Shelby GT350 Mustang: The Legend Returns | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans

2015 seems like the right year for Mustang, as it is not only getting a full redesign, but Ford is also bringing back an American legend. That’s right, early next year, Ford enthusiasts will be able to get the Shelby GT350 Mustang in all of its glory, with what Ford is claiming to be their most powerful naturally aspirated production engine ever shipped. Let’s find out what makes the Shelby GT350 Mustang such an important icon both on the track and on the street.

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First off, a little bit of history. The name Shelby became famous by the mid 60′s, when Carol Shelby and his team decided to modify a Mustang for track racing. The result? The first Shelby GT350, a small, light, super-powerful Mustang also referred to as the “Cobra” with a 4.7 l. V8. Since this original version was meant for the track and racing purposes, it was never thought of as a comfortable street car. More recent versions of the Shelby will combine comfort and drivability as well as powerful engines.

So what’s in store for 2015? The new 2015 Mustang takes design cues from the 1965 model, also called fast-back for its roofline that continuously down slopes to the back. Early in the development, Ford engineers decided a natural aspirated engine would better suit the Shelby, as opposed to a super-charged one. The 2015 Shelby GT350 relies on a 5.2 V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft, which allows for better engine breathing resulting in overall better performance. This type of engine configuration is only found in racing cars and European supercars.

Ford claims this engine will deliver over 500 horsepower and more than 400 pounds of torque, which should make it a delight on the track. In addition to the engine improvements, Ford is adding a new injection-molded carbon fiber grille and lower brace, which improves stiffness in the structure. Other improvements include an all-aluminum hood, flat-bottom steering wheel, extra-stiff 19-in aluminum wheels, and more.

The 2015 Ford Mustang is not only an excellent street sports car, but it is also the best foundation for a racing car. Check out other versions like the Mustang GT and the 700-HP Mustang.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

2015 Fiesta Vs. 2015 Focus | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans, Metairie

Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta are the company’s entry level vehicles, and as such, need to have a broader appeal than any other car in their lineup. Strong competition in the compact and sub-compact market has pushed Ford engineers and designers to innovate in new fronts, leading to better engines and outstanding aesthetics. Let’s see what the 2015 Ford Focus and 2015 Ford Fiesta bring to the table and how they stack up against each other.

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The Basics: How Are Focus And Fiesta Different?

For starters, each car belongs to a different category, Fiesta to the sub-compact and Focus to the compact. However, many of our customers wonder, What is the difference between compacts and sub-comapcts? The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines a sub-compact as a vehicle that has between 85 cubic feet and 99 cubic feet of interior volume, which is a great car for daily commuters and customers looking for great fuel efficiency. Ford Focus, however, fits right into the compact category, as it includes any car between 161 in and 175 in long. 

Designwise, both the 2015 Fiesta and 2015 Focus get the bold front grille that has defined Fords for the last few years. Actually, they look so much alike you can think of the Fiesta as a small version of the Focus, as they both come in hatchback and sedan versions.

2015 Fuel Economy

In 2012, Ford introduced the tiny 1.0 EcoBoost, which is a 3-cylinder engine capable of driving a 3,000 lb vehicle. First introduced in the Ford Fiesta, the 1.0 EcoBoost has matured and will be available in the 2015 Focus. So how does it work? Utilizing the latest engine technology, EcoBoost sips gas and maximizes its efficiency by using a turbo-charger, allowing more air into the fuel mix. While fuel ratings for the new Focus are not out yet, the 1.0 Fiesta gets an impressive 45 MPG.

In addition, Ford introduced an all-electric Focus, making the nameplate one of the most versatile in the market. Focus Electric gets an estimated rating of 110 MPG and customers might be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit.

