2020 F-150 Purchase


Take a look at how the all-new F-150 raises the bar once again.

It’s your daily driver and your off-road warrior.

Congratulations to Mr. Loftin and his son regarding the purchase of their all new 2020 F-150!

Thanks so much for your continued business and enjoy your new #FordF150 sir!

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Why Buy at Mullinax Ford of Mobile


 

 

Mullinax Ford of Mobile is dedicated to providing you with top-notch service, and we will help you with whatever you need. If you are here to take a look at our new or pre-owned Ford inventory, let our staff know and they will show you our exciting lineup. If you need a Ford F-150 pick, a Focus sedan or Escape SUV, or any other model, they will gladly set you up with a test drive. Once you have found the car you want, you will discuss your payment plan with our Ford finance team to help get you through the entire process.. Come to our Alabama Ford dealership today and enjoy an excellent experience!

Other Reasons Why You Should Buy from Mullinax Ford of Mobile:

  • We offer Up Front® Pricing that lets you buy with confidence and puts your mind at ease when you come to our dealership. Our prices are non-negotiable and you never have to haggle!
  • Do not worry about us springing dealer fees on you at the last moment. The price you see is the price you get.
  • The Mullinax Group sold over 500,000 vehicles in its lifetime. We know what people want, and we can make you our next happy customer.
  • Our dealership group is devoted to the community. We support yearly events to benefit the public schools in our areas!
  • You are sure to be impressed by the selection of new and pre-owned Ford models on our lot. Browse them online, then discuss your options with our finance team.
  • Our dealership offers impressive facilities and convenient sales and service hours for your convenience.
  • Text 251-391-7354 today!

Was it worth the drive over from Birmingham? 


  

Mr. and Mrs. Woods made the drive over from the Birmingham, AL area to purchase their 2013 Ford F-150! 

From the bottom of our hearts we thank y’all so much for your patriotism and for trusting in Mullinax Ford! We wish you both the absolute best of luck in the future to come! 
Please do enjoy your F-150! 
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Ford Performance confirms power upgrades for the Ford Focus RS



Are you unhappy with the current performance of the Ford Focus RS, but don’t want to risk voiding the warranty with a tune from someplace like Hennessey Performance? Good news: The wonderful people at Ford Performance have confirmed they’re working on a new calibration for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that should add some factory-certified oomph to the hot hatch. 
The new Ford Focus RS is no slouch. The current car’s 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sends out 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. Ford claims a 0-60 mph time of fewer than five seconds. While these are already impressive numbers for a vehicle of the Focus RS’s size and class, there are always those wanting a little more. 
While Ford won’t reveal any details on the new calibration, such as power, price, or availability, but we can look to the recently revealed upgrade to the Ford Mustang EcoBoost for reference. There, $699 nets you a 50-state legal 25 hp and 70 lb-ft of torque, all backed by a Ford warranty. It’s hard to say if the gains in the Focus RS will be as impressive, since the 2.3 EcoBoost already makes more power and torque in the Focus than the Mustang. 
This tune could be a version of the warranty-backed Mountune kit that’s currently available in the UK. It’s confirmed for the US, but there has been a bit of a delay while they work out the tune for Americans. In the UK, a Mountune upgrade adds 25 peak horsepower and about 30 lb-ft of peak torque. Expect to hear more details from Ford Performance in the coming months. 

 

 

 

The top selling pickup truck gets a bump…


Ford’s top-selling pickup truck is getting a bump in gas mileage.

The Ford F-150 will get slighty better gas mileage for 2017! 

Ford said Wednesday the fuel economy for its 2017 F-150 pickup will rise one mile per gallon compared to the outgoing 2016 model due to a revamped version of the automaker’s 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine and the first application of its 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford said Wednesday the fuel economy for its 2017 F-150 pickup will rise one mile per gallon compared to the outgoing 2016 model due to a revamped version of the automaker’s 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine and the first application of its 10-speed automatic transmission.
But the question remains whether the gains will be enough to give Ford a marketing edge over its competitors. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram 1500, when equipped a 3-liter diesel engine, gets 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined.

