Ford recently revealed that it has purchased Michigan Central Station, the once-grand transportation hub in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford announced in June that the building will become the focal point of a new campus that will aim at drawing in young innovators as the company continues to focus on electrified and autonomous vehicle development and Smart Mobility solutions.
“Michigan Central Station is a place that in many ways tells the story of Detroit over the past century,” said Ford. “We at Ford want to help write the next chapter, working together in Corktown with the best startups, the smartest talent, and the thinkers, engineers, and problem-solvers who see things differently — all to shape the future of mobility and transportation.”
Ford will acquire at least 1.2 million square feet of property in Corktown on the way to developing a 900,000-square-foot campus and 300,000 square feet of community and retail space and residential housing. Once complete, Ford is expected to house 2,500 employees in Corktown by 2022.
The plan to develop a new campus in Corktown will not impact Ford’s Dearborn Campus Transportation plan, which kicked off in 2016 and is ongoing today. Ford says that the Wagner Place development in West Dearborn and a new driving dynamics lab on its Product Development Campus will open later this summer.
For all the latest Ford news and developments, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.
Summertime is a season for road trips and exploration, but breakdowns can put a damper on your fun before it even has a chance to get started. While proper service and maintenance are important in any season, the high temperatures in summer make it all the more important to make sure that your car has everything it needs to succeed.
Check your tires. The uptick in the heat index means that your underinflated tires could overheat, which can lead to a blowout. To prevent this from happening, check your tires’ PSI once every month or so to make sure that they are at the recommended levels — while you’re there, check the tread to ensure that your tires are ready for the road.
Stay hydrated. You wouldn’t hit the road for a run on a hot summer afternoon without plenty of water, and neither should you take your vehicle out if it’s lacking vital fluids. Before heading off on a long drive, make sure that your vehicle has adequate motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Since bugs are also quite common in the summer, top off your windshield wiper fluid just to be safe.
There are so many steps that you can take to make sure that your vehicle is road-trip ready this summer. If you want to make sure that you’re in tip-top shape, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford and let our service experts get you all squared away.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has a long legacy of performance that is seemingly only improved with continued tinkering over time. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 updates continue this trend of never settling, and the final product is one that Ford thinks should make the man himself happy—wherever he is.
“Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire, and chassis technology.”
How exactly does the 2019 Shelby GT350 earn such lofty praise? It’s all in the attention to details. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 updates include new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with an exclusive tread pattern and unique compound that improve lateral acceleration, acceleration, and braking; new 19-inch aluminum wheels that are rugged and lightweight; and an optional all-new spoiler with Gurney flap that will improve aerodynamic efficiency and increase downforce.
The new Shelby GT350 will also see improvements made to its MagneRide active suspension, electric power-assist steering, and three-mode electronic stability control. With its 5.2-liter flat-plane crankshaft V8, it will continue to be a powerful beast that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.
Other updates for the Shelby GT350 include an available 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system by HARMAN, new power-adjustable seats with Miko® suede inserts, and two new exterior hues: Velocity Blue and the oft-requested Ford Performance Blue. And that is how a legend becomes more legendary.
To learn how you can get your hands on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.
Georgia is full of great things to do, especially on the coast. From exploring island beaches to the historic districts of big cities, here’s some of the best summer trips to consider taking on the Georgia Coast.
Spend your vacation lodging in a rented historic home in Savannah. Try out many of the local, award-winning restaurants. Go shopping. Try out one of the many breweries, including the sweet, sweet mead at Savannah Bee Company.
Stay in the charming retro Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island for a unique experience, along with enjoying the pizza at Huc-A-Poo’s. For a fun event, schedule your visit during Pirate Fest.
St. Simons Island
Delicious seafood, Southern soul food, and retail tourism await on St. Simons Island. Try out activities like exploring the lighthouse museum or watching the sunset atop Gascoigne Bluff, which is located near Epworth.
Go kayaking in the nature center, discover Driftwood Beach, and end the night eating and drinking to live music at the Rah Bar on the idyllic island that’ll have you leaving Mr. Hyde at home.
