Ford Faces the Eco-Friendly Challenge with Fuel-Efficient Models

The weather outside is heating up, and so is the competition between the latest eco-friendly, fuel-efficient models. Ford is making a name for itself with affordable and eco-conscious options including the Ford Focus, C-Max Energi, C-Max Hybrid, Fusion, Escape, and F-150. With so many vehicles in the Ford lineup to choose from, it’s easy to find an option that works for you at Sherwood of Salisbury.

In the first-annual Hybrid Games Challenge, the C-Max and Toyota Prius competed for title of Hybrid Champion. Sherwood of Salisbury is proud to report that the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid blew the competition away, as you can see in this video.

At Sherwood of Salisbury, we’re happy to help you choose the eco-friendly Ford vehicle that’s right for you. Here’s an introduction to the many options available.

•    Ford C-Max Hybrid: The Ford C-Max is an impressively fuel-efficient hybrid SUV with an EPA-estimated 47 mpg* across the board—while still providing comfortable seating for 5.

•    Ford C-Max Energi: The plug-in C-Max Energi has a larger lithium-ion pack than the C-Max Hybrid and can be charged in about 3 hours with a 240-volt outlet. The Energi boasts the best combined MPGe in its class, estimated at 108 city/92 hwy/100 combined.**

•    Ford Escape with EcoBoost®: The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape boasts two available EcoBoost engines: a turbocharged 1.6-liter and a turbocharged 2.0-liter. These engines utilize “a cooler, denser fuel injection charge” to get more power out of your fuel, while using twin independent variable camshaft timing to get peak performance.

•    Ford F-150: The F-150 boasts four fuel-efficient engines, including an available EcoBoost® engine that delivers a best-in-class combination of torque, efficiency, and power.†

•    Ford Focus: The Focus is available in seven fuel-saving models, starting with the S Sedan with 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway.* The Focus Electric, powered solely by a lithium-ion battery system, can fully charge in about half the time of the 2012 Nissan Leaf.

•    Ford Fusion: The Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 47 mpg* whether in city, highway, or combined thanks to a 2.0-liter engine and hybrid lithium-ion battery. The plug-in Fusion Energi features a state-of-the-art battery and illuminated charge port. Even the base Fusion S gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway.*

Which one of these models would you choose? For more information on these and other options, visit Sherwood of Salisbury today.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations.

**EPA-estimated up to 108 city/92 hwy/100 combined MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

†Available EcoBoost® engine. Based on torque, max. towing and payload, and EPA-estimated 16 city/22 hwy mpg, 4×2. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, Non-Hybrid vs. comparable competitive engines. EcoBoost vs. 2013 GM 5.3L, Ram and Toyota 5.7L and Nissan 5.6L V8 engines.



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Recipes: BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

A common problem with some salad recipes is that they can have a fairly lengthy list of ingredients. This will not only make them seem more complex to prepare than they actually are, it can make what is a simple dinner recipe a pretty expensive preparation! Luckily, this barbecue chicken chopped salad recipe that we discovered at Sherwood of Salisbury is just the opposite. the ingredients list is as short as is reasonably possible, allowing you to enjoy a tasty, authentic chicken dinner with minimal preparation time and as little cost as is likely to prove necessary.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

4 small chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 ears of corn
15 oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 romaine lettuce heads, shredded
1 small jicama, peeled and finely sliced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons ranch dressing
2 tablespoons shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
Juice of one lime
1 avocado, peeled, stoned, and roughly diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 or 2 teaspoons of corn oil for griddling


Put the chicken breasts, one at a time, between two sheets of plastic wrap and lay them on a stout chopping board. Use a meat mallet to gently pound them to about a half inch in thickness. Do remember to be gentle, as chicken is a lot more tender than the cuts of beef which would normally be prepared in this way.

Bring a dry griddle pan up to a very high heat. Oil the chicken breasts lightly on both sides using a pastry brush. Fry on a high heat for four to five minutes until done. You may need to work in batches, depending upon the size of your griddle. Ensure the chicken in each instance is fully cooked and no pink juices remain by sticking the point of a sharp knife in to the breast.

Remove the chicken breasts to a plate and allow to cool slightly. Add the barbecue sauce to a large glass bowl. Roughly chop the chicken breasts, stir through the barbecue sauce, and cover with fresh plastic wrap until required.

