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Ford & McDonald’s Converting Coffee Waste Into Car Parts

For over a decade, Ford Motor Company has been working hard to replace traditional petroleum-based plastics in its vehicles with bio-based materials and byproducts. The most recent development from Ford’s scientists is converting coffee waste into vehicle parts like headlamp housings.

Millions of pounds of coffee chaff, the dried skin that comes off of coffee beans during the roasting process, is generated every year. McDonald’s has partnered with Ford to provide this useful waste product, which Ford is able to mix with plastic and other additives to create vehicle parts.

In addition to being more sustainable, these parts are about 20 percent lighter and take less energy to make, while still meeting the quality specifications needed for a variety of interior and under hood components.

This is another great example of how companies can work together to reduce waste and achieve global sustainability. Ford has also worked with companies like Heinz since 2014 to use tomato skins in the production of wiring brackets and other vehicle parts.

Visit us today at Tommie Vaughn Ford in Houston, Texas and see our selection of Ford vehicles made with environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.


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Source: Ford Media Center

2019 Ford Edge an IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned 2019 Ford Edge a Top Safety Pick after it received “good” ratings in all six of the areas tested. Standard safety features like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking have also proved effective in avoiding frontal collisions at speeds under 25 mph.

Several different aspects of the vehicle are tested by the IIHS, including body structure, crash prevention features, safety restraints and headlight design. Each item tested contributes to the overall safety of a vehicle, and the Ford Edge with available LED projector headlamps with curve-adaptive technology did very well in all tests.

Ford has made Co-Pilot360 standard on all Ford Edge models, which gives drivers more confidence on the road with a suite of active safety features. The IIHS has rated the Edge’s front crash prevention technology as “superior for its ability to react to an imminent crash with another vehicle.”

If you would like to learn more about the 2019 and 2020 Ford Edge, visit us today at Tommie Vaughn Ford in Houston, TX and take one for a test drive.


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Source: Ford Media Center

Ford Announces All-Electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang lineup is expanding into a new segment with the introduction of the all-new, all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV. With a targeted driving range of up to 300 miles and impressive performance, the Mustang Mach-E brings the Mustang family into the modern era of electric vehicles.

When it was launched back in 1964, the Ford Mustang perfectly met the wants and needs of millions of young car buyers, who wanted style, freedom, performance and an unmistakable attitude. The Mustang Mach-E is built to meet the needs of today’s buyers, who want an advanced, connected vehicle that still embodies the freedom and performance of the original Mustang.

When it comes to dealerships in late 2020, the Ford Mustang Mach-E will be available with either a standard or extended-range battery, and equipped with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. High-performance GT versions will also be available, with targeted 0-60 times of under 4 seconds.

Ford made sure when it was developing the 2021 Mustang Mach-E that it wouldn’t just be a good electric vehicle. They wanted to build something that people would find thrilling to drive, features the latest technology and looks amazing.

If you are interested in becoming one of the first to get behind the wheel of the new Mustang Mach-E, you can make a reservation online and contact us at Tommie Vaughn Ford in Houston, Texas.


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Source: Ford Media Center

Ford’s Next Generation SYNC 4 System Unveiled

Ford has announced the next generation of its SYNC infotainment system that is easier to use and faster than ever, with new features to help drivers stay safe and connected. Some highlighted new features of SYNC 4 include cloud-based navigation with traffic information, digital owners manuals and wireless compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In addition to new features and capabilities, SYNC 4 includes an updated design and interface, with the ability to change depending on the vehicle, the screen size and what the driver wants to see. Ford has said multi-tasking will be easier than ever, with information available to be viewed quickly without having to swap between multiple screens.

Screen sizes for cars equipped with SYNC 4 range from 8 inches to 15.5 inches, and there are different ways information is displayed depending on the screen size. These new displays are combined with optional FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality to make driving while staying connected even easier.

SYNC 4 also features improved voice-recognition technology, with the ability to understand more natural requests and provide accurate suggestions. Machine learning capabilities also allow for SYNC 4 to make suggestions based on your previous behavior and frequently contacted people.

An all-digital owner’s manual makes finding the information you need easier, with a searchable database, streamable how-to videos for common features and more in-depth information for certain items.

Stay up to date with the latest information about SYNC 4 and its features by visiting us today at Tommie Vaughn Ford in Houston, Texas.


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Source: Ford Media Center