSM’s Latin Ensemble, Ritmo Cache and in the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Ban Caribe (He is a Flutist). Dr. Wright stays busy with music, software such as Labview, an in Architecture. As you will see in his blog, Keith shows true dedication and heart in everything he does and incorporates the humanities, education, and music into his daily work.

Keith also prides himself on providing his customers with the Best Sales Experience. When asked what his personal philosophy about working with customers he states “I treat customers with the same level of professional service as I expect if I were purchasing a vehicle.” He also states that he has learned a lot about resilience in the automotive industry and that “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.” So if you are looking for a vehicle at Waldorf Ford Dr. Keith Wright is the (W)right Guy for your Automotive needs. 

 

Aaron’s Hope Visit

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In this picture General Sales Manager Allan Levi and Students from Aaron’s Hope. 

On Thursday, June 5th Waldorf Ford had a scheduled visit from Aaron’s Hope.

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Finance Manager Marsha Johns greets the visitors! 

Aaron’s Hope, Inc. (AHI) is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that provides a 365 day-year round academic and vocational program to prepare its target population for gainful employment within the workforce.

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Internet Manager Kaitlyn Campbell and Finance Sales Manager Tyeshia Lashana Jones

Residential support is provided within a community setting for people with autism and to encourage greater levels of independence by helping each resident maximize his/her highest potential.

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Internet Sales Consultant Jazmin Walker visits with the students.

The students attend Stethem Alternative High School in Charles County.

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CEO, Adraine McCann organized the visit.

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The visit represents Waldorf Ford dedication to excellence and promoting inclusiveness to all individuals in the community.

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This provided an opportunity to meet and greet key Waldorf Ford personnel, explain their role and our processing of customers, tour the facility, and see our large inventory of vehicles.

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20659. We can also be reached at 301-843-2400 or online at http://www.waldorfford.com.

From Acid Baths to Power Hop Hill, 10 Ways Ford Torture-Tested the 2015 F-150

 

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  • Ford to increase durability testing to 10 million cumulative miles for 2015 F-150

 

  • Extensive testing proves this all-new F-150 lives up to Built Ford Tough standards

 

  • Ford went to new extremes – from  mountaintops to frozen lakes – to put the truck through its paces

 

WALDORF FORD, MD, 2014 – The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has already scaled the highest points of the Continental Divide and experienced the most extreme weather conditions as Ford has set out to engineer its toughest truck yet.

 

Before the first 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line, it will have been subjected to 10 million miles of combined real-world and simulated durability testing.

 

“We wanted to build the toughest, most capable F-150, while making it as much as 700 pounds lighter,” said Greg Basiliko, General Manager of Waldorf Ford. “We challenged the team to torture the truck harder than any F-150 before it.”

 

The new F-150 towed trailers over mountain passes in temperatures above 120 degrees, withstood frame-punishing terrain on an off-road course and conquered a frozen lake at minus 40 degrees. It endured high-humidity chambers, salt vats and riverbeds. The F-150 towed heavy loads up grueling, steep roads. Robots slammed its doors and tailgates, and dropped heavy objects onto the bed of the truck. It persevered through twisting and shaking from multiple directions.

 

Some Ford tests are so extreme that a five-day period equals 10 years or 150,000 miles of abuse by the roughest customers. Greg Basiliko is quick to remind customers that the extreme tests Ford runs are conducted in controlled settings. “I discourage anyone from trying to create their own top 10 list,” he said. “Leave the testing to us.”

 

The all-new F-150 has been through hundreds of torture tests. Here are the 10 toughest:

 

  1. Seven-channel input: Ford built a special torture rack that violently twists and shakes the truck seven ways – simultaneously – for five days, simulating the equivalent of 225,000 miles. This testing isn’t random. After running a fully instrumented truck through durability courses, engineers recorded the forces the road surface put on various vehicle components. Those forces are replicated in seven channels – four up and down, two side to side and one lengthwise down the center. The frame and body are stressed to see how well the truck performs in situations that might bend the frame.

  1. Silver Creek: The famous Silver Creek durability course in Romeo, Mich., combines two extremely rough roads. One section of the route has 15 distinct types of chuckholes, while the other is made from broken pieces of concrete. Test drivers beg off this route after one pass because the pounding and speed is so intense. Imagine hitting a crater-sized pothole every five feet for miles – going 20 mph. With this road surface, 500 miles is equal to 20,000 miles on the country’s roughest roads.
  1. Power Hop Hill:This washboard Ford test track in Romeo was created to replicate a steep, off-road dirt trail in the Hualapai Mountains of northwest Arizona. The severe 11 percent grade – steeper than the final section of most ski jump ramps – stresses engine and transmission components when the wheels lose contact and then return to the surface.

