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Mazda Just Revolutionized The Gas Engine, and Here’s How They Did It:

September 8th, 2017

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Introducing the SKYACTIV-X Engine to West Michigan

Borgman Mazda in Grand Rapids is pleased to announce that Mazda has unveiled their latest breakthrough in fuel efficiency – the SKYACTIV-X engine. Mazda turned the conventional gasoline engine on its head to achieve fuel efficiency numbers 20% to 30% better than even their own 2.0L SKYACTIV-G engine.

In a gasoline engine, air and fuel are mixed at typically a 14.7 to 1 ratio. This mixture is compressed and ignited by a spark plug, and the explosion pushes the piston down and turns the engine. In a diesel engine however, there are no spark plugs: the fuel-air mixture is squeezed so hard it combusts. The SKYACTIV-X engine incorporates both in the combustion chamber. The spark plug starts the reaction, and the wave of pressure squeezes and combusts the rest of the fuel. Mazda calls this “Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition.” Read the rest of this entry »


Just Announced: Ford Eco Sport Coming in 2018

November 15th, 2016

At Borgman, we love West Michigan Winters and we love our leading lineup of Ford SUVs. But if a traditional SUV is a bit too much SUV for you, check out Ford’s new “compact SUV” just announced at the LA Auto Show. The Ford Eco Sport invites the compact SUV buyer to “Go Small – Live Big.”  We look forward to putting the new kid on the block through the paces in 2018!

 

Highlights from Ford’s announcement:

 

  • Ford introduces all-new EcoSport for North America today during the world’s first-ever Snapchat vehicle reveal; event kicks off a three-day interactive experience in Hollywood open to the public through Wednesday
  • Fun, capable and connected, EcoSport gives drivers the freedom and versatility to go small and live big
  • Technology – including SYNC 3 with a high-resolution 8-inch floating touch screen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ – easily integrates your smartphone and keeps you connected to friends and family while on the move

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Borgman Ford Mazda Grand Re-Opening

May 26th, 2015

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Thank you to all our customers who joined us May 20th at our Open House to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of our Showroom! It was wonderful to see old and new friends, to enjoy visits from the Grandville Chamber and Ford Representatives, and to share a family-style BBQ with everyone. What a fabulous turnout!


-1614_400x400Hats off to Robert Katsma, our first selected winner of the $1,000 Borgman Bucks Giveaway! Robert is pictured here receiving his “big check” from GM Matt Borgman in front of the new showroom.

Robert entered the contest when he bought an F-150, which he loves. He’s been a Borgman customer since the days when the dealership was located on Chicago Drive in Grandville.

“They’re real friendly. They follow up and go the extra mile,” he said of Borgman’s Red Coat service.


Green_Egg_Facebook_400x400Again, we would like to thank everyone who helped us celebrate the grand re-opening of our new showroom Wednesday. It was a pleasure meeting and socializing with members of the community and thanking them for all the support they’ve given us over the years.

If you didn’t make it by, stop in any time in May to be entered to win $1,000 Borgman Bucks. We still have two drawings left so stay tuned! Please feel free to peruse our gallery below.

The Borgman Family joins up with the Grandville Chamber of Commerce to officially "open" the new showroom during the May 20th Open House!

The Borgman Family joins up with the Grandville Chamber of Commerce to officially “open” the new showroom during the May 20th Open House!

Instant replay: John Borgman cuts the ribbon.

Instant replay: John Borgman cuts the ribbon.

General Manager Matt Borgman presents Robert Katsma with $1,000 Borgman Bucks. Robert is the first winner. Could you be next? Stay tuned!

General Manager Matt Borgman presents Robert Katsma with $1,000 Borgman Bucks. Robert is the first winner. Could you be next? Stay tuned!

John and Matt Borgman huddle with the Grandville Chamber of Commerce in preparation for the ribbon cutting.

John and Matt Borgman huddle with the Grandville Chamber of Commerce in preparation for the ribbon cutting.

Even the lineup of Ford F-150s were "dressed" for the fiesta.

