Vallery Ford is giving away a multitude of prizes during our 2013 Labor Day Sales Event. Register for your chance to win an iPad Mini, gift cards, and free oil changes. Stop by our showroom and enter anytime during regular business hours (m-f 8:30-6:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:30 – 4:00 PM). See a sales consultant for a free ticket and good luck!
WAVERLY, OH– Ford Motor Company’s U.S. sales grew 14 percent in May, with cars up 9 percent, utilities up 15 percent and trucks up 18 percent. Retail sales increased 17 percent, marking the best May retail sales results since 2005.
“Our fuel-efficient Fusion and Escape have set monthly sales records for four straight months,” said Vallery Ford General Manager John Emerine, “F-Series sales – fueled by construction growth and pent-up demand – reached their highest level in more than six years.”
Fusion posted its best-ever May sales of 29,553 vehicles – with its strongest areas of sales growth in the western and southeastern areas of the U.S.
The fuel-efficient Escape small utility posted its best-ever sales month since being introduced 13 years ago – a 26 percent increase with 29,123 vehicles sold last month.
America’s best-selling pickup, the F-Series had its strongest May sales result since 2005. F-Series’ 71,604 sales in May represented a 31 percent increase versus last year and its 22nd straight monthly sales increase.
In addition, Ford announces its 2013 third-quarter North American production. The company plans to build 740,000 vehicles in the third quarter, up 10 percent from the 673,000 vehicles produced in the third quarter of 2012.
The third quarter plan includes the company’s recent announcement to add 40,000 vehicles from a reduced July summer shutdown and the addition of 200,000 units of annualized straight-time capacity starting in the fall of this year.
Second quarter production of 800,000 vehicles is unchanged from previous guidance.
On this episode of “From the Showroom Floor” we talk Ford F-150 Ecoboost pick-up trucks with Vallery Ford Truck Specialist Todd Swinning. We discuss the Ford Ecoboost Challenge as well as how the Ecoboost lines up against the competition. We even answer a question about fuel economy from one of our Facebook fans. Take a listen now!
- A select group of licensees will produce merchandise and apparel to celebrate 50 years of continuous Mustang production
- Celebrating its centennial this year, Union, N.J.-based Schott NYC was one of the first manufacturers to sign on for the 50 Years licensing program, designing a one-off Mustang jacket to commemorate the occasion
[WAVERLY, OH, 03/22/2013]– Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for American teens. In recent weeks, a number of crashes involving teen drivers have led to more than a dozen teenagers tragically losing their lives. And a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen driver fatalities are on the rise among 16-17-year-old drivers.
“By setting a good example behind the wheel, parents can increase the chances their children will adopt safe driving practices,” said John Emerine, President of Vallery Ford in Waverly, Ohio. “While state laws and educational programs are critical, ultimately, parents are the most critical component to keep their teen drivers safe.
Parents can help reverse that trend. Research done for Ford’s Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program shows teens tend to emulate how their parents drive. In fact, more than three quarters of teens and tweens surveyed say they rely heavily on their parents’ advice when they start to drive.
Tips for parents
Experts from Ford Driving Skills for Life have tips on what parents can do to help their teens be better drivers:
- Engage in the driving process – As teens get closer to earning/acquiring their learner’s permit, parents should actively engage with them about driving. Talk about safe driving behaviors, practice with them, seek educational opportunities, and be clear that unsafe actions won’t be tolerated.
- Buckle up – It’s the law, and if parents don’t wear their seat belts, their teen is more likely to do the same. In a crash, a person not buckled up is much more likely to be injured or killed than someone wearing a seat belt.
- Never speed – Research done for Ford Driving Skills for Life shows that if parents speed, their teens are more likely to do the same. Excessive speed continues to be a factor in about one third of all traffic deaths nationally.
- Don’t drive distracted – By setting a tough “no distractions” rule for their teens and modeling this same behavior, parents send the message that distracted driving will not be tolerated.
- Don’t follow too closely – Parents should keep the proper distance from the car in front of them. Rear end collisions are common and preventable.
- Always scan ahead for hazards– Parents should remind their teens to be aware of what is going on around them by scanning to the right and left as they drive
- Limit the number of passengers – Research shows young drivers can easily be distracted by just one additional passenger – increasing the risk of a crash exponentially. Many graduated driver’s license programs restrict the number of passengers as a condition of issuing an early license or permit; parents should enforce those restrictions.
- Never drink and drive – Parents should remind teens that drinking and driving will not be tolerated.
Ford Driving Skills for Life
In addition to hands-on clinics, Ford Driving Skills for Life will reach an additional 150 high schools with its safe driving materials, Web-based learning, partnerships with state highway safety agencies, fun contests and free educational materials for parents and teachers.
You can find more information online at DrivingSkillsForLife.com.