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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 59th Year in Business! All Thanks to YOU!

Since opening our doors in 1957, Velde Ford has proudly served the Pekin community. During this time, we have been humbled by the continued business of our Ford customers – many of which return to us time and time again! It is these loyal customers that we have to thank for our success.

To learn more about how Velde Ford came to be and why we remain dedicated to our Ford customers, click the link below.

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Velde Ford Offers New and Used Cars and Great Customer Service in Pekin, IL.

Although Velde Ford is proud the offer a great inventory of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, we believe the thing that sets us apart from others is our fantastic customer service.

Throughout the entire Ford car buying process, we will remain committed to your complete satisfaction. After all, Velde Ford believes we are in the business of making lifelong friends as opposed to simply selling a car or truck and sending you on your way.

To learn more about our company culture and why Velde Ford is so unlike any Ford dealership you’ve ever visited, click the link.

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A Letter From Tim Saurs, President & General Manager of Velde Ford in Pekin, IL

As the owner of Velde Ford, I am extremely proud of my employees and their dedication to our customers. My father and Lynn founded this dealership on the idea that the customer’s satisfaction comes before the sale of the vehicle. I am proud to carry out this belief at Velde Ford today.

We believe our customer’s satisfaction should be our number one priority. It is because of this belief that we strive to provide unparalleled customer service. Only at Velde Ford will you be treated with such care and attention.

I guarantee you’ll enjoy your time spent at Velde Ford. When you stop by our dealership in Pekin, IL, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and say ‘hello’ to my family and myself.

I look forward to seeing you at Velde Ford soon.

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At Velde Ford, we are dedicated to providing you with a great experience – no matter the reason for your visit!

If you’re here for car or truck service, we encourage you to take advantage of our Velde Ford Service Center. We are proud of our ASE Certified Service Technicians and their ability to work quickly and efficiently.

Additionally, our Velde Ford Collision Center is full of experts that can take your totaled car and make it look like new once again.

No matter the service you require – oil change, tire rotation, full body repair – we are happy to serve you. We service all makes and models, both foreign and domestic. So please don’t hesitate to bring your car or truck to Velde Ford today!

We are proud to be the Ford dealership of choice for the Pekin, IL community. In addition to Pekin, we happily serve customers from Peoria, Tremont, Morton, Bartonville, Washington, Peoria Heights, East Peoria, Bellevue, Marquette Heights, Creve Coeur, and Canton.

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Ford Helps The Salvation Army with Disaster Relief - 04/28/2016

Ford Helps The Salvation Army with Disaster Relief

PEKIN, Ill. – Ford Motor Company has been giving back to its Michigan communities for years now, and now Ford is helping The Salvation Army with disaster relief.

A 2016 Ford Transit 350 cargo van has been designed to help respond to emergency situations in Southeast Michigan. The cargo van will be used by a disaster services volunteer team that responds to requests from local authorities. The volunteer team provides food, drinks, clothing, communication support, blankets, temporary shelter, and cleanup kits to victims of an extreme disaster, as well as the first responders like police and firefighters.

Janet Lawson, the director of the Ford Motor Company fund and the philanthropic arm of Ford, is thrilled to be part of this project saying, “Assisting with disaster relief is an important part of our mission to serve the communities where we live and work. The flexibility of the Ford Transit van makes it a great fit for The Salvation Army’s emergency response fleet.”

The sleek design of the Ford Transit 350 gives it an advantage to maneuver in small places where an emergency might occur. Inside the cargo van, the ceiling is 6ft 9in so most people can stand comfortably. To prepare for any situation there is LED strobe lighting in the roof and grille, along with sirens and external speakers. So everyone on the disaster team can stay connected at all times, there’s also a ham radio antenna and generator. On the inside of the cargo van is a stove, microwave, coffeemaker, freezer, sink, electric hot water heater, and a refrigerator.

Ford Helps The Salvation Army with Disaster Relief

Fords help with The Salvation Army will serve up to 250 victims is a disaster. Another Transit is being donated to Kansas City as well. We’re proud to be part of such a great company that’s always willing to help their community. If you need any help with your vehicle needs, come to Velde Ford. We’re happy to take care of you and your vehicle. Take a look at our Spring Car Care section to see what kind of maintenance your vehicle needs this season. Schedule your service appointment with us online.

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes - 04/26/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – The weather is getting warmer, and summer vacation is right around the corner! Summer is full of fun adventures like road trips, day trips, and of course, camping. Camping is all about living the easy life, and enjoying the outdoors in beautiful Illinois with friends and family. Upgrade your camping style this year and try these 5 delicious & flavorful camping recipes.

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes  

5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

 5 Delicious & Flavorful Camping Recipes

Keep in mind that these 5 delicious & flavorful camping recipes will need to be prepared ahead of time and then packed with the rest of your food for your next camping adventure. Looking for a new SUV that will fit the whole family and all of your camping supplies? Velde Ford can help you with that. Take a look at the 2016 Ford Expedition EL. Parents will love the safety and technology features with this vehicle and the kids will love all the room they have during road trips. Come in for a test drive today if you’re interested.

Already have the perfect vehicle for your camping trips? Head on over to our Spring Car Care section on our website to learn about the maintenance your wipers, tires, and car fluids need this season. Make sure your vehicle is ready for your camping trip and schedule your spring service appointment at our Service Center online.

