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    Ford Releases Fuel Economy Numbers on 2015 F-150


    • Finally! Fuel Economy Numbers for the 2015 F-150 Are Out


    Ford has finally spilled the beans on fuel economy for the 2015 F-150 engine lineup for two-wheel and four-wheel drive variations. The fuel-economy numbers do put Ford in a good place for most half-ton gasoline competitors. But the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel still rules the roost in overall fuel economy with 20 City/28 Highway/23 Combined. Still Ford has an argument that the F-150 is the better value.

    "Equipped with 2.7-liter EcoBoost, the all-new F-150 is a better value than even diesel-powered pickups. For instance, the $495 option on the Ford is significantly less than the $4,470 3.0-liter Ram EcoDiesel option.

    In addition, with diesel prices currently 76 cents per gallon more at the pump, each 3.0-liter Ram EcoDiesel fill-up costs over $24 more than the new 2.7-liter F-150. That means at today’s fuel prices Ram EcoDiesel owners are not able to offset the additional cost of their EcoDiesel engines with fuel savings."

    Here are the official numbers from the EPA

    • 4x2 F-150 3.5L V6: 18 City/25 Highway/20 Combined
    • 4x4 F-150 3.5L V6: 17 City/23 Highway/19 Combined
    • 4x2 F-150 2.7L V6 EcoBoost: 19 City/26 Highway/22 Combined
    • 4x4 F-150 2.7L V6 EcoBoost: 18 City/23 Highway/20 Combined
    • 4x2 F-150 5.0L V8: 15 City/22 Highway/18 Combined
    • 4x4 F-150 5.0L V8: 15 City/21 Highway/17 Combined
    • 4x2 F-150 3.5L V6 EcoBoost: 17 City/24 Highway/20 Combined
    • 4x4 F-150 3.5L V6 EcoBoost: 17 City/23 Highway/19 Combined

    Source: Ford

    Press Release is on Page 2


    FORD'S BLUEPRINT FOR SUSTAINABILITY ADVANCES TO NEXT LEVEL; NEW F-150 LINEUP INCLUDES HIGHEST EPA-ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS AMONG GAS-POWERED PICKUPS

    • The new 2015 F-150 lineup – featuring the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150s ever – now includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market
    • When equipped with available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, new F-150 4x2 has EPA-estimated 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway and 22 mpg Combined fuel economy ratings
    • 2015 F-150 can tow as much as 1,110 pounds more, haul as much as 530 pounds more, has a 5 percent to 16 percent better power-to-weight ratio and new F-150 EPA fuel economy ratings are 5 to 29 percent better than current models, depending on engine

    Ford advances to the next level in providing customers with more fuel-efficient vehicles, as the new 2015 F-150 lineup includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup sold in America.

    Up to 700 pounds lighter than current models, the new F-150 4x2 with Ford's 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway and 22 mpg Combined. That is 5 percent to 29 percent better than current F-150 models, depending on engine and driveline configuration on the combined cycle.

    "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 improved performance is enabled by saving weight through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys plus smart engineering. The weight savings not only improve fuel efficiency, they improve the new F-150's capability and performance. Combined with EcoBoost engine technology, the F-150 now tows as much as 1,100 more pounds and hauls as much as 530 pounds more than today's model with a 5 percent to 16 percent better power-to-weight ratio.

    Ford is producing trucks and now has started shipping the all-new pickups to its dealers.

    Delivering Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability

    The F-150's fuel economy leadership pays off two key elements of Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability – making high volumes of internal combustion engines as efficient as possible through EcoBoost technology and achieving substantial vehicle weight savings.

    Introduced in 2007, the Blueprint is a plan of near-, mid- and long-term product and technology actions that incorporate fuel-saving technologies into the company's vehicles, while continuing development of breakthrough technologies.

    Today, Ford has 2 million EcoBoost engines on the road in cars, utilities and trucks.

    EcoBoost technology was first offered for F-150 customers in early 2011 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. To date, Ford has sold 600,000 F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines, helping Ford customers save an estimated 68 million gallons of gasoline.

