Volksdoktor
Importdoktor Car & Auto Service and Repairs
1387 Lexington Road
Louisville, Ky 40206
Phone: 502-584-3511
Email: volksdok@bellsouth.net
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IMPORTDOKTOR | Experienced and Experience the most Professional Import & Foreign Car Mechanics and Technicians this side of Stuttgart

 

David George’s ImportDoktor.com foreign & import Car & Auto Repair, Service, Parts and Collision Center Lexington Ave. and Spring Street in Louisville, KY, just east of downtown.

 

The ImportDoktor services all makes and models – BMW, Honda, Toyota and More . . .  We Service & Repair most ALL Imports and foreign cars and autos:  German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and French.

 

 

Find us at:  1387 Lexington Road,  Louisville, KY 40206  (502) 584-3511 Collision Center & Complete Body Shop for Louisville, Kentucky KY and surrounding areas of Southern Indiana IN. Here at ImportDoktor of Louisville, KY, we take pride in the quality work we provide at our BMW, Honda, Toyota and all import service and auto repair center it is our goal to charge a competitive rate for your repair and maintenance work. We know that a correct and efficient diagnosis is important the – first time, so we take great care when looking at your vehicle.

 

Our professional and experienced mechanics are here to get you back on the road quickly and without costing you more than you should ever pay!

 

Whatever your service need is – whether its a tune-up, alternator replacement, brake job, transmission, alignment, steering, diesel engine repair & service, engine noise or just some good-ole regular maintenance – VolksDoktor of Louisville, Kentucky all import service center can do it all:

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Contact our auto repair & service department by phone, or stop in to make an appointment for your next Import Honda, Toyota and all import repair and/or service. We are conveniently located on Lexington Road near Spring Street and want to keep your car running strong and safe.

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David George’s  – ImportDoktor.com / Import Car & Auto Repairs, Parts and Collision Service Lexington Ave. and Spring Street.

We offer service, repairs and parts for all of the following makes and models of vehicles:

  • Acura - MDX | RL | RDX | RSX | TL | TSX | NSX | Integra | Legend
  • Audi – TT | S5 | S4 | RS 5 | RS 3 | R8 | Q5 | Q7 | A8 | A7 | A6 | A5 | A4 | A3
  • BMW – Series 1 | 3 | 5 | 6 | 7 | M3 | M5 | Z4 | Z3 | X3 | X5 | X6
  • Honda – Accord | Civic | CR-V | Element | CR-X | Fit | Odyssey | Pilot
  • Hyundai – Sonata | Tucson | Santa Fe | Genesis | Elantra | Accent | XG300 | Tiburon
  • Infiniti – G37 | G | M37 | I30 | M35 | Q45 | EX35 | QX56 | M30 | G20 | EX | M56 | FX35
  • Isuzu – Amigo | Oasis | Hombre | Rodeo | Ascender | Axiom | Trooper | Vehicross
  • Mercedes – 300 | GLK | ML55 | 350 | 190 | 500 | 400 | 420 | 600 | 560 | 480 | 450
  • Mitsubishi – Lancer | Galant | Montero | Outlander | Eclipse | 3000GT | Diamonte | Mirage
  • Nissan – 300ZX | Titan | Pathfinder | NX | Altima | Maxima | Xterra | Versa | Quest | 240SX | Sentra
  • Saab – 9000 | 9-5 | 9-3 | 9-2X | 9-7X | 900 | turbo
  • Subaru – XT | Baja | Justy | SVX | Forester | Tribeca | Legacy | Outback | Impreza | STi
  • Suzuki – X-90 | Reno | Sidekick | XL7 | Swift | Forenza | Vitara | Verona | Aerio | SX4 | Esteem | XL-7
  • Toyota – FJ | Matrix | Camry | Previa | MR2 | Land Cruiser | Celica | Sienna | Yaris | Rav4 | Supra
  • Volkswagen – VW, Golf | Eos | Fox | Vanagon | Beetle | Polo | Corrado | Routan | Jetta | GLi | Rabbit | Passat | Cabrio | Phaeton | GTi | CC | Toureg | Tiguan | R32 | Cabriolet
  • Volvo – Coupe | 960 | C30 | S70 | S90 | S80 | 940 | 850 | S60 | 240 | V40 | 740 | XC60 | 760 | 780 | V50 | V70 | V90 | XC90 | C70 | XC70 | XC

 

 

 

 

USED and the ALL NEW 2015 Ford F-150 Truck for Sale – Built in Louisville Kentucky KY

THE FUTURE OF TOUGHNESS – USED and the ALL NEW 2015 Ford F-150 Truck for Sale – Built in Louisville Kentucky KY The future of tough is here today, so you can own work now like never before.
  • High-strength, military grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame for less weight yet greater strength
  • Best-in-class towing and payload*
  • Improved power-to-weight ratio across the entire 4-engine lineup for greater performance
  • Better fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent over the previous year’s F-150
  • Best-ever ride, handling and braking
  • New features that redefine the cab and pickup box

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ALUMINUM-ALLOY BODY AND STEEL FRAME Over 10 million miles of cumulative testing in the making.
  • Class-exclusive* cab and box fabricated from high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloys
  • Fully boxed frame with eight crossmembers (five through-welded) made of up to 78 percent 70,000-psi high-strength steel (up from 23 percent in the 2014 F-150 frame); up to 60 lbs. lighter with state-of-the-art roll-forming process that minimizes weight
  • Vehicle weight up to 700 pounds lighter than before resulting in better fuel efficiency, greater towing and payload capacities, improved power-to-weight ratio for faster acceleration, enhanced handling and braking responsiveness

 

GAME-CHANGING 4-ENGINE LINEUP Reducing weight by up to 700 pounds improves the power-to-weight ratio and performance capability across the 4-engine lineup.
  • New 2.7L EcoBoost – the best F-150 fuel economy in a V6 delivering impressive 8,500-lb. maximum towing and 2,250-lb. maximum payload; power-to-weight ratio actually better than most competitive V8s
  • New 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 – 5 percent better power-to-weight ratio than the previous 3.7L V6 for more performance plus higher efficiency
  • Powerful 3.5L EcoBoost – 12 percent better power-to-weight ratio than last year, best-in-class* 12,200-lb. maximum tow rating, plus proven performance with over a half-million in F-150 pickups on the road.  The brawny 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 – 16 percent better power-to-weight ratio with more horsepower and torque than before, delivering best-in-class 3,300-lb. payload rating
TOW MORE. WORK SMARTER. Tow more than any other light-duty pickup. And tow smarter than ever.
  • New 8-inch Productivity Screen* – provides a screen dedicated to towing information
  • Class-exclusive** Dynamic Hitch Assist* – line-of-sight guide helps direct your hitch ball to the trailer receiver
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector* – alerts to burned out or unlit trailer marker lamps, brake light and trailer battery problems
  • Standard Trailer Sway Control – helps keep your trailer on a stable course
  • Trailer Brake Controller (TBC)* – factory-installed and integrated into the instrument panel; helps synchronize the truck and trailer into the instrument panel; helps synchronize the truck and trailer brakes
    • Best-in-class 12,200-lb. maximum tow rating**

