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Ford’s MotorCity Solutions is bringing the all new award winning 2010 Ford Taurus to Portland Oregon. Not just Portland or just any dealer in the Portland area. They are bringing it specifically to Dick’s Mackenzie Ford in Hillsboro!
They will arrive on Monday Aug 31, 2009 at 2:30PM. Arrive early to make sure you get a chance to take a look at the future for the only auto manufacturer able to be successful with bankruptcy and federal bailout money.
Ford quality! Ford innovation! Ford today! Ford tomorrow!
Dick’s Mackenzie Ford
4151 SE TV Hwy
Hillsboro OR 97123
This is an exciting article about the new technology Ford Motor Company is pioneering to save you time and money and green. Yes, both kinds of green! The one we print and the one we work so hard to protect as well. Read after the break.
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August 24, 2009
Ford unveils ‘Intelligent’ system for plug-in hybrids
Ford Motor Company announced that it has developed an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that “talks” directly with the nation’s electric grid.
This new technology – which builds on Ford’s advancements such as SYNC , SmartGauge with EcoGuide and Ford Work Solutions – allows the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what utility rate, the automaker said.
“Electric vehicles are an important element of our strategy for improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman. “This vehicle-to-grid communication technology is an important step in the journey toward the widespread commercialization of electric vehicles.”
All 21 of Ford’s fleet of plug-in hybrid Escapes eventually will be equipped with the vehicle-to-grid communications technology. The first of the specially equipped plug-in hybrids has been delivered to American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio. Ford’s other utility partners’ vehicles will also be equipped with the communications technology.
When plugged in, the battery systems of these specially equipped plug-in hybrids can communicate directly with the electrical grid via smart meters provided by utility companies through wireless networking. The owner uses the vehicle’s touch screen navigation interface and Ford Work Solutions in-dash computer to choose when the vehicle should recharge, for how long and at what utility rate.
For example, a vehicle owner could choose to accept a charge only during off-peak hours between midnight and 6 a.m. when electricity rates are cheaper, or when the grid is using only renewable energy such as wind or solar power.
“We are designing what plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles will be capable of in the future,” said Greg Frenette, manager of Ford’s Battery Electric Vehicle Applications. “Direct communication between vehicles and the grid can only be accomplished through collaboration between automakers and utility companies, which Ford and its partners are demonstrating with this technology.”
Over the past two years, Ford and its energy industry partners have logged more than 75,000 miles on the plug-in hybrid test fleet. The plug-in hybrid research focuses on four primary areas: battery technology, vehicle systems, customer usage and grid infrastructure.
“Broad commercialization of electric transportation is not something a car company can achieve on its own,” said Nancy Gioia, Ford director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies. “Developing and producing the vehicles is just one part of the electric transportation equation. We are well on our way to delivering the vehicles, but for widespread adoption the infrastructure to support the technology needs to be in place and we need to ensure that the national electric grid can support increased electric demand.”
Real-world usage and laboratory research is helping to accelerate the advancement of electrified vehicles. Ford and its research partners are now focusing on ways to make the recharging process easy and efficient for consumers. In addition to low-cost recharging at home through the use of a smart meter, Ford researchers say recharging away from home – whether at work, in a shopping mall parking lot or at a curbside station – needs to be as simple as plugging in and swiping a credit card.
The plug-in hybrid advantage
Plug-in hybrid vehicles offer several benefits, including:
— Reduced dependency on petroleum and increased energy independence
— Reduced environmental impact through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
— Increased use of electricity from renewable energy sources (e.g. wind and solar) for vehicle recharging
— Potential consumer cost savings on energy/fuel costs
In 2007, Ford announced a partnership with Southern California Edison, the electric utility with the nation’s largest and most advanced electric vehicle fleet. The partnership is designed to explore ways to make plug-in hybrids more accessible to consumers, reduce petroleum-related emissions and understand issues related to connectivity between vehicles and the electric grid.
Since then, Ford and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent nonprofit organization, have expanded the partnership, with a three-year plan to develop and evaluate technical approaches for integrating PHEVs into the nation’s electric grid system, a key requirement to facilitate widespread adoption of the vehicles.
Ford’s key partners include:
— Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
— U.S. Department of Energy
— Southern California Edison
— New York Power Authority
— Consolidated Edison of New York
— American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio
— Alabama Power of Birmingham, Ala.; and its parent, Atlanta-based Southern Company
— Progress Energy of Raleigh, N.C.
— DTE Energy of Detroit
— National Grid of Waltham, Mass.
— Pepco Holdings
— New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, a state agency
— Hydro-Quebec, the largest electricity generator in Canada
“Ford’s involvement in the collaboration with EPRI and some of the nation’s leading utilities will help accelerate the pace leading to the commercialization of PHEVs,” said Arshad Mansoor, vice president of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. “This type of joint effort between an auto manufacturer and utilities will permit a more seamless integration of electric-drive vehicles into the power grid and the transportation sector.”
