F-150 Powertrain Options for 2018 Get Even Stronger

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For decades, the Ford F-150 has been the vehicle of choice for many Americans for reasons including its impressive capabilities, industry-leading features, and great engines. For the 2018 model year, the F-150 powertrain options are getting even better.

With a new powertrain lineup, the 2018 Ford F-150 is more capable, smarter, and tougher than ever. In fact, it delivers best-in-class towing, payload, and efficiency.

Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, said, “Our new F-150 highlights Ford’s commitment to its hardworking truck customers and how we listen to their demands for their new F-150 to be even tougher, even smarter and even more capable for work and play.”

The second-generation 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine offers a best-in-class EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.* The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers best-in-class towing at 13,200 pounds and payload capacity at 3,270 pounds, when properly equipped.

In addition to better capabilities, the 2018 F-150 comes with bold new styling, more advanced features, and a segment-exclusive SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission. This model year also offers the first diesel-powered F-150 with a 3.0-liter Power Stroke® turbo diesel V6 and will be available next spring.

If you are ready to experience the most advanced, capable pickup ever, come test drive the 2018 Ford F-150 at L&L Motor Co. today.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

What’s New on 2018 Ford F-150?

2018 Ford Police F-150 in Roosevelt, UT
2018 Ford Police F-150.

It’s no secret—the Ford F-150 has been America’s favorite truck for decades now. That’s thanks to Ford’s ability to anticipate the consumer’s ever-changing needs and deliver a truck that’s both modern and classically capable. In sticking with tradition, the new 2018 Ford F-150 keeps the recently added aluminum body and other F-150 standards while adding updates fit for the new model year. Here’s what’s changing.

Exterior

The muscular body of the 2018 F-150 gets a bold updated with a new grille, a new tailgate, and fresh headlights. LED accent lights surround both the high- and low-beam headlights for a distinct design, and separate the upper and lower tail lights as well. The 2018 F-150 also receives an all-new wheel design.

Performance

One of the biggest pieces of news regarding the light-duty 2018 Ford F-150 is the first-ever diesel engine option. Ford has yet to release specifications on the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6, but it promises to be a popular option. The revised EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6, the 5.0-liter V8, and the new 3.3-liter V6 will also be available as powertrain options.

Technology

Higher trim levels of the 2018 Ford F-150 can be equipped with the premium Bang & Olufsen Stereo System. The available adaptive cruise-control and the forward-collision-warning system are both more intelligent and more autonomous than ever, providing smarter driver-assist technologies. Plus, the newly available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot can quickly turn the 2018 F-150 into a mobile office.

The new 2018 Ford F-150 is going to be a favorite at L&L Motor Co. We hope you’ll stop by to take this impressive pickup for a spin.

Ford’s NFL Sponsorship Brings Tailgate Parties

Ford F-Series Now Official Truck of the NFL

Ford is the latest automaker to join the NFL’s growing list of automotive sponsors. To celebrate and kick off its sponsorship, Ford is offering tailgate parties and rides to football games via ride sharing service Uber. Ford’s NFL sponsorship is a three-year deal and officially makes Ford the official truck of the NFL.

The toughness of the NFL is perfect for the Ford brand which puts an emphasis on strength, durability, and toughness, as indicated by the “Built Ford Tough” motto.

According to Ford’s vice president of marketing, Mark LaNeve, Ford’s NFL sponsorship “put the spotlight on fans and players who show toughness, smarts and determination on and off the field, and who deserve to be recognized for that.”

In addition to becoming the official truck brand of the NFL, Ford’s sponsorship also comes with a few other perks. First, the automaker will develop a fleet of Super Duty trucks designed for tailgate parties. Second, pickups will be available to give customers a ride to the game and also features a ticket giveaway. Finally, Ford will hold a contest with tickets to the Super Bowl as the top prize.

We here at L&L Motors couldn’t be happier to see two of the toughest brands combining forces with a three-year deal!

Ford Recycles Enough Aluminum to Make 30,000 Ford F-150 Trucks

Recycled Aluminum A lot has already been said about the Ford F-150’s unique aluminum body. The aluminum alloy helps make the Ford F-150 the toughest truck in the automotive industry! What might be less obvious is that the F-150’s use of aluminum makes it one of the greenest vehicles in the industry as well. Ford recycles enough aluminum in a month to make 30,000 Ford F-150 trucks.

Each month, Ford recycles a total of 20 million pounds of aluminum. That aluminum is then repurposed to create a new fleet of Ford F-150 vehicles.

How does Ford save so much aluminum to be reused? Using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Stamping Plant, Ford is able to repurpose unused aluminum in their vehicle manufacturing.

That’s good news for the environment, especially because the use of recycled aluminum avoids 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from primary aluminum production.

For a truck that is guaranteed to keep you and the planet safer, go for the aluminum standard of the Ford F-150.

Ohio Corn Maze Inspired by All-New Ford F-150

The all-new Ford F-150 is inspiring people around the nation to go further—but it isn’t just appealing to those who have tons of gear to haul around or to our customers at L&L Motors.

Leaders Farm in Napoleon, Ohio has created a seven-acre corn maze in tribute to the Ford F-150—and when we say “tribute,” we don’t just mean that it wrote “sponsored by” on a sign next to the cornfield. No, the maze itself is shaped after the iconic pickup truck.

