Planet Ford Offers $500 Texas Farm Bureau Bonus Cash*

 







 

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Planet Ford Presents Annual Spring ISD $5,000 Scholarship

Shawn Burns, GM/OP; Alexa Horack, Community Liaison; Brad Stapp, Ops. Dir.; and Planet Ford in Spring team present Chriana Stevenson with Randall Reed’s Planet Ford Spring ISD $5,000 Student Scholarship Award

Congratulations Chriana Stevenson of Delaney High School.  Today, Shawn Burns, General Manager/Operating Partner of Planet Ford in Spring, Texas, surprised the senior with the Randall Reed’s Planet Ford Spring ISD $5,000 Student Scholarship Award.

The scholarship was award on behalf of the Houston-area Ford dealership and Randall Reed family.  Ms. Stevenson was one of many students who applied from Spring ISD area schools, including: Dekaney, Spring, Westfield, and Wunsche.

Both her family, a large number of the school staff and Planet Ford managers were on hand to celebrate her hard-earned success.

Congratulations Chriana Stevenson! We know you are going to do great things as you set your site on achieving even more goals in the years to come.

To learn more about Planet Ford in Spring on I-45 (serving The Woodlands, Aldine, Cypress, Conroe, greater Houston, visit www.PlanetFord45.com!

 

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Ford Boosts Entertainment with Live Streaming, Music, Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Everyone at Planet Ford in Spring on I-45 (serving greater Houston, The Woodlands, Cypress, Aldine, Conroe) is always on the leading-edge of innovation.  So, it’s no surprise that Ford Motor Co. is reinventing how drivers and passengers will be consuming entertainment on the road. The American auto maker is offering new ways to wirelessly stream live TV and listen to music in its newest SUVs.

These new features are a result of shifting trends toward streaming services, whether for television shows, movies, music, podcasts and more. For example, one in three U.S. consumers currently listen to streaming music, according to trade association IFPI, with Generation Z and Millennials streaming at a more frequent rate.

“Increasingly, our on-the-go customers are streaming music and television to their personal devices,” said Michael O’Brien, Ford SUV Group Marketing manager. “We’re meeting this demand in our biggest and smallest SUVs.”

The all-new Expedition, available this fall, will offer an available Wi-Fi hotspot supports as many as 10 devices at once – up to 50 feet from the vehicle – while an available dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system provides a next-generation video experience that allows passengers to watch live TV via SlingPlayer on either of two video screens. The system represents the first time SlingPlayer – which connects to a user’s home Slingboxaccount – is offered in an automobile.

In the all-new EcoSport, available in early 2018, as well as in the new Expedition, Ford offers stream-friendly technology including Apple CarPlayand Android Auto capability, SiriusXM radio, an 8-inch touchscreen, and USB ports and power outlets that allow customers to connect and charge their many devices and listen to or watch content on-demand.

These media experiences are bolstered in both Expedition and EcoSport by the high-quality audio of the available Ford-exclusive B&O PLAY Premium Audio System.

Live TV viewing experience coming to all-new Expedition
When the 2018 Ford Expedition rolls into the showroom later this year, your passengers will be able to use the available dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system monitors to watch movies and video – even TV shows and live sporting events – streamed from a home cable or satellite system.*

The system, called EVO by developer VOXXHirschmann Corp., includes two 8-inch monitors integrated into the back of the front-seat headrests, a secure, in-vehicle wireless network hub that enables passengers to connect using a mobile device, and a host of sources by which to view content – including an industry-first SlingPlayer that lets them connect to a home cable or satellite system and watch live TV on the road.

SlingPlayer is software embedded into the entertainment system that lets passengers connect to a home-based Slingbox system to watch and control the TV signal.

Passengers will be able to use additional sources to view content, including a DVD player, HDMI, USB and SD card. Passengers can watch content from their Android®-based smartphone equipped with Miracast streaming. They can also stream video to the displays using the entertainment system app’s SmartStream function on compatible iOS® or Android devices.

Using a downloaded app on their smartphone or tablet, third-row passengers can connect to the network and watch non-restricted content. The system enables video playing on either headrest monitor to be viewed on up to three mobile devices simultaneously.

This connectivity isn’t limited to time in the vehicle. The wireless signal – when using the available Wi-Fi hotspot in Expedition – has a range of about 50 feet.

