Ultimate F-150 Raptor Canadian Road Trips!

Get out there and experience Raptor in its element. Here’s a quick and dirty guide for where across this great nation of ours you can really put your truck through its paces, from rocks to sand and every mud stop in between.

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Rock Crawl – British Columbia

While the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor looks and feels like a truck built for speed, the methodical and exacting nature of a good rock climb is nothing it can’t handle. Hit the “rock climb” button on your dash and then venture into the wilds of BC’s lower mainland, where some of the best rock climbs in the country are found.

Not only does Rock Crawl mode prompt the driver to enter 4 LOW mode and maximize stability on this trick terrain, it also activates the front camera to allow a clearer view of what’s on the trail ahead.

Spots like “Hamburger Hill” just outside Mission or the foothills around Castlegar, in the Kootenies, provide ample opportunities to gear down and climb!

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Baja – Alberta 

From the badlands in the south to spots like Brule Lake and Athabasca in the north, Alberta offers plenty of varied terrain for those off-roaders looking to get their Raptor into its native habitat.

Baja mode really lets the Raptor shine, offering improved engine response and more linear power for the hardcore off-rod driver.

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Mud/Sand – Manitoba

With more than 110,000 lakes and countless major rivers, Manitoba is the place for mud. There are many locations just outside of Winnipeg, where mud pits await the arrival of your Raptor.

Mud/Sand mode keeps the steering set in comfort mode to make it easier to stay on course, while engaging the vehicle into 4 HIGH and optimizing AdvanceTrac to provide the solid footing you need.

Some popular trails in Manitoba include the Northstar trail (about 300KM from Winnipeg) and Seddon’s Corners, a popular spot among ATV enthusiasts that is much closer to Manitoba’s largest city.

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Sport Mode – Quebec

When it is time for sport mode, head to “la belle province” to experience all your Raptor has to offer on solid ground. Sportier steering feel and quicker shifting makes for “spirited” on-road driving.

Enjoy the winding roads and breathtaking views of the Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie tour, where you will see Quebec like you never expected.

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Weather – Newfoundland

It’s often said that in Newfoundland, you can experience all four seasons in the same day. We can think of no better place to experience Raptor’s weather mode, which automatically engages the throttle response and shifting schedule to allow greater confidence and handling.

There are many opportunities to get your truck dirty on “The Rock”, with the Viking Trail topping the list as the best way to see the island, reach historic spots, and gain access to some of the many off-road spots across the province.

This list represents the tip of the iceberg. Get out and discover the best places in your neck to learn what your truck can do!

Do you have a great off-road spot you’d like to share? Comment below.

It should go without saying that all drivers must obey local laws, speed limits and any other ordinances as it relates to off-roading, from proper safety equipment to respecting private and protected lands. Always use the buddy system and let someone know where you’re headed in your truck.

Be safe, respect the land, and have fun!

Ford, Jose Cuervo partner to bring agave to your next vehicle

When you think of products made from agave, what comes to mind? A sweet syrup? Tequila? Car parts? Wait…what?

Yes, Ford and Jose Cuervo are partnering to create something different: car parts from agave plant byproduct.

As both companies look to reduce their environmental footprint, they’re working together to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct in Ford vehicles, potentially forming bioplastics for a variety of automotive uses, from wire harnesses to storage bins.

A SECOND CHANCE AT USEFULNESS

With nearly 200 kilograms of plastic in a typical car, every step Ford can take to reduce the weight of vehicles, without compromising the quality of the parts, is an important one. The remnant fibres from the processed agave plant could help make vehicle parts not only lighter (lowering energy consumption) but also more durable.

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Nearly five billion metric tonnes of excess agricultural biomass is created every year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Jose Cuervo is determined to find better uses for their still-viable agave plant byproduct – working with Ford to find sustainable uses for these abundant and underutilized materials helps everyone and also our planet.

BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE

The more sustainable materials that help manufacturers like Ford offset the use of petrochemicals, glass fibres and talc in parts production, the better. Agave could potentially join soy foam, castor oil, wheat straw, kenaf fibre, cellulose, coconut fibre and rice hulls on the growing list of sustainable biomaterials used in Ford vehicles.

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Before any of these sustainable biomaterials make their way into a Ford vehicle, they have to be as-or-more durable as the part being replaced. It’s all part of Ford’s plan to find the right place for sustainable composites that both improve the quality of our vehicles and reduce our impact on the planet.

 

Best Ford Beginner Cars for College Students

It’s never easy to send your son or daughter off to a university for the first time. By now, you’ve probably checked off nearly every box on the move-in checklist from a mini-fridge to a shower caddy. If your college student will be driving between home and school, it’s important to make sure that the vehicle they are driving is both safe and reliable. Luckily, Ford has two great cars, the Focus and Fiesta, that make great, reliable starter cars for young drivers. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of both of these vehicles.

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The Ford Focus is the perfect balance of style and functionality. Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Focus also has three upgraded versions including the Titanium, the ST and the RS. The Focus Titanium features an upgraded interior that strips away the feeling of a “cheap car”. For those who have long drives between school and home, having excellent fuel economy will be an important factor to consider for a starter car. Although the fuel economy varies across the different models, the standard Focus comes in at 9.2 City L/100km and 6.6 Hwy L/100km/8.0. Safety is another factor to consider when buying a car for a young driver. According to Auto Blog, the Focus is “built on a global structure engineered to meet international crash-test standards,” and received five stars across the board in overall, frontal and side crash test ratings. As an added bonus, the Focus is also very affordable, starting at just $17,199.

