Ford equips 2020 Explorer with 3 sound-reducing features for quietest ride yet

Published Friday, February 8, 2019 2:38AM EST 

Ford’s new 2020 Explorer will feature the quietest cabin in the brand’s portfolio thanks to a dual-wall dashboard, acoustic glass, and Active Noise Control technology.

The newest version of Ford’s classic Explorer is powered by a 400 hp engine capable of towing 5,000 lbs. An engine that powerful is sure to roar pretty loudly; however, thanks to three layers of sound-reducing features and technology, the brand claims this cabin is the “quietest interior ever.”

Installing a dual-wall dashboard between the engine compartment and passenger cabin is just one of three methods Ford used to keep the “vroom out of the room.” Two walls of sheet-metal with an air gap in between work to keep vibration noises out, mimicking a semi-anechoic chamber. Basically, this is similar to the insulation technique used to keep drinks hot or cold in a thermos.


To keep the wind and road noise from entering the cabin, the glass used for the windshield and front side was doubled up and buffered with a sheet of clear plastic in between.

Lastly, Ford integrated Active Noise Control technology — only into the Explorer Limited Hybrid, though — to neutralize low and mid-frequency noise. This is a method of placing microphones throughout the cabin to pick up noises and cancel them out by “producing opposing sound waves that come through the audio system speakers.”

While the dual-wall dashboard and acoustic glass windows work together to keep noise from entering the cabin, the Active Noise Control system combats those leftover sounds that manage to get inside.

Though Ford is certainly not the first to use these noise-reducing features — Mercedes and Lexus have several models sporting acoustic glass and Active Noise Control tech, while Bose developed an in-car Active Noise Control system that can be integrated into any vehicle during development — its cabin is likely one of the most quiet out there considering that it features all three at once.

The 2020 Ford Explorer will arrive to dealerships this summer with a starting price just short of $33,000.


Bell and Ford partner in new Connected Car initiative

Built-in Wi-Fi hotspots in Ford and Lincoln vehicles powered by Canada’s best national mobile network

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell today announced it is the first Canadian wireless service provider to enable built-in Wi-Fi hotspots in supported Ford and Lincoln vehicles with Bell’s Connected Car – Built In service. Available vehicle diagnostics services will also be supported on Bell’s national LTE network.

“Drivers and their passengers can now connect to Wi-Fi just as conveniently in their Ford and Lincoln vehicles as they do in their homes,” said Nauby Jacob, Vice President of Products and Services at Bell Mobility. “As a Canadian leader in Internet of Things innovation, Bell is proud to partner with Ford to bring car owners across the country an even better in-vehicle experience.”

Ideal for mobile workers, commuters and long family trips, Connected Car enables passengers to browse, stream and share on Bell’s broadband LTE wireless network when they’re on the road or nearby the vehicle when it’s parked. The Wi-Fi hotspot features a dedicated external antenna, supports up to 10 devices at a time, and is powered by the vehicle’s electrical system rather than the device battery.

As advancements in technology continue to connect people and enhance their lives, Ford is committed to taking the lead. In-vehicle Wi-Fi allows customers to stay connected with their friends, family and the world around them. From streaming music and driver assist technologies, to navigation and everything in between, connectivity is the key.

“Having reliable Wi-Fi on the go is no longer just ‘nice to have’ – it’s become a ‘must-have,’ and Ford recognizes that,” said Marc Vejgman, Connected Vehicle Marketing Manager for Ford of Canada. “Connecting our vehicles is part of building smart vehicles for a smart world, and we look forward to working with Bell to offer Ford customers another way to stay connected across Canada.”

Ford customers can take advantage of a complimentary wireless data trial that expires at the end of 3 months, or after 3 GB of data is used, whichever comes first. After their trial is complete, customers can stay connected by signing up for a data plan. Bell customers can share data from their Bell Share plan with Connected Car for $10 a month, with 1 GB in bonus data per month for 24 months. Bell Connected Car – Built In will be available for supported Ford and Lincoln vehicles beginning November 6, 2018.

