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2017 F-150 Raptor Tires To Be Custom-Made for Off-Roading

F-150 Raptor Tires

For the 2017 model year, Ford has built the new F-150 Raptor to be more maneuverable and capable than ever before, referring to it as the toughest and smartest F-150 Raptor ever. Part of what makes the off-roading pickup’s performance so great is the new F-150 Raptor Tires are custom-made just for this truck by BFGoodrich. These custom tires were developed exclusively to give the Raptor maximize ride comfort both on- and off-road and to optimize and improve performance capability.

BFGoodrich and Ford partnered up while the 2017 F-150 Raptor was still in development. That means that while Ford was building the pickup’s chassis, BFGoodrich was engineering the all-terrain T/A KO2 tires in tandem, so every part of the tires were designed to match the strength and capabilities of the F-150 Raptor’s underpinnings. More than a dozen variations of the tires were created and tested on the truck in order to ensure that they could withstand the extreme conditions and high-intensity power required of the F-150 Raptor pickup.

The BFGoodrich tires feature an all-new tread pattern with more tread area, wider channels between the tread, an enhanced contact patch, and large sidewall lugs. All of these design choices were made to optimize off-road performance while simultaneously allowing the tires to last longer with less wear and tear. The end result was chosen after logging hundreds of hours in computer simulations of how the all-terrain tires would behave in a real-world setting.

The new F-150 Raptor tires are being used on Ford’s Raptor race truck in the Best in the Desert race series. The custom all-terrain tires join a variety of other custom tires being created by Michelin for Ford’s performance car lineup, including the Focus RS and the new GT.

If you love the Ford F-150 truck in all its forms, be sure to stop by Highway Ford to check out the Ford F-150 today!

Ford F-150 Named 2016 Green Truck of the Year

2016 Ford F-150

It’ll come as no surprise to those who stay up to date with the truck world, but here it is anyway: the 2016 Ford F-150 has been named the 2016 Green Truck of the Year by Green Car Journal at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show.  As with previous years, the 2016 Ford F-150 has a great start in terms of winning awards this year.

The first question that comes to mind is obvious: what kind of mileage does it get? The 2016 Ford F-150 is rated at 26 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel efficient full-size gas-powered pickup truck you can buy. You might point out that hybrid cars are far more efficient, but a lot more people drive trucks than hybrids, which means that making greener trucks actually has a bigger impact. In fact, the F-150 is not only our best-selling model at Highway Ford but the best-selling vehicle in all of America.

Part of the new truck’s superior efficiency can be attributed to the extensive use of aluminum, but Ford’s “green” efforts don’t stop there: even the seats are made of fiber from recycled plastic bottles and the fuel lines from castor bean oil!  Tell us what your favorite feature of the new 2016 Ford F-150 here at Highway Ford in DeRidder, LA!

Ford F-150 Crash Results Quiets Critics

Ford F-150 interiorThe Ford F-150 is getting attention from all corners. In fact, Ford is going to need a bigger trophy case if this award-streak continues.

Being that the Ford F-150 would be the first aluminum truck in production, there were some initial questions from skeptics as whether the aluminum body would prove safe in the event of a collision. Results from recent tests by the National Highway Safety have certainly allayed all of those concerns.

The 2015 Ford F-150 received the highest crash ratings from the NHTSA in all the F-150’s permutations. According to USA Today, the four-door SuperCrew cab version as well as the regular and SuperCab versions received 5-stars.  Not only is the safety expectation in trucks being met by the 2015 Ford F-150, but this new model is raising the standard for safety in all trucks!

How does Ford feel about the Ford F-150 crash results? Ford spokesperson Mike Levine said, “We’re proud the all-new Ford F-150 is the only full-size, light-duty truck to earn NHTSA’s highest 5-star rating for the driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations.”

In other accolades, the 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab Lariat caught the attention of AAA. Their Green Car Guide listed the Lariat as best in the pickup truck category.

A Look Back at Some of the Best Ford Highlights for 2014

The end of the year is a great time to sit back, relax, and reflect on everything that came to pass during the last 12 months. In 2014, there were plenty of things for us to remember—especially some of the best Ford highlights for 2014. Here at Highway Ford, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites for your reading pleasure, and we hope you’ll let us know if you agree!

Generation Six Mustang

2014 Ford Mustang

2014 Ford Mustang

If 2013 was the year of the Corvette, 2014 was most definitely the year of the Mustang. Although the sixth-generation pony car was first revealed in December 2013 on Good Morning America, the world really got its first glimpse at the redesigned model at the auto shows early in 2014, starting with Detroit and going onto Chicago, New York, and more. For almost a year, Ford released snippets of information about the Mustang, such as its fuel economy ratings, its available audio systems, and its performance packages. The 2015 Mustang finally went on sale in November 2014, and was an immediate hit with gearheads everywhere.

Aluminum-Bodied F-150

2014 Ford F-150

2014 Ford F-150

2014 was an incredible year for America’s favorite pickup truck. The long-running truck was first produced in 1948, and 2014 marked the release of the brand new 13th generation for the 2015 model year. In order to reduce weight and improve efficiency without sacrificing power, Ford outfitted its Dearborn plant with the correct machinery to build an all-new aluminum-bodied F-150 for the latest generation of drivers. The result is Ford’s most impressive F-150 truck ever made.