Focus and Fiesta Performance

Both models offer an ST version, which is catered to sports minded drivers. This is what both ST versions have to offer:

2015 Fiesta ST

  • 1.6 turbo-charged EcoBoost, delivering 197 horsepower and up to 202 lb. of torque
  • Updated traction control to help hug corners at high speeds
  • Lowered center of gravity for better stability and improved response
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • For faster steering, Fiesta ST includes a redesigned steering knuckle
  • 17-in. sports wheels
  • Sports-calibrated suspension

2015 Focus ST

  • 2.0 EcoBoost engine, with an impressive 252 horsepower and 270 lb. of torque
  • New sports suspension with redesigned sports shock absorbers on both ends of the car and new front springs
  • Improved steering thanks to revised electronic power-assisted steering
  • Standard 18-in wheels
  • Red brake calipers availanle
  • 0-60 in six seconds

Remember, when it comes to buying a small vehicle, Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus are your best options. Other engines available include a 1.6 4-cylinder in the 2015 Fiesta and a  2.0L Ti-VCT I-4 engine for the 2015 Focus.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Ford Concept Cars Go On Sale | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans

Concept cars are part of every manufacturer’s design process, and they often have sharper and more daring looks than production vehicles. This week a few Ford concept cars from Sam Pack’s collection are going on sale, and they are truly amazing. Let’s not forget Ford has introduced some of the most breathtaking designs for both the Lincoln and Ford nameplates in the last decade, and these concepts show just that. Let’s take a look at these Ford concept cars, which include some classic models as well.

2006 Ford GT

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Drawing inspiration from the GT40 racing cars of the 60′s, Ford engineers and designers put out a car to celebrate the company’s heritage and racing past. The Ford GT is truly an American supercar, with its sharp looks, a 5.4 liter supercharged V8 engine, and a six-speed manual transmission. The car’s condition is virtually new, as it was driven for less than 13 miles after purchased new, hence its listed price is between $300,000 and $400,000.

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra

RM Auctions/Sam Pack Collection

Shelby vehicles rocked the auto racing world in the 60′s, taking on established winners like Porsche and Mercedes. This 1965 prototype is a one of a kind, not only because of its powerful V8, capable of producing 525 horsepower, but because of its unique alloy body. This Shelby has been preserved in like-new condition and it only shows 56 miles on its odometer. This is one of several Shelbys being auctioned, including a 1967 427 Shelby Cobra, a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 H Race Car, and a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra.

2002 Lincoln Continental Concept

RM Auctions/Sam Pack Collection

Back in 2002 Ford had ambitious plans for its Lincoln brand. The Lincoln Continental prototype was designed to maximize space and comfort and easy access to the vehicle. A low body, large doors and a powerful V12 engine were supposed to make this the one Lincoln to own, but the vehicle never got green light for production. This prototype is non-functional and it was only meant for display.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 H Race Car

 

 

 

Top Fords For 2015 | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans, Metairie

Since the start of their global strategy, Ford has made it clear they’re serious about pushing the limits of technology, design, and performance. 2015 will be a big year for Ford, as they’re introducing all-new models across the board and significant updates to all models. Here’s a quick wrap-up of what’s in store for 2015 from the blue oval.

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All-New 2015 F-150

The F Series truck has been Ford’s work horse for decades, and 2015 will see a brand new F-150 like no other truck. From its all-aluminum frame, to the new headlights and towing capabilities, this truck remains America’s best selling vehicle. Ford is also introducing a new engine line-up, betting heavily on its  V6 EcoBoost, which outperforms bigger engines while operating more efficiently. Inside its cockpit you will find an office, a zen place, a multi-media center, all in one.

2015 Ford Mustang

Mustang fans are excited about 2015 as the new pony car gets an exterior redesign, new gadgets and new engine line-up. The 2015 Mustang now sits closer to the ground with a meaner, bolder look, embellished by LED headlamps and taillights and leaner lines on its sides. Line lock, which let’s you burnout the tires for preparation at the drag strip, comes standard on all GT’s and is an option for all models. Mustang enthusiasts will also appreciate the new four-cylinder EcoBoost, which outperforms the V6 standard engine.