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Ford Mustang is the Most Popular Car Around the World - 04/22/2016

Ford Mustang is the Most Popular Car Around the World

PEKIN, Ill. – A global takeover by one of the most iconic cars around has happened. If you’re a pony fan, you’ll be happy to know that the Ford Mustang is the most popular car around the world by ranking as the best selling sports coupe globally.

Globally, Ford has sold 110,000 Mustang Coupes according to IHS Automotive. On top of that, 30,000 Mustang Convertibles were sold. In total, the belling selling sports car topped off at 141,868 units sold.

Erich Merkle, a Ford sales analyst was thrilled to report about the Mustang’s sales saying, “U.S. consumers have enjoyed interesting foreign sports cars for decades, so it was time for the Americans to return the favor with the worldwide launch of the new Mustang. Global markets have responded in a huge way. Ford Mustang was the only sports coupe in the world with more than 100,000 units registered last year.”

In the upcoming year, Ford projects that the sales are only going to increase since last year. The Mustangs are available in 140 markets, including Australia. While a lot of American millennials are looking forward to the 2.3L EcoBoost engine, the markets overseas are all about the V8.

Here are some numbers for the Ford Mustang around the world:
  • Since the Mustang has was put on sale in Europe, which was last summer, over 16,600 vehicles have been ordered.
  • In the United Kingdom a total of 3,500 Mustangs have been sold.
  • 339 Mustangs have been sold in France.
  • In March, the Mustang was the number one selling sports coupe in Germany.
  • The Mustang was also the top selling sports coupe in China throughout the fourth-quarter of 2015.
  • The Mustang was so popular in Australia that is was the number one selling sports coupe for the first three months is went on sale, and initially sold out through 2017.
  • Bringing it all the way back, In the US there were 12,563 Mustangs sold.

With the Ford Mustang being the most popular car around the world, plants aren’t even able to keep up with the demand, but if you're in our area, you're in luck! If you’re interested in getting your own Mustang, take a look at our inventory online and make a visit to Velde Ford.

We’ll be happy to schedule a test drive for you and get you into one of the most popular cars in the world! If you’re happy with the Ford you’re already driving, take a look at our Spring Car Care section online. Learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs this season, and schedule an appointment with us today,

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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10 Tips to Make the Planet Greener for Earth Day - 04/21/2016

10 Tips to Make the Planet Greener for Earth Day

PEKIN, Ill. – Earth Day 2016 is here, and it’s time to actively take steps towards a more green and healthy planet. We celebrate Earth Day every year to show appreciation to our planet and inspire others to do the same. While some will volunteer around their community, or others towards a specific cause, you can make a difference in your everyday life with these 10 tips to make the planet greener for Earth Day.

10 Tips to Make the Planet Greener for Earth Day
  1. Invest in a bike. Biking may not be as fast as driving, but it’s much better for the planet and you. Biking is still a great form of transportation if you only need to go a few miles, and you get a great workout.
  2. Open your curtains. Let the sunshine in on sunny days and you’ll have no need to turn on your lights. You can open up your window, too for fresh air instead of turning on your air conditioner.
  3. Plant a garden. Having a garden not only provides you with fresh and healthy food, but it’s great for the soil as well.
  4. Turn off and unplug electronics. If you’re not using an electronic make sure you unplug it. By keeping it plugged in, even if it’s not turned on, can waste electricity.
  5. Start using reusable bags. A lot of paper and plastic bags are used at the grocery store, but you can start making a difference and use less with reusable bags.
  6. Buy a water bottle. Instead of wasting plastic by using disposable plastic water bottles, invest in a reusable option. If you’re worried about clean water, you can buy a water filter too. It’ll save you money in the long run, and the cut down on plastic thrown away. If you do use the disposable bottles, make sure to recycle them! 
  7. Pay your bills online. Not only will this cut down on paper, but it’s also super convenient for you. If you’re worried about forgetting about them, look into auto pay.
  8. Switch your shower head. If you have an old shower head, changing it to a newer, more efficient option will save thousands of gallons a year.
  9. Plant some trees in your yard. One tree can absorb up to a ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Bonus: you’re adding nice landscaping to your yard.
  10. Run a full dishwasher. It’s better to run a dishwasher than hand wash dishes, but when you run it make sure it’s completely full so you’re not wasting water and you don’t have to do more loads than needed.
With these tips, you’ll be on your way to making the planet a cleaner and better place. If you’re thinking about investing in a new car soon, look into one of fuel-efficient Fords available at Velde Ford. Newer and more fuel-efficient vehicles are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time! If you’re happy with the vehicle you already have, check out our Spring Car Care section on our website. Keeping your vehicle up to date with the routine maintenance it needs every season will keep your vehicle performing its best.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Taurus Brochure - 04/15/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – If you’re looking for top-of-the-line performance and sophisticated style, then the 2016 Ford Taurus is perfect for you. This full-size sedan offers generous space for you, your passengers, and in the trunk, plus the latest in Ford SYNC technologies to keep you connected at all times on the road. To see all the information on this full-size sedan, download the 2016 Ford Taurus brochure below.

2016 Ford Taurus Downloadable Brochure

Ford SYNC keeps the driver connected and safe on the road. Hands-free calling, automatic phone book download, voice-activated music commands, Sync AppLink, and 911 Assist will help you keep your eyes will on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. With the SYNC AppLink you can connect your phone and manage your favorite phone apps like Pandora with just the sound of your voice.