“We are a multi-generation Ford-driving family,” said Kristin Leaders of Leaders Farms. “My husband Brad was reading a magazine last winter and saw the new F-150 design and loved it. We thought it would really stand out as the feature of this year’s corn maze.”

One of Leaders Farm’s other attractions is Big Jack, a huge pumpkin cannon mounted to a Ford F-450 Super Duty truck. It can launch pumpkins nearly half a mile thanks to a compressed air tank that weighs 500 lbs. and develops 30 psi of pressure. Wow!

Ford F-150 Wins Altair Enlighten Award for Weight Reduction

Ford F-150Ford is on a diet. The American carmaker recently reduced the weight of the 2015 Ford F-150 significantly, thanks to the use of lightweight materials. So much weight, in fact, that Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have named the Ford Motor Company the winner of the 3rd annual Altair Enlighten Award.

“We are happy to congratulate Ford for winning the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award,” said Dave Mason, Vice President of Global Automotive at Altair. “It’s encouraging to see Ford implementing a holistic lightweighting strategy, which resulted in impressive weight savings that were incredibly significant to the judging panel.”

The pickup truck was recognized for its total weight reduction of up to 700 pounds, while still being able to maintain its best-in-class towing, payload, and EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy—not to mention five-star government crash test ratings for every cab configuration!

Much of the 700 pounds were saved by using high-strength, aerospace-grade aluminum alloys throughout the F-150 body, not only reducing weight but also improving dent and ding resistance. Ford also increased the use of high-strength 70,000-psi steel from 23 percent to 77 percent of the frame, improving stiffness and durability while saving about 60 pounds. No wonder they’re selling like hotcakes at L&L Motors!

2016 Ford F-150 Alternative Gas Option Uses Propane and Natural Gas

Ford F-150Ford is stepping to the forefront of alternative clean energy by providing for its new 2016 Ford F-150 trucks to be converted to propane and compressed natural gas (CNG). Though oil prices are down, the interest in these cheaper fuels is on the rise—according to Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.

“We surveyed customers likely to use natural gas or propane, and 72% told us they want to have these alternative-fuel capabilities available on F-150 with the 5-liter V8 engine,” Coleman said. “We expect the gaseous-fuel prep package will be even more popular than it was on the 2014 F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine.”

That also means that Ford will be offering the only half-ton on the road to be powered by CNG or propane fuels. Buyers will need to check the box to include the $315 factory-installed engine package then have a new fuel tank and fuel lines installed for a cost of between $7,000 and $9,500 depending on tank capacity.

New advances like the 2016 Ford F-150 alternative gas option make Ford the most exciting brand on the road. Stop by L&L Motors to see our full line of high-tech Ford cars and trucks.

The Ford F-150 Is the Most Popular Vehicle in 39 States

cropped-cropped-13985351295_23badc4828_k.jpgMost of us are aware that the pickup truck is America’s most-loved vehicle, but we’re not sure that most people know just how much America loves pickups. Everycarlisted.com took it upon themselves to crunch the numbers and throw the results into some helpful visuals that make them easy to understand.

Everycarlisted.com did an analysis of what people are spending across the US on vehicles. The results show that trucks are more popular than cars, and that the Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle.

Let’s break it down:

  • There are 8,747,172 trucks on the road in America right now, and 7,688,144 cars.
  • The F-150 is currently the most popular vehicle in 39 of the 50 states (Yep, that includes Utah).

But, which states don’t love trucks?!

Oddly, Florida prefers windowless vans to trucks, and their most popular vehicle is the Nissan Altima. We think that’s cause for them to lose their ‘Southern’ card. Are they even a real southern state?

Other than Florida being the odd duck of the south, California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Delaware all claim a different vehicle as their state’s most popular choice.

Stop by L&L Motors to find out for yourself why America just can’t get enough of the F-150!

Finally, a 2015 Ford F-150 Ad that Mentions Fuel Economy

2015 Ford F-150 adThe world was shocked when Ford said its next F-150 would be constructed of aluminum. Skepticism took hold when Ford said it would be tougher, more capable, and more rugged than any F-150 before it. Jaws dropped when not one single 2015 Ford F-150 ad mentioned that it offers the best in-class fuel efficiency.

Now, three months and four commercials into the 2015 F-150s ad campaign, and finally, Ford is touting the pickup’s impressive fuel economy. What was the holdup?

The Ford F-150 is the nation’s best-selling vehicle, and changing its construction from steel to lightweight aluminum was a risk, to say the least. Truck enthusiasts want tough; they want rugged; they want dependable; they want capable. They don’t care so much about those EPA estimates. Ford heard their concerns, and—using their first three commercial spots for the 2015 F-150—they made sure we knew that this was one tough pickup.

Now that we’ve heard the message loud and clear, Ford is ready to talk about that other benefit, saying in its latest commercial that the F-150 has “best in class EPA estimated gas fuel economy.” The 700 lbs the F-150 lost with its new aluminum construction not only allows it to tow more, but it also means it’s far more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

Are you ready to test out the 2015 Ford F-150 for yourself? Stop by L&L Motors Ford today!