In addition to watching TV shows and movies, the system allows gamers to plug in to the HDMI port and play. And the USB plug doubles as a charge port – the seventh port available in the all-new Expedition – for mobile phones.

The system includes two wireless headsets, either of which can be paired with either monitor. Each monitor is equipped with a standard headphone jack for additional viewers. When everybody is watching the same program, the sound can be channeled through the vehicle’s audio system – including the available 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium system.

There are three ways to control each of the monitors:

  • Touch buttons, located along the bottom of each screen
  • Two remote control devices
  • Remote control via mobile app – available on any iOS or Android device

Front-row occupants can stay in command of what is playing using the touch screen mounted on the center stack when their mobile device is connected with the entertainment system app through Ford SYNC® AppLink. A parental block function gives them power to disable all second-row and mobile remote commands.

Music streaming the norm in all-new EcoSport
In a compact SUV like EcoSport, drivers can go small while living big as every inch of interior real estate is treated as a valuable and utilized resource.

With Millennials preferring streaming and subscription music services over CDs, Ford is replacing the CD player in the EcoSport with available technology that allows more on-demand choices while freeing up interior space to hold mobile devices or other personal items.

According to the 2016 Nielsen Mid-Year U.S. Music Report, overall consumption of digital music – downloaded and streamed combined – is up 15 percent. Meanwhile, physical album sales, including CDs, are down 10 percent, against a sustained surge in vinyl.

By 2021, IHS Automotive projects 46 percent of vehicles sold in North America will not have a CD player.

Instead of a CD player, EcoSport will now feature a unique horizontal storage bin over the glove box for storing smartphones within reach, while also allowing for a more upright touch screen. EcoSport also offers an available Wi-Fi hotspot and SYNC Connect® with FordPass®.

To learn more about Ford’s current and forth-coming technology, visit Planet Ford on I-45 at the Louetta exit in Spring, TX. Shop online anytime at www.PlanetFord45.com.

*Additional Slingbox hardware connected to home cable or satellite system and a home internet connection are required.

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Planet Ford in Spring Honored with Triple Crown Award

Planet Ford in Spring, the No. 1 Ford Dealer in the Houston area for 15 years,* is pleased to announce the dealership has again been awarded Ford’s Triple Crown Award.

The Triple Crown is bestowed upon only the best of the best. Out of thousands of Ford and Lincoln dealers in the country, only a select few are recognized. “We are absolutely honored to receive this award,” said Randall Reed, owner of Planet Ford in Spring, which is part of World Class Automotive Group. “As a family-owned dealership, we take great pride in taking care of our customers like one of our own.”

To be recognized, a dealership must receive all of Ford’s top awards, which includes the President’s Award for customer service; be selected for the Ford One Hundred Club, based on vehicle sales and make the Ford Customer Service Premiere Club.

“We’re thrilled to receive the Triple Crown once again,” said Shawn Burns, General Manager and Managing Partner at Planet Ford in Spring. “We have an amazing staff that works hard every day to ensure our customers receive top-notch service every step of the way.” That hard work and customer dedication shines through in all the family-owned dealership does and in the ongoing referrals and customers that return to Houston area Ford dealership.

“It’s wonderful to receive awards like the Triple Crown to confirm all of our hard work is translating to true customer satisfaction,” Mr. Burns said. “After all, our customers and their happiness are what really matters most.”

About Planet Ford in Spring
Planet Ford is located at 20403 I-45 in Spring, Texas. The dealership has earned the No. 1 Ford dealer ranking in the greater Houston area for 15 Years*. Planet offers new Fords, Certified Pre-Owned Fords and quality pre-owned cars, trucks and SUVs. In addition, Planet Ford also provides a full Service, Parts and Collision Department. www.PlanetFord45.com
About World Class Automotive Group
World Class Automotive is owned by Randall and Sherry Reed. The family-owned business is comprised of several dealerships throughout Texas, including: Planet Ford in Spring, Planet Lincoln in Spring, Planet Ford in Humble, Prestige Ford in Garland and Park Cities Ford and Park Cities Lincoln in Dallas.
*Based on retail ford sales reported by Ford annually since 1998.
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Ford Listed Among World Most Ethical Companies for Multiple Years

Planet Ford is pleased to share that 2017 marks the eighth year in a row that the Ford Motor Company has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. With its focus on being a good corporate citizen, Ford garnering the honor for the 8th year makes it the longest streak for any auto manufacturer.