The 2016 Ford Taurus comes in four different trim levels. Choose between SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. In the SHO trim level drivers will enjoy the twin-turbo and direct-injection 3.5L EcoBoost engine. If you’re looking for extra performance drivers can opt in for the SHO Performance Package with an enhanced sport-tuned suspension, sport-calibrated steering, performance summer tires, and performance friction brake pads. See all the options and trim levels in the downloadable 2016 Ford Taurus brochure.

Come into Velde Ford and test drive the 2016 Ford Taurus today. At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford F-150 Earned A 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick - 04/14/2016

Ford F-150 Earns 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick

PEKIN, Ill. – We’re very happy to announce that the Ford F-150 earned a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick for the SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations, making it the only large pickup to earn this recognition.

The Ford F-150 earned the 2016 IIHS Safety Pick with its all-new military-grade, aluminum alloy body high-strength steel frame, and smart engineering. Thanks to the new build, the F-150 is 700lbs lighter, which helped it score top ratings in payload, towing, and EPA-estimated gas fuel economy.

Very proud of the achievement, Raj Nair, the Ford executive vice president, said, “From the moment our team set out to design and build the new F-150, we knew it had to be best-in-class. From the moment our team set out to design and build the new F-150, we knew it had to be best-in-class.”

Ford engineers worked diligently to make the F-150 the best and safest truck on the road. With 31 safety-related innovations, the F-150 was sure to be one of the safest on the road. The F-150 was also put through rigorous testing with supercomputer simulations and advance laboratories.

We’re also proud to say that the 2016 F-150 earned a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick and is the only full-size pickup that has earned a five-star rating for the driver and passenger in all crash test modes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2016 Ford F-150 head on over to VeldeFordPekin.com! Our F-150 page outlines safety features, technology features, upgradable packages, engine options, and competing model comparisons. Learn why every other truck is history by going online today. Interested in taking one for a test drive? Check out our inventory to find one that you like and come into our dealership. Our sale representatives at Velde Ford are happy to take care of you and get you in the truck of your dreams.

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5 Travel Snacks Perfect for any Road Trip - 04/13/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – With summer approaching quickly, it’s time to get your road trips planned and organized. First, you need to start with picking your perfect destination. Want to explore a city? Try Chicago! Looking for more of a family vacation spot? Check out the Wisconsin Dells! Once you figure out your destination, it’s time to start thinking about what you need to pack. That’s one list we can help you with though! You’re in charge of packing your shoes and clothes, but we’ve got you covered with the food. Check out these 5 travel snacks perfect for any road trip! From healthy to not so much, and from salty to sweet, your trip will be awesome with these treats in the passenger seat.

5 Travel Snacks That Are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

5 Travel Snacks That are Perfect for any Road Trip

Don’t forget to check out our spring car care section on our website. Make sure your vehicle gets the routine maintenance it needs this season so it’s road trip ready for the summer. Schedule your spring service appointment with our experts at Velde Ford. We’re happy to take care of anything you need in the Pekin area. If you’re looking for a new Ford for your summer road trips check out the 2016 Ford Expedition EL. With plenty of space, safety features, and technology features the whole family will love this SUV.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Expedition EL Brochure - 04/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – The 2016 Ford Expedition EL will take you and your family on any adventure you choose. With unstoppable power, capability, and lots of space the whole family will love the Expedition EL. Feel confident that you and your family are always safe in the Expedition EL with the government’s highest safety rating – a 2015 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score. Learn more about the 2016 Ford Expedition EL by downloading your free brochure below.


Downloadable 2016 Ford Expedition EL Brochure

The whole family will be comfortable in the Expedition EL with a total of 130.8 cubic ft. of cargo space. With the Powerfold 3rd-row seat, switching from space for more passengers to space for more cargo is simple and seamless. Plus, if you have a lot of passengers there’s always room for their luggage as well with 42.6 cubic ft. of space in the trunk. Drivers will enjoy an adjustable Cargo Management System as well to keep all the backseat cargo neat and organized.

Under the hood of the 2016 Ford Expedition EL there a 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged direct-injection engine that kicks pout 365 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired up with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, drivers will get an EPA-estimated rating of 22 MPG on the highway. To learn more about the performance and features of the 2016 Ford Expedition EL, download your free brochure.

If you decide that the 2016 Ford Expedition EL is the perfect addition to your family, stop by Velde Ford. At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Downloadable 2016 Ford Edge Brochure - 04/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – The 2016 Ford Edge will take you on any adventure in style. With its bold stance and fluid lines, the Edge will always turn heads. New for the 2016 model, SYNC 3 brings the latest technology to the Edge keeping you connected no matter where you venture to. Find out more about the 2016 Ford Edge by downloading the brochure below.


  Downloadable 2016 Ford Edge Brochure

Ford SYNC keeps you connected and safe on the road. With features like hands-free calling, automatic phone book download, voice-activated music commands, Sync AppLink, and 911 Assist your eyes will remain on the road and your hands will stay on the steering wheel. Plus, with the SYNC AppLink, you can control your favorite phone apps with just the sound of your voice.

There are 5 trim levels to choose from with the 2016 Ford Edge. Choose from the SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. All 5 trim levels offer a smooth and quiet ride that you and your passengers can enjoy. In the Edge Sport you’ll get the ultimate driving experience with a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection 2.7L EcoBoost engine. Plus, with an EPA-estimated rating of 24 MPG on the highway, the Edge ranks best-in-class with gas, V6hp, and torque. Download the 2016 Ford Edge brochure to learn more about the trims options and features.

If you want to start riding in style, take the 2016 Ford Edge for a test drive today at Velde Ford. At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot! - 04/07/2016

The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot!

PEKIN, Ill. – If you’re looking for a rockin’ summer ride, we’ve got something for you! Ford Motor Company just made a huge announcement that the 2017 Ford Mustang is going to make your summer hot with three new colors and upgraded standard features.

The 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will be going on sale this June, and Ford Performance ensured that this would be the best Mustang on the market. Mustang fans have expressed to Ford what they look for in their next sports car. Ford's global director Dave Pericak says, "At the end of last year we started offering a back seat option for Shelby GT350R due to customer demand. Now, we have adjusted the packages available to continue to provide more of what customers want on the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”

The 2017 Ford Mustang will make your summer hot in three new colors: Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue, and Grabber Blue. For those of your who were crazy about the Track Page from previous Mustangs you’ll be happy to hear it’s coming standard on the 2017 model with features that include:
  • Aluminum tower-to-tower brace
  • MagneRide damping system
  • High-downforce decklid spoiler
  • Engine oil, transmission, and differential coolers

Ford Performance is also offering two other packages you can add onto you new Mustang including an Electronics Package and Convenience Package. The Electronics Package includes SYNC 3, a nine-speaker audio system, and voice activated navigation. The Convenience Package offers the same as the Electronics Package, but also includes leather-trimmed power sport seats.

The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot!

The 2017 Ford Mustang is Going to Make Your Summer Hot!

You can look forward to test-driving the 2017 Mustang at Velde Ford this June! While you’re waiting until then, get your current Ford ready for spring. Check out our spring car care page on our website and see what maintenance your vehicle may need this season. From tires to wiper blades, our team of experts can help you with all of your vehicle service needs. Schedule a service appointment with us today at Velde Ford online.

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5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts - 04/06/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – With rainy days like today, nobody wants to be outside. We’re all patiently waiting for the warmer weather that spring promises, but until that comes around we have a few things to keep you busy and out of the rain. Get the kids together, or even the whole family and have some fun making these 5 kid-friendly spring crafts! Welcome the sunshine with your masterpiece when you’re done and put them in the window or around the house.

5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

 5 Kid-Friendly Spring Crafts

We hope you have a great time making these crafts while the rain subsides and the sun comes out! Something else you can do on this rainy day is check out our spring car care section on our website! The service experts at Velde Ford want to make sure your vehicle is performing its best every season. Learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs this season and schedule a service appointment online.

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FordPass Has Partnered with Spotify - 04/01/2016

FordPass Partners with Spotify

PEKIN, Ill. – This year Ford has been making huge strides forward in their Ford Smart Mobility plan. The plan is centralized around bettering the mobility possibilities for Ford customers, and overall giving Ford customers more in mobility assistance. FordPass has been a huge part of this push giving Ford drivers a mobile app they can interact with. FordPass has been working to including features users want including it's most recent partner, Spotify. FordPass customers have four different elements they can use:

Marketplace: Ford is partnering with a few companies that will makes finding and reserving a parking spot easy, not matter what city you’re in. In this element you can also take advantage of car sharing and borrowing when you’re traveling in a different city. The best feature is you can schedule a service appointment with just a touch of a button.

FordGuides: FordGuides are here for your convenience! If you need help with anything FordPass, these are the people you’re going to want to call. For example, if you need to reserve a parking space but you’re unsure how to go about that, call a FordGuide and they’ll walk you through the steps and get you on your way in no time!

Appreciation: With FordPass, Ford wants to show their appreciation to you as a customer. Get bonus merchandise and invited to exclusive events with FordPass partners – like Spotify. Also, you can look forward to getting awesome prizes just be interacting on your FordPass app.

FordHubs: FordHubs will be actual stations that you can stop at in certain cities. FordGuides will be on site for any questions or mobility help. In the future, Ford also Ford plans on hosting special events at the hubs like car reveals and more!

You can find more general information on the FordPassapp and its elements in one of our past blogs.

Recently, Ford has partnered with Spotify along with many other companies including McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, and BP. Ford measured that people spent 900 hours yearly on their mobile device, and 25 of those hours listening to music. Spotify is going to being FordPass customers the ultimate music experience on and off the road. Ford partnering with Spotify will bring customers perks through the Appreciation element of the mobile app. They’ll be able to have access to unique experience and merchandise.

FordPass will be launching this April! Want to take advantage of all these awesome benefits you get with FordPass? Come to Velde Ford and we’ll hook you up with a brand new 2016 Ford Taurus! If you’re not in the market for a new Ford, then check out our new spring car care section on our website. Learn about the routine maintenance your tires, wipers, and fluids need this season. Schedule a service appointmentwith our experts today!

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DIY Gardening Projects for Spring - 03/30/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – Spring is finally here and the warmer weather is on its way! If you’re an avid gardener, this may be your favorite time of the year. It’s time to start planning what you’re planting this year, and if you’re bored of the same old veggies, fruits, plants, and flowers year after year, then we have something for you! Take your green thumb to the next level with one of our creative DIY gardening projects this spring. We guarantee your garden will be the coolest one on the block, no matter the size!

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

 DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring


 DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

 DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring

DIY Gardening Projects for Spring  

With these awesome gardening project ideas you’ll be ready for the warmer weather in no time! To make sure your vehicle is just as prepared for spring as you are, we have a new spring car care section on our website. Check it out to learn more about the routine maintenanceyour vehicle needs this season. Schedule a service appointment with our experts at Velde Ford today.

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Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts - 03/29/2016

Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts

PEKIN, Ill. – Spring is finally here at Velde Ford! We want to make sure that you’re always driving safely on the road, so we’ve made a section on our website that focuses on spring car care by the Velde Ford service experts. Taking proper care of your vehicle involves getting the routine maintenance and services it needs every season. Below you’ll see the sections that we cover in our spring car care. Learn about all about the maintenance your wipers, tires, fluids, alignment, and suspension your vehicle needs. You'll also find a section on spring cleaning for your car to get it neat and tidy for the season. Keeping a clean car will ensure you’re free of distractions on the road and prolong the life of your vehicle. Velde Ford understands how much of an investment your vehicle is, so we’re going to help anyway we can to keep it running and in perfect condition. Prepare your vehicle for the spring season with our service experts at Velde Ford.

Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts


Spring Car Care by Velde Ford Service Experts

Wipers: Your wipers blades are essential to your safety in the rainy spring season. Working alongside your windshield fluid, wiper blades that are in good condition will keep your view clean and clear. Take a look at our spring wiper blades page to learn about the signs your wipers need to be replaced. Come to our Velde Ford Service Center if you need help picking out your new spring wiper blades. We’ll be happy to install them for you too!

Tires: Now is the perfect time to switch from those winter tires to all season tires. If you already have all season tires, it’s important to ensure that your tread is in good condition. Head on over to our spring tire page for the signs of wear and tear on your tread. Good tires will keep you safe on the rainy spring roads with the traction you need. If you’re unsure of your tires’ condition, make an appointment at our Service Center at Velde Ford online. We’ll inspect, rotate, and install tires for your vehicle.

Fluids: Your fluids will play a key role in your vehicle’s performance and efficiency. Each fluid plays a different role for your vehicle, and each of them has a different service schedule as well. On our spring fluids page you’ll find a list of three different fluids you should check this season along with the fluid’s purpose and service interval. Servicing your fluids this spring includes checking their levels, flushing, changing, and topping them off as needed. If you need any of these done for the season, schedule an appointment with our service experts online.

Suspension &Alignment: Your vehicle’s suspension and alignment keep your ride nice and easy on the road. Keeping up with your spring alignment care will ensure your vehicle drives straight on the road. With spring suspension care, your vehicle will always give you a smooth and even ride on the road. Go to our spring suspension and alignment care page for warning signs your vehicle needs to be serviced. Your suspension and alignment will affect your vehicle’s overall performance, so it’s important to keep up on their routine maintenance. Make your spring suspension and alignment service appointment with Velde Ford online.

Car Spring Cleaning:Make your vehicle spotless this spring with our service expert’s best tips and tricks for cleaning. Keeping your vehicle clean has many benefits. To name a few you’ll always be prepared in an emergency, you’ll never be distracted by clutter, and you can increase your vehicle’s life span. The cleaner you keep your vehicle the longer your interior and exterior materials will last. Also, with spring being the perfect month for cleaning out your vehicle, we have a step-by-step guide to get all the salt from the winter months out of your carpets. Follow these tips and tricks for your spring car cleaning and your vehicle will look great this spring and plenty more seasons to come!

The service experts at Velde Ford are happy to provide the information you need to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. Knowing the services your vehicle needs each season will keep your vehicle performing its best all year round. We’re happy to take care of your wipers, tires, fluids, suspension, and alignment at our Service Center. If you ever have any questions about the routine maintenance for your vehicle, give us a call at (888) 221-2804 or take a look at our service FAQ page. You can schedule your spring car care appointment online today. We are located in Pekin, IL, but we’re happy to extend our services to our neighboring cities of Peoria, Tremont, Morton, and Washington. We look forward to helping you get ready for spring at Velde Ford!

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6 Traveling Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe - 03/25/2016

6 Travelling Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe

VELDE, Ill. – Summer road trips are the best! With spring finally here, your family might already be thinking about where your vacation destination will be this year. If you’re going camping or visiting other family members, it’s likely you’re bringing the dog along with you, because they’re family too. Your safety on the road is always very important to us, but your furry friend’s safety is just as important. If you’re taking a road trip with the whole family this spring or summer, follow these 6 traveling tips to keep your dog safe.

6 Traveling Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe
  1. The front seat is for humans. We know your dog looks like a great copilot, but he/she is not safe in the front seat. First off, if an accident occurs and the airbag deploys, they could seriously get hurt, even if they’re in a crate. Second, it’s very distracting to you as a driver to have them sitting in the front seat with you. Your eyes should always be focused on the road.
  2. Pets shouldn’t roam in the vehicle. Going along with the first tip, this is a huge distraction to the drive and also another safety risk for your canine friend. You can either get them an appropriate sized crate and anchor it down so it doesn’t bounce or slide or you can get a dog seatbelt that will keep them safely tied to the seat comfortably.
  3. Don’t skip rest stops! Your dog doesn't have a voice to tell you when he might need to use the bathroom, so stop intermittently to make sure they're ok. Not only that, but being cramped inside a car for too long isn’t good for you or your dog. Go for a walk and stretch your legs. This can also help with their rambunctiousness in the vehicle. Keep in mind that when you’re letting your dog out of the car he/she should have their collar and leash on with a name tag.
  4. Keep your dog’s head inside the vehicle. We know that your dog loves sticking their head out the window, but this can be dangerous for him/her. Flying debris and other objects can get into your dog’s eyes, and the cold air from the wind can actually get into their lungs and make them sick. So while they may look like they’re enjoying themselves, it’s not worth their safety.
  5. Don’t ever leave your dog alone in the car. This is a big no-no. Even if it’s nice outside, your vehicle gets much hotter in a small period of time. Cracking your window isn’t the best idea either; it can still get too hot in there for them. Also, what may seem like a short amount of time for you, is not for your dog. This could also cause anxiety. 
  6. Give you dog as much comfort as possible. Some dogs like traveling, and others don’t. Either way, trying to comfort them with a familiar toy or some company from a person that’s not driving is important. This will keep our dog from getting to excited or anxious. Keep in mind that this should not be the job of just one person, try switching off duties every hour or so.
With these traveling tips, you and your dog will have a great road trip vacation. Before you start your road trip though, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready to go. Check out our service FAQ page to learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs to perform its best. We’re happy to take care of your brakes, tires, wipers, or anything else you need before you hit the road. You can schedule a service appointment online or over the phone by calling (888) 221-2804.

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Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps - 03/21/2016

PEKIN, Illi. - As one of Easter's most infamous candies, Peeps really should serve as a multipurpose item; don't you think? In order to make your Easter as peep-alicious as possible, we thought we would present you with six things you can do with Easter Peeps! From homemade centerpieces to a delicious dessert, you won't have an excuse to leave any extra Peeps sitting around the house.

Whether you are in search of a recipe to make for Easter brunch or a fun craft for the kids to do during your celebration, you can find dozens of great ideas on our Pinterest page!


Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Peeps Topiary Craft
Why keep Peeps tucked away inside of the Easter basket when you can make them the center of attention? Here are the instructions on how to make this colorful masterpiece.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

A soft, chewy sugar cookie with a sweet marshmallow Peep in the middle. Need we say more?
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Easter Peeps Centerpiece 
You can keep this centerpiece out all season long! All you need is a large vase, a drinking glass, jelly beans, and your favorite flowers. Read the step by step instructions here.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

It's safe to say that these bars are little slices of Easter candy heaven with chocolate cake, marshmallow peeps, and easter M&M's! 
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

How would you like to HANG out with your Peeps on Easter? (See what we did there?) This Peeps Easter Wreath is easier to make than you would think! Here are the instructions
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Peeps Fruit Kabobs
Pair your Peeps with a few pieces of juicy fruit on a wooden skewer and you've got a great grab-and-go treat for the kids.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Spring is finally here at Velde Ford! Get your vehicle ready for the warmer weather with our service FAQ page. Learn all about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs for your brakes, wiper blades, engine, and more. If you have any questions feel free to give our service experts at call at (888) 221-2804. You can schedule your spring service appointment online today. 

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Ford’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars at Velde Ford - 03/18/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – When you’re shopping around for a car, there are many different features to consider. There's safety features, technology features, spaciousness, and performance. With gas prices always changing, there’s one performance feature that can make or break your decision on a car: gas mileage. At Velde Ford, we’re here to help you! We’ve done the research for you so you’re ready to go when you come into our dealership. Here is a list of Ford’s most fuel-efficient cars at Velde Ford:

Ford’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars at Velde Ford

EPA Estimated MPG: 28 City/ 36 Highway

Ford’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars at Velde Ford

EPA Estimated MPG: 26 City/ 36 Highway

Ford’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars at Velde Ford

EPA Estimated MPG: 22 City/ 34 Highway

Ford’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars at Velde Ford

These three cars will always impress you with their awesome performance, handling, and even better fuel-efficiency. In each vehicle you’ll find the latest and great Ford technology including Ford SYNC, which allows you stay focused on the road while staying connected at the same time. SYNC offers features like hands-free calling, navigation, and music control with just the sound of your voice. All of these features are offered in Ford vehicles equipped with incredible safety features for an all-around great ride. Keep in mind, these fuel-efficiency options do not include Ford’s hybrids or electric vehicles. Stay on the lookout for a blog on those later.

If you’re in the market for a new Ford, come to Velde Ford to take a test drive in any one of these cars! If you’re satisfied with the vehicle you have right now keep in mind that spring is right around the corner. Take a look at our service FAQ page to learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs every season. Schedule an appointment with our Service Center today.

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6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day - 03/14/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – Happy Pi Day, Illinois! While everyone is looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day, we’re just as happy to celebrate Pi Day! Today the number 3.14159... is celebrated around the United States. Kids are celebrating with number activities, mathematicians are discussing the importance of 3.14159, and we’re going to help you celebrate with 6 amazingly delicious pie recipes for Pi Day! We advise that you don’t eat them all in one sitting, but please do enjoy!

6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day

6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day

6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day

6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day

6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day

6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day

6 Amazingly Delicious Pie Recipes for Pi Day


With these amazing pie recipes your day will definitely be filled with deliciousness! Get into the spring season with us at Velde Ford. With the seasons changing, it may be time for a vehicle tune-up. Schedule aservice appointment with our service experts today. We want to make sure you’re getting the best dealership experience at Velde, so we’ve updated our FAQ pageto help you understand more about your brakes, tires, wipers, and engine. Give us a call if you have any questions, or visit our dealership today!

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Ford’s New Windshield Wiper De-Icer - 03/09/2016

Ford’s New Windshield Wiper De-Icer

PEKIN, Ill. – Winter is coming to a close, but we’re already looking forward to next year with Ford’s new windshield wiper de-icer.

People of central Illinois, and anywhere else that deals with harsh winters, can rejoice! You will never have to scrape the ice and snow off your windshield again thanks to Ford’s new windshield de-icer. Ford customers will be able to enjoy the new de-icer in the 2017 Escape; coming standard in the Titanium models and optional in the SE models. This is all part of a Cold Weather Package that Ford is offering to only 2017 Escape customers.

Other features coming in the Escape Cold Weather Package:
  • Heated Seats
  • Floor mats that are all-weather
  • Supplemental powertrain conditioning heater
  • Heated side mirrors

Excited to offer this new feature to Ford customers, Ford Engineer Jennifer Gauthier says, “The windshield wiper de-icer is a great solution to one of the more nagging problems of winter. Escape drivers in the U.S. are going to wonder how they ever got along without it.”

The de-icer is built much like your rear-window defrosters. The bottom of the windshield will have a heating mechanism that will melt the ice and snow. This heating element will also help keep your wipers from freezing and sticking to the windshield. Overall, the snow cleaning process will be made much easier for Ford Escape drivers.

An added bonus is that the new windshield de-icer can be used with SYNC Connect. SYNC Connect and FordPass make your smartphone and vehicle compatible with each other, so as long as you have the FordPass app on your phone, you can switch on the de-icer from your smartphone with just the push of a button. If your daily routine is generally the same, you can even schedule a time for it to start up so you can get on the road as soon as you’re ready! The 2017 Ford will be coming to dealerships this spring. You can also look forward to Ford putting the windshield de-icer in other Ford vehicles down the road. 

It’s time to gear up for spring at Velde Ford. Head on over to our service FAQ page to learn about the routine maintenance your vehicle needs. If you’re overdue for a service, schedule an appointment with our service experts online or call (888) 221-2804.

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes - 03/07/2016

PEKIN, Illi. - Are you ready to get your green on next week? If you are in search of a small and subtle way to celebrate the luck of the Irish, we suggest taking it to the kitchen and trying one of these Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes! Our list ranges from traditional Irish dishes to green-colored sweets, so we are sure that you will find the perfect recipe for your St. Patrick's Day celebration! 

As always, you will find these Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes on our Pinterest page alongside of dozens of other delicious holiday eats! Have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day!


Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes


Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

These St. Patrick's Day recipes are sure to have you feeling lucky this year! No matter how you celebrate St. Paddy's, please remember to always make safe decisions. At Velde Ford, your safety is our number one priority. We have a service FAQ page that will inform you on the routine maintenance and service your vehicle needs to keep you safe and sound on the road at all times. If you're overdue for a service, make an appointment with our experts at Velde Ford today. 

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The Ford Explorer Stars in TV Series Gotham - 03/03/2016

The Ford Explorer Stars in TV Series, Gotham

PEKIN, Ill. – This is the second year that Fox, the producers of Gotham have put Ford in the spotlight, and this time the Ford Explorer stars in the TV series Gotham. The first year, the Ford Fusion was highlighted throughout the season, but this year we’re looking at the 2016 Explorer Platinum.

The Ford Explorer stars in exclusive Gotham content with 60-second segments during the broadcast. The season premiere of Gotham was on Monday, so fans would have seen it then, but you can look forward to seeing the Explorer Platinum through March 14. There will also be extra clips online at FOX.com.

The 60-second clips feature actor Cory Michael Smith, who plays Edward Nygma and future villain the Riddler. In Gotham: Wrath of the Villains, the Riddler will take offer viewers a sneak peak into his world by exploring the streets of New York City and solving a number of riddles.

Viewers will want to stay tuned for the next clips each week because they’ll hear inside information and a few teasers on other possible villains that will be feature in the TV series.

Marketing manager, Ginger Kasanic, is very excited for this collaboration saying, “It’s a fun and very creative way to showcase some of what makes Explorer Platinum such a great vehicle. A lot of people – from the show’s writers to Cory himself – really got involved in the story-telling process.”

Gotham fans are not only getting sneak peeks for their favorite show from these 60-segment clips, but they’re also learning all about what the 2016 Explorer Platinum has to offer.

A few features that will be shown are:
  • 180-degree front camera
  • Ford SYNC 3 driver-connectivity system
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Active park assist 
With all the features the Riddler gets to take advantage of in the Explorer Platinum, you might want to be a villain too! If you’re looking for a car with the latest and greatest technology like the Explorer Platinum, come into Velde Ford. The 2016 Ford Explorer or the 2016 Ford Escape are filled with the best safety and technology features.  

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Fun and Creative Games for Family Game Night - 03/01/2016

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Life gets busy, but it’s always important to make time for your family. Making time for your family can be as easy as watching a movie together, eating dinner together, or having a competitive night of games. A normal family game night might consist of Monopoly, Scrabble, or Trouble, but we’re going to kick family time up a notch. Try these fun and creative games for your next family game night, and you’ll have a night filled with laughter and good times.

Fun and Creative Games for Family Game Night




  


With these games, every family game night will be a blast! Feel free to put your own spin on each of them too. Looking for your next family ride? Take the 2016 Ford Explorer for a test drive at Velde Ford. With the latest and great technology and safety features, the whole family will fall in love with this SUV!

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6 Ways to Make Your Vehicle More Fuel-Efficient - 02/26/2016

6 Ways to Make Your Vehicle More Fuel-Efficient

PEKIN, Ill. – Gas prices are always fluctuating, so anything you can do on your own to cut down on the cost of gas is helpful. At Velde ford we’re here to give you a few tips to help you save gas and money. Take a look at our 6 ways to make your vehicle more fuel-efficient.

