Issue 48: Summer 2014
A journey to southwest Utah’s legendary national parks in the 2014 Explorer
KING OF THE HILL
A lifetime Ford loyalist puts the new 2015 Super Duty to the ultimate test: a day of work on his 1,500-acre farm outside of Cunningham, Kansas.
TAKING CHARGE OF SUMMER
For the efficiency-minded traveler, here are four journeys that take in some great summer sights, and also let you charge up along the way.
LAST CAR STANDING
An EcoBoost-powered team goes the distance in the world of endurance racing.
THE NEXT WAVE
Along with the shiny world of famous faces and golden beaches, the City of Angels is forging a reputation as one of the most innovative technology hubs in the nation.
Ford teams up with four universities to engineer a more intuitive vehicle.
BAND ON BOARD
A Detroit musician takes the Transit Connect Wagon on a special road test.
MUSTANG TURNS 50
Ford fans celebrate half a century of one of America’s most loved and iconic cars.
TAURUS SAVES LIVES
When they were struck by another car on their way to school, this brother and sister were lucky to be driving a Ford.
QUICKCLEAR ELECTRIC WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER
A built-in feature on the Transit Connect helps conquer the outside elements.
Issue 47: Spring 2014
THE FUTURE OF TOUGH
Ford knew that customers wanted their trucks to be even more productive. They responded with one that was that—and then some. Introducing the smarter, tougher, more capable 2015 F-150.
DRIVING THE KEYS
Off the tip of Florida sits a coral archipelago full of rich literary history, delicious Cuban food and stunning beaches. Follow the C-MAX Hybrid on a journey from Miami to Key West.
A MAJOR LEAGUE FLEX
After a long and successful career in baseball, Royce Clayton has settled down to focus on his family life.
HOW TO HONOR AN AMERICAN HERO
A North Carolina company helps family and friends recognize a fallen soldier.
Five road trips to help you shed the gloom of winter and celebrate warmer weather.
A GOOD CALL
SYNC Hands-Free Calling helps a man end his epic proposal with a big surprise.
HERE COMES THE SUN
Ford looks to the future of renewable energy with a one-of-a-kind solar-powered concept car.
This feature can seriously boost your road trip’s bottom line.
ECOBOOST TAKES FLIGHT
How the lightweight, dynamic Ford engine powers a fantastic flying machine.
Issue 46: Winter 2014
Lohman Helicopter enlists a Super Duty fleet.
The Gateway to the South is historically known as a major railway center. Today, it’s an under-the-radar destination for creative arts, inventive food and quirky culture.
AMERICA'S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD
My Ford braves the Arctic cold to discover if the 2014 Explorer can tame alaska’s infamous Dalton Highway.
DRIVING HOME MEMORIES
24 years ago, Richard Lookebill had to part with his prized 1972 Mustang Mach 1. This summer his children brought it back.
GARAGE TOUR WITH KEN BLOCK
The rally pro takes My Ford inside the new home of his Hoonigan Racing team.
Want to give your Focus the feel of Ken Block’s rally car? FordRacingParts.com has the tools to get you started.
FUELING THE FUTURE
Ford reconnects with a University of Michigan lab to power the next generation of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles.
STARING INTO SPACE
Engineers look to orbiting robots for clues to create a vehicle-to-vehicle communication network.
Four reasons why this little engine is generating big buzz among auto enthusiasts.
THE FABULOUS BAKERS
An F-150 escapade in the Chihuahuan Desert
SYNC Applink SPOTLIGHT
More great apps are now compatible with SYNC® AppLink†, which gives owners hands-free, voice-activated control of music, news, weather and more. To access an app, say Mobile Apps and then name the app you want to open.
MUSTANGS IN DEMAND
Rory Carroll, senior online editor at Autoweek, on a few of the iconic pony car’s most recent and notable high-priced sales.
What should I know about battery health?
Ford senior master technician Jim Twitchell breaks down the basics of battery maintenance and offers some helpful tips to keep in mind when servicing your vehicle.
