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A Big Thank You to the Drive One 4Ur Community Participants!

October 22nd, 2013

driveone_grandville_croppedThe team at Borgman Ford Mazda would like to tip its hat to the folks who turned up to the Drive One 4Ur Community event last Saturday! The Grandville K-12 Band program was able to raise $5,000 from Ford as the result of your support. Great job, folks!

Check Out This New 2014 Mazda3 Video & Celebrate Its Nomination for Green Car of the Year!

October 22nd, 2013

At Borgman Mazda, we’re pumped to present the 2014 Mazda3 that’s turning heads in the automotive world. The 2014 Mazda3 has been named a finalist for the 2014 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. Finalists for the Green Car of the Year are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Check out Mazda’s 30 second “Reveal” here, followed by details on the nomination:

The all-new 2014 Mazda3 is built from the ground up with the award-winning SKYACTIV®1 TECHNOLOGY, Mazda’s engineering approach toward increasing overall vehicle efficiency, performance and fuel economy, while reducing CO2 emissions. In 2013, Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology earned the 2013 Green Car Technology Award from Green Car Journal.

“Mazda continues to push the boundaries with its SKYACTIV technology in order to offer consumers world-class vehicle efficiency and it is an honor to have the 2014 Mazda3 named a finalist for the Green Car of the Year,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). Read the rest of this entry »

Ford Reduces Oil and Water Use in Plants Through Dry Machining

October 22nd, 2013

rainbow ecotown - modern abstract ecology town illustrationAs part of its commitment to sustainability, Ford Motor Company has added its dry machining capability to six plants globally – a number that will nearly double in the next few years.

Near-dry machining, also known as Minimum Quantity Lubrication or MQL, is a process that lubricates cutting tools with a fine spray of oil exactly when and where it is needed. In comparison, conventional wet machining floods the part with metal-working fluids, requiring large amounts of fluid to cool and lubricate the tools used to make engines and transmissions.

For a typical production line, MQL can save more than 280,000 gallons of water per year, or enough to fill 5,600 average-sized bathtubs. Cologne Engine Plant in Germany decreased water use per engine by 50 percent from 2011 to 2012 by switching to the MQL process.

“Reducing the environmental footprint of our plants is a critical part of Ford’s overall sustainability commitment,” said Andrew Hobbs, director of Ford’s environmental quality office. “Expanding new processes such as MQL across our global network of facilities allows us to have an even greater impact.”

MQL also reduces the amount of oil needed to machine an engine or transmission 80 percent or more, to approximately 100 milliliters – or about half the size of an average drinking glass. Without the need for a coolant system across most engine production lines, MQL also helps to reduce energy use. While conventional wet machining produces an airborne mist, MQL eliminates that mist, improving air quality in the plant. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicago Woman Still Owns First Mustang Ever Sold in U.S.

October 21st, 2013

chicagomustangThe folks at Borgman Ford thought our Mustang fans would enjoy this story from Ford Social — the woman who as a college grad bought the first Mustang ever sold in the U.S. still has it — and still drives it! How cool is that? Bet our friends at the Mustang Club would love to connect with Gail Wise! We’re gearing up to celebrate 50 years of the iconic muscle car, which officially went to market in April 1964.

By Tori Tellem
Ford Social

Gail Wise walked into a Ford dealership looking for a convertible to drive around Chicago, where she lived and worked after having just graduated from college. They didn’t have any such models, save for one car tucked quietly away in back. She bought it on the spot.

It wasn’t until the moment she drove it off the lot that she had an inkling she might be behind the wheel of something special. Two days later that was confirmed: Almost 50 years ago, and two days before it officially went on the market, Gail took ownership of the very first Ford Mustang sold in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »


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