CLEVELAND -- The maker of the best-selling vehicle made a very bold move putting an aluminum body on their best-selling truck.
The Ford F-150, the best-selling truck for almost 40 years, ended up winning a big time award, the North American Truck/Utility of the Year.
“I’m enjoying the comforts of the seat and the styling class of the dash and the amenities that they offer in the new truck, loving the sun roof," said Harvey Stephens of Cleveland at the 2015 Auto Show.
The F-150 already was a class-leader, but Ford took a big risk by creating the F-150 with an all-aluminum body.
“By trim level, you are saving about 700 pounds just in the weight of the body, that clearly allows a lighter truck, you get more bang for your buck when it comes to horsepower and torque, you get more towing capacity,” said Michael Herrick, Vice President of Liberty Auto Group.
“Light alloy means a lighter vehicle that means better fuel economy and that is what I’m all about,” said Stephens.
Ford touts the F-150 as the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever. Besides the all-aluminum construction, the F-150 has groundbreaking features like the 360 camera view.
“Actually four cameras all integrated in providing a 360 degree view so you know every angle of the truck you can see every area that you may or may not impact something and the truck tells you when you’re getting close whether you realize it or not,” said Dustin Peugeot, General Manager of Liberty Ford Maple Heights.
When it comes to hauling and towing, the new F-150 has a ton of class-exclusive features like a tailgate step and loading ramps.
“The truck not only carries the ramps but allows easy in and out access so if you’re putting equipment into the bed of your truck all of the heavy lifting is done for you,” Peugeot said.
The class-exclusive features also come with integrated LED lights, a remote tailgate and trailer hitch assist.
“As long as you watch the camera and go the right speed it’s very easy to get where you need to get so the hitch on the truck matches the hitch on whatever you are pulling,” said Peugeot.
This is the 8th time a Ford vehicle has won truck/utility of the year.