Summer Festivals in Inverness, Florida

Festivals in Inverness, FL

Inverness is a city full of families, friends, and great events. From patriotic festivals to car cruise-ins, there’s something for everyone. Check out these fun summer festivals in Inverness.

Patriotic Evening

The Patriotic Evening takes place on July 3, just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July. As is tradition, there will be a fireworks display over Lake Henderson at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to find a comfortable spot to place their chairs and blankets. Due to construction in Liberty and Wallace Brooks parks, there won’t be a festival this year.

Pine Street Jam

The Pine Street Jam is a free concert that draws thousands of visitors to Inverness. Street performers and a Margaretville-themed party make for a fun event that everyone can attend! That’s not to mention the kid’s zone, an ugly Hawaiian shirt contest, and a scavenger hunt. It all takes place on August 3.

Friday Night Thunder

Are you ready for the thunder? The Friday Night Thunder event features a live music car cruise-in with local merchants and restaurants. On August 16, Elvis DJ will be playing all of Elvis’ top songs.

Inverness Founders Day

The city of Inverness turns 100 years old this year, and everyone is welcome to come out and celebrate Inverness Founders Day! Attendees will enjoy city history tours, horse carriages, old-time specials, and games. Come out on September 14 and enjoy the celebration!

Best Car Features For Older Drivers

We all go through different stages in our lives. You probably remember being a young, teenage driver. Isn’t it remarkable how far the automotive industry has come? Cars today are smarter, better-equipped, and safer than ever. If you are a senior citizen, there are some car features for older drivers from Ford that you might want to consider.

Intelligent Access Push-Button Start

This feature is available on many new Ford vehicles and simplifies the process of unlocking the doors and starting your car. In fact, you won’t even have to get out your keys to do either. Your Ford will automatically sense the key fob and will unlock the doors as you approach. To star the car, engage the brake and press the start button. This feature could help provide some relief if you suffer from arthritis.

Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology

These advanced safety features are available on nearly every new Ford model. With these features activated, they can give you extra protection and confidence for the road ahead and can help you maintain your independence. A Co-Pilot360™ package may include features like a Blind Spot Information System, a Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, and even Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go technology.

At Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, FL we will work with you to make sure you get the most out of your new Ford. We will make sure you understand all your new features that keep you safe on the road! Visit us today!

Ford Motor Company Goes Green with Locally Sourced Michigan Wind Energy

Ford Making Switch to Green Power for Detroit-Area Facilities

Ford, as part of its commitment to make the most of renewable energy sources, has announced a new partnership that is the next step in its Michigan assembly facilities achieving 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy. Through DTE Energy and their MIGreenPower program, Ford will be acquiring 500,000 megawatt hours produced entirely by Michigan wind power.

Ford houses two major production facilities in Michigan. The first is the Dearborn truck plant that produces the iconic F-150 and Raptor models, and the second is the Michigan Assembly Plant where the new 2019 Ford Ranger is in production. Both facilities will benefit from these green renewable initiatives. The Michigan Assembly Plant is itself home to a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system, which already provides a significant portion of the location’s power requirements.

The move toward renewable energy is in part to help the environment, but it also comes with other benefits for the local area. Jobs are created to build, maintain, and operate sites that produce renewable energy. Furthermore, the local energy grid becomes more reliable due to the additional sources of electrical input.

Altogether, this partnership between Ford and DTE Energy means better production facilities, a cleaner environment, and a more prosperous future.

Test drive the F-150 Raptor at Nick Nicholas Ford.

2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Delivers Unmatched Capabilities

2020 Ford Super Duty, Inverness, FL

When you have serious work to do, you need more than just any old pickup, you need the new 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty. The Super Duty’s capabilities have been taken to the next level with two new engine options, even higher towing and payload ratings, and more advanced technology options.

Under the hood, you will be able to choose from among three great engine options. A new 7.3-liter V8 will join the popular 6.2-liter V8 as gasoline engine options. There will also be the third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® Diesel V8 to complete the lineup.

