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What Jobs Can The Ford Transit Be Customized To Do in West Michigan?

July 12th, 2017


Build & Configure a Ford Transit as Unique as Your Business

One of the most customizable vehicles that Borgman Ford Commercial offers to businesses in West Michigan is easily the New 2017 Ford Transit. Saying that it serves as a utility vehicle or a passenger van is a gross oversimplification, as the choice of three roof heights, three lengths, three engines, two wheelbases, and the sheer number of upfitting options allow it to be dialed right into whatever job you need it to do.

Below, we’ve pre-configured three Ford Transits to suit three distinctly different jobs that need doing around Grand Rapids and West Michigan: a Utility Van, a Shuttle, and a Delivery Van. Scroll down to see some of the features we selected to help you get started:


2017 Ford Transit Utility Van

This type of configuration is ideal for Plumbing, Electrical, Heating & Cooling, Telecom, and more. Here’s what we put together:

2017 Ford Transit Van with medium roof height, 148″ wheelbase and 3.7L V6 Engine – The emphasis here was creating a van that’s large enough and powerful enough to haul all of the tools, parts, and other equipment from one job site to the next.

We added an ABS plastic partition between the cabin and the rear bay and included a lightweight, modular and smart shelving system from Knapheide called ShelfStaxx. They also make handy interchangeable boxes that lock into Shelf Staxx, helping with efficient equipment and tool organization. Hooks, lashing rails, shelf dividers, cable reel and hose holders further customize the space for better productivity. Beyond this, you can add ladder racks, roof racks for things like extra pipes, folding shelves, and more.

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2017 Ford Transit Shuttle

Whether you’re providing a shuttle service across town or across the country, the 2017 Ford Transit performs admirably. Here’s how we built this one:

2017 Ford Transit Wagon with tall roof height, 148″ wheelbase with a body length of 264″. This is the largest configuration available for the Ford Transit which allows for up to 14 passengers plus a driver to stand comfortably inside the vehicle. It also provides best-in-class 100.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the last row, side curtain airbags, and standard aisle seating. We also added Ford SYNC 3 for intuitive navigation, connectivity, and entertainment for your passengers.

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2017 Ford Transit Cargo Van

If you’re in the business of moving cargo or making deliveries, the 2017 Ford Transit does sterling service with ample space, power, and efficiency. See how we achieved this below:

2017 Ford Transit Van with medium roof height, 148″ wheelbase with a body length of 238″. We equipped the van with the Ford 3.2L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel engine for added power and efficiency and chose the sliding side door for easy loading and unloading.

Adding a partition is a smart move for safety reasons, but it also reduces noise and isolates the climate control to just the cabin. Other handy upfits for cargo include collapsible shelving, non-slip flooring, cargo nets, hanging racks, bins, and more. We also added Ford Telematics by Telogis to help fleet managers monitor logistics, efficiency, and more.

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Build Your Perfect Transit & Put It To Work in West Michigan

What role can a well-equipped Ford Transit fill in your motor pool? Whether one of the configurations above meets your needs, or simply gave you an idea of where to start, contact the experts at Borgman Ford Commercial to get started. We’ll work closely with you to build the ideal vehicle for your business at a price you’ll love. Come see why so many businesses in Grand Rapids and West Michigan choose Borgman Ford Commercial for all of their work truck and fleet vehicle needs!

7 Tips For Driving Your Ford Through a Severe West Michigan Thunderstorm

July 7th, 2017


So the saying goes in West Michigan: if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes. Sometimes it can be pretty funny, but when you’re driving along I-96 and some severe weather develops right over your head – not so much.

Because the beautiful weather in West Michigan can sometimes turn ugly out of nowhere, Borgman Ford has put together a list of driving tips from that can help. The best thing you can do in heavy rain is to pull over and wait it out, but just in case that’s not an option, here are 7 driving tips for navigating a bad rainstorm: Read the rest of this entry »

Head to Head: The 2017 Ford Escape vs. The 2017 Mazda CX-5

June 29th, 2017

The 2017 Ford Escape and the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Crossover SUVs go head-to-head in this comparison by Borgman Ford MazdaBorgman Ford Mazda in Grand Rapids has been providing high-quality New and Used vehicles to West Michigan since 1960. An important part of what makes our service the Best in the West is making sure you get matched with the perfect auto for your lifestyle and needs. In order to help our West Michigan SUV shoppers make an informed decision, Borgman Ford Mazda is putting two of the most versatile SUVs on our lot head to head: the 2017 Ford Escape and the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

Both of these Light SUVs are well-equipped to meet the needs of the average Michigan adventurer and can handle the role of a family car without breaking a sweat. They both seat 5, have ample cargo space, and hold their own in West Michigan’s treacherous winter weather. Read on below to see how they stack up against each other and feel free to visit our showroom in Grand Rapids to compare them yourself! Read the rest of this entry »

Ford helps Michigan students build a 1965 Ford Daytona Coupe

June 12th, 2017


Inspiring Future Innovators in Michigan

Borgman Ford is proud to represent a company that puts so much effort into inspiring Michigan’s next generation of innovators. Recently, the Ford Motor Company Fund collaborated with Detroit Public Schools Community District and Experience Aviation to help students with the ultimate science project: building their own working 1965 Ford Daytona Coupe.

