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F-series sales drop 4% August 2014 as Ford starts changeover to new model

Ford saw the sales of its F-series fall 4 percent to 68,109 units in August as it commences its shutdown and changeover to the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The carmaker posted just a very slight jump in sales in August 2014, with Ford and Lincoln brands selling 221,373 units, compared to 220,404 vehicles in the same month in 2013.

John Felice, Ford vice president of US marketing, sales and service, remarked that lower F-series and lower daily rentals will affect the company’s sales for the rest of 2014. He, however, noted the smooth changeover at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, as workers started removing old equipment from the body shop in late August to prepare for the installation of new machinery for aluminum production.

Ford has already assured dealers that they will have enough supply by the end of 2014. Ford dealers currently have a 111-day supply of F-150s. Despite the changeover to aluminum, Felice is still confident that the F-series will still be No. 1 pickup, noting that with a commanding lead over its rivals, Ford is on pace to grab the crown for the 38th straight year.

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Towing Leader: 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty rated at 31,200 lbs using J2807 standard

Ford Motor Co. disclosed it will state the maximum towing rating for the 2015 F-450 using the SAE J2807 towing standard being employed by the industry. It also said it will abort a practice of removing some items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings. The carmaker will also start using base curb weights to that effect.

Ford’s move will be turnaround from its previous practice of using its own tests to determine the maximum towing rating. The US carmaker had said it would only start using J2807 towing standard when it redesigned individual vehicles.

A spokesman for the carmaker, however, said that the towing ratings for the F-250 and F-350 would not be restated under the J2807 standard until they get redesigned although their maximum payloads would be restated using base curb weights.

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Ford commercials to tout 31,200-lbs towing capacity of the F-450

Ford’s new commercials to be aired this fall will tout the F-450 as having a best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds, representing a hike of 6,500 pounds from the capability of the current model. Ford’s claim for its heavy duty means it is now 1,200 pounds better than the Ram 3500 heavy-duty, which boasted of 30,000-pound towing rating when it was released in January 2013.

Ford will claim in the commercials that the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine powering the F-450 could provide a best-in-class 440 hp and 860 pounds-feet of torque, better than the what 2014 models could cough (400 hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque).

Doug Scott, Ford truck marketing manager, said the commercials will feature pitchman Denis Leary and will coincide with the kickoff of the college football season. Ford will start selling the 2015 F-450 this week and is already selling the 2015 F-250 and F-350 trucks for some months.

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Ford introduces 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks in Indianapolis

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.

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Which vehicles were considered as the hottest at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show? The awards were given to Ford’s Mustang and F-Series. The Mustang is officially the hottest car at the SEMA show while the F-Series is officially the hottest truck, after receiving the SEMA Award, which recognizes the most popular vehicles that SEMA members featured during the weeklong trade show in Las Vegas.

Prior to the opening of this year’s show, SEMA officials toured the site and counted the number of new 2013 and 2014 cars and trucks displayed in booths. They found out that more Ford Mustangs and F-Series are on display than any other car or truck, a proof of the popularity and appeal of Ford vehicles.

John Felice, Ford vice president for US marketing, sales and service, remarked that the company was the first carmaker to share detailed vehicle specs with SEMA members. He noted that they are proud that more aftermarket accessories and parts are created for Ford vehicles than for any other carmaker.

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Ford is recalling 3,095 F-series ambulances due a possible defect that might cause them to stall and not restart for at least an hour. The recall covers 2011-2012 ambulances powered by 6.7-liter diesel engines, including Super Duty F-350 and F-450 trucks, built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from Feb. 22, 2010, to Oct. 19, 2012.

Ford said the recall does not include non-ambulance F-series vehicles. On Oct. 28, 2013, Ford notified the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a defect in the exhaust gas temperature sensor might cause some ambulances to stop and not be restarted for at least one hour.

According to Ford, it received no reports of the problem affecting patient care, but it is taking action due to the "unique nature of ambulances." A Ford spokeswoman remarked that the carmaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to the defect, including to the patients riding in the ambulances. Ford sold 2,934 of the ambulances in the United States, 51 in Canada, two in Mexico, and 108 elsewhere. The sensor will be replaced by Ford’s dealers.

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The 2015 Ford F-series Super Duty pickups will be available with the powered-up 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel. The carmaker introduced its super duty lineup at the Texas State Fair in Dallas last week. Ford’s new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 will offer an improvement on the 400 hp of output and 800 pounds-feet of torque of the current version. Ford said that the new engine has a more efficient, simplified design.

It will feature the new GT37 turbo-charger with a larger 88mm compressor wheel, replacing the GT32 turbocharger. The larger compressor will force more air into the cylinders to enhance performance, especially at high altitudes, Ford said in a press release. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel also features a new fuel pump and high-pressure fuel injectors.

