The 2017 F-series Super duty pickup truck will be unveiled today at the State Fair of Texas.
Ford has shown its preference for aluminium body pick-ups trucks. Even the F-series 2017 pickup has been introduced in an all-aluminium body by Ford. The Super duty pickup truck from the F-series will be unveiled later today.
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The unveiling ceremony by Ford will take place at the State Fair of Texas. This is the second line of trucks that have been changed from steel body to aluminium body by Ford. Previously the F-150 trucks were also changed from a steel body to aluminium. The frame of the trucks on the other hand remains a high strength steel.
“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”
Raj Nair is the head of global product development at Ford. According to Nair the F-series 2017 truck is the toughest Super duty truck they have ever made. For Ford the move to aluminium was risky.
Making an aluminium body required 2 assembly plants for Ford. The development of the aluminium bed and body of the truck took more months. As a result sales saw a downward spiral in the last months of 2014. Small inventories of the truck were still being made in the start of 2015.
But Ford has stated they are back on schedule with their truck’s development. The Ford Kentucky plant has been shut down. In its place a new body shop has been set up. The new shop will allow Ford to ramp up its trucks faster in 2016.
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“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”