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2015 Ford F-150 Drops 700 Pounds Thanks to New Super Lightweight Aluminum Body
When Ford’s engineers set out to redesign the new F-150, they improved the truck’s fully boxed ladder frame with more high-strength steel than ever – making it stronger and lighter. The last generation’s steel body is gone and in its place is a new high-strength aluminum body. High-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys are used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance and also saving weight. Overall, up to 700 pounds of weight have been saved, helping the F-150 tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker and stop shorter, and contributing to efficiency.
“F-150 is well-known for being Built Ford Tough. Now, it is both tough and smart,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company chief operating officer. “The all-new F-150 redefines the future of trucks, and it is yet another example of our One Ford plan producing vehicles that serve customers with a commitment to the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value.”
The 2015 Ford F-150 also debuts this fall with a new efficient 2.7L EcoBoost turbocharged engine, which will have power specs that are on par with larger V8 engines. This same engine is also expected to help the F-150 also get close to a 30 mpg rating in the future when Ford releases a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
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