    New truck, even more engine choices

    Ford offers new F-150 customers four engine choices: the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop, a new standard 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine, a more powerful available 5.0-liter V8 Ti-VCT engine and an available premium 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

    These trucks represent a substantial improvement over trucks of the past. Owners of seven- or eight-year-old trucks who are in the market for a new truck may be surprised by the impressive capability of the 2015 F-150. For example, returning owners of 2008 model year F-150s could see EPA-estimated fuel economy rating improvements of up to 43 percent and power-to-weight increases of up to 46 percent, while towing could improve as much as 3,900 pounds and payload could improve as much as 1,390 pounds, depending on engine and configuration.

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    I garronTEE that tiny milled 2.7L Pepsi can truck ain't gonna get the advertised fuel mileage.  I will stick with the Colorado 3.6L, at 17/24, with added maneuverability and none of the pitfalls of aluminum construction (except for the hood, a non-load bearing panel).  I do believe the Chevy will get closer to the advertised MPG, based on history.

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    Considering that Ford owners have been posting that they have NOT gotten the advertised MPG of the Ecoboost V6 on the F150, and that Ford has been having to re-publish their MPG for auto's, I suspect this will be close but clearly not accurate.

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    Gas prices will go down to an average of $2.50/gal until I take delivery of my new midsize pickup truck.  The next day they will shoot up to $7.00/gal and remain there until I sell said truck and buy a Volt v.2.  At which point, gas prices will plunge to $1.75/gal.

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    Gas prices will go down to an average of $2.50/gal until I take delivery of my new midsize pickup truck.  The next day they will shoot up to $7.00/gal and remain there until I sell said truck and buy a Volt v.2.  At which point, gas prices will plunge to $1.75/gal.

     

    If we time it right, you get your Colorado the same day I get my Avalanche, maybe we can spike gas prices to $14 a gallon.... if we play the market right, we can make it work in our favor!

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    Show of hands, Who here thinks that gas prices will remain this low? 

    Probably a similar amount of people who said it'd never again get as low as it is now. EVR.

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    Here is the deal on the Ford.

     

    Gas prices will stay low for a while as there is more going on than just fracking. The Saudi rulers are holding oil down at their expense to hurt the Russian economy as the Russian friends in the middle east are not the friends of Saudi Arabia. Now the King Abdulla is on a respirator that could change things depending on how the family deals with changes if needed. One really needs to learn how the House of Saudi is made up and he power struggle there on the two sides.

    But back to Ford. Low gas prices will not hurt them. What will hurt Ford is the fact GM and Ram can under cut their priced by a lot now that they are playing with a truck with a much smaller profit margin. Don't think that is lost on the others.

    As for MPG they did not gain much as the Ford was already the heaviest truck in the segment. the 700 pound drop was from their own model not GM as the Chevy was already 400 pounds lighter as it was comparing most models. 

     

    Now I do expect Ford to do a great job of marketing as they have been. Ford has nearly convinced the market that they were the first with  DI and Turbocharging and they will do the same with the Aluminum body even though how many other car maker have been using it for how long?

     

    The others will also have to move to aluminum but they will gain back the advantage as they will be lighter then.

     

    I still predict that the way trucks are sold will change. GM has already come out with the larger mid size truck and I expect Ford to follow soon. These will be the new trucks marketed at the people in a half ton that do not need the Kenworth sized truck. For those who need the larger trucks they will be shown the way to the 3/4 ton that will not have the same fuel restrictions on them. We are already now seeing many of the much over looked 3/4 trucks now getting Denali and King Ranch trim that ten years ago would never had happened.

     

    Killing mass and moving to a heavier platform is all that will save the truck line as even the new Ford is well short of the new regulations that are coming. The same will apply to the SUV segment.

     

    I also expect a smaller truck to arrive in some form. Yes smaller than the Colorado.

    One wild car I am wondering about is this. If there are a lot of Aluminum trucks around I wonder how many chop shops will taken them and scrap the bodies and sell the bits. It is a good way to get money and to destroy the evidence. Just something to consider for those looking to profit from this new model.  We already have people stealing wire from power stations at their own risk as many die from it. Also I have seen where they break into houses to steal the plumbing or in one case the siding right off the house one night.

