Ford’s Supplier Relationships Mean New Features for F-150 and Mustang

Ford Motor Company has a long-time reputation of maintaining outstanding relationships with its suppliers. The company’s suppliers vary from year to year, and this year, Ford ranked fourth out of six in the annual Planning Perspectives Inc. survey of how auto suppliers view their customers.

Ford is currently in the middle of a year with 23 product launches, 16 of those in North America. Ford’s current supplier relationships are helping to provide a range of innovative new features for the 2015 F-150 and Mustang.

According to autonews.com, Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president for Ford global purchasing, showcased the following technologies to be seen on 2015 vehicles:

Hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails (2015 Mustang). Schuler Inc. and Midway Products worked with Ford to create a heavy-gauge steel hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails.

High-strength steel frame (2015 F-150). The 2015 F-150 will be the first pickup featuring a lightweight aluminum body, however the lightweight pickup will feature a steel frame. Ford worked with Metalsa S.A. on its steel frame that is 60 pounds lighter with improved rigidity.

LED headlamps (2015 F-150). Ford noted that they worked with suppliers Osram GmbH and Flex-n-Gate Corp. to design a new headlamp design that “saves energy, is designed for longevity, and casts a much brighter and clearer light down the road than halogen or incandescent lamps”.

Quarter windows (2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition). Ford worked with Magna International Inc. to create new quarter windows made of louvered glass.

“Considering the impact suppliers have on our business, with 70 percent of the value of the vehicle being purchased from our supplier partners, our suppliers are critical to our ability to offer attractive solutions to our customers,” Thai-Tang said in a statement.

Ford maintains a massive supply chain, with more than 1,100 suppliers located across more than 4,600 manufacturing sites, and supplying more than 130,000 parts for use in Ford vehicles.

If you’re looking for a well-made car with state-of-the-art technology and features, stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today!

The Great Towing War: Ford and Ram Claim Best-In-Class Towing

In the world of heavy-duty pickup trucks, towing capability is a game-changer. Ford and Ram have engaged in a towing war for some time now; but whose trucks are bigger, badder, and can tow more? The automakers can have at it, but let’s break it down here.

In commercials this fall, Ford will claim that its biggest pickup, the F-450, has a best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds, which is 6,500 pounds more than that of the current F-450. That claim one-ups competitor Ram, who, in January 2013, announced a 30,000-pound towing rating for its 3500 heavy-duty, up from 22,750 pounds.

The same day that Ford announced its new Super Duty trucks, Ram issued a press release claiming that it will be the first auto manufacturer whose entire truck lineup will follow industry standard towing capacity ratings developed by SAE. They also stick by their claim that their 3500 heavy-duty maintains its best-in-class rating because they claim that the F-450 and the Ram 3500 are in different classes and cannot be compared.

Ford says they are in the same class.

According to Autonews.com, “Trucks are classified by gross vehicle weight rating, the maximum loaded weight of the truck including the percentage of a trailer’s weight that sits on the truck’s axle. Class 3 pickups include trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds. Ford says its truck fits in that class even though it has a Class 4 name.”

“The Ram 3500 high output, their most capable tow vehicle, and the Ford F-450 both have identical gross vehicle weight ratings,” said Ford spokesman Mike Levine.

What do you think, can the Ford F-450 be directly compared to the Ram 3500?

Stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today to check out our lineup of heavy-duty F-450s!

2014 Ford F-150 Named Most American Vehicle

Cars.com has published their annual list of the most American cars on the road, and we can’t say we’re surprised that the 2014 Ford F-150 tops the list this year. The list is made up of both domestic brands and imports (gasp), and is determined based on how many parts in the car are made in the U.S., where the vehicle is assembled, and how many vehicles are sold here in the U.S.

A domestic brand topping the list really shouldn’t be a surprise, however, from 2009 to 2012, the Toyota Camry took the top spot. This year, we are thrilled to be taking the honor as the F-150 is truly American car, through and through. According to Cars.com, the ten vehicles on this list are the only vehicles eligible to be on the list. That means that every car you can buy right now, with the exception of these ten vehicles, are made of less than 75 percent American-made parts.

2014 Ford F-150 Specifications

The F-150 has been America’s best-selling car for decades, with a variety of trims and packages available, so each buyer can create a pickup that’s uniquely theirs. Providing excellent off-road capability, hauling and towing ability, and modern technology, the F-150 offers everything you need.

