Saturday, December 6, 2014

Receive a Lovely Poinsettia For a Test Drive!

Diehl Ford in Bellingham is pleased to announce that we are supporting the Sehome High School Dance Team's fundraiser this holiday season by purchasing Holiday Poinsettias from them.

If you would like a Holiday Poinsettia, all you have to do is come in and test drive any vehicle on our lot between now and the end of the holiday season to leave with a Holiday Poinsettia. Hurry in soon to get yours as we have a limited supply available!

E-mail or call us today to make an appointment to come in and get yours at 1820 James Street off of Exit 254 in Bellingham at Diehl Ford Bellingham

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Win $1,908 with Diehl Ford!

We are happy to share with our customers that you still have are two full weeks left to enter our Anniversary Sale Grand Prize drawing of $1,908, which ends on July 31st, just for test driving any of our vehicles!

It is a quick and easy two step process:

- Step one is to fill out the following entry form:
- Step two is to come in and test drive any of the great vehicles on our lot!

It is that simple!

Just in case you were wondering where the the $1,908 comes from, it celebrates us serving this great community since 1908. That makes us the third oldest dealership in the world!

Come in and see why we have been able to make it through two world wars, The Great Depression, and several ressessions, to name a few challenges we have been able to navigate over the years.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Diehl Ford Proudly Supports the Revival of the Mount Baker Ultra Marathon

Diehl Ford in Bellingham is proud to support the revival of the Mount Baker Ultra Marathon. It is a historic 108 mile run that consists of a course that goes from Bellingham to Mount Baker and back to Bellingham again.

The run is scheduled to begin at 9:00am on Friday, June 27 at Cornwall Beach Park and is predicted to finish at approximately midnight on Saturday, June 28. There are eight rugged participants brave enough take on the extreme course.

The proposed Mount Baker Ultra Marathon route stands apart in the rapidly growing field of ultra marathon running as one of the only races that begins at sea level, climbs over 10,000 vertical feet and includes glacier travel on a volcano. Look at the bottom picture to see an arial view of the course.

The public is invited to join in on the action at the official “Return of the Mountain Runners BBQ” at the Acme Diner on Saturday, June 28 from 6:00-8:00pm There will be live music by Pretty Little Feet, BBQ food and beer supplied by Kulshan Brewing Co. The runners will be stopping by on their return from the summit of Mount Baker for a bite to eat and some celebration before finishing the last 25 miles of their journey. All proceeds from this event go towards the reestablishment of the Mount Baker Marathon as a destination event for Bellingham and Whatcom County.
A Special Note: Mike Diehl the current General Manager of Diehl Ford in Bellingham's great grandfather was one of the original drivers for the race. Now 100 years later, Mike and Bob Diehl (Bob is a Bellingham legend and Mike's father) will be driving a support vehicle for the event the 2014 installment of the race.

Please tell your friends and family about the event and we hope to see you at the BBQ, Band, and Brew on Saturday evening.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ford Marks Countdown to 50 Years of Mustang with All-New Licensed Products

  • A select group of licensees will produce merchandise and apparel to celebrate 50 years of continuous Mustang production
  • Celebrating its centennial this year, Union, N.J.-based Schott NYC was one of the first manufacturers to sign on for the 50 Years licensing program, designing a one-off Mustang jacket to commemorate the occasion

NEW YORK, March 26, 2013 – The Ford Mustang will soon become the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. To help mark this milestone, 50 companies will sell products including watches, T-shirts, model cars and more that celebrate the Mustang’s first 50 years.
“During its first 49 years of production, Mustang has come to evoke a variety of emotions in our customers – freedom, independence and being true to one’s self – just to name a few,” said John Nens, Ford’s team lead for Global Brand Licensing. “We’re marking this Mustang milestone with a distinctive collection of licensed products from select manufacturers that will carry the unique Mustang 50 Years logo.”
All of the new merchandise will be easily identified with a custom logo that celebrates 50 years of Mustang.
The logo was crafted by Ford designer Michael Thomson. It features the Mustang’s trademark galloping pony in silhouette over the characters “50 YEARS.” This new icon has a clean and sophisticated appearance in either white on black or black on white. Only 50 companies will be licensed to create products bearing this special logo including high-quality die cast models, videogames, watches and apparel.
“We’re working closely with our licensees to ensure every item reflects the unique qualities of Mustang,” said Nens. “Like the car itself, we want our licensed products to convey an attitude of strength, passion and the highest quality.”
Over upcoming weeks and months, other Ford licensees will reveal a variety of Mustang products featuring the Mustang 50 Years logo to mark this special moment in automotive history and kick off the next 50 years of Mustang.
From the Tuskegee Airmen to 50 Years of Mustang
Celebrating its centennial this year, Union, N.J.-based Schott NYC was one of the first manufacturers to sign on for the 50 Years licensing program. Irving and Jack Schott established their company the same year Ford began producing the Model T on the first moving assembly line. Great-grandson and COO Jason Schott runs the family business today, along with his mother Roz Schott, president, and his uncle, Steven L. Colin, CEO, producing premium jackets, shirts and accessories.
During World War II, Schott NYC dedicated its entire capacity to making sheepskin bomber jackets, leather flight jackets and peacoats for American soldiers, sailors and pilots fighting overseas. Among those who went into battle in Schott jackets were the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
“I can’t think of a better partner with whom to celebrate our 100th anniversary,” said Jason Schott. “We are honored to collaborate with an iconic family business that shares our commitment to domestic production.”
While the Ford Mustang is classically identified with the wild horse of the American West, it was actually named for the famed North American P-51 fighter plane, the preferred mount of the Tuskegee Airmen in the final year of the war.
Over the next half-century, the Schott Perfecto leather jacket figured prominently in iconic images of Marlon Brando, James Dean, Peter Fonda, the Ramones and Bruce Springsteen. Today Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Adam Levine can all be spotted in Schott jackets.
Later this year, Schott NYC will reveal a limited-edition leather jacket celebrating 50 years of Mustang.
“The Mustang attitude of freedom and mobility is universal and enduring, and fans around the world will be honoring that heritage with numerous celebrations as we move forward,” said Steve Ling, Ford Car Marketing manager.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ford tops in family value, quality, again, says U.S. News & World Report

