Ford’s Life-size Toy Takes the Shape of the F-750 TONKA Dump Truck

What happens when the maker of America’s best-selling truck and the maker of our favorite toy truck get together? We get the Ford F-750 TONKA Dump Truck, the big kids’ toy.

The medium-duty truck was revealed earlier this month at the NTEA Work Truck Show.

Ford brings the childhood toy to life for construction jobs of all kinds. Based on the redesigned F-650/750 model, the truck ate space on the showroom floor, standing almost 10 feet tall and painted in the easily recognizable TONKA yellow.

The 2016 F-650/750 is available in three models — straight-frame, dock-height, and the new tractor-model — is scheduled to go on sale this summer.

The TONKA truck was created in collaboration with Funrise Toy Corporation, manufacturer of TONKA brand products licensed under Hasbro®.

“From Generation Z to the Greatest Generation, Ford and TONKA continue to set the standards for tough trucks,” said John Ruppert, general manager for Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “People of all ages have been counting on Ford F-Series and TONKA trucks to get the job done — from construction site to sandbox — for more than 60 years.”

Do you have a TONKA truck story to share? We at Cambridge Classic Ford would love to hear it in the comments below.

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.

Tailgate Theft on the Rise, Easy to Prevent

Apparently there is a high demand for truck tailgates on the black market. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that from January 1st 2012 to December 31st 2013, tailgate theft has jumped from 831 to 1,090, an unbelievable 31 percent.

The National Crime Insurance Bureau reviewed insurance claims for stolen tailgates from trucks across the nation to come to their finding. Texas led the way with 752 total claims in the two-year period, which is likely due to the sheer popularity and higher number of pickup trucks in the great state. Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas carry the majority of those thefts. California and Arizona followed in second and third place, with 334 and 207 claims, respectively.

Unfortunately, the black market thrives off of items that can be acquired at low risk and low cost to thieves. Tailgates, when not locked, are fairly easy and quick to remove, and thieves can go virtually unnoticed in unpopulated areas. Many of these tailgates are sold for use on similar trucks, but some are sold for scrap, contributing to a nationwide problem of metal theft.

Because an experienced tailgate thief can steal a tailgate in mere seconds, it can happen just about anywhere. The good news? It’s easy to deter such criminals with a simple after-market hinge lock.

NICB spokesperson Frank Scafidi told Autoblog that “it’s hard to know with confidence” the reason for the rise in claims. He speculated that it could simply have been more awareness of the problem, which would mean more people filing insurance claims for it.

This may or may not be a new problem, but the message is clear: it’s worth a little extra effort to make sure your tailgate is locked up, and avoid becoming a statistic.

If you are in the market for a reliable pickup, stop by Cambridge Classic Ford today!

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!

Picking Your Playmaker, One Power Play at a Time

In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament going on right now, we wanted to highlight one of our own frontrunners. While Cambridge Classic Ford certainly understands how important basketball season is (hey, we’re fans too!), we’re taking the time to concentrate on another type of player…the 2013 Ford F-150 XL.

Just think of the 2013 F-150 XL as the post player in a basketball game. This is the machine that does the heavy lifting, executes power moves, provides a little extra elbow room, and still maintains the hard and ready look you expect from such a powerful playmaker. Yes, we said it, a playmaker.

We love that the 2013 F-150 has three-point restraint safety belts and Safety-Canopy side airbags. It’s just the kind of protection you expect from the post position. And for those days when you’re hauling a heavy load (a basketball hoop or the hopes of an entire basketball team for example), the fully boxed frame and trailer sway control definitely come in handy.

Every team needs a point guard, but without the post player, who would do all of the heavy lifting? That’s why the saying goes, “Built Ford Tough”.

Built Ford Tough Event

The top selling truck for the past 35 years is Built Ford Tough, and Cambridge Classic Ford is honoring this accomplishment with the Built Ford Tough Event.  During this event, we are offering special deals on the F-Series, including the F-150.

One of the most appealing offers is on the 2012 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew, where you can receive up to $3,500 cash back. Those who opt for the larger 2012 Ford Super Duty XLT can receive 0% APR financing for 60 months plus $1,000 Ford Credit Bonus Cash or up to $5,500 in total savings.

Ford F-150 owners and buyers know that they are getting the best truck possible, with both the Strategic Vision Total Value Index and Cincentric Best Value in America Awards naming the 2012 F-150 as the best value of any full-size pickup truck.

The Built Ford Tough Event will only last until November 1, 2012, so hurry in today to take advantage of these spectacular offers!

New Ford F-150 to be Made of Aluminum?

The Ford Motor Company has announced that the new Ford F-150 will feature an aluminum body, as opposed to the steel body of old.

The change to aluminum is being done in response to tougher federal fuel economy targets.  In 2011, the Obama administration was able to pass new fuel-economy regulations that require every U.S. vehicle fleet to average 54.5 mpg by 2025.

The switch to aluminum will cut the F-150’s weight by roughly 700 pounds, which is a 15 percent decrease in overall weight.  Not only will the initial weight reduction increase mpg, but it will also open the door so that Ford is able to outfit the F-150 with smaller, more fuel efficient engines.

“Aluminum is certainly a big opportunity for weight reduction,” said Raj Nair, the global chief of product development. “We have been public that weight reduction is going to be a big part of our strategy.”

Two Ford Trucks Earn Honors as AOL’s Best Trucks in America

Last month, AOL ranked the best trucks in the country and named the Ford SVT Raptor SuperCab 6.2L and the F-150 XLT SuperCab 3.5L EcoBoost as two of their top five.  Beating out over 100 other trucks, these two workhorses have proven their value to customers and reviewers alike.

With the move from a 5.4L to a 6.2L engine, the SVT Raptor SuperCab was absolutely built to leave the comfort of the paved road.  Sporting a fully boxed ladder frame and specially designed BF-Goodrich All-Terrain tires, this truck feels right at home in the rocks, mud, and just about any other situation in which it finds itself.

Also pushing the Raptor to the front of the pack is the knob that allows drivers to effortlessly switch from 2-Wheel-Drive to 4-Wheel-Drive, along with the control that engages the special Off-Road Mode.  This exciting feature locks the rear end and changes the throttle and transmission shift maps, along with the ABS Brakes, standard stability threshold, and traction to optimize performance after the beaten path is long behind.

Topping the list to take home the honor of AOL’s Best Pickup in America, the F-150 XLT SuperCab 3.5L EcoBoost continues Ford’s stellar tradition of powerful and dependable trucks.  Praise for the EcoBoost shone throughout the review, as it supplies the extra “get-up-and-go” that drivers crave while maintaining an economically-minded 22 Highway MPG.

The F-150’s 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine’s value doesn’t just stop when the pavement ends, though.  The twin-turbo, direct-injected V6 delivers an astounding 365 HP with 420 Foot-Pounds of torque, making its output more similar to Ford’s 8-Cylinder engines than its V6 counterparts.  This extra boost in power makes towing or hauling a breeze for even the most demanding job.

Grabbing two of the five spots on AOL’s list, Ford has once more shown its commitment to excellence and dependability.