Ford dealers began placing their orders for the 2015 F-150 on Monday and pricing for the new pickup have been announced.
As expected, while the new aluminum bodies shave 732 pounds from the weight of the pickups, the material and new production methods add anywhere between $395 and $3,515 to the cost of the trucks.
The new trucks are also packed with a lot of new technology and features that likely add to the price of the 2015 models.
Everything from an LCD screen in the center stack, two extra speakers and a telescoping steering wheel are standard features this time around. Meanwhile, the higher-end King Ranch and Platinum pickups saw the biggest price increases of $3,515 and $3,055 over their 2014 models, respectively, and pack even more new tech. The King Ranch adds push-button start, LED cargo lighting and two 400 watt power inverters among other features while the Platinum adds even more including heated seats and steering wheel, massaging front seats and real wood interior pieces.
According to a report from USA Today, Ford will begin production of the trucks in the third quarter and start shipping them in the fourth quarter. Ford spokesman Doug Scott told USA Today the automaker expects to sell more of the higher-end models, noting that while all trim levels and engines will be launched at once, there will be a short delay before all of the cab configurations will be available for all models and drivetrains.
And while the F-150 models have all increased in price, Ford’s most popular engine option, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, has been dropped $100 to $1,995.
Below is the pricing for each new F-150 model, including the $1,195 shipping fee.
Whether buying or leasing, when it comes time to make those hard decisions on which new pickup rolls into your fleet, the choices have to make good business sense.
Bed length, cab configuration, engine and drivetrain configuration all have to be spec’d out so the new truck will handle all the tasks that come its way.
Those are easy enough decisions to make. Where things might get a little more complicated is in the engine spec’ing and other not-so-obvious options.
Is it worth the price to go with an optional engine package or stay with the base offering? Should you get a diesel or a bi-fuel (CNG/Propane) version, or save money and go with gas?
Creating a spreadsheet mapping out the cost of the engine packages as well as the fuel and maintenance costs over the expected service life of the truck will illustrate the monetary value of each choice and make that decision a bit easier.
And don’t forget to add in the trade-in/resale value of those engine choices when tallying the figures; diesels and alternative-fuel engines retain a much higher value than the gas engines, which helps offset some of the option’s initial costs. There may be rebates and incentives for CNG/Propane-fueled trucks that help the ROI as well.
Here are some other options that are important to consider when buying a work pickup:
Power take-off is one of the most overlooked options in diesel pickups. It places a device that when coupled with the truck’s transmission redirects the engine’s power to driving any number of attachments. The typical cost for the “PTO” package from Ford is around $250. Even if a PTO isn’t of use right away, get the option: A PTO-ready heavy-duty pickup will sell faster than one without.
Spending an extra $250-$450 to have a true “locker” in your work trucks will pay for itself the first time the rear wheels start to spin in a particularly slippery situation. Electric-locking rear differentials offer double traction compared to a “limited-slip” or stock (open) differential, improving driver safety and saving time spent getting unstuck.
Spending a few hundred dollars to get dual alternators on a diesel is added insurance on keeping batteries from being run down during long idle periods with flashers going or running auxiliary lights. They also help extend electric winch time and power.
This option isn’t just for snow country pickups. The heavier-duty front springs, larger or dual alternators on diesels, a front wiring harness for plow and lights, cab lights, and skid plates that come with most snow plow prep packages are also an excellent upgrade for those adding heavy-duty bumpers and winches.
Ram Truck’s newest option ($780 on Ram 2500 / $490 on Ram 3500) includes heavy-duty front springs, underbody protection, high-output alternator, skid plate, clearance lights, off-road tires, auxiliary I/P switches and a limited-slip differential to the truck. Great upgrade for off-roaders, too.
This option isn’t just for “off-roaders”—it’s a good option for anyone towing trailers, large or small. Most off-road option packages come with high-pressure gas shocks, larger sway bars and skid plates. The upgraded shocks and sway bars significantly improve vehicle control when loaded or towing.
A must-have for any truck being used in fleet or commercial applications. Heavier-duty cooling for engine and transmission, trailer wiring, brake controller and hitch are included in most of these packages. Again, a great value for the dollar that is recouped at trade-in or re-sale time.
Women are having a big impact on the housing market in Rochester, New York, and not in the traditional sense. The city has seen a sizable increase in the number of home development firms led by women.
According to a report from the Democrat & Chronicle, two of the seven homes recently shown at a showcase for a new subdivision development were built by companies led by women.
Some of the women entering home building are leaving high-level or well-paying positions elsewhere, seeing the opportunity in a rebounding industry.