Power Stroke diesel engines account for around two-thirds of Super Duty sales. The modified Power Stroke diesel, however, would not be available in chassis cab Super Duty models. At the fair, the carmaker also showed an updated version of its high-end King Ranch edition with a Texas theme as well as a refreshed version of the F-450 Super Duty. The F-450 Super Duty now boasts of a stronger frame, suspension and commercial grade 19.5-inch wheels and tires.

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Ford Motor Co. introduced its 2015 F-series Super Duty lineup at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Expected to hog the limelight is the carmaker’s improved 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel that will have its debut next spring. The upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 boasts of producing greater figures than the current version’s 400 hp of output and 800 pounds-feet of torque.

The improved engine receives new GT37 turbocharger with a larger 88-millimeter compressor wheel, replacing the previous GT32. Ford said in a statement that the larger compressor forces more air into the cylinders, thereby improving performance, especially at high altitudes. Ford says that the new turbo, new high-pressure fuel pump and fuel injectors help improve the Super Duty's fuel delivery system. Power Stroke diesel accounts for around two-thirds of Ford's Super Duty customers.

The improved 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel will only be available in Super Duty pickups with the current Power Stroke powering chassis cab models. Meanwhile, Ford disclosed that it has recently installed its 500,000th 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel in a truck at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Ford introduced the Power Stroke 2010 for the 2011 model year.

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The Cadillac Escalade used to be the most often stolen vehicle in the United States, based on surveys by Highway Loss Data Institute. But not anymore! The Escalade that had been topping the list of most theft-prone vehicle in the US has dropped to sixth.  According to HLDI, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the instances of Escalade being stolen had dropped mainly due to General Motor's effort to overhaul the vehicle to prevent it from becoming a victim of thieves.

HLDI vice president Matt Moore said in a statement that GM has placed "a lot of effort into new antitheft technology," which may explain the Escalade's decline on its list. Topping HLDI's most theft-prone vehicle list was the Ford F-250 crew-cab with four-wheel drive, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. Completing the top five are the GMC Sierra 1500 crew and the Ford F-350 crew with four-wheel drive. HLDI's rankings covered model years 2010 to 2012.

According to GM spokeswoman Sharon Basel, the Escalade has received a number of major anti-theft upgrades, many of which were implemented for the 2012 model year. The Escalade now features the PASS-Key III+ system, which provides more sophisticated encryption for the key and key cylinder. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on the other hand, said in its own report that the Dodge Charger is the most often stolen vehicle in the country.

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At the SEMA Show, we will be treated to a lineup of stunning Ford trucks, which include a lifted Ford F-250 Super Duty and two lowered F-150 pickups. These three trucks will be displayed beside the customized Ford Focuses, Ford Escapes, and Ford Fusions. The first is the 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT Crew Cab by Kelderman Air Suspension Systems.

This 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT Crew Cab with a Monster Energy theme is lifted 8-10 inches by an all-new adjustable air suspension controlled by from Kelderman Air Suspension Systems’ AccuAir TouchPad. The F-250 will be also be equipped with Sway-A-Way remote reservoir shock absorbers. Tim Nicolau Designs provided the powder-coated, chromed, and painted suspension components and custom paint.

It is powered by a 6.7-liter PowerStroke V-8 turbodiesel. The second truck is the 2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab by Truckin’ Magazine. The 2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab truck project was given a track-oriented setup by Truckin’ Magazine. The F-150 was lowered to boost handling while a high-performance brake package and large wheels improve its performance and appearance further.

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Ford Motor Co. sold 196,749 units in August 2012, a 13% increase compared to August 2011. A major contributing factor is the impressive sales of the F-series pickup, Escape crossover and Focus compact. When combined, the three models make up over 50% of Ford's sales in August. Sales of the F series grew by 19%, to 58,201 units.

The Escape sales rose 37% to 28,188 units. The Focus climbed 35% to 19,073 units. Just this summer, the 2013 Escape was introduced. It became highly popular in dealerships very quickly. Recently, Ford added a third shift at its Louisville Assembly Plant to sustain demand. Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of U.S. sales, marketing and service, said that about 80% of the Escapes sold in August were 2013 models.

The Escape had its best August ever, with sales almost equal to the total sales of the other Ford-brand SUVs and crossovers when combined. The Focus compact is the no. 2 highest gainer in the Ford lineup, coming behind the Escape. He said that its sales in California were remarkably strong. The Focus continued to do better than the Fiesta, its smaller sibling.

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What Ford’s 2013 F-Series Super Duty offers is a truck that’s tough and capable but also comes with features that make driving a pleasant experience. For the first time ever, a Platinum series model will be offered. Ford is also offering the addition of SYNC® with MyFord Touch. The F-Series Super Duty Platinum builds on the success of the F-150 Platinum light-duty series that made its debut in 2009.