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For the second year in a row, the Ford Fiesta has been named by Kelley Blue Book as one of the Top 10 Back-to-School cars. The Fiesta is safe, fun, dynamic and an overall great value. Available in a sedan or hatch, the Fiesta also boasts entertainment features such as SYNC 3, which is equipped with voice recognition, ultimate music streaming control and SYNC AppLink™. According to Ford, “[The] Fiesta helps to keep you and your occupants protected with seven total airbags including dual-stage front airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and front and rear side-curtain airbags.” The Fiesta has a price tag starting at just $16,049.

Both the Ford Focus and Fiesta will make excellent starter cars for your son or daughter.

Hit the Road with the Whole Family in a Ford Transit

Move over minivans! The Ford Transit passenger wagon is quickly taking over as the first choice vehicle for large families.

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Any large family can tell you that an event as simple as going to a team soccer game can be chaotic. Between fitting the whole family in safely, loading in any supplies, groceries or luggage, and while still getting good fuel economy, it can seem like an impossible task to find a vehicle that can accommodate a large family.

Cue the Ford Transit Wagon! Outperforming the status quo in nearly every task (storage, seating, fuel ecomony, engine power, etc), the Transit is the next big thing for family transportation. In fact, the Transit Passenger Wagon has already outsold all other vans in the U.S., according to Ford.com, and Canadians are quickly purchasing Transits as well, contributing to a record amount of sales in July 2016.

The Transit has a wide spectrum of benefits for large families. Edward Sanchez of Truck Trend Network wrote “The Transit has stand-up space in the high-roof models and ample room behind the aft row of seats, eliminating the act of tortuously bending over and squeezing between seats and shoving strollers and softball equipment between kids.”

The versatile and customizable Transit comes in a wide variety of configurations with the ability to choose out of three roof heights, multiple wheelbases and body lengths, three engines and more. So whether you have a family of eight and a standard sized garage, or a family of 15 and no garage at all, the Transit can accommodate your needs.

What is your family hauler of choice? If you’d like to make the switch to a Transit, call today: 780-454-2000.

Excitement Builds Around Canada’s Number One Selling SUV; New Features Added to 2017 Ford Escape

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The 2017 Ford Escape, which is also Ford’s second best-selling vehicle in Canada behind the F-Series, just got even better! The updated interior now provides more center console room to store your cell phone, wallet, beverage and more. The SUV offers 25 percent more storage in the front row and 15 percent more storage overall.

What prompted the change? Zulf Ali, senior interior design expert at Ford Motor Company, was driving his wife’s 2014 Escape when he noticed he did not have any space to store his cell phone, wallet or sunglasses. After voicing his concern to his team, he was presented the opportunity to redesign the interior of the 2017 Escape. Ali refers to the center console area of a vehicle as “Manhattan real estate” due to its small yet valuable space. Ali also points out that now more than ever, most people carry a cell phone or other media devices, and Ford vehicles should accommodate the modern driver with plenty of storage space for these items.

To gain additional front-row storage space, a highly innovative change to the Escape took place: the traditional parking brake handle located between the two front seats was replaced with an all-new electronic parking brake button. This new addition made room to add a media bin that features a lighted USB port and a 12-volt power outlet. The main center console was expanded to allow 50 percent more storage than the previous model. Two additional storage bins were also placed in front of and behind the gear shifter.

In addition to interior upgrades, the 2017 Escape has several other new features that greatly improve the overall driving experience. Under the hood, two new EcoBoost four cylinder engines were added, a 1.5-litre (179 hp / 177 lb-ft.) and 2.0-litre (245 / 275). The most noticeable changes to the exterior are a new hexagonal grille, new headlights and a new front bumper design. New tech features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Engine Start/Stop and SYNC connect were also implemented. The 2017 Escape is making its way to dealerships this summer.

Get the most out of your driving experience with SiriusXM in your Ford

When you think about how much time you spend in your Ford, it’s a given that you probably do plenty of listening while behind the wheel.

Whether it’s catching up on the news of the day during the morning commute, bumping some party music on a Friday night cruise, or having an all-out sing-along with your buds on a weekend road trip, your Ford is like your very own private listening room on wheels, especially when you’ve got the kind of serious sound selections offered by SiriusXM.

Oh, did we mention now’s a good time because SiriusXM is free for Ford drivers (for a limited time)?

All you have to do is turn it on between May 18th and June 1st, 2016 and you can take SiriusXM for a test drive.

There’s bound to be something for you on one of the 54 SiriusXM channels at your disposal, no matter your mood or your musical pleasure of the moment. Whether you feel like the best of the 80s, today’s hottest country hits on Prime Country, vintage rock on the Classic Vinyl station, or booty-boppin’ dance beats on SiriusXM Fly the music is always commercial-free.

Need your entertainment fix? Get the inside scoop from NHL Network Radio, side-splitting comedy Laugh USA or the latest breaking news from CNN.

In fact, there’s even a chance that you might already have SiriusXM in your Ford right now. If that’s the case, it’s a great time to change the way you listen to the radio and find out for yourself just how great SiriusXM’s sound quality and diverse programming selections are – perfect if you’re lucky enough to have the THX-certified platinum sound system in your Ford Explorer.

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And it sounds great too, especially coming through the Premium Audio System by Sony, featuring 12 high-end speakers installed in ten locations—talk about a reason to find that perfect program to suit your mood!

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It’s time to hear what great radio sounds like in your Ford—take SiriusXM for a spin today!

Get started by pressing the SIRIUS, SXM, BAND, SAT, AUX, RADIO or SOURCE button on your radio. Consult the channel guide below to learn which stations are available during the promotion and enjoy the great programming!

Contact SiriusXM via their customer service chat portal or call them at 1-888-539-7474 with any questions or concerns.