 2015 Ford F150 New and Used Truck Louisville Kentucky KY

ALL NEW F-150 MEETS TOUGH SCIENCE We’re taking a close look at the science behind the new F-150
  • The Ultimate Game Changer – We run the new F-150 through an obstacle course worthy of some of football’s top running backs.
  • AL vs. Steel – The Projectile Test – Pro athletes dish out punishment. Watch as they unleash fast balls, slap shots and more into the bed of the F-150.
  • Racing Up A Mountain – Can a smaller engine actually be more powerful? We go engine vs. engine. And lumberjack vs. lumberjack.
TOP-RATED PAYLOAD. CLASS-DEFINING PICKUP BOX. The new F-150 redefines the pickup box.
  • All-new BoxLink™* – flexible, configurable universal pickup box interface system securing a wide variety of available Ford and aftermarket accessories including e-Track
  • LED Box Lights* – for working at night or under a tonneau cover
  • Class-exclusive** Stowable Loading Ramps* – easily load items such as ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
  • Class-exclusive** Remote Tailgate Release* – release and lower the tailgate with the key fob; lock or unlock the tailgate with the key fob or inside door switch
  • Improved class-exclusive** Integrated Tailgate Step with Lift Assist* – now fully integrated inside the tailgate
    • Class-exclusive** Deployable Box Side Steps* – now available on all cab configurations including the 4-door SuperCrew® with 5.5-ft. pickup box
    • Best-in-class 3,300-lb. maximum payload rating**
LED LIGHTING The F-150 provides available LED lighting everywhere you need it.
  • Class-exclusive* Quad-Beam LED Headlamps and LED Taillamps** – provide brighter, more efficient and longer-lasting illumination than conventional lamps
  • Class-exclusive* LED Side-Mirror Spotlights** – illuminate any task at hand from just about any angle after the sun has set
  • LED Box Lighting** – helps you work at night and see under a tonneau cover
  • Tailgate LED** – helps with hitching up a trailer at night
Over a hundred new patents make the new F-150 smarter than ever.
  • 360-Degree Camera with Split-View Display* – a class-exclusive** feature that’s helpful when you’re maneuvering in tight spaces and on trails
  • Lane-Keeping System* – vibrates the steering wheel or gives torque sensations, or both if you choose, when you drift too close to a lane marker†
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert* – signals when a vehicle is in a blind spot or passing behind when you’re slowly backing out†
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning* – slows your vehicle down as traffic ahead slows; precharges the brakes and increases brake-assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness if you don’t react in time†
  • Curve Control – reduces speed when you’re going too fast on a curve

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Repairs & Service Ford Line-Up for 2015 New, Used in Louisville Kentucky KY

Reporters from across North America are here today for an overview of the Ford’s full 2015 model lineup, highlighted by the unveiling of the 2015 Edge midsize crossover.  The Repairs and Service Model lineup includes the Ford 2015 Models for:

  • Ford F150 ,
  • Ford Expedition ,
  • Ford Edge ,
  • Ford Escape,
  • Ford Explorer ,
  • Ford Flex ,
  • Ford Transit  & Transit Connect
  • Ford SuperDuty ,
  • Ford e-Series ,
  • Ford Fiesta ,
  • Ford Atlas ,
  • Ford Focus Electric,
  • Ford Service & Parts,
  • Ford Mustang,
  • Ford Super Duty F 350 450 550 650 750
  • The new Edge was simultaneously unveiled in Europe and there are plans to offer a longer three-row version for China as the vehicle is rolled out in more than 100 countries.

The five-passenger Escape with two rows of seating was first introduced in 2006 for North America. In recent years Ford started exporting it to South America and China where it quickly resonated in a market with a growing appetite for crossovers.

This second-generation Explorer was designed from the ground up to be a global vehicle. It shares the same foundation, or platform, as the Fusion midsize sedan and the S-Max multi-activity vehicle in Europe.

To enhance Expedition global appeal Ford added diesel engines for Europe and will make the first right-hand-drive models for markets such as the U.K. and Australia. It also moves more upscale, adding for the first time a “Titanium” trim level — Ford’s pricey top-end trim level now on a number of its models — above the former top-level Limited.

“The Titanium trim level has been a real success story for Ford – particularly in products such as Fusion, Escape and Flex,” said Kim Cape, marketing manager for Ford large cars and utilities ina statement. “Our customers are telling us, ‘We are interested in technology and a premium look and feel.’ Titanium delivers that.”

Pricing for the new Edge was not announced.

All Flex models are assembled at the Oakville, Ont., Canada plant where Ford spent $700 million in retooling for the new model. The company sells about 120,000 a year of the current Edge in the U.S., said Kim Cape, group marketing manager.

By comparison, Ford sold only about 19,000 2015 Transit Connect in China last year — but that was up 132% from 2012.

“We think China will be the largest utility market in the world by 2018,” said Jim Harley, head of global sales and marketing. It already is the world’s largest new car market.

“We sell every Edge we can ship to China,” Harley said. “If we could make more, we could sell more in China.” Ford has no plans to build the crossover in China, Harley said.

The 2015 F150 Truck will go on sale early next year in North America and in South America and Europe by the end of 2015.

Ford officials will not say when the new E-Series goes on sale in China, but the Free Press confirmed there will be a three-row version for that market.

Conversely, the Lincoln MKX, which is Edge luxury cousin, will only be sold with two rows of seats. The automaker is trying to differentiate Ford and Lincoln vehicles as much as possible, Farley said. Ford showed the Lincoln MKX concept this year at the Beijing auto show.

The 2015 Mustang design does not take a dramatic turn. Ford designers say buyers will respond better to a more mature and technology-laden version of the existing vehicle that looks more modern and muscular. It also uses more premium materials to meet expectations of buyers in Europe and China.

“It is always a challenge to redesign a customer favorite,” said Moray Callum, head of design.

Technology includes a standard stop-start system with a base turbocharged 2-liter EcoBoost engine that is touted to deliver 3.5% better fuel economy while putting out an improved 245 hp. About two-thirds of sales are expected to be this base engine.

Optional is a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6 — Ford says it expects output of more than 300 hp. — and a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine also will be offered. All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available with all engines.

J.D. Shanahan, chief program engineer, said the new Focus is stiffer for a better ride and is longer which allows for more head, leg and cargo room.

The new Ford Edge is loaded with new electronics including the first use of a new Ford adaptive steering system that varies the effort and steering wheel turns needed based on the speed of the vehicle. It’s optional on higher trim levels. Other standard and optional tech includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • Stop-start technology
  • Blind spot warning
  • Ford’s first 180-degree front-mounted camera (with washer)
  • Enhanced park assist for pulling into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spots
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward and reverse sensing systems
  • Hands-free foot-triggered tailgate
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Side-parking sensors

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said the Edge, the larger 3-row Explorer and the smaller Escape all have different buyers.

The Edge attracts professionals and more female buyers. It has sold 55,400 through May, flat with a year ago. Chevrolet has sold 102,800 of the slightly smaller Chevrolet Equinox so far this year.

Crossover buyers will spend as much as 40% of their household income on an Edge compared with 30% on a Fusion, Farley said.

Originally many Edge buyers traded in Ford Explorers, said Farley. Now most are repeat customers with some trading in vehicles from other brands.

The new Edge comes as Ford is in the midst of its most aggressive launch schedule in decades, introducing 16 vehicles in North America this year compared with five in 2013. Ford is launching 23 new vehicles globally this year.

Hinrichs said the launch of the crucial F-150 is on track — the single most important launch.

“Testing has gone very well,” he said. Next up is the manufacturing launch. The Dearborn truck plant will shut down for retooling at the end of the summer.

The new Mustang goes on sale this fall, a new Expedition and an updated Lincoln Navigator launch later this year.

Hinrichs has said that with so many vehicles in the pipeline the automaker could exceed its 2011 commitment to hire 12,000 people by the end of 2015.

That includes hiring nearly 5,000 hourly and salaried employees in the U.S. this year to support growth. Hinrichs said about 80% of them are being hired for their technical skills as part of Ford’s efforts to put more technology in vehicles across the lineup.

Hinrichs also addressed the growing number of recalls in the industry and General Motors in particular.

His team has read the independent review of the GM ignition switch recall as part of constant monitoring of the competition.

Hinrichs said this is a unique year in the auto industry with so many recalls. He attributes it, in part, to the “huge amount of data available to everybody in real time.”

But Ford has not changed its processes – rather the industry is under a “higher level of scrutiny” from the outside.

Like GM, Ford is introducing more push-button starts across its lineup. But at this point, “I’m not going to say keys are going away.”

