After taking a break for about eight years, the Ford Ranger is making a comeback. In fact, Ford has started production for the 2019 Ford Ranger at the newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant. To celebrate the production, Ford invited the plant’s more than 3,000 employees to a special demonstration and off-road experience for the all-new truck.
This event not only celebrates the start of production, but a rebirth of the assembly plant. Ford has invested $850 million to revitalize the plant for modern production. In addition to the Ranger, the Michigan Assembly Plant will product the all-new Ford Bronco, which is scheduled for production in 2020.
“Ford truck fans demanded a midsize pickup that’s ‘Built Ford Tough,’ and we’re delivering with our all-new Ranger that’s specially designed and engineered for American truck customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations. “At the same time, we’re revitalizing our Michigan Assembly Plant and securing good-paying jobs for our hourly employees here in the U.S.”
With vehicles like the Ranger and Bronco, Ford is looking to transform its lineup. These vehicles are the first in a long line of all-new vehicles set to debut by 2020. In fact, Ford plans to revamp more than 75% of its portfolio by that time.
Learn more about what Ford has in store for the Ranger by following the Westland Ford blog.
For Halloween fans everywhere, September and October are exciting times. If you love your Ford as much as you love Halloween, here are some spooky-themed road trips you can take this Halloween season.
Gardner Village Witch Displays
This event might sound scary, but it’s actually a perfect event for the whole family! Witch-themed displays are set up over a course of 45 days, during which Gardner Village in West Jordan throws its annual Witch Fest. The whole town celebrates by donning street signs, businesses, and homes with witches. You can go for a day to enjoy the sights or participate in Wee Witches Weekend, which is perfect for the kids.
If you’re looking for a less scary and more adult-themed trip, then Oktoberfest is for you. Oktoberfest takes place over two days in Salt Lake City. There will be tons of food, drink, and lots of local musical acts. If you do want to bring the kids, though, you can, thanks to a kids’ area with a craft tent, ring toss, giant Jenga, and more.
Ogden Witchstock Festival
Another witch-themed event takes place in Ogden. The Witchstock Festival is held over the weekend before Halloween – October 28th. It’s not just witches here, either – the event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the Zombie Crawl and at 8:00 p.m., you can party with you beau or kids at the Monster Bash.
If you need a new ride for these Halloween trips, just stop into Westland Ford and explore our vehicle lineup.
Ford has boasted a lot of iconic cars over the years, but none stand out as much as the Ford Mustang. The 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra is more impressive, powerful, and iconic than ever.
Ford Performance tested out the Mustang Cobra on August 16th, and it’s proven to be the most advanced Mustang yet. When placed on the track, the racecar did a quarter-mile lap in just over eight seconds – a new record for the Mustang.
The Ford Performance Team wanted the 50th anniversary addition of the car to be special, which is why they crafted it to climb to over 150 miles per hour. It’s a nod to the Mustangs that beat out other competitors at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals.
It’s no wonder that this new Mustang model is so fast – under the hood, an advanced 5.2-liter V8 engine can be found. Paired with this engine is a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger that helps improve the Mustang Cobra’s acceleration. The car’s ride height can be adjusted with two-way coil-over shocks.
This Mustang isn’t just for the race track. Customers can own the Mustang Cobra Jet in Race Red or Oxford White for an MSRP of around $130,000. To honor the iconic car’s anniversary, you can opt to get 50th Anniversary graphics and badging on the car. Learn more about this special edition Ford Mustang when you visit Westland Ford.
It’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t know about the Ford Mustang. The nameplate was an overnight sensation when it debuted, and it quickly became an icon of the era of muscle cars. Even still today, the Ford Mustang is a household name, and its seamless combination of distinctive, nostalgic design and modern innovation keep it going strong even as it becomes entrenched in an increasingly competitive auto industry. This perseverance has brought a new Ford Mustang milestone to fruition – the 10 million mark.
Ford has officially produced over 10 million Mustang vehicles in the past 54 years, making it the best-selling sports car in the world. To celebrate this milestone, Ford unveiled the new Nascar Mustang, which will be taking the place of the custom Ford Fusion sedan, a vehicle that is phasing out of the brand’s lineup.
What’s the secret to the Ford Mustang’s continual success? The Mustang offers a diverse lineup that appeals to a variety of price points and lifestyles, as well as being a household name. Ford has stuck to the original concept behind the Mustang for years – creating a sports car that is powerful, attractive, and affordable for the everyday driver.
Hitting the latest Ford Mustang milestone was a point of pride for Ford CEO Jim Hacket. He called the Mustang “the soul of the company,” praising the Ford Mustang’s role as one of Ford’s signature vehicles.
Come find a Ford Mustang of your own when you stop into Westland Ford.
When shopping around for the perfect vehicle, drivers are often looking to get the most for their money. In the past couple of years, a new type of vehicle has gained popularity among American drivers: the subcompact SUV. The subcompact SUV segment is the fastest growing segment in the auto industry, providing the perfect combination of performance, capability, and affordability to drivers.
You might expect that only older drivers are making the jump to SUVs, but that’s not the case. As Erich Merkle, a Ford U.S. Sales analyst, said, “Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials – everybody wants their SUV, and Gen Z is no different.” Many young drivers are moving away from subcompact cars and towards new, smart subcompact SUVs. Four years ago, American drivers in the 18-to-24-year old demographic bought 8,121 subcompact cars and 443 subcompact SUVs. In 2017, however, they bought 3,981 subcompact cars and 2,840 subcompact SUVs. This remarkable jump is a 541 percent increase in subcompact SUV sales.
Ford is always keeping the wants and needs of contemporary drivers in mind, and that’s why the automaker introduced the Ford EcoSport this year to compete in the subcompact SUV segment. This sporty vehicle will perfectly meet the needs of a variety of drivers and boasts exceptional efficiency, space, and state-of-the-art features across the board. In particular, the connectivity features of the EcoSport will perfectly suit the connected lifestyles of young drivers.
You can learn more about the incredible Ford EcoSport when you visit Westland Ford.