Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waze Brings Community-Based Traffic & Navigation App To Ford Vehicles With SYNC 3

Through AppLink™, Ford is integrating Waze’s array of features with SYNC 3 infotainment system, allowing users to operate Waze completely through a vehicle’s touch screen as well as with voice commands

Using Waze inside your Ford vehicle is about to get easier than it’s ever been. Thanks to new integration with Ford SYNC® AppLink™, Waze users will soon be able to project real-time traffic and navigation information onto Ford’s SYNC 3 touch screen and access the services by voice commands.

First unveiled at CES 2018, the full-featured integration – which includes in-vehicle integration for iOS – means Ford customers can simply plug their Waze-equipped smartphone into the USB port of their vehicle, and once plugged in, Waze will project onto its touch screen. This allows users to access the app’s features conveniently on a larger display and with their vehicle’s own sound system.

All the great features Waze users have come to know will be accessible through Ford’s integration of the software. This includes recent updates such as Talk to Waze, which allows you to control the app with voice commands, and HOV route support, which provides additional navigation options and arrival times based on high-occupancy-vehicle lanes (carpool lanes).

“Our goal is to bring a human-centered approach to technology in the vehicle, making it as easy as possible for people to integrate the tools that matter most to them,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services. “With the flexibility of our SYNC 3 software and AppLink, customers can easily use Waze to get all the traffic and navigation help they need – on a big screen and without having to fiddle around with their phones while driving.”

To deliver optimal driving directions and traffic updates, Waze uses crowd-sourcing to gather information about road conditions from all of its users. People simply type in their destination and drive with the app open to contribute data to Waze’s community of users. At the same time, people can take a more active role by sharing reports from the road, including notifying the community of previously unknown accidents, hazards or route changes.

By working together, people can help each other improve the quality of their commute. Waze can help commuters avoid congested roads in favor of other routes, or see when their friends are expected to arrive at their destination. Waze users can even help each other save a few dollars by sharing gas prices as they travel, allowing people to navigate to the cheapest nearby gas station.

“Since announcing the partnership between Waze and Ford at Mobile World Congress 2017, we’ve been working hard to optimize and evolve the experience for the driver community,” said Jens Baron, product lead for B2B and in-car applications at Waze. “We are happy to showcase our partnership with Ford through AppLink SDL on iOS – a seamless in-car navigation experience that connects Waze navigation to your car’s console. With SDL, Waze guidance is presented onto the driver’s in-car screen and new features are made available as soon as they are released. With SDL, drivers get the most updated version from Waze – with all the new features and design releases, the same as driving with Waze on your phone.”

At launch in the coming weeks, any 2018 model year Ford vehicle equipped with SYNC 3 version 3.0 or greater will be able to run Waze on its touch screen. Other SYNC 3-enabled Ford vehicles can receive an over-the-air update or an update via USB to enable Waze functionality.

In addition to Waze, Ford is bringing other SYNC AppLink integrations onboard. Customers will soon be able to use iHeartRadio to access thousands of live radio stations or create their own personalized stations based on their favorite artists and songs. Meanwhile, Ford will be giving productivity a boost by incorporating WebEx functionality with SYNC 3 as well, offering people web conferencing opportunities on the fly.

Ford is also featuring its recently released Ford+Alexa app at CES. The app gives customers access to all 25,000 of Amazon’s Alexa skills, including the abilities to play music, check news reports and add items to shopping lists.

Need help programming your SYNC 3 in your Ford truck, SUV or car?  Give our Service Department a call at 810-227-1171 or schedule an appointment by clicking here.

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About Brighton Ford

Brighton Ford is a family owned an operated business and we treat each and every customer as if they were an extended part of our family. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 goal and we strive to build a lasting relationship with each and every customer. We've assembled the best team available with over 200 years of combined automotive sales experience so that we can provide you with the best experience possible. We're here to help you through your vehicle ownership experience step by step. Our sales staff offers exceptional product knowledge, industry experience and passion to nurture long lasting relationships with our customers. "Customers for Life" is our motto and we do everything in our power to meet and exceed your expectations to keep you satisfied!


We are committed to providing our customers with the best vehicle selection in Livingston County and beyond. Brighton Ford has been serving the area's automotive needs since we opened in 1988. It is our goal to make sure you find that perfect new Ford or used car, truck, van, SUV or crossover. Not only do we have a great vehicle selection, but we also offer the auto services and repairs that you need to keep your vehicle running smoothly well into the future. Come on in to Brighton Ford and let our knowledgeable team help you today!

Brighton Ford knows the importance of community, that's why we are doing all we can to give back to Brighton, Howell, Livingston County and surrounding areas today, and for the last 28 years!  From sponsoring LACASA events that help abused women and children in our community, to hosting food drives for the Livingston County Humane Society, to our annual Christmas event where we reward local elementary schools with money for their Art Departments, we love giving back to our great community in any way we can! 


