Ford’s New On-the-Go H20 Could Turn Your Car Into a Source of Tap Water

A clever engineer at Ford wants to make it easier than ever before to stay hydrated, even when you’re behind the wheel and in the middle of the nowhere, thanks to new system that Ford is calling On-the-Go H20.

Through this innovative concept, condensation produced from the air conditioning system of a Ford vehicle would be gathered up, filtered, and sent straight to a tap within reach of the driver and passenger’s seat.

That’s right – filtered, drinkable water, right from you car.

The concept was originally devised after Ford engineer Doug Martin was inspired by similar efforts to provide water in areas that suffer with water scarcity. If Ford On-the-Go H20 ultimately gets spread internationally, you can bet that it would help out a lot of thirsty people.

Plus, how many times have you been behind the wheel, super thirsty, and unable to find a nearby place to buy water? The human body is made up of more than 50 percent water, and it is important to stay hydrated.

For more information on all the latest Ford technology, to check out a new Ford model, or to take a vehicle out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Paul Heuring Ford.

Don’t Forget These Fall Driving Safety Tips on the Road This Season

Most drivers tend to think of winter as the most dangerous time of the year to drive; and while this may very well be true, the fall months offer their own unique hazards to consider before climbing behind the wheel. This year, prepare yourself for fall driving by checking out these fall driving safety tips:

  • Expect to see more children and students on the road, especially in the morning and after school. Keep your eyes peeled, and always obey school zone speed limits.
  • Similarly, this time of year is primetime deer season in many regions. At dawn and dusk, be on the lookout for wild animals that may cross your path.
  • Lots of rain combined with fallen leaves can lead to slippery conditions, so be sure to slow down when rain begins and try not to make any sharp turns on the messy leaves.
  • Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you should put away your shades; keep a pair of sunglasses handy for fall glare, especially during dusk.
  • And lastly – because sometimes you just cannot predict when the first snowfall or frost will happen – be sure to have an ice scraper and a shovel at the ready

For more safety information, or to kick off the season with a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime, at Paul Heuring Ford.

Ford to Release Improved Focus Electric

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Ford is bringing us an improved Focus Electric.

Heard of the Ford Focus Electric? It’s been on the market since 2012, but hasn’t made the largest of waves due to the fact that it’s only sold in specific states with more demand for and stricter laws surrounding “alternative fuel vehicles.” With all-electric vehicles benefitting from longer ranges brought about by new technologies, Ford is getting ready to debut an improved Focus Electric for 2017 with a bigger battery and, consequently, a longer electric range.

The current-generation Focus Electric has a range of 76 miles. However, the biggest improvement for the 2017 model year will be a battery that increases its capacity by as much as 46 percent. The new 33.5 kWh battery will boost the Focus Electric’s range to 110 miles. Additionally, the all-electric Focus will offer DC fast charging that can charge the battery in as little as half an hour.

The improved Focus Electric is scheduled to be arriving in showrooms around the country sometime this fall. Ford hasn’t mentioned where or at which auto show it will debut, but industry insiders are speculating that the 2017 Focus Electric will make its first-ever appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. To learn more about the new Ford Focus Electric, stay tuned!

Bring the Family to County Line Orchard

The end of August signals the beginning of the fall 2016 season at the local County Line Orchard, which is filled to the brim with fun family-friendly activities that both adults and kids will enjoy. Food, local goods, a corn maze, a U-Pick orchard, and a fun Kids Farm for the little ones to play in are all available for your enjoyment until the season ends on October 30th. Stop by to enjoy wholesome local activities and the fresh country air.

Bring the family to County Line Orchard this fall!

If you’re hungry, stop by the Country Kitchen, Country Grill, or the Bakery for delicious homemade food. You can even pick up a variety of goods in the gift shop, ranging from pies to fudge to honey to apple cider and much, much more.

The County Line Orchard also features live entertainment on the Main Stage and Welcome Shed Stage, so make sure to check any live music events scheduled through their Barnyard Jams page. Private campfires and hayrides are also available for groups, but you can just as easily come to the farm without reservations and take part in the animal farm, Moo Choo Train, Corn Maze, tractor rides, and U-Pick Apples. You can even take a look at the County Line Orchard’s observation bee hives, safe for visitors.

Don’t miss the upcoming fall season at the County Line Orchard. You won’t regret spending the day at this wholesome family-friendly event.

How to Avoid Traffic On A Road Trip

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Knowing how to avoid traffic on a road trip can save you hours!

As summer makes it last gasp, there’s still time to grab your friends and hit the road. But nothing can put a stop to the fun like gridlock. Here’s how to avoid traffic on a road trip!

Use Technology

There’s no doubt that the best navigation and traffic app on the market is Waze. This is because it uses what is called “crowd-sourcing.” Users can report everything from the location of roadkill to the traffic conditions. It’s doesn’t get any more real-time than that! The best part? It’s free!

Plan Your Trip

As you drive to whatever destination you choose, you should remember that big cities at rush hour are to be avoided. If you and your friends are nocturnal, driving at night will help you avoid most traffic issues. Otherwise, plan activities during rush hour so that you can avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Pass The Time Wisely

Sometimes, traffic is simply unavoidable. Help pass the time by having some quality entertainment in order. Create a funky playlist and have an in-car dance contest (without taking your seat belt off, of course). Or download some stand-up comedy shows. Whatever works for your taste.

At the end of day, don’t freak out about traffic. It’s the journey, not the destination, remember? To make sure your car is ready for the tip, visit Paul Heuring Ford!

Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator Software Helps Developers Test New Apps

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Find out what is coming with 3 applink emulator software.

