Ford Fights Back Against COVID-19

Ford Fights Back | Brownsville, TX

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 online classes.

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.

The Ford Explorer ST and Sport Appearance Package

Ford Explorer ST and Sport Appearance Package | Brownsville, TX

The Ford Explorer ST performance SUV has seen explosive success, making up 21 percent of Explorer sales and inspiring luxury car owners to trade in for a more affordable – but just as high-quality – model. The ST performance trim debuted with the redesign of the Explorer for the 2020 model year, and drivers have been liking what they’re seeing.

Ford has upgraded the Explorer’s performance and on- and off-road handling, as well as the styling, towing capacity, and the power of available engines. This includes a 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine and a trailer tow package for maximum towing power. The Explorer ST puts out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque for thrilling performance, and can seat up to six passengers or turn into 87.8 cubic feet of max cargo space.

Ford will also introduce the new Sport Appearance Package on the 2021 Explorer that releases this summer. The Sport Appearance Package, available only on the XLT trim, adds styling cues inside and out for a more athletic look, including Carbonized Gray accents, dual chrome exhaust tips, and two-tone seats with accent stitching.

The legendary Ford Explorer celebrates its 30th birthday in 2020, having first debuted in 1990. This year also marks another major milestone for the model, as Ford sold its 8 millionth Explorer in January.

Celebrate this unmatched achievement by getting behind the wheel of a new Ford Explorer ST today! Visit your friends at Tipton Auto to schedule a look and a test drive.

Get Ready for Adventure with the Ford Bronco Return

Ford Bronco Return | Brownsville, TX

Set to debut in 2020, the iconic Ford Bronco is getting ready to rock your world. Since the vehicle hasn’t been officially revealed, not much is known about this upcoming boxy, rugged vehicle. However, there are plenty of rumors involving new features and updates for the Ford Bronco return.

Regarding its powertrain, rumors suggest that the Bronco will share the Ranger’s 2.3-liter, turbocharged inline-four engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, channeled through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Speculation also posits that the Bronco will eventually gain an available manual transmission, a V6 engine, and a hybrid variant.

When it comes to its adventure-ready engineering, the Bronco has even more tricks up its sleeve. Reports indicate that the vehicle will boast removable doors, as well as a removable top. With its open-air design, the Bronco is the perfect vehicle for soaking up the sun, getting in touch with nature, and maybe even enjoying some muddy off-road fun.

So far, it looks like the Bronco is on track for a late-2020 release. It’s set to be built in America, at the Wayne, Michigan Ford Assembly Plant.

When the Bronco arrives, you’ll be able to find it at Tipton Ford. Until then, stop by our dealership to check out all of the other off-road-capable Ford models on our lot.

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

High-Strength Steel in Ford Models | Brownsville, TX

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.

1.2 Billion Plastic Bottles Used in Ford Vehicles Every Year

plastic bottles used in ford vehicles | Tipton Ford | Brownsville, TX

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.

New 2020 Explorer Design is Quieter Than Ever

2020 Explorer Design | Tipton Ford Blog | Brownsville, TX

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!