Ford Releases Video of New F-150 Raptor

Truck brands can brag about their lineup all day, with everyone claiming that their trucks are the most powerful, the strongest, the most capable, and more. However, Ford apparently believes in showing, not telling, because the brand just dropped a preview video showcasing the skills of the new F-150 Raptor. Shot in the Mojave Desert, the video, which is reportedly the first in a series, gives the F-150 Raptor a chance to show off its off-roading prowess to viewers.

As of right now, Ford hasn’t released many details about the new F-150 Raptor, outside of the fact that it carries a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that is said to be far more powerful in terms of horsepower and torque than the previous model; however, the brand neglected to reveal the exact numbers. Regardless, with a more powerful engine under the hood and a 500-pound weight loss from the previous Raptor, the new F-150 Raptor was primed for success before it even set food into the rolling dunes and flat sands of the desert.

The video clip itself shows the F-150 Raptor effortlessly climbing rocky hills, crashing through dunes, kicking up clouds of sand, and easily maneuvering bumps and turns with a flexible and adaptive suspension. Ford intends on making more videos to showcase the capabilities of the new Raptor model, so the brand may have even more impressive tricks up their sleeve.

In addition to the new engine, the new F-150 Raptor will also feature a manual 10-speed transmission, as well as 3.0 FOX Racing Shox to optimize off-road performance. The truck is expected to go on sale in the US this upcoming fall.

New F-150 Raptor

Dwayne the Rock Johnson to Serve as Ford’s New Spokesperson

Ford is one of the toughest automotive brands around. Therefore, when the brand selects a spokesperson, you can bet your bottom dollar that the spokesperson is going to be tough as well. Case in point, Ford just got who is arguably the toughest guy in Hollywood to serve as its spokesperson.

Are you ready? Drum roll please… According to a Ford press release, Dwayne the Rock Johnson will act as Ford’s new spokesperson.

Johnson, famous for his role in the Fast and the Furious franchise, is a long standing fan of Ford. He even owns an F-150 truck.

The campaign set to feature Johnson, called “The Specialists at Ford”, features some of the latest Ford technology and engineering, giving drivers a closer look at what powers their favorite Fords.

The campaign has already started airing, and it is set to last for multiple years. Be on the lookout to see if you can smell what Ford and the Rock are cooking!

Dwayne the Rock Johnson

2016 Ford F-150 Alternative Gas Options to Include Propane and Natural Gas

Ever wondered what a V8 Ford F-150 that runs on propane would be like?

This year Ford plans to answer that question by offering a conversion package that would allow the full-size 2016 Ford F-150 alternative gas options. A mere $315 factory-installed package would allow the 5-liter V8 engine to burn compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane, making the F-150 the only half-ton pickup with that ability.

“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,” said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.

That’s because Ford surveyed likely propane users and overwhelmingly said they’d employ the cheap, clean gas system in fleet-truck applications. Ford said the towing capacity will remain the same as its regular gas counterpart and hauling would only be affected by the weight of the aftermarket tanks and fuel lines that can be installed at a cost of $7,000 to $9,500.

It’s an exciting time at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford with all the new options Ford has to offer. Make the trip in to see our selection of cutting-edge new Ford cars and trucks.

2016 Ford F-150 alternative gas options

Ford F-150 Production on Track to Make 700,000 Vehicles

Ford has never been an auto company to shy away from lofty goals. Their latest ambition? To sell 700,000 Ford F-150 models—a goal that they’re already well on their way to achieving, thanks to the enormous popularity of the model.

There are two different assembly plants working on F-150’s, one in Dearborn, Michigan, and another in Kansas City, Missouri. Between the two, Ford will likely be able to build the 700,000 units in just a single year.

New technology in the Dearborn and Kansas City plans should make the Ford F-150 production smoother, faster, and generally more efficient than ever, including a new paint shop that detects dirt and a fleet of 500 robots to join panels and handle other small tasks.

The automaker reportedly sold 470,000 F-150’s in 2014, without even counting the other members of the F-Series (like the F-250 and F-350), which bring their 2014 F-Series sales easily over one million. It’s no wonder they’re trying to speed up production to meet this incredible demand.

Ford F-150 Production

New Ford F-150 Earns Title of 2015 Truck of the Year

Truck Trend has chosen an excellent and worthy recipient for the magazine’s first annual Truck of the Year award. The Ford F-150, a new truck for a new generation of truck buyers, was named the 2015 Truck of the Year. There are many reasons the truck is worthy of the award—from its groundbreaking and progressive design, to its efficiency, power and style.

