Aluminum Lowers Repair Costs on Ford F-150

Ford has replaced the steel on the Ford F-150 with military-grade aluminum alloy. Many originally thought this change would create higher repair costs, but the Highway Loss Data Institute actually found that the new F-150 has a claim severity that’s 7% less than the previous generation, lowering the repair costs.

Defying Expectations

Prior aluminum vehicles had a higher collision claim, which is why many thought the F-150 would follow suit. However, Matt Moore, senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute said, “Simply put, when we look at the overall losses relative to the other pickup trucks, there’s not a change, which was not consistent with expectations.”

More Efficient & Lightweight

Aluminum makes the current F-150 more efficient and lightweight. Plus, aluminum is less expensive to fix. Accordingly, replacement parts are 16% cheaper than the previous version.

New Training

Ford is also training dealerships to provide repairs with new equipment, which could also be lowering repair costs. The new equipment has a fairly high upfront cost that could reach $40,000, but people, such as Doug North, president of North Brothers Ford in Westland, Michigan, have made it clear that they believe the equipment is well worth the cost.

We at Two Rivers Ford are proud to offer the Ford F-150 at our dealership. We encourage you to take the truck out for a test drive to see its great features in person.

Ford Reveals Range for Electric Mustang-Inspired Crossover

This past April at its Go Further events, Ford announced that a new Ford Hybrid banner would be home to the 16 new electrified vehicles set to be released in the coming years in Europe. Of those vehicles, one of the most notable is the Mustang-inspired electric performance crossover, which is as stylish as it is smart. At the event, Ford revealed that the new electric Mustang-inspired crossover would deliver a maximum driving range of 370 miles.

Design

The Mustang-inspired crossover also takes design cues from the Ford Explorer, and it’s called Mach 1. Although somewhat little has been said about the crossover since Ford announced it in January 2018, the announcement that the vehicle will have a driving range of 370 miles significantly overpasses Ford’s previous announcement that the vehicle would have a range of over 300 miles. With such an impressive range, other vehicles in the lineup are expected to have equally impressive hybrid electric performance.

Smart Vehicle Line-up

With its new Ford Hybrid lineup, Ford is poised to capture a large portion of the hybrid electric market. As Stuart Rowley, the president of Ford of Europe, stated, “Ford Hybrid vehicles will make electrification relevant and attainable for more drivers than ever before. From Fiesta to Transit, every new vehicle we introduce will feature an electrified version that best suits the needs of our customers in an affordable way.” Not only will the vehicles feature state-of-the-art technologies, but they will also be affordable. “Along with advances in technology and connectivity, the models introduced today are just the start of our plans to develop a comprehensive line-up of smart vehicles for a smart world.”

 

Stop by Two Rivers Ford to test-drive one of the current Mustang models we have on our lot. It’s a great way to distract yourself as we all anticipate the release of the new electric Mustang-inspired crossover.

Ford Focus Seats Earn Praise from Back Pain Specialists

While taking a long road trip in a car with uncomfortable seats can be annoying for most of us, for some, it can lead to severe pain, especially in their back. However, with the new seats in the next-generation Ford Focus, car-induced back pain could be a thing of the past.

Recognition

The Ford Focus seats recently earned some recognition from the German group Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR), or the Campaign for Healthier Backs. AGR found drivers were able to adjust the seats to fit their bodies rather than having to sit uncomfortably to fit into the seats.

“Our goal with the Focus was to build an 18-way adjustable seat that adapts to every person, enabling drivers of all shapes and sizes to easily achieve their optimal sitting position for maximum comfort, especially on long journeys,” said Glen Goold, Ford Focus chief program engineer.

Design

The front passenger and driver seats come with 18-way adjustability. This includes four-way lumbar support, additional leg support, and four-way headrest adjustment. Ford tested the durability and comfort of the seats with its aptly-named Robutt device that simulates about 10 years of use in a matter of days.

Backseat passengers aren’t forgotten either. The new Focus will also come with a more spacious backseat. In fact, compared to the previous generation, the new model will have nearly 2 inches of additional knee room and 2.4 inches more of shoulder room.

Celebrate the Focus model’s recent recognition when you stop by Two Rivers Ford to take one for a test drive.

Take a Tennessee Road Trip Today

Hop in your car and explore the great state of Tennessee. There are a number of dynamic destinations to consider, from classic landmarks like Graceland to outdoor areas like Burgess Falls State Park. Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend with the whole family or a romantic getaway with your partner, the Volunteer State boasts a variety of rewarding locations.

