F-150, Mustang Mach-E Win North American Truck and Utility of the Year Awards

2021 Mustang Mach-E | Nick Nicholas Ford | Inverness, FL

Ford is certainly no stranger to awards. Its lineup of iconic trucks, SUVs, and cars has been praised for decades by countless publications. Most recently, the 2021 Ford F-150 and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E took home two of the industry’s most prestigious awards: North American Truck of the Year and North American Utility of the Year.  

These accolades go to just one vehicle in each segment and are voted on by a group of 50 independent journalists from North America. Judges look for vehicles that stand out for their innovation, driver satisfaction, design, and safety.

This is the third time that this pair of 2021 Ford models has won matching awards. Each was honored with the Edmunds Top Rated Luxury EV award, and Edmunds Top Rated Truck of 2021 award, as well as the Green Car Journal 2021 Green Car of the Year and Green Truck of the Year.

Both the Ford F-150 and the new Ford Mustang Mach-E were designed around the needs and wants expressed by customers, and feature connected vehicle technology with over-the-air updates. The all-new Mach-E all-electric SUV brings style, efficiency and innovation to drivers in Inverness, Florida. With more capability than ever before, the 2021 F-150 offers greater productivity, as well as a new available 3.5-litre PowerBoost™ hybrid powertrain.

To test-drive either of these award-winning models, get in touch with our sales staff here at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness.

Ford Introduces New Off-Road F-150 Tremor

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor Coming Soon | Nick Nicholas Ford | Inverness, FL

An all-new member of the Ford off-roading family is hitting dealerships this summer. This new all-terrain pickup, the 2021 Ford F-150

Tremor, will feature all the upgrades, features, and strength you need to conquer any trail and leave the beaten path behind.

The F-150 Tremor will take the advanced off-road tech found in the available FX4 package and crank it to the next level. Retuned suspension springs will add extra ground clearance and give each tire more contact with the ground. Exclusive monotube shocks and new 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires will provide control no matter where you’ll be driving.

This pickup is also set to retain the towing and hauling strength you expect from the Ford F-150. The Tremor will boast a max tow rating of 10,900 pounds and a payload rating of 1,885 pounds.

“Like Super Duty Tremor and Ranger Tremor, introducing the all-new F-150 Tremor is a direct response to seeing how customers use our trucks to enable their outdoor lifestyles,” says Ford truck group marketing manager Todd Eckert. “F-150 Tremor provides the additional off-road capability they’re looking for with our latest off-road technologies.”

The Ford F-150 Tremor will be available to test drive this summer at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, Florida.

Carry-Out Dinner Spots Around Inverness

Carry-Out Dinner Spots Around Inverness, FL

If you’re looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day or simply want to switch up your meals, consider ordering carryout from a restaurant around Inverness, Florida. Here are some of our favorite carry-out dinner spots that we recommend ordering from.

China First

Interested in trying out a new Chinese restaurant? China First is the perfect choice. This restaurant has everything from chow mein to chop suey to a variety of pork, chicken, and beef options. Best of all, each menu item is affordably priced, so you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to enjoy a fulfilling meal.

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs

Since 1973, Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs has been delivering pizza, subs, wings, and more flavorful foods. Today, you can request no-touch delivery or curbside pickup when ordering from this restaurant and then have an at-home dinner date with your loved one.

A Touch of Italy

A Touch of Italy is a fantastic Italian restaurant to carry out from. Choose from an assortment of chicken, veal, and seafood entrees. And, select from classic items, like spaghetti, pizza, and calzones. Whatever you choose, you can expect to have a delicious dinner.

We at Nick Nicholas Ford hope you enjoy trying out some new carry-out dinner spots. If you’d like to purchase a new car to take to these restaurants or need maintenance on your current car, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Get to Know The F-150’s Hybrid Powertrain

2021 Ford F-150 | Nick Nicholas Ford | Inverness, FL

Hybrid powertrains have come a long way. In fact, today’s hybrid and electric vehicles use some of the most powerful powertrains ever produced. To harness the potential power of electricity, Ford is offering a new hybrid option for the all-new 2021 Ford F-150.

The 2021 F-150 will debut a 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ engine. It will be the only full hybrid powertrain option available on a pickup, and it’s rated at 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. This engine was the product of years of hard work from Ford engineers.

“Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost with kid gloves,” said Craig Schmatz, F-150 chief engineer. “To earn Built Ford Tough certification, PowerBoost went through the torture testing we put all of our powertrains through. No F-150 powertrain gets a pass, we have one standard for quality and durability.”

The F-150 hybrid engine can do hard work, too. When properly equipped, it has a maximum towing capacity of 12,700 pounds. This is more than enough to tow your boat, your camper, and even a horse trailer.

Like any other F-150, the hybrid version was put through some grueling tests like towing a fully loaded trailer through mountain passes, driving on rugged off-road terrain, withstanding scorching and frigid temperatures, and suffering through salt baths and high-humidity chambers.

Want to get behind the wheel of a Built Ford Tough hybrid truck? Choose the 2021 Ford F-150, available at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, Florida.

History of the Ford Bronco

History of the Ford Bronco | Inverness, FL
Photo by Alden Jewell.

The adventure-ready Ford Bronco is an American icon with a history dating back to 1966. One peak at the evolution of the Bronco through five generations and you’ll see how this 4×4 grew into its Built Wild™ legend.

1st generation

From the beginning, the Bronco was designed with advanced capability made for exploring off road. The first generation came in three models: Roadster, Sport Utility, and Wagon. With its removable roof and doors, the first generation Bronco Roadster was an instant hit for adventurous spirits.

2nd generation

For its second generation, the Bronco increased in size. These models had many similarities to the F-Series truck, but kept their off-road capabilities as well. 

3rd generation

With a smoother ride both on the pavement and off, the third-generation Bronco was suited for all types of driving. It also had improved fuel economy and new luxurious features, all while maintaining its rugged performance.

4th generation

Starting in 1987, the fourth generation of the Bronco was restyled to feature smooth, aerodynamic lines in favor of a boxy style. By adding new safety features, the Bronco became even more confident.

5th generation

The fifth-generation Bronco ran from 1992 to 1996. It was known for its handsome design, complete with chic updates both inside and out, as well as updates to its safety systems.

The Bronco is making its triumphant return for the 2021 model year. You can reserve the latest Bronco model at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, FL.

Check Out the Ford Bronco Podcast

Check Out the Ford Bronco Podcast | Nick Nicholas Ford | Inverness, FL

As the legendary Ford Bronco prepares to make its triumphant return, you can brush up on automotive history with some fun facts about this iconic model. The Bring Back Bronco podcast, hosted by NPR auto reporter Sonari Glinton, is an eight-part series that showcases the ups and downs in the Bronco’s untold story.

Want a taste of what the podcast has in store? The Bronco’s journey began in 1966, when the Ford Motor Company set out to make a vehicle that was suited to both work and play. The Bronco was originally codenamed “the G.O.A.T.” since it could “go over any terrain.” That old nickname lives on today in the Bronco’s rugged G.O.A.T. Modes™, which help it handle everything from mud and ruts to sand and snow. 

The iconic model was brought to life by a trio of Ford legends: product manager Donald N. Frey, engineer Paul G. Axelrad, and designer McKinley Thompson. Frey eventually became a Ford division president, while Thompson holds the honor of being the company’s first African American designer,

The popular Bronco quickly became a star. It appeared in countless films and television shows, ranging from “Green Acres” and “Hawaii Five-0” to “Three Days of the Condor” and “The Eiger Sanction.”

With the introduction of the 2021 Ford Bronco, the model’s history lives on. Reserve your Bronco today at Nick Nicholas Ford.

All-New 2020 Ford Escape Picks Up Two Awards

2020 Ford Escape | Inverness, FL

Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness is excited to carry the all-new, all-exciting 2020 Ford Escape. We’re clearly not the only ones enthralled by the stylish new compact SUV: The experts at J.D. Power and WardsAuto both honored the 2020 Ford Escape with awards this summer, solidifying its standing as one of the best on the road.

The 2020 Ford Escape was the top-ranked compact SUV in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study. The annual APEAL Study ranks vehicles based on drivers’ emotional attachment and excitement, and it’s no surprise that the dynamic, fun-to-drive Escape has resonated so strongly.

It’s easy to forge a connection with the Ford Escape thanks to its modern, intelligent interior. Backing this up is WardsAuto, who named the 2020 Escape to its 2020 Wards 10 Best User Experiences list. Judges tested a 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid and praised it for its crisp 12.3-inch digital information display, SYNC® 3 infotainment interface, and intuitive Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies.

