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.
By now, nearly everyone has heard that the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will have all-aluminum body panels throughout the truck. These changes are shedding over 700 lbs from the total weight of the F-150 compared to the 2014 model, an impressive reduction! However, aluminum has a very unique method of repair for dents and dings compared to the more traditional steel body panels. For this reason, Ford is offering Ford Service Centers a number of subsidized discounts on aluminum repair tools and machinery.
Basically, since Ford knows that aluminum body panels are quickly becoming the way of the future and that a number of Ford vehicles will make use of this lightweight metal in the future, they are offering a 20% discount on the new equipment required. This will allow dealerships like Marketplace Ford in Devils Lake, ND to recover their investment costs more quickly and offer lower cost repairs to the customer! Some of the new equipment required for an aluminum-specific work station are special welders, air filtration systems, and rivet guns.
We expect the new F-150 to be a real hit among drivers here in Devils Lake, especially with the new styling and an expected 20% increase in fuel economy! Be sure to check out the new model when it is released towards the end of this year.
The 2014 North American International Auto Show might be winding down now—the last day of the show is Sunday, January 26—but we here at Marketplace Ford are still revved up thinking about all the exciting Ford news to trickle out of Detroit these last couple weeks. First and foremost among new vehicle releases, not just from Ford, but from any manufacturer, was the release of the all-new, wholly redesigned F-150.
The new F-150, the subject of much controversy and opinion because of its partly aluminum frame, also comes with an all-new engine: a 2.7L EcoBoost V6. Here’s the craziest part: Ford actually raced the new F-150, new engine and all, in disguise at the 2013 Baja 1000. Greg Foutz of Foutz Motorsports collaborated with Ford on the disguise. “This truck is all the 2015 powertrain, frame, the suspension stuff, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost motor, and then they actually stamped the old molds out in aluminum so we could hide in plain sight,” Foutz said.
Thus far, Ford’s big gamble to redesign the best-selling truck of the last 37 years and the best-selling vehicle of the last 32 years has paid off handsomely. Critics and customers alike seem happily intrigued by both the truck’s engine lightweight frame. The new F-150 is set to go on sale sometime later in 2014, so check back with us often here for updates.
It’s here! Marketplace Ford has a new boss on the lot, the 2014 F-150 Tremor we’ve all been anticipating.
The Tremor takes the 2014 F-150 with the FX Appearance Package to the next level. Adding Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and 4.10 electronic locking rear axle, the Tremor is the first EcoBoost sport truck to offer “high-performance V8 power for V6 fuel economy,” in a regular-cab with a short wheelbase no less.
The Tremor is also the only regular-cab F-150 to feature bucket seats and a flow-through center console.
High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, and Ford’s SYNC services with MyFord Touch are just a few of the additional standard features the Tremor includes.
Of course, Ford had to slap a “Tremor” decal on the side to proclaim the capabilities of this dynamic F-150 model.
Check out a picture of our new arrival or drop by for a more hands-on introduction. But we’re warning you: you may want to come when you have a couple of hours to spare because it’ll likely take you that long to pry yourself from the driver’s seat.
The Ford F-150 is the best selling vehicle in the U.S for a number of reasons. Great fuel economy, modern technology and features, stylish designs, and a comfortable cabin are all great, but when you get down to it, the F-150 performs so well because it is a work truck at heart. No matter what trim level customers opt for, they are getting an extremely capable and dependable truck that has proven itself year after year. That’s why many drivers who need a truck that can handle extensive towing and hauling opt for the available 6.2-Liter V8 that puts out an impressive 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 RPM.
With the 6.2 Liter V8, the F-150 is rated for a maximum loaded trailer weight of up to 11,300 lbs. However, this massive V8 can more than handle these sorts of loads and won’t feel bogged down or sluggish, even on uphill grades. Even with all this power on tap, the 6.2-Liter V8 F-150 manages a respectable 13/18 MPG* with 4×2 drivetrains or 12/16 MPG* with the 4×4 drivetrain thanks to a modern 6-speed automatic transmission, and advanced engineering.
For more information or to test out the new F-150 in person stop by Marketplace Ford in Devils Lake, ND today.
For value-minded customers in the market for a new truck, the expansive list of options, configurations, and trim levels can quickly become intimidating. That is why Marketplace Ford here in Devils Lake, ND will offer the 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew and F-150 STX Sport as new packages for cost-conscious consumers.
“With the rapidly expanding full-size pickup market continuing to benefit from economic growth and replacement demand, price-conscious buyers are returning looking for an affordable truck with space, capability and style,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Adding the Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew and the new STX Sport Package to our 2014 lineup gives these truck shoppers more value-oriented F-150 models to consider.”
The STX trim level falls between the no-nonsense, work-ready XL and the top-selling XLT trim levels, offering a lower cost truck without cutting out as many comfort and convenience features. The addition of the SuperCrew package allows customers the full range of cab styles at the SXT trim level. This makes the SXT better suited for transporting crew members to and from job sites and for taking a family road trip.
