Even though the North American International Auto Show was cancelled due to continued health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we still got our annual dose of North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. We were elated to hear that the Ford F-150 had been named a finalist for the truck distinction while the new Mustang Mach-E was a finalist for the utility category.
If this feels like déjà vu, that’s likely because you are remembering 2015, when two Ford vehicles were nominated for awards. The finalists? The F-150 — which won — and the Mustang, which was competing for the car honors, rather than utility.
While only one Ford vehicle went home with the gold back in 2015, it’s a whole different ballgame in 2021. The Ford F-150 again claimed top honors, earning the title of North American Truck of the Year. And this time around, the Mustang was victorious, receiving the title of 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.
In determining the winners, jurors narrowed down the field to three finalists in each category, judging for innovation, safety, driver satisfaction, design, handling, value, and segment leadership. The F-150 beat out the Jeep Gladiator Mojave and Ram 1500 TRX while the Mustang Mach E beat out the Genesis GV80 and Land Rover Defender.
You can experience these award-winning vehicles for yourself when you schedule a test drive at Tipton Ford in Brownsville, Texas, today.
Ford has created the Bronco Wild Fund to lend a helping hand to the environment. With this fund, Ford will give $5 million to important environmental causes each year, beginning with Outward Bound USA and the National Forest Foundation.
Ford will put a portion of the proceeds from both Bronco and Bronco Sport sales in the Bronco Wild Fund. This portion will not only be put towards the fund but also towards planting 1 million new trees by the end of 2021.
Outward Bound USA, which provides environmental education to young people, and the National Forest Foundation, which prioritizes reforestation in the U.S., are the first to get the $5 million donation. Future beneficiaries may focus on trail maintenance, restoration, forest health, or fire mitigation.
The Bronco plays such an integral role in the fund because it’s the ultimate off-roader and the best off-roading adventures typically involve nature. This is just one of the many reasons why Bronco drivers may want to help preserve nature through the fund.
Mark Grueber, Bronco brand marketing manager, said, “The Bronco Wild Fund will help Bronco owners and off-road enthusiasts connect with the outdoors on a deeper, more personal level — ultimately enabling them to become responsible stewards of our nation’s treasures.”
We at Tipton Ford in Brownsville, Texas, look forward to seeing all the good that the Bronco Wild Fund will do moving forward. If you’re looking to buy an off-roader or need any other assistance today, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
When you spend your money on a new pickup truck, you want to make sure you’re getting a vehicle that earns its price tag. When you put that truck to the test with tough towing and off-roading around Brownsville, you don’t want to discover that you’ve purchased an inferior product.
That’s why Tipton Ford is excited to share the news that the Ford Ranger has earned high marks in the J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality Study.
What does this mean for you? If you’re looking for a high-quality truck to drive in Brownsville, Texas, you can rest assured that objective industry experts like J.D. Power confirm that the Ford Ranger is a smart choice.
The organization determined the recipients of the 2020 IQS Awards by gathering data on the number of issues reported by owners of 2020 model-year vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership. The Ranger earned the highest ranking for the midsize pickup class. In addition, the 2020 Ford Mustang and 2020 Ford Super Duty also earned top marks.
With the knowledge that you’re buying a quality product here at Tipton Ford, we invite you to visit our dealership and test-drive one of these models yourself. You’ll certainly notice the difference when you drive a Ford.
The Ford Motor Company recently announced that it would be pairing with Intel® to develop the next generation of driver-assist technologies. In particular, Intel’s® Mobileye® has developed EyeQ® technology, which combines computer-vision and deep-learning technologies to optimize existing safety tech like Lane-Keeping Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
What does this mean for Ford? Mobileye® will contribute the next wave of vehicle safety features offered on Ford models, including the upcoming Mustang Mach-E, and it will also help to develop autonomous driving. Intel’s® chips and software will improve computation time, cooling, and cost effectiveness, making driver-assist features more affordable, reliable, and efficient.
“It is a privilege to extend and expand our long-standing collaboration with a company that is so committed to safety on behalf of its global customer base,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye®. “We look forward to working closely together to bring these functionalities to market in the full Ford product lineup.”
