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    Redesigned Ford F-150 Aiming For 15-20% MPG Increase


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    December 14, 2012

    The next-generation Ford F-150 could be aiming for the best-in-class fuel economy. A source tells Reuters that the 2015 F-150, due out in late 2014, is aiming for a 15-20% improvement in fuel economy.

    The 2015 Ford F-150 "will be a game-changer that will alter the dynamics of the truck segment. They're shooting for best-in-class fuel economy," the source told Reuters.

    When asked about this, Ford spokesman Mike Levine said, "Ford is committed to offering our customers leading fuel economy (but) it's premature to talk about future products,"

    Ford increasing the fuel economy of the next F-150 is due to two reasons; the tougher fuel-economy standards that take effect in 2015 and 2016, and Ford wanting to keep its dominance in the truck market.

    The 2015 F-150 is expected to shed as much as 750 lbs through the use of aluminum body panels and other lighter components like the brakes and axles. Ford is also working on a eight-speed automatic and hybrid system with Toyota.

    Reuters also reports that Ford is readying a a new family of turbocharged, direct-injected engines under the code name of Nano. The first of these engines will be a 2.9L V6 arriving sometime in 2016.

    Source: Reuters via Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.



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    I wonder if they will go away from blocky styling and go for a more aero shape to help fuel economy, like they did back in '97..

    Do like they did their Expedition being shaped like our retired shuttles?

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    If they take 700 lbs of weight out and leverage the diesel V6s they have in Europe as well as a next-gen Ecoboost V6 then Ford could have a bit of a game changer.

    A pickup based on the new Transit could be interesting...make something lighter and more efficient, get over the obesity kick.

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    Still Fix or Repair Daily. My experience with Ford has not been a good one and I still see their auto's as a cheaply made. Nothing quality on them yet.

    Clearly you have not had any seat time in Ford's more recent models. The Focus blows all its competitors save maybe the Dart out of the water in terms of quality, dynamics, style, and features. We have one at work, it's got 12k on it so far. Save for the one recall to have the transmission reprogrammed its been flawless.

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    I had one: a '94 F-150 XL Special, RC/LB, 4.9L/auto. I really loved that truck; we bonded.

    It was a really solid truck that handled more than it was supposedly rated for.

    Truck hauled a LOT of stuff in the bed, all the time.

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    my customers used to avoid the aero lightweight f-150's, most everyone liked the blocky tough styling, and many people commented how those late 90's- early 00's ford trucks lacked a strong frame and such.

    i hope for ford's sake they are not overthinking this.......

    i agree trucks need to shed weight. but they don't want to completely go off the deep end with it.

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    snapback.pngdfelt, on , said:

    Still Fix or Repair Daily. My experience with Ford has not been a good one and I still see their auto's as a cheaply made. Nothing quality on them yet.

    Clearly you have not had any seat time in Ford's more recent models. The Focus blows all its competitors save maybe the Dart out of the water in terms of quality, dynamics, style, and features. We have one at work, it's got 12k on it so far. Save for the one recall to have the transmission reprogrammed its been flawless.

    I was on a Ford lot this week. The Focus is an exception as the interior and exterior were very nice and I did not notice the one very noticable issue I have with Ford Trucks, SUV's and especially the mustange. RUST!!!

    I look all over the engine bay and things are just rusty, brake calipers rusty, undercarriage has rust. This is the new Mustangs. At the chevy dealership I did not find this in the large quantities on the Camero.

    I know some steel parts will rust, corrode, change color, but the mustange just was rusty all over and then those stupid plastic circle vents and radio, same one I find in the trucks, focus, etc. For what they charge, I do not come away with a Quality built product.

    I know all auto's have rust on parts and other issues, but Ford seems to have it in higher quantities and the current trucks on the lot look dated and are still a plastic mess inside. The Expedition is very plasticky. They need to do a much better job. This IS NOT Quality Job 1!

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    my customers used to avoid the aero lightweight f-150's, most everyone liked the blocky tough styling, and many people commented how those late 90's- early 00's ford trucks lacked a strong frame and such.

    i hope for ford's sake they are not overthinking this.......

    i agree trucks need to shed weight. but they don't want to completely go off the deep end with it.

    My Favorite old Full size truck was my 69 Ford Camper Special I had. It hauled my camper and pulled my boat I had with no problems. My Chevy Luv Mini Pickup was da Bomb and They really need to have this back as a 12-16K mini truck for the masses.

    I loved the look of the 90's fords as much as I loved the 90 chevy's. Right now if money was no problem, I would love to own a crewcab, 1 ton dually with a duramax for hauling. Those trucks just rock for me from GMC. No noisy mess like the Powerstroke or Cummins, just a nice quiet powerful diesel for getting work done.

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    All the Nanny Devices the stupid Political Morons say have to be in an auto to protect ourselves from ourselves is killing the auto market. They are making a cast system of the have and have nots.

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