Next week, from May 13th to the 18th, we’re having a Service Event! Though the flyer explains most of the information, be sure to stay updated on our website on the Service Event page for additional news and possible specials.
The big news is that we will have the Service shop open on Saturday from 9 to 4, so be sure to take advantage of some easy weekend vehicle repair or maintenance!
Traditionally, 65th anniversaries are commemorated with blue sapphires. According to Wikipedia, at least. Ford is celebrating the important milestone for its F-Series Ford trucks by taking a look back at their illustrious history.
On January 16, 1948, Ford announced the release of their first product after the end of World War II. These F-Series Ford trucks were also called the Ford Bonus-Built. Models included pickup trucks, panel trucks, a cab-over engine (COE) chassis and a school bus chassis. Even back then, Ford trucks were known as vehicles that could suit a wide array of purposes.
In 1948, you could get 1,001 jobs for $900. What a time to be alive.
Drivers who chose the F-1 through F-6 received either a 95 horsepower six-cylinder engine or a 100 hp V8. The newer, bigger Ford trucks on the block, the F-7 and F-8, were equipped with a larger V8 that cranked out 145 hp.
Pricing on these newfangled Ford trucks started at $900 back in 1948. We have plenty of new Ford trucks on our lot. They may run you a little more these days, but they’ll also run well for just as long if not longer than they’re predecessors.
Like a thesaurus, it has no shortage of adjectives. Like Webster’s latest edition, it’s the newest version of one of the most successful products of its kind. The Ford Atlas Concept may not include the average annual rainfall in Costa Rica, but it made a spectacular debut at the Detroit Auto Show last week. Looking at the map, we can’t wait until some of its technology can help drivers seeking Ford trucks in Columbus.
Although it was built solely for display at the show, many features of the Ford Atlas Concept are expected to be incorporated into the 2015 Ford F-150. 2015 may seem like a quantum leap in time, especially given how dated that television reference is, but the Ford F-150 became the best selling vehicle in the world by because the company is forward-thinking. Executives have promised that the 2015 Ford F-150 will have a dramatic effect on the truck landscape.
It may not literally be able to hold the weight of the world, but you’ll feel like you can with the Ford Atlas Concept.
“It’s a fresh take on a lot of the design cues that connote what an F-Series is,” said Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields. “When you see this vehicle you know it’s an F-Series. You could see some of those things show up on a future F-Series.”
The Ford Atlas Concept and the future 2015 Ford F-150 both promise to be keys to the success of the Ford Motor Company. If you need a Columbus Ford dealer that will guide you to a superior car buying experience, come to Bob Chapman Ford. With over 100 years of helping customers, we’re a legend around these parts.
It’s been quite a journey for the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST. Like a proud grandfather, we’ve closely followed its progress and tracked every milestone in our own personal scrapbook. Actually, let’s call it a keepsake album. As a proud Columbus Ford dealer, we wouldn’t want people to think the new Fiesta ST is made of scrap metal.
We can remember when this special little car was just a twinkle in the eye of an ambitious Ford designer. The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST appeared as a 2013 concept at last year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In November, the production version packed up its things and headed for Los Angeles. Those who recognize talent were impressed by its raw 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produced 197 horsepower.
This week, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST returned to where it all started. Auto journalists, including the folks from Cars.com (see video above), had the opportunity to see the upcoming high-performance Fiesta up close. Most were struck by its more aggressive styling (including a revamped black grille), Recaro racing-inspired seats, 17-inch wheels and rear spoiler.
Here’s an in-your-face shot of the 2014 Ford Fiesta and its modified grille. You’ll also note the chin spoiler.
If you’re like us, waiting until summer to get your hands on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST won’t be easy. To help you muddle through until then, we humbly suggest that you test drive a new Ford Fiesta in Columbus by visiting Bob Chapman Ford!
If you’re tired of texting someone your location every five minutes but refuse to wear an ankle monitor, a new app available for Ford SYNC has the solution to your problem.
