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Ford Makes Major Investment in Next-Generation Ford Focus

Keeping with its unofficial “Go Big or Go Home” motto, Ford is making a massive investment in the next-generation Focus. The compact car will be produced in Germany and the facility is getting some major upgrades in order to optimize production and handle the new model. Additionally, the factory will also go green with new energy-supply systems.

Next-Generation Ford Focus

What’s next for the Focus?

Ford is doubling down on its European market with a major investment in a production facility. The German facility will build the next-generation Ford Focus, a compact car that continues to sell well, thanks to its affordability and quality.

In an effort to prove that Germany truly is a major part of Ford, the automaker invested a massive $644 million in the production facility. The plant will receive new press systems that can process steel into car parts; the new presses will result in a lightweight design that offers increased fuel economy.

The major investment will also add new energy-supply systems that will reduce the facility’s emissions by up to 20%. Worth noting is that Ford’s German production facility currently employs around 25,000 people, so these new advancements are exciting for many.

“This €600 million investment reconfirms Ford’s continuing commitment to Germany, our main centre of operations in Europe,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

We’re ready for the next-generation Focus and can’t wait to see it here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln!

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Spring is here, which means warmer weather is on the horizon! Now is a great time to take care of any lingering maintenance items. We here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln have a few helpful spring car maintenance tips to optimize your vehicle’s performance during the warmer weather.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

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  • Tires – Salt, grime, and debris can do a number on your tires which are why they should be a primary concern when spring rolls around. Take the time to properly inspect each tire for any defects or abnormalities, such as bulges, bumps, and cuts. You should also make sure each tire is properly inflated to optimize the ride and fuel economy of your vehicle.
  • Belts and Hoses – Cold weather can cause parts like belts and hoses to become brittle. That can result in cracks or other abnormalities that can effect engine performance. Look over all the parts under the hood to ensure they’re all in proper working condition. If not, make an appointment at your local dealership service department.
  • Windshield Wipers – Spring may bring warm weather, but it can also bring heavy rain; this is why you should ensure your windshield wipers are in prime operating condition. Without windshield wipers, you could find yourself driving blind through a downpour.

These simple tips will help keep your car in top shape as we head into warmer weather. If there are maintenance issues that need professional help, feel free to contact us at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln!

Four Leaf Clovers on Forest Floor

March Events near Crystal River, Florida

As the spring weather moves in, it is a great time to head outdoors before the temperatures get too hot. Here are some fun events near Crystal River you should consider attending this month.


  • March 4-5 – Floral City Strawberry Festival: This is the 30th year for this fantastic festival and it is held three miles south of downtown Floral City. Admission costs $4 for adults and children ages 12 and under are free.
  • March 11-12Fort Cooper Days: Come experience what life was like in the 1800s during the annual Fort Cooper Days at Fort Cooper State Park. The event includes live demonstrations and reenactments.
  • March 17 Patrick’s Day: Right here in Crystal River, enjoy all things Irish with a dog parade, live music, Irish food and drink, and so much more.
Four Leaf Clovers on Forest Floor

St. Patrick’s Day

  • March 18 Shrimp-A-Palooza: This annual event is hosted by The Rotary Club of Homosassa Charitable Foundation. Watch the parade, listen to live music, eat as much food as you like, and enjoy fun for all ages.
  • March 25 Clean Air Bike Ride: Take a ride down the Withlacoochee State Trail in Inverness and enjoy a continental breakfast before you start.


Here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln, we’re excited to get out in the wonderful community we serve!

2017 Lincoln Continental

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is back and better than ever with more comfort features than any luxury car in its class. Despite the Continental’s sleek style, powerful engine, and smooth ride, one feature has enthusiasts raving more than any other. If you’ve ever wanted to experience 30-way adjustable seats, it’s time to take a drive in the new Lincoln Continental.

The Lincoln Continental may boast a design that resonates with younger drivers but the iconic car’s interior is perfect for older buyers. The seat itself is built to offer the utmost comfort in every way.

2017 Lincoln Continental - trees and couple

The Continental’s seat features its very own massage feature that’s designed to relax drivers and lower stress levels on the road. Such a feature could come in useful for decreasing the amount of road rage drivers experience site sur cialis.

That and more makes the new Continental a top luxury model simply because it puts the “luxury” back in the name. While some models can whip from zero to 60 mph in record time, the Continental is playing the comfort game.

Don’t be fooled, though. The 2017 Lincoln Continental will soon roll out with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 400 hp. No matter what powertrain drivers choose, the Continental offers a smooth, relaxing ride time and time again. The luxurious features, powerful engine, and price make the new Lincoln Continental a luxury car for drivers of all ages.

Here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln, we’re excited for the return of the new and improved Continental!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips in Florida

We’re well into November now which means that, in just a few weeks, Thanksgiving will be here. Family and friends come together to celebrate the food and fun of the holiday but getting to their destination can be an issue. Here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln, we have some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips to make your life much easier this holiday season!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips - Inverness, Florida

  • Technology – Technology has become ingrained into our society, so use it to your advantage this holiday season. Navigation systems and smartphones can track traffic jams and reports in real time, which means avoiding road hazards is easier than ever. Plan your course based on time or distance and hit the road!
  • Flight – Flying during the Thanksgiving holiday is stressful, no doubt. The day before Thanksgiving marks the busiest travel day of the year. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead. Make travel arrangements now rather than next week and be prepared to leave for the airport at least three hours in advance.
  • Packing – More luggage means more problems. Pack light this holiday season and ship your extra clothes and various belongings to your destination by mail. Doing so ensures less hassle packing the car and fewer baggage fees if you plan on flying.