Ford’s commitment to ethics is evident in programs aimed at monitoring human rights and safe working conditions, sourcing conflict-free minerals, to programs such as the Partnership for a Cleaner Environment, which is aimed at encouraging sustainability through Ford’s supply chain.

Ford also seeks to foster long-term relationships with its suppliers through active engagement, which includes sharing best practices, as well as providing training and evaluations to ensure suppliers meet both legal requirements and Ford standards.

“Strong ethics and corporate citizenship are the foundation of our business philosophy, which demonstrates to our customers what we stand for as a company,” said Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman. “This honor is a reflection of Ford’s core values, and it shows that our employees are continuing to make the right decisions every day for all of our stakeholders.”

Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies acknowledges and honors companies that recognize they have a role in society to influence or drive a positive change. These companies consider their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders when taking action, while their values and culture align with the decisions they make every day.

For its efforts, Ford has been recognized by several third-party organizations, including:

  • 2017 World’s Most Admired Company by Fortune
  • 2016 The Just 100: America’s Best Corporate Citizens by Forbes
  • 2016 America’s Best Employer by Forbes
  • 2016 Top Green Company by Newsweek
  • 2016 World’s Most Attractive Employer for Engineering and IT by Universum
  • 2016 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

For more information about Ethisphere Institute’s methodology and to view the complete list of 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies, visit www.ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/

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Your Ford Could Be Your Very Own Personal Assistant

Every wish your Ford could tell how you were feeling and find ways to make your commute more enjoyable without you saying a word? At Planet Ford in Spring, we thought it sounded like a great idea too.

With nearly all new cars expected to offer voice recognition by 2022, future systems may evolve to interpret tone of voice, facial expressions. Ford’s in-car connectivity system SYNC 3 already enables voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and will soon enable drivers to use Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa. Ford with RWTH Aachen University is researching using multiple microphones to improve speech processing and reduce the effect of external noise and potential disruptions.

It all sounds great, right? After all, many of us are already used to cars that understand what we say. Experts predict that in future they may also know how we feel – sometimes without us having to say a word.

Nearly 90 percent of all new cars are expected to offer voice recognition capability by 2022. * The next step for the cars of tomorrow could be to pick up on tiny changes in our facial expression as well as modulations and inflections in our speaking voice, easing the driving experience for consumers.

Advanced systems – equipped with sophisticated microphones and in-car cameras – could learn which songs we like to hear when we are stressed and those occasions we prefer to simply enjoy silence. Interior lighting could also complement our mood.

“We’re well on the road to developing the empathetic car which might tell you a joke to cheer you up, offer advice when you need it, remind you of birthdays and keep you alert on a long drive,” said Fatima Vital, senior director, Marketing Automotive, Nuance Communications, which helped Ford develop voice recognition of the SYNC in-car connectivity system.

Cloud-based voice control is anticipated to be available on 75 per cent of new cars by 2022, * and it is predicted future systems would evolve into personal assistants that shuffle appointments and order takeaways when drivers are held up in traffic jams.

Movie fans will recall in the film “Her,” Scarlett Johansson’s character Samantha catered to Theodore Twombly’s every command, as a voice recognition system, which with uncanny accuracy, learned his mood, needs and wants – just from the sound of his voice. Someday soon, your car could do something similar.

This summer, Ford’s in-car connectivity system SYNC 3 will enable drivers to connect to Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa and offers 23 different languages and many local accents. By accessing cloud-based resources, cars of the future could enable even more drivers to speak their native language, good news for those celebrating International Mother Language Day.

“Voice commands like ‘I’m hungry’ to find a restaurant and ‘I need coffee’ have already brought SYNC 3 into personal assistant territory,” said Mareike Sauer, voice control engineer, Connectivity Application Team, Ford of Europe. “For the next step, drivers will not only be able to use their native tongue, spoken in their own accent, but also use their own wording, for more natural speech.”

