F-150

Innovation, safety are winners at PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's difficult to look disruptive dressed in a tuxedo.... Read More »

 

Tests toughened F-150 bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Ford Motor Co. decided to increase the thickness of the aluminum used in the 2015 F-150's bed floor by almost half after conducting testing with three commercial fleet customers.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 probe closed by U.S. regulators without request for recall

10:28 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Federal safety regulators said today they have closed an investigation into complaints of reduced power in Ford F-150 pickup trucks, stopping short of requesting a recall. The probe covered about 360,000 trucks.... Read More »

 

Smart recycling cuts F-150 cost

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Innovative recycling that sorts aluminum by type and returns it to suppliers will save Ford $124 per pickup, compared with using conventional recycling methods, when production of the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 starts this fall, says a stock analyst.... Read More »

 

Ford advances 3% after 'strong' finish

2:18 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Ford Motor sales ticked up 3 percent in March, spurred by a strong second half of the month, particularly from the company's two biggest sellers: the F-series pickup and Fusion mid-sized sedan.... Read More »

 

Ram pickup outsells Silverado for first time since 1999

4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
It’s no April Fool’s joke, though General Motors may wish it were. The Ram pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado in March, the first monthly win by the Ram over Chevrolet’s full-sized pickup in nearly 15 years.... Read More »

 

Ford spending $500 million to build new V-6 truck engine in Ohio

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Ford is investing $500 million to build a new compact, lightweight turbocharged V-6 engine for the redesigned F-150 pickup at a plant in Lima, Ohio. The smaller V-6 engine should help the venerable F-150 close the fuel economy gap with Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which has a 3.0-liter diesel engine and an industry best EPA rating of 28 mpg highway.... Read More »

 

FORD'S OTHER TRUCK GAMBLE

Transit family will replace long-popular E-series vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
The Transit van family represents a change for Ford almost as significant as the shift from steel to aluminum in the F-150.... Read More »

 

A BIG TAB FOR TOOLS

Large Ford stores say cost of aluminum body shop will surpass $70,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Michigan Ford dealer Ed Jolliffe has been calculating the cost of getting his body shop ready for the 2015 aluminum F-150 pickup, and finds the numbers sobering.... Read More »

 

Ford uses hefty men to test durability of 2015 F-150 seats

11:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Ford went to unusual lengths to ensure that the seats in its 2015 F-150 pickups, which go on sale this fall, were durable enough to handle the daily demands of heavyset drivers.... Read More »

 

Massive training campaign builds for aluminum F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Thousands of collision repair technicians, insurance estimators, Ford field staffers and others will go to school in one of the biggest industry training programs ever.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The mad truck dash to 30 mpg on highway and pickup gold

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
If you thought the pickup wars -- manufacturers' ongoing offensive to top each other with towing and payload increases and an ever-expanding array of luxury features -- couldn't get any more intense, you are dead wrong.... Read More »

 

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Ford's beefy Tonka truck is big-boy toy for Chicago

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ford unveiled a 2014 F-150 Tonka edition pickup at the Chicago Auto Show.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Aluminum moves up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s aluminum-body F-150 pickup has swept away the traditional hierarchy of automotive metal suppliers. Since replacing wood a century ago, steel has been the undisputed king. Aluminum and other metals made their living as alternatives that had niche roles and sometimes could substitute for steel.... Read More »

 

Ford's big aluminum show-and-tell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Ford used a color-coded body-in-white cutaway of the next F-150 pickup to make a serious point to dealers at the NADA convention: The economics of an aluminum truck – both the repair costs for the customer and the body shop operations for the dealer – make sense.... Read More »

 

The steel vs. aluminum debate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
The 2015 F-150 pickup — which Ford says is constructed of “military grade” aluminum — won't arrive until late this year, but competitors' defensive maneuvering appears to be under way.... Read More »

 

INTERACTIVE

Where the aluminum road will lead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
As the 2015 Ford F-150 makes its way to market, here's how the key players will be affected in the next several years.... Read More »

 

Aluminum tool vendors put the peddle to the metal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2014
Rob Retter doesn't mince words when he talks about what the 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup means for Eurovac, the Concord, Ontario, equipment firm his family owns. "This is the biggest thing in the history of our company," he said.... Read More »

 

After F-150 defeat, steel makers plan comeback

7:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2014
The steel industry suffered a blow when Ford said last month that the body of its next F-150 pickup would be made of aluminum instead of steel. Now, one steel supplier says “the steel industry has failed” and might have prevented the switch by investing in the capacity to produce more lightweight, high-strength steel.... Read More »

 

Ford to idle F-150 factories for 13 weeks to prep for aluminum version

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Ford today said it plans 13 weeks of downtime for retooling this year at plants building the F-150 as it prepares to introduce the next generation of its top-selling pickup.... Read More »

 

When Ford went aluminum, it was solid gold for Alcoa

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Alcoa had tried for a couple of decades to persuade carmakers to produce a high-volume vehicle with an aluminum body.... Read More »

 

Feel free to salute the redesigned Ford F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
When Ford mentions military-grade aluminum, it is referring to the heat-treated alloys in the 5000 and 6000 series, which are used in vehicles and aircraft of the U.S. armed forces.... Read More »

 

Ford dealers say truckers are ready for aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
When Jeff Carlson heard Ford Motor Co. was making its 2015 F-150 pickup out of aluminum, he became concerned many customers might not be ready for such a big change.... Read More »

 

Ford asks dealers for help with launches

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
With 16 product launches coming in 2014, Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, asked dealers at the make meeting Sunday to partner in the launch process.... Read More »

 

Ford offers 20% discount on necessities to fix aluminum F-150

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2014
Ford is offering dealerships with body shops a 20 percent discount on the $30,000 to $50,000 in special equipment and training needed to repair the 2015 aluminum pickup.... Read More »

 

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