Report: Ford Plans Big Changes for F-150 Truck
Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 pickup truck line is reportedly getting a significant makeover for the 2015 model year, though the OEM is officially remaining mum on the specifics as it plans to make a big splash at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, Jan. 18-26.
According to Fleet Owner, reports that the F-150 will feature an all-aluminum body to help lighten the vehicle and thus boost fuel economy, along with the addition of a smaller 2.7-liter version of Ford’s popular V6 EcoBoost gasoline engine, are being neither confirmed nor denied by the OEM at this time.
“The stories that are out there are speculation at this point; it’s premature to discuss future products,” Mike Levine, a Ford spokesman, told Fleet Owner. “But we’ll have exciting news in Detroit.”
The F-150 is only part of the “news” Ford plans to discuss in January as the OEM already has announced plans to launch 23 new vehicles in 2014, along with opening three more manufacturing facilities and add more than 5,000 new jobs in the U.S. alone.
“Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world,” noted Raj Nair, group vice president for Ford’s global product development team earlier this month. “We are investing even more through our One Ford plan to serve more customers, in more segments – and deliver profitable growth.”
Ford said it is on pace to produce 6 million vehicles in 2013, with the Ford Focus compact car on track to hit 1.1 million in sales, the Ford Escape compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) on track to exceed sales of 271,000 units, and the Ford F-Series expected to pass the sales mark of 730,000 units in 2013.
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