“Ford has found a sweet spot in the half-ton pickup segment, delivering a compelling mix of efficiency and capability, while still delivering an enhanced driving experience that American consumers demand,” said Sean P. Holman, Truck Trend content director. “What we put these trucks through was nothing short of grueling, and it was the F-150 that consistently impressed our experts.”

Ford was already crushing the competition in the full-size truck segment, but this new version of the F-150 simply pushes the bar even higher—and puts the Ford lineup farther ahead of the competition. With an EcoBoost engine, a rearview camera, BoxLink design, and more, the truck has everything. Come see us here at Shults Ford of Wexford to learn more.

2015 Truck of the Year

Ford F-150 Makes Great First Impression in KBB Best Buy Awards

Since the new 2015 Ford F-150 hit showrooms a few months ago, it has been steadily adding to its trophy shelf with recognitions from prestigious organizations like the Texas Auto Writers Association and Popular Science magazine. Now, the best-selling pickup truck has added yet another prestigious accolade to its list after being recognized by the KBB Best Buy Awards for being the Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy.

“These awards from Kelley Blue Book reflect our continuing commitment to truck leadership and building the best trucks for our customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president for The Americas. “The all-new F-150 sets new standards in durability, capability, technology, and efficiency, and I’m proud or new truck has been recognized by the automotive experts at KBB.”

The newest F-150 offers a multitude of never-before-seen features, including an aluminum body that can not only tow 1,100 more pounds than its predecessors, but also achieve the highest fuel economy rating ever. For a glimpse of this brand-new, one-of-a-kind truck, stop in to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today!

KBB Best Buy Awards

2015 Ford F-150 Wins Prestigious Truck of Texas Award

Which state buys more pickup trucks than any other? If you guessed Texas, you are correct! At the recent Texas Truck Rodeo held by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 was given the prestigious Truck of Texas award.

This is the top honor given out at this event, and is awarded after rigorous testing. The judges test drove 75 vehicles from 18 different brands before naming the winners.

“TAWA members are among the first to experience the all-new F-150’s breakthrough innovations and best-in-class capabilities, features that will help our hardworking customers improve their productivity,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas, in a statement. “It is an honor to again be named Truck of Texas. We are committed to continuously improving America’s favorite trucks.”

With this win, Ford has taken home nine of the last 12 Truck of Texas awards for its F-Series Trucks.

At this year’s event, the F-150 wasn’t the only Ford vehicle to win. The 2015 Ford Transit was also named the Commercial Vehicle of Texas. The Transit replaced the best-selling E-Series line of vans and offers improved fuel efficiency and flexibility with a variety of body styles and capabilities.

Come see what Texas found so impressive about these Ford vehicles at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

truck of Texas award

2015 Ford F-150 Is Perfect for Tailgating

September is finally here, and that means one thing: football season! For many of us football season is the greatest time of the year. What could be better than gridiron battles, decades-long rivalries, and tailgate parties?

One very important part of throwing a successful tailgate party is having the right vehicle and the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is perfect for tailgating. The 2015 F-150 is going to have some pretty cool available tailgate features, including opening with a remote, one-handed tailgate operation, having 115-volt outlets with 400 watts of power, a retractable ramp to roll your grill right into the back, and a retractable step to help you get in and out of the bed, too.

Watch this short video to see some of the sweet tailgate features for yourself:

Of course, the new F-150 will be perfect for more than just tailgating. The base 3.5-liter V6 will give you 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque and provide a towing capacity up to 7,600 pounds. Need more power? Opt for the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. This engine will let you tow up to 8,500 pounds.

The 2015 F-150 will be available with a choice of five models, including the base, F-150 XLT, F-150 Lariat, F-150 King Ranch, and F-150 Platinum. It will be coming soon to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

F-150 is perfect for tailgating

The 2015 Ford F-150 is Definitely “Built Ford Tough”

2015 Ford F-150

To ensure that the 2015 Ford F-150 is every bit as good as its predecessors, Ford put the all-new aluminum bodied frame through the ringer, in a series of tests that would prove the aluminum body of the new F-150 is just as sturdy and is “built Ford tough” as the F-150’s before it.

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the United States for the past 37 years, as well as the best-selling vehicle period for the past 32 years.  At Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we know the 2015 Ford F-150 is going to help continue to tradition of success.

Truck lovers like to throw whatever obstacle they can at their pickup, so Ford had to make sure the new F-150 was ready for anything.  The tests included shaking and twisting the pickup in 7 different ways, giving it corrosion and acid baths, seeing how it would handle driving over extremely bumpy terrain, and towing in ridiculously hot weather, among other things.

Interested in watching some of the tests the 2015 Ford F-150 was run through?  Check out some of the videos below to see why the Ford F-150 is, and will remain, the best selling truck in America.