Ford Torture Tests the F-150 Hybrid

Ford Torture Tests the F-150 Hybrid | Shults Ford South

When the F-150 hybrid arrives later this year, you can rest assured that it will be every bit as tough as the non-hybrid versions of this truck. That’s because Ford has torture-tested the 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ hybrid powertrain as rigorously as it has the rest of the F-150 lineup. “Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost™ with kid gloves,” said Craig Schmatz, F-150 chief engineer.

For starters, the hybrid F-150 successfully passed testing at the manufacturer’s Michigan proving grounds. Per The Drive’s Caleb Jacobs, it experienced 10 years’ worth of abuse during the few months of torture that Ford put it through. But speed bumps, potholes, and payload challenges were no match for the hybrid F-150.

In New York, the hybrid F-150 demonstrated its ability to conquer real-world driving conditions. A simulation rig put the truck through a series of shakes, tumbles, and vibrations to predict how it would handle these challenges during its lifespan. Needless to say, the hybrid F-150 emerged from these tests as durable as ever.  

Ford then sent the hybrid F-150 to the Davis Dam in the Mojave Desert, where it traversed an 11.4-mile route in grueling heat. It conquered more than 3,500 feet in elevation changes and made towing 12,700 pounds look easy. These tests also proved the quality of the model’s cooling and hybrid transmission systems, as well as towing technology.

Experience the 2021 F-150 hybrid version when it arrives later this year. In the meantime, stop by Shults Ford South to test-drive the current F-150 models we have in our inventory.

Ford Bronco First Editions Sell Out in Hours

If you’ve been eyeing the all-new Ford Bronco, don’t delay in reserving one of your own. These red-hot models are going fast. Case in point: the Bronco and Bronco Sport First Editions, which sold out within hours of the much-anticipated debut of the Bronco this summer.

So popular was the 2021 Bronco First Edition that Ford had to increase the number available from 3,500 to 7,000 examples. That was just to accommodate the overwhelming demand — Ford oversold its limited-edition Bronco, which saw reservations fill up in less than 24 hours.

The 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are already bona fide hits. Within three weeks of debuting, more than 13 million fans tuned onto TV and social media platforms to see what all the fuss was about. Even more impressive, over 165,000 people made $100 refundable deposits to reserve a Bronco or Bronco Sport all their own.

Though it’s too late to nab a first edition Bronco, you can still claim a rugged Bronco 4×4 of your own. Not sure whether the Bronco or Bronco Sport would suit your preferences and lifestyle best? Contact the experts at Shults Ford in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We can also help you reserve a Bronco or Bronco Sport of your own to make sure that you don’t miss out on this Built Wild™ breed.

Ford Bronco first editions in West Mifflin, PA

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Return of a Legend

The all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport expands the capable Bronco family of 4×4 vehicles. With its Build Wild durability, thrilling off-road performance and spacious, family-friendly interior, the Bronco Sport promises to be a game-changer among small SUVs.

If ruggedness is your top priority in any SUV, look no further than the Bronco Sport. Its powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine delivers segment-leading horsepower and torque. Paired with an advanced 4×4 system, class-exclusive twin-clutch rear-drive unit and differential lock feature, there’s no obstacle the Bronco Sport can’t overcome.

But the Ford Bronco Sport is more than just capable on dirt and rocks. A five-way configurable Cargo Management System, overlanding-ready roof rack and low-load floor cargo area ensure the Bronco Sport is seriously versatile, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of convenience-enhancing features the SUV offers. There’s even enough interior space to carry two mountain bikes.

Clearly, this is a major effort by Ford to improve its outdoor brand appeal. The first-generation Bronco, launched in 1965, was once a legend among those with active lifestyles. This new Bronco Sport marks the return of a legend, impressive capability seamlessly blending with modern features and high-tech convenience. The all-new 2021 Ford Bronco will go on sale at Shults Ford South, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by the end of 2020. Make sure to check it out!

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

Washing Tips to Keep Your Car Looking Like New

Want to keep your vehicle looking like it just came out of the showroom? Shortcuts just won’t do. You need to wash your car on a regular basis — and these tips will show you how. Take advantage of Pennsylvania’s beautiful summer weather by getting outside and giving your prized ride the care it deserves.

Use the right products

When you clean your vehicle, it’s important to use the best products for the job. Do your work with a cleaning product that’s safe to use on car paint, along with a soft mitt or sponge. You’ll also want to use wheel cleaner and a separate cloth for your wheels and tires.

Be thorough and careful

Working with care will help keep your vehicle looking sharp. For starters, don’t wash it when the body is too hot, or the soap and water may dry too quickly. Give it a good rinse first to get rid of any particles that could damage the paint. As you’re wiping the vehicle down, rinse your sponge frequently and work in long, steady strokes instead of circles to avoid scratching.

