How to Spend Labor Day in Chicago

Labor Day in Chicago

Here’s What You Can Do For Labor Day!

Labor Day is often considered the last hurrah before summer ends. It was created as a day to honor the American worker and his or her daily efforts. Staying home and sleeping in is always a great option, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous for your long weekend, here are some fun ways to spend Labor Day in Chicago.

Chicago Jazz Festival

This annual musical event is entering its 39th year and presents free live music from August 31st through September 3rd.

Great American Lobster Fest

Fill your Labor Day with all the lobster you can eat. This food-filled festival runs September 1st through 3rd at the Navy Pier.

Chicago SummerDance

Come show off your best dance moves or learn a few new steps at this fun festival held in Grant Park September 1st through 4th.

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

Catch the last firework show of the summer on September 2nd at the Navy Pier. The show will begin at 10:15. Come early and grab some delicious food and have some fun.

Chicago Cubs

Nothing says summer quite like baseball. Head to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves.

Here at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL, we hope you and your family have a great Labor Day weekend.

Best Back-to-School Ford Vehicles

back-to-school Ford vehicles

School Is Back In Full Swing

If your kids haven’t gone back to school yet, they are probably starting very soon. This time of year is a flurry of activity as everyone gets back into the school year routine. If your routine needs a new vehicle, consider these great back-to-school Ford vehicles.

Edge

With the Ford Edge, you can truly enjoy driving your kids to and from all of their activities every day. It offers buyers a range of engines to choose from, so you can decide if fuel efficiency or performance is more important to you. The Edge comfortably seats five and has plenty of cargo space for all of the kids’ backpacks, sports gear, and other equipment.

Explorer

For something more adventure-worthy, there’s the Ford Explorer. With three rows of seating, a family of seven can easily and comfortably fit inside the cabin. The Explorer comes equipped with plenty of modern features, including Bluetooth, voice-activated controls, and a rearview camera.

Expedition

If you are looking for lots of and room and strong capabilities, the Ford Expedition will not let you down. The Expedition can seat up to seven passengers and has a towing capacity up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped. Everyone in the family will love its smooth, quiet ride.

Stop by Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL and we will help you find the perfect fit for you and your family.

Best Road Trips

Best Road Trips to Take in Your Mustang

Best Road Trips

Go For a Fun Ride In Your Mustang

Taking to the road on a summer adventure is best done behind a performance-driven muscle car like the 2017 Ford Mustang. The Mustang’s responsive steering and agile handling make it a thrill to drive for hours on end. Here are some of the best road trips you can take in your Mustang from us here at Packey Webb Ford!

The Ozarks

Located in Arkansas, the Ozarks are one of the most scenic areas in the nation. Rugged mountains, rushing waters, and moonlight are just a few of the natural settings that the area has to offer. Fall brings a palette of colors you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Hop in your Ford Mustang and prepare for the summer adventure of a lifetime!

Cape Cod

Massachusetts is home to many things, but Cape Cod stands as a beacon of light among them. Speaking of beacons of light, the area is home to the Nobska Point Lighthouse. The Cape Cod National Seashore features miles of beaches, cliffs, and dunes designed for those who are feeling adventurous this summer!

Brandywine Valley

Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania is home to the Longwood Gardens. Visitors will enjoy the fresh air as they travel through 1,050 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens and woodland. Fountain displays attract visitors from around the country, making Brandywine Valley a must-see location!

Did you find these trips in your Ford Mustang helpful? Let all of us at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL in the comments below!

The Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle

2017 Ford CMAX Hybrid - benefits of driving a hybrid in Chicago, ILHybrid vehicles have been on the market since the end of the 1990s, and they are becoming more and more popular as drivers learn about the benefits of going green. Hybrids can not only reduce emissions, but they also help you save gas, earn tax credits, improve performance, and more. Switch to a hybrid vehicle today to see the benefits.

A hybrid vehicle is a car that combines a traditional gasoline engine with an electric motor. According to AutoBytel, one of the major benefits of driving a hybrid is that you reduce fuel consumption. This is the most obvious perk of going green, but it can also lead to fewer harmful emissions—helping you to worry a little less when you drive.

Another advantage is tax credits. The government often offers federal tax incentives in order to get more people to drive hybrid vehicles. These incentives are based on the vehicle’s range, and frequently rise as high as $7,500, sometimes making hybrids among the most affordable vehicles on the market.

Next, hybrids also improve performance. Thanks to the combination of electric and gasoline power, hybrid vehicles have incredible torque and acceleration. In fact, many race cars rely on hybrid powertrain designs in order to boost overall performance.

These are the basic benefits of buying a hybrid. You get better fuel economy, produce lower emissions, improve performance, and earn tax credits. Stop by Packey Webb Ford to learn more about hybrids.

Meet the All-New Ford Ecosport

Ford EcosportThe all-new 2017 Ford Ecosport is here, and makes a great pick for those looking for a stylish, eccentric vehicle. This small crossover packs a big, exciting performance in a small, compact package full of personality. An attractive yet purposeful design features aerodynamic curves, bright, halogen headlamps and available LED signature lighting on higher trim levels. A moonroof is standard on the SE, SES, and Titanium models and adds an extra, modern twist to the sporty design.

The stylish Ford Ecosport is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Combined with the small, lightweight body, this engine promises a nimble, peppy ride, plus excellent fuel economy. The handling on this small crossover gets even better when equipped with the available intelligent four-wheel drive. With this features, it’s easy to take spontaneous detours or to handle iffy driving conditions.

