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Ford Transit Production Starts in Kansas City; Transit Featured on American Pickers

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May 8, 2014

There’s two connected stories about the Ford Transit, Ford’s all-new van designed for commercial use, floating around on the internet this week; one of the stories is a bit more practical and relevant to us at Hassett Auto, but the other story is just so much fun that we’d rather talk about that one.

That “fun” story is how American Pickers, History Channel’s popular show about Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz scouring the nation for priceless antiques, will from now on be featuring a Ford Transit on every episode. Wolfe and Fritz, after searching long and hard for a new car to replace their classic Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, finally settled on the Transit. “The biggest thing is, when the van is full, then we’ve got to come home. I’m interested in real estate on wheels,” Wolfe said in the first episode to feature the Transit, which aired April 30. “There were four of five different vehicles I was looking at, and I just keep coming back to the Ford as the better choice.”

Ford is honoring the Transit’s addition to the American Pickers team with a special scavenger hunt—they’ve hidden 10 scale models of the Transit in antique shops around the country. Find one and you’ll be entered in a contest to win a new Transit. The Transit will be produced at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, which will be adding 2,000 jobs soon as part of the plant’s expansion.

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2015 Ford Mustang Reveals its Secret

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April 28, 2014

Doing the perfect burnout every time is something that many Mustang owners aspire too. Now, if you get the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, you will be able to impress your friends and warm up your wheels every time you want.

Ford has finally revealed the Mustang’s secret that it hinted at last year, and calls the feature Line Lock. It causes the front brakes to hold firm while releasing the rears, creating the perfect burnout. However, if you’re a purist and prefer to do things the old fashioned way, you can always disable this feature.

It also comes with a bit of a warning. While Line Lock is standard, it is only meant to be used at the drag strip where drivers use it to warm up the wheels. Ford also warns that if you race your Mustang, it will void your warranty.

Check out this video for some sweet Mustang burnout action.

Give us a call at Hassett Automotive and we’ll tell you when you can place your order for the 2015 Ford Mustang GT.

Ford Focus Remains Global Best-Seller; Brand Celebrates with All-New Sedan

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April 23, 2014

When the Polk new vehicle registration data came out last month, Ford tore open the report to read it as quickly as a kid opening presents on Christmas morning. And, just like those kids, the things they found inside the report were anything but disappointing. The results are in, and, once again, the Ford Focus is the best-selling nameplate across the world.

How did the Blue Oval elect to celebrate this continued achievement? By making an all-new, even more improved version of the Focus, of course! The new Focus, on display right now at the New York International Auto Show, promises to sell even more units than the 1,097,618 sold in 2013.

“It is remarkable to see Focus again lead the industry as the No. 1-selling vehicle nameplate on the planet,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Ford Motor Company Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “With the new car, we’ve raised the bar again, showcasing Ford’s commitment to continuous improvement – adding better technology for drivers and a sleeker, more modern exterior across the entire Focus family.”

Check out the world’s best-selling passenger car on display right now, then check with us here at Hassett Auto for more information about the Focus’s release very soon!