Used Ford F150 , Ford Expedition , Ford Edge , Ford Escape, Ford Explorer , Ford Flex , Ford Transit , Ford SuperDuty, Ford e-Series , Ford Fiesta , Ford Atlas , Ford Focus Electric ,Ford Service & Parts, Ford Mustang, Used Ford Truck, Used Ford F150 Truck louisville KY, Ford Super Duty F 350 450 550 650 750 Louisville Kentucky KY, Ford Super Duty F 350 450 550 650 750 Clarksville Southern Indiana IN The Repairs and Service Model lineup includes the Ford 2015 Models.

 

2015 Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado for Louisville Kentucky KY and Clarksville Indiana IN

Comparison: 2015 Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado

Pickup trucks are so ubiquitous, so common on American roadways that we tend to take them for granted. They’re hugely important vehicles, both to consumers and their manufacturers, and they make up a significant percentage of vehicles on the road. If the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado were brands instead of individual vehicles within a brand, they’d both be among the top 10 best-selling auto brands in the country, and that’s without counting the Silverado’s GMC twin. Ram wouldn’t be far out of the top 10, and its sales are on the rise.

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Trucks are also among the most versatile vehicles you can buy. They tow and haul, and they also commute and road trip. They can be everything from a stripped-out work truck with manual windows and door locks to a leather-stuffed special edition that costs as much as a full-size luxury sedan. They carry anywhere from two to six passengers in a mind-boggling number of cab, bed, and wheelbase configurations. To its owner, a truck can be a tool, a commuter vehicle, and a luxury car all rolled up in one.

Fully aware of the weight these vehicles carry with their builders and their buyers, we brought together the big three: Chevy, Ford, and Ram. Each has launched an all-new model within the past five years stuffed with significant updates based on volumes of customer research. Each brand is confident that its truck represents the best answer to the truck customer’s competing needs in towing, hauling, fuel economy, and comfort. From Chevrolet, the Silverado 1500 LTZ with 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8. From Ford, the F-150 Lariat with 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. From Ram, the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbo-diesel V-6. We drove them well over 1,000 miles through California and Arizona empty, loaded, trailering, in cities, on highways, and in the mountains to determine which is the best all-around truck. Before that, though, we pored over customer research from multiple sources in order to understand how truck buyers in this class actually use their vehicles so that we could base our judgment on their needs.

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From the outset, you can see a small problem: One of these trucks is not like the other. The only F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost available for our test was this Lariat SuperCab, a mid-grade model that retails for roughly $7,000 less as-tested than the nearly top-trim Ram and Silverado. Thankfully, we also had an F-150 3.5-liter EcoBoost Platinum SuperCrew at the office with which we could compare features and interior space. As far as price goes, a few minutes spent browsing the brands’ respective websites reveals that a comparably equipped F-150 would run about $54,000. Just moving up to a comparable, four-door SuperCrew body adds $2,660 to the price tag, and from there you’ll need to add things like the $1,295 sunroof, $695 side step, $525 premium stereo, $475 bed liner, $375 tailgate step, and on and on to match all the equipment on the Ram and Silverado. Conversely, you could strip down the Ram or Silverado to meet the F-150’s price with similar content. For all intents and purposes, the trucks are offered at roughly the same price if comparably equipped. To work, then.

COMPARABLY EQUIPPED, THESE TRUCKS ARE ESSENTIALLY ALL THE SAME PRICE: ABOVE $53,000.

Despite what truck advertising would have you think, customer research is consistent across the board: Most light-duty trucks drive around empty most of the time. Think about it: Of all the trucks you saw on the road today, how many were hauling something besides air? With that in mind, we started with a drive around town and down the freeway with empty trucks. The differences between the three trucks were stark.

As the test data at the end of the story shows, the F-150 is a screamer. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine feels wildly more powerful than its official ratings suggest. It sprints off the line as if competing in a NASCAR Truck Series race. As Lieberman relates, “Our road test editor Scott Mortara had just finished straight-line testing the 2.7. We had to rush off with all three trucks to get to a photo location. As Evans tried to grab the 2.7, Mortara pointed to the 3.5-liter F-150 and said, ‘That’s your truck there.’ To which all three of us involved in the test replied, ‘Nuh-uh!’ Mortara had assumed the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine was the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 because the Lariat was that quick. (He hadn’t tested the 3.5 yet.)” Up in the mountains, the turbochargers made short work of the altitude, though the six-speed transmission tended to hunt among the upper gears as it went up and down hills and around tight corners. Beyond that, we were less impressed. The steering is the lightest of the three and rather vague. The truck rides well and is quiet inside, but the front end feels floaty on the freeway.

The biggest surprise was the disparity between the Silverado’s test data and its real-world performance. On the test track, the Silverado was nearly as quick as the F-150. On the street, you’d never know. The objectively slower Ram felt quicker around town than the Silverado, and for that we blame the Chevy’s powertrain software. The combination of incredibly lethargic throttle response and fuel economy-biased transmission programming that strives to always be in sixth gear made the Silverado feel the slowest by a country mile. Sure, if you floor it, it books, but how often does the typical owner do that? Up in the mountains, these problems were exaggerated. As for the rest of the experience, the first word in my notes is “isolated.” The Chevy is very quiet inside, the ride is soft and a bit floaty, and all the responses are a bit dull. The test numbers say it’s the quickest around a corner, but you wouldn’t guess that from inside, either.

The Ram was also a surprise, but a good one. The EcoDiesel’s torque comes on quickly and makes it feel quicker than the Chevy around town. Part of that is due to its exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission, which we agreed was the best here by far. “It’s unflappable,” said Seabaugh. “It’s never caught in the wrong gear. It makes the Ford’s and especially the Chevy’s six-speed transmissions feel like they’re from an entirely different era.” Up in the mountains, this winning team never noticed the altitude or the twisty road. It was always in the right gear with ample power. The Ram’s class-exclusive, optional air suspension rode the best and the truck felt confident and responsive in turns. It wasn’t quite as quiet inside as the Chevrolet and it wasn’t as fast as the Ford, but it was the truck we agreed we’d want to drive on a regular basis. But we would prefer a faster steering rack.

Next up was hauling. Per the research, the typical light-duty truck owner hauls about 1,000 pounds on average, so we dropped 1,000 pounds’ worth of rubber horse-stall mats in each truck and hit the road. The results, as you might expect, mirrored the unladed driving. The all-powerful Ford didn’t seem to notice the weight at all when accelerating, and the Ram seemed only vaguely aware of the load. The Chevy felt like it was working harder and every move required more throttle pedal than before. The Chevy also didn’t ride any better or worse, but its floaty, under-damped body motions were exaggerated slightly. The Ford’s ride was less affected, though the bumps in the road became more noticeable, even if they were handled well by the suspension. The Ram, for its part, rode just as well and didn’t sag in the rear at all, thanks to its load-leveling air suspension.

With flat land hauling impressions in the bag, we headed out to the Davis Dam grade, a 12-mile stretch of Arizona Highway 68 just outside Bullhead City and the site of the SAE J2807 voluntary, standardized towing test for pickup trucks. The combination of altitude, payload, and a continuous 6-percent grade allowed us to observe how the powertrains reacted to a worst-case scenario we called “the frustration test.” That is, trying to pass uphill while weighed down. Once again, the Ford felt unencumbered and skipped up the hill as if the weight wasn’t there. Objectively, the time it took to jump from 50 to 70 mph nearly doubled compared to passing when empty and on flat ground, but you wouldn’t know it by feel alone. The Ram likewise felt unburdened, and though it had the longest passing time, the difference was also less than double. The Chevy, though, felt seriously weighed down. Passing took a whole lot of throttle, and even then its passing time more than doubled.

Leaving the grade behind, we dumped our payload and scrounged up a trailer. While maximum trailering weight has become the same sort of ego-measuring contest as horsepower, the reality is that 60 percent of light-duty truck owners tow less than once a month. When they do, the data says they tow 7,000-8,000 pounds on average, regardless of what the truck is capable of. Armed with this information, we loaded our trailer up to 7,000 pounds and hit the road.

