Vehicle Giveaway

ONE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FIRST LOOK FOR CHARITY IS THE VEHICLE GIVEAWAY. OVER THE YEARS, LUCKY WINNERS HAVE DRIVEN OFF WITH THE KEYS TO 45 VEHICLES, INCLUDING A CHEVROLET CORVETTE AND DODGE VIPER. ANY ATTENDEE WHO HAS PURCHASED A TICKET IS ELIGIBLE TO WIN. HOWEVER, THE WINNER MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TIME OF THE DRAWING. THIS YEAR, THE GIVEAWAY VEHICLE IS A 2020 FORD EXPLORER.

2020 FORD EXPLORER

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Redesigned from ground up: America’s favorite SUV delivers more power, capability and adventure tech

The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer – America’s all-time best-selling SUV – features lighter, leaner and stronger construction; the broadest model lineup ever; more powerful and efficient EcoBoost® engines; and smart new technology to help tackle all of life’s adventures.

Redesigned from the ground up, the Explorer’s rear-wheel-drive architecture enables a sportier, more athletic design, improved on- and off-road capability and 600 pounds more in maximum towing capacity when properly equipped; available 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine makes this the most powerful Explorer ever.

Manufactured at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, the all-new Explorer comes packed with more than a dozen new standard features for only $400 more than the previous model. It is more capable, comfortable, sportier and roomier in all three rows, thanks to Ford’s flexible new rear-wheel-drive architecture. Standard features include a power liftgate, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with all-new 10-speed transmission, 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC® 3, FordPass ConnectTM Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices, and more.

Ford’s recipe for Explorer has always relied on three main ingredients – capability, comfort and design. The new rear-wheel-drive architecture enables bumper-to-bumper improvements that include an even more athletic appearance, increased capability and the best passenger accommodations in an Explorer ever.

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“Explorer drivers told us what they want: more capability, more power, more space,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s head of product development and purchasing. “They want more technology, not just for the driver, but for the whole family. And they want all of it with a beautifully sporty exterior. This new Explorer gives them all of that, and more, helping make every journey more enjoyable.”

The Explorer comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360TM, a suite of driver-assist technologies including:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which includes Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Rearview camera with built-in lens cleaner
  • Auto headlamps with auto high-beams

“It’s not about filling the vehicle with technology for technology’s sake,” said Chris Billman, Ford Co-Pilot360 engineering manager. “It’s about improving the experience, making driving less stressful, and helping the driver to feel more confident behind the wheel.”

The Explorer features an available 10.1-inch touch screen mounted in portrait configuration on the center stack. Navigation maps can fill the entire screen for easy viewing, or split the space with audio information. The screen uses capacitive glass comparable to what consumers are accustomed to on smartphones and tablets, providing a quicker, more responsive interaction with the updated SYNC 3 system. Standard SYNC 3’s more intuitive layout gives drivers compatibility with available features such as Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Waze navigation.

A wireless charging pad is available that allows customers to recharge compatible mobile devices, and up to four USB ports, including new type-C outlets, charge next-generation mobile devices. Up to three 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt outlet are also available.

[1] A random drawing of ticket stubs for all attendees at the First Look for Charity Event with be made upon open stage during the course of the event. Vehicle(s) will be awarded at that time. If the owner of the winning ticket stub drawn fails to claim prize within a reasonable time, as determined solely by the Chicago Auto Trade Association, his right to the vehicle will be forfeited and an additional ticket stub will be drawn. The odds of winning depend upon the number of ticket stubs collected. Substitutions for the vehicle are not permitted; there are no cash award alternatives. Void where prohibited by law. Winner agrees to permit the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and/or the First Look for Charity Foundation to use his/her picture for future publicity and promotion without compensation. Winner further agrees to provide name, address and Social Security number to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and/or the First Look for Charity Foundation, and to be responsible for any and all taxes, including Federal and State income taxes, state and local sales taxes or excise taxes, as applicable. Winner further acknowledges that he/she will be provided a Federal Form 1099 at year end indicating the full value of the prize awarded.