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Ford's prized SUV, the Ford Expedition, is considered as a popular pick in the full-sized SUV category. Now, the American automaker has implemented a timely redesign to its most valued Expedition. The 2018 Ford Expedition will now use an aluminium body composition akin to the one that was utilized in America's favourite pick-up, the F-150. Not only that, the up-and-coming SUV will also boast a maximum tow rating of around 9,300 lbs- a certified SAE spec figure that the American automaker claims will give it a big edge in getting best in class capability.
The full-size Ford Expedition, re-engineered from the base up for the 2018 model year, is now offering a decisive edge over its rivals in the "hitch up the trailer and go on your next family vacation" premise. Not only is the upcoming SUV offering the best in class towing rating of over 9,300 lbs, but it will also highlight a new feature that is called the Pro Trailer Backup Assist in the purpose to aid rookie tow jockeys in looking like experienced pros.
To enable the feature, the driver can simply turn a knob to specify how much the trailer should turn. The 2018 Expedition then turns its front wheels to accurately maneuver the said trailer in its correct position. And to make sure that all will go according to plan, the SUV's speed is also restricted when the system is on the go. Ford indicated that its new feature system can cut down the time it requires to back up the trailer. At the same time, it also aids "driver confidence". The latter part is somewhat identical to what pro racers would encounter when they utilize track mode in a high powered supercar.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Expedition can tow 9,300 lbs, also offers pro trailer backup assist feature
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.Read the entire article Towing Leader: 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty rated at 31,200 lbs using J2807 standard
Ford started it, Ram continued it. Ford recently announced that its upcoming F-450 commercials will claim a best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 lbs. That means that it would surpass the 30,000-pound towing rating that Ram claims for its 3500 heavy-duty. But Ram would not let Ford grab the spotlight. The same day Ford unveiled its new Super Duty trucks to journalists, Ram issued a press release saying it is the first maker that boasts of an entire pickup lineup that has towing capacity ratings developed under an industry standard established by SAE.
Ram also reiterated that the towing capacity for its 3500 4x4 heavy duty -- powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel – is the best in class, noting that its offering and the Ford F-450 are in different classes and thus can't be compared.
On the other hand, Ford insists that the 3500 and the F-450 belong in the same class. Trucks are classified by gross vehicle weight rating, the maximum loaded weight of the truck, as well as the percentage of a trailer's weight sitting on the truck's axle.Read the entire article Towing capacity war erupts between Ford and Ram
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.Read the entire article Ford commercials to tout 31,200-lbs towing capacity of the F-450
General Motors is now the first Detroit carmaker to rate the towing limits of its light-duty pickups, following a common standard agreed to adopt two years ago. Most configurations of the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 saw their maximum trailer weight ratings trimmed by 400 lbs from the 2014 model year as they comply with the J2807 standard.
GM remarked that revised towing ratings range from 6,100 lbs to 12,000 lbs. GM’s new towing ratings comply with the J2807 standard of SAE International. The standard was agreed upon by carmakers to eliminate confusing towing capacity claims, at least for light duty pickups.
The J2807 standard doesn’t cover heavy-duty vehicles. GM was ready to implement the J2807 standard two years ago for its 2013 pickups, but decided not to after rival Ford Motor Co. divulged that it wouldn't comply until the launch of the 2015 Ford F-150.Read the entire article GM adopts J2807 towing standard of SAE International
General Motors, Ford and Chrysler will use a common standard to rate the towing capacities of their light-duty pickups, allowing consumers to have an accurate comparison of such capability. The standard would also reduce confusing claims from carmakers. However, the standard is not expected to end the marketing confusion since it only applies to light-duty pickups. Carmakers will still rate their heavy-duty pickups with their own standards.
Detroit will join Toyota in using a towing standard adopted by the industry in 2009 to rate 2015-model full-sized light-duty pickups. The standard -- called SAE J2807 --sets various tests for towing and is likely to trim rated towing capacities by several hundred pounds. Under the 2009 agreement, the standard was to be in place for the 2013 model year, but Ford decided not to publish lower tow ratings for its 2013 F-150, with other carmakers following suit.
Toyota was the only pickup maker to adopt the standard for the 2011 model year when it lowered the tow ratings for its full-sized Tundra pickup by 400 pounds. Nissan, meanwhile, said that it adopts SAE J2807 vehicles when they are redesigned, just like it did for the 2013 Pathfinder. This means that the redesigned Titan due 2015 will use the standard. Ford spokesman Mike Levine told Automotive News that the 2015 F-150 will have a new towing rating to complement its new aluminum body.Read the entire article Detroit 3 to use new towing rate standard for light-duty pickups
The towing ability of Chrysler’s revised 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups is unparalleled. Last September, these pickup models were introduced but the specs related to towing, gross combined weight rating, and payload were undisclosed. So it certainly comes as a pleasant surprise now that the new Ram HD picks are indeed very impressive. The new 2013 Ram 3500 can tow up as much as 30,010 pounds. In a prepared release, Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram brand, said that the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty was designed to be the undisputed Heavy Duty ‘King of the Road.’ Its new rigs offer the top key characteristic that customers consider to be the most significant: “uncompromising capability.”
He added that HD customers should know that its pickup ranks first through third when it comes to towing capability, reliability and engine performance, respectively. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks boast all of these qualities as well as offer an incredibly low total cost of ownership. The updated 2013 Ram 3500 pickup has a maximum gross combined weight rating of 37,600 pounds.
This is almost 7600 higher than an outgoing 2012 Ram 3500. The 30,010 max trailer rating figure is linked to a base Ram 3500 ST/Tradesman 4×2 model with dual rear wheels, a regular cab, and a long box. This truck features the high-output 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel (which is mated to a six-speed Aisin automatic) and an optional 4.10:1 rear axle. This trailer rating makes it better than both Ford’s F350 (maximum trailer weight of 21,700- 22,800 pounds with a fifth-wheel), the F450 (24,700 pounds maximum with a fifth-wheel or gooseneck), and the Chevrolet Silverado/ GMC Sierra 3500 (23,100 pounds).Read the entire article 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups impress with their towing ability
Wanting to show that the all-new Range Rover holds a class-leading towing ability, Land Rover collaborated with trailer maker Airstream, considered as an American icon, to participate in an ultimate road-trip from Lake District in United Kingdom to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and back.
Towing a newly launched Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer, a Range Rover Autobiography powered by a 339PS SDV8 engine took the ultimate challenge.
Range Rover and Airstream make the ideal pair, as most Airstream owners in Europe choose Land Rover vehicles to tow their travel trailers. The road trip commenced at Airstream’s trailer plant in Tebay, Cumbria. The Range Rover-Airstream pair then made its way to Oukaïmeden, Morroco, which is considered as the highest ski resort in Africa.Read the entire article 2013 Range Rover completes 3,676-mile trip while towing an Airstream trailer
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