Ford EV Investment to Reach $22 Billion by 2025

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Ford is many things. It’s one of America’s leading automakers. It’s the powerhouse behind the F-series — the bestselling set of pickups in the U.S. for 44 years running. But it’s also a proponent for environmental progress and protection. That’s why the automaker recently announced a massive $22 billion investment into electric vehicles through 2025.

This news follows a 2018 announcement that Ford would spend $11 billion on developing EVs. The most prominent example of that is the first-ever Mustang Mach-E — an all-electric SUV inspired by the iconic pony car and powered entirely by a battery. The fact that Ford has doubled its EV investment within just a few years reflects its confidence in this segment.

While it’s a hybrid instead of a pure EV, the 2021 Ford F-150 and its class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 may be a sign of things to come.* There are rumors that the blue oval will introduce an all-electric F-150 in 2022. Considering the best-in-class combined fuel economy and impressive power offered by the PowerBoost™ engine, it seems safe to assume that whatever the F-150 EV looks like, it’ll have more than enough heft to hold its own against the competition.

While Ford has plenty of exciting innovations waiting just down the road, you can take advantage of its forward-thinking nature today by test driving a new or used model at Packey Webb Ford.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Named Coolest Car Under $30,000

2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

As we slowly sneak our way into the future, cars are steadily getting more and more awesome. Nowhere is that concept more evident than with the Ford Bronco Sport, which was recently named the Coolest Car Under $30,000 for 2021 by Kelley Blue Book. If you listen closely, you can hear our lack of surprise.

 The all-new Bronco Sport scored the top spot on KBB’s venerable list thanks to its comfortable interior, family-friendly nature, SUV-based platform, spacious cargo area, and adventure-ready capabilities. As KBB’s Allyson Harwood said, “if you like to camp, bike, hike, or enjoy a day in the countryside, the Bronco Sport is one of the coolest ways to get there.”

In order to claim the top spot, the 2021 Bronco Sport had to trample would-be competitors like the 2021 Jeep® Wrangler, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma, and even sports cars like the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. Naturally, it did so with ease. The 2021 Mustang also made the list, snagging the fourth spot.

If there’s any lingering doubt as to whether Ford produces some of the coolest cars on the road, stop by Packey Webb Ford to experience the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport for yourself.

Ford F-Series is Bestselling Pickup Truck for 44 Years

Ford F-Series | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Ford has hit a series of new milestones. The brand set another record with the F-Series lineup being the bestselling pickup truck for 44 years in a row. Ford also extended its record as the best-selling brand in America to 11 consecutive years. Ford ended 2020 on a positive note with strong sales results across the lineup, especially for trucks and SUVs. Ford ended 2020 with the introduction of the Bronco Sport and the innovative Mustang Mach-E.

Americans love Ford trucks for their strength, reliability, and impressive features. The Ford F-150 just entered its 14th generation for the 2021 model year. This truck offers best-in-class towing and payload along with innovative available features like the Pro Power Onboard. The 2021 F-150 is also available with a powerful hybrid powertrain. With so many great features, it is no surprise, the F-Series lineup is the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The most popular Ford SUV is the Ford Explorer. In fact, the Explorer is the best-selling midsize SUV in the country. In 2020, it had an impressive sales gain of 20.9 percent. The 2020 Explorer is an all-new model that returned to its original rear-wheel-drive layout. It also comes with a spacious interior for both passengers and cargo.

We probably don’t have to tell you why the Ford F-Series is the bestselling pickup truck of the last 44 years. Still, the latest Ford F-150 is better than ever, and worth a new look. Check it out at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, Illinois!

3 Tips to Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

3 Tips to Get Your Car Road Trip Ready | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

If you are your family are itching to get out of town, taking a road trip is a great idea. Road trips are an easy way to build great memories with your kids. Before you head out on your next adventure, make sure your car is ready for the journey. Here are a few tips to help you get your car road trip ready so you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind.

Check the battery

You do not want to end up with a dead battery while travelling. You can quickly get your battery tested as most auto parts stores and repair shops. If your battery power is low, consider replacing it before you leave.

Change the oil

If your car is near its next oil change interval, go ahead and schedule an appointment early. It is better to head out and explore with fresh oil than to need an oil change in the middle of your adventure.

Inspect your tires

Your tires are going to do a lot of work driving from Downers Grove, Illinois to your exciting destination. Make sure they have enough life left in them. Have a mechanic check the tread depth and make sure your tires are aligned. If it is time, get your tires rotated, too.

If you’re still not sure whether your car is road trip ready, schedule a service appointment at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, Illinois. Our expertly trained staff will ensure your car is ready for any road trip.

Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle to Make it Last Longer

Vehicle Maintenance Tips | Downers Grove, IL | Packey Webb Ford

Maintaining your vehicle can sometimes feel like a bit of a hassle, but regular service is vital to helping it retain value and stay on the road longer. Here are a few easy tips for how to keep your car in tip-top shape for years to come.

