All-New 2015 Ford F-150 Proves It Can Take the Heat

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Well, it appears the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will be taking up residence in the kitchen. Even the Ford badges on the iconic truck have been engineered to handle extensive periods of sun damage, while protecting passengers from the sun’s harmful rays, as well.

Extensive tests were conducted to determine the reaction of the truck’s materials to sunlight. Parts of the F-150’s exterior and interior were subjected to six months of outdoor testing under the sun’s brilliance. Afterward, engineers searched for signs of fading or other damage. The Ford badge was subjected to 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions (think five years) and then temperatures of 40 degrees below Celsius and 100-degree Celsius steam.

In addition, the truck was evaluated in an effort to eliminate sun glare for drivers. Engineers carefully selected materials with the least reflective properties and designed shade-like coverings, making it easier to read the gauges.

“Built Ford Tough means more than surviving dirt, rocks and mud, or towing heavy trailers,” said Cindy McComb, a materials engineer at the Ford Central Lab where testing was conducted . “We like to think our work on this truck has given it the kind of sun protection Built Ford Tough trucks require to look as good after five years of exposure to sun, wind and rain as they do when they leave the showroom floor.”

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, that’s what we would call a beast.

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2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best-in-Class Towing

When it comes to maximum towing capacity, no truck even comes close to the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup. The F-450 boasts best-in-class towing capabilities of 31,200 pounds, using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standards.

Over the past couple of years, most automakers have adopted SAE J2807 standards, meaning it is easier to compare truck capabilities side-by-side. And, with this standard in place, the F-450’s towing capability is still 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds—whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement.

In addition to its rugged capabilities, the 2015 F-450 has a more capable suspension and new 19.5-inch wheels.

Giving the F-450 its strength is a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel that provides the ideal combination of power, torque, and efficiency. It delivers best-in-class 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque.

If you need the ultimate towing truck, look no further than the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty. Give us a call today at Shults Ford of Harmarville and we’ll help you find the perfect truck.

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New Ford F-150 Boasts Power Rear Window Option

New Ford F-150Ford’s next-generation pickup truck, the 2015 F-150, is a radical redefinition of the entire pickup truck segment. It’s built on a new body frame that’s heavily infused with aluminum, which will make the pickup a segment leader in fuel efficiency, but the changes don’t stop there. In fact, you’ll find improvements throughout the vehicle’s design, including the rear window. Thanks to a supplier-made innovation, the new Ford F-150 will boast a power rear window option that directly responds to customer wants and needs.

The new window, a one-piece seamless sealing technology, was designed and created by Magna International in an open contest run by Ford.  “They said they wanted visibility, that it seals well when it is closed, but still able to open the center window and use the defog when it is open,” said Noah Mass, a Ford manager for body exterior mechanisms. Magna International answered the bell with a perfect design.

In fact, the new window even allows you to defrost the window while it is open. Ford hopes to extend the technology to many other vehicles after a successful trial run in the F-150. Until then, though, we’re all very excited to finally get our hands on the vehicle here at Shults Ford of Harmarville. Check back with us on the blog often for more updates.

2015 Ford F-150 Pricing Announced!

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The highly-anticipated 2015 Ford F-150 has just had its pricing announced and will begin going on sale later this year. Despite a new, weight-saving aluminum body, the 2015 F-150 will only add a small amount to the pickup’s total cost.

The XL and XLT entry level models start at $26,615 and $31,890, respectively, which is only a $395 increase over the heavier, current-gen 2014 truck. Even the upgrade to a Lariat model is negligibly more expensive—it starts at $39,880, which is only $895 more than last year.

As expected, however, the top-end models do cost a little extra compared to the 2014 truck. The leather-rich King Ranch will cost $49,460, up $3,515, and the Platinum trim will cost $52,155, up $3,055.

That being said, there’s more than just 700 pounds of weight-saving to justify the cost increases. All standard equipment has been heightened across all models. Given that the entry-level XL and XLT account for about 70 percent of all F-150 sales and have less than a $400 increase, that’s not a bad deal at all.

Learn more at Shults Ford of Harmarville!

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