On Tuesday March 21 and Wednesday March 22, a crew of Capital Ford salesmen, marketing employees, Internet Sales and Service employees made their way down to the Brandt Centre for Ford’s Ride & Drive!
Ride & Drive is a fun filled day of product knowledge and information about new and upcoming vehicles. We were split into groups and went from session to session..two of the sessions included test drives! The first test drive round for my group involved us driving various electric and hybrid cars. In my opinion, the new 2013 Ford Taurus and 2012 Ford Focus Electric was featured in this line-up. The Taurus was by far one of the nicest vehicles, as well as the Chrysler 300.
The second round of test drives included a sneak peak of the brand new 2013 Ford Escape! Now as an Escape owner myself, this was an unreal experience for me. The seats were more comfy than ever, the interior was absolutely gorgeous and classy, and the handling of the vehicle was unbelievable. I didn’t want to take my Escape home!
The test drive didn’t include a nice easy drive in the park, we were told to put the pedal to the metal and went through an obstacle course including sharp turns and bumpy surfaces. A little hesitant at first, the first run through for me was somewhat gentle, until I slowly eased into it and ended up hitting pilons!
According to Brian Churko, “The Escape is unbelievable, it handles so well, so unreal, tons of power.” Brian adds, “I didn’t hit the wall in the back seat when driving through the course compared to the Toyota Rav 4!”
When I asked Craig Livingston to describe the new Escape in three words he said “comfy, vastly improved, and going to be the best vehicle in it’s class by far”… although this was more than three words, I’ll take it! I don’t think it’s possible to sum up the Escape in three words!
The Ford Escape was the number one selling compact SUV in Canada with over 45,000 sales last year, while the second place vehicle, the Honda CRV, only had 25,000 sales last year.
The Ride & Drive also included informative information about the new 2013 Lincoln lineup. The sleek and sophisticated design was made keeping our customers in mind. Bernie Hernando stated “I’m looking forward to the Lincoln MKZ, I’m so excited to see what Lincoln brings out next year!”
By the sounds of things, everyone of us thoroughly enjoyed our time at Ride and Drive and can’t wait to go back next year!