During the last quarter of 2013 a new Ford F-150 was sold about every 42 seconds and for the last 37 years running it has been the best-selling truck built so when it came time to redesign the line you can bet strongly that Ford was not going to mess with success! As many of Fords loyal truck buyers use their F-150’s to earn their living with the changes had to be more than just skin deep and… they had to ensure that the term ‘Built Ford Tough’ still means the best built truck available! With the rising cost of fuel on everyone’s mind and hitting their pockets as well the new truck needed to be more efficient yet also be more capable than ever before. One way to increase efficiency is to find a way to lighten up the truck and Ford did just that. By expanding their use of aluminum to the entire body, the hoods have been aluminum for many years now, the new F-150 is a whopping SEVEN HUNDRED pounds lighter than the current model. Working with aluminum powerhouse company, Alcoa, designers have been able to use a thicker, military grade, aluminum (than normal steel panels) that actually resists dents more than the steel it replaces! By removing almost half a ton of weight from the truck Ford was able to increase payload and tow capacities while also improving the mileage of the all-new 2015 F-150! Making sure its lives up to its heritage the “F-150 boasts more than 100 new Ford patents and/or patent applications, making this vehicle a benchmark for new technologies in Ford’s storied history of truck leadership.” Knowing that they would have a ton of skepticism to face about using a truck body made entirly from aluminum Ford used some pretty crafty trickery and built many ‘test mule’ trucks that looked like the current model but had aluminum bodies and did NOT tell the three companies that they supplied fleets of the real-world test trucks to, one of which was a mining company! The results were incredible as the aluminum bodied trucks held up to the most grueling environments and treatment and provided proof that the new bodies will indeed prove themsleves to be worthy of the F-150 badge. Read more details of this amazing story HERE. In addition to the incredibly popular 3.5L EcoBoost Tiwn-Turbo V6 and the ever faithful Coyote 5.0L V8 Ford is giving F-150 buyers a new choice of engine with a 2.7L EcoBoost that is said to give the power of a small V8 with the economic fuel economy of a mid-sized pick up! We get new details weekly about the next generation of America’s truck so check back here often and for some great coverage of the 2015 F-150 also check out our friends over at MotorReview.com, they are pretty awesome about having the latest info and rumors!