Apple CarPlay™ provides a simplified way to use the iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri Eyes-Free voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps. Android Auto™ delivers Google Maps and music to a car’s screen while enabling voice controls for phone calls and messaging. *

A research project Ford is currently running with RWTH Aachen University includes using multiple microphones to improve speech processing and reduce the effect of external noise and potential disruptions. Nuance says that within the next two years, voice control systems could prompt us with: “Would you like to order flowers for your mum for Mothers’ Day?” “Shall I choose a less congested but slower route home?” and “You’re running low on your favourite chocolate and your favourite store has some in stock. Want to stop by and pick some up?”

Future gesture and eye control would enable drivers to answer calls by nodding their head, adjust the volume with short twisting motions, and set the navigation with a quick glance at their destination on a map.

So is there a danger that, as in the movie “Her,” we might fall for our advanced voice recognition systems?

“Lots of people already love their cars, but with new in-car systems that learn and adapt, we can expect some seriously strong relationships to form,” said Dominic Watt, senior lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York. “The car will soon be our assistant, travel companion and sympathetic ear, and you’ll be able to discuss everything and ask anything, to the point many of us might forget we’re even talking to a machine.”

Ready to shop for your future Ford today, visit Planet Ford in Spring (serving The Woodlands, Houston, Aldine, Cypress, Conroe) on I-45 at Loretta or visit www.PlanetFord45.com!

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* http://www.autonews.com/article/20170122/OEM06/301239846/alexa-do-i-need-a-virtual-assistant-in-the-car

** SYNC languages include Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australian), English (UK), English (US), French, French (Canada), German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Spanish (Mexico), Swedish, Taiwanese, Turkish, Coming later this year are English (India), Finnish and Thai.

Apple, Apple CarPlay, iPhone, Apple Maps, and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. Android Auto, Google, Google Play and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

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Ford Fusion Takes MotorWeek Top Family Sedan Honor

At Planet Ford in Spring (on I-45) the Ford Fusion is extremely popular, especially for busy, Houston families on the go. so it comes as no surprise that it has garnered one of MotorWeek’s top honors.  The 2017 Ford Fusion was recognized as the 2017 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Family Sedan.

People who buy it love the most technology-packed Fusion ever.  It is the first Ford vehicle in North America to offer adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. These features are among 20 driver-assist technologies available across the Fusion lineup, including Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi and Fusion Sport models.

The sporty sedan features a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine, along with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and continuously controlled damping for an even more fun-to-drive experience.

Every year, MotorWeek assesses new cars, trucks and SUVs, judging vehicles from a buyer’s point of view and taking into account such factors as trends, innovation, value and reliability.

When you’re ready to take the Ford Fusion for a spin, visit Planet Ford in Spring (serving greater Houston, The Woodlands, Aldine, Cypress, Conroe) on I-45 at Louetta or log on to www.PlanetFord45.com.

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2017 Ford Super Duty Earns Top Overall Crash Test Ratings

At Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Spring on I-45 (serving great Houston, The Woodlands, Aldine, Cypress, Conroe), you and your family’s safety is paramount when selecting a vehicle. That’s Ford’s top concern too as they build out their tough, tech-packed and stylish vehicles.

It’s no surprise that Ford continues to show why they have earned to right to say they are “Built Ford Tough” as they continue to receive high praise, awards and ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4×2 with a five-star overall vehicle score in its New Car Assessment Program – the highest possible rating. That makes this all-new truck the safest Super Duty ever!

Some of safety highlights:

  • Frontal driver rating improves to five stars; side crash ratings for front and rear remain five stars
  • Safety starts with Super Duty’s backbone – a fully boxed frame that is 95 percent high-strength steel; and its segment-exclusive high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body

Super Duty’s improved performance is enabled by weight savings of up to 350 pounds through the use of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body and box. This leads to more local frame stiffness at strategic locations to deliver considerable improvement in occupant protection. The weight savings is then reinvested into an all-new fully boxed frame that is more than 95 percent high-strength steel and up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame.

But Ford didn’t stop with the truck’s body and frame – Super Duty sets a new level of technology availability for the segment. Options such as 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, lane-keeping alert and inflatable seatbelts help the driver to have more confidence and control while towing and hauling heavy loads from job site to job site.

When you’re ready for your new Ford truck, shop our selection at www.PlanetFord45.com or take the short drive on I-45 to the Planet Ford sign… you’re sign for great savings and award-winning service!

