2015 F-150 Aluminum Body Reduces Weight and Cost

2015 F-150 Aluminum Body

2015 Ford F-150

If you’re like some of us at Friendly Ford, you’ve made New Year’s resolutions to start eating healthier, save more money, and maybe even recycle a bit more in 2015. If you’ve made a few of these promises to yourself, look no further than the Ford F-150 for inspiration. Recently, the F-150 switched from structure of steel to one of aluminum in the 2015 incarnation, saving weight, money, and even reducing its carbon footprint.

This change saves the company about $124 per pickup, as the Ford factory waste aluminum is returned to the aluminum manufacturer for recycling. Aluminum is more expensive than steel, but the savings in recycling leftover aluminum are making the difference. At its Dearborn and Kansas City plants, Ford has created a new recycling system that sends $300 worth of scrap metal back to its suppliers. Since aluminum is 95% recyclable, it is easier and cheaper to recycle scrap pieces instead of mining more aluminum ore.

In addition to saving money, the new 2015 F-150 aluminum body is much lighter than its steel predecessor. In all, the F-150 dropped about 700 pounds by making the switch. It takes a lot of energy to haul around that big steel frame, so going lighter with an aluminum body is going to save a lot of gas money for F-150 enthusiasts.

If the F-150 can do it, so can you. Good luck in keeping your New Year’s resolutions for 2015, and if you’d like to see how the F-150 drives with that light new body, come into Friendly Ford for a test drive.

Ford Plans New Hybrid Truck on the Heels of Aluminum-Bodied F-150

new Hybrid Truck

2015 Ford F-150 Available at Friendly Ford

Ready or not, new truck customers, here Ford comes, pushing the brand farther into the future. The 2015 Ford F-150 is just starting production, and the aluminum-bodied pickup will soon be all over the place, as Ford’s loyal customers line up to buy it. After all, it’s a stronger and more efficient version of the truck that everyone already loves.

However, Ford is not stopping its march towards more efficient trucks there. Recently, the brand announced that a new hybrid truck is in the works, saying that it is “working very hard” on such a model. After the gamble on the aluminum F-150 paid off so well, the folks at Ford are excited to take the next step.

“The key is to convince buyers that … you can still tow that boat out of the water or carry that load of wood,” said Bill Visnic of Edmunds.com. Here at Friendly Ford, we’re not really concerned about that. People said the same thing about the 2015 F-150, and it’s already proven itself better than anyone could have expected. Come see us to today to learn more about the new truck and give us your thoughts on the idea of a hybrid truck as well.

Ford Announces 2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150

The brand-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 is already known as being the toughest, most capable F-150 ever—and now it’s the most fuel-efficient, too. Ford has released the 2015 Ford F-150 fuel economy ratings, showing that just because you have a big truck, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fuel savings.

The 2015 F-150 equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined with the ability to tow 1,110 pounds more than previous models. Each of the F-150 models’ new EPA fuel economy ratings is 5 to 29 percent better than current models.

“We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest, and most capable F150 ever—and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

Ford was able to increase both fuel efficiency and capability through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloys. To see the brand-new 2015 Ford F-150 in action, stop in to Friendly Ford today!

New Ford Pickups Boast Best Fuel Economy Numbers in Segment

When a truck has been the best-selling truck series in America for 37 years—think about it; that’s almost four decades—it seems impossible to think that the truck could get even better and more dominant than it already was. But that’s exactly the case with the 2015 F-150, as the new Ford pickup with aluminum-body frame design boasts the best fuel economy numbers in its segment.

best fuel economy

2015 Ford F-150

Lighter, stronger, more powerful, and more efficient than ever before, the F-150 is now lightyears ahead of the competition. “We set out to create the future of tough with the new F-150,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We are delivering with the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – and now the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

The new truck gets 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and a 22 mpg combined rating. Come see us at Friendly Ford to learn more about the new F-150, its powertrain options, and all the great options and features it offers. It will finally be in our inventory soon, so check back on the blog often for updates!

Ford F-150 Configurator Open for 2015 Model Year

Ever wish you could build your dream truck, but you just haven’t the tools to do it? Good news—now, you do! Ford recently announced that the F-150 configurator is ready to go to work for you, creating the perfect 2015 F-150 for even the pickiest pickup truck lover.

F-150 Configurator

2015 Ford F-150

With this new configurator, you are free to pick and choose features as you please. Are you one who prefers a touch of luxury? The King Ranch might just be the truck for you. As the most expensive option—even more so than the top-end Platinum model—this trim provides you with both premium technology and the versatility of a Ford truck. For those who want to bring the blue jeans with them everywhere they go, the F-150 offers a specific color blue called—you guessed it—Blue Jeans.

As we approach the aluminum F-150’s release, make sure you click here to check out this new configurator. If you are interested in seeing the truck firsthand, keep an eye on the dealership lots at Friendly Ford for its arrival!