Issue 45: Fall 2013
TASTE OF THE CAPE
With a 2014 Edge as their guide, one couple searches out the culinary secrets and artisanal treasures of New England’s most iconic seashore.
ST at MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK
The newest Ford Racing course at Miller Motorsports Park promises high-speed thrills for Focus ST and Fiesta ST owners.
CENTURY OF CHANGE
Climbing through the Catskills in a 2014 Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid, a writer retraces the friendship between Henry Ford and naturalist John Burroughs.
LEADER OF THE TRACK
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Brad Keselowski dishes on driving fast, testing Mustangs and joining the Ford Racing family.
LIFE ON THE ROAD
One young man, his trusty Ford Focus and a 10,000-mile all-American expedition
EXPLORE WITH EarthRoamer
With a Super Duty® chassis, this camper takes the RV into all-terrain territory.
REINVENTION BY DESIGN
A team of Ford architects set out to merge the commercial and family-friendly vans. Their work’s end result: the 2014 Transit Connect
ACCIDENT AND REPAIR RIGHTS 101
Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance claims department divisional manager Bob Cornelius gives a crash course on choosing repair parts and body shops.
A BARRIS FAMILY TRADITION
Jared Barris puts the Caped Crusader's touch on the F-150.
CROWDSOURCING CAR INNOVATION
Through its open-source programming platform, Ford gives the world’s tinkerers the tools to create the next great automotive apps.
TREMOR SHAKES UP THE F-SERIES LINE
The new F-150 package brings EcoBoost efficiency.
SYNC SYSTEM SUPPORT
A New Site for SYNC®* support
Issue 44: Summer 2013
A writer and his 2014 Escape experience the lush valleys, active volcanoes and white-knuckle thrills of the Big Island.
OPERATION DESERT RESCUE
Flipped ATVs and dust-swirling chopper landings across 85,000 acres of barren land. For the San Diego County Fire Authority and its F-150 SVT Raptor, that’s just a day on the job.
RACING LAS VEGAS
My Ford magazine hands over the keys to a brand-new 2014 Taurus for a marathon 36-hour test-drive through the Strip, speedway and scenic Red Rock Canyon.
THE NEWEST FUEL-EFFICIENT FORD SUV
SYNC® technology and EcoBoost® efficiency continue the Escape's track record of excellence.
2014 TAURUS WITH 2.0-liter EcoBoost
For this fast, fun and efficient sedan, best-in-class fuel economy* comes without compromise.
MEET THE FLEET: F-550 WETS DOWN THE DESERT
The San Diego Fire Authority enlists Super Duty® as the platform for its water-wielding Patrol Unit.
Owners look back as the Mustang sprints toward its 50th anniversary.
DO IT YOURSELF: Mechanic Essentials
With some basic carpentry skills, you can create a workspace for next to nothing.
Barrett-Jackson Auction Company CEO and classic-car aficionado Craig Jackson shows off his automotive stable.
MASTER OF THE TRACK
Meet performance test driver Matt Konarski, a 23-year veteran of the prestigious Michigan Proving Grounds with a lifetime connection to the land.
SYNC Helps Save a Life
After a terrifying accident, 911 Assist shares a special connection with this grandmother’s newest of kin.
FIESTA GOES VIRAL
Ford is putting 100 social media gurus and a handful of celebrities behind the wheel of its newest hatch. Don’t miss what happens next.
TALKING FORD WITH RUTLEDGE WOOD
The Top Gear star gets My Ford up to speed on his favorite Blue Oval-badged vehicles.
NEW DIMENSIONS IN DESIGN
Advanced 3-D printing makes prototyping better and faster
Author Richard Snow dishes on his latest book, I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford
Issue 43: Spring 2013
The 2013 Explorer Sport finds adventure in Olympic National Park.
THE 2013 EXPLORER SPORT
Four facts that elevate this aggressive take on an SUV staple
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
The all-new, efficient and undeniably fun 2014 Fiesta shows what a stylish hatch—and you—can do in the Texas capital of live music, mouthwatering food and weird times.