Connected Car is the next evolution in the smart vehicle experience and part of Bell’s IoT leadership to enable the connected vehicles, homes, businesses and smart cities of the future.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Sept 1, 2018 – Limestone City Car Classic!

Kingston’s biggest annual car show is getting bigger!   It’s time for the 6th annual Limestone City Car Classic!   We saw HUNDREDs of vehicles of all drives of vehicular life make the show from a very wide area!  These are not just our normal local vehicles you see at the Friday night cars & coffee either!

Join us at Lake Ontario Park on Sept 1 from 8am to 4pm and enjoy a nice day at a water front park with beautiful cars!  It’s $10 to register, free to spectate, and bring a few bucks for the various vendors, draws, and confection!

Check out Limestone City Car Classic website for more information:  



Ford Expedition: Commanding the Road

At Petrie Ford, we understand you need the latest and greatest to keep you going. The completely redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition has exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some of the features that have us excited about this year’s model.


Under the Hood


Zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds sounds more like a sports car than an SUV, but that’s not the case for the Expedition. With a 3.5 liter V6 engine, you’re getting 375 horsepower in the basic trim, and a whopping 400 hp in Ford’s Platinum model. Towing is a breeze when you apply 480 pound-feet of torque, making any Bayliner feel like a Bass Boat. And with a combined fuel economy of 18 mpg thanks to Ecoboost technology, you’ll be spending more time tearing up the road than filling up the tank.

Take a Seat


Whether you’re treating your family to a day at the beach or loading up on construction supplies, the Expedition has you covered. The interior has enough leather-wrapped seating for eight adults with plenty of cargo capacity left over. Drop the seats down and you’ve got a cavernous space fit for lugging sheets of plywood and drywall, perfect for that big kitchen remodel. If you need even more room, the MAX trim offers you an extra 12 inches of extended wheelbase.


Teeming With Tech


The 2018 Ford Expedition comes fully loaded with the fun tech you want and the safety features you need. From wireless charging to wifi-hotspot capability, the interior can double as a mobile office, and four 12-volt power outlets and six USB ports guarantees all of your devices are charged and ready to go. With ABS standard on all models, enhanced parking assistance, lane-keeping alert, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, this behemoth handles like a vehicle half its size. But don’t worry, the added tow package and backup sensors ensures everyone on the road knows you can haul with the best.


You want a vehicle that covers all of the bases and can handle anything you throw at it. Let Petrie Ford help you take command of the road new Ford Expedition this season.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Buy an Ecosport From Us and You Won’t Regret it

Our dealership offers a wide array of quality vehicles both pre-owned and new, and our customer service is unmatched in Canada. When buying a new car, it is customary to peruse the lot, be greeted by a sales associate, and go through all the necessary pleasantries and questions to make your decision. I assure you that at our dealership this process is streamlined and made as comfortable as possible for the prospective car buyer. At Petrie Ford we cater to your every need and our selection is unmatched.

One popular car on our lot is the 2018 Ford Ecosport. This small SUV, made by the Ford automobile company, is perfect for the busy professional that enjoys a weekend getaway to the mountains or a bustling family that needs cargo space and fuel economy to ferry the young ones to hockey practice and dance lessons. Ford has pulled out all the stops with its latest rendition of the Ecosport. It comes with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that allows you to take internet wherever you go and to stay connected to work and friends while on the road. All the other amenities you have come to expect from a new Ford are also included, which are sure to make this SUV a choice you won’t soon regret.


Financing is available at our dealership, so worry not about bad credit or lack of credit, our trained financial professionals are here to guide you through the gauntlet of loan approval and make sure that you drive away in that perfect car you’ve had your eye on. We have creative financing options for even the trickiest of clients and the roughest of financial pasts.


When shopping for a new car be sure to stop by our lot. We offer the best service in Canada and if we don’t have the car you want in our lot we’ll go out and find it for you.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

What the Latest Ford Mustang Has To Offer

Personalization is the name of the game. A beacon of individuality, the 2018 Ford Mustang is designed with the unique needs of drivers in mind. From the customizable colors of the instrument panel to different drive modes, you can tame your Mustang to fit your own personal style and needs.

