Return of the Ford Raptor

There are few full-size pickups as tough, capable, and reputable as the Ford Raptor. The highly-regarded pickup is making a comeback for the 2017 model year, much to the delight of enthusiasts everywhere. The return of the Ford Raptor is certainly something to be excited about, especially once you get a glimpse at what lies beneath the hood.

The Ford Raptor comes stocked with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers a thrilling 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. That engine replaces the old 6.2-liter V8 that produced just 411 hp.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission, co-developed with General Motors for use in trucks and sports cars, features a switch on the steering wheel that can run through six driving modes. Drivers can choose between Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl modes to optimize their ride over rough terrain.

The new Ford Raptor is more efficient than its predecessor, earning up to an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/18 mpg highway. All-wheel drive comes standard and the Raptor is capable of hitting 60 mph in just over five seconds.

We here at Robbie Robberson Ford are pumped for the return of the Ford Raptor!

Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco to Return to the U.S.

Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco

For those of you who have been missing the Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco, there’s good news. Both are returning to the U.S. in 2019, and you’ll definitely want to get behind the wheel.

The Ford Ranger, a tough pickup truck, is currently only available in select countries. The current European Ranger features aggressive and sleek styling. “Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford America president.

The Ford Bronco features a strong and unique look that America has been waiting for. The Bronco features all the tough, aggressive looks of a Hummer without the hefty gas consumption. It has the rugged look of an SUV that you’ll love.

The arrival of both of these cars to the U.S. will give Ford a whole new, younger look. These vehicles add attitude and punch to Ford’s current lineup.

Both models are set to go into production in late 2018, so you’ll have to wait for these vehicles. But the wait will definitely be worth it once these vehicles hit the road.

Until then, you can look forward to the five new Ford SUVs that are set to be debuting for the next three years.

For more information, view available inventory at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Manageable New Year’s Resolutions

Manageable New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, millions of American make New Year’s resolutions and then quickly bail on them by February. If this sounds like you every year, try some of these manageable New Year’s resolutions from the New York Post that you can actually keep.

  1. Avoid toxic relationships. If there are certain people in your life who give you stress and make you feel overwhelmed every time you see them, try paring down or eliminating this relationship. If it is a person who you can’t remove from your life like a family member or co-worker, do what you can to avoid confrontation.
  2. Spice up your lunch routine. Do you go to the same lunch spots every week? This year, commit to trying someplace new once a week or packing your lunch.
  3. Stop watching bad TV. Just because a show is popular that doesn’t you have to watch it. Pare down your DVR or Netflix watchlist. Cut out three shows you don’t really like and add something new and exciting.
  4. Exercise once a week. If you always make the goal of getting in shape, but always fail, it may be because your goal is too big. Instead, try committing to exercising once a week in an organized class. Once you get in the habit of this, you might find other things in your life start changing, too.

What New Year’s resolutions are you planning for 2017?

Delightfully Delicious Christmas Desserts

Christmas desserts

The holiday season is filled with many wonderful traditions, from cutting down a Christmas tree to singing your favorite Christmas songs. But, perhaps one of the best, or at least most delicious, is baking Christmas cookies and desserts. Here are some wonderful Christmas desserts that make us hungry just by reading the recipes.

  • Christmas Tree Cake. Take a simple sheet cake and turn it into something magical. Cut out a few pieces to shape it like a tree and then decorate it with green frosting and candy to make a delicious and creative dessert.
  • Sugar Cookie Buttons. Use cookie cutters and a straw to shape the dough into buttons. After they’re baked, you can tie them together with a ribbon for an extra cute presentation.
  • Eggnog Pudding. Enjoy your favorite holiday drink in dessert form with this creamy, rich dessert. Use a large trifle bowl or individual glass dishes for the best presentation.
  • Snowman Cupcakes. Your kids will love to help make these adorable cupcakes. Decorating with sugar and mini chocolate chips complete the snowman look.
  • Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups. If you really want to create a treat that everyone will love, these amazing cookie cups will do just that. Sugar cookies create the cups, which are filled with melted chocolate and topped with tiny marshmallows.

What Christmas desserts are you planning on baking this year?

Ford Pedestrian Detection: Saving Lives with Innovative Technologies

In order to prevent as many collisions as possible, Ford engineers have been hard at work developing the Ford Pedestrian Detection system. Believe it or not, pedestrians are injured every eight minutes in a car crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The new Ford system can help eliminate these accidents.

According to Ford, Pedestrian Detection works by predicting movement and activating a series of safety systems. The vehicles will use radar and camera technology in order to scan the road ahead for potential collisions and detect pedestrians. If the driver doesn’t react, the car will activate full brake force in order to bring the vehicle to a halt.

“Since we are trying to avoid a collision that hasn’t happened yet, prediction of the future is an inherent part of the puzzle,” says Scott Lindstrom, Ford driver assist technologies manager. “Having a huge cache of data – based on real-world driving conditions – helps our system be smart enough to determine what may happen in a second that has not yet even occurred.”

This system can work at any time of day in any weather condition, at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Ford Pedestrian Technology has been tested for over 500,000 miles on 12 separate vehicles. It operates on more than 240 terabytes of test data—which is more than 20.4 trillion books worth of information. Few companies compare to Ford when it comes to collision technology.

Changing Your Air Filter: Proper Maintenance

changing your air filter

Changing your air filter is one the most important things to keep in mind during the fall. Not only will this regular service improve performance and efficiency, it can also help to extend the life of your car. Read on to learn more about the benefits of changing your air filter.

