It’s been about five years since the Ford Ranger completely replaced the Ford Courier on the global market and even longer since Ford offered a petite pickup in the United States. With the Ranger set to make a return to the United States for 2019, rumor has it that there could be a Ford compact pickup in the works.
Per Automobile, Ford is in development on a compact pickup truck that will slot below the Ranger. This truck would likely arrive by 2022, and it could be based on the architecture that underpins the new Ford Focus. Ford says that it will be “significantly expanding [its] North America lineup with all-new vehicles and entering new segments with fresh designs and white-space silhouettes,” which mainly means building on the success of its trucks,crossovers, and SUVs while moving away from conventional sedans.
Whether this Ford compact pickup truck would readopt the Courier name remains to be seen, but Road & Track reports that Ford has moved to trademark the name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ford has not offered any official comment on whether this shall come to pass, but the team at Robbie Roberson Ford would like to offer a comment to Ford on behalf of truck-lovers everywhere: yes, please.
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.
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?
Robot police forces are an idea largely reserved for movies, but Ford seems motivated to make them a reality, at least as far as cars go, as the American automaker recently filed a patent for an automated police car. Filing a patent doesn’t necessary mean we’ll see the idea coming to a road near you, but it does show that Ford is open to exploring the possibility.
In theory, the automated police car would be able to issue citations and tickets to vehicles violating the laws and regulations of the road. The car would be able to use roadside sensors and cameras as well as operate independently. If an offending vehicle deserved more than a ticket or citation, the automated police car could follow it.
The police car would be able to wirelessly connect to a vehicle to communicate with the driver. From there, it would be able to determine whether the offending vehicle deserved a ticket or citation.
This latest patent is a sign Ford is taking the next generation of technology seriously. With a goal of building autonomous vehicles by 2021, the American automaker is continuing to utilize all of its resources to develop self-driving technology.
While we here at Robbie Roberson Ford won’t have any automated police cars rolling off our lot anytime soon, we can at least hope to see more advanced systems on our Ford vehicles in the future.
Brand new cars can be equipped with some amazing technology, including things like Wi-Fi, remote start, vehicle health monitors, and more. But if you’ve been envying this technology from afar, you won’t have to anymore thanks to Ford.
Ford engineers have created an ingenious device called SmartLink that can give certain 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars access to these and other great features.
The Ford SmartLink upgrades simply involve plugging a simple device into the OBD II port under the steering wheel. This device will then open up the world to vehicles not equipped with a modem.
After the update, owners should be able to enjoy Wi-Fi capable of supporting up to eight devices at once, remote connectivity to their vehicle, health and location alerts, and more. Owners will be able to connect to their vehicles through a companion app or Web Portal where they can activate features, see alerts, and even schedule service appointments.
“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service.
The Ford Mustang is known among enthusiasts as the original pony car that inspired the birth of the muscle car segment. The automaker recently unveiled the new and improved Mustang convertible following the debut of the coupe model. Both models will go on sale later this fall, much to the pleasure of performance lovers.
The new Ford Mustang convertible followed the unveiling of the coupe model at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Like the coupe, the convertible will see plenty of styling upgrades as well.
For starters, both models will receive standard LED lights and a new customizable 12-inch digital instrument display. A refreshed hood and new fascias are on the docket as well. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Mustang won’t see a V6 engine in the lineup.
Instead, the 2018 Ford Mustang will see the addition of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that churns out a whopping 310 hp. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will keep its spot under the pony car’s hood.
While the new Ford Mustang convertible wasn’t on display at the Detroit Auto Show, it will head to more than 50 regional auto shows across the United States.
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.