As of June, home starts in the U.S. were up 7.5 percent year-over-year at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000, according to preliminary data from the Commerce Department.
One of the companies featured in the showcase mentioned above is Bella Homes, led by Kristi Dellaria. Dellaria started the company while working full-time as a mortgage broker. Back then, she was simply remodeling old homes and flipping them. Eventually though, her reputation spread and people building new homes began to seek her design skill.
Rick Herman, the CEO of the Rochester Home Builders’ Association says he and his members have taken notice at the increased number of women entering the industry. Herman says that since he joined the association 17 years ago, the number of women members has increased from one to seven. And while that number is still small, it still has the members talking.
While discussing the reasons construction companies should become early adopters of Google Glass, we mentioned that the much-talked-about device was worth exploring since it is a precursor to much more sophisticated technology.
Turns out, we were closer than we thought to those types of new devices as a startup company named Atheer has plans to launch a hard hat by the end of the year with capabilities much more impressive than Glass.
One of the biggest setbacks of Glass is that the information the device displays is relegated to a corner of your vision. According to a report from GigaOm, Atheer’s augmented reality hard hat, on the other hand, completely fills your vision by integrating the device’s display into safety glasses.
One second a worker is looking through the lenses of transparent glasses and the next, data is streaming into his vision through the glasses’ transparent display.
“They need to be doing something physical with their hands, … but also they need to look up data and share information with other people and get other people’s perspective on things,” Atheer CEO and Co-founder Soulaiman Itani told GigaOm. “Currently the best solution they have is they have these ruggedized tablets. They need to take it, scan something, maybe communicate, send images to someone back at the base and look up information, then put the thing down, try to do some work and pick it up again.”
Itana says Atheer has integrated the technology into the design of the hard hat by placing the electronics into the side walls of the helmet.
Atheer says workers will be able to pull up blueprints, images, emails and much more. In fact, in a demo of the device for GigaOm, Atheer CTO and co-founder Allen Yang showed how it could remotely connect to a laptop and let a worker view and control the Windows desktop.
The company is halfway through development of the hard hats and has plans to make the first shipments by the end of this year.
According to a report from The Hutchinson News, Dylan Joseph Snyder, 22, was picking up construction cones and signs along Kansas Highway 61 in Reno County when the truck rear ended one vehicle and sideswiped two others that had stopped behind construction vehicles moving alongside the work zone.
After hitting the vehicles, the truck struck Snyder. He was airlifted to Christi Medical Center’s St. Francis campus where he died.
Jonathan Marcus Yoder, 36, was driving the 2008 Freightliner trash truck. He first rear ended a 2012 Chevrolet Impala that was stopped behind two road construction vehicles. The truck then sideswiped Snyder’s unoccupied 2008 Chevrolet Colorado. Snyder’s car was parked in the road behind a 2008 Ford F-650.
The driver of the Ford F-650 wasn’t hurt, but another worker, David R. Holloway Jr., 24, was injured. Holloway was in the back of the truck stacking signs and cones being passed up by Snyder. Holloway was treated at a local hospital, but wasn’t seriously hurt. Yoder, who was wearing his seat belt, didn’t suffer any serious injuries either.
Editor’s Note: Brian Ethridge is the online managing editor for sister sites Better Roads and Aggregates Manager.
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The company’s net sales increased to $2.05 billion, up 10.4 percent from the second quarter of 2013 again mainly due to strong performances from the company’s Aerial Work Platform and Material Handling and Port Solutions (MHPS) segments.
Terex’s profit during the second quarter quadrupled over the same period in 2013 to $87.8 million, or $0.76 per share. The huge gain was mainly due to restructuring and debt reduction costs incurred during the second quarter of 2013. Excluding those costs, the company saw a profit of $74.8 million during the second quarter of 2013, making for a 17-percent year-over-year improvement in this past quarter.
Terex Chairman and CEO Ron DeFeo called the results for the quarter “mixed.”
“Our Aerial Work Platforms segment had a strong quarter but margins were slightly lower than a year ago due to product mix and planned investments in new product development and manufacturing footprint,” DeFeo explained in a prepared statement. “ We expect this dynamic to continue through the remainder of the year, although on increasing sales versus the prior year.”
The AWP segment accounted for $717.9 million in sales, an increase of 18 percent over the second quarter of 2013.
Meanwhile, construction segment sales fell 0.04 percent to $227.2 million during the quarter. Crane sales fell as well, down 3 percent to $503.5 million.
MHPS sales rose 16 percent to $431.4 million and Materials Processing sales were up 4 percent to $183.1 million.
Looking forward, DeFeo says the company’s outlook on 2014 remains positive with an expectation of sales between $7.3 billion and $7.5 billion and earnings per share between $2.50 and $2.80.