2015 Ford F-150 Gets Streamlined

Ford has gone to great lengths to ensure that the new 2015 Ford F-150 is streamlined to be the most aerodynamic and fuel efficient F-150 ever.

Ford F-150 gets streamlined

2015 Ford F-150

The exterior designer of the F-150, Brad Richards, said that Ford wants every model to have better aerodynamics than its predecessor.  However, streamlining was especially important for the 2015 F-150. “The aerodynamics were much more at the forefront on this launch,” says Richards. “It was a huge challenge as a designer to try to make the trucks tougher-looking, but more efficient.”

Richards was surprised while designing to find that the lines he had feared would need sculpting ended up making the truck more efficient. In fact, things customers look for in trucks like the crisp corners and wider tailgate panels would actually help to make a big difference in fuel efficiency.

The aluminum-bodied truck took two years to design, and customers will be happy to see that the tuck still looks tough and the aerodynamic details make the F-150 look more modern.

The 2015 F-150 spent more time in wind tunnels than any other Ford truck, and For expects it to get 30 mph highway. Check out the new F-150 at Friendly Ford now!

Ford Introduces 2.7-Liter EcoBoost V6 Engine for New F-150

2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine

2015 Ford F-150

When it comes to finding the perfect pickup truck, it’s important to find the perfect combination of versatility and power without sacrificing fuel economy. The new, lighter 2015 F-150 is the answer to truck lovers’ prayers with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine providing the new aluminum-bodied truck with impressive power and hauling capability, along with great fuel efficiency.

Joining the 2.7-liter EcoBoost as an engine option is a 3.5-liter V6, which churns out 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, while being able to tow up to 7,600 pounds when properly equipped—all with a V6.

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines—the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT—set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

Set to arrive at dealerships this fall, the all-new pickup trucks are a must see, so make sure to keep an eye on Friendly Ford for their arrival!

2015 F-150 Power Wheels is Coming Soon!

Do you have a son or daughter who loves trucks? Soon, you will be able to purchase them their very own 2015 F-150 to match yours. The F-150 Power Wheels is about 4 feet long and can seat 2 children under 130 lbs. The toy truck is powered by a 12-volt battery and production on the mini truck started back in 2013. It can travel at speeds up to 5 MPH forward and 2.5 MPH in reverse. You will have the ability to slow the truck down and set it at a max speed of 2.5 MPH if that makes you more comfortable.

Kids will also enjoy the ability to take the truck off-road as it has wheels that feature “monster traction.” What this means is that your son or daughter will be able to drive on grass with ease. The F-150 Power Wheels will be available at the end of the year (just in time for Christmas) at Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us and is set to sell for $359.99. The F-150 Power Wheels will replace the Raptor SVT version out now.

Will you be purchasing an F-150 Power Wheels Truck for your kid(s)? Check out the video from Ford below to learn more!

Want to test an all-new F-150?

want to test an all-new F-150

Ford F-150

If you are a fan of the F-150 and love to put things to the ultimate test, you should enter Ford’s “You Test” campaign. Ford just launched a giveaway that could put you behind the wheel of a 2015 F-150 before nearly anyone else. To enter the contest, visit BuiltToughTest.com and let Ford know how you would test the toughness of the F-150.

Ford will select a pool of five winners and tape them doing their own personal toughness test in the 2015 Ford F-150. The videos will then be posted on Ford’s YouTube page for everyone to enjoy. “We prove every day our trucks are Built Ford Tough – now we’re asking truck customers to help us prove it too,” said Ford F-150’s Marketing Manager, Eric Peterson.

If you want to test an all-new F-150, submit your entry by May 31st. Winners will be selected by September 1st and shortly thereafter they will be putting the F-150 to the ultimate test.

How would you test the toughness of the 2015 Ford F-150? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to visit BuiltToughTest.com to officially submit your answer for a chance to win!

2015 Ford F-150 Features an Aluminum Body

2015 Ford-150

2015 Ford F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150 offers drivers a lighter, more refined body because it uses aluminum instead of the standard metals used before. The use of aluminum has saved the F-150 700 pounds and has thus increased efficiency and increased dent resistance.

Although the efficiencies and dent resistance will add value to the truck, consumers and dealerships are worried about the costs associated with fixing a largely aluminum truck. Ford says not to worry! They recently announced that they will be paying 20% of what shops will spend on training and gear to fix the 2015 F-150.

Ford Service & Repairs

Get Service and Repairs at Friendly Ford

Ford is hoping to move more of their vehicles toward the use of aluminum for added efficiencies. Their investment in repairs definitely shows how serious they are about moving in said direction. The F-150 continues to be Ford’s best-selling vehicle and Ford has made a commitment to continue that tradition with its all new F-150.

Ford dealers will be ready to help you with any repairs as soon as the trucks start being delivered during the second half of the year! If you are in need of any service or repairs, feel free to give Friendly Ford’s service department a call at: 866-928-7905.