In the near future, upcoming Ford vehicles will be equipped with EyeQ3® and EyeQ4® technologies, possibly using Mobileye’s® innovative Roadbook™ technology. This uses data from cameras to create a high-definition roadmap, a feature required for hands-free systems. Not only will this improve safety, but it also paves the way for fully autonomous vehicle production.
We here at Tipton Ford can’t wait to see what these two companies develop next with this new partnership. Be sure to pay us a visit and take a look at the technology of our current Ford lineup.
If you’re already a FordPass™ Rewards member, you need to check out the all-new FordPass™ Rewards Visa® Card. Launched earlier this summer, the new FordPass™ Rewards Visa® Card gives you more opportunities to earn rewards on everyday purchases as well as your regular visits to Tipton Ford in Brownsville, Texas.
FordPass™ Rewards Visa® Card customers earn back three percent in points on gas, auto insurance, parking, tolls, and dining, making it a must if you love to travel. You also earn one percent back in points on everyday purchases, which means you can accrue a ton of points if you use it on the regular for things like groceries and entertainment.
Where the FordPass™ Rewards Visa® Card really pays off is when you use it at Tipton Ford. Every purchase you make at Tipton Ford earns you five percent pack in points, and you’ll get 10 percent back in points for every service. If you have a bill of more than $499, using your card gets you low-interest financing for six billing cycles.
Now’s a great time to enroll as you can maximize your money even more. If you spend $6,000 in 12 consecutive billing cycles after opening your account, you’ll earn a $200 statement credit. Spending $3,000 within the first three billing cycles earns you a $100 statement credit.*
If you’re interested, you can apply for your FordPass™ Rewards Visa® Card today. Want to learn more about this great card or the many benefits of joining FordPass™ Rewards? Tipton Ford in Brownsville is here to help.
* See the FordPass Rewards Visa Terms and Conditions in the Summary of Credit Terms provided at time of application. Points are not redeemable for cash. Please see the FordPass Rewards Program terms and conditions at FordPassRewards.com for information regarding expiration, redemption, forfeiture and other limitations on FordPass Rewards Points. Must be enrolled in FordPass Rewards.
The all-new 2020 Ford Escape brought home two huge awards during the month of July. In the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study, the Escape earned the top spot in its segment. It also earned a comfortable spot on the Wards 10 Best User experiences list.
The APEAL Study stands for The Automotive Performance,
Execution, and Layout Study, and uses 40 different factors that combine to
determine a driver’s emotional attachment to a certain vehicle. This year, the
2020 Escape was able to grab the fourth spot overall and finished first among
compact SUVs. The results of the study show that the Escape is popular because
of the exciting driving experience it provides no matter how you intend to use
it, making it a top choice for consumers.
The Escape couldn’t stop at just one award, as it was also
was able to land on WardsAuto’s 2020 Wards Best User Experiences list. The
Wards judges were fans of the Escape’s available 12.3-inch digital cluster
display and SYNC® 3 infotainment setup. They mentioned those features as two
big reasons they scored the Escape so highly.
WardsAuto judges also mentioned the number of standard features offered by Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies, making it not only a fun vehicle but a safe one. The blue ambient backlighting, easy-to-use smartphone pairing, and voice commands are the icing on the cake for the judges. All of these features and factors are why the Escape found itself on the list.
You can experience the award-winning 2020 Ford Escape for yourself by scheduling a test drive at Tipton Ford today.
The 2020 Ford Ranger is a popular truck, due to its off-road capabilities, lively engine, and family-friendly cabin. If you’re interested in driving this adventurous truck but want some additional customization, you can now add one of three new Ford Performance packages.
Ford Performance Level 1
This first package gives the
Ranger a more stylish appearance with striking Ford Performance graphics and
17-inch Dyno Gray wheels. It also adds monotube shocks and an off-road leveling
kit so the truck can better handle rough terrains.
Ford Performance Level 2
With this package, you’ll
receive a recalibration of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine, which boosts
horsepower by 16 percent and torque by 20 percent. Blue tow hooks and a Ford
Performance stainless steel license plate frame stand out on the Ranger, while
off-road fog lights give you more visibility on trails.