Save Our Waters Week – “Party with a Purpose” Concert

Save Our Waters Week SOWW - Party with a purpose concert - Crystal River, Florida

Looking for a volunteering opportunity? Want to make your community a better place for people and animals? Interested in having fun while doing these activities? If this sounds like something you’re interested in, join us at the “Party with a Purpose” concert on September 24th!

Event Details

On September 24th, 2016, Homosassa Riverside Resort is hosting a free concert to benefit a great cause. The cause is “Save Our Waters Week (SOWW),” which promotes a healthy community by cleaning all local bodies of water. This is an annual promotion by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners to make sure that we keep our community looking beautiful, and free of harmful debris for the animals and plants.

In 2015, they had 725 volunteers who worked together to pick up 3 cialis 20 pas cher.17 tons of debris over SOWW. Over the past 5 years combined, over 14.4 tons of harmful debris has been collected, further protecting the wildlife in the area. They are looking for this year to be a record breaker with even more volunteers than ever! It’s easier to complete a goal when you have friends to help you.

Support your community by having fun with your friends and family! Come out to the Homosassa Riverside Resort September 24th from 2-8 pm. You won’t regret it!

New Lincoln Continental Displayed at Auto China 2016

Lincoln made some waves earlier this year when the brand teased and then revealed the upcoming new Lincoln Continental, which will be going into its 10th generation when the model goes on sale late this fall. While Lincoln has been quiet about the Continental since then, the car recently reappeared at the Auto China 2016 event in Beijing, where it will become the fifth model in Lincoln’s lineup to ever launch in China when the all-new Continental makes its fall debut sometime between September and December of this year.
2017 new Lincoln Continental

Unlike most full-size luxury sedans, the 2017 Continental will be utilizing similar platforms and powertrains to the Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion in the form of the CD4 front-wheel drive system, whereas most competitors in the premium sedan segment come with rear-wheel drive. The new Continental is also expected to offer an all-wheel drive option with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. Additionally, the Continental is receiving an all-new, exclusive 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with an output of up to 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Lincoln has yet to unveil information on the 2017 Continental’s transmission, but industry experts agree that it will likely come standard with a 9-speed automatic.

Other features in the new Lincoln Continental include a 360-degree camera, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, front seats with 30-way adjustments referred to as ‘Perfect Position Seats,’ an advanced climate control system, and more. The next-generation Continental will be manufactured in the U.S. at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan ahead of the vehicle’s fall 2016 release.

Things to Do in Crystal River Preserve

There are many beautiful parks and preserves to visit in Florida, where vivid wildlife and colorful plants flourish thanks to the warm, tropical atmosphere. In Crystal River, Florida, visitors and residents alike are invited to visit the scenic Crystal River Preserve State Park. Located along 20 miles of the northern Gulf Coast between Yankeetown and Homosassa, the park offers up to seven miles of trails for either walking or biking, as well as a glimpse into the wilderness of Florida’s Crystal River region.

 bike on the beach - Crystal River Preserve

The Trail begins at the corner of State Park Street and Sailboat Avenue and runs through a diverse array of habitats for cyclists and hikers to enjoy — basin swamps and marshes, a tidal marsh, pine flatwoods, and more. There are also several hiking trails such as the Dixie Shore Trails, Fort Island Trail, Hammock Island Trail, Lake Loop Trail, and the Churchhouse Hammock Boardwalk and Primitive Trails.

Besides biking and walking, visitors to the park may also take boat tours or paddle themselves out into the river in canoes or kayaks. There is also a day-use fishing area known as the “Mullet Hole” for those with a fishing license who’d like to enjoy the day on the open water with their fishing pole.

The Crystal River Preserve State Park offers visitors several opportunities to get close to nature. Home to undisturbed islands with indigenous species such as bald eagles and wood storks, the park is an excellent place for everyone from photographers to wildlife enthusiasts and everyone in between. Don’t hesitate to stop by this beautiful state park to get a glimpse into Florida’s pristine natural world.

Fun Picnic Spots Near Crystal River

Picnic Spots Near Crystal River

Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors to enjoy your meals, which is why August is recognized as National Picnic Month. Here are some great picnic spots near Crystal River to enjoy some great views and some great food!

Crystal River Parks

  • Kings Bay Park. Features five picnic shelters, a fishing dock, grills, a playground, and more. Come enjoy a delicious lunch and then head out on the water.
  • Little Springs Park. Your kids will love coming to this park with its amazing playground. It also has picnic tables and grills to complete your picnic fun.
  • Copeland Park. If playing sports is what you love, head to Copeland Park. Here the kid can play on the playground, take in a game of basketball, or even some volleyball. Then, head to the picnic area to eat your lunch.

Crystal River Beaches

If a beach picnic is more of what you love, visit the local beaches.

  • Fort Island Gulf Beach. This off-the-beaten path beach features beautiful sand with a roped-off swimming area. There are also covered pavilions with picnic tables.
  • Pine Island Park. This three-acre park is right on the Gulf of Mexico and has a white sandy beach along with picnic tables, shelters, grills, a volleyball court, and a concession stand. Pack a picnic dinner and take in the spectacular sunset.

From all of us at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln, we hope you have a great rest of your summer!