The F-150 is produced in Ford’s hometown of Dearborn, Michigan and also in Claycomo, Missouri. It just doesn’t get much more American than that.

Stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today to test drive a 2014 F-150!

Over 100 Patents Filed by Ford for 2015 F-150

2015 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost technology

While we at Cambridge Classic Ford have already told you all about the 2015 F-150 and its revolutionary aluminum-infused frame—and you’ll probably continue to hear about that as production of the truck nears—but the new F-150 is about so much more than aluminum. In fact, it’s the most patented truck in Ford history, with over 100 patents filed for different technologies and features found on the all-new F-150.

From LED spotlights on the truck’s side mirrors to a remote tailgate release function accessible right from the key fob, it’s clear that the 2015 F-150 takes the spirit of progress and market revolution far beyond its aluminum frame. “The all-new F-150 is loaded with innovation,” said Alana Strager, Ford program analyst charged with tracking new innovations for the 2015 truck, in a statement. “Ford engineers filed more than 100 new patents for technologies on this truck as they have worked to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation.”

The new F-150 will begin production at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant this winter; the plant will soon undergo a massive transformation to prepare to build the new truck, which will go on sale sometime before the end of the calendar year.

Dearborn Plant Preps for F-150 Production

The Ford Dearborn Truck Plant has now been around for a full decade, and the Blue Oval is rewarding the plant’s longevity and reliability with its greatest privilege and challenge yet: building the hotly anticipated, aluminum-infused 2015 F-150. Located at the heart of the Ford Rouge Center, the Dearborn Truck Plant has already produced over 2.6 million F-150s, helping Ford’s F-Series keep the title of America’s best selling truck and vehicle for the last decade. Now, the crew at Dearborn—who can currently crank out 1,200 trucks in a single day—will turn their attention to the revolutionary 2015 F-150.

“Dearborn Truck Plant has set world-class standards for efficiency and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes,” said Bruce Hettle, vice president, Ford North America manufacturing. “There is no better way to celebrate 10 years of top-notch manufacturing than gearing up to build the all-new F-150. The hardworking men and women of Dearborn Truck are excited to bring this Built Ford Tough truck to our customers.”

The Dearborn Truck Plant will transform this summer, becoming an even more state-of-the-art facility and getting equipped to build the new F-150. Production of the 2015 F-150, Ford’s progressive and lightweighted full-size truck, will begin sometime before the end of 2014. Check out the video to get an inside look at the Dearborn Truck Plant’s efficiency and brilliance, and check back with us at Cambridge Classic Ford often for more F-Series news.

Ford’s Stock Set to Soar When 2015 F-150 Starts Production

2015F-150The Ford Motor Company, as you might know by now, has a lot riding on the 2015 F-150. The new generation of America’s favorite pickup is set to revolutionize the truck market with an aluminum-infused frame, a bold and original choice by the Blue Oval. The aluminum frame takes about 700 pounds of weight off the new F-Series but also actually making the truck stronger for a new generation.

Ford hopes that the F-Series’ stellar reputation and sales record—37 consecutive years as America’s best-selling truck—will translate to great sales for the new, aluminum edition as loyal customers reward Ford’s brand equity. Those projected sales will help offset the mammoth and expensive task of preparing Ford factories to produce the new aluminum F-Series, which will finally hit dealerships like Cambridge Classic Ford somewhere near the end of the calendar year.

The new F-Series promises to boost Ford’s stock as well, which has been wavering between $14 and $17 recently, partly due to harsh winter weather. That will all change before 2015 arrives, though, with the introduction of the new F-150 to the new vehicle market. “If they can pull it off, I think it could sure be good for Ford, and that stock will take off and go,” Gary Bradshaw of Hodges Capital in Dallas, said. “I guess if you get 30 miles per gallon, we’ll all be driving one.” We certainly will! Check back often with us for more news on the F-150 and all other things Ford.

Ford F-Series’ EcoBoost Success Shows Shifting Truck Market

2015 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost technology

2015 Ford F-150

If you’ve been a pickup truck fan for any length of time, you know that historically truck owners have looked for the most massive, powerful engine they can find. But, as Ford has found out with their wildly successful EcoBoost technology, that market is now shifting. Customers increasingly look for smaller and more fuel-efficient engines to power their trucks, and as usual, the Blue Oval is right at the top of the trend pinnacle.