Even the lineup of Ford F-150s were “dressed” for the fiesta.

Customers and guests enjoyed some Family BBQ, Famous Dave style, during the open house.

Customers and guests enjoyed some Family BBQ, Famous Dave style, during the open house.

A family-style feast...

A family-style feast…

A fellow Grandville chamber member checks out a Ford rep's specialty ride.

A fellow Grandville chamber member checks out a Ford rep’s specialty ride.

Kudos to Tom and Tammy Vitalis of Wyoming who snagged a 2014 Mustang GT Convertible and drove it home during the open house. They're in for a fun summer!

Kudos to Tom and Tammy Vitalis of Wyoming who snagged a 2014 Mustang GT Convertible and drove it home during the open house. They’re in for a fun summer!

There was a great turnout, and turnover for dinner!

There was a great turnout, and turnover for dinner!

A guest checks out the Big Green Egg grill that was raffled at the open house.

A guest checks out the Big Green Egg grill that was raffled at the open house.

The Grandville Chamber of Commerce Crew checks out the "Big Green Egg" grill that was later won by Ken Vanderlaan.

The Grandville Chamber of Commerce Crew checks out the “Big Green Egg” grill that was later won by Ken Vanderlaan.

There was lots of ballot-casting going on at the front reception area. The next winner of the $1,000 Borgman Bucks will be drawn Tuesday, May 26.

There was lots of ballot-casting going on at the front reception area. The next winner of the $1,000 Borgman Bucks will be drawn Tuesday, May 26.

Young and old alike were hoping to get some "grill" on for Memorial Day Weekend...

Young and old alike were hoping to get some “grill” on for Memorial Day Weekend…

John Borgman mingles with the crowd.

John Borgman mingles with the crowd.

GM Matt Borgman helps a guest sort out the latest Ford models.

GM Matt Borgman helps a guest sort out the latest Ford models.

General Sales Manger, Brandon Funk, chats with representatives from Ford.

General Sales Manger, Brandon Funk, chats with representatives from Ford.

GM Matt Borgman mingles with guests.

GM Matt Borgman mingles with guests.

'Grandpa' Borgman introduces some wee-ones to his friends at Ford.

‘Grandpa’ Borgman introduces some wee-ones to his friends at Ford.

Fox17 stopped by to check out the festivities.

Fox17 stopped by to check out the festivities.

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Congratulatory hugs from the Ford family...

Congratulatory hugs from the Ford family…

And some more BBQ was enjoyed...

And some more BBQ was enjoyed…

General Sales Manager Brandon Funk is caught returning from the lot during the open house.

General Sales Manager Brandon Funk is caught returning from the lot during the open house.

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Sundew Prindle from the finance department admires the Big Green Egg.

Sundew Prindle from the finance department admires the Big Green Egg.

Matt Cameron toils away during the open house.

Matt Cameron toils away during the open house.

This is the man who SAID he was going to win the Big Green Egg. Not the man who WON the Big Green Egg. No worries -- there's still two more $1,000 Borgman Buck draws!

This is the man who SAID he was going to win the Big Green Egg. Not the man who WON the Big Green Egg. No worries — there’s still two more $1,000 Borgman Buck draws!

A wee Borgman watches the festivities from Daddy's office.

A wee Borgman watches the festivities from Daddy’s office.

Asst. Sales Manger Kip Landry serves double duty at the popular picnic.

Asst. Sales Manger Kip Landry serves double duty at the popular picnic.

Portrait of thing of beauty in front of another thing of beauty ;)  Drop in to Win during our Grand Re-Opening Celebration and see both!

Portrait of thing of beauty in front of another thing of beauty 😉 Drop in to Win during our Grand Re-Opening Celebration and see both!


EcoBoost Challenge is Back

March 25th, 2015

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The Ford EcoBoost Challenge returns! Ford is touring 17 cities for test driving through June, bringing the most anticipated Ford Models (including the all-new 2015 F-150 and Mustang). The EcoBoost Challenge gives consumers across America a fun and free weekend to test drive Ford’s latest innovations. The closest test drive event to Grand Rapids is in Chicago on May 9. Make a weekend out of it and Get behind America’s most popular brand!

