Monday, March 23, 2015

Kansas City Assembly Plant Comes on Line as Second U.S. Factory Building All-New Ford F-150

  •     2015 Ford F-150 starts production at Kansas City Assembly Plant; along with three shifts in operation at Dearborn Truck Plant, Ford is now producing even more units of the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever
  •     All-new F-150 is turning more than four times faster than the overall full-size pickup truck segment; In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, Kansas City exclusively builds specialty F-150s with 8-foot cargo boxes and heavy payload packages to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers
  •     Kansas City Assembly Plant facilities transformed with the latest in manufacturing technology to build the first mass-produced truck in its class featuring a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed 
CLAYCOMO, Mo., March 13, 2015 – Ford today marks the official start of production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever. 



This means Ford has expanded production of the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, production at Kansas City Assembly Plant now includes F-150s with an 8-foot cargo box and heavy payload package to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers.



“The all-new F-150 has surpassed our expectations – setting new standards for full-size truck capability, technology and efficiency,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “With production starting at Kansas City Assembly, we are better poised to start meeting growing customer demand for our pickup.”



The all-new F-150 is off to a strong start. In January, F-Series had its strongest sales month since 2004 – Ford’s best sales year ever for F-150. Retail sales increased 7 percent in February. These numbers make F-Series one of Ford’s fastest-selling vehicles, at just 18 days to turn on dealer lots – well below the light-duty full-size pickup truck average of 105 days.



F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 67th year, F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 33 consecutive years and America’s favorite truck for 38 years.



“The rollout of the all-new Missouri-made F-150 cements our position as America’s truck manufacturing headquarters and marks a historic moment that has been years in the making,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. “Six years ago, we made a commitment that the vehicles of the future would be built right here in the Show-Me State, and with today’s launch of the 2015 Ford F-150, we are delivering on that promise.”



Kansas City Assembly Plant renovation

In 2011, Ford announced a $1.1 billion investment to retool and expand Kansas City Assembly Plant to support production of both F-150 and the Transit full-size van family.



Similar to the work Dearborn Truck Plant received, 13 weeks were spent upgrading Kansas City Assembly Plant with the latest in advanced materials and forming and joining technologies to support F-150’s innovative manufacturing process.



Upgrades to the facility include:



    More than 900 new workers added to ensure the new 2015 F-150 is built with the highest level of quality and craftsmanship

    All-new body shop with more than 500 new robots:

    Robots to conduct state-of-the-art joining technology using riveting and structural adhesives – resulting in a tougher, more durable truck and a quieter, nearly spark-free manufacturing environment

    More compact robots to install roof and door panels and to transfer the light-weighted truck to final assembly – resulting in a smaller manufacturing footprint

    Robots with cameras to scan truck body to ensure the highest quality standards are met



    Updated paint shop with dirt detection technology and increased robotic paint automation for a durable, best-in-class exterior appearance

    Innovative production processes to support installation of new truck features such as class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split-view display

    Rough-road test course to replicate extreme, real-life road conditions to ensure delivery of quiet, more durable truck



“The hardworking men and women of UAW Local 249 and Kansas City Assembly Plant are proud to be part of the F-Series tradition – one that continues to set the standard by which all American trucks are measured,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director, National Ford Department. “But the real contribution goes far beyond these walls; the addition of 900 new jobs and more than $1 billion in financial investment provides tremendous stability to the Kansas City, Missouri community, for which the entire UAW-Ford family can be proud.”



Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.



Toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever

The all-new F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever – boasting a military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, and shedding up to 700 pounds for a lighter, more efficient truck than any previous F-150.



The weight savings lead to customer benefits regardless of model configuration or engine choice. The innovative new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and it has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market. When equipped with an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the new F-150 4x2 returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.



Numerous groundbreaking features debuted in the all-new F-150, including these class-exclusives:



    360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails when driving slowly

    Integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers

    BoxLink™ cargo management system combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box – from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers

    Trailer hitch assist adds a new rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up their truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle

    Remote tailgate allows for tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob



The 2015 Ford F-150 has won the following awards and accolades:



    2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year

    Detroit Free Press 2015 Truck of the Year

    Detroit News 2015 Vehicle of the Year

    AAA Top Pick 2015 Pickup Truck

    Motor Trend’s Truck Trend Magazine 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year

    Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Truck and Best Buy Overall

    Popular Science Automotive Grand Award Winner Best of What’s New

    Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas

    Texas Auto Writers Association Luxury Pickup Truck

    Texas Auto Writers Association Full-Size Pickup Truck

    Texas Auto Writers Association Best Technology Feature for high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy

    New England Motor Press Association Yankee Cup

    Automotive Fleet Magazine 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year

    Motor Press Guild 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Over $30K

    AutoGuide 2015 Reader’s Choice Truck of the Year

    Automobile Journalists Association of Canada 2015 Best New Pickup Truck

    New Car Test Drive 2015 Truck of the Year

    Ruedas ESPN Best Full-Size Pickup Truck



About Ford Motor Company



Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

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