Ford is America’s Best Selling Automaker

The 2013 Ford F-Series is Ohio's best selling vehicle.

The 2013 Ford F-Series is Ohio’s best selling vehicle.

The Ford Motor Co. predicts it will again be the best-selling vehicle brand in the United States in 2013. Outselling Toyota by more than 396,000 units, this will be the fourth consecutive year Ford brings home the title.

“The great news is that we are not overly reliant on any one segment – we’re seeing double-digit sales growth in cars, trucks and utilities,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “The Ford brand has had more retail share growth than any other brand in the country, with our most significant gains coming from import-dominated coastal markets. With 16 launches next year, we’re looking to keep our sales momentum going.”

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Review: 2014 Ford F-150

The 2014 Ford F-150 returns to George Waikem Ford as the top selling vehicle in Ohio and the United States. There are a few upgrades to this year’s model, but when you’re known for fuel efficiency and technology, you cannot go wrong.

SO WHAT’S NEW?

The 2014 Ford F-150 has new HID headlamps available on XLT and above models.  17-inch machined alloy wheels with painted accents are now standard on XLT and STX models. A new power-telescoping and powerfolding trailer-tow sideview mirror is available on the lineup, and the Marina Blue specialty leather is now an option on Limited models.

On the outside, the F-150 features a new Sunset Metallic Color to go along with a long range of color options. Ask about the new 18-inch and 20-inch wheels on various trim packages.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Everyone has New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe yours is to eat healthier, spend more time with family, stop smoking, lose weight or something else that will help you improve your life in 2014. But what about your car? If it could tell you its New Year’s Resolutions, what would it tell you it needed to live healthier this year? Waikem Auto Family’s Fixed Ops Director David Sams has complied the following list of New Year’s Resolutions for your car in 2014.

In the interest of my vehicle’s long life and quality of life, I resolve to:

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New Colors of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

Waikem Mitsubishi has just received a fresh delivery of 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage models at our Massillon showroom. Along with being the most fuel efficient car non-hybrid on the road today, the Mirage is one of the most fun vehicles you can drive. The Mirage comes in great colors, including:

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Thank You From Waikem Subaru

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On behalf of everyone at Waikem Subaru, thank you for helping us Share the Love this year.  During the annual Subaru Share the Love Event, our loyal customers and caring employees were able to raise money and provides gifts to those in our area this holiday season.

This year we partnered with Pathway Caring for Children and filled a Subaru Outback with presents to send to the children for a holiday season. It started at our Holiday Party in December.

The Waikem Family and Associates again showed their caring spirit. The theme of this year’s party was “Caring for Children,” and we partnered with Pathway Caring For Children. Associates brought a gift from the Pathway wish list to help the children have a great holiday.

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Why 2014 will be positive for the car shopper

Low interest rates, great models and credit availability promise to make 2014 one of the best years ever for car sales.

Low interest rates, great models and credit availability promise to make 2014 one of the best years ever for car sales.

All economic forecasts show 2014 as another bright spot in the Automotive Industry. Competitive pricing, credit availability, low interest rates, supply and demand and a great new model lineup will all contribute to positives for the consumers. It may be the best time ever to buy or lease a new car.

AUTO LENDING

Credit bureau TransUnion tells Automotive News that Auto Finance Trends will remain positive in 2014. They predict easier access to credit for consumers, more leasing and bigger loans.

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Today’s Cars are more Fuel Efficient and Powerful than Ever

A report from Business Insider reveals that vehicles are more powerful and more fuel efficient than they have ever been. Studying data from 1975 to 2013, Business Insider reports its never been a better time to own a car.

Start with adjusted fuel economy, or MPG. Model year 2013 vehicles are the most fuel efficient ever, across the board. Compared with 1975, vehicles are 80 percent more fuel efficient. Simply go back to ten years ago, and you’ll find that vehicles are more than 20 percent more efficient than they were at that time. Business Insider  says 2005 was a turning point for the industry and fuel economy.

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Ford Predicts Busiest Year Ever

Thanks to launches such as the 2015 Ford Mustang, Ford is predicting its best year ever in 2015.

Thanks to launches such as the 2015 Ford Mustang, Ford is predicting its best year ever in 2015.

The Ford Motor Company says 2014 will be its busiest year ever.

The company will hire 5,000 workers in the United States next year on the heels of a record setting 2013.

“We saw unprecedented growth in the United States this year, especially in the midsize and utility segments,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “With the addition of 16 new products to our showroom, including Ford Mustang, our momentum continues.”

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Winter Weather Driving Tips

During the holiday season you may have to drive on winter roads. Follow the tips below to ensure safe travel during the winter.

Driving safely on icy roads

  1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  6. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  8. Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  9. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
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AutoTrader’s Best New Cars for the First-Time Buyer

For a first-time car buyer it can be a difficult process picking just the right car. To make things easier Autotrader has compiled a list of the ‘Best New Cars for First-Time Buyers: 2014 Edition’. They have chosen several of our favorites from Hyundai, Nissan, Honda, Ford, and Kia. They’ve taken into account value, efficiency, versatility, and performance performance.

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