Ford Wins Three SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards

Ford Wins Three SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards | Tipton Ford Blog

Each fall in Las Vegas, the automotive industry comes together at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. It puts the best after-market equipment on display and shows off some amazing custom vehicles. This year, three Ford vehicles earned SEMA Vehicle of the Year awards.

The Ford Focus earned the title of Sport Compact of the Year, while the Mustang and F-Series earned the Car of the Year and Truck of the Year awards, respectively.

“We are honored that SEMA Show exhibitors have bestowed Ford with these prestigious awards,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance. “We make a point of embracing the aftermarket and appreciate this endorsement from the SEMA community as we strive to keep our best-selling nameplates among the most customized vehicles around the world.”

The F-Series has long been a favorite at SEMA. In fact, it has earned the Truck of the Year award eight times in the past nine years, which is as long as the award has been around. The Mustang is also a popular choice and this was its sixth SEMA award since it has won Car of the Year four times and Sport Coupe of the Year twice. This is the fourth SEMA award for the Focus.

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, come to Tipton Ford and see the Focus, Mustang, and F-Series trucks for yourself.

Car Maintenance Mistakes That Could Be Hurting Your Vehicle

Car Maintenance Mistakes | Tipton Ford Blog

For many drivers, car maintenance only comes to mind when something is seriously wrong with their vehicles. Realistically, routine car maintenance is an ongoing and necessary part of car ownership, without which, no car will last as long as it should. Here are some car maintenance mistakes drivers make that unnecessarily harm their vehicles.

Forgetting about your tires

Your car’s tires affect virtually every aspect of your car’s overall performance and health. Because of this, it’s important to make a habit of monitoring your car’s tires for proper inflation, alignment, and tread. With a little bit of care, modern tires should last for a long time.

Neglecting oil changes

If everything seems to be running well, it’s easy to skip an oil change. But, regularly changing your vehicle’s motor oil is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to keep everything running smoothly under the hood, so don’t skip this basic part of car maintenance.

Driving with old wipers

Wipers don’t last forever. Yet, some drivers continue to drive with old wiper blades even after they stop offering optimal visibility. If your car’s wiper blades are damaged in any way, it’s always a good idea to replace them right away before it’s too late.

The trained service technicians at Tipton Ford can help maintain your car’s optimal performance. Schedule a maintenance check today.


New Ford Crossover Will Be Mustang-Inspired

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As the crossover market gets more and more competitive, automotive brands need to come up with new and innovative ways to stay one step ahead of the rest. Ford is apparently taking a rather unusual trajectory with its next project. The new Ford crossover, stated to be coming out in 2020, will be a fully-electric vehicle — the first in Ford’s lineup to be entirely built from the ground up with an electric powertrain. Not only that, but recently, Ford representatives confirmed that the crossover will be a performance-oriented vehicle inspired by the iconic Mustang.


The teaser that hinted at the new vehicle’s appearance debuted earlier this year under the name, Mach 1, stirring up a controversy among auto enthusiasts who recognized the name of Ford’s legendary, gas-guzzling muscle car. Mach 1, however, may not be the crossover’s true model name according to official sources at Ford Motor Company.


The company did confirm that the crossover will sport styling inspired by the Mustang. The original teaser showed viewers a Ford Mustang and Explorer going into a garage together to merge as one, creating a totally unique, electric-powered performance crossover.


The new Ford crossover won’t be making its way to the market until 2020, but it’s part of Ford’s ongoing goal to bring 16 battery-powered vehicles to the brand’s lineup by 2022. This will include true electric vehicles as well as hybrids and plug-in hybrids.


We at Tipton Ford are excited about Ford’s electric future.

Back to School Study Tips

The new school year is here, and with it comes new challenges, busy schedules, and more homework, quizzes, and tests. These study tips may be useful for students of all ages, and can improve time management and homework skills.We've got the study tips to help you succeed in the new school year.

Turn Big Work into Small Steps

If there’s a big paper or some particularly challenging math homework in the future, it can feel daunting. A good way to stay on top of things and make the big assignments feel more manageable is to break them down hour-by-hour or day-by-day into smaller steps.

Stay Organized

Different colored folders are just as useful as they are pretty. Keep papers for different classes in their own folders and notebooks so they’ll be easy to find. Not only is it helpful to keep your school papers organized, but it also makes a huge difference to keep your study space clean and free from clutter and distraction.

Make a Routine

It can be helpful to assign a consistent time each day for school work. Creating this routine will make the work feel like part of your day and help you with time management. Whether you do homework right after school or right after dinner, stick to it and it will always get done.

Make sure your car is ready to go back to school by scheduling a maintenance check at Tipton Ford.

Ford Sustainability Initiatives: Ford Meets Goals Eight Years Early

There are several Ford sustainability initiatives, including one that aims to reduce the brand’s global CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 30% before 2025. Remarkably, the brand was able to reach its goal earlier this year, which means it beat its initial projections by a whopping eight years. While you still get the same quality vehicles, you also get cleaner air thanks to Ford.

According to Ford, the brand was able to lower its emissions by installing over 100,000 energy-efficient lights, updating painting operations, and a few other minor changes. Painting in particular required high-temperature drying ovens that consumed large amounts of energy — until recently, that is. The brand is focused on staying consistent with the Paris Climate Accord, as it recognizes that environmental concerns are at an all-time high.