The fuel economy of the F-150 is important because it is not only the nation’s most popular car or truck, but also because Ford’s F-Series pickups have been the top-selling car or truck in the U.S. for 39 years in a row. Any increase or improvement in fuel economy on the truck is likely to be viewed as a edge in the fiercely competitive pickup truck segment.

Ford gained ground on fuel economy when it introduced the 2015 F-150 pickup after redesigning it with an aluminum body that cut up to 700 pounds of weight compared to the version it replaced.

Ford’s EcoBoost engine, first introduced on the F-150 in 2011, has become a popular engine option for Ford. EcoBoost engines account for 60% of Ford’s overall F-150 sales while Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 engine and a non-turbocharged V-6 engine account for the remainder of the sales.

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Coupe


This is an absolute stunning 2004 Mach 1 Ford Mustang that was recently traded in. This Mach 1 Mustang has never been wrecked and is fantastic condition inside as well as out. To view the complete history report you may click here.

This Mustang has the 4.6 V-8 engine in it with a manual 5- speed transmission. This Mustang has leather interior and 18 inch wheels on it. This one will not last very long.

For availability information you may contact Derek Montalvo directly at 251-391-7354.

 

 

970 new Chicago Police officers will need 600 new squad cars



Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to borrow $25 million to pay for new squad cars for the 970 new officers he plans to hire in the next two years, but how he will pay for the additional cops remains under wraps.  On Thursday, Emanuel’s office will seek approval from the City Council Finance Committee to tack the vehicle-related borrowing onto an existing series of general obligation bonds, Budget Office spokeswoman Molly Poppe said. 
As for the estimated $134 million it will cost to put nearly 1,000 new cops on the CPD payroll, Poppe said Emanuel will spell out the funding sources when he introduces his 2017 budget proposal next month.
The $25 million price tag will cover more than 600 vehicles, to be purchased over two years, Poppe said. The all-wheel drive Interceptor SUV will be built at Chicago’s Ford Assembly Plant on South Torrence Avenue. The CPD fleet is mostly comprised of Ford sedans and SUVs, but department officials have not yet determined the mix of models needed, Poppe said.
Last week, Emanuel announced the police hiring surge as a key component of his strategy to reduce crime and calm tensions between the CPD and citizens, but he did not say where the cash-strapped city would find the money for the officers.
Emanuel’s plan also called for spending $36 million on mentoring programs intended to steer middle- and high school-age children away from gangs, listing the city and several corporate sponsors as funding sources.
This year Emanuel has pushed through tax increases totaling $838 million for police, fire and teacher pensions, in addition to a new fee for trash collection and a 29.5 percent bump to water and sewer bills. However, the new police hires could eventually allow the department to reduce the $116 million spent on police overtime in 2015.

NEW 2016 F-650 AND F-750 TRUCKS HAVE BEST YEAR-TO-DATE SINCE 1997


Ford, the only full-line automaker offering vehicles in Classes 1-7, sold more F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks in the first eight months of 2016 than all year in 2015

Year-to-date sales of F-650 and F-750 trucks are up 59 percent versus 2015 and at the highest level since 1997

All-new F-650 and F-750 trucks are available with the buyer’s choice of Ford-built segment-exclusive gasoline engine or diesel engine

Ford, America’s truck leader, has outfitted hard-working fleets with more F-650 and F-750 trucks in the first eight months of 2016 than all year in 2015.
Sales of the all-new medium-duty Ford trucks are up 59 percent year-over-year through August, with 10,160 sold. That’s the best year-to-date sales total for Ford’s largest trucks since August 1997.
The sales growth has come quickly: The redesigned F-650 and F-750 trucks rolled off the line at Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant near Cleveland for the first time in August 2015. Ford shifted production to Ohio from Mexico in 2015 and invested $168 million in the Ohio plant.
The F-650 and F-750 line-up includes Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles, as well as straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and a new dedicated tractor model for heavy towing applications.
“We’re seeing growing interest in the new tractor from beverage and hauling fleets,” says Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck and Super Duty fleet marketing manager. “Giving our customers the choice of two exclusive powertrains, available across all body styles and designed specifically for the unique needs of the vocational truck market, has really helped drive sales of our new trucks.”


