Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hyundai Tucson Coming to Canadian Dealerships

Photo Credit: CNW Group/Hyundai Auto Canada Corp


Canadian motorists have been provided with some relief in the past few weeks as the correction of oil prices is bringing the prices at gas stations to a more tolerable level. While the immediate concerns for energy are being pacified by this drop, our future thoughts envision a world beyond the finite quantity of accessible oil. Hydrogen is seen as the most ambitious energy source. While dispelling safety and efficiency concerns with the plentiful gas, automakers are slowly spoon-feeding the driving public to hydrogen cars.

Some vehicles burn hydrogen fuel in an internal combustion engine but a more active vision sees the gas sent through fuel cells creating electrical power. A handful of test vehicles over the past decade have been a prelude what is a limited production run. The hydrogen fuel cell powered Honda FCX Clarity was first sold in 2008 and Toyota is set to produce the Mirai for driving customers. For the time being, California residents have been the only North American provided with the choice of evaluating hydrogen fuel cell technology due to the state's refuelling infrastructure. In Canada, the province of British Columbia has been most bullish on the prospect of hydrogen propelled automobiles setting up refuelling stations in Vancouver and Surrey. For 2015, this infrastructure will be put to greater use when Hyundai brings the first publically available fuel cell vehicle to Canada.

Based on a Hyundai Tucson crossover typically found with a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine, Canada's first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be known as the Tucson FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle). "We firmly believe that Hyundai has already surpassed the tipping point in fuel cell technology development and that it's ready to be driven by customers interested in pioneering a zero-emissions automotive future," replied President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corporation Don Romano. Being introduced for Vancouver area residents during the early part of 2015, Hyundai's Canadian availability of the fuel cell crossover follows its debut in the United States earlier this year where it is available through a limited set of Southern California dealerships. Aside from the United States, the Hyundai Tucson FCEV is also marketed in countries such as United Kingdom, Germany, France and South Korea.

Though the Hyundai Tucson FCEV needs a gas-based fuel source, it is effectively an electric car. Using a PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cell, electrical power is extracted through the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen stored in a battery pack. On the Tucson FCEV, a 100-kilowatt electric motor provides momentum amounting to 134 horsepower. Travel distance for the fuel cell powered Hyundai is estimated at roughly 482 kilometers under ideal conditions. At British Columbia's hydrogen refuelling stations, motorist will require only five minutes to replenish the storage tank.  

While an electric vehicle, Hyundai promotes its Tucson FCEV as having advantages over plug-in battery electric cars. Hyundai claims their fuel cell crossover delivers improved distance, better efficiency in cold weather and even less greenhouse gas emissions compared to a battery-powered vehicle. President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Eric Denhoff commented, "Fuel cell vehicles have the potential to make a huge, positive impact on the environment and climate change," adding Hyundai's Tucson FCEV is proof Canada should prepare to take the next steps to embrace hydrogen power.

Largely an experimental vehicle, Hyundai's Tucson FCEV is not going to be available for outright purchase. Instead, prospective British Columbian drivers can acquire the vehicle through a three-year lease term, At $599 per month the Tucson FCEV, Canadians will be paying $100 more per month than our American counterparts. Maintenance and even refuelling is being provided at no additional cost.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stephen K. Carlisle To Become New Head of General Motors Canada in 2015



Entering the new year, General Motors of Canada will have a new President and Managing Director. Appointed to the job on November 20th, Woodstock, Ontario-born Stephen K. Carlisle will become the leading influence of the large automaker's Canadian arm. Carlisle's assignment in his birth country comes after a some high-ranking globetrotting with the company.

A Canadian born and raised individual who earned an bachelor of applied science degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo, Stephen Carlisle has also acquired a master's degree in business administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. Carlisle's work history with General Motors started in 1982 as a co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre. In 1986, Stephen Carlisle was assigned to advanced manufacturing engineering at the Oshawa operations during a time it underwent massive retooling for updated Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks as well as the adoption of new car production. Carlisle rose from product engineering-related assignments and ventured outside of Canada in the 1990s where he was appointed to several posts including the Director of the GM Decision Support Center in 1995.