Part of Ford sustainability initiatives include more hybrids like the C-MAX“We will continue to set ambitious goals and work to create innovative practices to achieve them,” said Bruce Hettle, group vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs. “Our next strategy will focus on increasing Ford’s use of renewable energy while maintaining our energy efficiencies.”

Ford is also hoping to offer 40 hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022, including cars like the C-MAX Hybrid, the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi, and the Focus Electric, among others. Even if you’d like a traditional gasoline engine, Ford is working hard to improve fuel economy and cut back on vehicle emissions.

Experience the innovations of Ford when you visit Tipton Ford.

Ford Kicks Off “Texas Is Family” Event with Vehicle Donations

Nine months ago, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, and for some, that wound is still healing. Fortunately, Ford is committed to assisting relief efforts in Texas. The company hosted the Texas Is Family event in mid-May to bring together local nonprofits in the area, partnered with local organizations, and donated vehicles to other volunteers.

Ford kicked off the Texas Is Family event by donating 38 Ford vehicles to eight different organizations in the state, allowing these organizations — including big names such as the Houston Food Bank, Salvation Army, and American Red Cross — to continue providing relief from the destruction left behind by Hurricane Harvey. These vehicle donations are part of a commitment Ford made in September to provide up to $3.5 million in aid to the victims of the hurricane.

Ford Kicks Off “Texas Is Family” Event The Texas Is Family event also offered a special assistance package to more than 8,000 customers whose vehicles were either lost or destroyed during the hurricane, allowing them to purchase new cars on a Ford employee discount and setting up a payment deferral plan. Ford, with its long history of disaster relief efforts and volunteer work, continues to this day to demonstrate a commitment to the communities it serves.

We at Tipton Ford are proud to be part of a company that is committed to relief efforts and community support.

Fuel Saving Tips

Do you want to get the most out of each tank of gas? Of course you do! And with these fuel saving tips, you can start increasing your car’s fuel efficiency today.

Lighten the Load

Not only can a cluttered car feel and look unpleasant, but it can also decrease gas mileage. For every extra pound your car has to carry it must work a little harder to accelerate, using more gas than necessary. Clean your car out to improve gas mileage today.

Stay Cool the Right Way

When you’re driving in the summer, you’ve have to stay cool. The best way to do this on the highways is with the air conditioner, which uses less fuel than would be spent with the windows down at high speeds. With low-speed driving, however, driving with the windows down is the more efficient option.

Slow Down

Sure, driving fast can save you time but it will not save you gas. Driving the speed limit is not only safer, but it’s also a great way to save on fuel.

Inflate the Tires

When tires are under-inflated, they’ll need more effort to roll which means more fuel waste. Check the tire pressure on your vehicle’s tires regularly to get the most efficiency.

With these fuel saving tips, you can start increasing your car’s fuel efficiency today.

Make sure your vehicle is running at its highest potential; schedule a maintenance check with our service experts at Tipton Ford.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Orders Start Rolling in for Late Summer

The limited-edition 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is officially on sale for pre-order, and the orders are rolling in at Ford dealerships across the country. The Bullitt won’t be available to drive until late summer, but this exclusive 480-horsepower generating Mustang is already drumming up excitement.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Inspired by the 1968 Mustang GT fastback featured in the movie Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, the new Mustang Bullitt will be offered on the GT Premium trim and will feature the Performance Package, bringing together sleek styling, luxurious features, and serious power.

In honor of the movie Bullitt, which showcased a Highland Green Mustang GT, the special edition Mustang Bullitt will come in just two colors: Shadow Black and the classic Dark Highland Green. Red-painted Brembo brakes join a black grille and chrome accents for unique, standout styling.

With an impressive 420 lb-ft of torque and speed topping out at 163 miles per hour, eight mph higher than the latest Mustang GT, the Mustang Bullitt is one of the most powerful cars ever made. Its larger throttle body combined with its performance open air intake and Mustang Shelby GT350 intake manifold make for incredible power and the unique powertrain control module deliver the boost needed to take it up to its 480 horsepower.

To learn more about the thrilling 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, visit Tipton Ford.

New Mustang Bullitt Edition Commemorates Famous Car Chase

The 1968 movie Bullitt is best known for its epic 10-minute-long car chase scene in which police detective Frank Bullitt drives his Mustang GT through the streets of San Francisco in pursuit of criminals behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger R/T. Recently, Ford debuted the new Mustang Bullitt Edition for the 2019 model in honor of the car chase scene’s 50th anniversary.

Mustang Bullitt Edition

Heavily inspired by the film model’s original design, the Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition has been stripped of all its badges and the grille. Chrome accents and 19-inch wheels come with the model, and the color palette only includes two colors — black and Highland Green, the shade of Bullitt’s vehicle in the movie.

On the inside, modern technology and comfort mix with styling cues from the past, and the Mustang Bullitt’s 5.0-liter V8 has been returned to deliver 475 horsepower for more performance thrills.

The 50th anniversary came with perfect timing, as the film’s original model— long thought lost and destroyed somewhere in Mexico — was rediscovered and inherited by current owner Sean Kiernan only four years ago.

The new 2019 Mustang Bullitt Edition will be rolling out across dealerships this summer, so stay tuned for more news and a chance to test drive it here at Tipton Ford.