Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Hybrid Plug-In CMax is right for Portland

The C-Max Energi is the first production plug-in hybrid vehicle for Ford available through EV (Electric Vehicle) Ford Dealerships like Gresham Ford.  The C-Max is just the first part of a first ever hybrid only vehicle line from Ford in North America.  This hatchback features a total EPA estimated driving range in electric and gas of 550 miles and in EV only the range is 19 miles.

You may be asking what is a plug-in hybrid.  Plug-in capacity means the lithium ion batter can be fully charged easily overnight in approximately 7 hours using a standard 120 volt convenience charging cord.  This car from Ford delivers maximum efficiency by combining a state of the art lithium ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine.  The C-Max Energi offers the best of both worlds, providing the capability to be driven as an electric vehicle for short trips and as a hybrid for longer trips.
For More Information about the C-Max Energi see a Gresham Ford Sales Professional
Plug-in vehicles such as C-Max Energi receive two fuel economy ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency.  The first is miles per gasoline gallon equivalent (MPGe) - fuel efficiency when operating on lithium ion battery power.  The equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for EV mode operation.  The second rating is miles per gallon (mpg) - fuel efficiency when operating on gasoline power.  Both EPA ratings are combined ratings that provide a weighted average of the city and highway fuel efficiency for the vehicle.  

For more information about the CMax Energi or any of the Ford vehicles please feel free to stop by 1999 East Powell in Gresham or call 503-665-0101 or visit our website at www.GreshamFord.com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fusion Hybrid offers advantages in the Portland Metro Area

Ford Fusion Hybrid In Stock at Gresham Ford
Gresham Ford is proud to offer Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 85 mph in EV mode (all-electric) – up from 62 mph. People living in and around Gresham and East County want to purchase electric or hybrid vehicles but have some level of anxiety regarding the technology.  The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a perfect option to ease into the next level of automotive technology.  The Fusion Hybrid offers a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle I-4 engine is among the most advanced non-turbocharged 4-cylinder powertrains Ford has to offer.  The state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery generates more power than the nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery on the previous- generation Fusion Hybrid.  If you haven't driven a Fusion Hybrid you should.  The Gresham Ford Sales Professionals are knowledgeable and happy to answer any and all of your questions.  The upgrade in technology and comfort in the vehicle is notable from previous model years.  The electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) provides seamless power delivery and a enjoyable driving experience.  One of the hybrid exclusive technology is the SmartGauge with EcoGuide that helps drivers maximize fuel economy.  This is also where the leaves live.  The better and more efficiently you drive the more leaves to get.  It is surprising addictive and makes driving efficiently fun.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Big News! Really Big News!


We've come a long way, baby! To celebrate our nearly complete two year reconstruction project, we’re having an “Extreme Makeover Celebration” here at the dealership, August 7th at 6pm!  It will be catered by the fabulous Uncle Wally’s Southern Cross BBQ and Jay Lawhon of JBL Productions will be there making sure the mood is set with great music and fun! 

Following on the heels of this grand ‘ole time, Friday morning, August 8th, we will be having our Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center Makeover Ribbon Cutting at the dealership at 9am.  We would love everyone to come and celebrate with us!

And here’s the REALLY big news:

On April 12, 2014, Mt Hood Mustangs and Fords car club organized a parade to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang with the goal of breaking the Guinness World records for the most Mustangs and Fords in a parade.  On July 16, 2014, Guinness notified them that the parade results had been accepted.  There were two records broken that day!  The most Fords in a parade numbered 829 and the Most Ford Mustangs in a parade numbered 766. There were strict rules and criteria that had to be met by the Guinness committee, so every participant didn’t actually qualify to be counted in the official number.  That being said, there was well over 900 that were present and participated to some degree.  Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
And as a sponsor of this event, Gresham Ford is very proud to make the official announcement at our ribbon cutting ceremony!! 