The new Ford EcoSport also has its own list of impressive technologies. From BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) to the latest SYNC® 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, there’s no shortage of information, entertainment, and safety. Call Packey Webb Ford to learn more about the new Ford Ecosport and to schedule a test drive in this exceptional crossover.

Ford F-Series Celebrates 40 Years as Best-Seller

2017 Ford F-250When you mention pickup trucks, there’s no doubt that Ford comes to mind for most people. The Ford name has become synonymous with American transportation. This association is probably due in part for Ford’s grand success for almost half a decade. This year, the Ford F-Series celebrates 40 years as America’s best-selling truck, having sold over 26 million since January 1977.

The Ford F-Series started its long record of success that year when the all-new sixth-generation Ford F-150 was released, featuring a 351-series V8 engine and front disc brakes. This particular pickup was a big hit, but Ford didn’t stop there. Never a company to settle, Ford developed the next F-150, releasing the seventh generation to be purchased by even more satisfied customers. But 1982 the Ford F-series had not only been the best-selling truck for five consecutive years, but had become the best-selling vehicle in America, a title it has maintained since then.

Ford has proudly managed to keep its record by keeping the standards for development that won the F-Series its success in the first place. For Ford, it’s always been about anticipating the customer’s needs. In the late 1990s, that meant providing more powerful, heavy-duty trucks in the then-new F-250 and F-350. In the early 2000s, that meant crafting interiors and features that catered to lifestyles, and not just work. It’s always been about innovation while maintaining that Ford standard for performance, a balancing act that’s sure to win the F-series another decade of top sales.

3 Reasons to Drive a Ford

Reasons to Drive a Ford There are plenty of automakers to choose from when you’re in the market for a new vehicle, but Ford can outdo the competition. The wide lineup offers drivers from all walks of life exactly what they need on a daily basis. Here are a few reasons to drive a Ford according to us at Packey Webb Ford.

  • Selection – Ford’s lineup features a long list of available vehicles to choose from. Drivers interested in something small and efficient can find their ride in the Ford Fiesta. Those with a need for speed can get behind the wheel of the legendary Mustang. The Ford F-150 offers all the strength a driver could want at a great value. The Explorer ensures family trips are both comfortable and thrilling. With such a wide selection of vehicles, it hard to pick just one!
  • Style – Every Ford model boasts a unique yet recognizable style. The Ford Mustang, for example, boasts an aggressive stance with a sweeping hood that hints at what lies beneath. The Fusion is both bold and athletic with a stance that asserts itself on the road.
  • Capability – Each and every Ford vehicle offers some form of capability. The F-150 can tow and haul immense loads. The Fiesta has plenty of interior cargo space. The Fusion offers plenty of space for passengers. The Ford Escape offers high fuel economy, a tall ride height, and a versatile interior to fit any drivers’

Ford Selling Limited Edition Cowboys F-150 at Select Texas Dealerships

Ford has teamed up with the Dallas Cowboys to sell a Limited Edition Cowboys F-150, which has already hit dealerships and is priced at $41,925. Ford is selling just 400 of these special trucks.

2016 Ford F-150 - Limited Edition Cowboys F-150Painted in the same shade of silver as the Cowboys’ helmets, the Cowboys edition of the F-150 also features the team’s star logo on the doors and tailgate, cargo bed mat, and floor mats. The Cowboys F-150 is a modified F-150 XLT with the Chrome Package and features an array of unique features.

In addition to the logos and paintjob, the Cowboys Edition will also feature blue and white panel striping like the stripe on the Cowboys’ helmets, Cowboys star caps on the wheels, laser-etched chrome foot plates, and an interior badge signed by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

This isn’t the first time Ford has offered a Cowboys edition of the F-150; the last time was in 1994. The new Cowboys edition F-150 celebrates the opening of the Ford Center at The Star. Ford has a long history with the state of Texas, having worked with the Cowboys for more than 20 years as well as the King Ranch institution.

Ford Center at The Star is a state-of-the-art training facility for the Cowboys located in Frisco, Texas. It opened last month.

2017 Ford Fusion Sport Preview!

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport has been the talk of the town ever since Ford announced it would be happening back in January.

2017 Ford Fusion at Packey Webb FordFord announced the new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport as a performance sedan unlike anything in the segment. The Fusion Sport will have a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that is projected to deliver 325 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque. The Ford Fusion V6 Sport is said to add 100 lb-ft of torque and almost 50 more horsepower than its competition.

Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer Global Product Development, said “Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans”.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport will have a Driver Assist package and upgrade package available. It will come with a plethora of standard features that you can learn more about here.

Here at Packey Webb Ford, we can’t wait for the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport to hit our dealership lot. If you have questions about the Fusion Sport or any other Ford model, please contact us!

Ford Job Training Center in South Africa to Start Production Soon

Ford - Ford Job TrainingA Ford job training center in South Africa is in the works, Ford announced last week, to be modeled after the company’s original Resource and Engagement Center in Detroit. This will be Ford’s first move to bring the resource center concept outside the US.

The goal of the resource center is to strengthen nonprofit community service organizations and encourage them to work collaboratively. Through these services Ford hopes to improve the communities in which its employees and their families as well as Ford customers live and work. Ford is joined by the South African nonprofit organization Future Families, which offers services to HIV and AIDS sufferers.

The resource center is due to open in October of this year and will be located near the Ford Silverton Assembly Plant, near the city of Johannesburg. Ford will invest $130,000 a year in the facility in order to provide resources and job training to around 200 people each year. The center will offer literacy courses, career guidance, and business classes, as well as teaching trade skills.

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