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 12.14.07 PMParticipants are eligible to win a brand new, EcoBoost-powered 2015 Ford Edge. Additional entries can be earned by bringing guests to the event with them. In addition to having the opportunity to test drive, the tour includes a “ShiftPhobia” boot camp that provides consumers a hands-on clinic to learn the basics of driving a manual. If you’ve ever wanted to learn, now is your chance! An on-course driving instructor will help you through the learning process.

“With EcoBoost engines now available across 100 percent of our U.S. light-duty lineup, the EcoBoost Challenge lets consumers experience this innovative technology that helps Ford deliver better fuel economy with a more engaging driving experience than the competition,” said Michele Bartlett, Ford group marketing manager for large cars and SUVs. “Not only is the EcoBoost Challenge a lot of fun, but getting people in the driver’s seat is the best way for them to experience the craftsmanship, innovation and performance of the Ford lineup.”

Participants must register at www.ecoboostdrive.com due to limited spaces and first-come, first-served basis. See below for locations and dates!

If you can’t make it to one of the cities, visit Borgman Ford for more information and to test drive these same vehicles on a local lot. 

Events begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. Don’t miss this fun opportunity!

  • Miami: Sun Life Stadium, March 7
  • Los Angeles: Santa Anita Park, March 14
  • Dallas: AT&T Stadium, March 21
  • Washington, D.C.: FedEx Field, March 28
  • Houston: NRG Park, April 18
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, April 25
  • Phoenix: WestWorld, May 2
  • Concord, North Carolina: Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 2
  • Seattle: Emerald Downs, May 9
  • Chicago: Arlington Park, May 9
  • Cincinnati: Forest Fair Village Mall, May 30
  • Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh International Race Complex, May 30
  • Orlando, Florida: Orange County Convention Center, June 6
  • Philadelphia: Wells Fargo Center, June 6
  • San Francisco: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, June 13
  • Rochester, New York: Monroe Community College, June 13
  • Minneapolis: Mall of America, June 20

Want Performance and EcoBoost?

March 11th, 2015

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 11.27.23 AM…Look no further. The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost has it all. Borgman proudly joins Ford in their initiative to make a Pony Car that’s fit for even the eco-conscious fanatics in Grand Rapids. From re-design to the compact 2.3L engine (with more power than the old 4.6 L!), this new Mustang is stealing the hearts of die-heard V8 owners.

Autoblog does a comprehensive review on the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost, navigating all the specs of the vehicle. The new Mustang doesn’t sacrifice the innate luxury and power of the acclaimed vehicle – Recaro seats, leather features, technology, dual exhausts, 18-inch alloys, electric power-assisted steering, and HID headlamps. Mesh that with 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, 32 highway mpg and a 200-pound weight shed and you have the Eco-Pony Car at its finest.

Here are a few highlights from the Autoblog article:

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“The lane-spanning road imperfections and potholes were basically ignored in the 2015, while a 2014 over the same stretch would have been side-stepping and shuddering itself to pieces. Instead, it was like the EcoBoost simply smiled and asked us to add on more speed. The light nose led to an even sharper turn-in than we were originally expecting, although the minimal body motions, particularly in regards to roll, had us questioning whether we were driving an American muscle car or something more… European. It’s absolutely astonishing, particularly if your last Mustang experience involved a solid-rear axle.”

Features
“While you can get a Mustang EcoBoost for $25,300, you’d be a fool to do so. Instead, you want the $29,300 Premium trim, which adds as standard Sync with MyFord Touch, Selectable Drive Modes, heated, vented and powered leather seats, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, a nine-speaker stereo with SiriusXM and HD radio and heated side mirrors. You’ll also need to opt for the Premium if you want to add things like the twelve-speaker Shaker stereo, blind-spot monitoring or the 50 Years Appearance Package. Regardless of which EcoBoost trim you ultimately choose, plan on dropping $1,195 for the six-speed automatic gearbox, if that’s your thing.”

