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SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity for Ford and Lincoln

Monday, March 27th, 2017

SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity

In recent years, Ford has stayed ahead of the competition when it comes to connectivity, but this wasn’t always the case. Older Ford models, specifically those between 2010 and 2016, lacked several common features, but the automaker is taking steps to rectify the problem. A new SmartLink retroactive connectivity system will soon be available for older Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

The new SmartLink system will provide owners with a range of new features that are available on current models, but weren’t offered at the time their vehicle was purchased. New features include remote engine start, maintenance notifications, and more.

“Offering [SmartLink] through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty,” said Stephen Odell, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

Notably, Ford is upping the ante with its closest competitors by offering a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting to up to eight devices. The connection will be supported through partnerships with Verizon and Delphi.

The tech-savvy move makes Ford the first in the industry to offer retroactive connectivity to customers. Users will be able to schedule service through SmartLink as well.

SmartLink retroactive connectivity will officially launch this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.

We here at Hassett Pre-Owned are happy to see older Ford and Lincoln models becoming better than ever!

How Does All-Wheel Drive Work?

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Driving in Winter Weather, all-wheel driveHave you ever wondered, “How does all-wheel drive work?” Most people know that vehicles with AWD perform better on slippery roads, but you might not know why or how the AWD system works, so we’ve put together a quick guide for you.

All-wheel drive is one of several drivetrains, which also include front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is the most common and involves a front differential that delivers power from the engine to the front wheels. On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is mounted in the back and sends power to the rear wheels instead.

Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles are similar in that all four of the wheels receive power, but instead of a center differential, four-wheel drive vehicles have transfer case that provides maximum torque to both sets of wheels.

The center differential in all-wheel drive vehicles is what lets it control the amount of power delivered to the front and rear differential at both sets of wheels. If one wheel is spinning in snow or water, the sensors on the wheels will deliver information to the car’s computer that then tells the drivetrain which wheels to give more power to, helping the tires get traction and move forward much more easily than in a front-wheel drive car.

All-wheel drive is a good investment if you live in snowy conditions, so seriously consider adding AWD when you’re buying a new car.

Popular Apple CarPlay Features Bring Your iPhone to the Driver’s Seat

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Apple CarPlay With Apple CarPlay, it is easier and safer than ever to make phone calls, access your personal music collection, navigate with your preferred GPS app, and much more, all from the driver’s seat of your vehicle.

The Apple CarPlay pitch is quite simple: when you install Apple CarPlay, the display screen of your vehicle is swapped with that of your iPhone. Even on the road, your iPhone will never be out of reach.

While your car won’t be able to access every single app, an overwhelming amount of popular apps transfer seamlessly with Apple CarPlay, such as Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. Apple CarPlay features also include touch screen access and voice recognition, via Siri.

This not only makes life much more convenient for drivers, it also decreases the likelihood for drivers to text while driving or engage in other dangerous activities while behind the wheel.

Many newer GM models have Apple CarPlay capability, as well as Android Auto, and for the 2017 model year, all Ford and Lincoln models will be available with this game-changing technology.

Want to learn more about which cars have Apple CarPlay, or check out one of those cars in person? Contact us or visit us any time at Hassett Pre-Owned.