Before we got moving, though, we had to get hooked up. The Ford scored points here for including an extra line on the backup camera screen to indicate the position of the ball hitch, making it super easy to line up with the trailer tongue. The Ram won even more favor with its ability to lower the ball hitch under the trailer, then raise up into position using its adjustable air suspension, saving us a lot of cranking on the trailer jack. The Chevy had no special trailer hook-up feature, and its low-resolution backup camera made precise positioning difficult without a spotter.

ONLY 5 PERCENT OF LIGHT-DUTY TRUCK OWNERS GO OFF-ROAD ONCE OR MORE PER MONTH.

Once hooked up, we did a bit of acceleration testing to replicate those hairy freeway entry moments. As you might expect, the trucks all performed about the same subjectively, but slower. The Ford still felt and was the quickest. The Chevy felt the slowest and most labored, but was actually the second-quickest. The Ram felt quicker than the Chevy even though it wasn’t. Here again you might say the numbers tell the tale, but when you’re behind the wheel, knowing the Chevy is faster doesn’t make it feel any less slow. To its credit, though, its power delivery was the most linear. Both the Ford and Ram suffered from turbo lag off the line, the Ford especially so. The Ram hesitated a moment as its turbo spooled, while the Ford made a whole lot of noise for a few beats until the turbos got in the game and the truck got moving at a reasonable pace.

A bit of driving revealed more about each truck’s towing characteristics. Neither the Ford nor the Ram seemed bothered by the trailer when cornering, easily controlling all the weight hanging off the bumper. The Chevy, though, rolled a bit more in the curves and had to work slightly harder to control the trailer around bends. Both the Chevy and Ford suffered from a firmer, bouncier ride with the trailer hooked up, but the Ram’s air suspension had it riding about the same as it does without a trailer. All three trucks felt confident and composed when braking hard with the trailer attached.

We saved the hardest trailer test for last: backing up. Even for someone who tows regularly, reversing with a trailer can be a chore. The Chevy’s high beltline made seeing out slightly harder than in the other two and it felt like the largest truck here, so backing up was a little challenging but easy enough. The lazy throttle slowed down the process. The Ford was easier to see out of and responded better thanks in part to its power and quick steering, but its tall, skinny side mirrors kept losing the parking space. The Ram shone brightest with its ample outward visibility, abundant low RPM torque, and wide side mirrors that never lost the parking space.

By the time we ditched the trailer, it was clear that no one vehicle was the perfect towing machine. Each carried a flaw in one test or another, but given only one truck to tow with regularly, we’d pick the Ram for its ease of towing, backing, and its ride quality.

Driving done, it was time to look at other aspects of these trucks. Each featured a factory available bed tie-down system, and each was an exercise in frustration. The little loops in the Chevy’s bed sides required a whole lot of screwing or unscrewing to install or remove and a bunch of fussing with the mechanism to get it into or out of the hole in the bed side. The Ford’s locking tie-downs are beefier and quicker to remove, but only if you know the trick to getting them out (pull up on the tab under the cleat while simultaneously pushing the whole thing down). The Ram’s sliding tie-downs were the most versatile, but required a lot of screwing and unscrewing and still got stuck on every notch in the track.

Getting into the beds to test those tie-downs was a wildly different experience depending on the truck. While Ford’s tailgate step (or “man step,” as it’s known) makes climbing into and out of the bed the easiest, it has some drawbacks. If the tailgate is up or blocked, you’re out of luck. It also requires several steps to set up and stow, and all the moving parts seem likely to get gummed up with dirt. Chevy’s Cornerstep bumper, by contrast, is a beautifully simple solution. The steps in the rear bumper ends sit only half an inch higher than Ford’s step, but require no setup and work whether the tailgate is up, down, or blocked. Their only drawback is that they require slightly more balance and dexterity to use. Ram, for its part, ought to figure out its own solution quick, because the best it can do is lower itself 1 and ¾ of an inch with its air suspension set to Entry/Exit height, which leaves it 11 inches higher than the Ford or Chevy’s solution.

Moving inside the trucks, we liked the aesthetics and materials of the Ram’s interior the best. Its seats are the most comfortable and supportive, its Uconnect information and entertainment system is the most intuitive to use, it’s got tons of storage space, and we like the rotary gear selector. The Chevy earned praise for its surfeit of USB ports and 12-volt power points, as well as 110-volt plug. “Apparently, Chevy is the only carmaker on the planet to watch what four people get up to when inside a vehicle for an hour or more,” Lieberman remarked. We liked the Ford’s massive, customizable display screen in the instrument cluster, but the only console shifter in the group eats up a lot of center console space and the power and USB ports are hidden down in a cubby we could barely get our fingers in.

Then there are the features. Each of these trucks carries a laundry list of available features to make your trucking life easier. The Chevy’s on-board 4G LTE wireless hot spot turns it into a “mobile office,” as Seabaugh put it, though the Ram offers a slower 3G hot spot. The Ford’s 360-degree camera ought to be standard on all vehicles this size, and its enormous sun roof is impressive. The Ram’s lauded air suspension and super-handy Ram Box bed storage system made it the ultimate weekend excursion machine. In the end, we called it a draw because with so many diverse features available on each truck, it becomes simply a matter of customer preference as to which matter most.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss fuel economy. Some of you will say it doesn’t matter, that trucks get bad fuel economy and buyers accept it. To that we respond that we have never seen truck owners who looked happy after pumping $130 worth of gas or diesel into their trucks. Fuel economy means money, and with massive fuel tanks, it means a lot of money. That goes double for business owners who purchase these vehicles and can see significant cost savings from better fuel economy. Understanding that, each company has invested huge amounts of money into three very different solutions.

WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A HAPPY-LOOKING TRUCK OWNER AFTER A $130 FILL-UP.

Looming perhaps the largest in this category is the all-new F-150. Not only has Ford developed a tiny 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V-6 designed to simultaneously provide V-8 power while returning V-6 fuel economy, but it’s made the truck’s body and cab out of aluminum to significantly reduce weight. (Despite that, its shorter cab still weighs 4935 pounds to the Chevy’s 5607 pounds and the Ram’s 5990 pounds.) The EcoBoost engine is a huge boon for Ford, returning substantial results in EPA testing while still providing big power for the customer. Unfortunately, most customers have realized by now that it’s Eco or Boost, not both. Drive like there’s a Faberge egg on the gas pedal and you’ll get decent fuel economy, but dip into the power at all and you’ll get V-8 fuel economy to match your V-8 power. The EPA rates the four-wheel-drive 2015 F-150 with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 at 18/23 mpg, and when we put it through our Real MPG testing, we saw 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. We also did a far less scientific test while the trucks were loaded down with the mats and divided the miles driven by the gallons pumped. In that test, we got 16.8 mpg.

Then there’s Chevy’s solution. Recognizing that many truck buyers prefer V-8s regardless of power ratings, Chevy went through its 5.3-liter truck engine with a fine-toothed comb looking for efficiencies. Its piece-de-resistance is a cylinder deactivation system that turns it into a 2.7-liter V-4 under light loads. It’s a neat trick, but not as effective as Ford’s solution. The Chevy is EPA-rated at 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. In our Real MPG testing, it returned a disappointing 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. In our payload fuel economy test, though, it came within striking distance of the Ford at 16.4 mpg observed.

