F-150

Ford hires second supplier to help with F-150 frame production

2:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Ford is bringing a second supplier of steel frames for the F-150 on board to ease a supply shortage that has slowed production for months, a person with knowledge of the matter told Automotive News. The new supplier is said to be Tower International, which already builds body structures for the F series and several other Ford models....
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Ford rises 5% on crossovers, higher F-150 spiffs

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Ford F-series pickup achieved its first year-over-year sales increase since January as Ford Motor Co. posted an overall U.S. sales gain of 5 percent last month, to 222,014 vehicles, figures released today show....
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Ford, Ram adopt low-tech solution for tough IIHS test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

After releasing a split decision on the crash worthiness of the Ford F-150, the IIHS is continuing to crash test multiple versions of other automaker's pickups. Ram, meanwhile, is taking a page from Ford's playbook....
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Ford says earnings will be even better in 2nd half

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Ford earned in the first half of this year nearly as much as it did in all of 2014. And it says the second half will be even stronger....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time....
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New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models with protective steel bars while leaving them off others. In response, Ford said it will add "countermeasures" to improve crash-test performance....
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Pickups are picking up premium price tags

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Last week, Ford introduced a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and will likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. So what do you get when you max out other half-ton pickups sold in the U.S. with the most expensive set of options? We found prices identified more with upper-end German performance sedans than vehicles that can haul a load of hay....
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Ford revives high-end Limited F-150 for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Ford is responding to surging demand for high-end pickups by introducing a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. The F-150 Limited will go on sale this winter as a 2016 model. Its features include 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, Mojave leather seats and interior accents made of aluminum and fiddleback eucalyptus....
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Ford dangles $10K discounts on aluminum F-150

6:34 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Ford has begun offering discounts that can exceed $10,000 on its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, which has been losing sales and market share this year as the automaker works to build inventory on dealer lots....
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Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500....
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Inventory levels drift higher

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Light-vehicle stocks drifted upward in June, a month in which U.S. sales rose 3.9 percent....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups....
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Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel....
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Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause loss of power-brake assist....
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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers....
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Equipment disparity on Ford F-150 prompts new crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted an unprecedented follow-up crash test, on a 2015 Ford F-150 Supercab. The institute said the test was done specifically because Automotive News alerted it to extra safety equipment that Ford installed on the top-selling Supercrew model - the single model that IIHS normally tests - but not on its regular cab or Supercab F-150s....
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Ford F-150 reaches full production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Ford Motor Co. has achieved full production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said last week. But a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime....
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Ford F-150 production ramp-up complete, CFO says

3:17 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Ford has finished ramping up production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said today, even as a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime....
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Ford recalls 12,328 F-150s for faulty steering shaft

11:04 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Ford is recalling about 12,300 2015 F-150 pickups in North America because of a faulty upper I-shaft that may separate, which can cause a loss of steering....
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Ford's latest recalls include first on new F-150, Edge

10:03 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Ford launched four recalls totaling 591,000 vehicles today in North America, including the first on the redesigned F-150 and Edge and the ninth on the 2014 Escape....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: The F-150, Ford's heavy-duty profit hauler

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Forget aluminum. Ford Motor Co.'s first-quarter earnings report is a reminder that the redesigned F-150 is still made of the same thing it always has been: Money....
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Ford says aluminum repair smooth so far

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

It's early, but Ford says it's so far so good on repairing damaged 2015 F-150 pickups with aluminum bodies. Ford has not heard of any dealers or independent body shops having problems obtaining parts, installing parts or dealing with insurance companies about the time it takes to repair the new pickup, said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt....
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Ford's new F-150 gets resale boost from fuel economy

10:26 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

The resale value of Ford's new 2015 F-150 pickup jumped more than 11 percent over last year's model as improved fuel efficiency outweighed concerns over repair costs for its aluminum body, according to TrueCar's ALG division....
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Q&A

Nissan's Diaz says 2016 Titan is no F-150 look-alike

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015

Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show drew plenty of comparisons to the Ford F-150. The shape of the grille and headlights, and the dip in the upper edge of the front doors recall styling of the F-150. But Nissan's senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, Fred Diaz, says he never thought the truck had a close resemblance to Ford top seller....
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Ford F-150, Subaru Legacy capture top honors in Canada

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

The Ford F-150 claimed another major award today when it was named 2015 Canadian Truck of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Subaru captured the Canadian Car of the Year honor for the first time since the award started in 1987 with the redesigned Legacy sedan....
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