FIESTA: NEW FOR 2014
High efficiency, a stylish look and one fast-performance variant
Built on 65 years of industry-leading F-series pickup DNA, the latest Ford concept forges the brand’s renowned toughness with state-of-the-art tools and technology—showcasing the vision for trucks of tomorrow.
A guide to the concept’s aerodynamic advances
THE DEACON OF DRIFT
Meet the face of the next great action motorsport, Ford Formula DRIFT driver Vaughn Gittin Jr.
25-year Assembly Plant veteran Gary Steward on what this iconic muscle car represents for our country—and the Americans who build them
A REAL SNOWMOBILE
Yellowstone Vacations’ custom coaches keep park tours moving year-round.
MUSCLE IN THE MAIL
Meet Tom Fritz, the artist behind the new GT500™ stamps.
FIVE GREAT SUMMER GETAWAYS
Begin planning your seasonal sabbatical with these road trip recommendations.
A NEW RIDE FOR CARL EDWARDS
The NASCAR® star is driving the new Fusion stock car to success in 2013.
TRANSIT CONNECT joins the long-running Ford New York taxi fleet.
HOW IT WORKS: PLUG-IN HYBRID
Why Ford's newest Hybrid system—found in C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi—is one of its most efficient yet
Try this quick key fob trick for cooling off the car.
THEY SAID IT: FORD QUALITY
A common link between the Blue Oval’s latest ideas and engineering feats
Issue 42: Winter 2013
Here was the deal: Somehow, somebody had gotten their hands on a brand-new Shelby GT500—the scorching 650-hp, 200-mph number produced in collaboration with Carroll Shelby—and shipped it to Germany. The plan was to go head to head with the world’s most fanatically performance-conscious drivers on the legendary no-speed-limit autobahn.
PLUGGING INTO PORTLAND
The all-new 2013 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid meets the locals and shows off its progressive design, versatility and eco-friendly technology.
SETTING THE MAX STANDARD
The all-new 2013 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid offers extended range, striking style and superb utility.
THE HARDEST-WORKING TRUCK IN OKLAHOMA
Through burning heat and brutal job site conditions, the Ford F-150 stops for nothing, just like this state’s legendary oil business.
BEING JOEL MCHALE
The star of NBC’s Community on sitcoms, stand-up and his hilarious Ford webisodes
Ford designers take a hands-on approach to molding a car into shape.
PROOF OF CONCEPT
The greatest hits of forward-thinking Ford vehicles
INSIDE JAY LENO'S GARAGE
The Duke of Late Night shows off his go-to gadgets.
The Magic Behind the Ford Foot-Activated Liftgate
Add to your automotive trivia with these five fast facts.
THEY SAID IT: 2013 FLEX
This newly redesigned, tech-heavy crossover represents a fresh spin on a family favorite. But don’t just take our word for it.
Jonathan Brand uses an unlikely material to reimagine a childhood restoration project.
NEW APPS FOR SYNC
Announced at the 2013 consumer electronics show, Ford is bringing even more new voice-controlled apps to sync® Applink™-equipped vehicles.* Click through our gallery to see which apps match your interests.
ASSEMBLY LINE CENTENNIAL
Henry Ford’s legacy moves past a historic milestone.
WINTER WANDERER ROADMAP
Four of this season’s coolest drives and destinations
A COUPE COMEBACK
The newest 72-year-old car on the road is ready for assembly.
Issue 41: Fall 2012
See the 2013 Fusion Titanium perform on the wide streets of one of the world’s most progressive and exciting cities—New York.
GLOBAL GAME CHANGER
The 2013 Fusion resets expectations for American family sedans.
The championship crew team at the University of Michigan relies on hard work—and its Ford Super Duty—to drive unprecedented excellence.
TOWING MADE EASY
The special features that help the 2013 Ford Super duty pull its weight—and then some
MEET THE 2013 PLATINUM
The newest Super Duty series redefines truck luxury.