Glympse, now available through AppLink, is a voice-activated program that allows users to send their current location to concerned/annoying friends and family members. Integration with Ford SYNC enables this process to happen from the driver’s seat of your favorite Ford vehicle.
“People typically share their location while in the car, and by integrating Glympse into Ford SYNC AppLink, we’re providing drivers with a rich, real-time and hands-free way to share where they are,” said Glympse Co-Founder and CEO Bryan Trussel.
In addition, Ford announced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that the USA Today app would be coming to Ford SYNC and AppLink. If you’re running behind and don’t have time to watch the news in the morning, you can now catch up on current events during your morning commute. Hearing the day’s headlines is as simple as using your voice to say “Play news story,” or “Listen to sports stories.”
Here’s the nerve center of the 2013 Ford F-150. News and information will be read to you so you can keep your focus on the road.
“Staying informed is important, and the USA TODAY app provides news, sports and more directly to smartphones and tablets,” said Ford SYNC AppLink Global Product Manager Julius Marchwicki. “The USA TODAY app shows how smartphone apps can add convenience to the driving experience using voice control through SYNC AppLink.”
The Glympse and USA Today apps are available on any vehicle with Ford SYNC AppLink, including the new 2013 Ford F-150. If you live in the area and have any questions about how these voice-controlled programs work, contact your Columbus Ford dealer, Bob Chapman Ford.
We knew it was popular based on how often we see the 2013 Ford Focus in Columbus. Now that 2012 is officially over, Ford is ready to reveal just how popular the Focus is throughout this blue marble we call earth. Let’s just say it’s faring better than Congress.
The introduction of the 2013 Ford Focus allowed the Focus to claim the mantle of the world’s best-selling car in 2012. Through September, almost 738,000 Focus vehicles had been sold. Based on Polk’s projections for the remainder of the year, those sales should be enough for the Focus to reign supreme in the automotive world.
Overall, 2012 was another very successful year for Ford. The company sold more than 2 million vehicles for the second consecutive year. No other manufacturer has accomplished this feat since 2007. In addition to the success of the 2013 Ford Focus, the new Fiesta is also poised to be the top dog in its class.
Since merging with its European cousin, the Ford Focus has become a cosmopolitan car and the world’s best-selling vehicle.
“Focus and Fiesta represent the best of our ‘One Ford’ plan,” said Ford Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln Jim Farley, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “In just three years, Ford has transformed our global small car lineup and started winning over customers worldwide with vehicles that are not only fun-to-drive but also fuel-efficient – largely thanks to our award-winning EcoBoost engines.”
All this news comes on the heels of the 2013 Ford Focus and Focus ST making Car and Driver’s 10Best List back in December. If you live in the Columbus/Marysville area and would like to see what it’s like behind the wheel of the world’s best-selling car, come to Bob Chapman Ford for a test drive.
Even though Christmas was officially over two days ago, we’re still basking in the glow of the holiday season at Bob Chapman Ford. We got just what we wanted: another 2013 Ford Fusion! There’s still a little wrapping paper on the floor, some giant novelty bows on the cars and some honey-glazed ham remaining in the refrigerator. In the spirit of leftovers, we’re focusing this week on a pair of seasonal videos that Ford released on Youtube last week.
The first one (above) comes courtesy of our friends across the pond at Ford of Europe. It’s a lighthearted take on Ken Block’s popular Gymkhana videos, which we can’t stop watching. The video captures the exploits of a miniature 2012 Ford Fiesta traversing through a snowy landscape.
Its admittedly bored creator takes the Fiesta on an amazing stop-motion journey that includes run ins with an abominable snowman, the police and Santa himself. Much like the full-size videos, this diminutive clip shows of the Fiesta’s turning radius, surprising horsepower (or handpower) and ability to take hairpin turns.
Our second selection presents a scenario that might be familiar to last-minute Christmas shoppers. A driver who has found the perfect gift, a new television, cannot fit this purchase into his car. He is forced to enlist the help of a faithful friend who owns a 2013 Ford Fusion.