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Houston Texan Player Presents Planet Ford’s Vehicle for a Vet

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 2.36.35 PMFord’tastic News!  The Planet Ford in Spring family (serving the Houston area) is very excited to announce that Vincent Wilfork, of the Houston Texans, will present a deserving veteran with our Planet Ford F-150 truck.   The announcement will take place this coming Saturday, July 23rd, during the Spring Texas Music Fest at Bareback Bar and Ice House.

James Wilfork (image via James Wilfork Foundation Twitter)

James Wilfork (image via Wilfork Foundation Twitter)

Mr. Wilfork, one of the premier defensive tackles, was named to both the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

He has a great passion for helping others and has the Vincent Wilfork Foundation. the organization’s purpose is to be source of support for any and all non-profit organizations, including supporting our military and veterans.

Planet Ford and the Reed family share the  same ideals and are pleased to have Mr. Wilfork at Spring Texas Music Fest.  “The Reed and Planet Ford families are so happy to be able to help our veterans in need,” said Randall Reed, owner of Planet Ford and World Class Automotive Group. “We are thrilled that Mr. Wilfork is kind enough to serve as our special announcer and support this wonderful event.”

Planet Ford’s Spring Texas Music Fest Ford F-150 will be awarded at the Barback Bar & Icehouse located at 19940 Kuyendahl in Spring, TX. The festival will feature an incredible line up including: Jason Cassidy, Charlie Robison, Scooter Brown Band, Rick Trevino, Jody Booth, Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, Jerrett Zoch & OSR, and Jackson Taylor and the Sinners.

The finalists, who will be announced at the event, were selected from the many nominations sent in by community members who know a wounded warrior in need of a truck. “There was such an outpouring,” Mr. Reed said. “Reading all of the essays and looking through the pictures, it was easy to see all of the heroes on our community and very hard for the committee to choose.”

The Spring Music Fest helps to restore and renew hope for our wounded service members and their families through financial support. Overseas deployments and combat action can take a serious toll on everyone involved, from the men and women on the front lines to the friends and families who wait patiently for their loved ones to return home.

To learn more or purchase tickets to the charitable Spring Texas Music Fest, visit OuthouseTickets.com. For information about Planet Ford in Spring or Planet Ford in Humble, go to www.PlanetFord.com.

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Final Days to Register Vet to Win Planet Ford Vehicle

vehicles for vets houston fordDon’t let time run out on your chance to enter a veteran in need of a vehicle. this is the final week to nominate a wonder warrior for a Ford truck from Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Spring, Texas (on I-45).  The Reed family and Planet Ford will soon be giving away this awesome price at the upcoming Spring Texas Music Fest.

The Reeds and Planet Ford believe in giving back to those who serve our communities and especially those who serve our country. In honor of our brave men and women, the Planet Ford locations present the Spring Music Festival Vehicles for Vets!

“The Planet Ford families are seeking nominations for wounded warriors in need of and deserve to win a Ford F-150 truck,” said Randall Reed, owner of Planet Ford and World Class Automotive Group. “We want to say thank you and recognize our military heroes for all they have done for our country. Proving a vehicle is the least we can do.”

The Spring Texas Music Fest Ford F-150 will be given away during the event on July 23rd at the Barback Bar & Icehouse located at 19940 Kuyendahl in Spring, TX. The festival will feature an incredible line up including: Jason Cassidy, Charlie Robison, Scooter Brown Band, Rick Trevino, Jody Booth, Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, Jerrett Zoch & OSR, and Jackson Taylor and the Sinners.

The Spring Music Fest helps to restore and renew hope for our wounded service members and their families through financial support. Overseas deployments and combat action can take a serious toll on everyone involved, from the men and women on the front lines to the friends and families who wait patiently for their loved ones to return home.

For those who know a wounded veteran that deserves a vehicle, they are invited to nominate their military hero via the Planet Ford Vehicles for Vet essay contest online.

How It Works:

  1. Fill out the online form at planetford.com/vehiclesforvets (See site for rules.)
  2. Submit a 1,500 word essay about a current or veteran of any branch of the military
  3. Share why that individual deserves a Ford truck
  4. Submit a photo of the individual
  5. Finalist will be contacted

To purchase tickets to the charitable Spring Texas Music Fest, log on to OuthouseTickets.com. For information about Planet Ford in Spring or Planet Ford in Humble, go to www.PlanetFord.com.

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