The objective was to get kids involved with STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and give them the confidence to pursue careers in those fields. Students built the iconic racecar from almost 1,000 parts and inside of a span of 18 weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

The New Mazda CX-9 comes equipped for West Michigan’s crazy weather

June 12th, 2017


Drive confidently in a capable Mazda CX-9 SUV from Borgman

Borgman Mazda knows how unpredictable the weather can be in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. That’s why we’re proud to offer the capable Mazda CX-9, packed with features that help drivers all over go confidently into the ever-changing weather.

This article written on InsideMazda describes four of the many features you’ll find inside a New Mazda CX-9 SUV, and showcases them against the typical weather conditions of the four seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

What Do I Really Need – a Ford F-150 or a Ford F-250 Super Duty?

June 7th, 2017


Head to Head: Comparing the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-250 Super Duty for Tough Jobs in West Michigan

If you’re looking for a strong, capable work truck in Grand Rapids, MI, Borgman Ford has one of the widest selections of Ford work trucks in the area. However, there are many different configurations to choose from, and considerations have to be made based on what jobs the truck will be doing, plus any upfits you will need installed and fuel economy.

Below, we’re putting the 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty head-to-head to help you decide which is the better fit for your business or your summer project. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ford Foundation is Returning to Detroit & Hires Kevin Ryan as Program Officer

June 6th, 2017

Kevin RyanBorgman is pleased to share with Ford fans in Grand Rapids and West Michigan that the Ford Foundation is opening a new office in the Motor City. After moving from Detroit, MI to New York City back in 1953, the Ford Foundation was better-equipped to advance human welfare both within our country and across the developing world.

Now, after 64 years, the Ford Foundation is opening a new office in Detroit and has hired Kevin Ryan, a Detroit native, as the office’s program officer. This article by Chad Livengood and published on Crain’s Detroit Business tells more about the new location, Kevin Ryan, and what this could mean for Detroit’s future. Read the rest of this entry »

See the New Ford Focus Magically Park Itself

May 30th, 2017

Did you see that new Ford commercial where the New 2017 Ford Focus magically parallel parks itself? If not, you can watch the funny 30-second clip using the video player below. However, if you’d like to see this magic maneuver up close, come on in and try it out!

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Make a Memorable Escape Across West Michigan in a New Ford Escape

May 24th, 2017


Tackle West Michigan’s Wilds in the New Ford Escape from Borgman Ford

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the unofficial beginning and end of summer, folks all over West Michigan load up their vehicles and set out for the open road. Many go camping up north, some spend a week at a cottage near a lake, others may drive up and down the West Michigan Lakeshore trying to find the perfect beach. Wherever your summer adventure might take you, the journey begins at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, MI – home of the versatile new Ford Escape.

The fun, capable, efficient, and safe Ford Escape is packed with features that make it ideal for long trips around the Great Lakes, but it also does sterling service as a family vehicle. The same features that allow it to ably navigate the dirt and gravel trails of the UP keep it steady in the winter, the cargo space for camping gear works just as well for the kids’ sports equipment or groceries, and the fuel efficiency that saves you money year round also helps keep Michigan beautiful.

Ready to make one memorable escape into the wilds of West Michigan? Read more about the new Ford Escape and feel free to visit the Borgman Ford showroom in Grand Rapids for a test drive! Read the rest of this entry »

Ford SYNC 3 Update Brings Apple CarPlay & Android Auto to West Michigan

May 19th, 2017

A driver in Grand Rapids, MI using Ford SYNC 3 to easily respond to a message while getting driving directions

Get new Ford SYNC 3 features with version 2.2

Borgman Ford is pleased to share that Ford drivers in Grand Rapids and West Michigan can now download the latest version of Ford SYNC 3. This update is available for Ford SYNC 3 vehicles 2016 or newer and comes with full support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These two suites bring the full power of your favorite Apple or Google apps into your Ford vehicle, with an interface that’s similar to your device and optimizations for keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Read the rest of this entry »


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