Ford Motor Co. has introduced its 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks in a trade show in Indianapolis. The new versions of two medium-duty commercial trucks will be the first in years to be built without the help of Navistar International Corp., Cummins Inc. or Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. Ford will build them at its Avon Lake site Ohio with all the chassis, engine and transmissions built in-house.
For years, the two trucks were built on chassis produced by a joint venture with Navistar, using diesel engines supplied by Cummins and transmissions from Allison. According to Ford executives, bringing the components back in-house will cut costs and simplify service issues when they arise.
The production shift to the United States is good news to most of the 1,600 UAW-represented workers at the Ohio plant as they were on the brink of undergoing mass layoffs as the carmaker has largely phased out the E-Series "Econoline" van currently built in the site.
Ford’s move to shift medium-duty truck production back to the US means that only a few hundred UAW members will have lose their jobs. The F-650 and F-750 could be availed with either a new 6.7-liter V-8 diesel or a V-10 gasoline engine.
The V10 could be factory-modified to operate on compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas. Ford will no longer offer customers the option of having their trucks fitted by a 6.7-liter turbo diesel built by Cummins.
Ford is discontinuing that engine as the carmaker brings the truck's key content in-house. Ford have also made vehicles undergo major redesigns, placing key components under the cab instead of behind the cab or on the frame. Ford said this change will allow buyers to customize their trucks easier. The 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks will become available in the spring of 2015.