Ford Performance Level 3
The Ford Performance Level 3
package combines the features of the previous packages, minus the blue tow
hooks, and also gains some new features. This package adds a Ford Performance chase
rack and sport exhaust along with a 30-inch LED lightbar kit, a winch-capable
front bumper, and red tow hooks.
If these exciting packages have caught your attention, give us a call at Tipton Ford. Our staff can help you select a package and find the Ranger trim level that fits you best.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback coupe is gearing up for a 2021 release after a 17-year absence, generating excitement among fans of high-performance, high-speed, and high-thrill sports cars around the globe. The all-new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will offer the signature muscle, speed, and power of the model in a bold and stylish exterior.
The power of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
comes from its uniquely-calibrated 5.0-liter V8 engine, which is projected to
produce 480 horsepower at 7,000 RPM along with 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,600
Drivers can choose between two transmission
options. The 2021 Mach 1 comes standard with a Tremec™ 3160 6-speed manual
transmission taken from the Shelby GT350. If you want a wider range of gears to
play with, opt for the 10-speed SelectShift™ automatic transmission, which
utilizes a second air-to-oil cooler to raise cooling capacity by 75 percent.
The revamped styling of the 2021 Mustang Mach
1 upgrades its aesthetics as well as its aerodynamics and cooling. The new
front fascia and grille elevate the look of the Mustang while making for less
wind resistance and improving the cooling function.
The 2021 Mach 1’s 50-year heritage is
celebrated in its new styling, which sports low-gloss accents in both magnetic
and black to go along with reflective stripes across the hood and side-body.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be unleashed at Tipton Ford early next year. They won’t last long, so be sure to reserve yours today!
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The Ford Motor Company has always given back to the communities it supports. This proud tradition continues as the auto manufacturer gears up to give back during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
In early April, Ford revealed that it would be temporarily converting its Windsor Engine Plant in Canada into a face shield production line. By the end of the first week of April, nearly 4,000 face shields had been produced and distributed to nearby organizations in need. Donations of face shields were made to support police officers, seniors in local nursing homes, and front-line healthcare workers.
Dean Stoneley, Ford of Canada’s CEO, explained that the
automaker converted its productions facilities to “help protect the lives of
our heroic healthcare professionals and first responders as they continue to
treat the most vulnerable among us.”
Stateside, Ford has donated over $500,000 to organizations
dedicated to staving off hunger in vulnerable populations within communities
local to its Detroit, Michigan, headquarters. Ford has also provided funding
for food-insecure children no longer able to regularly obtain hot lunches due
to school closings. Additionally, Ford is supporting efforts to assist
low-income students at historically black colleges and universities, allowing
them to come home following the decision for most institutions to transition to
All of us at Tipton Ford hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this time. We look forward to continuing to serve you.
Your Ford pickup’s bed takes a beating when you load it for work and play — and it’s exposed to the elements, too. Consider these truck bed protection and maintenance tips to keep your vehicle in great shape for whatever you need it to do.
Install a bed liner
Installing a liner is an effective way to ban rust, scratches,
dents, and other damage from your truck bed. Drop-in bed liners are the easiest
to install or remove. If you want even tougher protection, spray-in liners last
longer and form an airtight seal to keep moisture and dirt away from the bed.
Use a tonneau cover
Tonneau covers perform double duty for your truck. Not only
do they protect whatever you’re hauling, but they also shield the bed from sun,
rain, and dirt. Tonneau covers come in many styles and can be made of soft or
Don’t forget the
Your truck bed can sustain damage and rust from below, too.
To care for it, make sure you keep your vehicle’s underside clean. You can even
apply an undercoating spray for more durable protection.
Keep it clean
However you decide to protect your truck bed, make sure you
take the time to keep it clean. At the very least, sweep out the dirt, don’t
let junk accumulate, and give the bed a good washing every so often.
To learn more about the best products, accessories, and practices for protecting your truck bed, contact our service department here at Tipton Ford.