Elvis Presley’s Former Home

According to Culture Trip, Graceland is one of the top places to visit. As the second most-visited home in the U.S. — second to the White House — Elvis Presley’s former home is the perfect place to see. Tour the mansion and explore the garden while learning more about this singer’s life.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Next, check out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for hiking and camping. You can also consider mountain-biking if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush.

Jack Daniel’s Distillery

The Jack Daniel’s Distillery is also one of the best places to visit in the state. Founded in 1866 and sold around the world, the signature Old No. 7 whiskey is made through a complex process. Take a tour to witness the special limestone spring water that’s a unique ingredient of this whiskey, as well as the stills and barrels used in the production process.

Burgess Falls State Park

Burgess Falls State Park is also a great outdoor venue, which is less crowded than other parks in the area. You can hike on a 1.5-mile trail, try your hand at fishing, and witness the Native Butterfly Garden. The gorge and series of waterfalls the park is named for also make a captivating setting for photography.

 

Stop by Two Rivers Ford if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from these diverse sites.

Get Out and Play at These Nashville Events

There’s always something to do in Music City. Celebrate the arrival of spring and warmer weather at one of these upcoming Nashville events.

 

Lucinda Williams at Ryman Auditorium

It has been 20 years since the release of Grammy award-winning country musician Lucinda Williams’ album “Cart Wheels on a Gravel Road.” She celebrates by playing a show at Ryman Auditorium on April 2nd, where Williams will play through the entirety of the album, accompanied by visual elements to go with the music.

 

Cheekwood in Bloom

There’s perhaps no better way to celebrate spring than by spending time in blooming gardens. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens invites all to come to enjoy over 150,000 blooming bulbs at Cheekwood in Bloom, which runs from March 9 to April 7. Cheekwood in Bloom includes weekend activities like crafts, live music, and tours, plus a beer garden open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

You can celebrate both springtime and Japanese culture at the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place at Nashville Public Square on April 13. This family-friendly event includes contemporary and traditional Japanese music, dance, arts, crafts, and special children’s activities. It all kicks off with a Cherry Blossom Walk at 9:30 a.m.

 

Contact us at Two Rivers Ford for more regional festivals and pastimes to enjoy this spring.

Get these Tennessee-Set Audiobooks for Road Trips

Road trips are a great way to have fun with your family or to simply experience the great state of Tennessee. If you’re looking for a way to stay occupied on the road, few things beat audiobooks. There are a number of audiobooks for road trips, including a range of books set in Tennessee. Nothing gets you in the mood for a road trip more than a story about the place you’re traveling to.

James Agee

According to The Mainstay Restaurant, there are several classic books that are set in Tennessee. For example, A Death in the Family by James Agee focuses on a Southern family after the death of their father. Agee’s autobiographical book is heart-rending, and it later earned him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1958.

Cormac McCarthy

You should also consider Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, a story about a serial killer who lives in extreme isolation and ultimately turns to violence as a way of coping with modernity. While this book might be troublesome for some readers, McCarthy employs several different literary styles, making it easy to stay interested.

Alice Walker

Also, check out The Color Purple, a story of African American women set in the 1930s. While the story takes place mostly in Georgia, it does end in Tennessee, where the family finds some relief. This Pulitzer winner made Alice Walker into one of the most famous contemporary authors in the US.

William Faulkner

Finally, Faulkner’s final novel, The Reivers, is set in the Volunteer State. Faulkner is best known for portraying a semi-fictional county in Mississippi in his books The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!, but The Reivers takes place between Mississippi and Memphis. A masterpiece that’s surprisingly accessible compared to Faulkner’s other works, this book helped Faulkner become one of only three authors to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle that can connect to your audiobook app, contact us a Two Rivers Ford.

Valentine’s Day in Nashville

There’s always plenty to do in Nashville, so you should have no trouble planning a romantic date for you and your honey this coming Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the local scene, dining, and entertainment by planning a unique Valentine’s Day that includes some of these sights!

 

Centennial Park

 

Is there anything more romantic than a trip to Athens, Greece? Maybe a trip to Centennial Park, where you’ll find a full-scale reproduction of Athens’ ancient Parthenon. With an art gallery and museum inside, this beautiful sight is a perfect stop on a laid back Valentine’s Day.