Don’t forget to dry

Hand-drying your vehicle is an important part of the washing process. Letting it air-dry can lead to spots, streaks, and blemishes, so work your vehicle over with a soft chamois or cloth instead.

As you wash your car frequently to keep up its appearance, make sure you’re getting it serviced regularly, too. Make an appointment with our service department at Shults Ford South in Pittsburgh and we’ll make sure your vehicle is running smoothly and living up to its like-new looks.

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Revealed

The all-new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 recently made its debut, showcasing a head-turning look and incredible performance features. With so many new features and enhancements, it seems this legendary pony car was well worth the 17-year wait.

A robust powertrain

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 comes with a powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces a projected 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The car incorporates Ford Performance Parts from the Mustang Shelby GT500 and Shelby GT350, including the TREMEC™ 3160 six-speed manual transmission. In addition, the 10-speed SelectShift™ automatic transmission is also available to enhance performance as you drive around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A new take on an iconic design

Drawing inspiration from the original model, the grille of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 has faux lamp elements and a shark-nosed section. New side grilles are situated under the turn signal lamps, while low-gloss magnetic accents complement the car’s bold appearance.

The legendary car makes no attempt to hide its muscle, proudly riding on Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels. If you opt for the Handling Package, you can also appreciate the rear tire spats, new front wheel lip moldings and the higher downforce front splitter. With these components and more, 2021 Mustang Mach 1 models with the Handling Package have about 150 percent more downforce than a Mustang GT.

If you have as much excitement for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 as we at Shults Ford South do, be sure to give us a call and learn more about this new American dream car.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Top 5 Barbecue Tips for Grilling in Pittsburgh

Looking to do some grilling in Pittsburgh this summer? Shults Ford South is providing you with its top 5 barbecue tips to make your cookout the envy of the neighborhood.

Tip 1: How to make picture-perfect burgers

You may have noticed while grilling in the past that your burgers puff up in the middle. Their rounded shape then makes it harder to keep toppings in place. Before you grille, use the back of a spoon to press down on the middle of the patties. After some time on the grill, they’ll be nice and flat.

Tip 2: Populate your skewers

Whether you’re making meat kabobs, veggie kabobs or a mix of both, don’t skimp on the ingredients. Make sure whatever ingredients you are using are nicely tucked together. If they touch, they’ll stay juicier longer. Just don’t cram them into each other.

Tip 3: Oil your veggies

Are your veggies drying out and sticking on the grill? Lightly coat them with olive oil before grilling them. This is particularly useful for bell peppers, onion slices, sliced squash and asparagus.

Tip 4: Be gentle with the rub

Rubbing seasoning into the meat before it goes on the grill is a great way to add flavor. However, make sure not to overdo it. You should apply the rub gently. If you do it too hard, it can damage the meat fibers and ruin the texture — not to mention over-season the food.

Tip 5: How to tell when chicken is ready

You should never undercook chicken, especially when grilling it for your friends and family. To check if it is ready, take one of the thickest pieces from the grille and look at the color of the meat near the bone or at the center. If it is still pink, it’s not yet done. Better yet, use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature reaches at least 175 degrees.

Next time you host a barbecue, think of your friends at Shults Ford South! We’re not saying you need to invite us or anything, but maybe bring some leftovers to the showroom if you have any.

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Running Down the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Trims

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is going to change the game when it arrives later this year, and Ford wants you to be a part of its electrifying movement. With an affordable starting price and plenty of options to sweeten the deal, the Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric vehicle made for everyone. The different 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E trims prove as much, favoring everything from value to efficiency to performance.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

If you want bang for your buck, the Mach-E select starts under $44,000 MSRP and is even more affordable with an available federal tax credit (not to mention fuel and maintenance savings over time).* It stands to be a wise investment, offering an estimated 230-mile range** and 255 horsepower*** in addition to its undeniable style. It’s also quite well equipped with standard next-generation SYNC® with Connected Navigation, a 15.5-inch touchscreen display, and Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium

The emphasis is on premium with the Mach-E Premium, adding high-end must-haves like a panoramic fixed-glass roof, heated front-row seats and steering wheel, and a 10-speaker B&O sound system. Not only that, but the Mustang Mach-E Premium is available with an extended-range battery option, which increases max driving range to over 300 miles with rear-wheel drive.***

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1

Like the famous road for which it’s named, the California Route 1 is made for cruising. With special badging, stylish 18-inch aluminum wheels with aero inserts, and features like a 360-degree camera and Active Park Assist 2.0, the Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 will put you in a coastal state of mind even while driving through Pittsburgh.  

