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Ford Reveals Early Design Sketches For Atlas Concept

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The Ford Atlas concept that debuted at the Detroit auto show demonstrated the Blue Oval’s vision for the next-generation F-150 pickup truck. Ford shared several early design sketches to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the concept truck’s development process. Initially, Ford had two very different ideas for the basic shape of the Atlas concept. The Bullet Train idea (pictured at top) was for a radically shaped, supremely aerodynamic truck with styling influenced by the Ford ...

New York 2013: Shelby Raptor Debuts With 575-HP V-8, Custom Graphics

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As we suspected when Shelby hinted its next vehicle won’t be Mustang-based, the tuning firm has unveiled a Shelby version of the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor at the New York auto show. The Shelby Raptor boasts unique graphics and a supercharged engine, and joins the Shelby Focus ST and 1200-hp Shelby 1000 S/C on stage in the big apple. A 2.9-liter supercharger is used to raise power of the stock SVT Raptor’s 6.2-liter V-8 from ...

Ford Adding 2000 Jobs To Build F-150, Transit

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Ford will add 2000 new jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri to meet demand for the F-150 truck and build the upcoming Transit commercial van. The factory, which already builds the F-150, currently employs 2450 hourly workers. The job creation will happen in two stages. In the third quarter, Ford will add a third production shift and 900 jobs at Kansas City Assembly to meet strong demand for the F-150. The model’s sales ...

Video: Talking Ford Trucks With Ford’s Truck Boss

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Doug Scott, Ford Truck’s marketing chief, is the special guest on the latest episode of WOT, which also features Motor Trend hosts Ed Loh, Allyson Harwood, Jonny Lieberman, and Four Wheeler editor-in-chief John Cappa. Topic of discussion? The Ford Atlas concept truck and the current state of the F-Series pickup truck. The F-Series has been America’s best-selling vehicle for more than 36 years and Scott has been a part of that success for 35 years. The ...

Cross-Cultural Custom: 1928 Ford Model A Pickup Powered By A BMW V-8

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If you follow the hod-rodding scene with any regularity, you’re well aware of the basic formula for a street rod. A ’32-’34 Ford body with some variation of a Chevrolet small-block V-8 (usually around 350 cubic inches) between the front wheels. While the combination of a Ford body and Chevy engine is a proven and time-honored formula, for some, it’s just too common and formulaic. Mike Burroughs is one of those people. But Burroughs had enough ...

Rumored: Ford Rep Says There’s Room in U.S. for True, Compact Trucks

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The new Ford Ranger has gone on sale around the world but, of course, it will never arrive in U.S. dealerships. A Ford representative was recently quoted in an Automotive.com interview saying that there is, in fact, room in the U.S. for a true, compact truck segment, even if the overseas Ranger is never imported here. Scott suggested that a successful U.S.-market Ford truck below the market-leading F-150 would have to be truly compact. As for ...

2015 Ford F-150 Spied

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A heavily camouflaged 2015 Ford F-150 prototype has been spied testing in the wet. While few details can be made out through the camo, the  prototype, codenamed “P552,” confirms the automaker is busy with the next generation of its number-one selling model. We speculated earlier this year when we spotted a Ford pickup truck prototype that appeared to have five-lug wheels that the automaker could be preparing a sub-F-150 model called the F-100. These spy shots ...

Ford Sued Over Lack of Safety Features on Vehicles with Electronic Throttles

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Possibly looking to follow in the footsteps of the $1.1 billion class-action settlement paid by Toyota for unintended acceleration claims, a group of 20 consumers represented by New York-based law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has filed suit against Ford, according to a Reuters report. The plaintiffs allege the automaker failed to install sufficient safety systems in its vehicles equipped with electronic throttles, including the 2004-2010 F-Series trucks, the 2005-2009 Lincoln Town Car, and the 2002-2005 ...

Toyota, GM, Ford, Ram Argue Over Tow Ratings

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Toyota isn’t too happy with GM, Ford, or Ram. The automakers have been going back and forth for years determining an SAE-standardized test for their trucks’ tow ratings, and while Toyota is using the numbers with the refreshed Tundra, the Detroit Three aren’t playing ball, reports Automotive News. The standardized SAE testing procedure, named J2807, is designed to reflect how the pickups are really used, and are supposed to be more reliable than the non-SAE numbers, ...

American Full-Size Pickups Top U.S. Truck Sales in 2012

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Americans love their trucks. That was especially true in 2012, when U.S. buyers consumed nearly 2 million pickups. With a dominating lead of more than 200,000 units over runner-up Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford F-Series was America’s best-selling truck last year at 645,316 pickups sold. Though the Chevrolet Silverado, which moved 418,312 units in 2012, was massively outsold by the Ford F-Series, if you combine its total with the 157,185 sales of platform-mate and fourth-place finisher GMC ...