Get Technical


The instrument panel in the new Mustang is the first all-digital display ever offered on this particular make. On both GT Premium and EcoBoost® Premium, you can set your layout the way you like it and even customize the colors to suit your particular mood. It also allows you to set your preferred drive modes, such as steering preference, for optimum efficiency. The 2018 Mustang adjusts to you rather than you having to adjust to it.


Get Beautiful


This make and model’s style accentuates the signature haunch of the classic Mustang muscle car by lowering the front hood. A spacious interior does not thwart the generous storage space of the trunk. All Mustangs now come standard with LED front lighting.


Get Powerful


The power of the Mustang is typically its greatest selling point. The rumors are all true. When you test drive the new model, you can experience the same performance that you expect from a Mustang. Ford has improved on its already legendary horsepower and torque as well as its shift speed. The new and improved dual exhaust system lets you control the volume of the Mustang’s famous growl. Tone it down or rev it up as you round a curve and unleash it on a straight run.


The helpful staff at Petrie Ford would love to see you drive away in your 2018 Mustang. Enjoy the new technology and new comforts while still reveling in its classic feel. We are confident that once you experience it, you won’t be able to resist it. Come in for a test drive or contact us for more information.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

What You Should Know About The 2018 Ford Fusion

As far as mid-size sedans go, the 2018 Ford Fusion continues to be a strong competitor. With a comfortable interior and user-friendly technology, we recommend you consider the Fusion if you’re in the market for a new car. Here’s what we at Petrie Ford think you should know about this car.




Even with minor issues, the Fusion gains high ratings in the comfort category. The base model comes with comfortable cloth seats with the option to upgrade to leather seats. You can expect a smooth and balanced ride for the most part even with minor road bumps.


How It Drives


The Fusion receives an average grade in the driving category. While its acceleration falls below standards for its class, it brakes and handles extremely well. It’s easy to maneuver in city driving and overall provides an enjoyable drive.




The Fusion’s interior receives above-average grades. Most people will find it plenty comfortable and spacious. The panel controls are simple to use as they are nicely grouped together. The transmission shifter does take some getting used to due to its rotary design.




The 2018 Fusion comes with plenty of space. It boasts a large trunk that makes it great for everyday use and weekend trips. Its trunk space is larger than other competitors in its class such as the Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry, and Mazda 6. On the inside, it provides several areas for storing small items including under the front and rear center armrest.




The Fusion has been one of the more tech-friendly sedans on the market and that continues with the 2018 version. With its Sync 3 infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you will have plenty of options for integrating your device. With Fusion’s voice control technology, you can use natural language to complete commands such as managing navigation, playing music, and placing calls.


Overall, the 2018 Ford Fusion is the perfect car for anyone looking for a midsize sedan that provides a comfortable ride and has plenty of cargo room. Feel free to give us a call should you have any additional questions.


A Sporty Crossover for the Whole Family

The Ford family of vehicles has typically delivered power, security, and driving excitement; the vehicles in this model year are likely no exception. We are proud to offer the 2018 Ford Edge and other top-quality vehicles from Petrie Ford. Visit our dealership for a wide selection of cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. 


Powerful Performance 


The new Ford Edge has been designed for powerful road performance. With features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and the available Lane-Keeping System, this vehicle is generally filled with the technology required to keep you safe on the road. Power is delivered from the turbocharged 2.0 L EcoBoost engine with direct injection. This engine can give you an estimated 20 city/27 highway/23 combined MPG when all-wheel drive is engaged. 


Dependable Security 


Surround yourself and your family with the security offered by the new Ford Edge. Generally, this crossover has been built with safety in mind. It includes often important features, including an intelligent all-wheel drive system. This system can integrate sensors that monitor the torque of rear and front wheels, balancing forces to improve handling and traction. This special feature may be available on all Edge vehicles and come standard on the Edge Sport. 


Innovative Technology 


Advanced technology is often a feature of Ford vehicles, including the new Ford Edge. With available driver-assist features, the Edge can be safer and more dependable than ever. The Ford Smart and Safe Package includes the Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a front 180-degree camera. Enjoy the convenience of features such as auto-dimming driver’s side view mirror and rain-sensing wipers on the windshield.  


