Ward’s Auto was recently lent the keys to a new aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150. Test-driver Drew Winters admits to being “skeptical” about the lighter body structure and the claims that it improves fuel efficiency. In nearly the same breath, he says it didn’t take him long to “understand Ford’s engineering vision.”
The new aluminum F-150 is from 300 to 500 lbs lighter than the competition. The move to aluminum is designed to help Ford meet fuel and emission goals up to 2025. The EPA has yet to release the official mpg numbers on the F-150.
The decreased weight makes a real, palpable difference in the truck’s feel and handling on the road. Winters: “The reduced mass instantly registers with the brain the second you throw it into a turn or jam on the brakes.” It doesn’t hurt that the F-150 also has “superbly calibrated steering and suspension.”
Praise couldn’t get any better than this: “It’s the best-handling fullsize pickup I’ve ever driven.”
Is the Ford F-150 the Best Handling Fullsize Pickup in your eyes? Come out to Marketplace Ford today to test it out for yourself.
The Ford F-150 is one of the most famous vehicles on the road, and definitely the most famous pickup truck. That’s what makes every announcement about the truck such a big deal. The F-150 has more admirers than most vehicles on the road.
This week, Ford released the power and towing figures for the 2015 Ford F-150 twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 and 3.5-liter V6. The EcoBoost V6 generates 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, whereas the 3.5-liter V6 will pump out 283 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The EcoBoost engine will be able to tow 8,500 pounds and the non-turbo V6 will be able to pull 7,600 pounds.
The 2.7-liter engine comes with an automatic engine stop-start system as a standard feature.
The new F-150 will be constructed out of aluminum, reducing the total weight of the truck by around 700 pounds, while the engine remains iron.
Along with these figures, Ford released a test video that shows the F-150 racing the Ram EcoDiesel and a Chevrolet Silverado with a 5.3-liter V8. The F-150 beat the Ram in all three races between the two but it only won two out of three against the Silverado. Overall a 5-1 record is pretty good.
The Ford Motor Company has been answering questions about the strength and capability of its new pickup, the redesigned F-150, for months now. Looks like the Blue Oval is tired of just talking, though; we now have video evidence that shows the new truck, aluminum frame and all, hard at work at Barrick Gold Mine at the “Bald Mountain” mine in Elko, Nevada. Ford gave the Barrick Gold Corporation six F-150 prototypes to play with and, as the video shows, the F-150 proved itself capable of handling the rigors of even the harsh mining industry.
2015 Ford F-150
The F-150s provided to Barrick are some of the X-1 Prototype trucks Ford created in secret. “This kind of ordinary mining work truck abuse is what we were looking for when we gave these guys the X1 F-150′s with the aluminum bed. And we learned a few things in the process and made design changes to the 2015 so it’d be better than the steel bed,” said Denis Kanseir, the lead prototype engineer on the project. “We will have more than 10 million miles of combined testing before the first production F-150 rolls off the assembly line later this year. About 200,000 of those miles will have accumulated right here in Nevada at the Barrick gold mines.”
Just as Kanseir states, the Barrick testing has already made the F-150 better than before, and when it hits the streets later this year, it will be as a truck that’s gone through many miles and hours of hot, hard work at the gold mines in Nevada. Surely it will be ready for whatever test you’ve got for it when you visit us at Marketplace Ford this fall to check out the F-150 for yourself.
A few years back, a new Unified Towing rating system was proposed to measure the towing capacities of light-duty trucks. However, it didn’t really catch on at that time, with only Toyota adopting the new SAE J2807 system—the SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers. But that’s all changing for the 2015 model year.
The Detroit Big 3—Ford, GM, and Chrysler—have now all agreed to adopt the new system. Light-duty trucks with 2015 badges, including the next-gen Ford F-150, will sport the new rating system. The new system seeks to make it simpler for truck customers to compare the towing capacities of different trucks, instead of just trusting each brand’s different system.
While the SAE J2807 system only applies to light-duty trucks, perhaps, if successful, the Big 3 would consider adopting a Unified Towing Rating system for full-size trucks as well. If you like that idea, come let us know here at Marketplace Ford—we’ll spread the word. Plus, you can check out the F-150 while you’re here.
Marketplace Ford is receiving their first Ford F150 Tuscany edition at the dealership. While the F150 is already one of the nicest looking and best performing trucks in the world, the Tuscany conversion transforms it into a whole different beast that looks as tough as it really is.
Adding some flair to the outside of this truck are several visual and performance oriented upgrades. 20” Chrome wheels and BF Goodrich all-terrain tires and a 2” lift and leveling kit under custom painted fender flares and vents give the truck a lifted and customized look. A billet style front grille, raised hood scoops, dual exhaust, and chrome accents all around help contribute to the custom look as well.
Inside, leather & ultra suede seats with color stitching and inserts with matching center console trim give the truck a uniform look while tinted windows and a leather/titanium steering wheel lend to an upscale feel.
