New England Motor Press Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has chosen the 2015 Ford F-150 as the recipient of this year’s Yankee Cup for Trucks. The New England Motor Press Association’s annual Yankee Cup is awarded to an auto feature, system or vehicle that significantly makes driving safer, more cost efficient or more enjoyable.
Pete Reyes, F-150 chief engineer, remarked that the with 2015 version of the truck, Ford is “teaching the world” how to build a next-generation truck. He remarked that the over 100 patents the company’s F-150 team has filed prove that its engineers and designers are innovative leaders in the auto industry.
Craig Fitzgerald, president of New England Motor Press Association, remarked while reviewing all entries for the Yankee Cup, they “couldn’t help but notice” that the F-150 is loaded with innovation.
He said that while the F-150 is known for being Built Ford Tough, it is now both tough and smart. The 2015 F-150 is the most patented truck in Ford’s history, with more than 100 patents filed.
It features innovations like a 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps, 400-watt power outlets inside the cab and LED headlights. Its frame is made of high-strength steel while its body and cargo box are made of military-grade aluminum alloys.
The aluminum reached its fabled robustness through a process that involves a heat-treatment method, developed by Ford engineers, that nearly doubles its strength.