The imposing commercial truck above has a feature that might be surprising to most Autoblog readers – a Blue Oval emblem on the front. Here in North America, Ford simply doesn't play in the eighteen-wheeler sandbox, but that doesn't mean that the Dearborn-based automaker is absent in the heavy hauling space in other parts of the globe. In fact, Ford presently fields two completely different big rig ranges under the Cargo moniker – one a product of an Eastern Europe/Turkey joint venture, and another from Brazil. But that's about to start changing with the advent of this new cab-over model seen here.

Unveiled in São Paulo, Brazil, this new generation of Cargo is perhaps the largest physical embodiment of CEO Alan Mulally's "One Ford" global streamlining strategy. Instead of multiple models, company engineers have developed a new single truck that it says will better meet the needs of truckers in all markets. Designed to compete in what's known as the "extra heavy-duty segment" elsewhere in the world, this Cargo was developed jointly by Ford engineering teams in Brazil, Turkey and Europe.

Specifics remain hard to come by (read: unreleased), but Ford is promising an all-new engine enabling hauling capability of up to 56 tons while still returning excellent fuel economy. Ford's global Cargo lineup will henceforth consist of a dozen models, but Ford tells Autoblog has no plans to bring this hot and heavy-duty action to North America.


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      Jay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Okay, these autobots aren't even trying anymore.
      usa1
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks pretty cool, in a tough way.
      ammca66564
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm impressed with the way they've managed to adapt the current styling theme to fit a tall, flat box.
      anonymous guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      But it won't fit in my suburban garage. My wife probably isn't going to like driving it to the store.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Optimus Prime just shat himself
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      L1011
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hardly see cab-over 18-wheelers anymore here in the US. Is it a safety thing or something? I think this truck looks great!
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        Funny enough, you NEVER see US style "tractors" elsewhere in the world.
        LandonEA
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        Most countries regulate total length of the combination. Shorter tractor means more room for cargo.
        The Angry Intern
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        I'm guessing it has more to do with fuel costs. COE tractors tend to be a lot less aerodynamic than traditional designs, although newer COE's are a lot more efficient than they used to be.
          Robert Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Angry Intern
          No that is not it. Modern COE European Trucks are much more Fuel efficient, they have to be in Europe and elsewhere. US traditional Tractors have the aerodynamics of a barn door .with a large radiator in front. They resemble a 1920's car. Fuel usage is not as critical.
      Yaser C. Hamud
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford sells the Cargo here in Brazil and it's quite popular.
      Space
      • 1 Year Ago
      that thing looks sick.
      ebn.hahn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Read The article befoer you comment please!. This is a new all Ford trcuk, it has nothing to do with Mazda or Navistar. As for the LCF venture with International, it was for the light duty trucks and ended after Ford sued Navistar for the dissaster of the previous generation powerstroke diesel, This not a LCF600, there was not such a thing.... That Guy, Go back to your hole... weirdo....
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd rather have their old Turbine Truck from the 1960s http://www.carstyling.ru/resources/concept/1964_Ford_Turbine_Truck_01.jpg *It actually inspired Speed Racer's Mammoth Car
        Ford's Best in Texas
        @EJD1984
        The past is full of awesomeness! It seems ironic that trucks used to be *more* streamlined, but I guess all that streamlined cladding added too much extra weight to be worth. Too bad, because those trucks of yesteryear sure look awesome. Just like the trains. And the cars.
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      ugly and menacing thing i like
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