Holiday Events in Chattanooga

The festive season is chock-a-block full of fun and entertaining events for the whole family—and here in Chattanooga, we have some pretty awesome ones to share with you. Grab your kids, friends, or family members and head to one of these holiday events in Chattanooga!

Rock City Gardens’ Enchanted Garden of Lights

For the 20th year, Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights will delight visitors of all ages from November 21st 2014 until January 3rd 2015. Activities include Garden’s Gateway Celebration in Lights, which features a dancing 26-foot Christmas tree; nightly entertainment at the pavilion at the North Pole Lodge; and gingerbread cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus. The event is open nightly from 6pm – 9pm every day except Christmas Eve, and tickets vary from $11.95 for children on weekdays to $22.95 for adults on weekends.

Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo

What’s better than seeing beautiful lights at Christmas? Why, seeing them at the zoo, of course! During Holiday Light at the Chattanooga Zoo, you can enjoy magical lights while getting to know some of the zoo’s favorite animals a bit better. The event runs from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm on December 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20, and tickets cost $8.95 for adults and $5.95 for children ages 3 and older.

Chattanooga Holiday Market

On Saturdays and Sundays in December, the Chattanooga Convention Center turns into a winter wonderland for the Chattanooga Holiday Market. On Saturdays, the market will be open from 10 am – 5 pm, while on Sundays you can visit from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The market features approximately 200 vendors, including food artisans, crafters, and artists. It’s the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift while enjoying seasonal entertainment such as choirs and photos with Santa. Plus, the market is sponsored by Mountain View Ford and the entire Mountain View Auto Group, so you know it has to be good!

North Pole Adventures at the TN Valley Railroad Museum

If you have a child, or a friend with a child who loves trains, there’s only one place to be this holiday season: North Pole Adventures at the Railroad Museum. During the event, you and your family can ride on a train as it takes you on a magical journey through the North Pole, while you enjoy refreshments, storytelling, and sing-a-longs. Once the train arrives at the North Pole, Santa Claus himself will board the train to meet and greet children (and adults!), and stays on the train handing out gifts to children on the return journey. Catch a train at 5:45 pm or 7:45 pm most evenings until December 23rd.

Top Four Things to Do in Chattanooga for Thanksgiving

things to do in ChattanoogaWondering what to do on Thanksgiving? Look no further than our blog! Here’s Mountain View Ford’s top four things to do in Chattanooga for Thanksgiving.

  1. Give back to the community at the Grateful Gobbler Walk 5k at Coolidge Park. It’ll help raise funds and awareness for families experiencing homelessness in Chattanooga.
  2. Most cities have a Turkey Trot and we’re no exception. Join the Sports Barn Turkey Trot to run one, three, or eight miles to raise money for the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area. Bonus: you’ll be helping your health, too!
  3. Get dazzled at the Lighted Boat Parade & Grand Illumination show, which will kick off the holiday season by illuminating more than 130 downtown buildings, bridges, and parks. Fireworks included!
  4. Vibe to music and enjoy the 13th annual A Song for the Children concert with Vince Gill and American Idol finalist Janelle Arthur. It’ll benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center.

We hope to see you at one of these great events!

New Chattanooga Outdoor Ice Skating Rink Brings Winter to Tennessee

Does last week’s polar vortex have you in the mood for some good old-fashioned winter fun? Well, you’re in luck! A new outdoor ice skating rink is coming to Chattanooga’s riverfront for the first time ever. “Ice on the Landing” will be up and running by November 28th, which is also the night of the Lighted Boat Parade.

If you’ve been downtown, you may have noticed crews hard at work: flags have been placed and spray paint has been applied, marking where the 50’ X 70’ rink will be located. It’s no small feat to turn our mild winter climate into a winter wonderland.

“So we have to make the sight lazer-level for instance, with tons and tons, literally, of sand,” Carla Pritchard, owner of Chattanooga Presents said. “And we have a fairly moderate climate here and so it takes 24 hour power to keep those chillers running, to keep the ice frozen.”