2015 Ford F 150 Lariat 27 Ecoboost engine2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 engine2014 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Ecodiesel engine 022015 Ford F 150 Lariat 27 Ecoboost instrument cluster2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 instrument cluster2014 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Ecodiesel instrument cluster

Ram, for its part, went with the obvious but controversial solution: a six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. Diesels are an obvious fit for trucks, providing abundant low-end torque as well as impressive fuel economy. Given the recent trend of diesel fuel being more expensive than gasoline (the nationwide average difference is 58 cents/gallon as of this writing), though, diesels have never caught on in light-duty trucks until now. Ram took a gamble on diesel and it paid off in a big way. Demand is twice what the company expected and the results speak for themselves. The Ram EcoDiesel is EPA-rated at 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. In our Real MPG testing, it performed better than advertised, returning 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Moreover, in our payload fuel economy test, it returned an observed 23 mpg. The Ram’s combined Real MPG is 21 percent better than the F-150’s, covering the current 19-percent national price premium of diesel, though paying off the EcoDiesel’s $3,120-$4,770 price premium would require time or a dramatic change in the fuel price landscape. It is worth noting, however, that in the popular crew-cab/short-box 4×4 configuration, the F-150 Lariat 2.7 EcoBoost and Ram Outdoorsman EcoDiesel price out pretty comparatively.

There is one caveat we have to mention before we get to the conclusion. Our Ram was struck with an air conditioning problem we’ve never seen before. A fused relay in the climate control system’s control module locked the clutch on the air conditioning compressor in the “on” position, forcing the compressor to run constantly and eventually overloading the system and causing it to shut down out of self-preservation. Keeping the electrically controlled clutch on all the time (even when the truck was turned off) also killed the battery. A new control module solved the problem, and while troubling, we must also consider that our long-term 2013 Ram 1500 had absolutely zero mechanical problems and an Internet search turned up no similar issues among Ram owners (the control module in question is the same regardless of engine). As such, we’ve decided to chalk it up to a fluke problem and not a reflection of the vehicle as a whole.

 

Also, if you’re wondering why we didn’t take these trucks any farther off pavement than a lightly maintained dirt road, the answer is again in the data. Only 5 percent of light-duty truck owners take their truck off-road once or more per month. Though truck buyers ranked off-road ability high in their purchase considerations, very few of them actually use that ability. A cursory look around your average off-road park will confirm that brand-new trucks are not well-represented as anything but toy haulers. No one wants to damage their brand-new, $50,000-plus daily driver.

After more than a week of driving and testing, it was inescapably clear how fiercely competitive this class is. All three are good trucks that will serve their deeply loyal customers well, but by the end, a separation was clear. The Chevrolet Silverado is simply a step behind the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 in every regard. To quote Seabaugh: “You know things aren’t looking so hot when the best thing about your truck is its Wi-Fi hot spot.” The race was much tighter between the F-150 and the Ram. After each test we’d debate again, hoping that the next test would reveal an as-yet-unseen flaw in one of the trucks that would make it an easy decision. None came. So we kept debating, and in the end, the Ford’s unknown maintenance and aluminum repair costs gave us pause, especially when combined with less-than-expected benefits from the weight savings. The Ram’s combination of exclusive features, towing and hauling abilities, driving experience, and unimpeachable fuel economy put it on top.

Seabaugh said it best: “With the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, you get a truck that’s quick when you want it to be, efficient most all of the time, always comfortable loaded or unloaded, luxurious, and always ready to work. It’s amazing how capable this truck is — the more time I spend with it, the more I’m reminded why it’s our first-ever back-to-back truck of the year winner.” To that, I can add: winner of this test.

7 Most Efficient Pickup Trucks of the 2015 in Louisville Kentucky KY & Clarksville Indiana IN

The Most Efficient Pickup Trucks of the 2015 Model Year for in Louisville Kentucky KY & Clarksville Indiana IN

The folks at the Environmental Protection Agency are in the midst of fuel economy testing for the 2015 Ford F-150, the nation’s best-selling vehicle. Rumor has it Ford is looking to regain lost turf from Ram and GM on the efficiency front. In fact, Jalopnik had the new F-150 breaking a combined 23 miles per gallon in some informal testing. That would be remarkable, but until then, truck drivers and fleet managers only have the existing crop of 2015 trucks to work with when searching for winning fuel economy in the class.

Here are the seven most efficient pickup trucks by EPA fuel economy ratings for 2015 models, listed from seventh place to the top truck. Base MSRP, power, and towing capacity are included to give consumers a complete picture of a vehicle’s usefulness. Vehicles were only listed once for each make and model unless a larger engine size placed on the list. Different entries were not made for a variance in transmissions or all-wheel-drive options, though they are noted in the text.

Note: GM only publishes photos of its high-trim pickups, which were used to represent the base models discussed.

7. 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 ($26,105)

Chevy broke into the top fuel economy bracket with the 2015 Silverado 1500 in its base trim. The WT regular cab in two-wheel-drive configuration is capable of 24 miles per gallon on the highway and a combined 20 miles per gallon. Packing a 4.3-liter EcoTec V6, this Silverado is no slouch on a workday, offering 285 horsepower and 305 pounds-feet of torque. That equals a towing capacity of 6,100 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,950 pounds.

6. Ram 1500 HFE V6 ($29,570)

Ram has been winning the fuel economy race for light-duty pickups with both its gasoline and diesel engines. In the 1500 High Fuel Efficiency (HFE) V6 model, Ram offers a pickup with 7,200 pounds of towing capacity, a max payload of 1,424 pounds, and combined economy of 21 miles per gallon, which is the best in the full-size class for a gasoline engine. The combined figure includes 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 miles per gallon in city driving or other challenging conditions.

5. 2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon V6 ($26,725)

Among smaller pickups, General Motors has come out with efficient trucks for the 2015 model year. The Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon (its mechanical twin) offer 21 combined miles per gallon in the 3.6-liter V6 standard in crew cab, long-box trucks. These pickups offer a maximum 305 horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque, good for 7,000 pounds of towing capacity and 1,620 pounds of max payload in the Canyon (1,590 pounds in Colorado).

4. 2015 Nissan Frontier ($17,990)

Based on its 19-mile-per-gallon economy in the city, the Nissan Frontier gets a slight edge over the Canyon and Colorado, though they tie at 21 miles per gallon combined even though the Frontier’s engine is considerably smaller (2.5 liters and four cylinders). That powertrain only serves up 171 pounds-feet of torque, enough to tow 3,500 pounds and handle a maximum payload of 953 pounds.

 3. 2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon 4-Cylinder ($20,120)

The smallest Canyon and Colorado powertrains consist of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine offering 191 pounds-feet of torque for a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. These figures are impressive numbers for the small pickup class, but both trucks back them up with excellent fuel economy, beginning with 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Along with 20 city miles per gallon, these trucks get 22 miles per gallon combined in two-wheel-drive configurations, but the four-wheel-drive Colorado and Canyon also rate high at 21 miles per gallon combined.

2. 2015 Toyota Tacoma 4-cylinder ($20,765)

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder Tacoma offers pickup drivers 180 pounds-feet of torque and 159 horsepower, good for 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. As is Toyota’s wont in efficiency, the automaker managed to squeeze 21 miles per gallon in city economy out of the Tacoma, which represents the best figure for any pickup truck. Along with 25 highway miles per gallon, the Tacoma got a 22-mile-per-gallon combined rating from the EPA for the 2015 model year.

1. 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel ($36,475)

The EPA has already rated the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel at 23 combined miles per gallon, making it the most efficient pickup on the market once again. Between 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 miles per gallon in the city, there is no equal for the EcoDiesel. In terms of power, the 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine offers 240 horses and 420 pounds-feet of torque.

These specs deliver a towing capacity of 9,200 pounds and a max payload of 1,620 pounds. Though the 1500 EcoDiesel is by far the most expensive truck on this list, Ram estimates consumers save $708 every year when driving an average of 70 miles per day. Of course, any fuel (or cash) savings means lower emissions and a lighter footprint, as well.

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the 2015 Ford Expedition EL keep up with the Chevrolet Suburban

Can the 2015 Ford Expedition EL keep up with the Chevrolet Suburban?