So, join us as we celebrate our beautiful new facility and the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang taking its place in history, in more ways than one!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

How does the 2015 Fusion Hybrid Compares to the Camry Hybrid

2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid at Gresham Ford
The Ford Fusion Hybrid exudes an upscale in design and seating 5 comfortably, the 2015 Fusion Hybrid is proof that you don’t have to sacrifice style and performance to enjoy hybrid fuel efficiency. Portlanders value the environment - that's why we choose to live here, right?  With a long list of standard and available features, Fusion Hybrid makes a statement about what a hybrid vehicle can be.  With an EPA-estimated 44 city/41 highway/42 combined mpg with the 188-net horsepower – gas engine and electric traction motor combined this Ford Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 85 mph on electric power alone.  Many Portland area residents have found that the Ford Fusion Hybrid exceeds their expectations with new technology like the Active Grille Shutters that help to facilitate the incredible MPG.  

If you are comparing the Ford Fusion Hybrid to the Camry there are a few questions that you may have and we will try to address them below.  First simply stated the Camry Hybrid may have more net horsepower, but with 188 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 47 mpg across the board, Fusion Hybrid delivers the balanced power and efficiency that is so important for hybrid vehicles.  Gresham Ford would encourage you to personally test drive the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid to personally see if it is "zippy" enough for you.  

Another large difference in technology is evident when considering the approach to combat interior noise.  The Camry Hybrid uses passive sound-controlling materials to reduce NVH, but it has nothing like Fusion Hybrid, which uses the same technology as noise-canceling headphones to help control noise actively.  

When inspecting the interior of each vehicle you may also notice that unlike Camry Hybrid’s small displays, the largeSmartGauge screens in Fusion Hybrid give the hybrid performance displays the prominence they deserve. Plus, the large screens make it easier to see how efficiently you’re driving.  SmartGauge® with EcoGuide has two large 4.2-inch LCD screens on either side of the
speedometer and includes a wide selection of display options to meet each driver’s needs.

Gresham Ford Logo

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Make a July Fourth splash in Gresham’s new Children’s Fountain

Gresham opens East Multnomah County’s first free splash fountain for kids – just in time for the holiday

GRESHAM, Ore. – The City of Gresham is giving a July Fourth treat to children of all ages: a
new Children’s Fountain in the city’s historic downtown.  The Children’s Fountain will splash to life Friday, July 4 at 7 a.m. and stay open all day long until 10 p.m. Kids can cavort in two fountains – one designed for toddlers, one for bigger kids – that are powered by 43 jets of cool, clean, chlorinated water. The fountain is built to surprise. Water is controlled by a computer program that makes the jets disappear – then leap to life – at random intervals for maximum fun. For daytime, the Children’s Fountain includes two shade structures. At night, the fountain is lit by a subtly shifting display of 20 multi-colored LED lights.  The Children’s Fountain is located at the Arts Plaza in historic downtown at 401 N.E. Second St. in Gresham.

This new parks amenity is free to users – the only no-cost splash pad in East Multnomah County
– and was developed entirely with $1.5 million in federal funds awarded to the City of Gresham for community development. “I am very excited to see Gresham add a great new place for our children and families, with the Children’s Fountain opening just in time for some relief from these hot days,” Mayor Shane Bemis said. “This strategic use of federal grant dollars will not only provide our kids a safe and healthy place to play, but it will help encourage economic activity in an important area of the city, and enhance one of our newest and most important public spaces.”

On Wednesday, July 16 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to the Arts Plaza to celebrate the launch of
the Children’s Fountain. The launch will showcase the interactive fountain and promote Rise Advance Dream (RAD) Gresham, a City initiative aimed at partnering with residents to dream big. Mayor Bemis and the Council are asking the public to brainstorm transformative ideas for Gresham’s future – ideas like a free, colorful fountain for kids. Since September 2013, the City has received dozens of ideas, ranging from a community center to an OMSI East campus, through the RAD online forum at GreshamOregon.gov/RAD. At the July 16 fountain launch, Mayor Bemis and the City Council will celebrate RAD along with business and community leaders, and residents can submit their ideas to improve life in Gresham. There will be games, giveaways and free sno-cones.

