Numbers like maximum horsepower, torque and tow ratings are the heart and soul of the full-size heavy duty pickup truck segment. No shocker there. But how much reliance can consumers actually put on figures provided by the manufacturer? And, keeping in mind that the average test drive doesn't include hooking up a ten-ton trailer, how might we all get a proper frame of reference when judging one massive diesel beast with another?
Ford has added two more platforms to its lineup of commercial vehicles available with a factory-installed preparation kit for either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas systems (LPG). The F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs can now be ordered by fleet customers with all the fittings necessary to connect the alternative fuel tanks to the 6.8-liter V10 engines.
The Ford F-Series Super Duty just came in for a refresh last year, but the full-size heavy duty truck segment is so competitive that work never really stops in the pickup studio. The brawny Blue Oval workhorse will get rhinoplasty for 2011, and like the current models, its new styling takes inspiration from a concept vehicle.
In the auto industry, the carmakers themselves are just the tip of the pyramid when it comes to jobs. Far more people are employed by all the companies that provide components and services to the likes of Ford, GM, and Chrysler. When the big auto companies are in trouble, far more than their own employees are affected. The latest case in point, is International Truck and Engine which is a division of Navistar. Navistar currently supplies the 6.4L diesel V8 for Ford's Super Duty pickup trucks. Th
It's an unconfirmed rumor that Ford's going to make its Super Duty pickups shiftless, but the mere whiff of a reduction in choices is likely set enthusiasts afire with rage. The merits of standard versus automatic transmissions in trucks that routinely tow and generally work hard is a debate for another time, but the real crux of the biscuit comes down to cost. As it stands now, you can get a Power Stroke diesel with a manual for $1500 less than a self-shifter. If Ford removes the standard trans
Rather than wait for the 2009 model year to roll around, Ford has decided to introduce two new fuel saving changes to the 2008.5 Super Duty that should improve fuel economy for the big trucks by about 1.5 mpg. That may not sound like much, but for vehicles that barely break the double-digit barrier in mpg, it's a big improvement. The changes include reducing the rear axle ratio on certain F-250 and F-350 models and extending their underbody chin spoilers by 3.93 inches. If you're a truck person,