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New Ford F-150 Sheds 700 Pounds, Boosts Improved Fuel Efficiency

| February 4, 2015

Ford F-150

As Ford ramps up production of the all-new F-150, the company has announced that the all-new model boasts a military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, shedding up to 700 pounds and delivering a lighter, more efficient truck than any previous F-150.

These weight savings lead to customer benefits regardless of model configuration or engine choice. The new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and, noted Ford, “has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market.”

When equipped with an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the new F-150 4×2 has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage may vary.

Along with the growth in the F-150, Ford has announced that it add 1,550 new jobs across its Kansas City Assembly, Dearborn Stamping, Dearborn Diversified and Sterling Axle facilities in the first quarter of 2015. The new jobs will support production and growing customer demand for the recently launched 2015 Ford F-150.

With these new jobs, Ford has reached its entry-level allowance outlined in the 2011 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement. As a result, approximately 300 to 500 workers – the first group of “new traditional” employees – will transition, based on attrition and growth, from their entry-level wage of $19.28 an hour to their new wage of $28.50 an hour.

The majority of these employees work at Kansas City, Chicago and Louisville assembly facilities.

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Category: Consumer, Trucks

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