Remove the corn kernels from the cobs, very carefully, with a sharp knife or cleaver on a chopping board and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the pinto beans, tomatoes, jicama, cilantro, cheese, lime juice, and ranch dressing. Stir well, seasoning to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Spread the lettuce on a large serving platter. Top with the prepared salad, followed by the avocado, scattered evenly over the top. Add the chicken and serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until required.

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The 2013 Dodge Dart Leaves the Competition in the Dust

See how comparable vehicles stack up against the Dart

We get it. For every car out there, there are at least a dozen other models claiming to be competitors with better features, better mileage, and better packages. Nevertheless, we at Sherwood of Salisbury have yet to see a competitor that can hold a candle to the 2013 Dodge Dart. This comfortable and practical vehicle challenges the rules of compact sedans while staying affordable enough to fit almost any budget.

Starting off at just $15,995, the 2013 Dodge Dart features the lowest MSRP[1] of its class, while the 2013 Ford Focus, 2013 Toyota Corolla, and 2013 Hyundai Elantra all hover around the mid-$16,000s and the 2013 Honda Civic pushes into $18,000. It goes to show that money doesn’t necessarily buy great fuel efficiency, as the Dart is ranked with the Top Fuel Economy in the class[2] with 41 city/40 highway, which is lightyears ahead of the 34 city/34 highway of the Toyota Corolla, or the 34 city/32 highway of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta.

The Dart also offers the most standard and available features. Only the Dart has LED Stop/Turn Taillamps as standard, and available Integrated Dual Exhaust and Rain-Sensing Wipers – no one else in its class even has them as available. And with 12 colors, the Dart features the ultimate in personalization – the 2013 Chevy Cruze, Jetta, and 2013 Ford Focus come in second place with 10 colors.

Feature dominance continues inside the Dart. Where the Dart offers an available illuminated floating island bezel, a heated steering wheel, and a 7-inch TFT Display, no one else in the class can match it. And with the most total passenger room at 97.2 cubic feet (the closest runner up is the Hyundai Elantra at 95.6) and the biggest available touchscreen display at 8.4 inches, the Dart continues keeps a wide space between itself and the rest of the class.

These facts are pretty convincing, and once you slip behind the wheel of a 2013 Dodge Dart, we at Sherwood of Salisbury guarantee you won’t be able to get out without bringing it home! Check out our Dart inventory online, and then stop by to make the Best in Class part of your life. You won’t regret it.



[1] MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

[2] Gas Engine, Non-Hybrid (Pass) Source: Autodata,, Manufacturer’s Website as of October 24, 2012.

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Ram Truck “Farmer” Ad Helps Make $1 Million Donation to Future Farmers of America

Watch the video that captured America’s heart

From the moment the Ram Truck “Farmer” ad debuted during the Super Bowl, America was enthralled. Featuring the voice of radio broadcast legend Paul Harvey, it’s a two-minute, emotional look at what makes the farmer the backbone of America. The ad already went beyond simple promotion—now it’s going even further.

“’Farmer’ is about having America appreciate everything that farmers and farm families do on a daily basis and captures the hard work, determination and character of the farmer in all of us,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico in an official Ram Truck press release.

And judging from the overwhelmingly positive response, quite a few viewers could relate to the message.

So Ram Truck set a goal: if “Farmer” got to 10 million views, the automaker would donate $1 million dollars to the National Future Famers of America Organization to go toward their “Feeding the World – Starting at Home” initiative.

And all it took was one week to go above and beyond 10 million. In fact, as of February 14, “Farmer” has had 18 million views – and the view counter is still rising! But don’t worry – Ram Truck isn’t stopping the momentum. In fact, the company plans to continue to support the farmers of America through an initiative called “The Year of the Farmer.”

The Year of the Farmer is a year-long effort to keep the spotlight focused on American farm families, and publish a book of many of images collected by photographers commissioned to work on the initiative. Ram Truck will then donate proceeds from the book to agriculture and hunger efforts across the country.

We at Sherwood of Salisbury are incredibly proud to represent a brand that works hard to give back and raise awareness for such an important group of people who are responsible for helping our country grow. Check back next month as we continue to keep you up to date on all of Ram Truck’s good deeds.

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Road & Travel Magazine Names Kia Optima International Car of the Year

Kia fans at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) came home with plenty to look forward to in 2013. Kia also brought home something of its own: the International Car of the Year award for the 2013 Kia Optima.

