Ford F-150

Ford F-150

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The HEVT(Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies, Inc.) brings some important improvements to the famous pickup F-150 especially in regards to fuel savings and still using the Ford chassis. This truck serves as a model for pickups, SUVs and vans using the efficient technology of reducing fuels, gas and emissions. In the case of the Ford F150 the results of HEVT are quite surprising, pushing it from 16mpg(14.7l/100km) during a daily driving to just 41mpg(5.7l/100km).

The brain of this technology is the ACU(Adaptive Control Unit) which controls the hybrid drive train and, when driving, it controls the use of the electric motor and gasoline engine. The ACU features a display unit which shows all the time how much charge is left and how much energy is being recaptured through regenerative braking.

Ford started building specialty trucks back in 1999 with the sporty 340hp F150 Lightning, and two luxury trucks, the ’King Ranch’ and the Harley Davidson. Sin Sin ce then, the Lightning production stopped in 2004, but both luxury trucks have been doing very well in sales. In fact, high end trucks are doing so well that next year Ford will bring out their all new 12th generation F150; with the luxurious ’Platinum’ trim as a part of the regular F150 line. The 2008 Harley Davidson truck is filling the gap in the meantime.

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Ford unveiled the 2009 F-150 pick-up in January at the Detroit Auto Show and sales will begin in autumn. The 2009 F-150 features new exterior, with a bigger and brawnier grille and fatter fenders designed to make the wheels look larger. Also a new chassis offers the new pick-up a stronger frame for more torsional rigidity.

The 2009 F-150 is being offered in seven different trims: XL, STX, XLT, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch and the new Platinum model. Prices are extepected to start at around $19.000.

Ford F-150

The pick-up is being offered with a choice of three V8 engines: 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8, which has been optimized for better performance with improved horsepower and torque, and is capable of running on E85; 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8, which is new for F-150 and the 4.6-liter, 2-valve V-8, a third V-8 choice in the line-up that delivers more horsepower with the same fuel economy performance as the outgoing truck’s V-6.

The new F-150 offers segment-first standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control) and Trailer Sway Control plus available Rearview Camera Assist as well as Integrated Trailer Brake Controller a segment-first on light-duty pickups.

Ford F-150

The interior of the new 2009 F-150 SuperCrew offers more usable space for moving more people and gear thanks to a 6-inch stretch that improves rear seat legroom and cargo capacity. A mechanically articulated second-row seat flips up and out of the way. Combined with a truly flat load floor, the feature gives the new SuperCrew class leading 57.6 cubic feet of space behind the front seats and can accommodate items up to 47.9 inches tall, such as flat-screen TV that needs to be hauled from the electronics store to home.

The 2008 Ford F-150 Foose Edition, which will be available through Ford Dealers in early 2008, will be among 3dCarbon’s featured show vehicles at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The F-150 Foose Edition is a result of an exciting collaboration between world-renown hot-rod customizer Chip Foose, Ford Design and 3dCarbon.

Roush Performance today unveiled the Nitemare F-150, a 100 units limited edition that the company says will be the biggest nightmare for all the other pickup. Based on a standard cab version of the F-150, the Roush Nitemare is powered by a 5.4L, 3 valve engine that delivers 445 hp and a peak torque of 500 lbs. The 2007 Nitemare is a menacing tone-on-tone and its power-to-weight ratio will ensure that this monster has plenty of haul. The Nitemare also features: intake manifolds, (...)

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