“If you are a so-called ‘visual’ person, this vehicle is a sure draw, particularly for the richness of its displayed imagery, from navigation maps to gauge readings to the high-definition back-up camera,” writes WardsAuto Senior Editor Steven R. Finlay.

These awards are only scratching the surface of what the 2020 Ford Escape can do for you. If you love driving and want every trip out to feel like an event, the Escape delivers with a big-league look, a comfortable and convenient interior, superior technology standard, and plenty of options when it comes to performance. Check out the new 2020 Ford Escape, in stock now at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, Florida. When you’ve found the perfect Escape for you and your family, give us a call to set up your test drive.

Customize Your Ford Ranger with Three New Appearance Packages

2020 Ford Ranger | Inverness, FL

Ford announced that its Ranger will be getting three new packages that enable more customization and capability. Named simply the Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Performance packages, they are available on 2019 and 2020 model Rangers with four-wheel drive.

The Ford Performance Level 1 package includes a leveling kit for off-road capability, Ford Performance-tuned FOX 2.0 Performance Series monotube shocks, 17-inch wheels in Dyno Gray, and Ford Performance graphics. It will cost $2,495 before installation.

Another $2,000 gets you the Ford Performance Level 2 package. It offers a recalibration of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that boosts the horsepower by 16 percent to 315 horsepower and the torque 20 percent to 370 lb-ft of torque. It also adds BFGoodrich KO2 tires, blue tow hooks, and rigid off-road fog lights.

The last one, the Ford Performance Level 3 package, costs $8,995 but gives you everything Level 1 and 2 offer (except it replaces blue tow hooks with red ones). It also includes a rigid 30-inch LED lightbar kit, a Ford Performance sport exhaust, Ford Performance chase rack, and a front bumper that’s winch-capable.

The three performance packages will be available this August.

Want to get in on the action? Get a Ranger at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, FL.

Will the Ford Ranger Get a Plug-In Hybrid Variant?

2021 Ford Ranger | Inverness, FL

There’s a lot of speculation on the future of Ford trucks — and it looks like the new Ford Ranger is at the center of some exciting rumors. According to CarExpert in Australia, an all-new Ford Ranger plug-in hybrid should debut in Australia in 2022. The yet-to-be-seen 2022 Ford Everest is also in line for the available upgrade. The PHEV systems combine with the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder for both trucks for the first time in Ford history. And the outputs are what you would imagine — it’s expected to offer 362 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque.

However, the Ford Motor Company hasn’t confirmed or denied these rumors. A report came out a couple of months ago that the next-generation F-150 is supposed to have a PHEV version, but that was quickly debunked. It’s also important to keep in mind that a PHEV Ranger may not come to the American market. The current Ranger Raptor isn’t currently slated to be sold in the American market.

But if speculations do come true, there’s a lot to look forward to in Inverness, FL. The next-generation F-150 reveal will bring with it a possible all-electric version. A new off-road truck based on the Bronco is a possibility. And there are rumors of a smaller pickup called the Maverick in the works. All in all, it’s exciting news.

If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a Ranger, check out our inventory at Nick Nicholas Ford.

The Electric Mustang Cobra Jet Boasts Stunning Numbers

The innovations of Ford electric vehicles recently delved into the realm of the legendary Mustang. Although the Mustang Mach-E is powerful, Ford wanted to show that an electric Mustang can still dish out mind-blowing numbers. Thus, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 was born.

The electric Mustang Cobra specs put other supercars to shame. You thought the Shelby GT500 or even last year’s Mustang Lithium concept was powerful? The new Cobra Jet 1400 was named for its horsepower output. That’s right, it delivers a whopping 1,400 horsepower. And it has a staggering 1,100 lb-ft of torque. All of that, and it barely makes a sound when the driver pushes down the accelerator.

On the racetrack, it provided a quarter-mile in the low eight seconds with a top speed of 170 mph.

Ford wanted to show its most advanced technology with the heritage of the Mustang name. What better way than through an electric Mustang Cobra. Unfortunately, the concept is not to go into production or even participate in an official race. You’ll be able to see it in action at a drag event later this year.

Thanks to the collaboration with MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia, we can see how powerful an all-electric Ford vehicle can be.

To see the latest Ford innovations, check out our dealership lot at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness.