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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 58th 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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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 Driving Dreams Tour Extended to Panama - 07/28/2015

Ford Driving Dreams Tour Extended to Panama


PEKIN, Illi.– Ford has held a community-driven presence in America and other nations for over a century, but for the first time Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund have extended the Ford Driving Dreams Tour beyond the borders of the United States.

Ford Fund created the Ford Driving Dreams Tour in 2012 to help Latino youth in graduate on time and pursue higher education. Since then the program has aided over 30,000 students in Chicago, Indiana, Florida and Texas, and granted over $1,500,000 in scholarships, college preparation, tutoring, parental involvement and motivational activities.

Recently, the Ford Driving Dreams Tour extended to Panama, its debut international destination, where Ford and Ford Fund assisted over 300 teen students in learning new skills. In partnership with United Way Panama and the Ministry of Education Panama, Ford Driving Dreams provided the teens with over $50,000 in grants, scholarships and motivational activities intended to encourage them to stay in school.

Ford Driving Dreams narrowed its philanthropic scope to cover Panamanian students between 13 and 15 years old because this age group is the most likely to drop out of school as a result of poor social and economic conditions that prevent adequate provisions of school supplies, meals and transportation.

The over 300 students selected to receive aid from Ford Driving Dreams came from 19 public schools located in some of the most unstable and impoverished communities in and around Panama City, Panama. The students are in good academic standing despite their impoverished environments, and Ford wanted to help unleash their potential to prevent them from succumbing to stifling social and economic pressures.

According to Ford, the Ford Driving Dreams program gave the students a full day of motivational and goal-setting activities led by professional subject-matter experts, as well as testimonies from motivational speakers like former Boxing World Champion Chemito Moreno and athlete César Barría– the first disabled Latin- and Central-American to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar. 

Ford Driving Dreams also promoted the “What Drives Your Dreams?” essay contest that emphasizes the value of education and chasing your dreams while also contributing to the community.  It will provide $10,500 in scholarships, administered by United Way Panama, to help students and their families finance the costs of school supplies, books, transportation and meals that lead to students dropping out.

It’s very heartwarming to see the Ford Driving Dreams Tour extended to Panama as an addition to its Operation Better World, Ford’s global philanthropic effort, and its pre-existing environmental efforts in Panama. Overall, Ford has now invested around $900,000 in Central America since it first awarded environmental grants in 2001.


While we love the quality design, technology and performance you can find in New Ford Cars or New Ford Trucks, it’s Ford’s passion for maintaining a global community presence that really drives our Bartonville area Ford dealer where we also have a passion for community involvement!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2016 Ford F-150 Limited Debuts this Winter - 07/23/2015

2016 Ford F-150 Limited debuts this winter

PEKIN, Illi.– Your idea of automotive luxury will change when the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited debuts this winterand Ford redefines what it means to drive an exclusive pickup truck.

The 2016 F-150 Limited is Ford’s most advanced pickup truck to date and is set apart from competitors by its enhanced features, ingenious technology and chic design elements. There is a growing consumer segment that desires more glamorous vehicles, such as the high-performance 2016 Ford Mustang, and Ford is happy to provide these consumers with a ritzy pickup.

The 2016 F-150 Limited will come in four colors: Shadow Black, Magnetic, Blue Jeans and a White Platinum Metallic tri-coat. These luxurious colors will be accentuated by a number of notable features when the 2016 Ford F-150 Limited debuts this winter, including:

  • 22-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Raised lettering on the hood that says LIMITED
  • An exclusive grille
  • A satin-finished chrome bumper, door handles, exhaust tailpipe and tailgate badge

The 2016 F-150 Limited comes ready with SYNC 3, the latest version of Ford’s communications and entertainment system, as well as a Sony 10-speaker sound system with HD Radio, a subwoofer and CD player, and a 5-year subscription to SiriusXM and TravelLink. Other technologies available for the luxury pickup include:

  • BLIS with cross-traffic alert
  • A panoramic vista roof
  • Power-deployable running boards
  • Quad-beam LED headlamps
  • Remote start and tailgate release
  • An integrated brake controller
  • A lane-keeping system, 360-degree camera system and dynamic trailer hitch assist (these make up an optional package)

The 2016 F-150 Limited’s interior can’t overlooked, with vogue design elements like:

  • A laser-engraved VIN plate with a production number visible on the center console lid
  • Unique floor mats
  • A distinct instrument cluster face
  • Fiddleback eucalyptus wood and aluminum trimming
  • Special scuff plates with ice blue backlighting

2016 Ford F-150 Limited debuts this winter

You also get great performance with the 2016 F-150 Limited, which gets an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon after a combined 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. And don’t let the image of luxury fool you– the Limited can tow over 10,000 pounds with a powertrain that pumps 365 horsepower and 420 pounds per foot of torque, which no other pickup in the Limited’s class is capable of.


We understand a luxury pickup like the 2016 F-150 Limited isn’t for everyone, but if you’re like us then you know how exciting it is when New Ford Cars or New Ford Trucks are unveiled. Pass the days between now and when the new Limited is released this winter and check out the inventory at our Washington, IL, area Ford dealership.

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford Will Make Headlights that Track Objects at Night - 07/22/2015

Ford Will Make Headlights that Track Objects at Night


PEKIN, Illi.­– Nighttime drives can be relaxing for passengers, but if you’re the one manning the vehicle you know how stressful it can be when your headlights make only a short span of road in front of you visible. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were technology to help you notice potential hazards so you can safely navigate the night?

You’re in luck, because with new technology called Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System and Spot Lighting, Ford will make headlights that track obstacles at night. The new technology will help you become a safer and more relaxed driver when the sun goes down, and builds on Fords Adaptive Front Lighting System and Traffic Sign Recognition that are already implemented into its vehicles.

The Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System is able to widen the light beam at intersections and roundabouts to highlight objects outside of your vehicle’s path that you normally wouldn’t notice at night.

GPS information enables the system to understand when bends or other alterations in a route occur so your headlights can adjust to illuminate them. However, you know how unreliable GPS can be at times, which is why Ford installed a forward-facing video camera in the rear-view mirror base that understands lane markings and can foretell a road’s shape and remembers that information for next time.

Spot Lighting technology brings your attention to objects that are in your vehicle’s path or just outside it using an infrared camera in the vehicle’s grille that can detect and trace eight people or large animals up to 360 feet away.

The system can spotlight two hazards by displaying a spot and a stripe on the road illuminated by two special LED lamps alongside the fog lights. The spotlighted objects are signified with a red or yellow frame on the screen inside the vehicle, depending on how close they are to you.


With the amount of accidents that occur at night due to a driver’s inability to notice objects, it’s great to know that Ford will make headlights that track obstacles at night in order to improve your level of safety when you drive at night. For now this technology is still being developed and tested in Europe, but Ford plans to implement it into its vehicles in the near future.


Even without this headlight technology, the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Dealership are incredible safe. Suffice it to say, if you’re looking for a safe vehicle, you want to look in Ford’s direction. For now this technology is still being developed and tested in Europe, but Ford plans to implement it into its vehicles once the systems are road-ready. Even without this headlight technology, the Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Bartonville area Ford dealer are incredible safe.

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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All-New 2016 GMC Sierra Revealed - 07/16/2015


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PEKIN, Mich.– If you’re extremely particular about the type of pickup you drive, the moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived now that the all-new 2016 GMC Sierra was revealed.

The Sierra is GMC’s best-selling truck and GMC pulled back the curtain on the 2016 model just as the current model came out of its best June sales since 2006, along with 12 straight months of nonstop sales improvements.

Although the Sierra is a top performer in its segment, the majority of consumers are first drawn to its impressive design. That’s why the all-new GMC Sierra was revealed as having a number of new design elements like:

  • “C-shaped” LED signature daytime running lights and LED headlights
  • “C-shaped” LED taillights
  • New front fascia and grilles for each trim level
  • New LED fog lamps
  • New bumpers

So far details on the 2016 Sierra are scarce, but GMC will disclose more information between now and when the best-selling pickup will be available near the end of 2015. Looking through some of the photos GMC released, we can at least gather you’ll be able to use Apple CarPlay– Apple’s operating system used to integrate iPhones with vehicles– through the new Sierra’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which is a definite plus.

As somewhat of a little brother to GM’s bigger brands like Chevrolet, it’s not often we hear big news like this from GMC. We can’t wait to add the 2016 GMC Sierra to our inventory of New GMC Trucks at our Bartonville area GMC dealership!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford Makes Carbon Fiber Wheels with Space Shuttle Technology - 07/15/2015

Ford Makes Carbon Fiber Wheels with Space Shuttle Technology

PEKIN, Illi.– We’ve sent men to the moon, calculated Earth’s orbit, and even taken pictures of Pluto, but who ever thought all of that science could be applied to a car?

Now that Ford makes carbon fiber wheels with Space Shuttle technology for its Shelby® GT350R Mustang, you’ll soon learn how useful this knowledge can be on the road. Many auto parts companies already produce aftermarket carbon fiber wheels, but Ford will be the first automaker to mass-produce a wheel of this caliber.

Ford took special care to design a carbon fiber wheel able to endure harsh elements and even the occasional curb or pothole. The wheel is made a pre-made structure of carbon fiber strands woven together, and after an RFID chip tracked by Ford’s quality assurance system is inserted into the wheel, it’s infused with resin and cured at high heat.

The Space Shuttle technology plays in when Ford coats the wheels with a ceramic plasma arc spray originally intended for the Space Shuttle. The coating gives Ford’s carbon fiber wheels a layer of thermal protection that keeps brake heat from doing any damage.

Ford makes carbon fiber wheels with Space Shuttle technology, but its own development and testing has a large part in the functionality of the wheels. It isn’t news that Ford puts all of its wheels through vigorous tests that cover curb strikes, UV and chemical exposure, and high temperatures, and the GT350R’s carbon fiber wheels get the same brutal treatment before they’re approved.

The difference between Ford’s carbon fiber wheels and typical aluminum wheels is the level of durability and support. Its carbon fiber wheels are stiffer, lighter and more resilient, and give the GT350R better suspension response times, chassis performance, weight reduction and overall handling.

As much as we wish Ford’s carbon fiber wheels could be used on any vehicle, they’re intended for a high-performance track-ready vehicle like the Shelby GT350R Mustang, the most intense pony car manufactured today that is obviously in need of some above-average wheels that can take the heat.

Perhaps one day you’ll see Ford mass-producing carbon fiber wheels with Space Shuttle technology for more typical everyday vehicles, but for now– unless you intend to purchase a Shelby GT350R Mustang– you might have to settle with one of the New Ford Trucks or New Ford Cars for sale at our Ford Dealer serving Washington, IL. And don’t worry, these vehicles might not have the bite that a GT350R has, but they’re definitely just as dependable, even without carbon fiber wheels.

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2015 Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty Win AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards - 07/10/2015

2015 Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty Win AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

PEKIN, Illi.– You may have heard that U.S. military members prefer Ford trucks over any other brand, but they aren’t the only consumers that feel satisfied with Ford’s pickups.

AutoPacific, an automotive research and consulting group, says Ford trucks provide the most contentment to consumers who purchase pickups. That the 2015 Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty won AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards is evidence of Ford’s popularity among those consumers.

“The Vehicle Satisfaction Awards look at the big picture, including owners’ experiences with overall quality and safety, but it goes deeper than that,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “We also take into account the heart of the ownership experience to determine those vehicles that are extremely satisfying to their owners.”

To determine the F-150 and F-Series Super Duty as winners, AutoPacific determined pickup-owners’ satisfaction with 50 different vehicle aspects, including fuel economy, performance, interior comfort and styling.

A wide range of vehicle attributes helped the F-150 earn AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award for light-duty pickups, reeling in the second-highest owner score to date as well as the highest truck rating ever. But Ford’s famous pickup also has the backing of recognition for best-in-class towing, payload and EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy, and the government’s five-star crash test rating for all of its cab options.

The F-Series Super Duty acquired AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award for heavy-duty pickups, but, like the F-150, has its own history of previous accolades. Ford’s best-in-class with diesel horsepower and standard torque heavy-duty pickup also recently won the 2015 Best Retained Value Heavy Duty Truck from Edmunds.com for the F-350.

You don’t necessarily need to see the 2015 Ford F-150 and F-Series Super Duty win AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards to believe they’re the best pickups around, but those awards certainly make a statement! We still think you should come test drive one of the New Ford Trucks or New Ford Cars at our Bartonville Area Ford Dealer to get a full understanding of why Ford vehicles earn the awards they do, so come on in!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford Makes Teens Safer Drivers with Driving Skills for Life - 07/08/2015

Ford Makes Teens Safer Drivers with Driving Skills for Life

PEKIN, Illi.– American auto companies produce the majority of the vehicles we drive in the U.S., and, therefore, have an obligation to produce safe vehicles like the 5-Star Safety Rating 2015 Ford Edge.

However, Ford makes teens safer drivers with Driving Skills for Life summer camp not as an obligation, but because they want to see younger drivers avoid accidents, injuries and potential fatality.

Ford’s DSFL summer camp gives teens a deeper education they typically don’t get in your average driver’s education course by showing teens how you can handle your vehicle on slick terrain or how you can avoid a messy accident with an object or animal in the road. Ford also shows teens how hazardous driving under the influence can be by giving them the opportunity experience simulated impairment with goggles and a special suit.

By partnering with the Governors Highway Safety Association, Ford’s DSFL will host 1,500 teens and their parents at the free summer camp, which is touring across six states starting in Fargo, N.D., on July 7, and moving through Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming into the month of August. Each stop will include four half-day sessions that cover vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed management and space management.

Considering teen drivers are three times more likely than experienced drivers to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident, according to the CDC, Ford makes teens safer drivers with Driving Skills for Life by teaching them safer driving habits. The six states DSFL is touring through are ranked highest for high school teens ages 16 years or older who drink and drive, which places them at higher risk of being lumped into the CDC’s startling statistics on teen driving behavior that leads to death.

This time of the year also happens to be when teen driving accidents peak, so it makes sense why Ford would schedule DSFL to take place over the next month or so. Ford also wants teens’ parents to come out, too, because even experienced drivers need some recapping, and it never hurts to get an objective perspective on how you’re driving.


Although DSFL won’t be coming through our neck of the woods, we’re glad Ford is taking time to teach young drivers how to master the road and be safe. When it comes to safety, we trust Ford vehicles. That’s why we sell New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Washington, IL, Ford Dealer!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2015 Mustang Could Become Top-Seller Against Competition - 07/01/2015

2015 Mustang could become Top-Seller Against Competition

PEKIN, Illi.– It has been six years since the Ford Mustang last surpassed the Chevrolet Camaro in sales, but that could easily change with the 2015 model year.

The 2015 Mustang could become the top-seller against competition like the Camaro and the Dodge Challenger now that Mustang sales are up 55 percent from last year.

To put it into perspective, Ford sold 56,571 Mustangs into May 2015, compared to Camaro sales of 33,938 and Challenger sales of 30,166, according to Autodata Corp. You don’t have to think hard to figure out why the Mustang is outselling its competitors this year considering the 50th-anniversary redesigned pony car comes with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that pumps out 310 horsepower and still gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

Style and performance are obvious factors in why the 2015 Mustang could become the top-seller against competition, but who’s buying these muscle cars? Surprisingly, millennials account for 35 percent of Mustang sales now, and many of them hail from Southern California where Mustang sales shot up 117 percent.

Based on the history of Mustang sales this year, Ford believes sales data for June will show another 40 percent increase in sales, placing Ford’s prized vehicle the closest it has been in six years to achieving a best-seller status for its segment.

Some skeptics with a wait-and-see attitude are quick to point out that the 2016 Camaro and its convertible version, due in spring 2016, could pose some difficulties for Mustang sales. But if you ask us, we’re confident that the Mustang will achieve a best-seller status and keep it!

If you see the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Bartonville Area Ford Dealership, you’ll understand the quality manufacturing that goes into a Mustang, and that’s what it takes for a performance vehicle to be the best!


At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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5 Fourth of July Desserts to Make - 06/30/2015



PEKIN, Illi.– Independence Day– more commonly referred to as the Fourth of July– is just around the bend. Saturday will be a day full of family and friends, grilling, fireworks and, wait something is missing. Oh, that’s right– patriotic desserts! Here are 5 Fourth of July Desserts to make, because you know how important sugar can be when you’re celebrating something like independence!

5 Fourth of July Desserts to Make
Too lazy to grill patties this year? That's no problem–
these burger cupcakes are essentially the same thing.

5 Fourth of July Desserts to Make
Pretzels, plus frosting, plus M&M's equals: 'MERICA!

5 Fourth of July Desserts to Make
 The perfect poppable food item! 
Make a bunch of these– they go quick.

5 Fourth of July Desserts to Make
 How great is it that you live in a country where
even the fruit is patriotic?

5 Fourth of July Desserts to Make
You'll start singing the U.S. National Anthem
when you try one of these. 

This year, make the most of your Independence Day celebration. Try out one or more of these 5 Fourth of July desserts to make and remind your loved ones that they should feel proud to live in a country that makes room for creativity like this. An even better example of that creative freedom is Ford Motor Company, whose New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks can be found at our Morton Area Ford Dealer! Stop by on your way to get dessert supplies and get an extra dose of American pride when you look at our inventory.

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford Split-View Camera Technology Will Make You a Safer Driver - 06/26/2015

Ford Split-View Camera Technology Will Make You a Safer Driver

PEKIN, Illi.– We’ve all done it: You pull up to a stop sign, check both ways, but a bush on the corner obstructs your view– you proceed regardless. Thankfully, as you nose out into the intersection, you check again  and realize an oncoming car was this close to smashing into the side of your vehicle.

Anxiety and sighs of relief ensue after frightening incidents like this, along with the question, “Why haven’t any automakers developed solutions for drivers to see around hazardous objects?” At ease: Ford split-view camera technology will make you a safer driver from here on out.

Ford debuted the camera on the 2015 Edge and 2016 Explorer in the U.S. and China because it understands the importance of driver awareness. That’s why Ford wants all of its North American light passenger vehicles to have standard rear-view cameras by 2018, and the majority of its vehicles globally to have front cameras by 2020. 

Ford split-view camera technology will make you a safer driver because it uses real-time video feeds from 1-megapixel wide-angle lens camera located in your vehicle’s grille and tailgate. The cameras feed to a tri-panel display on your vehicle’s 8-inch screen that allows you to see around obstructions blocking your vision on either side or from straight on. Activate split-view, which turns off at 6.2 mph, to get a 180-degree view of the area in front of or behind your vehicle and notice any oncoming traffic or obstacles you would otherwise be unaware of.

Right now the 2016 F-150 has the most cameras– five– of any Ford vehicle, but the next Super Duty will contain the most advanced camera technology yet with seven camera, improving lane-keeping assistance and helping customers see better around their truck and trailer. Ford's camera technology is just one of the reasons we feel comfortable selling New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Ford Dealership Serving Morton, IL!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2015 Ford Transit Connect and F-350 Super Duty Win Edmunds.com Awards - 06/23/2015

Ford Transit Connect and F-350 Super Duty Win Edmunds.com Awards

PEKIN, Illi.– Losing is never much of an option for Ford, which explains why the 2015 Ford Transit Connect and F-350 Super Duty win Edmunds.com awards like Best Retained Value.

The 2015 Transit Connect van and the F-350 Super Duty recently won 2015 Best Retained Value Small Commercial Van and 2015 Best Retained Value Heavy Duty Truck, respectively, when Edmunds.com determined the vehicles have the highest projected residual values after 5 years after taking into account their average True Market Value price when sold as new.

The awards are important because residual value holds the most influence in deciding a vehicle’s total cost of ownership, and they help spread the word on Ford’s commitment to quality manufacturing.

The 2015 Ford Transit Connect and F-350 Super Duty win Edmunds.com awards after Edmunds.com analyzed model year 2015 vehicles that came out at the end of 2014 and had unit sales in February 2015 that were at least 25 percent of the average unit sales for a specific market segment. According to Edmunds.com, the average retained value for the Transit Connect after five years is 47 percent, and for the F-350 Super Duty it’s 58.5 percent.

On top of the Edmunds.com award, the Transit Connect was also named ALG’s Best Resale Value for midsize commercial vans, and in April the Transit Connect XLT short-wheelbase midsize van won the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award in the Mini Passenger Commercial Van Category.

Ford Transit Connect and F-350 Super Duty Win Edmunds.com Awards

Awards like these demonstrate how Ford approaches manufacturing quality vehicles, but if these accolades don’t speak volumes to you feel free to drop in at our Ford Dealership serving Morton, IL, and take a look at the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks on our lot. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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5 Manly Father's Day Gifts - 06/16/2015

PEKIN, Illi.– Is your dad what you would call a “man’s man”? If so, there’s no way you can show up this Father’s Day without a macho gift for him. Take a look at these 5 manly Father’s Day gifts and make your dad feel like Superman:

Everyone knows the manliest men use a straight razor to keep a clean look. If your dad doesn’t have one of these already, help him upgrade to the next level of manliness and give him a straight razor shaving kit.

5 Manly Father's Day Gifts

From bacon to sawdust, and gunpowder to fresh cut grass, Man Can has taken every manly scent known to, well, man, and infused them into candles. Now your dad can be indoors and still enjoy the wild-man aromas he loves.

5 Manly Father's Day Gifts

It sounds like a cliché gift, but we’re not recommending you get your dad just any barbecue sauce. Manly dads like a challenge, so let’s give him one. This Father’s Day, grill your dad a steak and put him to the test with the hottest barbecue sauce you can find.


5 Manly Father's Day Gifts

Speaking of steak, what manly dad wouldn’t want his name on every perfect medium-rare sirloin he grills? Give your dad his very own monogrammed steak brand so he can start getting the credit he deserves.

5 Manly Father's Day Gifts

So your dad is a manly guy, but maybe he’s a sophisticated tech junky, too. The only problem is that every time he whips out his smartphone he can’t help but complain about the daintiness of the device. In that case, give him a leather tablet or phone case that restores his manhood.

5 Manly Father's Day Gifts

Regardless of how masculine your dad believes he is, these 5 manly Father’s Day gifts will definitely make him more so. But gifts like these can only take a guy so far up the ladder of manhood. If your dad really wants to show how macho he is tell him to check out our inventory of New Ford Cars or New Ford Trucks at your Morton Area Ford Dealer, because there’s nothing manlier than driving a Ford!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford Will Fund Innovative Technology Startups - 06/15/2015

Ford Will Fund Innovative Technology Startups


PEKIN, Illi.– To say Ford dips its toe in the pool of technology at times would be an understatement. The truth is that Ford is the premier technology-driven automotive manufacturer, and it can’t help itself when it sees an opportunity to expand its influence.

Now, Ford will fund innovative technology startups through Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit– an organization that funds entrepreneurs who focus on future mobility and transportation solutions to mitigate global dilemmas like traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and emissions.

Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, launched in 2014 as a competitive funding program in search of entrepreneurs worthy of investment. It recently announced 10 startup winners selected from hundreds of entrants who represent 42 countries and six continents. The winners will receive office space in downtown Detroit, $120,000 in funding, three months of guidance in business development, customer acquisition and recruitment, and coaching from elite business mentors, advisors and mobility investors. It’s an entrepreneur’s dream package.

Through Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, Ford will fund innovative technology startups ready to make a difference in the world through creativity and logical solutions. The 2015 class of entrepreneurs who were chosen for the program include:

  • Ansik
  • CDL Warrior
  • Classics & Exotics
  • Cosmos
  • Browser
  • Elegus Technologies
  • Gear Brake
  • Motoroso
  • My Dealer Service
  • SPLT
  • WISE Systems

Ford is huge player in the technology game. Just this past year, Ford announced Ford Smart Mobility, one facet of its agenda to pioneer the highest tier of connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data.

Along with backing Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, Ford is executing more than 25 mobility experiments globally to test transportation ideas that could manifest in improved customer service, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration. We’re betting Ford continues to back Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, into the future as more classes of startup companies are selected.

Ford has worked its way into an influential position for furthering technology, in hopes that it can help guide our world into a peaceful and prosperous future. Ford’s good intentions are plain to see in the number of innovative New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucksat our Morton Area Ford Dealership!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Velde Makes Scheduling Your Car Service Simple - 06/12/2015

Velde Makes Scheduling Your Car Service Simple

PEKIN, Illi.– One of the biggest hassles of getting work done on your vehicle is struggling to find time for it. We want to make things as fluid as possible for our customers, so Velde makes scheduling your car service simple with our online scheduling system!

Spend just a few minutes on five online steps to send all of your vehicle information over to us and schedule your service appointment at your convenience. No matter what level of maintenance your vehicle needs, Velde makes scheduling your car service simpleand gives you more time to relax!


Visit our service department to learn about the specialized service we provide to make sure your vehicle stays maintained to the highest standards. Then, when you’re ready, schedule your next service appointment with Velde! Be sure to check out our New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Morton Area Ford Dealership while you're at it!

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Millennials Prefer American-Made Vehicles - 06/10/2015


Millennials Prefer American-Made Vehicles


PEKIN, Illi.– According to a recent survey from Ford, the majority of Millennials prefer American-made vehicles. In particular, members of Generation Y– ages 23 to 24– and Generation Z– ages 16 to 22– believe American-made vehicles connote quality, which they value over attractiveness. Not surprising, they also see Ford as one of the top three car brands to manufacture quality vehicles.

Millennials lean in the opposite direction of their parents when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. 72 percent say they don’t feel obligated to purchase the same brand vehicles as their parents, and 91 percent trust that American-made vehicles are equal to or better than their foreign competitors.

While the majority of Millennials may disagree with their parents on brand preference, that doesn’t mean they altogether reject their parents’ opinions. When assessing a vehicle, 40 percent of Millennials will still consider their parents’ input. However, the Internet’s influence definitely doesn’t lag far behind. 38 percent value online reviews and 27 percent look to third-party quality rankings.

Overall, Millennials want to see evidence for the quality of a vehicle, not just hear about it, before they make a purchase. More than anything, including their parents’ opinions, Millennials consider factors such as cost, gas mileage, driving quality and safety features before making a vehicle purchase.

This data shows a shift in thinking. For a long time, the look of a vehicle has taken precedence, but Millennials prefer American-made vehicles because they know companies like Ford consider quality to be paramount. It’s no surprise they rank Ford as one of the top three brands to purchase from! If you’re a Millennial, come see for yourself the quality built into the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks and our Morton Area Ford Dealership!

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2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta Introduce SYNC 3 - 06/03/2015

2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta Introduce SYNC 3

PEKIN, Illi.– As the world’s most innovative auto manufacturer, there is no slowing down for Ford Motor Company. The automaker will prove itself once again when the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta introduce SYNC 3 to North America this summer.

SYNC 3, Ford’s newest version of its communications and entertainment system, will showcase a broad range of new features, including:

  • Faster performance
  • Conversational voice recognition
  • A perceptive touchscreen
  • A simpler graphical interface
  • AppLink to incorporate smartphone apps
  • Siri Eyes-Free capability for Apple iPhone
  • Software updates via Wi-Fi
  • Enhanced 911 Assist


The decision for the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta to introduce SYNC 3 is a strategic one. The Escape is one of Ford’s most popular vehicles, and the Fiesta is its most affordable. These vehicles will become technologically savvy and safer thanks to SYNC 3. With SYNC 3, drivers can safely connect their smartphones and use them with their vehicles without taking their focus away from the road.

Ford is already on top of the auto tech mountain, and SYNC 3 cements their position even more. It’s safe to say SYNC 3 isn’t the first time Ford has made driving more convenient than ever. All you have to do is look at the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Morton Area Ford Dealership to know that!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford Electrified Vehicle Patents Opened to Competitors - 06/01/2015

Ford Electrified Vehicle Patents Opened to Competitors

PEKIN, Illi.– The word is out! Ford electrified vehicle patents are open to competitors! It was a surprising move by the automaker, which, like its competitors, is generally protective of its technology. But what may seem like an unusual move in such a competitive industry is actually one of the best things Ford could do!

With a total of 650 electrified vehicle patents and 1,000 pending, it’s no secret that Ford is a driver in automotive technology. In an effort to show its seriousness about the future, Ford applied for over 400 electrified vehicle patents in 2014, and this year the automaker plans on hiring 200 engineers to work in Ford Engineering Laboratories – where the electrified vehicle technology magic happens. Other automakers have made advancements of their own, but no one brings innovation to the table like Ford.

Progress like this has given Ford room to determine its own goals while also influencing the future of the automotive world at large. In the end, Ford electrified vehicle patents were opened to competitors in order to share invaluable insight that could ultimately benefit the industry and society much more so than keeping secrets.

While sharing its patents is definitely an act of generosity on Ford’s part, competitors can’t expect to piggyback off all of Ford’s hard work! For a fee, competitors can get their hands on Ford’s electrified vehicle patents and published patent applications by getting in touch with their technology commercialization and licensing office, or via the automaker collaborative innovation and licensing marketplace known as AutoHarvest.

It’s safe to say that no other automaker gets technology like Ford does but we’re expecting to see industry technology advance at a rapid pace in the name of collaboration. One thing is for sure: We’ll always be able to trace this technology back to vehicles like the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks that we carry at our Morton Area Ford Dealership!

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Ford F-150 Top Vehicle Driven by Military Members - 05/29/2015

Ford F-150 Top Vehicle Driven by Military Members

PEKIN, Illi.– A few times a year we take holidays from our stressful lives to acknowledge the efforts of our military, remembering all they do and have done to earn our country its freedom. The job of defending our country doesn’t stop for these men and women. They’re a tough bunch, and their job is even tougher, so of course they need a vehicle that can match that toughness. Which is why it comes as no surprise that in 2014, the Ford F-150 was the top vehicle driven by military members across every branch!

Call us overconfident, but it’s hardly surprising that the men and women serving in the U.S. military prefer the Ford F-150 above other vehicles. Ford’s top pickup held this honor in 2013 as well, when it was also a Top Safety Pick, and if you ask us, it’s on its way to being the top selling vehicle for military members yet again in 2015. To the men and women serving in our Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard, we thank you for your service and for making the Ford F-150 the top vehicle driven by military members.

Military members aren’t the only people who see the value in driving a Ford F-150. For the 38th year in a row it has been the top selling vehicle nationwide! This track record speaks for itself, and that’s why we’re confident in our inventory of New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our TremontArea Ford Dealership!

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2015 Ford Edge Earns Five-Star Safety Rating - 05/26/2015

2015 Ford Edge Earns Five-Star Safety Rating

PEKIN, Illi.– One glance at the 2015 Ford Edge and it’s plain to see that this crossover embodies characteristics sought after by drivers of the 21st century. We’re not just talking about style either. The new Edge means safety! Most recently, the 2015 Ford Edge earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, confirming its prominence as a crossover that glows with safety at its core.

How the 2015 Ford Edge earned a five-star NHTSA safety rating is a simple question to answer! The new Edge was redesigned with safety as its top priority to elicit the safest driving from its customers. Coupled with its innovative technology, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deemed the Edge worthy of the distinctive, 5-star safety rating.

2015 Ford Edge Earns Five-Star Safety Rating

The Ford crossover’s safety traits run the gamut and include technology features such as: 

Adaptive Cruise Control: Radar identifies moving vehicles in front of you to alter your cruising speed accordingly. 

Collision Warning with Brake Support: As you approach another vehicle, if the following distance diminishes too quickly and the system senses a potential collision threat, it will give you visual and audio alerts while pre-charging your brakes to allow you to stop suddenly.

Inflatable Rear Safety Belts: A combination of the standard safety belt and airbag technologies to drastically reduce head, neck and chest injuries sustained in accidents. 

Standard Active Glove Box Knee Airbag: A cutting-edge design repurposes the glove box front to improve protection for passengers’ knees during a collision.  

Sensors and Cameras: To help you drive with more awareness than ever, Curve Control, side parking sensors, the new 180-degree front camera with a washer, and standard rear camera are all now available on the 2015 Edge.

The safety features available on the 2015 Ford Edge make it clear why the NHTSA has awarded this crossover with the highest safety rating from the U.S. government! Safety is one reason why we choose to provide our customers with Ford vehicles. You can find plenty of other safe, reliable, and stylish New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Tremont Area Ford Dealership!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.


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Ford F-150 Proves its Towing Capabilities - 05/22/2015

Ford F-150 Proves its Towing Capabilities

PEKIN, Illi.– Repeatedly celebrated for its performance, style, and reliability, the Ford F-150 is the most consistently sought-after truck. And to bolster its position as the best truck around, Ford has equipped the F-150 with some of the most advanced towing capabilities found in a pickup.

First and foremost, the Ford F-150 proves its towing capabilities with its high strength steel frame. This durable foundation enables you to control your trailer with ease and stability. Switch on the F-150’s tow/haul mode and with the support of your truck’s high strength steel frame you can tow your trailer up and down the most daunting hills with ease!

The F-150’s brawn helps you get the job done, but the brains that keep you safe are in its towing technology. The Smart Trailer Tow Connector informs you of your trailer’s connection status, gives lighting and battery alerts, provides warnings, and offers stats like gain, pitch and steering angle. To further accommodate you, it also stores information on up to ten different trailers!

Another added safety feature, Trailer Sway Control, determines if your trailer is swaying and, if necessary, applies the breaks or reduces your engine power to prevent any dangerous wavering. On top of that, the Trailer Break Controller adjusts your truck breaks to the trailer breaks to guarantee you come to smooth, safe stop.

To give you the best experience possible, the Ford F-150 proves its towing capabilitiesby offering the ultimate convenience. Instead of asking someone to spot you as you maneuver in reverse, the rearview camera featuring Dynamic Hitch Assist saves you the strain of looking over your shoulder and helps you line up your hitch with the trailer simply by looking at a screen. This means you can hitch up and go without wasting time!

                                                    
The F-150’s towing capabilities are further evidence that Ford makes the best vehicles in the industry. That’s why we offer a vast inventory of New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Tremont Area Ford Dealership!

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Crazy Kabob Recipes for Memorial Day - 05/21/2015

PEKIN, Illi.– Is it your turn to tame the grill this Memorial Day? If your family and friends are giving you grief because they don’t want to eat the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, give them something to write home about and try out some of these crazy kabob recipes for Memorial Day! You could say these kabobs are outlandish, but we prefer out-of-this-world! Take a look for yourself:

Antipasto Salad Kabobs


Steak Fajita with Cilantro Pesto Kabobs




Honey and Beer Glazed BBQ Chicken Kabobs


Pineapple Chicken Kabobs


When your guests notice the absence of bland burgers and hot dogs, smiles will stretch across their faces and you’ll be glad you opted for these crazy kabob recipes for Memorial Day! Something else that might make you smile is a New Ford Car or New Ford Truck parked in you driveway, and we have a huge inventory for you to choose from at our Tremont Area Ford Dealer!

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GM Military Discount Extended Through June - 05/14/2015

GM Military Discount Extended Through June

PEKIN, Illi. – It's just a small way to say thanks for all that you have done, but we're excited to announce that the GM Military Discount has been extended to include ALL Veterans, Active Duty members, Reserves, Retirees, and Spouses of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. In appreciation for your service, you can now save even more with the GM Military Discount on eligible Buick and GMC vehicles at Velde GM!

The GM Military Discount has been extended through June so that you can enjoy additional savings on the purchase or lease of the new vehicle you deserve! Plus, pairing your Military Discount with current offers will help you save even more!

All you have to do to enjoy your GM Military Discount is obtain an authorization number via the GM Military Discount web site. Once on the site, click “Program” to register or sign in with your username and password. Then just bring your authorization number and Military ID or DD-214 with you to Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! It's that easy!

At Velde Cadillac Buick GMC, we’re proud to offer this exclusive discount to the men and women who serve our country. If you want to learn more about the GM Military Discount, feel free to check out the Rules and Guidelines. We have an array of New Buick Cars and New GMC Trucks available for you drive home thanks to this great discount.

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2016 Ford Mustang Package Options Available - 05/13/2015

2016 Ford Mustang Package Options Available

PEKIN, Illi. – Once again, the Ford Mustang will claim its territory as a first-rate muscle car. With a number of impressive 2016 Ford Mustang package options available, we think the new Mustang will definitely beat out competitors in both performance and style.

Two major package options at the helm of the 2016 Ford Mustang are the new Mustang California Special Package and the Pony Package. Initially popularized in the 1960s, these two package options will make a comeback for the 2016 model year. Alongside them, the Mustang GT package will bare an iconic feature making a comeback of its own – hood vent turn signals that were first used on the 1967 model, and became emblematic of the pony car category. 

The Mustang GT's available package preferences don’t end there. Various options will be available for the 2016 Mustang GT and Mustang EcoBoost®, such as over-the-top racing stripes in black or silver, and a painted black roof option. If performance trumps aesthetics in your eyes, the Performance Package on the Mustang GT convertible with manual transmission will include improved structural bracing and an updated suspension, brakes, wheels and tires, making this a Mustang GT ready to effortlessly traverse rough terrains.  Going for a tougher look? A Black Accent Package will also be available on the Mustang GT featuring 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels, a black decklid spoiler, dark taillamp trim, and black 5.0 pony logos.

While performance and style are a main focus for the 2016 Ford Mustang package options, the Mustang's technology suite is super impressive as well, featuring Ford’s new SYNC®3 communication and entertainment system. Available for Mustangs sporting the Premium Package, SYNC®3 delivers a convenient interface with enhanced voice commands and AppLink technology that is able to update system software through any open Wi-Fi network.

The 2016 Mustang clearly exemplifies Ford Motor Company's success in manufacturing some of the most alluring performance cars in the industry, but Ford’s capabilities don’t end with the 2016 Mustang. Check out these other New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks that scream excellence, or stop by our Ford Dealership near Tremont, IL

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Mouthwatering Mother's Day Brunch Ideas - 05/05/2015

PEKIN, Illi. – Shout out to all the amazing moms out there! If you ask us, moms don't get enough appreciation for all that they do. They truly are modern day superheroes, and we're definitely thankful for all that our moms have done for us.

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 10th, and we hope your kiddos treat you to the pampered day you deserve! One amazing way to celebrate this Sunday is with a mouthwatering Mother's Day brunch that brings the whole family together, and we think these delicious recipes will put a smile on everyone's face!

Mouthwatering Mother's Day Brunch Ideas













If you really want to treat your mom to something extra special this Mother's Day, why not surprise her with a new ride?! We can help you find a vehicle she will love at our two dealership locations offering a vast selection of Buick, Cadillac, GMC, and Ford models!

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Velde Test Drive Adventure Contest - 05/04/2015

Velde Test Drive Adventure Contest

PEKIN, Illi. – Are you ready to be whisked away on an unexpected adventure? It could happen to you when you arrive for your scheduled test drive at Velde GM!

We've been hard at work on an exciting new campaign and we couldn't be more excited to announce the Velde Test Drive Adventure Contest is officially underway, giving you the chance to WIN BIG! REGISTER to take a test drive in a new vehicle at Velde GM, and when you arrive for your scheduled test drive, you could be whisked away on an unexpected adventure!

When you REGISTER for the Velde Test Drive Adventure, you could be one of the randomly selected winners of...

1. A Spa Visit
2. Lunch at a Great Restaurant
3. A Coffee Break
4. A Shopping Spree
5. Event Tickets
& MORE!*

Test Drive a New GMC...

Or Test Drive a New Cadillac...

*Prize will be valid for date awarded only, and is to be executed on the test drive. Contestant will be required to take a photo on the test drive to be posted to Velde's social media pages. Winners will be randomly selected.

It really is that easy! Register today for your chance to win! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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