Ford remains the only automaker to offer a gasoline-powered engine in the medium-duty truck segment. The 6.8-liter V10 with 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque is available for both F-650 and F-750 models with the heavy-duty, Ford-built TorqShift HD six-speed automatic transmission. The 6.8-liter engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas as cost-effective alternatives to gasoline.
Ford is the only medium-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations, and providing customers with streamlined service. The Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine delivers best-in-class standard 270 horsepower and 675 lb.-ft. of torque, plus available engine outputs of 300 horsepower with 700 lb.-ft. of torque and 330 horsepower with 725 lb.-ft. of torque. It is backed by an unsurpassed five-year/250,000-mile warranty.
“Towing and rental customers have embraced the gas engine, and others are looking at this powertrain for more severe service applications,” Koester says. “Our diesel customers are praising the quietness of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine. Not only is it up to 45 percent quieter in the cabin at idle than the outgoing model, it’s so quiet that customers have told us that there have been times when they’ve approached the truck in front of the grille and didn’t even realize it was running.”
Another feature resonating with customers, Koester says, is the TorqShift HD’s available Live-Drive Power Takeoff Provision. The diesel engine can crank out 300 lb.-ft. of stationary torque and 200 lb.-ft. in mobile mode, giving customers the power they need to operate a wide range of equipment on the job site. Diesel models can accommodate split-shaft PTO applications, as well. New for 2017 is the addition of mobile mode on the 6.8-liter V10 engine.
Toughest, great value and work-ready Ford medium-duty trucks ever

Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks provide the ideal combination of value, capability and upfit readiness in the medium-duty truck segment.
These attributes underscore F-650 and F-750’s position as the future of medium-duty trucks:
Toughest: Fully designed and developed by Ford truck engineers in Dearborn, Michigan; robot-tested on taxing durability courses too demanding for human drivers; 500,000-plus miles of harsh dynamometer engine testing at extreme power levels and temperatures

Work-ready: New upfit-friendly chassis developed in cooperation with leading industry body makers; clean chassis capable of accommodating vocational bodies with little to no modification saves time and expense

Great value: Choice of segment-exclusive 6.8-liter V10 gas engine or 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel – both backed by Ford’s heavy-duty TorqShift HD six-speed automatic transmission enhanced for medium-duty use with great power, performance and efficiency; supported by a national network of Ford service centers to minimize downtime

1949 Panel Truck Can Still Deliver the Goods



Long before boring white vans dominated the delivery scene for small businesses across America, transporting goods was done with a whole lot of style. Panel trucks emerged long ago as the delivery vehicle of choice, serving businesses faithfully for decades.

Today, panel trucks are still a great option for businesses, fully capable of delivering goods and serving as a rolling billboard that will turn a whole lot more heads than a plain white van. All you have to do is paint your logo on the side, and presto, instant cool.
This 1949 panel truck is a blank canvas just waiting to be employed by a small business owner somewhere in America. The red and white paint scheme is timeless and classic, as are the moon hubcaps and steel wheels
The drivetrain consists of a modern and reliable 289/C4 automatic, with a few power adders like an Edelbrock carb and intake. Stopping power has been upgraded as well, with front discs replacing the factory drums.
The interior is serviceable, with a tan vinyl bench seat and carpet, classy factory gauges, and the original style wood floor in the back. All it needs is some car parts, catering, or whatever cargo you might need to transport from point a to point b in the back. Because who wants to ride around in a boring old white van anyway?