Located near St. Simons Island, Brunswick is known for its Victorian charm and Historic Ritz Theater. There’s plenty of yummy family-owned eateries in the area, and if you’re feeling adventurous, it’s not expensive to spend the night at the Hostel in the Forest treehouses.
These are just some of the many, many things to do this summer in and around the Georgia Coast. If you need a new ride prime for exploring, stop by Robbie Roberson Ford and peruse our selection of new and used vehicles.
There’s a lot of pressure that goes into planning a fun summer cookout, particularly if you’ve got a big crowd to feed. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the planning process go smoothly and ensure that nobody goes unfed or unsatisfied—yourself included.
Limit your guest list
If you’re hosting a summer cookout in the park, you might not need to limit how many people you invite. If you plan on having a summer cookout in your backyard, however, you may want to determine how many people can fit comfortably in your space before you start sending out the invites. Having too many people at the cookout can cause discomfort, so make sure that you have plenty enough space for your guest list and seating to accommodate everyone.
Buy enough food
People come to summer cookouts for the food and stay for the social atmosphere. Failing to provide enough food for all of your guests can quickly lead to unsatisfied guests, so stock up and get extra. Worse comes to worse, you’ll have leftovers for your guests to take home with them, or enough to last you and your family for a few days.
Have games and activities ready
Bringing a few board games, a deck of cards, and music to the cookout are a few great ways to keep everyone entertained once they’ve eaten their fill. Create a playlist of party songs to get attendees dancing. Setting up a table with a simple deck of cards or board game is a great way to generate some activity, or you can opt for yard games like horseshoes or cornhole.
These are just a few of the ways to make sure that your seasonal cookouts are a smashing success that have them crawling back for more. If you want to take your cookout on the go, consider a new Ford truck or SUV from Robbie Roberson Ford to load up all of your goodies and guests in
The return of warmer weather means that it’s time to fire up your Ford and hit the open road for an adventure. Before you set out, however, you may want to first download these three essential road trip apps to help you enjoy your journey even more
This app is easy to use and saves you money, which makes it an absolute must for trips of any length. GasBuddy is updated in real-time, so you can always find the best gas prices near you whether you’re close to home or driving across the country. Best of all, it’s completely free to use, which means you won’t have to pay anything to pay less at the pump. What a concept!
Available on Android and iOS devices, RoadTripper helps you easily plan a route and locate interesting landmarks, cool hotels, and good local restaurants along the way. This is a must-have for drivers who like to get off the beaten path on a road trip.
What’s a road trip without the perfect playlist? Spotify gives you access to just about any music you want to listen to, from hip-hop to orchestral. With Spotify, it’s easy to save and curate playlists that will keep things fresh on longer drives and satisfy even the most diverse musical palate.
These and other key road trip apps well help you get the most out of your first big drive this spring. To get even more out of it, why not stop into Robbie Roberson Ford and put yourself behind the wheel of a brand-new Ford?
A new season is coming in fast, which means there’s not much time to prepare your car for the change in weather if you haven’t started already. Spring car service is a necessity for drivers who want to spend as much time on the road as possible, whether it be taking the kids to baseball games or going on a much-needed vacation. These are a few key items to check off your to-do list before spring arrives.
Replace the Wipers
Spring rains are bound to have you using your car’s windshield wipers fairly often. It pays to be prepared, and preparation starts with replacing your windshield wipers for the new season. As a general rule, the windshield wipers should be replaced every six months. Fortunately, a new set of wipers is inexpensive and takes just a few minutes to install.
Change the Oil
Consistently changing your car’s oil is a necessity in optimizing performance. Oil is responsible for cooling, protecting, and cooling vital components within the engine block. Old oil can’t perform its job as well as fresh oil, and after a long winter, that’s exactly what your car needs. Protecting your engine and ensuring that you spend more time on the road this spring is as easy as getting an oil change at Robbie Roberson Ford.