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 11.27.31 AMIn Conclusion…
“For the first time in a long time, we can recommend, wholeheartedly, that you should buy a Mustang without the V8. It’s very, very good. But more than that, it feels like something unique and exciting, rather than merely playing second fiddle to the 5.0-liter GT. People are still going to give you flak for buying the turbo rather than the V8. Just ignore them, though, because at the end of the day, you’ll be driving a 3,500-pound, turbocharged, rear-drive coupe with 310 horsepower. The Mustang badge on the nose is just a bonus.”


Ford and Generation Z Teaming to Go-Green

March 11th, 2015

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 10.45.29 AMBorgman Ford is more than happy to be your go-to gar provider for you or your new driver. Purchasing a vehicle for the first time or giving your kin a vehicle to drive comes with standards; you demand safety, prefer efficiency, and strive for practicality. Luckily, Ford has it all: safety, technology, and outstanding fuel-efficiency all ready for Generation Z. And, Ford continues to be the most popular brand among young drivers!

The first-time car buying generation, Generation Z, is beginning to make striking impact on car demand. As they buy their first vehicle and set their life driving habits, they’re making one pretty aggressive statement: that they want better fuel efficiency.

According to an autoblog article, 80 percent of drivers aged 16-21 (part of Generation Z) prefer cars over any larger light-duty vehicle; half of that prefers compact cars. The poll reached roughly 1,100 car buyers and concluded that this upcoming demographic prefers cost-efficiency and eco-friendly over power and heavy-duty.

Adding to this excitement is that Ford continues to be the most popular grand among younger drivers. This, tied with Generation Z’s focus on hybrids, plug-ins and high-fuel-economy engines is a welcomed trend at the Blue Oval. Join the crowd – this is one statistic you should be proud to be a part of!

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A Sneak a Peak of the 2015 F-150

January 3rd, 2014

FordAtlasConceptThe 2015 Ford F-150 is is scheduled to appear at the Detroit Auto Show this month. The vehicle has been on truckers’ minds for a long time, and the revealed aluminum panel replacement has stirred curiosity. By switching to aluminum, the body is expected to be over 700 lbs lighter, thus increasing the highway mileage significantly. Ford is looking to create a more fuel-efficient yet just-as-tough truck to continue their best-selling vehicle reputation. Hardworking, but lighter on your budget!

Rumor also has it that the next generation F-150 may be getting an engine uplift, as well. The new 2.7 EcoBoost could find it’s way into the lighter, more fuel efficient truck. Stay tuned for the concrete details after Ford reveals the vehicle on Jan. 14 at the Detroit Auto Show!

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According to a report in Bloomberg, the 2015 Ford F-150 will indeed be showing up at the Detroit Auto Show next month. It will bring attitude with it, not only in the form of sheetmetal inspired by the Atlas concept (pictured) that appeared at the 2013 Detroit show but also in the Alcoa military blast shields among the display being used to showcase the ruggedness of aluminum.

Click here for the complete Autoblog article.

 


Ford Reveals C-MAX Solar Energi Concept

January 3rd, 2014
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Click on the photo above to watch a video about the Solar Energi Concept.

Ford recently announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle. The vehicle gets it’s energy with the help of a solar panel on the roof, allowing it to potentially deliver the best of what a plug-in hybrid offers — without depending on the electric grid for fuel. The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept is estimated to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions a typical owner would produce by four metric tons, leaving a glimpse for a cleaner future. The vehicle will debut in Las Vegas at the 2014 International CES Jan. 7-10. Borgman Ford is a proud supporter of Ford’s go-green initiatives!

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Autoblog

Solar energy might not be enough to power a usable electric vehicle on its own, but that doesn’t mean it can’t lend a helping hand. And that’s what Ford has in store for the Consumer Electronics Show opening next week in Las Vegas.

Ford has essentially taken its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and fitted it with the latest in solar panel technology developed by SunPower, acting like a magnifying glass to capture as much of the sun’s energy as possible. So you get the benefit of an electric vehicle, with the range assurance of a hybrid, without needing to draw from the grid.

