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.
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.
The 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.
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.
If you’re a fan of The History Channel’s American Pickers, you’re likely also familiar with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in which the show’s hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, roll around the country from hidden treasure trove to hidden treasure trove. Well, starting now, you’ll see them trekking cross-country in a new vehicle: the all-new Ford Transit, which just opened production at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.
The Transit, as a full-size van designed for commercial use, has one major advantage over the Sprinter: size. “The biggest thing is, when the van is full, then we’ve got to come home. I’m interested in real estate on wheels,” Wolfe said. “There were four or five different vehicles I was looking at, and I just keep coming back to the Ford as the better choice.” Wolfe and Fritz can stuff more relics than ever in the Transit, transporting it all back to their shop in Iowa.
If you’re interested in doing a little treasure-hunting of your own, Ford is doubling down on its promotion of the Transit; they’ve hidden 10 scale model Transits in antique stores around the country. Find one and you’ll be entered to win a Transit of your own! Come see us at Cambridge Classic Ford for more information about the contest or Ford’s spacious new van today.