FORD GEARS UP TO CELEBRATE PRODUCTION OF 5-MILLIONTH F-SERIES SUPER DUTY
September 25, 2014 by Ford
◾5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty will roll off the assembly line at Kentucky Truck Plant in October, marking a major milestone for the best-selling heavy-duty pickup truck and chassis lineup
◾Ford-designed, Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel delivers best-in-class 440 horsepower and best-in-class standard diesel torque of 860 lb.-ft.; F-450 pickup boasts best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds
◾Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with a market share of 44 percent over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, and the first choice of tradespeople in the hardest-working industries* – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining
Ford, America's truck leader, celebrates production of the 5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty next month.
For 15 years, Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks and chassis cabs – from F-250 to F-550 – have rolled off the assembly line at Kentucky Truck Plant and into the hands of hardworking customers.
'Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers,' said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. 'Their continued sales dominance with these demanding customers proves how hard they deliver.'
Power and efficiency
Truck customers demand maximum horsepower and torque to get the work done, but it's also important the powertrain be as efficient as possible to help keep operating costs low.
In 1999, the largest gasoline engine in the original Super Duty – the Triton 6.8-liter V10 – produced 275 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 7.3-liter diesel engine produced 235 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.
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Both of today's engines deliver power through the efficient TorqShift® six-speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission, while the transmission offerings in the 1999 Super Duty trucks were a four-speed automatic and six-speed manual – the latter available only with the diesel.
Today's TorqShift transmission offers live drive power takeoff, or PTO, to power auxiliary equipment such as snowplows, aerial lifts, tow truck lifts, cement mixers and dump trucks.
Super Duty trucks are known for their capability. For the 1999 F-350 Super Duty pickup, the maximum tow capacity rating was 14,600 pounds. Now, the 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup leads the way with a best-in-class standard tow rating of 31,200 pounds, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard. That's 1,200 pounds more than the nearest competing crew cab 4x4 heavy-duty pickup.
With its new tow rating, the 2015 F-450 ups its already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – beating its nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds.
Today, Super Duty's 6.2-liter gasoline V8 delivers 385 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel supplies 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are more fuel-efficient than the 1999 powertrains.
Ford F-Series Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with 44 percent market share over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, and the first choice of tradespeople in the hardest-working industries* – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining.
Super Duty is the market leader in a variety of fields, including:
◾72 percent of metal mining workers
◾70 percent of law enforcement agencies
◾54 percent of highway maintenance workers
*Percentage based on IHS Automotive Polk U.S. heavy-duty pickup and class 2-5 pickup truck combined new registrations (January 2013 to May 2014 year-to-date) within emergency vehicles, mining/quarrying, construction, petroleum, metal, mining, moving/storage, petroleum refining and related industries, electric gas and sanitary services, justice, public order and safety, heavy construction except building, forestry/lumber products, manufacturing, agriculture/farm, auto repair services and parking/rental, road/highway maintenance, specialized/heavy hauling, landscaping and horticulture, wrecking and demolition, agriculture prod (sic or vocation)
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