Ford has started production of its aluminum-bodied F-150 at a second U.S. plant.
Ford announced the official start of production of the 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the 2015 F-150, the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body.
The vehicle comes with a variety of powertrains, including eco-varieties, but it’s the “lightweighting” exercise of the mass-produced alloy bodies up to around 700 pounds lighter that itself helps with incremental fuel savings.
When equipped with the most-effieicnt optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, the new F-150 4×2 returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
While Ford will be producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, its Kansas City Assembly Plant also builds F-150s with an 8-foot cargo box and heavy payload package to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers.
Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities have the capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year.
“The all-new F-150 has surpassed our expectations – setting new standards for full-size truck capability, technology and efficiency,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “With production starting at Kansas City Assembly, we are better poised to start meeting growing customer demand for our pickup.”