2015 FORD F-150 SUPERCREW EARNS 5-STAR TOP GOVERNMENT CRASH RATINGS THANKS TO 31 NEW SAFETY-RELATED INNOVATIONS

2015 Ford F-150

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew with its five-star Overall Vehicle Score in New Car Assessment Program, the highest possible rating, making it the safest F-150 ever
  • All-new F-150 safety features include an advanced restraint system with dual-stage airbags, Curve Control to help drivers stay on their intended path, and available inflatable rear safety belts in SuperCrew models – a segment-first innovation
  • 2015 F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever – includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market, plus best-in-class towing and payload ratings

2015 Ford F-150 frame and body

The all-new Ford F-150 SuperCrew has earned the government’s highest possible crash safety rating – adding to the F-150’s strengths as the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever.

Thanks to 31 new safety-related innovations developed by the Ford truck team, the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”

F-150’s improved performance is enabled by up to a 700-pound weight savings through the use of high-strength steel in the frame; high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body; and smart engineering.

A cross-functional group comprised of Ford truck product development veterans and researchers worked to precisely optimize vehicle weight savings and manufacturing design to deliver improved durability, capability, fuel economy and crashworthiness. The team created and patented new structures, materials and joining methods that were tested virtually with supercomputer simulations, then retested in Ford’s advanced laboratories to engineer the safest F-150 ever.

Supercomputers for safety
The F-150 team started engineering the truck with supercomputers before the first units were ever even crash-tested in a lab.

Engineers developed digital safety models with nearly 1.4 million separate elements to examine how even the smallest parts of the truck would perform in a crash situation.

Safety starts with the frame
Safety starts with the truck’s signature, fully boxed frame – the backbone of the all-new F-150.

Engineers added an extra crossmember and increased the use of high-strength steel to improve stiffness, durability and safety – while also helping reduce the frame’s weight by up to 60 pounds.

“The team had to invent new ways to manage crash energy, because advanced materials like high-strength steel behave differently,” said Matt Niesluchowski, Ford truck safety manager. “We found that changing certain shapes led to a weight reduction, while also improving crash performance.”

Safety engineers developed a patented 12-corner front crush horn to dissipate more energy in a front impact. The uniquely shaped structure helps manage crash forces so the frame buckles predictably to keep those forces away from occupants in the cabin. This is just one of the 31 new safety-related innovations the team developed to make the truck safer in the event of a crash.

Safety improvements to the aluminum-alloy body
Ford’s advanced research and safety teams worked together to engineer F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body structure to manage what happens to the body in the event of a crash.

The truck’s cab features hydroformed roof rails that constitute a cage-like structure around the doors, extruded roof bows to provide lateral strength across the top of the cab, and extruded rocker rails near the bottom to reinforce lower body strength.

How various parts of the truck were joined also yielded safety improvements. In many cases, welding was not the most effective way to join parts, so the team developed and patented methods to connect parts using high-strength adhesives. This resulted in structural strength equal to or greater than traditional welds.

All New F-150 Frame
Additional safety features
New to F-150 is an advanced restraint system that includes an adaptive steering column that adjusts energy management depending on occupant size and safety belt usage. The system includes dual-stage airbags and side-curtain airbags.

The all-new F-150 offers the following safety features:

Safety belt pretensioners added to the belt anchor side that further tighten the lap belt around front seat occupants, keeping them in a more secure spot early in the event of a crash

Curve Control, a technology that will slow the vehicle when it senses the truck is going too fast for a particular curve

Available inflatable rear safety belts for SuperCrew – a segment-first feature

2015 Ford F-150 Inflatable Belt
Driver-assist features

The 2015 F-150 introduces all-new driver-assist and semi-autonomous technologies, including several class-exclusive features such as adaptive cruise control and active park assist.

Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support use radar in the front of the truck to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead. Using this information, F-150 can automatically slow to keep a consistent following distance set by the driver. Collision warning triggers visual and audio alerts if the system detects the following distance is diminishing too quickly and a collision may occur. It also pre-charges the brakes if the driver needs to stop suddenly.

Active park assist uses two ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help drivers parallel park. The sensors measure the gap between two vehicles to determine if there is enough room for the truck. After confirming the F-150 can fit, active park assist automatically steers the truck into the space, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.

Lane-keeping system is designed to help prevent a driver from drifting out of the intended driving lane. The system detects the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror. A warning vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver that the vehicle is drifting out of the lines. Semi-autonomous lane-keeping aid then can provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed.

Toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever
F-150’s advanced materials and weight savings lead to customer benefits regardless of model configuration or engine choice. The innovative new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and it has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market.

When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the all-new F-150 4×2 returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.

2015 Ford F-150

5 Best Used Ford Cars

When it comes to buying a used car, some models stand the test of time much better than others do. Although many of the vehicles of the past are still on the road today, there are a few Ford vehicles that stand out and are great choices for buying used. Here are five of those vehicles.

Small Cars Pick: The 2013 Ford Focus

The 2013 Ford Focus isn’t the fastest car on the road, but for the price, it delivers plenty of speed for most types of driving. The Focus comes with both a five speed standard transmission and a six speed automatic and the Focus has maneuverability going for it as well. The base model’s 4-cylinder engine can be pushed to much higher limits with the Focus ST, which has a turbocharged engine and the standard transmission. The Focus gets an EPA estimated 27 MPG in town and 38 on the highway.