After its holiday debut, the Children’s Fountain will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Because the fountain does not hold water, no lifeguard will be on duty. However, all children
must be supervised. Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers, and swim clothing is required. For a list of fountain rules and etiquette, please visit GreshamOregon.gov/ChildrensFountain/ The Children’s Fountain is a project of the Gresham City Council, which made design and construction a 2013 priority as a way to boost the Arts Plaza and drive business activity and private investment in the City’s downtown. The Department of Environmental Services managed construction of the fountain, and Parks and Facilities Division staff will operate it. For more information, call Parks and Facilities at 503-618-2300.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ford Earns Top Ranking in Best Global Green Brands

Recently Ford Motor Company earned the number one ranking in Interbrand's 50 Best Glocal Green Brands.  Ford has been dedicated to sustainability, alternative energy options and bettering our fuel efficiency technologies for decades and is now being recognized.  Ford Motor Company has been dedicated to continued research and development and has achieved exciting results.  Ford is now using wheat straw reinforced plastics in the vehicle interiors for many of the Ford product line.  

Ford Motor Company Develops New Sustainable Technologies
Ford is the first automaker to develop and utilize wheat straw in it's plastics for vehicle interiors.  This use of sustainable materials is being hailed as revolutionary because its use in just in third row storage bins is saving 20,000 lbs of petroleum and 30,000 lbs of CO2 emissions annually.  

Ford has maintained a collaborative culture that encourages advancement and forward thinking. Utilizing bio-based sustainable materials like soy based polyurethane seat cushions and seatbacks is just one other example of how the blue oval has gone green! 


So if you want a truly green vehicle that is good to the environment, look into the complete line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs.  Gresham Ford is proud to be a certified Green Business by the City of Gresham and proud to offer the full line of revolutionary Green Ford vehicles.  Stop by 1999 East Powell Blvd in Gresham for a test drive or contact a Ford product specialist at 503-665-0101.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gresham Ford explains the Ford Fusion Hybrid Powertrain

The Ford Fusion Hybrid that is sold at Gresham Ford, just outside of Portland, has a 88-kW Electric Traction Motor.  That electric traction motor drives the vehicle (by itself or with the gasoline engine).  You can power the vehicle alone up to 85 mph — up from 62 mph.  When you take a test drive at Gresham Ford up highway 26 and then down the back roads to Hogan you can feel how responsive the Fusion Hybrid is compared to your vehicle now.  By using the electric traction motor during launch it allows for a smaller gasoline engine and significantly reduces fuel consumption.  Because the Fusion hybrid uses as a generator to recover the vehicle’s energy
during deceleration or braking to recharge the lithium-ion battery it also reduces fuel consumption.  The Electric Generator Motor starts the gasoline engine quickly and automatically when required for performance and this eliminates the need to “plug in” the vehicle.  Many customers have found that this option also eliminates their range anxiety.
Ford Fusion Hybrid is available at Gresham Ford
Ford Motor Company and Gresham Ford are both dedicated to reducing our impact on the planet and have a Battery Recycling Program in place for the vehicle batteries after they serve their use.  The Lithium-ion batteries are environmentally responsible and recyclable.  This recyclability will become increasingly important as larger numbers of hybrids enter the market.   If scrapping Fusion Hybrid, the dealer will be able to properly dispose of the discharged lithium-ion battery.  As always Ford is looking towards the future and is helping to develop the high-voltage battery (HVB) end of life recycling infrastructure in the U.S. by providing educational material on battery removal, transportation and recycling as well as a call center for end of life vehicle dismantlers through ELVS. More information can be found on the ELVS website at www.elvsolutions.org
or by calling 1-855-358-7228.