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

The prized pony in the Mustang Mach-E corral is the GT, which lives up to its name with incredible performance capabilities. Despite offering up to 250 miles of range,** the Mustang Mach-E GT is expected to go from 0-60 mph in around 3.5 seconds with permanent-electric dual motor all-wheel drive, an extended-range battery, and added performance options.*** If you want the ultimate thrill as only the Mustang can deliver, you’ll want the new Mach-E GT

Expect more information on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E trims closer to launch, which should happen later this year. If you’re interested in reserving a Ford Mustang Mach-E, contact the team at Shults Ford South in Pittsburgh.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E trims

*MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax. Vehicle image shown is for illustration purposes only and may not be base vehicle.

**Targeted EPA Range applies to an available configuration. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, and lithium-ion battery age. Final EPA-estimated ratings available in the 2020 calendar year.

***Based on manufacturer calculation using computer engineering simulations.  Your results may vary.  

How to Use Your Tax Refund at Shults

If you are expecting to receive a tax refund this year, you might be planning out how you will spend the money. Paying off debt or starting an emergency fund is a great use of your windfall, especially for young adults just getting started in the real world. Buying new appliances and other essentials are also excellent choices. If you rely on your vehicle, you can also use your tax refund to get more out of it.

  1. Save for a Down Payment: Have you been enviously begrudging your friends and family for upgrading their cars? Does your current vehicle still have a cassette player? Make 2020 the year you finally upgrade your ride. Set aside some of your tax refund money to put a down payment on a new Ford at Shults.
  2. Car Repairs: If our service advisors have suggested a repair or preventative maintenance that you said you’d take care of at a later date, the time has finally come. Now that you have some extra funds, protect your investment by ensuring your vehicle is up-to-date on routine maintenance and in excellent working condition.
  3. Accessories: Shults Ford South offers a number of customization options that are specially made for your Ford car, truck, or SUV. Add a bike rack, remote start, or a tool box with ease by consulting with our parts department.

No matter how you choose to spend your tax refund, Shults Ford South can help you make your money go farther when it comes to your vehicle.

How to use your tax refund

Ford Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition Package for GT350, GT500

Late last year, Ford announced it would be releasing a Heritage Edition Package for both the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 and the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R models. This special edition package pays homage to 55 years of the Mustang fastback, which originally debuted as a 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 fastback coupe. Soon after its debut, Ken Miles made the Shelby a household name when he achieved victory behind the wheel at Le Mans on February 14, 1965.

The limited run of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition models will feature a Wimbledon White color with a Guardsman Blue side and racing strips that ride over the top. According to Ford, this is a tip of the hat to the original 1965 GT350 competition model that was developed by Carroll Shelby.

“Looking back on it, what Ford and Carroll Shelby created back in the mid-’60s was so important to Mustang,” remarked Jim Owens, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “With their authentic exterior livery, unique appointments and performance Ken could have only dreamed of, the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R Heritage Edition Package vehicles are a meaningful tribute to the legacy of the Shelby brand.” Production has already begun on the 2020 Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition. You can order yours while they’re available at Shults Ford South.

Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition

Pittsburgh’s Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants

Whether you’re fulfilling a New Year’s resolution or simply wanting to turn over a new leaf ahead of spring, going vegetarian or vegan can yield some great results for your health. Taking up a new lifestyle is easy in the Steel City, which is home to several great restaurants that specialize in meatless fare. Here are some of Pittsburgh’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants to consider this spring.

Onion Maiden

Onion Maiden specializes in vegetable-based Asian and American comfort foods with a punk-rock, heavy-metal twist. Even if you don’t get the allusions to music and pop culture, you’ll love staples like the Kale ’Em All, Bunn O))), and Aqua Poutine Hunger Force. One of the best things on the menu may very well be the Kimmy Gibbler, a vegan dog topped with house-made kimchi, Korean mayonnaise, and fried onion.

Milky Way

Milky Way is a Kosher and vegetarian pizzeria that offers up healthy takes on classic pizzas. The specialty pizzas alone are well worth checking out — try the Veggie Cheeseburger, Mediterranean, or Spinach Eggplant and see that you don’t want second. But there’s soe much more worth trying at Milky Way, including its “Kicked Up” veggie burgers, entrees like eggplant parmesan and tuna melts, and a range of paninis and sandwiches.

B52

Open everyday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., B52 is a charming café that offers up a bevy of delish dishes. From thick-cut toast topped with cashew cheese or avocado to latkes to baba ghanouj, you’ll have no trouble sating your appetite at B52. It’s also a great place to get your morning coffee or tea, and it serves up unique house-made sodas like blood orange basil and strawberry fennel. These are just some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Pittsburgh, but there’s one place you need to go if you’re looking for a new Ford: Shults. Visit Shults Ford South and we’ll introduce you to the latest vehicles Ford has to offer.

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