Ford also has announced key collaborations with:
— Smith Electric Vehicles, Europe’s leading battery electric commercial
vehicle upfitter engaged by Ford to help bring the Transit Connect
battery electric vehicle, a small commercial van, to market in 2010
— Magna International, the supplier jointly developing the Ford Focus
battery electric vehicle passenger car for 2011
— Johnson Controls-Saft, the battery supplier for Ford’s first
production plug-in hybrid vehicle coming to market in 2012
Getting charged up
Ford recently was selected for two grants from the Department of Energy under its fleet electrification program. The program is designed to accelerate viable commercial volumes of electrified vehicles and vehicle-to-grid infrastructure development.
One grant, for $30 million, will help fund Ford’s collaboration with utility partners across the nation with an expansion of a vehicle demonstration and grid integration program.
Ford also will receive a $62.7 million DOE grant for production of an electric-drive transaxle that could be used for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles at Ford’s Van Dyke transmission manufacturing facility in Sterling Heights, Mich. This grant will be matched by Ford.
DOE grant funds also will support production of electric-drive system components at Ford supplier Magna, for the Ford Focus battery electric vehicle, as well as Johnson Controls-Saft, which will supply high-voltage batteries for Ford’s plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2012.
Ford plans to invest nearly $14 billion in advanced technology vehicles in the next seven years, retooling its U.S. plants more quickly to produce fuel-efficient vehicles and help meet the new, rigorous fuel economy requirements.
Published by Dealer Communications
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Great news for all the people who have owned and loved the Ford Taurus over the years.
Dick’s Mackenzie Ford
Ford to bring back the Taurus
The Ford Taurus, once the country’s best-selling car before being overrun by Honda and Toyota, is trying to stage a comeback, the Kansas City Star reports. Ford Motor Co. is in the midst of launching the new, redesigned Taurus, which has been making its way to dealerships in the past two weeks. It marks the resurgence of a Ford brand once regarded as the domestic auto industry’s answer to the fuel-efficient and cheap Japanese imports. “It’s an unbelievable car, the kind that we should expect from Ford in terms of styling, quality, safety and pricing,” said Brad Hewlett, dealer principal at Bob Allen Ford in Overland Park. “They should’ve never done away with the Taurus name in the first place.” The future of the 2010 Taurus, which has gone upscale with luxury features and technological gadgets, may also answer the question of whether Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally is a “car guy.” Analysts so far have given the former Boeing executive high marks for turning Ford’s financial fortunes around since joining the automaker in late 2006. Ford is the only domestic auto company to avoid a government-assisted bankruptcy reorganization plan this year.
Everyday, in everywhere and at every level dealers are asking a few questions. When does it stop and when does my money start to come in. It is all about the clunker! At our dealer group it is a daily question. Do we keep going? Have we gotten any of the money back? How do we plan for the future? The questions are clear, the answers, no so much. With NADA as the mouth piece for the questions on the national level, maybe we are getting some answers. Read after the break.
Dealers group wary of cash for clunkers
NADA: ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program Enters Wind-Down Phase (Press Release)
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The federal “cash for clunkers” or “CARS” program is now entering its wind-down phase. Earlier today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood announced that, within the next 48 hours, guidance will be issued regarding the process by which the program will be brought to a close.
NADA held a high level meeting this morning with DOT and NHTSA officials to reiterate dealer concerns about the “clunkers” program and to stress the urgency of fixing these problems. As the first order of business, NADA stressed the importance of addressing – as soon as possible – how the program will end, including the possible suspension of the program. In addition, NADA emphasized that NHTSA must eliminate all dealer reimbursement delays; the failure to make such payments is creating financial hardship and uncertainty for dealers and consumers alike.
As we await the end-of-program guidance, dealers should keep in mind the following points:
— Although, according to press reports, Secretary LaHood stated today
that “there will be no car dealer that won’t be reimbursed,” NADA
believes that this is based on DOT’s view that sufficient funds remain
available. It is important to note that NHTSA has confirmed elsewhere
that if the program’s money runs out before a dealer is reimbursed,
that dealer will not be paid.
— Given the popularity of the program and the rapid pace at which
“clunker” deals are being done, it is difficult, if not impossible, to
accurately project the “burn rate” of available funds.
— In view of the foregoing, dealers who accept additional “clunker”
deals face a growing risk that they may not be reimbursed.
NADA will continue to press NHTSA for clarity on, and resolution of, all open “cash for clunkers” questions, and we will provide additional dealer updates when circumstances warrant.
(NADA delivered this statement today to its membership.)
Source: National Automobile Dealers Association
Web Site: http://www.nada.org/
“Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Hyundai Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC all have announced production increases due to the clunkers program.”
What a great bit of news. Jeep Patriots have flown off the lot. The Dodge Caliber is not so many as before. The PT Cruiser still has a $4500 rebate on it from Chrysler as well as qualifying for the governments CARS program rebate. People are buying cars, inventories are lower and jobs are being created. That is great news for today.
Do not miss this opportunity to take advantage of this program. Grab your car and head on in to see us. The 2nd infusion of 2BIL in cash will not last long either.
What a successful clunker catastrophe Frustrating, maddening, hastily passed but slow, underfunded, cluelessly administered. Also fabulously successful. The now-infamous cash-for-clunkers‘ future is in question.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this program, we recommend you act fact. Inventory is dwindling and the program has already run out of money, been canceled, extended, voted on an threatened to not renew. If it is valid that day you read this, then that is all we know for sure.
Dick’s Auto Group
8.7.09 Update: It was just renewed!