  1. Drum drop: Ford engineers dropped 55-gallon drums into the bed of the truck on an angle, making sure all of the force came down on the sharp rim of the drum. Engineers in Dearborn, Mich., then measure the impact and make adjustments until the cargo box floor is suitably tough.
  1. Corrosion bath: The 2015 F-150 is the first high-volume vehicle with a high-strength steel frame, and body panels made of high-strength, aluminum alloy – the same material used to make armor-plated tanks and navy warships. An advantage aluminum has over steel is that it doesn’t produce red rust. So Ford had to go beyond the usual tests that include driving vehicles through countless salt baths and soaking them in high-humidity chambers. The company developed a modified corrosion test using an acidified spray to be more aggressive on the high-strength, aluminum alloy. After simulating 10 years of exposure, the aluminum material showed virtually no signs of degradation.
  1. Davis Dam: Run a half-marathon at Olympic-sprinter speed while carrying a 600-pound duffel bag in 120-degree temperatures. Then do it 250 more times. That’s the Davis Dam durability route that stretches from just outside Bullhead City, Ariz., to the top of Union Pass. The F-150 climbed for 13 miles at posted speeds (varying from 35 mph to 65 mph) while pulling maximum trailer loads and running the air conditioning full blast in the heat of an Arizona summer.
  1. Stone Peck Alley: There’s a special place in Romeo where paint jobs come to prove their mettle while testers work to protect the metal. To test paint for the all-new F-150, engineers drove the truck 150 miles over gravel roads, then another 150 miles over pellets of extremely jagged scrap iron that is first passed through a blast furnace. Oversized tires spray the stones and scrap iron at every surface of the truck.
  1. Engine thermal shock: F-150 engines are first placed in a special cell and hooked to equipment, called a dynamometer, which simulates pulling a heavy trailer at full throttle up a steep grade.  Next, thermal shock testing takes engines from the coldest polar vortex to extreme heat in just seconds. The engine coolant and oil are quick-cooled to minus 20 degrees in as little as 20 seconds, then the engine runs at maximum powerwhile coolant and oil temperatures stabilize, first at 230 degrees and then at 270 degrees, before being chilled again. This process is run 350 times over more than 400 hours to prove the durability of the engine block, seals, gaskets, cylinder heads and liners.
  1. Rock and stop: Serious off-roaders navigate difficult terrain using the same drive/reverse/drive technique many drivers use to get unstuck from snow. Ford performs 500 aggressive starts on a stand specially designed to torture rear axles. The stand creates impacts at nearly 2,000 lb.-ft. of torque. This is more torque than the truck is capable of making – 130 percent more and then some – just to be certain the rear axle and all of its parts can withstand the abuse.

  1. Twist ditch: F-150 customers need to trust their trucks in off-road terrain. The twist ditch is a set of parallel dirt mounds built to create a situation in which one front wheel hangs in the air while the opposing rear wheel leaves the ground repeatedly. Only two small patches of rubber are left to make contact with a slippery surface and maintain traction. These ditches can put incredible stress on the truck’s body and frame.

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf Maryland.  We can also be reached at 301-843-2400 or online at http://www.waldorfford.com.

 

New Ford F-150 – First Truck to Offer Tougher, Brighter, More Efficient LED Headlamps  

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  • Segment-first LED headlamps available for all-new Ford F-150 will last more than five times longer than conventional bulbs
  • Use of LED technology in F-150 headlamps picks up on lighting trends in smartphones, tablet computers and TVs
  • Ford engineers subject LED headlamps to extreme heat and saltwater baths, and pummel with rocks, rock salt and ice to prove lamp toughness

WALDORF, MD, 2014 – When the assignment is to reinvent the Ford F-150 while maintaining its heritage of being Built Ford Tough, even the headlamps matter. Until now, headlamps often needed to be replaced long before the end of a vehicle’s life. For the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, Ford wanted extremely durable headlamps. The Ford team found the answer in a lighting technology called lightemitting diodes, or LEDs.

No other light-duty pickup truck on the road today has LED headlamps. LED lamps use 63 percent less energy than the halogen bulbs seen in competitor trucks, and the light quality and aesthetics of the technology are superior. Most important, the LED headlamps in the new F-150 are more durable than conventional lights, and are made to last more than five times longer.

“Ford fires stones at this headlamp, expose it to extreme sun, soak it in saltwater, shoot rocks, rock salt and ice – it’s very tough to crack,” said Greg Basiliko, General Manager of Waldorf Ford.

LED is the fastest-growing segment in lighting technology, according to trade magazine LED Inside. Applications include smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, luxury sedans, industrial, commercial and outdoor lighting. Even supermarkets incorporate LED lighting to make produce look fresher. What sets F-150 LED technology apart is how the headlamps are made, and how different they are from what the industry has traditionally used. To develop this cutting-edge headlamp technology, Ford leveraged the expertise of its longtime lighting developers OSRAM and Flex-N-Gate.

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With the LED lighting system available for the new F-150, Ford lighting experts had more freedom with the lamp design, because LEDs are smaller than typical headlamps and are easier to package.

The new Ford F-150 LED headlamp unit uses semiconductor chips to control the light. The technology helps make LED lights more durable and therefore longer-lasting.

Ford designers created a unique lens for the F-150 LED headlamp with special machines that carve out 16 precision optical surfaces and 80 facets on the lens face to spread the light evenly.

The innovative design magnifies the light, allowing Ford to better illuminate the road for the new F-150 driver using just a single LED per lamp.

The crowning touch for the lighting on the all-new F-150 is another first for the auto industry. Ford designers outlined the LED headlamp with a thin LED tube to create a signature appearance for the new truck that can be spotted from great distances at night.

“Remember the craze in the 1980s with truck light bars?” said Greg Basiliko. “It looks so cool. I’m telling you, this LED light tube is going to be the next big thing. Our new F-150 owners will be longing for dusk every day, just to show off their trucks in dramatic lighting.”

For more information visit Waldorf Ford at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20601.  We can also be reached at 301-843-2400 or online at http://www.waldorfford.com.