Standard features on the STX model include a number of items that are normally not available on entry-level pickup trucks. These include:
Body-color front bumpers, front and rear step bumpers, and grille surrounds
Power Equipment Group, including power remote locks, power one-touch up/down windows, power mirrors, perimeter alarm, and an Illuminated Entry System
17-inch machined aluminum wheels
Customer Info Display and Outside Temperature Display
AM/FM/CD Stereo with Audio Input Jack
AndvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
Tilt Steering Wheel, Driver Lumbar Suppord, 40/20/40 Folding Front Bench Seat with Premium Cloth
The STX Sport Package is available on all cab styles and adds a number of stylish accents. The package adds 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, black tubular running boards, a black billet grille with body color surrounds, black and grey piston cloth front seats, color-matched carpets, and unique decals.
If you are interested in the STX trim or the new packages that are available on this value-oriented trim for 2014, stop by Marketplace Ford to check one out.
With gas prices continually going up, the appeal of alternative fuels is getting stronger and stronger. This is especially true of drivers who need larger vehicles with more powerful engines. While the Ford F-150 is one of the most fuel efficient trucks on the road, Ford will offer the truck in a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) configuration.
While CNG vehicles are normally sought after by commercial customers who have their own fleet and fueling infrastructure, the 2014 Ford F-150 Compressed Natural Gas truck will be available to individual customers as well. Ford believes that drivers will seek out the lower fuel costs in area where the CNG infrastructure is already readily available. At approximately $2.11 a gallon on average, CNG is much less expensive than gasoline or diesel and offers similar fuel efficiency in properly equipped vehicles.
The F-150 CNG truck will be modified from the factory with the same 3.7-liter V6 engine, only it will have engine mapping that allows for either gasoline or CNG power. This engine mapping and modification will only cost an additional $315. The CNG tank, fuel lines, and piping must be installed by an outfitter, a process that usually costs around $9,500. While this seems like a large investment, the fuel savings are expected to make up for the investment in only 2 – 3 years of normal driving. If you’re interested in a CNG powered F-150, stop by Marketplace Ford here in Devils Lake, ND today to find out more.
For enthusiast drivers who like the appeal of a truck or who occasionally need extra clearance and a bed for hauling, Ford will introduce the 2014 Ford F150 Tremor. The F150 Tremor is a special edition street truck that will only be available as a regular-cab with a shortened wheelbase and short bed. Powered by the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, the Tremor is strongly reminiscent of the SVT Lightning from the 1990s and early 2000s but has no connection with the SVT division of Ford.
The EcoBoost V6 in this sport truck will be powerful and quick. All 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque will be channeled through a six-speed transmission and to a 4.10 rear-axle or to all four wheels in 4WD models for maximum acceleration. The standard electronic locking differential will help to achieve a 0-60 time of around 6 seconds, taking advantage of the low curb-weight. Inside, the Tremor will get bucket seats, a flow-through center console, and a floor shifter for a sporty feel.
For more information, stop by Marketplace Ford in Devils Lake, ND once the 2014 Ford F150 becomes available. For drivers who don’t need an extended cab or the long bed, the Tremor is a great option as it will retain towing capabilities.
Each year, PickupTrucks.com holds comparison tests to find out which trucks are the best at what they were designed to do. In the 2013 Light-Duty Challenge, the testers wanted to find out which light-duty truck had the best all-around combination of performance, handling, efficiency, and value. The pickup truck segment has always been fiercely competitive and for one competitor to stand above the rest it must prove itself in multiple areas.
Even with the stiff competition, the 2013 Ford F150 EcoBoost V6 proved itself to be a well rounded hauler that can also outperform other trucks in many categories. In the comparison, the F150 and five other light-duty trucks were tested for acceleration, braking, towing, handling, fuel efficiency, and more (all while both loaded and unloaded). Even after extensive testing in all of these areas, the F150 emerged at the top of the pack. Check out the video summary below or visit pickuptrucks.com to read the article.
For the coming model year, Ford has announced that everyone’s favorite factory built off-road racing truck will be available with an even more custom-looking package that adds a number of visual upgrades. The 2014 Ford F150 SVT Raptor is already about the most capable, purpose-built vehicle on the road today. Designed to tackle any trail at any speed, the SVT Raptor features a number of upgrades to the already-amazing F150. Internal triple-bypass racing shock dampers from FOX, a Torsen limited slip differential, Hill Descent Control, skid plates, and other upgrades help the Raptor to get over just about any obstacle. HID headlamps along with front- and rear-mounted cameras help to increase visibility. The Raptor even features beadlock-capable wheels that allow drivers to deflate tires to extremely low pressures for low-speed traction and grip.
The SVT Raptor Special Edition adds a number of unique touches to the already “spec’d-out” Luxury Package. Among these upgrades is a unique “Raptor SVT” graphic on the side of the box and a unique Ruby Red Metallic paint color (Tuxedo Black is also available). Inside, the Special Edition gets unique seats with Brick Red leather seat bolsters and unique honeycomb textured black cloth inserts. The console gets a unique finishing panel while the center stack and door panels get contrasting appliqué accents. For more information check us out online or visit Marketplace Ford in Devils Lake, ND today.