The Chattanooga outdoor ice rink is set to run through January 4th, although if the rink remains busy, it could stay open a few weeks longer.

For those of you who are intimidated by the thought of ice skating, Hockey Chattanooga players have volunteered to be at the rink and offer short lessons and advice to those who seek some help.

“They were happy, they were thrilled, when they found out we’re going to have a temporary ice rink,” said League Commissioner Brandon Bewley, “so that’s going to give them opportunity to help people learn how to skate on the ice.”

Wrtcb.com reports that tickets for Ice on the Landing will be $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets include skate rentals and two hours on the ice.

We at Mountain View Ford will be grabbing our skates and we hope to see you at the Chattanooga outdoor ice skating rink!

 

 

New Ford Edge’s Price Stays the Same but the Enhancements Increase

Ford Edge’s Price

2014 Ford Edge

The 2014 Ford Edge started at $28,100 for the base model. A year later, the Edge has gotten a better platform, new powertrain options, tweaked styling, and many more upgrade….yet it still starts at exactly the same price of $28,100! Ford is excellent at finding values to increase value without increasing price, and the new Ford Edge is no different.

The most important upgrade on the new Ford Edge is the new engine—a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost that churns out 245 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, making it both massively practical and awesomely efficient for an SUV. The Edge is the first vehicle in the US to get the new EcoBoost engine, but you can still upgrade to a bigger 2.7-liter option on the Edge Sport models.

To see the rest of what’s new on the Edge, just come see us at Mountain View Ford. Our great staff will show you all the new styling tweaks and all updates inside and out. The Edge is the perfect vehicle for you; whether you’re looking for a family car or city commuter, it’s got everything you need. You’re sure to love the new Ford Edge’s price!

Ford Introduces Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection

More and more carmakers are seeking to make their vehicles even safer. For Ford, that means introducing a brand-new technology that will help prevent—and possibly eliminate—frontal collisions with vehicles and pedestrians.

This new technology, called Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, uses radar and cameras to scan the road ahead of the vehicle, warning the driver if an obstacle is detected. The technology has even been tested on real world roads around the world to determine the system’s reliability.

 

“This real-world testing was an important part of the development, because pedestrians in an urban setting can present a wide range of potential situations,” said Scot Lindstrom, Ford Manager of Driver Assist Technologies. “We covered more than 300,000 miles on three continents that included a wide range of settings and situations.”

 

Along with this new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection technology, Ford also offers a wide range of other safety features. Stop in to Mountain View Ford today and see just what these safety features are!

Ford Wants SEMA Hottest Truck Award for Custom F-150

For the fifth year in a row, Ford has its sights set on the SEMA Hottest Truck award at upcoming show in Las Vegas. For a chance at winning this award, Ford has teamed up with custom build shops to create a series of smoking hot custom F-150s.

One of the trucks is the Deegan 38 project. This F-150 is built with Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan in mind. It features a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost engine and is designed to be the world’s most capable truck with parts from Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Mastercraft Safety, and more.

“This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the kick-ass new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine,” said Deegan, in a statement.

Another potential SEMA Hottest Truck Award-winning F-150 on display will be the Vaughn Gittin, Jr. street truck. Right away, you’ll notice the electric green accents. This extreme truck is designed to provide the maximum amount of fun both on and off the road, including drifting and jumping. Up to five people can enjoy the ride by strapping into the sport Recaro seats.

With these trucks, we think Ford has got the SEMA Hottest Truck award in the bag. The SEMA show runs from November 4 through the 7, so we’ll keep listening for any announcements.

Ford F-150 Motor Trend Test Drive Shows It’s Light and Mighty

New car naming schemes are getting to be a bit of a mouthful, but don’t let that deter you from finding a quality vehicle! For instance, the 2015 Ford F-150’s name can get a little difficult to remember as you tack on all the options and additions offered with it, but it’s still as sturdy a Ford as the F-series has ever been.

