2009 Ford F-150: North American Truck of the Year

-- The all-new Ford F-150 is named North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) -- Since its launch in October, 2008, the all-new F-150 has earned many awards and accolades, including 2009 Motor Trend Truck of the Year(TM) -- The 2009 F-150 also America's safest full-size pickup

DETROIT, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The all-new 2009 Ford F-150, America's best-selling vehicle, was named North American Truck of the Year today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The prestigious award comes hot on the heels of the 2009 F-150 being named 2009 Motor Trend Truck of the Year(TM) and the "Truck of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association in addition to a number of other awards and accolades.

"Winning 2009 North America Truck of the Year honors is a special distinction because it acknowledges the team's efforts to push harder and deliver even more for customers -- including quality, safety leadership, unsurpassed fuel economy and smart features aimed at further improving their productivity," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "Ultimately, though, this award is a nod to true truck customers, who have inspired us to deliver America's favorite pickup for 32 straight years."

The North American Truck of the Year award recognizes vehicles based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. Fifty automotive journalists in the United States and Canada vote for the vehicles, which must be "all-new" or "substantially changed" from the previous model to qualify for the award.

The 2009 F-150 is new inside and out. The Ford truck team adopted a holistic, 360-degree approach to revamping the vehicle -- from its segment- first features to the tough new exterior highlighted by a dramatic three-bar grille and more spacious, flexible and refined interior, to the unparalleled choice of cab styles and trim levels.

The improvements are just as dramatic beneath the sheet metal. They include a new high-strength, lighter-weight chassis that delivers even more horsepower, unsurpassed fuel economy and class-leading towing and payload capacity.

"We know how important the F-150 is to our customers and their livelihood," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development. "That's why our team has been working so hard to deliver the most capability, improve fuel economy and ensure that this F-150 lives up to the durability and reliability expected of a 'Built Ford Tough' truck.

"Ford has spent years listening to our truck customers, and as the truck leader, we take our responsibility to deliver the right tools for them very seriously -- and winning North American Truck of the Year is yet another assurance that the team absolutely delivered the best full-size pickup in America," Kuzak continued.

For the 32nd year in a row, Ford's award-winning F-Series is America's best-selling truck with 2008 sales of 515,513.

For the 27th year in a row, F-Series is once again America's best-selling vehicle of any type - car, crossover, SUV, truck or van.

Last week, the F-150 earned the title of America's safest full-size pickup when it received 5-star frontal- and 5-star side-impact crash test ratings, the highest possible scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Earlier last fall, the truck received the "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The new 2009 F-150 also sports an array of smart technologies -- from industry-first SYNC to Ford Work Solutions. SYNC provides hands-free, in-car communication. Ford Work Solutions is an innovative suite of options, including an in-dash computer with Internet access, Tool Link to track tools, Crew Chief technology to dispatch workers and reduce vehicle operating costs and Cable Lock to improve security of tools and equipment.

The new F-150 delivers class-leading towing capability of 11,300 pounds and hauling capacity of 3,030 pounds -- a combination no other competitor can match.

For 2009, F-150 also has improved its fuel economy by an average of 8 percent across the entire lineup, thanks to a wide range engineering enhancements. The fuel economy gains reach as high as 12 percent versus the prior model year on F-150 models equipped with the high-volume, three-valve, 5.4-liter V-8 engine. Plus, the F-150's SFE package -- which is available on highest-volume XL and XLT series - delivers unsurpassed fuel economy of 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.

The new 2009 F-150, which is built at Ford's Dearborn (Mich.) Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant, has also won the following awards and accolades:

    -- America's safest full-size pickup with 5-star frontal and 5-star side-
       impact crash-test ratings, the highest possible scores, in the National
       Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests.

    -- Motor Trend 2009 Truck of the Year Award(TM)

    -- Top honors as "Truck of Texas" as well as "Best Luxury Pickup" for the
       2009 F-150 King Ranch from Texas Auto Writers Association

    -- Finalist 2009 North American Truck of the Year (with 2009 Ford Flex for
       Car of the Year)

    -- Playboy's 2009 Best Pickup

    -- 2009 Best Redesigned Vehicle from Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com

    -- "Best Overall Half-Ton Pickup" from PickupTrucks.com

    -- "Automotive Excellence" award in the Workhorse Category from Popular
       Mechanics

    -- Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year

    -- Detroit News Truck of the Year

    -- "Top Safety Pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for
       its standard safety technology:  Safety Canopy side curtain air bags
       and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control

    -- "Residual Value" award from Automotive Leasing Guide (ALG) for
       retaining the highest percentage of its original price among 2009 full-
       size light duty pickups at the end of a conventional three-year lease,
       based on ALG projections

    -- Motor Trend's Truck Trend Top 5 Trucks from Specialty Equipment Market
       Association (SEMA) for 2009 Ford F-150 Heavy Duty DeWalt Contractor
       Concept

    -- "Accessory-Friendly Truck" Design Award from SEMA

    -- F-Series is best selling vehicle in America for 27 consecutive years;
       best-selling truck for 32 consecutive years

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 224,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

Web site: http://www.ford.com/




Review Article Be the first to review this article
SolidCAM: Program your CNCs directly inside your existing CAD system.


Featured Video
Editorial
Jeff RoweJeff's MCAD Blogging
by Jeff Rowe
Re-Use Your CAD: The ModelCHECK Handbook
Jobs
GIS Analyst II for Air Worldwide at Boston, MA
Business Partner Manager for Cityworks - Azteca Systems, LLC at Sandy, UT
Senior Structural Engineer for Design Everest at San Francisco, CA
Upcoming Events
Design & Manufacturing, Feb 7 - 9, 2017 Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA at Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim CA - Feb 7 - 9, 2017
Innorobo 2017 at Docks de Paris Paris France - May 16 - 18, 2017
Display Week 2017 at Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S Figueroa St Los Angeles CA - May 21 - 26, 2017



Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy Advertise