Ford is rumored to be considering concurrent production for old and new F-150 models in a bid to minimize supply chain disruptions and inventory. Automotive News is reporting that the Blue Oval will build both the current F-150 and its replacement, which we showed you testing just last month, side by side for about half a year before switching over entirely to next-generation production.

As IHS Automotive analyst Mike Jackson told AN, "In order to ramp up, you have to retool...and that means you have to take capacity offline." Building both models alongside could allow Ford to cope with the still strong demand for the current F-150, while populating dealer supplies and working out supply chain kinks for the new model before making a full-time switch.

A loss of capacity when demand is so strong, even for a short period, could spell bad news for Ford, which nets an estimated 90 percent of its global profit on pickups and large SUVs. As AN states, Ford produces the F-150 in both Kansas City, Missouri and Dearborn, Michigan, which allows it to maintain some degree of flexibility in production. The new F-150 is expected to arrive at the 2014 North American International Auto Show as a 2015 model, with a design inspired by the Atlas Concept first shown at the Detroit Auto Show last January.


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        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        Well, actually the 1996 model had a short model run, and the '97 model was introduced in January, 1996. I bought a '95 F-150 in July of '95, and the dealer asked me if I wanted to wait a couple of months and then order a '97 (I'm glad I didn't wait, because of the teething problems with the '97s, like the leaking intake manifolds on the 4.6s). The '03 was built for one more year, alongside the new '04 (in separate plants) and was called the "F-150 Heritage". I still see one every once in awhile, with their distinctive Heritage emblems.
      Rick Slusher
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Ford doesn't build that Atlas concept truck they are NUTS.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick Slusher
        Agreed. Very cool design, modern but very functional looking.
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        FloppyRunner
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think they are coming out with a fuel efficient (or at least more so...) light duty version. I have information indicating that there will be a "lighter duty" package of some sort of the F-150, possibly containing their new 2.7L Ecoboost V6, smaller brakes, and probably other things. I don't think it will be any smaller than a "normal" F-150, but with the weight loss from all the aluminum use, it should be relatively fuel efficient as long as it's driven reasonably...
      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if the \"New\" F150 is going to be a lot more expensive that the \"old\" F150.......
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM is doing something similar.They are still building the old Impala.
        Randy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        And the old Camaro ;-) in style. ... cool!
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have they figured out how to keep these things from spontaniously combusting yet?
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        @bubba_roe
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        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        The F-Series hasn't had any fire related recalls in many years. One single engine, out of the dozen plus engines Ford has released in the past 5-6 years, has had issues related to supplier build error (scored fuel lines) and software issues (coolant anomalies). Honda on the other hand just doesn't know how to properly assemble a car. They had to recall the 2013 Civic three times for incorrect fuel system seals that would allow fuel to spray everywhere, incorrectly assembled driveshafts that were prone to spontaneous catastrophic failure, and incorrect steering assemblages. I guess I should at least be proud that you didn't say "dumpmestic" in this post. Congrats.
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          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          Laser's vision is permanently skewed through a pair of oval-shaped transparent blue glasses. Every automaker but Ford faces his Quixotic stupidity.
      newfordtruck
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it standard that they flip you off while testing a new truck?
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @newfordtruck
        It was likely done in hopes that the pictures wouldn't be published. Either that or the camera guy was an a*hole & was being wreckless which pissed off the test driver.
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        Christopher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @newfordtruck
        Relax, that's for GM and Dodge.
          rsxvue
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Christopher
          I think Chris meant the Flip was aimed at GM and Dodge (Ram)
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        @newfordtruck
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        Wacko
        • 1 Year Ago
        @newfordtruck
        Hey they have to drive it like a real F-150 driver. And the Flashers are probably optional too
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      mwestfall88@gmail.com
      anyone else notice that the driver is flipping off the camera?
      pheasant601
      • 1 Year Ago
      Given their reliance upon this product, this is a smart and fairly obvious strategy.
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