It could be our large and accommodating selection of new Ford models, including the ever so popular Ford Escape, Fusion, F-150, Focus, Mustang and Explorer. Perhaps it's our equally vast range of high-quality, used vehicles.  We have all makes and models and even have Brighton Ford Certified Used vehicles that include 24/7 roadside assistance and 100,000 mile/7 year warranty!  
It may also very well be the Ford financing offers available to customers who shop with Brighton Ford. With these auto loan and car lease options, shoppers feel at ease, worry-free, and extra satisfied with their purchase.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meet Athena, The Sweet Dilute Calico Just Waiting To Be Adopted

Hello, I’m Athena, a GORGEOUS, VERY SWEET, 7 year old (spayed) female Dilute Calico. I was transferred from another shelter to the Humane Society of Livingston County where, thankfully, I have received proper medical care to manage my diabetic condition. I’m feeling GREAT now and ready to find my new forever home! I’m a VERY SWEET and GENTLE soul looking for a home where I can relax, enjoy nature watching from the window, and be part of your family’s daily routine. I’m a VERY friendly girl who LOVES to snuggle and will quickly charm my way into your heart with my alluring green eyes and sweet ways. I would do best in a relaxed home where I can receive lots of your attention and may be ok living with a nice dog or cat who respects my space.

Special needs: Athena’s diabetic condition will likely require insulin injections twice daily which she tolerates well. With good care, she can live a healthy, happy life. Our medical team will provide details to interested adopters. 

Athena’s Foster Mom wants you to know what a sweet, good girl she is and how easy it is to care for her diabetic condition…

A Day in the Life of Athena

7:00 am   Athena gets her morning insulin shot. She walks right up to me to cuddle and say hi, takes her shot without a flinch, and continues to eat breakfast.

9:00 am   Athena rubs her head against my mother’s hand while she sleeps for some morning lovins then may nap on the window sill after watching the birds

12:00 pm   Athena may bat a feather toy a little and use her scratching post. She is very good about not scratching furniture. In the rare case she tries, all we need to do is gently push her down and she stops instantly.

1:00 pm   Athena sits on the couch and softly cries for attention. We come to see what is wrong. She just wants us to pick her up and take her into the room where everybody else is! She LOVES attention and to be held!

3:00 pm   A visitor comes by the house. Athena greets them. We have not seen a stranger that she didn’t charm right away! She loves everyone!

5:00 pm   We make dinner for ourselves. Athena is on sight to taste test for us! After a while, she goes back in her room because she is tired of the dogs. She does not particularly like them, but she copes well. We keep her separate from our other cat for now, but in time, they may get along.

7:00 pm 
  Time for Athena’s evening insulin shot. Again, she is an angel throughout the very quick and easy process. Just a little poke and off she goes! I fill up her food and water again and clean out her litter box.

8:00 pm   Athena sits quietly next to us as we watch TV together as a family. She is a very happy, sweet girl who is easy to please!

9:00 pm   Time for bed. Athena gets some treats as we tuck in. She loves her treats!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Blood Drive At Brighton Ford January 31st, 2018

Did you know that the American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and has an emergency need for donors of all types?  Want to help those in need?  Come to the Brighton Ford New Car Showroom on January 31st from 12:30pm - 5:15pm and donate your blood. 

Brighton Ford has teamed up with the American Red Cross for a Blood Drive to help alleviate the shortages of all blood types. You can stop in or schedule an appointment to donate your blood on January 31st.  The Red Cross prefers that you make an appointment so they are well staffed and can get you in and out as quick as possible.  Simply go to and type "BrightonFord" into the "Find a Blood Drive" box then pick a time that's convenient for you.  If you would rather call, you can dial 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your appointment time. 

Your blood will help those in need like Arthur to continue lifesaving treatments! Arthur had to wait for a blood transfusion while being treated for Leukemia, everything worked out just fine, but many times blood transfusions are needed as soon as possible to save a life.  Your donation will ensure that patients in need won't have to wait for a critical blood transfusion.      

Blood and platelet donations are needed now to overcome a blood emergency and have a sufficient supply for patients in need.  Come donate at the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Brighton Ford on January 31st, 2018!

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Time: 12:30pm - 5:15pm

Location: Brighton Ford Showroom

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Whether you need Ford Service, to purchase a new Ford, to buy a used car, Ford OEM Parts or collision repair work done, Brighton Ford is for you!  Conveniently located right off of I-96 at Grand River in Brighton, our Award Winning Ford Dealership can be reached quickly and without hassle from Ann Arbor, Lansing, Novi, South Lyon and anywhere else in metro-Detroit.  Learn about our delivery service that brings your vehicle to wherever you are.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The All New 2019 Ford Edge ST

On the heels of its hottest year for sport-utility vehicle sales, Ford unveiled a new 2019 Edge SUV with an aggressive cosmetic and technology overhaul.

The company outfitted the new Edge with a standard 2-liter engine with slightly improved performance and fuel economy than its predecessor.

Also new to the lineup: the 2019 Ford Edge ST, a new performance variant.

Ford is expected to show off the new models at the Detroit auto show next week.

The standard Edge gets an 8-speed automatic transmission, a stop-start engine, LED headlights, a wireless charging pad and standard four-wheel drive.