Best Used Hatchback: The 2012 Ford Fiesta

The 2012 Ford Fiesta has a 4-cylinder engine just like the Focus, but it comes with a manual transmission as standard equipment, giving it the power that you need in both the city and on the highway. The clutch is smooth and effortless, the Fiesta gets an estimated 29 MPG in town and 39 MPG on the highways, which is a really great number for this class of vehicle. Some of the others pros that drivers mention are the comfort in driving or riding in it, the luxury-esque interior and a great deal of cargo space.

Midsize Cars Winner: The 2010 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion was one of the 2010’s best vehicles overall when it comes to midsize cars. It gained points from drivers thanks to top safety ratings and reliability, and even those who were familiar with the Fusion were impressed with the number of upgrades that it got in 2010. The 2010 Fusion came in a 2.5 liters 4-cylinder, a 2.0 liter V-6 and a 3.5 liter V-6 engine, and was available with a six speed transmission in both Auto and Manual. 22/31 was the EPA estimated fuel economy for this vehicle.

Ford Large Vehicle Standout: The 2009 Ford Taurus

The 2009 Ford Taurus is simply one of the best cars in its class, either used or new. It has amazing safety ratings and is highly reliable and also offers a large interior. As if that wasn’t enough, the Taurus gets extremely good fuel economy as well. The 2009 model gave you all of this in a larger class vehicle, which was perfect for families, scoring high in crash tests, and with added stability control in 2009. The interior was well designed and the trunk was spacious.

Best Used Sports Car: The 2011 Ford Mustang

If you are looking for a used sports vehicle, you can’t go wrong with the 2011 Ford Mustang. With a 3.7 liter 6-cylinder engine that produces nearly 305 horsepower and a choice between a manual or automatic transmission, as well as upgrades on engine power up to 550 horsepower, the Ford Mustang is everything a sports car should be. As an added bonus, it is available as both coupe and a convertible soft top. It has massive power, easy handling and a comfortable ride. The Cons: some drivers thought the interior was lacking in style, but the comfort of the seating and the materials used more than made up for it.

Call or visit Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square today to learn more about current inventory.

Benefits of Buying CPO

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When it comes to cars, second hand is not second best. It is possible to find a pre-owned car that is in perfect working condition. Your best for this is to go for a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. There are a number of advantages to buying a CPO vehicle:

  • Top condition; CPO vehicles only earn the badge if they are certified to be in top condition. A vehicle must satisfy specific criteria that are determined by the manufacturer. Only late-model vehicles with a clean history report can make it into a CPO program sponsored by the manufacturer.
  • Thorough inspection and reconditioning; A used car that wears a CPO badge has successfully undergone a check of 100 to 200 different points depending on the manufacturer. Where faults are found and a vehicle falls short, it undergoes a reconditioning process and the inspection process again.
  • Extended warranty protection; The majority of CPO programs      offer the original basic as well as the original powertrain warranty for      certified vehicles. In most cases, companies that give mileage limits and reduced shorter time limits for an original new car warranty tend to      extend their CPO programs significantly so. They do this to remain      competitive. Manufacturers that give generous new car warranty coverage will typically not increase the limits they have set for their CPOs and if they do, it will not be by much. Instead, what remains of the new car warranty transfers to the new owner.
  • Roadside assistance; All kinds of situations can arise when you are on the road which makes roadside assistance important. Many CPO programs come with 24-hour roadside assistance. It lasts as long as the extended basic warranty coverage is valid. This is of great help to      owners in situations where they run out of gas, need to be jump-started or lock themselves out of the car.
  • Low-interest financing; CPO cars always have a higher price tag compared to those that are not certified. It is an expense that pays back as CPOs qualify for loans with the reduced interest rates that are offered for new vehicles. Monthly payments will also be lower.
  • Leasing; In some cases, auto companies offer CPOs for lease. This is an alternative that is appealing to those who want to drive an upmarket vehicle but are not in a position purchase one.
  • Free maintenance; CPO programs will sometimes include      completely free maintenance. It is offered for a given period of time with      or without limits on mileage as part of the process of certification. Broadly speaking, this advantage takes care of tire rotations and oil changes as per the intervals recommended by the manufacturer. It also takes care of vehicle inspections at the dealership.
  • Satisfaction guarantee; This is guaranteed in CPO programs that allow buyers to exchange a vehicle they have bought for another one. If this option is allowed, it is allowed within given time frames and mileage limits. This should not be confused with a money-back      guarantee where a vehicle can be returned for a full refund.

Where to get it

Chesapeake residents and those in the vicinity looking for a good deal on CPO vehicles can find them at Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square. The dealership on 4021 Portsmouth Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 runs a Ford CPO program. Fords that qualify undergo a 172-point inspection. Those that don’t have the rigorous test have parts repaired or replaced before undergoing testing again by factory-trained auto technicians.

The Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square Ford CPO Program offers buyer a number of benefits. They include detailed vehicle history report, 24-hour roadside assistance, comprehensive limited warranty coverage and powertrain limited warranty.