Ford just sold their 500,000th F-150 equipped with EcoBoost technology—and, for the fourth consecutive month, the majority of F-150 sales were trucks with V6 engines instead of the traditionally more popular V8. A full 45% of April’s F-150 sales were trucks with EcoBoost technology as well.

And, as Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager, stated, the brand doesn’t expect the good times to stop rolling anytime soon. “We expect those numbers to hold for the rest of the year,” said Scott. “It really is amazing when you consider we are doing that with just two V6 engine choices—the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 3.7-liter Ti-CVT engine.”

Scott then teased the upcoming production release of the 2015 model truck. “When we come out with the new 2015 F-150, we will offer three different V6 engines, so there is potential for further growth.” Grow your personal vehicle portfolio with a brand new F-150 with EcoBoost from Cambridge Classic Ford today—and make sure to check back with our blog often for more 2015 F-150 news.

New Additions to F-Series Family Not Slowing Sales Down

When the new Ford F-150 made its debut earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show, critics and fans alike wondered how it would affect Ford’s future truck sales. While Ford admitted that they’ll have to shut down some plants for a number of weeks to prepare them to produce the new F-150, which will likely bring sales down for those months, nothing like that is happening yet. In fact, Ford F-Series led the company to a great overall February; the F-Series trucks posted their best sales numbers in eight years.

“Sales surged in the final week, providing us momentum after a slow start to the month,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Ford Fusion continued its strong retail sales performance in the West, outpacing the mid-size sedan segment. F-Series and Lincoln also continued to perform well.”

The F-Series sales underscore just how dominant Ford’s trucks are on the current market. Even as competitors desperately release new and improved trucks, they’re still chasing the Ford F-150. And if the early reviews are any indication, those lesser trucks will be looking up at the Ford F-Series for a long time to come. Come to Cambridge Classic Ford for more information about the F-Series today.

Ford Searching for Volunteers to Test New F-150’s Toughness

Ford recently debuted their new, revolutionary F-150 truck—a new generation of the truck that’s been America’s best-selling truck for 37 years. The automaker has laid it all on the line for the new edition, though, lightweighting the vehicle and relying heavily on high-strength aluminum in the truck’s frame. When making such drastic and innovative changes to an old favorite, however, it’s important to be sure your customers are on board though.

Thankfully, Ford is completely aware of this—they’ve set up a unique way to let you, the fans of their popular, world-class truck, help test out the new F-150. You even get to make up your own test—simply go to BuiltToughTest.com to enter the “You Test” campaign and tell Ford exactly how you’ll test out the “metal” of the revamped F-150.

“We prove every day our trucks are Built Ford Tough – now we’re asking truck customers to help us prove it too,” said Eric Peterson, the marketing manager for the Ford F-150. “We’re looking for people who know how to punish a truck. Built Ford Tough isn’t just a tagline; it’s the philosophy that drives us every day to make the best trucks out there, and it’s what has made F-Series the No. 1 truck for nearly 40 years.”

So, think you have something set up that will really put the F-150 through a trial? Get over to BuiltToughTest.com and enter the “You Test” campaign now. However, if you’re still working on the perfect test, no worries—you have till May 31 to enter. Meanwhile, come by Cambridge Classic Ford to check out the current F-150—or any of the other great vehicles in our inventory—today.

Ford Reveals the Toughest, Most Capable F-150 Yet

Ford is introducing its toughest, smartest, and most capable F-150 yet, once more setting the standard for trucks around the year for the coming year.

For the first time, the F-150 is built with high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys normally found in aerospace and commercial transportation, improving dent and ding resistance and even reducing up to 700 pounds of weight overall. This will help the new truck to stop, accelerate, and tow more quickly as well as save more fuel.

Under the hood, Ford added two new engines: a 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and a 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing, which will deliver more power and efficiency than ever before.

The F-150 is also getting a lot smarter, taking on dozens of advanced technologies like 360-degree camera view, a next-generation tailgate step, smart trailer tow module, and BoxLink—an assortment of metal brackets and custom cleats that can be used to secure just about anything in the cargo box.

It’ll go on sale late this year. We’ll see you then at the Cambridge Classic Ford dealership!