Ford to show off Lincoln MKZ hybrid today

Ford to show off Lincoln MKZ hybrid today
BY BRENT SNAVELYFREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Ford said today that it will introduce a hybrid version of the Lincoln MKZ this fall and plans to market the vehicle as the most fuel-efficient U.S. luxury hybrid.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is to be revealed at a news conference today at the New York auto show.
Ford decided to develop a hybrid version of a Lincoln because of increasing interest in hybrids among luxury car buyers, said Greg Scott, group marketing manager for the MKZ, Fusion and Milan. “Luxury customers want to take a leadership role,” Scott said.
The Lincoln is expected to get 41 m.p.g. in the city and 36 on the highway, Scott said.
Lincoln’s expected fuel efficiency is better than all 2010 Lexus hybrids including the compact Lexus HS 250h, which gets a combined 35 m.p.g., and the midsize Lexus GS 450h, which gets a combined 23 m.p.g.
Bill Chope, president of Crest Automotive Group in Sterling Heights, said the addition of a hybrid will likely generate a lot of interest. “In the showroom, people already ask a lot of questions about hybrids,” Chope said.
The launch of the MKZ Hybrid follows the successful introduction last year of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids.
The MKZ will be built in the same factory in Hermosillo, Mexico, and the three cars will share a similar 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine and electric motor.
The hybrid will use interior wood paneling from sustainable-growth forests and an updated version of Ford’s Smart Gauge dashboard displays that will show flowers growing behind the leaves that grow as the driver saves fuel on each trip.

6 Tips to Drive Away Car Loan Problems

Statewide Ford Lincoln Mercury Expert Offers 6 Tips to Drive Away Car-Loan Problems

Ward’s Dealer Business, Jan 1, 2010 Dara Duguay, a personal finance expert and director of Citi’s Office of Financial Education, offers advice to help consumers understand the commitment they are making when financing a car and to minimize any unexpected issues that may arise. Some of her tips can help dealership finance and insurance staffers work with customers, put them in the right vehicle and keep them out of financial trouble.

*Make sure the loan you obtain is well within your means to pay. This means figuring out the cost of auto ownership — which is more than just the price of the car. Be sure to budget for related costs such as insurance, gas, registration fees and maintenance.

*A car loan is a contract. The inability to make timely payments can damage credit ratings or trigger even more dire consequences, such as repossession.

*Downsize, not supersize. Though that SUV may have caught your eye, consider additional costs for gasoline, insurance, parking, even car washes.

*A fuel-efficient car may be a better pick.

*As soon as you face any financial difficulties, let your creditor know, so that you can explain your situation and work out a repayment schedule.

*Repossession does not relieve you of your obligation to pay for the car. If the vehicle is sold for less than what is owed, you may be responsible for the difference.

*If necessary, seek the services of a non-profit credit counseling agency that may be able to mediate between you and your lender.

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2011 Ford Super Duty

2011 Ford Super Duty
Ford Motor Co.
2011 Ford Super Duty F-350

Scott Burgess: Auto Review

2011 Ford Super Duty provides brute strength for world’s toughest drivers.
Flipping through the channels late at night, you may have come across that show: The one with huge men in tights tossing 55-gallon drums full of rocks, towing DC9s with their braided back-hair and waddling through an open field playing ultimate Frisbee with manhole covers.
You want to, but you can’t look away, even as they chalk up their thighs to prevent their polyester bodysuits from a frictional meltdown.
The World’s Strongest Man Competition may have a new contestant: The 2011 Ford Super Duty.

TIRE SPECIAL AT STATEWIDE FORD

All tires at $5.00 over cost. Stop today or call 419-238-0125 to schedule your appointment with service. We carry most name brand tires like Bridgeston, Michellin, Lexington & Mastercraft.

Driveone4urschool event

Statewide Ford Lincoln Mercury is at it again…another Driveone4urschool fundraiser!! Saturday April 10th 2010 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Lincolnview High School!! The Lincolnview Boosters will be working to raise the maximum payout of $6000 for their students…take the wheel and raise money for Lincolnview!!

“Luke 12:48”

Those who know me might be surprised to hear me quoting scripture. I do not wear my faith on my lapel. However, Luke 12:48 is timely and topical. To save you the trouble of looking it up, it goes like this “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.” Maybe you’re more familiar with the quote from John F. Kennedy, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Basically, Luke and JFK were saying, we should step up and take responsibility.

The United Way of Van Wert County is wrapping up the current year’s campaign and they are short of their goal. Our local United Way is not an extravagantly run organization. In fact, it’s a very lean operation with the vast majority of the budget going directly to those in Van Wert County requiring the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. There are no luxurious offices, high salaries, or fancy cars for the staff. Van Wert’s United Way works hard and is prudent with expenses. The contributions collected locally stay local and benefit local families. And it is not a new institution in Van Wert — the United Way of Van Wert County was established in 1922 to “increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.” If ever there was a charity worthy of your support, your local United Way is it.

Here at the StateWide companies we support the United Way. Our employees, associates, and companies give as generously as they are able. We all benefit from the support the community gives us and the United Way is how we can give support back to the community.

Perhaps you don’t feel you’ve been given much and much should not be expected of you. However, if you don’t receive assistance from the United Way, then you have more than those who do. Rewording the quote, “To whom more is given, more is expected.” It won’t take many more people to either give the first time or to give a little more a second time for the goal to be reached. So, step up and give more to the United Way of Van Wert County. Please, mail a contribution to the United Way or Van Wert County, 1151 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891