After about a decade of roles within the United States operations of General Motors, Stephen Carlisle was positioned as a vice president of the automaker's Asian business. Placed in charge of Product and Program Management for GM Asia Pacific in 2002, that role was expanded globally in 2010. Between the times, Carlisle also served as the vice president of US Sales Operations.

Carlisle will be taking over a role held for the past four years by Kevin Williams. Leading the Canadian arm of General Motors within a year of the historic bankruptcy of the automaker's operations, Williams has enthusiastically persuaded customers to their current vehicle line-up in this country. He will bee staying with the company through the end of the year in order to facilitate a smooth transition for Carlisle.

Stephen K. Carlisle's presidency at General Motors of Canada is developing as uncertainty remains around the vehicle manufacturing future at the flagship Oshawa Assembly Plant. With Chevrolet Camaro producing moving stateside next year, there have been no assurances production will continue beyond 2016. It will be interesting to note if Carlisle's career-building assignments at the manufacturing plant can positively influence the presence of a continuing Canadian workforce with General Motors.


Information and photo source: General Motors of Canada

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Virtual Vision: Chevrolet’s Chaparral 2X VGT Concept Racer




At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet’s most recent concept vehicle meant have just claimed the title as the most outrageous design of the year. Honouring 45 years of their partnership with legendary Chaparral Racing, designers created a car characterizing a similar sense of ground-breaking practical style as what flourished with the 1960s race cars. Called the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT), the only more radical part of this concept car is that almost anyone with a Sony Playstation 3 will be able to drive it.




Every aspect of the Chaparral 2X VGT can honestly be described as science fiction meets 21st century motorsports. A lightweight design sculpted under what General Motors classified as a “No-rules environment“, the vehicle is constructed on a composite material chassis. Bearing a minor resemblance to the GM Autonomy, the Chaparral 2X VGT cannot really be compared to any active production or race car. Active driver-adjustable aerodynamic elements provide optimized grip and handling for the advanced race car. “It was created in a no-rules atmosphere to challenge designers and test engineers to deliver the most exhilarating sensations. This is a fantasy car by design,” said the car’s design team manager Frank Saucedo.

Something pulled straight from the minds of forward-thinking scientists and engineers consumed with theoretical thoughts of space and air flight, the power unit of the Chaparral 2X VGT is far-removed from a Chevrolet small-block engine. Called a laser beam-energy propulsion system, the mid-mounted source of momentum for the Chaparral 2X VGT is electrical powered through a lithium-ion battery and air-powered generator. Pushed by 900 horsepower of thrust, the futuristic technology allows the vehicle to accelerate in just 1.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 240 miles per hour.





Wild and far-out, the Chaparral 2X VGT’s ancestry required the concept vehicle to live up to some innovative creations. While Chaparral Cars existed for only a short time, the Texas-based race vehicle constructor founded by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp was renowned for being a world leader in aerodynamics in the late 1960s. Cars powered by Chevrolet engines were remembered for sailing around race tracks with a large, high-mounted rear wing. Experimenting with winged vehicles at an early stage, Chaparral was also a pioneer of ground effects. In 1970s, fan-driven ground effects were conceived for the Chaparral 2J. Proving extremely fast, this car was eventually banned from Can-Am competition. As a true tribute to the Chaparral cars of the past, the 2X VGT concept shares the classic '66' numbering.





 
Designed for the racing video game Gran Turismo 6, the Chaparral 2X VGT can be experienced simply by downloading it as part of an online update. The notion of creating vehicles that only operate in the virtual world could eliminate the need for costly (though thrillingly climatic) physical show cars. Last year, Audi created the Fleet Shuttle quattro vehicle for the futuristic war movie Ender’s Game. While Harrison Ford was seen on-screen riding inside of the 22nd century design depiction, the Audi Fleet Shuttle quattro never existed in full scale. Instead of allowing their concept design to be felt in only a virtual environment, Chevrolet has constructed a real-world example of the Chaparral 2X VGT in time for the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Until November 30th, the Chevrolet dream racer will be on display.

