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Ford presents toughest and smartest F-Series Super Duty lineup ever

Ford is launching what it considers to be its most robust, most clever, and most capable Super Duty pickup truck and chassis cab lineup -- the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty. It is available in five models – XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum.

Ford’s claim that this latest version of Super Duty is toughest ever is not a joke. After all, its fully box frame is made up for over 95 percent high-strength steel, which makes it around 24 times more rigid than the previous.

With this toughness, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is now able to handle even most demanding towing and hauling operations. This toughness is further supported by heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, axles, driveline and towing hardware.

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NHTSA launches probe on recall of Ford Super Duty pickups

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing whether Ford Motor Co. did enough in recalling Super Duty pickups over stalling complaints. NHTSA said on a notice posted on its Web site that the probe entails around 200,000 MY2011-2012 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550.

One of the affected owners complained that a warning light indicated “Stop Safely Now” while driving, and the truck lost all throttle response and stalled. It had to be towed to a dealer for repair.

According to NHTSA, an exhaust-gas sensor located behind the diesel particulate filter in the exhaust systems may fail to function, resulting to warnings and sudden engine shutdowns. Safety regulators said the probe was prompted by around 30 consumer complaints.

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Ford will use aluminum in the next-generation Super Duty pickups

Ford Motor Co. is targeting a 52-percent surge in global sales to 9.4 million annually by the end of the decade. According to its executives, the carmaker plans to achieve this target by penetrating into fast-growing Asian markets, making heavy investments in its Lincoln premium marque; offering more small cars and utility vehicles to the global market.

Ford plans to use aluminum in the next generation Super Duty pickups and to add two new vehicles to its Lincoln brand. Its chief executive, Mark Fields, remarked that the carmaker is planning to retain the “One Ford” plan developed by predecessor Alan Mulally, while accelerating its execution.

“We are a growth company in a growth industry,” Fields remarked. He said Ford will build on that foundation and go “even faster” to drive operational excellence and profitable growth. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, expects the carmaker to sell 3.5 million vehicles in North America by 2020, up from 2.9 million units in 2013 for a 21-percent gain.

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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 Motor Co. has issued a recall of nearly 4,000 commercial versions of its F-Series full-sized pickups (model year 2015) due to the possibility that these Super Duty could slip into reverse and cause a crash.

According to Ford and documents filed with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the carmaker is recalling 3,976 2015MY F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks equipped with 6.2-liter gasoline or 6.7-liter diesel engines paired to 6R140 gearboxes as a transmission control software error could make the pickups to engage reverse for 1 1/2 seconds when the driver believes he or she is shifting from park to drive.

The recall may commence early this month, according to NHTSA documents. All recalled commercial pickups save for three were in the United States, the NHTSA documents show. A Ford spokeswoman remarked that no accidents or injuries have been reported linked to the issue.

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Ford Motor Co. is making an $80-million investment in its Kentucky Truck site in Louisville to hike production capacity of Super Duty pickups by 15 percent. Once the upgrades are completed, the site could build 55,000 additional units. Ford will add 350 jobs as part of the expansion of the site, which builds F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups as well as with the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said in a statement that the demand for Super Duty pickups has grown "substantially." The site’s upgrade will include "significant automation improvements" of its body and paint shop.  The upgrades are to be completed by March, Ford spokesman Mike Levine said.

As to whether Ford would build aluminum Super Duty pickups, Levine said the carmaker will "always use the right material for the right vehicle."  "The average age of a truck that's out there is around 11 years old. We have customers who waited until the economy started to recover to buy a new a truck, so we're meeting demand for our customers who need a brand-new heavy-duty pickup or chassis cab," Levine said.

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Ford Motor Co. has reached an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit over allegations that it sold defective diesel 6-liter V-8 engines in its 2003-07 Super Duty pickups and E-series vans. The engine, built by Ford's former diesel engine supplier, Navistar International, encountered several issues with the fuel system, turbochargers and other major components.

According to the deal, any purchaser and lessee of any 2003-07 Ford vehicle fitted with the diesel engine in the United States is covered if its exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler and EGR valve, oil cooler, fuel injectors, or turbocharger was repaired, replaced or adjusted prior to 135,000 miles or six years. Each part is also provided with a reimbursement limit.

The settlement also calls for a reimbursement if a class member paid a $100 deductible more than once for repairs under the five-year/100,000-mile engine warranty. The carmaker will reimburse $50 each for the second through fifth deductible paid, up to a limit of $200 for four deductible payments.

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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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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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At the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show next month, Ford Motor Co. will be displaying an entire line of modified F-Series trucks. Ford, which is one of the most active carmakers in aftermarket customization, said that it is preparing to impress the visitors at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Ford has teamed up with various aftermarket specialists to create the models that can be viewed at SEMA.

The list includes a motocross concept, a Pro Football Hall of Fame-dedicated truck and a race car support truck. There will also be F-Series models. The first is a Godfather Customs 2011 Ford F-150 that’s based on the F-150 and features a 3.5l EcoBoost engine. This truck features a 2.5-inch cowl induction hood, bumper cover, roll pan, handle relocator, tonneau bed cover and liner and halo taillamps.

In partnership with A.R.E. Accessories, the 2011 Ford F-150 was tweaked to promote the goals of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The A.R.E variant of the F-150 is featured with hall of fame styling and pigskin leather. For hardcore offroaders, Mickey Thompson built the 2011 Ford F-150 to have all the features needed to have an awesome off-road adventure.

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The most reliable and productive powertrain available today, according to Ford, is its new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel engine that will be fitted to its next-generation F-Series Super Duty truck. In a press release, Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development said that we should expect the new Super Duty truck to get major improvements in power, torque and fuel economy.

He said that this all-new diesel engine has been extensively tested both in the lab and in the real world. The engine has a new architecture that provides easier access to most components, thus reducing down time.

Reduced noise, vibration and harshness are the result of a new inboard exhaust and outboard intake architecture. The high-pressure Bosch system was especially introduced to inject fuel at up to 30,000 psi, contributing to the final output of the engine. Aluminum components reduce the overall weight of the car by around 160 pounds (72.5 kg).

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This is Ford's recently unveiled 2011 Super Duty, which is said to offer the widest array of solutions for the widest array of heavy-duty work truck customers. It delivers significantly improved torque and horsepower as well as class-leading fuel economy while maintaining best-in-class towing and payload capability.

The new model has a fresh look and new engines that consume less fuel while boasting an advanced performance. Ford has yet to provide the output figures however.

Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas, said that since its Super Duty customers do some of America's toughest jobs, they deserve nothing less than the right tool for the job.

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Ford Motor Co.'s national advertising campaign for the redesigned 2011 Super Duty pickup will have everyone believe that it is the "most capable, fuel-efficient" heavy-duty truck on the market. The campaign, which begins in April, will attempt to pique interest for the Super Duty, which goes on sale that same month.

The 2011 Super Duty pickup will have Ford's all-new, 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel engine. The pickup will be able to produce 390hp and have 735 pounds-feet of torque. Its "class-leading" fuel economy makes it more appealing too.

The 2011 version is actually 85 pounds-feet and 40 hp more than the 2010 pickup. The pickup also offers a 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine with 385 hp and 405 pounds-feet, making it 85 hp and 40 pounds-feet more than the current 5.4-liter V-8 gas engine.

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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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