Clean up after yourself

It may sound simple, but making sure your Ford is presentable — both inside and out — is surprisingly important. Leaving crumbs or spilled drinks to fester on or under the seats can eventually damage the upholstery. That’s easily remedied with a vacuum and wipes that won’t damage your seats. Also, road salt, bird droppings, and other weather-related factors can eat away at your car’s paint and lead to rust. Thankfully, every time you visit us at Packey Webb Ford for service, you get a complimentary car wash!

Stick to a routine

Adhering to a schedule for preventative maintenance won’t only keep your car running for longer, it can save you a bundle by nipping potentially costly damage in the bud. Check your owner’s manual for information on how frequently you should be changing the oil, rotating the tires, having your filters swapped out, and more. If you’re worried about time, swing through the Express Service lane at Packey Webb Ford. Our expert technicians can have you in and out in under an hour, and you don’t even need an appointment.

Watch how you drive

The way you operate your vehicle — Ford or otherwise — can have a huge impact on its health and longevity. Make sure you’re not accelerating or braking too hard, try to avoid long idling sessions, and keep short trips with lots of stop-and-start moments to a minimum. Your tires, engine, brakes, and wallet will thank you.

In our opinion, the best way to help your vehicle last longer is to bring it to Packey Webb Ford’s new facility in Downers Grove for routine service and overall maintenance. Schedule an appointment online or by phone.

3 Romantic At-Home Date Night Ideas

At-Home Date Night | Downers Grove, IL | Packey Webb Ford

Whether you’re someone who celebrates Valentine’s Day or not, there’s no denying the value of a good date night. While you may not be going out to your favorite restaurant this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a romantic evening with your significant other. Here are some easy ideas you can use to set up a fun, safe at-home date night in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Host a fancy private dinner

Who says you need to shell out $100 at a restaurant in order to have a great meal on Valentine’s Day? Since food and romance go hand-in-hand, why not plan a menu with your significant other, light a few candles, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner? Dress up in your favorite fancy outfits to make it even more special.

Snuggle up and watch a movie

Sometimes, the best dates are the simplest. For a comfortable night in, settle into the couch and watch your favorite movie together. If you want to try something a little more unique, you can hang up a white sheet in your garage, hook up a projector, hop in the car, and enjoy your very own drive-in theater!

Dance the night away

Music speaks to the heart in a unique way, and it’s something you can enjoy in the privacy of your own living room. Connect your smartphone to a speaker or break out your turntable and collection of vinyl records and make memories waltzing around the coffee table.

From the family here at Packey Webb Ford to yours, we want to wish you a very happy and safe Valentine’s Day, and we can’t wait to hear what you came up with during your next visit!

Driving Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Chicago Winters

Winter Driving Tips | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Here in Downers Grove, Illinois, winter can be brutal. The combination of wet, heavy snow and frigid winds off Lake Michigan can make the roads a real hazard to drive on. As sellers of safe, reliable Ford vehicles, we at Packey Webb Ford care about your family’s safety. To help you stay safe while driving in Chicago this winter, here are some recommendations.

Drive slowly: Even if you don’t think the pavement seems very slick, it’s a good idea to reduce your speed by around 20-30 percent in the winter. And give extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.

Be cautious: Don’t make any risky lane changes or traffic maneuvers you’d normally make on a dry summer day. Take it easy and be careful during these months, doing all you can to avoid impulsive or unwarranted movements.

Avoid rapid changes in speed: The more suddenly you brake or accelerate, the more likely your car’s tires will slip and slide across the road. Gradual changes in speed help the tires maintain traction on the road. 

Use your car’s safety systems: Ford offers many driver-assistive safety technologies that make it easier for you to maintain control of your car on slippery roads. If your car has these, make sure you’re using them properly. And if it doesn’t, we highly recommend upgrading to a new Ford with Ford Co-Pilot360 and all-wheel drive.

For a safe, reliable SUV, crossover, or pickup truck for your family, visit Packey Webb Ford. We have an abundance of affordable models in stock right now.

Welcome to the Packey Webb Ford Blog

Packey Webb Ford Blog | Downers Grove, IL | Ford Dealer

Since 1962, Packey Webb Ford has been providing hard-working parents and busy families in Downers Grove, Illinois, with the latest quality Ford vehicles. Now, our family-owned and -operated dealership is helping your family in a new way. Welcome to the new Packey Webb Ford blog!

We’ve launched this site to provide you with need-to-know information about brand-new Ford models or the one you already own. Here, we’ll post every month about the latest news concerning Ford car redesigns and launches, as well as suggestions for which SUV or truck would be good for you. And if you’re a manager or executive looking for a premium sedan, we’ll tell you all about the legendary Ford Mustang.

If you’re already a Ford car owner in the Chicago metro area, you’ll appreciate our advice on maintaining your vehicle to extend its life. In addition to giving seasonal service tips, we invite you to keep your car running smoothly by taking it to the service center at our new facility. You’ll even get a complimentary car wash when we work on your Ford!

Ford the latest Ford news, local travel suggestions, and DIY car care assistance, bookmark the Packey Webb Ford blog. And when you need a new or used Ford car, you can shop our wide selection of models like the Escape SUV and F-150.