For most cars, buyers typically have the pleasure—or the pain—of cross-shopping among a dozen or more competitors. But those in the market for an extended-length, truck-based SUV will find the choice refreshingly simple, with just two mainstream-brand options. Most will go for the Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL twins. But we just bought the dark horse in this race: the updated-for-2015 Ford Expedition EL.

Buying either won’t get you on the Sierra Club’s nondenominational holiday card list. Still, these behemoths prove to be very useful power tools. Three spacious rows of seats fit seven or eight passengers, while the added length means everyone can take their luggage, too. Minivans can’t do this; only commercial-grade, full-sized vans can, but they conjure up jokes of Chris Farley living down by a river. Optional four-wheel-drive gives these big SUVs some off-road capability, and hefty towing numbers let you drag your house behind you.

Indeed, as soon as the Expedition EL showed up at the Consumer Reports test track, the staff swarmed around it. Our black-on-black rig looks fresh from Secret Service duty. Testers immediately signed up for a weekend road trip here, some towing there. Like vacation homes, power boats, or wood chippers, a big SUV like this is something we’d much rather occasionally borrow than pay to own and feed ourselves.

Most folks who actually do buy one go for the GM competition. The Suburban and Yukon XL are fresh off a stem-to-stern redesign for 2014. Expedition changes for 2015 are far more modest, more of a makeover rather than reconstructive surgery. This makes the Ford one of the oldest designs on the market, with the short-wheelbase version introduced way back in 2003. Based on the outgoing F-Series pickup, the 2015 Expedition doesn’t get the 2015 F-150’s new aluminum body. Maybe that comes a few years later.

Until then, it feels like the Expedition is marking time. You really notice it sitting inside. While the Suburban/Yukon XL interior feels like it was dipped into a pool of soft-touch materials, the Expedition’s dash and doors scream old-school truck. Acres of rock-hard plastic make the cabin look cheap. Loud wind noise, especially on the highway, is also a blast from the past. In comparison, the GM competition feels and sounds like a luxury car.

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Cheap and trucklike isn’t what you expect for $63,080, the sticker price for our EL Limited 4×4 test truck. Of that, $2,785 bought us navigation, a moonroof, and power retracting running boards. Short people appreciate the step up, but the boards are too narrow and often get in the way. The $490 blind-spot monitoring system should be considered mandatory, and the $795 second-row bucket seats aid family tranquility.

The Expedition seems pricey, but it’s considerably cheaper than the $69,790 paid for our 2014 Chevrolet Surburban LTZ. That said, our Suburban had a lot more stuff, including a rear entertainment system—a $1,995 option on the Ford. Modern electronic safety gear such as forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are commonplace options for the Suburban/Yukon, but you can’t get them at all on the Expedition.

Ford does have one ace up its sleeve, the most important part of the 2015 update. The Expedition got a heart transplant, replacing its overwhelmed 5.4-liter V8 with Ford’s oh-so-common 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Subtract two cylinders and a few pounds, add 55 horsepower and 55 lb.-ft. of torque, and you get near-instant thrust.

Here the Expedition finally grabs a win. It is much livelier to drive than the sluggish-feeling Suburban. Ford also scores in the towing wars, with the Expedition EL rated for 9,200 pounds max—almost 1,000 more than the 5.3-liter V8-equipped GM rivals.

Despite the name “EcoBoost,” fuel economy improvements are modest, with EPA overall going up one mpg. Still, better mileage with more power is a good equation. We’ll see if the Expedition EL can beat the Suburban’s 15 mpg overall in our tests.

Some of the Ford’s old-school charms remain. Supermodel-thin roof pillars and tall windows make for easy front and side visibility, something that’s lost in most modern designs. And thanks to the more-efficient packaging from the Ford’s independent rear suspension, the Expedition’s third-row seat is more comfortable for adults than the less-accommodating GM twins’.

Stay tuned as we put more miles on this big, black truck. They’ll probably go by quickly—assuming we can get people to stop driving our plush 2014 Suburban.

 

Reporters from across North America are here today for an overview of the Ford’s full 2015 model lineup, highlighted by the unveiling of the 2015 Edge midsize crossover.  The Model lineup includes the Ford 2015 Models for:

  • Ford F150 ,
  • Ford Expedition ,
  • Ford Edge ,
  • Ford Escape,
  • Ford Explorer ,
  • Ford Flex ,
  • Ford Transit  & Transit Connect
  • Ford SuperDuty ,
  • Ford e-Series ,
  • Ford Fiesta ,
  • Ford Atlas ,
  • Ford Focus Electric,
  • Ford Service & Parts,
  • Ford Mustang,
  • Ford Super Duty F 350 450 550 650 750
  • The new Edge was simultaneously unveiled in Europe and there are plans to offer a longer three-row version for China as the vehicle is rolled out in more than 100 countries.

The five-passenger Escape with two rows of seating was first introduced in 2006 for North America. In recent years Ford started exporting it to South America and China where it quickly resonated in a market with a growing appetite for crossovers.

This second-generation Explorer was designed from the ground up to be a global vehicle. It shares the same foundation, or platform, as the Fusion midsize sedan and the S-Max multi-activity vehicle in Europe.

To enhance Expedition global appeal Ford added diesel engines for Europe and will make the first right-hand-drive models for markets such as the U.K. and Australia. It also moves more upscale, adding for the first time a “Titanium” trim level — Ford’s pricey top-end trim level now on a number of its models — above the former top-level Limited.

“The Titanium trim level has been a real success story for Ford – particularly in products such as Fusion, Escape and Flex,” said Kim Cape, marketing manager for Ford large cars and utilities ina statement. “Our customers are telling us, ‘We are interested in technology and a premium look and feel.’ Titanium delivers that.”

Pricing for the new Edge was not announced.

All Flex models are assembled at the Oakville, Ont., Canada plant where Ford spent $700 million in retooling for the new model. The company sells about 120,000 a year of the current Edge in the U.S., said Kim Cape, group marketing manager.

By comparison, Ford sold only about 19,000 2015 Transit Connect in China last year — but that was up 132% from 2012.

“We think China will be the largest utility market in the world by 2018,” said Jim Harley, head of global sales and marketing. It already is the world’s largest new car market.

“We sell every Edge we can ship to China,” Harley said. “If we could make more, we could sell more in China.” Ford has no plans to build the crossover in China, Harley said.

The 2015 F150 Truck will go on sale early next year in North America and in South America and Europe by the end of 2015.

Ford officials will not say when the new E-Series goes on sale in China, but the Free Press confirmed there will be a three-row version for that market.

Conversely, the Lincoln MKX, which is Edge luxury cousin, will only be sold with two rows of seats. The automaker is trying to differentiate Ford and Lincoln vehicles as much as possible, Farley said. Ford showed the Lincoln MKX concept this year at the Beijing auto show.

The 2015 Mustang design does not take a dramatic turn. Ford designers say buyers will respond better to a more mature and technology-laden version of the existing vehicle that looks more modern and muscular. It also uses more premium materials to meet expectations of buyers in Europe and China.

“It is always a challenge to redesign a customer favorite,” said Moray Callum, head of design.

Technology includes a standard stop-start system with a base turbocharged 2-liter EcoBoost engine that is touted to deliver 3.5% better fuel economy while putting out an improved 245 hp. About two-thirds of sales are expected to be this base engine.

Optional is a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6 — Ford says it expects output of more than 300 hp. — and a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine also will be offered. All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available with all engines.

J.D. Shanahan, chief program engineer, said the new Focus is stiffer for a better ride and is longer which allows for more head, leg and cargo room.

The new Ford Edge is loaded with new electronics including the first use of a new Ford adaptive steering system that varies the effort and steering wheel turns needed based on the speed of the vehicle. It’s optional on higher trim levels. Other standard and optional tech includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • Stop-start technology
  • Blind spot warning
  • Ford’s first 180-degree front-mounted camera (with washer)
  • Enhanced park assist for pulling into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spots
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward and reverse sensing systems
  • Hands-free foot-triggered tailgate
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Side-parking sensors

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said the Edge, the larger 3-row Explorer and the smaller Escape all have different buyers.