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    ^ At the yard I go to, currently light steel is .09/lb & aluminum is .58/lb. That means a -say- steel truck fender is worth around $2 in steel & $11 in aluminum as scrap (same 20-lb chunk).  It's worth FAR MORE as a truck part than $11. Chop shops would do MUCH better selling parts in a whole bunch of places rather than just scrapping it, esp with the difficulty in repairing AL bodies. I don't see it as a concern.

     

    The scumbag house thieves have zero overhead, and copper is about $2.50/lb. No real correlation between them and chop shops.

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    Here is the deal on the Ford.

     

    Gas prices will stay low for a while as there is more going on than just fracking. The Saudi rulers are holding oil down at their expense to hurt the Russian economy as the Russian friends in the middle east are not the friends of Saudi Arabia. Now the King Abdulla is on a respirator that could change things depending on how the family deals with changes if needed. One really needs to learn how the House of Saudi is made up and he power struggle there on the two sides.

     

    Saudi's tactics are to hurt us not Russia.

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    Here is the deal on the Ford.

     

    Gas prices will stay low for a while as there is more going on than just fracking. The Saudi rulers are holding oil down at their expense to hurt the Russian economy as the Russian friends in the middle east are not the friends of Saudi Arabia. Now the King Abdulla is on a respirator that could change things depending on how the family deals with changes if needed. One really needs to learn how the House of Saudi is made up and he power struggle there on the two sides.

     

    Saudi's tactics are to hurt us not Russia.

    Now Now... can't the Saudi's be killing two birds with one stone?

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    Here is the deal on the Ford.

     

    Gas prices will stay low for a while as there is more going on than just fracking. The Saudi rulers are holding oil down at their expense to hurt the Russian economy as the Russian friends in the middle east are not the friends of Saudi Arabia. Now the King Abdulla is on a respirator that could change things depending on how the family deals with changes if needed. One really needs to learn how the House of Saudi is made up and he power struggle there on the two sides.

     

    Saudi's tactics are to hurt us not Russia.

    Now Now... can't the Saudi's be killing two birds with one stone?

     

     

    Possible, but with ruble in rubles, and US exporting directly into Saudi's traditional partners, it is more secondary than primary.

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    How is it hurting us and not the Russians?

     

    Our Economy has boomed since the oil prices have dropped. Cheaper oil prices help our economy much more as our economy is not solely based on Oil only.

    Now on the other hand Putin put all his money on oil as other than Smirnoff and Caviar they really have little to offer than selling Nuclear Plants to Iran.

     

    Russia is a one dimensional economy and for the greatest part Russia is a third world country with Nukes. Russia is all about what ever they can dig up, pump out, distill or cut from a fish.  

     

    They have managed their controlled capitalism much more poorly than China.

    Saudis are out to protect them selves and for the most part will remain more loyal to us than most others as there are few others they trust. The problem is the Saudi royal family. One part is Pro American and the other half is not. Should that ever change it would have devastating effects on us. Too few people know or understand how Saudi Arabia functions and the story of the internal family strife. This is very important to know as even in one family and one you can have pro and anti American sediments.

    Same goes for Iran as most of the people who live there love Americans. The people who run their government are the folks who hate anyone that is not Muslim. This is the paradox to Iran as It is the ruling minority that are our enemies and they hide behind a country of people that have no ill will toward us. Yet when they rose up a few years back we left them hanging I am sad to say.

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    It is hurting us because it is making oil drilling in the US, which has boomed tremendously over the past 5 years, less profitable.  One of the major drillers is already in serious financial trouble. 

     

    The US surpassed Saudi Arabia in oil production this year, but we did it by drilling lots of new wells that were profitable at $100+ a barrel.  The Saudis aren't happy about this and are helping to push oil to $60 a barrel so that fewer wells get drilled in the US (or anywhere else for that matter).  Saudi oil is relatively easy to get to and doesn't require as expensive a drilling process as US oil, it can still be profitable at lower price per barrel. The Saudis also have lots of wells already drilled that will continue to pump for years because the reserves are so large.

     

    As Z points out, Russia is just collateral damage. 

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    Yes it has hurt the drilling industry for now but it is not forever. Many of these wells will get drilled and capped till the price comes back. Having a family involved with gas and oil wells I have seen this before. Also our economy is not all about oil only.