The vehicle has WiFi capability for up to 10 devices. Drivers can use a smartphone to lock, unlock, remotely start and locate the Edge. In addition, the vehicle allows consumers to check details such as tire pressure and fuel status from home.


Stephanie Brinley, senior analyst at IHS Markit, said the exterior design and technology updates on the Edge are notable and important to consumers. “This hits the mark nicely.”

Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are scheduled to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Available safety features include an automated system that helps the driver evade accidents, using a radar and camera. It also has adaptive cruise control with a system that helps keep the vehicle centered in its lane.

Ford also plans to offer an Edge ST variant, marking the first time the company has attached the performance label to an SUV.

The 2019 Edge ST will get a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged engine with 335 horsepower. Other ST features include better handling, braking, suspension and engine performance.

The Edge is especially well-liked by women, said Cristina Aquino, marketing manager for the Edge. While women make up 35% of Ford buyers overall, they account for 46% of Edge sales.

Owners of the Edge generally aren't weekend warriors and don’t have multiple vehicles, said Jonathan Crocker, vehicle engineering manager.

“Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing. “From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”

A new “sport mode” allows drivers to experience more aggressive driving while maintaining comfort and control.

Borrowing a page from the soothing color palettes of high-end shopping catalogs, the Edge is offered in ebony, ceramic and dune. Steve Gilmore, designer manager, praised “the strong brow line.”

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Article compliments of Phoebe Wall Howard from the Detroit Free Press

Thursday, January 11, 2018

EXTENDED: Aunts, Uncles, Nieces & Nephews Get Ford Employee Discount Until January 31st At Brighton Ford

The Ford A-Plan discount is the discount employees of Ford Motor Company get for themselves, we have extended that discount to aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews of Ford employees for a limited time only.  That’s right, you can get A-Plan discount simply by having a family member that works for Ford!  This won’t last long, as a matter of fact it’s only good until January 31st, 2018, so make sure to get in and capitalize on this great discount when buying a new Ford Escape, Edge, F-150, Fusion, Explorer, Expedition or any other new Ford model. This awesome discount will save you big bucks on leases and purchases.

Give us a call if you have any questions at (810) 227-1171 

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The 2018 Mustang & Our Pet Of The Week Have So Much In Common…

 Mayflower, the Brighton Ford Pet Of The Week, and the 2018 Ford Mustang have a lot in common:
+Both come in black
+Both are sleek, fast and fun when operated safely
+Both love to run like the wind
+Both are smart beyond words
+Both are dependable
+Both deserve the right family
+Both aren't for everyone, but each are for the right person
+Both like to be washed
+Both seek to please beyond words

Adopt Mayflower today!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Used Work Trucks Near Lansing: 5 Transits & SuperDutys

Brighton Ford is your Work Truck Headquarters!  Whether your company needs a new commercial van or a used commercial truck, look no further than Brighton Ford.  This video highlights some of the new work truck arrivals on our used truck lot.   

We have 5 used Transits starting at $11,499, take one for a test drive today! We have 2 Transit Connect Cargo Vans, 2 Transit Cargo Vans both under 15,000 miles and a 2016 Transit Wagon 350 XL 15-passenger van.  We sell lots of Transits to small businesses, as they can be customized to whatever suits your businesses needs…whether you need racks, drawers or shelves in the cargo area it’s an easy up-fit to make on a spacious Ford Transit Van.   

We also just took in this 2016 Ford F-250 SuperDuty that’s Built Ford Tough!  This used Super Duty is set-up perfectly for a snow plow and with only 12,000 miles, it can be your company’s workhorse for many years (and miles) to come.  Whether you need a plow truck or just a solid truck to transport your products, this immaculate F 250 could be a great investment for your company!  We also have another 2016 F-250 with  only 31,000 miles and a 6.7 Liter Powerstroke Diesel engine. 

Need to find a work truck on a tight budget?  Check out this 2006 F-350 Super Duty for only $16,995!

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Friday, December 29, 2017

2016 F-150 XLT With Sport Package, Custom Wheels & Tires For Sale Near Howell

Check out this used F150 XLT with a Sport Package in Brighton, Michigan.  It has heated seats, navigation, a clean CarFax, back-up camera and upgraded wheels and tires that make it ideal for Michigan winters!  This used Ford truck is in near perfect condition and has just been marked down over $5,000.  If you’re looking for a new F-150 but would love to save thousands off MSRP, this is the F 150 for you!  Set up a test drive before someone else cashes in on this hot deal by calling 810-227-1171 or emailing our Used Internet Sales Manager Troy Hill at 

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Whitney Is An Adorable, Sweet, 7 Year Old Girl Looking For A Special Friend This Holiday Season!

I am Whitney, a VERY SWEET, beautiful, all white, short hair, 7 year old (spayed) female with soft green eyes. I was surrendered when someone in my family developed severe allergies. They said I am a VERY SWEET, easy going girl who got along with kids, dogs, and other cats in my home – even when the cats were not very nice to me. I may be a little shy in new places, but warm up quickly and LOVE to be petted around my head and ears! I prefer not to be handled too much, but will sit on your lap once I feel safe and comfortable. I would make a great companion and loving friend for someone special. 

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