The redesigned pickup truck is up to 700 pounds lighter than the previous model largely due to its high-strength aluminum-alloy body. The military-grade aluminum has long been used in aerospace and commercial transportation, but this is the first time it has been used in the Ford F-150. Using the high-strength aluminum alloy makes the F-150 more resistant to dings and dents, and reduces the truck's overall weight. That improves towing and hauling capacity, fuel efficiency, acceleration and stopping distance.
Other new features not available in other pickups in this class include a 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps stowed in the pickup bed, 400-watt power outlets in the cab and a remote tailgate release.
The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for 37 consecutive years and has been the best-selling vehicle of any type for 32 years. It is manufactured in Dearborn, Mich., and Claycomo, Mo. It will go on sale later this year.
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