     

    The US economy though is diverse and insulated much more than just a one dimensional issue like oil. Oil is up we pump more oil. Oil goes down we gain much more in consumer spending and the rest of the economy grows. While some will try to claim the growth of the US economy to their fiscal policies in Washington it is mostly all due to lower oil prices and more spending by the US consumers since they are saving money at the pump.

     

    Russia on the other hand only has Gas and Oil. They have so little industry to amounts to much. They can offer technical advice or build Nuclear plants for other countries to help pay the bills as they have. They also can sell weapons as that is all they really have much of. Companies are not fully trusting of Putin and are now looking to stop growth or pull out of Russia just as GM has announced.

    Japan is in recession and they are in trouble borrowing money. The older people are not spending and the younger people have no money to spend. They are in for some tough times ahead.

     

    China is going to move to single digit growth around 6 Percent. While that may sound good for come it is far down from their double digit growth.

     

    Europe should fare decent with the lower oil and gas prices too. No major expansion but it should ease some Euro tension.

     

    Brazil is going to struggle with dropping oil but they will survive. They always do.

    Russia is going to go into a recession. The real question is what will Putin do about it. He is not Gorbachev and is very old school Soviet. He will not take this squeeze laying down. I worry that he may strike back in some way or through someone like Iran on Saudi Arabia.  

     

    The real issue is The Saudi Royal Family head is on a respirator due to pneumonia at 90 plus years old. If we lose him who takes over? We think we know but till it happens and other outside forces could come into play. There is a lot of family tension now as the family is losing money. While they can handle it some within are not happy about the losses. This is what we need to watch as this could be a real issue if there is a family head death. The king has had health issue in the past but at his age they become even more critical.

     

    Saudi is the anchor for the middle east and OPEC. If we lose them as a supporter in the region the whole thing could collapse over there.

     

    I know you live near Pittsburg and I live in eastern Ohio. we both know what is going on here drilling wise. There is little let up. As I have stated often they drill but they just don't pump till the price is right. The same will happen in South Dakota. It is not like they forget about the oil they either drill or map it and when the time is right they go back and get it.

     

    With the fighting over fracking in some areas I do not expect them to let up much in fear the laws would change and prevent them from drilling later.

     

    As of now the lower oil prices will help our economy. My only fear is what will Putin do? He should not be trusted nor disregarded. We are in a position of weakness with him now with our recent reset policy but as our economy strengthens it will help us if the need arises. We really need to get missiles back to Poland and reclaim what we gave up for nothing in return.  But that would be very difficult now.

     

    Russia is not collateral damage as they are the wounded animal in the corner that is looking for a way to reclaim it's place as a global power calling the shots. Right now they are just a third world country with enough nukes to wipe out the world so many times over. They are looking for leverage in the middle east and with oil. The oil has failed but they are still in the middle east and could do something that could reset the game.

     

    This is a very complex issue and even in a lengthy post [sorry] have only touched on a little of all that is in play.

     

    The real scary part here is so few people in America really understand all that is going on in the world. Hell most have no clue even what is going on here. The news only wants to report Al Sharpton but yet we have such bigger issues going on out there.

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    Natural gas drilling is different from crude oil drilling. And the natural gas market is different than the crude oil market.  The Saudis really don't care about NG.

     

     

     

    Many of these wells will get drilled and capped till the price comes back.

     

    It depends highly on the lease structure. A number of the more expensive wells will not get drilled. I've had too much wine in me to remember who it is, but it was just in the news recently that one of the biggest drilling companies in the US is on the financial brink because of these prices.  If they go under or through a BK, a lot of wells won't get drilled.  Of course, that is the intention of Saudi Arabia. 

     

    Let me be clear, Saudi Arabia is not trying to hurt our economy... they are trying to force our drillers out of business.  

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    Saudis are playing a gamble with assumptions that near $1T of cash in hands and "capitalistic" operations of the US companies will drive competition out of business. To me it is not economic but strategic attack on our country. Of course I want gas prices to be low, but not too low to hurt our country the other way around.

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    What you are missing is that Saudi Arabia depends on us to prevent the radical Islam from taking out the royal family,  This is why we can park our air force there, this is why we can put our army there and this is why they in a back door method have supported Israel when they oppose Iran.

