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Ford shows new products, restructuring plans to dealers in Las Vegas

Ford shows new products, restructuring plans to dealers in Las Vegas.

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For those who are rich and want people to know it

It's based on the Ford F-Series Super Duty.

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And it's not the only Blue Oval that could catch fire.

Ford isn't aware of fires, injuries, or accidents related to either recall.

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Factory union official hints at large loss for automaker in third quarter.

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All-new pickup reigns supreme in the Lone Star State.

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A stiffer chassis and upgraded engines mean a stronger truck.

The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is lighter, stronger, and more powerful than before, which results in some impressive figures.

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Ford has a special sled that can exert over 5,000 pounds of resistance on a pickup truck to simulate driving up steep grades while on flat land. The Blue Oval used the device to develop the 2017 F-Series Super Duty.

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Ford will put $1.3 billion into the Kentucky Truck Plant to build a new body shop and retool for assembly of the 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup. The investment will also add 2,000 workers.

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Tougher, Smarter, And Up To 350 Pounds Lighter

The next F-250, F-350, and F-450 get an aluminum body, and Ford used the savings to add weight where it counts.

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Have a job to do that you may need to warn others about? Ford is offering optional amber LED emergency strobe lights on its F-Series Super Duty trucks.

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Ford is recalling three different vehicle lines built between model years 2011 and 2015, including a number of service and specialty commercial vehicles.

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The most important bit of information you need to know after looking through our high-res gallery of images depicting a prototype 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup truck burning to the ground is that nobody was hurt. There were two engineers inside the vehicle when it caught fire, and both exited to safety.

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Time for everyone to feign surprise – Ford has just announced that it has the increased horsepower and torque levels of its 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine for 2015. As you'd expect, the Blue Oval is claiming class-leading figures of 440 hp (up from 400) and 860 pound-feet (up from 800), and that's enough to enable Ford's F-450 Super Duty model to tow as much as 31,200 pounds, which, again, the automaker claims is class leading.

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What's life like on an authentic Texas ranch? We honestly have no idea, having never lived on such a ranch, but we imagine it requires lots of hard work, grit and determination to keep all 825,000 acres – that's larger than the state of Rhode Island – of the King Ranch in Texas under control. Indeed, a total of 350 vehicles, all of which come from Ford, we're told, are currently in use by the ranch. No wonder, then, that the collaboration between Ford and King Ranch has lasted for 15

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups, which was originally opened last year, has now ended without a recall. NHTSA was looking into steering failures on some 336,000 trucks.

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Ford has announced a hefty $80 million investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant, which is responsible for building the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 versions of the Super Duty pickup. The influx of cash will add 350 jobs to the factory.

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Ford always shows up in force at the SEMA Show, but this year's tally of 57 custom-tuned cars, trucks and vans is more than we can ever recall the Blue Oval bringing. Ford will introduce 28 of its project vehicles in its "Dreamcase" ahead of next month's show. The first batch of eight you'll find here with the remaining vehicles trickling into public view over the next couple of weeks.

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Ford is giving its F-Series Super Duty trucks some upgrades for 2015, and we're happy to say that one of them is an improved Power Stroke diesel V8. Also, Ford is strengthening the top-of-the-line F-450 to handle more abuse. And if wild west-style luxury is your thing, the automaker has performed minor cosmetic updates to its King Ranch Edition trucks, as well.

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Ford has combined multiple steps into one with its commercial vehicle configurator, which allows users to choose, design and place orders for the Transit, Transit Connect, E-Series vans and F-Series Super Duty trucks.

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