Ultra High-Strength Steel in Ford Models Make Them as Strong as Military Tanks

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Ford is famous for building the toughest vehicles to handle even the most difficult jobs. Now the automaker has taken strength to a new level, developing an ultra high-strength steel manufacturing process that creates materials that are literally stronger than railroad tracks and military tanks.

In creating the roof rails for the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Ford Explorer, Ford developed a new forming approach known as 3D Roll and Sweep. Basically, the process roll-forms the material into a tube and then bends it into a unique shape. The process is less costly than the former hydroforming process and more than twice as strong.

The high-strength steel in Ford models also allows for increased space inside the vehicle and an overall reduction in weight, enhancing comfort and performance.

Steel as strong as a military tank isn’t the only reasons why the new Ford vehicles are safer than before, though. New Ford models feature a huge array of advance safety technologies that let you drive with total confidence. Features like Auto High-Beam Headlamps, Blind Spot Information System, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Evasive Steering Assist all work in tandem to keep you safe no matter the conditions on the road.

Find the strong 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Ford Explorer here at Tipton Ford.

The Ford Ranger Is for Families

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Pickup trucks have long been the epitome of hard work. However, more and more families across the country are choosing trucks as their family vehicles. That’s why Ford engineers incorporated innovative features to make the Ranger especially great for families.

One of these features, called Belt Monitor, is designed to let the driver know how many back-seat passengers are bucked. It also gives you a warning if any seats are unbuckled and shows which seat it was. This can be helpful for parents of young children who might not fully understand the importance of keeping their seatbelts buckled.

Ford electrical engineer Paul Kula designed this technology. He said to the Detroit Free Press, “I have been working on this for approximately four to five years. We have had customer feedback with regards to understanding who is buckled up. Children like to play with things, and they realize how to unbuckle their seat belts quite early.”

In addition to the Belt Monitor feature, the Ranger is available with a spacious Crew Cab that makes it easy to fit child car seats into the backseat. For extra family safety, all Ranger models include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The Ford Ranger is for families, and Tipton Ford cares about your family. Bring them to try out the 2019 Ranger here.

1.2 Billion Plastic Bottles Used in Ford Vehicles Every Year

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The consumption of single-use plastics such as water bottles has grown to around 526 billion bottles a year, or a million bottles a minute. The problem is that most of them end up in landfills, waterways, or fragile ecosystems like the Pacific Ocean.

The auto industry has increased its use of recycled plastics for vehicle parts exponentially, and Ford is one of the leaders in utilizing recycled materials. Currently, Ford uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles a year for underbody shields, averaging around 250 bottles per vehicle.

Aerodynamic efficiency has become a large focus for current vehicle designs, creating the need for underbody shields. The use of a solid plastic to protect the underbody, engine bottom, and front and rear wheel wells would add too much weight to the vehicle. Recycled plastic bottles, shredded and melted into a fiber and then mixed with other textile fibers, creates a tough, lightweight material. It meets the robust specifications that Ford requires for durability and performance. And, it creates a quieter ride.

Overall, the use of recycled plastic bottles used in Ford vehicles not only makes sense economically and fits the needs of Ford vehicles technically, but has the added benefit of protecting the environment from further damage from plastic waste.

Tipton Ford is proud to carry many Ford models that utilize recycled plastic bottles in their components. To see the latest smartly designed Ford cars, visit Tipton Ford.

Ford Mustang is Still the Best-Selling Sports Coupe in the World

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At Tipton Ford, April 17th, National Mustang Day, is one of our favorite holidays. This year, National Mustang Day marked the 55th anniversary of the Mustang and the fourth consecutive year that the Mustang has been deemed the best-selling sports coupe in the world.

According to data collected by the IHS Markit, the Mustang sold 113,066 cars in 2018, with sales worldwide from Australia to South America. Last year, the iconic sports car was available for sale in 146 different countries. Over the past four years, since 2015, Ford has sold over 500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs across the globe.

