Check Out the All-New Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

Serious work calls for a serious truck, and the all-new 2017 Ford F-250 is the best of the best. It follows in the footsteps of the F-150 by using high-strength, military-grade aluminum body panels. However, it is stronger and smarter than ever.

The new truck starts with a high-strength steel frame and adds stronger axles, springs, and suspension to be the toughest and strongest Ford Super Duty truck yet.

“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”

2017 Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

Along with its superior strength, the Ford F-250, including 16 class-exclusive available features, including adaptive cruise control, LED lighting, an in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system, and more.

Buyers can choose from two, more powerful engines this year. The familiar 6.2-liter V8 delivers more power with 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. And, the available 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 has also been updated and is rated at a phenomenal 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque.

Experience the all-new Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford today. We think once you take it out for a test drive, no other truck will do.

Ford Revolutionizes F-150 Truck Production Using Recycled Aluminum

The Aluminum-Alloy body of the Ford F-150 makes it one of the toughest vehicles on the road today. However, the use of aluminum doesn’t just make the F-150 tougher. It also makes Ford’s signature truck more environmentally-conscious as well.

According to a recent Ford press release, Ford can create 30,000 Ford F-150 trucks a month with recycled aluminum.

2016 Ford F-150

2016 Ford F-150

Ford recycles up to 20 million pounds of aluminum a month during the production of the Ford F-150 fleet of vehicles. That aluminum is then repurposed to help create even more F-150s.

In order to recycle up to 20 million pounds of aluminum, Ford uses a closed-loop manufacturing system to reuse the aluminum that is left over from previous manufacturing.

This use of recycled aluminum helps to avoid 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions that usually result from the production of aluminum in the automotive industry.

For a truck that’s tough, affordable, and environmentally friendly, the answer is clear: the Ford F-150!

Ford Introduces Ford F-150 Limited

Ford is aiming for the high end of the automotive market with the unveiling of a new luxury version F-150 pickup. Consumers in the United States have been snapping up trucks and SUVs in the midst of lower gas prices, leaving fuel efficient coupes and sedans in the rearview mirror. The F-150 Platinum will soon take a step down from the top of the F-150 ladder to make way for this new trim.

2015 Ford F-150

Current Platinum Trim Interior

The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited will head to dealer lots later this year. One of the new features practically explains the amount of luxury within the pickup in itself: multi-contour massaging seats.

Fifty percent of Ford’s pickup sales in the month of June consisted of the three current premium models, the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Lariat tops $40,000 while the current top-of-the-line Platinum can hit upwards of $60,000 depending on options.

The F-150 Limited will also top $60,000 in answer to consumer’s high end demands. The pickup will pack a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under the hood. Fuel economy will sit at an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 hwy mpg.

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling model in the United States since 1982.

We at Friendly Ford are waiting on our toes for the latest in luxury pickups to arrive!

Ford Takes Top Honor as Best Overall Truck Brand

When a single vehicle boasts at least 30 awards and accolades within one model year, it makes you sit up and take notice. Such is the story of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. The truck’s 30th award is earned in collaboration with the F-250 and F-350 as Ford was named Best Overall Truck Brand in the Kelley Blue Book® 2015 Brand Image Awards.

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-Series Wins Best Overall Truck Brand in KBB’s 2015 Brand Image Awards

In order to determine the winners of the KBB Brand Image Award, data is taken from KBB’s Brand Watch Study, which is able to calculate opinions of new-car shoppers as they research for a new vehicle. Thirteen vehicles are named winners in seven categories based on their scores in twelve factors like exterior styling, affordability, fuel efficiency, prestige/sophistication, etc. The Best Overall Truck Brand award is the only category in which only one car is chosen as opposed to one mainstream model and one luxury.

This is Ford’s sixth time winning the award out of the seven times KBB has named a winner.

Here’s what the KBB experts had to say about Ford. “The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the country or more than 30 years, so the fact that KBB.com visitors would name it the Best Overall Truck Brand isn’t surprising. But Ford isn’t taking its fortunes for granted. The boldly recast 2015 Ford F-150 boasts aluminum-intensive architecture that saves as much as 700 pounds and delivers a subsequent increase in fuel economy.”

If you want more proof than the general consensus of 12,000-plus new-car shoppers, stop by Friendly Ford today to test drive Ford’s trucks for yourself.

Ford EcoBoost Challenge Is Taking Over Chicago May 9th

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Available at our Chicago Area Dealership

Are you ready to drive? Ford is putting its lineup of cars and trucks toe-to-toe against the competition—and you get to be the judge! In the ultimate test drive experience, Ford is laying down the gauntlet and preparing to show Chicago why Ford is America’s most popular brand.

The exclusive EcoBoost Challenge Course is coming to Arlington Heights May 9th and with it is your chance to steer their cars through courses set up to demonstrate their capabilities in their natural environment: the open road. On hand will be the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, the Expedition, the all-new Mustang, Escape, and more.

Drivers like you can test their mettle on the Fiesta ST Reaction Time Challenge Course or open the throttle on the all-new Mustang in the Mustang Drive Course. There will also be the 2015 F-Series trucks available for test-drives at the event.

Limited numbers of test drivers can be given keys for the Ford Ecoboost Challenge, so sign up before it’s too late. Remember, you can also always swing by Friendly Ford where our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right Ford for your lifestyle.

Could Ford’s ECOBEAST Patent Signal Something Ferocious on the Way?

Ford's ECOBEAST Patent

Ford’s current V6 EcoBoost Engine

What does Ford have up its sleeve?

That’s the question many are asking, including us at Friendly Ford, upon news that the automaker trademarked the term “ECOBEAST.” If that sounds like a reference to Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology, you’re on the right track. The patent request was filed under “Automobiles and automobile engines.”

What do you think Ford’s ECOBEAST patent could mean? Many believe it’s a high-output EcoBoost engine, even surpassing the highest-capacity 3.5-liter version currently offered. But why would a bigger engine require an entirely new name? Perhaps this will be an entire new line of engines.

Hopefully it’s not a red herring set loose by Ford to distract us all before the Detroit Auto Show, which might have something to do with the next-generation SVT Raptor on the way.

We’d like some answers, but trademark filing doesn’t indicate a projected timeline, so Ford could either be in its final stages before debut or initial development.  Still, it sounds like our favorite automaker has some exciting ideas in mind.

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.

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!