“With the addition of the 7.3-liter V8, upgrades to our 6.7-liter and the debut of an all-new 10-speed transmission, we are delivering the strongest, most capable Super Duty powertrain offerings yet,” said Mike Pruitt, Ford Super Duty chief engineer.

Ford hasn’t officially released the updated towing and payload numbers yet, but has said the Super Duty “will offer its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck, and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings.”

Inside, the new Super Duty will be just as impressive with a host of newly available technology features. The class-exclusive, available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ will make it easier to get your truck into towing position, while the embedded 4G LTE Wi-Fi modem allows up to 10 devices to connect at once.

Learn more about the highly-capable 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup at Nick Nicholas Ford.

2019 Ford Ranger Offers Superb Midsize Pickup Fuel Efficiency

2019 Ford Ranger, Inverness, FL

The 2019 Ford Ranger offers impressive strength and versatility, but it doesn’t stop there. The 2019 Ranger sets a new standard for efficiency in the midsize pickup segment.

The all-new Ranger rolls out with an EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway/23 combined mpg.* Four-wheel drive models are rated for an EPA-estimated 20 city/24 highway/22 combined mpg.* That kind of efficiency makes it stand above gas-powered competitors.

“Midsize truck customers have been asking for a pickup that’s Built Ford Tough,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “And Ranger will deliver with durability, capability and fuel efficiency, while also providing in-city maneuverability and the freedom desired by many midsize pickup truck buyers to go off the grid.”

Designed to raise the bar for the midsize truck segment, the 2019 Ford Ranger also tops competitors with best-in-class torque, towing, and payload capabilities.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine generates 270 horsepower and a best-in-class 310 lb-ft of torque. That kind of strength gives the Ford Ranger a best-in-class 7,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity too. The Ranger’s engine comes paired with a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.

The new Ranger also offers an impressive array of available technologies, including the class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System.

Visit us here at Nick Nicholas Ford to test-drive the new Ranger.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy/comb mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.

Tips For Driving In Wet Conditions

Wet Conditions

Driving when the weather is rainy can be stressful. However, there’s no reason to fear soggy or slick conditions as long as you exercise caution behind the wheel and remember to practice these safe driving habits

Slow Down & Leave Room

It’s never a good idea to speed or drive too close to the car in front of you. This can be especially hazardous on slippery pavement. When the roads are wet, make sure to drive the speed limit, observe a safe following distance behind other vehicles, and give yourself plenty of room to stop.   

Don’t Slam The Brakes

If you start skidding while driving in the rain, your first impulse might be to stomp on the brake pedal. Resist this urge. Instead, gently pump the brakes and concentrate on retaining control of your vehicle until you are able to stop or steer out of the skid.

Avoid Cruise Control

Cruise control can be a great way to improve your driving experience on the highway. However, using this technology when roads are wet can affect your vehicle’s traction and increase your risk of hydroplaning or skidding. Turn off cruise control in slick conditions so you can maintain complete control of your vehicle.

Make sure to follow these tips to stay as safe as possible during rough driving conditions and reach out to us at Nick Nicholas Ford if you have any additional questions!

New Year Means New Ford Models

Ford Ranger

 

It’s a new year, and that means Ford is getting ready to launch some exciting new models in the near future. At Nick Nicholas Ford, here’s what we’re looking forward to in Ford’s 2020 lineup.

2020 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape will be all new for the 2020 model year. This compact SUV will get slightly larger and will be built on a completely new platform to create a smoother, more modern performance.

2020 Ford Explorer

The next generation of the Ford Explorer should debut sometime in 2019. The three-row SUV is expected to be larger and more spacious than before, and it will come in both rear- and all-wheel drive.

2020 Ford F-150

Some big changes are on the horizon for America’s favorite pickup truck. In 2019, the first-ever Ford F-150 Hybrid pickup truck will debut in the Ford 2020 lineup. That’s just one of the many updates that we’re expecting to see for the 2020 Ford F-150, which will undergo a complete redesign for the new model year.

