Today is an important day for Ford Motor Co. as the first aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup rolled off the production line at company’s truck plant located in Dearborn, Michigan. According to the American company, the new 2015 Ford F-150 promises to stand for the future of trucks and will bring the latest in smart technologies and state-of-the-art build processes.
For those who don’t know, the truck plant located in Dearborn was closed for almost two months as Ford had to install 500 robots in the body shop. In addition, the Dearborn stamping plant added new press lines that are able to stamp four types of high-strength aluminum alloys in order to reduce the weight of the cab and cargo box.
The paint shop was also updated and Ford added new dirt detection technology and increased robotic automation. Pricing was not officially release, but sources confirmed that for the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 the company is raising pricing by $340 to $3,615. The cheapest models will be the F-150 XL, which costs $26,220, including the $1,195 destination charge.
The F-150 XLT starts at $31,980, including shipping while the 2015 F-150 Platinum will start at $52,155. The 2015 Ford F-150 King Range will arrive with a $46,690 price tag, meaning a $3,615 increase. The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine will be available for $495 and will generate 325 hp.
“The all-new F-150 continues to advance my great-grandfather’s vision of building vehicles we can be proud of and our customers can depend on,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.
“The all-new F-150 is a showcase of innovation and class-leading capability for truck customers,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “It underscores the product excellence and innovation we are delivering in every part of our business as we accelerate our pace of progress toward profitable growth.”