Ford Named Best Overall Truck Brand

When Ford first introduced the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, the industry knew that it was going to shake up the pickup truck segment—but no one truly understood just how much it would do so. Now, the number one pickup has picked up yet another award after being named Kelley Blue Book’s Best Overall Truck Brand.2015 F-150 - Best Overall Truck Brand

The F-150 was recognized by the prestigious automotive website for its innovative “aluminum-intensive architecture that saves as much as 700 pounds and delivers a subsequent increase in fuel economy.” This is the sixth time Ford has been honored with this award.

Along with Kelley Blue Book’s Best Overall Truck Brand award, the 2015 Ford F-150 has earned almost 30 awards and accolades, including the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year, 2015 Motor Trend Pickup Truck of the Year, and the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Overall. For a full list of the Ford F-150’s awards, click here.

To see this award-winning pickup truck in action, don’t hesitate to come in to Cambridge Classic Ford today and give the F-150 a test drive.

New 2015 Ford F-150 Ads Keep it Tough

Ford is launching a new, rough-and-tumble ad campaign for their upcoming 2015 Ford F-150, the latest in Ford’s F-150 series, which in 2014 became the best-selling truck in 38 years. With such a huge fan-base, the auto company is ready to let the world know that the 2015 F-150 is ready.

The new F-150 is made out of trendy, lighter-weight aluminum, making the vehicle easier to power while maintaining its strength. However, the usual “Built Ford Tough” ad campaign will likely not make use of this fact, that could potentially be confusing to passerby.2015 Ford F-150 Ads

Nevertheless, Ford wants audiences to know that the 2015 is their toughest truck yet, and football fans will be reminded again and again during commercial breaks this season.

The 2015 F-150 is slowly appearing in some lucky dealerships (like ours) and should be present anywhere that new Ford models are sold in the next few months. Until then – enjoy the 2015 Ford F-150 ads and come visit us at Cambridge Classic Ford to see what we have in stock.

New 2015 F-150 Features Worth Drooling Over

Ford has proven it knows what consumers want with the new 2015 F-150. A number of subtle yet important features will change the way you drive your F-150. Ford is so proud of the new F-150, they are touting ten brand-new features that you probably didn’t even know you wanted.

“If I do my job, the customer simply intuits that things are right – both inside and outside of his truck – without even having to think about it,” said Cary Diehl, a Ford human factors engineer who contributed to the production of the 2015 F-150.

You read that right; Ford makes it a priority to figure out what you want before you even realize it. Call it intuition or call it mind-reading, Ford is a step ahead, and for that, we are grateful.

  1. Large folding step. A new folding step allows access to the cargo bed from the side. The step slides under the truck when not in use, and was made large enough to accommodate a large work boot.
  2. One-handed tailgate operation. Thanks to a hinge mechanism that keeps the tailgate from slamming down and increased grip due to grooves in the handle, the tailgate can now be easily opened and closed with one hand.
  3. Keypad with buttons. While the rest of the car world has moved to capacitive touch controls, the F-150 has decided to keep an exterior keypad with actual buttons for entry into the truck. The reason? Actual buttons are much easier to control while wearing gloves, and users can more easily input a security code by feel if they can’t see well.
  4. Added arm rest. There is already a dedicated armrest built into the doors of each F-150, but a new additional armrest has been created at the base of the window. The new armrest is wide enough for most arms to rest even with the window up, and is the same height as the center arm rest.
  5. Sculpted door handle. The modern interior door handle’s shape and position make it easy to grip and hold onto, particularly if a gust of wind comes along.
  6. Four-spoke steering wheel. The four-spoke steering wheel features a design which allows drivers to position their hand at the six-o’clock position. While you may have never thought about it before, many automakers close off the area in the bottom of the steering wheel. Some drivers like that hand position because it allows them to know when their wheels are perfectly straight for backing up to a trailer or tight space.
  7. Finger indents: Finger indents on the steering wheel used to be common, but have since become a lost feature. The indents allow for better grip and give the driver more precise control when making tight adjustments.
  8. Well-placed controls. Buttons and controls have been clustered in a smart, visually appealing way. Clusters of buttons are placed based on function.
  9. My-View screen is customizable. An eight-inch screen behind the steering wheel keeps the information most important to the driver available and easy to read. Options include trailer information, tire pressure, off-road mode, trip fuel, and others.
  10. Entertainment functions in center console. Entertainment functions are confined to the center console, and utility functions are on display behind the steering wheel.The only exception is incoming calls, which can be seen behind the steering wheel display.

Stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today to learn more about the exciting 2015 Ford F-150 features.

Ford Unveils Seamless Sliding Rear Window for 2015 F-150

The all-new 2015 F-150 will see an array of impressive new features and technology. We’ve already heard about the light-weight aluminum body, and now Ford has revealed its high-tech seamless sliding rear window. The all-new rear window is the result of a design competition among Ford’s suppliers in which Magna International nailed it designing a single piece of glass with a power slider.

From the beginning of the 2015 F-150’s design, Ford was asking and listening to what customers wanted. “They said they wanted visibility, that it seals well when it is closed, but still able to open the center window and use the defog when it is open,” said Noah Mass, Ford manager of body exterior mechanisms.

The new one-piece sealing technology not only looks good, but it also reduces cabin noise and keeps out dirt and water. In addition, the rear glass features a unique heating grid that defrosts the glass, even if the rear window is open.

The window is 4.5 percent lighter than the previous window, and because it is a single piece of glass with a sealant instead of a three-piece window, it’s much easier to install and requires about half of the parts to assemble. While it will debut on the F-150, Ford is discussing where else the window can be used – already planning to incorporate it in its Transit full-size commercial wagon.

According to USAToday.com, the seamless sliding window will be standard on higher trim levels of the F-150, and will be about a $350 option on the XL and XLT packages.

You’ll be able to find the all-new Ford F-150 at Cambridge Classic Fordlater this year!

Ford’s “Lightweight Concept” Sports Fusion-Like Performance, Fiesta-Like Efficiency

At a time when gas prices can spike by 30 or 40 cents in one day, it’s probably wishful thinking to hope that fuel prices will suddenly begin to freefall. But Ford, thanks to forward-thinking, customer-focused engineering, is working hard to prove that our wallets aren’t the only things that can get much, much lighter. Soon, the all-new, lightweighted F-150 will begin production in Dearborn, and now, Ford has revealed the Fusion-based Lightweight Concept vehicle as well.

The Lightweight Concept is a Ford Fusion that has shed between 700 and 800 pounds to make it as light—and as efficient—as the Ford Fiesta. That’s right, Ford has created a full-size sedan that only weighs as much as a compact car. The Blue Oval reached this impressive achievement by replacing basically every single part in the Fusion with a lighter, better alternative. The car’s frame is made of aluminum, high-strength steel, and magnesium. The rear windshield is made of plastic—the kind used in cell phone technology—instead of glass. Many parts on the Lightweight Concept, both inside and out, are made of carbon fiber instead of heavier metals.

All these lighter parts make this Fusion concept a much more efficient vehicle—it’s estimated to get about 45 mpg, about the same as the Fiesta. Even better, this lighter vehicle can coax the same level of performance you’ve come to expect out of the Fusion from a smaller, 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

“Lightweighting our vehicles is incredibly important to us in terms of improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions,” Kumar Galhotra, vice president of engineering for Ford, said. So, it’s no surprise to us here at Cambridge Classic Ford that the brand has more lightweighting plans up its sleeve still. Ford is currently working with Samsung to make a lighter, more efficient alternative to lead-acid batteries as well as researching new ways to bring regenerative braking systems to more vehicles. While, at least for now, the Lightweight Concept won’t see production—all those alternative parts are pretty expensive—it’s good to see Ford remains focused on the future.

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.