“We expect continued strength from our AWP segment and improvement from our Cranes and MHPS segments to drive improved performance for the second half of 2014 compared with the first six months,” DeFeo said. “While we see a slightly weaker end-market than we originally anticipated, from an (earnings per share) perspective, the impact on operating earnings is expected to be somewhat offset by both a lower effective tax rate and a lower anticipated share count.”
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But here we are today looking at exactly that engine going under the hoods of Ford’s 2015 F-150s: the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.
The newest EcoBoost is a marvel in engineering and design, and it packs more punch from its diminutive 165 cubic inches than Ford’s own 5.4L Triton V-8 that was the go-to engine in the F-150 a decade ago.
Heck, with 325 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque on tap, it packs just 5 lb.-ft. and 45hp less than the current 5.0-liter F-150 V8; 10 lb.-ft. less torque and 8 hp more than Nissan’s Titan 5.7-liter V8; 30 less ponies and 8 lb.-ft. less than the 5.3 General Motors V8s and 85 hp more than the Ram EcoDiesel V6 while giving up 45 lb.-ft. in torque.
That’s impressive muscle from a gas V6.
Now for those who are old-school V8 lovers that still stand firm by the “there’s-no-replacement-for-displacement” mentality, it’s time for old dogs to learn new tricks. I did.
Here’s the deal: When Ford rolled out the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in 2011, the way we looked at the world of pickup gas V8s changed dramatically. That’s when the light went on that twin-turbo’d, small-displacement V6s can, indeed, stand cylinder-to-cylinder with small-block V8s and kick their butts when used in pickups.
The new generation of Ford’s turbo’d V6 pickup engines deliver the torque down low and pull as hard, if not harder, than their naturally-aspirated small-block V8 brethren, all the while delivering the kind of fuel economy one would expect from an engine with two less cylinders.
Now you add in the other performance factor: weight. The aluminum-body 2015 F-150s scales 732-pounds less than the current models, which helps make the 2.7-liter such a promising power package for a half-ton.
During Ford’s press briefing and walk-around earlier this week, I talked with Ed Waszczenko, the 2.7L EcoBoost’s lead engineer, who said customers are going to be “surprised by its performance.” With the numbers Ford has shown for this engine, I am sure they will.
In addition to the CGI block, which doesn’t need cylinder sleeves like the aluminum-block 3.5L EcoBoost, Waszczenko pointed out the die-cast aluminum ladder frame cradles the block to form a very rigid and robust block assembly. That translates into durability over the long haul.
He also directed our attention to the twin turbos and how they are mounted directly to the exhaust manifolds. That positioning, an EcoBoost trademark, allows for rapid spool-up and the ensuing flat torque curve reminiscent of a diesel.
“We designed the architecture to deliver what truck owners want, which is low-end torque,” said Waszczenko. The 2.7-liter’s big brother, the 3.5-liter, is proof of that.
And like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the 2.7-liter’s design also incorporates reverse-flow engine cooling so the heads and turbos get cooled before the block, allowing for quicker warm-up time, better fuel and power efficiency, and overall better durability than would be afforded by conventional cooling. (The twin turbos are also oil-cooled.)
Another aspect that I was surprised to learn about the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is how quiet it is for a direct-injected engine, which are, by their nature, notoriously loud. One of Ford’s F-150 engine team said a bonus benefit of a CGI block is that it’s a poor conductor of sound. So the internal goings-on and the hammering of the fuel injectors are naturally muffled inside the new engine.
As for fuel economy, Ford is still awaiting the confirmation and certification of numbers from EPA testing. Those mpg figures should be available by early Fall. However, Ford engineers feel the little EcoBoost will be a fuel economy pace-setter in the half-ton pickup market. I suspect the numbers to be in the mid- to upper 20s for city/highway.
Will the 2.7-liter Ford Ecoboost be the best choice for every customer? No. But for fleet owners it very well may be. With a tow rating of 8,500 pounds and a load capacity of 2,250 pounds, it’ll meet a lot of light-duty work needs.
I see the 2.7-liter EcoBoost as the ideal F-150 engine package for occasional trailer towing or for those towing trailers less than 5,000 pounds, which is right up a landscaper’s alley.
If the towing needs are more frequent and pushing above 5,000 pounds on a regular basis, then the 5.0-liter V-8 or the 3.7-liter EcoBoost would be the better engine options. If towing really isn’t a part of your F-150′s tasks, then the equally new 283 hp, 3.7-liter V6 is going to be the white fleet’s engine of choice; that 24-valve V6 will be the new base engine for the 2015 F-150.