Motor Trend recently did a first drive of the 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercab, one doozy of a new edition. It comes with four-wheel drive, a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, 8500 lb towing capacity, and those are just the basics. The powertrain has a potential for 325 horsepower and can get it up to the standard 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. It may be smaller, but it’s still got that Ford tough strength to support those big-time hauls.

The new aluminum body is the topic of interest for most people in the market as Ford has started to switch to lighter bodies to up its fuel efficiency. The Ford F-150 Motor Trend Test Drive concluded that the lightweighting doesn’t detract from the overall capabilities of the F-150, instead built to give it everything a Ford truck needs plus a better EPA rating.

Mountain View Ford has a lot to tell you about all trim levels of the 2015 Ford F-150. If you’re interested, come visit us for more information!

Packing the Car for Football Season

Packing the Car for Football SeasonIt’s that time of year: football season! As we get ready for busy weekends at the football field – whether you’re headed to the little league field, watching college ball, or scoring seats to see the Titans at home – keep these suggestions in mind as you’re packing the car for football season.

As you get ready to leave the house, be sure to check the weather. Should you go all-out and paint up for the game, or pack your umbrella and poncho so you can stay the whole game like the die-hard fan you are?

We at Mountain View Ford recommend you keep a blanket handy. It can keep you warm in cooler weather or add welcome padding for your keester on those hard stadium seats. Speaking of seating, if you aren’t sure about the seating situation, keep a folding chair in your vehicle’s trunk. It’s much easier to run back to the car for a chair than to stand the entire game or sit with the ants.

Food is an absolute necessity. If you’ll be making a whole day of the trip, consider letting your tailgate down and whipping up some of your favorite football snacks. Before you do, check the location’s rules for parking and tailgating. There’s no worse party foul than a tailgate that incurs hefty parking fees or gets shut down to unknown stadium rules.

Wherever you’re headed this weekend to catch the big game, a little preparation will make for a more enjoyable day. After all, that’s what it’s all about, right?

Ford Fiesta ST Power Rating Earns it the Title of Fastest Vehicle in its Class

The Fiesta ST power rating earns it the title fastest vehicle in its class!

The Fiesta ST power rating earns it the title fastest vehicle in its class!

The tiny Ford Fiesta ST may be more powerful than we originally thought. Its standard 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine packs a wallop while remaining environmentally friendly. Just look at the subcompact Fiesta ST power rating!

Bold Ride reports that the car’s 197 horsepower is matched by the ability to achieve a speedy “Zero to 60 mph is handled in around 6.9 seconds, easily making it one of the fastest cars in the segment.” The electric power allows the Fiesta to have excellent steering and handling that is hard to match. The six-speed manual is just as fun to drive, offering a smooth but powerful ride that can easily be compared to that of a sports car.

The interior includes the high-tech MyFord Touch entertainment console, along with chrome detailing and leather, making it feel like a true high-end car. Earning an impressive 26 mpg when zipping around the city and 35 mpg on the highway, the Fiesta ST goes for an affordable $21,400. Your own Fiesta is waiting for you at Mountain View Ford!

The 2015 Ford Mustang Design Inspires the Fashion Industry

If you’ve had an opportunity to see the new 2015 Ford Mustang design, you’ll notice it has a fresh, sleek look. The Mustang is a classic part of Americana which has a profound influence in the design field due to its unique style. Recently, Ford announced it’s pairing with Parsons: The New School for Design to release capsule collections.

While the fashion industry and automotive industry may seem at odds with each other, Ford and Parsons: The New School for Design have are generating groundbreaking new styles.

“Mustang embraces passion, freedom, innovation and personalization, and by bringing together the very best of today’s designers and our next-generation talent, we are blending the parallels between the worlds of fashion and automotive like never before,” said Kim Cape, Ford group marketing manager. “The Mustang Unleashed collections celebrate the iconic pony car and its influence on culture and design over the last five decades and in the years to come.”

Curious about the designs? Visit Ford Media. Curious about the 2015 Ford Mustang that inspired them? Visit Mountain View Ford.