2020 Ford Bronco

Next year, the Ford Bronco will return after being off the market since 1996. This off-road-ready SUV will be based on the Ford Ranger mid-size truck.

The Customizable, Capable 2019 Ford Ranger Is Coming Soon

2019 Ford Ranger The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is coming soon to Nick Nicholas Ford, and here’s a look at some of the features you can expect from this exciting pickup.

The Ranger aims to dominate the mid-size truck segment with class-leading payload and towing capacities. Featuring a maximum payload capacity of 1,860 pounds, the Ranger can tackle any home project. A maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds ensures that the Ranger can tow everything from small trailers to boats.

Trailer Sway Control and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking come standard on all Ford Ranger models. Higher trims include even more active safety technology, including a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. Forward and rear sensing systems are available as well.

Eight color variations ensure that the 2019 Ranger boasts an eye-catching appearance. The available 501A equipment package includes a premium sound system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and remote start functionality. The available Technology Package includes advanced systems, like Adaptive Cruise Control and Navigation.

Additional packages, like the Chrome and Sport Appearance Packages, create a unique aesthetic. An FX4 Off-Road Package adds a Terrain Management System and Trailer Control to the capable truck. An additional Trailer Tow Package adds a spray-in bedliner, tray-style floor liners, and rectangular running boards.

Look for the 2019 Ford Ranger to start arriving at Nick Nicholas Ford and other dealerships early next year.

Fun Fall Events in Inverness

Fall events in Inverness

Fall is many people’s favorite time of year, as it ushers in cooler weather, beautiful fall foliage, and festive autumnal activities that the whole family can enjoy. This year in Inverness, take part in some local fall events for an experience that is sure to be fun and festive. Here are a few fall events in Inverness that we recommend here at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Cooter Festival is a three-day music festival that is entering its fourteenth year. The festival takes place Oct. 26-28 and will feature seven bands, two water shows, carnival activities, fireworks, and more.

Citrus Got Talent is a local talent show that allows residents of Citrus County to perform their entertaining talents at the Cooter Festival. The competition is divided by age group, with preliminaries taking place Oct.27 at 9:30 a.m. on the festival’s second stage.

This magnificent festival is Citrus County’s longest-running juried art show. Enjoy works in a variety of mediums, including oil painting, photography, and watercolors. The festival will take place Nov. 3-4 in the historic downtown section of Inverness.

On Nov. 10, head to the Farm City Festival in Inverness for a day celebrating local agriculture and food.

Ford Celebrates 10 Million Mustangs Built

10 Million Mustang

After the Ford Mustang was introduced in 1964, American automaking was never the same again. The Mustang appeared in an array of classic American films, making a splash with its sporty and sophisticated design and exhilarating performance. The beloved model turned 50 in 2014, and this August, it crossed another milestone: Ford has now produced 10 million Mustangs.

The new 2019 Mustang GT convertible model is a marvel to behold, and this August in Michigan, a Wimbledon White version of it was the 10-millionth Mustang ever built. To celebrate such a momentous occasion, Ford gathered together 60 Mustang owners and enthusiasts from all model years to spell out “10,000,000” in the parking lot of the Flat Rock Assembly plant. In addition, Ford had three P-51 Mustang fighter planes perform above.

To commemorate the occasion, Jim Farley, the president of global markets for Ford, said, “Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world.” The 2019 Mustang continues the nameplate’s prestigious legacy and offers modern power, performance, and style to drivers around the world. The 2019 model year also offers a special-edition Mustang BULLITT version of the vehicle, which is a tribute to the 1968 Mustang featured in the film “Bullitt” and driven by the forever-cool Steve McQueen. Want to test-drive the new Mustang? Stop in for a visit at Nick Nicholas Ford and we’ll get you behind the wheel.