2016 Explorer Reveal

2014 Ford Explorer

2014 Ford Explorer

A mid-generation refresh of the Ford Explorer was revealed at the 2014 LA Auto Show in November. The 2016 Explorer gets a redesigned front end with a new, higher grille; a closed-off roof rack; and a new spoiler. Additional features include new front and rear cameras, smart-charging USB ports, a hands-free liftgate, and a new audio system for the new Platinum trim level. The 2016 Explorer will go on sale sometime in 2015, and we’ll be excited to see it!

Hennessy Ford F-150 Roars Thanks to VelociRaptor Package

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

The new Ford F-150 is impressive in many ways—from its aluminum frame to its unprecedented mix of strength and efficiency, even to its loads of exciting new technologies. Even though the F-150 remains just as powerful and productive as ever, some people seem to be worried the new truck won’t have the can-do they need to get their jobs done.

Of course, here at Highway Ford, we don’t agree with that critique, but in any case, Texas-based Hennessy performance group has made that critique completely obsolete. A Hennessy Ford F-150, equipped with a VelociRaptor package, now gets over 600 horsepower and attaches right to the 5.0-liter V8 engine that comes with the F-150.

The package is actually called the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged—and obviously it should put to rest any of those concerns about power that we mentioned earlier. Of course, even if you don’t decide to add the Hennessy package, you’ll still be getting a vehicle with 385 horsepower. Like we said, there’s simply no reason to worry about the new truck’s power.

There’s also no reason for you to postpone visiting Highway Ford to check out the new truck—and the rest of our inventory—today.

Ford F-150 Hybrid Pickup Development Is Underway

 

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

The brand-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 has already decreased its fuel consumption significantly, raising its fuel economy rating to 26 mpg—a terrific number for a big truck. But what if this number increased even more? Ford is looking to do just that with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, which the American carmaker is currently developing as you’re reading this.

While the details concerning the F-150 hybrid pickup are currently nonexistent, Ford’s global product development chief, Raj Nair, was quoted last year saying Ford is planning on introducing the world to hybrid pickups and SUVs by 2020. Diesel powertrains are also still an option for the American carmaker, especially since Ford already has this specific powertrain in the portfolio for its larger trucks.

Do you think that a Ford F-150 hybrid pickup development would be a good choice for the brand’s next step in creating a fuel-efficient truck? Or do you believe the automaker would be better off creating a diesel powertrain for the smaller pickup? Share your thoughts with Highway Ford below!

Best Truck Fuel Efficiency: Another Reason the 2015 Ford F-150 Will Reign Supreme

2015 Ford F-150

By now, Ford’s decision to use an aluminum body for its best-selling truck, the F-150, is fairly well-documented. It was also a dramatic move not without controversy, forcing the company to revise its manufacturing process in a big way.

According to USA Today, “Ford says the 2015 trucks will get 5% to 29% in fuel economy improvements over the outgoing versions depending on engine and configuration.” The comparison on the higher end is between Ford’s EcoBoost 2.7-liter turbocharged engine and a 5-liter V-8—a fair comparison as these two engines will actually yield similar performance.

Truth be told, there is a rival truck-maker out there that produces a vehicle rated at 23 combined mpg, one mpg better than the new Ford F-150. But that contender is a diesel truck and not a practical choice for customers. “Ford, however, points out that the higher cost of diesel fuel will more than offset any potential savings.”

It doesn’t all come down to vying for the best truck fuel efficiency rates either. Ford is quick to highlight the fact that the F-150 also saw “maximum payload and towing improvements.”

Visit Highway Ford today to learn more about the revolutionary Ford F-150!

New 2015 Ford Mustang Begins Production (Finally!)

Finally! No longer will we need to say, “The 2015 Ford Mustang is coming soon.” It’s been around for 50 years and six generations now, but the all-new model is likely to prove the best yet. And it will be available to more people than ever before as well. Production recently began at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which will soon be shipping these new Mustangs to over 120 countries worldwide.

“Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said. “Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience—one unlike any other.”

You can take our word for it here at Highway Ford: those aren’t just words. The 2015 Mustang certainly has the capability to back it up. It comes in both the fastback and convertible models, offering three engines—a 2.3L EcoBoost, 3.7L V6, and, of course, the 5.0L V8 with 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. And we’re just scratching the surface of what’s so awesome about the new pony car, so come see us to learn more today.

Man of Aluminum? 2015 F-150 Challenges Tradition

Move over Man of Steel because the 2015 Ford F-150 is more like a Man of Aluminum. By now, you’ve probably heard that the 2015 Ford F-150 will have an aluminum body as opposed to the traditional steel frame which made the Ford F-Series the best-selling vehicle for the past 32 years. But what does it mean for you, the consumer?

Man of Aluminum

The “Man of Aluminum” 2015 Ford F-150

First of all, it means your new F-150 will be built more like a Bradley Fighting Vehicle than a traditional truck. The 6,000 series aluminum in some F-Series is military grade. In other words, it’s strong enough to protect American troops so it should be strong enough for your needs. However, not all the steel is gone, as the frames of the F-Series will be built using a steel roll-forming process to ensure a maximum weight to strength ratio.

Secondly, the 2015 Ford F-150 will be about 700 lbs. lighter than ever before. A lighter truck, coupled with Ford’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine means you’ll get all the towing capacity you’re used to but with fuel efficiency that’s likely to be found in a midsized sedan.

To see all the new features of the 2015 Ford F-150 visit the Ford site and be sure to contact us here at Highway Ford about when the trucks will be available in 2014.

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