     

    The Saudi government is more worried about what is going on in their own back yard than anything here. Their oil will always have value and they know they can control the cost at a flick of a switch.

    The fact remains so little of their oil comes to the United States and there is always a large growing market for their product in China. The only place we use it here is in the East Coast state that touch water.

     

    All they have to do is change production and the numbers can go up and down at will.  Right now they are not hurting us and the Russians are on the verge of economic collapse. Just sit back and see what happened. This is more about Russia in Iran and Syria than anything else.

     

    The only thing Saudi's fear is Iran/Russia and or any radicals supported by them or around them.

     

    The last hand Saudi's will bite will be Americans at least with the present family leader.

     

    Do you realize how much money they have invested here? They would only hurt themselves in the long run if they do us harm.

    WW III started a long time ago and it is being fought economically. War is never pretty even an economic one. Right now the Russian's are the ones misbehaving in the world and on the verge of doing some really dangerous stuff. Take their money away and it may limit them from doing much as they can only go so long with out money.   

     

    This is one I am confident time will show.

    As for now with the low oil prices our economy will boom this year do to great consumer spending. The automaker may sell as many cars this year as they ever have. Other industries will thrive too.

     

    If the oil goes back up we will just continue what we started. You have to understand our economy is much more diverse than most out there.

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    What you are missing is that Saudi Arabia depends on us to prevent the radical Islam from taking out the royal family,  ....

     

    Again, we are not talking about economy. We are talking about strategic targeting of US. Our economy may be diverse, but Saudi economy is not. So a direct threat to its staple source will mean direct attack on our oil production. If our oil producers start faltering and file bankruptcies, it will not only mean less competition but also mean cheap companies for international investors to buy. Furthermore, you agreed with support of GM bailout because of cascading effect on the economy. You think bankrupting our own oil industry will not have a cascading effect?

     

    Saudis are probably the most radical of the Islamic states. And it was in our best interests to protect the kings, not other way around. Again you know why? Because we did not have production capability and we were energy dependent. Remember Bush and even Barrack going to kiss Saudi feet to increase production? And Saudis basically told us to go fly kite. Well in 5 years the tide has turned and we should be proud of ourselves for at least making serious efforts for energy independence.

     

    Yes, US didn't get the most of the oil from Saudi, but when you protect the country with most oil and most yet dubious influence in the OPEC, you are controlling the production and supply. Supporting Israel back door has nothing to do with our interest. It is a sectarian fight against Shiite by the Sunni, which Saudis do not want in their own backyard. There have been times when Iran and Saudis will be one against Israel. Again it is the other way around, Saudis are a little apprehensive of Israel's capabilities. It would rather kill snake using Israel's stick. Saudi Air force has F16s filled up to the gills. Yet, why did not they launch attacks on ISIS?

     

    The reason Saudis do not want the oil supply to go down is because last time such thing happened, Saudi Arabia was the only country which curtailed the oil production and the other OPEC members rebelled. Saudis lost market share then, which they really have not recovered. Saudis would rather flood the market this time around and keep the stakes rather than other way around. That time Saudis were almost bankrupt, this time they have cash to play with.

     

    Your argument of Saudis investing here just turns against you. Because if US was profitable, then the return on investments on Saudi capital will be more also. So it is in Saudi's interest to have a booming US economy, which includes oil industry.

     

    As far as Russian misbehavior is concerned. Again you are incorrect on that one. Russia only attacked when (a) Russia's only warm water port in Syria was threatened. Syrian rebels were openly supported by US led forces, guess what we made a U-Turn in less than a year after drawing that Red Line. You know why? Because the very rebels we were trying to support turned against us. Now Syria is a cluster. (b) NATO's expansion ambitions were a little too ambitious to hurtle directly into Ukraine and threaten Russia. Yeah right the Ukrainian President, which NATO installed was democratically elected. Russia did not misbehave we were playing passive-aggressive politics that Putin called bluff on. An unstable Russia is not in our best interests. You know why? Because unstable Russia means 10,000 tons of enriched Uranium waiting to be bought by a highest bidder from middle-east.

