If you’re looking for the best knock-down, drag-out competition you need to look no further than trucks. For the past 30 plus years, the Ford F-150 was the most popular car sold in the United States. Ford sold more than them than Toyota has Camrys. Trucks are a big deal. Check out the stories below, and see our original story about it.
Last Friday, Ford unveiled the EPA fuel economy numbers on the 2015 F-150. The new F-150 is special because it’s the first truck to use aluminum extensively in production. Saving over 700 lbs of weight should surely help with fuel economy, and a new small 2.7L EcoBoost that was also introduced with the new truck will help even more.On a 4×2 truck with the 2.7L EcoBoost, the … [Read more…]
The two big stories surrounding the 2015 Ford F-150 is the extensive use of aluminum, saving 700 pounds of weight over the previous truck, and the introduction of the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine. Both of these changes should affect F-150 buyers at the pump, and now we know by how much. Today, Ford announced the EPA fuel economy ratings on the 2015 Ford F-150. For those buying a 4×2 … [Read more…]
There is a great deal of excitement around the mostly-aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Since the announcement back in January, Ford claims demand for the new truck is at a record high. It’s a big deal for Ford. They sell a new F-150 truck every 42 seconds, on average, so dramatically changing the truck is a big deal. Another big deal is converting the production … [Read more…]
The folks over at Green Car Journal choose a Green Truck of the Year each year, and this year they selected the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. While all the hoopla this year is about the Ford F-150 and its aluminum construction, it’s important to remember that Ram is still the only company currently offering a diesel engine option in their 150/1500 series trucks. It’s also no surprise … [Read more…]
If you were to ask me where the best competition in automotive is right now, I would not answer either midsize cars are small SUVs. Yes, competition in those segments is indeed fierce, and there are some really great products from each of the vehicle manufacturers represented in each of those segments. But no, if you’re looking for the best knock-down, drag-out competition you … [Read more…]
Ford walked away with quite a few awards from the 2014 Texas Truck Rodeo, including Truck Line of Texas and Truck of Texas (for the 2015 Ford F-150), but one important pickup truck award went to the folks from Ram. The Heavy Duty Truck of Texas award went to the 2015 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty. In an of itself, it’s not surprising. The Ram is a good truck. But the Ford Super Duty line … [Read more…]
Recently, I had the opportunity to be one of the first non-Ford people in the world to drive the 2015 Ford F-150 at the global media launch in San Antonio, and I must say I’m pleased with the new truck. By utilizing aluminum instead of steel for most of the body, Ford managed to shave 700 or so pounds out of their new truck. A lighter truck should improve handling and … [Read more…]