The Edge attracts professionals and more female buyers. It has sold 55,400 through May, flat with a year ago. Chevrolet has sold 102,800 of the slightly smaller Chevrolet Equinox so far this year.

Crossover buyers will spend as much as 40% of their household income on an Edge compared with 30% on a Fusion, Farley said.

Originally many Edge buyers traded in Ford Explorers, said Farley. Now most are repeat customers with some trading in vehicles from other brands.

The new Edge comes as Ford is in the midst of its most aggressive launch schedule in decades, introducing 16 vehicles in North America this year compared with five in 2013. Ford is launching 23 new vehicles globally this year.

Hinrichs said the launch of the crucial F-150 is on track — the single most important launch.

“Testing has gone very well,” he said. Next up is the manufacturing launch. The Dearborn truck plant will shut down for retooling at the end of the summer.

The new Mustang goes on sale this fall, a new Expedition and an updated Lincoln Navigator launch later this year.

Hinrichs has said that with so many vehicles in the pipeline the automaker could exceed its 2011 commitment to hire 12,000 people by the end of 2015.

That includes hiring nearly 5,000 hourly and salaried employees in the U.S. this year to support growth. Hinrichs said about 80% of them are being hired for their technical skills as part of Ford’s efforts to put more technology in vehicles across the lineup.

Hinrichs also addressed the growing number of recalls in the industry and General Motors in particular.

His team has read the independent review of the GM ignition switch recall as part of constant monitoring of the competition.

Hinrichs said this is a unique year in the auto industry with so many recalls. He attributes it, in part, to the “huge amount of data available to everybody in real time.”

But Ford has not changed its processes – rather the industry is under a “higher level of scrutiny” from the outside.

Like GM, Ford is introducing more push-button starts across its lineup. But at this point, “I’m not going to say keys are going away.”

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Ford 2015 Car, Truck & SUV Model Lineup for Louisville Kentucky KY

Reporters from across North America are here today for an overview of the Ford’s full 2015 model lineup, highlighted by the unveiling of the 2015 Edge midsize crossover.  The Model lineup includes the Ford 2015 Models for:

  • Ford F150 ,
  • Ford Expedition ,
  • Ford Edge ,
  • Ford Escape,
  • Ford Explorer ,
  • Ford Flex ,
  • Ford Transit  & Transit Connect
  • Ford SuperDuty ,
  • Ford e-Series ,
  • Ford Fiesta ,
  • Ford Atlas ,
  • Ford Focus Electric,
  • Ford Service & Parts,
  • Ford Mustang,
  • Ford Super Duty F 350 450 550 650 750
  • The new Edge was simultaneously unveiled in Europe and there are plans to offer a longer three-row version for China as the vehicle is rolled out in more than 100 countries.

The five-passenger Escape with two rows of seating was first introduced in 2006 for North America. In recent years Ford started exporting it to South America and China where it quickly resonated in a market with a growing appetite for crossovers.

This second-generation Explorer was designed from the ground up to be a global vehicle. It shares the same foundation, or platform, as the Fusion midsize sedan and the S-Max multi-activity vehicle in Europe.

To enhance Expedition global appeal Ford added diesel engines for Europe and will make the first right-hand-drive models for markets such as the U.K. and Australia. It also moves more upscale, adding for the first time a “Titanium” trim level — Ford’s pricey top-end trim level now on a number of its models — above the former top-level Limited.

“The Titanium trim level has been a real success story for Ford – particularly in products such as Fusion, Escape and Flex,” said Kim Cape, marketing manager for Ford large cars and utilities ina statement. “Our customers are telling us, ‘We are interested in technology and a premium look and feel.’ Titanium delivers that.”

Pricing for the new Edge was not announced.

All Flex models are assembled at the Oakville, Ont., Canada plant where Ford spent $700 million in retooling for the new model. The company sells about 120,000 a year of the current Edge in the U.S., said Kim Cape, group marketing manager.

By comparison, Ford sold only about 19,000 2015 Transit Connect in China last year — but that was up 132% from 2012.

“We think China will be the largest utility market in the world by 2018,” said Jim Harley, head of global sales and marketing. It already is the world’s largest new car market.

“We sell every Edge we can ship to China,” Harley said. “If we could make more, we could sell more in China.” Ford has no plans to build the crossover in China, Harley said.

The 2015 F150 Truck will go on sale early next year in North America and in South America and Europe by the end of 2015.

Ford officials will not say when the new E-Series goes on sale in China, but the Free Press confirmed there will be a three-row version for that market.

Conversely, the Lincoln MKX, which is Edge luxury cousin, will only be sold with two rows of seats. The automaker is trying to differentiate Ford and Lincoln vehicles as much as possible, Farley said. Ford showed the Lincoln MKX concept this year at the Beijing auto show.

The 2015 Mustang design does not take a dramatic turn. Ford designers say buyers will respond better to a more mature and technology-laden version of the existing vehicle that looks more modern and muscular. It also uses more premium materials to meet expectations of buyers in Europe and China.

“It is always a challenge to redesign a customer favorite,” said Moray Callum, head of design.

Technology includes a standard stop-start system with a base turbocharged 2-liter EcoBoost engine that is touted to deliver 3.5% better fuel economy while putting out an improved 245 hp. About two-thirds of sales are expected to be this base engine.

Optional is a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6 — Ford says it expects output of more than 300 hp. — and a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine also will be offered. All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available with all engines.

J.D. Shanahan, chief program engineer, said the new Focus is stiffer for a better ride and is longer which allows for more head, leg and cargo room.

The new Ford Edge is loaded with new electronics including the first use of a new Ford adaptive steering system that varies the effort and steering wheel turns needed based on the speed of the vehicle. It’s optional on higher trim levels. Other standard and optional tech includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • Stop-start technology
  • Blind spot warning
  • Ford’s first 180-degree front-mounted camera (with washer)
  • Enhanced park assist for pulling into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spots
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward and reverse sensing systems
  • Hands-free foot-triggered tailgate
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Side-parking sensors

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said the Edge, the larger 3-row Explorer and the smaller Escape all have different buyers.

The Edge attracts professionals and more female buyers. It has sold 55,400 through May, flat with a year ago. Chevrolet has sold 102,800 of the slightly smaller Chevrolet Equinox so far this year.

Crossover buyers will spend as much as 40% of their household income on an Edge compared with 30% on a Fusion, Farley said.

Originally many Edge buyers traded in Ford Explorers, said Farley. Now most are repeat customers with some trading in vehicles from other brands.

The new Edge comes as Ford is in the midst of its most aggressive launch schedule in decades, introducing 16 vehicles in North America this year compared with five in 2013. Ford is launching 23 new vehicles globally this year.

Hinrichs said the launch of the crucial F-150 is on track — the single most important launch.

“Testing has gone very well,” he said. Next up is the manufacturing launch. The Dearborn truck plant will shut down for retooling at the end of the summer.

The new Mustang goes on sale this fall, a new Expedition and an updated Lincoln Navigator launch later this year.

Hinrichs has said that with so many vehicles in the pipeline the automaker could exceed its 2011 commitment to hire 12,000 people by the end of 2015.

That includes hiring nearly 5,000 hourly and salaried employees in the U.S. this year to support growth. Hinrichs said about 80% of them are being hired for their technical skills as part of Ford’s efforts to put more technology in vehicles across the lineup.

Hinrichs also addressed the growing number of recalls in the industry and General Motors in particular.

His team has read the independent review of the GM ignition switch recall as part of constant monitoring of the competition.

Hinrichs said this is a unique year in the auto industry with so many recalls. He attributes it, in part, to the “huge amount of data available to everybody in real time.”

But Ford has not changed its processes – rather the industry is under a “higher level of scrutiny” from the outside.

Like GM, Ford is introducing more push-button starts across its lineup. But at this point, “I’m not going to say keys are going away.”