Ford Focus RS first drive: The B-road baller


When was the last time you truly felt alive? Today more than ever, it is perhaps the experiences we have – and the moments when we feel a sense of risk, jeopardy, fear, exhilaration or just sheer joy – that make us truly wide-eyed.

Which brings us to the Focus RS. Britain’s favourite family hatchback. Into which some engineers have dropped a 350bhp, 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine. And yep, it’s bonkers – just thinking about it makes our hearts beat faster. For driving a Focus RS, hard, is not an experience you forget in a hurry.

Ford Focus RS review: Nothing ‘Normal’ here
It begins the moment we get in. The RS feels like a very physical car. We drop onto deeply sculpted Recaro bucket seats. They’re set too high (why can’t Ford get this simple thing right?) but grip hard and tight.


Belt on, we thumb the Ford Power starter and the Ecoboost chunters to life with the exhaust spitting out a small pop to hint at what’s to come. A prod of the drive mode selector, we toggle between Normal, Sport, Race and Drift.

We start in Normal. Having moved off, there’s a physicality about the RS’s controls that leave us in no doubt this is going to be an engaging drive. The clutch is heavy by modern standards; the steering too. It’s no truck, but nor is it the floppy “is it connected?” everyday hatch driving experience.
We set off across the car park and the RS feels like it’s on a leash. Out under the barrier, a prod of the throttle sees the little blue needle in the centre of the tri-gauge dash-top pod arcs across the gauge as the turbo comes to life. It already feels fast.

The very precise gear change – which is positive, but without the machined precision of a Honda – stands out. It’s physical, but without the arm-aching weight qualities of some. It’s a manual, just in case you needed to ask, and it’s a precise thing to use.


The ride feels firm, yet not unyielding. Later, on East Yorkshire’s crumbling B-roads, it refuses to lose its composure. The Focus RS is analogue in a world of increasingly automated, digital machines.

Ford Focus RS review: Sizzling in ‘Sport’

Now we select Sport mode, bury the throttle on a motorway slip and the Focus just digs in and explodes forward, ripping past ponderous, inside lane bumblers. No wheel spin, no drama – thank the standard four-wheel drive – with just the slight, offbeat warble of the 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine.
It sounds more cultured than an four-cylinder has a right to. It remains largely impervious to turbo-lag. The four driven wheels is a Focus RS first – but in some regards a return to the motorsport arms’ historic roots. Remember the Escort and Sierra Cosworth? There’s a red thread linking them to modern Focus RS somewhere in here.

One junction on the motorway is all we need before we roll off, onto meandering, well-sighted and empty B-road driving nirvana. Past the de-restriction sign, down into second gear and pin the throttle… Boom.

We’re not sure we were prepared for what came next: the Focus hurls itself towards the horizon, second gear sees us nearly all the way to the legal limit, and approaching the rev limiter we change gear and an artillery fire of noise erupts from the twin exhausts on the overrun, scattering the local wildlife.
Bumps in the road bring bucking, and that hunting, weaving sensation from the front axle is telegraphed precisely through the steering wheel. It’s not torque steer, just that the car feels so taut it hunts out road cambers and darts this way and that.
It sounds horrible, but by this point we’re smiling, laughing as we grip the steering wheel harder, approach the corner, dipping onto the powerful breaks and then throwing the Focus at it, at a seemingly ludicrous speed, only for it to track obediently round.


Overdo it, and the RS moves into a slight four-wheel drift. Engage the vaunted drift mode and it’ll hang it’s arse out for England, yet keep you out of the undergrowth. Every down change and every up change through the gearbox accompanied by that army of exhaust noise. 

This is an adjustable, tactile, egg-you-on sort of car.

Ford Focus RS review: Small gripes and sensibilities

Ten miles down the road we stop to take some photos. And change our underwear. We hear the car tick and ping as it cools.