2015 Ford Taurus

Earlier this year we featured a post on the 2015 Taurus SHO, which features  AWD and a turbo-charged V6. SHO, which stands for Super High Output, is the top-of-the-line Taurus and reflects the best of the best. With Taurus, Ford is sending the message that they still own the full-size market, and they do so with style. 2015 Taurus also offers BLIS blind spot warning system, MyFord Touch with SYNC and standard rear-view camera.

2015 Ford Focus

Focus is the world’s best selling nameplate, and as such, one can always expect great new iterations and improvements. The 2015 model does not disappoint and brings much of the same great engineering to the market. Models highlights include a 3-cylinder EcoBoost and a turbo-charged ST performance.

Check out our inventory or contact us to schedule a test drive on your favorite Ford.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Mustang Racing Roush Performance | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans

Ford and legendary racing team Roush Performance have co-developed a top-of-the-line supercharger kit for 2015 Mustang GT. The collaboration includes a limited warranty, distribution through Ford dealers, and the quality of knowing the supercharger was designed and built for your Mustang. Let’s find out what makes the Roush Performance package so attractive.

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Roush Performance is promising all the necessary components along with engine calibration to deliver a whooping 600hp. Their software, developed using Ford’s own racing test facilities and calibrators, is the key to the performance and drivability the supercharger delivers.

2015 Ford Mustang GT already comes with the powerful, loud and fast 5.0 V8, with great acceleration and torque. This engine itself produces 435 hp thanks to its enhanced intake and exhaust valves and new cylinder heads. The Roush package also includes exterior enhancements like a hood scoop, heat extractors, quad split exhausts and more.

Mustang fans should take advantage of the Ford-Roush collaboration, as engineers of both teams worked together to ensure all parts and systems work just like in a brand new car. While there are other after-market tune-ups and add-ons, only Roush can guarantee the highest quality and compatibility for your 2015 Mustang GT.

Don’t forget to stop by your local Ford dealership and test drive the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, also available in EcoBoost and V6 models.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

Tire Types Explained | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans, Metairie

There’s a wide range of tires out there, and we know it can be confusing choosing the right one for your vehicle. From winter tires to off-road, it’s always better to know the difference before buying. Tires also influence your vehicle’s MPG, making worn tires not only a safety hazard but also inefficient.

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Take a look at this quick guide for picking the right tires:

All-Season tires

Whether you’re driving snowy roads or dry streets, these tires will fit most drivers’ needs. Tried-and-true, all-season tires come standard in most cars sold today and are designed to give you the best performance for the money.

Off-Road tires (Mud Terrain)

Made of a special tread design, these tires are better suited for rough terrains and uneven surfaces. Off-road tires should not be used on city streets, as the soft tread will wear out as it makes contact with the pavement. Off-road tires are commonly used on military vehicles, construction crews and rural vehicles.

Performance tires

These tires will get you maximum road contact. They are engineered for high speed and aggressive driving and are ideal fro sports cars at track events. Some drivers use them on daily commutes, but the soft rubber will easily wear off over time.

All-Terrain tires

Ideal for SUVs and trucks, these tires will give you the best of both off-road and street driving worlds. These tires have a good grip and contact area, which make them the best choice for versatile applications.

Winter Tires

Winter tires provide extra grip for snow and ice, and are made of a soft rubber that heats up in cold weather. They also have a large amount of grooves so the tread can push the snow down.

Visit Lamarque Ford to look at the great selection of tires we have to offer.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

Ford Transit: Customizable Cargo Van | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans

As the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas approaches, five Ford Transit customers are showcasing the capabilities of the van. Since its introduction, Ford Transit has reshaped the expectations of customers as it is now easier than ever to pick the van that better suits your business’ needs. Ford has recognized the need for companies to enjoy a cargo vehicle with a strong frame and foundation and available upgrades. Let’s take a look at some of Transit’s unlimited capabilities.