The Ford SYNC 3 Applink Emulator software is all about breaking down barriers. Ford wants to make it as easy as possible for developers to add to the growing library of awesome vehicle apps. At the same time, developers want to be able to easily test their software.

The Emulator software is just that–it emulates exactly how an app would interact with the SYNC 3 system. First, the developer installs it on his or her computer. Then the developer can connect a smartphone loaded with the developing software to their computer and the computer will mimic the SYNC 3 system.

From there, the developer can test how the app will behave under different vehicle conditions, like varying vehicle speeds, location, mileage and temperature. Of course, this is much easier than having a SYNC 3-enabled Ford vehicle handy and driving it every time you want to test your app (Do anyone of them actually do this? If they do, they won’t anymore).

According to Ford, over 15,000 registered users are currently part of the Ford Developer Program. There are a total of 90 AppLink-compatible apps available worldwide. That number is likely to explode with the release of the Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator Software.

The Ford Ranger Set to Return in 2019

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Could the Ford Ranger be coming to us in 2019?

It’s always an exciting affair when an automotive brand announces a brand new vehicle for its lineup. But do you know what is even more exciting? When an automotive brand announces the return of a vehicle to its lineup! That’s why we are so excited about a recent announcement from Ford.

According to Car and Driver, the Ford Ranger is set to return in 2019.

The Ford Ranger, Ford’s smaller model pickup truck, hasn’t been a part of the Ford lineup since 2011. However, Ford recently announced that the truck would be added back to the Ford family beginning in 2019.

What can we expect from the return of this Ford truck? First of all, it should be an affordable truck. At least more affordable than the Ford F-150! This should allow drivers with smaller budgets to have access to a Ford truck.

It is also speculated that the new Ford Ranger could come equipped with a 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine, which would make it one of the most efficient trucks on the market.

Not only will the reintroduction of the Ford Ranger be good for Ford drivers, but for Ford itself, as it will provide them with added competition against their competitor’s comparable trucks.

2019 cannot get here fast enough! Not when we are anticipating the glorious return of the Ford Ranger.

25th Anniversary of the Lakefront Festival

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The 25th year of the Lakefront Festival is here!

Not many festivals last for four days. For that matter, not many festivals stick around for 25 years. However, here in Hobart, Indiana, we are proud to say that our Lakefront Festival is one of the few celebrations that has lasted that long!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Lakefront Festival, which means that for 25 year, Hobart has welcomed food, fun, and of course plenty of music to its lakeside shores. This year’s Lakefront Festival will span the course of four days, beginning on Thursday, August 18th, and ending on Sunday, August 21st.

Over the course of that time, there will be plenty of fun activities for Hobart community members of all ages to enjoy! For younger participants, the Lakefront Festival has set aside space for an arts and crafts activity center. Meanwhile, older patrons will enjoy the beer garden.

Don’t forget about the food! The Lakefront Festival will host a wide assortment of different food vendors, as well as the Hobart Chamber of Commerce Pig Roast.

But central to the whole festival is the musical acts that come to perform. In the past, the Lakefront Festival has hosted such acts as The Crawpuppies and The Difference, so we are excited to see who performs at the festival this year!

At Paul Heuring Ford, we hope to see everyone at Hobart’s Lakefront Festival later this summer!

New Ford GT Design Wins Award for Sleek, Elegant Exterior

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Discover what the hype is about for the new Ford GT Design.

The new 2017 Ford GT is a work of art—don’t just take our word for it, though. This model recently earned the Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance, a prestigious prize given annually by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. With sweeping contours, a low profile, and breathtaking curves, it is easy to see why the Ford GT design is winning awards.

According to Ford, the award was given after judges from the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA examined a range of other models. The new GT is made to look elegant and powerful, with a truly unique design. Judges were impressed by the GT’s futuristic look, a style that is both modern and somehow rugged.

“It is an honor to receive this award, an accolade that the entire team behind the all-new Ford GT can proud of,” said Moray Callum, VP of Design at Ford. “The 2017 Ford GT has a revolutionary design that maintains the essence of the original GT40, while making it into a 21st century car. This vehicle truly demonstrates our commitment to performance and innovation in every aspect of our business.”

This supercar features a carbon-fiber design, over 600 horsepower, a subtle spoiler with an air-brake function, and a flying-buttress style. This model not only looks great, but it performs unlike any other model on the market. We can’t wait to see the new Ford GT in action.

Ford Driver Assist Technologies: The Future of Driving

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Learn about Ford Driver Assist Technologies for your everyday life!

Ford is one of the largest automakers in the world, a brand that is constantly setting new standards. This includes Ford driver assist technologies, systems that not only increase safety, but that also help you to be a better driver. From sensors to alerts, Ford driver assist technologies can do it all.

One of the coolest new features on Ford models is Adaptive Cruise Control. According to Ford, this intelligent option uses sensors and cameras to set a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you. Like normal cruise control, you can set a speed; however, this feature also lets you set a distance, making it much less stressful to drive on the highway. This feature even works in stressful stop-and-go traffic.

Curve Control is great for drivers who tend to fly around curves. This feature is capable of rapidly reducing engine torque and increasing four-wheel braking in order to slow you down as you go around corners. Although it only works in dangerous scenarios, you’ll be glad you have this feature the next time you hit a curve going too fast.

Believe it or not, Ford has also developed an intelligent Traffic Sign Recognition system. Using front camera technology, this system can detect speed limit signs (among other symbols) in order to alert you to possible dangers and speed limits. Although only offered in Europe at the moment, we may see this unique technology in the States in no time.

These are just some of the many great driver assist options on the market. Ford also offers features like Hill Start Assist, Active City Stop, Rear View Camera, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Forward Collision Warning, Brake Support, and more.