This award is given annually by Road and Travel Magazine to 10 new or existing model-year vehicles that have undergone significant improvements. For 2013, the Kia Optima introduces a new top-trim Limited edition, which includes standard features like 18-inch chrome wheels, LED running lamps, an electronic parking brake, and enhanced leather upholstery. The Optima also retains all of the freshness from its 2011 model year redesign, which made it the top-selling Kia vehicle in 2012.

The ICOTY jury includes members of national automotive publications like MSN Autos and Consumer Guide® Automotive. Courtney Caldwell, Road and Travel Magazine Editor-in-Chief, said, “The Kia Optima rose to the top of the list as the most emotionally compelling vehicle above all others.” Caldwell also commented on the Optima’s “functional yet sleek design as well as advanced features.”

Awards like this highlight all of the things we love about Kia at Sherwood of Salisbury. Come in today to check out the 2013 Optima and other great Kia models.


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Recipes: Easter Lamb Roast with Mint Sauce

Looking for a classic Easter dish that doesn’t take all day to prepare? This lamb roast recipe from Sherwood of Salisbury is a perfect choice. Homemade mint sauce is an almost essential accompaniment, perfectly balancing and brightening the complex flavors of the meat. Try serving this hearty dish with roasted potatoes and other root vegetables, such as parsnips or carrots. You may wish to partly cook the potatoes by boiling them and finish them off by roasting them in the juices of the cooked lamb.


Easter Lamb Roast with Mint Sauce

Total preparation time: 2 hours

Active time: 20 minutes

Inactive time: 1 hour 40 minutes


Serves six



2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3 large garlic cloves, smashed and minced

4-pound leg of lamb, bone-in

Large bunch fresh mint

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon superfine sugar

½ cup boiling water

½ cup white wine vinegar



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add the butter and garlic to a small bowl stir well to ensure the garlic is evenly distributed.

Place the leg of lamb on a large cutting board. Use a paring knife to make twenty to thirty small cuts, about one-inch deep, over the top of the leg of lamb at regular intervals. Spread the butter and garlic mixture evenly over the top of the leg of lamb, using your hands to rub the butter into the meat. Lay the leg of lamb on a large roasting tray, cover it loosely with aluminum foil, and place it in the oven to bake. Remove the foil after 30 minutes and cook for another hour, until a meat thermometer inserted in the lamb registers at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit for medium and up to 170 degrees for well done. Remove the tray carefully from the oven and cover with fresh aluminum foil. Allow the lamb to rest for at least fifteen minutes before carving.

As soon as the lamb is in the oven, it is a good idea to prepare the mint sauce. This gives the flavors time to infuse. Strip the leaves from the mint and roughly chop them. Place the chopped mint in a glass bowl along with the sugar and salt. Pour in the boiling water and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt. Allow ten minutes for the water to cool slightly before adding the white wine vinegar and again stirring well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.

Remove the mint sauce from the refrigerator and be sure to taste it for seasoning. Add a little more salt or sugar if required. It is a good idea to transfer the mint sauce to a serving dish and lay it on the table for guests to help themselves, rather than adding it to the plates prior to service. Carve the lamb, plate it with your chosen vegetable accompaniments and serve to your family or guests.


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5 Ways to Prevent Rust on Your Car

Car manufacturers have invested heavily in the use of new and improved materials to help reduce the risk of damage to your car from rust. However, you should never ignore the threat of rust. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to prevent rust on your car by following a few simple tips. Here are five of them from Sherwood of Salisbury.

Protect your undercarriage

Your car’s undercarriage is very vulnerable to damage, and there are a number of critical mechanical components to protect. As the undercarriage is not something most drivers ever really look at, it is easy to neglect it. This could be a costly mistake. Invest in an undercarriage sealant to help protect mechanical parts from damage. There are a number of products that you can apply yourself, but working on the undercarriage is potentially dangerous if you are not properly equipped, so you may want to ask our service department for help.

Inspect your paint work regularly

Rust is a problem that gets progressively worse, and the longer you leave a rust problem, the harder and more expensive it will be to fix. Learn about the parts of your car that are the most vulnerable. Paint work is constantly exposed to the elements, and the early signs of rust appear as bumps and lumps under the paint work. Treat these areas promptly. There are a variety of ways to do this. Removing the affected metal is one possibility. Rust convertors halt the rusting process, but may not always be effective. Talk to our service department if you spot the early signs of rust and need further advice.

