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Summer has arrived and that means it is time to hit the open road in a new or used Ford from Ziems Ford Corners. After enduring a year of lockdowns and closures, it’s finally time to burn some pavement. Just in case your memory is a little rusty on what to pack, here’s our list of Summer road trip essentials. Get packing! It’s time to make some new memories!

The Non-Negotiables:

These are items you should never drive without, but we’re listing them just to make sure you don’t accidentally remove them to make space!

  • Your driver’s license, registration and insurance. Three key things you don’t want to be without on the road.
  • Your car’s user manual. Take it along so you can reference it in case you need to do some emergency car maintenance or repairs.
  • A spare car key. No one wants to add the expense of a locksmith to their vacation!
  • The spare tire. Along with this, don’t forget the jack and any tools you’ll need to change a flat.
  • Electronic toll pass. If you’ll be traveling toll roads on your journey an electronic pass will save you time and money.

Safety Supplies

These items will help to keep you and your passengers safe on the journey. Be sure you don’t skip anything on this portion of the list. 

  • Hands-free phone mount. Holding your phone while you drive is not only dangerous, it is also illegal in many states. A phone mount keeps you hands-free and safe. 
  • Quart of oil and a jug of coolant or water. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Wiper fluid. Refill your wiper fluid tank before you leave, but bring along some extra fluid, just in case.
  • Portable gas container. A portable container gives you peace of mind in case you miscalculate mileage.
  • Emergency car kit. Don’t get caught without essentials like jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, and more. You can DIY or buy a kit for roadside safety. 
  • First aid kit. Buy a premade one at your local store, or assemble your own following Red Cross guidelines.
  • Flashlight. You never know when car trouble will strike, or when you or a family member might drop something important into the deepest, darkest orifices of the car interior.
  • Emergency credit card. If you need to make a big purchase or pay an expensive bill, you’ll be prepared without immediately draining your bank account.

Interior Necessities

  • Car phone charger. Be sure you bring along a cable compatible with all your devices.
  • A garbage bag. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; a spare grocery sack works well to collect trash in the car so you can throw it away at the end of your driving day.
  • Roll of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. You never know what you may find at rest stops and roadside stations. 
  • Cleaning supplies. Baby wipes, tissues and napkins. You can never be too prepared for messes and easy clean-up.
  • A cooler. Pack plenty of drinks and snacks to minimize the number of stops you need to make and save money.
  • Travel pillow and a throw blanket. A must for any passengers who may like to nap on the ride.

Before You Hit the Road

That’s a whole lot to carry and we haven’t even talked about passengers! If your current vehicle is falling short on long journeys, stop by Ziems Ford Corners to view our selection of new and pre-owned Ford’s. We have just the vehicle you need to fit the whole family in style. 

Trucks keep getting bigger. It hasn’t always been that way. Oftentimes, with the size increase comes a price increase, and a mileage decrease. Ziems can assure you that’s not the story at Ford. The Blue Oval is officially resurrecting the small-but-mighty pickups of decades past with the all-new 2022 Maverick. This pint-sized pick-up is slated to offer 40 mpg, seat five and bear an MSRP starting at under $20K. Packed with clever technology and features, the 2022 Ford Maverick is the truck for people who never knew they wanted a truck.

Defying Expectations

The Maverick is the only standard fully hybrid pickup in America. This little truck’s 2.5L full-hybrid powertrain comes with a projected EPA-estimated rating of 40 mpg city and 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas. Or you can improve things even more with the optional 2.0L EcoBoost® engine. Built to meet all Ford Tough standards, the Maverick offers ingenious design and storage solutions but doesn’t stop there. As the first standard full hybrid pickup in America, the Maverick truck was made to innovate.

Designed to Adapt

With Maverick’s DYI adaptable FlexBed™, your hauling capabilities are limitless. With a little creative thinking and a simple trip to the hardware store, adapt the 4.5 bed to haul anything you can imagine. Combine tie-downs and a multi-position tailgate to extend the load floor to six feet and you can carry anything from gardening equipment to an ATV. Opt for the available in-bed outlet, and the FlexBed™ solutions set you up with all the tools to make hauling a cinch.

Ford Tough Towing

The Maverick takes small but mighty to new heights with a 15,000-pound standard payload. Add in the available 4k towing package and get a towing hitch receiver with a seven-pin connector and 4,000 pounds of towing capability. Or, hit the road less traveled with the available FX4 Off-Road Package. This truck is Built Ford Tough, so go confidently wherever you may venture. 

Designed for Your Values

With four doors and seating for five people, the cockpit matches that of an SUV. Enjoy standard rear-seat storage, plus seats designed to keep your cell phone from sliding in. Design genius doesn’t stop there. The Maverick’s seats are built with sustainable fabrics, and the flooring is made from recycled clothing. This is one truck that was made to match your values and your lifestyle.

Reserve Your Maverick

It’s no fun trying to fit a mountain bike into a sedan, but it’s always a breeze with a truck. With its compact stature, impressive mileage and spacious interior, the Maverick makes it as easy to get around the city, as it is to escape it. Innovator. Trendsetter. Maverick. 

