Whenever your company can pour $500 million dollars into a manufacturing plant, boosting production numbers and also adding many new jobs to the community around the plant, it’s safe to assume it is good times for that company. So that’s exactly what we’re assuming about Ford, as the brand just announced a $500 million expansion to their Lima, Ohio, engine production plant. The Lima plant will hire 300 more workers to help carry the increased production load in Lima.
The money Ford is pouring into the plant will go specifically toward production of the 2.7L EcoBoost engine, which will be put to fuel-efficient use in the 2015 Ford F-150. The Lima plant isn’t the only place in Ohio getting a major upgrade from Ford, either. The Blue Oval also recently announced that they’ll spend $168 million on their Cleveland plant so they can bring production of the 2016 F-650 and F-750 up from Mexico.
The reason Ford keeps pouring money into their production plants, of course, is that their vehicles are more popular than ever. With the world’s best-selling nameplate and America’s best-selling truck series in our inventory, demand is so high that it can be hard to keep up with you guys here at Hassett Automotive. So hurry in today to find the Ford car of your dreams!
In the midst of this crazy winter and the unrelenting Polar Vortex, we at Hassett Auto managed to make it through February with good news. Our Ford, Lincoln, and Subaru brands posted sales increases over last year’s reports for the same month.
For Ford, it was the trusty F-Series that was the bearer of good news. The sale of 55,882 trucks marked the best February report the truck has seen in eight years.
In addition, Lincoln sales were up 36 percent compared to the number of vehicles sold during the same period last year.
“Sales surged in the final week, providing us momentum after a slow start to the month,” said John Felice, Ford’s vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service. “Ford Fusion continued its strong retail sales performance in the West, outpacing the mid-size sedan segment. F-Series and Lincoln also continued to perform well.”
Subaru, not to be outdone, also reported a successful month. The automaker increased sales by 24 percent over sales from the same period last year with the Forester, Outback, and XV Crosstrek leading the charge.
Thank you to all of our loyal customers who contributed to last month’s sales records. We look forward to servicing you soon!
Do you remember the Ford Atlas concept that was on display at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show? Did you like the brawny design? If so, you’re going to love the new 2015 Ford F-150. Its design is remarkably similar to the Atlas.
Ford introduced the new 2015 F-150 at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The one thing that is on everyone’s minds is the extensive use of aluminum in the body of the truck.
You might be wondering how aluminum will hold up in place of steel, but according to Ford’s extensive testing, it will be just as sturdy and will provide additional benefits, such as not rusting and because of its light weight it will make the trucks more fuel efficient.
To test the use of aluminum in the F-150, Ford started a pilot program where it lent out trucks to businesses, such as construction firms and utility companies. Ford did not tell them about the aluminum content in the trucks and after over 300,000 miles of testing, Ford was convinced of the benefits of using the new metal.
The new truck is 700 pounds lighter than the previous model and this should equal significant fuel savings. The 2015 F-150 should go on sale near the end of this year.
Are you excited about the new design for the 2015 Ford F-150?