In addition to celebrating Chevrolet’s 45th anniversary to the partnership with the Texas-based sports car builder, virtual release of the Chaparral 2X VGT on Gran Turismo 6 commemorates the 15th year for the auto racing video game franchise.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The V for Velocity: Cadillac's New 455-Horsepower ATS-V



Since the Cadillac ATS premiered, many of us have been awaiting the addition of one letter to the model nameplate. As Cadillac billed their latest vehicle as a BMW 3-Series fighter, we've eagerly wanted to see the American luxury brand attempt to match wits with the M3. Almost two years since the global introduction of the ATS, the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V appears on paper to be the compact performance car meant to give the BMW M3 a kick in lederhosen.





To be offered in both the sedan and coupe body style, the 2016 ATS-V is Cadillac's first use of a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine in their V-Series performance line. A similar 3.6-liter displacement powerplant as the one offered on the CTS Vsport model, the Cadillac Twin Turbo engine has been specially tailored for the ATS-V to produce 455 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Low-inertia turbochargers equipped with lightweight titanium-aluminide turbines that reduces the amount lost energy on the system. Each turbocharger unit produces as much as 18 pounds of boast and operates with its own vacuum-actuated wastegate for peak efficiency. Performance through the turbocharging of the Cadillac V-6 engine is also maximized thanks to a intercooler and a setup involving no circuitous heat-exchanger tubing. In addition to gasoline direct injection and domed aluminum pistons, the 3.6-liter Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6 engine delivers redeeming performance attributes such as 90 percent of powerplant torque being available at 2,400 rpm to 6,000 rpm.







Drivers of the Cadillac ATS-V is offered a choice of transmissions to accompany the twin-turbocharged power unit. Standard equipped on the 2016 ATS-V will be a six-speed manual transmission. Ideal for high-performance purists, the six-speed manual includes no-lift shifting, launch shifting and Active Rev Match (the same feature is found on the manual gearbox of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray). An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift controls is also on the ATS-V. When the 455-horsepower engine is combined with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, the Cadillac ATS-V is capable of sailing from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than the outgoing supercharged CTS-V). Top speed of the 2016 ATS-V can exceed 185 miles per hour under the right driving conditions.





Designed around the new high-performance powertrain, the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and ATS-V Sedan is enhanced most evidently by a revised front air dam, rear spoiler as well as a hood featuring venting and a prominent bulge. Much of the styling details were communicated through the already-shown Cadillac ATS-V.r race car. In addition to the improved aerodynamics and cooling, the vehicle is stiffened by 25 percent over the base ATS to permit higher speed cornering. Tri-compound tires, Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride Control is also equipped on the ATS-V tailoring the car for optimum handling. Driver selectable modes consisting of touring, sport or track can be programmed from the comfort and support of the Cadillac ATS-V's high-performance seating. The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V will also offer an onboard Performance Data Recorder capable of capturing high-definition video and driving data.

Premiering at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show starting this week, production for the customer version of the twin-turbocharged Cadillac ATS-V model is set to start in the spring.


Information and photo source: General Motors


 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Enters Stable with 500 Horses



At this time, the production first examples of the 2015 Ford Mustang just reaching showroom floors. Reporting the new Mustang is spending an average of only six days on United States dealership lots before being sold, Ford appears to have succeeded in creating an attractive refresh of their coveted vehicle. The Evos concept car inspired styling and the power up to 400 horsepower available from the Canadian-built 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine allowed the new Mustang to openly participate in many glamour shots since it went public light this past December. Fanfare for the latest generation version of the original pony car remained high throughout this year as the vehicle’s introduction coincided with the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary. After almost a full year of the 2015 Mustang, Ford Motor Company’s selective breeding has now led to the latest iteration of the Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Rolling up to the 50th anniversary to the production of the first Shelby GT350s by Carroll Shelby, the newest version of the souped-up Ford Mustang is among the most powerful and technologically advanced. Galloping with 500 horses, the new Ford Shelby GT350 is a 21st century example of 1960s muscle. Despite some rumours indicated the chance the Shelby GT350 would be turbocharged, beneath the aluminum hood of the Shelby GT350 Mustang is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-8 engine. A European performance car derived high-revving flat-plane crankshaft is a key aspect Ford advertises about the powerplant of the high-performance pony car. Generating 500 horsepower and more than 400 pound-feet of peak torque, the engine of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang is the most powerful naturally aspirated power unit dropped into a mass-produced Ford vehicle. A six-speed manual transmission and a standard Torsen limited-slip differential are components of the powertrain guaranteed to allow a driver to experience thunderous performance. Optional on the Shelby GT350 Mustang is a Track Pack including an engine oil cooler and transmission cooler.




