New England Motor Press Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has chosen the 2015 Ford F-150 as the recipient of this year’s Yankee Cup for Trucks. The New England Motor Press Association’s annual Yankee Cup is awarded to an auto feature, system or vehicle that significantly makes driving safer, more cost efficient or more enjoyable.
Pete Reyes, F-150 chief engineer, remarked that the with 2015 version of the truck, Ford is “teaching the world” how to build a next-generation truck. He remarked that the over 100 patents the company’s F-150 team has filed prove that its engineers and designers are innovative leaders in the auto industry.
Craig Fitzgerald, president of New England Motor Press Association, remarked while reviewing all entries for the Yankee Cup, they “couldn’t help but notice” that the F-150 is loaded with innovation.
He said that while the F-150 is known for being Built Ford Tough, it is now both tough and smart. The 2015 F-150 is the most patented truck in Ford’s history, with more than 100 patents filed.
It features innovations like a 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps, 400-watt power outlets inside the cab and LED headlights. Its frame is made of high-strength steel while its body and cargo box are made of military-grade aluminum alloys.
The aluminum reached its fabled robustness through a process that involves a heat-treatment method, developed by Ford engineers, that nearly doubles its strength.
Ford disclosed that one way to describe the new F-150 is that it is a reinvention of none other than America’s favorite truck. The F-150 is a member of the brand’s F-Series truck range. It is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 32 years and the best-selling truck for 37 straight years. According to Ford Executive Vice-President and President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs, the brand has long had a unique connection with its many customers.
The F-150 has regularly been able to deliver to customers, he added, features that are not only smarter but also tougher. He said that it also comes with capabilities that customers need whether for work or even play. Hinrichs also said that Ford has long made trucks that follow their highest of standards. For this new F-150, the brand revealed that it is the most capable, smartest, and toughest of the model range yet.
As such, it sets a standard when it comes to the future of trucks. This all-new F-150 is able to introduce an exceptional mix of capability, efficiency, and power. Not only does this model make use of cutting-edge materials that prevent corrosion and enhance durability, it is even fitted with faster processors in order to improve driving performance.
It also has been equipped with advanced towing and cargo management solutions. When it comes to designing the F-150’s backbone, engineers at Ford enhanced the signature full boxed ladder frame. It utilizes more high-strength steel compared to previous models, meaning it is not only stronger but also now lighter. For the first time, the body of this new F-150 also makes use of military-grade high-strength aluminum alloys.
This is the same material being used in energy, commercial transportation, aerospace, and a number of rugged industries. The use of such material helps save weight and enhances the ding and dent resistance. In terms of weight saving, the new F-150 is lower by as much 700 lbs. It also allows this model to haul and tow more while being able to accelerate quicker and also stop shorter.
The material even helps with the efficiency. Ford Group Vice-President for Global Product Development Raj Nair shared that compared to the past, customers now prefer a tuck that acts as a dependable partner, a go-anywhere workshop, and even a mobile office. He added that in order to meet the demands of its truck customers, the brand came up with smart new features. He continued by saying that Ford also took a whole new approach in using cutting-edge engine and materials to offer better efficiency and capability.