Use a rust preventative

There are a variety of rust preventative products available to consumers, many of which can easily be applied at home. A rust preventative can, for example, be sprayed onto or into a part of the car that is otherwise very difficult to access. This will help slow down the formation of any rust, and will also halt the spread of existing rust. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely when using these products.

Apply wax and sealant to your paint work

Look after your paint work to ensure that it stays in great condition. This is not just about cleaning and polishing the paint work. Over time, your paint work will wear and become more susceptible to rust if you are unable to protect the finish. A wax layer, with sealant, adds an additional physical barrier between the paint work and the elements. This prevents damage to the bodywork, which might otherwise expose the metal underneath the paint and allow rust to form. You can apply wax and sealant at home.

Keep your car clean

The simplest thing you can do to protect your car from rust is keep it clean. Deposits of mud, salt, and other dirt can all corrode your paint work surprisingly quickly. Regular car washing reduces the amount of time it takes to get the vehicle clean on an ongoing basis. Do not forget the undercarriage and other hard-to-reach places too, but do not use a jet spray underneath the car as this could damage vital parts. It may be a good idea to ask our service department to help if you are unsure.



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Ford Recognized on List of Top 100 Global Innovators

Employee invention submissions up 60% with new enhanced incentives

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years at Sherwood of Salisbury, it’s that you can always count on Ford to find creative solutions to the most pressing problems. With programs like the Employee Patent Incentive Awards, Ford employees are encouraged “to think outside the box for new solutions,” says Bill Coughlin, CEO of Ford Global Technologies. Earlier this year, that commitment to moving forward was recognized with a spot on the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators list.

Employee invention submissions have been up 60% recently with the launch of new Ford incentives, including memberships to TechShop. Nearly 500 patents have been granted to Ford engineers and researchers for hybrid vehicle technology, and Ford shows no signs of letting up. This spirit of innovation has yielded or enhanced standout technologies like Auto Start-Stop, the 125 for EcoBoost® engine, and the SmartGauge® instrument cluster.

“From the Model T and the moving assembly line to the latest C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids, Ford has been on the leading edge of using technology to benefit our customers,” Coughlin continues. We at Sherwood of Salisbury have loved watching Ford’s progress in recent years, and we’re excited to see what comes next. We hope you’ll join us as Ford continues to push the envelope in automotive technology.


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Consumer Guide Automotive Gives 5 Best Buys to Chrysler Group

Chrysler is one of two top brand families in this year’s picks

When Consumer Guide Automotive lists its top vehicle picks, people pay attention. That’s why we at Sherwood of Salisbury are excited (yet not surprised) to learn that the Chrysler Group had five of its vehicles among the Consumer Guide Automotive’s 2013 Best Buys awards.

This news is even more gratifying, considering that Consumer Guide Automotive, which has been publishing authoritative and objective car reviews for more than 45 years, whittled down the winner’s list to just 26 vehicles for 2013. This means a more focused and stringent evaluation process, and a more prestigious final list. With qualifications like that, we knew Chrysler had to be on the list.

The Chrysler Group winners for 2013 are:

•    The 2013 Dodge Journey, in the Midsize SUV category

•    The 2013 Dodge Durango, in the Large SUV category

•    The 2013 Ram 1500, in the Large Pickup category

•    The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, in the Minivan category

In a Chrysler Group blog post, Chrysler Group Senior VP of Quality Doug Betts noted that, “These awards are proof that Chrysler Group creates cars, trucks, crossovers, minivans, and SUVs that both customers and critics appreciate.” This is a quality we at Sherwood of Salisbury see every day, and we want you to take advantage of it! Check out our inventory online and then stop by in person. We know we have your dream vehicle waiting for you!


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2013 Ford Focus Earns Five Stars in Safety Tests

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives Focus top marks

The 2013 Ford Focus has been drawing a lot of admiring attention—and with good reason. Much of the praise has been due to the sleek, stylish exterior and well-appointed interior, while many other critics have lauded the consistent performance and efficiency of the Focus. Now, though, the safety capacities of this vehicle are being noticed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently gave the Focus its top rating of five stars. Both the four-door and five-door Focus models performed well for the Administration’s frontal crash, rollover, and side crash tests.

Visit Sherwood of Salisbury to learn more about the 2013 Ford Focus, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.


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