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?

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Ford Announces $1 Million Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Program

Ford has announced the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, which is a $1 million scholarship program that honors the company’s former CEO by awarding financial assistance to outstanding students who are pursuing degrees in automotive engineering.

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship program will award ten one-time $10,000 scholarships over the course of ten years, beginning in 2015. The scholarships will go to outstanding sophomore and junior engineering students at partner universities around the world.

“Alan’s engineering background and data-driven decision making paved the way for the extraordinary leadership he provided at Ford,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford in a recent news release. “We are honoring his legacy by providing scholarships to students who demonstrate the strong engineering ability that is required to develop into the next generation of leaders for our industry.”

Ford has a long history of making education a priority, with a belief that education is the cornerstone for a brighter future. Education has been the primary focus for the Ford Fund since 1949, and just last year contributed $8.5 million to education programs.

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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.

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Ford Fusion and Transit Connect Set Sales Records in June

The Ford Fusion will turn ten years old next year, but it looks like the vehicle is starting the celebration a little early—the sedan led Ford sales last month, moving 27,064 vehicles in June. That’s good enough for a 22 percent retail sales increase and Fusion’s best June numbers ever. The Transit Connect, meanwhile, simply had its best month ever, selling 4,573 units in June; that’s a whopping 29 percent increase in sales from 2013.

“Both the Fusion and Transit Connect set records in June, continuing their sales momentum,” said John Felice, vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service for Ford. “F-Series again topped 60,000 sales and is tracking to our inventory plan with the lowest incentives among the major players in the segment.”

The future looks even brighter than the present for Ford, too; June saw the brand officially begin sales of the all-new Transit van, and of course, the all-new 2015 F-150 still looms large and impressive on the end-of-the-year horizon. There’s a lot to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend here at Cambridge Classic Ford, from Ford Fusion sales to all-new vehicles coming soon. So come see us for a chance to represent your country in a vehicle from the best, most patriotic brand in the land.