Driving Enjoyment 


The Ford Edge typically offers something for everyone. It can make a great family or commuter vehicle, with plenty of cargo room for hauling all your gear. Stop in to Petrie Ford today to test drive this or any other fine Ford vehicle.  Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

4 Tips for Driving More Fuel Efficiently

Fuel Efficient cars use less gas per mile – which can not only reduce harmful impacts on the environment, but will help you save on costly gas expenditures. Being conscious of your fuel economy can save you anywhere from a couple cents a gallon to a few dollars. When the miles start adding up, the difference between a few cents can really make a difference. We can help you get the most out of your fuel with these few tips.  


Driving Safely and Responsibly  


Constantly braking and accelerating can use up quite a lot of gas per mile. This is most punctuated on streets with frequent traffic lights and stop signs. Be smart in these stop-and-go neighborhoods – try to drive at consistent speeds where you can.  


Lighten Your Load 


Whenever possible, leave heavy objects at home as they can weigh your vehicle down and increase gas output. This can be especially detrimental with cargo hauled on top of the car, which will introduce aerodynamic drag. Avoid this problem by hauling the cargo on the rear of your car instead.  


Fuel Economy in Hot or Cold Weather 


When the temperature starts rising or dropping, it starts getting harder to maintain fuel efficiency. Running the AC in the summer or the heater in the winter can drive up your gas mileage, so we recommend limiting use of these as much as possible. In snowy weather, be extra vigilant of your car’s tire pressure.  


Finding the Right Model 


The best way to be fuel efficient is to find a car that is fuel efficient, and here at Petrie Ford we can help you do that. The 2018 Ford Focus is among the most efficient, with hatchback and sedan models both achieving consistently great EPA ratings without making sacrifices to comfort or usability. Whatever your preference may be, we can match you with a ride you’ll both love and save on.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Garry Bartraw – 60 Years on the Job and Still Going!

To most people – a ‘full career’ means working until you’re 60 years old.  To Garry Bartraw, a full career is working for 60 years!

This month we’re celebrating a very rare vocational achievement; and not just at Petrie Ford, but perhaps in Canada or even the World.  This month 60 years ago Garry Bartraw started work at Petrie Ford (then called Edwards Ford). His job title from the original hiring file – dated 1958 (which we still have) –  shows “Parts Salesman”.  Although his title has since changed to a more modern “Wholesale Parts Specialist”, he’s excelled at and gained notoriety in the auto industry as a tried and true professional who’s seen – and been – through it all!

Photo from ‘The Whig-Standard’ dated February 18, 1964 – Garry was 10% into his career

Make no mistake, this is NOT a retirement announcement.  Right now, as you read this, Garry is out making his rounds to our loyal wholesale parts clients.  Unless you’re reading this at night in which case he’ll be planning his next day’s client visits and cold calls.

Liz Grypma – Office & HR Manager at Petrie Ford – says about Garry’s long tenure –  “I think it’s about time we call Webster’s and have them update their definition of ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Dedication’ with a photo of Garry and his ROE (record of employment). ”

The working culture philosophy behind our highly experienced staff at Petrie Ford is simple:  Find great people who do great work and treat them like family.   Steve Petrie, President and Owner of Petrie Ford has long been known for saying – “I hire good people for life…” .   Garry (like many other highly experienced staff and managers) are proof of that sentiment, and perhaps took the “…for life…” part literally!

Of the roughly 65 full time employees at Petrie Ford,  two have worked over 50 years, three over 40 years, nine over 30 years, one over 20 years and nine over 10 years.  And with a swath of fresh young talented hires over the last 5 years, Petrie Ford is priming for the future by learning from those with literally a life of experience.  It’s this relay of unheard of experience and wisdom that has made Petrie Ford South Eastern Ontario’s choice Ford store since 1949.

They say that the next generation of workers are less focused on seniority and tenure;  but at Petrie Ford the younger staff look up to living legends like Garry as a beacon of inspiration.  We would all be so lucky to be able to work at something we love and make a long lasting career out of it.

Thank you for your outstanding loyalty, dedication and service over the last 60 years Garry!  We’ll see you tomorrow, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!