Three Ford and Lincoln vehicles have won U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Cars for Families awards. For three straight years, Ford Fusion has won best midsize car, while Fusion Hybrid is top hybrid car two years in a row and Lincoln MKT takes home best luxury three-row midsize SUV honors. U.S. News & World Report determines winning vehicles based on the best combination of quality, features and space for today’s families. Click here to read more about the 2013 Best Cars for Families awards.

Monday, January 14, 2013

MKC Concept New Opportunity for Lincoln

> Lincoln MKC Concept debuts at 2013 North American International Auto Show – Lincoln’s first-ever small vehicle
> Small luxury utility concept signals future Lincoln entry into industry’s fastest-growing segment
> MKC Concept introduces the “Lincoln Experiences” suite of technology and signature content to enhance the driving and ownership experience

DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2013 – Lincoln today introduces the MKC Concept, a vision of how Lincoln will enter the industry’s fastest-growing small luxury utility segment.
With nearly 60 percent growth in 2012 and more than 200 percent in the last four years, the small luxury utility segment has far eclipsed all other luxury segments. The opportunity is a key next step in Lincoln’s strategy to grow with four all-new vehicles targeted at the highest-growth segments over the next four years.
“We are reinventing Lincoln by focusing on the largest and fastest-growing segments of the luxury market, while offering clients something different,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “The just-introduced MKZ re-establishes Lincoln in the largest luxury segment, and the MKC Concept highlights a key opportunity in the fastest-growing part of the luxury market.”
This segment growth is being driven at both ends of the demographic spectrum. Many new buyers are coming into affluence and purchasing their first luxury vehicle. Others are moving from larger vehicles to smaller ones to simplify their lives. This growth includes China, where Lincoln will begin selling in the second half of 2014 through independent dealers.
Creating ‘Lincoln Experiences’
Lincoln is being reinvented in every way – from a complete new lineup of stunningly designed vehicles to how dealerships provide surprising personal client services and how drivers engage with their vehicles. The goal is to appeal to a new type of luxury clients considered cultural progressives, who are open to new ideas and experiences.
In current and future vehicles, these “Lincoln Experiences” will include a variety of distinctive features, such as push-button transmission engagement, programmable ride control, unique and diverse powertrains, personalized lighting, and a suite of customizable functions that are unique for each client as the vehicle instantly recognizes the operator and creates a personalized welcoming sequence.
Future Lincolns also will combine these unique experiences with the option of stunning, bespoke interior and exterior design appointments that will transcend typical luxury automotive standards, furthering the brand’s transformation. The MKC Concept explores many of these transformative ideas.
Exterior design
The MKC Concept builds on the foundation of the Lincoln Design DNA found in the new MKZ. These warm, open and inviting design cues are a core element of the brand’s heritage.
“The MKC Concept has a wonderful stance and sits beautifully on its wheels,” said Murat Gueler, MKC Concept lead exterior designer. “It has a sleek, sculpted body and wheel arches and elegant shoulders. The lines of the vehicle appear relatively simple on first look but with a second view reveal a dynamic three dimensionality.
“The Lincoln design team has done an outstanding job with the MKC Concept in communicating Lincoln’s design vision for reaching a new and discerning clientele.”
An uninterrupted, highly crafted rear-view appearance highlights the signature full-width taillamps. This is made possible by a liftgate design with a side-view cutline – a Lincoln first. It shows how the dedicated Lincoln design and engineering teams have worked together to deliver customer-focused solutions that not only elevate the appearance, but also provide maximum load capability.
“This approach eliminates the traditional vertical cutline on the rear seen on utilities, which in turn contributes to the athletic presence of the vehicle,” Gueler said.
The continuity also is apparent in the execution of the frameless windows, which amplify the richness of the design, as does the signature split-wing grille. The exterior is augmented by warm, cream-based white metallic tri-coat paint, 20-inch premium wheels with polished chrome rims, and a large fixed panoramic roof that runs the length of the vehicle.
Interior design, colors and materials
High-end bespoke design, materials and execution inspire the four-passenger interior.
“There is a significant upgrade in materials and a stylish, fashion-oriented package. The materials are combined with progressive combinations and uses of stitching and colors,” said Soo Kang, Lincoln interior design chief.
Just like MKZ – which sets the tone for the brand’s thoughtful new approach to design – the MKC Concept features a distinct push-button gear shift selector. This enables a flowing, expressive and architectural center console design covered with riveting details, and unique colors and materials.
The headliner is wrapped with high-end material, providing a warm and luxurious feel. The pillars are wrapped with premium leather. The seats also feature premium leather and include a unique embroidered Lincoln Star and crimson stitch accents.
The Lincoln Star lattice also is subtly placed on the MKC Concept’s floor mats to complement the lattice design in the speaker mesh, light fixtures and lug-nut covers.
The smooth leather also wraps the door trim uppers, armrests, bolsters, console side rails, instrument panel and cargo area.
“There is a rich softness to the exterior and interior palette of the MKC Concept,” said Susan Lampinen, group chief designer, Color & Material Design. “The leather-wrapped architecture complements the open-pore and designer hand-dyed woods.”
Other refined details include finishes like appliqu├ęs cut from layers of reconstructed natural wood infused with a metallic flake for a glistening effect on the steering wheel, upper instrument panel and door panels.
A true Lincoln
“The Lincoln MKC Concept is designed to strike a perfect balance between warm, inviting comfort and the engaging and superb dynamic qualities of performance, ride, handling and braking,” said Farley. “This balance is focused toward a new luxury automotive client emerging in the marketplace – someone who recognizes a great vehicle and demands a balance between all-out performance and comfort.”