   
Similar to the new Ford F-150 pickup trucks, aluminum body panels are sculpted in creating the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang’s exterior persona. The hood and front fenders have been augmented to provide a look distinct from the base Mustang. A lowered engine cover decreases the aerodynamic resistance, an outlet equipped to the hood excels in preventing lift at high speeds. The front end of the Mustang receives a fascia incorporating a lower front splitter for greater airflow control. At the rear of the Shelby GT350 Mustang, a diffuser and small deck lid spoiler enhances the back-end adhesion. Accommodating specially tailored, wide-width Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires mounted to 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, the fenders of the GT350 have been reshaped.


 
 
Combined with the engine power of the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is Brembo six-piston front disc brakes, traction control and a responsive suspension. The GT350 becomes the latest recipient of an electro-magnetically controlled handling. The first Ford product to use MagneRide, iron particle impregnating hydraulic fluid is transferred between the corners of the GT350 using electrical current at a rate of 10 milliseconds to create precise vehicle handling. Performance numbers for the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang have not been disclosed at this time but a 0 to 60-mile per hour time of about 4 seconds flat.





Inside the new high-performance Mustang, the Shelby GT350 model includes race-themed pieces and creature comforts. Heavily developed cloth Recaro sport seats, unique gauges and a flat-bottom steering wheel add an additional performance car edge to the Ford Mustang. Interior chrome and other brightly finished components are dulled to prevent potentially distracting sunlight glare. Through an available Tech Pack, the Shelby GT350 Mustang receives an extensive level of comfort equipment. Leather seating, MyFord Touch, dual-zone electronic temperature control and Shaker Audio speaker system is included with the Tech Pack.

Along with track performance figures, the release date of the Ford GT350 Shelby for the United States and Canada has yet to be announced.


Information and photo source: Ford Motor Company 


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mazda Goes the Distance with Unlimited Mileage Warranty Plan in Canada



During a year where automotive recalls attracted a great deal of general news related to the vehicle sector, leading automobile manufacturers are facing the growing potential of losing trust with Canadian motorists. Intent to curb the atmosphere of distrust in the new car market, some brands are having a more difficult time than other for restoring respect with customers. While not involved in any major recalls in 2014, Mazda does see a window of opportunity to potentially win over some customers by changing one major provision in their vehicle warranties.

Starting with all 2015 model year Mazda vehicles, the Japanese-derived vehicle brand will give customers an Unlimited Mileage Warranty in Canada. Phasing out their limits for distance, almost all standard vehicle warranties issued by Mazda will operate on a timed basis. A policy guaranteed to benefit long-distance commuters, Mazda Canada's new unlimited distance warranty is being applied to a almost every component of the vehicle. Basic new vehicle warranty, powertrain, original equipment battery and even roadside assistance will be covered through unlimited mileage protection. Commenting that the new warranty coverage plan is devoted to enhancing long-term customer satisfaction for the vehicles Mazda builds, Canadian operations president Kory Koreeda stated, "By offering customers an Unlimited Mileage Warranty, we believe it will enhance their ownership experience by alleviating concerns such as kilometer limitations, repair costs and resale value."

The total months for which a new Mazda is covered under warranty remains the same. For example, the new vehicle basic coverage is still 36 months and the powertrain warranty term remains 60 months under the revised customer assurance strategy. The only warranty condition where a mileage limit will remain in place is in regards to emissions defects. For this warranty, the warranty remains at a maximum 128,000 kilometers or 96 months.

Mazda Canada's rollout of the Unlimited Mileage Warranty plans may not come as a particularly costly measure. According to a 2009 Canadian Vehicle Survey, the average Canadian driver travels 15,366 kilometers per year (well within Mazda's previous maximum distance per warranty term.

