Ford Green Zone to Help Make Cars Most Efficient

Ford Green Zone

2014 Ford Fusion Energi at Chicago Auto Show

How would you like car that can improve its own fuel efficiency? For us here at Mountain View Ford, that sounds great. And, with the new Ford Green Zone, that’s exactly what will happen.

 

Ford’s Green Zone system is currently under development. It will be offered on plug-in hybrids to start and will eventually be available in all Ford vehicles. The system helps cars perform more efficiently based on where they are.

 

The Green Zone takes in information from all kinds of sources to let you, the driver, know when to be in all-electric mode and when to switch to gas mode. For example, plug-in hybrids work best in electric mode when they are at low speeds, like in city driving, and are not as efficient in highway travel.

 

Using this information, the Green Zone will suggest to you where to use your electric capabilities. Once you establish a regular route, you can set up your own personal green zones on your navigation screen in your car.  But, if there are bad street conditions, like traffic or rough roads, Green Zone will factor those in to help you find your best, most fuel-efficient route.

Live Up the Last Days of Summer!

summerThe kids might be in school, and the weather is becoming a bit let oppressive, but summer doesn’t officially end until later this month! Check out these great events coming up in Chattanooga and get outside to soak up the last of summer fun!

Chocolate Festival: The Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga is hosting a Chocolate Festival on Saturday, September 13th from 12-4! Admission is free with a paid museum ticket, and you’ll learn all about the different types of chocolate and how it’s made.

USS LST 325: The historic USS LST 325, which is from the World War II Era, will be in Chattanooga from September 11th-17th. Visit the ship and see what it was like to serve on one of these vessels! On Friday and Saturday (Sept 12-13), the Tri-State Military Club will also be on hand with military vehicles to check out.

‘Damn Yankees’: If you’re a fan of musical theater, head to Crossville to check out the Cumberland County Playhouse’s production of ‘Damn Yankees’.

Polo Matches: You might know polo as a type of shirt or a particular brand, but what about the sport itself? It’s played on horseback, and some of the best players will be in the area this month! Check out the matches going on at Bendabout Farm the weekend of September 13-14 and September 20-21.

For more information on each event, check out the links in each listing. For more information about the fun going on in Chattanooga, visit Chattanooga Now.

2015 Ford Mustang Production Begins

You’ve been hearing about the new 2015 Ford Mustang for months. On December 5th, 2013, the new generation of this classic car was unveiled to the world. With a new body and a special edition to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the hype was understandable for us Ford fans.

We’re happy to announce that the first Ford Mustangs for the 2015 model year are being built right now! This American ride is being assembled in Flat Rock Michigan, and production is also being prepared to build the car for sale in Europe and overseas and for a convertible version of the popular car to go on sale later this year. For more information, visit the complete story on the Detroit Free Press’ website.

It is estimated that the 2015 Ford Mustang should be arriving in dealerships by November. Will you come test drive the new model? Stop on by Mountain View Ford today for more information about this  great car, or to check out the other great models in the Ford lineup.

’32 Ford Highboy Hotrod Could Be Yours

This '32 Ford Coupe is not the car on the stamp, but  you can only imagine how cool the '32 Ford Highboy hotrod looks on the stamp!

This ’32 Ford Coupe is not the car on the stamp, but you can only imagine how cool the ’32 Ford Highboy hotrod looks on the stamp!

Not everyone has the opportunity to see an iconic hot rod.  That is no longer the case!  You can see a ’32 Ford Highboy hotrod every single day if you want to.  And it will not cost you thousands of dollars; it will only cost you 49 cents!

For those who do not know, 49 cents is the cost of a stamp.  That’s right; the ’32 Ford Highboy hotrod is featured on a stamp.  The particular ’32 Ford Highboy hotrod that can be found on a U.S. stamp can also be found in the Peterson Automotive Museum.  And it can be found on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage!

The ’32 Ford Highboy hotrod is beyond iconic.  It is one of the cars that started hotrods.  It was on the cover of the fourth ever issue of the hotrod magazine.  And even though it was on the fourth cover, it is actually the first hot rod to grace the cover.

You can be a proud owner of this ’32 Ford Highboy hotrod, on paper that is!  We don’t think the owner will ever let it out of his sight, and we here at Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN do not blame him for that!

2015 Ford Mustang: Going in the RIGHT Direction

The 2015 Ford Mustang will have a right-hand drive option for Europe!

The 2015 Ford Mustang will have a right-hand drive option for Europe!

Imagine going to a Ford dealership where the legendary Mustang was not one of the vehicles you were able to purchase. How odd it would be to have one of Ford’s most iconic cars missing from the lot? This is commonplace in Britain and many other European countries; not because there is no market for the car or because it is too expensive, but merely due to the fact that it is only available in left-hand drive (meaning left hand is on steering wheel and the right hand on the shift). Having the wheel on the wrong side of the automobile makes it a hard sell to the people in the countries, and any Ford Mustang you do see are always imported from the US.

But now Ford is doing something that it hasn’t done in 50 years; manufacturing right-hand drive Mustangs for the rest of the world to enjoy. Ford is designing two different trim models of the 2015 Ford Mustang: one carrying a 5.0L V8 producing 305 horsepower and another with a more environment-friendly 2.3L four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. The new design has a retro appearance (without going too overboard), while maintaining the sleek, muscle look that makes the Ford Mustang such a recognizable car.

Ford is going to be using the white, cabriolet Mustang for the right-hand drive development, and plans to market this car in the UK, Australia, and South Africa. There have been no press-releases as to what price the new 2015 Ford Mustang will demand thus far.