FIRST DRIVE: C-MAX HYBRID
Working out the latest Ford hybrid on the test track proves that fuel efficiency can also be fun.
2013 C-MAX ENERGI PLUG-IN HYBRID
C-MAX Energi employs hybrid technology with the option to plug in for charging.
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Remembering Carroll Shelby, the spirit of Ford Racing for nearly 50 years
Find the adventure-driven SUV package that’s right for you!
Detroit DIY lab TechShop is the newest Ford invention center
A look back at Ford vehicles that have worked the highway patrol
WORLD WIDE AID
Meet the Ford Volunteer corps, a global service force.
WOMEN CHARGE UP THE 2013 MUSTANG
Ford prepares a completely female-built GT for its SEMA debut.
ALL-ELECTRIC ROAD TRIP
Focus Electric owner honors historic drive—and showcases the possibilities of current EV technology
One-on-one with system engineer Jeffrey Ostrowski
ROLLING IN DOUGH
A Ford made of money could be on the way.
THEY SAID IT: 2013 ESCAPE
Ford handed over the keys of its new, cutting-edge crossover to the automotive media.
Fans of the 2013 Focus ST get to film the car's promo.
SADDLE UP WITH THE MUSTANG CLUB
A community of thousands celebrates this iconic Ford vehicle.
Issue 40: Summer 2012
With comfortable seating for seven, great horsepower and fuel economy, the 2013 Flex livens up the most routine chores.
The Team O’Neil Rally Racing school trains Ford Racing champions—and our writer—in the car that excels in the sport: the Fiesta!
ESCAPE TAKES ON THE ARCTIC
Engineers put the newest Ford crossover through a punishing Finland winter.
RALLY YOUR FIESTA
The M-Sport R2 Rally Kit from Ford Racing
MEET THE “IT” SUV
New upgrades to the 2013 Escape add smarts and environmental responsibility—inside and out.
Built Ford Tough Series bull rider Luke Snyder takes life by the horns.
Winning work with women-owned businesses
Pandora founder Tim Westergren and SYNC Applink remaster in-car radio.
NEW GARAGE FOR CLASSIC CARS
Several unforgettable Ford vehicles are among 350 timeless roadsters featured at LeMay–America's Car Museum.
SOUNDS OF FUSION
The newest Ford sedan lays down beats for three Detroit techno artists.
A tiny 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine brings more efficiency to European sedans.
ONE BRIGHT IDEA
Ford and SunPower work to fuel a greener future.
A REAL SMART CAR
The European B-MAX brings a big brain to the small-car scene.
RANDOM ACTS OF FUSION
Enjoy a personal experience with innovation on wheels.
THEY SAID IT: 2013 FOCUS ST
Here’s what the press has to say about the 2013 Focus Sports Technologies (ST).
What’s the secret to keeping my tires in top form?
Bad tire care doesn’t just lead to blowouts. Burning through rubber can also decrease gas mileage and cost you money.
Issue 39: Spring 2012
Park City, Utah is home to one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, a nightlife that shines as bright as lights on Broadway and some of the best winter sports recreation anywhere. So when we took the smart, sophisticated, all-new 2013 Escape to the famed Canyons Resort, the car’s sterling credentials turned heads along the way.
The great American cowboy is not urban legend...
A LEGENDARY BRAND
The 2012 Ford King Ranch fleet is bred for strength and style.
The 2013 Escape provides style and performance.
FORD JOINS THE ENTOURAGE
Adrian Grenier gets a lift for his green action plan from The Blue Oval.
Fleets are latching onto a fuel-efficient Ford alternative.
A FORD BICYCLE
The two-wheeled concept for the future of transportation
TRUCKS GET TECH
MyFord Touch® arrives in 2013 Super Duty and F-150.
WI-FI ON THE FLY
SYNC® with MyFord Touch® wirelessly connects passengers to the rest of the world.
Looking back on a banner year
THEY SAID IT: 2013 FUSION
The all-new Fusion* finally made its long-awaited debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Here’s what critics had to say about the sleekest and smartest Ford family sedan yet.
