Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Center assembly plant officially started production of the new 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup this week. Ford says new F-150s will begin arriving at Ford dealerships in December.
According to Ford, interest in the new Ford F-150 has been high since its public introduction at last year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ford says 225,000 truck enthusiasts have submitted contact information for updates about the vehicle, and more than 250,000 customers have built and priced their own version of the new F-150 online.
Weight saving game changer
The 2015 F-150 promises to be a game changer because it weighs approximately 700 pounds less than the 2014 model. According to Ford, the 2015 F-150 is the first mass-produced truck in its class with an aluminum-alloy body and bed.
By cutting so much weight, Ford says the new F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530 more pounds, and will have between five percent and 20 percent higher fuel economy ratings than the current model. (EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings will be announced later this month.)
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
To support the launch of the new F-150, Ford added 850 new workers across its Dearborn Truck, Diversified and Stamping facilities. Ford says approximately 4,000 employees support the F-Series. Ford’s F-Series has been in production for 66 years and has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 32 consecutive years.
The new F-150 will also be manufactured at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, starting in the first quarter of 2015. This will give Ford the capacity to build up to 700,000 trucks per year.
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