6 Ways to Make Your Vehicle More Fuel-Efficient
  1. Use cruise control. If you’re driving on the highway for an extended period of time, flip on your cruise control. Cruise control keeps you at one speed, which will increase your miles per gallon.
  2. Check your tire pressure once a month. You can find the correct PSI on the inside of your driver door. Under-inflated tires will burn through more fuel, so keeping them properly inflated will give you more miles.
  3. Think about your driving style. If you find yourself often accelerating quickly you’re probably burning through quite a bit of gas. Always try to accelerate gradually.
  4. Lighten your load. If you carry a lot in your trunk, we encourage you to clean it out. All you need is your essentials like fluid bottles,  your emergency kit, and maybe some tools. The heavier your car is, the less miles you’re getting per gallon.
  5. Love your engine. Give your engine the attention it needs with routine oil changes and other services. If everything is running smoothly under the hood, your fuel-efficiency will be the best it can be.
  6. Take care of all your errands at once. If you have a lot of errands to run in one day, try doing them all at once. If you’re taking multiple small trips, you’re wasting much more gas.
Try these gas-saving tips to save on fuel and money. Looking for a more fuel-efficient car? Try the 2016 Ford Fusion or the 2016 Ford Fiesta. Come into Velde Ford today and you can take a test drive!

If your vehicle needs a tune-up schedule a service with us online today. Our service experts are happy to take care of your and your vehicle. There are plenty of services they can take care of as well that will make your vehicle more fuel-efficient.

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Service Experts at Velde Ford Answer Your FAQs - 02/25/2016

Service Experts at Velde Ford Answer Your FAQs

PEKIN, Ill. – We always give our customers the best service possible at Velde Ford. You can count on Velde to help you with buying, leasing, financing, or servicing your vehicle. We’ve been updating our website to offer you a more enjoyable experience online. Our service experts at Velde Ford have answered all of your FAQs, and you can find them all under the service tab at VeldeFordPekin.com. Each of the questions is sorted into a category to make it easier for you to the find the answer you need. If your vehicle is having mechanical problems, or you need any routine maintenance done, give us a call and our certified service technicians will take care of your vehicle and get you back on the road in no time!

  • General Car Care – This category includes many questions that deal with everyday vehicle care like fuel options, what to pack in an emergency kit, and factors that affect vehicle performance.
  • Under the Hood – Any questions that have to do with a component that is located under your hood will fall into this category. Learn more about your engine, vehicle fluids, and car battery.
  • Oil Changes – Oil changes affect the overall performance of your vehicle. For any questions about oil type, frequency of oil changes, and possible problems with your oil, take a look at this category for your answer.
  • Tires – Get answers to all of your questions about tires brands, the importance of routine maintenance, and the main cause of wear and tear on your tires.
  • Brakes – Brakes are a key component to your safety when driving. Read about possible warning signs, routine maintenance, and what affect your brake wear.
  • Wipers – Your wipers sometimes go overlooked with them being such a small part of your car, but they’re one of the most important safety features. In the category you’ll find help choosing the right wipers and knowing when to replace them.

Our service experts at Velde Ford have answered all of your FAQs to help you understand your vehicle and its needs. If you have any other questions, give us a call at (888) 221-2804. We’re always ready to assist you with anything you need at our dealership. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle check out our inventory of new Fords and used vehicles.

Come to Velde Ford to take a test drive in one today. We’re excited to find the perfect vehicle for you to take home today! At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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All-New 2017 Ford Fusion Helps You Avoid Potholes - 02/25/2016


New Ford Fusion Helps You Avoid Potholes

PEKIN, Ill. – Potholes are a pain to you, your car, and your wallet. Ford has come to the rescue! The all-new 2017 Ford Fusion helps you avoid potholes. With this new technology, which can only be found in a Ford, you’ll be saving your vehicle and your money.

Information from AAA reports that drivers pays over $3 billion a year, and $300 per pothole-related damage. The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport will come standard with this new technology. Not only will the new Ford Fusion help you avoid potholes, but the overall driving experience will be fun and effortless with a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine that pushes out 325 horsepower.


Here’s how Ford’s new pothole mitigation technology works. It’s a computer-controlled shock absorber system where dampers are used to soften the ride over a pothole. There are 12 high-resolution sensors that control the dampers and every two are checked every two milliseconds to ensure the fastest response possible. When one of the sensors encounters the edge of a pothole the car’s computer will relay the message to the damper fast enough to stiffen up and catch the wheel before it can fall into the pothole. The rear suspension will then be notified by the car’s technology even faster to make sure the rear wheels avoid the pothole as well.

A Ford Engineer, Jason Michener, mentioned what was involved in the testing of this new technology saying, “We tested and tuned this system by driving over countless potholes – subjecting Fusion V6 Sport to the brutal, square-edged potholes of our Romeo Proving Grounds to finesse the software. It was long hours of not very pleasant work, but the results are well worth it.”

The 2017 Ford Fusion will give owners the best driving experience that Ford can offer. The vehicle features a normal mode which drivers can use in their everyday commute. Then there’s a sport mode that will turn on the computer-controlled shock absorber and allow for fun and better handling.

The new Ford Fusion will be at dealerships this summer. Can’t wait until summer? We have plenty other sedans to choose from at Velde Ford. Take a look at the 2016 Ford Fusion or the 2016 Ford Focus.

Come to Velde Ford to take a test drive in one today. We’re excited to find the perfect vehicle for you to take home today! At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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