In addition to new buyers of 2015 Mazda products such as the CX-5 or the Mazda3, the Unlimited Mileage Warranty is also being retroactively extended to customers who have already bought a 2015 model year vehicle.  


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sizzling European Derived Scion iM Concept to Premiere at LA Auto Show



Since its introduction in 2002, Toyota's Scion brand has been fighting to gain traction as a hip and popular youth-oriented spectacle. Scion has been devoted in selling small, affordable vehicles while the North American Toyota brand converged itself on the mid-range of the auto sector. However, despite Scion's creative marketing and promises for personalization, the brand has not entirely succeeded in winning over customers. Recent additions of the FR-S and the iQ microcar has made Scion showrooms a more entertaining destination but the novelty of those vehicles appears to be exhausting. Scion sales in Canada following October is down compared to 2013. Division sales in the first 10 months of 2014 is down 18.8 percent compared to the same time last year. In order to reinvigorate the young blood of the Scion brand, a new hatchback concept car will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Scion iM Concept car is a five-door hatchback, the stylish compact car appears to be the spiritual successor to the Toyota Matrix. Billed as a fusion of sporty style and versatility, the iM Concept is being advertised as a vehicle adapted to the evolving tastes of younger drivers. The five-door hatchback incorporates a series of design touches derived motorsports as well as compact customizers. A body coated with a paint colour called "Incrediblue" features front and rear fascia panels with lower air dam details. The Scion iM Concept's lowered stance made possible by a height adjustable suspension system allows the aerodynamic pieces to stand out further. All four performance tires on the iM Concept car are mounted to forged 19-inch alloy wheels.    

Said to be inspired by European touring cars, this five-door hatchback borrows a lot more than inspiration from overseas. Subtracting the sport compact equipment, the Scion iM Concept car may appear very familiar to some global automobile fans. New to North America, the iM Concept car already exists in the world as a production vehicle. Marketed as the Toyota Auris, the hatchback is commonplace in Europe, Australia and Japan constructed on a platform similar to the Corolla. In global markets, the Auris is offered in a multitude of configurations including a wagon-like touring version and a hybrid. Overall shape as well as headlight and taillight housings look practically identical on both vehicles.



Somewhat crushing that Toyota hasn't delivered a completely unique concept car for the North American in Los Angeles through Scion, the styling exhibition is eye-catching as a dynamic tone to the hatchback. At least Scion can be credited with making the iM Concept something enticing to find in our driveways. Existing as a concept at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, existing production history and marketing strategy has all but guaranteed this Scion could be found in dealerships within 12 to 18 months.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Will Revive Maybach Luxury Nameplate with High-End S-Class



Realizing the automobile was originally created as a toy for the rich, it took a short time until some of the financially well-off individuals grew tired of driving themselves. For those wanting to be chauffeured, a pocket of super-luxury car companies emerged. Through the 1930s, American high society had Duesenberg, tea-drinking aristocrats in the United Kingdom had Rolls-Royce and the well-connected in Germany had Maybach. After a brief recent hiatus from the ultra-luxury segment, Mercedes-Benz will give rear-seat riders the self-reward of an exclusive sedan wearing the Maybach name.

Similar to the way Mercedes-AMG functions as a high-performance brand, peak-luxury wearing Germany's famous three-pointed star will be addressed as a Mercedes-Maybach. Operating as a sub-brand, the Mercedes-Maybach name is being used to accentuate existing Mercedes-Benz products. Inaugurating the Mercedes-Maybach branding will be a highly-exclusive version of the S-Class sedan. Teasing with the release of a few images ahead of a full public unveiling later this month, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is said to embody "... a new benchmark for exclusivity and meets even the most discerning of requirements in terms of appointments.", according to Mercedes-Benz. Personalization with a high-quality materials is also set to be a trait for the Mercedes-Maybach vehicle. Lacking specific details at this time on available equipment on the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, a photograph of the premium four-door sedan's rear seating area exhibits spaciousness in a highly-comfortable environment.   





Having just revealed the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand, it would be unclear if or how Mercedes-Benz could use this super-luxury moniker in the future. While a high-end coupe, convertible or even a crossover utility model may eventually join the S-Class sedan, it seems unlikely that luxury sub-brand will flourish as far as the Mercedes-AMG name. Catering to high-end customers, we probably should not be holding our breath for a B-Class.