FORD FIGHTS HUNGER
Ford teams up with Newman’s Own® to fight hunger.
TAURUS SPEEDS THROUGH THE SET IN MEN IN BLACK 3
The new Taurus joins the Hollywood ranks, supporting
Will Smith in the trilogy’s latest chapter.
MEET THE 2013 C-MAX FAMILY
New multiactivity vehicles from Ford
Is my car ready for the summer heat?
Summer maintenance tips for your Ford
PLUGGING YOU IN
Ford prepares the ultimate how-to guide for electric vehicles.
Issue 38: Winter 2012
The destiny of DNA is to evolve, and the genetic code of forward-thinking global design for Ford has evolved into a stunning new species of street prowler. Say hello to the Ford Evos Concept, a car that first turned heads last fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show, giving auto buffs an astonishing glimpse into the future.
Ford is getting charged up about the introduction of its all-new, 100% gasoline-free Focus Electric.*
ANSWERING ELECTRIC QUESTIONS
Simple answers about owning an all-electric vehicle
How does Ford achieve a best-in-class safety rating?
The criteria for a high score explained
SHARPER THAN EVER!
The 2013 Edge SEL Appearance package serves up a slew of stylish and performance-driven options.
After years overseas, the Focus Sport Technologies (ST) is back, and Focus expert Ron Myers, editor of enthusiast site Focaljet.com, is fired up. Here’s why.
FORD AND UAW UPDATE
The Blue Oval’s pact with UAW to create thousands of U.S. jobs
How can SYNC® Services’ Operator Assist help me?
Connecting users to an array of services
WORLD'S FASTEST FARMER
When Oklahoma soybean grower Brent Hajek isn’t running his farm with Ford trucks, he’s setting speed records.
THE TRUCK TRACKER
More and more truck fleets are using available class-exclusive Crew Chief technology.
YOU'RE A WINNER
The Ford Consumer Movement Program has committed dealers who up the ante for even greater customer satisfaction.
APPS FOR YOUR EARS
Pandora, iHeartRadio and more now available through SYNC.
MISSION MODEL A
Jonathan Klinger spent 365 days driving only one vehicle—a fully restored, 80-year-old Ford.
Amped-up Ford vehicles provide a new lift for law enforcement.
FROM DETROIT TO NEW DELHI
The all-new EcoSport compact SUV will call India home.
A FAST BLAST FROM THE PAST
Ford racing classics make a permanent pit stop at Philly’s Simeone Automotive Museum.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Four Ford vehicles score top family-friendly honors from U.S. News & World Report.
20 YEARS OF SVT
The Chicago Auto Show marks a milestone anniversary for an elite Ford performance vehicle group.
Issue 37: Fall 2011
Advancements in design and performance place the new 2013 Taurus firmly on the tip of the technology spear.
THE WINGS COMMANDER
Hockey’s most decorated coach likes his players the way he likes his trucks—Built Ford Tough.
Parked at the intersection of smart technology and eco-responsibility, the 100% gasoline-free Focus Electric has got some of Greater Detroit's most progressive personalities feeling charged up.
ECOBOOST®: POWER PACKED
How Ford engineers harnessed EcoBoost® technology to rewrite the rule book for powertrain design—and bring turbocharging into the mainstream
Why should I demand OEM parts after an accident?
Make sure your vehicle is repaired with parts that deliver the intended level of quality and protection.
NEW FORD MARKETPLACE
The online merchandise mall is now larger than ever.
BUILD YOUR OWN BOSS
The Mustang Customizer lets you create your own brand of muscle.
PARKS AND TECH
A free app for finding adventure—brought to you by the Ford Explorer
Can I pair my phone book with SYNC®?
Learn how your phone book works.
SYNC® keeps track of your health so you can focus on the task at hand: driving.
One Ford plan leads to a summer of excitement.
THE DESIGNER'S EDGE
A Ford designer gives insight on the award-winning Ford Edge.
How do I connect my phone to SYNC®?
Learn how to make hands-free calls.
