Ford Vehicle Information:
Auto Glass OE Manufacturer: Carlite
Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company between 1901 and
1903 in Michigan. Among Ford’s investors were the founders of Dodge.
The organization had humble beginnings, originally working with an
operating budget of under $30,000 and employing just a handful of
people. In the last 110 years, Ford has grown from a small regional
manufacturer into an international automotive corporation. Ford was
one of only a few companies that survived the Great Depression, and is
widely credited with inventing the assembly line in 1913. The Ford
Motor Company has changed hands many times over the years, but it
has never completely left the ownership of the Ford family. Today, the
direct descendants of Henry Ford own two percent of the corporation.
William Clay Ford, Junior, Henry Ford’s great-grandson, is currently the
chairman (and former President and CEO) of Ford. Ford has been
responsible for a number of “firsts,” including the first assembly line,
the first removable cylinder head, the first safety windshield, and the
first budget V8 engine. Ford owned Jaguar from 1990 to 2008, and has
owned Aston Martin since 1994. In spite of taking a heavy hit during
the recession, Ford has recovered miraculously—its 2013 profits are at
a record high.
Popular Makes and Models
Ford offers a variety of cars, trucks and SUVs for multiple purposes.
Among Ford’s more popular current models are the Focus, a compact
car currently in its third generation and available in an electric model,
and the Explorer, a modern crossover utility vehicle that was named
North American Truck of the Year in 2011.
In September of 2012, UK-based Car Magazine reported that the Ford
Focus had overtaken the Toyota Corolla in global sales, making the
Focus the best-selling car in the world for the first half of 2012. The
Ford Focus beat out other mainstay bestsellers like the Volkswagen
Jetta, the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic in taking top place.
Sporting 39 MPG in the city and 59 PMG on the highway, the 2014
Focus will come in three models, including one all-electric model that is
estimated to get 76 miles per charge. The Focus Electric is advertised
as having a top speed of 84 miles per hour, which is quite respectable
for an electric vehicle.
Another popular Ford model is the Explorer, a full-size SUV with
four-wheel drive and a terrain management system that calibrates
speed and braking to deliver the perfect amount of traction for any
driving situation. The 2012 Explorer is available in a turbo four-cylinder
model or a V6 model. Both come with a 6-speed auto transmission with
What’s Coming in 2014
2014 is going to see a number of innovations in Ford vehicles, with an
updated Explorer, an updated Fiesta, and possibly an all-new Atlas.
The 2014 Explorer will feature seating for seven and foldable back row
seats that can be turned into a cargo area at the touch of a button. The
new Explorer also features MyFord Touch, an entertainment and
communication platform created by Ford and Microsoft as a means of
integrating mobile devices into the vehicle itself. Using Ford Sync
technology, MyFord Touch uses this integration to allow drivers to
operate devices with touch-screen gestures, voice commands and
steering wheel buttons. Although the original release of MyFord Touch
was something of a disappointment, with users reporting repeated
crashes, Ford has recently released several system updates and is
continuing to improve the MyFord Touch system.
The 2014 Fiesta will come in three models: a sedan, hatchback, and
compact. The new Fiesta is expected to get about 26 MPG in the city
and 35 MPG on the highway, with a starting MSRP of $14,000. With
seven airbags and a safety cage made of boron steel, the Fiesta will
have a Traffic and Travel GPS link via Sirius XM—a full-service
navigation system that combines three-dimensional maps with GPS
and voice-activated directions. The Fiesta is a popular car among
young people, and these significant improvements (along with Ford’s
Fiesta Movement) are expected to drive major sales.
At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette was
expected to be the story of the week—and it was, until Ford unveiled
its concept for the Atlas. The Ford Atlas is currently just a concept and
is not expected to be available for purchase until 2015, but the new
development is expected to rock the automotive world by serving as a
complete replacement to the wildly popular F-150. The Atlas is
expected to feature a roof cargo system that can carry large objects, a
tailgate step that also operates as a cradle for cargo, and a truck bed
that contains interior lighting to help owners see cargo in the early
morning hours, which will be great for construction workers,
excavators, and anyone who works long hours.
Windshield and Windshield Manufacturer Information
Ford uses Carlite as its primary glass supplier. Carlite also provides
glass for Lincoln and Mercury, and, usually, Carlite factories use the
same tooling that can be found in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury factories.
Carlite offers a variety of windshields and automotive glass products,
including Ford truck slider replacement glass manufactured to OE
specifications. Carlite’s OE glass has been tested in crashes in Ford
vehicles, and OE latches have proven to be more durable than
aftermarket latches. Carlite also offers logo glass that contains an
etched logo of the vehicle or manufacturer. Replacement glass can
contain the Ford logo or the F-150 logo. If brand matters, you can still
get branded glass for your Ford vehicle.
New Features That Affect Windshield Replacement Prices
Aftermarket OEM glass for your Ford vehicle is also available in the
form of Soundscreen acoustic glass, a Carlite-manufactured
noise-reducing glass that blocks exterior noises from the vehicle cabin.
Ford has been trying for several years to make truck cabins quieter,
providing a more enjoyable driving experience. Carlite Soundscreen
glass can reduce exterior noise by up to 6 decibels, and the average
Soundscreen windshield is 7 pounds lighter than most consumer
windshields on the market today. In fact, since Ford first implemented
Soundscreen technology in its vehicles in 2007, complaints about
wind-related noise dropped. Where noise is concerned, Ford vehicles
went from the second worst of any manufacturer to the best, according
to consumer survey organization RDA Group. Popular Mechanics calls
the 2010 F-150 “luxury-car quiet,” while the Los Angeles Times praised
the 2009 Ford Flex’s noise reduction system.
Essentially, this means that if you need to replace glass in your new
Ford vehicle, you will either have to go for run-of-the-mill glass that
doesn’t block noise or opt for the more expensive Carlite Soundscreen
glass. If your new Carlite glass becomes chipped, you will need to see
a specialist auto glass repair technician who can fill in the chip without
damaging the vinyl layer underneath the outer glass. The cost of such
a repair can range from $50 for a small chip up to $250 or more for a
large crack. Depending on your insurance plan and deductible, you
may be reimbursed for part of the cost or none at all. Not all insurance
companies pay for OEM replacements, so replacing a Soundscreen
windshield may not be covered. Check your insurance plan for details.
The Ford Motor Company is a prime example of an all-American auto
manufacturer that is pushing the envelope with innovations in comfort
and efficiency. After facing difficulty during the recession, Ford has
made a spectacular comeback in 2013 and is poised to start making
major new offerings in 2014 and beyond. Depending on whether your
auto glass contains Soundscreen technology and what materials are
eligible under your insurance policy, you may or may not have to pay
out of pocket for auto glass repairs. A large windshield crack can cost
upwards of $250 to repair, so before investing in Soundscreen
technology or a new Ford vehicle, you should ensure that your car
insurance would cover windshield repair or replacement. By knowing
what auto glass repairs are covered, you can feel confident buying
whatever new Ford catches your eye.