PORTLAND — The 2015 Ford F-150 is leading the movement on new vehicle materials. Is your shop prepared?
|Ford F-150 body|
Ford has worked for a long time to create a comprehensive collision repair support plan for the Ford F-150, which features a high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy body, says Larry Coan, damageability engineer with Ford Motor Company.
“We didn’t set out to build an aluminum truck. We set out to build the toughest, smartest, most capable truck we’ve ever had,” Coan says.
The vehicle not only features an aluminum alloy body, but a 360-degree camera view, 400-watt power inverters, LED headlamps, LED lights in the bed and remote tailgate release, among other features.
The aluminum body is a 700 lb. weight savings, which translates into significant gains in fuel economy, more towing capability and better driving dynamics and handling. “It is lighter, but stronger,” Coan says.
Some of the smarter vehicle features in regard to the cargo system include a power tailgate lock and release and LED cargo lights. Other safety technologies include forward collision warning with brake support, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, among others.
Among the vehicle’s features is a detailed collision repair support plan.