But upon getting back in we can’t help feel this interior is showing its shortcomings. The Sync touchscreen is difficult to reach in its high-mounted dash position. The list of small gripes runs deep.

But that’s all but forgiven when dipping that throttle again. We turn the Focus around and drive our B-road all over again. And then again.

With a price from £31,000 (hitting £34,342 as tested, including £1,145 of the race style RS Recaro Shell seats and £465 of Sync2 Sat Nav) the Focus RS is a lot of cash for an everyday family car. But, in the same breath, there’s nothing family nor everyday about this hatch.
The Focus RS might look like it’s been driven through a Demon Tweeks catalogue – it even possess an image those of us over 30 will feel just a tad uncomfortable with – but for that one mega drive, and for embarrassing Porsche Caymans and BMW M2s, the Focus RS really is the one.

It’s a car that’s achieved that rare thing: to make us feel truly alive. 

Ford demonstrates camera assist features on 2017 Super Duty



Jennifer Shaw, Ford driver assistance electronics supervisor, gave Hard Working Trucks a tour of the 2017 Super Duty camera assist features.
Shaw, a self-described novice at backing up a trailer, makes it look pretty easy as she demonstrates camera modes and assist features that come with Ford’s Trailer Reverse Guidance (TRG) system.
Take note of the auxiliary camera which has been mounted on the rear of the trailer. The camera, which is submersible, comes with a cable that can be ordered in 38-, 48-, and 58-foot lengths.
Shaw also talks about how to install the special reference sticker on a trailer which Ford’s TRG system uses to determine trailer angle relative to the rear of the truck. Additional instructions can be found at Ford’s website, trailerreverseguidance.com.

This Stunning Square Jawed 1979 F-100 is a Real Star


70’s model F-100s are popular for a variety of reasons.  One of which is that they look like they can take a solid punch to the face – a face
that is as square jawed as a Hollywood action movie star.  And this 1979 example, with its slightly raked stance, looks ready to fight anything from aliens to waves of Communist antagonists.
The gorgeous red respray is impossible to ignore, and the trim is equally shiny.  The debate over aftermarket chrome wheels on old trucks is a heated one, but Torq Thrusts have been cool since before this truck rolled off the assembly line. 

Aside from the rolling stock, this F-100 is almost exactly as it came from the factory.  The interior has been redone but retains all of its original bits and pieces, minus a modern radio.  Motivation is provided by a stock 302 that is begging for some upgrades (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Even if you don’t appreciate the retro cool look of the American wheels, this truck is undoubtedly a beauty, and it can quickly and easily be returned to stock.  It even comes with all the original manuals and goodies like the window sticker for those who wish to retain it as a collector’s item.  No matter what kind of look floats (or sinks) your proverbial boat, this truck is for you. 

Ford F-150 Raptor Design Feel Into Nissan Hands Before Making Its Debut


Ford and Nissan were both at the Detroit Auto Show where they showed off their Ford F150 Raptor as well as the Nissan Titan Warrior. Both these models looked great on their own but when you start comparing them to each other, you will start to notice how similar these two models actually looked like.
From the overall design of the vehicle to the tires and the even the color. It is hard to believe that they actually both decided on the same design. It could be just a coincidence but many seem to believe that Nissan might be the copycat here.

The Ford F-150 Raptor was fitted with a 3.5 liter turbocharged engine that will be delivering about 450hp and will be mated to a 10-speed auto transmission. The Nissan Titan Warrior, on the other hand, will come with a 5.0 liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that will be mated to a seven-speed auto transmission.

Ford reveals some interesting and weird car tech ideas


While car makers are scrambling to make cars smarter, even self-sufficient, not all automotive innovations need a drastic change in the car’s systems. And some need not even change the car itself. As part of its “Further with Ford” program, the car maker looked to its own designers and engineers to come with up not just with ideas but also working prototypes to make drivers’ and commuters’ lives easier. Thus, experiments like Carr-E, Phone As Car, and On the Go H2O were born.
Perhaps taking inspiration from Wall-E, the Carr-E is what you’d get if you crossed a Roomba with a hoverboard, but with a design that still looks like a car. The idea for this mode of transportation, because, yes, you actually do ride on it, was to take care of that “last mile”, that stretch between the parking space and the house or building door that no car can drive through. It also functions as a personal baggage cart when you have to carry heavy loads.