Ian Cook’s painting celebrates the fastest cars in Ford’s racing history.
HOT WHEELS FIESTA: BIG HIT FOR BIG KIDS
Another co-branded concept car heats up SEMA auto show.
NEW LIFE FOR AN OLD MUSTANG
Ford offers mid-’60s shell to give a classic favorite a new lease on life.
Issue 36: Summer 2011
Intense and fuel-efficient, the 2012 Focus and 2011 Fiesta head to Asheville, N.C. to show why small cars rule.
BUILT FOR ADVENTURE
What amazing journey would you take in a 2011 Explorer?
Ford, past and present, in pictures
THE EXTRAORDINARY ECOBOOST®
With its new EcoBoost® engine technology, Ford proves that high performance and fuel economy go hand in hand.
A vibrant interior color package and a sporty exterior package dress up the 2012 Fiesta.
Seamlessly connect all of your music devices.
A master mechanic’s mission to rebuild his car
HAK SOO HA
Exterior design manager for the 2011 Ford Edge
BEST IN SHOW
Super Duty® sets a new standard for max conventional pull.
WHAT IS 911 ASSIST®?
Accidents happen. Here’s how SYNC® will help.
What is regenerative braking?
Remarkable technology helps achieve maximum energy efficiency.
Issue 35: Spring 2011
Meet the dynamic C-segment lineup.
THE BIG PULL
Four new powertrains, best-in-class fuel economy, plus innovative high-tech towing features: The 2011 F-150 is the greatest tow on earth.
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Stock cars, dragsters, rally cars and more. Here’s a primer to five races where Ford puts itself to the test.
How does Ford come up with vehicle names?
An expert at Ford explains there’s magic behind a car’s moniker.
SYNC® WITH MYFORD TOUCH® PHONE AND CLIMATE CONTROL
The technology of the next-generation driving experience
The hip-hop superstar is such a fan of Ford that he named his latest album after the Mustang.
2012 Focus named official car of the 2011 consumer electronics show
CALLING ALL CARS
Control your Focus Electric with your smartphone? Yeah, there’s an app for that.
TEST OF STRENGTH
The 2011 Super Duty® with Power Stroke® diesel engine proves its worth.
FORD IN THE SIMS
Now you can take the Fiesta for a virtual spin.
SALUTE TO DEALERS
The company reserves its highest reward for those who excel in charity work and community involvement.
Reinvigorated from top to bottom, the 2011 Explorer can handle the most extreme conditions—and your most exciting adventures.
Can I use voice controls to access SYNC® apps?
Now when you talk, your smartphone apps are listening.
Does SYNC® keep tabs on my vehicle’s health?
The technology of the next-generation driving experience
What if I’m in the middle of a call when I enter my vehicle?
Don't hang up. SYNC® will connect your phone.
TRUCK OF THE YEAR
The all-new Explorer combines groundbreaking technology, the best V-6 highway mpg, no-compromise power and the ability to handle anything you throw at it.
Issue 34: Winter 2011
The 2011 Mustang Shelby GT500, a perfect blend of beauty, power and athletic performance, hit Los Angeles to meet the locals. Even in this town, turning heads was never so easy.
SYNC® ROAD TEST
The new state-of-the-art MyFord Touch® system is a simple and safe way to manage your phone, music, navigation and more.
THE MAKING OF A GLOBAL VEHICLE
We take a close look at how—and where—the 2012 Ford Focus is being built.
One of music’s most successful and well-traveled acts is a third-generation Ford truck man.
The 2011 Ford Fiesta earned a coveted safety award.
AMERICA'S MOST WANTED
Coast to coast, American drivers are as different as the cities they live in.
The 2011 Explorer keeps its cool in Dubai.
How do I connect my phone to SYNC®?
Learn how to make hands-free calls.
Can I pair my phone book with SYNC®?
Learn how your phone book works.
How do I keep my vehicle looking great?
An expert at Ford offers product-care tips.
Finding success first as an entrepreneur and then as a race-car driver, Ken Block has a knack for living the dream.