     

    Again, where did I say that oil should go back up to where we started? The reason we did not get boost in economy was $150 a barrel oil. What is a threshold for a stable economy? $70-90 a barrel not $40-50 when all the investment in infrastructure for fracking and drilling goes to waste. And yes you and I paid for it. Back in 2006 it was in best interest to keep prices of crude low for our economic progress. Not anymore.

     

    Of course I want gas prices to be low, but not too low to hurt our country the other way around.

     

    This topic will need to be moved to political section soon.

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    Back to the Thermite Ford F150.

     

    Looking at other forums, I still do not see Ford Pickup Owners getting the MPG out of these Eco engines even with turbo's. Thieves will find the Aluminum auto's to probably be very enticing to steel, strip down and if they cannot sell the parts at 10 cents on the dollar will shred it to recycle it.

     

    I do not see a big gain long term for ford on these trucks as I expect to have major failure of the truck for businesses early on till they truly figure out a way to make these aluminum trucks handle real world work. Plus if the Aluminum thing was truly the right way to go, why not do the HD line then.

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    I am just going to let this go here but I do recommend you read up on the Saudi family and how there are 15000 members but only around 2000-3000 that hold much power and money. This helps make for many not friendly to America and makes the 2,000 nervous.

    Also the 2,000 buy the loyalty with the money they pay out inside their country to all that live there. This has prevented the Arab Spring there but they know they still need to be on their toes. Right now the higher oil will only take out the minor players but the big players will survive and bounce back with no issue.

     

    Thanks for the debate!  I will move on so the native do not become restless. LOL!

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    There will be big long term gains here as truck design advances and makes better use of the aluminum in the future. Right now this truck will only establish the path to the better use with new ways of building trucks and how they are designed. Right now they really just changed the make up of the metal but have not fully engineer it to its full use.

    GM will have their own in the near future and we will also see in a future Colorado too. With fuel regulations as they are there is little choice other than to lose mass out of the trucks and SUV in the half ton class. The only way you lose mass is lighter content and smaller size. Both GM and Ford are heading to the same place.

     

    Now as Fords marketing is playing it they did it for towing and other reasons as much as MPG. But the truth is if there were no standards as we have coming this deal would not have happened.

     

    The key here is Ford Marketing as they are playing this like it was something they invented. In the end this is just one more aluminum bodied vehicle on the market and at the price point they are at now it is not really all that cheap either.

     

    Ford Convinced many with the Ecotboost marketing they created the DI Turbo engines and in the mind of many consumers that is what they believe. But yet Audi, VW and GM all have had them for years. GM really dropped the ball in 08 in not marketing the Ecotec Turbo as it was and is still a great engine but yet so few people know or understand it. I understand in 08 the money was not there to market it but today what is the excuse other than poor marketing.

    The key here is while GM may have a good engine line up Ford marketing has taken their lunch and eaten it buy doing such a good marketing job with the ecoboost. They not only got people to buy it but they also got them to pay much more for it over the V8. PT Barnum would be proud.

     

    I will admit though the Turbo engines with their flat torque curves feel much more powerful. I just got a buddy to buy a Ecotec turbo and he is in love with it. Keep in mind he also owns  1970 455 Old Cutlass convertible his father bought new and he has in street trim able to hit 12 sec flat in the quarter.

     

    You just have to spend a little time with one to really find out what the allure is.