Vegas Off-Road Experience Ford Transit

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In South Boulder City, Nevada, the Vegas Off-Road Experience team (VORE) adapted Transit to meet their unique needs: an off-road high-end passenger vehicle that could fit several people comfortably to take to track events. To accomplish this, the VORE team outfitted Ford Transit with off-road tires and extended fender flares, which give the vehicle a rugged capabilities and appearance. For added comfort, this amazing Ford Transit also includes a large TV for external viewing, custom LED lighting, video gaming station, five LED flat screens, and touch-screen tablet controls.

Designed Travel Ford Transit

Designed Travel Transit Lamarque Ford New Orleans Cargo Van

For long distance travelers, this Transit is a dream come true. Waldoch Crafts and 3dCarbon have put together the ultimate road trip vehicle by installing hard-wood floors and four reclining captain chairs in a long-wheelbase Transit. To top it off, Waldoch included additional features like 360-degree view camera, LED interior lighting, upgraded 20-in wheels and tires, side skirts with integrated trailer hitch, and 4K ultra high definition 50-in TV.

Formula Drift Ford Transit

Formula DRIFT Transit Lamarque Ford New Orleans Cargo Van

 

The Formula Drift will serve as an actual track vehicle because of its spacious interior and engine reliability. For the 2015 Drift Series in California, this Ford Transit will be outfitted with a fully functional workspace, high-end communications system, TV, and LED lighting. Additionally, this Transit gets an upgraded performance suspension, exhaust system, and air intake system, to deal with the added stress of being in the track. Safety also plays an important part of the Formula Drift Transit, as it includes fire extinguishers and fire suits and helmet racks.

Business Class Transit

Business Class Transit Lamarque Ford New Orleans Cargo Van

This Transit is a top-of-the-line creation by Detroit Custom Coach, and features a long-wheelbase, high-roof transit and is geared towards VIP travelers. Whether for exclusive business trips or as a limo replacement, this luxurious vehicle can carry up to eight passengers and has everything from cocktail stations to Wi-Fi. Amongst other amenities, the Business Class Transit also features motorized privacy shades, integrated iPad controls, color-changing LED lighting, reclining seats with massage, and wood-grain flooring.

Remember to keep in mind the all-new Ford Transit for your business needs. With three wheelbase options and thousands of customizable options, it suits the needs of every company.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

Ford Cop Cars New Technology | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans

Earlier this year, Ford announced new technologies and updates to its police interceptor models, which put them at the forefront of law enforcement vehicles. Today, Ford is adding a new feature that allows police departments to monitor individual cars in real-time, giving way to a more transparent and accountable police force. Along with software company Telogis and drawing heavily from their Crew Chief fleet technology, Ford was able to deliver a unique system currently unmatched by competitors.

Ford Police Interceptor Telogis Telematics Technology Lamarque New Orleans

Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement seeks to improve police efficacy by monitoring driving habits, maintenance logs, location and other important information. The collected data can be seen real time or processed for later use. Since vehicle accidents are the leading cause of police officer deaths, any change in their training and driving behavior can be beneficial. Also, in case of accidents, police will usually retrieve the cop car black box for later examination, adding unnecessary time to investigations. With the new system, most analytics are sent wirelessly to a command center where they can be constantly monitored.

Police agencies will have a tighter grip on officers, since they will be able to tell whether cops are using their safety belts, how often they engage pursuit mode, how hard brakes are being applied, cruiser speed, stability control events, etc. The data aggregate is then used to improve training, either on a general base or individually, Ford gives agencies the flexibility they need. Most of the research needed for Ford Telematics was conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department, which allowed for a fine-tuned solution that suited one of the most demanding police forces.

In the end, this new technology by Ford and Telogis will be a win–win for both police agencies and the community. As law enforcement becomes more capable with technology, it also becomes more manageable and transparent. Ford telematics is another example of Ford’s safety strategy, which focuses both on consumer products and fleet services for corporations and government agencies.

Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement will start rolling out next year in Ford Explorer and Taurus Interceptors.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

Ford’s New Pre-Collision Warning System | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans

For years, Ford has been at the forefront of the development of new vehicle safety technologies, so much it even sells its own to other manufacturers. But Ford is not stopping there. The company just announced a new system to help avoid and even eliminate front collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. The system is called pre-collision warning system and will be introduced in Europe next year on the 2015 Mondeo.

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Here’s how it works. The system constantly scans the road ahead using radars and cameras, then adds other inputs like speed and inclination. Once the system has detected an object ahead, it first warns the driver to take action, then takes over and can apply the brakes up to a full stop if necessary. Ford’s pre-collision warning system gains its ability to recognize objects from a database created from real-life testing. Ford safety engineering team covered over 300,000 miles of roads to ensure the system worked flawlessly, and it does.

With the all-new pre-collision warning system , Ford is adding an extra camera nested in the windshield next to the rear-view mirror, allowing for a better viewing angle. However, the system does have some limitations and does not replace driver input. Since the system is fairly new, the cameras have a harder time detecting objects at night or under certain weather conditions.

Although the system is scheduled to be released in only one model next year, the potential for this technology is unlimited. Ford already enjoys a conformable position amongst manufacturers in terms of new safety technology. Ford’s Driver Assist package, which is available in all of their upcoming models, greatly increases customer’s choices in this area. Driver Assist bundles cutting edge improvements like BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with lane-keeping assist, auto-dimming beams and rain-sensing wiper blades.

Stop by Lamarque Ford to check out the new safety features in our Fords, and to test drive American favorites like the F-150, Ford Taurus and 2015 Mustang.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.

 

 

Meet The New 2015 Ford Focus | Lamarque Ford | New Orleans

Since its introduction in 1998, Ford Focus has turned the compact car market into a competitive and innovative segment where new technologies are born and the newest designs are showcased. For 2015, Ford is introducing the most significant upgrade to Focus since 2012, bringing new design, technology and performance features.

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2015 Ford Focus Design

Back in 2012, Focus was Ford’s first model to join the company’s global initiative, which is aimed at creating a more cohesive global brand with the same product shipped around the globe. Today, Ford has accomplished just that, and the new 2015 Focus is a testament to the global design guidelines.

The new look takes big clues from European models, thanks in part to Ford’s acquisition of Aston Martin and its design team. A redesigned grille gives Focus a more modern and aggressive look, while retaining an elegant profile, with subtle lines flowing back to the rear end. A new appearance package, SE, is now available, as well as new wheels, in sizes varying from 15 to 18 inches.

All-New Focus Technology Improvements

As part of its interior redesign, the 2015 Focus gains new gadgets that make driving a better experience. The most noticeable new feature is its standard rear-view camera, which lets you get a better look when slowly backing up. The center console, also redesigned, houses SYNC and available MyFord Touch for the best hands-free communication experience.

As part of the driver-assist package, the 2015 Ford Focus now includes BLIS, an intelligent system that alerts the driver for oncoming traffic. BLIS uses radars around Focus to detect approaching vehicles on either side, and is now available in most Ford vehicles.

2015 Ford Focus Performance

Focus has expanded its line-up to meet every driver’s expectations. From the standard 2.0 to the Focus Electric, consumers will enjoy riding in a 2015 Focus. The most talked about engine is Ford’s EcoBoost, which combines an effective smaller engine with turbo-chargers, allowing for increased performance and lower emissions and fuel consumption. The 2015 Ford Focus gets its own EcoBoost engine, which uses an efficient 1-liter 3-cylinder engine without compromising power.

Performance enthusiasts will welcome the all-new Focus ST, which packs a turbo-charged 2.0 engine, a six-speed transmission and a new sports tuned suspension.

Stop by Lamarque Ford today to test drive the new 2015 Focus and to check out our great deals and specials.

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Lamarque Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in New Orleans, LA. Located in Kenner, LA, Lamarque Ford is committed to providing you the best customer service and vehicle service for the life of your vehicle. Whether you’re on the market to purchase, finance, or service a new or used Ford vehicle, you’ve come to the right place.