Ford estimates that a day of charging in the sunshine will give the C-Max Solar Energi concept the same full charge as the production PHEV, with a total range of 620 miles – 21 of which can be run on electric power alone. Otherwise the vehicle – which remains a concept for the time being – is identical to the existing C-Max Energi. The top-selling model in Ford’s growing hybrid and electric vehicle portfolio helps put Ford just behind Toyota among the top seller of hybrids in America.

Click here for the complete article and press release.


EPA Declares Mazda as Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker

December 18th, 2013

1213MazdaBorgman Mazda is happy to announce that in a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Trend report, Mazda came out on top as the most fuel-efficient automaker in 2013 with an average of 27.5 mph. Mazda’s efforts to lower emissions and heighten fuel-economy was successful. The automaker increased the average MPG by .5 miles and decreased CO2 emissions by four grams per mile.

While still retaining the fun-to-drive characteristics for which Mazda is known, the company had the second largest increase (2.1 MPG) in the report over their MY 2011 MPG (25.0). Mazda has achieved the highest fuel efficiency of any other mainstream automotive manufacturer in the industry, without offering a hybrid or electric vehicle. Mazda’s unique SKYACTIV®[1] TECHNOLOGY has made this level of efficiency possible. SKYACTIV is a suite of component and engineering technologies that incorporate ultra-high compression ratio gasoline engines, super-efficient manual and automatic transmissions, lightweight chassis and body components, reduced rolling resistance and low-drag body styling.

“Mazda has long had a history of doing things differently, and SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is no exception,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “While other manufacturers have turned their attention to hybrids and electric cars, we chose to focus on perfecting the base technology used in more than 90 percent of the cars and SUVs sold today: the internal combustion engine. Through analyzing and refining this technology, as well as every other component in a modern automobile, Mazda has been able to achieve class-leading fuel economy in nearly every segment it competes in, and bring that technology – at an affordable price – to every customer.”

For the complete press release and a chart of the EPA test results, click here.


Ford Reveals Start-Stop System Goal

December 18th, 2013

1213startstopFord continues to be a leader in both quality and technology. Among the several innovations they are releasing as a part of their go-green initiative, Ford plans to expand its offering of vehicles with start-stop technology. By 2017, Ford plans to have the system on at least 70 percent of vehicles. Get the 2014 Fiesta (the first released Ford vehicle with start-stop technology) at Borgman Ford!

  • Auto Start-Stop technology to be available on 70 percent of Ford’s North American vehicle lineup by 2017, reflecting progress toward the company’s plan for increasing fuel efficiency across its lineup
  • Ford Auto Start-Stop is an affordable technology that provides a seamless way to increase fuel efficiency as much as 10 percent in city driving
  • Ford fuel economy plans accelerating with rollout of 45-mpg 1.0-liter EcoBoost® Fiesta in 2014, and research into new dynamic cruise control

A major part of the company’s Blueprint for Sustainability, the expansion of Auto Start-Stop comes as the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine is set to go on sale in the 2014 Ford Fiesta. Rated at 45 mpg EPA highway, the new Fiesta is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid or diesel on the market. Ford is also researching dynamic cruise control, a breakthrough technology that predicts road conditions to optimize fuel economy.

“Simply put, Auto Start-Stop helps customers use less fuel, which is an important component of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford global powertrain. “By making Auto Start-Stop available on more vehicles, we are working to be part of the solution to environmental sustainability with effective, fuel-saving technologies.”

Auto Start-Stop seamlessly turns off the engine when a vehicle stops, while an advanced battery powers vehicle accessories and systems in place of the engine – saving fuel. The engine restarts instantly when the driver begins to release the brake pedal.

Actual fuel savings vary and depend on driving patterns. While average improvement in fuel efficiency equals roughly 3.5 percent, those who drive in heavy traffic – such as congested urban environments – could see fuel efficiency increase by as much as 10 percent. It also provides a meaningful reduction to CO2 emissions that are avoided during long idle times.

To view the complete press release, click here.


 

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