Not only did April 2019 mark the fourth year in a row that the Mustang has been the best-selling sports coupe in the world, it also marked its fourth year as the best-selling sports car in the United States. Ford sold 75,842 Mustangs in the states in 2018

The excellent sales over the past year have increased the market share of the Mustang in its sports car segment by 15.4 percent. This impressive success is in part thanks to the Mustang Bullitt. The iconic edition of the pony car has been a global success, and Ford has sold 25 percent more of this model than expected.

Test-drive the 2019 Ford Mustang at Tipton Ford.

Things To Do in Harlingen, Texas

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Harlingen, Texas is located just 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a beautiful place to live, and it’s packed with culture, history, and things to do and see. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Harlingen.

Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

This museum honors the Battle of Iwo Jima, fought between the U.S. Marines and the Imperial Army of Japan in 1945. Pay what you can as a donation to step inside the museum and watch the educational video, and then check out the large sculpture that served as the original model for the statue now located in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

If you’re visiting Harlingen on a nice day, you can’t miss the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. This beautiful sanctuary is made up of 55 acres of woods, and features walking trails, wildlife viewing, and birdwatching.

World Birding Center

Harlingen is home to one of nine sites located in the Rio Grande Valley that make up the World Birding Center. At the Harlingen Arroyo Colorado location, you can expect to see Olive Sparrows, Long-billed Thrashers, Groove-billed Ani, and the endangered Red-crowned Parrots.

Make sure your car is ready to handle all your adventures in Harlingen — schedule a maintenance check at Tipton Ford.

Ford King Ranch® Edition: King of Pickups in the Lone Star State

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While it might not come as a surprise, Texans buy more pickups than any other state in the U.S. In fact, one in every four vehicles sold in the state is a pickup, according to W.F. Strong for KUT 90.5. And, among Texas trucks, the Ford King Ranch® edition is the top of the line. 

The Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition represents the luxury model of Texas more so than any BMW or Mercedes, adds Strong; 40 percent of King Ranch® models are sold in the state, which indicates that it’s a truly special trim level.

In the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition you’ll find an intense Ford V8 engine paired to a 10-speed transmission that delivers 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of toque. There’s standard LED lighting, chrome trim, and special badging. Plus, the interior has dual-zone auto climate control, leather trimmed seats, and the available B&O™ Sound System by Bang & Olufsen.

“The flagship truck for Texas appeal is Ford’s King Ranch® edition pickup. Everybody knows that The King Ranch is the most famous ranch in Texas and known throughout the U.S. as an icon of manliness,” writes Strong. “It was a stroke of marketing genius, 15 years ago, when Ford wrapped their truck in the manly ethos of the King Ranch brand. Every leather seat within the truck is emblazoned with the King Ranch Running W cattle brand. Macho sublimity.”

To learn more about the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition, visit Tipton Ford.

For a One-of-a-Kind Experience, Head to the Port Isabel Lighthouse

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There are hundreds of lighthouses strewn across America, and many grace the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Texas, however, is home to only one of them open to the public today: the Port Isabel Lighthouse. The Port Isabel Lighthouse stands at the southern point of the Texas Gulf Coast and operates today as a historic site.

History of the Port Isabel Lighthouse

The Point Isabel area was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1519, and Spain established control of the region in the 1700s. In 1846 during the Mexican-American War, American General Zachary Taylor moved troops into the area, and Point Isabel functioned as an American supply depot until the end of the conflict in 1848. With the advent of heavy shipping traffic, a lighthouse became a necessity. The U.S. Congress authorized the construction of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, and construction began by 1851. The Lighthouse was completed in 1853.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse features heavy brick walls and a stationary white light that can be seen for nearly 16 miles. It served as an observation post during the Civil War, guided commercial vessels during the following decades, and was abandoned in 1905 due to a decline in shipping traffic.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse Today

The Port Isabel Lighthouse was donated to the state of Texas in 1950 and today functions as a historic site that draws visitors from near and far. The Lighthouse is open daily, so for a one-of-a-kind and historical experience with the family, head there today.