According to Cars Direct, one of the major benefits of replacing your air filter is increasing efficiency. Believe it or not, a dirty filter can clog airflow and reduce fuel economy by up to 14 percent. Because cars rely on smooth air flow in order to maintain combustion, a poor air supply could lead to poor gas mileage.

In addition to improving gas mileage, changing the air filter will reduce emissions as well. When air supply is low during the combustion process, this can lead to a rich air-fuel mixture. Not only will this increase the amounts of particulates that come out of the tailpipe, it can also damage emissions-control components like the catalytic convertor or O2 sensors.

When should you replace your air filter? The average driver should get a new filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. That’s roughly once a year. Even if an air filter looks clean, it’s a good idea to get a new one when the time comes. If you’ve had your filter for less than a year, you can also spray it out with compressed air to try and eliminate any buildup.

Cute Car-Themed Halloween Costumes for Kids

car-themed Halloween costumes

Like cars? We here at Robbie Roberson Ford sure do, and so do a lot of little kids. Why not celebrate your littles one’s love for cars by dressing them up in a car-themed Halloween costume? It may not be as common as, say, a ghost or whatever cartoon is popular this year, but it’s a fun and cool undertaking that will make your trick-or-treater stand out.

Mario Kart characters: What’s an easier costume than a red shirt and overalls? Throw in a makeshift go-kart and you’ve got yourself a great outfit that everyone will recognize.

Batman in the Batmobile: Every child goes through a Batman phase at some point. Add to the fun with a Batmobile they can sit in.

Ice Cream Truck: Build a large van your child can sit in, and then decorate it with pictures of real – or made up – frozen dessert products as well as cute pastels and designs.

A Mini Cooper: Not many cars are as recognizable as a Mini Cooper. Once you’ve got the spherical headlights and the contrasting paint stripes and roof down, everyone will know what you’re going for.

A Transformer: This one’s for the ambitious costumers. If you’re up to the task, trying making a Transformers costume for your kid that actually transforms. It has been done!

There are lots of other great ideas for car-themed Halloween costumes out there, too. Take a glance around or try to brainstorm some of your own!

19th Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival

Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival

September 23rd kicks off the 19th annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds. Celebrate the country legend who spent his youth in Waycross, Georgia. The festival pays tribute to Gram Parsons’ Cosmic American Soul music, which paved a new path for songwriters across America.

What started as a friends-only guitar pull in 1998 at one of the festival founder’s homes has turned into a national event. Expect to see kids and adults of all ages participate in the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull. Primitive camping is free with the price of admission, but if you’d rather stay elsewhere, a wristband allows you to come in and out of the festival as you please.

Arrive Friday afternoon and set up your tent in time to catch acts like Donna Frost, Laurel Lee and the Escapees, and Back City Woods perform. Saturday you can spend time cooking over a fire or checking out local vendors before catching the next round of performers, ending with Devils in Disguise. The winners of this year’s Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Songwriting Contest will perform too. Those aspiring songwriters who missed out on the contest this year had better start preparing their submissions for the 2017 festival now. This Waycross event only plans to get bigger!

Three Tailgating Essentials For Beginners

Tailgating essentials

Football season is back again, which means it’s time to perfect your tailgating skills. You may think it’s simple—show up, snack and hang out. But you know what they say: Anything worth doing is worth doing right! Follow these tailgating essentials to make the most of your experiences this season.

Make a Checklist

Nothing says “prepared” like a list made in advance and checked off the day of. Think of the essentials (chairs, cups, utensils, napkins, a cooler, a bottle opener) and the things that will vary person by person (beer, nonalcoholic drinks, snacks, music, games). You may revise the list the more you tailgate, which just means you’ll be a pro by the end of the season.

Pack Up Ahead of Time

If tailgating is a common occurrence for you, there’s no harm in having a tailgating kit. Keep a cooler together with the non-perishables from your list of essentials, like paper plates, cups and utensils, rolls of paper towels, sunscreen, or a first aid kit. When it’s almost game time, all you’ll have to pack up are the food and drinks. Prepare food as much as possible the night before, so that veggies are already cut and burgers are already formed when it’s time to light up the grill.

Use the Space

Make the most of your vehicle as an accessory to your tailgating. Tie a helium balloon to your antenna so that friends can find you easily. Turn your trunk into a drink station by throwing a table cloth down and laying out beverages and cups. Add a canopy and a banner with your team’s name, and invite your neighbors over for a drink.

Best Summer Activities

Best Summer Activities

Making the most of summer is something everyone strives to do, but many fall short. Not every summer day has to be an action-packed adventure, though. In fact, some of the best days involve just sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the breeze (if there is one). From us here at Robbie Roberson Ford, here are some of the best summer activities that will provide rest and relaxation for days to come.

  • Picnic – Having a potluck picnic is a great way to bring friends and family together for some delicious food and entertaining conversation. Having each person bring a dish and prepare for a day of fun. You could also throw a backyard summer bash for your neighborhood as well!
  • Canoeing – Taking the family out on the lake in an old-fashioned canoe is one way to spend the day. Another is to tip it over (if everyone involved can swim) and make all the occupants go for a dip. At least they’ll cool off!
  • Yard Sale – While a yard sale can be held any time of year, hosting one in summer is a great way to get people active and get rid of things you don’t need. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to finish that spring cleaning you’ve been putting off!