A company originally created to build engines for airships and other heavy vehicle applications, Maybach's contribution to the luxury car market remained best recognized. Owning Maybach since 1960, Daimler AG (known as Daimler-Chrysler at the time) decided to reintroduce the world to the German luxury car nameplate in the 21st century as a super-luxury four-wheeled cruiser. Creating a brand firmly devoted to the elite willing to pay deep into the six-figure range for ultimate extravagance on the road, Maybach's 57 and 62 models were unapologetically hulking examples of super-luxury cars. Directly campaigning against Rolls-Royce as the pinnacle of fine motoring, Maybach succeeded in emphasizing its elegance but was far less effective on the sales chart than its parent company would have thought. The Maybach 57 and 62 sedans concluded production in 2013 with Daimler AG shuttering the brand.

The world premiere of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is set for sometime the end of November.


Information and photo source: Daimler AG

Ford F-150 Officially Enters New, Lighter Era



Despite the changing automotive climate where electrified powertrains and crossover vehicles is part of a new 21st century normal, the traditional products remains the main driving force for North America. A vehicle type renowned for toughness and versatility for serving a wide industry, pickup trucks exist as the bread and butter of major automakers. When it was time for Ford to reengineer their market-topping F-150 truck for the 2015 model year, it was accepted as the blue oval’s most important unveiling. Accounting for more than 30 percent of the Ford Motor Company’s total vehicle sales in the United States, the F-Series line-up, that includes the general duty F-150 half-ton, plays a pivotal part in the business’ financial health. On Tuesday, the first 2015 F-150 pickup truck rolled off the assembly line at the Ford Rouge Center.

As the first 2015 Ford F-150 coasted along the production floor, the most radical redesign of the popular pickup truck transitioned from the showstopper of Detroit’s North American Auto Show to the vehicle tasked with helping people move miscellaneous loads. Exterior styling depicting a large front grille with available LED headlights as well as a bed incorporating BoxLink cargo management is only the tip of the anvil describing the new F-150. Engineers creating the new-generation Ford F-150 for 2015 placed intense focus into the materials used to shape their latest half-ton truck. Constructed on a high-strength steel frame, body panels made of military-grade aluminum introduces Ford truck buyers to something quite unique. Ford claims the use of more-advanced materials allows their new F-150 to weigh up to 700 pounds less. 


2015 Ford F-150

While the aluminum construction had Ford requiring to extend additional training to employees at their customer service center body shops, the aluminum panels of the 2015 F-150 boast not only lighter weight compared to steel but promises long-term durability and heightened corrosion-resistance. While Ford’s use of aluminum is groundbreaking for an American-made pickup truck, the use of the lightweight material is not unprecedented in the grand scope of the utility vehicle world. The original Land Rover utility vehicles built in 1948 utilized aluminum bodywork partly due to the shortage of significant steel supplies in the United Kingdom following the Second World War.






In addition to the body and frame construction, the 2015 Ford F-150 including two engines using the auto company’s EcoBoost technology. The 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 is joined by a new 2.7-liter powerplant. Generating 325 horsepower, the 2.7-liter engine includes standard Auto Start-Stop technology. A naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 and the top-of-the-line made in Canada 5.0-liter V-8 engine are also offered as powerplant choices with the 2015 model year Ford truck. With the 385-horsepower V-8, the F-150 delivers improved high-end towing capacity. Ford confidently asserts fuel economy of the full-sized truck will climb by at least five percent compared to the previous model.

With regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew cabin versions entering the marketplace, the 2015 Ford F-150 will also cater to the heightened demands of drivers as well as passengers. Multiple interior storage compartments, MyFord Touch with eight-inch touchscreen and a 360-degree camera view will be available inside the new truck.

Planning to build over 700,000 examples of the 2015 Ford F-150 in a full year, the Ford Rouge Center plant will not be the only place where the half-ton truck will be assembled. Early next year, production of the new F-150 is set to start at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. The United States and Canada will be one of 90 markets for the new Ford F-150.



Information and photo source: Chris Nagy, Ford Motor Company