Check the Filters
Your car has a few filters that need to be replaced regularly to maintain everything from proper performance to clean air. Checking the engine and cabin air filters is a simple, yet important task that most drivers can do at home or have done at Robbie Roberson Ford. Simply consult your owner’s manual to see how to check the filters in your specific make and model vehicle, or ask to have your filters checked and replaced if needed during your next service appointment.
There are several additional steps that you can and should take to get your ride ready for spring, from checking the battery to giving your tires a once over. To have all of your necessary springtime maintenance done quickly and correctly, bring your vehicle in to Robbie Roberson Ford.
Ford has revealed its revamped 2019 Fusion sedan, which gets a new grille, wheel designs, colors, and a sleeker body. But for its aesthetic updates, the big news with the 2019 Ford Fusion is its newest featured technology—Ford Co-Pilot360™, which offers up the most comprehensive and advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies on the market.
“People tell us they are stressed with crowded roads and more distracted drivers and pedestrians. Our Ford Co-Pilot360 with standard automatic emergency braking and other technologies can help them drive more confidently so they can enjoy the journey,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager.
Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect will be the standard suite offered from the base level, featuring technologies such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lighting.
For the Fusion SE and up, Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist adds voice-activated navigation and SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link, as well as SYNC® 3 with 8-inch LCD touchscreen. The 2019 Ford Fusion SE and above will also be offered with the Ford+Alexa app, which enables drivers to utilize thousands of Alexa skills; Waze compatibility for enhanced navigation experience; and an embedded 4G LTE modem capable of delivering Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.
If you’re going to be on the market for a new sedan in the coming months, keep your eyes on this space to learn more about what the 2019 Ford Fusion has to offer—and when you can expect to see it here at Robbie Roberson Ford.
Ford lovers, prepare to love Ford even more. This fall, Ford will roll out its all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™, which is the “most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands.” It will be featured on cars across Ford’s lineup, with numerous advanced features coming standard on passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks from fall onward. We’re thrilled that Ford will be delivering the absolute best possible safety technology to drivers.
The Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of safety features offers the most up-to-date safety technology available from any brand. The suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, a rear backup camera, and Auto High Beamd to optimize visibility. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection will automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes to help prevent or mitigate front-end collisions, and the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert will monitor vehicles in your blind spot and alert you when you try to change lanes or when backing up.
In addition to these impressive features, Ford will continue to offer new and improved state-of-the-art driver-assist technologies. These technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Lane Centering as well as Evasive Steering Assist. Next year, Ford will add reverse brake assist with automatic emergency braking to help prevent rear-end collisions when backing up.
This is only the beginning of Ford Co-Pilot360™, as Ford will be investing $500 million in the next five years to develop new technologies, and we can’t wait to see what innovative features Ford will offer in the future. To see why the future is so much brighter—and safer—with Ford, stop in to Robbie Roberson Ford for a tour.
Ford is looking ahead to 2020 as a year of great change: it recently announced that it intends to replace as much as 75% of its lineup in the next two years, dropping the average showroom age from 5.7 years to 3.3 years. Translation: expect more new Fords, more often.
“Our passion for great vehicles is stronger than ever,” said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. “This showroom transformation will thrill customers, drive profitable growth and further build toward our future of smart vehicles in a smart world.”
This new product onslaught will include the launch of exciting new hybrid vehicles. This doesn’t just include the already-announced Ford Mustang Hybrid and F-150 Hybrid, but also hybrid versions of the Escape, Explorer, and all-new Bronco.
Speaking of the Bronco, Ford also revealed that it will have a little sibling—an as-yet-unnamed small SUV for off-roading that Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley says will help the automaker “reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader.”
With respect to on-road performance, it was also announced that the all-new Edge ST will be joined by a high-performance Explorer ST. Ford also announced that it plans to bring 4G LTE connectivity to all vehicles in its lineup by the end of next year.
While Ford’s future is looking particularly bright, the present is no less great. Stop into Robbie Roberson Ford and check out the latest additions to Ford’s lineup, including the all-new 2018 Expedition, EcoBoost, and redesigned F-150 and Mustang.