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Ford Begins 2015 F-150 Production at Historic Rouge Center

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/11/2014 Megan Stewart
2015 Ford F 150 Rouge Center 11© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford F 150 Rouge Center 11

Starting today, the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 enters production at the historic Ford Rouge Center. First revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150 is set to take the full-size pickup segment by storm.

For nearly four decades, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America, and the 2015 model looks to continue that record. Since the configurator for the 2015 F-150 went live, Ford reports that more than 250,000 people built their model online. The new F-150 will be the first mass-produced truck to feature a high-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy body, and to help with production, the automaker has refurbished its Dearborn Diversified, Stamping and Tool & Die facilities. The updated facilities not only feature 500 new robots, but also 850 new employees to ensure the quality of the new model.

Ford's new F-150 lineup will not only be stronger and lighter, but more fuel-efficient. Thanks to weight savings from the aluminum body and new engine technology, the 2015 F-150 is expected to be able to not only tow up to 1100 more pounds, but haul up to 530 more pounds than the outgoing model. While EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers have yet to be announced, Ford projects that the ratings will be between 5 and 20 percent better. We recently put a 2015 F-150 with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and four-wheel drive through our Real MPG test cycle, and recorded 16.6/21.5/18.5 mpg city/highway/combined.

The 2015 Ford F-150 hits showrooms this December.

Source: Ford

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