WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 – It’s no April Fool’s joke, Jimmy Fallon has launched his Fingers on a 4 X 4 contest, inviting 10 salespersons – seven men and three woman from across the US – to compete to sell him his new Ford F-150 truck. The ten lucky salespersons wil stand around a brand spanking new 4 x 4 that has been lifted onto the deck of the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier moored in New York.
Combining #hashtag social media to the contest, each of the sales people will be given ‘extra’ points for tweets with their hashtags:
#SantaClaraLuke – California
#WaterfordLaurie – Michigan
#WarnerRobinsElvis – Georgia
#SterlingRicky – Virginia
#MooresevilleWilbur – North Carolina
#LaurelNicole – Maryland
#FrankfortPete – Illinois
#SnohomishJeff – Washington
#NewOrleansBarbara – Louisiana
The contest will be livestreamed via Jimmy Fallon Tonight on Youtube:
Last person standing wins Fallon’s signature.
The rules are simple – the last salesperson (car salesmen) left standing will get the honor of selling the truck to Fallon. The LateNight host has implored that they all be very, very safe.
Variety’s Brian Steinberg has quickly reported that Fallon’s decision may have been influenced by parent company, NBC Universal:
Ford Motor Co. won a heated contest among Detroit’s top automakers to get “Tonight” host Jimmy Fallon to buy one of their trucks, and may have done so through an ad pact with NBCUniversal.
Now the question is what color will it be? The photo Fallon showed was in gray tone. The Ford lifted onto the Intrepid is white. My bet would be dark blue and silver.
— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) March 29, 2014
Following are a few of the features Fallon is buying (All information from Ford)
Starting MSRP: $44,590
King Ranch® Chaparral leather – Chaparral leather on the seats and steering wheel is a unique feature of the F-150 King Ranch® model.
King Ranch® interior – The F-150 King Ranch® SuperCrew® is as luxurious inside as it is tough all around and underneath. Standard are Chaparral leather-trimmed, heated and cooled 10-way power driver and passenger bucket seats, memory driver’s seat, flow-through console with leather-trimmed cover and leather-wrapped floor shifter, heated 2nd-row Chaparral leather-trimmed 60/40 flip-up split seat.
Heated and cooled power front seats – Heated and cooled power front seats provide year-round comfort. These 10-way, power-adjustable seats with heating and cooling come standard in F-150 King Ranch®, Platinum and Limited
18″ 7-spoke aluminum wheels with King Ranch® painted accents/ Standard on King Ranch.®
Electronic 6-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode: The standard electronic 6-speed close-ratio transmission has a wide gear ratio for responsive low-end performance and enhanced fuel efficiency at the higher gears. The selectable tow/haul mode improves performance when towing or hauling heavy loads. It compensates for grade and load and reduces gear hunting, improving power delivery. Engine braking also helps slow the truck when descending hills.
Two-speed four-wheel drive system (4×4)
Electronic locking rear differential – The electronic-locking rear differential, when engaged, locks the rear axle completely to provide enhanced traction at both rear wheels at the same time. The electronic-locking rear differential is fully integrated with the AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®) system to deliver excellent control when traveling on- or off-road. It’s standard on the FX4, SVT Raptor and Limited, included in the Off-Road Package, and available on all other 4×2 and 4×4 models.
Steering – Power rack-and-pinion steering
AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®) – Corner too quickly or swerve to avoid an object and Roll Stability Control™ automatically employs its two gyroscopic sensors to measure vehicle roll and turning rates, then selectively applies individual brakes and modifies engine power to help keep all four wheels firmly planted. And it all happens instantaneously, faster than you can blink an eye.
Safety – F-150 comes with AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™,Safety Canopy® System with roll-fold side curtain airbags, and high-strength safety cage structure among its many standard safety features.
Ambient lighting – comes standard in the F-150 King Ranch®, Platinum and Limited models. It allows you to select from a palette of seven colors to illuminate the front footwells and the center console cupholders.
SYNC® with MyFord Touch® – Available voice-activated technology that helps you keep your eyes on the road and stay connected to your world.27
- Hands-free calling means you never have to miss a call. If your phone rings, you can answer with the push of a button, and you can make a call with the sound of your voice.
- Just plug in your compatible digital music player, USB drive or SD card and browse your music collection using voice commands.
- Say “Bluetooth® audio” and you can listen wirelessly to whatever’s on your phone, even Pandora® internet radio.48, 53
- Have incoming texts read to you with audible text messaging.
- SYNC Services is complimentary for three years and provides turn-by-turn directions, 411 business search, personalized sports scores, news, stock quotes, horoscopes and more.129
- Voice/touch climate control means you can just tell SYNC with MyFord Touch your preferred temperature and it will adjust to suit you.
- 8-inch LCD touch screen in center instrument panel stack; 4.2-inch LCD driver-configurable productivity screen in instrument cluster.
- 911 Assist® can use your connected mobile phone to call 911.28
— Ford Trucks (@FordTrucks) March 29, 2014
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