Britain may not have any Ford Mustangs on their lots, but they are available at Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN along with a wide selection of other Ford makes and models. Visit us today!

First Model T Defines History

Model T in 1912 to celebrate the first Model T!

Model T in 1912 to celebrate the first Model T!

When you think of one of the most iconic American cars ever, what is the first car that comes to mind?  For many people this is the Ford Model T.  Today is the anniversary of the first Model T being built!

The first Model T was built on August 12, 1908.  The builder of this unforgettable car is none other than Henry Ford.  While the Model T is an iconic car, Ford was an iconic man.  Henry Ford is representative of the American Dream.

Ford worked hard and had to try and try again, but he eventually built the first Model T and made history!  Not only that, but this video that can be found on the History website, describes how Ford redefined the assembly line and made sure to always give his employees a fair wage.

Henry Ford changed America when he built the first Model T, and we here at Mountain View Ford want you to experience the line of cars that changed the world, so come test drive a new Ford today!

Traffic Lights Keep Our Roads Safe

Traffic Lights Help Keep Our Roads Safe

Traffic Lights Help Keep Our Roads Safe

Traffic lights are such a regular part of our driving experience that it seems hard to imagine a time when they were not on almost every street corner.  In the beginning era of the automobile, traffic lights were just beginning because with just carriages on the roads there had not been a need.

There are many different inventors who came up with a version of the traffic light.  Each one had a slightly different design, but were all hoping to help with traffic flow and safety. Garrett Morgan is the inventor given credit for the invention of the traffic light.  He got the idea after watching an accident between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage that seriously injured a young girl.

The first traffic light was installed in 1914 and was based off the designs of James Hoge.  This first historic traffic light was installed this week, August 5th, in Cleveland, Ohio.  Specifically, the traffic light was hung for the intersection between East 105th St. and Euclid Ave, which was and still is one of the busiest intersections in Cleveland.

We can all be thankful for the invention of the traffic light!  Can you imagine how unsafe and congested traffic would be without traffic lights?  Come to Mountain View Ford and test drive a new Ford with the knowledge that our roads are safer with our traffic lights!

Clara Ford: the Loving Support System for Henry Ford

Henry Ford was supported by his wife Clara Ford.

Henry Ford was supported by his wife Clara Ford.

Henry Ford was an innovative man who changed the automobile industry forever.  Have you ever wondered what or who supported Ford as he made his incredible automobile advancements?  The answer … his loving wife Clara Ford!

Clara Bryant, or Clara Ford, was the supporter of Ford through his entire career.  It is actually rumored that the Fords fell in love because of their similar seriousness and single mindedness.  This determined couple was married on April 11, 1888, three years after their initial meeting.

Clara Ford supported Ford through their numerous moves and his changes in employment from farmer to a job at the Edison Illuminating Company to his own automobile company.  It is even believed that Clara Ford had more faith in Ford’s designs for his automobile than he did!

They lived a happy life together filled with dancing, until Ford’s death on April 8, 1947, three days before their 49th wedding anniversary.  This was a marriage of love and support that helped create Ford as a leader in the automotive industry.  Be a part of the company built from an undying love, by test driving a Ford today at Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN!

First Drive Across the Continental U.S.

Celebrate the Anniversary of the First Drive Across the Continental U.S.

Celebrate the Anniversary of the First Drive Across the Continental U.S.

What do you wish you could have been the first person to ever do?  Fly a plane?  Walk on the moon?  First drive across the continental U.S.?  The first people to ever drive a car across the continental U.S. were Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall H. Crocker.  And today is the anniversary of their first crossing 111 years ago!

Jackson and Crocker took this monumental journey in a car from the Winton Motor Carriage Co.  Actually before the Winton Motor Carriage Co. closed down in 1924, there was a race between one of Winton’s cars and one of Ford’s.  We here at Mountain View Ford are proud to say that Ford won the Race!

This historic first drive across the continental U.S. took 63 days to complete, and $8,000 dollars.  Can you imagine if it took you 63 days to drive across the U.S.?   A lot of that time was gobbled up because whenever something went wrong with the car, they would have to wait for the arrival of parts.  And this included a trip across the old west, which did not always have easily passable roads, or roads at all!

We are so happy to celebrate the 111 anniversary of the first drive across the continental U.S.!  Come to Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN to test drive a new Ford to take your own road trip this summer!

Lincoln Trademark

2014 Lincoln MKX 09 and today is the anniversary of the Lincoln trademark

2014 Lincoln MKX 09 and today is the anniversary of the Lincoln trademark

Every great landmark in time should be celebrated.  For us here at Mountain View Ford, that includes the day that the Lincoln Motorcar Company was trademarked by Ford!  On July 17, 1923 the Lincoln trademark was officially registered, which means that over 90 years ago Ford’s first luxury division, Lincoln, was trademarked.  And we definitely think that is a day worth remembering!

The Lincoln Motorcar Company was developed by Henry Leland, but Leland sold the company to Ford in 1922, a full year before Lincoln was trademarked.  Henry Ford purchased the Lincoln Motorcar Company at the strong urging of his son Edsel Ford, who wanted to improve upon the style of Ford.

This great relationship that started in 1922 to 1923 is one that we here at Mountain View Ford are proud to be a part of. Everyone can be a part of the longstanding relationship between Ford and our first ever luxury division Lincoln!  Just come down to Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN and test drive a Lincoln today and experience the luxury that Ford has to offer!