Of the three, Phone As Car is probably the one with the least intuitive name, and also the one that is perhaps the hardest to explain. In a nutshell, it provides riders with a connection to a Ford car’s SYNC system without having to pair with it via Bluetooth. Instead, the rider’s smartphone app uses open source protocols to connect with the driver’s smartphone which, in turn, is the one directly connected to SYNC. What happens afterwards is the more interesting part. With the connection, passengers on ride sharing services will be able to control certain parts of the car, like radio and climate. Even more useful when driver and rider don’t speak the same language. Riders can simply type in their message and the text gets translated for the driver.

Last but definitely no the least, On the Go H2O is the most ecological of batch. Addressing the need for water, both for the car’s passengers as well as the world at large, the system converts and purifies the condensation from a car’s A/C system into potable water, envisioned as a way to minimize stops for water or provide water in long treks in remote locations. Maybe just don’t tell the passenger where the water came from.

Not fast or furious: Riding in Ford’s self-driving car


It reminded me a little of my first successful driver’s test at age 16. Stop a little longer. Wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the intersection. Remember, the instructor could take something valuable away.
This was the opposite of my ride with NASCAR legend Bill Elliott at Road Atlanta back in the 1990’s.

“We follow the speed limit (in this case 25 miles per hour). We drive by the letter of the law,” said Schuyler Cohn, one of two Ford autonomous vehicle engineers who served as my fellow passengers. “We’re going to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, maybe a little longer than most people would.”

Today, Ford has 10 of these vehicles and 20 more are in production, said Randy Visintainer, Ford director of autonomous vehicles. By 2018 Ford employees will be able to use them to get Ford’s sprawling campus.

But Ford has sufficiently refined its small fleet of self-driving Fusion hybrids to allow an international media group to test it on a specific route. The automaker has pledged to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle — no steering wheel, gas or brake pedal — to a ride-sharing service by 2021.

As Ford and other automakers admit, this technology is aimed at a very different pool of customers than those who have bought five generations of Mustangs or placed the earliest order for the GT ultra sportscar.

“Why are we doing this? Consumer attitudes and their priorities regarding vehicles and transportation are changing, ” said Ford CEO Mark Fields. “The world has moved from owning vehicles to owning and sharing them. This is driving us to reconsider our entire business model.”

The self-driving Fusions still have steering wheels, gas and brake pedals. Ford engineer Jakob Hoellerbauer sat behind the wheel and could have taken control if needed.

Still it’s easy to spot them from the outside. They all carry a contraption that looks a little like a bike carrier on the roof. Within that device are mounted four rapidly rotating cylinders about the size of a 20-ounce aluminum soft drink can. Those are the Lidar modules that emit light beams at a staggering speed to capture every detail of the environment within about 100 meters of the vehicle.

That landscape has already been mapped in three dimensions down to a one-centimeter definition of each stop sign, parked car or curb.

Velodyne, the Lidar supplier in which Ford has invested $150 million, is close to releasing the next generation which will make those rotating cylinders smaller and easier to package.

Complementing those spinning cylinders are tiny cameras mounted on bumpers and side mirrors as well as short and long-range radar.

While the technology can “teach” the vehicle to stay within lane lines, stop at traffic lights and stop lights, and detect pedestrians, bicycles and even pets or other animals, it can’t yet recognize the hand waves, head nods and other interpersonal non-verbal communication that drivers use to avoid fender benders at intersections. At least not yet.

Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles, said his team also has mapped routes from Ford World Headquarters along I-94 to Metro Airport. That requires programming the vehicle differently.