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F-Series champions 37-year success

A bold look and use of light-weight materials is standard with the 2015 Ford F-150 truck. (Supercrew King Ranch model shown)

Pickup trucks helped build America.

And helping do the heavy lifting along the way was Ford Motor Co. with the launch of their F-Series pickup in 1948.

Today, Ford F-Series enters its 37th year as America’s best-selling truck with 33 million sold since its introduction.

For 2015, Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks haul their second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine to market boasting 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque.

The unprecedented power spans the Super Duty F-250, F-350 and F-450 model line with choice of 15 models in Regular, Extended and crew cab configurations.

Ford F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with a class leading maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity of 31,200 pounds with a gross combined weight rating of a segment-best 40,000 pounds.

That’s 20 tons of capability.

Ford’s F-350 Super Duty muscles towing capacity of 26,700 pounds with a combined best-in-class weight rating of 35,000 pounds.

LIGHT WEIGHT HAULER

Use of light-weight military-grade materials takes flight as Ford introduces an aluminum alloy cab and cargo box to its full-size 2015 F-150 truck lineup anchored to a high-strength steel frame.

Use of aluminum reduces the truck’s weight up to 700 pounds while increasing fuel economy, capability and performance.

It also makes the body highly resistant to corrosion.

With reduced mass and Ford’s new 325 horsepower EcoBoost 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine comes a 29 percent improvement in fuel economy over last year’s F-150.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) models achieve 19 miles per gallon/city and 26 mpg/hwy. Four-wheel drive (4WD) drops mileage to 18/23 respectively.

An available 3.5L EcoBoost V6 yields fuel economy of 17/24 mpg with rear-drive and 17/23 when 4WD equipped.

Mileage from F-150’s robust 5.0L V8 musters 15/22 mpg for RWD models and 15/21 mpg when outfitted with 4WD. The slight drop in highway mileage is a small sacrifice compared to the big benefit of 4WD in our region.

A six-speed automatic transmission manages F-150’s powertrains across the board.

Other benefactors of F-150’s weight loss include a 900 pound increase in towing capacity and a 180 lb. boost in payload when properly equipped.

The 2015 Ford F-150 comes in five trim levels with over 30 cab, box and wheelbase configurations available now for a starting price of $25,420 including freight.

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