Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2002 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

2002 was the year Ford revived the Thunderbird with retro styling, including a removable convertible hardtop and signature porthole windows. The iconic American design coupled with a smooth ride and V8 performance helped the Thunderbird take home the title of Motor Trend 2002 Car of the Year. We found this '02 beauty displayed recently in the showroom of Larry H. Miller Ford in Salt Lake City.

Besides having low miles, this Thunderbird also features a 3.9L V8 engine, digital dash, dual climate control, a security system and traction control. Making this Premium version extra special are the 17 inch chrome wheels and the beautiful blue interior trim that matches the exterior finish.

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The perfect car for top down summer road trips, this convertible will be sure to turn heads. If you'd like to see more of this pristine 2002 Ford Thunderbird visit Larry H. Miller Super Ford at 1300 S. just west of I-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah or call 801-412-0002.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Ford Mustang Customizer Offers Chance to Win Your Fantasy Mustang

Ford has just relaunched its popular Mustang Customizer with a host of new features to coincide with the launch of the 2013 Ford Mustang.  The customizer gives Mustang fans a way to personalize their dream pony car and share it with friends and family through social media sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.  Since the special parts and graphics are available off the shelf, customers can order the Mustang just as they designed it from their local Ford dealers.  Or, more likely, they can save the design to use as wallpaper on their computer or submit it to what Ford calls "battle mode" to go head to head with other designs through Facebook.

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“Customers love to make Mustang their own, one that suits their taste; this is the perfect way to let them test out their design and imagine what’s possible,” says Jim Owens, Mustang marketing manager. “The interactive aspect also adds a whole new dimension and lets more people get in on the fun.”

What makes this customizer so much fun, compaired to some offered by other car makers, is the sheer depth of design possibilities. Users can choose to customize a Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302 or Shelby GT500.  Accessories include body kits, wheels, decals, grilles and deck lids, along with parts from Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Vehicle Personalization.  Throughout the design the vehicle can be viewed from different angles and with different backgrounds.  

To add to the excitement, Ford will ultimately pick four of the fantasy Mustangs and build them, as customized, to give away to the lucky designers.

So to get started on your custom design and a chance to win your fantasy Ford Mustang, visit: http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/customizer/

Source:  Ford

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jay Leno Takes a Look at the 2013 Scion FR-S

An affordable sports car built from the ground up to be a sports car, the new Scion FR-S got the once over and apparent thumbs up from Jay Leno recently.

With a price around $25,000, the heritage inspired FR-S was designed to easily go between the road and the track. With a 200 hp Subaru built Boxer engine the rear wheel drive Scion FR-S is certainly not a muscle car, but with a super low center of gravity is plenty fun to drive.  Jay says he expects the FR-S will be a vehicle, much like the Corvette or Harley Davidson, that people will want to personalize and accessorize with aftermarket items.

Jack Hollis, VP and General Manager of Scion, joins Jay in his garage and on the road for this episode of Jay Leno's Garage:

Photo Source: Autoblog

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cruisin' the Boulevard - Coats for Kids in Bountiful, Utah

This Friday and Saturday, June 15th & 16th, the Rotary Club of Bountiful, Utah is sponsoring an event called Cruisin' the Boulevard - Coats for Kids.   This is the 14th year for the event, that includes a car show, parade, live music and lots of family fun.

Coats for Kids raises money to provide coats, boots and mittens for children in need in the Bountiful school system. Well over 4000 children have been assisted since the event began in 1998. One of the most popular events each year is the Burt Brothers sponsored burn-out exhibition.

Starting Friday night from 6 - 10 pm the following events are on tap:

Main street cruisin' parade
Burt Brothers burn-out exhibition
Marie Calendar pie eating contest
George Miller's 50's & 60's music live entertainment
Food, dancing, limbo and dance contest
Climbing wall, hula hoop contest, face painting
Dress in 50's & 60's fashion to be eligible for a door prize

And then continuing on Saturday:

Car Show in the Bountiful City Park
Food, Games and Fun!
Car Show awards around 2:30

The event is free to the public. For more information on the event click here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MINI of Murray Grand Opening

MINI of Murray has motored down the street a bit into a new facility at 4767 South State Street in Murray, Utah. To celebrate the move, along with the 10 year anniversary of MINI in America, they will be holding a grand opening party Thursday, June 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. It sounds as though it will be quite the event with valet, red carpet paparazzi, wine and beer tasting, food and more food, and prizes galore (according to their Facebook page).

With the growth in popularity of the Mini Cooper brand the next step for this Salt Lake City car dealership was its own dedicated facility for sales, service and accessories. In this new facility they will be able to stretch out a bit with the full line of MINIs including the hardtop, coupe, convertible, roadster, Clubman, Countryman and the John Cooper Works.

The first U.S. Mini dealership opened in San Francisco in 2002 amid some critics who said the Mini brand didn't stand a chance in the States.  Ten years later the premium small car from BMW is still going strong.

Take a look at this video to see the progression of the new building construction over the last few months.  Congratulations to MINI of Murray on the brand new home of your own!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ford Reveals 2013 F-150

Ford celebrated the introduction of the 2013 F-150 today with Future Farmers of America (FFA) members, alumni and educators.   The 2013 model year F-150 gets a few upgrades including a redesigned center stack, available high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and redesigned grill.  A Limited is added as the new top of the line for the 2013 F-150, joining the Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum available in the luxury trim levels.

The powertrain lineup for the best selling Ford F-150 remains the same.  The 2013 Ford F-150 will go on sale at Ford dealerships later this year.

For the best selection of new and used Ford F-150s in Utah, click here.