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2015 Chevrolet & Chevy Cars Overview and Reviews for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet and Chevy Cars Overview & Reviews for Louisville Kentucky Ky and Jeffersonville, Clarksville Indiana IN.

After an eventful 2014 that marked the debut of models like the Camaro Z/28 and fully redesigned Impala, Chevrolet has kept major changes to a minimum for 2015, with most of its coupes, sedans, hatchbacks, and convertibles receiving an upgraded OnStar system featuring Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and a variety of new paint colors. The Cruze has been updated a bit more with revised styling and new cupholders, while the 2015 Impala gets a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine option, the SS sedan dials up driver engagement with an available 6-speed manual gearbox, and the Sonic RS’s turbocharged 4-cylinder is shared for the first time with the LTZ trim level. Perhaps most significant is the launch of a new-generation Corvette Z06, offered in coupe and convertible forms and fitted with a 650-horsepower, supercharged V-8 engine under the hood.

2015 chevy camaro for louisville kentucky ky

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Chevy’s Camaro, which was bolstered by the addition of a Z/28 variant in 2014, has essentially been carried over for 2015, with the exception of one newly available paint color. Offered in coupe and convertible body styles, the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2015 Chevrolet Camaro can be configured in trim levels ranging from a V-6-powered LS to the 580-horsepower ZL1. What’s New:

  • Blue Velvet Metallic paint color
2015 Chevy Corvette for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Still looking fresh from a complete redesign in 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette returns for 2015 with a host of updates, including the debut of new Z06 coupe and convertible models equipped with the first supercharged V-8 to find its way under the hood of a brand new Corvette. In addition, the 2015 Vette features General Motors’ latest OnStar telematics system with Wi-Fi connectivity, optional 8-speed automatic transmission, suede interior trim on premium variants, carbon fiber tonneau cover (convertible) and lower body kit, multi-valve exhaust system that provides enhanced performance and a louder bark, data recorder that tracks telemetry and records high-definition video for driver playback, and special Atlantic and Pacific design packages. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Redesigned Z06 coupe and convertible models debut
  • Available supercharged, 650-horsepower V-8 engine (Z06)
  • Optional 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Updated equipment packages and accessories
  • Shark Gray Metallic and Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic paint colors
2015 Chevy Cruze for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Like the majority of General Motors’ models, including several Chevrolets, the 2015 Cruze sedan features the latest version of OnStar, a telematics system that now offers a 4G connection speed and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Built to compete with class heavyweights such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze also arrives with slight styling updates, interior tweaks including improved cupholders and power door lock controls relocated from the center console to the door panels, and Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition technology for iPhone users. Shoppers interested in the 2015 Chevy Cruze have their choice of LS, LT, LTZ, Eco, and Diesel trim levels, with that last one featuring a turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel engine capable of delivering an EPA-estimated 46 mpg on the highway. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Revised exterior styling and interior controls
  • Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition technology
  • Redesigned cupholders
2015 chevy impala for Louisville kentucky ky

2015 Chevrolet Impala Chevy’s full-size, front-wheel-drive (FWD) Impala sedan turned heads when it arrived for the 2014 model year with all-new styling, a generous suite of safety and convenience technologies, and more. For 2015, Chevy has made relatively minor adjustments, adding the upgraded Wi-Fi-enabled OnStar system, efficient start/stop assist technology for the base 4-cylinder engine, and new bi-fuel LS and LT variants fitted with a 260-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that can run on gasoline or CNG. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine adds start/stop assist technology
  • Operates on gasoline or CNG
  • Autumn Bronze Metallic, Rainforest Green, and Blue Velvet Metallic paint colors
2015 Chevy Malibu for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Things are fairly quiet on the Malibu front, with the 2015 model adding four new paint colors and the updated OnStar telematics system. This 5-passenger FWD sedan continues to be available in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter or naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Autumn Bronze Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Sable Metallic, and Butte Red paint colors
2015 Chevy Sonic for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Sonic Car buyers considering the purchase of a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic have their choice of sedan or 5-door hatchback body styles with trim levels running the gamut from a basic LS with a 5-speed manual transmission to a sporty RS fitted with a 6-speed automatic. The latter features a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is now also standard on Sonic LTZ models. A non-turbo 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, offering the same horsepower but less torque, is standard on LS and LT variants. All 2015 Chevy Sonics are fitted with the updated OnStar system. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Blue Velvet Metallic paint color
  • Standard turbocharged 1.4-liter engine on LTZ trim level

 

2015 Chevy Spark for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Spark Small is the name of the game with the Chevy Spark, in terms of size and changes made for the 2015 model year. OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot technology has made its way to the tiniest of Chevrolet cars, a 5-door 4-passenger subcompact available in LS and LT trim levels and equipped with an 84-horsepower, 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine. An electric version of the Spark–appropriately named the Spark EV–is offered as well. Updates for 2015 include a higher final drive ratio that should provide improved acceleration, and a couple of new paint colors. According to the EPA, the 2015 Spark EV has a range of 82 miles. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Salsa and Lime paint colors (Spark EV)
  • Revised 3.87 final drive ratio (Spark EV)
2015 Chevy SS for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet SS Paying homage to an era that ended in the not-so-distant past, the 2015 Chevrolet SS sedan blends a high-performance RWD chassis with a 415-horsepower V-8 engine. Chevy claims the car can sprint from 0-60 mph in about 5 seconds. Updates for 2015 include the addition of OnStar with Wi-Fi connectivity, new paint colors, front and rear Brembo brakes, standard magnetic ride control suspension for improved handling, and the option of selecting either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic. What’s New:

  • Optional 6-speed manual transmission
  • Standard magnetic ride control suspension
  • High-performance Brembo front and rear brake components
  • Perfect Blue, Alchemy Purple, Regal Peacock Green, Jungle Green, and Some Like it Hot Red paint colors
  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
2015 Chevrolet Volt for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt returns for 2015 with one new paint color, updated OnStar telematics, and a larger-capacity Lithium-ion battery (EPA-estimated range remains 38 miles). Only one trim level is available for this FWD, 4-passenger hybrid model.

What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat paint color
  • Battery storage capacity up from 16.5 kWh to 17.1 kWh

 

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2015 Corvette Outselling Previous Models

New Corvette Already Popular, Hugely Outsells Previous Model New Corvette Already Popular, Hugely Outsells Previous Model

When an automaker launches a new car, particularly one as iconic as the Chevrolet Corvette, it takes a risk. Will people actually buy it? Will customers be turned off by the new styling? Or has the market simply moved on to something new? If General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] had any concerns beforehand it certainly won’t now, as first-year C7 Corvette production already gets close to the last three years of C6 production combined.

According to Corvette Blogger, a graphic shown by GM reveals that 37,288 Corvettes were built in the 2014 model year alone. That’s the third-best number in the modern era (since 1985’s 39,729 sales) after 2005 (37,372) and 2007 (40,561). Both of those totals were C6 Corvettes, obviously, but shows initial demand for the C7 is right on the money, given its similarity to the 2005 Corvette’s sales. Additionally, 35 percent of buyers went for the car’s seven-speed manual, and white has shot up as the second most popular color choice—behind red.

Car sales naturally decline over time, though the C6 was hugely affected by the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and never really recovered. Sales ticked over in the teens since then, so GM will be glad to see a resurgence with the latest C7. It also shows that buyers have responded warmly to the latest Corvette’s styling, whose angular lines and square-shaped rear lights caused some consternation when initially revealed.

That the Corvette has become even more of a performance bargain compared to previous generations—providing 460 horsepower for $53,995—certainly helps, as do innovations like cylinder deactivation to save gas and a hugely improved interior over the C6. It’s comfortably the best-selling sports car in the segment too, with January to July deliveries over three times greater than that of Porsche’s 911. With a 650-horsepower Z06 on the way, a new eight-speed automatic, and production in full swing, the C7 certainly has a bright few years ahead of it.