By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: November 2008
Obviously pleased with the introductory celebration of the 2009 Ford F-150 are United Ford North employees Rusty Magiera (far left) and Daryl Jones (far right). Also participating in the celebration are Ford Southwest Region employees Alan Chiang, parts and service zone manager, and Becky Hoffman, zone manager.
When you see the 2009 Ford F-150 series, you’ll fully understand the meaning of the word, “Wow!” In mid-October, United Ford North introduced the newly engineered and boldly styled F-150 lineup of trucks. According to Daryl Jones, new car manager at United Ford North, “Our 2009 F-150 is a completely new series that has been built around the way Ford customers work and live.”
Two features immediately stand out when you look at the impressive statistics of the new Ford. The F-150 has improved fuel efficiency ratings of up to 21 miles per gallon with its 4.6L 3-valve V8 engine and new 6-speed automatic transmission. “That’s unsurpassed by any other gas engine in the class,” says Jones. The standard engine is now the hardworking 4.6L 2-valve V8 with 4-speed automatic and is rated at 19 mpg on the highway. Even the capability champion, the 5.4L 3-valve V8, stretches fuel economy up to 20 mpg on the highway. For power, efficiency and capability, the new Ford F-150 seems to deliver it all.
Ford engineers say that the new F-150 frame uses more high-strength steel than ever. It’s in the frame rails and crossmembers and is a reinforcing component at key stress points. New steels and new forming and welding technologies have made the F-150 frame not only stronger than any frame in the class, but lighter as well, which contributes to overall fuel efficiency improvements.
Back seat passengers in the F-150 Supercrew will immediately appreciate the comfort of an additional six inches of leg room. New Active Comfort seats are contoured for support, and you seem to sit in them rather than on them. Rear seatbacks are reclined for a more relaxed, natural seating position, and quietness has been engineered throughout all sides of the cabin, top to bottom, minimizing wind, road and mechanical noise to the point that you may forget you’re even in a truck.
This new F-150 offers an optional factory integrated trailer brake controller that uses braking input, vehicle speed, and information from the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) to balance the performance of the truck brakes and electric trailer brakes. Maximum towing ranges up to 11,300 pounds.
The ultimate F-150 is the Platinum series. This package includes an intricate satin-finish grille, 20” polished machined-aluminum wheels, a distinctive tailgate accent panel, exclusive power-deployable running boards that extend when a door opens, and more. The Platinum not only gets the job done, but also gives you an enjoyable ride while you’re at it.
One last option that is truly incredible: Ford Work Solutions. Onboard wireless computing power is made available with an Internet-capable in-dash Windows CE computing and communications system. It is the heart of Ford Work Solutions, with so many features and benefits that you just have to see it to believe it. Just one of its many features is Smart Tools, a system that provides everything from communications and computing to navigation, fleet tracking and security. You can now run your business remotely and combat tool loss, theft and downtime, as well as track your fleet for top efficiency.
This new lineup of Ford F-150 trucks sports one of the widest ranges of pickups on the road. Many choices are available because people use their F-150s in so many ways. The multiple choices include powertrains, cabs and cargo box styles, wheels, colors, and interior trim. From the get-it-done XL to the new top-of-the-line in tough luxury Platinum, there’s an F-150 for every work need and lifestyle. See it at United Ford North today, or go online to www.unitedford.com
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.