However, customers will also get the best truck luxury amenities. In 1999, Ford pioneered the high-end luxury truck segment when it presented the special-edition 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150. The first King Ranch Super Duty arrived in 2003 and then the 2004 Harley-Davidson Super Duty came after. What Ford has in its current lineup now are several high-end Lariat and King Ranch Super Duty models.

It believes that this new Platinum will fill the rising luxury requirements of its customers and dealers. It is offered just in the Super Duty crew cab and could be ordered as an F-250, F-350 or F-450 pickup and with the Ford-designed and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine or the 6.2-liter V8 gas engine. The Platinum series has a grille that comes with a satin chrome surround enhanced by perforated mesh inside. This grille is highlighted by chrome tow hooks and a monochromatic bumper. Chrome is used heavily on the Super Duty Platinum exterior, including the door handles, mirror caps, running boards and exhaust tip.

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Due to the risks posed by corroding straps, Ford Motor Co. has issued the recall of over 1 million trucks, including the F-150, its best-selling vehicle in the U.S. When the straps in these fuel tanks corrode, there’s a possibility that the tanks will fall.

Ford spokesman Wesley Sherwood said that so far, the problem has resulted to three fires and one injury. The recall was announced on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site.

The recalls are being issued after the NHTSA initiated a probe last year. The recalls cover 21 states in the U.S., as well as in the District of Columbia, where the metal straps could corrode due to the de-icing chemicals used on roads in cold weather.

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A deal was reached between Azure Dynamics Corporation and Ford Motor Company wherein Azure will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid technology into the Ford F-Series Super Duty product line.

Azure, which develops and produces hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, will allow its PHEV technology to be used in Ford's market leading F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, the F-550, which may start to become available in early 2013.

With this deal, Azure will be able to perform hybrid powertrain conversions on other Super Duty platforms such as F-350 and F-450 models. It also spans all engine, frame length and regular production options and configurations. This Super Duty program enables Azure to expand its product lineup in the medium duty commercial truck segment that it is targeting.

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As part of expansion plans for its hybrid truck range, Ford Motor Co. has entered a deal with Azure Dynamics Corp. for F-Series Super Duty trucks to use plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks will be retrofitted by Azure with its hybrid-electric drive trains. Azure divulged that the first to use the technology is the F-550, which will arrive in early 2013. These electric-driven trucks will target fleet and commercial customers.

Approximately 50% of the 100,000 commercial cab and chassis built and sold each year in the U.S. are made up of F-Series Super Duty units. Azure and Ford have yet to establish how much of an improvement the hybrid powertrain will have on fuel economy. The mild-hybrid technology will be available initially on gasoline-powered trucks.

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Because of the risk of fuel leak or electrical issues, Ford Motor Co. is recalling eight vehicle models that total to over 34,000 vehicles from all around the world. Ford is recalling 25,000 Ford Ranger trucks, 23,688 units of which are in the U.S.

In a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site, Ford said that a fuel leak may result when the protective layer of an engine fuel line near the throttle body shield isn’t installed properly.

Ford said that it has not received reports that this defect has led to fires. The model year 2010 trucks covered in the recall were produced from October 2009 through May 2010 at Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant.

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Ford Motor Co. has high hopes that the housing market will strengthen. Currently, pickup sales are still lagging Ford's overall sales, but it expects sales of the F-series pickup to grow later this year.

George Pipas, Ford's senior sales analyst, said that the housing market is still stressed out. He thinks though that before contractors start buying new pickup trucks, there will be a lag from the start of the housing recovery.

There was a 25% increase in total January sales compared to the prior year. Sales of the F series increased 10% to 27,630.

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Aside from being applauded for being the best-in-class diesel, the 2011 F-Series Super Duty is also getting raves for being powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel engine that is B20 biodiesel compatible.

Ford said that customers appreciate the additional fueling option that uses blends of up to 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.

While the Super Duty was being developed, engineers put more than 10.3 million equivalent test miles on the new diesel engine, including extreme road and weather conditions. In this testing program, other customer data were recorded.

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Ford's new marketing campaign for the revised 2011 F-Series Super Duty will be launched soon. The ads and their corresponding print spots are expected to be bold. But don't be surprised if they seem familiar; they are just like the "rant" ads created last year for the revised F-150.

Ford stuck with the formula for these commercials that will continue to combine a monochromatic aesthetic, a significant amount of detail, and the sharp wit of narrator Dennis Leary. Media analyst firm, the Nielsen Company, said that these spots were some of the most popular auto ads that had aired.

Eric Swanson, vice president of Nielsen Automotive, said that viewers have said that these ads are "informative and clever" and were actually successful at shifting their opinion of the truck as well as with Ford in a positive direction.

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