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    Rumorpile: Ford To Build Current and Next-Gen F-150 Concurrently


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    July 25, 2013

    Reuters is reporting that when the next F-150 is launched, Ford will build the current F-150 alongside it for six months. Sources say the move allows Ford to keep up with the growing demand for trucks and give them a safegard if any problems arise with the new model.

    "In order to ramp up, you have to retool...and that means you have to take capacity offline. To do that, at a period of time when demand is so strong, makes it a bit challenging," said IHS Automotive analyst Mike Jackson.

    Now building the new and old model concurrently isn't new at all. When GM began building the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, they were built alongside the outgoing models. What is news is the length. GM concurrently built the two generations of pickups for two months. Ford is going for three times that.

    Source: Reuters

    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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    Makes sense to build them side by side, I agree on the length of time. Makes one ask the question, what is so revolutionary new about the new F150 that they foresee potential problems that would require keeping the old model being built for so long?

    Is this not why you have R&D test mules?

    I can see a potential assembly problem and it gets ironed out so 60-90 days of over lap is no big deal, but 180 days?

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    Given Ford's recent launch problems, I think they are just being justifiably overly cautious while rolling out a re-do of the best selling vehicle in the U.S.

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    But I thought the recent launch problems were based on actual problems missed in the R&D test mule stage not production?

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    Didn't GM do this when the current truck came out 5 years ago or so, keep the previous one around for a year or so? I do wonder also what Ford has planned..the current F150 is just a facelift of the '04-08 generation, so it's been a while since they've done anything 'all-new'...I doubt if it will be as radical as the '97 was relative to the previous generation.

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    speculation is that the next ford is much lighter, perhaps a different look too. they don't want to shock the market.

    look at in the late nineties when ford brought out the lighter rounder F150. All hell broke loose about Ford cheapening the toughness of their trucks.

    Probably a good move.

    GM has done this with Impala now, Malibus before.......

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