Get a head start on owning an all-new 2022 Ford Maverick today. Fill out the reservation form and Ziems Ford Corners will contact you to confirm your reservation.

Even those who know next to nothing about cars, understand that a vehicle’s top two performance metrics are horsepower and torque. These two terms are littered across every spec sheet, review and online comparison video known to man. Even here at Ziems Ford Corners, we toss the words “horsepower” and “torque” around pretty liberally. Whether we’re discussing the 600 lb-ft of torque in the Mach E or the up to 430 horsepower of the F-150, horsepower and torque are both a hot conversion topic! But few shoppers truly comprehend the differences, so the meaning of both tends to get lost along the way. Though most can grasp the general premises of horsepower and torque, their definitions, history and applications aren’t as well known. 

What Is Horsepower?

Horsepower (HP) is a unit of measurement used to reference the “rate at which work is done” by an engine or motor. However, there are different standards and types of horsepower. Two common definitions used today are mechanical or imperial horsepower, which is about 745.7 watts, and the metric horsepower, which is approximately 735.5 watts. The term was adopted in the late 18th century to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses. The term now applies to all engines and motors.  

What Is Torque?

In mechanics, torque is the rotational equivalent of linear force or force multiplied by distance.

In the case of the automobile, it is “the rotational equivalent of linear force.” Essentially, it’s the amount of force applied to an object with a twisting motion, i.e. a motor applying force to a crankshaft, which consequently rotates the tires. Torque can be thought of as a twist to an object around a specific axis. It is also referred to as the moment of force, rotational force or turning effect, depending on the field of study. The concept originated with Archimedes. 

Why Horsepower?

When the term horsepower was invented, horses were the most common work animal. The term was originally created by Scottish engineer James Watt to promote his steam-powered business. By comparing the output of a steam engine to that of the draft horses he was able to determine how much more effective it was. Thus, horsepower was born.

Why do we Need Both? 

The two concepts are very much two sides of the same coin. When accelerating, both torque and horsepower matter, as one goes with the other. Torque is the brute force that gets you up and moving from idle. Horsepower supplies the muscle that keeps you moving at speed. The difference is torque is doing the work, while horsepower is how fast that work is being done. Horsepower and torque, along with where each falls on a vehicle’s engine rotation per minute (rpm) range, help to determine a vehicle’s speed and acceleration.

 

Which is better?

To answer that in simple terms, they are different but equal. Torque is the force you feel pushing you back in your seat on acceleration, while horsepower is the speed achieved at the end of that acceleration. According to the experts at Ziems, torque is vital to every engine’s operation, but horsepower is what distinguishes a good engine from a great one. So, if you’d like to get more horsepower and torque in your ride, stop by our showroom and sales lot today! 

 

 

They say you never know where lightning will strike. But that’s not entirely true. At Ziems Ford Corners, we know that Lightning plans to strike on Wednesday, May 19, at 9:30 p.m. Ford Motor Company has announced the reveal of the first-ever all-electric Ford F-150, dubbed Lightning. The reveal will take place via a Livestream from Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan headquarters scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT. Farmington viewers can catch the reveal on Ford’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Every so often, a new vehicle comes along that disrupts the status quo, here’s what we know about the coming storm: 

The Power of Lightning

America’s favorite truck 44 years running is ready to “turn the legendary revolutionary” and introduce you to its fully electric brethren. The F-150 Lightning is slated to be the most powerful F-150 ever built. Early reports show that the all-new F-150 Lightning will feature a dual-motor powertrain and all-wheel drive. Along with being the most powerful, it should also be the quickest member of the F-150 family. Especially given that electric vehicles offer high torque out-puts and respond instantly to driver inputs. Ford President and CEO Jim Farley described it by saying, “The Lightning can power your home during an outage and will constantly improve through over-the-air updates.” 

What’s in a Name?

Aside from being a near-perfect moniker for an all-electric vehicle, Lightning is an important name in the Ford history books. In the early 1990s and 2000s, the nameplate was applied to a series of high-performance street trucks. These trucks housed some of the most powerful engines of their day. The last generation of the nameplate held a supercharged 5.4-liter unit that boasted 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. In their time, these trucks offered serious performance with the style chops to match. We envision that the nameplate could be revived for nothing less than gale force strength. 

Creating a Storm 

It’s not easy turning electricity into lightning, but the Michigan-based Ford Rouge EV Complex is up to the challenge. This plant is set to be “the cathedral of American manufacturing and Ford’s most advanced plant” according to Farley. The Lightening’s body and paintwork will be completed at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant. The F-150 Lightning is scheduled to enter production in mid-2022 for the 2023 model year. 

Storm Chaser

If you can’t wait to see how the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning lives up to its heritage, neither can we. All of us at Ziems will be tuned in to see the reveal. Visit our showroom to find out how and when you can get your hands on Lightening. The Ford F-150 Lightning that is!