 

Honky Tonk Highway

 

If you’re spending Valentine’s Day in Nashville, there’s a good chance you’ll be looking to catch some live music. You’ll find live music every day, all day, and for no cover charge at Nashville’s famous Honky Tonk Highway, where bars host live musician 365 days of the year on Lower Broadway.

 

Food Tours

 

Many people associate Valentine’s Day with delicious and romantic meals, but why not add a little adventure to your dining as well? Nashville has several fun food tours, like Local Tastes of Nashville and Nashville Food Adventures that will let you sample tasty local food and drink, while teaching you about local history.

 

If you want any recommendations, or if your car needs a little work to be ready for your date, contact us at Two Rivers Ford.

New Year’s Eve in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is jam-packed with events this New Year’s Eve, but none draws a bigger crowd than Music City Midnight. This annual event is totally free to the public and features food and drink, live performances by huge music stars, and much more.

Music City Midnight

Music City Midnight is the place to be this New Year’s Eve in Nashville, so make your way to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. You and your family will get to enjoy an afternoon of music from country superstar Keith Urban, the legendary Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, and Caitlyn Smith, to name a few.

Food Trucks

Food trucks will set up shop all around the park, so there’ll be no shortage of food options, and the event has access to free Wi-Fi and phone charging stations. At the beginning of the day, there will be a Raising of the Note Ceremony that kids will enjoy.

Music Note Drop

At midnight, the signature Music Note Drop®, featuring a massive red music note dropping almost 150 feet right to mark the start of 2019, will begin. As the note drops, it will trigger an epic display of confetti cannons and fireworks!

Festival Offers

The festival offers vacation packages with travel and hotel options, VIP Party tickets, and memorabilia, so even if you’re not from the Nashville area, it’s easy to spend your New Year’s here and enjoy Music City Midnight.

We hope that 2019 is full of good things for you and your family. If you need a new car or auto service next year or beyond, come visit us at Two Rivers Ford.

Ford Reports Record SUV Sales

Moving Towards SUVs

Ford Motor Company made waves this year when company representatives announced plans to do away with all passenger cars (except, of course, the iconic Mustang) in favor of pursuing industry trends towards SUVs and crossovers. Now that Ford is reporting record SUV sales for October 2018, that strategy seems to be working – or, at least, a sign that the company is making smart business decisions.

Explorer & Expedition

Overall SUV sales were up 7.9 percent in October. In the past month, the Ford Expedition saw 74.7 percent gain over the same period in 2017 thanks to the release of an all-new generation of the vehicle. The Ford Explorer saw a jump as well, celebrating its best year since 2004 with over 19,000 vehicles sold and a 12.5 percent increase over last year.

Record SUV Sales

With over 150,900 units sold in 2018 in total, Ford continues to be America’s best-selling automobile brand. Besides SUVs, Ford Motor Company saw the Ford Mustang continue to lead the sports car segment, while its pickup trucks and vans also saw sales increases for the year.

To see the Ford SUVs we have in stock (or cars, if that’s your thing), visit our inventory listings for Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, TN.

Transporting Food For the Holidays

Transporting food for the holidays can be a tricky job, especially if you’re flying solo to and from various places. However, with proper preparation, securing your food isn’t as hard as it seems. Check out these great ways to transport winter goodies this holiday season.

Casserole

Hot casserole dishes aren’t easy to transport, especially if a passenger can’t take the heat on their lap. Placing it on the passenger floor isn’t a great solution either. It can be difficult to clean up if it tips over. A non-slip drawer liner or laundry basket in the trunk can be ideal solutions to get food to its destination safe and sound.

Slow Cooker

Slow cookers with lids are a great option for securely transporting food for the holidays. Unfortunately, slow cookers can cause major damage if they’re flung around the car in an accident. Stow it in the trunk for your own protection, and consider placing it in a box lined with towels to prevent movement if you stop quickly.

Pie

Of all the dishes that are difficult to transport, pie seems like the simplest, right? All you have to do is put it on the floor of the passenger seat and hit the road. Slick roads and other drivers could throw a wrench into your holiday dessert! Fortunately, safely transporting pie only requires some household items.

All you need is an extra pie tin and tinfoil. Simply take the extra pie tin and place it upside over the pie. Use tinfoil to secure the pie tins together. Place it in the trunk or on the passenger’s floor for safe keeping.

If your holiday dishes deserve a better mode of transport, contact the sales team at Two Rivers Ford.