Need a vehicle to make your trek out to the lighthouse? Contact us at Tipton Ford.

New 2020 Explorer Design is Quieter Than Ever

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If you’re looking for a relaxing ride, the new 2020 Ford Explorer may be the perfect vehicle for you. That’s because the 2020 Explorer design is quieter than ever, featuring improved engineering and smart technologies like Active Noise Control. Believe it or not, the 2020 model will have the quietest Explorer cabin ever produced.

According to Ford, the 2020 Explorer has a dual-wall dashboard to prevent unwanted engine noise from making it’s way into the cabin, while acoustic laminated glass prevents outside noises from getting in. There’s also a sheet-molded composite material with air gaps in between, which keeps the cabin incredibly quiet.

“Whether it’s taking the family up north for the weekend or taking a date to the movies on Saturday night, a quieter interior allows them to better connect with those who are along for the journey,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager.

Active Noise Control is one of the high-tech features that gets rid of unwanted noise. This system uses microphones to detect unwanted sounds within the cabin, producing counter-frequencies through the audio system to cancel out noises. This is one high-tech feature that actively seeks out and eliminates harsh sounds before they reach your ears. Combining Active Noise Control with a range of engineering and design advances, the Explorer is noticeably quieter. 

If you’d like to experience the Ford Explorer for yourself, stop by Tipton Ford in Brownsville, TX today and take one for a spin!

Watch Local Organized Sports at Brownsville Sports Park

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One of Brownsville’s newest local facilities is the Brownsville Sports Park. Construction of the park began in 2006 with the intention to provide the community with a safe, accessible, and premier place to play organized team sports. Today the Brownsville Sports Park is a great place to visit with family and friends as you enjoy the long list of amenities the area has to offer.

Brownsville Sports Park is equipped to handle just about any sport, with 5 baseball fields, 1 turf field, 10 full-sized fields for multiple sports, 3 outdoor basketball courts, 5 sand volleyball courts, and other tracks and fields like a skate park, dirt track for BMX racing, 2 lakes, a playground, and walking trails.

In fact, the park lists regular visitors and events on its website ranging from Little Miss Football to the Texas State Police Olympics.

If you’re a member of a local organized sports team, whether it’s the regional soccer team or flag football, the Brownsville Sports Park offers a venue well-stocked to accommodate you and your teammates. If you’re just visiting, you can watch any of the many sports on the schedule or make use of the park itself for fun personal activities when you just need to get out of the house.

If you need a new ride to head out to the park, contact us at Tipton Ford.

Places to See Santa Near Brownsville, Texas

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Visiting Santa Claus makes the Christmas season much more real for kids and families alike. Don’t miss these opportunities to see Santa near Brownsville!

Sunrise Mall

The Sunrise Mall is always active around the Christmas season, so it makes sense that Santa would be there. Families can visit Santa in center court through Dec. 24. Better yet, those with pets can get a photo with Santa through Dec. 10.

Santa will be at the mall from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Village

The Holiday Village is back in Dean Porter Park and admission is free for everyone! How’s that for a celebration of Christmas spirit? The park will be transformed into the North Pole until Jan. 1. Santa himself will available for pictures every Friday and Saturday night. That’s not to mention the entertaining events, wonderful food vendors, and contests!

The village is open from Sunday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are extended to 11 p.m.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Santa photo packages are available for purchase at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. There are various packages available starting from $24.99. Each purchase comes with a free personalized phone call from Santa Claus himself. Head out to the hotel to visit Santa and make sure your family doesn’t miss out this holiday season!

If you need a better vehicle under the Christmas tree and you’re not sure that Santa can fit it in his sleigh, come talk to the sales team at Tipton Ford.