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ford C-MAX Is the Fastest-Selling Hybrid Ever at Launch

  • Ford C-MAX has become the fastest-selling hybrid ever at launch, with 8,030 units sold in its first two months of sales in October and November, outpacing Toyota Camry Hybrid’s 7,300 sales in its first two full months in May and June 2006
  • C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid are selling three times faster than the combined launch sales of Toyota Prius and Honda Insight in 2000
  • Ford achieved its best electrified vehicle sales month ever in November with 7,157 units sold, with C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid outselling Prius v and Prius Plug-in combined by nearly 10 percent
  • Ford is projecting an all-time record quarter for hybrid sales at December close, with more than half of hybrid sales this year expected to come in the fourth quarter

    DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 17, 2012 – Ford’s all-new C-MAX has become the fastest-selling hybrid ever at launch, with 8,030 sales in its first two full months on the market in October and November. This significantly outpaces Toyota Camry Hybrid’s 7,300 sales in its first two full months in May and June 2006.
    C-MAX hybrids also are selling three times faster than the combined sales for the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight when launched in 2000.
    Ford sold 8,999 C-MAX hybrids through November, a figure projected to surpass by 40 percent through December the combined Prius and Insight launch sales of 9,350 in 2000. C-MAX sales would represent four months compared to the initial combined 18 months of Prius and Insight sales.
    “Dealers are seeing an overwhelmingly positive response to C-MAX hybrids and are excited to finally take on Prius, with some offering comparison test drives right on their lots,” says C.J. O’Donnell, group marketing manager, Electrification. “Our customers also are excited to have a fresh hybrid option, with leading fuel economy that does not sacrifice driving fun, performance and technology – choices typically not offered with hybrids.”
    Ford achieved its best electrified vehicle sales month ever in November with a total of 7,157 sales, with C-MAX hybrids acting as the driving force behind the milestone. Ford is projecting an all-time record quarter for hybrid sales at December close. More than half of Ford’s hybrid sales this year are expected to come in the final quarter of the year as the company continues to ramp up production of Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.
    C-MAX hybrid sales totaled 4,848 in November, up 52 percent month-over-month. November marked the first month both C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid were available on dealer lots.
    Fuel economy, hybrid demand grows
    New vehicle buyers across the industry rate good fuel economy as the No. 1 purchase reason according to Ford research conducted by Maritz.
    Consumer adoption of hybrid technologies has slowly grown over the last several years, but research shows 60 percent of today’s buyers are considering hybrid vehicles. And, for the first time ever, electrified vehicle sales captured nearly 4 percent of the total industry in November.
    “Fuel economy has become the No. 1 purchase consideration as customers try to save money at the pump,” says O’Donnell. “C-MAX hybrids highlight Ford’s commitment to offer customers the power to choose leading fuel economy across our lineup.”
    With the highest conquest rate in the Ford lineup at 64 percent, C-MAX hybrids continue to draw new customers to the Ford brand. Toyota Prius is the No. 1 competitive trade-in, followed by Honda CR-V – demonstrating early appeal with both hybrid buyers as well as more mainstream customers.
    C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid comprise Ford’s first-ever dedicated hybrid range. C-MAX hybrids headline Ford’s transformed lineup, which features eight models with 40 mpg or more, building on the company’s commitment to give fuel-efficiency-minded customers the power of choice.