Optional upgrades include a 6” lift kit, painted Tonneau cover, stainless steel Nerf bars, and more. If you’re into trucks and want one that will stand out in a crowd, stop by Marketplace Ford and check out the Tuscany F150 in person. We’re sure you will be impressed.
While it may not be the truck for everyone, the 2013 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition is a truly distinct vehicle with a comfortable and enjoyable ride! Some may feel like the Harley-Davidson badges are just too much. Others may not like the side decals or the contrast painted wheels. But for the sort of person who likes to drive something a little bit more unique than a Corolla or an Accord, this truck is a natural match!
Just like any other F-150, the inside of this thing borders on enormous! It is a very comfortable cabin with plenty of space to accommodate four or even five full-sized adults. You won’t be bumping shoulders in this beast either! The leather upholstery contributes to a rugged while almost luxurious feel that seems to invite you in. Harley-Davidson touches are tastefully added to the seats and digital displays that remind you again that you are driving a truck with a persona to uphold.
With a 6.2 liter Ford V8 that evokes the enthusiasm of its namesake, it really does well with keeping the biker image. Suspension, steering and brakes on this truck are more than sufficient for whatever pickup-truck duties you may ask it to do as well. And since it’s a Ford, you know it’s going to have top of the line technology and driving aides that make it easy to command. If you think you would like this truck, check out the AutoWeek video review below.
All-in-all, if you love Harley-Davidson bikes, or if you just love a truck that doesn’t blend into the background, this could very well be the truck of your dreams! You can leave those bland looking, tin-can compacts for other people to drive. Come check out our inventory at Marketplace Ford to see if we have a vehicle for your tastes!
Everyone likes a good deal, right? Especially on a new car. That is why Ford is currently offering great customer cash offers and special financing rates on a variety of new Ford models. Come to Marketplace Ford in Devils Lake to take advantage of these great deals:
$1,000 customer cash on the 2013 Ford Explorer
$1,500 retail customer cash on the 2012 Ford Escape
2012 Ford Escape
0% APR financing for up to 60 months on the 2012 Ford Escape
$2,000 retail customer cash on the 2012 Ford F-150 Super Cab
2.9% APR financing for 36 months on the F-150 Super Cab
$250 competitive lease conquest on the 2012 Ford Focus
$1,750 retail customer cash on the 2012 Ford Taurus
1.9% APR for 48 months on the 2012 Ford Taurus
$1,500 retail customer cash on the 2012 Ford Fusion
$1,000 competitive lease conquest on the 2012 Ford Fusion
Learn more about these and other new car specials on Marketplace Ford’s website. Come to your local Ford dealer today to take advantage of these offers!
Marketplace Ford is proud to celebrate its 26th anniversary by holding a special sale event from June 18th to June 30th. In honor of the dealership’s 26 years, customers will benefit from $26 payments until 2013!
In addition, Marketplace Ford will be selling new 2012 Ford models for only $26 over invoice, a savings of thousands of dollars. Buyers can get the 2012 F-150 for $8,000 off MSRP or the 2012 Escape $27,840, saving over $6,000.
And the savings don’t stop at the sales department; the service and parts departments are celebrating the anniversary as well. They are offering a $26 lube, oil filter, and tire rotation service, a $26 rock chip repair, and $26 off parts over $100.
Don’t miss out on these great deals. Stop by Marketplace Ford or check out their newspaper ad for more information. Celebrate this great 26th anniversary by saving big!
Marketplace Ford understands that buying a car is a big step as well as a big expense. That is why they offer a unique Bargain Lot, stocked with used vehicles priced to sell. All of the cars on the Bargain Lot are less than $10,000, with some priced as low as $3,500. Check out these great deals from the Bargain Lot:
2002 Ford Escape
1995 Ford F-150 XL: $3,595
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo: $3,895
1998 Ford F-150 XLT: $5,995
1999 Ford Taurus SE: $3,995
2002 Ford Escape XLT: $6,675
2006 Ford Taurus SE: $7,495
2004 Mercury Grand Marquis LS: $6,700
2007 Ford Taurus SE: $7,750
2001 Chevy Silverado 1500: $8,875
2005 Toyota Corolla LE: $9,550
2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT: $9,750
2007 Chevy Impala LT: $9,990
Stop by Marketplace Ford to check out these vehicles or visit their website for more information.
Marketplace Ford is pleased to announce all-new incentives on the 2012 Ford F-150 Regular Cab. Customers can choose to receive $1,500 in retail customer cash as well as $1,000 in Ford Credit retail bonus customer cash when financing through Ford Credit financing.
Customers are also able to take advantage of 2.9% APR financing for 36 months.
The 2012 Ford F-150 delivers the power needed to get any job done and still manages to deliver best-in-class fuel economy. This truck is equipped with the EcoBoost engine and is capable of towing 11,300 lbs. and hauling a payload of 3,060 lbs. These marks rank higher than any other light-duty truck in America and still the F-150 is able to get a best-in-class 22 miles per gallon on the highway.
Interested in the 2012 Ford F-150? Come to Marketplace Ford to take advantage of these great deals!