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      “If you look at our past, there’s been some nameplates that have dropped off and other nameplates have been added. Given where the market is going, the demands for capital investment and the regulatory changes coming at us, we’ll continue to always look at the total portfolio and see where’s segmentation going and where should we be phasing out,” said Hinrichs.
      We think the Taurus is one of the vehicles on the chopping block since sales of it have been falling for the past couple of years.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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      As more consumers head over to crossovers and SUVs, automakers find themselves making changes to their lineup. Case in point is Ford which is considering dropping some of their nameplates because of the change in demand.
      “Over time, there should be some pruning of the portfolio to support growth in other areas. Clearly we’re going to invest in growing the SUV portfolio. We certainly intend to have a strong car base as well; we don’t know where the market’s going to go. But there will be some pruning over time as there should be in a nameplate and portfolio,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas.
      Ford's car sales are down 14 percent through November with sedans being the big losers.
      Fiesta: Down 26 percent year-to-date Focus: Down 17 percent YTD Taurus: Down 11 percent YTD Fusion: Down 10 percent YTD Hinrichs didn't say which nameplates could be cut, but mentioned that former popular vehicles such as the Ranger were dropped after demand fell.
      “If you look at our past, there’s been some nameplates that have dropped off and other nameplates have been added. Given where the market is going, the demands for capital investment and the regulatory changes coming at us, we’ll continue to always look at the total portfolio and see where’s segmentation going and where should we be phasing out,” said Hinrichs.
      We think the Taurus is one of the vehicles on the chopping block since sales of it have been falling for the past couple of years.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      When Ford introduced the next-generation Fiesta earlier this week, there was one model missing; the hot ST. This caused a number of people to wonder if there would be a new Fiesta ST. Good news, there will be Fiesta ST coming. But it will be awhile before we see it.
      Dutch publication AutoRAI spoke with Tyrone Johnson, development boss of Ford ST and RS models. Johnson revealed that the Fiesta ST would debut in late 2017, with production beginning a year later. Details about the next Fiesta ST are scarce, but Johnson did hint that the next ST would not see a major increase in power. Instead, the focus will be on improving the fun-factor. We wouldn't be surprised if a six-speed manual remains the only transmission choice, along with the ability to get the ST in three or five-door versions.
      Source: AutoRAI

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    • By William Maley
      When Ford introduced the next-generation Fiesta earlier this week, there was one model missing; the hot ST. This caused a number of people to wonder if there would be a new Fiesta ST. Good news, there will be Fiesta ST coming. But it will be awhile before we see it.
      Dutch publication AutoRAI spoke with Tyrone Johnson, development boss of Ford ST and RS models. Johnson revealed that the Fiesta ST would debut in late 2017, with production beginning a year later. Details about the next Fiesta ST are scarce, but Johnson did hint that the next ST would not see a major increase in power. Instead, the focus will be on improving the fun-factor. We wouldn't be surprised if a six-speed manual remains the only transmission choice, along with the ability to get the ST in three or five-door versions.
      Source: AutoRAI
    • By William Maley
      FORD TOTAL U.S. SALES UP 5 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER, RETAIL UP 10 PERCENT; F-SERIES, SUVS AND LINCOLN VEHICLES DRIVE GAINS
      Ford Motor Company’s U.S. sales for November  total 197,574 vehicles – up 5 percent versus a year ago – with retail sales up 10 percent and fleet sales down 9 percent Ford F-Series has its best November since 2001 on strong F-150 and Super Duty retail demand; total F-Series sales of 72,089 trucks is up 11 percent Ford brand SUV sales increase 20 percent with 60,079 vehicles sold Lincoln sales total 9,429 vehicles for November, representing a 19 percent increase on strong demand for its newest products, including Lincoln Continental, MKX and MKZ DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 1, 2016 – Ford Motor Company’s overall sales totaled 197,574 vehicles in November – a 5 percent increase versus last year – driven by a 10 percent retail sales gain with 154,114 vehicles sold.
      Fleet sales of 43,460 vehicles, including daily rental, commercial and government segments, declined 9 percent. This reflects the company’s plan to front-load fleet sales this year.
      F-Series sales increased 11 percent, totaling 72,089 trucks, the truck line’s best November sales since 2001. F-Series retail sales were up 14 percent.  
      “Strong retail sales increases for both F-150 and our all-new Super Duty pickups drove F-Series above the 70,000 vehicle mark – a November threshold we have not seen in 15 years,” said Mark LaNeve, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Plus, strong consumer demand for well-equipped Super Dutys helped boost Ford’s overall average transaction prices in November, which are up $1,000 versus a year ago – well ahead of the industry average of $320.”
      Ford brand SUV sales totaled 60,079 vehicles for November – a 20 percent increase. Escape was up 11 percent; Explorer grew 14 percent, Edge climbed 32 percent and Expedition gained 75 percent.  
      Lincoln sales increased 19 percent, with sales totaling 9,429 vehicles. Retail sales were up 20 percent. Lincoln MKZ was up 9 percent, while Lincoln MKX was up 30 percent. Lincoln’s all-new Continental had its best sales month since launch – with 1,419 cars sold. 

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