Here is the press release from Ford:

BRUCEVILLE, Texas, June 4, 2012 – Ford Motor Company today celebrates introduction of the new 2013 Ford F-150 – part of the best-selling line of pickups in America – with the agricultural professionals and leaders of tomorrow.

“Like our hardworking customers, Ford is committed to getting the job done right with our industry-leading trucks,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “The 2013 F-150 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving our trucks with new features and capabilities, allowing F-Series owners to be increasingly productive.”

For 2013, the Ford F-150 receives new front-end design and advanced technologies such as MyFord Touch® with voice-activated driver controls and available high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

“Farm families have always represented an important F-Series truck constituency,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager and FFA sponsor board member. “For these multitasking customers, a Ford pickup means family transportation, economic livelihood, rugged capability and reliability. Like FFA, Ford pickups are an enduring agricultural tradition, and we are delighted to join forces with them to reveal the new F-150 models.”

America’s pickup
For 2013, the most fuel-efficient and capable light-duty pickup on the market continues to push forward with updated design and advanced technologies. F-150 also adds even more breadth to its expansive lineup with a new Limited luxury model and availability of the groundbreaking EcoBoost® engine, powerful 6.2-liter V8, electronic-locking rear axle and Hill Descent Control.

Outside, the F-150 lineup gets bold new grilles combining fresh designs with instantly recognizable F-Series cues highlighted on the XLT model revealed today.

New HID projector headlamps are available as a segment-first technology to deliver improved visibility and increase driver confidence.  HID technology provides exceptional lighting performance while contributing a distinctive look with stylish L-shaped lamps.

F-150 style also is enhanced with new 18- and 20-inch wheels offered in various trim packages.

Segment-exclusive power-telescoping and power-folding trailer-tow sideview mirrors add flexibility and convenience when operating in tight quarters, while enabling class-leading visibility.

F-150 pickups are available in three new hues including Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic and Ruby Red Clearcoat Metallic.

Truck-focused technology
The 2013 Ford F-150 adds Ford’s award-winning SYNC® voice-activated communications and entertainment system with 911 Assist® and Vehicle Health Report as standard equipment in XLT series and above. This enables hands-free, voice-activated control of enabled mobile devices.

Buyers may choose from an optional suite of SYNC Services, including Traffic Information, Turn-by-Turn Directions, Business Search, Send to SYNC from Google Maps and MapQuest, News, Sports, Weather and Horoscopes.

F-150 also introduces SYNC paired with a new 4.2-inch LCD center-stack screen that provides enhanced displays of audio and climate-control functions. In addition, the instrument cluster contains a 4.2-inch driver-configurable LCD productivity screen including menus for gauge setup, trip computer, fuel economy and towing/off-road applications.

Lariat, King Ranch®, Platinum and Limited series models are equipped with SYNC with MyFord Touch, adding voice control to more vehicle systems coupled with an all-new, large 8-inch LCD color touch screen mounted in the center stack. This package adds a media hub with two USB ports, an SD card reader and audio/video input jacks.

Ford’s unique truck interface allows drivers to tailor their vehicle to their specific needs, such as wearing work gloves.

This premium system can be augmented with an available voice-activated Navigation System, SD map-card reader, point-of-interest storage and integrated SiriusXM Travel Link.

Interior design
The 2013 F-150 offers a range of interior updates. The new 4.2-inch multifunction display and MyFord Touch interfaces gave designers the opportunity to deliver a more modern center stack and control layout. Several new environment colors include a Steel Gray interior on Lariat and a Black interior for King Ranch. Both of these series receive upgraded wood grain appliqu├ęs to enhance premium style.

The aggressive FX Appearance Package now adds Alcantara seat inserts that amplify its sporty persona.
The Platinum series – synonymous with high-end trucks – offers new choices of Black or Pecan leather seating.

F-150 continues to offer a wide array of models and packages, allowing buyers to tailor their Ford pickup to their individual needs and preferences.

Fuel-efficient capability
From the powerful yet fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engine to the mighty 6.2-liter V8, the most powerful eight-cylinder engine in the segment, F-150 offers an engine to meet the needs of every customer. Each engine across the F-150 lineup is mated to a fuel-saving electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode, with tow packages and STX series and above adding SelectShift® capability.
F-150 engine choices include:

3.7-liter four-valve Ti-VCT V6
  • Best-in-class 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm
  • Unsurpassed 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm vs. V6 competitors
  • Best-in-class 17 mpg city and best-in-class 23 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 6,100 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. V6 competitors

5.0-liter four-valve dual-overhead-camshaft Ti-VCT V8
  • Best-in-class 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm vs. standard V8 competitors
  • 21 mpg highway, unsurpassed 15 mpg city (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 10,000 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. standard V8 competitors

6.2-liter two-valve single-overhead-camshaft V8
  • Best-in-class 411 horsepower at 5,500 rpm
  • Best-in-class 434 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm
  • 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway (4x2)
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow

3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost engine
  • 365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel
  • Best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm vs. premium V8 competitors
  • Up to 90 percent peak torque available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm
  • Best-in-class 11,300 pounds maximum trailer tow vs. all competitors
  • Best-in-class 3,120 pounds payload vs. all competitors
  • Unsurpassed 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway vs. all competitors

“The 2013 Ford F-150 adds more style and technology that sets a benchmark for capability and efficiency in light-duty pickups,” said F-150 Marketing Manager Raj Sarkar. “We continue to focus on the no-compromise solution for our customers, giving them all of the conveniences and technologies they want with the capability they need and the fuel efficiency to go further.”

Source:  Ford