Don’t kick anyone out of the car, but the 2013 Ford Fusion has fold-down rear seats for unexpected purchases.
Using the Fusion’s fold down rear seats, the two procrastinators are able to slide the TV into the car with ease. Transporting a new TV in the 2013 Ford Fusion is even easier than wrapping it.
So, if you’ve been searching for something to jolt you out of your post-Christmas funk, we hope that these videos of the 2013 Ford Fusion and Fiesta did the trick. If that vacuum cleaner or pack of socks didn’t impress someone on the morning of the 25th, we’re a Columbus Ford dealer with a parking lot full of items that are guaranteed to make someone’s holiday.
Imagine the thrill of pushing the pedal down on a race car after exiting the Taco Bell drive-thru. Ok, so it isn’t legal to drive 180 MPH and draft other cars while your burrito rides shotgun. There’s probably a good reason for that. You can experience that thrill vicariously if you own the 2013 Ford Fusion because the NASCAR Fusion is almost identical to the car we have at our Columbus Ford dealership.
Yesterday, Ford released a video of racing professionals talking about the NASCAR 2013 Ford Fusion. The footage was shot after a testing session at Talladega back in October. Sam Hornish Jr. of Penske Racing had his turn with the new Fusion and walked away impressed.
Separated at assembly? Compare this picture with the 2013 Ford Fusion in the video. They’re similarly awesome to us.
“Ford probably did the best job in terms of what NASCAR wanted,” Hornish said. “NASCAR gave them the opportunity to give their race car a little bit more of the look of the actual street car. If you basically slinked up your car and made it into a street race car, this is what it could look like. I think they did a really good job of that and bringing out the character of the car.”
Other members of the Penske team also expressed excitement about the potential of the 2013 Ford Fusion within NASCAR.
“We’re excited about the Fusion and the way it looks. There’s a lot of buzz about it in the garage and in the shop, so it’s been good so far,” said Vice President of Operations for Penske Racing Mike Nelson. “It means a lot to the fans and it means a lot to us as well. It’s nice to be able to look at the street car and look at the race car and see the similarities between the two. They’re identical and it’s cool for everyone.”
If you’re looking for an off-the-track 2013 Ford Fusion in Columbus that can help you finish errands in record time, Bob Chapman Ford currently has two models in stock. Visit our website at www.chapmanford.com to view pictures or schedule a responsible test drive.
Bill Ford, Jr.’s wife is a lucky lady. Apparently, the man goes all out for birthdays and anniversaries. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his great-grandfather and company founder’s birth, Ford purchased the oldest known Ford vehicle, a 1903 Ford Model A, for $264,000. That’s like 4 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertibles, 6 of the new Expedition or 10 of the 2013 Ford Fusion!
The car was bought at auction back in September, but the identity of the new owner remained a secret until recently. (More great news for Mrs. Ford: her husband can’t keep secrets for very long). Ford will display the car at the Detroit International Auto Show in January and it will undoubtedly have a prominent role at the Henry Ford birthday bash on July 30, 2013.
“The legacy of Henry Ford includes many lessons from the past that can help us shape our future and make it better,” Bill Ford Jr. told the Detroit News. “My great-grandfather is famous for innovations that changed the world, from the Model T to the assembly line to the $5-a-day wages. These innovations continue to have a major impact on our lives today.”
Ford’s “new” 1903 Model A looks something like this. Trying to convince your spouse that you bought a $264,000 car for someone else might prove difficult. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia user DougW.
At $264,000 Ford actually got a steal for the 1903 Ford Model A. When it sold in 2007, its price tag was a heftier $693,000. It is believed to be the third car produced under the Ford brand name. Under the hood is an 8 horsepower engine.
If you’re searching for your own used Ford in Columbus as an anniversary or birthday present, feel free to browse around the lot of our Ford dealership in Marysville. You can score some brownie points by explaining to your spouse that some things only get better with age. In the interest of full disclosure, however, we don’t have anything as expensive or old as a 1903 Ford Model A.