Car and Driver Names Ford F-150 Best Full-Size Pickup

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The pickup truck segment has a ton of popular contenders, especially in the American market, so it can be difficult to pin down the best of the best. That’s why Car and Driver made your job easier by naming the Ford F-150 the best full-size pickup. Offering consumers an affordable blend of sophistication and capability, the F-150 is a great truck for drivers who want a bit of everything without sacrificing the toughness associated with the full-size segment.

Car and Driver cites the Ford F-150’s incredible power and smooth ride as a major reason for its selection – the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood cranks out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful in its segment. Plus, the inclusion of an exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission puts it at the forefront of innovation. However, even without the extra bells and whistles, the $27,735 base model can’t be ignored thanks to its combo of upscale refinement and capable performance.

There’s a reason the Ford F-150 is the best full-size pickup, and that’s because it offers all kinds of standard and available features. With all the additional equipment, the F-150 easily swerves into luxury territory. Don’t forget about the all-new F-150 Raptor either, with its cutting-edge off-road capability.

The F-150 truly has something for everyone.

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!

2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition Is a Baseball Fan’s Dream

baseballThe Kansas City Royals are returning to Major League Baseball as the league champions and Ford is celebrating in their own way. Fan Marc Lassalle emailed Ford after the team took the championship with a suggestion for a limited edition vehicle. The Detroit-based automaker eventually invited him to join the company’s executives at the Kansas City Assembly Plant for the unveiling of the Ford F-150 MVP Edition.

The Ford F-150 has been built in Kansas City since 1957. The last time the Royals won the championship in 1985, Ford responded with an MVP edition of the Ranger.

Based on the XLT trim, buyers in Kansas City can choose between white and paint. The truck comes with polished rocker panels and special badging, among other cosmetic additions.

The special edition F-150 comes at the perfect time given the Midwest Ford dealers have just renewed their sponsorship of the Royals for the 2016 season.

Only 300 Ford F-150 MPV Editions will hit the streets. Once those models—60% of which are “flame blue” and 40% are “Oxford white”—are gone, the model will go out of production.

While we here at Friendly Ford are proud to see Ford creating special models to celebrate sporting events close to the company’s heart!

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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!

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!

Ford F-150 Takes the Cake in 2013 Light Duty Challenge

Ford’s wildly popular F-150 pickup truck just received some pretty high praise from the editors of both PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine. It was just named the winner of the 2013 Light-Duty Challenge. Pitted against five other competitors, including some 2014 models, the 2013 Ford F-150 reigns as champion and is being recognized for its leading capability and performance.

“In our performance-oriented competitive events, the Ford half-ton was dominating,” says Mark Williams, editor of PickupTrucks.com. “It finished in either first or second place in 11 of 13 events. If this were the Olympics, there would be a new Ford F-150 on a cereal box.”

The vehicles were put through some rigorous performance tests that included 0-60 mph acceleration, fuel economy, towing, overall handling, and braking. Ford beat out the competition by scoring the best overall marks for those categories. The 2013 Ford F-150 features up to 11,300 pounds of towing capability along with a best-in-class payload of 3,120 pounds.

“The results of this test show why F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in America for more than 30 years,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “We know our light-duty customers are looking for a pickup truck that delivers the leading combination of towing, payload, horsepower, torque and fuel economy, and this shootout proves F-150 continues to lead the pack.”

The Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck in America for 36 years and best-selling vehicle in America for 31 consecutive years. Come out to Friendly Ford and check out the award-winning 2013 Ford F-150 for yourself!